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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is ready for download right now

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 2:57 pm

Microsoft has just pulled the trigger and launched the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and it's ready for download and your testing now.

 

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Setup will check to see if your PC can run Windows 8 Consumer Preview and select the right download. Setup also features a compatibility report and upgrade assistance. Built-in tools for creating an ISO or bootable flash drive are available for some previous versions of Windows (excluding Windows XP and earlier). You can find system requirements and additional information in the FAQ and in the links on this page.

 

Note before you download: Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it's commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.

 

Go and grab it here if you are interested.

Wednesday Morning Roundup for February 29, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 1:28 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 29th, 2012.

 

Cases, Cooling & PSUs:

 

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO - Vortez

Cooler Master 690 II Advanced Black and White Mid-Tower - eTeknix

NZXT Switch 810 Hybrid Full Tower - Pro-Clockers

 

Storage:

 

Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid HDD - Hardware Secrets

OCZ Octane 512GB Solid State Drive (v1.13 firmware) - KitGuru

 

Peripherals:

 

QPAD MK-50 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard - techPowerUp!

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Deal of the Day: eBay - Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB for $429.99 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:30 pm

Our Deal of the Day is eBay - [Go4Computers] Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB Tablet, Black, for $429.99 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Are you one of the remaining 37 or so people in this world without an iPad? Well, here you go. Get a new black Apple iPad 2 Wi-Fi 16GB tablet for just $429.99 with FREE shipping on Ebay through highly rated merchant: Go 4 Computers. If you want one, get one soon though, because they've sold through hundreds already. Sales tax only charged to FL addresses (unlike the Apple Store, which collects sales tax everywhere).

 

APPLE IPAD 2 WIFI 16GB TABLET DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: GroupMe for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 11:30 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is GroupMe for Windows Phone.

 

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GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It's absolutely free, whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it's easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.

 

On GroupMe, you can catch up with your family, get a group together for a night out, coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip with a few of your closest friends. Think about it like your own private Twitter, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.

 

No matter how you think about it, "you won't know how you lived without it once you give it a shot." -Gizmodo

 

Now a part of the Skype family.

 

FEATURES:

 

-Start groups with the people already in your contacts...no need to remember usernames or PINs.

-Whenever you or anyone else in the group sends a message, everyone receives it. The conversation starts instantly.

-The app uses your data connection by default, but when you have a poor connection, you can switch to receiving messages via SMS. You'll never miss a message!

-Chat online when you don't have your phone nearby at http://groupme.com

-Share photos inline-take them on-the-go or choose from ones you've already taken.

-Send a direct message to anyone who has the GroupMe app for free.

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Flickr intros 'justified' view, its latest updated design

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 10:28 am

Photo sharing service Flickr, talked last month of an update coming to their site, and design, which would brush away some of the old dead weight design, and usher in something new. This "something new" is now here, in the form of a "justified" view.

 

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The new "justified" view fills the screen with photos, whilst maintaining the aspect ratios, and is now justifying its way into the streams of users photos. On top of the new layout, justified view also lets you favorite, comment, or view a photo in a light box (fullscreen) directly from the thumbnails.

 

The new justified view hasn't rolled out for everyone just yet, but it does fix most peoples complaints about the sites design. If you don't like the new justified look, you can always go back to the previous looks, by clicking the drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner.

HTC could make the next Nexus handset, grab a handful of Jelly Beans

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 9:28 am

Talk is circling that HTC could make the Nexus handset, with HTC's Jeff Gordon telling Tech Rader that Google "hasn't chosen its Nexus partner", but he also notced that "all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers".

 

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These comments are being taken as acknowledgement that HTC are included in the group of companies hoping to score the Nexus-making deal. HTC did play a huge role when Android first hit the market with the G1, and built the first Nexus-branded device, the Nexus One, which shipped in early 2010.

 

Google's Nexus branding is considered the pinnacle of what Google expects from the Android experience. The latest Nexus-branded product, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, is still considered a niche product, but it does represent one of the most advanced, refined Android-based devices on the market.

