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Download of the Day - AIDA64 v2.70

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 8:39 am

We don't do these Download of the Day posts much anymore, but when there's something good enough to download, or an update of an already great program, you can be sure we'll post them up!




Well, today we have AIDA64 updating to version 2.70, and with it comes a bunch of improvements and new features:

  • Revamped PhotoWorxx digital photo processing benchmark with AVX, SSE4.1 and XOP optimizations
  • Rewritten AES data encryption benchmark with AESNI, SSE4.1 and VIA PadLock optimizations
  • Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for AMD FX-Series "Vishera" CPU
  • Preliminary support for AMD "Kabini" APU
  • Socket FM2 motherboards support
  • Support for VirtualBox v4.2 and VMware Workstation v9
  • Samsung 840 and 840 Pro SSD support
  • GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti, Quadro K-Series, VGX K-Series

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Draw Something reaches Windows Phone, is an exclusive to Nokia's Lumia range for two months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 7:25 am

Draw Something was insanely popular, before OMGPOP was acquired by Zynga. Now, it has really dropped off in popularity, and late-to-the-game Microsoft have reached a deal with Zynga seeing the social game on Windows Phone.




Draw Something for Windows Phone is made as an exclusive to Nokia's Lumia range of handsets for the next two months, which is sure to piss more than a few current Windows Phone, and future Windows Phone 8 owners off.


Windows Phone will also see Words With Friends released to it soon.

HTC One X international models - get ready for Jelly Bean rollouts!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 6:32 am

Do you own the international version of HTC's One X smartphone? Well, you might want to wait patiently by your smartphone for an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.




HTC is doing things a little differently, though, instead of pushing the updates to all phones in a particular region, HTC push the updates out to certain devices based on their CID (Customer ID) in each region.


This means that for phones with a CID of htc__612 are sold in Taiwan, they started receiving their OTA update last night. HTC have said that all One X smartphones in Asia and Europe are getting updates "rolling out now".

Hurricane Sandy blows down the paywalls to New York Times, Wall Street Journal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 5:29 am

Not many people like the paywalls to giant media publications, but the New York Times and Wall Street Journal have both just taken down their respective paywalls in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.




The Wall Street Journal's Digital Network managing editor, Raju Narisetti, announced the decision through a tweet posted on Sunday afternoon, saying that the site would be "open to all visitors" starting Monday.


The Times' assistant managing editor, Jim Roberts, said that his paper would follow suit, allowing free access to storm-related coverage on The Times' website and mobile apps. NYT spokesperson Eileen Murphy also confirmed the decision in an e-mail to Poynter, explaining that the paywall would be brought down on Sunday afternoon.

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One person has purchased the data of 1.1 million Facebook users for just $5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 4:35 am

Bulgarian blogger and digital rights activist, Bogomil Shopova, recently purchased 1.1 million Facebook users' data, including names, IDs and e-mail accounts. Shopova has said that he has no intentions of spamming or hacking those on the list, but is using the acquisition of data to highlight just how easy it was to gather personal information from Facebook.




Where would you buy the data to 1.1 million Facebook accounts in the first place? Well, I thought that too, but Shopova reportedly found the data for sale on the social market website Gigbucks. The seller went by the username "mertem", claimed that the data had been collected through third-party Facebook applications, consisting mostly of active accounts in the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.


The advertisement for the data stated it had "great potential" if you were offering a Facebook, Twitter of other social media-related product or service. Forbes has been told by a Facebook spokesperson that they were looking into the security breach. The representative said that the social network had dedicated security engineers that take aggressive action on reports such as this.

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Samsung shipped twice as many smartphones than Apple did in Q3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 3:33 am

Samsung really hit Q3 with a home run, shipping an estimated 56.3 million devices worldwide, according to IDC's latest numbers. Out of the total 179.7 million units shipped during the quarter, Samsung represented a nice 31.3% chunk of that.




Quarter-on-quarter, the numbers are also impressive, up 22.7% from last year. Year-on-year, the South Korean giant is up 100.4%, showing just how far they've come in twelve months.


