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iPhone 4 May Be Stalking Users

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 6:17 pm

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If you're part of a small group of affected users, your iPhone might be using the rear-facing camera to snap pictures of you without your knowledge. Wired reports. According to some recent posts on Apple's Support Forum, users have been complaining about an unusually observant iPhone 4 Facetime feature. User MrGQ posted the following:


This is very weird. I am experiencing the exact same issue recently. Most notably just minutes ago when i called my GF and i saw a "picture" of myself from today when i was at the office. I know it was from today because i had the exact same shirt. The weirdest thing is that picture is not stored on my iphone. Anyone else experiencing this?


I tried using my iPhone, much to my chagrin/relief there was no such error. I have to say, ever since the debut of pre-installed webcams, I've wondered if one day I won't notice that green light flashing on my MacBook, even though I'm not running Skype or PhotoBooth.

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GameStop Launches Digital Facebook Store

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 5:44 pm

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This morning, GameStop launched a massive digital retail store on their Facebook Fan Page. The store was developed by Adgregate Markets, a Sausalito, CA based startup that has already designed and built around 50 other digital Facebook stores. This seems like a natural move for Gamestop as they already have around 1.8 million likes on their fan page. Facebook stores utilize an already-present consumer market, as those same fans will receive promotions and marketing incentives on their respective Facebook Newsfeeds. Selling merchandise on Facebook also allows users to do things like "like" and Share products on other people's Facebook walls, as well as gift products for Facebook friends.


According to Venturebeat, Gamestop hopes that the arrival of the Facebook store will generate revenue somewhere around $1.5 billion, more than 10% of their total sales. With almost 7,000 stores, it's clear that the video game retailer has no intention of going completely digital, but with online stores and video game digital renting services becoming more and more prevalent, GameStop now has a hand in digital revenues.

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Google to Stream Google I/O

By: Trak Lord | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 5:12 pm

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Though this year's Google I/O conference sold out in 59 minutes, Google will be offering a live stream of the various goings-on on their website, according to a blog post today. The conference will be held in downtown San Francisco at the ever-popular Moscone Center, host to many an Apple conference, GDC, and other tech happenings. Beginning May 10th at 9:00 AM PST, the international online community will be able to stream the conference in its entirety for both days. All videos will be captioned, and available in all of the languages that Google currently supports (including Cherokee). For sessions that they won't be able to livestream, Google says they will attempt to get HD recordings posted within 24 hours on the Google I/O page, which will be the destination for all live-stream needs. Google is also offering an HTML5 badge for livebloggers and newsies, so make sure to visit the site to get yours.


Mark your calendars, and if you don't have a solid internet connection we'll be liveblogging the entire event!

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Japan Hit By Second Earthquake

By: Trak Lord | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 4:45 pm

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Less than one hour ago, Japan was hit by a 7.4 magnitude off the coast of Miyagi in Northeastern Japan at around 730 AM PST, according to a report by CNN. So far no casualties have been reported, but authorities evacuated the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was 113 km from the epicenter of the quake. Tokyo Electric Agency is reporting that the power is still on at the plant and there is little, if any damage to its structural integrity.


Japan issued a tsunami warning to inhabitants of the Miyagi prefecture and the surrounding coastal area as a precaution, but authorities claim that there is no imminent danger of a wide-scale massive Pacific Tsunami, especially not to Hawaii or California.

SEGA Releases New Sonic Teaser Trailer

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 4:11 pm

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Almost 2,500 people "liked" the idea that there's a forthcoming Sonic game, according to the hedgehog's Facebook Fan Page this morning. There is very little information about the new game, but fans of the series will notice that both New and "Old" Sonic are featured in the teaser trailer, indicating the same will apply in the game itself.


Though some commenters were pretty pissed off about the game potentially not being available on the Wii, many an XBox 360 owner rejoiced to learn that he wouldn't have to borrow his girlfriend's Wii anymore to play Sonic. Many Facebook users speculated as to whether it was a reboot or a brand new title, but the trailer clearly opens with a "20th Anniversary Screen", leaving little wonder as to the anniversarial nature of the game.


Check out the trailer:


Thursday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 2:10 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - April 7th, 2011




- Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Unboxing and Walkthrough @ Netbooknews

- Acer Aspire AS7552G-6436 @ TechReviewSource




- ECS A785GM-M Socket AM3 Motherboard @ eTeknix

- ASUS Rampage III Black Edition @ Ocaholic




- Gigabyte GTX 560 Ti Super Overclock @ tbreak

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6790 1GB DDR5 DX 11 Video Card @ HiTechLegion

- AMD Radeon HD 6450 Graphics Card @ Hardware Heaven

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Download of the Day: UltraVNC

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 9:38 am

Our Download of the Day today is UltraVNC


UltraVNC is a powerful, easy to use and free software that can display the screen of another computer (via internet or network) on your own screen. The program allows you to use your mouse and keyboard to control the other PC remotely. It means that you can work on a remote computer, as if you were sitting in front of it, right from your current location. If you provide computer support, you can quickly access your customer's computers from anywhere in the world and resolve helpdesk issues remotely! With addons like SingleClick your customers don't even have to pre-install software or execute complex procedures to get remote helpdesk support.


Key features: File transfer, Video driver, Optional Encryption Plugins, MS Logon, Text chat, Viewer Toolbar, Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling, Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater/Proxy-support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.


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Sony Says Japan Quake Won't Affect NGP Distribution

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 6:27 am

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Despite a Bloomberg report saying otherwise, gamers should be happy to know that Sony's Next Generation Portable (NGP) starting in late 2011. The report had attributed the delay to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami tragedy of mid-March, but Sony Computer Entertainment spokesperson Satoshi Fukuoka flat out called the report "wrong".


Well that's a breath of fresh air, Fukuoka. He reportedly explained that the launch plan would not be affected at all, adding that even back in January when Sony first unveiled the NGP, that the plan was never to launch the device simultaneously in the US, Europe, and Asia. The Bloomberg report had attributed the separate regional launch to problems from the quake, but that was apparently erroneous.


My guess is that there's little chance that the disaster didn't in some way affect Sony's production capabilities, but the launch date of the 2011 holidays should give them time to fix everything up.

AMD to discuss next-gen GPUs in June, expects to receive love letters from various fans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 7, 2011 5:45 am

AMD has said that it will reveal some details of their next-generation GPUs at the AMD Fusion Development Summit (AFDS) that is set to start in mid-June. AMD are also looking to reveal trends about future directions of accelerated processing units (APUs) and software development.


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Eric Demers, AMD corporate vice president and chief technology officer is set to give a keynote at AFDS where he will recap the evolution of GPUs in the recent years, including the latest VLIW5 and VLIW4 core architectures and instruction sets. More specifically, he will present an overview of the next-generation AMD cores that are currently under development, which are going to throw forward new capabilities and continue the never-ending GPU evolution.


AMD is expected to release their 28nm-based GPUs codenamed Southern Islands, later this year. The Southern Island-based GPUs will support DirectX 11 functionality and should include architectural improvements and new features.

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