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Ice Cream Sandwich is now rolling out to the original ASUS Transformer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 8:26 am

ASUS did promise the original Eee Pad Transformer would receive Ice Cream Sandwich in February, and have now, begun to fulfil that promise. The original TF101 Transformer is now receiving the ICS update, with users in Taiwan seeing the update first.

 

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The UK are expected to be the next ones on the list, with other regions across the various ponds to receive the ICS update over the coming days. ASUS are known to stagger releases, in case any nasty bugs pop up at the last minute, instead of unleashing the updates to the entire user base, and experiencing issues somewhere along the line.

 

ASUS have also used the announcement to remind us of its pride in commitment to long product life-cycles and also to look forward to some new innovations at next weeks Mobile World Congress.

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NVIDIA rebrands again, this time it's Tegra 3's vSMP changed to 4-PLUS-1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 7:34 am

NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC features four ARM Cortex-A9 chips, but sports a unique design that I covered in an editorial on the chip. NVIDIA have today rebranded the previously-known-as vSMP to: 4-PLUS-1.

 

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It sounds like a polygamy-based wedding invitation, but hey, NVIDIA need to push their unique design somehow, don't they? We should expect to see some Tegra 3-based smartphones next week at the Mobile World Congress, sporting the new brand 4-PLUS-1. NVIDIA have also trademarked the name, which is a bonus.

 

NVIDIA attribute the change in name from vSMP to 4-PLUS-1 to their customers wanting a name that is more "unique and descriptive". They wanted a "name they could put on a box or a store sign that immediately represents its value".

 

From now on, I expect cars to be sold with the slogan: 4-PLUS-1 tires. 4 on the car, 1 spare. Win.

CERN Lab scientists admit that the speed of light was not broken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 6:29 am

A few months ago, news found its way into the world that scientists in the Geneva-based CERN lab had broken the speed of light. But, news has broken that this may have been a 'connection' problem. The news is from a source close to the experiment, who spoke to the US journal, Space Insider that "a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame".

 

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Scientists had originally claimed that neutrinos arrived 60 nanoseconds earlier than the 2.3 milliseconds taken by light. Science Insider reported:

 

The 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber, researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed.

 

Since this time is subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos. New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.

RumorTT: Next Blizzard game 'to be free-to-play'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 5:28 am

According to a Develop source, the famous World of Warcraft developer, Blizzard Entertainment, are expecting their next major release to be a free-to-play model. Blizzard are said to be developing the game, which is an upcoming, but unannounced game.

 

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After eight years of phenomenal success with World of Warcraft, Blizzard are said to be expanding their business opportunities, and create both subscription and freemium titles. No other details are known of the game, apart from the potential free-to-play business model. Blizzard are currently working on "Project Titan" as well as polishing the soon-to-be-released Diablo III.

 

I'm sure we'll get some information on it soon enough, but knowing Blizzard it could be years before we actually see the product. It'll be an exciting time for the company, as it'll mark a huge change in the way they gain customers and interact with them, if the free-to-play game succeeds.

iPhone lock screen flaw, can be partially bypassed by two new bugs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 4:23 am

Oh the sheer horror! An Apple iPhone can be cracked into! Well, iPhone Islam have found a new bug that allows you to bypass the lock screen on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. The trick is shown in a three-minute YouTube video, below, where if it is successfully completed, allows you to get unauthorized access to the handset's full contact list, recent calls and favorites, as well as the ability to make standard or FaceTime calls.

 

 

The hack does require you to jump through some hoops: where you must return a missed call through the iOS notification screen while the device itself is searching for a network. The above video notes that it is actually easier to do if you're in an area with next to no signal, but you can also use another trick: repeatedly eject and reinsert the SIM card to get the same effect. If this is timed properly, the handset will lock itself to the phone application.

 

Have you heard of this flaw before? Have you tried it? Are you going to try it?

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MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 14 is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:43 am

Popular GPU overclocking tool, MSI Afterburner, has hit version 2.2.0 Beta 14 and is now available for download. It includes a fair amount of updated features, listed below.

 

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The main updated features of MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 14

 

* Fixed sub-zero temperatures reading on certain custom design MSI graphics cards with LM96163 and NCT7718W dedicated thermal sensors.

* Added workaround for bug in AMD drivers causing unofficial overclocking to be reset to defaults after adjusting PowerPlay settings. Now unofficial overclocking settings are being forcibly reapplied after applying new PowerPlay settings.

