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Mobile App of the Day: Words by Post for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 12:32 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Words by Post for Windows Phone.

 

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Words By Post is the only cross-platform word game that keeps track of your skill level and always matches you against players of similar ability to your own. And since it is available for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phones, you can play your friends no matter what type of phone they have!

 

Play this classic word game with real people! Challenge your friends to friendly games or play ranked matches against random opponents of similar skill levels. Compete for the highest rating. Play as many simultaneous games as you want!

 

Pin the app to your home screen and push notifications will let you know when you have moves waiting!

 

Tap any played word on the board to see the definition and etymology of the word.

 

Tap on your opponent's name to see your all-time head to head stats against that person.

 

Customize the board color theme to be either light or dark.

 

Chat with your opponents using the in-game message board.

 

Improve your ranking by playing ranked games against comparable opponents. Skill ranking updates using the classic Elo rating system to adjust your rank when you win or lose. A leaderboard view shows you how you compare to the top players.

 

Words By Post is perfect for players of all skill levels because your matched opponent's skill level will be adapted based on your own skill level.

 

Shake your phone to randomly reorder your tiles.

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Download of the Day: CPU-Z 1.60.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 11:27 am

Our Download of the Day is CPU-Z 1.60.1.

 

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It allows to get some information on your system, including:

 

  • Processor name and vendor
  • Core stepping and process
  • Processor package
  • Processor current core voltage
  • Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier
  • Partial overclock detection
  • Processor features, including supported instructions sets.
  • L1 to L3 cache information : location, size, speed, technology.
  • Motherboard information : name, vendor, BIOS, chipset, memory, AGP.
  • Memory information : size, type, timings, specifications.

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Near-final "release preview" version of Windows 8 is due in early-June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 10:24 am

Microsoft have confirmed that a near-final "release preview" of Windows 8 is expected to drop in early-June, says Windows unit president Steven Sinofsky, where he made the announcement at at Windows Developer Days event held in Japan earlier this week.

 

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This should mean the release could arrive at the time of Computex, which would be a perfectly timed show off period for the Redmond-based company. All eyes will be on the releases as they hit as Microsoft push Windows in a new direction.

 

Windows 8 should be quite the all-in for Microsoft, as they're not only trying to keep desktop-based customers happy, but notebooks, newly-arrived Ultrabooks, and then tablets and smartphones. Microsoft want to combat Apple's iPad, but right now have nothing to even compete with. Windows 8 will change all of this.

 

On top of the OS being able to run on traditional x86-based processors, it'll work on low-powered ARM-based solutions, too.

AMD gives notebook GPUs an injection of performance, intros the Radeon HD 7900M series

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 9:34 am

Never settle. That's AMD's motto for their new Radeon HD 7900M series of GPUs for notebooks. In terms of specs, the Radeon HD 7970M nearly meets what the desktop Radeon HD 7870 GPU, except for slightly lower GPU core clock speeds.

 

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The HD 7970M sports 1280 Graphics CoreNext stream processors, 80 TMUs, 32 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface which features 2GB of memory. Core clocks are at 850MHz, with 1200MHz (4.8GHz effective) GDDR5 memory clocks which push out 153.6GB/sec memory bandwidth.

 

The Radeon HD 7970M also features something called AMD Enduro Technology which "seamlessly powers down" the GPU when it's not required, to below even 1W. The HD 7970M should be seen baked into notebooks over the coming days.

Batman: Arkham City DLC gets confirmed, will be The Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 8:24 am

Batman: Arkham City has not only been popular with shipping numbers, but it now has confirmed DLC. Warner Bros. have confirmed that the Harley Quinn's Revenge DLC will add more than two hours of completely new gameplay to the campaign.

 

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Also included on the disc are all five previously released DLC packs. Warner also added that anyone who already owns the game can download the Harley Quinn's Revenge Pack which will be available to all international markets starting on April 30 from the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace.

 

Warner Bros. also confirmed a Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham City, which will sport:

 

  • The DLC included on disc includes the Catwoman Pack, Nightwing Bundle Pack, Robin Bundle Pack, Challenge Map Pack and Arkham City Skins Pack.
  • Maps: Wayne Manor, Main Hall, Freight Train, Black Mask, The Joker's Carnival, Iceberg Long, and Batcave.
  • Playable Characters: Catwoman, Robin and Nightwing.
  • Skins: 1970s Batsuit, Year One Batman, The Dark Knight Returns, Earth One Batman, Batman Beyond Batman, Animated Batman, Sinestro Corps Batman, Long Hallowe'en Catwoman, Animated Catwoman, Animated Robin, Red Robin and Animated Nightwing.

