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Black SMS, lets you send undercover SMS message with your iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:47 am

The latest iPhone app to hit is 'Black SMS'. What does it do? Well, it can keep your text messages covered in a black shroud, until you're ready to read them. Everyone has secrets. Think of it, I know you do. I do. I'm secretly a lady. What? You can't see what I typed there, it has a black shroud over it.

 

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Black SMS is not expensive, either, at just $0.99. The app sends blacked-out messages through Apple's iMessage service, so when you receive a black SMS, you then copy the message from your Messages folder, and paste it into the Black SMS app to reveal what it says. Kind of like a next-gen scratchy.

 

Even if your iPhone is stolen, Black SMS requires a password to decode the black shroud-laden message. HAHA, pranksters. The app makes a person questionable, though, as if the situation arose that you had secret SMS messages, one would ask what is so secret? But, what if you just didn't want people knowing what you're talking about?

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HTCSense.com will be reset, wipes all current data after April 30

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:12 am

HTC have warned users that HTCSense.com was undergoing some pretty big changes, and part of these changes is a major upgrade, which will put all precious services in shut down mode. This means all calendars, call histories, contacts, Footprints travel info, as well as messages, will all be wiped.

 

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Users have until April 30th to do something about it - so we would recommend a very strong word here for anyone using HTCSense.com - back. up. now.

 

Those who want phone finding and cloud-based backup apps have been told to try third-party apps, as HTC don't have any time frame on when the HTCSense site would boast its new services. Why the sudden change and removal of a website they pushed as competition to Google's cloud services for Android, or Apple's MobileMe service?

 

Well, HTC are launching Sense 4.0-powered devices in the coming months, with the One X, One S and One V being released into the wild. These handsets have been considerably stripped back and polished, removing clutter and should improve the overall experience of these handsets. This speed increase and spring cleaning does come at a price though, HTCSense being dropped for a while.

Assassin's Creed III Special Editions unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:41 am

Sure to be a big hit when it drops, Assassin's Creed III will have a few flavors to choose from, with all three bursting at the seams with content, and goodies. First up we have:

 

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The Freedom Edition:

 

  • Assassin's Creed III retail game
  • A 24-cm high-quality figurine of Connor
  • A steel book case art drawn by awards-winning comic artist Alex Ross
  • George Washington's notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution
  • One exclusive Lithograph
  • Two in-game Single Player Missions:
- Lost Mayan Ruins: Connor's mission leads him in an old Mayan pyramid, full of mysteries and revelations. Players will be able to unlock Captain Kidd's fabled cutlass, a deadly, brutal and beautiful piece of steel.
- Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templars favour. Defeat your enemies and unlock The Pontiac's War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.
  • One in-game Multiplayer Package:
- The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of "The Jester".

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Digital Storm announces their Aventum PC, redefining the definition of custom high-performance PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:21 am

Last week, I had the pleasure of being involved in a conference call with Digital Storm, and their chief marketing officer Harjit Chana where I found out some delicious news on their new custom high-performance PC, the Aventum.

 

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Aventum is a high-performance PC gamers wet dream, literally, its liquid cooled, so that wasn't a joke. The Aventum is a built-from-the-ground-up beast of a machine, where everything seems to have gotten the same insane amount of love done to it. From the new custom chassis, the design itself, exhaust chambers, right down to the software that can control various parts of the machine, the Aventum truly is a machine of kings.

 

Digital Storm have spent considerable amounts of time ensuring this machine is enthusiast-ready, where they even used thermal imaging cameras to make 3D models of the machine, making sure that heat dissipation was perfect. The Aventum sports something quite unique: the Cryo-TEC cooling system.

 

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Angry Birds Space replaces Draw Something as top grossing app

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 11:29 pm

Rovio's wildly popular continuation of the Angry Birds franchise, Angry Birds Space, has taken over as the top grossing app in Apple's App Store. Early reports put it at over 10M downloads in the first 3 days. Angry Birds Space replaced OMGPOP's Draw Something, which has held the top spot for some time now. Both OMGPOP's Draw Something Free and paid version have a spot in the top grossing list.

