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Download of the Day: Hamachi 2.1.0.158

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 1:19 pm

Our Download of the Day is: Hamachi 2.1.0.158.

 

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LogMeIn Hamachi is a VPN service that easily sets up in 10 minutes, and enables secure remote access to your business network, anywhere there's an Internet connection.

 

It works with your existing firewall, and requires no additional configuration. Hamachi is the first networking application to deliver an unprecedented level of direct peer-to-peer connectivity. It is simple, secure, and cost-effective.

 

Advantages of LogMeIn Hamachi:

 

LAN over the Internet - Arrange multiple computers into their own secure network, just as if they were connected by a physical cable.

Files and Network Drives - Access critical files and network drives.

Zero-configuration - Works without having to adjust a firewall or router.

Security - Industry leading encryption and authentication.

Cost Effective - Free for non-commercial use.

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Mobile App of the Day: Mine Gold 2 (Gold Miner 2)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Mine Gold 2 (Gold Miner 2) for Android.

 

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Mine Gold 2

 

Use the claw and reel to mine gold and other treasures out of earth.

Collect as much money as possible before time run out in each level.

Between levels you can buy some items that can help you in next level.

 

Controls:

 

*Tap the screen to release the claw when it swings back and forth.

*Tap the screen to throw bomb(amount>0) when reel up target.

 

Features:

* Bonus mechanism

* Up to 10 props

* More funny targets

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Microsoft says "What do you want to kill today?", replies with "the Start button in Windows 8"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 11:26 am

Microsoft launched one of the most recognisable components of computing, the Start button. It was launched 17 years ago, with a huge advertising campaign, where its hard for people to not know the Start button now.

 

 

When it comes to Windows 8, Microsoft are changing it up, not just a bit, but considerably. The removal of the Start button marks a serious change, where the Start button is replaced by the "hot corner." Instead of clicking the Start button to show the full-screen Metro-style Start Screen, you just flick your mouse to the bottom left corner of the screen, or touch it with your finger, and voila - Metro-style Start Screen.

 

Why would Microsoft do such a thing? Well, they save some on-screen pixels by removing it. That's it. Imagine long-time Windows users, booting up for the first time, not aware of this news and virtually unprepared for there to not be a Start button. They would think the OS is faulty, or a non-legit version. New users, would be OK, but how would they know to push to the bottom left of the screen to display the Metro interface?

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MPAA sues LimeWire, starts digging at their grave

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 10:23 am

Considering LimeWire has been dead for quite sometime now, after the RIAA settled with LimeWire last year to the sweet tune of $105 million, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom, Disney, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. now want some of that tasty LimeWire blood.

 

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First up, we need to consider, its not like LimeWire had $105 million in cash laying around, so these lawsuits are nothing but praise for the MPAA/RIAA to show off "we sued a company for pirating!" but what actually gets done about it? People are sued, but its like taking blood from a stone. The stone has no blood, LimeWire has no cash. Why sue?

 

The complaint, published by Courthouse News reads:

 

The illegality of LimeWire has been fully and finally adjudicated by the Court. In a related case, Arista Records LLC v. Lime Group LLC ...the court found defendants liable for engaging in and facilitating massive copyright infringement.

 

The complaint lists 53 infringed works including shows such as South Park and Family Guy, as well as movies such as Avatar, Shrek and Harry Potter.

83-year-old woman gets 3D-printed titanium jaw, rapper T.I is jealous

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 9:25 am

3D printers have come a long way now, and in 2012, they're ready to do something quite miraculous. An 83-year-old woman is set to be the first to receive a titanium jaw crafted by one of these 3D printers.

 

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The method was developed by the BIOMED Research Institute at Hasselt University in Belgium and what the printer does is create the low jaw replacement from layer-upon-layer of titanium dust. This is made possible by using a computer-controller laser that ensures the correct molecules are fused together.

 

The result, is a perfect titanium jaw which takes just hours to built, versus previous options where it would take days. Of course this new nail-biter weighs a bit more than its natural bone-based predecessor, but that doesn't stop the patient from returning close to "normal speaking and swallowing" the day after the operation.

Motorola want 2.25% of Apple's mobile sales for their 3G patent use

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 8:23 am

Motorola have been stirring up some problems for Apple in Germany, where they won an injunction on iCloud and also enforced a previous ruling where it requires Apple to pull some iPhone mobiles from stores in Germany. The sales ban last just hours, after which Apple managed to win a suspension later in the day.