 

The GOTY Edition hits on the 7th of September for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the UK, over three months after the US has it made available to them.

Samsung outs GALAXY S III from their Samsung Unpacked Mobile 2012 app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 7:24 am

We all know it's coming, but whether Samsung would call it the GALAXY S III, or something else was the question on everybody's lips. Samsung have launched the Mobile Unpacked 2012 app, which lets users stream the event as it happens on May 3 in London.

 

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From the Google Play description, we're seeing Samsung use the term "galaxy s3" in their description line, which would point toward it being called, well, the GALAXY S III. Of course, this could be a tease, and could be used to throw us off, but this is as real as it gets, folks.

 

As for the Mobile Unpacked 2012 app, you can use it to watch Samsung unveil the "Next GALAXY" live, no matter where you are. The app will also show the new product's details, an official press release, and give out helpful venue and transportation maps, as well as a map of foggy London town. The app also sports a count-down timer in the top right if you're not aware of how much longer it is.

 

10 more days and counting!

Facebook purchases $550 million worth of patents from Microsoft, who obtained them from AOL just two weeks ago

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 6:28 am

Ahead of their planned public offering which is poised to take form next month, social networking giant Facebook have just inked a deal to purchase a slew of patents from Microsoft.

 

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Facebook have reportedly handed over $550 million in cash for a selection of patents that Microsoft only obtained from AOL two weeks ago in a deal valued at $1 billion. The original $1 billion deal saw AOL shares jump 37-percent, while retaining perpetual licensing to the IP sold.

 

Microsoft were then able to grab back over half of what they paid AOL for the patents, with Microsoft executive vice president and general counsel Brad Smith telling All Things D that Redmond never felt it was necessary or important to own all of the patents.

HTC One X sold ahead of AT&T's May 6 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 5:25 am

HTC's upcoming high-end smartphone, One X, isn't set to hit AT&T until May 6, but that hasn't stopped a customer from actually getting their hands on one of the new smartphones.

 

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One of Engadget's readers managed to get their mits on one, where they talked a particular store into selling them a One X early. It came on a two-year agreement at $199, and if you want some proof, there's plenty of pictures to go along with it.

 

You can try your luck at your local AT&T retailer, but don't blame us if you aren't as luck as this reader. This should be one of HTC's strongest phones this year, and one of the better Android-based phones to hit. We should expect more and more details, videos and thoughts on HTC's One X as more people get their hands on it.

HP Pavilion dm4 laptop for sale in China, is Ivy Bridge-powered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 4:29 am

HP China has already thrown up the 14-inch Pavilion dm4-3110tx Beats Edition laptop on its website. The laptop sports Intel's Ivy Bridge processor, in particular, the quad-core 2.1GHz Core i7-3612QM.

 

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On top of the Ivy Bridge processor, we have an LED-backlit 1366x768 HD BrightView display, 4GB of RAM, 750GB HDD, DVDRW and filling it out on the graphics side of things, an AMD Radeon HD 7570M 1GB discrete graphics card.

 

The dm4-3110tx fills the rest of its specs with a chiclet keyboard with a sexy red backlight, a 720p webcam, memory card reader, fingerprint reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, Beats audio, and a 6-cell battery. How much will this all set you back? Just 6,799 yuan, or roughly $1,078.

Adreessen Horowitz's $250k investment in Instagram turned into $78 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2012 3:26 am

Andreessen Horowitz had a seed investment of $250,000 in Instagram, but when Facebook acquired them for $1 billion, he made a very, very nice amount of money that weekend. Horowitz was one of Instagram's earliest investors, and general partner Ben Horowitz took to a blog to post the following:

 

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Ordinarily, when someone criticizes me for only making 312 times my money, I let the logic of their statement speak for itself. However, in this case, the narrative that some critics put forth has the nasty side effect of casting two outstanding entrepreneurs-Kevin and Dalton Caldwell-in an unfair light and glosses over an important ethical issue that we faced.

 

The company didn't follow-up on its investment, as they had a conflict of interest with another company it funded, Picplz. Picplz being another photo-sharing concept that didn't have the same oomph as Instagram. Then last week The New York Times ran a story saying that Andreessen Horowitz had basically screwed up its investment in the company. The decision to fund Picplz "was a calculated bet against Instagram and it left Mr. Systrom livid" reported The Times.

 

So what? The company made an investment, it turned into $78 million. I'm just jealous.

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