Monday, December 31, 2012

AMD teases dual and quad E-Series Kabini

AMD is set to release new low power desktop CPUs in 2013 named Kabini. First to drop is the  E1 3310, with samples scheduled to ship for March 2013. The planned launch is June 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

No Diablo 3 team deathmatch, stay tuned for dueling

Diablo 3 has been out for about half a year now. PVP has always been a big part of the Diablo series and it seams like it just took a big blow. Blizzard is scrapping team death match altogether but will implement dueling in patch 1.0.7 in early 2013.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Have a look at some early Apple computer and tablet designs

In german designer Hartmut Esslinger's new book 'design forward' he outlines "strategic design" and how creative change built one of the most successful companies ever. Apple Inc.

Ouya Android console dev kits begin shipping

The Ouya Android based game console is one step closer to reality. 1200 console developer kits are being shipped out to awaited developers.

Friday, December 28, 2012

AMD to release low power FX 8300

AMD will just barely squeak another processor out this year, the FX 8300. This new CPU is will be more power efficient, coming it at 95W and reportedly cost $199.

Mac mini production moving to the US

Still a rumor but Apple is reportedly spending 100 million to move manufacturing of some products including the Mac mini to the US.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Open garage doors with Raspberry Pi and Siri

Very cool mod, use Siri on your iPhone to get a Rasperberry Pi to open your garage door. Obviously there will be a bit of work ahead of you if you decide to go through with it, but it looks like a fun project. Want to know how to make Siri and a Raspberry Pi get along?

more here

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Warm up to this old school 8-bit fireplace

Not everyone has a fireplace to sit by, and it is pretty nice to do around the holiday season. So this is for all you retro 80`s gamers out there that remember the golden age of gaming, you know Atari, Intellivision, Colecovison, Bally Arcade, Nintendo, Commadore 64, and piles of others I`m missing on this list.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Acer`s $99 Android Tablet might not reach the US

Acer is making a $99 Android tablet. This sounds great right? The problem is, it will probably never be launched in the US. The Iconia B1 as it is called is geared toward emerging markets such as China and India not North America and Europe.

Monday, December 24, 2012

And now some Christmas iPad magic

iSimon is a great magician, he`s always using his iPad as the centrepiece for his illusions. So for Christmas he`s a got a treat for you all, feast your eyes on these amazing magic tricks.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Beta spots for those who pre-ordered

Until recently Blizzard has limited beta spots to StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm. That`s going to change, anyone who pre-ordered the boxed version of the expansion before December 18th will receive a beta key and be able to play in the near future.

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm ships March 12 2013

more here

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Moog massively updates iPad synthesizer app Animoog

This major update to the TEC-Award Nominated iOS synthesizer is a free update for existing Animoog users and includes many user requested features and product enhancements, such as: accelerometer integration which gives Animoog owners the ability to tilt their iPad in any direction as an interactive 3D modulation source; note hold and scale lock, and tools for advanced users like, Load/Save MIDI CC maps, Audiocopy/Audiopaste integration and support for the new Audiobus platform.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Improved IOS task manager is awesome

This is very cool and functional, but if you want it you`re going to have to jail break your iPhone.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

RIM`s first Blackberry 10 phone will be called the 'Z10"

RIM has apparently settled on a name for their new BlackBerry flagship phone. Originally called the London and the L-series (probably an internal RIM naming scheme) The new touchscreen smartphone will be called the "BlackBerry Z10". Next on the list will be the more traditional RIM offering, a phone with a hardware keyboard called the "BlackBerry X10".

EU to charge Samsung in antitrust case

Samsung is in trouble again. This time its with the EU as regulators are getting ready to accuse Samsung of noncompetitive actions against Apple.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BlackBerry 10 browser is fast, bests iPhone 5

It looks like RIM is back in the game, even though this is a developer`s version of the device the BlackBerry 10 is shaping up to be quite the device.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Raspberry Pi gets an app store

Raspberry Pi the credit card sized single board computer is one popular DIY project. Even though the specs are nothing to write home about, the price is - around $25. Well, now the fine folks behind this do-it-yourslef project have launched an app store.

Samsung denied new trial after Apple win

This is a blow to Samsung for sure. A federal judge has denied Samsung`s request for a dismissal based on the conduct of some jurors. Reasoning being Samsung should have done their homework.

Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online

After more than 60 years after their discovery Israel and Google have put them online for the world to read with over 5000 images for your enjoyment.

Take your Kindle Fire and put Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 on it

This is a nice mod. Have a old Kindle Fire, well don`t retire it, put Jelly Bean on it. XDA developer Hashcode will show you how to do it.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Just released: YouTube Capture for iPhone and iPod Touch

Very nice app that Google has just released for IOS devices. Google Capture, as the name suggests it allows you to quickly record your own content and then easily upload it to youtube.

Android, China and the wild west

Android is one interesting mobile OS, tons and tons of users globally just love it and it seems to be growing, but is there more to this story? What about all those forks of Android?

Canadian ISP Teksavvy in legal battle to protect identity of their customers

This one will be interesting to follow. Canadian ISP Teksavvy will in court Monday trying to defend the identity of their subscribers after American film studio Voltage Pictures served them will a list of thousands of IP addresses used to download the film "The Hurt Locker"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Everspin introduces non-volatile DRAM replacement

Everyone knows what happens when you shut your computer down, namely everything in RAM goes away. Everspin wants to change that they`ve just introduces a technology they call ST-MRAM or Spin-Torque MRAM built like a DDR3 memory module.

