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Google's Chromium OS has been ported to Raspberry Pi

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 9:19 am

Raspberry Pi, the wonder chip for $35 can do wonderful things, but until now it has been a potential rather than a real-world item, until now. Google's Chromium OS has been ported to Raspberry Pi, where a port of the OS has the ability of booting from the $35 device.




The initial port has been completed by 'Chromium OS hacker' Hexxeh, who laid his hands on the Raspberry Pi system in mid-April. Raspberry Pi already has three versions of the Linux OS available to owners and developers to run on it, but now the choice of Google's Chromium OS has opened many more doors to users.


A screenshot of Chromium OS booting up on the Raspberry Pi was uploaded yesterday to, which is a site all about "compact computing". Hexxeh has a history of porting Chromium OS to various machines such as MacBook Air's, and PCs, but in order to get the OS running on your PC, notebook or netbook, you require the right combination of hardware to get it to work. If you want to try out Chromium OS builds, click here.

Retina display-powered MacBook Pro can run three external displays... simultaneously

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:31 am

If the latest refresh of Apple's MacBook Pro weren't tasty enough with their Retina display running 2880x1800, then the news of the notebook being capable of driving three external displays simultaneously should excite you.




Other World Computing posted the above picture on their blog showing off a Retina display-powered MBP hooked up to two iMacs, serving as Thunderbolt displays, with a third monitor plugged in through HDMI. This gives us four screens, with a total of 15,680,000 pixels.


OWC Mike seemed impressed with the results and performance of the MacBook Pro, saying:


Moving images and media didn't create any lag and we were able to play video on all four displays simultaneously.


Now that is impressive.

3DMark for Windows 8 gets renamed 3DMark for Windows, or, the next 3DMark

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:11 am

Futuremark have just thrown a HD trailer up onto YouTube of their upcoming 3DMark for Windows. Previously, the working title for the upcoming benchmark was 3DMark for Windows 8, but Futuremark have since renamed it.



The next 3DMark for Windows also steps onto the plate as the world's first unified graphics benchmark, allowing testing of DirectX 9, 10 and 11-capable hardware through the DirectX 11 API. The new 3DMark for Windows is also compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8.




Not long to go now, folks! We've reached out to Futuremark about whether 3DMark for Windows will support multi-monitors, but there's no news on this yet. I for one, really hope we see multi-monitor support in 3DMark.

LG wave goodbye to the tablet market, buys the smartphone market another round of drinks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:08 am

LG haven't been doing so well in the tablet market which is mainly dominated by Apple, Samsung and Amazon, but instead of making a constant loss, or barely breaking even, they're completely diving out of the market and concentrating solely on the smartphone side of things.




LG is focused on the smartphones big time, with company spokesman Ken Hong speaking to AllThingsD and being quoted here:


We decided early this year to focus exclusively on building up our smartphone portfolio, which includes the category of large five-inch display and over devices, such as Optimus Vu, which we feel addresses many of the content consumption issues with traditional mobile phones.


Considering the tablet market is pretty much sewn up from the aforementioned companies, unless you have a make-it-or-break-it tablet, why bother, right? On top of this, Microsoft's Surface tablet is sure to shake up the market, and why try to compete with someone like Microsoft? You know what? Personally, I think it's refreshing to see LG Electronics do this. Instead of seeing a company just pour unlimited funds into a market they might not see huge profits from, pull out of a market they aren't strong in, is actually refreshing.


LG, I salute you. I wouldn't mind seeing what you have in the future, but what of the Microsoft Surface tablet? Hong has said "Microsoft's announcement doesn't change anything here at LG". Good. Life is good at LG.

PC manufacturers knew about Microsoft's Surface tablet, but the question is, are you surprised?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 6:43 am

Microsoft held their "secret" press event this week, where they announced their Surface tablet running the upcoming Windows 8 OS, but did PC makers know what Microsoft was going to show off? Well, yes, yes they did.




During an interview with The Verge, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer noted that PC makers knew about the Surface tablet ahead of the announcement. The question is, how long before the announcement did PC makers know about Microsoft's Surface tablet? The other question is why didn't Microsoft unveil the Surface tablet at Computex just two weeks ago? Did they hold off so PC makers could show off their various Windows 8-based tablets and Ultrabooks?


Was this why the Microsoft booth at Computex was so quiet? It would appear (to me at least) that this is the case. Ballmer did note that one of the reasons behind Microsoft building the Surface table was to "prime the pump" for Windows 8's release later in the year, noting that a tablet was an important piece of the overall story of Windows 8. PC makers have been quiet about the Surface tablet, and for good reason.


Will Microsoft hurt PC makers releasing the software, and hardware, as one company, ala Apple? Or will it eventually grow into a stronger relationship between Microsoft and the various PC makers? It's all exciting, from any way you look at it.

Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 6:30 am

Microsoft are on quite the roll this week, first up we had their Surface tablets, and now the announcement of Windows Phone 8. The next-generation mobile operating system will sport a redesigned home screen, now allowing every tile to be customized in one of three available sizes, and completely ditches the right-hand "rail" that help the link to the full app list.



Skype and VoiP functionality are built directly into Windows Phone 8. Microsoft are adding a background agent that handles incoming and outgoing calls, as well as messaging and integration with several of the Windows Phone 8 features. Skype takes full advantage of this, as well as any other VoiP-based application without favoring one over the other. Microsoft's Greg Sullivan says the integration is so good that he jokes that Apple should create its own FaceTime app on Windows Phone 8, and it would work better than it does on the iPhone.


Windows Phone 8 will include Internet Explorer 10, which will run on the same desktop code used in Windows 8. It will also offer four times faster JavaScript performance and full HTML5 support. Security-wise, it will offer increased security, such as a phishing filter and the SmartScreen URL reputation system.

Continue reading 'Microsoft unveils Windows Phone 8' (full post)

Google I/O 2012 Android app is available right now, features live streaming, maps and schedules

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 5:29 am

I'm quite jealous of attendees of Google's I/O event, so if anyone from Google is seeing this, e-mail me for the 2013, I want to be there, bad. On with the news, Google's upcoming Google I/O 2012 conference app is now available and offers session listings, scheduling and more. A live streaming component will also go active, during the conference itself.




The app gives you the ability to browse through sessions and code labs, manage your schedule (if you're lucky enough to attend), find your way around the different rooms and events, and more. After the event itself, Google will be open-sourcing the app, which is an added bonus.


Google I/O runs from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and should unveil quite a few goodies during the event which we will definitely be posting about. Be sure to come back in a weeks time, folks!

Acer announce Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks, released in Canada

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 4:48 am

Acer have jumped out today, late in the week, to announce their thin and light Timeline Ultra M5 Series of Ultrabooks. Measuring in at just 0.81-inches thick, they're quite slim and light. Also sporting up to 8 hours of battery life, a single charge can give you an entire days use from the Ultrabook.




Acer also has their Green Instant On, which as you can imagine is an 'instant-on' tech which can throw the Ultrabook back into action within 6 seconds from a deep sleep, or just 2 seconds from normal sleep mode. Acer's new Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks also feature Intel's third-generation Core processors, as well as NVIDIA's latest discrete GPUs, optical drives, and an option of either a 14- or 15.6-inch display.


The new Ultrabooks feature either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive for super-fast access to your files and transfer speed, with all models sporting a DVD drive as well. Two USB 3.0 ports are found on the Ultrabooks, and filling out the GPU side of things we'll find an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 640M LTE dedicated GPUs for your GPU-accelerated, or gaming needs. Fans of backlit keyboards will feel at home since Acer's latest offerings sport the beautiful backlit keyboards, as well as the professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers that will deliver some great audio for your music, games or movies.

Continue reading 'Acer announce Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks, released in Canada' (full post)

ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A packs an Ivy Bridge chip, just $1,149 for the Core i5 variant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:34 am

ASUS' latest get-it-while-it's-hot Zenbook Prime has hit the servers of Amazon, where you can grab one while they're in stock for just $1,149. What does $1,149 get you? Well, you'll get an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processor, 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, and an SSD by default.




Of course, if you've got the green, you can get something faster. Optional upgrades are pushed up to a Core i7 variant, 256GB solid-state drive, and the same 1080p IPS display. This configuration will set you back $1599.99.


Not bad considering that ASUS' Zenbook Prime is a seriously slick piece of kit. I think we're going to see ASUS really smash Ultrabooks into a fine market for the company, after all, ASUS virtually single-handedly created the Netbook market with their Eee range of products. Zenbook Prime, one day you will be mine, my precious...

Google Maps adds traffic conditions for 7 new countries, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 8:21 am

Google Maps with traffic conditions is a great idea, especially if you're trying to get from A to B during rush-hour. But, the feature hasn't been made available across the world. Today, the team at Google Maps have made it available in 7 more counties: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa.




The Maps team have also improved the traffic conditions feature, as well as added more roads in 19 counties and regions: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK. The Maps team has said:


For our new users, you can check traffic conditions by visiting and clicking on the traffic layer in the widget on the upper right-hand side of the map. This useful traffic information is also available on Google Maps for Mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation.


If the roads you are traveling do not yet show traffic information, don't despair. You can help your fellow drivers and improve traffic data by using Google Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while traveling.


We hope the traffic feature in Google Maps will help more users around the globe to save time and patience by planning their trips accordingly.

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