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Opera Mini 7.5 for Android has been released - includes 'Smart Page'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 10:29 am

The first big update to Opera Mini since it launched a few months ago is here, bringing it up to version 7.5. Opera Mini 7.5 is available right now on Android, from the Google play store. What does Opera Mini 7.5 offer this time around?




Smart Page. Smart Page will give users an overview of what is happening on the Internet, including separate tabs for social, news and suggested links. Opera Mini sports the ability to compress your web viewing so that you experience the Internet faster, kind of like if it were processing the page locally.


Opera has been using this method for quite some time, and have become quite good at it. Other features include Link - which syncs up history, bookmarks and notes from your browsing on the desktop. This would obviously only apply if you're using Opera on your desktop, too.

Download of the Day: Ashampoo UnInstaller 5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 9:29 am

Ashampoo have released the latest version of UnInstaller, reaching version 5.00.00. If you haven't heard of Ashampoo UnInstaller 5, it is their "premier solution to remove all traces of no longer needed applications, clean your system from residuals and maintain peak performance".




Better yet, Ashampoo offer a free 30-day trial of UnInstaller 5 - meaning you can try it out and if you like it, buy it. Not bad at all.


How does it work?


Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 uses clever real-time technology to monitor system changes during program installations. This way, Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 can completely remove monitored installations including otherwise orphaned files and registry entries. For even better results, Ashampoo UnInstaller 5 comes with additional cleaning tools to remove redundant registry entries and clean your drives.


Why UnInstaller?


Your system is ever-changing

Every application you install makes changes to your system. Data gets copied to your hard disk, values are added to your Windows Registry database. Most programs also create temporary files during operation.

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ZTE to release Firefox OS-powered smartphones early next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 8:28 am

It looks like ZTE is slowly leaving the Android camp with news that the Chinese manufacturer is going to release new smartphones based on Mozilla's upcoming Firefox OS. The new phones will reach the market in Q1 2013.




The news comes from ZTE's Executive Vice President, He Shiyou, who told The Wall Street Journal that ZTE will launch new Firefox OS-powered smartphones early next year, he also took the time to confirm that the company are to release Windows Phone 8-based smartphones later this year.


Now we should start wondering what Google are going to do with this news, seeing that ZTE are moving into the Firefox OS camp with their new smartphones. Will we see a degradation of the relationship between the Mountain View-based company, and ZTE?

Borderlands 2 has launched, are you lootin' and shootin' yet?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 7:29 am

Borderlands 2 has launched in North America, and will launch internationally on the 21st of September. Borderlands 2 is available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC and has the game take place in Pandora five years after the events of the first Borderlands.




Borderlands 2 pits up to four players against Handsome Jack and the Hyperion Corporation, with new characters, skill trees, environments, missions, enemies, weapons and equipment - enough to keep the most die-hard Borderlands fan happy. The same art style that was popular with the original Borderlands is also present in its sequel.


Gearbox Software and their publisher, 2K Games, have said that four additional campaigns will be released between the launch and June 2013. Borderlands 2 also features support for NVIDIA's PhysX technology, so be sure to check that out if you're running a GeForce GPU.

Facebook playing with automatic photo uploads on Facebook for Android app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 6:29 am

Right now, Dropbox and Google+ apps sport the ability to automatically upload your photos to their respective cloud-based storage spaces after you've snapped your latest picture, with Facebook looking like they're playing around with the same feature.




Facebook are soon to rollout the feature to a few select users that will let them take pictures, and get uploaded automatically to a private photo album on their account. The social networking site has said that the feature will roll out to a very select few, which is how Facebook operates when testing out new features.


I'm a huge Facebook user, and I like the idea of this happening - but it does chew through your mobile data if you're not connected to WiFi. I'd love to see some features built-in where you can choose options of times when it can upload the photos. I'd love to be able to select a time like "upload between 1AM-6AM", when I'm sleeping. This way, my phone is next to me when I'm in bed, secondly it's connected to my home WiFi and not using my mobile data, thirdly it doesn't impact the speed of my Internet use on the device if its thrashing itself uploading pictures to Facebook.

Google Maps for Android gets updated, now includes persistant search results and mapping history

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 5:28 am

Google have pushed out an update for their Google Maps for Android app, which now includes some cool new abilities. The update brings across more of a persistant set of search results, as the app has access to your desktop and mobile search history.




Google Maps for Android has access to your desktop and mobile search history through My Places, meaning that if you run any searches when signed into your Google account with web history enabled, it will now pop-up with auto-completed entries that has been searched for previously.


