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Microsoft veteran says that ALL Windows Phone 7 devices would get an upgrade to 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:24 am

Microsoft Evangelist Nuno Silva was involved in a video interview that has been posted by Portugese site Zwame, where it's been suggested that ALL Windows Phone devices, even those from the first-generation will get an upgrade to the next-gen OS.

 

 

Outside of this interview, Microsoft have barely whispered about the future of Windows Phone, whether its even in development or not. It's believed that Windows Phone 8/Apollo could break the mould on how Windows Phone 7 behaves. There could be enough code compatibility with the desktop that its apps could run on Windows 8 with minimal porting. Wouldn't that be nice?

 

Of course, we should expect new features in the next-gen OS that would require next-gen hardware. But the underlying OS should work on lower-end devices, but would most likely include restrictions. Apple does this on their devices with iOS versions, same with Google's Android OS.

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Dishonored gets its debut trailer, looks very impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 7:08 am

The debut trailer for Dishonored is out, and for those of you who haven't heard about it (like me until just now) it's a new first-person stealth action game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks. Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. Sounds good, doesn't it?

 

 

Bethesda and Arkane Studios explain Dishonored as:

 

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

 

Dishonored features a creative, and flexible combat system where you can combine many supernatural abilities, as well as weapons and unusual gadgets to take our your foes. You can go after your enemies under the cover of darkness, or go head-on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each missions plays out based on the choices you make throughout the game.

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Alienware M18X R2 specs have been leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 6:26 am

Dell's upcoming Alienware M18X R2 gaming notebook is nearly upon us, and what a beast it is. First up the Alienware M18X R2 is an 18.4-inch beast of a notebook, with a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution LCD White-LED Glossy screen.

 

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Filling this out are three CPU options, all Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i7 models, with the i7-3610QM, i7-3720QM and i7-3820QM at 2.3GHz, 2.6GHz and 2.7GHz, respectively. Storage-wise, we have normal HDD options and SSD options, the HDD options come in either 500 or 750GB, both at 7200RPM. SSD-wise, we have three options, 256/512GB Samsung PM830, 32/64GB Samsung PM830 or 512GB Micron C400. The SSDs are all SATA 6Gbps standard.

 

RAM options are not too bad either, with 1600MHz on offer in 2, 4 and 8GB as well as 1866MHz for 2GB options. Let's get onto the juicy stuff, shall we? GPU options are quite kick arse, with 3 different options. Radeon HD 7970M in CrossFire, GeForce GTX 675M in SLI, or a GeForce GTX 660M (it's unknown if this will be a single-GPU or SLI offering).

 

AC Adapter will be either 240W or 330W. All I can say, is I want one. This would make a pretty killer notebook. The one thing I'm disappointed in is that they're still only sporting 1920x1080 displays. We really should see these being bumped up to 2560x1xx0 displays (1440 or 1600).

Intel's Chief River Ivy Bridge-powered laptops arrive on June 5, thanks, Mr. Lenovo roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 5:33 am

Wanted to know when Intel's Chief River Ivy Bridge chipsets would be made available, well thanks to a product roadmap from Lenovo, we should expect them on June 5. Lenovo lists the date as the official on-sale date for its upcoming, yet unannounced slew of laptops sporting the new silicon.

 

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Intel isn't offering anywhere near that level of information, but it would be nice of Intel to make this stuff official, instead of keeping their customers guessing. But, guessing customers, are customers who aren't fully aware of what's just around the corner, and you've got to move that inventory somehow, right?

 

The full document can be found here, but we're looking at June 5 as the day to keep our eyes peeled.

RumorTT: Samsung stops production of GALAXY Tab 2 10.1, will upgrade it to a quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 4:20 am

According to NetbookNews' Korean Samsung insider, Samsung have stopped the production of the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 so that they can upgrade it to a quad-core processor. Previous specs pointed toward the next-gen GALAXY tablet to sport a dual-core processor, but it seems Samsung have come to their senses.

 

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Samsung's internal codename for the GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 is "Espresso", and this quad-core processor will sure give it the... shot.. it needs to compete with other tablets. No specifics were given on the new upgraded quad-core processor, but it will most likely be one of Samsung's Exynos chips.

 

Samsung are also updating the GALAXY Note 10.1 to a quad-core, and we should hopefully see more of this rolling through Samsung's smart devices. Remember, their "next GALAXY" is unveiled in just over a fortnights time, and I'm pegging my bets on that sporting a quad-core processor too.

In Arizona, you're pregnant two weeks before conception - this is now the law

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:41 am

Normally, one is considered pregnant after conception, but not so according to a new law in Arizona. The law now states, that women are now legally pregnant two weeks before conception. I've bolded before, as I really need to emphasize this.

