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Apple releases Safari 5.1.4, brings a bunch of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 6:31 am

Even on my 2011 Edition MacBook Pro, I still use Chrome, but Safari is loved by millions across the world. Today Apple updated Safari to version 5.1.4 which includes a bunch of updates and fixes. From things like improved JavaScript performance, to screen dimming issues when watching HTML5 video.

 

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The full list of stuff baked into Safari 5.1.4:

 

  • Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
  • Improve JavaScript performance (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
  • Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
  • Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
  • Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming (on Mac OS Lion)
  • Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
  • Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
  • Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
  • Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the "Remove All Website Data" button

 

You can download Safari 5.1.4 here.

Nokia set to release Windows 8 tablet, will arrive in Q4 2012, and in quite low numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 4:50 am

It's being said that Nokia and Microsoft will team up to enter the tablet PC market by releasing a 10-inch, Windows 8-based tablet which is set to be based on Qualcomm's dual-core chip, according to DigiTimes. The device would be released in Q4 of this year, at the earliest.

 

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The sources have said that Nokia is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch tablets to Compal Electronics, where the first batch out of the factory would contain just 200,000 units. Just 200,000 units, is something people should be stuck on. This seems like a "let's just test the market out first", or are Nokia scared of the constant onslaught that is the iPad.

 

This is now shown as a move of Nokia joining WoA (Windows on ARM) and we should expect Microsoft to gain strength to compete with not just Apple and their iPad, but also the upcoming Android 5.0-based tablets that will hit the market at around the same time.

New iPad pre-order stock is sold out, you should expect delays, tears

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 4:31 am

Apple announced the new iPad just last week, and people haven't been able to drag their jaws from the floor yet. Once they did, they began the feverish clicking of their mice or tapping of their fingers to pre-order the latest and greatest tablet from Apple.

 

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The original release was slated for March 16th, but Apple have experienced (in the words of Obama, as he uses the word about 3 times every second) unprecedented demand for the iPad 3, and have been forced to now push back delivery times for online buyers. Originally, those who pre-ordered were to expect delivery of their brand new 2048x1536-sporting iPad on launch day, as Apple had set aside stock for pre-order customers.

 

But they have sold out of this pre-order stock, as demand is "off the charts" according to an Apple spokesperson. For those who ordered online and are based in the US, you'll have to wait until March 19th for delivery, with a two device limit on orders. The lucky people who pre-ordered before stock ran out will receive them on launch day.

 

For those of you based in Australia (me, boooo) will receive stock on March 22nd, but those based in France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland and the United Kington will have a shipping delay of two to three weeks to endure.

 

I want two or three of them this weekend, but it looks like I will have to miss out if I can't get there in time. I'm going to cry some serious tears now.

RumorTT: Razer Blade 2.0 could sport Ivy Bridge and Kepler

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:21 am

The original Razer "the world's first true gaming laptop" Blade is loved by swarming groups of fans, but there are of course, critics who don't like it. I'm one of those people. Don't get me wrong, I love Razer gear. I rock their mouse and keyboard combos and love them. My BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth Edition sits on my desktop as my everyday keyboard, and my Mamba, I love her to bits.

 

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But the Blade was a bit of a miss for me, it had a lacklustre GPU that really made the Blade struggle when compared to other gaming laptops. The GPU in question was the GeForce GT 555M, which to me, just isn't powerful enough to let Razer claim its the "world's first true gaming laptop", but, it still sold in supreme numbers. Selling out, not once, but twice.

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RumorTT: Polyphony Digital team spotted taking shots of Mount Panorama for the new Gran Turismo game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 3:18 am

The two guys pictured below weer spotted doing leg and truck-powered laps of Bathurst's Mount Panorama, where they've taken photos of one of Australia's most recognised race tracks. That's not all, because audio from intrepid's souls phone camera definitely points toward the raceway being featured in the next instalment of the Gran Turismo series.

 

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The clip is below, and you can hear the guys talking about it, with a subtitled version available, too. There's also a thread on the GTPlanet forums, where people are convinced that one of the Polyphony Digital guys says "GT6". Of course, this isn't 100-percent irrefutable evidence, but it does have more credit than just a shot of two guys posing for a photo.

 

 

Unless this is a DLC pack for Gran Turismo 5, that is. The other question is, if this is for GT6, would it arrive on the PS3 or the PS4? Polyphony Digital do take their time releasing games, so I would be willing to put some money on this game hitting the PlayStation 4.

Google Chrome for Windows 8 has been confirmed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 2:17 am

Google is my browser of choice. Everytime I use it, I feel like a cowboy in the western era, pulling my gun out of my holster and swinging it around my finger and then shooting some tin can at 100-feet. More exciting news, though: Google have confirmed they're working on a version of Chrome that will run in the Metro environment found within Windows 8, says Mashable.

