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VLC 2.0.2 now enhanced for Retina-powered MacBook Pros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:45 am

If you're one of those lucky people with a Retina-powered Apple MacBook Pro, VLC 2.0.2 is now available providing an enhanced experience on Retina-powered displays.

 

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Another good feature is that annoying font caching requirement has been eliminated in the update, meaning you won't need to wait for the cache to finish before a video starts, finally! "Video output improvements" are present for those on PowerPC Macs with ATI Radeon 7500/9200, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, or Intel GMA 950.

 

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There are other improvements and fixes in VLC 2.0.2, but the Windows 64-bit package currently has no official ETA. There is an experimental Windows 64-bit VLC installer, but for those who like that "official" stamp placed on their software, you'll have to wait that little bit longer.

 

You can grab VLC 2.0.2 here.

Microsoft Office 2013 to sport new icons, built-in PDF editing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 3:08 am

It looks as though Microsoft are sprinkling some magic fairy dust over their upcoming office suite software, Office 2013. The latest suite will sport new icons to represent each particular program, as well as including the ability of built-in PDF editing.

 

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Two icons for Office 2013 has popped up on liveside.net, and should be a window (geddit?) into the new icon styling in Office 2013. As you can see from the above picture, the Excel icon has an "X" on it, and the OneNote has a "N" on it, which should show us that we should expect the letter to correspond to the program, which means Publisher should have a "P" on it, Outlook with an "O", etc.

 

Next up is the built-in PDF editing, MS Office 2013 has it all built-in, and all that you need to do before editing a PDF is locating the file, opening it, and that's it. The public beta release of MS Office 2013 is expected in the coming weeks, and we'll post about it when it hits.

Samsung promises "eligible" devices will get Jelly Bean upgrade

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 2, 2012 2:25 am

Samsung are quickly out of the gate by announcing that they will be providing upgrades for Jelly Bean "eligible" devices. This is good news, especially considering that Samsung only released their GALAXY S III a few weeks ago.

 

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But, the question remains, what does Samsung consider "eligible", and how many would be eligible for Jelly Bean upgrades? Samsung's flagship GALAXY S III will most likely be the first to receive the Jelly Bean goodness, followed by the S II, Nexus and so forth.

 

Considering that the GALAXY S II just received its Ice Cream Sandwich update, it might be a little while before we can expect Jelly Bean on the S II. The Note II is coming soon, too, so that might just ship with Jelly Bean out of the box. This is the direct quote from Samsung's announcement:

 

Samsung will soon announce which additional devices are eligible for the Jelly Bean update. As the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung leads the Android community with best-in-class devices like the Galaxy S III, and is creating new device categories with products like the Galaxy Note. Samsung has delivered the most Nexus-branded lead OS devices and we are pleased that Google will be bringing Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S customers the first experiences of Jelly Bean on a handheld device.

Kim Dotcom mansion raid was illegal, rules NZ judge

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 11:33 am

The US wants to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, but that may be just a little bit harder now thanks to a NZ judge's ruling. Justice Helen Winkelmann said that the warrants used when more than 90 New Zealand officers stormed Dotcom's home and other properties in January were broadly cast, "lacking adequate specificity as to the offence".

 

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She ruled: "the search and seizure was therefore illegal", quite strong words there. She adds it was "clear that the police, in executing the warrants, have exceeded what they could lawfully be authorised to do". Justice Winkelmann has a very strongly worded 56-page judgment, which you can read here.

 

Kim Dotcom has released a statement, where he says "we are very happy with today's decision. We are digesting and analysing Justice Winkelmann's judgment and considering our next steps". The police, of course, declined to comment. It should get interesting from here on out, I think.

Apple post $2.6 million bond for GALAXY Tab 10.1 injunction

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 10:28 am

Sales of Samsung's GALAXY Tab 10.1 have been halted in the United States thanks to US Judge, Lucy Koh, granted Apple's request for a preliminary injunction yesterday. Apple have posted a needed $2.6 million bond straight after the preliminary injunction was granted. The money ensures that Samsung can be financially compensated to a degree if the injunction is successfully appealed.

 

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Samsung have replied by filing a motion to stay the injunction, pending an upcoming appeal; alternatively, Samsung may accept a stay pending the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision on the motion to stay.

 

Samsung argues that the original court "erred by issuing a preliminary injunction based on a stale and incomplete record", and that the injunction is "improper based on the current evidence", especially since Judge Lucy Koh didn't allow Samsung to present evidence.

