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OnLive Desktop launch Android app, lets you run an instance of Windows 7 through the web

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 4:29 am

OnLive Desktop launched for the iPad recently, and now has launched for Android. OnLive Desktop is free, available in the Android Market right now, and lets smartphones and tablets run an instance of Windows 7 through the Internet.

 

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The Windows environment is hosted in the cloud through OnLive's servers, and the Desktop client allows remote access over a Wi-Fi or mobile broadband connection. OnLive says that Android-based suers can use Microsoft software on their device, which is a great feature. Software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, or Adobe Reader for PDFs.

 

OnLive Desktop whilst free, limits data storage to 2GB. For just $4.99 per month, OnLive offers higher priority to the virtual machines and accelerated browsing. For $9.99, 50GB of storage will be made available, but is "coming soon" and will be dubbed OnLive Desktop Pro.

RumorTT: PlayStation 4 to drop the Cell processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 3:52 am

We've talked about AMD powering the PlayStation 4's GPU, but what of it's CPU? The PlayStation 3 had Sony running parade's around the world (ok, well, not really) about it's revolutionary Cell processor, but after the PS3's release, developers said it was harder to code for.

 

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Now that Sony would be at least piecing the puzzle together that will eventually be the PlayStation 4, rumor has it that the Cell processor, which was once the be-all-and-end-all of chips from Sony (and others) will not be making the cut, according to unnamed sources of Kotaku.

 

Considering AMD will most likely be building the GPU for the PlayStation 4, one would think they've either use a combination CPU/GPU chip, or would at least slap a 6- or 8-core CPU on the new PlayStation 4. I think that would work well, as cross-platform development would be insanely easy compared to today. If the three main consoles all use AMD-based GPUs (which it seems to be the case), then we should expect much better PC ports of the games, in theory.

NSA develops ultra-secure Android phone for top secret calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 3:29 am

The National Security Agency (NSA) have developed an ultra-secure Android phone built using off-the-shelf parts which will allow the US government to discuss "top secret" materials. 100 of the Fishbowl phones were developed, and released, to government staff.

 

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The new NSA Android-based phones are built by the NSA's 40-year-old Information Assurance Directorate, who are responsible for providing secure communications to the US government, including the Department of Defence. The division's head, Margaret Salter, has said that anyone could reproduce the phone using specifications posted online, because it uses off-the-shelf components.

 

Salter adds:

 

The plan was to buy commercial components, layer them together and get a secure solution. It uses solely commercial infrastructure to protect classified data.

 

Salter adds that she would previously "speak in code" if she was using a commercial mobile device, when she was discussing classified information. Users can install defence applications on the device from an enterprise app store which is run by the US Defence Information Systems Agency. This ensures that only secure applications were installed, and remove the need for NSA staff to worry about the integrity of third-party applications.

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HTC comes to their senses, admits Sense UI is cluttered an that refinements are coming in Sense 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 2:23 am

HTC's Sense UI is popular, but at times, can be a bit of a mess and HTC are now admitting to this. During an interview with Pocket-lint at Mobile World Congress, HTC chief product officer Kouji Kodera said that Sense UI had become too cluttered. Kodera says:

 

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From the original Sense up to Sense 3.5 we added too many things. The original concept was that it had to be simple and it had to be easy to use and we had that philosophy, but over time it got cluttered. There were too many things in there. Even on the home screen we had four or five icons before consumers got a chance to add things themselves.

 

HTC's Sense 4 arrives on HTC One X, One S, and the One V, as well as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and is said to provide a more refined experience. HTC are also planning on releasing less products from now on, which could lead to a more Apple-like product lineup. Instead of the 32 (slight exaggeration) of phones that HTC release every 3 weeks (another exaggeration).

The press get a hold of Max Payne 3 and say "the experience is mind-blowing"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 1:46 am

WHERE WAS MY INVITE, ROCKSTAR?!?! Anyway, the worldwide gaming press have had their first hands-on taste of the slow-mo, gun-toting Max Payne 3 and have some seriously amazing things to say about it.

 

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Rockstar showed them a bit of the game, with the story early on, they find Max and his partner Passos meeting up with the ruthless Comando Sombra gang at a local football stadium in an attempt to exchange cash for the captive Fabiana Branco. However, things quickly turn bad as the deal is crashed by unknown assailants. From there, they're also given a taste of a level where Max tracks Fabiana's kidnappers to the hostile, rain-soaked docks by the Tietê River...

 

The impressions and quotes? Incredible. Excitement... building... The only thing holding me back is most of these sites give games like Call of Duty: Yet Another Sequel games high scores, but Max Payne is quite close to my heart, please let these quotes be complete 100-percent excitement and truth.

 

CVG:

 

It's easy to be impressed when you're standing on the outside looking in. Once you're actually in control in Max Payne 3, the experience is mind-blowing.

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Samsung develops new camera sensor technology that captures image, depth simultaneously

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 2, 2012 1:22 am

Samsung have developed a new camera sensor technology that captures both image and depth simultaneously. This new technology could be baked into smartphones and other devices with built-in cameras, where it could give Kinect-like gesture hand control.

 

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This would lead to the obvious functions someone could use with this technology, without having to touch the screen whatsoever. The new technology reportedly uses a CMOS sensor, with red, blue and green pixels, combined with an additional z-pixel for capturing depth.

 

The new Samsung technology captures images at 1920x720 resolution using its traditional RGB array, but it can also capture a depth image at a resolution of 480x360 with the z-pixel. It achieves its depth capabilities by a special process where the z-pixel is located beneath the RGB pixel array. Samsung have then placed a special barrier between the RGB and z pixels, allowing the light they capture to give the effect that the z-pixel is three times its actual size.

Thursday Morning Roundup for March 1, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 3:33 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, March 1st, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

MSI Radeon HD 7770 1GB OC Edition - TweakTown

ASUS Radeon HD 7750 1 GB - techPowerUp!

 

Storage:

 

Samsung PM830 SATA 3 256GB mSATA SSD - The SSD Review

Patriot Memory 120GB Wildfire Solid State Drive - ModSynergy.com

Kingston SSDNow V+ 200 RAID 0 - PureOverclock

OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 480 GByte - Hardware-Mag.de

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Deal of the Day: Dell XPS 8300 Desktop w/24" screen - $1149 w/FREE shipping

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 2:34 pm

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1055.1 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 1:36 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1055.1 Dev.

 

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Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

 

One box for everything

 

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

 

Thumbnails of your top sites

 

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

 

Incognito mode

 

Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.

 

Safe browsing

 

Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.

 

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.

RumorTT: Mini iPad is on the way, possibly a 7.85-incher

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2012 11:29 am

Yet another RumorTT on Apple, but today we're talking about the long-time rumored mini iPad, where according to DigiTimes' supplier sources, have sample units in the wild. Production is said to be some time away, and won't start until summer "at the earliest".

 

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If the mini iPad does get released, we should be looking at it hitting head-to-head with Amazon's much better priced Kindle Fire, so around the $249 to $299 mark. Apple is right now, the only company that can compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, or Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet.

 

Steve Jobs famously dismissed the idea of a smaller iPad, due to the number of interface elements that they would have to sacrifice to make it happen. But the market is changing, and unfortunately, Steve is gone. A 7.85-inch iPad would sell well in my opinion, just by price alone.

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