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Google Talk enables video chat on Android-powered phones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 2, 2011 4:28 am

Google have just recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android-powered phones. The service will let users make and receive video and voice calls with their friends and family from Android phones. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. Google are reporting this will be available as an over-the-air update in the form of Android 2.3.4 with Google Talk being included in Android 2.3 devices and higher in the future.

 

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Osama Bin Laden, dead? US has his body?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 2, 2011 3:39 am

Twitter is on fire right now with the rumor that President Obama is about to announce the death of Osama Bin Laden. There will be an announcement on Whitehouse.gov this Sunday night at 10:45 EST. The news first started from Keith Urbahn, Chief of Staff for former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who tweeted:

 

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I'm told by a reputable person they have killed Osama Bin Laden.

 

CNN and the New York Times have just confirmed that he was killed in a mansion outside of Islamabad.

Sony offers "welcome back program", 30 days of PlayStation Plus included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 2, 2011 3:09 am

Sony plans to offer PSN users around the world free downloads of an "unidentified content", 30 days of PlayStation Plus access to new and existing members and finally, 30 days of free Qriocity service. In the same statement, the PSN service is said to be restored "soon".

 

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As for the hacking itself, Sony are guessing that the hackers got into the network through an "application server" and from there, they were able to get into the database servers and start grabbing data. Sony estimates that around 10 million PSN users with active credit cards tied to PSN were at risk. New security measures are being moved into place with the PSN being moved to a new physical data center, new firewalls installed and a new "Chief Security Officer".

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Gigabyte Touch BIOS video, touching your BIOS in places it shouldn't

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 30, 2011 4:37 am

Gigabyte have today released a video showing off their new Touch BIOS, it's innovative and user-friendly and available on all Gigabyte Z68-based motherboards. The BIOS has not really changed much in the past few, oh I don't know, decades... but there are a few companies with different takes on what they think the BIOS should be (or at least, how it should look and feel). Gigabyte have taken a path that brings familiarity to the concept in the form of an icon-based user experience. Take a look at the below video and see what you think.

 

 

The touch navigation obviously has requirements of a touch-enabled monitor plus Windows 7 in order to work. Mouse navigation is supposed with any monitor along with Windows XP/Vista and 7.

Need for Speed: The Run teaser trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2011 3:30 am

EA has released a teaser trailer for an upcoming Need for Speed game dubbed "Need for Speed: The Run". No gameplay footage obviously, but just a tease of things to come from this new game. The description does sound cool though:

 

It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads.

 

Royal Wedding Live Stream breaks records, doesn't include two kisses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 30, 2011 1:17 am

The Royal Wedding went off without a hitch yesterday and (sadly) I watched it live. I guess I had to, I have been reporting on it, talking about it and knew it'd break records or have some huge newsworthy stuff about it within seconds of it happening so here we are. Livestream has reported it broke a record for the most concurrent viewers on Livestream.

 

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The livestream of William and Kate (now Catherine?) topped 300, 000 concurrent viewers at 6 am on Friday morning. CEO Max Haot had expected "at least 2 million" unique viewers by the time the broadcast was done. Livestream had various partners for it's coverage; Associated Press, UK Press Association, CBS and Entertainment Tonight.

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Samsung Google Chrome OS Netbook Leaked

By: Trak Lord | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 10:41 pm

Finally! After what seems like a very long time of little press or word from Google as to when Chrome OS netbooks would start hitting the shelves, Engadget discovered, interestingly enough, a bug report for the Samsung version on the Chromium Google Group.

 

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The bug report lists components and implementations like a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550, SanDisk SSD P4 (size TBA), and 2GB RAM, a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card, Bluetooth, WiFi, webcam, and a Synaptics touchpad. (Code)Named "Alex", this Samsung notebook will most likely launch in the next couple months. Then again, Google I/O is in two weeks, so who would be that surprised if the official announcement came then?

 

Bug report, photo courtesy of Engadget

First Portal 2 DLC Will Be Free

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 10:22 pm

Hot off the presses of the announcement yesterday that Valve will offer Portal 2 downloadable content this Summer, we learn today that it will be free!

 

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The DLC will contain new test chambers, leaderboards, challenges, and the ever-intriguing "more". Release to be announced, but it will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Let's hope the PlayStation Network is up by then.

Marvel Announces MMO In The Works: Excelsior!

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 9:52 pm

Due most likely to popularity of MMO's like DC Universe and Marvel's own Superhero Squad Online, Marvel and Gazillion Entertainment are banding together to provide what will most likely be an insanely entertaining MMORPG.

 

From Gazillion's website:

 

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Smash frost giants with Thor's® Hammer. Unbalance Ultron™ by slinging Captain America's® shield. Explore a remote and hostile jungle as Storm™.

 

Leave behind your everyday life and live as a renowned Marvel Super Hero™ including all of his or her abilities. Become powerful, famous, well-respected, feared by evil-doers, and relied upon by the citizens of a grateful, persistent online world.

 

Gazillion is already responsible for Marvel Superhero Squad, an online game marketed toward younger gamers and fans of the comic books. Marvel Universe, however, will be more along the lines of traditional, mature online gaming experiences. And unlike its main competition, DC Universe, players will be playing not as custom-created original superheroes, but the Marvel Comics characters themselves. Playable characters already announced include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolverine and Nova, but according to IGN, the game will launch with more playable Marvel characters than any other game in the history of Marvel video games.

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