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Firefox 14 for Android is available right now at the Google Play store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 5:28 am

Mozilla have just pushed Firefox 14 for Android, and made it available on the Google Play store. Firefox 14 doesn't have any new stand-out features to really brag about, but there's enough filler here to have a reason to upgrade your mobile browser.




Mozilla claim that Firefox 14 is faster, including start up and page load times, as well as panning and zooming. This even includes running mobile web pages like Mozilla's BrowserQuest game. Mozilla note that Firefox 14 runs much faster than the stock Android browser, with sample tests showing Firefox 14 to be more than three times faster than the default Android browser.


Firefox 14 sports a new streamlined look, including a personalized start page. Awesome Screen, a function that is powered by Firefox Sync, brings across all of your bookmarks, passwords and browsing history from y our PC to your smart device. Mozilla have also tweaked tabbed browsing and add-ons to bring a more desktop-like experience. Firefox 14 also features Flash for a broader range of web content compatibility, as well as HTML5 capabilities.

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Digital Extremes unveils Warframe, a free-to-play co-op FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 4:33 am

The Canadian studio that were behind games such as The Darkness II and the multiplayer side of BioShock 2, Digital Extremes, has unveiled and released the first look at their upcoming free-to-play co-op first-person shooter, Warframe.



Warframe is said to provide fast-paced PvE (player versus environment) co-op action, where it lets you bash through the game with up to three friends. There's also an endless tree of improvements to build upon your abilities and character in Warframe, an ancient exo-skeletal technology, as well as other weapons while raiding new areas of space seeking exotic Warframe augmentations and other gear.


Warframe continuously randomizes raids, so it should offer some pretty killer replay value and grinding. Digital Extremes CEO James Schmalz, has said:


We've heard for years now that PC gaming is dead. It isn't dead; it just went underground for a few years and is now re- emerging with this massively growing free-to-play market that has matured to the point where the quality of games we're seeing rivals many AAA retail games. In many ways, we're going back to our PC action-based roots.

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Apple changes their website, doesn't state OS X is "virus-proof" anymore

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 3:27 am

Over the last few months Apple have been getting hit with negative press over their OS' security, with hackers and the such gaining access to user files in less than thirty seconds, which is a concern as Apple used to always push that their operating system never got PC viruses.




But, Apple continued to run with the "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" campaign, where they focused on the "fact" that Windows-based systems got viruses, while OS X-based systems couldn't. But now that we know that is complete BS, Apple have done what they do best, marketing and using its legal system to remove any proof so that potential liability for the company is wiped away.


As you can see in the picture above, Apple used to state that a "Mac isn't susceptible to the thousands of viruses plaguing Windows-based computers. That's thanks to built-in defences in Mac OS X that keep you safe, without any work on your part". So Apple more or less said that you just run the OS and you're protected, but for years we've known this isn't true.

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Samsung's Series 9 monitors arrive in the US, 2560x1440 res, IPS-based panel goodness

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 2:28 am

After showing these bad boys off at CES in January, Samsung have finally confirmed that their Series 9 monitors will hit the US come June 29th. This will follow a brief "prelaunch" period with Newegg.




The Samsung S27B970D is a 27-inch IPS-based screen with a resolution of 2560x1440, HDMI, DVI and USB ports, an all glass and metal enclosure, a height-adjustable stand, and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. What makes these monitors stand out is that each screen is calibrated and undergoes an expert, hour-long adjustment process before it is sent to you, ensuring you get the highest-quality images directly out of the box.


The screens will retail for $1,199 and would look great in a three-screen setup for gamers, or as a single- or multi-monitor setup for video, audio or general work. I think I prefer the gaming option.

Apple open iTunes Store's in Hong Kong, Taiwan and 10 other Asia-Pacific territories

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 27, 2012 1:30 am

If you're based in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or a bunch of other territories then you'll be happy to know that Apple have just opened the flood gates to the iTunes Store.




Even though these territories have had the App Store for a while, now you can grab music and movies, too. Apple singles out Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, as well as Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam.


The above-mentioned cities will get local content, as well as the International hits. Music and movies are not the only thing that have been made available, iTunes in the Cloud re-downloads as well as iTunes Match subscriptions in every country.

