There's a lot to like about Apple's iOS 4.2 update; especially if you're an iPad owner. Then again, Apple has given as well as taken away. Their help forums are all abuzz because the update has rendered many previously iPad friendly USB devices useless. If you've got this problem, here's why:
The culprit in the update is that the USB power output has been dropped from 100ma to 20ma, making more power hungry card readers, keyboards, and such unable to get the juice they need to function even if they are straight from Apple themselves. Expectedly, this has iPad owners in an uproar that use their device for photo manipulation and with higher power devices. Nothing official from Apple on why the change was made has been released.
Our Download of the Day today is Growl 2.0.6.
Growl lets you know when things happen. Files finished downloading, friends came online, new email has arrived - Growl can let you know when any event occurs with a subtle notification. The rest of the time, Growl stays out of your way.
Along with letting you know when things happen, Growl also gives you full control over how you are notified and what action (if any) you want to take in response to the notification. You can choose to be alerted with a visual indicator or an audible alert, both, or neither. You can choose the type of display that is shown, whether the display remains on the screen, the importance of the notification, and even if the notification should be forwarded to another computer. You can have notifications that trigger an email, run a script, launch a program, or are read out loud.
Our Deal of the Day today is the HP Home & Home Office Store - Day 1: HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer - $99.99 Shipped Free.
Offer: Day 1 of HP's 12 days of Christmas sale is a 33% discount on the new HP Photosmart Plus e-All-in-One Printer. Get it for just $99.99 with Free standard shipping!
Maximum stealth, maximum power, maximum... reading? Yes, there is a Crysis book coming out. Crysis: Legion will be the official game novelisation written by Peter Watts - a Canadian science fiction author who was recently involved in an incident with US Border Patrol.
Crysis: Legion tells the story of the upcoming Crysis 2 - New York has been invaded by armoured aliens, a plague is wiping out the human race at an alarming rate and it is only a nano-suit wearing super-soldier that steps in to save mankind from extinction.
Printing wireless from an iPad - it's now a dream that has come true. Although be careful, there are only a handful of printers that are compatible with Apple's nifty AirPrint.
All of the 12 models are from HP, seven of which are compatible out of the box, those seven are:
As I started this news report, I obviously have to choose a category but what do I choose? Video cards or Networking? After reassembling my head from it exploding at the thought of something never seen before (GPU + NIC combined) I thought it was a nifty idea.
Sure, it might not sell in the millions and Visiontek won't turn into Apple overnight - but when companies look at a box and think outside of the box, it is great. Visiontek and Bigfoot have co-developed a PCI-Express x16 expansion board that features both a GPU and NIC which is being touted as the "world's first online gaming upgrade card".
Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.
It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.
Last week NVIDIA kicked off an IQ wave that has hit AMD and AMD are now finding themselves having to explain their situation. Hexus has sat down with Senior Manager of Software Engineering Andy Pomianowski and Technical Marketing Manager Dave Nalasco from AMD to talk about the situation.
Dave started off saying there were some changes in the Catalyst drivers to coincide with the HD6000-series release GPU's, in which image quality was a big part of. At the center of all of this is the Catalyst AI - which controls a large range of settings via a single slider.
Bit of a fun post here - but Superman, if you're reading this, please email me as I'll require a meeting with you (and no I won't be wearing the same lingerie Lois wore in the original movie, sorry).
These matches are earth proof, water proof, boot-smashing proof, puddle of water/boot smash/dirt proof. They won't die. Ever. In the above video, they are put through torture tests and just as you think it's going to go out and you are about to scream "HAHA TweakTown your news poster is fai...... wait, what!" and yes, they are back on fire.
Finally! An official native Google Reader app for Android has been released. It includes features such as volume-key navigation, multiple accounts and sharing.
It also includes full searching and subscribing capabilities - directly from the App. Users can access multiple accounts, sync preferences and share articles with friends and vica versa.