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New Kindle Chooses Bing

It's interesting that the new Kindle Fire HD comes touting Android 4.0 and is ad-subsidized.  What's also interesting is that while it packs in Google's Ice-Cream-Sandwich OS, it actually ships with Bing as the default search engine.  This is great news for Microsoft and hopefully this will help spur them on to another percent or two of search share.  Mashable has more info.

The deal between the two companies came together recently. Adam Sohn, general manager of communications and influencer marketing at Bing, said the “last bits” of the deal were finalized only today. Sohn said Bing would be the “initial default” search engine on the Kindle Fire HD and new Kindle Fire tablets. He couldn’t confirm if the terms of the deal also include Amazon’s E Ink readers.

Gaming Peripheral Pile

We've got a lot of stuff piling up in the inbox, and today is the day where we share a bunch of it with you.  Check out all of the gaming peripherals we've stacked up.  There's something for every budget for sure.

New Amazon Kindle Fire HD

We knew it was coming, we just didn't know when. Amazon has released their next generation tablet which will be called the Amazon Kindle Fire HD. Included in the Fire HD is a higher resolution screen (1280x800) and more memory and is going to be selling for $159 for the 16GB version. The higher specs and lower price could make this a good competitor to the Nexus 7 tablet which seems to be the Android tablet winner right now. PCMag has more details on the new Fire HD.


Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD makes the best-selling small tablet faster, slicker, and better looking. I spent about 15 minutes with it at Amazon's launch event, and came away impressed, but a little cautious.

The Kindle Fire HD is a very solid-feeling black slab. It has a matte black back with a shiny stripe down it; the stripe ends, on both sides, in the much-vaunted Dolby stereo speakers. And yes, those speakers are really loud, even in a busy room. I could easily imagine them filling a dorm room.


Cybercrime on the rise?

According to two new reports, the internet is seeing a rise in cyber crime and is warning people to be extra careful. Unfortunately the reports were from Symantec and McAfee, both which would be more than happy to sell you programs to help prevent threats like they are reporting so you might want to take this with a grain of salt. Regardless, its a good reminder to make sure you are keeping an up to date virus detector and be careful when poking around strange websites or opening weird emails. MSNBC has the details.

Two new reports issued this week by America's top computer-security firms address the current state of cybercrime. If the reports are to be believed, the virtual world is a pretty scary place.

Symantec's 2012 Norton Cybercrime Report and McAfee's second-quarter Threats Report both say that cybercrime is enjoying exponential growth at rates neither company has seen before.

Goodbye G4TV

G4TV as it currently exists is going to be going away and will be "rebranded" early next year. G4TV replaced the old TechTV channel and focused almost entirely on video games and slowly changed into a Tech/Geek/Video Game channel that apparently no one watched. Kotaku has the full story and all the details.

According to a report on Variety, G4 - one of the only TV stations in the world with a "geek" mandate - will be "rebranded" early next year, resulting in a change of focus and possibly a change of name as well.

In other words, it'll be an almost entirely new/different channel.

NBCU, the station's owners, are reportedly looking at turning it into a TV version of GQ, ditching the nerd focus in favour of something more "modern male".


Small RAM Roundup

G.Skill Trident-X 2400 CL10 Dual Channel RAM - TechwareLabs --=-- G.Skill TridentX DDR3 2400MHz 8GB Memory Kit - eTeknix --=-- G.Skill TridentX F32400C10D-8GTX 2400MHz DDR3 - TechPowerUp --=-- Crucial Ballistic Elite VS Tactical - HardwareLook

Black Ops 2 - Not on XP

It seems that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has some higher graphics requirements that will require an OS that supports DX11.  That does not include Windows XP so if you're still running this old OS, maybe it's time to grab a license for Windows 7 or Windows 8 here before launch.

In terms of specifics about the engine upgrade, “The DX11 API is leaner than DX9 and requires less CPU time to do the same amount of work. It is important to point out that this benefits the entire range of supported GPUs, not just DX11 hardware. We have also added more “quality vs performance” options than ever before...

Thanks to Tigger for sending that over. 

Facebook completes Instagram deal

Facebook has officially completed their deal to acquire Instagram for $735 Million dollars. The deal includes $300 Million dollars in cash and the remaining $435 Million in stock. Instagram's 16 employees will be moving into the Facebook offices and it would probably be safe to see that we will be seeing Instagram's features being integrated into Facebook in the coming months. BusinessInsider has the story.

Instagram founder Kevin Systrom is now a Facebook employee.

The social network has completed its acquisition of the photo-sharing service, Facebook executive Mike Schroepfer announced in a post.

Samsung factory problems

Samsung has been under fire for a while now about some of the factories they use over in China to produce their products using underage workers. Samsung of course isn't the first big company to get busted for using underage labor or forcing their employees to works extremely long hours. Chances are good there are hundreds of other companies in China that are also guilty of these charges and hopefully companies like Samsung take this seriously and get it fixed. Gizmodo has all the details.

Another report from a Chinese labor watchdog suggests that reports of Samsung's underage and abused workforce weren't a one-off.

A four-month investigation by China Labor Watch has revealed "severe labor abuses" at six Samsung-owned factories and two of its suppliers. A press release details abuses including unpaid labor, forced and excessive overtime hours, and physical and verbal abuse.

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