Firefox for Windows 8 Tablets Gets Dumped; No One Really Likes It

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It’s it a sad story: not too long ago, I talked about how Firefox was finally making the move to a fully Windows 8-compliant version, with touch controls and the like.

Well, it turns to that due to lack of interest, Firefox is dumping the project, and the responsibility that comes with it.

Specifically, there aren’t enough testers of the beta version, and by missing feedback, Mozilla would publish a buggy version, which then would mean lots of fixing — all of which takes time, manpower, and money.

So, in the long-run it’s better to go along and leave it in the archives.

ViaMozilla Future Releases

In Truth, The US Government States It Will Surrender Administration Of The Internet

icannThe first thing that comes to mind is: “Did the US really have administration over the internet?”.

Well, they do have all the initial rights of ownership: originally a Defense Department project in the 1960s called ARPANET, the Web as we know it has been furthered by countless scientists and brilliant minds around the world.

However, the United States government has had a long-standing contract with the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — that’s right, where all registered domain names pass by, including full control of .com, .org, and the rest.  Meanwhile, everything will function as normal.

By terminating the contract with ICANN, the administrative arm of the internet is up for debate, among the world’s leaders, who are tasked with finding a compromise. One thing the U.S. did make clear in its relinquishment of control: the responsibility will should not go the United Nations.

Perhaps a new international organization will? We’ll see about that.

Via: WPost

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Personally Calls Obama Over Internet Surveillance Concerns

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Mark Zuckerberg is taking the debate to the President of the United States, and with haste. Among the concerns looming around the world of internet surveillance and the NSA collecting and abusing information of individuals on social media and on the internet in general, Zuckerberg stated that he was “confused and frustrated”, despite futile attempts by the NSA and even Obama over quelling fears on the subject during the past few months.

Zuckerberg wrote:”When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.” Naturally, he posted all of this and more on his Facebook profile, but better yet, he made his case as clear as day:”

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat” Zuckerberg said. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”

Well said.

Via: Facebook, TC

Razer Makes The Blade Sharper, Introduces 800M GPU And 3200 x 1800 Screen

razer-blade-gallery-v2-01Huzzah for high resolution screens!

Indeed, Razer has taken advantage of the NVIDIA GeForce 800M graphics processing unit collection, and will introduce the 870M into their 14-inch version of the Blade laptop. While the 17-inch version doesn’t receive the same amount of love (it would seem), Razer took it a step further and added a 3200 x 1800 pixel screen to the Blade, with Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide/In-Plane Switching technology, which boosts contrast levels by 250%.

Of course, the little things count, too. That means 10-point multitouch in Windows 8, 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor,  with 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSDs for storage and GB of DDR3L RAM.

Pre-orders start now for its release in early April, for $2,199.

Via: Razer

For Those Of You On Budget: Digital Storm’s Vanquish II Eases The Gaming PC Pain

VANQUISH-IILet’s face it: not everyone has the multitude of monetary funds to dump on the purchase of a new, high-spec desktop computer capable of playing the latest games at the greatest settings. I might have one or more systems on hand that are more than capable, but you may not be, and that just isn’t fair in 2014.

So, Digital Storm seeks to rectify that by introducing the Vanquish II, a gaming desktop that begins at $699 and gets you an Intel Core i3 4330 processor, 8GB of RAM and GTX 750 graphics card with 1GB of memory — more than enough to squeeze out some gaming.

However, if you go over a grand, and do yourself a favor by going for the “Ultimate” $1,189 setup, you’ll find yourself with all the same specs, with the exception of an Intel Core i5 4570 processor and GTX 770 graphics card with 2GB of memory.

Good on DS, I might add: all systems ship 72 hours after the order is placed, so a would-be PC gamer could join the fold as quickly as possible.

Via: Digital Storm

The New HTC One Was Sold On eBay For A Steady $500

verizon_htc_one_ebay_leak_1-820x420Complete with Verizon retail packaging, someone very anonymous sold a new Verizon HTC One on eBday, to the tune of $500. On the back of the box, a list confirms most of the specifications speculated for the new HTC One, including: a new 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, a 5-inch 1080p display, microSD slot for expandable memory and 32GB internal storage, a 5MP front-facing camera, UltraPixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, a Nano-SIM slot and 2GB of RAM —  and of course, LTE which in this instance, is on Verizon Wireless.

So, HTC. You have to impress us on that March 25th press event — most of your secrets are out already.

Via: Droid-Life

Arma 3 “Win” Campaign Episode Debuting March 20th, Bring New Jets

to-199-csatThe Arma 3 main campaign series is drawing to an explosive conclusion. “The East Wind” campaign saw three distinct parts: “Survive”, “Adapt”, and finally, “Win”, with the latter being the current episode releasing on the 20th of March. Players will conclude the story where a NATO peacekeeping operation in the Mediterranean islands of Altis and Stratis go terribly wrong, and the local government, called the AAF, turns on the allies, with support from a major Eastern power, CSAT.

Following the story of of the U.S. infrantryman Ben Kerry, players will not only play missions that decide the outcome of the war, but also the arrival of three new vehicles, two of which are warplanes: the fictional A-164 Wipeout, successor to the legendary A-10 Warthog, the CSAT To-199 Neophron fixed-wing aircraft, and finally a variable transport vehicle, the Tempest.

This should be an exciting mission arc.

Via: Arma

Instagram For Android Gets Updated To Version 5.1, Full Redesign And Speed Improvements

instagram-5-1The new Instagram for Android is totally different from what users have been accustomed to: the size of the app has been cut in half, profile pages load faster, the entire user interface has been redesigned, and overall simplified visuals (basically, minimalist design traits), as well as the Lux Slider seen on iOS.

Otherwise, no new features have been added to the app; think of this as cleaning host. Instagram 5.1 launches on the Google Play stores today for all devices that have previously support it.

Via: Google Play Store , Instagram Blog