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U.S. online holiday spending passes $25 billion, sets new record

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 2:27 am

comScore have just released their U.S. online holiday spending numbers for the season to-date, where it has been revealed that consumers continued to spend online in record amounts. In just 39 days of the November to December 2011 holiday season, $24.6 billion was spent online, which is a 15-percent increase compared to the same time last year.

 

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The week ending December 9 reached $5.9 billion in spending, up 15-percent with 3 days surpassing $1 billion in spending. For this holiday season, six individual days have surpassed $1 billion in spending, which for an economy in tatters, is quite the achievement. Cyber Monday leads this with $1.25 billion in sales, as well as Monday, December 5, which now ranks as the second heaviest spending day in history at $1.18 billion.

 

One of the driving forces behind this new found love for online retail shopping is the use of coupons and deals as well as the increased amount of free shipping offers from retailers. Smartphones and tablets have also helped, with more and more people using price comparison apps, both making purchases from the comfort of their own homes, or inside retail stores. E-commerce companies have noticed this trend and are now offering strong incentives to use and buy through mobile apps.

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Google Currents: magazine-like news reader for Android and iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 12, 2011 1:21 am

Google have today released to just U.S. residents, Google Currents. What is Google Currents? It's a magazine-like news reader where you can add your favorite content in like publications, blogs and browse, read and share that content, but with Currents, it's provided in a nice swipable magazine format.

 

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Currents allows you to follow trending stories, where breaking stories can be followed quite easily. Personalized "trends" pulls articles, photos and videos into living editions, where its like a living magazine, at your finger tips. Currents is also designed for all devices, iOS or Android-powered smartphones and tablets.

 

The only issue with it, is that it's locked to the U.S. right now. If it weren't for that, I may have tested it out on my phone against my favorite content site and app, Feedly. Sob, sob, sob.

Bioware is making... wait for it... Command & Conquer Generals 2, Frostbite 2-powered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 11, 2011 11:07 pm

OK, let me collect myself here. Bioware, check. Frostbite 2-powered, check. Command & Conquer, check. PC-only, check. That's all I need to say, enjoy and goodbye. But really, At the VGA 2011 awards, it was announced that Bioware are making an RTS, they have an RTS studio under their label.

 

 

Announced, was Command & Conquer Generals 2, which will be powered by the same engine that drives Battlefield 3, Frostbite 2. It will be PC-only, but excites me more than I can express through my keyboard with Dr Ray saying:

 

We're bringing BioWare's vision for emotionally engaging gameplay and great attention to quality to the strategy genre and the Command & Conquer franchise. I am excited to welcome BioWare Victory to our label. They are a great addition and the team is working hard to make sure Generals 2 truly immerses and engages players into this intense, gritty, modern war experience.

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App of the Day: My Xbox LIVE (iOS)

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 10, 2011 11:13 am

Our App of the Day today is My Xbox LIVE for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.3 or later.

 

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Cannot spend a minute without your Xbox 360 fix? Good news for you - if you are an iPhone owner you can now grab the My Xbox LIVE app and take it with you on the road and out of the lounge room.

 

Take your Xbox LIVE experience wherever you go with the My Xbox LIVE app. Track and compare your achievements, connect with your Xbox LIVE friends, and change up your 3D Avatar. Review all your recent great games you and your friends love to play and compare achievements with them. Jump into our games hub to learn about the latest LIVE games and apps. Access Xbox Spotlight feeds, get breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, gamer spotlight and much more.

Spotted: AMD Radeon HD 7000-Series cards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 3:11 pm

AMD's next-generation high-end graphics card has been spotted, with images making their way onto the Internet. The new boards are marked as "Tahiti" and are believed to be the top-of-the-line single-GPU cards from AMD. This should be what the Radeon HD 7900-Series will eventually be.

 

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The card, as you can see in the picture above, is quite long, roughly the same length as AMD's current Radeon HD 6970. It sports twelve GDDR5 memory chips, which means they use a 384-bit memory bus. It also includes two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, which should give it up to 375W of power to suck down. The card, however, is powered by the SIG-approved 6-pin plus 8-pin config, which uses up to 300W of power.

