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WinZip 17 launches, includes cloud storage support with Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, SkyDrive and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 2:21 am

I remember the days of the original versions of WinZip, I was a huge, huge user of the software and I still use it to this day. Well, WinZip Computing have just launched WinZip 17, which is the industry's first singel application that is designer to "give users a better way to manage, protect and share files across all the ways we connect today - the cloud, social media and email".




WinZip 17 now features direct integration with cloud-based storage options like SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. This is great as you can zip your files up, saving space on your cloud storage, as well as offering 128- or 256-bit AES encryption making your files safer than ever in the cloud. WinZip 17 also allows you to both manage and share your files directly from the slow, where WinZip 17 can automatically create links to the files you want to send to friends or family over email.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet compared to the competition, how does it fare?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 1:29 am

I've got to admit, I wasn't that excited about Microsoft's Surface tablet when we first started hearing about it, but now that it's nearly here and we have found out more on Microsoft's iPad competitor, I'm beginning to get genuinely excited.




But, how does it fare in terms of specifications against the competition? Namely Apple's third-gen iPad and Samsung's pen-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet? AllThingsD have made a great little chart comparing the tablets against each other, which you can see below.




So the new Surface tablet sports a 10.6-inch 1366x760-pixel screen, compared to the iPad's 9.7-inch 2048x1536 "Retina" display, the Surface loses out in resolution, but enjoys its slightly bigger and wider display. Surface only sports 720p front- and rear-facing cameras which is disappointing in this 5-megapixel-plus rear-facing camera world we now live in. Processor-wise, the Surface comes with NVIDIA's T30 SoC which is a quad-core design, compared to the third-gen iPad's dual-core A5X processor and Samsung's 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip.


One area that the Surface really shines is in the fact that it offers Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 - the competitors simply can't come close to offering a full productivity suite like Office.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 'Launch Trailer' released on YouTube, check it out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:21 pm

I'm sure every single one of our readers is excited about Black Ops 2. No? Well, Call of Duty, specifically Treyarch, would like to get the uninterested interested in the game so that they can sell more copies come launch day. Hence, they have released a new trailer designed to do just that:



It features the prerequisite fast-paced cinematics and a strong, driving rock tune to get your adrenaline pumping. It really shows nothing new regarding the game, and really serves no purpose other than to get you interested in buying the game when it comes out on Tuesday, November 13.


Of course, there will already be gamers lining the street at the local game store with or without this latest trailer. There were a few details that I hadn't read before. If you pre-order the game now, you'll get access to a double experience launch weekend as well as getting the Nuketown 2025 Zombies map.

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Kitchen is the worst place for your iPhone: survey says 21 percent of damage occurs there

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 10:31 pm

If you don't want your iPhone to meet an untimely demise, you might consider staying out of the kitchen. A new study by warranty provider SquareTrade has found that the majority of iPhones are damaged in the kitchen. A whopping 1 out of 5 iPhones were destroyed in the kitchen, according to those who were surveyed.




The living room was next highest with 18 percent of the surveyed people responding that their iPhone had been damaged in the living room. Following in a close third, the bathroom took out 16 percent of iPhones, which makes me wonder what people were doing in there when their iPhone was damaged.


The rest drop off from there, with bedrooms being the safest for an iPhone. Reportedly 9 percent of the iPhones were dropped into the toilet, which makes up just over half of all the iPhones that were destroyed in the bathroom. I guess the take-away from this is don't text and go to the bathroom.

New iPod touch "too thin" to fit an ambient light sensor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 8:33 pm

The new iPod touch has one feature curiously absent. If you've ever seen your old iPod touch screen brightness change when you walked out of a dark room into the sunlight, you'll know the feature I'm talking about. The new iPod touch will not have this capability and will instead force users to do it themselves.




According to Phil Schiller, this is due to the new iPod touch being just too thin to fit the required ambient light sensor. Without the sensor, the device has no way of knowing the relative brightnesses between locations and lacks the ability to adjust the screen brightness to compensate for the difference.


It's not that big of a deal, but the automatic brightness adjustment is a feature that I have come to take for granted on my iPhone. It's great for when I am using it at night and had the brightness all the way down and then wake up in a bright room. Instead of trying to see on a dark screen, it automatically brings the brightness up to a comfortable level.


Is this a deal breaker for most? Probably not. But, I'm sure it will have a buying influence on a few people. Would it affect your purchase decision?

Chipworks takes a look inside the Lightning connector's authentication chip

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 7:49 pm

When Apple introduced the new Lightning connector for the iPhone 5, many people were amazed at the cost they were charging for adapters and cables. Most people, myself included, figured that there would be knock-off cables available pretty quickly after launch, but this was before a tear-down was conducted on the cable.




