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Deal of the Day: Ultra Sentinel Padded Laptop Messenger Bag for up to 16" Notebooks for FREE After Rebate!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 12:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Ultra Sentinel Padded Laptop Messenger Bag for up to 16" Notebooks for FREE After Rebate!




It doesn't get much better than this, folks!


Get the Ultra Sentinel padded laptop messenger bag for notebook computers of up to 16" in size including essentials organizer, file compartment and extra protection padded computer pocket for $19.99 - $20 rebate = negative $0.01. Shipping comes out to just $2.99 too. Rebate expires 4/21/12.






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Mobile App of the Day: Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 11:33 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Skylanders Cloud Patrol for iOS.






Join TRIGGER HAPPY and the rest of the SKYLANDERS as they patrol the Skylands for escaped trolls! Grab your favorite Skylander and take to the skies in your flying gunship to put those troublesome trolls in their place - Skylanders style.


The Press is loving Skylanders Cloud Patrol!


- Kotaku's "Gaming App of the Day"!

- "One of the coolest things about mobile gaming is the surprise apps no one saw coming. Case in point, Skylanders Cloud Patrol." - Gametrailers

- "Skylanders Cloud Patrol has just surpassed Cut the Rope as my favorite smartphone game and promises to be another hit for the makers of the popular Skylanders." - GeekDad


Not familiar with Skylanders? No problem! Cloud Patrol is an easy to learn, action-packed game that everyone can enjoy.


In this unique arcade shooter, tap to shoot or slide your finger across targets creating amazing combos to knock the trolls out of the Skylands. Score the highest combo per area to get more points and collect more loot. Complete goals to level up and earn gems to unlock more Skylanders and Magic items that help you power through your adventure. Dominate the leaderboards and show your friends who rules the skies!

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BREAKING: Multiple 8-magnitude earthquakes shake Sumatra, Indonesia

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 11:18 am

BREAKING NEWS: An 8.9-magnitude, then downgraded to 8.7-magnitude by the USGS (United States Geological Survey) has struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The earthquake struck 308 miles (500km) southwest of the city of Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra Island, at a depth of 20.5 miles (33km).




The quake was so severe it was felt as far away as the Thai capital, Bangkok, and as well as southern India. Because the earthquake was a strike-slip, it means there is less chance of a devastating tsunami. A strike-slip earthquake happen vertically, and the water dispersement is not as bad as a reverse fault, or normal fault, where the normal fault sends the crust up horizontally, where tsunamis usually happen, especially at this magnitude.


Just two hours later, and only moments ago, an 8.2-magnitude earthquake has struck in the same region. This was at a depth of 10.2 miles, so much closer to the ground itself. We'll try to update as news is out, but for now the first earthquake isn't said to create a tsunami worth worrying about, but the second one has just happened, so we'll report back when we have news.


We would advise you to take caution, don't panic and stay as calm as you can. Of course, if you want to leave to feel safer, please do so. We'll keep the news coming as it happens.

Instagram becomes #1 free app on the App Store, its first time ever on top

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 10:27 am

Many Instagram users enjoyed mass tears over the popular app heading to Android, where they no longer felt an exclusive app was on their beloved iPhone. But, another brick wall was met when Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion. This was another punch in the face for Instagram for iPhone users, and now the company is enjoying something quite different. Instagram announced through Twitter (funnily enough) that they have reached the top slot in free apps on Apple's App Store.




The replies to Instagram's Tweet were mixed, with a few loving it, and a few showing their disappointment, and anger:




At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter, Facebook and Instagram have business to do, and they both know their users will still use their wares. Instagram has enjoyed success on the Android front, too, with over 5 million downloads in just 6 days time. Quite the silent achievement from Instagram there. Now I'm off to take my #aprilphotoaday which is #whereyouatebreakfast

MOSAID develops World's first 512Gb 16-die NAND flash stack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 9:13 am

Mosaid Technologies have sampled the industry's first NAND flash MCP (multi-chip package) with a 16-die NAND stack operating on a single high-performance chip. Impressive, eh? Jin-Ki Kim, vice president of research and development at Mosaid:




The 16-die stack 512Gb HLNAND MCP demonstrates the superior scalability of HLNAND's ring architecture compared to the parallel bus architecture used in industry standard NAND Flash products. HLNAND's ring architecture allows a virtually unlimited number of NAND die to be connected on a single channel without performance degradation.


