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GorgeousTT: Anostyle anodizes your iPhone to different colors for the cost of an iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:06 pm

Wish Apple offered the iPhone 5 in more colors than just black and white? Well, Anostyle has your back with their new anodization service. Anostyle will take your iPhone 5 and coat it in a variety of colors using the same process that Apple does: anodization. This process is much stronger than painting as the color is in the metal.

 

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Wow. BGR author Jonathan Geller sent in his iPhone 5 and had the company deck it out in gold--classy. For the small cost of another iPhone, $249 in other words, you can get your iPhone 5 tinted to a different color. An iPad mini can also be done and will set you back $299.

 

I definitely think I will see about getting my iPhone 5 done as this black is just a bit boring and not flashy enough for my tastes. If/when I get it done, I'll report on the quality of the product. Until then, it looks like quite the deal, considering Colorware charges a price in the neighborhood of $850.

John McAfee in Guatemala, planning press conference for tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:33 pm

John McAfee is currently on the run from police, who suspect him as the person who murdered his neighbor. We had previously reported on this issue. Yesterday, McAfee said that he wasn't in Guatemala and that the meta-data on a picture taken by Vice Magazine had been faked. Today, he has come out and recanted that statement.

 

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Guess what? He actually IS in Guatemala: "I apologize for all of the misdirections over the past few days. It was not easy to exit Belize and required many supporters in many countries. I am in Guatemala and will be meeting with Guatemalan officials this morning. If all goes well I will do a press conference tomorrow."

 

McAfee has said that he plans to provide more information later today, so we'll be vigilant in making sure that it gets disseminated to you all if it is anything of consequence. McAfee went on the run on November 12, 2012, when Belize police said he was a person of interest in the murder of Gregory Viant Faull, his neighbor on Ambergris Caye island.

Sony touts that the PS3 is the number #1 device used for Netflix streaming in the living room

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:05 pm

Sony is pretty happy with some recent findings by Netflix that place the PlayStation 3 as the number one TV-connected device used for streaming the online video provider's content. Netflix even said that, on occasion, the PlayStation 3 actually surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment and made it to number one overall.

 

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Impressive. Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, had the following to say:

 

PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our number one platform overall. PS3 is a natural fit for Netflix in terms of developing and first deploying our most advanced features. We can transparently update our application with new features on a daily basis, and through the free PlayStation Network, people around the world can sign up for Netflix directly from their PS3.

 

Sony then, in their announcement post, goes on to brag about how all of the improvements that Netflix later debuted on consoles started off on the PlayStation 3. Really, it is just a post with them bragging, but it is interesting that the PS3 has the most subscribers. Maybe people are using the money they would have spent on Xbox Live on a Netflix subscription instead?

AMD shoves Piledriver cores into new Opteron 4300, 3300 series processors

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:25 pm

Server admins, rejoice. AMD has updated it's Opteron line with more choices that use the updated Bulldozer core, Piledriver. The new Opteron 4300 and 3300 series of processors are destined for the mid-range and entry-level performance segments and give potential customers more choices.

 

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In total, nine new Opteron processors were unveiled today and their specifications range from a 4-core, 25W part, the 3320E, all the way up to the 4386, an 8-core, 95W part. The highest priced Opteron to be released today is the 4376HE at $501, with most of the parts being under $400.

 

"The Piledriver core architecture shared by the AMD Opteron 4300 and 3300 Series processors provides optimized performance, power and price for today's customer," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, general manager, Server Business Unit, AMD. "These new processors are ideal for cloud providers, web hosts and small- and medium-sized businesses who want to address their space and power constraints. With a simple upgrade, existing customers can obtain more performance and improved energy efficiency and new customers will obtain compelling value and ROI."

 

You can read the full press release and get the full details directly from AMD so that nothing is lost in translation.

Google updates Gmail app for iOS, brings it to version 2.0 with a complete rewrite

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:02 pm

I awoke to a notification on my iPhone that I had an app available for update. A quick check showed that Google had updated the Gmail app. Unfortunately for me, the app refused to let me update, as you can see in the picture below, so I went over to the Gmail Blog to see what I was missing.