Windows 8 hidden backup, recover and clone feature

This is a great instructional article for those using Microsoft`s Windows 8 operating system. Even though it has it`s pitfalls it`s still useful to have or least you`ll wish you used it if things go wrong with your PC.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Google shuttering exchange support in Gmail and others January 30

Google has announced that as of January 30th 2013 is shutting down services relating to exchange. Changes begin January 4th when the Google starts shutting down several features in its Calendar service, including creating and checking appointments and calendar through text messaging. Google will also be discontinuing support for its Sync service, this allows Gmail, Calendar and Contacts to access through Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol.

Turbine bringing back Asheron`s Call 2

Turbine is bringing back Asheron`s Call 2, launched in 2002 and shutdown in 2005 it was the sequel to the still going Asheron`s Call. If you`ve ever played or wanted to play Asheron`s Call 2 now`s your chance, but only if you are a current subscriber to Asheron`s Call.

Apple TV is real, coming in 2014

Still a rumour until we actually see it but nonetheless this is an interesting article to read. Rumours have been thrown around for years now that Apple is secretly (or not so secretly) working on it`s vision of television.
businessinsider reports:

Writer Marc Andreessen: "He warned that Apple is a "vault," so no one really knows what's happening inside the company. That said, he says the rumors about an Apple television are strong, and it's one of those poorly kept Valley secrets.
He doesn't know what the Apple TV will look like, but he knows this: Once it comes out, everyone else will scramble to copy it."

well he does have some compelling credentials, but people have been wrong before, i guess we`ll know in 2014

more here

Friday, December 14, 2012

BlackBerry 10 keyboard demo

"The keyboard for BlackBerry 10 is designed to be fast and intuitive. It's built with innovative technology that makes typing on BlackBerry 10 easy -- even with one hand. Vivek Bhardwaj demos in key word prediction, multi-language support and his new favorite feature a space bar that can automatically correct misses."

very nice personalization options

Rumour: GlobalFoundries set to become Apple`s new chip fabricator?

Chalk this up as rumour but it does present an interesting scenario. Apple and Samsung don`t get along, period. Apple is slowly but surely moving away from Samsung for fabricating parts (such as the "A" line of mobile CPUs) and is already in negotiation with Taiwanese firm TSMC to fabricate processors. But could there be a yet another deal in the works? Possibly with GlobalFoundries? After all, AMD has just cut orders and having Apple as a client would be a nice feather in their cap.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Make some Scion paper cars with this iPad app

The Shin Tanaka x Scion Paper Shapers are elaborate paper toys that combine the distinctive design of all five Scion models with some of Shin Tanaka's signature creative flourish.

Get Duke Nukem 3D free for a limited time

Yup, I know it`s an old game but its still pretty fun. GOG (Good Old Games) is offering the classic PC shooter Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition free until December 14th.

Google Maps now available for iPhone

It`s been a while, and some of you had to put up with the mapping application Apple forced on you in the IOS 6 update, but now you can have your Google maps back. Google has just released it`s mapping app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You`l need IOS 5.1 or higher.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AMD retiring some CPUs in early 2013

AMD is planning to retiring some older Zambezi based CPUs in favour of the new Vishera core parts in Q2 2013. Gone will be the FX 8150 eight core, FX 6200 six core and FX 4170 quad core chips in the first quarter followed by The AMD FX 8120 eight core and the FX 6100 six core CPU.

Samsung showcases phone`s ability to share sex videos between Santa and Ms Claus

With the magic of S Beam on the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, you can share all your Holiday moments instantly just by touching phones.

even though its kind of funny, thanks for ruining Christmas

stay classy Samsung!

Nexus 10 owner finds bug: live ant

One Nexus 10 owner from Singapore has discovered a bug in his system, literally an ant crawling between the LCD and the glass panel. Some Nexus 10 owners have had build quality issues but this one`s new.

Microsoft Surface looks to be flopping

Microsoft (and its fan base) had high hopes for the Surface tablet but in reality it`s looking like a failure. Traffic analytics firm Chikita paints a not so rosy picture.

First BlackBerry 10 L-Series leaked video

Vietnamese site has got a walk through video showcasing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L_Series smartphone. Even though the commentary is in Vietnamese you can clearly get an idea of the UI and feature set of this upcoming phone from RIM. The phone appears to have NFC, a microSD card slot and a removable 1,800 mAh battery.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

USB flash drive vs deep fryer

Will the LaCie XtremKey be able to withstand a 5-minute dip in super-hot, 375°F oil? Watch it go head-to-head with a deep fryer in this installment of LaCie's "XtremKey vs. The World" video series.

will it blend? not sure, will it fry? watch and find out

Intel introduces Atom based server chips

On Tuesday Intel unveiled a new line of processors specifically targeting the micro server market.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be at CES

Despite Samsung`s teaser video which you can watch here which leaves a lot to the imagination Samsung will not be showcasing the Galaxy S4 at CES. It seems Samsung has chosen to instead concentrate on televisions and other electronic products.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Nintendo Wii U super energy efficient

The new Nintendo Wii U is a nicely engineer gaming console, not only is it nearly silent when operating, it`s also super energy efficient.

RIM adds "BBM Voice" free WI-FI calling to Messenger 7

RIM has just updated its Messenger & to include a new set of features, primarily "BBM Voice".

Samsung Galaxy S4 teaser

Looks like Samsung is cooking up something for early January just in time for CES.

Google looking to sell set top box business as Google TV tanks

Looks like Google TV is not doing to well. From Eric Schmidt claiming that the majority of televisions will have Google TV embedded to pretty much tanking. Bloomberg reports:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Apple`s "Made in USA" Mac likely to be Mac Pro

Lately Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some assembly of a certain line of Macs will be moving back to the US, but which one? He didn`t reveal that but we can make an educated guess.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Apple iPad 4 late 2012 review

Anadtech has finally gotten around to reviewing the late 2012 iPad. As usually you will find an extensive in-depth analysis of Apple`s latest offering.