* Hardware abstraction layer (HAL) architecture has been improved to provide compatibility with future NVIDIA graphics cards series.

* Now multi-GPU overclocking and fan control settings synchronization is performed at HAL level instead of display driver wrapper level to improve HAL architecture extendibility and provide compatibility with future NVIDIA graphics cards series.

* Shared control memory format has been upgraded to v2.0. New format provides power limit adjustment support and forward compatibility with future NVIDIA graphics cards series.

* Now it is possible to override group names for values displayed in the On-Screen Display or in Logitech keyboard LCD display.

* MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to v4.3.3.

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High-res Max Payne 3 PC screenshots are here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 3:26 am

Oh, Max Payne, I love you. Rockstar have just teased us all with the first ever screenshots of the PC version of Max Payne 3. Rockstar have also teased that the PC version will have:

 

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Gloriously increased resolution and graphical detail in both the epic story and the explosive multiplayer modes.

 

Rockstar also says we should also:

 

Stay tuned for more detailed information including special graphics hardware support and enhancements - as well as system specs to be announced a bit closer to game release.

 

You know what, Rockstar? Don't tease us with these not-in-game screenshots on the PC, how about you show us some high-res, 1080p 60fps footage, with the AA cranked and all. Show us what the PC version can do. Also, don't just make this a console-to-PC port, like I know will happen. I have high hopes for this game, as it's one of the only games I want for 2012. If the world ends this year, I want one of my last gaming memories to be Max Payne 3.

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Blizzard tells gamers to thinking about how awesome Diablo III will be, compares it to crappy M. Night Shyamalan movies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 2:24 am

[UPDATE] I've received an e-mail from a reader who has pointed me to a post by Blizzard Community Manager "Daxxarri", where he has a pretty big message that goes against the post below. He says that the game is in good shape, and that he thinks we will love Diablo III when it is released. He also adds that they want you/us/everyone to have high expectations of not only Diablo III, but all Blizzard-produced games. He also adds that if Diablo III wasn't a worthy instalment in the Diablo III series, they wouldn't bother releasing it, adding that that's the way they've always done it.

 

Take a look at the post here, which should calm not only my nerves, but your nerves, too. Thanks for the heads up, Andrew!

 

I've felt this for quite some time now, it started at about the time Blizzard were rumored to be working on Diablo III for consoles, but now they're actually coming out and saying that people should actually lower their expectations for Diablo III. Say. What!!!

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Box goes all-in with Android, offers 50GB of free storage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 1:29 am

Cloud-based storage company, Box, has just updated their Android app and have baked in a bunch of new features. In order to celebrate this new start, Box are giving away 50GB of free storage to any Android-based user who logs into their service in the next 30 days.

 

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Box's new Android update introduces an overhauled user interface, new features, and includes compatibility for Google's latest OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. Box worked with Google to help redesign the UI with ICS in mind, and even users of previous Android-based OS's will benefit from. New features include the ability to comment on files, add teammates to individual folders, and batch uploads for uploading multiple files at once.

 

Box are also adding new support for languages, with French, Italian, German, and Spanish being added to the Android app. On top of the free 50GB of storage, Box are also giving away 20 Samsung Android-based tablets to a single company who can compellingly explain how it plans to use Box to improve its daily routines. Two runners-up in the contests will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

 

The new Box Android app is available right now in the Android Market, and will pop its head up shortly in the Amazon Appstore, Barnes & Noble Nook Store, LG World, and the Verizon Store.

Samsung shows off 32nm quad-core ARM chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 24, 2012 12:25 am

Samsung have teased their latest 32nm quad-core Exynos chip at the ISSCC event, which has been the first example shown of a quad-core Exynos design. The new chip still sports an ARM Cortex-A9, but is now built upon a 32nm process, which provides not only more speed, but better battery life when compared to 2011-era chips.

 

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A new graphics core is featured with four pixel effects processors, and is expected to be around 26-percent faster, even though it uses 34- to 50-percent less power. Just like NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip, it sports the ability to shut cores off independently to save power, and thus battery life, when a task isn't needed. Samsung's new Exynos chip can support up to dual-channel memory, with either low-power DDR2 or DDR2, to keep the chip working at full speed.

 

Graphics-wise, it's fast enough to render a whopping 57 million polygons per second. Samsung hasn't made made the new quad-core Exynos chip public yet, but the Mobile World Congress is next week where we're sure they'll want to show it off.

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