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Mobile App of the Day: Instagram for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 11:24 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Instagram for Android.




Instagram - A beautiful way to share your world. It's fast, free and fun! 


Pick from one of several gorgeous filtered effects to breathe a new life into your mobile photos. Transform everyday moments into works of art you'll want to share with friends and family.

Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see - and follow your friends' photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you'll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world.




☆ 100% free custom designed filters and borders

☆ Lux works its magic by making your photos more vibrant and brings out details in your photos you couldn't see before

☆ Instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare (Flickr coming very soon)

☆ Interact with friends through giving & receiving likes and comments

☆ Works with Android versions 2.2 and above that support OpenGL ES 2

☆ Full front & back camera support

☆ And much much more...

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NVIDIA slaps the rebranding stamp on two new OEM-only GF119-based GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 10:19 am

NVIDIA pulled out their rebranding stamp today and stamped two new GPUs to put on the OEM-only table. The two "new" GPUs in question were the GeForce GT 520 which are now known as the GeForce GT 620. Yeah.




This new part is identical to its predecessor, except that the memory has been halved from 2GB to 1GB, or 1GB to 512MB. But, sit down because this is going to blow you away, NVIDIA added that the GT 620 now supports the OpenGL 4.2 API, something its predecessor doesn't have. Wowee.


The GT 620 is still based on the 40nm GF119 silicon, sporting 48 CUDA cores, 8 TMUs, and 4 ROPs. The other GPU is the "new" GeForce 605, which is a re-branded GeForce 510. Again, based on the GF119 silicon, the GeForce 605 core runs at 523MHz, with 1046MHz CUDA cores. This model comes in memory sizes of either 512MB or 1GB.

BioWare announces Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, will offer additional cinematics and epilogue to existing ending sequences

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 9:33 am

BioWare has just announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut, and confirmed that there will be no new endings added to the game. The original news from a few hours ago put it as though we should expect some new endings, as people weren't happy with what was on offer. The studio has said:




BioWare strongly believes in the team's artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.


What BioWare will be doing, is expanding on the ending, they explain:


By creating additional cinematics and epilogue scenes to the existing ending sequences. The goal of these new scenes is to provide additional clarity and closure to Mass Effect 3.


Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut DLC will be made available sometime "this summer".

Intel is encouraging partners to develop touch-enabled Ultrabooks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 8:26 am

iPads may reign as champions now, but once touch-enabled Windows 8-powered Ultrabooks arrive, their days as undisputed leader will (in my opinion) be numbered. Intel is now strongly encouraging manufacturers to implement touch technology in upcoming Ultrabooks says Intel product manager Anand Kajshmanan.




Kajshmanan told PC World that Intel fundamentally believes in the concept and future of touch. Intel believe its the perfect time for touch screen notebooks, considering Windows 8 is slated to launch later this year. Kajshmanan expects notebooks with touch-enabled screens to drop in late-2012, and if not, 2013 at the latest.


He also expects to see a big increase in convertible touch screen notebooks such as Lenovo's Yoga which was shown at CES 2012, and something I was really interested in. Kajshmanan notes that enabling touch screen support on notebooks adds around $100 to the price, considering they'd already be at the ~$1000 price, this isn't too bad.

Google updates Gmail for Honeycomb tablets, sprinkles some ICS style on top

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 7:32 am

Google have just pushed out an updated Gmail app to the Play Store which includes new features, mostly for their Honeycomb-based tablets. The app now sports some benefits that the Ice Cream Sandwich OS offers:




Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users get the Android Gmail 4.0 (ICS) experience with:


  • Swipe to move between newer and older conversations
  • Tap your account to access Recent labels
  • Set custom notifications for individual labels
  • Sync last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline


Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) users aren't left out, they get:


  • New Labels API for 3rd-party app developers
  • Performance improvements


Head on over to the Google Play Store right now if you want to update!

MSI's latest notebook includes 'Super RAID', is capable of pushing over 900MB/sec average read speed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 6:25 am

MSI's latest gaming notebook is quite the gem, first up we have some delicious specs such as a keyboard designed by SteelSeries, a Killer NIC, Dynaudio speakers and a 17.3-inch Full HD display. Topping this off, we have a mobile variant of Intel's Ivy Bridge, and a 600-series mobile GPU from NVIDIA. You'd think that with those specs, MSI have the bragging rights already, yes? No.




