Skype and Firefox haven't really been on the same page lately. The Skype toolbar that was developed for Mozilla's popular browser has been causing a ton of problems for users with a reported 40,000 browser crashes in the last week alone. This has caused Mozilla to put a blok on the Skype toolbar while they figure out what the problem is.
The toolbar mostly allows easier Skype usage by identifying phone numbers on web pages and pushing them straight to Skype for easier call making. This is being referred to as a "soft block," which means Firefox is disabling the toolbar by default unless you go it and turn it back on; putting you at risk of the headaches a ton of other users are having. Just one more reason to avoid toolbars altogether.
Facebook's worth a ton of loot; we all know that. The latest reports estimate Zuckerberg's empire at around $50 billion. The new piece of news that was unleashed today is that Facebook has a timeline for going public: April 2012.
While the idea of owning Facebook stock sounds a little odd when you first think about it, the company is big business and is expecting to pass 500 shareholders at some time this year, which will require the company to start filing public financial reports. This will most likely result in a Facebook IPO hitting, which makes sense for the company if it continues growing at this staggering rate. Imagine; hitting the Like button to keep your investments profitable!
Look around you; it seems like almost everyone you know is sporting a smartphone these days, doesn't it? I know I love mine. This isn't quite as true as it looks, according to research done by CTIA and Comscore. While in the U.S. the iPhone and Android are running neck and neck in users among the big four carriers, the percentage of total phones being used is still fairly small.
Another thing to take away from the graph is that only iPhone and Android devices are separated from the pack, which leaves Blackberry users in the big blue percentage as well. While Verizon has nearly half of Android's userbase among the big four, it will be interesting to see what the iPhone does to those numbers once it hits Verizon's network. Also, how many iPhone lovers will jump ship to Verizon for pure network purposes? We'll have to wait and see.
Yes, Toshiba is a huge fan of their recently announced 10.1" tablet, although they've skipped a few important things like naming it. That hasn't stopped Toshiba from releasing a site with an extended Flash teaser of the device, and this site has a few choice words for Apple users.
It has been found that if you check out the site on an iOS device, you are greeted with the following message: "Such a shame... if you had a Toshiba Tablet you would enjoy the entire internet. Yep, Flash sites too." Oh snap! The upcoming tablet, which will be running Android 3.0 and have a Tegra 2 processor under the hood, looks like it will be a real powerhouse when it is released this Spring.
You didn't really think it would take long after Apple's announcement of new tamper resistant screws before kits came out to thwart their attempt at iPhone 4 lockdown, did you? Kits are already starting to show up, including ifixit's excellently named "iPhone 4 Liberation Kit."
The $10 kit includes a special driver to remove the Pentalobular screws installed by Apple, as well as two screws and a matching Philips screwdriver to replace the old screws with. This will make life easier in case you lose the specialty screwdriver, or if you want to put those funky screws into something else to mess with your friends. Check the kit out here.
Beyond Black Mesa is a short indie fan film based in the Half Life universe. It's quite action packed and centers around a few resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
The short film had 2 years in the making and was done for $1200, the results are absolutely incredible. I was wishing for more. Even Valve "favorited" the film on YouTube - check it out, it's well worth the bandwidth!
A demo for Crysis 2 is hitting the Xbox 360 as an exclusive on January 25. The multiplayer demo will be available to any XBLA Gold Member and includes multiple game modes and a single map to play on.
The Crysis 2 Demo will feature two game modes, "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site". Team Instant Action puts players into two teams fighting against each other to kill as many of the other team as possible to earn higher ranks. Where Crash Site pits the players against each other for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding the pods and keeping enemies away.
Shake it, baby. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have today announced that the vaporware-close-to-never-being-released Duke Nukem Forever is to be launched May 3, 2011 in North America with an international release on May 6th.
"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"
When it comes to self-contained and no maintenance liquid cooling system Asetek is one of the biggest names out there. Anyone that has installed or messed with a custom liquid cooling system know that it can be a pain to get all the hoses into the chassis to the point that they are not crimped and you have to keep an eye on the system for leaks and to keep coolant inside the reservoir. You don't have to do any of that with the Asetek line of coolers. The trade off is they don't cool as well as the larger and more complex custom systems.
Asetek and Antec have teamed up to bring a new no maintenance liquid cooling system for the CPU to market. The system is called the Kuhler H2O 620, uses a low profile pump, and preserves airflow inside your chassis. The system is pre-connected with tubes that bend easily to prevent kinks.
The cooling plate is made from copper and the fans the system use have Antec Quiet Computing technology and come on depending on the temperature of the liquid inside the cooler. The goal is to keep the CPU up to 20% cooler than an air-cooled machine and still keep the noise under control. The 620 will ship at the end of the month and will sell for $69.95.
If you live in an area where the radio stations are not to your liking and you want to listen to something other than your own music collection internet radio is a good option. You can find just about any music genre you want on the web and stream those tracks all you want. Since you have to be web connected for internet radio most folks can only listen via their computer.
If you are a serious web radio fan, you may want a way to get your radio preferences in a room with no computer sitting around. Grace Digital Audio has a new internet radio system that is just what you want. The system is called the Micro System Wi-Fi Stereo Shelf system. It has integrated WiFi and can directly tune internet radio stations without a computer. The system has 15W of power and a pair of speakers with 3.5" mains and 1" tweeters.
The system supports Pandora, NPR, Rhapsody, and local stations via FM, AM, and HD tuners. The device also supports Sirius online so you can listen to your subscription service inside without having to get a new tuner. The system is also compatible with WEP and WPA wireless security and has an LCD on front for viewing stations and a remote for controlling from across the room.