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Photoshop CS6 won't support 32-bit Macs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 7:33 pm

Now, it's none of my business how many bits you process at a time. That's between you and your software vendor. But, if you want to continue using Adobe Photoshop on your Mac, you better jump on the upgrade train and grab a new multi-core Mac that has a 64-bit os, Snow Leopard or later. Windows retains 32-bit support, but only for Windows XP.

 

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Part of this change in support structure is Adobe dropping support for Windows Vista. The logic behind retaining support for Windows XP is simple: many Photoshop users are still on Windows XP based system. With this update, any existing 32-bit Photoshop plugins will need to be updated for 64-bit. The requirements for the current beta are:

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Hasbro's attempt to block the sale of the Transformer Prime tablet fails

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 6:32 pm

Transformers, robots in disguise. Well, in the case of Hasbro, it's "tablets in disguise." Remember how Hasbro sued Asus over its Transformer Prime tablet because of the name "Transformer?" Well, the judgement came in today in that case. The court decided that Asus can continue selling its Transformer Prime series because it does not infringe on Hasbro's trademark.

 

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The court found that Hasbro's trademark did not cover the Transformer Prime. One reason is because the tablet is not similar in use to any of the products manufactured by Hasbro and the likelihood of them getting confused is slim. Additionally, because the tablet does indeed transform (by way of its detachable keyboard), it was a suitable name for the device to have.

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Man wins injunction against Google after claiming auto-complete web search ruined his life

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 5:32 pm

I'm sure everyone reading this has used Google at some point and seen that nifty feature which auto-completes your search query for you based on previous queries other people have placed. It's pretty cool, and sometimes outright outrageously funny with some of the suggestions it provides. But how would you like it to auto-complete your name with suggestions that suggest you committed crimes?

 

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Well, that's just the situation that one Japanese man has found himself in. He says that when he searches his name, it does just that: return suggestions and results that suggest he has committed crimes that he claims he hasn't. He claims he lost his job because of it, and wasn't hired for new ones. After all, almost all jobs do a Google search on a prospective employee.

 

He requested that Google take it down, but they refused. He then turned to the courts to seek an injunction. On March 19th, the Tokyo court approved the injunction requiring Google to suspend its auto-complete results. Google has refused to comply with the order, and refuses to be regulated by Japanese law.

 

This isn't the first time Google Instant has brought controversy. Yahoo complained about it taking away its market share. More recently, a man in France had his name tied with the words "satanist" and "rapist" and managed to get Google to remove it. Funny part is he was actually convicted of corrupting a minor. How would you feel if Google Instant tied you to crimes you didn't commit?

Temple Run finally available on Google Play

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:25 pm

Everyone remember that game that everyone was talking about just a few months ago? Well, it's now available on Android's Google Play. Android users can now experience what it's like to be running through a forest, trying to escape from a temple. The game is simple, but ridiculously addictive at the same time.

 

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"We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run," said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios, the game's developer. "By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players."

 

The game play is simple and intuitive. You can jump, slide, lean, and turn, and that's about the upper limit of controls. The game features and RPG-style upgrade system, where you spend coins you collect in game to upgrade the power ups and unlock new characters. The game will take about 26MB and is totally worth it. I highly recommend you go download it now!

Locator chips in school uniforms tracks whether students attend school

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 3:31 pm

20,000+ students in Brazil will be required to wear these so called "intelligent uniforms," which contain locator chips, to make sure students are attending their classes. If there was ever a 1984, this is it. Many foreign countries, outside of the United States that is, have many ways of keeping students in school.

 

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In Thailand, for example, most schools have a strict uniform policy. If a student is caught in an entertainment-type location in a school uniform, the police can be called to take the student back to school. Brazil has gone a step further: students are now required to wear a uniform that have a small locator chip to alert parents when they aren't where they should be.

 

"We noticed that many parents would bring their children to school but would not see if they actually entered the building because they always left in a hurry to get to work on time," said Coriolano Moraes, the city's education director. "They would always be surprised when told of the number times their children skipped class."

