It's not too often that you see a launch date move to an earlier time instead of later, but Apple has surprised us by making this happened. The Mac App Store has been officially given a launch date of Thursday, January 6th; just in time for CES!
The Mac App Store, hailed as one of the big features of the upcoming Lion OS X refresh, hopes to bring the ease of browsing the original App Store to the OS X platform. Syncing apps across various machines and streamlining the app discovery and installation processes are a few of the goals of the new Mac App Store. Another bonus to the Mac App store is that developers can offer upgrades and variable pricing on their own storefronts.
Google has their eyes on more than the average home computer user when it comes to their upcoming Chrome browser. According to Google's Chromium blog, a business-friendly version of their Chrome internet browser is ready to go. This version of Chrome will include enterprise necessities like an MSI package for offline installation, group policy support, centralized configuration and control over auto-updates.
Other features like whitelists and blacklists for Chrome extensions, Google Chrome Frame for web apps supported only by Internet Explorer 6, and removal of previous Chrome installs to keep everybody up to date will be tied in as well. While there's no phone or email support for the browser just yet, some help can be found via online documentation, help forums, and a FAQ set up by Google.
The final, non-beta release of Opera 11 has hit the interwebs. It promises to deliver big changes and a bucket load of smaller refinements. Amongst the biggest of these is what the team at Opera are calling "tab stacking" - which lets you create groups of taps to manage dozens of open web pages more effectively.
Another addition is "visual mouse gestures" which is kind of like multitouch gestures but, with a mouse. Opera 11 now includes extensions, along with a new and improved address bar. There's also a built-in mail client dubbed "mail-panel".
Julian Assange, head of WikiLeaks is set to be freed on bail today. The bail has been set at £220,000 before he can even step foot into the normal, free world.
Once Assange is out on bail he will be staying at a 600-acre country estate owned by support Vaughn Smith, a former Arm captain who founded and runs The Frontline Club for journalists - Assange himself has made regular personal appearances there and where he stayed prior to the cause being brought.
XDA-Developers are at it again! The Nexus S has been rooted on it's first day on retail shelves - being the only phone carrying Google's latest Android OS, this is a big thing!
Hit up the source link if you want to do it, want more details or just love the smell of a new root in the morning.
What peaked my interest in L.A. Noire was a combination of things. Rockstar first and foremost, actors from two of my favorite shows - Mad Men and Fringe and also the technology behind it.
L.A. Noire is a detective thriller from Australian developers Team Bondi which are smashing the bar through not only the roof, but the layers of clouds and atmosphere when it comes to motion capture in video games.
I can tell you from experience that it can be way to easy to drop your iPad if you aren't careful. I won't let anyone use my iPad when standing up out of fear that they drop it while trying to use it with one hand. If you want to use your iPad standing up with one hand a lot, you might want to get a case like the cool HandStand.
The HandStand is up for pre-order right now and has a rotating knob on the back with a strap that you slip your hand into. The strap keeps your iPad secured to your hand no matter how you move so there is no fear that you will drop the thing onto the ground and break it. The strap knob is able to move through 360-degrees and secures the tablet for one hand operation.
The case is really cool and the knob props the screen up at a more comfortable angle when you sit the iPad down. It appears that all of the controls and ports are left uncovered when the iPad is in the case. You can pre-order your own right now with deliver set to start tomorrow for $59.95.
If you are an old school sort that grew up listening to music on records, you might miss the sound vinyl offered when you listen to new digital tracks. If you have a big vinyl collection that you need a new turntable to play Audio-Technica has a new offering that will do the trick and will make digital tracks out of your vinyl if you want. The turntable is called the AT-LP240-USB.
The new turntable used a direct-drive high-torque multi-pole motor and an S-shaped tone arm. The tone arm has adjustable tracking force and anti-skate adjustment and a removable cartridge mount. The platter the records sit on is cast-aluminum and has a felt slip mat.
The turntable supports 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records and can be connected to all sorts of audio systems for listing including home theaters and more. Software to turn the vinyl into digital tracks is included for PC and Mac called Audacity. The vinyl tracks can be converted to MP3, WAV, and other digital formats. The turntable is a J&R Music and Computer World exclusive for $499.
It's been a while since we first heard of the eLocity A7 tablet. At the time I first ran across the tablet there was no competition on the market to the iPad so the thought of a new Android tablet coming was a big deal. Now that that are other Android tablets on the market, the A7 isn't such a big deal to many. Still, if you have been holding out for the eLocity A7 tablet you can walk into Micro Center or Fry's and get hands on one right now.
If you missed the A7 before the thing is pretty slick. It has a 7-inch screen and runs Android 2.2 with NVIDIA Tegra T-250 dual-core power. The screen has capacitive touch and supports 1080p resolution video. It also has a 3-axis accelerometer for 3D gaming. Other features include USB 2.0 , a 3.5mm audio jack, and WiFi.
The device has a docking connection for an optional docking station and it has HDMI out and even ships with a HDMI cable so you can watch video on your big screen. Storage is to 4GB of internal flash memory and it has a SD card slot for more storage and can store to a USB drive as well. The tablet sells for about $350 and would make a cool Christmas gift for a geek on your shopping list.
The latest happenings from around the web - December 16th, 2010
- Inno3D Geforce GTX460 OC @ XtremeComputing
- FaceVsion TouchCam N1 720p @ Vortez UK
- Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix
- Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 @ Technic3D
- Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 OC 1GB Graphics Card @ eTeknix
- Thortech Thunderbolt Plus 800w Power Supply @ Techwarelabs
- Thermaltake Armor A30 Mini-ATX Chassis @ Funkykit
- PowerColor Extreme PX 1000W PSU @ Pureoverclock