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Thursday Morning Roundup for April 19, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 1:31 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, April 19th, 2012.

 

Storage:

 

Plextor PX-256M3P 256GB Solid State Drive - CDRLabs.com

Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD - Vortez

Corsair Accelerator SSD Cache (60GB) - Hardware Heaven

 

GPUs:

 

HIS HD7770 iCooler 1GB (H777F1G2M) - Overclockers Online

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 OC Edition 2GB - ThinkComputers.org

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Deepcool Gamer Storm Dracula - PureOverclock

NZXT Tempest 410 Elite Mid-Tower Case - Hi Tech Legion

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 20.0.1105.0 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 11:17 am

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 20.0.1105.0 Dev.

 

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Google Chrome has hit version 20, and brings a few new tricks to the Internet Browser table. The change log states:

 

# All

 

* Updated V8 - 3.10.2.1

* Fixed issues

* Fixed empty apps page crash.

 

# Windows

 

* Fixed a crash in the Cloud Print connector when connecting via Remote Desktop

* Fixed incorrect program icon being shown in the task switcher.

* Fixed downloads page drag/drop.

 

You can download Google Chrome 20.0.1105.0 Dev for Windows, or Mac.

Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 10:21 am

Apple are today seeding registered members of the Mac Developer Program the latest, third developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion. The new version is Build 12A178q, which is up from the previous 12A154q version.

 

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There are various changes baked in which have yet to be discovered, but the lucky ones with access to the Developer Preview will surely swim through the sea of changes to find out just how Mountain Lion ticks, or roars. Apple has a list of known issues with the latest build:

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RumorTT: New Samsung GALAXY smartphone to sport 'superlative' quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 9:29 am

We've all read the various rumors on what processor Samsung would opt to use in their next GALAXY device, which we don't really know the name of it, but more information has now surfaced on the subject. Samsung's Exynos 4412 processor is the one touted to go inside of the next GALAXY device, which will deliver "superlative benchmark performance".

 

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This is the identical magic that is in Meizu's MX quad-core, which is said to be roughly 60-percent faster than the dual-core MX. Just like the GALAXY S II, the international version is the only one guaranteed to use the quad-core chip, if it does indeed get baked into the next GALAXY. This all comes from the same source of The Verge, who gave us some juicy info earlier on today.

 

Certain carriers would end up reverting to a dual-core processor in order to integrate LTE, which has happened just recently with HTC's One X on AT&T. This wouldn't give a huge cut in performance, but it would cut it down considerably in those intensive benchmarks. More info as it comes.

The Google Play Store has 24-hour phone support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 8:26 am

This is something I definitely wasn't aware of, but I'm the type of person that doesn't usually require phone support - and if I get to the stage where it doesn't work on my smartphone, quick, it gets uninstalled and I go into a fit of internal rage.

 

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But, the Google Play Store actually features 24-hour technical support over the phone. So if you have any problems with purchasing or downloading apps, movies or music, you can fill out an online form and a Google representative will call you during your requested time.

 

The Play Store 24-hour technical support is only for Play Store-related problems, not handset-related problems. So I'm sure they would be picky on what they would help you out on, which is fair enough. If you want to have a handy link to contact the people at Google Play, try this link. Not bad, huh?

Diablo III beta servers shut down on May 1, game launches two weeks later

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 7:30 am

A few nuggets of Diablo III news have arrived, first up the beta servers for the game will shut down on May 1st. All stats and characters will be wiped in preparation for the full launch of Diablo III on May 15th. Second, some individuals have discovered that there will be a Starter Edition of Diablo III, that was accidentally made available for download through their battle.net accounts.

 

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Blizzard noticed this quickly, and took battle.net down for "maintenance" at 8:45am EST. Some people were lucky enough to stealth away with the download, and have reportedly been able to play through part of the single-player campaign without the need of a product key. Lucky, lucky, lucky. Those who have been bashing around within the Starter Edition report that it is indeed Diablo III, but in a "limited form".

