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Piriform adds Windows 8.1 support in CCleaner update

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 1:06 am

Today, Piriform released an update to everyone's favorite PC cleaning utility, CCleaner. The company says that they have been keeping up with the latest operating system and browser updates and have updated CCleaner to version 4.04 to meet all your system tuning needs. This update brings forth support for Windows 8.1 Preview as well as cleaning for Internet Explorer 11 and Opera 15. The company says that they have also improved the way the program cleans unwanted data from Chrome.




The improvements for cleaning Chrome include the ability to remove Flash Cookies, Channel ID cookies, and the last download location. The company also added Comodo Ice Dragon cleaning and improved the detection and cleaning of portable browsers. The professional version added improved monitoring notifications and several bug fixes as well. Finally, cleaning has been added for Sony Vegas Pro 12.0, Bing Search, Bing Finance, Bing Maps, Bing News, Bing Sports, and Bing Travel. You can update CCleaner by simply loading it up on your machine or you can head over to Source #2 and download the latest version.

LeakedTT: Photo surfaces that could be of Nokia's 6-inch Lumia phablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 26, 2013 12:06 am

Ahh, the smell of freshly leaked products in the afternoon! Today an image of the display glass from a 6-inch device was posted on the Chinese social network Weibo. The glass is claimed to be a component of the upcoming 6-inch phablet that Nokia is rumored to be working on. Reports from the Financial Times suggest that this will be a Windows Phone Tablet that will rival Samsung's Galaxy Note.




The Verge has posted their own report and has stated that the new 6-inch Nokia Lumia Phablet will launch by the end of this year and will feature a full HD 1080p screen, the first 1080p screen on a Windows Phone device. Of course, Microsoft has to release the pending GDR3 update before 1080p support is featured on Windows Phone 8. The GDR3 support will also usher in support for quad-core processors, which opens up a new world of possibilities when combined with 1080p displays.

Yandex co-founder Llya Segalovich dies suddenly at 48

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:04 pm

Today, Reuters has reported that Yandex Co-Founder and CIO of the Russian search giant Yandex has been pronounced brain dead. Llya Segalovich was recently diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer and has been receiving treatment for some time now and this turn of events came abruptly and was quite unexpected.




"Mr. Segalovich had been diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer and was responding well to treatment and working a full schedule, before unexpectedly succumbing to complications last night," the Russian company said in a statement at 10:55 a.m. in Moscow, after receiving information that he had died.


"We want to clarify an earlier statement that the company put out. We have since learnt that Ilya is in coma and on life support although not showing any brain function. Our thoughts are with him at this time," Arkady Volozh said on a conference call later in the day.


Segalovich co-founded the business over two decades ago with Volozh when they created software that allowed searching The Bible based on context, and then in 2007 they created, Russia's largest Internet search engine. Back in March, Segalovich sold off 0.2 million of his shares and had planned on donating the money to charity. This left him with 2.5 percent of the company, while Volozh retained 10.5 percent.

RumorTT: HP is building a 7-inch tablet to be sold in the $99 price range

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:03 pm

Today, reports have begun surfacing on a new 7-inch tablet that is being designed by HP and will release just in time for back to school season in the US. DigiTimes is reporting that sources from within HP's supply chain have confirmed that a 7-inch $99 tablet is already deep into mass production. The report goes on to state the the device will be sold exclusively in Walmart stores alongside a list of other sub-$100 Android tablets.




The tablet is said to feature a single-core Medfield Atom processor from Intel, but no other specifications have been leaked. We expect the display to be of the very low quality TN type as anything remotely close to HD or a high pixel density would automatically place this tablet out of the $99 range. Most likely RAM will be 1GB or lower, while advanced features like Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and nice speakers will be left out. We expect the tablet to run Android 4.1 or 4.2.1, but we could be wrong.

Samsung is said to be building second-generation Nexus 10 tablet

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 6:31 pm

Hot on the heels of yesterday's second-gen Nexus 7 launch, rumors have begun to spread about when and where we might see a next-gen Nexus 10 pop up. A new report from a Wall Street Journal reporter suggests that Google's new Nexus 10 will arrive at some point in the "near future" and will be manufactured by Samsung.




The report comes from Amir Efrati, a reporter for the WSJ who is said to have learned of the details from Google's Android and Chrome Boss, Sundar Pichai. This means that relations between Samsung and Google may not be as strained as some would like us to believe. Last year, Google released the Nexus 10 three months after the Nexus 7, which could mean that we could see the second-gen Nexus 10 arrive just in time for the holiday season.

