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SimCity receives a 10-minute gameplay footage video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 5:29 am

Don't get me started on how much time I wasted during my school years on SimCity. I remember we were one of the first schools in my state to receive a suite of computers, back in the day of the Pentium and CRTs, and mice with balls in them.



I played SimCity on those systems so much, and made my parents get SimCity 2000 which I played for countless hours - but there's a new, PC-exlcusive SimCity coming and boy does it look great. The video above is a 10-minute gameplay unveiling, where we can get the basic idea of how the game has changed, and just how much scope there is built in.


From building residential areas, to dumps, to casinos - SimCity has it all. It looks like a huge time-consuming city-building game, and I think it's going to appeal to a lot of people. SimCity will hit Windows and the Mac in February 2013.

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Mozilla unleashes Firefox for Windows 8 preview

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 4:30 am

With Windows 8 knocking at our door, Mozilla have unleashed a preview of Firefox for Windows 8, as you can see from the photo below, it is not looking too bad at all.




This version is from the latest nightly build of Firefox for Windows 8, and is available for download right now if you'd like to try it out. This preview of Firefox for Windows 8 includes "a new Metro style Firefox Start page, support for Firefox Sync, Metro touch and swipe gestures, integration with Windows 8 'charms', and a simple but powerful Australis interface that is streamlined, modern, and beautiful."


Mozilla has touted this nightly version to be part of their "Elm" development branch, and will be auto-updated as their development of the browser goes on. We should see the usual improvements to the browser as time passes, but for now the preview is all we have.

Latest version of Google's Chrome browser enjoys over 85% adoption rate in one week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 3:36 am

Google's Chrome browser is popular, but just how popular are new versions? Well, according to Chitika Insights, Chrome 22 enjoyed usage of 22% within 24 hours of its release.




To compare this to Chrome 21, which enjoyed 25% on its release. But, more users have been shifting over to Chrome 22, where within its first week since launch hit an 85% adoption rate. Chrome 21 took ten days to reach the same milestone.


It seems that more and more people are keeping up with the bleeding edge of Google's web browser, partly because it has become much easier to keep up to date, and not wiping your settings or messing around with bookmarks again makes it easier for the mainstream user to transition, without worrying about losing a bunch of important data.

Microsoft to update nearly all of their built-in Windows 8 apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 2:31 am

Windows 8 will be here in just over three weeks time, but the Redmond-based company have announced that they're updating most of the built-in Metro-style apps that come with Windows 8.




This will include SkyDrive, Mail, Calendar, People, Photos, Bing, Maps, News, Weather, Travel, Video, Music, Games, and Finance. Bing's update will arrive tomorrow and will include better search results for local content, it will also include Bing rewards integration and the feature to use the file picker to "select an image from Bing to use on your lock screen or in your other apps".


The SkyDrive update will let users search within SkyDrive itself, with the ability to rename and move files and folders. The Mail update will receive improved IMAP support, as well as the ability to accept or decline invitations in e-mails.


You can get a complete idea of the Windows 8 apps updates here.

Samsung's Android-powered Galaxy Camera will be snapping pictures on the AT&T network first

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Oct 5, 2012 1:31 am

I'm quite excited about Samsung's Galaxy Camera, as it ushers in an era of Android-powered point-and-shoot digital cameras from a strong Android-based smartphone maker.




Samsung's Galaxy Camera will first drop on AT&T's network, who will offer the camera on a 4G (non-LTE) data plan. There's no details on pricing, or if the carrier will offer any sort of subsidy. AT&T have stated that they will unveil pricing when the camera is released in a few weeks time.


In case you haven't heard of the Galaxy Camera, let's run over the specs again. We're looking at a normal point-and-shoot camera, that is just a powerful as a decent smartphone minus the voice call part of things. The Galaxy Camera sports 21x optical zoom with f/2.8 maximum aperture, with a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor with an ISO range from 100 to 3,200.

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Acer shows off Iconia W700 Windows 8 tablet, available starting October 26

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 11:30 pm

The Acer Iconia W700 is the latest Windows 8 tablet that has broken cover. Acer has released the details on this slick Windows 8 device, including pricing and launch plans. The device, with an 11.6-inch 1080p IPS display, will be retailing for a base price of $800, with two different upgrade options available.




The base model comes with the aforementioned 11.6-inch 1080p IPS screen, a 1.8GHz Intel Core i3-3217u processor, Intel HD4000 graphics, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. The frills of the base model include a 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1 megapixel front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, one USB 3.0 port, a micro HDMI port, headphone jack, and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth.


