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Razer acquires Ouya's software, tech, patents and dev teams

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Jul 2015 22:33

Razer acquires Ouya's software, tech, patents and dev teams Gaming hardware company Razer has acquired the carcass of Ouya, including its software, tech and its technical and developer relations teams.

Razer will use Ouya and its team to help expand their own Android TV gaming business, specifically the Forge TV console and its Cortex platform.

Of note, Razer did not acquire the Ouya hardware (the set-top micro-console).

Ouya launched in 2012 after raising $8.5 million on Kickstarter but delays and lack of support ensured it could not compete when bigger players jumped into the industry, companies like Amazon and Google, for starters.

If you had an Ouya account, your games and account will be integrated into Razer's Cortex TV gaming platform. If you still have the hardware, Razer will support you for another year: "There are about 200,000 users on the OUYA platform and for the hardware users, we intend to, out of goodwill (as we didn't acquire the hardware assets), keep the lights on for their gaming service for at least 12 months as we encourage them to migrate to the Razer service which will have a lot more features, new content and new games," said the company. "We will have more follow up announcements soon on the transition to the new service."


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Samsung hosting new Unpacked event on August 13th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 23:53

Samsung hosting new Unpacked event on August 13th Samsung will officially announce their next major product on August 13th at their latest 'Unpacked' event.

The anticipated devices are the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus although Samsung could have some surprises under their hat.

Samsung had previously launched new Note phones in September but this should give consumers a few extra weeks of availability before the next iPhone launches.


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The OnePlus 2 is official and it's just $329

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 23:21

The OnePlus 2 is official and it's just $329 OnePlus officially unveiled their upcoming flagship device today during a VR event. The device appears to live up to the hype, and will be available on August 11th.

The device has a 5.5-inch 1080p display, is powered by a custom Snapdragon 810 v2.1 processor and 3 or 4GB or RAM depending on the model you choose. The selfie cam clocks in at 5MP while the standard camera is 13MP with OIS and two-tone flash.

Most importantly, OnePlus has managed to keep their margins razor thin and keep the price low, as well, with the 16GB storage/3GB RAM model selling for just $329 and the 64GB/4GB RAM model selling for just $389. Given the fact that the specs match up with any high-end phone out now, the prices are shocking and are about half the price you would pay for an unlocked Galaxy/Nexus/iPhone, etc.

The phone is also the first device to launch with the USB-C connector, so be prepared to buy all-new chargers all over again. As rumored, the phone also has a fingerprint scanner that OnePlus claims boldly is "faster than Apple's."

OnePlus is shipping the phone with Android 5.1 and their own OxygenOS user interface overlay on top.

If you are interested in purchasing, you will need to secure an invite from a OnePlus super fan, or you can sign up for their new waiting list which will offer phones on a first-come-first-served basis.


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Anti-piracy champions BREIN took down 128 file sharing sites in last six months

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 23:01

Anti-piracy champions BREIN took down 128 file sharing sites in last six months Dutch anti-piracy firm BREIN put in some serious work during the first half of the year, effectively taking down 128 file sharing sites and also obtaining injunctions against major torrent uploaders.

BREIN's main tactic was pressuring local webhosts to take down "illegal" sites, and 128 were taken down during the first six months of the year. 22 were BitTorrent sites, 37 were streaming video portals and two were cyberlockers that were distributing unauthorized music. The rest of the sites linked to content hosted via Usenet or cyberlockers.

The group, like many other anti-piracy firms have noted, says many pirate sites have tried to hide their locations using Cloudflare but that their locations can be uncovered. "BREIN believes that the services provided by CloudFlare to illegal providers should be discontinued after notification by BREIN," the group added.

Additionally, the firm managed to get 12 ex-parte injunctions so far this year (court orders where the defendant is not present), four against large torrent uploaders, one against a major Usenet uploader, one against "an important moderator" for a major torrent site, two against major eBook pirates and even one against an alleged video game pirate that was modifying consoles.


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YouTube and Google+ break up

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 22:40

YouTube and Google+ break up Google is continuing to remove the Google+ requirements that made the social network a necessity to use across Google services.

Google's VP of Streams, Photos, and Sharing, Bradley Horowitz, posted today that YouTube will no longer require a Google+ account to be able to comment, upload or create channels. And that's just the beginning.

Reads the post:


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Check out the new leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 22:29

Check out the new leaked photos of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 Thanks to yet another leak, it appears we have new leaked photos of the Galaxy Note 5, in prototype form.

Most important from the most recent leak is the photo of the S Pen release mechanism, which had been rumored for some time and debated for even longer.

