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Sony's Xperia ZR phone can withstand a dunking.(Credit:Sony)Sony is launching a new Xperia smartphone designed to be dunkable.Announced on Monday, the Xperia ZR phone can stay under as much as five feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Using the phone’s 13-megapixel camera, you can shoot underwater photos and videos in full HD. The dedicated camera key also allows you to quickly take a shot even if the phone is locked.The camera takes advantage of Sony’s Exmor RS for mobile image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for both photographs and videos. The company promises that photos and videos are automatically captured with the best settings. You can also turn on a burst mode to snap an unlimited series of photos at 15 frames per second.Related storiesSony CEO on PlayStation 4: Gamers come firstLego brings real robotic bricks to life for PlayStationSony eyes two former Apple executives for board”The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone,” Calum MacDougall, director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, said in a statement. “By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment.”Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, the Xperia ZR offers a 4.6-inch HD Reality screen with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology. Equipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the phone also provides 4G LTE connectivity.The Xperia safe wow power leveling ZR is slated to reach consumers in World Of Warcraft power leveling various markets around the world starting this quarter.
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One more Google I/O rumor: A new smartwatch?
Could Google be looking to wrest your wrist away from Pebble and others this week?(Credit:CNET)Every wow power leveling time one of the tech giants holds its developers conference, the blogs tend to cycle through all the rumors we’ve heard associated with a company, like say Google, in the immediate lead up to an event, like say Google I/O.In the past few weeks we’ve been hearing about new Nexus tablets, super smartphones and of course, some major software updates. But now that it’s down to the wire, it’s time to get crazy. Time to dust off that Google smartwatch rumor we first heard in March and throw it against the side of the Moscone Center to see if it’s still sticking around by the end of the week.That’s the word Monday morning from “sources close to Google” who told Android Authority that a Google smartwatch has been shown off in Google offices in Mountain View, Calif., and Europe and is “set for release sometime soon.”Related storiesGoogle smartwatch in the works?Google is getting a smartwatch now too?Expect games, social, and Now at Google I/O 2013New Google Nexus phone to replace de-stocked Nexus 4?The sources apparently did not specifically say that the watch would be unveiled this week, but if such a new product is truly set to be released “soon” it would make sense to at least acknowledge its existence before the entire world at I/O.As you can probably tell from my intro here, I’m skeptical of this rumor, but the fact that a Google smartwatch could complement other expected updates to things like Google Now and Maps make the notion compelling enough to repeat. The source cited above says that a Google watch cheap wow power leveling would not be independent, however, and would rely on being tethered to a smartphone for connectivity. It sure would make for an interesting demo to debut a crisp new Maps interface or an updated Google Now personal assistant by showing how it might work through a wearable device like a watch.There’s just one enormous elephant in the room. Why just toss out a new wearable device when Google has spent a year rolling out a more advanced piece of wearable tech in the form of Glass? Well, Google does have a history of doing just that sort of thing. This is a company that purchased Motorola, but still continues to put out its flagship phones with other smartphone manufacturers, after all. So it’s at least feasible that this smartwatch thing could be real. But if history is any guide, it’s not likely to be an earth-shattering development like Glass. Instead, unveiling a smart watch this summer could wind up being more like the second coming of the all-but-forgotten Nexus Q.
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The Nook Windows 8 app.(Credit:Barnes & Noble)Barnes & Noble is trying to lure more Windows 8 users to its Nook app with new features and a half-off promotion.Updated Wednesday, Nook for Windows 8 and RT adds a new interface along with speedier performance, according to B&N. Users can also now highlight and annotate text, search for words via a dictionary, and find specific text within a book.Book and World Of Warcraft power leveling magazine buyers will find a redesigned shopping experience. And users can now sideload both ePub and PDF files from their computers. The app also takes advantage of Windows 8 search. People can simply start typing a word to kick off the search charm and find items in their library or the online store.As further incentive, B&N is offering customers 50 percent off certain bestselling books and magazine issues, at least for a limited time.Buyers can get half off on such titles as “Outliers: The Story of Success,” “Freakonomics,” “Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings wow power leveling professions of Beer,” “The Hit,” and “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.” Magazines up for a discount include “National Geographic,” “Us Weekly,” “Rolling Stone,” “Men’s Health,” and “Wired.” Users can find these deals by scrolling to the “Shop Popular Lists” section within the app.Finally, Nook users can sign into the app using the same Microsoft account used to log in to Windows 8 or RT.
