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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update is currently rolling out to all Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 4:35 am

Google have announced the rollout of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which first arrives on Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ devices. If you haven't yet heard of the wonderful Jelly Bean OS, with its Project Butter and new features, you should definitely read up on it, especially if you're rocking a handset that is ready to receive the OS.

 

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If you're rocking a Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ device, you should hopefully soon receive a prompt notifying you to update the handset over the coming days. Jelly Bean is set to hit other devices shortly, such as all Galaxy Nexus', Nexus S, Motorola Xoom and the Nexus 7, which will ship with Jelly Bean on-board later this month.

 

Some stand out features of Jelly Bean are Project Butter, where the engineers at Google have made Jelly Bean buttery smooth, the OS runs at a constant 60fps, which is just impressive. Something else to get excite over is Google Now, which can tell you today's weather before you start the day, how much traffic to expect before you leave for work, or your favorite sport team's score as they're playing.

Survarium, a survival MMOFPS from the developers of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 3:19 am

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 may have been cancelled, but it seems from survival MMOFPS, Survarium, will definitely suffice. Considering Survarium is from the same developers, Vostok Games, and the fact that it's destined to be a free-to-play, massively multiplayer first-person shooter that's all about, er, surviving, it should be the goods.

 

 

Of course, it all takes place in a post-apocalyptic environment (what else, it is 2012 after all), the developers have teased the world with a bunch of screenshots, and a developer's diary video talking about the game. The video goes for a nice eight minutes, but unfortunately doesn't feature any in-game footage.

 

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So, what is Survarium, what do you do? Well, players in the game have to complete missions for different factions in order to earn money and status, pretty much how S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was played. Players can also work together for co-op missions, form teams for player-versus-player action, or play in "free play mode", where they'll be able to enjoy the freedom of interacting with human counterparts in the game. RPG elements will also be at play, such as leveling up and skill specialization.

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U.K. court rules that Samsung's Galaxy Tab doesn't copy Apple's designs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:36 am

After some intense legal battles, Samsung has gotten a court to side with them for once. Samsung have said that the High Court of England and Wales ruled that its Galaxy Tab didn't infringe on Apple's tablet designs, and found 50 different recognizable traits.

 

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Considering Samsung have just gone through their Galaxy Nexus being banned in the U.S. temporarily, this is a great day for Samsung. Both of the companies are fighting each other in different courts across the world, for different things, and it seems that they're both waiting for a judge to rule so harshly, that the other is forced to sit down and work out an agreement.

 

The ruling today was in regards to three Samsung Galaxy tablets, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Galaxy Tab 7.7. The court cited the differences they found were in the thickness of the devices, front and rear surface designs, and the lack of physical buttons.

OUYA, the $99 Android-based console gets $1.7 million (and counting) worth of Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 2:23 am

[UPDATE: They've just hit $2 million!] If there's anything we know about the world, and technology, and everything around it, is that its in a constant state of change. Kickstarter is here to help that, and so are the guys and girls behind Ouya. What is Ouya?

 

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Ouya is a kickstarter project, and a "new kind of video game console". Ouya love gaming on a bigger TV screen, they know that smart devices like smart phones and tablets are the current in-thing, but they also know that some of the best are abandoning the traditional platforms and moving toward where "it" is, and "it" is in smart devices. Ouya want to change this.

 

Ouya have raised (at the time of writing) $1,772,876 of their $950,000 goal. They have 14,144 backers, and 29 days of Kickstarting to go. Kickstarter has confirmed that Ouya has achieved the biggest first day ever for one of their hosted projects, and it's the eighth project ever to crack the $1 million mark.

 

The best quote they use, in my opinion, is "it's time to upend console gaming", and I'm totally with them there. Ouya say "it's time we brought back innovation, experimentation, and creativity to the big screen. Let's make the games less expensive to make, and less expensive to buy. With all our technological advancements, shouldn't costs be going down? Gaming could be cheaper!" Hooray! Someone gets it! Finally!

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Windows 8 will hit RTM in August, arrives in retail in October

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 11, 2012 1:09 am

Microsoft have finally coem out and given a delivery schedule for their upcoming Windows 8 OS. Right now, Microsoft have said they are on track to getting Windows 8 to the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) point in the first week of August.

 

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From there, retail will arrive in late-October, which will give Microsoft the time they need to certify additional language packs and to give OEMs time to prepare Windows 8-based systems. Unfortunately, Microsoft haven't released plans for MSDN and TechNet.