Baldur`s Gate: Enhanced Edition finally available for iPad

After a bit of a false start last week Baldur`s Gate: Enhanced Edition has finally hit the App Store. Featuring over 80 hours of gameplay and 3 new playable characters and a new adventure called The Black Pits it promises to be quite the Holiday title for the iPad. You`ll need IOS 6 and it looks like the iPad 1 won`t be included in the compatibility list.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Apple announces plan to build Macs in USA

Earlier this week it was reported that some owners of the new iMac were stating that the FCC logo affixed to the rear of their new computers read "Assembled in USA" that`s great news.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Budget Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 coming soon

Nokia is set to release this $249 Lumia 620 in Q1 2013. Powered by Windows Phone 8 the upcoming Lumia 620 also sports:

BlackBerry 10 won`t allow you to use "dumb" passwords

RIM is getting serious on device security. They are taking some extra precautions with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone when it comes to accessing the device. Have a look at 106 banned passwords you will absolutely NOT be able to use once Blackberry OS 10 launches:

AMD: Still committed to socketed CPU

Intel`s been rumoured to be taking steps toward soldering on it`s CPU on the mother board, AMD has and ARM teaming up has left some people thinking is there a future for the socketed CPU? Well AMD has understood this need and has reaffirmed it`s commitment to the socketed CPU.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

App developers are shunning Microsoft Surface

Tablets are becoming very popular these days, they are everywhere. But it seems like Microsoft is having a bit of a hard time getting developer interest despise have a very competitive business model.

iPhone 5 pre-orders in China hit 100 000 in less that 24 hours

Pre-order sales for the iPhone are looking pretty good in China. China Unicom is reporting that it has received over 100 000 orders for the new iPhone in advance of it`s December 14 release date.

This USB flash drive has Wi-Fi connectivity

This is the Paketta from King Jim. Not only is it a USB flash drive but it also sport Wi-Fi connectivity, B,G and N to be more specific.

New AMD Opteron targets entry level servers

AMD has just released some new low power piledriver based Opteron processors for the entry level market. The Opteron 4300 and 3300 range from 4 cores to 8 cores and use the same C32 socket as the previous generation. The Opteron 3300 is rather interesting as this CPU has an AM3+ socket and is priced rather competitively, starting at $99 for the Opteron 3250HE with 4 cores.

Monday, December 3, 2012

First official photo of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs released

This is the first released photo of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Vanity Fair reports:

Ericsson seeks ban on Samsung devices

More trouble for Samsung as Swedish telecom company Ericsson is seeking an import ban on Samsung products due to patent infringement. The two companies could not come to a licensing agreement after negotiations broke down.

Crysis 3 system requirements revealed

Interested in playing Crysis 3 in February 2013 when it launches? Well you may need to do a bit of upgrading considering some of the hardware requirements are looking pretty steep! Note you WILL need a DX11 capable card.
Here are the requirements:

This is "Mr Ghost" a $20 EMF detector for iPhone

Now this is a cool kickstarter project, turn your iPhone into a ghost detector!

This is Portal playing on a calculator

This is cool, Portal being played on calculator, sure it doesn`t have fancy 3D graphics, engaging surround sound and ergonomically correct controls, but it`s Portal on a calculator!

Intel NUC "Next Unit of Computing"

This a cute and ultra tiny PC from Intel called the NUC short for "Next Unit of Computing" This NUC has the following specs:

Apple`s new iMac: Assembled in the USA

Well this is good news for America, it looks like some of the iMacs are not only designed in California but some owners are reporting that the FCC logo states they are assembled in California too.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flash memory limits defeated, with heat

Flash memory is great. Its stable, its fast but it has some short comings, one of the biggest being relatively short read-write cycles that lead to flash memory wearing out. But Taiwanese firm Macronix have found a way to drastically increase its lifespan, potentially into the 100 million cycles range. The secret, blasting the modules with extreme heat at very specific times.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pong

Can you believe how far the gaming industry has come in 40 years! To celebrate Atari has released Pong World for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and its a free download too.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

BUSTED: John McAfee captured

After weeks on the run for allegedly murdering neighbour Gregory Faull, anti virus pioneer John McAffee has been captured on the Mexico-Belize border. Be prepared for weeks of unreleased content on his site.

Blizzard registers "Project Blackstone" domain

Blizzard Entertainment has registered the domain name a couple of days ago. What is Project Blackstone and how it relates to Blizzard`s next MMO title "Titan" is unclear, are they one and the same? is this just a domain buy up as a defensive measure? I got nothing for you. What I do have is the WHOIS as it relates to Project Blackstone:

A tribute to Nintendo games

Nintendo has been a big part of my childhood, from the Game & Watch, NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 to the just released Wii U. Thanks for all the fun over the years.

a cool tribute to an innovative and sometimes quirky company, cheers Nintendo!

Rumour: Next generation iPhone and Ipad may have Intel inside

No secret that Apple is moving away from Samsung, there`s the even the ever present rumour that Apple`s desktop line may eventually start using ARM CPUs.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Leaked $99 Nexus tablet specs

This is still a rumour, but it looks like Google and Asus are building a low end Android tablet that will be priced around $99.

Star Wars: The Old Republic goes free to play

New Free-to-Play Launch Trailer: A Galaxy of Possibilities
The Free-to-Play option is now live! Step into the Star Wars™ universe and play a role in the ongoing battle as you start your own personal saga. Play now as a Jedi, a Sith, a Bounty Hunter or as one of many other iconic Star Wars roles up to Level 50 for free. Watch “A Galaxy of Possibilities” and see the action-packed adventure that awaits you in Star Wars™: The Old Republic™!

iPhone and iPad mini officially coming to China next month

A bit irony here, even though Apple`s iPhone and iPad lines are made in China there has not been an official carrier that sells them. This changes December 7 when the wi-fi version of the iPad mini goes on sale and the iPhone 5 launches December 14th.

