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Microsoft updates Skype's Windows 8 client, improves video call performance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 9:33 pm

If you're using Windows 8 and Skype, you're definitely going to want to grab the latest version of Skype that Microsoft has just made available for the operating system. The new version of Skype for Windows 8 app brings in support for users transitioning from Microsoft Messenger since it will be closing in early 2013.




Microsoft offers up that the new version of the Skype app brings features such as the ability to search people and groups and call Messenger contacts. They also claim that the new version comes with improved video call performance, always a welcome update to a video calling application. Lastly, the update brings general bug fixes, something must updates usually do.


You can pick up the new version of the App from the Windows Store. If you're a Messenger user, this is a friendly reminder that you need to switch to Skype or face a more forceful nudge from Microsoft in the first quarter of 2013.

Firefox 17 is now available for download, drops support for Mac 10.5

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 8:32 pm

On the heels of yesterday's Firefox for Android update, Mozilla has released Firefox 17 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The popular browser has seen heightened competition as of late from Google's Chrome browser and the other browsers available, such as Opera and Internet Explorer 10.




The latest version comes just a month after Firefox 16, which was released back in October. Mozilla has increased the frequency of updates, likely to match that of Chrome, and Firefox is now rolling out updates, bug fixes, and improvements every six weeks or so, a similar schedule to that of Chrome.


Version 17 of Firefox removes support for Mac OS X 10.5. This could be a bit of a problem for some Mac users as nearly 10 percent of Macs are still running the old operating system. They'll still be stuck with the old version of the browser, but this isn't too big of a deal because version 16 is a solid Firefox version.


Head on over to and pick up the latest version of the browser, which should be showing up online sometime today. If you're already a user of Firefox, you'll get the update automatically.

Capcom releases DmC: Devil May Cry demo on Xbox 360, PS3

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 7:58 pm

Capcom's DmC Devil May Cry game has many faithful fans of the series scratching their heads seeing as the upcoming title is supposed to be a complete reboot. Dante and the world around him look completely different from what we're used to in a Devil May Cry game, but seeing as Capcom announced a demo is available for DmC Devil May Cry, it looks like they're trying to win back those fans who may not like the turn the series has made.




The DmC Devil May Cry demo is currently available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and contains two levels to play across with a boss battle with a female demon Succubus. Dante will be equipped for battle as he'll wield Rebellion and Ebony & Ivory. When players complete the demo, they'll be treated to a "Son of Sparda" difficulty level, which judging by its name stands for "really, really hard mode."

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Wahoo's Balance scale works with your iOS device to keep track of your weight

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 7:43 pm

Thanksgiving is fast approaching which means many of us will be traveling to make our way back home to celebrate and be thankful for all we have this year and to all fall into a food coma when all is said and done. Overindulging during the holidays will ruin all of your hard work at the gym, which is why a scale is such an important item to have in your weight-loss arsenal. Sure - you can make a trip to your local drug store to pick up any scale that catches your eye, or you can take a gander at Wahoo Fitness' Balance Smartphone Scale as it has way more bells and whistles than any regular scale.




The Balance Smartphone Scale doesn't just weigh you, but it can be used to track your weight and BMI over time and send it to your iOS devices instantly to Wahoo's Wellness application or other fitness apps that support the scale. With support of up to 16 different users, there's no way anyone in your household won't be able to keep track of their fitness. The scale will also store up to 130 weight readings for when you can't sync the data to your iOS device.

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HP takes $8.8 billion account charge on Autonomy purchase, says they had "accounting improprieties"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 7:11 pm

HP is a little bit worse for wear today after the news broke that they are taking an $8.8 billion charge on their September 2011 purchase of Autonomy. It seems that the company was practicing some bad accounting practices. While HP CEO Meg Whitman wouldn't exactly call them liars or say they had committed fraud, she did say "serious accounting improprieties" at Autonomy were the cause of the write-down.




Whitman has also promised legal action that will attempt to recover as much as they can for shareholders, though that likely won't be easy, or much. HP's shares have tumbled on the news of this write-down. It, combined with less than expected revenue results, caused shares of HP stock to tumble more than 10 percent.


The deal was crafted by the previous CEO, Leo Apotheker, and Autonomy's business was independently checked by two different auditors, Deloitte and KPMG, but nobody saw the financial inconsistencies. They've only now come to light because a senior executive at Autonomy blew a whistle and brought it to everyone's attention.

Firefox for Android allows it to run on older devices, makes it accessible to 250 million more devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 6:00 pm

Today, Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox for Android. The updated version now includes support for devices running an ARMv6 processor, which Mozilla claims is found in roughly 250 million devices. For comparison, there are roughly 500 million existing Android devices, so it opens it up to a large new group of users.




Previous iterations of the Firefox browser required devices to be running Android 2.2 or later and an ARMv7 processor. Users who have clung to their older Android device can now make use of the popular third-party web browser. The new browser also comes with many improvements for the visually impaired.


The accessibility improvements are now available in the mobile browser and will help visually impaired users navigate the web. If you'd like to pick up Firefox for Android for your older device, it's now available on the Google Play Store.

Facebook rolls out automatic photo sync feature to limited users of iOS app

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 4:53 pm

One feature of Google+ that I enjoyed when I was a heavy user of the service was its application's ability to automatically upload photos I took from my phone without needing me to manually upload them to the service. Taking a shot of something and later seeing it available on Google+ awaiting my approval to publish it saved me a lot of trouble, and it looks like Facebook is working on something similar as it has started testing an auto-upload feature that plans to offer the same experience as Google+.




As of now, the feature is only available to a limited number of Facebook users who will be able to have their photos auto-magically uploaded to a private folder marked "Synched from Phone" which will be located inside the user's Photos page.

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Apple holding Black Friday sale in-store, online for 24 hours

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 4:30 pm

Folks who are hoping to get a great deal on Apple products for themselves or loved ones this holiday season will be happy to hear Apple will be holding their own Black Friday sale once again this year.




Apple's Black Friday sale will be taking place at any Apple Store location, online and even from Apple's iOS application. Many people look to this time to buy Apple products at discounted prices as the company rarely marks down any of its products unless its refurbished.

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Nokia releases Here Maps for iPhone, iPad

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 4:19 pm

Since the dawn of iOS 6, many have shown their displeasure with Apple's new Maps application as its offered nothing but headaches to its users. With Google's Maps application reportedly soon to be released, Nokia has jumped at the chance to offer an Apple Maps alternative with its Here Maps application.




Aside from its terrible choice in name, Here Maps is a free application that offers a number of features that will please nearly every type of traveler. The app is powered by Navteq as it offers real-time traffic data within a particular area, step-by-step voice navigation for pedestrians as well as turn-by-turn driving directions. Here Maps also allows users to share maps they've created with their friends and even make notes of points of interest along the way.

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Sony rolls out PS Vita system update 2.00 with email client and improved browser; PS Plus support coming later today

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 20, 2012 3:42 pm

One of the PS Vita's biggest updates has officially been rolled out and is now available for you to download at your leisure, but you may want to update it fast as the sooner you update to version 2.00, the sooner you'll be able to access PS Plus on your Vita.




As we reported last week, PS Plus is coming to the Vita and if you're a member, then you know exactly why all Vita owners are excited about this news. Unfortunately, Sony hasn't flipped the switch to allow for PS Plus to be accessible on the Vita right now, but have promised the feature will go live sometime later today when the PlayStation Store updates. For now, let's take a look at what you can expect in the Vita's 2.00 update.

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