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Download of the Day: OpenOffice 3.4.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 11, 2012 10:24 am

Our Download of the Day is OpenOffice 3.4.0.

 

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If you didn't already know what OpenOffice was, here's what it's capable of:

 

OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers.

 

Great software

 

OpenOffice.org is the result of over twenty years' software engineering. Designed from the start as a single piece of software, it has a consistency other products cannot match. A completely open development process means that anyone can report bugs, request new features, or enhance the software.

 

Easy to use

 

OpenOffice.org is easy to learn, and if you're already using another office software package, you'll take to OpenOffice.org straight away. Our world-wide native-language community means that OpenOffice.org is probably available and supported in your own language.

 

... And it's free

 

Best of all, OpenOffice.org can be downloaded and used entirely free of any licence fees. OpenOffice.org is released under the LGPL licence. This means you may use it for any purpose - domestic, commercial, educational, public administration.

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ASUS Zenbook UX32VD, sports GeForce GT 620M, and 1080p IPS display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 11, 2012 9:23 am

ASUS have just taken the covers off of their latest Ultrabook, which sports a discrete graphics card. It's a 13.3-inch Ultrabook, dubbed Zenbook UX32VD, and sports an Ivy Bridge CPU, with one of three options: i3-3217U, i5-3317U or i7-3517U.

 

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Graphics-wise, it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M with 1GB of memory, and while it's not the biggest and baddest GPU on the market, it should handle most things at 720p, or games like Diablo III without a problem.

 

The strange thing here is that the Zenbook UX32VD sports an IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080... but a GPU that wouldn't handle anywhere near that resolution in games. On the other hand, it would look great when doing everything but gaming. Filling out the Zenbook we find 500GB of mechanical storage, with a 24GB flash cache next to it, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, and it should cost somewhere in between $800 and $1,100.

 

It definitely looks good, the IPS display is very nice, and the pricing seems perfect. Seems like a great Diablo III Ultrabook!

Samsung teases their production 55-inch OLED HDTV at the 2012 World's Fair

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 11, 2012 8:28 am

This is the stuff dreams are made of. Samsung have just surprised most people by showing off the first mass produced Samsung ES9500 models at the 2012 World's Fair in Korea. What does the new ES9500 model sport?

 

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Well, for starters, we're looking at Smart Interaction voice and gesture control, Smart Content and Smart Evolution upgradeable dual-core CPU, as well as Samsung's Smart Dual View technology. What this does is allow users to watch two different 2D programs on the one screen at the same time using the set's 3D glasses and sound fed through headphones.

 

Because the individual pixels on the TV are lit individually, Samsung says its OLED technology has 20-percent better color reproduction than existing LED-backlit LCD HDTVs. We should be looking at a 2H 2012 release, and around US$9,000. Not bad, not bad at all. Samsung also took the opportunity at the 2012 World's Fair to announce bigger LCD models that will arrive this year, ranging from 60- to 75-inches.

Flipboard to soon have more downloads in China than the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 11, 2012 7:24 am

Flipboard CEO, Mick McCue has revealed that the apps number of downloads in China will "easily surpass" what they're seeing in the US in the near future. The company is also looking to create a Chinese base of operations, too.

 

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The company launched a Chinese service last December, which even included a dedicated editorial team. March of this year saw an iPhone app, and just yesterday we saw the app hit the Samsung GALAXY S II. McCue has said that the number of downloads of Flipboard in China is already equal with those in the US.

 

Flipboard is looking at 5 million downloads in China by the end of 2012, and in order to help that growth, McCue has revealed that an official Android-based application will hit the country. This is a good move, as Android represents 68.4-percent of smartphone sales in China, according to Analysys research.

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Apple updates Apple TV, version 5.0.1 is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 11, 2012 6:23 am

Apple have just rolled out an update to their second- and third-generation Apple TVs, with the update reportedly fixing some bugs in a previous version, and, well, not much else. If you want to update your Apple TV to 5.0.1 (9B206f), all you have to do is turn on and initiate the software update on your own.

 

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Normally this would happen automatically, but if it doesn't, that's how you can do it. Alternatively, you can download the updates directly from Apple:

 

Second-generation Apple TV

Third-generation Apple TV

 

If you're using an Apple TV and update it, be sure to come back and let us know if you've found any other changes, or had any issues!

