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Mobile App of the Day: Instagram for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 2:20 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Instagram for iOS.




15 million users love Instagram! It's a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your iPhone.


Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.


Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.




☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders such as XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and others.

☆ Linear and Radial Tilt-Shift blur effects for extra depth of field.

☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Foursquare, and Posterous

☆ Unlimited uploads

☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments

☆ Works with first generation, 3G, 3GS and iPhone 4

☆ Full iPhone 4 front & back camera support

☆ And much much more...


Grab Instagram directly from the App Store on your iOS-powered device, or here.

Download of the Day: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.5.9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 1:15 pm

Our Download of the Day is TechPowerUp's GPU-Z v0.5.9.


TechPowerUp today released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information and diagnostic utility. GPU-Z briefs you on the graphics hardware installed in the system, and lets you monitor clock speeds, voltages, temperatures, fan-speeds, and other information in real-time. The new version adds full-support for AMD's Radeon HD 7700 series "Cape Verde" GPUs (HD 7770 and HD 7750) that are bound for launch a little later this month. The new version also has an updated ASIC Quality calculation formula that makes reading on NVIDIA GPUs more reliable.




Other important updates include voltage monitoring support for Radeon HD 7970 and HD 7950; support for some rare GeForce GT 520 variants that are based on GF108, GeForce GTX 555 (OEM), GeForce 305M, and GeForce 610M; and more reliable memory size reading for AMD Radeon graphics cards with large memory sizes. Sensors now refresh in the background by default (and not just when the Sensors tab is in the foreground). The board ID is now displayed along with the BIOS version string.

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Windows 8, Xbox and Windows Store set to become BFFs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 12:19 pm

This is something that's been needed to happen for years now, but it seems as though Microsoft's Windows Store will obviously include downloadable apps, where the Xbox and Windows brands will finally merge into one ultimate champion of awesomeness.




There was a list of recent Xbox Live games that The Verge reported on, that would be made available to purchase within the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version. Sources have now confirmed with The Daily that these games will be set within Windows' first Xbox-branded portal, instead of the older "Games for Windows" platform. This will now completely integrate Xbox functionality, including achievements and friends lists, and will look like the recent Xbox Live app for iPad in terms of design.


The preview version of Windows 8 will sell older games, but sources are saying that some games currently in development for Xbox Live will be deliberately delayed to launch with Windows 8 in September. Names of these games have not yet been revealed, but sources are saying that they're a mix of "casual and hardcore" games, some of which have already been announced as future Xbox Live-based titles.


Oooh, interesting.

RumorTT: Apple to have iPad 3 announcement on March 7th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 11:20 am

We've reported a few times now that the upcoming next-generation Apple iPad 3 would launch in "Q1 2012", or "early-March" or "the first week of March". It now seems that we could expect an announcement of the iPad 3 on March 7th, 2012, to be specific. It was also reported that it would sport a quad-core chip, and LTE support.




This new information comes from iMore, where they've reported that Apple will hold their iPad 3 announcement on March 7th. iMore also reports that the iPad 3 will feature the 2048x1536 Retina Display, as well as the quad-core A6 processor and possibly, 4G LTE support. They cite sources "who have been reliable in the past".

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Intel's Haswell sports DirectX 11.1 graphics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 10:16 am

Intel's new processor architecture codenamed "Haswell" won't see the light of day until 2013, but that doesn't stop information from leaking out onto the Internet about it. The successor to Ivy Bridge now has some more details on its embedded graphics processor, with DonanimHaber detailing the integrated GPU (iGPU) plans.




Haswell's iGPU will be DirectX 11.1 compliant, which means it will take advantage of API optimizations that improve performance, for "typical desktop usage scenarios". It also supports OpenCL 1.2, which will help in GPGPU-optimized applications, and is designed around a new stereoscopic 3D standard called Auto-Stereoscopic 3D (AS3D), which will benefit Blu-ray 3D acceleration, stereo 3D photos, and more.


It would be compared to entry-level GeForce or Radeon GPUs for acceptable performance with stereo 3D.


Something else to look forward to is a little thing Intel refer to as "digital display repartition". At the moment, current Intel processors with embedded graphics have relied on the PCH to perform all display I/O functions, the iCPU communicates to the PCH over the Flexible Display Interface (FDI), a special data link dedicated to this exact function.

