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Facebook to release Timeline for Brands, arrives later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:51 am

Facebook for Timeline has been great for some, personally, I love it. It's not super-useful, but it looks nice going to a profile with Timeline. That's just me. According to new reports, Facebook will bring its Timeline profile pages to brands this month, starting in the US.

 

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Facebook teased Timeline back in September of last year at their F8 conference, and at the time of the announcement, Facebook said they would wait to roll out the new feature for brands. Faebook Vice President of Marketing and Business Partnerships, David Fischer, has said that Timeline for Brands would be "consistent" with the Timeline look-and-feel, but would not be a carbon copy.

 

The new Timeline for Brands will start in beta, and have just a handful of partners, after which it'll roll through to others in stages. Facebook have of course, declined to comment. Facebook for Brands will be interesting to see, and what businesses can do with the new Timeline-equipped pages.

Intel to push back Ivy Bridge launch from April to June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:16 am

Intel's upcoming 22nm-based Ivy Bridge processors are set to be delayed by a few months, because Sandy Bridge-based notebook inventories are not moving as fast as notebook makers, and Intel, want. Mass shipments of Ivy Bridge were expected in April, but may be pushed along until June, according to DigiTimes.

 

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First-tier notebook vendors are having problems pushing their Sandy Bridge-based notebook inventories, and because of the weak global economy, this won't go away anytime soon. Intel is also troubled by it Sandy Bridge processor inventory, which means they have plans to delay the mass shipments of Ivy Bridge-based tech in order to minimize the impact.

 

Now that the launch schedule has changed, notebook vendors are shuffling plans for new Ivy Bridge-based products. These plans are still shaky, even with the delay, because of the impending release of Microsoft's next game-changing OS, Windows 8. The PC replacement trend won't catch on until Windows 8 is released, which is my opinion, and seems to be the opinion of notebook vendors, too.

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Skyrim already hits two million mod downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 2:23 am

Bethesda were kind enough to release their Skyrim Creation Kit last week, with the key word there being "last week". In just under a weeks time, the Skyrim Creation Kit has allowed users around the world to release over 2,500 mods already, with those mods seeing a very tidy two million-plus downloads.

 

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People are definitely loving the Skyrim mods, and if this is how it gets treated a week into its life... imagine 3-6 months from now. Could this be the edge Skyrim needs to catapult it into a new stratosphere of success? It seems so, with the modding community so strong, this is why the PC will never die.

 

It seems as though Bethesda know how to please their fans, and with the thousands of mods being created, well, every week, it should be interesting to see where this goes when it comes to future game announcements from Bethesda. Will the next Elder Scrolls outing involve more of the community? Will there be a stand-out modder who gets scooped up by Bethesda? I think we'll see that in the coming months.

RumorTT: Google could launch Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" in Q2 of this year, would run alongside Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:35 am

Android 4.0 arrived with quite the hard thud late last year, whilst it looks pretty cool, the Android-based smartphones and tablets just did not adapt quick enough. Most smartphone and tablet makers really dragged their feet, with even flagship products such as the phone that rocks along in my pocket, the Samsung Galaxy S II, not receiving it yet.

 

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But, this could all [hopefully] change with the release of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean". Google know that 2012 spells stronger competition in the OS market, with Microsoft releasing Windows 8 this year, and Apple will surely announce iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 (that's my guess, anyway). All of this is "according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers", thanks, DigiTimes.

 

Android 5.0 is said to be further optimized for tablet PCs, as well as having Chrome integration system functions to push dual-operating system designs. What does sound amazing, is that brand vendors can choose to adopt just Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices, allowing the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut the device down. Take that, Apple.

 

Google hope to enter the notebook and netbook markets with Android 5.0, and if you can sport Windows 8 and Android 5.0 at the same time, this is going to be a kick-arse year for Google, and Microsoft.

Alan Wake is now available on PC!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:28 am

Alan Wake was first teased as a PC-exclusive, running on Intel's first quad-core processors, but eventually found its way onto Microsoft's Xbox 360 console as an Xbox 360-exclusive. Now the time has come for the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated, TIME Magazine Game of the Year, Alan Wake, to find its way through the dark, dimly lit forest, and onto the PC.

 

 

The game ships with both DLC packs, The Signal, and The Writer. It's not the usual run of the mill third-person action adventure game, Remedy have crafted this game into a grand, Hollywood-style story, with tonnes of atmosphere, and have crafted a game where the world feels real, you are Alan Wake.

 

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The PC version does ship with some exclusive features:

 

Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes "The Signal" and "The Writer"

Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than the Xbox360 version.

Fully configurable mouse and keyboard support, or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!

Lots of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios!

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Apple announces Mountain Lion, grrr

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:32 am

Apple have just announced they've released a developer preview of their upcoming OS, Mountain Lion. Touted as the ninth major release of the 'world's most advanced operating system', Mountain Lion will introduce popular apps from the iPad to the Mac, such as Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring.

 

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On top of these iPad-related features, OS X Mountain Lion will sport iCloud, which allows for easy setup and integration with said apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also intros Gatekeeper. What is Gatekeeper? It's a 'revolutionary' security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are allowed to be installed on your Mac.

 

Because Mountain View includes Messages, this means that iChat is now gone. Messages will continue to support services such as AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. If you want to try it out on your Lion-based Mac, you can download the beta of Messages, here.

 

Because Mountain Lion has Twitter integration, you can sign on once and tweet directly from Safari, Quick Look, Photo Booth, Preview and other third-party applications. AirPlay Mirroring ushers in a new way to wireless send a secure 720p video stream of what's on your Mac, directly to an HDTV using Apple TV.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for February 16, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 3:21 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 16th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7770 CrossFire - eTeknix

ASUS Radeon HD7770-DC-1GD5 - ocaholic

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclocked Video Card - Pro-Clockers

AMD Radeon HD 7770 XT 1GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

AMD HD7770 - Overclock3D.net

XFX & Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 - Neoseeker

ASUS HD 7750 - t-break

AMD HD7750 - Vortez News

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Deal of the Day: Groupon Skytex Skypad Alpha2 Android Tablet for $125

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 2:09 pm

Groupon has the new Skytex Skypad Alpha 2 Android tablet for $125 plus $5 shipping until 2/21/12. It features a 7" capacitive multitouch 800 x 480 TFT, 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex A8 processor, Mali 400MP dedicated GPU, 512MB DDR2 SDRAM, 4GB storage, 802.11b/g/n wireless, 0.3MP front webcam, mini HDMI 1.4 output, mini USB 2.0, MicroSD slot, 3.5mm earphone jack, and Android 2.3.4 (with free upgrade to Android 4.0 "coming soon").

 

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Get it from Groupon: SKYTEX SX-SP715A SKYPAD ALPHA 2 ANDROID TABLET DEAL

 

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 19.0.1041.0 Beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 1:24 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 19.0.1041.0 Beta.

 

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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.

Mobile App of the Day: SwiftKey X for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 12:23 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is SwiftKey X for Android.

 

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Android typing has never been this easy.

 

SwiftKey X Keyboard makes typing much easier on your phone, replacing your touchscreen keyboard with one powered by smarter natural language technology.

 

SwiftKey X understands how words work together, giving much more accurate corrections and predictions than other keyboards. Very sloppy typing will magically make sense, and SwiftKey X also powerfully predicts the word you may want next.

 

SwiftKey X learns as you use it to make typing easier and even more accurate over time, and you can also personalize it using your Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or blog posts.

 

This app is among Android's best selling apps for a reason -- it genuinely transforms your keyboard, making typing a breeze and saving you hassle every day.

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