As most now know, Apple included an authenticator chip inside the end of the Lightning cable which is making it harder for third-party cables to be made. Chipworks wasn't going to just let it sit there, so they instead have conducted a tear-down of the new cable's chip and found out some information in regards to its security.


The tear-down revealed that the chip included does seem to feature security in some form or another, though nothing like that found in modern printer cartridges. Chipworks found circuitry that is "consistent with a serial communication chip including some simple security features."


It is actually very interesting that we may have found a chip with (likely) some modest security in this cable. In this case not only related to securing their revenue stream for cables or ensuring reliable and high quality (licensed) peripherals, but in delivering useful product features that are not necessarily in the consumers top of mind. We are planning a full systems analysis on this device to further understand exactly what is going on.

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Microsoft Surface pricing outed as systems go up for pre-order

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 6:44 pm

Pricing on the new Microsoft Surface RT tablets is now known as Microsoft has put the tablets up for pre-order and the general consensus is that the pricing is just a wee bit, OK, quite a bit, too high. However, there are arguments for the other side saying that it is just right. My fear is that if this is what a Windows RT device costs, imagine what a regular Windows tablet will cost.




As you can see in the picture above, the basic 32GB Windows RT Surface tablet will set you back a costly $499. Note that that does not include the keyboard cover. For that, you'll have to shell out an additional $100, bringing the total price up to $599. For $699, you can get a 64GB system with the keyboard cover.


Most people have taken to Twitter to express concern over the pricing. "Sadly it looks like I'm out for the new Microsoft Surface, the price is too high for the low end model" and "They've priced it too high if they're just trying to get into the market." What are your thoughts on the pricing? Too high, too low, or just right?

People react to Windows 8 on video, can't figure out how to turn it off

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 6:01 pm

Windows 8 is new. It's massively different. And those things aren't always such a good thing because humans are creatures of habit. We don't like change, and some of the changes put into Windows 8 are interesting, to say the least. From my use, I found it to be much more complicated than it needs to be, and apparently so did the people in the video below.



As you can see in the video above, people didn't particularly like the system, even those who identified themselves as savvy users or the person who is a system admin. Almost all of the users had trouble doing even the simplest of tasks, such as turning the system off, something that should be straightforward to do.


Furthermore, many of the users said the interface feels like it belongs on a smartphone or tablet, which is accurate as that is what it was designed for. It really appears that Microsoft may have made a mistake by bringing a tablet/smartphone interface to the traditional desktop. Only time will tell if people will be able to adjust.


What are your thoughts on Windows 8?

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iPhone 5 and Galaxy S III face off in a Blendtec blender, which one will come out alive?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 5:31 pm

I'm surprised it took this long to see the iPhone 5 blended. Blendtec, which started blending iPhones and other weird objects on video back with the first iPhone, has traditionally been very prompt about attempting total destruction on the latest and greatest Apple product, so having to wait nearly a month has been devastating.



But that's OK because the founder and PR manager have returned from Down Under (yes, they were in Australia) and tossed in not just an iPhone 5, but the Samsung Galaxy S III in an attempt to make an epic face-off between the two flagship devices. Of course, by now, I figure you've already watched the video. If not, go watch it then return here. I'll wait.


Back? Good. As you saw in the video, the Galaxy S III held out a little bit longer than the iPhone 5 did. In fact, the iPhone 5 was destroyed almost from the very beginning whereas the Samsung Galaxy S III survived for a good little while there. So, what can we take away from this? If you happen to be working over a giant, over-powered blender, the Galaxy S III might just survive long enough for you to pull it out.

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Apple event invitations have reached the press, likely announcing iPad mini next Tuesday

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 4:21 pm

The day has finally come. Apple has mailed out invites to the press for an event scheduled for October 23. As it stands, October 23 is the currently rumored day that the iPad mini was to be unveiled at an Apple event. The invitation even says right on the page "we've got a little more to show you," which screams iPad mini.




But it also screams Mac mini update as well as an update to the Retina MacBook Pro's little brother. It seems as though Apple is planning to stuff a Retina display into the smaller 13-inch form factor as well as bring the Mac mini up in line with the rest of the Mac line by stuffing an Ivy Bridge and USB 3.0 inside.


Of course, you can expect the usual flow of news from TweakTown as the event unfolds. I'm expecting the new iPad mini, or one of the other devices rumored to be updated, to be coming in many different colors as the invitation features a rainbow-like smattering of color behind the top of the Apple logo.


Of course, only time will tell. All of our questions should be answered next Tuesday.

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