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Facebook's upcoming App Center will feature a 'Send to Mobile' option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 23, 2012 9:00 am

Facebook's App Center will feature the option 'Send to Mobile', which will allow users to purchase apps on their desktop, or tablet, and will have a notification delivered to their phones. This is something already found in Google and Apple's app stores, but instead uses Facebook's notification system.




This option is said to be [hopefully] ready in time for the App Center's launch later this year. The way it works is you'll choose an app through the App Center, and you'll have the option to directly launch the app if it's not already installed, or go to the iOS App Store, or Google Play to download it if you don't.


The App Center will be the first storefront to sell apps for both platforms together. The social networking site won't be directly selling, or making money off of iOS or Android apps. Facebook want a tighter grip on the mobile market, and hope to build its App Center into the main repository for socially-oriented apps across all of the major mobile platforms.

RumorTT: Nokia Lumia 900 to run Windows Phone 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2012 8:21 am

If a YouTube video posted by is to be believed, it features a Nokia Lumia 900, suggesting that the device would run Windows Phone 8. The leaked feature shows off the Photo Hub tile split into two.




The one on the left is the latest photo tile, with the second something new. The second feature is the "meet up with Sarah", in the Contact tile, none of which are features in the current iteration of Windows Phone. The screenshot above shows the difference.


Not that this is something that is huge news, but the talk of Windows Phone 8 is interesting in itself. Microsoft seem to be really pulling their stuff together lately, and if this is a sign of things to come, it looks like Microsoft may just pull Windows Phone right up to the ranks of iOS and Android sooner, rather than later.

Amazon has Samsung GALAXY S III up for US pre-order

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2012 7:23 am

If you're in the US and want to be among the very first people in the world to get your grubby, tech-loving hands on Samsung's quad-core GALAXY S III, well you might want to head on over to Amazon's website, right now.




The downside of this is that being one of the first people in the US to own the phone, will set you back quite a few bucks: $799.99 bucks to be precise. The blue version ships on May 29, with the white version shipping a few days later on June 1.


The i9300 GALAXY S III will be fully compatible with AT&T's HSPA network, which means you'll get 4G HSPA+ service wherever the carrier has it. But, you won't get any LTE connectivity, since this model of the GALAXY S III doesn't sport the ability. This means that if you're carrier of choice is AT&T, and you don't care about the LTE speeds, and you want to have the GALAXY S III as soon as humanly possible, then you should probably pre-order one, now.

WinX Blu-ray Decrypter is available right now, for free!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: May 23, 2012 7:20 am

An e-mail made its way to my inbox just a few moments ago, with a pretty amazing giveaway. Digiarty Software, from their voting result giveaway gift of its "Hello Summer!" special offer, are giving away WinX Blu-ray Decrypter, for free! The software had a majority of popular votes, and is now being given away until May 25.




Here are the main functions of WinX Blu-ray Decrypter:


  • Decrypt and save Blu-ray on hard drive in about 25 minutes.
  • Clone Blu-ray disc to a M2TS video file or a complete Blu-ray folder.
  • Support two copy modes: Full Disc Backup and Title Mode Copy.
  • Get rid of region code, UOPs, encryption AACS, BD+, BD-live, etc for smooth BD copy.
  • Support transforming 3D Blu-ray to 2D video.


You can grab WinX Blu-ray Decrypter here.

Samsung Chromebox spotted on e-tailer site, priced at $329.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 23, 2012 6:42 am

TigerDirect's web store has Samsung's Chromebox listed, which means that Samsung must have used ninja's to get the super-small device into the store. But now we have more details on the ChromeOS-based device.




Samsung's Chromebox comes with an Intel Celeron B840 which is a 1.9GHz dual-core processor, backed up by 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 16GB solid-state drive, Wi-Fi and six USB ports. Samsung did tease a $400 price tag at CES back in January, so it's nice to see it 20-percent cheaper than the original price.


The listing will most likely get pulled between now and then, and probably float back up closer to Google I/O which is in a little over a month from now.

AMD CEO says that every laptop on earth has enough processing power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:26 am

AMD CEO, Rory Read, has been quoted with quite a powerful quote: that there's enough processing power on every laptop on the planet today. He's specifically referring to what he calls the conclusion of the era between AMD and Intel to develop increasingly faster processors.




