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Flipboard's user base expands rapidly, now sees 20 million flippers in the wild

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 10:28 am

Flipboard is an incredible app, I have it installed on my iPad, and my Android phone, and use it daily. Once I'm done with my day job, and TweakTown work, and I've spent my time my wife and my beautiful daughter, I relax on the lounge and open up the Flipboard app.

 

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It's just so easy, and this ease of use has allowed it to expand its userbase in the last eight months, very, very rapidly. Last December saw the newsreading app reach 5 million users, but in those eight months, they've seen an explosion of 15 million more users, now sitting pretty at a total of 20 million users, and counting.

 

Flipboard started off as an iPad-exclusive, where it enjoyed eighteen months on iOS. It launched on the iPhone on December where it grew by one million users in just a week. In late-June, we saw the arrival of an Android-based version of Flipboard, as well as international editions with region-specific content landing in China, France, Germany, Italy, Korea, the Netherlands, and Spain. Flipboard have also not stopped adding features into the app, including audio, Google+ and content from The New York Times.

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Two special editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be released later this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 9:26 am

It looks like there will be two Call of Duty: Black Ops II special editions to be released this year, sans Call of Duty: Elite premium subscriptions. Late last year when Modern Warfare 3 came out, they featured a twelve month subscription, providing one year worth of DLC content. Black Ops II flips this, meaning you'll have to get it separately.

 

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The two packages are known as the 'Hardened Edition', and the 'Care Package'. The Hardened Edition comes with a soundtrack CD, steelbook case, Xbox Live avatar prop and zombie avatar consume, two collectable coins, and the Nuketown 2025 map for in-game play. The Care Package is pretty damn sweet, sporting an actual remote control MQ-27 Dragonfire Drone and two PlayStation 3 themes, as well as the soundtrack, case, coins and a massive, awesome looking crate-like box to keep it all in.

 

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Which pack would you pick up if you were to buy Black Ops II? The Care Package looks pretty awesome, and I'm not a fan of the latest versions of Call of Duty, yet I'm somehow tempted to get it, just because it looks so damn cool. It has a damned remote control Drone! Come on!

Cancelled Crytek game 'Redemption' looked awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 8:33 am

Ex-Killzone developers Guerilla and EA artist, Eric Cochonneau, also chalked up working at Crytek on his resume, where he worked on a game called Redemption. There was no red, and no dead, bt it eventually got cancelled, and until now, had not been seen publicly.

 

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NeoGAF user 'miledesn' donned his detective hat, and rustled through some of the French artists portfolio when they discovered the artwork. Redemption was destined for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and was under development at Crytek's main German studio. Redemption featured a very rural, cabin-in-the-woods setting, featuring normal people, not Nanosuit-powered super-soldiers. Maximum, awesomeness.

 

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There's no idea what the game was destined to be, survival horror, action, adventure, but it looked like a nice departure from the usual luscious trees, water and blue skies found in Crysis. There are plenty of more shots at Eric's personal site.

 

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Facebook Camera app receives an update, adds notifications and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 7:25 am

Facebook Camera just received a small update, and is now available on Apple's iTunes App Store. The new version now includes the ability to choose which folder your freshly-taken snaps go into, which is a small, but needed addition.

 

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Also included are notifications, which keep you up-to-date on the going-ons of your photos, notifying you when someone comments, tags, or likes one of your photos. The update is small, but we know just how big Facebook is, so we have to report on it.

 

The update is only live for the iOS version of the app, so now Android loving here. You can grab the updated Facebook Camera for iOS app here.

Scientists working on cyborgs made from half living cells, half electronics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:28 am

Scientists at Harvard University are working on rat cardiomyocytes, but slightly different than most scientists. They're snaking them through wires and transistors that peer into each cell's electrical impulses. In the future, these wires might actually control their behavior, too.

 

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"Cyborg" tissues have been created for neurons, muscle and vessels, and could be used to test drugs, or used as the basis for biological versions of existing implants. If signals can eventually be sent to the cells, cyborg tissues could eventually be used to create tiny robots, or get used in prosthetics. Charles Lieber, who leads the cyborg tissue team, has said:

 

It allows one to effectively blur the boundary between electronic, inorganic systems and organic, biological ones.

