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Team Fortress 2 is enjoying its first "Manniversary", launches the Steam Workshop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 6:11 am

Today is Team Fortress 2's "Manniversary" and to celebrate, Valve have released the Steam Workshop. What is the Steam Workshop you ask? Well, dear reader, it is an improved submission hub for community-created content that makes it much easier to upload entries, check on their status and get feedback from Valve. On top of all of this whiz-bang stuff, the Team Fortress community will be able to look at, comment on, and rate all item submissions in a single place.

 

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Valve haven't stopped there, though. The in-game Mann Co. Store has of course turned one today, and in just 365 days, item-creators have made more than $2,000,000 in profit from their creations. Crazy, right! Valve, in celebration of this, are releasing the massive Manniversary Update and Sale! There is just so much included in this, as a Team Fortress 2 fan, you owe it to yourself to check it out!

 

It includes new features, items and improvements. Almost everything is on sale between now and Monday, October 17th, so get on over and check it out. Also, any store purchase automatically upgrades a Free account to a Premium account, winner, winner, chicken dinner!

RIM apologizes for outage, says "Right now we're letting you down"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 5:27 am

A top Research in Motion official has apologized for the extended outage that is limiting service for many BlackBerry users worldwide. RIM still have no idea when the service will be fully restored. RIM's Chief Information Officer, Robin Bienfait, has said "You've depended on us for reliable, real-time communications, and right now we're letting you down". This was posted on RIM's website. He added:

 

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We are taking this very seriously and have people around the world working around the clock to address this situation. We believe we understand why this happened and we are working to restore normal service levels in all markets as quickly as we can.

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Apple iPhone 4S plans, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone deals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 4:35 am

Apple's iPhone 4S launched today in Australia and yesterday Telstra released their plans for the hotly anticipated Apple handset. Now we have all of the plan details, monthly amounts, data caps, SMS, call plans, outright pricing, everything you need to know as an Australian iPhone 4S potential customer. If you're after an iPhone 4S and want it outright, you're looking at $799, $899 and $999 for the 16, 32 or 64GB phones, respectively.

 

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Now, onto the plans. Optus' offerings are below, it doesn't seem too bad looking at the $79 cap which includes $900 worth of calls, 3GB of data and $0 per month for the 16 and 32GB iPhone 4S's.

 

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RumorTT: Apple about to launch cloud-based movie streaming service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 4:23 am

Apple is rumored to be launching a cloud-based movie service before the end of the year, if not, early 2012. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Apple Representatives have been meeting with various movie studios to finalize a deal that would allow consumers to purchase movies through iTunes and stream them to any iOS-based device. The news comes just after talks of the first movies from a multi-studio venture known as Ultraviolet being launched this week.

 

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Ultraviolet will allow consumers to purchase a DVD or Blu-ray and gain access to digital cloud-based copies they can then watch instantly on their Internet-connected TVs, smartphones and tablets. Ultraviolet web-only purchases, without discs, are expected to arrive in 2012. The Los Angeles Times didn't cite iCloud specifically, but when it says that Apple plans to "put movies in the cloud", there's no guessing required. What is unclear though, is whether the movies and TV shows would be simply downloaded to iOS devices, or streamed in order to save storage space.

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Want 50GB free storage for iOS? Box.net is offering just that

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 3:56 am

This news bit is short and sweet, and doesn't add to your love handles, just in case you were wondering. iCloud gives you 5GB of free storage, not bad, eh? Well, Box.net are actually offering [for the next 50 days], iOS users the chance of grabbing 50GB of free storage. Free, that means $0. Not only is the deal bloody amazing, but there is no fineprint. No asterisks, no buts, nothing. Most of these types of offers expire after a certain amount of time, or are only open to fresh, new users, but this one is neither.

 

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It is open to anyone and everyone and lasts forever. 50GB of free storage for iOS users thanks to Box.net, nice one!

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Microsoft unveils changes to Windows 8 UI, has listened to disgruntled users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 2:24 am

Windows 8's UI has undergone some changes as Microsoft received a bunch of feedback due to its developer preview of the upcoming OS last month, where they pledged to respond with a number of changes. Firstly, the app displayed within the Windows 8 App Screen can now be organised into groups, rather than the alphabetical arrangements (as shown in the image below).