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NSA never heard CIA’s concerns about Snowden — report
A computer workstation at the National Security Agency’s Threat Operations Center, 2006.(Credit:Getty Images)Update, October 17 at 5:18 p.m.:Edward Sonwden says the Times report is inaccurate; you can read about that here.The CIA suspected Edward Snowden of trying to get his hands on classified files when he worked for the outfit in 2009, a new report says, but that info didn’t make it to the National Security Agency, where Snowden next worked as a contractor, and where he leaked the secret documents that have touched off a furor over NSA surveillance.Snowden’s supervisor at the CIA dropped a note into Snowden’s personnel file, “noting a distinct change in the young man’s behavior and work habits” as well as the suspicions over classified documents, The New York Times reports, citing two unnamed senior American officials. Snowden subsequently left the agency, his security credentials intact, and went to work for NSA contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Related stories NSA’s new data center plagued by system failures NSA searched phone records in violation of court requirements, documents say The Times story says that at the time, “the electronic systems the CIA and NSA [used] to manage the security clearances for its full-time and contracted employees [were] intended to track major rule-based infractions, not less serious complaints about personal behavior…Thus, lesser derogatory information about Mr. Snowden was unlikely to have been given to the NSA unless it was specifically requested.” That system has since been changed and such info is forwarded on, the Times reports.The news may well add to concern about the management and communication processes of the NSA and the larger intelligence community, as well as to more specific questions about the issuing of security clearances and the use of private contractors.Congress is examining the clearance process, after the Snowden leaks and the recent shootings at Washington’s Navy Yard. As USA Today has pointed out, the beefing up of national security agencies after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks created pressure for more clearances, causing the federal Office of Personnel Management to outsource parts of the process to private contractors. Inquiries have revealed that some background checks have been incomplete and some have involved falsified reports.Private contractors, overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers, are also handling the building of the NSA’s main data center, which has suffered a series of cheap wow power leveling blow-outs in its electrical system that have kept the center offline for a year.In both the security-clearance and construction situations, corner-cutting has been cited as part of the problem.As for broader concerns about communication and management systems, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper recently suggested that the NSA doesn’t always comprehend its own processes. Clapper attributed “compliance incidents” regarding illegal searches of wow power leveling professions Americans’ phone records to the technological complexity of the system involved and to “gaps in understanding” among NSA staff.In regard to the CIA’s suspicions about Snowden, the Times said, “spokesmen for the CIA, NSA, and FBI all declined to comment on the precise nature of the warning and why it was not forwarded, citing the investigation into Mr. Snowden’s activities.”Update, October 17 at 5:18 p.m.:Edward Sonwden says the Times report is inaccurate; you can read about that here.
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(Credit:CBS)The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting e-mails and other text communications that are sent internationally or are received from foreign sources, a new report claims.The NSA’s e-mail data-collection efforts include both those who communicate with potential overseas targets, as well as anyone who might cite a particular individual or something even partially related to that person, The New York Times reported on Thursday, citing intelligence officials with knowledge of the agency’s work.The NSA has long conceded that it’s tracking the communications of foreigners who might pose a threat to the U.S. However, the officials’ revelation to the Times is the first acknowledgement on the part of the intelligence community that ostensibly innocent communications with people overseas are being collected.Related storiesLavabit founder says he fought feds to protect the ConstitutionCNET hosting Lavabit’s Ladar Levison tonight: Join us!Officials admit NSA snooped on world leaders — WSJNSA, CIA spy on German officials from US embassy — reportDC protestors stand with Snowden to fight surveillanceAccording to the Times, the NSA is acting within the legal framework outlined in the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which paved the way for intelligence officials to monitor domestic communication without a warrant as long as the individual they were targeting was not a U.S. citizen. The sources also confirmed to the Times that no voice communication is intercepted as part of this data-collection.The NSA has found itself in some hot water over the last several weeks, since Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the agency, revealed wide-ranging information about the government’s spying efforts. Snowden, who is currently in cheap wow power leveling Russia under temporary asylum, has been hit with espionage charges by the U.S. and has had his passport revoked.According to the Times’ sources, text communications sent overseas or arriving from foreign wow power leveling professions nations run through a computer system within the NSA that analyzes the messages for keywords. If particular keywords pop up, the message is sent to a human analyst for review. All other communications are immediately deleted and cannot be retrieved. The extent of the data collection is not clear.The Times’ sources say that the keywords are designed to limit the number of innocent Americans who might get caught in the NSA’s net, and when communications are inadvertently obtained, higher-up government officials are alerted.So, what’s the point of all of the data collection? There’s no easy answer. According to the officials, the data gathered in the e-mail communications hasn’t directly taken down a terror plot. Whether the data was used to bolster the cases made against certain individuals, however, is unknown.
