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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 11.0.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 11:30 am

Our Download of the Day is Thunderbird 11.0.1.




Thunderbird 11.0.1 is now out and includes two fixes, and still sports an unresolved issue. The two fixes include an issue that causes Thunderbird to hang when handling IMAP mail, and the second fix is an issue that may cause filters that move mail to specific folders to erronously changed. An unresolved issue is where if you're unable to view content for your RSS feeds in the Wide View Layout, you may need to disable the Lightning Calendar add-on if you have it installed, or switch to Classic View and restart Thunderbird.


You can read more on Thunderbird 11.0.1 and download it here.

Mobile App of the Day: Wonders of the Universe for the iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 10:30 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Wonders of the Universe for the iPad.




Take a mind-blowing 3D tour of the Universe with Professor Brian Cox as your guide. The official Wonders app by arrangement with the BBC.


★ Promotional Launch Price ★


Journey up from the smallest particles, past the moons and planets of the Solar System, out through the Oort Cloud to the Milky Way, past our Local Stars and out to distant galaxies before arriving, finally, at the edge of the known Universe. On the way you will encounter the likes of seething Red Giants, beautiful Nebulae, pulsing Neutron stars and confront a daunting vision of a Black Hole sucking down a hapless star, all rendered in spectacular 3D.


Professor Brian Cox provides mind-expanding insight in over 200 interactive articles pinned to the stars, planets, galaxies and other wonders modelled in extraordinary 3D, written in his accessible style and accompanied by two and a half hours of video from the BBC TV series Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe. The app also includes hundreds of infographics and images of space objects supplied by astronomy experts, NASA and other space researchers.

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SimCity V will require the Internet in order to launch, always-on Internet connection fears have been confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 9:31 am

Rather depressing news about SimCity V has found its way out of the cracks of the Internet, and EA. EA issued a clarification to Gamespy, where they have confirmed that whilst you'll require an Internet connection to launch SimCity, you won't get booted from the game if your connection drops.




This is kind of a let down, as it just simply means you require the Internet to play. Yes, you won't get kicked if your connection drops, but what if you want to have a quick 30-minute bash when you're on the train, or a plane? What if you're on holiday and want to crank out some city-building goodness but don't have an Internet connection?


It's a shame that EA have gone down this route, but maybe with enough talk about it, they'll change their ways? We can only hope, but I'm personally not happy with requiring an Internet connection to play a game like SimCity. I didn't in the 90s and I shouldn't now.

Google Maps for Android hits version 6.5, sports new ICS-based touches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 8:27 am

Google have just pushed out Google Maps for Android 6.5, and with it, brings a few new features for Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices, as well as some stats which should raise eyebrows on some people.




Google Maps for Android has guided people through more than 50 billion kilometers of turn-by-turn directions, which is the equivalent to 130,000 trips to the moon, 334 trips to the sun, 10 trips to Neptune, or 0.005 light years. Absolutely mind-blowing when its put that way, really.


Google Maps 6.5 for Android sports a redesigned Navigation home screen for Android 4.0+, which makes it easier to enter a new destination or select from recent and favorite locations by swiping left or right (as seen in the picture above). If your smartphone sports a high pixel density screen, such as the GALAXY Nexus, GALAXY S II, Droid Razr, and others, you'll now be greeted with higher resolution map tiles that take better advantage of the pixels-per-inch on your screen.

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RumorTT: Texas Instruments start work on new iPhone parts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 7:29 am

We all know the new iPhone is coming (I'm going with the 'new iPhone' name, that's what the new iPad is called), and now we have a source from Texas Instruments who has told iPhone maintenance outlet RepairLabs, that TI have begun work on producing the power management chip for the new iPhone. Senior staffers in the company were referring to Apple's project as the iPhone 5, but this could just be a place holder name, or something that would differentiate the handset from the iPhone 4S.




Apple has used Texas Instruments for power management chips in iOS-based devices before, so this is no surprise. RepairLabs interpreted the production of these chips as a sign that a new release was a "few months" away, since this is the same sort of time frame from previous TI production runs.


On top of the TI leak, there has been a Chinese contact who has supposed new iPad parts has been told that the new iPhone is being slated for a September release. This person has said that the screen would be bigger, but there weren't any concrete details on whether it would be the leaked 4.6-inch screen that popped up as news recently.

Dell says bye-bye to the smartphone market in the U.S., for now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 6:28 am

Dell has formally quit pushing smartphones in the United States, a move that is just temporary for the company. Dell confirmed in a statement that they have quit the smartphone market in the US, with Android-based Venue and Windows Phone-based Venue Pro had "run their course".