This is a nice feature if you're someone like myself who would run a Maps search through Chrome, when signed into the browser, and then go to your Android-based phone and run a search through Maps or Navigation. What's funnier, is that Google decide to release their updated, better-featured Maps app on the day of Apple's iPhone 5 release, where the company removed Google's Map app in favor of their own, not-so-good app.

Pure Pwnage: The Movie could be "the definitive, best ever, ever gamer movie"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 4:12 am

I used to be a huge fan of Pure Pwnage back in the day, when I used to for a little while, be a 'pro-gamer'. I watched every episode, bought the shirts, the hoodies, and talked about it amongst friends. Browsing through Reddit just now, I've noticed that the team behind Pure Pwnage are wanting to make a movie, and are asking for pledges for funding.



Pure Pwnage has enjoyed huge success, where they landed their own TV show, and was nominated for Best Comedy Series, Best Writing in a Comedy Series and Best Directing in a Comedy Series, but was not renewed. The web series ran from 2004-2008 until the TV show, but until now, the land of Pure Pwnage has been pretty dry. The team behind Pure Pwnage are looking for at least $75,000 to get the project off their ground, but have said that this is "less than half the budget we need to accomplish what we have in mind, but it's a great start".


In the last few years, the competitive gaming landscape has evolved, immensely. We now have Starcraft 2, League of Legends, DotA 2, and many live streaming services like and The team hope to visit Korea, where I'm guessing they would get in with some of the world's biggest professional gamers - which would be seriously awesome, to see Jeremy interact with these pro gamers.

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Groupon's mobile payment system starts its nationwide rollout across the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 3:35 am

Groupon has decided to launch their mobile payment system, Groupon Payments, across the United States after a successful pilot program for Groupon in the San Francisco Bay Area earlier this year. Groupon Payments is baked into the latest version of the Groupon Merchants application for the iPhone and iPod touch, and will let merchants run credit card payments as well as the ability to scan and redeem Groupons.




Groupon have specific rates for swiped transactions using the required audio jack accessory, or the case-based reader. MasterCard, Visa and Discover all get slapped with 1.8% plus a $0.15 fee per transaction. American Express, as usual, is more expensive at 3% plus the same $0.15 per transaction fee.


The company have stated that there are no hidden costs, or monthly fees, and that merchants will have their credit card payments deposited into their bank accounts overnight, versus the competitions way of making them wait it out for a few days. In order to lock in the low transaction rates, merchants will need to run deals with Groupon, which is a bit of a hassle.

American Airlines to give their 17,000 flight attendants Samsung's Galaxy Notes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 2:43 am

Dallas-based air carrier, American Airlines, are offering their entire crew of 17,000 flight attendants free Samsung Galaxy Notes. American Airlines' roll out will begin later in the year, and will continue into the middle of 2013.



By the middle of next year, the air carrier will put Notes in the hands of each of their 17,000 cabin crew members, where they'll use the phablets to manage fligiht manifests, track premium passenger meal preferences and monitor weather and gate information, all in real-time, on WiFi-equipped flights. The Notes will also sport the flight attendant manual, as well as features such as processing for in-flight meal and drink purchases.


#firstworldproblems would be in the fact that the crew are only getting Notes, and note the Note IIs, but you can't really complain when its free, can you? Another thing is that this news is great, for the crew that will still be employed by American Airlines come mid-2013, as the air carrier announced that 11,000 American mechanics and ground workers would be out of jobs by November.

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Dell unveils Latitude 10 business tablet, runs Windows 8 and includes swappable battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2012 1:51 am

Dell are unveiling more of their products as the release of Windows 8 draws closer, with a new business-orientated model. Dell have given it the name 'Latitude 10', and the company have baked in a fair amount of enterprise features, such as a user-swappable battery, a dock for improved productivity, and Dell Data Protection Encryption (DDPE) for security.




Dell's Latitude 10 sports a, you guessed it, 10.1-inch screen, bakes in Intel's Clover Trail SoC, 2GB of RAM, up to 128GB of flash-based storage, and a 30WHr battery. Unfortunately, Dell have opted for a 1366x768 resolution on the Latitude 10 which is disappointing, but they did include a Gorilla Glass-protected IPS panel. Latitude 10 boasts support for 10-point multitouch as well as an optional Wacom stylus.


Filling out the specs, we have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 720p webcam for those voice calls and selfies, a full-sized USB port, microUSB port for charging, miniHDMI port, headphone/mic jack, a proprietary docking port, microSIM slot and a card reader. Dell's docking abilities give the Latitude 10 four extra USB 2.0 ports, gigabit ethernet, HDMI output as well as audio output. All of this is in a slate that measures 0.4 inches thick, and weighs in at around 1.5 pounds with the stock 30WHr battery. Dell are offering an optional 60WHr battery.

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