Monthly Archives March 2014

Yahoo partners with Yelp to fight Google.

 

Searching on Yahoo will now deliver local business reviews from Yelp, through a partnership that could help Yahoo search compete against Google, or at the least make it more useful.

Yahoo said Wednesday that it had partnered with Yelp, as part of its efforts to offer a richer experience to its users. Financial terms of the partnership are not disclosed.

The announcement confirms rumors surrounding Yahoo’s curiosity about Yelp to improve its local search results. Yahoo’s revenue has sagged in recent quarters, and an enhanced version of search could help generate more ad sales.

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Yahoo’s search partnership with Yelp will integrate results from the Yelp app.

The integration with Yelp is a content partnership, a Yahoo spokeswoman said. Yelp user reviews, business information, star ratings and photos will be in the right-hand panel as part of the changes. The listings will appear in the results for Yahoo search as well as within Yahoo maps, for desktop, smartphone and tablet users in the U. S.

Links to directions within Yahoo maps, business hours and menus also can be found in Yahoo’s local search results.

The integration does not appear yet to generate Yelp’s listings for each business in Yelp, though additional listings will be added in the coming months, Yahoo said.

Yelp has exploded to become a popular service, but whether it will help Yahoo simply take market share away from Google is a tall order. Google has provided a range of similar information about local businesses through its search results for some time now.

The Yelp partnership comes as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer seeks to make other improvements in search. Mayer recently said that “contextual search, ” particularly on mobile phones, would be a focus going forward. Contextual search, she said, could provide people with more personalized content by detecting signals from their environments.

On mobile devices, Yahoo’s app already incorporates the user’s location to display more relevant search engine results such as restaurants and movie times.

Samsung Smart Watch info. What we know so far

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Talk of Apple’s iWatch has suddenly given way to Samsung’s new smart watch, that Samsung has tentatively said will be presented on September 4th in Berlin, prior to the IFA Conference.
It is rumored to be known as “Galaxy Gear” and is supposedly going to be a “concept device”. What exactly this means is not really known – it is not clear if the watch is going to be ready for shipment in Septemberor if what will be shown as just a prototype of what it will be.
Other rumors of whether the watch will be a flexible style design or not have not been confirmed yet.
Both Apple and Samsung are reportedly putting a lot of emphasis in the smart watch arena, in an effort to keep growth as new product markets avail themselves. But new competition could potentially take a piece of the watch market as device and accessory makers, even fashion designers, are poised to compete in the field. Hmmm..my birthday is in early September too ;) Samsung Galaxy

 

Bitcoin service Flexcoin Shuts Down After Massive Theft

Guys , Ill keep saying these two words until you guys get it : “decentralized currency”!!!  In other words, YOUR ON YOUR OWN!!! It is not insured like FDIC, it is not governed or regulated , in any way shape or form. When its lost or stolen in any way, LAW ENFORCEMENT WONT HELP YOU!!! When you lose your stash, your SOL! Here is another fact: These hackers KNOW law enforcement probably wont step in. When was the last time you heard about a bank robbery, or a hack of a large regulated bank, and the government did nothing? The government will hunt you down like a dog , if you rob a bank, because most of THAT money is theirs :) The government HATES decentralized currency because they cant monitor or control it, and probably will laugh at you if you try to report a theft. 

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The Bitcoin bank Flexcoin said today that it will be closing its doors after a massive theft of all of its Bitcoins. Hackers cleaned them out of 896 Bitcoins, which are worth  around $600,000.

Flexcoin was one of the few Bitcoin services that did offer HTTPS encryption, but I guess that made no difference as hackers were able to go in and steal the everthing, anyway. Flexcoin stated that they will be shutting down right after the theft. “As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or else to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately. ” Flexcoin did mention that they were working  with law enforcement to try and track the source of the hack.

Flexcoin said that it would not be liable for the theft as in its “terms of service” clearly staes that Flexcoin, “is  not responsible for insuring any Bitcoins stored in the Flexcoin system. ” There might be some good news though, Flexcoin did mention that some of its Bitcoins were stored in its offline storage and those were still intact and that it might begin contacting users to return those Bitcoins.

GALAXY GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20 first look

GALAXY has unveiled their GeForce GTX 780 Ti Hall of Fame Edition which features a very unique white PCB and having an impressive power design that will take overclocking to unheard of levels. This card is so powerful, that it set a 3DMark world record in FireStrike Extreme with some insane clock speeds using LN2 cooling.

GALAXY GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20

The Galaxy GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20 makes use of the GK110-425-B1 chip that’s fully unlocked providing you 2880 CUDA cores and 3GB of GDDR5 memory running across a 384-bit interface. We know this card will be overclocked, but the exact clocks are unknown at the moment. To achieve the 3DMark FireStrike Extreme world record overclocker MadTse pushed the card to 1886 MHz core and 2000 MHz memory (8GHz effective).

The card will probably have an all white PCB, which we’ve seen on most of the Hall of Fame cards from Galaxy. The PCB has 16 phases for the core, 2 phases for the memory and 3 phases for the PLL. The PCB makes use of high-end Panasonic tantalum capacitors, so it should be very stable. The pic shows KEMET tantalum capacitors with a capacity of 330uF and MDU3606 MOSFETs from Magnachip. The memory and power delivery components will have their own heatsinks, and THAT rocks!!  Power to the card will come in the way of dual 8pins pci-e and a single 6pin pci-e connector which means the card will have a TDP of around 300W. If it perfroms as good as it looks, it will be a winner!

GALAXY GeForce GTX 780 Ti HOF V20

Galaxy has not revealed details about the cooler for this card, but are we expecting it to similar to their last HOF card which featured a dual fan cooler and impressive heatsink design. If users want extra power,  Galaxy will be shipping an additional power supply module by having an 8 phase PWM with its own pair of voltage adjustments and tuning points. No word yet on pricing or when this card will soon be available.

 

Razer Launches ‘World First Mechanical Switch Designed For Gaming’ Keyboards

You won’t find a bigger fanbase of mechanical keyboards than Razer followers, which is why its very exciting to see razer push the envelope when it comes to their products. Razer’s latest product is aimed straight at gamers. It’s a mechanical keyboard technology that is specifically made for gamers first, and typing second, while most of the keyboards on the market cater typists first.

As you’d expect, Razer invested a bit of time in researching the wants of gamers, identifying the “optimal actuation distance for a gaming switch to a fraction of a millimeter and reduced the exact distance between the actuation and reset point by almost half to allow for faster, more precise gaming commands when comparing to standard mechanical switches. ” Razer also claims that the lifespan of the board approaches 60 million (yes, with a capital M) key strokes.

The brand new technology is currently available on the brand new Razer BlackWidow family of gaming keyboards, and amazingly, Razer’s making it available to “other gaming peripheral makers who wish to manufacture” high-grade mechanical keyboards of these own. The all new Razer Mechanical Switch comes in two types: The Razer Green switch that is tactile and clicky, requiring a force of 50 g to actuate; and the Razer Orange switch that is tactile yet silent, requiring a force of 45 g to actuate.