Samsung printers have hardcoded backdoor account

Printers made by Samsung have a hardcoded backdoor account in their firmware, that could allow attackers to change their configuration, read network status and information and access sensitive user information.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

AMD to sell Radeon branded SSD

Interesting news. AMD is allegedly going to be bringing Radeon branded SSDs to market.

Apple releases iTunes 11

After a bit of waiting Apple has finally released iTunes 11 for PC and Mac OSX.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Baldur`s Gate misses it`s date! With iPad

Well it looks like the iPad edition of Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition has been delayed again, the cause? a last minute show-stopping bug in the app's final build.

Watch the future of computer graphics: Coming to a game near you

This is a collection for the 2012 Siggraph Asia conference. If this is the future of computer graphics I must see it thoroughly blurs the lines between virtual and actual realities. Bring on the games!

not sure who to quote but here goes: "Go outside, the graphics are amazing!" well maybe not anymore.

stunning realism, i may never leave home

Adobe to release Photoshop CS6 with Retina display support

Adobe is set to release Photoshop CS6 December 11th with Retina Display support. Adobe`s "Create Now Live" has a video that appears to show a Retina display MacBook Pro running Photoshop CS6, great news for all you graphic designers out there.

Nokia wins patent dispute with RIM: possible BlackBerry ban

More bad news for RIM, Nokia has won a patent dispute against RIM regarding WLAN technolgies in Sweden today. What does this potentially mean for you? If RIM and Nokia can`t come up with a royalty agreement this may mean a device ban on RIM`s part.

Apple reportedly dumping Samsung as chip fabricator

Sounds like bad news for Samsung. Apple is reportedly going to using Taiwanese fab TSMC in 2013 to fabricate CPUs for all of it`s IOS based devices.

GM to integrate Siri into its automobiles

GM has just announced that it will be adding Siri integration into the Chevy Spark and Sonic.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Google increases Gmail attachment size to 10GB, Google Drive integration too

Just in time for Christmas Google has increased Gmail attachment size limits to 10GB and is also integrating Google Drive with Gmail, that`s 400 times the current limit of 25MB.
To attach 10GB files to your emails, just click the Drive icon instead of the paperclip icon and choose your file to upload, simple.

Windows 8 has sold 40 million licenses so far

According to Microsoft Windows 8 isn`t doing too bad after all. Microsoft is claiming that since release one month ago Windows 8 has sold 40 million licenses. Despite the fact some reviewers and users had issues with Microsoft`s newest Operating system. Windows 8 is doing so well that apparently it`s outpaced Windows 7 upgrades.

Apple iMac will be available November 30

Your wait is almost over (if you`re shopping for a new iMac that is) Apple`s new super slim iMac will be available Friday November 30th, just in time for the Christmas shopping season.

Nintendo announces $99 Wii mini, Canada only

Nintendo has just announced a shrunk down Wii console named the Wii mini. This Wii will be black with a red border and comes with the wii-mote and a nunchuk, both in red. Another distinguishing feature (or lack of) the Wii mini loses GameCube support and is designed to strictly play disc based games. Nintendo plans to release the Wii mini in Canada December 7th.

Bestbuy has already posted box images and a pre-order page on it`s Canadian site here

Monday, November 26, 2012

How RIM plans to win you back with BlackBerry 10

CEO of RIM Thorsten Heins explains how the company plans to win back users with the platform.

Watch Samsung stress test it`s phones using a jean wearing robot butt

Samsung's Smartphone Stress Test
Now, we live in a world where you cannot imagine it without smartphones.

Motorola shuts down international sites

Google is shutting down Motorola`s international web sites. Gone are: Asia, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Saturday, November 24, 2012

AMD Vishera now the overclocking king

Hexus is reporting that there`s a new overclocking king, namely the new piledriver based FX-8350.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Baldur`s Gate gets a date! November 28th

Well it`s finally going to happen. The classic RPG Baldur`s Gate: Enhanced Edition will be out for Mac and PC and IOS on November 28th.

Linux Mint "Nadia" released

The Linux Mint team has released their new version of Mint entitled "Nadia"
Here are the main features:

Canadian video of Nexus 4 running LTE

Here we have a video of Google`s Nexus 4 connecting to LTE but only on LTE band 4, which uses the 1700MHz and 2100MHz frequencies. Canadian carriers Telus, Rogers and Bell all use LTE band 4. This video shows the Nexus 4 running on Canadian network Rogers LTE. No word yet if other countries have had any success getting this to work.

nice, should make Canadian owners of the Nexus 4 very happy

Buy an iMac knockoff before the real iMac is even released

A Chinese company called Lavi can sell you an iMAc before the real deal is even out, obviously don`t expect Mac OSX to be included.

AMD: Steamroller postponed until 2014, Excavator may be delayed

xbilabs is reporting that AMDs Steamroller core will be delayed until 2014.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Microsoft rumoured to be working on Apple TV rival

Theregister is reporting that Microsoft has an Apple TV-style set-top box in its labs, it is rumoured to be an inexpensive Windows 8 based unit designed to provide access to Xbox Live entertainment services along with casual gaming.

Park your car, with your phone

The future is now! The Valeo app integrates with the Park4U system found on many contemporary car models from Lincoln, Ford, Audi, and Volkswagen, this lets you control the acceleration and brake of your car remotely.