Foursquare app for PS Vita checks into US PlayStation Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 8:30 am

Foursquare lover? PlayStation Vita owner? Well, the Foursquare app has officially checked in to the US PlayStation Store, and for just 4.5MB, it can be yours. The app works over Wi-Fi, but the app does suggest you use 3G to help the Vita's GPS get the correct position of your check-in.

 

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Foursquare's app is also said to be compatible with the Vita's rear touchpad and cameras, which is a nice bonus. Engadget have prodded around with the Foursquare app and report that it feels similar to the Facebook app released just a few days ago for the PS Vita.

 

Vita owner? Foursquare user? Be sure to leave a comment to let us know your experience with the Vita + Foursquare, there's over 1.2 million of you out there now!

Tegra 3-enhanced version of Sonic 4: Episode II shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 7:25 am

Ah, Sonic, the memories I have of you are so great. AnandTech have had some hands-on time with the Tegra Zone enhanced version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which was only announced yesterday for NVIDIA's quad-core 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3.

 

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Cross-platform development of games is important these days, with Sega looking to tap the gamers of XBLA, PSN, iOS and Android for Sonic. The Android port more specifically, saw NVIDIA work closely with Sega to crete a Tegra 3-enhanced version of the game, which is said to mimic the quality one would expect from the console-based ports.

 

AnandTech said the game "does indeed look very impressive", and had the fast-moving hedgehog plugged up to a 50-inch-plus LED TV. Water and fire effects are said to be pretty much what the console versions look like, but NVIDIA did not have a console on-hand for a side-by-side comparison between the various platforms. Performance-wise, AnandTech reports that the framerate did dip below the 30fps mark a few times, but did not hurt the overall experience of the game.

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Twitter begin inserting ads into iOS, Android phone feeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 6:28 am

Have you so far liked no ads on your Twitter feed on your iOS, or Android-based devices? Well, not for long! Twitter are now allowing promoted tweets to appear in the feeds of the iOS and Android apps, according to an announcement.

 

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Promoted tweets are nothing new, but until now, they've only been shown on the twitter.com web client. Advertisers, at the moment, are limited to displaying tweets to people who already follow them on Twitter, but over the next few months this restriction will fade into oblivion. At the moment, iPads escape these ads.

 

This will of course annoy some Twitter users, because smartphones have been essential to Twitter's immense popularity, and until now, have been a safe haven from ads. Twitter's mobile apps do have some advertising, but only in a similar way that other smartphone apps do. Promoted tweets appear mixed in with the content a person chooses to receive, adding to the clutter.

 

Twitter only recently started a self-serve advertising program, and expects an injection of new ad buyers. All new ad buys will include mobile by default now.

RumorTT: Xbox Next/720 is codenamed "Durango"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 6:25 am

We still don't know what the next-generation Xbox will be called when it launches, but if we're to believe a short and sweet Tweet from a Crytek developer, then we'll have to believe the Xbox 720/Next/whatever they call it, has the codename of "Durango".

 

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Senior technical designer at Crytek, Sean Tracy, wrote on his Twitter feed (which has now been deleted):

 

Enjoying the Durango developers summit in London. So far, great swag and interesting talks.

 

So we can enjoy a few things from this nugget of information, firstly, the next Xbox could possibly be rocking the codename "Durango", secondly, Crytek will be back with another game on consoles. We should start hearing more and more about the new Xbox if the rumor is true and Durango is indeed the next Xbox, as there has been this aforementioned summit in London.

 

Now we need to hope that the next-gen Xbox sports a GCN-based HD 7900-series GPU, because if it has the same 10-year cycle, we're going to need it. Games should be pushed up to 1080p @ 60fps minimum, but PCs have been there for years now. This means consoles will simply catch up and it won't push PCs that far, if at all. We need scalable consoles, upgradeable consoles, firmware-upgradeable consoles, something.

 

Something different, Microsoft and Sony now have to compete with quad-core-sporting tablets and smartphones that are making huge leaps and bounds in performance every 12 months or so.

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