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American Airlines Pilots can now use iPads in cockpits, will play Flight Control like a pro

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Thu, Dec 15 2011 3:31 AM CST

Usually when in a plane, all electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets and the like, are required to be turned off. Including the cockpit and its pilots. Not for American Airlines pilots in the cockpit, who have now been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use electronics, and more specifically, iPads in the cockpit.

American Airlines Pilots can now use iPads in cockpits, will play Flight Control like a pro | TweakTown.com

The FAA announced on Tuesday that American Airlines pilots in the cockpit will no longer require the use of paper-based flight manuals during those times, and could now use Apple iPads instead.The FAA came to this decision after they conducting a test of the use of electronics in the cockpit, in an effort to potentially replace the use of paper manuals and charts.

Some are left wondering why the FAA didn't run the same tests for passengers, which would see passengers having the ability to use their electronic devices before and after takeoff, instead of having to wait until the plane reaches an altitude of 10,000 feet before the use of electronics is allowed. The New York Times called the rule that passengers needed to wait until the plane reached 10,000 feet "outdated," and even bought up the idea that the rule may just be used to keep passengers' attention during takeoff and landing announcements.

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OCZ releases new Petrol SSDs, includes high-octane performance

Anthony Garreffa | Storage | Thu, Dec 15 2011 2:29 AM CST

Why didn't OCZ use the line high-octane in this new SSD... feel free to use that line, OCZ. OCZ have released yet another SSD onto the market, a new range line called "Petrol." Petrol is based on a 6Gbps SATA interface and comes in the usual 2.5-inch form factor. Ryan Peterson, CEO of OCZ Technology says:

OCZ releases new Petrol SSDs, includes high-octane performance | TweakTown.com

Until today, SSD adoption has been limited to high performance applications due to the high cost of SSDs in relation to slower rotating discs, and we are proud to once again close the gap in pricing without sacrificing durability. The new Petrol Series showcases the flexibility of the Indilinx Everest platform and NDurance Technology, allowing OCZ to deliver the benefits of SSDs to a wide new set of applications while retaining the superior real world performance and reduced latency that separate Everest-based SSDs from our competitors.

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Hitachi-LG price fixing update: three executives will face jail time

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Dec 15 2011 1:27 AM CST

Three Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) workers, Young Keun Park, Sang Hun Kim and Sik "Daniel" Hur will face jail time after pleading guilty to fixing optical disk drive prices, according to the US Department of Justice. Throughout 2005 to 2009, the three employees suppressed competition by rigging bids for optical disk drives sold to both Dell and HP, in addition to fixing prices for devices sold to Microsoft.

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Under the plea agreement, Park and Kim will serve eight months in prison, while Hur will experience seven months in jail. All there will have to pay a $25,000 fine. The three executives will also be charged with multiple violations of the Sherman Act, which covers antitrust and anticompetitive activities. Each count of the Sherman Act comes with a statutory fine of up to $1 million, (and more if the damages are large enough), and up to 10-years behind bars.

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Google's competition to Siri is codenamed Majel, could make it before the end of the year

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Thu, Dec 15 2011 12:21 AM CST

"Siri, what is your competition?" "Nothing, I'm the best thing out," says Siri. Well, not for long. Google's response to Apple's voice assistant looked to be codenamed Majel, which stems from Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, who is better known as the voice of the Federation Computer from Star Trek.

Google's competition to Siri is codenamed Majel, could make it before the end of the year | TweakTown.com

Google already have Voice Actions, and Majel would be an evolution of this with the addition of natural language processing. Voice Actions require voice prompts such as "sent text to..." or "navigate to..." Majel will allow you to perform actions in your natural language, similar to how Siri functions.

At the initial launch, Majel will only be able to do Google search enquiries, which could see the light of day in 2011. Google X engineers are reportedly working around the clock on finishing the first release, as the NYTime has reported previously that at least one product would make it out of the Google X labs before the end of the year.

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Nokia employee says young people are "pretty much fed up with iPhones", disses Android, too

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Wed, Dec 14 2011 11:43 PM CST

Ah, Nokia. Your days of being the king of the mountain are behind you, for now. Nokia's director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales, Niels Munksgaard, has come out and said in an interview that young people are baffled by Android and are fed-up with iPhone's.

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What we see is that youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones. Everyone has the iPhone," he said. "Also, many are not happy with the complexity of Android and the lack of security. So we do increasing see that the youth that wants to be on the cutting edge and try something new are turning to the Windows phone platform.