 

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Apps can now be displayed at a higher density, which means cramming more content into the same space. Enterprise users will have the ability to customize their companies' Start screens and unify them across the networks, which is pretty darn cool if you ask me. There's still no word on whether administrators have the ability to opt out of Windows 8's Metro Ui tile-based interface, in favor of the "old-school", Windows 7-esque Desktop app, which is a highly requested feature.

 

There are many changes Microsoft are baking into Windows 8 and its great to see them so open with their users and implementing them so quickly. Take a look at the Building Windows 8 blog for an absolutely mammoth read, its very detailed and very awesome.

iFixit gives the iPhone 4S their signature teardown, confirms 512MB of RAM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 1:16 am

24 hours ahead of the official US launch and iFixit have ripped apart Apple's latest poster boy, the iPhone 4S. Inside we find a few details that future iPhone 4S users might want to know, such as the iPhone 4S having a half a watt-hour extra juice inside compared to the iPhone 4. This would be partially responsible for the 4S's improved 3G talk time, but the thanks could also go to the updated Qualcomm MDM6610 dual-mode baseband.

 

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The iPhone 4S also sports an improved vibrator (hehe, hehe) motor found in the CDMA iPhone, iFixit also say that the touchscreen panel uses the same connecting points as the older GSM iPhone 4 instead of those found in the newer CDMA model. There are also markings on Apple's A5 processor that confirm what we've all been sitting around the rumor mill with, the amount of RAM included in the iPhone 4S.

 

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Apple's A5-sporting next-gen iPhone was rumored to have 1GB or RAM, but it is now officially confirmed to be just 512MB of RAM. Markings on the A5 chip itself (E4E4) confirm the processor contains two 2Gb dies, 4 gigbits is equivalent to half a gigabyte, or, 512MB. iFixit gives the device 6 out of 10 score for repairability, the same as the iPhone 4 received, due to the use of pentalobe screws, thanks, Apple.

Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich even locked in for October 19

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 14, 2011 12:23 am

We've been talking about this for a while... but now it seems a concrete date has been set. Google and Samsung have sent invites to various people, tech sites, etc for the rescheduled Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) event. Google and Samsung plan to unveil Google's next-generation mobile OS, Ice Cream Sandwich, as well as Samsung's next smartphone, Galaxy Nexus (possibly named Nexus Prime) on October 19, in Hong Kong. The timing coincides with the D Asia conference and would start at 10PM Eastern time.

 

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If you can't make it, don't sweat; there will be a live stream for those of us unable to attend. I would suggest organising maybe a towel for all the drool you'll do over your keyboard. Originally, the event was meant to be last week, but as we reported a few days ago, it was delayed out of respect for Steve Jobs. In the US, the new Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime should arrive around the date of November 3, and could be a Verizon exclusive,

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App of the Day: Apple iMessage (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 6:34 pm

Our App of the Day today is Apple iMessage for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 5 or later.

 

Okay, our AOTD is a little different today. We're are featuring an Apple made "app" called iMessage.

 

It's the new messaging service built into iOS 5 and it rocks. Why? How about being able to send completely free text messages to other friends who are also using iOS 5.0? Yep, it does and you can also send pictures and video, too. It's fast too and works very well.

 

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The annoying part is that your friend or contact needs to have iOS 5.0 and there is really no way of knowing if they are on iOS 5.0 or not without asking them or just trying for a response. I'd love to see Apple make some adjustments so in your contacts list a person with iMessage support was highlighted with a support icon or something similar.

 

Do you reckon the folks over at WhatsApp Messenger are a little nervous right now? I'd say so... they did make their app free for 24 hours to regions that usually need to pay this past day. Apple iMessage is not perfect yet and not up to what WhatsApp can do (sharing your location, for example), but I'm sure we'll see improvements over time.

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Thursday Afternoon Roundup for October 13, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 13, 2011 5:36 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 13th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- AMD A6-3650 APU + CrossfireX @ Vortez

- Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6-inch Laptop @ ThinkComputers

 

Cases/Modding/PSU

 

- Lian Li PC-V600F Case @ Techpowerup

- Soundgraph Hummin' 3.03 & Finger VU 1016W Case @ Techpowerup

 

Cooling

 

- Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo Cooler @ XSReviews

- Corsair Hydro Series H100 Liquid CPU Cooler @ Hardware Canucks

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