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Mobile App of the Day: Cut the Rope: Experiments for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:28 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Cut the Rope: Experiments for iOS.

 

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What on earth is Om Nom?! That's what millions of fans of the widely acclaimed game, Cut the Rope, have been asking about the cute little monster who eats candy like its his job!

That same question has a mad (but not bad) scientist studying the little creature that mysteriously arrived outside his house. Intrigued by Om Nom's insatiable appetite for sweets, the Professor puts him through a series of experiments in this all-new game, a follow-up to one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store.

 

A NEW TWIST ON THE FAMILIAR AND HIGHLY ADDICTIVE GAMEPLAY

Cut the Rope: Experiments combines the same rope-cutting and monster-feeding action that millions of people around the globe have come to love, with new features and gameplay elements including Rope Shooters and Suction-cups. Can you help the Professor and Om Nom get through these wacky experiments?

- 125 new experiments (levels) across 5 colorful new settings, with more to come!

- New musical tracks, sounds and Om Nom animations

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$15,000,000,000,000 ($15 trillion) in fraud exposed in UK House of Lords

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:41 am

This is a subject quite close to my chest, our current financial system. Without getting into a personal post, I'll keep this as professional as I can and leave my opinion out of this and just post it as a pure news post to try to get this as viral as possible. I've noticed this post on Reddit about a $15,000,000,000,000 ($15 trillion) fraud case that was bought up to the UK House of Lords by Lord James of Blackheath.

 

 

He has noticed three separate transactions of $5 trillion each, starting with a $5 trillion transfer to HSBC in the UK, seven days later followed another $5 trillion to the HSBC, and three weeks later another $5 trillion. This is a total of $15 trillion, which has entered into the hands of the HSBC, and onward transit to the Royal Bank of Scotland. This is a serious, serious amount of money, and this story should be on every TV, Radio, Cable, Internet channel and everything in between.

 

Where did $15 trillion come from? Who has that sort of disposable money, without having to loan it? And if you did loan it, what kind of bank loans out $15 trillion? You have to have some very valuable assets in order to just borrow, or lend out, $15 trillion. Let's delve into this more. Lord James of Blackheath has done his research and claims that the money is the property of what some people have called "the richest man in the world", Yohannes Riyadi.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner v3.16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 11:28 am

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner v3.16.

 

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In this month's new release of CCleaner we've added a Scheduled Tasks management tool and an option to close Internet browsers during cleaning. Keep your suggestions for new features coming in and as always, download now from the links below!

 

Release notes:

 

Added Scheduled Task management to Startup tool.

Added Option to close running browsers when cleaning.

Improved Google Chrome History cleaning.

Improved Aurora History cleaning.

Improved Windows 8 compatibility.

Added cleaning for AIMP 3, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 and AlZip.

Improved cleaning for Snagit 10, AntiVir Desktop, Ashampoo Burning Studio 11, and Adobe Acrobat 9.0 and 10.0.

Reduced 64-bit EXE memory usage.

Minor GUI improvements.

 

Download CCleaner v3.16, here.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is nearly complete

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 10:30 am

Microsoft have reportedly stopped compiling beta builds of their upcoming OS, Windows 8, and are said to be preparing to sign off on the Consumer Preview of Windows 8, tomorrow. The build (8250) is said to be unveiled at a special event that will coincide with Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next Wednesday at 9AM ET.

 

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The public beta will usher in some huge changes, such as the updated Windows logo, and a new "Charms bar" which replaces the Start menu. The Consumer Preview is said to sport some preinstalled games, including Pinball and Solitaire, while the preview version of the new Windows Store will sport games such as Angry Birds.

 

Developers will have the ability to publish free apps through the Windows Store, or charge between $1.49 and $999 per download. Microsoft, at first, takes a 30-percent stake in the sales, which is reduced to 20-percent once the app exceeds $25,000 in sales. The OS is expected to include various social and multimedia applications. We should have a huge post on Windows 8 next week, so stay tuned!

Samsung to reimburse owners of faulty TVs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 9:29 am

Owners of Samsung TVs filed a class-action lawsuit, which has finally reached settlement. Within the settlement, Samsung have promised to pay for the bills of owners repairs, reimburse for already-paid-for repairs, or hand out up to $300 to customers who no longer own their once-faulty TV, once they prove ownership.