Dell will have more mobile devices in late-2012, but they would most likely be tablets, and rock Windows 8. Dell still pushes their Venue line in other countries, and also unveiled the Streak Pro 101DL for Japan, Dell's first real high-end smartphone. This isn't the first time Dell have tried, and pulled out of the market.


The company tried to combat Apple's iPod with its DJ line of MP3 players, the Streak 5 was developed to concurrently with Apple's iPad, and the short-lived Streak 7 was intended as a full tablet, and found strong competition with ASUS, Samsung and other Android-based tablets. Dell are hoping Windows 8 can let them unleash a product onto the market, and I have confidence Dell will have a better shot with Windows 8 than they did with Android.

Our Sun is experiencing solar tornadoes roughly 5 times the size of our entire Earth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 5:24 am

Our Solar System is an absolutely mind-blowing thing, and I personally believe we haven't even scraped the surface in terms of our knowledge base on it. There are things that we (the normal people, not NASA high-ups or anything) couldn't even begin to comprehend, let alone know the ins and outs of things we have no idea about.




The latest dance our closest star is doing is letting out solar tornadoes that are several times as wide as the Earth, and are generated in the solar atmosphere. The new data was discovered using the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly telescope that is onboard the Solar Dynamic Observatory (SDO) satellite.


Dr. Xing Li, of Aberystwyth University says:


This is perhaps the first time that such a huge solar tornado is filmed by an imager. Previously much smaller solar tornadoes were found my SOHO satellite. But they were not filmed.


Dr. Huw Morgan, co-discover of the solar tornado chimes in with:


This unique and spectacular tornado must play a role in triggering global solar storms.

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Dick Smith holding $7 million gaming clearance on April 2, offering some unbelievably cheap games and accessories!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 4:44 am

Dick Smith is having a gigantic $7 million gaming clearance on April 2, where they have an unbelievable amount of games, consoles, and accessories for various gaming hardware, consoles and more. Some of the highlights include:




  • Nintendo DSi Hardware Pink, Blue $20 Black, White $40 (The Fu..)
  • Nintendo Wii Console $129
  • Professor Layton and Pandora's Box $5
  • Nintendogs+Cats (all versions) $10
  • Super smash Bros Brawl $15
  • Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver $10
  • Metroid Other M $5
  • Wii Classic Controller $5


There's also cheap Xbox 360's ($100), PSP's ($40) and many many more bargains.


This was thought to be some form of a joke, or not real, but Dick Smith have come out on their Facebook page to 100-percent confirm the sale, which begins next Monday.

New Battlefield 3 patch hits today, includes tweaks, updated Commo Rose and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 4:36 am

The latest Battlefield 3 patch gets unleashed today, and has some great tweaks as well as "shortcut items" which lets players buy items rather than putting in the hours to unlock them. This is explained as "if you're new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online". Really, DICE?




There's bundles that include a bunch of gear, and other bundles that just have smaller collections inside. I don't really like the idea of someone being able to just dump their digits online and jump right up to where you are, equipment-wise, after you've spent countless hours working your way up the proverbial ladder.


There's an updated Commo Rose which should keep players happy, and has been designed specifically for the PC (or just ctrl+c, ctrl+v from BF2), using the keyboard and mouse in a more intelligent way. Improved mini maps are also included, where we have "map", "satellite", and "hybrid" views. Definitely looks the goods!



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New Max Payne 3 video shows off bullet time in multiplayer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 30, 2012 3:26 am

The original two Max Payne games were amazingly awesome single-player games, but didn't feature any form of multiplayer. For years, fans like myself have wanted a multiplayer Max Payne game, and it seems like the team over at Rockstar are delivering the goods for Max Payne 3. The video below shows off a bunch of different multiplayer modes, as well as the famous bullet time, now in multiplayer games.



Everyone has always wondered and theorized how bullet time would work in a multiplayer game, would it slow down time for the entire server? How would it look on another persons screen? Well, in Max Payne 3, the bullet time only affects the players that are in the players field of vision who are using bullet time. Very nice.


We'll also see some cool game modes such as Gang Wars, where the storyline and objectives will change based on the outcome of each round. We also have Payne Killer mode, which throws a well-armed Max Payne and his sidekick against everyone else, in a sort of Max Payne plus Sidekick versus the world, in a game of next-gen Max Payne tag.

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