BlackBerry ship continues to sink as it lays off 250 more employees

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 5:39 pm

Last year, BlackBerry laid off over 500 employees in an attempt to lower overhead and operating costs and in more recent months, the company has seen several of its top-level management depart for one reason or another. Yesterday, Anthony Garreffa reported that the head of the now failed Playbook, David Smith, had resigned from the company as well. Call it what you want, but I call it a sinking ship.




Today we have learned that things are continuing to look darker for the once king of smartphones as the company lays off 250 more employees, this time from its New Product Testing and R&D Department. CEO Thorsten Heins says that these layoffs are part of the company's "complex transition phase."


A statement from BlackBerry's Lisette Kwong said:


I can confirm on the record, that BlackBerry on Tuesday informed 250 employees of their termination in Waterloo. These employees were part of the New Product Testing Facility, a department that supports BlackBerry's manufacturing and R&D efforts.This is part of the next stage of our turnaround plan to increase efficiencies and scale our company correctly for new opportunities in mobile computing. We will be as transparent as possible as those plans evolve.

Intuitive Aerial use Oculus Rift to control a drone through the VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 12:21 pm

I truly do love Oculus Rift, and I think it's going to change the entire face of technology and gaming as we know it in the years to come. But, what are developers doing with it right now?



Well, one developer, Intuitive Aerial, have used the virtual reality headset to control a real-life drone. The first flight of Oculus FPV, gives a user the Rift headset, where they see a birds-eye view of the drone. This isn't just a virtual reality headset anymore, it's almost like you're physically flying in the air, kind of like Superman, but a drone.




The drone itself is carrying a laptop to give the users on the ground communications to Oculus' Rift, so it's stuck to just using Wi-Fi at the moment. This means they're locked down to a 50-100m radius, but this will only improve with time. Give me real-life Superman, now.

The first test footage of Avatar 2 was shown off at SIGGRAPH 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 11:26 am

For years, most have been wondering when we'd start properly hearing about James Cameron's sequel to Avatar. Well, James' partner, Jon Landau, took the stage of SIGGRAPH, showing the public their first test footage for the upcoming movie.




The test footage unveiled a "noticeable improvement" in their virtual camera techniques, with a much higher quality output in a scene that involved a human and a Na'vi walking around on the surface of Pandora. The presentation happened at the Autodesk Users Group event during SIGGRAPH, with Landau stressing that this test footage was from several months ago, and it isn't at the point that they'd like to be.


There's much more to read about the test footage at SIGGRAPH at The Hollywood Reporter. I'm hoping for a huge leap in special effects, considering the entire movie pretty much happens inside of a 'virtual world'.

NVIDIA show off Project Logan at SIGGRAPH 2013, providing near GeForce Titan GPU performance on mobile

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:42 am

NVIDIA have had something quite impressive to show off at SIGGRAPH this year, Project Logan. Project Logan is an upcoming Kepler-based mobile SoC, which should really provide mobile devices with a serious punch in performance.



Kepler is great for NVIDIA, as it scales from the best super computers, right down to mobile devices. NVIDIA have been able to scale the GEFORCE TITAN's 250W performance, down to Project Logan, where it only uses between 2-3W. Of course, we don't have TITAN performance in the size of a mobile, but with the right compromises, we're getting there.



We have Full HD video support, with NVIDIA saying: "game developers can develop awesome graphics for desktop and more easily bring those capabilities to mobile." NVIDIA used their reference tablet design to show off the power inside Logan, with the demos including full HDR lighting, FXAA, bloom, tone mapping, auto exposure, same environment, moving light, deep tissue scattering. With the videos above for your viewing pleasure.

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AOC's E1659FWU is a 16-inch USB 3.0-powered portable monitor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 10:08 am

We checked out DisplayLink's technology at Computex Taipei 2013, and fell in love with it so much we awarded it with our Best of Computex 2013 for Technology.




Well, the company have teamed up with AOC and made the AOC E1659FWU, which is a portable 16-inch monitor that is completely powered over USB 3.0. The AOC E1659FWU includes its own monitor carry case for total ease of use, which allows it to fit into most notebook bags. It is compatible with both PC and Mac, and has a 15.6-inch viewing window with a resolution of 1366x768 at 60Hz.


The peak power consumption of AOC's new E1659FWU is just 7W. AOC even throw in the carry case for free, which is great considering it is available for pre-order right now through Amazon for just $139.

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