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VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!

VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!

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VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for the geeks.
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February 25th, 2013Published by:VR-Zone1
VR-Zone.com | Tech News for the Geeks!
 VR-Zone | Stuff for the Geeks is a bi-weekly publication covering the latest gadgets and stuff for thegeeks.
Facebook building coldstorage facility for oldcontent
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/facebook-building-cold-storage-facility-for-old-content/19077.htmlFebruary 25th, 2013
Facebook is building a huge cold storage data centre inPrineville, Oregon to house old and unpopular photos andmessages, an effort to cut energy costs as more people floodthe social network with content.Facebook is building a huge cold storage data centre inPrineville, Oregon to house old and unpopular photos andmessages, an effort to cut energy costs as more people floodthe social network with content.The new 16,000-square-foot facility will link up more harddrives to each server, slightly increasing the time (by milliseconds) it takes for users to download content storedthere, but significantly increasing the power efficiency of thesocial network.The servers will make extra energy savings by going intosleep mode when no data is being accessed, which meansthey will not need to be cooled as much as the existing set-up.Facebook is also working on a data centre in Sweden, its firstoutside the US. This will be not far from the Arctic Circle,and temperatures will be so low that it will act as a natural way to keep servers cool, saving significantly on energy costs. As the social network continues to grow it will likely needmore facilities like this, and it said it plans to invest more ininfrastructure throughout the year. A mere eight percent of the images posted to Facebook generate roughly 85 percent of the traffic, and these will still be stored in a super fast always-on data centre. A whopping300 million photos are uploaded to the service every day,so it is understandable why the company is seeking ways tomanage this volume of data more efficiently.Images Credit: Prineville Data Centre
MWC 2013: Nokia aiming lowwith 15 Euro basic phone andcheap Lumia smartphone
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/mwc-2013-nokia-aiming-low- with-15-euro-basic-phone-and-cheap-lumia-smartphone/19074.htmlFebruary 25th, 2013
Nokiais hoping to regain market share in the mobile sector by targeting the lower end with a €15 phone, a €65 phone forthose who want internet access, and a lower priced Lumiasmartphone.
 
February 25th, 2013Published by:VR-Zone2
Nokia is hoping to regain market share in the mobile sector by targeting the lower end with a €15 phone, a €65 phone forthose who want internet access, and a lower priced Lumiasmartphone.The Finnish firm, which once ruled the mobile sector, isgoing back to its roots with low-end and feature phonesaimed at emerging markets, signalling a shift in policy fromits attempts to challenge the dominance of Samsung and Apple in the smartphone arena.The Nokia 105 comes in at just €15, with a colour screenand basic features, including up to 35-days of battery life. Itis aimed at emerging markets like China, Egypt, India andRussia, where there are large populations who will be unableto afford the considerably more expensive smartphones, northe equally costly bills or credit with carriers required tomake good use of them. This phone will be released in thefirst quarter.The Nokia 301 offers an affordable phone with 3.5Gconnectivity, along with the Nokia Xpress browser and asmart camera. This model and its cheaper cousin are alsoavailable in a variety of coloured rims to match the moreexpensive Lumia models, helping retain a sense of brandidentity. The 301 will be out in the second quarter.Nokia is also planning a €139 Lumia 520 smartphonefor the lower end of the market, which may make it anattractive alternative to more expensive models from rivals,and Nokia's other higher price-tag Lumia devices. While sales of basic phones fell in 2012, they still brought insignificant revenue, so focusing on this area could help Nokiarecover. However, its biggest rivals are also attempting totake advanatage of low-end devices in emerging markets, soit is likely to face tough competition in all sectors.
MWC 2013: Intel unveils newmobile processors and LTEsolution
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/mwc-2013-intel-unveils-new-mobile-processors-and-lte-solution/19073.htmlFebruary 25th, 2013
Intel has announced an array of new mobile processorsand an LTE solution at the Mobile World Congress 2013 inBarcelona.Intel has announced an array of new mobile processorsand an LTE solution at the Mobile World Congress 2013 inBarcelona.The new Atom processor platform, codenamed Clover Trail+, is designed for smartphones, with long battery lifein mind. There are three initial 32 nanometer dual-coreprocessors to choose from, the Z2580, the Z2560, and theZ2520, with speeds at 2.0 GHz, 1.6 GHz, and 1.2 GHZrespectively, which is up to double the computing speed of previous Atom processors.
 
February 25th, 2013Published by:VR-Zone3
The chips come with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology toallow four simultaneous application threads for even betterperformance. The Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, withgraphics core speeds of up to 533MHz in boost mode, candeliver up to three times the graphics performance of theIntel Atom Processor Z2460 platform. With many rivals already jumping to quad-core, Intel willsoon follow with the Atom Z2760 processor, codenamed Bay Trail, the company's first quad-core SoC. Intel is teaming up with Compal, ECS, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron to help bring this chip to the market, in addition to its previouspartnership with top computer makers like Samsung, Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, LG, HP, and others. It will be availablearound Christmas of this year.Intel is focusing on improving the security of devices withIdentity Protection Technology built into the chips, whichenables a two-factor authentication process for protectingcloud services like online banking, e-commerce, onlinegaming, and social networking. The chip giant has teamedup with Visa, MasterCard, McAfee, SecureKey, Symantec,and others to incorporate this extra level of security.The company is also jumping on the 4G LTE bandwagon with the unveiling of the XMM 7160 multimode-multibandLTE solution, which it claims is the smallest andlowest-power technology of its kind, making it ideal forsmartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks. Its modem cansupport 15 LTE bands at the same time, more than any rival,and the RF architecture can run real time algorithms forenvelope tracking and antenna tuning, which results in cost-efficient multiband configurations. This is due out in the firsthalf of the year, in time for an expected major boom in 4Gconnectivity.
YouTube to launch Pay-to-View channels
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/youtube-to-launch-pay-to-view-channels/19064.htmlFebruary 25th, 2013
 YouTube has reportedly contacted a "small group" of channels to apply to be among the first paid channels. Thereare also rumors that YouTube might charge for live eventslike concerts and access to older episodes. This has been along-awaited feature of YouTube and is expected to becomea major revenue stream.Google is taking big strides in the media consumptionmarket. After the recent rumors that Google is in aggressivenegotiations with record labels to launch a music streamingservice like Spotify.Google is planning something similar with YouTube by launching pay-to-view channels. This has been a long-awaited feature of YouTube and is expected to become amajor revenue stream.The words: "You can only subscribe/unsubscribe from thispaid channel on your computer." confirms the legitimacy of the rumors that the feature will launch shortly.
Will Barnes and Noble stopmaking the Nook?
Source:http://vr-zone.com/articles/will-barnes-and-noble-stop-making-the-nook-/19068.htmlFebruary 25th, 2013
 As has been widely speculated by everyone in the Techindustry, the Nook hasn't done as well as the B&N execs would have liked. Will B&N continue to make the Nook hardware?B&N last month acknowledged the less-than-expectationholiday sales, and, according to sources of The New York Times, will stop building its own hardware. Instead the focus will be on delivering and licensing content to third-party developers.

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