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Amazon's Kindle Fire licks Ice Cream Sandwich, works out that Fire and Ice actually work very well together

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 4:30 am

Amazon's Kindle Fire just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight for more than 32 or so seconds, and today is no different. The Amazon tablet has gotten some love from developmental OS releases, such as CyanogenMod 7.

 

 

Today thought, XDA-Developers forum member g1011999 has been a tease and showed off a shot Ice Cream Sandwich running on the Kindle Fire, as well as promising a kernel release in the near future. It's not finished however, and like Ice Cream that hasn't been in the freezer long enough, it's still a bit unstable.

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Red Cross says that six hundred million gamers could be war criminals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 3:27 am

I could sum this news up in just four letters: ROFL. But, I'll explain what is going on here... the Red Cross are investigating whether 600 million gamers are violating the Hague and Geneva conventions when they kill and blow stuff up for fun.

 

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Delegates at the 31st International Conference of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Crescent raised their concerts over the potential "International Humanitarian Law" violations, which can constitute war crimes - during a workshop in Geneva.

 

The Red Cross wrote in its daily bulletin:

 

Exactly how video games influence individuals is a hotly debated topic, but for the first time, Movement partners discussed our role and responsibility to take action against violations of IHL in video games. While National Societies shared their experiences and opinions, there is clearly no simple answer. There is, however, an overall consensus and motivation to take action.

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Samsung's Galaxy Nexus to slide into Verizon stores on Friday, just $199 on contract

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 2:21 am

Samsung's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone may be available internationally, but U.S.-based fans are still waiting on the subsidized CDMA version to be sold by none other than Verizon and made available this Friday.

 

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The Galaxy Nexus will be available for $199 on a two-year contract, which is something that has now been confirmed. The smartphone will also be the first Ice Cream Sandwich phone to officially arrive in the U.S. market. If you don't already know, the Galaxy Nexus sports the beautiful AMOLED display which comes in at 4.65-inches with a high-density resolution of 1280x720.

 

[edit] I have received some e-mails and comments on this article, after some more digging around - there are conflicting reports of a $199 figure, which could've been a Black Friday sale amount, and there is a $299 figure floating around too. It could all be a marketing stunt too, as the Galaxy Nexus is most likely going to be the biggest competitor against the iPhone 4S. I guess we'll see in just over a days time.

 

Tech-wise, we have a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB of RAM, a choice between 16 or 32GB internal storage, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a back-lit CMOS sensor and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera that can be used for those awesome self-taken shots for MySpace, ah, who am I kidding, Facebook, or alternatively, video calls.

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Michael Bay in talks to direct Transformers 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 8, 2011 1:23 am

Michael Bay did say he was done with Transformers after Dark of the Moon, the third outing in franchise. Shia LeBeouf has said the same thing multiple times, but the old saying goes "money talks," and I'm sure a lot of the green has been waved under Bay's nose.

 

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Bay's next movie is a "low budget" flick called "Pain and Gain," after which would leave him open to direct a fourth Transformers movie in late 2012. Bay has had a long-held desire to make Pain and Gain and is reportedly one of the major road blocks in a fourth Transformer movie being made. If a deal is finalized, Pain and Gain will begin filming early next year to keep Bay happy, and then get him back behind the camera for Transformers 4 directly after Pain and Gain.

 

Bay has made a comment or two regarding another Transformers movie, he was quoted at the grand opening of Transformers: The Ride:

 

We're talking about it, but there's nothing right now. I'm going to do a tiny movie first, then we'll talk about it, if I potentially do it.

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 17.0.963.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 3:58 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 17.0.963.0 Beta.

 

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.

 

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Android Market exceeds 10 billion app downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 11:26 am

Google are enjoying some phenomenal success on their Android Market, where they've just hit 10 billion app downloads. Rewind just six months back to July and they were sitting pretty at 6 billion. This means they're seeing nearly one billion app downloads per month.

