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Coming soon, Raspberry Pi computer, just $25 and handles 1080p video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 28, 2011 5:17 am

Technology is an amazing thing, just look below at the pocket-sized Raspberry Pi computer, which is on its way to production. It is not much bigger than the usual USB flash drive and comes in two configurations.




First, Model A will be $25 and includes 128MB of RAM and no network connectivity, while the Model B comes in at $35 and sports 256MB of RAM as well as an Ethernet connection. Both devices run Debian or Fedora and will have a 700MHz ARM11 SoC with support for OpenGL ES 2.0 and 1080p30 H.264 video playback.


The production units are set to include a single USB port, a flash card slot, HDMI and audio outputs, as well as various I/O headers for a serial port and more. It measures in at just 85.60mm x 53.98mm x 20mm, weighs just 40g and only requires a 5V power supply. The device had originally been conceived for academic purposes with the Raspberry Pi Foundation building their first prototype device back in 2006.

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6.8 million Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day, also 242 million apps were downloaded

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 28, 2011 4:27 am

Christmas Day 2011 must have had stockings filled with electronics, because an estimate from mobile app research from Flurry give details on just how many Android and iOS-powered devices were activated on Christmas Day, as well as the amount of downloaded apps.




Combined, we saw 6.8 million devices activated, an insane 353-percent increase from the 1.5 million average activations per day for the first 20 days of December. This is also 4 million devices higher than the 2010 Christmas record of 2.8 million. Flurry doesn't break down the split of iOS and Android, but if we go with the information of Android chief Andy Rubin saying just before Christmas that Android activations are sitting pretty with 700,000 per day, we know that Apple must be pulling the same numbers.

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Infinity Blade 2 update includes 'Clash Mobs' set to make the game go social

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 28, 2011 3:24 am

An update to the popular Infinity Blade 2 is coming soon, with lead designer Donald Mustard teasing that the update includes "Clash Mobs" which will let players all over the world play Infinity Blade 2 and fight enemies together in real-time.




Mustard says:


Clash Mobs will appear in an update of the game and incorporate players from all over the world. Right now, you play the game by yourself, but Clash Mobs will let you partner with thousands of other players in real-time to help you reach a goal in the game. If you're fighting a giant monster, there's only so much one player can do alone," Mustard said. "We want to make big challenges a group effort, so after you're done shooting the monster, another player can step in and work to finish him off. This could even take 24 hours, with lots of players stepping in to help.

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LeakedTT: Intel's 32nm "Medfield" performance, power consumption details

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 28, 2011 2:19 am

Intel is set to smash into the system-on-a-chip (SoC) market in 2012, where they are going to be "becoming mobile" in quite a serious way. Intel went through an internal reorganization and merged four distinctive business units into one: Mobile Communications, Mobile Wireless, Netbook & Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobility.


The new group is called "Mobile and Communications" and is lead by Mike Bell and Hermann Eul. The first product to come from the fancy new group is the 32nm chip called Medfield. Medfield is Intel's codename for their first SoC and first true highly-integrated-solution. Intel have in the past, talked of "vertically integrated platforms", without talking about how many chips were required in order to have a functional platform. This marks a new direction for Intel.




Intel's Medfield is competition against Apple's A-Series, NVIDIA's Tegra range, Qualcomm's Snapdragon, Samsung's Exynos, Texas Instruments OMAP and others. Out of the ranges just explained, Samsung's Exynos is the only SoC currently built on a 32nm process, just like Medfield.


The guts of Medfield is an x86 processing core operating at 1.6GHz, 1GB LP-DDR2 RAM, WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip, 10.1-inch screen, 1280x800 resolution and eMMC/Micro-SD card for removable storage. Benchmarks were performed on Honeycomb (Android 3.x) while the shipped products will utilize Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.x).

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Apple's 12 days of Christmas giveaway has started in Canada, Europe

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 28, 2011 1:25 am

Apple started their 12 days of Christmas promotion on December 26th, which runs through until January 6th in Canada and select parts of Europe. The giveaways include free music, movies, books and applications each day until the promotion ends.