The main discussion had been whether the S Pen would need to be manually released like in past devices or whether Samsung would implement "auto-eject," which the company has a patent for. If the new pictures are accurate, then there is still a bit of discussion as it looks like the S Pen ejection method will be the same as usual (using your nails) but there is a chance it will be a "push-to-release" method which would mean you just have to push the pen and it will eject itself.

What we do know for sure from previous releases is that the Galaxy Note 5 will run on 4GB of RAM, Samsung's own Exynos 7422 SoC and feature a QHD 5.7-inch display.


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Samsung shows off monitor that can wirelessly charge your phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Jul 2015 22:08

Samsung shows off monitor that can wirelessly charge your phone Samsung has unveiled a new monitor today, the SE370, one that comes with built-in wireless charging for your mobile devices.

The monitor is available as a 23.6-inch model or as a 27-inch model and Samsung promises that the monitor "declutters work areas by doing away with unnecessary cables and ports needed to charge mobile devices." This is true, as long as your mobile device can be charged wirelessly using the Qi standard.

The full specs:
••Panel Type: PLS
••Resolution: 1920×1080
••Response Time: 4ms
••Brightness: 250 cd/m2 for 23.6-inch and 300 cd/m2 for 27-inch
••Contrast Ratio: 1000:1 (typical)
••Viewing Angle (H/V): 178°/178°
••Color: White High Glossy
••Interface: 1 HDMI(1.4), 1 DP(1.2), 1 D-Sub
••OS Compatibility: Windows (including Windows 10), Mac
••Essential Features: Wireless Charging, Eco Saving Plus, Magic Bright, Magic Upscale, Game Mode, Eye Saver Mode, Flicker Free, FreeSync, Image Size

"Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles,"
added Seok-gi Kim, senior vice president of Samsung's visual display business, said in a statement. "Our customers increasingly rely on mobile devices to obtain information and interact with others; so by doing away with the clutter on their desks, we are helping them to use their mobile devices in a smarter way."


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Jolla sends backers an update and pushes delivery to September

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 23:22

Jolla sends backers an update and pushes delivery to September Originally set for shipment in May, the crowdfunded Jolla Tablet has now seen its launch pushed back to September.

In April, the company initially delayed shipping the tablet due to issues with the display but those appear to have been fixed.

Reads the blog post: "Regarding the unexpected challenges with the display component we told you about in our previous Jolla Tablet update, we are happy to report that the critical issues around this component have been resolved!

The Developer Device loan program has been launched with invitations sent to selected developers. We anticipate that these developers will get their hands on Jolla Tablet developer devices from the pre-production batch very soon, as we will be shipping them in early August.

The risk of the July delivery schedule slipping which we mentioned earlier has unfortunately materialized due to the challenges with the display. Ramping up for general shipments to contributors will take about 3-5 weeks following the Developer Device program."

Backers are expected to receive their devices by mid-September.

The Jolla Tablet has a 7.85-inch display with 2048x1536 resolution, a 64-bit quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, dual 5MP/2MP cameras, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD) and a small-ish 4300mAh battery.

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Comcast now has more broadband subscribers than TV customers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 21:17

Comcast now has more broadband subscribers than TV customers Comcast has announced that it now has more Internet subscribers than it has TV customers.

For the first time ever, the giant telecom now has more broadband users than it does TV users, quite the flip given that the company originally started as a pay-TV provider before becoming an ISP.

The numbers are close, 22.5 million to 22.3 million, and they could potentially flip back by next quarter but they are not expected to as it is clear that the Internet is the future of the industry.

Comcast also announced it had lost just 69,000 TV subscribers for the quarter, a significant improvement from the 144,000 they lost last quarter.


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Verizon's new mobile video service is called Go90

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 20:35

Verizon's new mobile video service is called Go90 Verizon will launch their new mobile video service this summer, dubbing the service 'Go90.'

Go90 will give subscribers access to full TV episodes from select partners as well as short content like music videos.

At launch, the service is expected to be free, although it is unclear if you must be a Verizon subscriber to access Go90.

Verizon accidentally revealed details about the service on a launch website before pulling the pages, promising that Go90 would deliver "live music, exclusive events, best of web content, sports, prime time and more." Users will be able to watch "full length shows and short highlights, all for free."

Additionally, the site said: "We didn't want to mimic TV--that's just an appliance you rearrange your living room around. Instead, we wanted to create a mobile-first, video-based app that can keep up with you and your on-the-go social life. One that features completely immersive live and on-demand content, no matter where you are or where you're going. No cord required."

