Kingston has revealed a new, fast, portable 1 TB Flash Drive

 

We’re all used to thumb drives by now–they’re so convenient and have such capacity they’ve killed the recordable CD and DVD and keep turning up in embarrassing government data loss news items. But if you’re a fanatical thumb drive enthusiast you’re probably going to need to sit down for this info: At the CES show Kingston revealed its DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 unit with one terrabyte of capacity.

The tiny 2.8-inch by 1-inch thumbdrive runs at USB 3.0 speeds and comes in 512 GB and 1 TB sizes–capacities you’d more normally associate with a large mains-powered desktop external hard drive. The price is as yet undisclosed, though you can probably expect it to be astronomical. The innovation does prove one thing, though: The end of the spinning storage disk really is approaching.

Is a 1TB thumbdrive something you’d use? Or is it asking for all sorts of terrible data-leaking accidents?

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Article: Now is a good time to re-set your Twitter password and disable Java in your browser

Now is a good time to re-set your Twitter password and disable Java in your browser

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Amid Long Odds, BlackBerry Maker Unveils New Line and New Name (Superbowl ad is coming…)

 

After numerous delays and development hiccups, RIM has finally unveiled it’s  next generation BlackBerrys on Wednesday, a new lineup of smartphones that could  make or break the company.

The company also dropped its Research in Motion moniker in favor of the  BlackBerry brand.

“From today on, we are BlackBerry everywhere in the world,” president and CEO  Thorstein Heins said. “One brand, one promise.”

Heins showed off two new phones at simultaneous events across cities around  the world including New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Johannesburg, Jakarta and  Dubai.

The Z10 resembles the smartphones most of us have become accustomed to since  the dawn of the iPhone with a large 4.2-inch screen while the Q10 maintains the  company’s iconic physical keyboard, an addition that will surely appeal to the  BlackBerry faithful. Both run the company’s next generation operating system,  BlackBerry 10.

‘A good browser, apps, good camera, and fast networking in your  smartphone is just expected today.’

– BlackBerry president and CEO Thorstein Heins

 

“A good browser, apps, good camera, and fast networking in your smartphone is  just expected today,” Heins said. “BlackBerry 10 goes beyond that with secure  communications, and a real-time platform.”

U.S. carriers will announce pre-registration today. Although there are no  concrete release dates, the new phones are expected to ship in mid-March. The  Z10 is expected to cost $199 with a contract and will be available on Verizon,  AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

The LTE-ready Z10 comes outfitted with a 4.2-inch 1,280 x 768 display and  measures in at 5.13 x 2.6 x 0.37 inches, making it slightly thicker than the  iPhone 5 and Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S III. Powering the 138 gram phone is a  1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus with 2GB RAM.

On stage, Heins demonstrated a slew of innovative features unique to the new  platform, including a virtual keyboard that allows you to flick words onto the  screen, multi-tasking integration called BlackBerry Flow and a robust  re-envisioning of the Blackberry Messenger experience. Of emphasis was  “BlackBerry Balance,” the platform’s ability to seamlessly merge both work and  play in a single unified experience. For corporate users, it could mean finally  ditching the practice of carrying around two phones.

But in the age of “ecosystems,” simply having a solid phone with great  software is no longer enough. Users expect more. They want their favorite apps  and easy access to all the digital entertainment — games, music, videos, books,  sports — that they’ve all grown accustomed to. On this front, BlackBerry didn’t  disappoint.

The new BlackBerry World is the company’s answer to the iTunes Store and  Google Play and already includes over 70,000 apps and support from eight movie  studios and all major music labels. BlackBerry 10 launches with support for  Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, the NHL, Major League Baseball and more. Skype,  Angry Birds and WhatsApp among others have all pledged their support for the  platform although there were some notable absences. Instagram was nowhere to be  seen.

Whether or not the new releases can put up a serious challenge against Apple  and Android remains to be seen. In the months leading up to the launch,  BlackBerry’s stock has soared. But mere days before the launch, analysts were  split over whether the new phones could save the company. Following the  announcement, BlackBerry’s stock was down over 6 percent.

“RIM continues to face the twin demons of consumer-driven buying power and a  chronic inability to appeal to mature market consumers. There is nothing in what  we’ve seen so far of BB10 that suggests it will conquer the second of these  demons, and the first is utterly out of RIM’s control,” said Jan Dawson, chief  telecoms analyst for Ovum. “Its glory days are past, and it is only a matter of  time before it reaches a natural end.”

Others, however, believe this could be an opportunity for a serious  comeback.

