The latest happenings from around the web - October 11th, 2011
- HP TouchSmart 520xt @ TechReviewSource
- GITEX '11: Hands-On MSI GT 780 Laptop @ tbreak
- Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Motherboard @ HiTechLegion
- AMD A75 3-way Motherboard Shootout @ Techspot
- Asus Crosshair V Formula Motherboard @ Ninjalane
- Edifier M3300SF 2.1 Speaker Set @ Overclock3D
- Plantronics Audio 995 Digital Wireless Stereo Headset @ Kitguru
Our Download of the Day today is SeaMonkey 2.5 Beta 2.
SeaMonkey is a web-browser, advanced e-mail and newsgroup client, IRC chat client, and HTML editing made simple -- all your Internet needs in one application.
Tabbed browsing gives you a better way to surf the net. You no longer have to open one page at a time. With tabbed browsing, open several pages at once with one click. Plus, your homepage can be multiple pages, in tabs.
Popup blocker lets you surf the web without interruption from annoying ads.
Image Manager lets you block images to remove offensive images or speed up the rendering of web sites.
Find as you type gives you another way to navigate a page. Just start typing to jump from link to link or to find a word or phrase within a page.
Plus all the features a modern browser should have including: Advanced security settings; Password, Download, and Cookie managers; Themes; multi-language and multi-platform support; and, the latest in Web Standards.
Samsung's on a roll right now, with the Samsung Advanced Institute of technology having a pretty grand announcement today. They have successfully created "single crystalline Gallium Nitride on amorphous glass substrates", it may sound more Breaking Bad than TV or smartphone, but this achievement allows Samsung to make massive LEDs from normal glass, including, you guessed it, window panes.
Samsung says this scaled-up approach will allow them to not only drop production costs relative to most LED manufacturers, but also result in displays roughly 400 times larger! A Samsung spokseperson said to the Korea Herald "In ten years, window panes will double as lighting and display screens, giving personality to buildings". I'll take a few windows, hmm, and maybe a 300-inch 4096p, 240Hz window TV... thanks, Samsung.
The third and final Mass Effect game is nearly upon us, with BioWare today confirming that they will include four-player co-op gameplay in Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War. BioWare's Chris Priestly said in an official forum post "Players can choose from a variety of classes and races, form an elite Special Forces squad, and combine their weapons, powers and abilities to devastating effect as they fight together to liberate key territories from enemy control." The "entirely optional" Galaxy at War system will have players teaming up to on missions to impact Shepard's "Galactic Readiness" level, which will affect the final battle against the Reapers.
Priestly also stated that there has been a separate Montreal-based studio that has been opened to handle Galaxy at War's development and that players will be able to reach "the highest levels of success in the single player experience alone".
Adobe shows off new unblur feature for photoshop, able to retouch and perfect your blurred photos in seconds!
I'm sure you have taken many photos that have been blurry, but Adobe is looking at erasing this problem with a new feature that they demoed at the company's MAX 2011 event. It had the crowd gasping from amazement as before their eyes they had a blurred photo, retouched and perfected in seconds. Advanced algorithms calculate the movement of the camera at the time the image was taken, enabling the user to 'fix' the image by unblurring it - saving what would usually be a photo that would end up in your recycling bin.
The video shown below (which ironically, is shakey itself) demonstrates the process can be used on a photo captured on a mobile device to sharpen the quality, and in some cases with text-based images, reveal more data. There is no official release date for the anti-blur feature, but it will definitely be a favorite for millions worldwide when it becomes available.
I'm an absolute girly-giggling fan of Corsair's Hydro range, using a H70 myself on my Core i7 CPU and loved its simple, yet amazing performance. There is now news floating that Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge-E's retail-boxed CPUs will ship with a closed-loop liquid cooler from none other than Asetek. Intel confirmed the news that it will bundle liquid cooling systems into boxes with its next-generation Core i7-3000-series CPUs.
This will mark the first time that Intel has officially supposed enthusiast-class cooling with their CPUs. This will only help their popularity amongst the overclocking community and those who want to dabble in water-cooling but don't want to mess with pumps, tubing and leaks. Intel-brand sealed liquid coolers will be Asetek coolers as stated above, including a large 120mm fan. The coolers are also set to be made available separately from the CPUs.
Pricing on the coolers is unknown.
Dual-core phones are all the rage now, with Android-based smartphones rocking dual-core power for a while now and Apple finally catching up to the two-legged race with their upcoming iPhone 4S. But, Windows Phone unit boss, Andy Lees said that he hopes to become the solid No. 3 platform and a viable alternative to Apple and Android. What has helped them achieve this is a rocky, but stable start and with the Windows Phone 7 Mango update now rolling out - things are looking up for Microsoft.
Lees has been quoted:
We're not making specific predictions but I think that our momentum is going to build. Our first (release) was about mindshare, and really getting the credibility, and I think (Mango) is really about starting to build unit volume and market share.
Lees has also said that dual-core and LTE models based on Windows Phone 7 are both coming, going as far as mentioning that the current bunch of Windows Phone handsets should hold up against dual-core Android models. I however, would like to test that - I need to get my hands on a Windows Phone 7 handset! Lees said to AllThingsD that "They're all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that's the point."
Feel the Need for Speed? Well, put on your running shoes and run out and buy these, er, Need for Speed Sneakers
Yet another video game-themed set of sneakers has been released and this time, its for Need for Speed: The Run. They're dubbed limited-edition Need for Speed The Run Adidas Originals, and they don't look too bad at all. All-black patent leather with grey accents, with a limited run of just 50 sets will be debuting today at the Adidas Originals in Chicago, followed by an additional 50 that is set to go on sale at the San Francisco store on the 22nd.
Both venues will have big events to celebrate the limited edition, elite sneakers with DJ Neil Armstrong (taking one small step [in this sneakers] for man kind, one large leap into Need for Speed /end pun) and Kids These Days playing in Chicago, with Mick Boogie hitting up San Francisco.
I'll take a set thanks, EA. Now hop to it and make some Battlefield 3 clothing!
Today brings confirmation from Samsung and Verizon Wireless that the already well leaked Stratosphere smart phone will make its official debut in the U.S. on the 13th - just a few days away now. The phone is said to come in at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate after signing a new two-year customer agreement.
Running back over some details of the phone, this Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running hand set features 4G LTE support and a slide-out (five-row) QWERTY keyboard. It uses Samsung's 1GHz 'Hummingbird' processor, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (@ 800 x 480 resolution) and has a rear-facing 5MP camera with LED flash (720p video recording), 1.3MP front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.
Storage wise, it has 4GB built-in and a microSD slot to expand further. For business buyers, the phone also supports enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and allows for remote device management from Sybase Afaria.
The first gameplay footage of Agent 47's new stealth-orientated game, Hitman: Absolution has hit the tubes and boy does it look good. First up we have a Gameplay Teaser, and below that we have 17 minutes of gameplay goodness. The 17 minutes of footage is quite great to watch, with 47 stealthing around like a boss taking people out in various ways. Like using an electrical cord, strangling, throwing someone down a hole in the ground to the storey below, and my favorite; grabbing someone from the storey above and throwing him from the ledge all the way down into that same hole.
Agent 47 is back and he seems to be really, really pissed off.