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VLC 2.0 is here, sports new UI and Blu-ray support for OS X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 9:17 am

It was only a few weeks ago that a 'hack' was made available for VLC that allowed the program to have Blu-ray compatibility, where it could playback encrypted Blu-ray images. Now we have the first release candidate (RC) of VLC 2.0.




VLC 2.0 has some big changes, the biggest of which is the OS X version that sports a new user interface that does look quite swish indeed, as well as Blu-ray playback support. Windows doesn't get missed out, which now features a 64-bit version, as well as support for multiple video files found inside RAR archives.


Apple doesn't officially support Blu-ray, as they have no Blu-ray hardware in any form, and the software support is not that great, if applicable at all. Blu-ray discs are encrypted, so you can't just download a program and away you go. Because Apple don't support Blu-ray, Blu-ray on OS X has been barely existant, but there have still been work arounds. MKV files, as well as the ability to rip and encode video with the OS X version of MakeMKV.


VideoLAN has promised that VLC 2.0 features experimental Blu-ray playback support, how good this playback is, is currently unknown. VideoLAN is also reportedly working on porting VLC 2.0 to iOS, which comes as a surprise as the original VLC app for iOS was pulled from the App Store nearly twelve months ago now.

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Transformer 4 confirmed, Michael Bay to direct, currently has no cast or story, will be released in June 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 8:13 am

Get ready for more Special FX pr0n, as Michael Bay is now confirmed to direct yet another sequel to the phenomenally successful Transformers series. The movie doesn't have an official name outside "Transformers 4" at the moment, and it doesn't even have a cast, or story yet.




The news was rumored last year, but confirmation has now come from producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, where he says that a fourth Transformers is planned and should hit in 2014, with veteran Transformers director Michael Bay to direct. MTV spoke to the producer, who said:


Michael's going to direct it, and it'll be in the summer of 2014. We'll be releasing it [then]...I think the challenge there is we really are going to do a reboot there, and what that's going to be we don't even know yet.

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Grammy's take in 40 million viewers, near-record ratings, CBS thanks the Web

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 7:21 am

This years Grammy Awards enjoyed a very tidy 40 million viewers, making it the second-largest audience that the Grammy's have ever enjoyed, a number that is up 50-percent versus the 2011 Grammy's. Why the huge 50-percent jump in viewers? Well, most would presume it has to do with Whitney Houston's untimely death the day before, but we also have the digital side of things pumping along.




Big, live TV events are huge on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where online chatter expands like nothing else, and this draws more viewers to TV, where they expand with even more chatter of said event. 2012's Grammy Awards saw 13 million "social media comments", says "social TV" tracker Bluefin Labs. That's more than even the successful Super Bowl, which had more viewers than the Grammy's.


CBS say they worked hard to generate online interest for the show, where they point to a fact that they attracted a million visitors to the various sites and iPad/iPhone apps it operated over the three days leading up to the show. CBS say they attracted a peak of 165,000 concurrent viewers to the livestream of pre-Grammy's red carpet coverage on Sunday afternoon.


CBS also say they worked hard with artists, and Twitter to pump the show up on their own social networks.

Google-Motorola deal has been approved by both the European Commission and US Department of Justice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 6:22 am

Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola has not only been approved by the European Commission, but the United States Department of Justice. Google is now edging closer to the deal being completely approved, but they're still waiting on approval of China, Taiwan and Israel, before the transaction can officially be completed.




The DoJ's Anti-trust Division, who conducted the investigation, said the purchase was "not likely to significantly change existing market dynamics" or "substantially lessen competition". Of course, there are still concerns and they will have eyes on them to make sure they don't abuse patents, like other companies do. Reuters have reported that the DoJ "would not hesitate to take enforcement action", if Google were to manipulate the licensing of standard essential patents to their own advantage.

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Steam suffers worldwide failure over the weekend, runs out of... steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 14, 2012 5:21 am

Valve's Steam has had quite the press lately, last year they announced Steam Guard, which featured increased security for gamers, but in November of last year, we reported that Steam confirmed they had been hacked. This was after the Steam Forums went down for "maintenance".




This year, Valve released Steam for Mobile, which was a step in a different direction, and then just a few days ago confirmed that last year's hack was actually worse than previously thought. So as you can see, they're having a hard time.

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