Nokia Lumia 920 destruction test

So this Nokia Lumia is a bit chunky. You want to know why? it`s a tough phone, a VERY tough phone, tough enough to survive being run over by a car amongst other things. To be realistic there is a limit to it`s toughness but one thing`s for sure, it will most likely survive the average person`s day to day bumps and drops.

got admit Nokia, you`ve built a pretty tough phone mobile phone.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Google closes in on 70% of search market share

searchenginewatch is reporting that Google is really a force to be reckoned with in regards to search.

"In October, Google smashed its own search engine market share record, accounting for 66.9 percent of all searches conducted in the U.S., comScore reported. Microsoft’s Bing also had a record month, hitting a less spectacular though still noteworthy 16 percent share.

The world`s oldest original condition digital computer back on after 61 years

Extremetech reports that
"The world’s oldest, original, still-working digital computer has been unveiled at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, the home of the United Kingdom’s Second World War encryption and codebreaking efforts, where, among other luminaries, Alan Turing and co famously broke the German Enigma cipher.

Windows 8 sales are off to a slow start "disappointing"

"Further confirming our suspicions that Windows 8 is off to a slow start, a Newegg senior vice president has said that sales of Windows 8 have been “slow going.” Likewise, sales of hardware with Windows 8 pre-installed has been “slow and steady.”

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Overclocking the AMD FX-8350

Semiaccurate is reporting it`s findings when overclocking AMDs FX-8350.

Here`s what they have to say:

Little person with mini gun vs iPad mini

iPad Mini vs Minigun - Tech Assassin - RatedRR - Richard Ryan

I`m sure we can all see you where this is going, even though the iPad mini is pretty robust we`re talking mini gun here. For those of you unfamiliar with this kind of firearm think over 3000 rounds per minute, that`s some serious shredding.

enjoy haters

Nokia launches HERE Maps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

IOS users looking for something to use other than the Maps application in IOS 6 can now try Nokia`s solution called HERE Maps. It has some interesting features such as live traffic information, public transportation data, voice-guided walking navigation and more.

Here`s the feature list:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oops, Google forgets to add December to Android 4.2

Well this is embarrassing, it seams like Google has forgotten something in Android 4.2, namely the entire month of December!

Linux Mint "Nadia" RC

The Linux Mint team has released their next generation OS entitled "Nadia" For now it`s a release candidate at the moment but it`s looking good.

OSX 10.9 to include Siri and Maps

9to5Mac is reporting that Apple`s next generation OS, OSX 10.9 will include Siri and Maps integration.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Apple`s OSX 10.9 will be named "Lynx"

Applescoop has heard that the next version of OSX 10.9 will be named "Lynx"

"This report comes from a reliable source who claims to have talked to someone from inside the walls of Apple.  This source claimed that he saw some internal papers that seem to be finalizing the name of the operating system, although the same source couldn’t say when Apple would be finalizing its name and announcing it to the public.  We here at AppleScoop think it’ll be during the 2013 annual WWDC."

more here

Friday, November 16, 2012

Google Ingress: real life MMO thingy

This world around you is not what it seems. Our future is at stake, and you must choose a side.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Perspective: Samsung vs Google

Samsung`s growth can be directly attributed to it`s adoption of Google`s Android operating system, but Google itself is not making all that much off of mobile.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

John Mcafee`s crazy secret journal volume 1

So we now know John Mcafee is on the run and accused of murder, we also know he`s a bit of a nut, how nutty you ask? read on...

Monday, November 12, 2012

WANTED FOR MURDER: John Mcafee, yes the anti-virus guy

Gizmodo is reporting the strange tail of John Mcafee of anti-virus software fame Mcafee just gets stranger. Now it seams he`s apparently on the run from a murder charge in Belize. According to Marco Vidal, head of Belize`s police force Gang Suppression Unit, John McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of American builder Gregory Faull, who was gunned down Saturday night at his home in San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Microsoft Surface sales are "modest" according to Ballmer

Thestreet is reporting that during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was quoted as saying that Surface tablet sales were "modest".

Sunday, November 11, 2012

UK student creates iPhone virtual keyboard using nothing but the accelerometer

Vibrative Virtual Keyboard from Florian Kräutli on Vimeo.

The Telegraph is reporting that UK student Florian Kraeutli has created a virtual keyboard for the iPhone using nothing but the phone`s built in accelerometer.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Intel releases Itanium 9500 with 8 cores

Intel has just released it`s new Itanium CPU for the server market. Itanium packs 3.1 billion transistors along with chip 54 MB of on die memory, supports up to 2 TB of low voltage DIMMs in a four socket configuration. The power band is also slightly improved. The 9500 series is clocked from 1.73 GHz to 2.53 GHz and rated at 130 watts to 170 watts.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

AMD 2013 desktop roadmap

This, allegedly is AMD`s 2013 desktop roadmap. By the looks of it the Steamroller architecture could be delayed, which means Piledriver cores (probably tweaked) for another year.

Drunk tackles Windows 8 for the first time

Alcohol and computers, quite the mix would`nt you say? 3sheets Research has completely a usability test using you guessed it a drunk person and Microsoft`s latest operating system Windows 8.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Microsoft Office coming to iPhone, iPad in early 2013 first

The Verge is reporting that in early 2013 Microsoft will be releasing it`s Office suite for iPhone and iPad around February or March with an Android version dropping around May.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Mac OSX 10.9 starting to appear in analytics logs

9to5 is reporting that analytics logs are showing visits from Macs running an unknown operating system, namely OSX 10.9.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Touch sensitive business card "may" get you hired (or shown the door)

This is a business card created by engineering student Jay Kickliter. when you touch it lights up, pretty novel.

