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Will Windows 8 Ban all other browsers?

Remember back in the 90's when Microsoft go sued for trying to get rid of other browsers for Windows? Well the group behind Firefox is saying this is happening again with the upcoming release of Windows 8. Apparently in the version of Windows 8 that is written to support ARM CPU's right now Internet Explorer is the only browser that is able to be run which is making the other guys a tad bit angry. Fox News has all the details of what could be an upcoming lawsuit.

The biggest lawsuit in Microsoft’s history dominated the 90s, when the company battled accusations that it was stifling browser competition. Rival Netscape couldn't survive, but the Windows giant was ultimately forced to strip Internet Explorer from its operating system in a landmark ruling.

That conflict may be brewing up again.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 Launch

NVIDIA is clawing their way back into the minds, hearts and rigs of gaming enthusiasts, but lets face it, the GTX 690 priced over $1000 is not realistic.  They've released a more mainstream card with the GTX 670, and we have a few launch day reviews to share.


Here comes DDR4 Memory

Move over DDR3 memory, DDR4 is coming to town. Samples of DDR4 Memory are hitting the field with Micron being the latest to join other manufacturers this week by announcing fully functioning DDR4 samples. The final standards for DDR4 are expected to be finalized this summer so one could guess that later on in the year we could see DDR4 systems on the market. There are some good advancements that DDR4 will offer (faster speeds, less power usage) but there might also be some challenges that it will have to overcome. Arstechnica has the full story and a ton of details over here.

 There isn't even an official standard for DDR4, the next generation of computer memory technology. But memory manufacturers are already shipping samples of the first DDR4 memory units, and preparing to produce them en masse. On May 7, Micron joined the field, announcing it had released its first fully functioning DDR4 memory product for testing.

Did Twitter get hacked?

It has been reported that 55,000+ Twitter accounts have been hacked and the account details (usernames and passwords) were released online earlier this week. Twitter is still looking into the situation but its now being speculated that a bunch of these accounts were duplicates or maybe even deleted in the past. It's tough to say if this was a legitimate hack or just a bunch of giberish, but if you're feeling like maybe your password is "hackable" it might be a good time to go ahead and change it. The New York Times has more on this story.

Hackers claiming to be part of the Anonymous group released what at first glance appeared to be usernames and passwords for 55,000 hacked Twitter accounts on Pastebin on Tuesday. But a closer look revealed that nearly half those accounts were duplicates and that the vast majority belonged to accounts that had been suspended by Twitter in the past.

Facebook starts App Center beta

Facebook is testing out a new feature that will allow users to pay for web apps through your Facebook account. Not a whole lot is know about how exactly this service will work but it looks like it will open the gates for "Premium" games and apps. I'm sure this will get a bit of coverage over the next couple months, Engadget has more over here.

Facebook is no stranger to letting members use real money in web apps, but only for in-app purchases. Its new App Center on the web and in mobile versions will let you buy web apps that have an up-front cost to use rather than shoehorning you into a freemium or subscription model. The portal will even have its own shopping portal, although it'll mostly be based around -- surprise -- recommendations coming from your social network profile.

Did Samsung just out-iPhone Apple?

Samsung announced the long-awaited Galaxy SIII last week to a boatload of hype. Now that the dust has settled people are breaking down some of the features (as well as the presentation) of the Galaxy SII and t he guys over at ExtremeTech are asking the question, did Samsung just out-iPhone Apple? Samsung has definitely stepped up their game and they may have finally realized just what it takes to compete with Apple.

From the moment that The Gadget Show’s Suzi Perry took the stage and begun spouting platitudes about the rampant, unabated progress of technology, and how faster CPU speeds and bigger screens aren’t inherently a good thing, it was clear that the Samsung Galaxy S3 represents a significant, humanist shift for the gargantuan South Korean conglomerate. For more than an hour, in the massive Earls Court exhibition hall, we sat through slide after slide and video after video that demonstrated, beyond all doubt, that Samsung has finally realized how to compete with Apple.

Zuckerberg takes some heat

You know you've made it when analyst start criticizing you for your wardrobe, and this week Mark Zuckerberg took some of the criticism for wearing a hoodie to Facebook's IPO roadshow that is aiming to drum up investors for when it goes public. Maybe its just a slow news day, or maybe people are really upset at this calling it a "mark of immaturity", either way, he's going to be super rich in a few weeks so I doubt he really cares. CNET has the full story.

Bloomberg's Mark Milian quotes Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter: "Mark and his signature hoodie: He's actually showing investors he doesn't care that much; he's going to be him. I think that's a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he's bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he's got to show them the respect that they deserve because he's asking them for their money."

Worst Gadgets of the Summer

Engadget has come up with their list of the 4 worst gadgets they've found for the summer. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but they have included a CB Radio accessory that you can plug into your iPhone (Classy!).

When summer starts to creep up, so does that dreadful jumble of terms like "swimsuit season," "beach body" and "crippling insecurity." But these crapgadgets would like you to stop being so dang selfish and think about your tech's appearance for a change. After all, what you lack in muscle you can always make up for in accessories that inspire, intrigue and lead others to speculate about your financial standing.

Episode #158 - Xbox 360 now $99 With Subscription

Episode #158 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Next Generation Consoles Skyrocketing to a $100 price tag, Android could be powering the Wii U and Samsung Galaxy S3 goodness.  We have those stories and more...

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Audio Ensemble

As we kick off the hardware news for today, we've got a few audio bits that may be interesting.  These range greatly in price and quality so I'm sure you can find something for your budget.

Ozone Onda 3HX Headset - eTeknix --=-- KRK Systems KNS 8400 Headphones - TechPowerUp --=-- Enermax DreamBass Genie AP001 USB Audio Adapter - HiTechLegion --=-- Noontec Zoro Headset - XtremeComputing --=-- Genius SP-i250G LED Portable Gaming Speakers - TweakTown

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