“This year we will see multiple attempts to fight the Samsung/Apple  smartphone duopoly in smartphone hardware—along with the twin Google/Apple  duopoly in smartphone operating systems,” said Ian Fogg, senior principal  analyst at IHS. “Because of the fast-rising adoption of smartphones, 2013  represents the last, best hope for RIM’s BlackBerry 10—along with endangered  specimens like Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Nokia’s Lumia and Mozilla’s Firefox—to  create a viable third smartphone competitor in the market.”

For BlackBerry, the realization that this could be the company’s last chance  saloon has culminated in an unprecedented marketing push. Heins revealed that  singer-songwriter Alicia Keys would be the company’s new Global Creative  Director. And next week, the new BlackBerry will be featured in its first ever  Super Bowl ad.

 

New Disney Tie-in Commercial

First (of what I am sure are many) cross promotions for Disney

 

The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition can capture 4K Video

SAN FRANCISCO–GoPro pulled the wraps off of a new generation of its line of Hero sports camera packages built around the smallest, most powerful camera that it has ever offered: the GoPro Hero3.

The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is the flagship model that will retail for $399.99. This new model features a chassis that is 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the outgoing Hero2 model and is only 20mm thick when removed from its plastic shell. The plastic shell itself is also smaller (obviously) and features a new flat lens. The case also features a double lock that ensures that the rear plastic door isn’t going anywhere once it’s sealed, unless you want it to — even then, it’s sort of tricky to deal with.

The Hero3 is able to capture up to 4K video at up to 15 frames per second, a new 2.7K video resolution at up to 30fps, and an oddball 4:3 aspect ratio 1440p video at up to 48fps. Of course the standard HD resolutions also make return appearances. The Hero3 Black Edition fleshes out its list of formats with 1080p full HD at 60fps, 960p tall HD at 100fps, 720p HD at up to 120fps, and WVGA 480p at up to 240fps. You may think that 4K video is overkill, particularly at the low 15fps frame rate, but being able to capture more-conventional HD video resolutions at ridiculously high frame rates can make for some sweet slow-motion video.

Here comes Windows8 Tablets!

Microsoft – Microsoft is now claiming the new Surface is on a three week backlog prior to there “official” release on 10/26.

They are being positioned as a high-powered alternative to the Apple iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Surface is available at three price points: $699 for a 64 GB model with a “Touch Cover” (a case plus keyboard, basically); $599 for a 32 GB model with a Touch Cover; and $499 for a 32 GB model without a Touch Cover.

Sony –

The new Windows 8 VAIO can lay flat on a desk or table like a huge tablet, you can flip ou...Sony has priced and detailed the VAIO Tap 20 mobile Tabletop PC and VAIO Duo 11 sliding hybrid Ultrabook seen at IFA 2012 in readiness for the release of Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 8. Both devices lead the charge for a new VAIO Touchworld collection that includes new touchscreen models in the E Series laptop and T Series Ultrabook families-

 

AMC Chain – SOLD

BEIJING, China and KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept, 4, 2012 — Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. (“Wanda”), a leading Chinese private conglomerate and China’s largest investor in cultural and entertainment activities, and AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. (“AMC”), a preeminent U.S. movie exhibitor, today announced the successful completion of Wanda’s acquisition of AMC, creating the world’s largest cinema owner. The transaction is valued at approximately US$2.6 billion.

Wanda Chairman and President Wang Jianlin said, “We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of AMC and begin this new chapter in Wanda’s international development. Throughout this entire process we have been impressed with the expertise and dedication of AMC’s management team and associates. We now look forward to working with AMC’s CEO Gerry Lopez and his team to invest in and build on the company’s widely-recognized brand and the incomparable entertainment experience AMC offers to its millions of customers.”

Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president of AMC, said, “All of us at AMC are thrilled about our future with Wanda. It allows us to continue expanding and innovating in what is the world’s largest movie market. More so, we are enthusiastic about combining AMC’s leadership in the US with Wanda’s leadership in China, the world’s fastest-growing market. We strongly believe in our shared common interests in advancing the movie industry and we feel this partnership creates one of the world’s premier location-based entertainment companies.”

Wanda will operate AMC as a wholly owned subsidiary under its existing brand while investing up to an additional US$500 million in the unit over time to fund strategic and operating initiatives. AMC will continue to control film programming and remain headquartered in the Kansas City metropolitan area, with more than 17,000 associates operating theaters in 32 states across the United States.

The transaction creates the world’s largest global cinema owner by combining Wanda’s 94 theatres, 805 screens and large-scale stage show, film production and distribution, entertainment chains with AMC’s 338 multiplex theatres and 4,865 screens, including 2,171 3-D screens and 124 IMAX screens, making it the world’s largest operator of IMAX screens. Approximately 200 million people watched movies in AMC theatres in 2011.