 

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The Google spokesperson told Mashable that the new version of Chrome would be based on the desktop browser, as opposed to the Android-based version. The representative has been quoted:

 

Our goal is to be able to offer our users a speedy, simple, secure Chrome experience across all platforms, which includes both the desktop and Metro versions of Windows 8. To that end we're in the process of building a Metro version of Chrome along with improving desktop Chrome in Windows 8 such as adding enhanced touch support.

 

This means that when the Windows 8 tablets hit the market, users will be able to use the same browsers they know and love in Windows 7, but with the Metro interface. Mozilla has also admitted they're building Firefox for Metro, too.

Samsung releases Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade for Galaxy S II, finally!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:16 am

It's here! Samsung have just announced through their Facebook page that the upgrade for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for their flagship Galaxy S II smartphone. Samsung have announced it will be served up in European countries first.

 

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The first to get it are Poland, Hungary, and Sweden, as well as Korea. It should roll out around the world over the coming days. Samsung have also said that the ICS-based upgrade should roll out to other Galaxy-branded phones soon, with the Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 all getting the delicious upgrade.

 

On top of this, Samsung will offer Android 2.3 Gingerbread firmware upgrades to Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab 7-inch, Galaxy S Plus, Galaxy S SCL (Super Clear LCD) and Galaxy W from the end of March. The new firmware upgrades for Galaxy S sport features such as Facebook Unlock, Snapshot, Photo Editor, and more.

 

I can't wait for Australia to get it, or for the ROM to hit the tubes!

Crytek show off updated CryENGINE 3 for 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:07 am

The team behind Crysis, Crytek, have just released a new video showing off some next-generation CryENGINE 3 graphics. If that's not enough "cry's" in one sentence, then sit back and relax with the nearly 4 minutes of the updated graphics engine below.

 

 

Impressed? I am. It looks gorgeous. But, we'll never see those graphics. Right now, I'm putting my foot down and declaring we will never see those graphics, in all that detail, smoothly, in any game from Crytek (or anyone who licenses that engine) for a very long time. Why? First up, we never see tech demo graphics make it to the final game, it's just too much. Secondly, how much detail can be inserted into a pillar, or water... look at that water for example. It looks absolutely beautiful.

 

That's the problem, there is so much wasted computational power used for something that will never see the light of day. Even if it did, all that water is, is scenery. It's not an actual useful item within the game, it's background graphics. Unless it plays some pivotal role within the next CryENGINE 3-based game, it means nothing to me.

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Upcoming ASUS Zenbooks to sport Ivy Bridge, optional 1080p display and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 1:01 am

According to The Verge, ASUS are working on a major Ultrabook refresh, which should slide right onto shelves close to the time that Intel unleashes their Ivy Bridge CPUs, with The Verge getting their mits on the full spec sheets, oh boy!

 

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Currently, we have the UX31 and UX21, with the replacement models the UX31A and UX21A, respectively. The similar model numbers may fool some, but the upgrades are pretty serious. Matte screen options are said to be available on both new models, with the highest spec sporting a 1920x1080 resolution, with an IPS-based display. Hot. Another bonus is, that's for both the 13.3-inch UX31A and the 11.6-inch UX21A.

 

If you opt for the IPS-based display, you'll be greeted with 350 nits of brightness, with the LCD-based display only sports 300 nits of brightness, and a drop of resolutions to 1600x900 and 1366x768 for the UX31A and UX21A, respectively. Intel Ivy Bridge-based processors will be found inside the new ASUS Zenbooks, with the low-voltage (17W TDP) models making an appearance, from the simple Core i3 model, right up to the powerhouse Core i7:

 

  • Core i7-3517U, dual-core, four threads, 4MB L3, cache, 3GHz max Turbo Boost speed
  • Core i5-3317U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 2.6GHz max Turbo Boost speed
  • Core i3-3217U, dual-core, four threads, 3MB L3 cache, 1.8GHz (no Turbo Boost)

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David Cage shows off 'Kara', Quantic Dream's new engine is phenomenal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 13, 2012 12:10 am

Heavy Rain, to me, was great. It had its problems (frame rate, and the whole "Jaaasssooonnnn" bit) but it was a completely different game to the usual genres out there. The mastermind behind the game, David Cage, and his company, Quantic Dream are back again, and want your socks blown off, again.

 

 

Enter Kara. Kara was shown off during GDC, where it was again a PlayStation 3-exclusive, and just a technology demo that was showcasing the company's new game engine. Cage says:

 

Kara was made a year ago, so the technology has evolved a lot since then," the Quantic Dream head told CVG at GDC. We've worked a lot on the cinematography, we've worked a lot on lens flares, on diffraction and how the light plays on the optic... We're playing with all these things, so I think that the next games - whatever they are - are going to look much better than Kara.

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