 

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Once there, I discovered that I was missing quite a lot. The new version of the app has been completely rewritten to be faster, sleeker, and easier to use. This means that Google has completely updated the look and feel, and made various improvements, such as profile pictures showing in messages and infinite scrolling in the message lists.

 

Probably one of the largest new features added to the app is the ability to support multiple Gmail accounts. Users can now add up to five Google Accounts in the app and then easily switch between them with a couple of taps. Google says that it's a feature many of you have been waiting for.

Continue reading 'Google updates Gmail app for iOS, brings it to version 2.0 with a complete rewrite' (full post)

Check this out: HP released a printer that also functions as a Wi-Fi hot spot

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Printers & Scanners | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:31 pm

I know, this may seem a bit mundane to most, but it really is the epitome of proliferation of wireless technology. HP has released a new All-In-One printer that is just a bit more all-in-one. By that, I mean that the new HP Hotspot LaserJet Pro M1218nfs MFP--really long name, I know--will scan, print, copy, AND serve as a hotspot, allowing up to 8 people to get wireless internet.

 

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For now, the printer is only available in India, where it might be a bit more needed due to economic conditions. However, this is something that could easily, and probably will at some point, come to the United States and Europe. "The HP Hotspot is a new All-in-One+1 printer that completely redefines the role a multifunction printer can play in a SOHO or small business environment," Nitin Hiranandani, director of printing for HP India, said in a statement.

 

The printer will set you back 18,306 rupees, which is equivalent to $334. Is this a feature that you would use? Would you like to see a printer like this in the US? Let us know!

NVIDIA GeForce 310.70 drivers released, said to be "an essential upgrade for all...GTX gamers"

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 7:03 pm

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! NVIDIA has just released their latest drivers for the GeForce line of graphics cards and you get bet they're proud of themselves. According to NVIDIA, "The culmination of our recent beta releases, these WHQL-candidate drivers improve performance by up to 37% in the year's most popular games..."

 

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Not to mention, the drivers also "add TXAA support to Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin's Creed III, make Sparse Grid Supersampling easier to use, get your system ready for the latest releases, including Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution and Planetside 2, and resolve key issues, like shadow flickering in Assassin's Creed III."

 

It really does sound like NVIDIA has knocked the ball out of the park with these drivers. If you're running any GeForce-branded card, new or older, it definitely appears to be worth your time to upgrade to these latest drivers. You can pick them up from NVIDIA's driver download site.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Parody' shows just how rowdy dwarves can be while drinking

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:32 pm

The Hobbit will be released in theaters on December 14th and we absolutely can't wait to revisit The Lord of the Rings in an all-new adventure. But it's not going to be all fun and games for everyone in The Hobbit, which is made evident in this parody video which shows just how rough a time Bilbo Baggins is going to have.

 

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Even before his grand adventure takes place in The Hobbit, Bilbo finds himself in a peculiar situation as Gandalf and a group of dwarves make themselves comfortable at his home. What results is a long night of drinking, drinking and more drinking.

Continue reading ''The Hobbit: An Unexpected Parody' shows just how rowdy dwarves can be while drinking' (full post)

Facebook Messenger for Android taking on SMS with account-less use update

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:33 pm

The SMS turned 20 years old yesterday, but a number of companies are working on ways to eradicate it for good. Facebook has now thrown its hat into the ring as it has made changes to its Android application that can replace SMS messages for good.

 

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Facebook announced today its messenger application for Android won't require users to have a Facebook account. Instead, those Facebook-less users will have the option of putting in their name and phone number into the messenger application and they can start using it as their alternate to SMS messages.

Continue reading 'Facebook Messenger for Android taking on SMS with account-less use update' (full post)

Apple expands iTunes into 56 new countries

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:02 pm

iTunes 11 was just released a few days ago to the expected joy and displeasure to the majority of its users, but today, Apple has announced it has made its iTunes Store available in 56 additional countries including Russia, India and South Africa.

 

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Apple's iTunes Store is now available in 155 countries and today's expansion will further secure its dominance in the world of music, television and movies. Pricing in the newly launched countries will vary as a single song's price can range from 15 rubles (48 cents) in Russia to seven rupees (12 cents) in India.

Continue reading 'Apple expands iTunes into 56 new countries ' (full post)

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