Microsoft has released the 2011 version of Windows Live Essentials - the consumer package of it's "software plus services" (S+S) strategy.
Currently, Windows Live Essentials provides the following, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, Messenger, Mesh, Mail, Family Safety, Writer, Messenger Companion, Bing Bar, and the Outlook Connector Pack.
New features in Photo Gallery include "Photo Fuse", which is used to combine the best parts of multiple shots (for example, it will choose bits of the picture which are good and ditch the rest - like someone blinking in a picture) and easy retouching. It also incorporates face recognition to help find and organise your photos, also adding integration into Flickr, Facebook and SkyDrive.
Movie Maker can also turn a set of photos from Photo Gallery into a movie - after which it can be sent to YouTube, Facebook or SkyDrive, burnt to a DVD (requires Windows DVD Maker) or saved in formates suitable for a variety of devices.
Remember the faulty NVIDIA GPU debacle a few years back? If you do, there has been a lawsuit brewing for a while now which has finally been settled.
The NVIDIA GPU issue was found in Apple and Dell laptops - the settlement includes are placement of the GPU or MCP - while users of the HP laptops that were affected will get a full replacement laptop, "similar in kind and value".
Anyone who has already paid for repairs to their laptop due to the faulty GPU issues will be allowed a full reimbursement, provided they have the documentation and invoices for all repairs.
You'll have to wait until after December 20th for the final hearing with claims only to start after that.
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The latest happenings from around the web - October 1st, 2010
- Puget Serenity, SPCR Edition v.2 @ SilentPCReview
- Malata T9000 Smartbook - First Hands On @ Netbooknews
- ASUS Crosshair IV Extreme @ Vortez UK
- Asus Crosshair IV Formula 890FX Motherboard @ PC Perspective
- ASRock X58 Extreme6 and Intel Core i7-970 @ Hardware Heaven
- Asus Matrix 5870 2GB Video Card @ Hot Hardware
- AMD to launch Radeon HD 6000 Series, "Southern Islands" on October 12, 2010 @ Brightsideofnews
Panasonic is probably best known for its TVs and other home theater gear like Blu-ray players. The company has a line of notebooks that are used in a lot of business settings because they are ruggedized called the Toughbook line. Toughbooks come in a number of models to suit the needs of each user and the latest new machine to be added to the range is the CF-C1.
The CF-C1 is a convertible notebook that can be used as a tablet as well. The machine has a multi-touch resistive touchscreen that supports gestures and can be used by workers that wear gloves. The screen also uses a matte finish so glare is not such a problem as it is on glossy screen notebooks. The machine also has dual batteries that can be hot swapped allowing for up to ten hours of use.
When it comes to video cards for your computer there are a lot of different brands and models to choose from. Most of them will have the same tech inside and offer the same features. Galaxy has a new NVIDIA GTX 460 video card that is different from the other GTX 460 cards already on the market with a new and very cool feature that will make it easy for you to send content from your PC to the TV.
The video card is called the GTX 460 WHDI edition and it looks a bit like a WiFi expansion card has been grafted to the back of a normal video card. The WHDI edition has five antennas on the rear that stream any content including games and video from your PC directly to your living room TV. A receiver box connects directly to your TV.
I am a big fan of Klipsch speakers for many uses. The best surround sound computer speakers I have ever owned came from Klipsch and the company has some fantastic home theater speakers as well. Many of the speakers that come from Klipsch are very expensive, but some of them are not out of the reach of most of us.
The latest offering from Klipsch is a speaker that isn't too expensive at $199.99 and is designed to be used outside with the Klipsch LightSpeaker system. The LightSpeaker system isn't included with the AudioRock speaker though and if you don't have one it will set you back another $600. The AudioRock speaker is weatherproof and rustproof. Inside the speaker are dual 0.75" tweeters and a dual voice coil 5.25" woofer.
If you are already a Verizon customer or are a customer on another network that is looking to migrate over to Verizon, the wireless provider has a new program you may find interesting. The company has unveiled a new program where you can trade in any mobile phone working or not and get money in the form of a gift card towards a Verizon purchase.
There is naturally a catch to the new service and that catch is that you get very little money for your phone. I dropped my iPhone 3GS a while back and it works, but the screen cracked. Verizon would give me about $12 for my iPhone. If the iPhone had a screen that was not cracked, I could get a bit more for it.
I have an original Apple TV and the thing sucks so bad that it is virtually useless. Out of all the time I have owned it, I bet I have used the thing three times. Talk about an epic fail of a product. When Apple announced the new Apple TV, I was not interested even a bit in the thing considering how bad the first product was. There are a lot of people excited about the new device though so maybe it won't suck as bad as the original.
If you are interested in the new Apple TV and would like to see what the thing is hiding inside its black case, iFixit has ripped one apart already. The new version is much smaller than the original and comes with a remote control. Should you ever want to repair your device on your own, this tear down could come in handy.