Lately the news has had a few articles about how companies like Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo etc. are pushing the government for radical changes to their surveillance policies and demanding better protections for their customers. We have seen new ads focused on explaining how important our data is to them (and in some cases how the other guys are abusing it). The groups lining up and demanding change are many of the same companies that Edward Snowden’s bevy of leaked documents claimed were working hand in hand with the NSA to allow for mass spying on peoples’ data and that in cases where they were not directly cooperating lax security practices allowed for easy retrieval of user information.
Subscription streaming music service Spotify will soon launch a new free service for streaming music, which will be financed through advertising.
The X79 chipset is nothing new, in fact in motherboard years it is quite old. However that does not mean that is it obsolete. If anything there are still many people that use the platform for their Sandy Bridge-E CPUs and now that the Ivy Bridge – E is out it is a great option. As we have both of these CPUs in the lab we decided to take a look at a single X79 board and see how it fares with both the Core i7 3960X and 4960X. The board we chose for this is the Gigabyte X79-UP4. Since we have not had this board in the lab before we decided to do the full work up on the X79-UP4 before we dive into the meat of the matter and run both of these CPUs through our gauntlet of tests. So let’s get things started.
According to the Korean newspaper, Samsung plans to use AMOLED screens in their tablets. Sources say that they should be implemented in 8 and 10 inch models.
Yahoo continues its series of takeovers of smaller companies, and this time they took over the company Ptch, best known for its eponymous application for processing video designed for mobile devices.
Box, one of the most popular service for storing data in the cloud, has collected about $100 million of fresh investment capital, according to company's CEO Aaron Levie. In search for investors they turned to Europe, Japan, Australia and Latin America, since these are regions where they are planning to expand their business. After collecting this amount, the value of the company is estimated at about $2 billion.
According to the website The Information Google intends in the first half of next year to present their very own Set-Top Box (STB) device in the Nexus family of products. That information was received from an unnamed employee at Google.
On test page GFXBench appeared Samsung's mysterious device labeled model SM-G900S. Apparently the word is about Galaxy S5.
Action RPG Path of Exile recently marked four million registered users. The creators of the game from Grinding Gear Games explain that Path of Exile daily play more than 250,000 users, and that they have recorded a significant number of new users after the game came out in late October from an open beta.
Hotfile, one of the most popular services for sharing files has ceased their operations. In a recent court settlement Hotfile has agreed to pay a fine of $80 million for copyright infringement to several movie studios. It is the result of a lawsuit for copyright infringement started in March 2012. submitted by Disney, Fox, Universal, Sony Pictures and Warner against Hotfile CEO, Anthony Tito.
Alan Greenspan, former head of the FED, the US Federal Reserve and also the most influential financial institutions, called the recent rapid growth in the value of Bitcoin a speculative bubble. His word in the financial world have very great significance, and the People's Bank of China reacted immediately and banned banks that were carrying out transactions in that virtual currency.
From Asus comes notice of commencement of sales of miniature computer called VivoPC. This little computer is ideal for applications where space is a problem, and to use with home theater systems.
WhatsApp has refreshed their user interface, added new icons and now it fits perfectly in the new layout of the iOS 7. However, team responsible for the development of applications has not only dealt with cosmetic trifles, but in addition they corrected several errors and threw in a couple of novelties.
When you order something online these days you put your money and trust in the companies that are responsible for getting the package to you. I do not think there is anyone out there that has not received a package that is a little more beat up that it should be after spending its time with UPS or FedEx. There seems to be an unwritten rule that says package delivery services must take out their frustration on the poor boxes that are in their care. Between worrying about the state of our orders and if they will actually get to our doorstep things can get annoying.
There is a phrase in the patent world that used to mean something, but now seems to have lost its meaning: prior art. The term according to Miriam Webster means: “the processes, devices, and modes of achieving the end of an alleged invention that were known or knowable by reasonable diligence before and at its date —used chiefly in patent law”. To put it simply prior art is any technology, device, papers, theory, etc. that was publicly known at the time of “invention” and before the patent filing which could have influenced (or actually did) the inventors.
Irish subsidiary of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music have called the local ISPs to start blocking service Kickass Torrents. At the same time they launched a legal action against this service in the Irish High Court.
During yesterday an agreement was reached between Toshiba and CAA, by which Toshiba buys OCZ's technology related to solid state disk drives.
Over the past few years the Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei has been constantly working under pressure from the United States. The company was repeatedly accused of Internet espionage for Chinese military and government. After dealing with such bad treatment on the market, Huawei'S CEO Ren Zhengfei said that they no longer want to do business there.
Yesterday Amazon made an announcement that they were working on plans to deliver goods to people’s homes using a fleet of electrical powered, unmanned drones. The articles that followed this were… forward looking to say the least. Many of them seem to have missed s crucial part of the announcement (and reality). Sadly for them these little snags will probably delay any attempt to use drones for delivery for at least the next ten years.
Samsung looks for a new way to attract even more buyers to get their famous smartphone Galaxy Note 3. This time they decided to present a refreshed versions of it, so from this month beside standard black, white and pink colors we will be able to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in three additional variants.
Dell should soon unveil a new 4K monitor. This model marked UP2414Q comes with a diagonal of 24 inches, and even though there was no official announcement of the device, Dell presented specifications on their website.
Company Amazon launched its version of an advertising campaign that attacks the competition. In fact in a commercial for their tablet Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon pokes competition from Apple, which recently launched new models of the iPad family to the market.
In 2003 Microsoft started work on a new kernel for their operating systems that was smaller, more efficient and working in ways that no other OS had before Microsoft called this Singularity. It represented a completely different approach to software and operating system design. In 2008 Microsoft released the last version of Singularity was released to the public from Microsoft and the project was “officially” ended in 2010. For many we thought this was the end of the project and the end of a shift in thought from Microsoft.
According to the latest study conducted on nearly 4,000 mobile phone users from large markets such as the US, China and Brazil, WhatsApp has come out as a winner in the category of mobile applications for instant messaging. It is located on the first place in the preferences of the users, of which 44% said they used it at least once a week. Facebook Messenger is regularly used by 35% of surveyed users.