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Samsung 'flagship' phone running Gingerbread and huge display, entering market in early 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 2:56 am

Was the Nexus S news not enough for Samsung news today? Nope.

 

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Samsung is set to launch a flagship phone running the new Android Gingerbread OS early next year - February to be exact, which might be officially unveiled at MWC.

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Facebook breaks ground on $450 million data center

By: Don Lynn | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 1:19 am

When you've become an internet giant, having just one facility in the works just won't do anymore. While they still haven't finished building their first data center currently under construction in Oregon, Facebook has announced today they will be building a $450 million data center in Rutherford, North Carolina as well.

 

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That's right, Facebook will be on both coasts. The North Carolina project is expected to take about 18 months to finish once it is started and will employ 35-45 workers. Facebook has even planned for expansion, with the release also noting that "additional construction phases may be possible in the future, depending on business needs." North Carolina is quickly becoming a tech haven for the U.S., with Apple's 1 billion dollar facility almost finished there as well as Google and IBM's data centers already at work.

Google offers $3.5 million to Staff Engineer to reject Facebook offer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 1:11 am

A staff engineer at Google was being wined and dined by Facebook, Google in turn offering him an amazing $3.5 million in restricted stock by Google (which means Google is offering $3.5 million worth of stock at todays pricing, which could very well be worth much more than that in the future).

 

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What did he do?

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Zombie virus infects nearly a million mobile phones in China

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 1:08 am

As smartphones become more and more prevalent, so do the hackers that try to get into them to swipe your personal info. As many as a million phones in China are reportedly under attack by one of these viruses; which the Shanghai Times has dubbed a "zombie virus."

 

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Just like many desktop viruses, this zombie infects the phone by disguising itself as an antivirus and wreaking havoc once the unsuspecting phone user downloads the app. Not only does this make the phone privy to the hacker getting a hold of personal info, but it also cuts loose a ton of spam for money making links and more of the usual junk that could add up to at least $300,000 a day in text message charges to users.

Apple's Ping service gets cuddly with Twitter

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 12:57 am

Ping has not quite taken off like Apple had initially hoped, but they have made a move that will hopefully turn it around. A cross platform integration with Twitter was unveiled today that will allow Ping users to directly share their activities on their Twitter accounts.

 

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Ping posts, likes, and reviews are now shareable on Twitter as well as song previews and purchase links. Ping is also taking advantage of Twitter's recently launched new version to embed photos and videos directly to tweets as well as song previews. These features are now on by default, but auto-sharing can be shut off in the options for those that don't want to use it.

Steam's digital dominance not sitting well with competitors

By: Don Lynn | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 12:43 am

It's no secret that Steam is the alpha dog in the pack when it comes to the digital download gaming scene. But success breeds contempt in the business world, and there are several outlets that are openly blaming Steam for their woes and taking steps to retaliate.

 

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According to an unnamed director of a "fledgling Steam rival," Steam is "killing the PC market and it is no wonder digital retailers are failing" as well as "locking down the market." You can take your pick of the competitors like Direct2Drive and Impulse for the possible people taking shots, but even retailers are considering action. Two major retailers are considering not stocking games that feature and/or require Steam integration due to customers being taken to a rival and losing them.

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Amazon selling all AT&T phones for a penny until Monday

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 12:30 am

Been itching to give the new Windows Phone 7 a try but haven't been able to justify laying down the loot for it? Amazon's got a weekend deal for you. Now through November 15th, Amazon is selling every phone in the AT&T stable that they carry for only a penny with a new two year contract.

 

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Even the new WP7 phones like the HTC Surround and the LG Quantum are included, so this is the time to give it a whirl if you're in an area where AT&T's service is best. BlackBerry and Android fans can jump on new phones too, but Apple fans are left in the dark as Amazon doesn't carry the iPhone.

RumorTT: Has the Nexus S been spotted?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 12, 2010 12:11 am

Engadget have been scratching at the surface of the Nexus S - spotting it in a web-based flier from Best Buy Mobile. It seems to be a previously unseen Galaxy S, running stock Android (possibly 2.3 - based on the picture including green icons and a black notification bar) and looks like it includes a front facing camera.

 

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Interesting - Android's phone base continues to get larger and larger...

Apricorn unveils epic Mac Array for Mac Pro desktop

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 11, 2010 8:00 pm

One of the major downsides facing a Mac computer user is that Macs tend to not be as upgradable by the user as PCs are. That means that often what you get from the factory is what you have to live with and if you do try to upgrade your warranty might be toast. If you are a user of the Mac Pro desktop computer, Apricorn has a new upgrade that will leave you with some serious geek lust. The new device is called the Mac Array.

 

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The Mac Array is an internal SSD array that is mounted to an x4 PCI Express card that fits into one of the two PCIs slots inside the Mac Pro. The card includes a quartet of 128GB SSDs for a total of 512GB. Apricorn says that the Mac Array is designed to bridge the gap between your Mac Pro's slow HDD and RAM to act as virtual memory. The Mac Array promises to increase performance up to ten times the performance of the same machine without the Mac Array.

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