William Shatner, there`s an app for him

Reuters is reporting that for all things William Shatner or "Shatisms" you can now get an app entitled "Shateotry" for IOS devices.

AMD announces Opteron 6300 series

AMD has announced it`s new Opteron 6300 series based on the Piledriver architecture. The new CPUs are for 2 and 4 socket servers and range from speeds of 1.8GHz to 3.5GHz.

Friday, November 2, 2012

One more time! iPad mini vs Nexus 7 drop test

This one`s from Android Authority. Yup, another drop test, this time they tried it by dropping both the iPad mini and Nexus 7 on their edges, face down and on their backs. The iPad mini`s screen did shatter, but the Nexus 7 took a beating and did`nt fare so well.


iPad A6X is one serious processing machine

CNET is reporting that the iPad is packing some serious horsepower. This is no incremental update, this is a serious power infusion.

Security firm labels almost 300 000 Android apps as high risk

infoworld is reporting nearly 300 000 Android apps are rated "high risk". This according to security vendor Bit9.

iPad mini vs Nexus 7 vs iPad 3 destruction test

In SquareTrade's latest Face-Off Video we pit the new iPad mini, iPad 3, and Nexus 7 against each other in a tablet drop test.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Playstation 4 may use AMD A10 APU

VG24 has an interesting tidbit regarding the next Playstation. They are reporting that development kits for Sony’s PlayStation 4 code-named “Orbis”) have been sent out to developers as a "modified PC". This new Playstation seams to have some interesting internals going on.

IOS 6.0.1 now available

Apple has released IOS 6.0.1 today and is available for download now. It fixes various bugs. Here are some of the fine points:

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fourth generation iPad is twice as fast as the iPad 3

Primatelabs has performed some benchmarks on the new fourth generation iPad. They`ve found that the new iPad with Apple`s A6X is twice as fast as the previous generation iPad 3 with the A5X and 10% faster than the iPhone 5.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Google search app for IOS adds Siri like enhancements

From Google:

"In the latest version of the Google Search App for iOS and Android, not only can you say your question out loud, but your search app can speak your answer right back to you.

Apple: Big upper management shake up

This from Reuters:

"Scott Forstall, a long-time lieutenant of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, was asked to leave following years of friction with other top executives and his recent refusal to take responsibility for the mishandling of the Apple's much-criticized mapping software, people familiar with the situation said.

Monday, October 29, 2012

AMD to build 64 bit ARM server processors

AMD has revealed that it is teaming up with ARM to develop processors for the server market.

This from ZDNet:

"AMD will transform the computing data center environment today," said AMD CEO and president Rory Read during a press conference on Monday afternoon, asserting that AMD will be the first company to offer both 64-bit ARM and x86 server processors.

Google unveils $299 Nexus 4 phone and $399 Nexus 10 tablet

Today Google officially unveiled it`s new Nexus 4 smartphone alongside a new Nexus 10 tablet.
Here`s the breakdown,

Friday, October 26, 2012

Angry granny tries to shut down Microsoft launch party

Hey Microsoft is celebrating the release of their Surface tablet, but not everyone`s happy about it.

Windows 8 survival guide: tips and tricks for making your life easier

There`s no denying it, Windows 8 is different, big departure from XP, Vista and Windows 7, actually it`s pretty different from any PC interface that's out there. Is that good? Is that bad?, well that`s up to you to decide.

Shocker: Microsoft exec says iPad mini is a ripoff

Microsoft`s Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live divisions had this to say about Apple`s new iPad mini:

Samsung showcases phone`s ability to share sex videos with your spouse

Samsung is now showcasing their phones as a way to share sex videos.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Windows 8 available now, upgrades from $15

Microsoft has announced the availability of its brand new operating system, Windows 8. Windows 8 is available starting at just $39.99 for a limited time and upgrades from Windows 7 start at just $14.99.
Available October 26.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Samsung being investigated for SEP abuse

The Register is reporting that Samsung is being investigated for misusing SEP (standards essential patents) in a couple of regions.

Microsoft Surface RT review

Engadget has a video review of the new Surface RT tablet from Microsoft. Buyers should be aware that this is the ARM version of the Surface running the ARM version of Windows 8. Your x86 applications will not work on this at all. Besides that I hope developers embrace it and release some great applications for this platform.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

AMD Vishera review

Anandtech has a very in depth AMD Vishera CPU review. Here`s a bit to wet your appetite:

AMD releases Vishera based FX CPUs

AMD has formally announced it`s new Vishera based FX line of CPUs available in 4, 6 or 8 core variants.

Apple event roundup: LOTS of stuff

Apple has just finished their scheduled event where everyone and their brother was expecting the iPad mini. Not only was the iPad mini released but we also got a new Mac mini, a new very thin Macbook Air like 13" Macbook Pro with a retina display, sticking with the thin theme the new iMac`s edge is only 5mm thick and has a new hybrid flash drive option called "Fusion Drive". An unexpected surprise today is the unveiling of the new iPad with a new processor, Apple`s A6X, faster and with the new lightning port. More details below:

Watch Apple`s live stream today at 10PDT

Today is the day folks. Expect Apple to release an iPad mini, new iMac and Mac mini, and who knows maybe "one more thing".

Monday, October 22, 2012

Apple and VMware team up to build iPad Microsoft Office killer

CRN is reporting that Apple and VMware are teaming to build an IOS cloud based office suite that will let you ditch Office entirely.

Stop the presses! Bill Gates says he loves the Surface tablet

From Microsoft:

"Microsoft's Chairman Bill Gates chats about Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Natural User Interface and Microsoft Surface."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

AMD to showcase piledriver based Opterons at SC12

This from CPUworld:

"AMD Piledriver microarchitecture was officially launched in May, but only now AMD releases desktop and server products, based on it. Entry-level and mid-cass "Piledriver" APUs were introduced on October 2nd, and high-end FX parts will be available on October 23.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

iPad mini display tech to give Apple a lead over competitors

Appleinsider is reporting that the upcoming iPad mini will be sporting a new display technology that will give the company a 3-5 year lead over competitors.

