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CCleaner updated to v3.28, includes improved Windows 8 compatibility

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 3, 2013 4:08 am

Piriform have updated their popular CCleaner to version 3.28 and they announce that this will be the last version 3 release, and that version 4.0 is coming soon! Included in version 3.28 is improved Windows 8 compatibility, cleaning for Windows Log Files, but improved memory usage and performance on Windows 7.

 

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A full list of the goodies:

 

v3.28.1913 (25 Feb 2013)

  • Improved Windows 8 compatibility.
  • Improved cleaning for Windows Log Files.
  • Improved memory usage and performance on Windows 7.
  • Improved cleaning for Adobe Flash Player and ConvertXToDVD.
  • Added cleaning for Gadu-Gadu and Foxit Phantom PDF.
  • Faster automatic updating for Pro version.
  • Updated various translations.
  • Minor GUI improvements.
  • Minor bug fixes.

 

If you already own the Professional version, CCleaner should've updated by now, if not you can grab CCleaner right here.

Paramount Australia put Tractor Beam on April Star Trek Blu-ray's

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 3, 2013 3:32 am

Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment have announced a short delay to two highly anticipated Star Trek Blu-ray releases, in order to coincide with the theatrical release of Star Trek: Into Darkness, which hits cinemas on May 16 in Australia.

 

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Star Trek: Enterprise - Season One and Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season Three, along with Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds had all been scheduled for April 10th releases. However, the former two will now be released on May 1st, whilst Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Best of Both Worlds has not received a new release date, leading to concerns that this may not be released in our territory after all. We will reach out to Paramount to clarify the situation. Stand by.

Mac gets League of Legends open beta

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2013 12:36 am

Mac has finally gotten access to the online multiplayer game League of Legends. The game was originally released for Windows back in 2009 and has grown in popularity ever since. If you already play League of Legends, you can download the open beta for Mac, or you can sign up for an account on their website.

 

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Going native on Mac has been a big goal for us, and we're really excited to offer the same experience across both platforms. And just in case you're still skeptical, we managed to wrangle an endorsement from this business-savvy professional. We're confident you all know that this man games as he pleases!

 

The Mac client does everything that the PC client does, meaning you'll get all future features, bug fixes and new content on the same schedule as PC players, but on your native OS. The Cross-Platform team will also continue working diligently to smash any Mac bugs that surface during the open beta.

 

League of Legends is popular among gamers and eSports enthusiasts. There are numerous events streamed live, each viewed by thousands of people. Prizes for the events can run up into the millions, so it's somewhat interesting that it has taken so long to get it onto the Mac platform.

Facebook announces new News Feed design on March 7

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 11:28 pm

Facebook has announced that they will be unveiling a News Feed redesign on March 7 at their Menlo Park, California headquarters. At 10 a.m. PST, the event will start and this time we know what they plan to unveil: "Come see a new look for News Feed," the invite reads.

 

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The last major change to Facebook that received a press event was the slightly underwhelming Graph Search. We're not exactly sure what Facebook is planning to do to the News Feed, but we can take a stab that it might have something to do with a change in the way it displays. It will likely take a more mobile look.

 

Stay tuned to TweakTown next Thursday to read all about it.

RumorTT: T-Mobile to abolish contract plans this month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 10:34 pm

A new rumor has popped up saying that T-Mobile will end its phone contracts sometime this month. T-Mobile has already announced that they would be moving away from phone subsidies and plans, but a firm date for when the transition would be complete was never given by the company.

 

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According to the rumor, T-Mobile will "kick their uncarrier efforts off on March 24." The rumor also says that we can expect an announcement before that date, possibly as early as March 4. You should expect no more contracts for T-Mobile. Those currently on contracts will remain on them until they expire or the user upgrades to a new device.

 

Early termination fees will be no more as there are no longer any contracts. T-Mobile should be instituting an equipment installment plan, such as $30 per month, so that devices will be no more than $99 initially.