For an extra $100, you can get all of the above with an upgraded i5 processor. For only $200 more, or $999, you can get the base model with an upgraded i5 processor and a 128GB solid state drive. Battery life is said to be 8+ hours for the base model. The tablet weighs in at 2.3 pounds, which puts it a bit heavier than competitors and the device will not be available with mobile broadband.

Facebook robot reads your messages, increases share counts for links you share privately

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 10:29 pm

OK, so it might not be quite as bad as the title made it sound, but it certainly got your attention, right? Unfortunately, the title is mostly true in that Facebook does automatically increment share counts on websites where the Facebook social plugin is being utilized when a link to that page is shared through private messages.




So, if you copy the link to this page and send it over to a friend, indeed, the "Share" counter will increase by two. Now, Facebook does use robots to scan private messages in order to produce the preview that is shown when a link is sent and to look for sexual predators using the site to look for victims.


But, the fact that a private message is then turned into a public like or share is where the problem comes in. Even though no personally identifiable information is provided, transferred, etc, it still brings to light a massive issue with Facebook and privacy concerns. Facebook's full response is below:

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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 coming exclusive to AT&T in the US, seems like a bad plan for Nokia

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 9:34 pm

The upcoming Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia will be heading to AT&T exclusively in the United States when they launch in November. This seems like a bad plan for Nokia as they need to expand their customer base so that they can return to profitability and relevance in today's smartphone market.




Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of Devices and Developer Services at AT&T Mobility said, "Exclusive to our customers and featuring unique innovations in imaging technology, wireless charging and a bright, sensitive display - all on the nation's largest 4G network - the Lumia 920 will be one of the hottest phones for the holidays."


AT&T will also be carrying the HTC 8X, another Windows Phone 8 device. They appear to want to continue their dominance as the top Windows Phone carrier as they reminded everyone that they have sold more Windows Phones than any other carrier to date. I don't think that Windows Phone 8 is enough to make users switch carriers, though.


Even with the Lumia 920's and 820's cool features, such as Nokia's City Lens AR overlay, it's going to be hard to convince users to switch to AT&T for the device. There is still no word on pricing or release date. November is the best guess that is currently available for when the devices will be available.

Google looking to trim more jobs from Motorola as restructuring plan moves along

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 8:33 pm

Google is sharpening its job axe in anticipation of slicing more jobs out of the Motorola Mobility division. During the second quarter, Motorola reported an operating loss of $233 million. Google slashed 4,000 jobs (roughly 20 percent) of Motorola's workforce in August as a way to trim down costs, and it looks as though they are trimming some more.




"Motorola has continued to refine its planned restructuring actions and now expects to broaden those actions to include additional geographic regions outside of the U.S.," Google said in a statement.


What this should be read as is "we're cutting more jobs." But cutting jobs is only one part of the restructuring plan. After all, cutting jobs costs money as Google's upping of its estimated severance costs proves. Google upped the estimate 9 percent to $300 million, not exactly cost saving in the short term.


Google has also helped Motorola focus on releasing a smaller number of devices so that they reduce R&D costs. I'm sure you and I have never even heard of half the phones Motorola has produced, so that money is nearly going to waste. You can see this part of the restructuring effort in Motorola's last press conference.


They released just three new devices and focused on three main features: battery life, LTE, and Android. We'll be sure to keep you updated when actual numbers come from Google or Motorola regarding these predicted job cuts.

HP not making a smartphone in 2013, even after Whitman's comments saying they need to offer one

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 4, 2012 7:29 pm

HP's CEO Meg Whitman has publicly stated that HP will not be releasing a smartphone in 2013. This comes after she commented that HP would eventually need to offer a smartphone so as to avoid falling behind the curve. "We don't have any plans to introduce a smartphone in 2013, but we've got to start thinking about what is our unique play, how do we capture this element of the personal computing market?" she said.




She continues by noting that by not bringing a smartphone to market in the next "five years from now," HP could be "locked out of a huge segment of the population in many countries of the world." This would be a major problem for HP as they would be missing out on a large portion of prospective customers.


HP acquired Palm, so they had the experience and know-how at one point in the past. How much of that staff is still left is not easy to ascertain, however, it is known that 500 jobs were cut from the webOS division in 2011. webOS is now sitting in the open source community, which could bring some unique features to the mobile operating system.

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