 

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New details have emerged from the battle between Motorola and Apple, where they've said that Motorola Mobility's legal complaints against Apple, want 2.25-percent of Apple's sales of wireless devices in exchange for a patent license covering Motorola's intellectual property. If Motorola wins this, they could receive $2.1 billion in retroactive fees from iPhone revenues dating back to 2007, which amount to a slither under $93 billion. This is before factoring in 3G iPad sales.

 

Which patent do Motorola have a grip over Apple on? Its 3G/UMTS patent, has recently been declared essential in implementing open industry standards and because of that, Motorola must license it under FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory) terms to any competitor that requires it.

 

Apple has denied the fee, and is now filing motions to obtain information from other handset vendors such as Nokia, HTC, LG, and Sony Ericsson to find out what sort of royalty fees they're paying to Motorola. If Apple proves that Motorola are abusing its FRAND patents, then it could throw Motorola into an anti-trust investigation with the European Commission.

Microsoft Flight to land on February 29th, is free to play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 7:25 am

Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced through Twitter, a release date for Microsoft Flight. Microsoft Flight is a free-to-play title, that will launch on this leap years day on February 29th. Microsoft Flight was developed by Microsoft Studios, and is being made available on the Games for Windows LIVE service, and is being marketed toward experienced enthusiasts, as well as novices.

 

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This is a step in a different direction, as previous Flight Simulator games were serious simulations, but Microsoft promises fan of the original will "feel right at home." Microsoft Flight introduces region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Games for Windows LIVE intros access to achievements, additional free content such as missions, an online pilot profile, and an extra plane: the Bowing Stearman.

 

Additional purchases are possible, like new aircraft and regions, which is made possible through your LIVE account. Interestingly, Microsoft Flight is not a replacement for the discontinued Flight Simulator franchise, but a new take on the game.

RumorTT: Kepler/GK104 could "own the mid-market", is said to be impressive

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 6:24 am

First up, here's some salt. See your shoulder? Throw some over it. Now we can get into the news, SemiAccurate have luckily enough, had their eyes on NVIDIA's Kepler/GK104 chip. The chip they saw, they measured, which is great news for us.

 

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Measurements of GK104 come in at roughly 18-19mm * 18-19mm, putting the range from 324-361mm^2. This is bigger than SA were expecting, but compared to AMD's Tahiti, it actually measures in smaller. Performance on GK104 is said to be quite good, and it should be around the same efficiency as AMD's current chips, but this time, in favor of Team Green, will reportedly draw a fair bit less power.

 

GK104, if priced correctly, could be the 2012 mid-range super GPU. That is, if NVIDIA can keep GK104 together and not let anything slip from its current yield. Things can change rapidly, but if they don't, we could see some very amazing things from Team Green. It's almost time to get out those green flags, people.

Samsung and Apple to have 90% of 2012 mobile profits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 5:26 am

It pains me to have a title like that, and before I started typing up this piece, I thought to myself "can they really take 90-percent of the profits?" But if you look at their history in 2011, it can only be a huge possibility that Samsung and Apple take a chunk of the market, as they are the most dominant.

 

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UBS analyst, Maynard Um has taken a look at the numbers and found that smartphones are now accounting for 30-percent of the cell phone market, but with these numbers even more impressive: smartphones make up "over 75-percent of industry revenues."

 

Um also says that we need to take a look at just Apple and Samsung, as the two giants "now account for over 55-percent of industry revenues and over 90-percent of total [profits before tax]." Is it hard to imagine? We should expect the iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III this year, which are set to become to two next-gen pillars for each company. Bring it on!

HTC to fight revenue drop with quad-core "Edge", as well as razor-thin "Ville"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 4:18 am

HTC have been in the ring, taking punches from Apple and Samsung, but that hasn't stopped them continuing their fight in the mobile industry. After some financial stumbles in 2011, because of the constant onslaught from Apple and Samsung, as well as the spying allegations from the security breach of "Carrier IQ", HTC have seen better days.

 

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HTC are set to unveil at least four new high-end handsets at the Mobile World Congress 2012 which is held in Barcelona, Spain and runs between February 27th to March 1st. HTC is expected to unveil an ultra-thin smartphone code-named HTC "Ville," which is said to be competition for Motorola's Droid RAZR. "Edge" is meant to be unveiled, which should be a quad-core smartphone, one of the world's first.

 

Some analysts are saying that HTC's future phones could be the ones to push them back onto the winning path. Marc Einstein, Tokyo-based Industry Manager for Mobile and Wireless Communications for Frost and Sullivan has said to Reuters:

 

The smartphone industry is so fast moving, I wouldn't count them out.

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