Windows Phone 8 apps to be made available in 180 countries at launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 9:46 am

Microsoft is keeping the developer community informed, where they've announced the total pool of countries where they'll have apps available for download at the launch of Windows Phone 8. They've said:

 

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[W]ith Windows Phone 8 we're dramatically expanding our footprint around the globe. Consumers will be able to browse and download apps in more than 180 countries at launch.

 

Considering that this number was 63... the jump to 180 countries is quite the leap, nearly three-fold. If you're a smaller Windows Phone developer, your app just launched into 117 more countries, this could be a make-it-or-break-it situation for some app developers. Microsoft also took the opportunity to reiterate that in-app purchasing is making its way to Windows Phone 8.

Panasonic says to not expect cheap OLED TVs anytime soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 9:13 am

We all want an OLED, or three, but Panasonic have come out and said to not expect any cheap OLED-based TVs any time soon. Even after the recently-announced partnership with Sony, where they'll focus on mass producing low-cost, high-resolution OLED panels.

 

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Panasonic have explained to journalists that the company does not expect its next-generation of OLED televisions to match the cheap LCDs for a "considerable time". So whilst you can go grab a cheap LCD for $200-$300 right now, OLEDs at that price are most likely many years away.

 

Considering that 55-inch OLED-based offerings from competitors LG and Samsung cost $9,000 right now, the price has a long way to go before its considered "affordable". I still remember when I could buy a 40-inch plasma with a resolution of 1024x768 for $40,000 here in Australia.

AMD releases Catalyst 12.6 WHQL and 12.7 Beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 8:18 am

AMD have finally released a new WHQL-certified driver, 12.6 WHQL. Not only that, but they've released the 12.7 beta, too. Catalyst 12.6 WHQL sports a bunch of stability optimizations, whereas 12.7 beta concentrates on performance optimizations, as well as the stability.

 

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A list of changes and resolved issues with Catalyst 12.6 WHQL:

  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Tri-CrossFire configurations + Eyefinity no longer results in a BSOD when launching a DirectX application
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800 Eyefinity/Multiple Display configurations no longer results in a BSOD when using desktop applications
  • AMD Catalyst 12.6 includes some additional fixes(not found in the AMD Catalyst 12.6 Beta) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900, AMD Radeon HD 7800, and AMD Radeon HD 7700 graphics cards for issues related to the GPU hanging when the system goes to sleep. Please ensure that your System BIOS is up to date. Some occurrences of this issue may be related to outdated System BIOS.
  • Resolves CrossFire scaling issues seen in AMD Catalyst 12.4 with Elder Scrolls: Skyrim CrossFire
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center - Overdrive page is no longer intermittently missing
  • AMD Catalyst Control Center - GPU Activity gauge is no longer missing
  • AMD Radeon HD 7900 CrossFire Configuration - no longer results in system hang after cinematic in Call Of Duty: Black Ops

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RIM announces Q1 earnings, is hit with a $518 million loss, 5,000 job cuts and BB10 gets delayed until 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 8:18 am

Every single time I write something about Research in Motion lately, it is negative. Today is no different, but it's actually a little worse than usual. RIM have released their report on the first quarter of its 2013 fiscal year, and the numbers aren't pretty.

 

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RIM reports $2.8 billion in revenue, down 33-percent from the previous quarter, but the net loss is the biggest number here: $518 million. This number is much worse than what analysts were expecting. RIM have also announced they are cutting an additional 5,000 jobs as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts, and that BlackBerry 10 smartphones won't launch until Q1 of 2013.

 

The reason behind the delay of BB10 handsets? RIM have attributed the delay to the integration of some key BlackBerry 10 features and the "associated large volume of code" has "proven to be more time consuming than anticipated". Personally, I don't think they're going to have it any better until BB10, and if I have to be critical, even post-BB10 is not looking good for Research in Motion.

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Apple publishes FAQ on Retina display for MacBook Pros

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 29, 2012 7:17 am

We reported on the Retina Display-powered MacBook Pros from Apple, where some have been experiencing screen ghosting issues, as well as the resolution of the screen itself not running at the advertised 2880x1800. But now Apple have published a FAQ on the matter, dealing with questions regarding the rMRP's.

 

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Within the FAQ, Apple mentions a fix for some programs that aren't running in the high-resolution mode, tips for working with multiple displays, and they address concerns over Boot Camp and other multi-boot environments. It will be a while until more program support the 2880x1800 res, so until then there will be situations where some programs look weird, or have odd artifacts.

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