 

It shouldn't be long until we have more concrete info, but generally, when there are leaks like this, the real things aren't far behind.

Download of the Day: Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0.0.49

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 2:42 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Emsisoft Anti-Malware 6.0.0.49.

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware monitors all active programs in real time for dangerous behavior (Behavior Blocking) and can detect new unknown Trojans, Worms, Viruses and other damaging programs (Zero-Day dangers) without daily updates. The signature-based security (Emsisoft and Ikarus double engine) ensures a very high recognition rate of known Malware such as Trojans, Worms and Viruses.

 

Emsisoft Anti-Malware provides reliable protection from:

 

• Viruses, worms, bots.

• Trojans, backdoors, keyloggers, rootkits.

• Spyware, Adware, TrackingCookies..

 

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The latest version includes the following changes:

 

Changes in Version 6.0.0.49

 

* Surf protection speed improvements.

* Crash on system standby - fixed.

* Crashes submitted from reports - fixed.

* Slow start of GUI on Windows 7 x64 - fixed.

* System freeze/tray icon update animation loop - fixed.

* One more problem that may cause a delay on software startup fixed.

* Crash on service component restart - fixed.

* Communication problem of service with GUI components - fixed.

* Application rule submission bug fixed that caused a guard freeze problem with tooltip text "'1 KB (100%) of 1 KB uploaded…'".

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RumorTT: Samsung to unveil 11.6-inch, 2560x1600 resolution tablet at Mobile World Congress in Feb 2012?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 12:10 pm

Wow would be an understatement right now, but rumor has it that Samsung are set to release an 11.6-inch tablet running Google's latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS next year, which would probably pop its head up at Mobile World Congress in February.

 

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It is said that even though the new tablet would have a bigger screen than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, it will be "barely larger" due to the fact that the tablet has a thinner bezel and its amazing 2560x1600 resolution, 11.6-inch screen with a 16:10 aspect ratio.

 

The tablet will reportedly sport a dual-core Exynos 5250 CPU clocked at 2GHz. My birthday is in March and I think I just found out what I'll be getting.

Apple TV update brings TV shows to Australia, Canada and the UK

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 11:10 am

TV show downloads have been available for everyone, but for most, it has been locked down to just iTunes. This has now changed due to an over-the-air update to the Apple TV boxes in Canada, Australia and the UK.

 

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Apple TV is now a source of TV downloading, for between $2.49 and $2.99, you can download full downloads of your favorite TV shows and watch them over and over again. Apple have just recently traded single TV show episode rentals for a TV show downloads service, which is great.

 

Every episode purchased will be streamed with no limit from the iCloud storage locker. If you have an Apple TV, turn it on, it should pop up saying an "update is available," update your Apple TV. If this doesn't work, go to Settings, General and then Update. After that, enjoy streaming TV episodes on the cheap!

The Battlefield 3 movie is here, kinda

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 8:27 am

Of course, Battlefield 3 fans want a movie, but do we really need it? It's not like the story of Battlefield 3 is some tightly-knit group of heroes with personalities, we already have that with Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Band of Brothers, and more.

 

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But, Reddit reader GregWester caught the DVD above at his local supermarket for just $3. It has the image of Battlefield 3, but is actually a movie called Project Shadowchaster 3. Those sneaky buggers!

 

Bit of a fun post, I would've grabbed the DVD myself if I saw it and posted it all over the interwebs, too. A trailer is available below for your viewing pleasure.

 

Paralympian begins to walk after wheelchair crash

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 9, 2011 7:25 am

Dutch Paralympian, Monique van der Vorst, has begun walking again after a crash with a bicycle. In March of 2010, van der Vorst had an accident in which she was rammed by another cyclist while she was riding her hand cycle. Months after the accident she regained feeling in both her legs.

 

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After extensive rehabilitation, she took her first steps once again in July 2010. Doctors are of course baffled by her unexpected recovery, with some believing it was the trauma of the crash that jolted her body back into action.

 

She said "I wanted to jump in the air for joy." Van der Vorst has now signed with Rabobank women's professional cycling team and hopes to one day compete at the olympics.

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