Comparing this to their main competitor, Apple, they did very well. Apple only shipped 26.9 million iPhones in the last quarter, taking just 15% of the market. Quarter-over-quarter for Apple wasn't too bad, seeing a rise from last year of 13.8% of the smartphone market share. IDC's numbers point to Apple shipments being around 15%, up from 13.8% last year, and Android is pushing 70%.


179.7 million smartphones shipped last quarter, a huge 45% gain over twelve months ago.

Google cancels October 29 event in NYC due to Hurricane Sandy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 29, 2012 2:29 am

Google's huge event for October 29 was to be held in NYC in around 24-or-so hours, but it has been cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy, which is currently swirling around the east coast of the United States and is threatening to make landfall in the New York and New Jersey areas by Monday.




Google are playing it safe and cancelling the event, stating:


We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more. Stay safe and dry, The Android Team.


The Mountain View-based search giant haven't revealed a replacement date for the event, so we'll have to wait for now. We were to expect multiple things teased and unveiled at the event, LG's Nexus 4, the Samsung-built Nexus 10 tablet running a 2560x1600-pixel display, Android 4.2 and more.

RumorTT: Windows Phone 8 to sport live wallpaper lock screen feature

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 27, 2012 5:35 am

I really love my live wallpaper on my Android devices, and it is something I miss on iOS devices. Rumors are now forming that the upcoming Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft could support something very nice: live wallpaper for your lock screen.




Nokia Innovation has posted an image of what they're describing as a Live Wallpaper feature for Windows Phone 8. The image shows wallpapers that automatically update with live information from first- and third-party apps for WP8's lock screen.


It looks as though Bing, ESPN and USA Today all support the feature, with up-to-date news from USA Today splashing up on the lock screen. There's no detail on how this would work on WP8, but the Redmond-based software giant are holding an event in San Francisco on Monday where we should hear about all the new juicy Windows Phone 8 features.

Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass reaches Android, offers Android users Xbox 360 control and integration

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 27, 2012 4:21 am

Microsoft have been kind to Android users, providing SmartGlass integration on the Google Play store. The companion app is a bit of a change from the My Xbox Live app for Android, which let you control some of the Xbox 360's features from Android-based devices.




Windows Phone-based users get the best integration of all the OS', but it's good to see Microsoft not letting Android users cry in the dark alone. The Android app lets you look through the Dashboard, input text, browse the web (with zooming), search for local content, and control media playback.


The app requires an Android device sporting a resolution of at least 800x480, and a full list of features can be found below:

  • Navigate your Xbox 360 with swipe and tap
  • Use your phone's keyboard to type to your Xbox 360
  • Browse the Internet on your Xbox 360 with full keyboard and zooming
  • Play, pause, fast forward, rewind, and stop videos and music on your Xbox 360
  • Search the full Xbox catalog of music, video, and games
  • Enjoy rich, interactive experiences from select game and entertainment content creators
  • Track and compare your achievements with your Xbox friends
  • Change up your 3D avatar
  • Message your Xbox friends
  • Edit your Xbox profile

Google employee leaves prototype Nexus 4 at San Francisco bar, oops or clever marketing?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 27, 2012 3:27 am

Two years ago, a prototype iPhone 4 was left at a San Francisco bar, which lead to huge waves going through the Internet and technology industry - Apple was pissed, Gizmodo were flooded with hits for one of the most exclusive stories ever.




Well, it looks like it has happened again, with the Nexus 4 coming from LG. Wired reports that Jamin Barton, a bartender at the 500 Club in San Francisco, ended up with an unclaimed smartphone at the bar sometime last month. The smartphone didn't have a SIM card installed, sported the Google logo on the back as well as a sticker saying that the phone was "not for sale".


Barton says that a friend who is only referenced as "Dave", saw the phone and thought it was Google's next Nexus handset, and agreed to contact the Mountain View-based company. The next day, Dave was upset, saying that Google had gotten in contact with him regarding the prototype Nexus 4, threatening him as being an accessory to what is considered a crime.

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