The latest happenings from around the web - November 3rd, 2010
- Gateway ID49C11u Notebook @ Techreviewsource
- HP EliteBook 2540p @ Digitaltrends
- Mid-Range NVIDIA GPU Battle: GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 @ Hot Hardware
- NVidia GeForce GTS 450 SLI Performance @ Ninjalane
- The Latest nVidia GTX580 news @ Kitguru
- MSI N460GTX Cyclone 768D5 OC Edition and ZOTAC AMP! Edition 1GB GeForce GTX 460 @ Futurelooks
- StarCraft II Performance Benchmarks: 3D Vision Tested on Nvidia DX11 Video Cards @ HiTechLegion
Our Mobile App of the Day today is Photospeak.
Sending pictures to a friend's email or text inbox is something anyone can do. How would you like a way to give those photos of you a voice and personalized message? It's possible with Photospeak.
Photospeak allows users to integrate voice messages with photos from their album or with 3D avatars. You can also purchase items to add to photos like hair, glasses, and other "accessories" to dress up your photos. The latest update now has taken away the requirement of an internet connection for creating new faces as well as updating video sharing options. Now you can share your Photospeak videos via Facebook, email, or save them in your Photo Album for later use. The app is $2.99 and available on Android and iOS devices, so search PhotoSpeak in the Android Market or grab it on iTunes.
The "Macs don't get viruses" argument has been pretty tired for a while now, and with the recent Koobface and Boonana malware threats Sophos, ESET, and Trend Micro have all released Mac-friendly security products to thwart viruses and malware aimed at the Mac platform.
The Sophos Anti-Virus for Mac Home Edition is a free antivirus that is designed to protect against viruses, malware, and other threats; "even those designed for Windows." ESET Cybersecurity is a spinoff of their NOD32 Antivirus that requires a yearly subscription but also includes educational tools for staying safe online. Trend Micro's Worry-Free Business Security 7 now offers an advanced version of their Windows product that is Mac compatible.
Hopefully these products hitting the market can be a step towards getting the uneducated to stop using the "Macs don't get viruses" line as a reason to buy one...
Apparently, Foursquare mayordom is serious business. In an attempt to foil users who are checking in near locations instead of at locations that are trying to rack up check-ins to become mayor and reap all the benefits attached to the title, Foursquare is allowing business owners to flag users that are not in the business while checking in.
Going on the premise that business owners would recognize regular patrons and their visiting habits, this option is above and beyond the GPS location verification that was implemented a few months ago. Foursquare stated that "If a Mayor is flagged by a business owner, they'll be removed from office immediately and the next user in line will take over as Mayor. We're still in the very early stages of experimenting with this feature and will most likely be tweaking it based on feedback from business owners." Take that, armchair mayors.
All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!
With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.
This is a bit of an added news bit to something I posted a few days ago in regards to the so close we can smell it cooking on the BBQ - GeForce GTX580 card. Some of the info was missing, and other sites are filling this gap.
We now have a "close to confirmed" TDP of 244W - slightly lower than the 480's rated 250W. Texture fillrate was flagged as one of the bottlenecks of the GTX480 - with the 580 effectively doubling the TMU to 128 - other than these fixes, it's a "fixed" release of the GTX480, something that the GTX480 was meant to be at launch, but cut down for various reasons.
If you love trying to find holes in the security of sites, Google wants to pay you some money to help them find theirs. In an announcement yesterday, the Google Security Team announced that rewards of at least $500 will be given to researchers who report vulnerabilities in Google-controlled sites.
These rewards will be given for vulnerabilities in not only Google direct sites, but others under their flag like YouTube and Blogger as well. They are looking for vulnerabilities Any Google web properties which display or manage highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts may be in scope. Cash rewards from $500 to "$3,133.7" USD are possible. You see what they did there?
Due to sanctions, reports from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are not eligible for the cash reward. Check out more details and all the fine print at the Source Link.
It's the time of the year for the ARIA awards, this year is a little different with Apple and ARIA are putting on a bunch of concerts in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney - the bonus? They're streaming these shows live via a free app on the App Store.
Thus far, John Butler and Washington have already played with Guy Sebastian playing tonight, Sia tomorrow night and Angus & Julia Stone playing on Friday night. Once the stream is finished, the concert is available for another week, free. The app also has links to artist profiles and links to buy their music via iTunes.
Remembering hotel keys can be a pain in the behind, and I can't imagine how many walk away from hotels every day leaving the owners to have to buy more. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is trying to make key cards a lot less necessary with their trial of ASSA ABLOY's remote hotel check-in.
For four months, the hotel is providing near-field communications (NFC) equipped Samsung handsets to selected customers to give the remote keycard program a whirl. All of the room, check-in, and check-out information can be remotely downloaded, stored, and wiped if necessary with the provided application from any NFC-enabled handset. If this takes off, there may soon be no reason to ever see the front desk at all.
With USB 3.0 coming to more and more platforms, Mac owners may feel a little left out in the cold. When customer Tom Kruk e-mailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the issue a few days ago, he got a short and to the point reply.
Jobs' reply stated "We don't see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example." This seems a bit odd considering the price drops on the platform across the board and growing interest. Jobs didn't exactly rule USB 3.0 out completely, but don't expect to see it pop up as an option when configuring your new Mac anytime soon.