Pyle rolls out the Bluetooth fitness scale

Pyle Audio recently introduced the Bluetooth Fitness Scale (PHLSCBT4), a custom designed scale including a smartphone app so owners can better track their health and fitness.

Scale owners are able to track data with the free Pyle Health Fitness Tracker app, and everything can be sent wirelessly via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet. Designed for Apple and Google Android products, and all data can be shared on Twitter or Facebook - or in an online password-protected workout log. Collected data includes: weight, body fat, hydration levels, muscle level and bone level percentages - and provides a great baseline of overall health.

The scale is available immediately with a $59.99 USD retail price. Pyle is best known as an audio company often specializing in consumer electronics, sports products, and professional audio - so this is a rather interesting product offering.

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The Division will stand out on the PC, "won't be a port"

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Dec 20, 2013 4:35 AM CST

The Division is an MMO coming from Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment, which runs the jaw-dropping Snowdrop Engine, something we took a look at a few weeks ago now. Well, during a Reddit Q&A, the developer talked about the PC version of the game.

Massive said: "As you know, Massive has its roots in PC development. We are working hard and we want to make sure that we have a very high quality experience on PC. You can be sure that our PC version won't be a port, but a full-fledged, optimized version! We want to create the best game possible regardless of what platform you play on."

This is some incredibly exciting news, as the PC version should look the best out of every platform The Division is released on. I'm looking forward to getting my hands, and eyes, on the game even more now.

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Cyanogen secures $23 million in funding, this is just the beginning

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 20, 2013 3:36 AM CST

Cyanogen Inc. secured $7 million in Series A funding a few months ago, but Series B funding has come and gone, with $23 million being secured. The Series B funding was led by Andreessen Horowitz, the same company that is working closely with Oculus VR and its latest Series B funding round.

One of the interesting points to take away from this is that Cyanogen Inc. is planning to launch a mass consumer brand or service late next year, or early 2015. We should hear more about the hardware side of things in the coming weeks and months, with the first CyanogenMod-powered smartphone, the CyanogenMod Edition of the Oppo N1 available.

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EA slapped with class action lawsuit over Battlefield 4

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 19, 2013 11:44 PM CST

We all know that Battlefield 4 is a jumbled mess right now across pretty much every platform its on, so it comes as no surprise that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against EA.

The law firm claims that EA issued "materially false and misleading statements" regarding the quality, and playability of Battlefield 4. The lawsuit highlights the PS4 version of the first-person shooter, claiming that "players of Electronic Arts' games were being subjected to multiple glitches and significant crashes when attempting to play Electronic Arts' titles on PS4."

The bigger problem is that this is the second lawsuit the firm has slapped EA with, with the first an investigation to find out if EA misled investors regarding Battlefield 4's projected impact on company revenue. This is still an on-going case, something we'll be keeping an eye on.

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Two teaser trailers for Transcendence released

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Dec 19, 2013 8:05 PM CST

Something that has just popped up into my radar in the last few minutes, is Transcendence. Transcendence is Wally Pfister's directorial debut, which stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman.

There are two trailers, the one above which is narrated by Morgan Freeman, and the one below, which is narrated by Depp. Transcendence is based around the idea of artificial intelligence (AI), where work is done to create a sentient machine that 'combines intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotion.'

The full synopsis makes it seem very, very intriguing:

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Thecus becomes first OEM to offer RAID 50 and RAID 60

Charles Gantt | Storage | Dec 19, 2013 2:55 PM CST

Thecus has unveiled new NAS devices that are the industries first to support the new RAID 50 and RAD 60 storage formats. Thecus says that the new devices offer significant advances in performance and fault tolerance for small and medium businesses and enterprise customers.

RAID 50 support has been built into the following Thecus NAS devices: N6850, N7510, N8850, N8900, N10850, N12000 N12000PRO, N16000, and N16000PRO. In addition, all devices with 8 bays or more, also support RAID 60. Each device also features optional 10GB Ethernet cards, and with a maximum capacity of 24TB in the largest device, there is more than enough room for your business to expand.

"SMB and Enterprise firms have long been looking for a NAS solution that leverages the latest innovations to combine reliability, performance and cost effectiveness in a single device. By being the first to bring RAID 50 and RAID 60 to the NAS device market, we believe we have finally met this growing demand," said Florence Shih, General Manager at Thecus. "We're already seeing great interest from our SMB and Enterprise partners."

