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Has DRM Been A Complete Failure?

March 29, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Gaming
Has DRM Been A Complete Failure?

The recent launch of SimCity was a troubled one for Electronic Arts, as the company struggled to get its servers fully functional. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be good for any game’s launch, but when a title is designed to be always online, and countless players therefore can’t even play the game they just purchased, the situation quickly escalates. EA moved as fast as it could to rectify the situation, but some players felt EA’s real intent was to force DRM on its customers.... 

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25% Of Patents Issued This Year Will Be For Mobile

March 29, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
25% Of Patents Issued This Year Will Be For Mobile

The mad dash for mobile patents is so feverish that about one-quarter of all patents issued in the U.S. this year will be mobile-related, according to a study recently released study. “It just shows, given the number of filings, how competitive that space has become,” said Chetan Sharma, founder and president of Chetan Sharma Consulting. He studied statistics about patent applications and grants in Europe and the U.S. over the past 20 years. Sharma’s study didn’t consider... 

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BlackBerry Reports Selling 1M New Z10 Devices

March 29, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Reports Selling 1M New Z10 Devices

BlackBerry reported a return to profitability for its fourth quarter amid sales of 1 million Z10 smartphones. But there was also a loss of 3 million global subscribers, down to 76 million. “BlackBerry has gone through a major and exciting transition this year,” CEO Thorsten Heins told analysts on a conference call, without making much reference to the subscriber declines. The profit of $94 million came on revenues of $2.7 billion for the quarter that ended March 2. The 1 million new Z10... 

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ARM Says GPGPU’s Could Lower Chip Prices

March 29, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
ARM Says GPGPU’s Could Lower Chip Prices

ARM has said that chip vendors could cut down on costs by offloading processing to the GPU. ARM has been pushing its Mali GPU architecture both as a graphics engine and as a GPGPU accelerator through its support of OpenCL. The firm said that not only could chip vendors see improved performance by offloading onto the GPU but they could also cut costs by moving tasks from dedicated silicon to the GPU. Ian Smythe, director of marketing at ARM also said that firms could move tasks such as image stabilization... 

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Amazon To Acquire Goodreads, Book Recommendation Website

March 29, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Amazon To Acquire Goodreads, Book Recommendation Website

Amazon.com Inc on Thursday stated its intentions to purchase the book recommendation website, Goodreads. In buying Goodreads, Amazon gets a community of bibliophiles primed to buy and recommend books – one of its key areas of business. “Goodreads has helped change how we discover and discuss books and, with Kindle, Amazon has helped expand reading around the world,” Russ Grandinetti, Amazon vice president, Kindle Content, said in a release. Based in San Francisco, Goodreads... 

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Solar System’s Rocky Beginning Confirmed

March 29, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Solar System’s Rocky Beginning Confirmed

Rocks melted in the early solar system after electrical currents spiked through the cloud of dust circling around the young sun, according to new research. The finding brings scientists a step closer to understanding the origin of the chondrules, or glass beads, that were some of the solar system’s first solids. Because chondrules form far away from the sun, astronomers could not figure out how they heated to at least 2,420 degrees Fahrenheit (1,600 degrees Kelvin), since the surrounding environment... 

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Google Begins Selecting Glass ‘Explorers’

March 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Google Begins Selecting Glass ‘Explorers’

Google has began notifying the testers that they have selected to try out its Glass computerized eye wear. The company announced that it will reach out to “several thousand” people through Twitter and its Google+ social network to take part in what Google is calling its Explorer project. “A few weeks ago we revealed that we were seeking Explorers to help us shape the future of Glass,” the company said in a Google+ post. “To do that, we asked people across Google+ and Twitter... 

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Do Smartphones Reveal Personal Data?

March 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Do Smartphones Reveal Personal Data?

It is impossible for anyone to be anonymous on the internet when your mobile phone reveals everything about in over about four phone calls. According to Nature, an international team led by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that data derived from mobile phone networks, using just the location of radio masts, could identify the vast majority of people from just four pieces of information. While an anonymised dataset does not contain name, home address, phone number... 

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Video Game Helps The Blind Navigate Buildings

March 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Gaming
Video Game Helps The Blind Navigate Buildings

A video game that uses a computer-generated layout of a building can aid the sight impaired to navigate the venue in real life by improving their spatial awareness, researchers said on Wednesday. The game, based in a building at a center for the blind in Newton, Massachusetts, uses audio cues to help blind players find hidden jewels and remove them from the building without being spotted by roving monsters. After competing in the game, researchers found the players were able to find their way around... 

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Oracle Debuts Sparc Server T5

March 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Oracle Debuts Sparc Server T5

Oracle has announced a series of Sparc servers, including two models that the company claims will be the most powerful on the market. The new line of Sparc systems will sport Oracle’s T5 processor, offering double the cores and threading capability of previous models. Other upgrades will include doubling the memory capacity of previous models and increasing I/O capability four-fold. Headlining the T5 update will be the flagship T5 8 unit. The server, the most powerful in Oracle’s rack-mount line... 

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Internet Traffic Slowed By Cyber Attack On Spam Blocker

March 28, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Internet Traffic Slowed By Cyber Attack On Spam Blocker

One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services and the disruption may worsen, experts said on Wednesday, after an organization blocking “spam” content became a target. Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps filter unsolicited “spam” messages for email providers, said it had been subjected to “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week. “Based on the reported... 

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Mini Supernova Found

March 28, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Around The Net
Mini Supernova Found

Astronomers have discovered a new kind of supernova, a star explosion so weak that scientists dubbed it a miniature stellar blast. Supernovas represent the deaths of stars, which collapse in powerful explosions. They generally are classified into two main types; the new class, called Type Iax, “is essentially a mini-supernova,” said lead researcher Ryan Foley, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “It’s the runt of the supernova litter.” Supernovas... 

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Shark Bay 1 Chipset Goes Pentium

March 27, 2013 by Michael   | Category: Computing
Shark Bay 1 Chipset Goes Pentium

In the universe where Haswell comes as two-chip platform, formally referred to as Shark Bay 2-chip platform by Intel, there will be three mobile chipsets. The HM86 is targeting at mainstream consumers, HM87 targets Premium consumers and SMBs, while the top one QM87 targets the hard working corporate market. Things get a bit simpler with the Shark Bay 1-chip platform. The value consumer chipset is simply called Baseline, while the next one is simply called Premium. It can’t get any simpler than... 

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T-Mobile’s LTE Network, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Phone Are Incompatible

March 27, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile’s LTE Network, Samsung’s Galaxy S3 Phone Are Incompatible

Existing users of Samsung’s Galaxy S III will not be able to use the phone on T-Mobile’s LTE network, which debuted Tuesday and will reach 200 million people by the end of this year. The Galaxy S III does not have a compatible LTE radio, said Randy Meyerson, senior director of product marketing at T-Mobile, during an event in New York City, where the company announced the official rollout of its LTE network and new mobile plans. At the event, T-Mobile announced an Apple iPhone 5 that... 

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Google + Releases Updates For Android, iPhone Apps

March 27, 2013 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google + Releases Updates For Android, iPhone Apps

Google has rolled out updates for its Google+ apps for iPhone and Android. Mobile Google+ users should expect to see more prominent features such as +1, a display for your current location and photo enhancements, according to Amar Gandhi, director of product management for Google+, in a blog post. “We’re adding some of Snapseed’s award-winning photo enhancements to the Google+ iPhone app,” Gandhi wrote. He noted that with Snapseed, when users are sharing a photo, they can... 

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