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Yahoo to give each employee a smartphone of their choice, get to choose from Apple, Samsung, Nokia or HTC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 10:29 am

Microsoft aren't the only ones giving out devices to boost morale, and push their new hardware, but Yahoo are looking to give out some free tech, too. Business Insider has received some e-mails, where CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer, has offered each Yahoo employee a new smartphone.

 

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They can choose from a new Apple, Samsung, HTC or Nokia smartphone and it's all part of a plan the company calls "Yahoo! Smart Phones, Smart Fun", and is aimed at providing employees with the same class of device that Yahoo users are using.

 

Yahoo employees don't get to choose from low-end gear, either, they get to choose from Apple's new iPhone 5, Samsung's Galaxy S III, HTC One X, HTC EVO 4G LTE or Nokia's Lumia 920. Yahoo are going one better here, though, offering to pay for the employees' data and phone plans, too. Nice move, Yahoo.

JetBlue announce in-flight Wi-Fi, will launch in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 9:30 am

I haven't travelled too much in my life, with my first big international trip being Computex earlier this year. But, I plan on getting onto many more planes in my future, and we're finally seeing the beginning stages of airlines accepting that offering in-flight Wi-Fi is a must.

 

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The Verge are reporting from a memo to crew members that they "obtained", that the company is set to offer in-flight wireless networking early next year, with the memo stating:

 

Customers, especially those traveling for business, with everything else being equal, will choose the airline that offers connectivity, even if the service is spotty or expensive.

 

JetBlue have chosen to go with ViaSat for their in-flight Wi-Fi, ditching the idea of going with an option like Gogo, which the company says is slow and unsatisfactory. The Verge's source states that there will be an initial trial of the service, and after the trial the service will remain free for "basic email and browsing" purposes.

Microsoft unveils Office 2013, Office 365 pricing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 8:28 am

Microsoft have finally unveiled the pricing for their Office 2013 and Office 365 productivity suites, where we'll see three editions of Office 2013 - Home & Student, Home & Business, and Professional, which will be priced at $139.99, $219.99 and $399.99, respectively. Each of the editions are for the locally-installed version of Office, with the license valid for just a single PC, or Mac.

 

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Businesses and consumers can also look at the subscription-based offerings, with Office 365 Home Premium just $99.99 per year, or $8.33 per month, or Office 365 Small Business Premium for $149.99 per year, per year, or $12.50 per month, per user. Not too bad at all, and I'm loving the subscription-based model, by the way - sounds like its the goods!

 

The subscription-based model also comes with some benefits, as the Office 365 Home Premium can be used across five different users and/or devices, with the Office 365 Small Business Premium capable of enabling each user of using the software on five different devices simultaneously.

Windows 8 launch event set for October 25, will be in New York

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 7:34 am

Microsoft are holding a launch event for their upcoming Windows 8 operating system, which will be held in New York on October 25. The event will likely lead up to a midnight launch of the OS on October 26.

 

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Microsoft's iPad competitor, Surface, should be part of the event, and we're guessing a slew of slates, desktops, Ultrabooks and other devices will be on show, too. Microsoft's Windows 8 launch is important, not just to the company, but the consumers.

 

It's the first time the Redmond-based company have supported a machine architecture other than x86 and IA-64, as Windows 8 RT supports ARM-based processors. It's an exciting time, and we should have countless reviews of Windows 8-based devices for you guys and gals to flick through in the coming months!

Google acquires Instagram-like Snapseed developer, Nik Software

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 6:28 am

Google have just acquired Nik Software, the developers behind professional photography applications like Capture NX, and its Efex Pro series. But there is a jewel beneath the rough here, in the form of the developers' Snapseed app.

 

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Snapseed is a much simpler app, for both desktop and iOS-based users. Snapseed is an efficient, easy-to-use photo-editing application for iOS, featuring tilt-shift and centre focus modes that let you play around with your beloved picture of your food, or whatever else you'd like to snap photos of. At the moment, it costs $4.99, but the Google acquisition might drop this to free to compete with the Facebook-owned Instagram.

 

Considering Google have just hit 400 million users on their social network, Google+, it is about time the Mountain View-based company bring out their own Instagram-like photo sharing service. Both Nik Software, and Google's Senior Engineering VP, Vic Gundotra have both been quiet regarding the exact plans post-acquisition. I'm sure they're still celebrating, snapping photos of their food and applying filters, laughing maniacally.