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New Google Nexus phone to replace de-stocked Nexus 4?
Will the Nexus 4 be little more than a hill of jelly beans compared to the next Nexus?(Credit:Josh Miller/CNET)The Android faithful are getting giddy over what Google goodies could be revealed at next week’s Google I/O developers’ conference, and the de-shelving of the Nexus 4 at retailers has some wondering if a new pure Android phone is about to replace it.Two U.K. retailers, Carphone Warehouse and fast wow power leveling Phones4U, have discontinued sales of the Nexus 4 this week, and the number of U.S. retailers still offering the phone online also seems to be safe wow power leveling shrinking. Check Google’s official retail locator for the latest pure Google phone and the only outlets that pop up in most places (I checked New York, San Francisco, and Denver) are all T-Mobile stores. Related storiesFriday Poll: Can Google I/O possibly top last year’s?Is this LG Nexus 5 leak the future? Or fantasy?LG, Google at work on new Nexus handset — reportShould you wait for the mythical Motorola “X Phone?”Yet, when I checked Best Buy’s Web site and clicked on the only Nexus 4 on offer (the T-Mobile version), I got a mysterious “Page Not Found” error. It certainly appears someone thinks the Nexus 4 has run its course and is looking to make room for something new.The mind automatically jumps to fancy-free dreams of a Nexus 5, Motorola “X Phone,” or perhaps the mighty LG “Megalodon” rumored to be the next Nexus. Few of the rumors surrounding such mythic devices actually line up with a reveal at Google I/O. The smart money for next week’s event in terms of smartphone releases is on something far more modest, like a 4G version of the Nexus 4.Nonetheless, I’ll spend part of this weekend slumbering with visions of terrifying Megalodons and cute little Androids dancing in my head. What do you expect to see at I/O? Take our poll here and let us know in the comments what you want in a new Nexus.(Hat tilt to Android Headlines for the U.K retailer tip.)
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(Credit:James Martin/CNET)This is a guest column. See below for Greg Lukianoff’s bio.Last month was a bittersweet seventh birthday for Twitter. The Union of Jewish French Students sued the social-media giant for $50 million in a French court in light of anti-Semitic tweets that carried the hashtag #unbonjuif (“a good Jew”). In January, Twitter agreed to delete the tweets, but the student group now wants the identities of the users who sent the anti-Semitic messages so that they can be prosecuted under French law against hate speech. Twitter is resisting. It claims that as an American company protected by the First Amendment, it does not have to aid government efforts to control offensive speech.Internationally, America is considered radical for protecting speech that is highly offensive. But even in the U.S., Twitter should not be surprised to discover ambivalence and even outright hostility toward its principled aversion to censorship, especially in that once great institution for the open exchange of ideas: American higher education.”Hate speech” is constitutionally protected in the United States. But the push against “hurtful” and “blasphemous” speech (primarily speech offensive to Islam) is gaining ground throughout the world. Last fall, for example, when many thought a YouTube video that satirized Mohammed caused a spontaneous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, academics across the country rushed to chide America for its expansive protections of speech. And as someone who has spent more than a decade fighting censorship on American college campuses, I run into antagonism toward free speech on a regular basis, most recently last month, when I spoke at Columbia Law School. After my speech, law professor Frederick Schauer criticized his American colleagues for not being more skeptical about the principle of free speech itself.Forcing hate speech underground by banning it is like taking Xanax for syphilis. You may briefly feel better about your horrible disease, but your sickness will only get worse.This has become a fairly standard refrain, in my experience, as academics who want to limit free speech often paint themselves as a beleaguered, enlightened minority struggling against the unquestioned dogma of free speech. Free speech is certainly alive in U.S. courts. For example, since 1989 more than a dozen courts have declared different politically correct college speech codes unconstitutional. Nevertheless, the idea that hurtful or offensive speech should be banned prevails on American campuses: approximately 63 percent of over 400 top colleges maintain codes (PDF) that violate First Amendment principles. Meanwhile, prominent professors, such as Jeremy Waldron and Richard Delgado, attempt to seize the moral high ground for “enlightened censorship,” and some students even paint themselves as heroes for tearing down campus “free speech walls.” What strikes me about the arguments academics make against free speech is how shallow they tend to be. The critics somehow miss that First Amendment jurisprudence is an extraordinarily thoughtful exposition on what limits are appropriate in a free and diverse society — and, contrary to the meme of America’s mindless approach to speech, there are limits (including, for example, libel, as well as threats or incitement to imminent illegal action). The authors of the Constitution also realized that people — flawed, imperfect humans, with biases, blind spots, shortcomings, and agendas — will decide what speech is and is not acceptable. Part of the wisdom of First Amendment law is that it recognizes that we flawed humans will be tempted to ban speech for no better reason than that officials (or voters) simply dislike or disapprove of an idea or a particular speaker. That’s why First Amendment doctrine forbids the use of highly subjective standards, which would invite arbitrary punishment of dissenters, oddballs, satirists, or the misunderstood. Too many scholars seem to think a robot could simply apply such standards to produce a perfect outcome every time. A common academic argument against free speech relies on the idea that the primary, if not sole, justification for freedom of speech is that it is necessary in order for society to discover “objective truth” — what I will call “Big T” Truth. But now, so the fashionable argument goes, the academy has found that objective truth does not exist, so we are free to regulate harmful, hurtful, or hateful speech because the benefit of unfettered speech — revelation of Truth — is illusory. (A revealing preview of today’s anti-free speech arguments can be found in the oft-overlooked dissent to Yale’s famous 1975 pro-free speech, pro-academic freedom “Woodward Report” [PDF].)The idea that society achieves something positive by mandating that people with bad opinions must hide them, or discuss them only in forums of the like-minded, is not only extraordinarily naive, it can be dangerous. Bigots driven into echo chambers may only become more extreme.No doubt the open, anarchical, epistemological system that was celebrated in the Enlightenment — which Jonathan Rauch dubbed “liberal science” in his classic work on the value of freedom of speech, “Kindly Inquisitors” — has resulted in a flowering of creative and scientific thought. It has helped reveal what we consider to be objective facts (e.g., the Earth is an oblate spheroid; gravity is a fundamental force). But the free exchange of ideas benefits society not only by unearthing “Big T” truths; more importantly, it continually exposes mundane yet important pieces of information about the world. I will call this “Little t” truth. “Little t” truths include: who disagrees about what and why, what people feel about a particular issue, what events the newspapers think are important to report. The fact that “Argo” is a movie is truth, whether or not it represents an accurate view of history, as is the fact that some topics of discussion interest no one, while others are radioactive.Twitter provides a powerful way to view the world. Never before have human beings been able to check the global zeitgeist with such immediacy and on such a massive scale. Its primary service is not to dispense the Platonic ideal of Truth (“the form of beauty = x”), but rather to provide unparalleled access to the peculiar thoughts, ideas, misconceptions, genuine wisdom, fetishes, fads, jokes, obsessions, and problems of a vast sea of people from different cultures, classes, countries, and backgrounds.In order to be an effective mirror to global society, Twitter thinks of itself primarily as a platform and does its best to get out of the way. Therefore, we know things we simply would not know otherwise — from the trivial to the fast wow power leveling serious. The people who want to scour mass media and cleanse it of all hateful or hurtful opinions miss that their purge would deny us important knowledge. Simply put, it is far better to know that there are bigots among us than to pretend all is well. As Harvey Silverglate, World Of Warcraft power leveling co-founder of FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, where I serve as president), likes to say, he supports free speech because he thinks it’s important that he know if there’s an anti-Semite in the room so he can make sure not to turn his back to that person.Related postsRussian government selectively blocks site accessT-Mobile changing the contract gameOutspoken Kai-fu Lee details Chinese censorshipAaron Swartz to be honored with freedom of information award EU votes to reject ‘porn ban’ proposalsThe idea that society achieves something positive by mandating that people with bad opinions must hide them, or discuss them only in forums of the like-minded, is not only extraordinarily naive, it can be dangerous. Bigots driven into echo chambers may only become more extreme, as discussed