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Researchers indicate MacBook webcams can be compromised

Michael Hatamoto | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Dec 19, 2013 12:30 PM CST

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University confirmed it's possible to turn on a laptop's web camera without turning on a light that informs users the camera is on. Just a few years ago, it didn't seem possible to hack a webcam like this, but it's something consumers need to be somewhat vigilant about.

The team focused on Apple MacBook and iMac models available before 2008, but said the exploit can be used on a variety of different models. Although Apple initially opened up communication with Johns Hopkins University to discuss the problem, there reportedly haven't been any further updates.

Using a Remote Administration Tool (RAT), for example, works around the computer's security and remotely controls the computer webcam.

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DataON Cluster-in-a-Box earns certification for Windows Server 2012R2

Paul Alcorn | IT/Datacenter & Super Computing | Dec 19, 2013 9:57 AM CST

DataON Storage, the leading provider of OS-agnostic Storage enclosures, has announced that their cluster-in-a-box and JBOD enclosures have recvieved certification for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces. The enhanced functionality of Storage Spaces, in concert with the correct hardware, provides auto-tiering and hybrid cloud support.

One of the major attractions of Storage Spaces is the easy-to-use failover capabilities. Providing a high level of redundancy and failover support for entire storage systems was an incredibly taxing and complex endeavor from an IT perspective even a few short years ago. This adds to the TCO of the solution due to prohibitive expenditures for initial setup and long-term management.

The emergence of Cluster-in-a-Box(CiB)solutions has brought this type of functionality withing striking distance of smaller organizations, and also delivers a lower TCO for larger organizations. While the long-term penetration of the Storage Spaces platform into the datacenter market will spawn a whole ecosystem of products, for now there is only one certified CiB solution available for Widows Server 2012 R2.

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iFixit tears down the first Steam Machine, scores 9/10 repairibility

Charles Gantt | Gaming | Dec 19, 2013 9:40 AM CST

As with every new piece of consumer technology that comes across its doorstep, iFixit has once again posted a spectacular teardown of one of the hottest products in tech at the moment. Today the company released the worlds first teardown of a Steam Machine from Valve.

Valves Steam Machine's are nothing more than full blown desktop PCs that have been packed in a very small package, so many of you have performed essentially the same thing when building your new PC. iFixit does make the process look very cool though. iFixit says that the Steam Machines are easily repairable and as such, granted the device a repairibility score of 9 out of 10, something almost unheard of in today's tech world.

iFixit gave Valve the best award for packaging ever, as the Steam Box arrives in a wooden crate themed like you would see in a video game. They also have the Steam Controller high marks for its wealth of buttons, and unique touchpads. They did make note of the unique SATA and power cable configuration, and noted the 1TB Seagate SSD that has been installed. The unit they tested featured a ZOTAC GeForce GTX 780, and housed 8GB of Crucial Ballistix RAM. A Silverstone 450W PSU rounded things out.

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Don't expect Microsoft CEO news until 2014

Michael Hatamoto | Business, Financial & Legal | Dec 19, 2013 3:17 AM CST

Microsoft is currently narrowing down its short list of potential CEOs to take over after a tumultuous tenure of current CEO Steve Ballmer. There are only a handful of potential candidates that have the skillset and experience to lead the Redmond, Washington-based company, which has more than 100,000 employees worldwide.

Ford CEO Alan Mulally was rumored to be a potential replacement, but Ford confirmed its CEO will lead the company through 2014. Meanwhile, Qualcomm COO Steve Mollenkopf was also a potential candidate, but Qualcomm announced Mollenkopf will be promoted to CEO as on March 4, 2014. Microsoft is reportedly looking for a replacement both internally and externally, and it's difficult to try and predict who will step in and lead one of the most powerful computer companies in the world.

In late August, Microsoft announced Ballmer would step down as acting CEO, which immediately put the rumor mill into overdrive. Over its 38-year history, Microsoft has only had two CEOs, founder Bill Gates and Ballmer, and the next CEO will have a very interesting task ahead - Microsoft is still a software giant, but has had trouble trying to break into the mobile market, and is adjusting to a cloud-based market.

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