SMART Storage Systems releases Optimus Ultra+ SSD

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: IT/Datacenter | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 2:55 pm

SMART Storage Systems has announced their newest entry into their Enterprise SSD family, the Optimus Ultra+. The 'Ultra' part of the name comes from two central facets of performance, speed and endurance. This SAS 6/Gb/s SSD sports some impressive numbers, with 100,000 random read IOPS and 60,000 random write IOPS. The SSD also supports dual-port SAS, which allows the throughput to climb to an unheard of 1GB/s.


The real story here is the endurance however. The Optimus Ultra+ is rated for 50 Drive Writes Per Day (DWPD) for five years. This means that the capacity of the drive can be written and deleted 50 times every day for five years.




The Optimus family of SSDs all centers around one philosophy; providing SLC-like endurance with MLC pricing. The attraction of MLC over SLC is simple; SLC commands ridiculously high prices while MLC is becoming garden-variety. Even in the consumer market we are now seeing MLC drop below the dollar per GB threshold. This low price level will always be welcome in any market, but creating Enterprise-class MLC is not an easy task...

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Far Cry 3 gets delayed by 3 months, will be released in the US on December 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:40 am

The third outing in the Far Cry universe, Far Cry 3, was due out on September 4, but Ubisoft have just announced that the release date for Far Cry 3 has been pushed back by three months, until December 4.



The official release date for Far Cry 3 on PC, Xbox 360, and the PlayStation 3 is now early-December. Ubisoft does state that the game will reach Europe, the Middle East and Africa a few days earlier on November 29.




There's been no explanation for the delay, as the last time we saw the game was in a five-minute video which highlighted some of the multiplayer side of things. It was very Call of Duty, featuring experience points, levels, kill cams, and carpet-bombing air support. More news on Far Cry 3 as it comes.

The 41-megapixel-toting PureView tech from Nokia may be baked into future Windows Phone 8 handsets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:14 am

Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, seems to have hinted that the company is looking to throw their PureView camera technology into future Windows Phone 8 models. PureView is the technology behind the 808 Pureview smartphone, which sported a 41-megapixel camera.



Elop was responding to questions on video that were asked by visitors to Nokia's booth at Microsoft's TechEd in Orlando. Elop did note that consumer interest in when PureView might make its way to Windows Phone 8. Elop says in the video (above):


Now, we haven't announced any other smartphones with PureView, but I can say that you will see this technology in devices to come.

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Microsoft acquires Yammer for $1.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:47 am

Yammer is just four years old, but they've just been scooped up by Microsoft for a tidy $1.2 billion. Yammer has been dubbed "Facebook for the workplace" and is the latest in many steps for Microsoft's bid to shield their Office products from Google's constant challenges.




Yammer claims to have more than 5 million corporate users with companies such as Ford, Shell, Deloitte and eBay. Just twelve months ago Microsoft whipped out their acquisition credit card on Skype and paid $8.5 billion for the video-calling firm, so Microsoft are not shy, nor poor.


Yammer was started back in 2008 by PalPal founder David Sacks, where they raised around $142 million in funding since they began, it was backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, who also invested in Facebook. Sacks said:


When we started Yammer four years ago, we set out to do something big. We had a vision for how social networking could change the way we work. Joining Microsoft will accelerate that vision and give us access to the technologies, expertise and resources we'll need to scale and innovate.

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RIM share prices slide after the Morgan Stanley downgrade

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:01 am

After a negative report from Morgan Stanley, troubled Research in Motion (RIM) couldn't dodge a 7.7-percent drop in their share prices. Morgan Stanley's analysts have also put forward a bleak forecast for the future of RIM.




RIM have BlackBerry 10 coming this year, their updated mobile OS, but is it enough to pull them out of this black hole? RIM's shares closed at $9.11 on the Nasdaq on Monday, down 75 cents from the open, but up from the $9.01 mark shares hit earlier in the day. RIM's shares peaked in 2008, and since then they have slid considerably, shedding 94-percent of their value.


I don't see how RIM can get themselves out of this mess, they really need an 'iPhone moment', or else I can't see the company staying glued together for much longer. BB10 better come out and drag millions of customers in, and even then, it's just one piece of the mobile pie. What are your thoughts on RIM?

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