A few of the previously announced content partners include DreamWorks, Scripps, AwesomenessTV, Vice, ESPN and CBS Sports and newly leaked partners Victorious, GoPro and Vevo. There also appears to be content from Fox, AMC, Viacom and the NFL, which would be a big deal if accurate. With Viacom comes Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.


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Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after report shows they can be remotely hacked

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 12:30

Chrysler recalls 1.4 million cars after report shows they can be remotely hacked Chrysler has announced the recall of 1.4 million vehicles less than a week after a Wired report showed that hackers could remotely seize control of the cars and cut the brakes or even overtake the steering wheel.

The company's cars use the integrated UConnect system, which is clearly susceptible to a full remote hijacking.

Affected vehicles all have an 8.4-inch touchscreen and are from the following families of vehicles:

2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles
2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups
2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs
2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs
2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs
2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans
2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes

Chrysler says anyone affected will receive a USB device that they can use to upgrade their vehicle's software, on that "provides additional security features independent of the network-level measures."


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Leaked: The next-generation Moto G

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 12:04

Leaked: The next-generation Moto G Thanks to a couple new leaks, we appear to have all the details of the upcoming Moto G.

The Moto G, first launched in 2013, is a low-cost yet high-end Android device and is moving into its third generation.

According to the leaks, the device will have a 720p Gorilla Glass protected display, 2GB RAM, internal storage of either 8GB or 16GB depending on the model, be powered by an unknown quad-core Snapdragon processor and the device will be eligible to run through the Moto Maker customization site.

If customizing, there are two options for the front case - black or white - and then ten choices for the back case: Cherry, Cabernet, Blue, Raspberry, Turquoise, Black, Gold Yellow, White, Lime, and Navy. In addition, there are metallic accents you can choose from including Light chrome, blue, red, lemon lime, dark chrome, champagne, black, orange, violet, and pink.

The phone will have a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP selfie camera and the device will be water-resistant.


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The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 11:09

The Japanese just do not want the Xbox One According to the most recent video game sales figures, it is clear that the Microsoft Xbox One is selling just as poorly, if not worse than previous generations of Microsoft consoles, in Japan.

For the week ended July 13th, the Sony PlayStation 4 led the way with 24,266 units sold, followed by the new Nintendo 3DS XL at 19,432 consoles sold. Somewhat surprisingly, the Sony PlayStation Vita was in third place, at 13,190 units sold.

The list goes on and ends with the Xbox One, which sold a shockingly low 242 units, an actual increase from the 149 that were sold the week before.

Also somewhat comically, the 3DS game Yo-kai Watch Busters (about ghost busting cats) handily beat out the blockbuster Batman: Arkham Knight.


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Microsoft Windows 10 flagships will have pen support and scan your eyes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Jul 2015 10:36

Microsoft Windows 10 flagships will have pen support and scan your eyes According to a new report, Microsoft will be releasing two Windows 10 Lumia flagship devices this holiday season, both of which will include iris scanners and one of which will have Surface Pen tech.

Reportedly, the Lumia 950 will have a 5.2-inch QHD OLED screen, a 20MP PureView camera (5MP selfie cam) and come with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed. The device will be powered by a 64-bit Hexa core Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM, a 3000mAh removable battery, 32GB internal storage (expandable with microSD) and will also support USB Type-C and Qi wireless charging.

The Lumia 950 XL (codename: Cityman) will have a 5.7-inch QHD OLED screen, be powered by 64-bit Octa core Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, a 3300mAh battery, Qi wireless charging support and USB Type-C support. Also different from its smaller brother is triple LED flash for the 20MP rear camera, aluminum side buttons and a 1mm silver ring inside the black camera pod.

On paper, both devices sound great for the operating system that is seriously lacking a flagship that people can remember.


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Twitter is catching joke thieves, removing tweets

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 26 Jul 2015 9:33

Twitter is catching joke thieves, removing tweets Twitter followers are a commodity that can be turned into cash. So it is understandable that the fight for followers is fierce.

A lot of the Twitter accounts that have a tremendous amount of followers are celebrities and media who naturally have that kind of following, but it is possible to create a following for yourself even without much of a presence in the real world.

One of the ways is to have snarky commentary and witty jokes. However, since it is really hard to come up with original jokes there has been a surge of tweet thieves. Twitter is now removing the tweets on copyright grounds, The Verge reports.

A tweet by @runolgarun (Olga Lexell) has been stolen and removed at least five times, noted Twitter user @PlagiarismBad. Lexell also has confirmed on Twitter that she in fact requested the removal of these stolen tweets. She says that they were tweeted by spam bots that had also stolen other jokes, and that the tweets were removed by Twitter without further questions.

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