 

Most of the players say that the content found within the game is similar to the Diablo III beta. All of the classes are available to play, but the user interface prompts the user to upgrade to the full version of Diablo III in order to access certain features. Now that we have a confirmed Starter Edition of Diablo III, this is beginning to make sense. StarCraft II and World of Warcraft have enjoyed Starter Editions, which allowed players to play a limited part of the game for free.

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Nintendo awarded with patent for emulating older handheld consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 6:23 am

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) have awarded Nintendo with a patent for emulating older handheld consoles. Which handheld consoles you ask? Gameboy, Gameboy Color, and Gameboy Advance are being targeted for emulation on external "low capability" computing devices such as airline seat-back displays.

 

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At the moment, it's unclear what Nintendo plan to do with the patent, but it is interesting nonetheless. Backwards compatibility on newer consoles usually uses software or hardware emulation to achieve the playback of older games. This new patent Nintendo hold covers both hardware and software emulation, but is specific to lower-powered devices, rather than modern systems.

 

The patent covers frame-skipping to enhance performance, as well as requirements that the emulated software have the look and feel greater than, or equal to the original hardware's execution - which is a very good thing. Global handheld emulation developed by Nintendo, which is addressed in the patent, would potentially open up a huge game back-catalog for usage on a wide variety of platforms, interestingly, not just Nintendo-produced ones.

TeaserTT: First Crysis 3 footage will arrive tomorrow, on Spike GTTV

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 5:31 am

If a tweet from Spike GTTV's host, Geoff Keighley is to believed, we should expect the first glimpse of footage from the upcoming Crysis 3 to feature on the show, tomorrow night. Yes, tomorrow as in around 24 hours from now.

 

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Crysis 3 is expected to feature Crytek's CryENGINE 3, but we don't know the exact details of the engine the game itself uses, or whether it'll be ported from the console to PC (which is what I expect). We shouldn't expect any gameplay footage, that's just my opinion, but probably some pre-rendered footage.

 

There's not much else to add, as this news is quite short on info, but we should expect to see something from Crysis 3 tomorrow and you can be sure we'll post it up as soon as possible!

Chrome for Android gets updated, adds a bunch of features

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:27 am

Google released Chrome for Android 4.0 devices two months ago now, and while it was just a beta, it has been updated with some very cool new features and additions. The beta release held back some of these, and lacked key features such as file downloads, and requests for desktop views of websites. But, Google are now fixing these issues.

 

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Chrome for Android now has support for 31 additional languages, and is available on all Android 4.0 devices, in all regions, as long as they support Google Play. Chrome for Android has been updated to support file downloads, and Android-configured proxy settings.

 

Support for complex text layout and right-to-left text is now present, making the browser a truly universal app. Chrome for Android now lets you request a desktop view of a web page, to plage a shortcut onto the Android home screen and to select which apps should handle selected links within the browser. Google is making Chrome for Android a very big contender for number one mobile browser, and with these changes, so quick, they're getting there, fast.

 

You can get Chrome for Android, here.

NBC will be streaming the London 2012 Summer Olympics Live over the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 19, 2012 3:21 am

NBC has announced that all sports in the London 2012 Summer Olympics will be streamed live on the Internet, to go alongside the prime-time broadcast. NBC has laid down plans to stream all 32 sports live on nbcolympics.com when the London 2012 Summer Olympics start this July.

 

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Vice president and general manager of NBC Sports Digital Media, Rick Cordella, has said that the idea to stream on the Internet came from popular demand. Strange that in these Internet-connected days, and a multi-billion company that streams other shows on the Internet, that they had to wait for "popular demand" and it wasn't part of their normal scheduling. Just goes to show how far behind these companies are. Cordella says:

 

The hot topic is always, 'Why don't you show all your sports live?' We wanted to take care of that.

 

While all 32 sports will stream live on nbcolympics.com, the major events will not be archived until after the prime-time television broadcast. Major events like swimming, diving, track and field, beach volleyball and gymnastics are important to NBC's prime-time coverage, so the live streaming versions of these big events won't be archived until after the TV broadcast. All other events will be archived immediately.

 

Cordella adds:

 

Whatever is on schedule that day, if cameras are on it, we'll stream it.

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