MSI seem to have decided that running RAID with two HDDs wouldn't be enough so they started over and came up with something they call Super RAID. The picture above shows off a normal WD Scorpio Black 2.5-inch 500GB storage drive, but if you look to the top left, where the second HDD normally goes we can see a pair of mSATA SSDs smashed onto a small PCB which takes up less than half the space a regular 2.5-inch sized SSD or HDD would take up.




The SSDs you see are a pair of OEM models from SanDisk, and seem to be a pair of U100 drives. This notebook has two 64GB drives installed, with the RAID element of this setup handled by Intel's chipset. The 64GB models aren't the fastest mSATA's SSDs on the market with rated sequential read speeds of up to 450MB/sec and write speeds at 220MB/sec. In RAID 0 however, they're entirely different beasts.

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Far Cry 3 video shows off its COD-like multiplayer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 5:27 am

Ubisoft's upcoming first-person shooter, Far Cry 3, has enjoyed some hands-on time by the team over at VG24/7. They've thrown up a nicely edited video where it shows off some of its multiplayer goodness, below.



As you can see here with its modes, XP and what not, it definitely has been influenced by FPS kings Call of Duty and Battlefield with things like experience points, leveling up, kill assists, team boosters, air support and a capture-and-hold gameplay mode.


But, it's all about the fun, right? Who cares who or what has influenced it. It looks like a good bash for multiplayer. Long lasting appeal? I think this Far Cry will slide into obscurity as fast as the last one did. I expect reviews to be around 6-7 out of 10. I'll still take a look at it, but it just looks like a run-of-the-mill FPS to me.

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DICE preparing for next-gen consoles, puts out job ads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 4:24 am

So, here we are folks, we all kinda know through various rumors that the next-generation consoles are coming from both Microsoft and Sony, but no official news yet. They should hit at the earliest, this year, and most likely, next year toward the holiday season. But now we're seeing news that Battlefield developer, DICE, are hiring for the next-generation of consoles, according to a recent job listing.




The job is for a senior software engineer and reads:


We believe in tailoring the role for the individual but tasks might include implementing new features and workflows for content creators, keeping track of performance and memory and optimizing for current- and next-gen.


That's enough to tease you, and we should expect most studios have been doing the same thing. A 12-month-plus lead on next-gen graphic engine development (Frostbite 3.0?) would sound about right, and would allow DICE to release their various DLC between now and the next-gen console releases.


I really expect the next-gen consoles, and next-gen games, to ramp up graphics and physics, considerably. Anything less than 1080p @ 60fps with AA at 2-4X would be disappointing. Heck, it needs to be even more than that, personally. 4096x2160 @ 60fps would be nice, but I'm pushing it now, aren't I?

Apple to soon launch "the new Apple Store"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 3:28 am

Apple sure does like this 'new' word, and is using it to push that they're going to open up 'the new Apple Store' shortly, reports Apple Insider. The notice can be found at the top of Apple online stores geared for kindergarten through 12th grade institutions. From here, shoppers are greeted with an alert about 'the new Apple Store". Apple says on its tease:




The new Apple Store

Apple is launching a new online store, which is your tool to shop and place orders with Apple. Proposal creation, order status, and a dramatically simplified user interface will make it easier to do business with Apple - all in a secure and reliable environment.


Getting ready

The transition to the new store will be easy. Your current Apple ID and password will continue to work. In the coming weeks you will receive more information about the store's features, benefits, and launch date.


So it looks as though it'll be easier for education institutions, but what about the everyday user? Who knows for now. We should expect an overhaul or paint job on the Apple Store in general, but only time will tell. More as it comes.

SwiftKey 3 Beta is here, includes Smart Space, a new UI, themes and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 6, 2012 2:24 am

SwiftKey is something I simply can't live without on my Samsung GALAXY S II, it's an amazing piece of kit, and the developers behind it have just let loose SwiftKey 3 Beta. The latest version of their multi-award winning Android keyboard that they've been working "flat-out" on for the last six months.



The new version includes a larger spacebar with an improved typing UI, but they've touting that "SwiftKey 3 is also the most advanced touchscreen keyboard the world has to offer". Them be fighting words. They reckon they've cracked one of the hardest problems that exist in text entry: how to correctly determine when a user has missed spaces.


SwiftKey 3 sports the developers new "Smart Space" technology, where SwiftKey 3 can figure out when you've missed a space, or accidentally hit a letter across long strings of sloppy text. The software is smart enough to work out if you accidentally type "Lleasexqllme", it knows that you meant "Please call me". There's a video above that even shows this off, and it seems to work impressively well.

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