Friday, October 19, 2012

French hacker steals 500 000 Euros from Android users

The BBC is reporting that a French hacker has admitted to stealing approximately 500 000 Euros from unsuspecting Android smartphone users.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

One third of Surface RT`s storage is taken up by the OS

Microsoft`s entry level Surface RT tablet comes with 32GB of storage on board. Problem is the after Windows 8, the Office suite and a couple more preinstalled apps are installed on it that figure drops to around 20GB of free space. This according to Microsoft Surface test manager Ricardo Lopez who was part of an "Ask me anything" session on Reddit.

you can read the posts here

By contrast IOS eats up only 1GB of space in the iPad

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

It`s Official: Apple schedules event for October 23

Apple has sent out invites for an event dubbed "We`ve got a little more to show you" on October 23rd.
Expected to be showcased are: iPad mini, a new iMac, Mac mini and who knows what else?

Apple TV update and SDK anyone?

Microsoft Surface pre orders start at noon today

Microsoft has released more details regarding it`s Surface tablet:

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 16, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today released new details about its highly anticipated Microsoft Surface, a tablet PC designed to be the ultimate stage for Windows. In addition to pricing and market availability, the company announced a special limited-quantity pre-order for Surface with Windows RT available 9 a.m. PDT. Those who want to learn more or pre-order can visit

Microsoft details Surface RT prices

Looks like we finally know the pricing details for the Microsoft Surface RT tablets. The 32GB Surface RT tablet will start at $499 without a Touch Cover keyboard and $599 with the Touch Cover keyboard included.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Microsoft to launch Xbox music October 16

From Microsoft:

"Introducing Xbox Music: The Ultimate All-in-One Music Service Featuring Free Streaming on Windows 8 and Windows RT Tablets and PCs

Oct. 14, 2012

Enjoy your favorite music from a 30 million-song global catalog powered by the one service that integrates your music experiences across your tablet, PC, phone and TV. All the music you love, every way you want it.

Rumour: new iMac with "water droplet" design October 23

If true this Apple event on October 23rd could be packed with lots of goodies.

This from macrumors:

"The redesigned iMac is said to be considerably thinner than the current form factor, with the machine's thickness almost impossible to gauge when viewed from the side. The curved rear shell is also said to appear more like a water droplet than the squared-off design seen in the current model.

Windows 8 getting "overwhelmingly negative" response from vendors

Businessinsider is reporting vendors are none to happy about Windows 8.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Apple hosting an event October 23... expect the iPad mini

From Reuters:

"Apple Inc will host an event on October 23 where it is expected to unveil a smaller iPad that will take on the less expensive devices offered by Inc and Google Inc, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

What if Batman used Apple Maps

The Dark Knight always seams to get there in the nick of time, but what if it was`nt this way?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Windows 8 pre-orders now available

Microsoft has announced today that consumers can now reserve an upgrade copy of Windows 8 Pro from certain retailers. Windows 8 Pro upgrade will be available for $69.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store. Microsoft states that customers can to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro online with Microsoft’s Upgrade Assistant for only $39.99 online and at retail locations until January 31st 2013.

good promo offer, wish it was the full version and not an upgrade

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Apple hires chip design luminary.... from Samsung

Keeping with the Apple chip design theme today it seams that Apple has hired chip design luminary Jim Mergard, a 16 year AMD veteran who was vice president and chief engineer at AMD before he left for Samsung.

Microsoft about to build branded phones and tablets to save money

Microsoft is about to make a fundamental shift in it`s branding strategy. As we all know in the past Microsoft has been content primarily selling licenses to its products to OEMs. But according to industry insider Eldar Murtazin that`s about to change, and drastically.

AMD Vishera prices leak

AMD`s next generation Bulldozer processors are almost here. Some retailers have leaked pricing for the new CPUs and here they are:

Is Apple about to dump Intel?

Chalk this up as rumour, but what a rumour!
Semiaccurate is reporting that Apple is going to show Intel the door, not only that but it`s a done deal.

Monday, October 8, 2012

US Congress tags Huawei and ZTE as national security threats

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee has decided that Chinese telco equipment manufacturers Huawei and ZTE are a potential threat to national security. The report is based on an 11 month investigation and claims that Huawei and ZTE could be working with the Chinese government.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Super Mario Skyrim mod

Pretty cool, this Skyrim mod allows you to play it Super Mario style. Nintendo`s classic has never been the same.

AMD teases new low power product

AMD`s latest viral video showcases something spooky. Many are speculating this new product is their new "Hondo" ultra low power APU.