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Want a free Windows Phone? Sure, just tell Microsoft you're a Malware victim, oh and an Android owner

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Wed, Dec 14 2011 10:29 PM CST

Android owner? Malware victim? Like free stuff? Well, all you'll need to do is tell Microsoft about the problems you've had with malware on your Android-based phone.

Microsoft's latest social media marketing intiative, is not to push their own Windows Phone-based products, but to take a stab at Google and their malware woes. Ben Rudolph, Microsoft Windows Phone "evanglist", is behind the scheme, which uses the hashtag "#droidrage" on Twitter.

Want a free Windows Phone? Sure, just tell Microsoft you're a Malware victim, oh and an Android owner | TweakTown.com

Linking followers to current news articles about Android malware, Rudolph says he will give an "upgrade" to a Windows Phone to the "5 best" stories of being a victim of Android malware.

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Futuremark update 3DMark 11 to v1.0.3

Anthony Garreffa | Software | Wed, Dec 14 2011 9:54 PM CST

Futuremark have been busy people lately, with the announcement yesterday of their notebook battery test suite, Powermark and today, an updated version of their ever-so-popular 3DMark 11. It has now been updated to v1.0.3 and includes the following additions from the release notes:

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- Bullet physics library updated to version 2.79 to improve compatibility with future CPUs and GPUs.

- For most systems containing multiple GPUs, for example integrated graphics and an additional discrete graphics card, the user can now select the GPU to be tested using a new option on the Help tab.

- Improved error handling and user messages for the most common compatibility issues.

- SystemInfo component updated to version 4.5 for improved compatibility with current and future hardware.

- New "More" tab with information about other Futuremark products and services.

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Facebook are testing new coupon posts and ads

Anthony Garreffa | Social Networking | Wed, Dec 14 2011 9:21 PM CST

Facebook with their hundreds of millions of users, can pretty much do whatever they want and they've now started testing a new premium ad offering that allows pages to post a coupon to their fans and then use that post as an ad unit on the Facebook homepage.

Facebook are testing new coupon posts and ads | TweakTown.com

Users who notice the ad, or the page post, can click "Get Coupon." From here, it can be posted to a user's Wall, they'll then receive an e-mail from Facebook with the coupon and an option to share it with friends.

Facebook said that pages who are part of the limited test can offer discounts that customers can either redeem in-store or online. This new venture from Facebook is different to their Check-In Deals, which is a self-serve promotional tool that allows businesses to offer coupons to people who visit a location and check-in with Facebook.

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AMD CMO Nigel Dessau leaving the AMD construction site, turns off Bulldozer and hands hard hat in

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Wed, Dec 14 2011 8:29 PM CST

AMD's chief marketing officer (CMO) Nigel Dessau, is leaving the company. Rory Read, CEO of AMD, has been making some "aggressive" changes to the company in a mission to turn AMD into a lean, well-oiled, profit-making business that it should be.

AMD CMO Nigel Dessau leaving the AMD construction site, turns off Bulldozer and hands hard hat in | TweakTown.com

Read has recently laid off a bunch of AMD staff, with a number of them reportedly from the marketing department. These people are most likely the ones who snuck out with the 800 million missing transistors from AMD's Bulldozer platform.

Dessau had joined AMD in 2008, and previously served as CMO for StorageTek, Sun Microsystems and IBM. He will leave in January, but will stay with AMD until their new Radeon HD 7000-series of GPUs have been unveiled.

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Nintendo 3DS sells like a monster in Japan, thanks to Monster Hunter 3G

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Wed, Dec 14 2011 7:35 PM CST

Nintendo's 3DS has endured quite the weird launch, with it seeing genuine success at launch, but post-launch numbers have fallen off, considerably. Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata did have a hunch last week that sales would pick up, and it appears he was right.

Nintendo 3DS sells like a monster in Japan, thanks to Monster Hunter 3G | TweakTown.com

Japan's biggest video game magazine, Famitsu, has said that the 3DS sold a whopping 378,114 units between December 5 and 11. Nintendo reported 371,326 units sold in the first two days after launch in Japan, but the last week was the most successful one for Nintendo since the launch of the 3DS.

We can see from the chart below, that it launched with nearly 400,000 units, then spiked again with the price drop, spiked again with the launch of Mario Kart 7 and has continued this rise with Monster Hunter 3G. Monster Hunter 3G is basted on the Wii game Monster Hunter 3, and is the first 3DS title in the fantasy action RPG series. According to Famitsu, the game had a very successful 48 hours, selling 471,055 copies on December 10, and 11.

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