Category Archives: Tech

New 3DS and 3DS designs announced

Today, Nintendo has revealed a redesign for the 3DS and 3DS XL featuring an additional directional button and trigger, along with NFC support.

Referred to simply as the “New 3DS” and “New 3DS XL”, the refreshed handheld models purport to feature an improved screen enabling the 3D effects to be viewed from more angles than before. They also boast improved CPU, a longer battery life and a nod to the SNES with a colour change to the A, B, X and Y buttons.
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Twitch Bans Third Party Audio In Saved Videos

Yesterday, twitch posted a link to their blog on twitter about third party audio in saved videos. They opened it with the following:

“Starting today, Twitch will be implementing technology intended to help broadcasters avoid the storage of videos containing unauthorized third-party audio. We respect the rights of copyright owners, and are voluntarily undertaking this effort to help protect both our broadcasters and copyright owners.”

The post goes on to say that this only affects saved videos and live streams aren’t going to be affected. Twitch have teamed up with Audible Magic who work closely with the music industry. Videos will be scanned in thirty minute blocks and if any unauthorized audio is found, the entire thirty minute block is muted.

The most worrying part of the post was that it says that not only is ambient audio scanned but also in game music. Does this mean that songs that appear in popular sports games, for example, may have entire blocks muted even though they had just played the game.

I understand that there are those that use unauthorized music heavily in their stream or videos, and those people should be rightly punished but there are also going to be cases of people who inadvertently expose their videos to unauthorized music, should they be harshly punished?

Only time will tell how all this will affect twitch, if it does at all?

Sony breaks record with 185 TB tape

Sony has developed a new magnetic tape technology that can fit more than 185 terabytes of data on a single cartridge, the company announced last week.

The technology allows for the storage of more than 18.5 gigabytes of data per square inch of tape — 74 times the capacity of standard, mainstream magnetic tape in the form of linear-tape open Ultrium technology, whose LTO-6 cartridges can hold up to 2.5 terabytes of data. Sony’s new technology has set a new record for areal recording density of tape storage, according to Sony.
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Amazon announces Fire TV

Amazon revealed its long-rumored set-top box today, the Amazon Fire TV,  which ships today for $99 and will support games as well as streaming video.

According to Amazon, the Fire TV is designed to outpace competitors like the Apple TV in performance: The 0.7-inch-thick box features a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, as well as a Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU, along with a dual-band wireless radio and two antennas for 1080p streaming.
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