Samsung`s record profits and child labour

Site patentlyapple is reporting that Samsung is enjoying record profits while employing child labour.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Microsoft Surface launches at midnight October 26th

TheVerge reports that Microsoft started sending out press invitations Thursday for a Windows 8 event in New York that will start 10 a.m. on October 25th and that will launch of the Surface at midnight on October 26th. There are also rumours that select Microsoft stores will be selling the surface at midnight come launch day.

more here

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

iPad mini won`t have a retina display

Informationweek is reporting that the new iPad mini will not have a retina display. The report goes on by stating the iPad Mini's screen will use the same liquid crystal display technology that the larger iPad does, but it won't have a resolution high enough to merit the "Retina" descriptor.

more here

sounds like a measure taken to keep developers from having to deal with yet another resolution.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leaked iPad mini parts sport new back and nano sim

Ukrainianiphone has some alleged shots of the back casing of the upcoming iPad mini, in the photos you can see the back of unit matches with the iPhone 5` anodized aluminum and there`s a tray for the nano sim. Just like the iPhone 5 the iPad mini will also sport Apple`s new lightning connector.

more here including photos

HTC Windows Phone 8X preview video

From HTC:

AMD launches A-series APUs

Today, AMD  releases the new Trinity based A-Series APUs. These are available from AMD's channel partners and retailers worldwide:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Google`s market cap surpasses Microsoft

Bloomberg has tweeted that Google had passed Microsoft’s total market cap for the first time ever on Monday morning, making the search and advertising company the second largest market capitalization of any tech company in the world. Google closed Monday with a market cap of $249.13 billion while Microsoft’s market cap closed at $247.23.

more here

AMD brings Android apps to Windows 8

The BBC is reporting that AMD in conjunction with software maker Bluestacks is bringing Android apps to certain Windows 8 devices.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy SIII destruction face off

Squaretrade has a nice video showdown where they test the durability of both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy SIII. A number of simple tests were performed simulating typical accidents a smartphone may encounter, including drops, submersion in water and some other mishaps.

Some interesting results indeed!

Rumour: Apple event invites set to go out Oct.10th

Although nothing is confirmed CNNMoney is reporting an unnamed source is calling for Apple to send out invites on October 10th, to another event which most likely will be to unveil the iPad mini. This event should take place October 17th.

If true, the iPad mini is imminent, also hoping for an Apple TV update (bring apps to the Apple TV already!).

more here

Friday, September 28, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

AMD Trinity A-10 5800K vs Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge

Hothardware has got a nice quick and dirty video showdown of the AMD Trinity A-10 5800K Piledriver based APU with baked in Radeon HD 7660 graphics vs Intel`s Core i3 Ivy Bridge based CPU with HD 2500 graphics on die, some interesting results.

First in-depth AMD Trinity desktop review

Anandtech has a very nice AMD desktop Trinity review, featuring the AMD A10-5800K and A8 5600K, as always a very thorough article, here`s a snippet:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

RIMM corporate music video is just awful

From the description:

"This video is a thank you to all developers supporting the BlackBerry platform.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Monday, September 24, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Intel Centerton specs

This is Intel's microserver brand.  It`s an Atom S processor, available three dual-core versions. The CPUs will integrate a dual-die structure with two 32 nm Saltwell cores with HyperThreading capability and clock speeds of 1.6 and 2.0 GHz.

The 1.6 GHz version will be available in S1220 and S1240 models. The S1240 TDP is 6.1 watts and the S1200 is rated at 8.1 watts. The 2 GHz model is good for 8.5 watts. Centerton processors will be Intel's first CPU in the growing micro server market.

AMD "Vishera" CPUs available for pre order

AMD`s next generation FX series CPU is available for pre-order, here are the prices:

    * AMD FX-8350 - eight-core, 4.0GHz/4.20GHz, 8MB L2 + 8MB L3 cache, 125W - $253
    * AMD FX-8320 - eight-core, 3.50GHz/4.0GHz, 8MB L2 + 8MB L3 cache, 125W - $242
    * AMD FX-6300 - six-core, 3.50GHz/4.10GHz, 6MB L2 + 8MB L3 cache, 95W - $175
    * AMD FX-4300 - quad-core, 3.80GHz/4.0GHz, 4MB L2 + 8MB L3 cache, 95W - $131

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

iOS 6 now available for download

It`s official iOS 6 is now available for download for your iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S as well as iPad, iPad 2 and New iPad. It`s also available for the 4 generation iPod Touch.

You can either get it through iTunes or through software update in the settings tab on your device.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

AMD desktop Trinity prices detailed

Piledriver based A series APUs feature HD7000 series graphics baked in. Here are the prices:

AMD A10-5800K 3.8 GHz Socket FM2 - $165.99
AMD A10-5700 3.4 GHz Socket FM2 - $155.99
AMD A8-5600K 3.6 GHz Socket FM2 - $129.99
AMD A8-5500 3.2 GHz Socket FM2 –    $120.99
AMD A6-5400K 3.6 GHz Socket FM2 –  $89.99
AMD A4-5300 3.4 GHz Socket FM2 –     $69.99

iPhone now as secure as BlackBerry

Here`s some interesting news from TechRepublic:

They are reporting that CIOs are saying that Apple’s iPhone is now matching RIM’s BlackBerry devices in regards to enterprise security.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lineups for iPhone 5 already starting

With 8 days to go until Apple`s iPhone 5 is released lineups have already started at Apple`s flagship store in NYC. Each of the people in line Sunday were there on business promoting their companies or even their band.

iPhone 5 will be available for purchase September 21st

So it`s not the usual crazies, it`s a new batch

more here

Friday, September 14, 2012

iPhone 5 pre orders sell out in one hour

Techcrunch is reporting that iPhone 5 pre orders which went live at midnight sold out in just 60 minutes.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wii U coming November 18, here`s some details

Nintendo will be launching the Wii U November 18th for $299 for the base system.

iPhone 5`s A6 is a dual core Cortex A15

EEtimes is reporting that the new processor in Apple`s iPhone 5 is indeed a Cortex A15 based processor. Fabricated by Samsung this new processor is 22% smaller than the A5 and boasts 2X the processing power and 2X more powerful GPU.

more here

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IOS 6 available for download September 19, iPhone 3GS still supported

It`s official, IOS6 will be available for download on September 19. This is good news if you`re an iPhone 3GS owner, IOS 6 will still support your device. Not all of the new features of IOS 6 will make over to the 3GS, but not bad having support and updates on a 3+ year old phone.