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App of the Day: Facebook for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 10:09 am

Our App of the Day today is Facebook for iPhone and iPad 4.0.1 with iOS 3.0 or later.

 

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With the mad rush of iOS app update recently with iOS 5.0 about to drop on the world, Facebook also joined in on the fun.

 

Yesterday Zuck and crew finally made the world and its iPad's happy by finally releasing Facebook for iPad. It's pretty much what I expected, but that's a good thing. It provides almost the full desktop Facebook experience on your iPad and they did a good job of it.

 

Besides the launch of Facebook for iPad, the regular iPhone app has also bene updated with some rather good user interface changes that I like a lot. Today Facebook released version 4.0.1 which fixes some issues with signing in after updating the app from an older version.

 

Facebook for iPad

 

With high-res photos, games, chat and more, now you can get the best of Facebook-on your iPad.

 

- Enjoy bigger, better photos: Your photos are high-res and easy to flip through, like a real photo album

- Navigate anywhere, fast: Just tap, slide or pinch to move from one screen to another

- Play games on the go: Access your favorite Facebook apps and games, wherever you are

- Focus on what matters: Zoom in on your friends' photos, updates and stories ...

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SlingPlayer app now available for Android Honeycomb tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 9:27 am

Sling Media have just released a dedicated SlingPlayer app for Android 3.x tablets that has just hit the Android Market. A mobile phone version has been available for a while now but could only be used in compatibility mode, where picture quality suffered. Sling Media charge the same price as the iPad version, $29.99. If you had purchased the smartphone version, this is another $29.99 you'll have to spend.

 

 

The tablet version sports improved video quality and a new program guide that makes it a breeze to browse content while still watching TV. There's also a new remote interface that provides even easier control over programming. Grab it here if you're a fan of the Sling.

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GeIL's EpicGear showcase Meduza, world's first HDST dual sensor gaming mouse

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 9:05 am

Earlier on today we attended the GeIL Overclocking Showdown featuring two famous Russian overclockers Smoke and Slamms. Besides all of the overclocking fun, GeIL took the opportunity to promote its new gaming brand called EpicGear.

 

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It's a very new brand at the moment with products still in development, but one of their first products that they did have on display was the Meduza gaming mouse. Before you say, "oh, not another gaming mouse...", listen up.

 

This mouse features what EpicGear is calling the world's first "HDST" and that stands for hybrid dual sensor technology. As you'll see in the pictures, on the back surface of the mouse where you usually see either a laser or optical sensor for tracking, EpicGear include both a laser sensor and an optical sensor. EpicGear says that super fast laser sensor with speeds up to 6000 DPI and the stable optical precision with jitter-free operation leads to an overall much better feel and use than traditional mice.

 

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We didn't get much of a chance to use the mouse as the overclockers were using the Meduza during their testing, but we'll be getting one in shortly for review and you can expect a review in a month or so. We also don't have any details on pricing or availability at this stage, but it should be on the market soon.

ASUS UX21, UX31 ultrabooks will be here tomorrow, start from $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 8:41 am

ASUS have stayed true to their word of an Ultrabook release in October, with the new Zenbook brand. Five new models will debut ranging in price from $999 to $1499. First up we have the Zenbook UX21 which is an 11.6-inch (1366x768) config, sporting 128GB of SSD and either a Core i5-2467M or Core i7-2677M whilst the Zenbook UX31 sports a 13.3-inch (1600x900) display and comes in three flavors: a Core i5-2557M model with 128GB of SSD, a similar model with the SSD pumped up to 256GB and the final model, including a Core i7-2677M.

 

The 11.6-inch Zenbook UX21 and 13.3-inch Zenbook UX31 weigh just 2.4 and 2.9 pounds, respectively. This os thanks to their aluminum alloy bodies, glass trackpads and all-metal keyboards. Not only that but they look absolutely gorgeous. The 11.6-inch UX21 ranges in thickness from 0.11-inch at the front, to 0.67-inch at the rear with the 13.3-inch packing more in the trunk with the same 0.11-inch front but a 0.71-inch rear.

 

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All Zenbooks feature an instant-on feature that ASUS say will allow the Zenbook to resume from sleep in just two seconds. Battery life we have the UX21 rated for five hours of run time, sporting 7 days of standby time. The UX31 on the other hand lasts a tad longer, at seven hours of runtime or ten days standby from a single charge.

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Little Big Adventure hits GOG, old memories are now rushing back to my nostalgic brain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 8:21 am

One of my fondest memories as a young gamer were the old adventure games, Little Big Adventure was a large part of that. Good Old Games has secured the French adventure platform game and now it is able to be played on most modern PCs. The only problem is that the game is $6 which is a bit rough for an older game. Good Old Games also state that the sequel to LBA is "coming soon". I think I might just pick this up and give it a bash again!

