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Download of the Day: Firefox Aurora for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Download of the Day is Firefox Aurora for Android.


The new Firefox Aurora for Android update includes a new native Android interface that we need your help testing.




What's new in this version:

Faster start-up time

New design and interface

Flash support

Improved start page and more

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Mobile App of the Day: Action Movie FX for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Action Movie FX for iOS


ACTION MOVIE FX lets you add Hollywood FX to iPhone movies YOU shoot!

YOU direct the ACTION! And FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME - 3 Movie FX packs!!




Here's how it works:

Select a Scene like "MISSILE ATTACK," film a target and ACTION MOVIE FX adds an INCOMING MISSILE AND ITS EXPLOSION right into your movie!





• Sound Design By Skywalker Sound!

• Fast, Automated Video Tracking!

• Music, Sound FX and Lens Flares!

• Post to Facebook or Email to friends!

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Mass Effect 3 won't be available on Steam, snuggles up to Origin, though

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 10:18 am

EA really want Origin to work, Battlefield 3 was good enough to swing millions of players into the arms of EA's latest digital distribution service, and now their latest RPG, Mass Effect 3 joins the ranks. BioWare have confirmed Mass Effect 3 will not be made available on Steam, and that on the PC, it will require an Origin install for all versions.




BioWare's community manager, Chris Priestly, said on the company's official forums:


Origin is required for the PC versions of Mass Effect 3, both physical and digital. During initial release Mass Effect 3 will be available on Origin and a number of other 3rd party digital retailers, but not on Steam at this time. Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.We are intent on providing Mass Effect to players with the best possible experience no matter where they purchase or play their game, and are happy to partner with any download service that does not restrict our ability to connect directly with our consumers.

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Syndicate gets 4-player co-op demo, original game heads to GOG

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 9:22 am

Another game, another PC kick in the nads. Syndicate, from Starbreeze Studios and EA, arrives next month and to tie you over, they've released a four-player co-op demo. The Syndicate preview allows you and up to three of your friends to play one of the game's nine co-op missions (called "Western Europe") in its entirety with an objective to infiltrate a rival syndicate, Cayman Global.



The mission requires you to take out a Colonel, take some technology blueprints and force his people back across the Atlantic. The demo is available for a limited time starting this month and will be made available on the Xbox Live Marketplace (for gold members only) and the PlayStation Network. No word on whether there'll be a PC version.

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Apple iPhone 4S shipping delays start to subside

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 8:32 am

Between lawsuits, creating new products and teasing of the iPad 3 everywhere, Apple have only just now started to catch up on iPhone 4S demand, where the Apple Store saw a slight shrink in shipping delays from the now 3-month old smartphone.




It used to be 7 days-plus, and has now been replaced with "3-5 days", that also goes for orders through AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, no matter the capacity. Individual carriers make it more difficult to gauge demand, with Verizon still showing a delay only on the white 32GB iPhone.


No one knows how many iPhone 4S' Apple shipped since it's mid-October debut, but analysts are targeting their estimates in the 30 million ball park. Very nice indeed.

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Symantec acquire LiveOffice for $115 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 7:28 am

Symantec has acquired archiving company LifeOffice, in a deal worth $115 million. Symantec increases its cloud-computing power to fight the battle and be more of an on-premise and software as a service (SaaS) company. Most traditional enterprise-software companies are scooping up cloud-based companies, with SAP purchasing SuccessFactors, and Oracle taking RightNow.




Symantec said in a statement that it will use LiveOffice to bolster its information-governance unit, as LiveOffice provides a cloud-based archiving system. LiveOffice and Symantec were partners before the deal, which it has now fused into one.

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Research in Motion pushing Samsung to buy them, Samsung refuse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 5:22 am

Research in Motion, which I'm sure you are aware are popular for their BlackBerry devices, have been going through some rough times lately. I'm sure virtually everyone working at RIM hate Apple and Google for coming in and creating something which took off quickly, and continues to grow at unprecedented rates. I'm talking of iOS and Android-powered devices.




RIM have slowly been sinking and it's been reported that they are eyeing off every single option they can think of, "in an effort to reverse a negative trend that is approaching a boiling point for investors," says BGR. RIM have reportedly favored an all-out purchase of one or more divisions, or even the entire company. RIM want Samsung to do it, but just after the story went to air, Samsung denied it.


Samsung didn't just slap RIM and walk away, as they are considering licensing RIM's software, or purchasing a portion of RIM's assets. This is better than nothing for RIM.

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Google join SOPA's list of enemies, will protest SOPA using home page

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 5:04 am

[Update: Changed the title, now less confusing.] When you visit Google tomorrow, and let's face it, we know you will, you'll see that they will have posted a link on their home page notifying users of Google's opposition to the controversial anti-piracy bills being thrown around like candy in Congress.




Google confirmed in a statement that they will join other popular sites such as Reddit, and Wikipedia, as well as other influential tech sites in staging protests of varying kinds against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, and Protect IP Act (PIPA) which are (of course) backed by big entertainment and media interests.


A Google representative has said:


Like many businesses, entrepreneurs, and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue Web sites without asking American companies to censor the Internet. So tomorrow we will be joining many other tech companies to highlight this issue on our U.S. home page.

iOS 5.1 beta 3 teases iPad 3 code names, also mentions Facebook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 18, 2012 4:19 am

Remember yesterday, we said that the iPad 3 rumors wouldn't stop, well, it hasn't even been 24 hours and there's yet another one. Today it has been reported that deep in iOS 5.1 beta 3, there are mentions of two next-generation iPad 3 code names, J1AP and J2AP, as well as ongoing references to Facebook.




What do the code names mean, exactly? Well, from previous DigiTimes reports, where iPad 3 code names J1 and J2 were mentioned, it could refer to Wi-Fi and cellular data versions of Apple's next-gen iPad. More interestingly, Facebook is being mentioned. iOS 4 was meant to include proper Facebook integration, but was dropped as Apple and Facebook couldn't reach and agreement. So this code is either pointing toward new integration in iOS with Facebook, or could be old, deserted code.


We'll have to wait for iOS 6 to see what Apple brings us, as for one, Facebook is simply too large to ignore, no matter your differences. Two, we know that the iPad 3 is eventually coming, Apple just don't like to announce things ahead of time.

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