 

However, this is pretty easily beaten. Imagine the students just packing a change of clothes in their backpack. All they would have to do is leave the uniform inside the facility, and there would be no problems. Has Brazil gone to far? This is treating our kids a lot like an animal is treated, but is it for their own good?

Tuesday Morning Roundup for March 27, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 2:34 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 27th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

HIS Radeon HD 7870 IceQ Turbo Overclocked - TweakTown

 

Storage:

 

QNAP TS-879U-RP 10GbE NAS Server - Benchmark Reviews

OCZ's RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB - The Tech Report

Micron RealSSD P400e 200GB Enterprise SATA III SSD - Legit Reviews

Plextor M3 Pro 128GB (PX-128M3P) Solid State Drive - TweakTown

Plextor M3 256GB SATA 6Gb/s - The SSD Review

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Rovio buys game studio

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 2:03 pm

Rovio has another studio in its lineup now. Rovio announced today that it has bought Futuremark Games Studio, which is the gaming unit of Futuremark, the benchmark software company. They develop for multiple different platforms and are Rovio's second purchase in less than a year. The main focus of Rovio has been Angry Birds, which continues to be successful, but they are trying to expand beyond.

 

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They are an incredibly talented and experienced team, and we are thrilled to have them on board," Mikael Hed, Rovio Entertainment's CEO, said in a statement. "Rovio's success is founded on the excellence of our team, and Futuremark Games Studio is going to be a superb addition." Hopefully, with some fresh developers, we can expect some new game lines.

Mobile App of the Day: PayPal for iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 1:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is PayPal for iOS.

 

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Enjoy PayPal on-the-go with the PayPal iPhone app.

 

SEND & REQUEST MONEY

Whether you want to send a money gift or pay off a loan from a friend-sending money is easy and FREE (when using Bank or Balance as a funding source).

 

MANAGE YOUR ACCOUNT

Check your balance, withdraw funds, or view past transactions-anytime, anywhere.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

• We've re-launched the 'Local' feature, where you can find local merchants who are using our new PayPal Here™ service and pay them with PayPal.

• Online or on-the-go, your financial information is always safe and secure with PayPal.

 

PAYPAL HERE™

If you are a merchant who would like to get paid directly with your smart phone, download the new PayPal Here™ application from the app store to get started, and we'll send you a free card reader.

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Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.17

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:09 pm

Our Download of the Day is CCleaner 3.17.

 

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CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.

 

Release notes:

 

  • Added wildcard support for Cookie cleaning.
  • Improved Google Chrome Saved Form Information cleaning.
  • Improved Google Chrome History cleaning for Search Engines.
  • Added Hosts history cleaning in Aurora.
  • Added Shortcuts history cleaning in Google Chrome Canary.
  • Improved JumpList menu to avoid possible UI lock.
  • Improved option to close running browsers when cleaning.
  • Improved IE AutoComplete Form History and Saved Passwords cleaning.
  • Improved shortcut cleaning in Windows 8.
  • Added cleaning for CyberLink PhotoDirector 10, DivX player and Snagit 11.
  • Improved cleaning for Vuze, Windows Media Center, Windows Media Player, Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 and Game Explorer.
  • Improved BitTorrent detection.
  • Minor bug fixes and improvements.

 

Download CCleaner 3.17 here.

Exclusive hands-on with Gainward GeForce GTX 680 Phantom video card

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 27, 2012 12:06 pm

Earlier on today we met up with the folks from Palit and Gainward at their Taipei headquarters to discuss all things NVIDIA and GeForce since they now (finally) have a new GPU model to pimp and sell, that of course being the GeForce GTX 680.

 

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During our meeting someone (we never actually got introduced) walked into our meeting and dropped off a second video card, besides the first Palit one we were looking about - but that Palit model needs to stay quiet a little longer yet, we may have already said too much.

 

Anyway, back on topic - what the man dropped off was a Gainward GTX 680 Phantom video card. On first inspection I asked if it was passively cooled, quickly realizing that would be near on impossible due to the fact that the GTX 680 is a high-end GPU part and generates a lot of heat. On closer inspection we saw that the Phantom actually includes two cooling fans built inside or at least just below the massive radiator / heatpipe design which covers the full top surface of the video card...

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