 

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The fault only affects the model numbers in the above picture, where it's possible that up to 7 million TVs were affected. The problem is related to an errant capacitor in the power circuit that stops the TV turning on, makes it slow to turn on, produces a "clicking sound" or makes it cycle on and off.

 

A Samsung spokesperson has said:

 

Approximately 1 percent of Samsung televisions sold in the U.S. from 2006 to 2008 have experienced some performance issues caused by a component called a capacitor. Since originally confirming this issue in early 2010, Samsung has voluntarily provided free repairs for U.S. customers with affected televisions. Recently, a nationwide class settlement covering all affected televisions in the U.S. was reached in Russell, et al. v. Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Oklahoma County in the U.S.

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Ice Cream Sandwich is now rolling out to the original ASUS Transformer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 8:26 am

ASUS did promise the original Eee Pad Transformer would receive Ice Cream Sandwich in February, and have now, begun to fulfil that promise. The original TF101 Transformer is now receiving the ICS update, with users in Taiwan seeing the update first.

 

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The UK are expected to be the next ones on the list, with other regions across the various ponds to receive the ICS update over the coming days. ASUS are known to stagger releases, in case any nasty bugs pop up at the last minute, instead of unleashing the updates to the entire user base, and experiencing issues somewhere along the line.

 

ASUS have also used the announcement to remind us of its pride in commitment to long product life-cycles and also to look forward to some new innovations at next weeks Mobile World Congress.

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NVIDIA rebrands again, this time it's Tegra 3's vSMP changed to 4-PLUS-1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 7:34 am

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC features four ARM Cortex-A9 chips, but sports a unique design that I covered in an editorial on the chip. NVIDIA have today rebranded the previously-known-as vSMP to: 4-PLUS-1.

 

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It sounds like a polygamy-based wedding invitation, but hey, NVIDIA need to push their unique design somehow, don't they? We should expect to see some Tegra 3-based smartphones next week at the Mobile World Congress, sporting the new brand 4-PLUS-1. NVIDIA have also trademarked the name, which is a bonus.

 

NVIDIA attribute the change in name from vSMP to 4-PLUS-1 to their customers wanting a name that is more "unique and descriptive". They wanted a "name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value".

 

From now on, I expect cars to be sold with the slogan: 4-PLUS-1 tires. 4 on the car, 1 spare. Win.

CERN Lab scientists admit that the speed of light was not broken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:29 am

A few months ago, news found its way into the world that scientists in the Geneva-based CERN lab had broken the speed of light. But, news has broken that this may have been a 'connection' problem. The news is from a source close to the experiment, who spoke to the US journal, Space Insider that "a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame".

 

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Scientists had originally claimed that neutrinos arrived 60 nanoseconds earlier than the 2.3 milliseconds taken by light. Science Insider reported:

 

The 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber, researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed.

 

Since this time is subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos. New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.

RumorTT: Next Blizzard game 'to be free-to-play'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:28 am

According to a Develop source, the famous World of Warcraft developer, Blizzard Entertainment, are expecting their next major release to be a free-to-play model. Blizzard are said to be developing the game, which is an upcoming, but unannounced game.

 

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After eight years of phenomenal success with World of Warcraft, Blizzard are said to be expanding their business opportunities, and create both subscription and freemium titles. No other details are known of the game, apart from the potential free-to-play business model. Blizzard are currently working on "Project Titan" as well as polishing the soon-to-be-released Diablo III.

 

I'm sure we'll get some information on it soon enough, but knowing Blizzard it could be years before we actually see the product. It'll be an exciting time for the company, as it'll mark a huge change in the way they gain customers and interact with them, if the free-to-play game succeeds.

iPhone lock screen flaw, can be partially bypassed by two new bugs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 4:23 am

Oh the sheer horror! An Apple iPhone can be cracked into! Well, iPhone Islam have found a new bug that allows you to bypass the lock screen on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. The trick is shown in a three-minute YouTube video, below, where if it is successfully completed, allows you to get unauthorized access to the handset's full contact list, recent calls and favorites, as well as the ability to make standard or FaceTime calls.

 

 

The hack does require you to jump through some hoops: where you must return a missed call through the iOS notification screen while the device itself is searching for a network. The above video notes that it is actually easier to do if you're in an area with next to no signal, but you can also use another trick: repeatedly eject and reinsert the SIM card to get the same effect. If this is timed properly, the handset will lock itself to the phone application.

 

Have you heard of this flaw before? Have you tried it? Are you going to try it?

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