 

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You can grab it, here.

New Xbox 360 dashboard drops on November 25th

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 7:21 am

Microsoft have plans to launch the new Xbox 360 dashboard on November 25th which is based on "Lakeview", a modified version of Microsoft's Silverlight development framework. Included is support for Kinect's voice recognition and gesture control. The new dashboard will also show off applications based on Silverlight and H.264 encoded video delivery using Apple's HTTP live Streaming.

 

Microsoft seems to be targeting a Black Friday release of the Xbox Live update, which would add the new video apps an features such as Bing universal search. This could bolster sales for Xbox over the holidays as well as helping Xbox Live members enjoy cool new features to play with over Thanksgiving, thanks to Microsoft, giving them new toys. Pun intended. The Lakeview code is still being worked on, as Microsoft are pushing out weekly updates to the application framework.

 

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Little things aren't changing in the code, either. Sources say that Microsoft are making fundamental changes and subtractions in Lakeview's capabilities over the past few weeks, causing partners to update and re-test their apps with each and every new release. The goal here is to quickly mature the platform, with the end goal from MS to enable other third-party developers to use the Lakeview framework to build their own apps for the Xbox 360 console.

 

Interesting times ahead for Xbox 360 users!

RumorTT: iPhone 4S seems to have 512MB RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 6:09 am

The iPhone 4S is rumored to include the same amount of RAM found in the ageing iPhone 4, just 512MB. The Infinity Blade developer was quoted last week:

 

I'm still shocked that, with the iPhone 4S, I'm literally running around with a 1080p video camera in my pocket, with an eight megapixel camera, 64GB of hard drive space and an A5 chip with 512MB of memory. This is a really powerful computer, right?

 

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They would be more inclined to know, as they demoed their game on the iPhone 4S during last week's keynote. AppVV is now also confirming the rumor of 512MB on the iPhone 4S. But, I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.

RumorTT: Samsung and Google's Ice Cream Sandwich event, rescheduled for October 19th?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 5:15 am

We reported last week that Samsung's Unpacked 2011 event had been cancelled due to the unfortunate death of Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs. But now it seems the event has been rescheduled and is actually just over a week away, hitting on October 19th. A source of Engadget's says that the Unpacked event should be on October 19th in Hong Kong, timed to go alongside AsiaD: All Things Digital even next week.

 

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We'll have to wait and see, but I will have my eyes peeled for news as it hits.

AMD's Bulldozer is in the house, is more fun than a Tonka truck at the beach

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:11 am

Bulldozer has launched. Yes, officially launched. After all of the delays, rumors, and hoopla, its here. AMD's next-generation Bulldozer architecture launches today and with it, a tonne of reviews go live.

 

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Of course, without bias (sarcasm intended), I think the best one is from our NerdGasm reviewer extraordinaire, Shane Baxtor.

 

AMD's Bulldozer unfortunately does not topple Intel's enthusiast champion CPU, the 2600K, but it does come close. What Bulldozer introduces is a new direction for AMD as well as a new price point for end users.

 

Models and pricing of the Bulldozer CPUs vary as all new releases do. AMD have made sure to bulldoze any pre-existing price barriers and instead of having a price premium on their just-released new goodies, they've given us a really great starting point on pricing to combat the never-ending flow of CPUs from Intel. There are four different AMD FX CPUs that launch today, we have the FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6100 and finally, FX-4100. With clock speeds of 3.6, 3.1, 3.3 and 3.6GHz, respectively. The FX-8150 and FX-8120 are eight-core chips, FX-6100 sports six cores and the cheaper FX-4100 has just four-cores.

 

Price wise they are definitely hitting sweet-spot territory, with Suggested Retail Prices (US) of $245, $205, $165 and $115 for the FX-8150, FX-8120, FX-6100 and FX-4100, respectively.

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Apple iPhone 4S reviews begin floating around the Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2011 4:04 am

The recently announced iPhone 4S had pre-orders last Friday and they should start hitting retail stores and customers door steps on this Friday. But, while industry-folk were mostly underwhelmed by the iPhone 4S, Apple still managed to break sales records by scooping up over one million pre-orders in 24 hours, impressive. Now that the initial first week wave of buzz is over, we can move onto the juicy bits: actual reviews.

 

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The iPhone 4S packs a new dual-core A5 processor (like the iPad 2 sports), an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p recording capabilities, the swish new Siri voice recognition technology and 14.4Mbps HSDPA support. It is also the hero standing in the wind for iOS 5. Now we have reviews, maybe not real-world, in-the-hands-of-real-customers reviews, but closer than the marketing magic that Apple sprinkle onto their followers.

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