RumorTT: Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 to include Exynos 4412 quad-core processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 11, 2012 5:26 am

We all know that Samsung wasn't happy with the performance of their next-generation GALAXY devices, the GALAXY S III and GALAXY Note 10.1 were poised to feature dual-core processors. But in today's electronically-driven world, dual-core just isn't enough, for some.

 

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This is where Samsung preps their Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, which is rumored to be baked into the company's upcoming GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet. Should we expect a jump in performance, well, yes, and quite the jump indeed.

 

The new silicon sports the more powerful Mali GPU, and with it brings a nice jump in performance. When the GALAXY Note 10.1 GT-N8000 on Rightware's Powerboard, the fastest core on its database is from Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor with a score of 37. Just how does the new Exynos 4412 quad-core processor perform? It scores 60. 37 to 60 is a huge jump, nearing a doubling in performance.

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Max Payne 3's launch trailer arrives one week early

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2012 4:27 am

Max Payne 3 is mere days away, and now we have the Max Payne 3 launch trailer available one week early. It doesn't show off much in-game footage, but it fleshes out the story a little bit more. I'm just a little excited for this game.

 

 

Max Payne 3 launches on May 18, and hits the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The launch trailer is something you should definitely watch, especially if you're a fan of the series. The only fail here is that the PC version launches nearly two weeks after the consoles versions in the US... boo!

 

What did you think of the trailer? Are you picking it up on the console, or on the PC?

 

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Samsung outs new Ivy Bridge-powered 17.3-inch Series 7 notebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 11, 2012 4:26 am

Another Samsung notebook is on its way to e-tailer and retailer shelves, with the new notebook being the mid-range Series 7 Chronos. The NP700Z7CH sports Intel's Core i7-3615QM, which is a quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU.

 

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Filling out the rest of the notebook, we find 8GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB HDD with an 8GB ExpressCache drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, a 17.3-inch screen with a 1920x1080 resolution, a slow-loading DVDRW and some JBL-branded speakers.

 

Finishing off the NP700Z7CH, we'll find 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, a miniDisplayPort, a D-sub connector, two audio jacks, a memory card reader and an HD webcam. Quite the array, isn't it? It weighs in at 2.84kg, and is a little under 25mm thick, which is pretty thin if you ask me.

 

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The surprising thing is that its just US$1,499. Considering the specs, that's quite an amazing price for a well-specced notebook. It makes me want to upgrade my 2011 Apple MacBook Pro, that's for sure.

Diablo III becomes Blizzard's most pre-ordered game ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 11, 2012 3:28 am

Diablo III isn't even here yet, and it's already doing some amazing things for Activision Blizzard. During yesterday's Q1 2012 financial results report, it has been noted that Blizzard's Diablo III has "set a new all-time pre-order record for Blizzard".

 

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Considering the game has been over a decade of waiting and torture for all of our souls, it has been good business for Blizzard, which in turn, is great for us. The only thing is that Blizzard didn't give out any specifics on the pre-order figures. I'm guessing it would have to be in the millions, but how many exactly, no-one knows.

 

I've pre-ordered it, and I don't pre-order many games, so that's telling you something. Have you pre-ordered it? Did you get the Collector's Edition? I wish I did, but I can't bring myself to pressing the 'purchase' button on it, it's quite expensive. I think I'll play it first, get into it, go to Computex, come back and hack'n'slash my way into the CE purchase.

Samsung GALAXY Note is now receiving its Ice Cream Sandwich update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 11, 2012 3:19 am

Quick one here, folks! Samsung GALAXY Note owners should love this: Samsung have very quietly begun rolling out the very long-awaited Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for their 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone.

 

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The latest OS arrives with a "Premium Suite" full of S-pen-friendly apps such as S Note, Shape Match, My Story, and more. Samsung haven't confirmed the launch, but there are more than a few European users who are already loving ICS on their Note's.

 

If you've got a GALAXY Note, and upgrade to ICS, be sure to let us know how it is! I'm interested to see how Ice Cream Sandwich is on the 5.3-inch GALAXY Note.

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