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Apple releases software update for Macbook Air to fix issues with Wi-Fi

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 4:14 pm

This morning, Apple has laid to rest the number of issues that have been plaguing the new MacBook Air since release. A new software update has just been released that is said to fix certain Wi-Fi issues that were causing network connections to be dropped. This issue arose shortly after launch and caused a small uproar on the Internet when users were unable to connect to their networks after spending a small fortune on the next-gen device.

 

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At the same time, other MacBook Air owners said they were experiencing a severe flickering of the screen when using Photoshop. Going into detail, they said that the issue seem to be more prevalent when using large brush tools or other high resolution add-ons for the popular image editing program. Additionally, a fluctuating volume issue arose early last week which affected video playback on some of the new machines.

 

Even though the Cupertino-based company never officially acknowledged any of these issues, this morning Apple released an update that is said to repair all of these problems. After scanning a few forums and doing a couple searches, it appears that this new update has indeed washed these bugs away forever. If you have a new MacBook Air and have not downloaded this update yet, head over to Source #2 below for the full download.

Halo: Spartan Assault lands on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, available now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 3:13 pm

During the E3 Expo, Microsoft announced a new Halo game that would be released on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices. Dubbed Halo: Spartan Assault, the game is set sometime in between the Halo 3 and Halo 4 timelines and features playable characters Sarah Palmer or Spartan Davis. The game is a top-down shooter that has been exclusively designed for touch-enabled devices, and Microsoft says it will appeal to hard-core gamers as well as Halo noobs.

 

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From the Halo: Spartan Assault Website:

 

This new chapter lets you experience the first missions of the Spartan Ops program and dives deeper into the backstory of Human-Covenant wars. Play through the eyes of Commander Sarah Palmer and Spartan Davis stationed aboard the UNSC Infinity as they fight never-before-seen battles against Covenant forces.

Evernote rolls out update to iOS app, now includes shortcuts, related notes, and Skitch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 2:14 pm

Today, Evernote updated its app for iOS and added some new features that are sure to make its users happy. The update mostly includes features that make organization much easier including things like Shortcuts, Related Notes, and Skitch integration. This new support for Skitch allows users to have the app annotate their images and notes with Skitch and they will show up at Evernote.

 

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As you would expect, the newly integrated Shortcuts feature allows users to "shortcut" important notes, notebooks, and even tags so they are easily accessed for quick use. Additionally, your shortcuts will sync across all devices and versions of Evernote which makes cross-platform organization much easier. The new shortcuts feature is similar to the old "Favorites" section which only allowed the pinning of notes.

 

Don't worry premium users of Evernote, you are not left out in this update as you now have the ability to annotate PDF documents using Skitch. Another new feature called Related Notes will search when a new note is started and recommend additional posts that may be helpful or related. Evernote for iOS is available for free in the App Store with a premium version costing users $4.99 a month or $44.99 per year.

Energizer check out gamers' reaction times at PAX Australia 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 8:28 am

PAX Australia 2013 - Something that caught our eye at PAX AU 2013 was Energizer's booth, where they were testing gamers' reaction times on a workout-like machine.

 

 

The machine had a bunch of lights on it, which were punchable. When the lights flashed on, gamers had to mash that button, but get ready for the next button to flash on. There was a leaderboard where gamers could compete against each other, but I didn't try it out, the only thing I'm good at mashing is my keyboard.

 

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Virtual Reality Insanity are going to blow gamers' minds away by opening up a VR gaming bar in Melbourne, Australia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:41 am

PAX Australia 2013 - When I go out to a bar, I generally drink, like most people do - but would you want to go to a bar and enjoy some virtual reality gaming? Well, Virtual Reality Insanity are hoping you do, as they are opening up a new VR gaming bar in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

We're currently in Melbourne, Australia for PAX AU 2013, and our first meeting was with VR Insanity, where we got to use Oculus Rift in Team Fortress 2. It was my first test with Oculus Rift, and I was blown away. Later in the day we had a meeting with Oculus VR themselves, but this was our first toe in VR water. Team Fortress 2 was phenomenal on Oculus Rift, something that I soon hope to play much more when Oculus release Rift to the public.

