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Google update Google Voice for Android, includes Ice Cream Sandwich looks, offline SMS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 6:20 am

Google have released a new version of Google Voice for Android, which sports an Ice Cream Sandwich-style UI and icon, as well as a few of the usual minor changes and fixes. On top of this, is the addition of asynchronous SMS sending.




Asynchronous SMS sending lets you send messages while users are offline, queueing them for later delivery. On each screen is now an official user feedback menu. The app is available directly from the Android Market, or you can download it here.


If you're running an Android-based device and don't see the option to update the app from your device, try visiting the Android Market on your computer's browser and send the app to your device, this should force the update for you. Once you've tried it, let us know how you go. I'm interested to see how the ICS-style UI looks within the app itself.

Hasbro announces NERF Lazer Tag, uses iPhone or iPod Touch and sports augmented reality lazer tag gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 5:26 am

The first two words of hearing this news to me in my mind were, 'do want!' NERF have just announced the revolutionary new Lazer Tag system, which "combining the power, precision and excitement of live-action blaster battles with the high-action, strategic, augmented reality gameplay of traditional video games."




Players can download the free Lazer Tag app from the App Store onto their iPhone or iPod touch device, connect it to their Lazer Tag blaster, and immerse themselves in a world where "video games and real life connect". You can play in both single and multi-player, where players can engage in a Lazer Tag match featuring friends (or foes?) or virtual opponents.


Each Lazer Tag blaster has a virtual firing range of over 250 feet, and contains a Heads Up Display (HUD), which lets players keep track of their gear and remaining power, as well as providing a view of the augmented reality targets and enemies in the area. On top of this, a virtual leaderboard also keeps tabs on each player's profile, with every successful mission, players gain access to in-game upgradeable attacks, missions and gear.




Hasbro will release the Lazer Tag 2 Blaster set, which includes two Lazer Tag blasters for just $69.99, as well as the single Lazer Tag Blaster for just $39.99, with both being made available on August 1, 2012. Each blaster requires 6 x AA batteries, and will be available at most major toy retailers nationwide, and alternatively, on

The Overclocker Issue 18 is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Tweaking & Overclocking | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 4:26 am

The first issue for 2012 of The Overclocker is now out, Issue 18, and available for your pleasure to read through. Issue 18 covers which X79-based board you should buy, Leeghoofd dons his investigative hat and takes a look at ASUS' Crosshair V inefficiency, and they also take a seat with Andrew "DrWeez" Roberts for a one-on-one.




This is jut scratching the surface of what Issue 18 has to offer. Review-wise, we have reviews of GeIL's EVO TWO PC3-19200 Quad-Channel RAM, Patriot's Pyro SE 240GB SSD, ASUS' Radeon HD 7970, GIGABYTE's G1.Assassin2, and G.Skills' RipJaws Z 2400MHz CL9 RAM.


Also covered, is a review of Skyrim, Cooler Master's Cosmos II, ASUS' VG278 monitor and both the Vengeance K90 and M90 from Corsair.


Check out The Overclocker Issue 18, here.

Google release Chrome 17, sports "instant" browsing, improved security

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 4:20 am

Google have been hard at work, where they've released Google Chrome for Android Beta for Android 4.0-based devices, as well as a few other cool announcements, today brings the latest stable build of Chrome, Chrome 17.




Chrome 17 includes a serious speed bump, if it wasn't already fast enough. Google reckons you'll be surfing quicker than ever before with a new feature that lets pages start loading in the background before you've even finished typing a URL into the Omnibox. If the URL auto-completes to an address you'll most likely visit, Chrome will begin prerendering the page. Nifty, huh?


Security-wise, Chrome 17 includes a new security feature. Chrome 17 now runs executables through additional reputation checks that ensures that you're safe. This means that if you attempt to download a Windows installation file (EXE or MSI) that isn't on a whitelist, Google analyzes the file to determine its reputation and trustworthiness based on files previously seen from the same publisher, and site.