 

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To celebrate this milestone, Google have partnered up with some of the Android developers who have contributed to this milestone to make a bunch of Android apps available at amazing prices. Starting today and for the next 10 days, Google have a set to awesome apps available for just 10 cents each. Yes, 10 cents!

 

Today, they're starting with Asphalt 6 HD, Color & Draw for Kids, Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro, Fieldrunners HD, Great Little War Game, Minecraft, Paper Camera, Sketchbook Mobile, Soundhound Infinity and Swiftkey X.

 

Google have also taken time to thank the developers who created the apps that have gotten them to this 10 billion app download milestone.

Facebook rollout Timeline to NZ first, starts today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 10:14 am

Facebook have just clicked the 'start ignition' button on their Timeline feature today, where it will eventually rollout to everyone on Facebook. New Zealand is the first place to get it, with other regions will get it in the "near future."

 

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If you don't remember what Timeline is, it's a way to illustrate your entire life, in a graphical way. Some people criticize Facebook for just being made up of "here and now", where major life events are pushed to the bottom of a person's feed and thus, forgotten over time. Timeline doesn't do that, Timeline brings those events back, mapping them on a graphic that tells the story of a user's life, from birth to the present day.

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Intel committed to ultrabooks, plan to help smaller companies build them

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 9:43 am

Good Guy Intel has decided to help smaller companies build ultrabooks, with their end goal of making sure that the customer base has a wide selection of options to choose from. Flooding the market with ultrabooks will only combat the bigger players like Apple, but if Apple are selling next-gen 22nm Ivy Bridge-based notebooks, who is winning here? Oh wait, Intel, and... Intel.

 

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Intel plan to help smaller companies build relationships with partners such as Foxconn, Quanta, and Compal. CNET published an article claiming this, and have also said that Intel will be wanting more machines released from Onkyo, Viewsonic, Mustek, Epson, Motion Computing, Positivo, and WiPro. Smaller brands don't always have the capabilities or resources to build ultrabooks, and this is why Intel are lending a hand to offer their support, contants and guidance.

 

Big players such as Dell, ASUS, Toshiba and Acer are already well on their way to the ultrabook goodness. Intel have also put $300 million into an "ultrabook Fund", which is set aside to develop critical features such as battery life, chassis design and the touch interface.

iFaith allows downgrade to iOS 5.0

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 8:24 am

Apple are on the constant offensive against jailbreaking, but at the same time, they must know it sells their iOS-based units like golden hotcakes made by Christina Hendricks, in the land of Unicorns and rivers that flow Coca Cola. They must.

 

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Enter hacker iH8sn0w, who has found a way around the firmware block, with his app iFaith, a custom Windows tool. This allows devices to restore to the old 5.x firmware. Prominent iOS hackers MuscleNerd and pod2g have both stated that the first untethered jailbreak will arrive on iOS 5.0 and, as such, may require iFaith's downgrade process to facilitate user restores.

 

To check more details out, watch the video below:

 

Angry Birds ported to yet another platform, something you'd never have guessed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 7, 2011 7:20 am

By platform, I mean a dress. And by ported, I mean made into a dress for Rovio CMO's wife Teija. Rovio's CMO, Peter Vesterbacka, was invited to an event at the Finnish Presidential Palace (my invite was lost in the mail, obviously) where he required to dress up and not don his usual Angry Birds sweatshirt.

 

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His wife looks quite the Bird in her dress, as one of the birds from the super successful game, Angry Birds. The eye is in the perfect position for her, uh, Janet Jackson legal issue area. For someone not familiar with Angry Birds, it would just look like a styled dress. But to anyone who has played the most awesome game, you'll instantly recognize it as soon as your eyes land on it.

 

It's a great move from Vesterbacka, the more marketing and PR this thing gets, the better for Rovio. I think she pulled it off pretty well, I'd just like to know if she was flung at a bunch of pigs later in the night...

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