Western Digital have sold over 90 million WD Green desktop hard drives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 6:15 am

Western Digital have taken to Facebook to announce that they've sold over 90 million WD Green drives. As you probably already know, WD Green drives use less power, create less pollution, and saves water, too.

 

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Western Digital have also explained just how much WD Green customers help save the planet with some interesting stats: 466,128,000 kWh saved, which is equal to one coal power plant, 279,676,800,800 grams less carbon dioxide emissions, 466,128,000 liters of water saved, and less water consumed with 9,322,560 liters.

 

They're some seriously powerful numbers, and this is just with the one particular series of hard disk drives!

AMD pump out the Catalyst 12.8 CAP 3 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 5:26 am

AMD are expected to release their Catalyst 12.9 beta drivers next week, but just before that it looks like we're getting access to their Catalyst 12.8 CAP 3 drivers. The updated Catalyst Application Profiles include a bunch of fixes, as well as a new CrossFire profile for the soon-to-be released Borderlands 2.

 

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  • Borderlands 2 - New CrossFire profile
  • Guild War 2: Resolves grass texture corruption observed when changing graphics settings in a CrossFire configuration
  • World of Warcraft(DX9): Fix the flickering observed when view distance is changed to fair in graphics settings when CrossFire is enabled
  • Depth Hunter: Resolves shadow flickering seen when running in CrossFire mode
  • Dirt Showdown - Resolves flickering seen in CrossFire mode
  • Stalker Call of Pripyat - Resolves flickering seen in CrossFire mode
  • War of Roses - Fixes flickering seen in CrossFire mode

 

You can download AMD's Catalyst 12.8 CAP 3 right here.

Rovio's Bad Piggies gets its first gameplay trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 4:25 am

Rovio Entertainment's Angry Birds had you flinging birds into pigs, destroying things and racking up points, but it looks like Bad Piggies goes in the complete opposite direction - you'll have to be the creator, creating transportation for the Bad Piggies to get from point A to point B.

 

 

Bad Piggies is a huge departure from the gameplay featured in the phenomenally successful Angry Birds, where you'll create your transport, steer it through the level, and steal the eggs featured in Angry Birds. Rovio's Petri Järvilehto told Yahoo! Games:

 

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As far as the gameplay goes, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds are complete opposites. Angry Birds smash things up, Bad Piggies build stuff. The pigs are all about making plans and building things, even--and especially--when they don't work!

LG Optimus G launches in South Korea, sports in-cell touch technology, quad-core CPU, LTE, 2GB RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 3:58 am

LG have just made their new flagship smartphone available in South Korea, the LG Optimus G. LG's Optimus G packs some serious performance and technology, in an 8.45mm (0.33-inch) thick device. We're looking at Qualcomm's Fusion 3 chipset, which throws in a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC (APQ8064) with a 2G/3G/LTE radio (MDM9615).

 

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On top of the impressive processor and radio network connectivity, we're looking at 2GB of DDR RAM, a 4.7-inch 1280x768 (320ppi) True HD IPS PLUS display with Zerogap Touch (in-cell touch) technology. A sealed 2100mAh Li-polymer battery which is good for 800 charge cycles, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

 

Filling out the G's specs, LG have thrown in a 13-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor with 1.1µm pixels, an f/2.4 autofocus lens and a single LED flash, on the front we have a 1.3-megapixel camera. LG have thrown in 32GB of built-in storage, but left out any expandable storage options. Filling out the Optimus G we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, NFC and MHL. All of this technological marvel is married into a 145g device.

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Apple's iMessage service is experiencing serious issues at the moment

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 18, 2012 3:26 am

It looks like iMessage is experiencing some issues at the moment, reports The Next Web. They're also seeing reports on Twitter with many, many angry customers posting messages every few minutes. The issues look like they're hitting all sorts of iOS users.

 

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But, iMessages coming from Apple IDs and on Wi-Fi are experiencing less issues than those on cellular networks, but there are still hiccups. The past 24 hours have seen problems with iMessage, with complaints mounting up since 10:30 AM PST.

 

It shouldn't affect iPhone users too much, as they can fall back on text messages, but iPad and iPod users are left in the dark without iMessage. Right now there seems like there's nothing you can do, and there should hopefully be a fix soon from Apple.

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