 

Enterprise Software Assurance customers are being told they'll have access as early as August. Who is excited about Windows 8? I don't think we're going to see the surge of users that Vista to 7 saw, not in the short term, anyway. Smart devices running Windows 8 will have my money all over it.

SquareTrade conducts drop tests of Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4s

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:23 pm

As if users of mobile phones didn't have enough to be worried about, the constant nagging feeling about dropping your phone is about to get worse. SquareTrade, a company who sells extended warranties for electronics, conducted three drop tests on the new Samsung Galaxy S III and Apple's equivalent, the iPhone 4s. The results are a bit shocking.

 

 

To put it bluntly, neither device likes being dropped. The tests weren't 100% scientific in that they were conducted only once and weren't exactly fairly matched. In the video, it appears that the iPhone gets thrown much higher than the Galaxy S3 does and it also does worse as a result of this discrepancy.

 

Furthermore, in the car test, the Samsung Galaxy S III doesn't fall off the car until it reaches a greater speed which means it hits the ground harder than the iPhone. It also fairs worse in this test. Overall, however, users of mobile phones should buy cases and be extremely careful with their devices. The major problem lies in the glass screens that are used for capacitive touch screens--they tend to be the most delicate part of the phone.

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WD announce new WD Red NAS HDD range

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 12:38 pm

Western Digital have just announced a fresh new series of HDDs, this time bound for Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices. Enter the WD Red NAS HDDs, designed specifically for SOHO NAS systems with one to five bays. WD have had the Red series of HDDs compatibility-tested with top NAS box manufacturers for power and performance, which is something that is perfect for NAS setups.

 

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WD's Red NAS drives come in 1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, all in the 3.5-inch form factor. WD's Red line sports NASware technology, which is designed to improve reliability and system performance, reduce customer downtime and to simplify the integration process. WD's Red customers also get something special, free premium 24x7 dedicated support, and a three-year warranty.

 

Western Digital's Red line of HDDs is their fourth color to enter the market from the company, with the other colors being Black, Blue and Green. WD puts this down to the "Power of Choice", with their storage solutions clear and easy to identify. Blue for "solid performance and reliability for everyday computing", Green for "cool, quiet, eco-friendly", and then we have Black which features "maximum performance for power computing", and of course, Red for "home and small office NAS".

 

Pricing on the drives is not too bad, with MSRP for the 1TB, 2TB and 3TB being $109, $139 and $189, respectively.

Apple have a nice $74 billion stashed overseas

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:27 am

Just a quick one for Apple, according to an analyst at Moody's Investor Services, Apple are at the very top of the list of technology companies who are hoarding money overseas. It has been reported that the company behind the iPad, iPhone and many other money-makers, has $74 billion overseas.

 

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Twelve months ago, Apple had $64 billion sitting overseas, but in the past year this number has expanded by $10 billion to $74 billion total. Tech companies with $2 billion or more in cash and liquid investments are said to hold around $227.5 billion overseas.

 

The second company to Apple with money overseas? Microsoft with $50 billion. Cisco comes in third with $42.3 billion, and Oracle in fourth place with $25.1 billion.

Apple OS X Mountain Lion Golden Master gets seeded to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 10:29 am

Good news for Apple is that they have released the Golden Master (GM) version of their upcoming next-gen OS X Mountain Lion to developers. The "GM" version of the OS indicates this is the version of software that is destined for customers.

 

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The build of the GM version if 12A269. Apple previewed Mountain Lion back in February of this year, highlighting a bunch of new features that are found in their mobile OS, iOS. This includes Messages, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center, Game CEnter, and more.

 

Just recently, at WWDC, the company showed off some new features including Dictation, iCloud Tabs, and 'Power Nap'. Apple's OS X Mountain Lion will be priced at $19.99 and should hit the Mac App Store later this month.

Assassin's Creed movie gets its main role taken by Michael Fassbender

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:26 am

We did promise more news on the Assassin's Creed movie when it hits, and today that has happened. The movie has just received a massive injection of awesomeness in the form of Michael Fassbender in the leading role.

 

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Fassbender has signed on not only for the leading role, but as a co-producer. Fassbender will star as Desmond Miles, who explores the lives of his assassin ancestors through the Animus machine, letting him experience the time periods of the Crusades, the Renaissance, and in the upcoming third outing of the game, the American Revolution.

 

Fassbender is known for his roles in X-Men: First Class as Magneto, and recently in Prometheus, and the Quentin Tarantino-directed Inglourious Basterds. There's no details on the rest of the cast, or a release date, but you shouldn't expect the movie for another 2-3 years at least.

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