 

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Rovio has quite the money-making game series on their hands. This may explain why Zynga had approached them with a $2.25B offer prior to Zynga purchasing OMGPOP. OMGPOP must be excited that they held the top spot until after the deal with Zynga went through. Had they not, the offer might not have been so high.

Intel's market share continues to increase

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 10:34 pm

Even with the worldwide economy as bad as it is, Intel's market share has held steady and even increased, to where it is now at a 10-year peak. Intel's revenue has gone up 20 percent which equates to $48.7 billion. The next closer competitor, Samsung, only gained 0.6 percent to a total revenue of $28.6 billion.

 

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Intel gained a massive boost from its purchase of Infineon, which allowed it to produce 3G chipsets for a possible Intel phone and for use in the many phones that are powered by its competitor, ARM. AMD gained only 1.4 percent to a total revenue of $6.4 billion, which equates to 12th on the list. Qualcomm came out the big winner, however, with a massive increase of 41.6 percent. This resulted in a total revenue of $10.2 billion.

Follow-up: Microsoft knew Windows Phone wouldn't always smoke Android

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:33 pm

Our friends over at The Verge have stumbled upon a guide for the employees running the "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest. It shows that Microsoft knew where Windows Phone had weaknesses and steered employees to choose challenges that had a lower risk of them losing. Some quotes from the The Verge explain further.

 

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Some of the weaknesses identified by Microsoft include the widgets that Sahas Katta used to win the contest that he was told he lost. Later, Microsoft made good on the offer. Microsoft offered several challenges to its employees so that they would be able to steer clear of the weaknesses identified and win nearly all the time.

How to get fired from Microsoft

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 8:27 pm

Today has been a day filled with Microsoft news. First the Xbox Lite rumor, and then the "Smoked by Windows Phone" contest. Well, now we're going to tell you how a couple of Bing promoters got fired. The two's employment ended with a bang. At Sundance, they built a three-story party palace filled with celebs and an open bar.

 

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The two had become known for high power marketing campaigns for the search engine Bing. They painted Bing as something colorful and fun, whereas Google could be seen as plain and simple.

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'Smoked by Windows Phone' winner swindled out of prize

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 7:33 pm

You know what they say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity." But, does this always stand true? Microsoft has been accused of swindling the winner of 'Smoked by Windows Phone' out of his prize. The contest was to "bring up the weather of two different cities." He was required to power cycle his phone in front of the Microsoft employee to prove there were no preloaded apps. Katta had struck gold! He already had two widgets on the home screen displaying the weather in San Jose and Berkley and he had disabled the lock screen. After the countdown, he simply pressed the power button and said "Done!"

 

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The Microsoft employee said he lost because he couldn't have won: Windows Phone "displays the weather right there." A second employee came up and said the weather had to be from two cities in different states, which was never in any rules. Ben Rudolph from Microsoft has since tweeted that he would like to make things right. He has offered Katta the Ultrabook prize, a Windows Phone, and an apology.

Woman sues Apple after breaking her nose on glass-fronted Apple Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 26, 2012 6:32 pm

A new challenger has appeared. Apple is no longer the only one doing frivolous lawsuits; now, they are at the receiving end of one! Yes, it's true, one of Apple's stores, with its slick and modern design, "caused" an 83 year old woman to break her nose by walking into the glass--guess they use Windex!

 

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As a result of the collision, Grandmother Evelyn Paswall is suing the company for a cool $1 million. Her lawyer explains:

 

There were no markings on the glass or they were inadequate. My client is an octogenarian. She sees well, but she did not see any glass.

 

Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.

 

This will most likely settle out of court, as most lawsuits of this nature due. It remains to be seen if Apple's warning labels will be adjusted to be more visible. Besides, this isn't the first time this has happened: two other customers suffered minor injuries after colliding with the glass. Apple introduced the warning labels after these events.

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