Pleco 2.2 has arrived at the Apple App Store - after dealing with various launch day bugs last week it's finally out and ready to do your Chinese translation for you.
The Pleco Chinese Dictionary is now available in the app store with version 2.2.1 - supporting both full screen handwriting input and live camera-based character recognition. Pretty amazing stuff!
The Internet Explorer 9 Beta has proven to be a fairly popular item, racking up over 10 million downloads in the six weeks since it was rolled out. Many of you with the beta may have noticed an automatic update yesterday to the program.
The IE9 update from Microsoft addressed some issues that users have been having with the browser crashing. Microsoft wasn't specific on that front, only stating that the update "improves the reliability of Internet Explorer 9 Beta in various scenarios." The feedback bug on 64 bit machines was also addressed, which affected users with Windows Live Essentials 11 installed.
I'm really jealous right now - so many sales in the US with Black Friday sales going on right now. Here in Australia we pay around 3520X the price for everything compared to the US, even with our dollar either above parity or sitting right next to it eating a sandwich.
However, Engadget have a constantly updated Black Friday sales deals post - which I thought I'd let TweakTown readers know about, there are unbelievable amounts of points on it to buy things from Dell Incredible for free on two year contracts, Samsung 46" LCD 3D TV for $1250 (Blu-ray player and Shred 3D starter kit included), Kindle 2 for $89.99.
Gone are the days of Billy boy saying 640k will be enough, most systems I sell go with 4GB of memory, some with 8. Triple channel kits come in 6, 12 and 24GB so memory is going up and up and up. Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer plan to combat this with LR-DIMM's.
LR-DIMM's are a JEDEC version of the late MetaRAM tech - which basically faked a DRAM chip with a heap of small ones. LR stands for Load Reduced, and that's exactly what the buffer on the DIMM does.
For a long time - Asus have had their ROG (Republic of Gamers) boards, targetted at the enthusiast, overclockers - but gamers? Apart from having mutli-GPU support, there's not much there that a gamer would enjoy.
However, Gigabyte are joining the fight with their own line of gaming motherboards at CES. Gigabyte have blogged saying "Get Ready for a Showdown at CES". There should be multiple boards announced - but for now, they seem to be using the stealth mode from Crysis to hide from us.
Angry Birds has been a mobile phenomenon for quite a while now, and now it looks like the pig-destroying avians are spreading their wings and slingshotting their way onto the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 in 2011 according to Rovio.
CEO Peter Vesterbacka dropped this information in a BBC interview as well as the fact that the company is also working on Angry Birds 2, which will not be a sequel but an all new game. Vesterbacka did not go into too many specifics, but did state that there will be more pigs in Angry Birds 2 and that "the pigs will be a lot more active than just being slingshotted at by birds." Pigs vs. Birds online multiplayer, anyone?
LG today announced the launch of a 23-inch 240Hz LCD for monitors that refreshes at an insane 240 frames per second. Being a fan of 120Hz gaming myself, I find this highly interesting - wouldn't mind testing one out myself! (wink TT gods, wink).
The full HD 23-inch 240Hz panel was developed by combing 120Hz tech with scanning backlight tech which enables a backlight to repeatedly turned on and off. The standard refresh rate of most LCD monitors is 60Hz, with 120Hz entering the market in the last 18 months (being pushed for NVIDIA 3D Vision mostly) a 240Hz refresh would significantly refuse motion blur - gamers alike, crying with joy.
Apple had it's turn with mandatory content ratings with iPhone OS 3.0 - but now it's Google's turn. They've announced that the content ratings will become obligatory for all Android developers in a few weeks.
Google also said that they'll be showing ratings for all apps along with other "Android Market upgrades in the coming weeks" - this might fall into the schedule with Gingerbread too.
I did post yesterday that Nintendo were going to make a come back after 16 years of absence at CES - but it appears they won't be. They were going to jump into a green tube at the Nintendo HQ and appear at CES next year, but not anymore.
But, they've booked some meeting rooms during the show - to discuss something no one knows about, what will it include? No one is sure. Stay tuned!
Holee sheet. This is how games should look, NOW. Yes it's a technology demo, but it's showing where gaming might be by the time next-gen consoles hit. The engine is not even DX11 capable and looks stunning.
Unreal Engine has been popular over the past few years, I still remember the times Epic's engine always came second to id's engines at the time, but with console sales booming - their engine has been in some pretty big games, Unreal (of course), Gears of War, Bioshock, Mass Effect - ya know, just to name a few games.