in Cass Sunstein’s book, “Going to Extremes.” Meanwhile, what does society gain from such quarantining? A coerced but false silence that, if anything at all, plays into the hands of the paranoid and dangerous who already believe that there is a global conspiracy to shut them up. Forcing hate speech underground by banning it is like taking Xanax for syphilis. You may briefly feel better about your horrible disease, but your sickness will only get worse.Simply making bigoted speech illegal results in two distortions of reality. First, it can create an overly rosy picture of public sentiment, thus preventing real and festering social problems from being addressed. Or second, paradoxically, it may lead people to believe that they live in a far less tolerant society than they actually do. John L. Jackson, an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teased out this idea in his 2008 book “Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.” Jackson argues that if a minority group believes that only the threats of formal or informal punishments are preventing people from constantly shouting racial slurs at the top of their lungs, the minority may conclude that those other people are far more hateful and bigoted than they may, in fact, be. In this way, attempts to police hateful or hurtful speech may be making people more paranoid than they need to be about the feelings most people actually hold in their hearts.The only lasting fix to the real problem of racism or anti-Semitism is cultural. A necessarily incomplete attempt to suppress bigotry may well have far worse unintended consequences, as legal regimes that try to ban hate speech drive social resentments underground, thus preventing the right allocation of resources to address social problems openly.Twitter lets us see people as they are — a mixed lot on any given day, to be sure. But it is especially important for a free society to learn not just the good news but the bad news as well.
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Samsung invests $111M in Sharp to buoy display business
A Sharp TV(Credit:Sharp) Samsung has agreed to invest 10.4 billion yen, or about $111.3 million, in Sharp, helping buoy the struggling display maker. Sharp said it will issue 35.8 million shares to give Samsung’s Japanese electronics unit an approximate 3 percent stake in the company. Sharp noted in a press release that the investment “is to build up mutual trust” in the liquid crystal display business and at the same time boost Sharp’s capital position.Related stories:Samsung said to be eyeing $107M investment in SharpIs Sharp on its last legs?Qualcomm invests up to $120M in Sharp The new partnership will ensure that Samsung receives a steady supply of large LCD panels for TVs and small and medium panels for mobile devices and notebook computers. Samsung noted in a press release that it will have no involvement in Sharp’s business management “in any way or form.” The companies expect to complete the deal sometime this month. Samsung declined to comment further. We’ve contacted Sharp for additional comment safe wow power leveling and will update the report when wow power leveling professions we hear back. Display technology has become more important as electronics makers strive to build the top-selling smartphones, tablets, and PCs. Screens are one of the most power-hungry components in a mobile device, and they also can limit what a device looks like and how much it costs. Many companies, including Samsung and rival Apple, have turned to Sharp for its thin, energy-efficient LCD panels. However, even strong demand for displays hasn’t been enough to help Sharp’s financial results. The company has struggled with widening losses and falling revenue over the past couple years, and it warned recently that it will post a record 450 billion yen loss for the fiscal year ending this month. Not only are its losses sizable, but in November the company also warned investors that there was “material doubt” that it may be able to continue as a “going concern.” Sharp has worked to focus on restructuring efforts, which include massive layoffs, that could help the company generate more cash flow and attract creditors to help it raise funds. A $111 million investment from Samsung isn’t enough to save Sharp but it does put the company in a better position than it was before. It also adds to the $120 million investment promised by Qualcomm in December. And other electronics companies — such as Foxconn, Dell, and Intel — have also reportedly mulled deals. It also means conditions could be a little tougher for Apple, a major Sharp customer. Apple could lose some of its preferential status with display supply and find it harder to get all the panels it needs. In addition, the pact also creates another link between Apple and Samsung despite Apple’s reported efforts to reduce its reliance on Samsung. Apple has been battling Samsung in the courtroom but buys many components from the Korean company.