 

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As for the VR gaming bar, VR Insanity are going to open up a 6v6 VR gaming bar, which will include Oculus Rift, Onmi, Razer Hydra controllers and more. It's going to be quite kick ass, as there'll be tournaments and matches versus your friends, all in virtual reality. We hope to attend the opening night of this, and should have some content if we get to that point.

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2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - 840 SSD dissected on video, all parts shown

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:30 am

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - Samsung always likes to talk about the large amount of Samsung components in their SSD products. Off to the side at the show we found a dissected 840. Surprisingly, there aren't too many components needed to build an 840, but I wouldn't want to solder everything together by hand!

 

 

Samsung manufactures all of the core components, PCB, DRAM, NAND and more than likely several of the small surface mount components as well.

 

This is the first time we've seen a SSD apart out in this manner. While not exactly news worthy, it is interesting to see for the first time.

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Life-sized version of Connect Four gets played at PAX Australia 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:19 am

PAX Australia 2013 - So, uh, if you've ever wanted to play a life-sized version of Connect Four, PAX Australia 2013 is the event for you. I nearly walked past this, but two guys were having at it, Connect Four style.

 

 

The game was quite big, and this was in the game center, where you could play board games, Nintendo DS games, and much more. Bean bags were everywhere, gamers were everywhere, and the vibe was absolutely incredible. Even something as simple as Connect Four is a great experience for gamers, or just friends, or strangers even, at PAX Australia 2013.

 

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2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - PCIe based m.2 SSDs are close, benchmarks inside

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:15 am

TweakTown has lead the coverage of NGFF (m.2) products with a preview from Computex using ADATA products, finding retail products currently shipping with m.2 SSDs and now a quick look at performance from a Samsung m.2 drive in a retail ultrabook.

 

 

Although still rare in the channel, m.2 form factor SSDs are set to take off like a rocket later in this year. The form factor comes in two flavors, SATA based and PCIe based, the second being the quite exciting since it breaks through some of the SATA III performance limitations. In the video above, we see a CDM performance run with a Samsung based SATA III SSD and a new PCIe based m.2 drive.

 

Looking closely at the performance on screen we were surprised to see the SATA III drive score higher performance in the 4K read and write test. This tells us Samsung still have some optimization work left to do.

 

PCIe based m.2 drives should have lower latency when we see the final products since the data doesn't have to pass through the PCH chipset. We're keeping a close eye on this new technology that promises to increase storage performance from a single device by up to 4x over the next year.

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2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - The Wall (video)

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 7:05 am

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - We're a day behind due to the time it takes to upload video from the hotel, but things are sorted now. Samsung put on a great show yesterday for the roughly 100 or so journalists that attended.

 

 

The big news for those making the trek to Seoul was the new 840 EVO, the replacement to the baseline 840. Samsung also announced a handful of enterprise products as well later in the day.

 

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In the video we have a quick walk though of the Samsung SSD wall. Several products appear, some old, some new, but all are very exciting.

 

Throughout the day we'll post more videos from the event and in a few days break down the new Samsung 840 EVO and in a separate article discussing the new Magician 4.1 update that offers owners of existing 840 products a significant performance boost thanks to Samsung's purchase of NVELO.

2013 Samsung SSD Global Summit - AES 256-bit Hardware Encryption coming to 840 Series

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 19, 2013 6:40 am

A firmware update coming around the September timeframe adds true AES 256-bit hardware encryption to Samsung's 840, 840 EVO and 840 PRO SSD products.

 

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Two flavors of encryption are covered, Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal and Microsoft's eDRIVE, part of Windows 8 BitLocker.

 

Class 0 SED is an important feature for businesses and end users who would prefer to only have the NSA steal their data. While we've had access to encryption for several years, hardware based encryption lessens the overhead and reduces the amount of resources needed from surrounding components.

 

A notebook is lost or stolen every few seconds in the world and the cost goes far beyond the price of the components physically lost. I would go as far as to say it should be mandatory for all businesses to use some form of encryption for all of their employee's notebooks.

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