AMD spokesperson, Mike Silverman told the San Jose Mercury News that AMD needed to let go of the old AMD versus Intel mindset, as technology moves forward this strategy will no longer be the key focus. AMD CEO Rory Read also talked to Bloomberg Businessweek, where he said that computing is increasingly moving into the cloud where data centers are able to process computations much faster than a single computer, tablet or smartphone can.


Personally, I thought we were over this? I think the whole AMD versus Intel thing ended when we moved into multiple cores? Intel, in my opinion, is so far out in front right now, that CPU power just doesn't have the same effect it did years ago. You can upgrade from a Core i3, to a Core i5 and if you're not utilizing all of that power - is there a difference? If you're using your PC for Facebook and e-mail and move from a dual-core AMD to a quad-core AMD, do you notice the difference?

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GeForce 301.42 WHQL drivers are here, provides 4-way SLI support to the GTX 670, and lots, lots more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 23, 2012 5:00 am

NVIDIA have just released some new drivers to the public, and what makes these stand out from the other R300 series of drivers is that these are the first WHQL-certified drivers from the R300 family of drivers. NVIDIA have baked plenty of improvements, and features into the R300 series of drivers.




The GeForce 301.42 WHQL does contain some nuggets of gold, such as improving support for the GTX 600 Series of cards. We're looking at the inclusion of GEFORCE GTX 670 4-way SLI support, and a bunch of HDTV displays getting a dded support, as well as the usual single- and multi-GPU bugs being squished. New and/or improved SLI and 3D Vision profiles have arrived, for new games such as Max Payne 3, Dirt: Showdown, Sniper Elite V2, and Street Fighter X Tekken.


For more information on the GeForce 301.42 WHQL drivers, check out NVIDIA's page.

12-way video calling arrives on Facebook, iPad thanks to ooVoo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 23, 2012 4:29 am

ooVoo may not have the same market penetration as Skype or Facetime, but if they keep doing things like this, they soon will be. The video chat service announced today that they're bringing its 12-way video calling feature to Facebook.




The company has also made improvements to their iPad experience, as well as other apps for the iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows. The Mac and PC apps have had 12-way video calling for a while, but the introduction of Facebook 12-way is quite the move for ooVoo.


You don't even need to be a member of ooVoo to have a 12-way on Facebook, all you need to do is invite other Facebook friends to initiate a chat with your Facebook friends. ooVoo steps it up further by offering the same 12-way experience on the iPad. The new iPad app will allow for 12-way calls, and four-way simultaneously HD video. The company is also refreshing the remainder of their apps, iPhone, PC and Android, with a cleaner UI and Facebook integration.


All of ooVoo's services are free, but are ad-supported.

Japan, Russia looking to set up bases on the Moon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:39 am

If you've ever imagined being a fly on the wall in an important meeting between companies, or corporations, this might be it. The heads of the space agencies for Europe, Canada, and Russia as well as senior representatives from the space agencies of India and Japan, were all together in a hotel in Washington, DC, where they were talking about the benefits of international collaboration at the Global Space Exploration Conference.




The leader of the space agency who's HQ is just a few blocks away, was not on the stage. NASA administrator, Charles Bolden, was in Florida where he was watching the attempt by SpaceX to launch a capsule to the International Space Station. But, it's not strange for NASA to not be involved with these talks, as the agency has had a hard time working with others in joint ventures, and Europe in particular has had to turn elsewhere for partners.

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You'll now need Windows Phone 7.5 to use the Marketplace

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 23, 2012 3:09 am

Microsoft have just announced that starting today, you'll be required to have Windows Phone 7.5 on phones to download, buy, update, or review apps in Marketplace. This change applies to both the phone and web Marketplace storefronts.




While this seems like a strange move, remember that most phones are already running Windows Phone 7.5, and most phones can be upgraded to the latest version if they're stuck on a previous version of the operating system.


If you're running an older version of Windows Phone and try to access the Marketplace, you'll be prompted with an error message when you try to download a new app, or update an app that's already on your device. If you do get the error, all you need to do is install the free Windows Phone 7.5 upgrade.


You can find more information, and a step-by-step instruction guide on Update Central.

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