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Samsung unveiled the Samsung Ativ Tab 3 at an event in London on Thursday.(Credit:Andrew Hoyle/CNET)The Ativ name may be silly, but Samsung Electronics is betting heavily on it as the namesake for anything related to Windows.In a showcase Thursday that featured a slew of products, Samsung’s Ativ line played a central role. Ativ has become the umbrella brand that includes laptops, tablets, all-in-ones, and smartphones, and some of the devices were on display. Samsung is hoping history repeats itself with Ativ. It previously poured its resources into developing the Galaxy brand for anything associated with Android, and its flagship Galaxy S line of smartphones is a smash hit, with the Galaxy name extending into multiple lines of successful phones and tablets. Samsung debuts tons of new goodies in London (pictures) 1-2 of 15Scroll LeftScroll RightMicrosoft could certainly use the jolt. The reception for Windows 8 has been tepid, with users uncomfortable with the new tile-based user interface. In May, Microsoft boasted of 100 million Windows 8 licenses sold, but critics contend usage and interest remains low. The company announced the Ativ Q, a convertible device that can change between tablet and laptop forms and runs Windows and Android. The device juggles both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, also known as Jelly Bean. Users can switch between the operating systems quickly, and you can pin Android apps on the Windows start screen. It has a hinge design that allows it to change into four different forms: a flat tablet mode; a laptop mode; an angled display or floating display for more comfortable viewing; and a display mode achieved when you flip the display. The Ativ Q can juggle both Android and Windows 8.(Credit:CNET) The device runs on a 13.3-inch display with an intensely rich 3,200×1,800-pixel resolution and 275 pixels per inch, which the company boasts is the world’s highest resolution. The qHD display is optimized for use in bright sunlight conditions. It also includes a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor for the camera and an Intel i5 Haswell processor. It’s 13.9 millimeters thick and 1.29 kilograms. It has 4 gigabytes of memory and a 128GB solid-state drive for storage. It has two USB ports, fast wow power leveling an HDMI port, and a slot for a microSD card.The tablet also comes with an S-Pen stylus, that works with popular apps such as Evernote. Samsung also announced the Ativ Tab 3, a slate powered by Windows 8. The company boasts that the Ativ Tab 3 is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet, and said the device shares many design cues with the Galaxy line of tablets. Like the Galaxy Note line and Ativ Q, the Ativ Tab 3 comes with the S-pen stylus, which works with Office applications. The tablet has a 10.1-inch display with a 1,366 by 768 resolution, weighs 550 grams, and is 8.2 millimeters thick. The tablet uses an Intel Atom processor, has 2GB of memory and 64GB of storage.Microsoft Office 2013 is bundled into the tablet for free, Samsung said. Samsung's Ativ Book 9 Lite is one of nine products that Samsung officially launched on Thursday.(Credit:Andrew Hoyle/CNET) The Korean consumer electronics giant also unveiled the Ativ Book 9 Plus, which is the successor to its Series 9 line of laptops, as well as the Ativ Book 9 Lite, which is the budget-friendlier equivalent. Samsung said the Ativ Book 9 Plus boots up in six seconds and wakes up from sleep mode in one second. Samsung’s Ativ-apalooza Hands on: Samsung Ativ Tab 3 tablet Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite impressions Checking out Samsung’s Ativ Book 9 Plus All-in-one Ativ: One 5 Style wow power leveling The convertible Samsung Ativ Q The Ativ Book Plus will come with a 13-inch display with 3,200×1,800-pixel resolution, a touch screen, and 12 hours of battery. It is 13.6 millimeters thick and weighs 1.3 kilograms. It will use one of Intel’s Haswell series processors (i5 or i7), which the chipmaker boasts offers better horsepower with vastly improved battery life. It can hold a maximum of 8 gigabytes of memory and 256GB of storage. It has two USB 3.0 ports, a micro HDMI port, and mini-VGA port.Its more affordable cousin, the Ativ Book 9 Lite, will also have a 13-inch display, but is a hair thicker and slightly heavier at 16.9 millimeters and 1.44 kilograms. Unlike the Plus, the Lite version will have a touch screen as an option. It will use a solid-state drive for storage, and a Samsung-specific quad-core processor. It will come with a maximum of 4GB of memory and 256GB of storage.The Lite has one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port, as well as a micro HDMI and mini-VGA ports.The Lite also comes in three colors: wine red, marble white, and ash black.The company unveiled the Ativ One 5 Style, an all-in-one computer expected to compete against Apple’s iMac or other fully integrated computers such as Dell’s XPS One. The all-in-one has a 21.5-inch touch-screen display with 1,290×1,080-resolution, 4GB of memory, up to 1 terabyte of storage, and a quad-core AMD processor. It will also have two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and a 3-in-1 card reader. Samsung executives banter about the latest Ativ devices.(Credit:CNET) Missing from the lineup were any devices running on Windows RT, the stripped down version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 that runs on a different processor architecture that is more similar to tablets and smartphones, making for cheaper and more power-efficient products. One Samsung executive stressed the point that the products were not running on Windows RT, an implicit shot against the ill-received OS. Samsung also didn’t show off any new Ativ smartphones running on the Windows Phone operating system. Despite public declarations of its support for multiple operating systems, the company’s mind has largely focused on Android, which powers all of its hit smartphones. The company expanded its line-up of Galaxy S4 phones with three new devices, the Galaxy S4 Mini, the more rugged Active, and optical lens-packing Zoom.
