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: