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Microsoft have released the Windows 8 Release Preview, download it now!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 7:21 am

If you wanted to jump on the bandwagon, or just be cool, Microsoft have just made Windows 8 Release Preview available to the public. So if you're still on Windows 7, or on the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, you can jump to the latest version of their next-gen operating system.

 

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There's a bunch of highlights in the new installation, and tonnes of things to do, explore and find. You can read the in-depth Windows 8 Release Preview product guide, if you wish, or you could dive right into it.

 

We will be getting a Windows 8 Tweak Guide in the coming weeks, which we will be accepting user-given guides/tweaks where you can send in your tweaks and adjustments that make your Windows 8 life better. Look for this in the weeks after Computex and get your tweaks together now!

Intel to offer sneak peak of the next wave of Ultrabooks at Computex Taipei 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 6:26 am

Intel is set to show off some new Ultrabooks powered by their third-generation Intel Core processors otherwise known as Ivy Bridge. Intel took to their blog to state this, and have announced there are now 21 Ultrabooks on the market today, and this list will continue to grow with more than 110 designs currently being worked on.

 

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Intel have said to anyone outside of the company, this may look effortless, but it has been anything but. Intel have knuckled down with customers, partners and suppliers all around the world to "re-think and re-design virtually every major component that makes up an Ultrabook". Intel says they can't wait for everyone to see the next wave of Ultrabooks that sport the Ivy Bridge-based processors that are set to be unveiled next week at Computex in Taipei.

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Microsoft's SkyDrive gets updated, now includes Windows 8 sync, other improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 5:26 am

Microsoft have updated their cloud storage solution, SkyDrive, for both Windows and Mac. The new build is version 16.4.4111.0525 and adds improved Windows 8 integration, noting specifically photos, as well as the usual improvements, and bug fixes.

 

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SkyDrive does have a big change in the form of its Windows 8 photo manager integration, so when a user logs in with their Microsoft account (Windows Live), the Windows 8 Photo app will work with photos from the associated SkyDrive account. Another fancy thing is that this feature will work with the just-released Windows 8 Release Preview.

 

Other notable changes include an increase from the 150,000 files limit to a maximum of 10 million, improved reliability for both syncing and stability, and quicker folder updates. If you have SkyDrive already installed, the update should be pushed to you automatically, the app just needs to be running. If you don't have SkyDrive yet, you can grab it here.

RumorTT: HTC, ASUS won't be touching Google's Chromebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 4:28 am

The latest report from DigiTimes is that heavyweights ASUS and HTC will not be making Chromebook's. Even after Google and Samsung unveiled their second-generation Chromebook, which was jointly developed by the latter company, ASUS and HTC are weary.

 

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Why are they staying away from the Chromebooks? Because after seeing Acer's and Samsung's first-generation Chromebook's selling less than 200,000 units, both company's decided it wasn't for them and backed away from cooperating with Google on the second-gen Chromebook. Acer is reportedly still 'evaluating' the project, according to DigiTimes' sources.

 

DigiTimes cites 'some notebook players' pointed out that the first-generation Chromebook's sales were impacted by its hardware design, and competition from netbooks which have already seen dramatic price drops to $299-$399, as well as users' are more familiar with Windows. The same notebook players have noted that Chromebook's may find it difficult to replace netbooks in the market. On top of this, we also have the ever-increasing size of smartphones, with Samsung's GALAXY S III reaching 4.8-inches, as well as the still-powerful tablets which sell like hot cakes.

Valve confirms DOTA 2 will be free-to-play title, also announces DOTA Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 2, 2012 3:17 am

Valve today announced through a press release that the upcoming DOTA 2 will be a free-to-play title, and in preparation for the DOTA 2's release, also announced the DOTA Store. When the DOTA 2 Store's doors open, it will offer items created by Valve, and members of the community.

 

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These items can be used immediately, and will be carrier over after the public launch of DOTA 2. Early access to the game isn't required in order to purchase items before the launch. Gamers may, however, get into the game now by purchasing the DOTA 2 Early Access Bundle of items. IceFrog, design lead on DOTA 2 says:

 

The opening of the Dota Store is a big part of our final push to launch. With support for the Steam Workshop, the majority of the items made available on day one were created and being sold by members of the community. By making the game Free to Play, we hope to give gamers the ability to decide how - and how much - they want to invest in the game.

 

DOTA 2 is slated for release on the PC later this year, and promises to deliver a "unique blend of online RTS and RPG action that has made Dota popular with tens of millions of gamers around the world".

Facebook looks to cut down on spam by implementing '10 second rule'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 10:31 pm

I imagine most of you are sick of the spam floating around on Facebook; I know I am. Part of the problem is due to OpenGraph and the ability to auto-share. This auto-sharing is the source of many of the annoying, spammy posts that keep showing up in my already crowded news feed. And they crowd out the really important things, such as TweakTown posts.

 

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Facebook has come up with a solution to this problem: the "10 second rule." What this rule does is require a user to read a post or watch a video for at least 10 seconds before it can auto-share it out with the rest of your friends. According to a developer blog post, "Built-in watch and read actions can only be published after someone engages with the content for 10 or more seconds. If a video is shorter than 10 seconds, the viewer must watch the entire video."

 

The frictionless sharing that Facebook introduced a year ago was helpful in gaining views for integrated services, but it has been taken advantage of since then. Thankfully, Facebook has decided to try curbing it with this new rule. Facebook is also requiring developers to access app content without auto-sharing it. It will be interesting to see if the amount of spam is cut down due to these new changes.

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German ISP manages incredible new speed over cable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 8:27 pm

Think your home internet connection is fast? How about your work connection? How about you try 4700Mbps on for size. That's the new speed that has been reached by a German ISP using existing cable network infrastructure. This speed is incredible considering that most PCs only feature Gigabit Ethernet and this would manage to flood that.

 

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Kabel Deutschland, a German cable operator, is claiming to have created a real-world download speed of 4,700Mbps. This ins't theoretical either as they are claiming this speed in a real-world test. Let's see just how fast that is. Four Gigabit connected computers would be unable to max the bandwidth available.

 

More incredibly, a connection of that speed, if you were able to use it all, could download a full 4.7GB DVD in just a mere 8 seconds. This title isn't the fastest real-world connection, as someone already provided a 40Gbps fiber connection to a residence, but this does use the existing cable networks. The test was carried out to test an upgraded network using the 862MHz spectrum, channel bonding, and the EuroDocsis 3.0 standard.

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Nook version of War and Peace has an LOL moment, replaced "kindle" with "nook" throughout book

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 7:29 pm

Occasionally some funky stuff happens with technology. Usually the cause can be traced down. This time, it's not exactly clear what happened, but the story is hilarious nevertheless. It would appear that the Nook eBook version wanted to remove all references to Kindle in the book War and Peace.

 

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In the translated book, all references to the word "kindled" have been replaced by "nookd." The only explanation I can think of is someone got lazy in the conversion from Kindle eBook to Nook eBook. It would appear that someone CTRL +F'd to change the title reference of Kindle to Nook and didn't realize the word was used elsewhere in the text.

 

It's highly unlikely that it was done on purpose, but it is hilarious even if it wasn't. Another example of why people should take the extra time to do a job right. If it was done on purpose, I can't see the reason for it. I'm sure a fixed version will be released shortly, if it hasn't already.

AT&T CEO: Data-only plans for phones coming within two years

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 6:34 pm

It may come as a shock to some of you, but smartphone users really do still make phone calls. Albeit, not nearly as much as they used to, but it isn't a feature that is going away quite yet. Or is it? Probably among some users, it is. With alternatives like Skype, Google Voice, and others, there are ways to not use any minutes and only data.

 

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So why pay for minutes you're not using? Well, AT&T's CEO agrees with you, at least partially. Phone companies make a large majority of their money off of texting and minutes as the calls and texts don't use very much data. This is a prospect that they don't to let go of. But change is inevitable and going to data-only plans is the next logical step in wireless evolution.

 

Randall Stephenson said at an investor conference in New York on Friday that he'd "be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don't see people in the market place with data-only plans." In this scenario, phone calls would just be considered another form of data. They basically are right now, but the company just bills differently for them.

Google promises to unveil "next dimension of Google Maps" next week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 1, 2012 5:33 pm

Not only are the browser wars heating up again, but apparently a new mapping war is heating up. The mapping world used to be just a few key players: Microsoft, Google, and a few other smaller ones. But with Apple now rumored to release its own solution at WWDC, the market is about to become a lot more complex.

 

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It would appear that Google would like to steal some of Apple's thunder before its rumored release of a new mapping service. Google is hosting an invite-only press event in San Francisco to unveil "the next dimension of Google Maps." Considering Apple's new mapping service is expected to be 3D, does the mention of "dimension" in the invitation indicate Google is going to be adding more 3D features?

 

Google will also offer attendees "a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We'll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go - both physically and virtually." Of course, Google already has the 3D Earth, but it requires a plug-in. Could this event be releasing one that runs without a plug-in?

 

We're not sure, and we haven't received an invitation yet, but we will be sure to find out everything that we can to report to you, our reader.

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