Corning's Gorilla Glass president James Clappin says flexible phones at least three years away

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 7:30 pm

Corning, the company behind the uber scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass used in many smartphones, has said that it does not think that any smartphone manufacturers will be able to make use of flexible glass any time soon.

 

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Corning knows a thing or two about flexible glass as it has been hard at work on a project called Willow, which is in fact a flexible glass that can be rolled up like a newspaper. While the technology exists, and we have seen prototypes, the glass giant thinks that most smartphone manufactures are just not ready to take full advantage of the technology at this stage.

 

"People are not accustomed to glass you roll up," said Corning president James Clappin, after an event marking the opening an $800 million factory for liquid-crystal-display glass. "The ability of people to take it and use it to make a product is limited." That does not mean that we will not see Willow make an appearance for three years, Corning expects to see it in things like solar panels soon.

Google CFO says current Motorola phones lack the 'WOW' factor of other Android phones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 6:24 pm

Patrick Pichette, Google's CFO and Senior VP, has admitted that Motorola's current Android smartphone offerings are less than stellar and lack the "wow" factor of competing brands.

 

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In an interview at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in New York City, Pichette said that when Google purchased Motorola's mobility division, it inherited an 18-month supply pipeline that it has been unable to alter. He said that consumers are still over five months away from seeing a truly Google inspired smartphone released from Motorola.

 

Rumors are circling that the first "Googlerola" phone we'll see will be dubbed the Motorola X Phone and will most likely include "game-changing" features that up the bar for all of the competition. As a two-generation Motorola Android phone owner, I really hope they come up with something mind blowing.

BlackBerry Z10 gets its first update - fixes battery life, low light photography and performance for 3rd party apps

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 5:17 pm

Software and firmware updates are something we all have grown accustomed to over the last decade. Now BlackBerry Z10 owners are getting to experience their first updates on the new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system.

 

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Update version 10.0.10.85 was released this morning and pushed out as an over-the-air (OTA) update. The update fixes issues with battery life, and features 60+ optimizations that help extend the battery even further. Developers will also see better performance from their apps as the update includes some tweaks to make everything run better.

 

Finally, the team at BlackBerry has made some significant improvements on how well the image sensor processes low light photos. The photos are brighter, more vibrant and sharper than previously seen. The update is roughly 150MB and is available on some carriers now, with a worldwide roll out taking place over the next few weeks.

Google+ increases accessibility by adding new sign language app to hangouts

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 4:22 pm

Google released two new accessibility features this week to its social network Google+ as part of its ongoing effort to allow disabled users more usability of its Hang Out feature.

 

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The new Sign Language Interpreter app allows deaf or hard of hearing users to include their own interpreter inside a hangout. The interpreter's image will be shown in the top right corner of a Hangout window, and will automatically become the main image in the hangout whenever he or she speaks for a deaf user.

 

Also released is an updated set of keyboard shortcuts for better accessibility for those who might not be able to use the mouse during a hangout. Disabled users can mute their microphones by typing the Ctrl+D command on PC or Command+D on a Mac. To begin a chat, they can type Ctrl+B on PC or Command+B for Mac. A full list of shortcuts is accessible by typing "?" during a hangout in the chat window.

RumorTT: Next-gen Sony Xperia smartphone could be coming this summer, maybe running Firefox OS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2013 3:19 pm

Things move fast in the world of flagship smartphones. How fast you say? Well if a recent leak is any indication, pretty fast. Tech Radar is reporting on some leaked specifications of a next-gen Sony Xperia handset that could release as early as this summer.

 

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With Sony's Xperia Z not even two months old, it appears that a new Xperia is nearing launch. Code named C670X (the Xperia Z was C660X), the new phone packs quite a punch and would actually out perform the Xperia Z.

 

The leak says that the new device will sport a full HD 4.8-inch display, 1.8GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The camera is said to be in the 13MP class and will most likely consist of sub 1.5 micron pixels. No word on the OS at the moment but if recent events are any indication, it could be running FireFox OS.

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