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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.

RumorTT: Amazon to acquire Texas Instruments' OMAP chip division, could we see the Kindle Phone soon?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:29 am

It looks like we could see an Amazon Kindle Phone sooner, rather than later if the latest rumors hot off the press are to be believed. Rumor has it that Amazon are deep in "advanced negotiations" with Texas Instruments, where they're attempting to buy their smartphone and tablet oriented OMAP chip division.




The man behind the story, Assaf Gilad has said that Amazon is hoping to acquire Texas Instruments' high-end processor division so that they can have more control over the chips that get baked into their Kindle Fire products.


We also have the rumors of a Kindle smartphone, which this would surely help get going, and quick. At the moment, Texas Instruments are having issues competing with the bigger players in the market like Qualcomm, Intel and NVIDIA. This means that if the retail giant were to buy Texas Instruments' processor division, it would put Amazon into the same strength as Samsung and Apple.

Nintendo Wii has its priced lowered, more games thrown in

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 10:34 am

The next-gen Nintendo Wii U console is nearly here and in order to get those old Wii units off the shelves, Nintendo have not only dropped the price of the Wii, but they've also thrown in two classic Wii games.




Nintendo have priced the Wii at a competitive $129.99, which includes the black model of the Wii console, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on the single disk, as well as throwing in the black Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck controller. Before this deal, gamers would need to purchase the New Super Mario Bros. Wii model in order to get the black edition of the console.


Nintendo's Wii U console launches on November 18 in the US, November 30 in Europe and Australia and December 8 in Japan. Scott Moffitt, EVP of Sales & Marketing at Nintendo of America has said:


Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console. A new suggested retail price and the inclusion of two great games make it an easy choice for families looking for a great value this holiday season.


Nintendo will make the new bundle available on October 28.

Apple takes another competitors employee again, this time Amazon's president and CEO of A9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 9:20 am

We reported a little earlier on that Apple had taken one of Samsung's chip designers, but now news has arrived from AllThingsD that the iDevice maker has hired major Amazon executive and president search technologist, William Stasior.




Stasior will take over their Siri unit, according to their sources, and up until now Stasior has been in charge of Amazon's search and search advertising unit, A9. Stasior, a former AltaVista executive co-founded the independent company and has run it since Udi Manber left for Google.


With Stasior now at the wheel of Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant should get some much-needed guidance. Siri has lost some of the talent who created it, with Adam Cheyer leaving. Cheyer co-founded the voice recognition company prior to their acquisition by Apple in 2008, and CEO Dag Kittlaus left in October 2011.

ASUS unveil the PadFone 2, is ready to take on the competition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 9:00 am

ASUS teased us last week on their Facebook page about their PadFone 2, but now the day is finally here - introducing, the ASUS PadFone 2. Is it a smartphone? Yes. Can it be a tablet? Yes. It's the best of both worlds, and something revolutionary in an other wise same ol', same ol' smartphone world.




Not to say the rest of the phones on the market are boring, but ASUS are going out on a limb once again with the successor to the PadFone with PadFone 2. Spec wise, we're looking at ASUS' PadFone sporting a 4.7-inch 1280x720 Super IPS+ display, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, up to 64GB of internal storage, backed up by 50GB of ASUS WebStorage.




All of this finds its way into a sleek-looking, 9mm thick device that weighs just 135g. Battery life should be quite good with its 2140mAh battery that ASUS reckon is good for 16 hours of 3G talk-time, and 13 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing.

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Microsoft intros Xbox Music, a cloud-based iTunes competitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 8:31 am

Microsoft may have released Zune which failed to really take off or compete with Apple's iTunes, but it looks like Microsoft is back yet again with a new competitor for Apple: Xbox Music.




Xbox Music is an all-in-one digital music service that will throw the 30 million tracks available to users through the Xbox 360 gaming console to Microsoft PCs, tablets and smartphones running the Redmond-based company's Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems.


There are three parts of this new venture, the first is a free streaming service that will be ad-supported and limited to a certain number of hours after six months. A premium, unlimited, ad-free streaming option is also available at around $10 a month, and consumers will also have the option to simply purchase and download any track from the catalogue.

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Apple set to unveil Retina-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro alongside iPad mini on October 23

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 7:31 am

It looks like Apple are going to use their iPad mini event on October 23 to unveil a new member of the MacBook Pro family. We've alreayd got the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which will be joined by a 13-inch model.




This is according to a report by 9to5Mac who cites a "consistently reliable source at a high-profile U.S. retailer." The new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro would be thinner and lighter, like its bigger brother and will come in two configurations.


These two configurations will consist of two processor and storage options, and should be made available for purchase shortly after they're introduced on October 23. The new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro will be priced higher than the non-Retina model, which was to be expected, but as for exact pricing that is unknown at the moment.

YouTube has been changed, searches now ranked by how long users watch them, not by clicks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 6:26 am

Google have baked in some new changes into YouTube, which have resulted in changes to the way YouTube ranks content and then determines what closer matches what you're actually looking for.




The way it works now is that YouTube videos now get higher rankings based on how long viewers are actually watching the clip for, not how many clicks a video receives.


This is actually great, as spam videos or incorrectly titled clips won't receive higher ranks because people clicked on them. The change in YouTube's algorithm will also take into account how long users' overall visits to the site are, too. This will see videos gain a higher ranking if users not only watch the video all the way through to the end, but continue to stay on YouTube and watch other clips.

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