Mosaid's 512Gb HLNAND (HyperLink NAND) MCP combines a stack of 16 industry standard 32Gb NAND flash die with two HLNAND interface devices to hit 333MB/sec output over a single byte-wide HLNAND interface channel at 1.8V with no power termination resistors needed. Conventional NAND flash MCP designs cannot stack more than four NAND dies without being hit with performance degradation, and then also require two or more channels to deliver what Mosaid can do with one.

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RumorTT: New MacBook Pro 2012 models could be out quicker than we think

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 8:23 am

Apple's next-generation MacBook Pro 2012 could be hitting us much sooner than expected, this is all in relation to some of the current models being out of stock, including J&R and Best Buy. Best Buy isn't even accepting online orders for them right now.




If you want a 2011 Edition MBP, you'll have to find out, if they're available. According to Apple Inside, 40- to 60-percent of Best Buy shops in Chicago and Austin are reporting "stock outs" on the 15-inch 2.4GHz MacBook Pro. Retail channels usually find themselves running out of stock as Apple shuts down production.


This is done to flush the distribution channels out of units, so that the new models can come through. No details are available on the new MacBook Pro, but we expect them to at least sport Intel's latest 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs, upgraded HD4000-series graphics as well as a discrete AMD or NVIDIA GPU. I'm also expecting SSDs to be a default now, which should've been made so in the 2011 Edition, as well as a personal hope here: higher-resolution screen. 1920x1200-pixel should be default, with the 17-inch hitting 2560x1440. Please, Apple. Do this and I'll replace my 17-inch 2011 Edition MacBook Pro.

Rockstar makes Max Payne 3's achievement/trophy list public

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 7:31 am

One game I'm so very anxious for is Max Payne 3, and today developers Rockstar Games published a list of the Max Payne 3's achievements and trophies. A few of the secret badges have been held back, so we don't get all the goodies at once.




I've never really been one for achievements/trophies, but there are some very keen, very dedicated gamers out there who will love this list. There seems to be quite a bit to do in the game, and it's such a change to the original two Max titles, where you just dived in and played. Now you've got a bunch of achievements and trophies to acquire.

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Comcast's HBO Go hits the Xbox 360, as promised

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 6:26 am

It was only a few days ago we talked about the HBO Go app from Comcast hitting the Xbox 360, and now, it's here. As promised, Comcast flicked the switch on its HBO Go support for Microsoft's entertainment (its no longer just a gaming) console.




Viewers who have a Comcast cable subscription, and the Xbox 360, can now sign-in and watch virtually all of HBO's catalog on-demand. Viewing counts toward the 250GB data transfer cap, unfortunately. Comcast was excluded from the initial access for reasons that even now, haven't been explained.


Most believe that the answer is more of a matter of slightly longer negotiations between the three companies in question: Microsoft, HBO and Comcast. At the moment, Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable-based customers are excluded, but the reasons above are most likely at play.

Apple's new iPad is already representing 10-percent of all iPads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 5:32 am

We reviewed (in both text, and video) the new iPad, and loved it. But how much does the rest of the world love Apple's latest tablet creation? A lot, it seems. A new study by analytics analyst firm Chitika, has suggested that the third-generation iPads in Internet traffic has doubled since the initial four-day launch window.




The new iPad now makes up around 10-percent of all iPads surfing the web only three weeks after it splashed down. Online tracking metrics aren't a direct method of measuring sales, but it does help. Apple announced four days after the new iPad launched that they had sold 3 million units worldwide, and Chitika have noted that this figure correlated into about 5-percent presence of all iPad traffic, correlating with Apple's own total figure of around 55 million iPads sold up until that point.


If this growth continues, we could be looking at 12 million units sold by the time Apple's fiscal Q2 comes around, and 15 million new iPads sold overall by the end of June. The iPad makes up around 60-percent of all tablets shipped, with online usage rates indicated that in most areas the iPad is responsible for up to 90-percent of tablet web traffic. Some very impressive digits for the Cupertino-based company.

Google updates Google Play, adds HTML 5 audio which replaces Flash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 11, 2012 4:29 am

Google have just updated the Music subsection of their Google Play store, and now incudes some "experimental" controls that include a toggle for using HTML5 rather than Flash for desktops, as well as a replacement of the "thumbs up/down" rating system with a five-star rating.




For Chrome users, the service can now provide desktop notifications. Google's new HTML5 feature for streaming audio works in all browsers that have support for MP3 file playing over HTML5, which include Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. Firefox and Opera don't make the cut, as they do not support HTML5 MP3 audio.


Right now, there are some limitations: an unpublished limit on the amount of daily streaming allowed per user, even if users are listening to their own music that they manually uploaded to Google. Google still imply that the service offers unlimited streaming.

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