Suspicious files would then be tagged and if found malicious, you'll be alerted.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview to arrive with Mobile World Congress on February 29

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 3:19 am

Get ready to dust off your OS, people, Windows 8 Consumer Preview is nearly upon us, and according to CNet News, Microsoft have now revealed the date and time of the launch (excusing the time zone weirdness as its launching in Barcelona): February 29 between 3:00 and 5:00 PM CET (or 9:00 and 11:00 AM EST).




Microsoft are set to host at event at Mobile World Congress, in the aforementioned Barcelona, Spain. MWC is a mobile conference, but then again, Windows 8 is not solely for desktops and notebooks anymore, with the OS set to land on mobile devices as well. The Verge have said that some Metro apps will feature on the Consumer Preview, with Calendar, Camera, Mail, Messaging, Music, "People," Photos, SkyDrive, and Video being included.


The Verge's information comes from "sources familiar with Microsoft's plans" so there's a few grains of salt thrown in there. Will you be trying out the Consumer Preview? I want to try it out, I hope it installs in Boot Camp on my Apple MacBook Pro. Ha.

PlayStation 3 system software hits v4.10, includes improved browser, PSN account is now called "Sony Entertainment Network Account"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 2:10 am

Sony have just announced through their PlayStation Blog that they've released a new system software update which brings the PlayStation 3 to v4.10. Included in v4.10 are some minor changes, but one surprising one, too.




The new system software update requires you to accept a change in Sony's Terms of Service (ToS), and in an "effort for more unity" between PlayStation Network (PSN) and other Sony Entertainment Network services, all "PSN Accounts" will now be named "Sony Entertainment Network Account".


This change is by name only, and does not change the PSN in any form. Games can still be played online, and access to the latest downloadable games and add-ons are still available. System software update v4.10 includes an improved PS3 Internet Browser, with improved display speed. More details on the firmware can be found, here.

Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars Bundle & Game arrives April 3rd

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2012 1:08 am

We've talked about the Kinect Star Wars bundle before, when it was teased at last years Comic-Con, but now, we're closer than ever to having the Kinect Star Wars Bundle in our hands. Included in the bundle is "Kinect Star Wars", where the game teasing "With no controller in the way you can live out the ultimate "Star Wars" fantasy".




There are five dynamic modes available, Jedi Destiny: Dark Side Rising, Podracing, Rancor Rampage, Galactic Dance Off and Duels of Fate. Also included, and only announced today by Xbox 360 and LucasArts, are new additions to the game, including:


New experiences within Jedi Destiny Mode, including:


o Space battles: As you travel the Galaxy to face an evil that threatens to undermine the fabric of the Republic, you'll engage with forces of the Empire in intense space battles


o Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders: Pilot iconic Speeder Bikes and Landspeeders on your epic journey

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PowerColor's new HD 7970 steps in front of the camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 11:59 pm

PowerColor have teased everyone on their Facebook page with a glimpse of their new AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU. Nothing more than it's "our new HD 7970 design posing for the camera" has been said from PowerColor.




What we can see though, are multiple video outputs, looks like the new HD 7970 from PowerColor sports dual DVI, HDMI, and dual DisplayPort. The card is still a dual-slot card, with two big fans on the front of it and a decently thick heatpipe design behind it.


More information on this bad boy as it comes. I do like the black/blue design of it. Reminds me of getting a bruise. This could could be powerful enough to punch the lights out of other HD 7970s, and give them... bruises? We'll find out soon enough. Hopefully our VGA editor is out of hospital by then, but I'm sure he's enjoying his Razer Blade gaming laptop too much, eh? ;)

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 12:13 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 8th, 2012.




Intel 520 Series 240GB Solid State Drive - eTeknix

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB Solid State Drive -

OCZ Synapse Cache 64GB - ocaholic


Cases & Cooling:


Azza Fusion 3000 Full Tower Chassis -

Antec Eleven Hundred - Neoseeker | Hardware Heaven

Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus -

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Deal of the Day: Netflix - One Month Free Trial! Instantly watch as many TV episodes & movies as you want! for February 8, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Feb 8, 2012 11:14 am

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