Apple kicked it off with a free download of Coldplay's album that features three tunes from their "iTunes Festival: London" performance earlier this year. Tracks included are 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,' God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,' and 'Fix You.' On top of the songs, they gaveaway videos of each live performance.

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Foxconn is planning a major expansion of their iPhone plant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 12:44 pm

Foxconn, a major Apple manufacturing partner, are planning a huge expansion of their operations in 2012. The expansion is set to dramatically increase production of iPhones and iPads to meet the never-ending demand.




Foxconn is reportedly working with the Chinese city of Zhengzhou to double the size of its workforce at the facility there, where another 10,000 employees will be hired. This is the same number of employees hired in 2011 alone.


The expansion is valued at $1.1 billion and would make the Foxconn factory the largest smartphone production facility in the world. Foxconn's Zhengzhou plant currently pumps out close to 200,000 iPhones each and everyday. Doubling their workforce and having a larger factory is only going to increase that, by, well, a lot.

Intel is bringing Thunderbolt to PCs in April 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 12:28 pm

Intel have reportedly notified their partners that they will "fully release" Thunderbolt technology in April of next year. Intel are said to be preparing to launch Thunderbolt-supported motherboards, notebooks and desktop PCs at that time.




Intel and Apple originally partnered on Thunderbolt which became a standard across Apple's MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and iMac lines. The cost of Thunderbolt technology is said to drop in the second half of 2012, which will allow for much more market penetration.


Apple may offer Thunderbolt-equipped goods, but the first Thunderbolt products have been limited to the relatively high-end market. Widespread adoption of Thunderbolt should help accessory makers for not just the PC, but the Mac market. Intel have always said that they see USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt as complementary technologies and have plans to support both in their motherboards in 2012.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 might still get released after all

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 11:24 am

It was only two weeks ago now that we reported the development team behind S.T.A.L.K.E.R., GSC Game World, closed their doors. But it seems now, there is a slight, slight glimmer of hope amongst all this doom.




There has been a tweet from GSC's official Twitter feed, which is offering some hope to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fans:


Dear Stalkers: We will not be releasing any official news until around mid January. However there is cause for hope! Good hunting!


What does this mean? Could we still see S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2? Could we expect a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-related announcement? Well, I'd expect as much from that tweet. As soon we hear something, you can be sure we'll report on it.

Download of the Day: Macrium Reflect 5.0.4196

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 10:59 am

Our Download of the Day today is Macrium Reflect 5.0.4196.


A complete disaster recovery solution for your home and office. Protect your personal documents, photos, music and emails. Upgrade your hard disk or try new operating systems in the safe knowledge that everything is securely saved in an easily recovered backup file.


• Don't compromise your data integrity with second best

Macrium Reflect uses leading data compression techniques to create accurate and reliable images of your hard disk or partitions on your disk.

• Simple step by step operation

Image and Restore using intuitive wizards and interfaces. Macrium Reflect integrates fully with Windows Explorer, a partition image can be created with a simple right click.

• Automate the process

With Macrium Reflect you can schedule Images to run at any time. Disk space management ensures that you optimize the available space on external drives.

• Restore individual files and folders

Create a 'Virtual' drive in Windows Explorer and recover selected files and directories using simple copy and paste operations.

• Recovery

In the event of a total loss of the Windows operating system your PC can be started using the Reflect recovery CD.



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Want Siri on any jailbroken iOS 5 device, legally?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 27, 2011 10:17 am

In just a few months, iOS hackers Grant Paul (chpwn), Steve Troughton-Smith and Ryan Petrich have worked together to release Spire, a new installer that will easily set up Siri on your jailbroken iOS-powered device.




Apple have tried their hardest to keep Siri an iPhone 4S-exclusive, Siri now runs on iPads, iPhone 4, iPod Touches and the iPhone 3GS. They've done this before, but this time it is legal, avoiding the copyright infringement inherent in previous hacks.


Once it is installed, it will start a 100MB download of Siri directly from Apple, and you'll require your own proxy server with donated info from an iPhone 4S to hold the line between Apple's backend and yourself. Spire is available right now on Cydia, and Troughton-Smith tells 9to5 Mac that the next major step might not come until after the iPhone 4S has been jailbroken, so they can avoid the proxy servers altogether, making it a much easier process.

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