 

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The new law named "Women's Health and Safety Act", was signed by Republican Governer Jan Brewer. This new legislation is designed to reduce the amount of time a woman is allowed to have a legal abortion, and is one of the most absolutely insane bills to enter America. The bill was sponsored by Arizona State Rep. Kimberly Yee (pictured above), who last month penned an op-ed titled "No drug test, no welfare", where she wrote:

 

States have an obligation to hold those on public assistance accountable for their actions. Receiving a public benefit is a privilege, not a right. The debate on drug testing welfare recipients is simply about the responsible use of tax dollars.

 

Surely there's something in the water in Arizona? Another point, is its two women pushing this... they should really know better, especially on the going ons of a females reproductive system.

Halo 4 will launch on November 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 3:23 am

Halo 4 now has a release date, Microsoft have announced that Master Chief will return with a worldwide launch beginning on November 6. Halo 4 is set four years after the events in Halo 3, with Master Chief returning to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe.

 

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Halo 4 will be the first outing in the Halo universe to be developed by a company other than Bungie, with 343 Industries taking the wheel. Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Studios says:

 

We are beginning a new saga with 'Halo 4' and embarking on a journey that will encompass the next decade of 'Halo' games and experiences. Millions of fans worldwide have been eagerly awaiting the opportunity to step back into the boots of Master Chief, and, with 'Halo 4' leading the charge, we're confident 2012 will be the most successful year in Xbox history.

 

That's not all. Tonight, Conan O'Brien will help celebrate this fall's launch of Halo 4 with a special segment on CONAN on TBS at 11pm PDT/10pm CDT.

Dead Space 3 teased by South African retailer, has been accepting pre-orders

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 2:21 am

Dead Space 3 is coming, and I'm quite excited about it. The series has been amazing so far and the new game enters some great new territory by the sounds of it. But, up until now, not much news has popped up about it. South African retailer BT Games has begun accepting pre-orders for the game.

 

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EA haven't officially announced Dead Space 3 yet, but EA have talked about expanding the Dead Space series into a trilogy, with EA president Frank Gibeau commenting that the company wants to reach a broader audience with the sequel. Usually, "broader audience" means simplifying the game down and making it easier - I'm guessing with QuickTime Events (QTE), let's hope not, shall we?

 

BT Games, I'm sure you're thinking, wouldn't reveal something like this and be the first to do so, right? Well, previously, BT Games revealed the Jak and Daxter HD Collection, as well as Mass Effect 3's multiplayer component. BT Games also provided more evidence of God of War IV by playing pre-order boxes in stores.

The scent of a brand new Apple MacBook Pro, in sprayable form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Apr 18, 2012 1:56 am

When posting news, I have to select a category, but what would this fall under? The closest would be Fashion meets Tech, but it was a hard choice! This news is not a joke, or a troll. Melbourne-based artists Gavin Bell, Jarrah de Kuijer and Simon McGlinn have teamed up with Air Aroma for a new unique fragrance.

 

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The new product is said to smell like a brand new Apple product, specifically a MacBook Pro, just as its been opened for the first time. Yes. I'm being serious.

 

To replicate the smell a brand new unopened Apple was sent to our fragrance lab in France. From there, professional perfume makers used the scents they observed unboxing the new Apple computer to source fragrance samples. On completion the laptop was sent back to Australia, travelling nearly 50,000kms and returned to our clients together with scent of an Apple Macbook Pro.

 

The new fragrance will be used at the artists' art show in Melbourne, where it will be diffused throughout the exhibit with an Air Aroma Aroslim diffuser. The bad news? The scent doesn't look to be going into mass production, so the legions of Apple worshippers can't get their hands, and noses, on this gear.

'Tumblr' will soon overtake 'blog' on Google searches if trends continue

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 17, 2012 11:27 pm

The infamous term 'blog' has a new competitor. Similarly to how 'facial tissues' became 'Kleenex' or 'copies' became 'Xeroxes', 'blog' is set to become known as 'Tumblr' if the current trends, available here, continue. Usually the names of companies become synonymous with what they do only after they have achieved a majority usage.

 

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This achievement would confirm that Tumblr really has established itself as the most popular blogging platform on the web. Currently, the term 'blog' is ahead of 'Tumblr' but XKCD blogger Randall Munroe believes that 'Tumblr' will see more Google searches by October 12 this year. If you want traffic to your blog, your best bet is to publish it on Tumblr.

 

As for Tumblr itself, it is looking to capitalize on its explosion of popularity. Tumblr has reiterated its commitment to keep ads off of the site, instead moving towards other forms of revenue generation. David Karp calls the $1 post highlighting "one of [Tumblr's] most successful revenue-generating features."

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