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Skype 5.2 released for Mac, includes group screen sharing and video calls

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 6, 2011 4:00 pm

Just after the magical release of Skype 5.5 for Windows which included deep Facebook integration (why do I feel dirty saying that?), they've just launched their new solution for Apple. Skype 5.2 for Mac is now available and seems to be much better equipped than the 5.1 version that was released back in November of 2010. The new video is not only capable of group video calls (which was available in the November beta) but also share their screens during that call.

 

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Screen sharing is already available for free on a one-to-one Skype call, but the new ability to share documents, photos, presentations and whatever else you choose with multiple people in a single session really makes the product shine. The downfall? To take advantage of the group video calling and screen sharing function, one or more call participants must have a Skype Premium subscription.

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Google+ iOS app submitted for Apple's approval, will they +1 it?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 6, 2011 3:00 pm

Android-based users have been enjoying their +1 goodness for a little while now (I know I have!) and now its iOS-based users to enjoy their +1 life. Google have submitted their Google+ iOS app to Apple for approval and are just awaiting the good news. Erica Joy, a Mountain View employee shared the news on her Google+ profile that the app had been submitted for approval.

 

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We now await the App Approving Gods to +1 the App and let it out, go forth and join the line of waiting.

Apple orders 15 million iPhone 5's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 6, 2011 2:00 pm

Reports have flown in on the wings of angels saying that Apple have placed an order with Taiwan-based manufacturer Pegatron for 15 million next-gen iPhones. The order is based on a September ship date for the iPhone 5 and the DigiTimes source says that it is not a major revision from the iPhone 4.

 

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The iPhone 5's body is meant to resemble the iPhone 4 but may receive several internal changes, including the dual-core A5 processor, an 8-megapixel camera, and an edge-to-edge orgasm-like 3.7 or 3.8-inch screen with a resolution a third higher than the iPad 2's 1024x768 screen. Verizon have also let slip that the new iPhone may be a dual-mode CDMA and GSM.

PlayStation 4 to have Kinect-like controls? Possibly 2012 release?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 6, 2011 2:15 am

With Nintendo releasing their next-generation console next year in the form of the Wii U, it must be making Sony and Microsoft shake in their boots. Their consoles are getting old, cannot handle AAA titles in 1080p and are beginning to age, fast. With the underdog (in terms of hardware) coming out with a next-gen solution, it seems Sony are already looking at the PS4 for a possible 2012 release.

 

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Taiwanese component makers have told DigiTimes that Sony are prepping a new home console for a 2012 release, which will feature body-movement controls ala Microsoft's Kinect. Unexpected? Well, yes... after the time, sweat, tears and money into their Move technology, it's a strange move indeed. The report states that both Foxconn and Pegatron Technology will assemble the PS4 for Sony, as they did with the PS3.

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HTC sales up 88-percent from last year, says they'll ship 50 million smartphones this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 6, 2011 1:16 am

Shares in the World's number five handset maker, HTC, jumped by 4-percent on Monday after they posted record monthly sales in June. Yuanta Securities analyst Bonnie Chang says "Part of HTC's correction last month was due to market rumors that its June sales might be down or flat month-on-month, so the result yesterday helped clear up some of the rumors."

 

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HTC say that its consolidated sales for June were up 87.8-percent compared to June of 2010, but this is actually slightly lower than the stellar month they had in May which saw a 116-percent jump. The sales announcement came four days earlier than it was scheduled, which analysts say could be due to HTC wanting to relieve pressure on its shares. HTC are expected to ship roughly 50 million smartphones this year.

Near-final Gears of War 3 leaked to torrent sites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 5:00 pm

The latest game to get thrown onto torrent sites [way] ahead of release is Gears of War 3. Not due until September 20 (!) and considered by many as the biggest Xbox 360-exclusive title of the year, a leak this early of a game this big is very surprising. The build is near-final and a poster on the website NeoGAF says that it includes the full single-player campaign and all of the multiplayer options and adds "Buggy as hell, but it seems like it's all there."

 

 

Of course, Epic are doing damage control and are trying to contain the leak and go after those who are responsible, claiming they are working with their security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. Epic have said that the leak does not represent the final experience players will have with the real thing.

 

The leak whilst bad, can also be good for Epic. First, it's not the final build so it does not represent retail quality, secondly it's only playable on the Xbox 360. Gameplay videos have made their way to YouTube and other streaming video sites, so fans of Gears of War 3, start looking for some gameplay footage!

Samsung Galaxy S II has over 3 million units sold in just 55 days

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 4:00 pm

Samsung have announced (and most likely, very proudly) that they have passed the 3 million units sold milestone of their latest and greatest (and may I add, amazing) Samsung Galaxy S II Android-powered smartphone. The Galaxy S II is expected to launch in no less than 120 countries on over 140 mobile operators, so these numbers will expand pretty quickly. Keep in mind that the phone has only launched in South Korea and the UK, these numbers are mighty impressive for just two markets.

 

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The phone launches in the US later this month. Samsung has modest ambitions for the Galaxy S II; sell 10 million units for the entire of 2011. If they've hit 3 million, in just two countries in less than two months, then I dare say Samsung have got their goals sealed up, ready to go and the Moet is on the chill.

Apple iPad 3 to drop in October?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 2:00 pm

A rumor that will never die is a saying that pops into my head whenever I read something new about an upcoming Apple product. Rumors are again making their way around the tubes that we might see the next-gen iPad as soon as October of this year. Rumor is that the iPad 3 will sport the super-high resolution of 2048x1536 and if it does, it is sure to get display junkies wagging their tongues.

 

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Of course, right now this is just rumor. Apple are currently having problems keeping up with demand for the iPad 2 let alone getting a third-gen iPad onto the market. But, the market wants it and it wants it bad. Put an Apple logo onto anything and it'll sell. More details of the iPad 3 as they surface will be posted so check back!

Google Prizes hits beta, get paid real money!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 8:02 am

Google have quietly launched Prizes, a social-based site where users can post a task or question, offer a prize and allow others to join in and suggest something or help them out and in return, earn real money. The contest creator will receive their work that they had asked for and in return the winner will take home real money. Prizes takes your Twitter or Facebook accounts and signs you up for prize-winning, user-created contests.

 

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For example I've just signed up and someone is asking "Plan my romantic honeymoon in Italy" and is offering $50 for the suggestion. People would either suggest something for their honeymoon, or vote for someone else's suggestion. Whichever suggestion gets the most votes and ultimately wins, walks away with a cool $50. Another is "Plan a hassle-free trip for me and my 1 year old". They're going on their first plane flight and it's close to 13 hours non-stop, so you can imagine the $10 on offer is well worth it for them and their young 14 month-old baby girl.

Telstra announce competition to have your bill paid for an entire year!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jul 5, 2011 3:44 am

Telstra are pushing their new online system and some lucky customers have the chance to benefit from their new promotion. From 4 July 2011 until 30 September 2011, one person per day will win their Telstra bill paid for an entire year (up to the value of $2500). All you require is to register for paperless billing, register your credit card or bank details for automatic bill payments or make an online payment at telstra.com and submit an entry before 30 September 2011, you go into the draw to win the competition from Telstra.

 

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Go for it! But, let me win first, okay? :) Enter here!

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