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One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs
(Credit:Sarah Tew/CNET)Apple, which has been aiming for a summer rollout of a streaming music service, has hit a negotiating snag with Sony Music over some of the features that it is building into its product.More specifically, Apple and Sony Music, the world’s second-largest music label, are still trying to hammer out details over how much Apple would pay for songs that people listen to a fraction of and then skip, according to people familiar with the negotiations. There could be other points safe wow power leveling of contention as well.Apple’s streaming music service, which most closely resembles Internet radio leader Pandora, has some features built into it that give users added control, such as the ability to rewind a song and skip to the next after listening to a portion of it, sources say.Sony declined to comment. An Apple spokesperson wasn’t immediately available.Apple last week reached an agreement with Universal Music, the world’s largest label, and it’s very close to finalizing its deal with Warner Music Group, sources say.That skipping has become an issue is frustrating executives at the other labels because they see Apple’s free radio service as a potential boon for the music industry overall and are eager to help the company get it launched. Streaming music is the fastest-growing segment of the recorded music industry, and Apple’s offering, designed for the iPhone and linked to iTunes, could speed the growth of Internet radio that much faster.What also excites some music executives about Apple’s planned service is that it includes two other streams of revenue, adding up to an overall deal that should be far sweeter than what the labels get from Pandora. That includes a quick way for users to purchase a song they’re listening to, and a slice of the ad revenue that Apple earns. Apple has told the music labels that it plans to build out its iAd business, including the potential of adding audio ads such as those heard on Pandora’s free service.Related storiesApple strikes iRadio deal with Universal MusicFor labels, Apple’s iRadio deal could be sweeter than Pandora Spotify: Growing like mad, yet so far to go How YouTube could ignite streaming music: Go mobile, go freeGoogle beats Apple to it with streaming music serviceAll this comes as Apple is feeling more pressure. Google this week rolled out a Spotify-like subscription music service, and, according to sources, is gearing up to launch another music service tied to YouTube.In some ways, Apple is in this bind with Sony because it’s doing direct deals with the music labels instead of taking the Pandora route, which has its terms set by federal statute — a setup that the labels dislike because it makes them little money and limits Pandora’s ability to expand. While Pandora is available in the U.S., and, more recently, in Australia and New Zealand, Apple is aiming to quickly roll out the service in at least a dozen countries.Even Pandora’s song-skipping rules are set under the 1996 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Free Pandora accounts permit six skips per hour per station, for up to 12 total skips per day across all stations. What exactly is a skip? It’s not just if you skip the song, but if you give it a thumbs-down rating or choose “I’m tired of this track” in the menu. In any of those instances, Pandora must pay full royalties for the song, even if it only plays for a few seconds.While it’s unclear what Sony is asking for, it’s certainly seeking better terms than what it gets from Pandora. And if Apple bends for Sony on this issue, it would cause problems with its deals with Warner and Universal. Apple currently has the same licensing deals with the major labels and publishers — where Apple pays the rights holders 70 percent of every dollar it brings in — and it’s seeking a uniform deal for its new service as well. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris in April.(Credit:Getty Image)The man who now runs Sony Music is longtime industry honcho Doug Morris, who used to head up Universal. Over the years, Morris has been at odds with Apple, wow power leveling professions once reportedly saying that “we got rolled like a bunch of puppies” by the late Steve Jobs, who struck the initial deals for iTunes.That was a long time ago. More recently, Morris talked up the importance of streaming and digital music in general, as he did in this recent profile in BloombergBusinessWeek. So it’s hard to tell how much of Sony’s current stance is a basic negotiating tactic, or ongoing suspicion when it comes to dealing with the still-powerful Apple.
One issue holding up Apple iRadio: The economics of skipping songs

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