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Brink: Get SMART Series: General Gameplay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:00 pm

Yesterday I posted up the two new videos from the "Get SMART" video series for Brink, titled, The Basics and Objectives. Today, a new video has been released and is dubbed "General Gameplay", the video shows off as the title suggests, general gameplay from Brink. Not long until the release and the steady stream of videos is keeping future Brinkers (am I the first one to use this word??) happy.

 

Portal 2 DLC to be released this summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 1:00 pm

Portal 2 has hit the world by storm and it's undeniable that the game is just great, we should have an in-house review uploaded by none other than our great Anthony Garreffa (oh wait, that's me!) within the next few days but for now, we'll swim in some news of the upcoming DLC that will supposedly be announced by Valve next week.

 

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Fast Company interviewed Valve God, Doug Lombardi, whom is Vice President of Marketing for Valve, they asked "There is a comic online, but beyond that, is there more Portal coming? To which Doug replied:

 

We will be announcing some DLC for it, so folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer. We'll be putting more details out about that in a week or so. We'll support that with more videos or more comics.

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Download of the Day: Thunderbird 3.1.10

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 6:27 am

Our Download of the Day today is Thunderbird 3.1.10.

 

Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.

 

Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.

 

• Tabbed email

• An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail

• Lightning fast search

• Smart folders

 

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Download Now - TweakTown Download of the Day

Apple has its head in the iCloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 6:24 am

Apple has been at this for a while but things are finally starting to materialize for their cloud-based solutions for iOS and Mac users. Included in these plans are a revamped MobileMe and an iTunes-based "digital locker", sans the naked, old men and filled with more digital-ness. The new rumor is that it will be powered by a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina and dubbed "iCloud".

 

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According to GigaOm, a Swedish-based company called Xcerion had until just recently been using the domain iCloud.com to run a cloud-based storage service of the same name. Xcerion has just rebranded the service "CloudMe, and a source for GigaOm claimed that the domain name for iCloud.com has been sold to Apple for a tidy sum of $4.5 million

OCZ unveils VeloDrive PCI-Express-based SSD drives for SMB's, Enterprise Clients and System Integrators

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 5:14 am

OCZ have today unveiled the VeloDrive PCI-Express SSDs which are designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise clients and system integrators. The OCZ VeloDrive optimizes high-performance computing and storage applications, which provides "unparalleled versatility and simplified integration".

 

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Daryl Lang, VIP of Product Management of OCZ Technology Group says:

 

The VeloDrive is the latest addition to our comprehensive lineup of PCIe SSDs. A truly configurable solution, it helps a range of customers accelerate their application performance. he ability to run the VeloDrive in multiple modes provides clients with the freedom to use the raid stack of their choice. This maximizes performance and creates faster, more seamless deployments with RAID stacks that may already have been qualified for their unique usage model.

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Android 3.1 teased in Adobe Flash Player 10.2 - will include accelerated 720p video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 3:02 am

Adobe have previous said that Flash 10.2 wasn't capable of living up to the expectations of people and running in full hardware-accelerated on Android's Honeycomb-based tablets. It seems that Adobe have solved this problem with Android 3.1 - which means the new build of Android has been namechecked by Adobe and now we know of its existence.

 

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As for the screenshot above, the Android Market was updated this morning with a new version of Flash Player 10.2 (10.2.157.51) which states "requires Android 3.1".

Hulu Now Streaming On Xbox 360's Everywhere

By: Trak Lord | More News: Online Video | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:22 am

Boom goes the dynamite. Online content streaming service Hulu is now serving Xbox 360's and the Xbox Live network. It sure took them long enough, but hey! The first week is on them! Yes, that's free! Hulu is offering the Hulu Plus service free for an entire week for all Xbox Live users, silver or gold, Hulu subscribers or not! Usually this sets you back the price of an Xbox Live Gold account and an $US8/month Hulu Plus subscription. Nice.

 

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Even better, Hulu works with the Kinect! Yes I'm serious- we're talking voice and gesture recognition to stream movies and television shows. Hello, the future of remote controls.

 

Hulu Plus on Xbox LIVE Key Features:

· More TV from Hulu Plus, Together with Xbox LIVE. With the Hulu Plus subscription service on Xbox LIVE, instantly watch your favorite TV shows from ABC, Comedy Central, FOX, NBC, MTV, and more on the biggest screen in the house, in HD and controller-free.

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Death Of Flip Camcorder Leaves Ecosystem In/At Its Wake

By: Trak Lord | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:13 am

San Francisco-based telecommunications giant Cisco recently announced they'd be discontinuing their Flip Minicamcorder line of products, which has left an existential vacuum for a lot of different Flip-based gadgets, including Blue Microphone's Mikey. To commemorate it's untimely demise, Blue Microphone posted an obituary for their beloved product.

 

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Before its discontinuation, a series of Flip Camcorders with "Flip Ports" had been released, opening up developing opportunities for third party tinkerers. The Mikey have been shortlived, but it is survived by its brother and sisters who attach to the iPod and other Apple devices that, like Flip Mikey, record high quality stereophonic audio so your videos catch all sorts of phonic nuance.

 

These days, amidst an ever growing economy of gadgets and enterprises, it's always surprising to realize how similarly structured the technological ecosystem is to its living counterpart. Just as if a species were to go extinct, the disappearance of Flip leaves a slew of accessories, attachables, cases, protectors, carrying bags, etc. that will meet as tragic passings as the Mikey.

Super Mario Bros. Much Easier With Portal Gun

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 1:58 am

Shocker.

 

This great re-imagining of the iconic Nintendo Entertainment System shows just how darn useful a Portal gun can be- in pretty much any situation.

 

 

I think it's pretty evident that the addition of a Portal gun into any experience that, you know, didn't revolve around creating portals would be a literal game-changer. But it's fun to imagine some of them, isn't it?

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Royal Wedding Goes AR: Become Will & Catherine, AR Style

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 29, 2011 12:01 am

Face-tracking app maker Aptronic has devised a clever and timely app to coordinate with the upcoming already-internationally-infamous Royal Wedding. The app, RoyalMirror is available for the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 (rear-facing camera is necessary), and tracks your face to overlay a stylized and cartoonish depiction of either Prince William or Princess Catherine that you can promptly share on a variety of social network sites.

 

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It's a nice addition to an already overwhelming list of lampoons associated with the Wedding of the Century, but it seems novel enough for a few laughs. I think the $0.99 price tag would be more worthwhile if Aptronic had included, say, more than just two royals (who doesn't want to be the Queen of England?) or even a function that allows multiple faces to be tracked for group photos- but hey, I'm not complaining when a mobile augmented reality application has some visibility potential. Plus, Aptronic should see some decent numbers for downloads.

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