 

Artificial cells can already be grown on three-dimensional scaffolds that are made up of biological materials, but are not electrically active. Electrical components need to be added to cultured tissue before, but not integrated into its structure, so they were only able to scrap information from the surface. Lieber's team combined these strands of work, and created an electrically active scaffold. 3D networks were then created using conductive nanowires studded with silicon sensors.

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Google files lawsuit that would see multiple Apple products banned from sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:40 am

It was only a matter of time, and with Apple not slowing down with their growing list of patent targets, Google are now looking to attack the iPhone maker, reports AndroidPIT. Apple are currently looking to ban as many Android-based products as possible, with lawsuits against Samsung, HTC and Motorola, and that's just recently.

 

Google only recently acquired Motorola, and will now defend their acquisition against Apple. The Mountain View-based company are now seeking a sales ban on not just the iPhone, but the iPad and Mac computers across the United States. Google have pledged support for Android device makers in the past, but this is different, this is now Google, telling Apple, this is it, we've had enough, back down or feel the wrath of Google.

 

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Apple's lawsuit against Samsung that was victorious earlier this week targeted relatively small things, like rectangles and other shape-related patent infringements. Google aren't being so petty, and are claiming patent infringement for non-standard essential patents. This means that Google and their recently acquired Motorola, have filed a case for a patent that courts cannot legally force companies to license, meaning that if Google win this case, Apple could be forced to completely halt the use of this technology in their devices.

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Samsung could escape US sales ban by removing TouchWiz and replacing it with stock Android ROM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:29 am

Apple may have initially won the court case, but it's not over yet. Samsung have said on Tuesday that they are willing to modify their smartphones if they can't successfully fight the Cupertino-based company's request to have them banned across the US.

 

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Apple made an initial request to ban eight of the South Korean company's smartphones, including one of the most popular, the Galaxy S II. Samsung does plan to fight the request, and would be willing to modify the devices to avoid the ban. How could they do this exactly? Removing their TouchWiz UI and replacing it with the stock Android ROM, be it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would do the trick.

 

Users have been begging smartphone makers to release stock Android ROMs, and it looks like this time is upon us. If Samsung were to begin offering flagship devices with stock Google Android OS's, things could get very interesting, very fast. Could Apple have inadvertently started a new, wonderful trend of smartphone makers pushing devices out with stock, or at least close to stock, Android operating systems?

 

If so, thank you, Apple.

DriverTT: NVIDIA GeForce 306.02 WHQL adds GTX 660 Ti support, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:30 am

NVIDIA have pushed out another set of drivers, with the GeForce 306.02 WHQL-certified drivers now available. GeForce 306.02 supports operating systems from Windows XP right up to Windows 8, including the usual bug fixes, updated profiles and added support.

 

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Depending on the combination of hardware and software in your system, you should expect a few improvements if you're making the jump from the 301.24 beta, but if you're rocking the R304 family drivers, the improvements shouldn't be as large. GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 580 users will get the following improvements from the 301.24 beta:

 

GeForce GTX 680:

  • Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
  • Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)

 

GeForce GTX 560:

  • Up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 5% in Battlefield 3 with SLI
  • Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with SLI
  • Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2

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Time Warner Cable to invest $25 million on expanding the fiber network in New York City

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:34 am

In the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, Time Warner Cable are investing another $25 million into their fiber network to business customers in New York City. This investment will see networks constructed in Brooklyn, as well as the Financial and Flatiron districts.

 

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Time Warner Cable says that customers should expect to see speeds reach 1 gigabit per second. The high speeds are for business users who require it, uploading and downloading significantly large files can be time consuming, and in business, time is money. Fiber networks already established by the company in other sections of New York City have been enjoying the benefits of the fiber networks for a while now.

 

New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is pushing this initiative, as part of a much bigger project that will include cooperation from Verizon, Cablevision Sytems, and AT&T, with the end goal of improving broadband services to underserved parts of the city. No pricing has been unveiled from Time Warner just yet, but comparing it to Google's 1Gbps down/up service in parts of Missouri and Kansas, it should hover around the $70 per month mark.

Samsung's S Launcher feels like an old friend in Windows 8, brings back the Start Menu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 2:36 am

Samsung unveiled three new Windows 8, all-in-one PCs earlier today, and included is a widget called S Launcher. Why is this news? Well, Samsung doesn't want to confuse people with Windows 8's lack of a Start Menu, so they've pushed out S Launcher, which looks virtually identical to the Start Menu of Windows 7.

 

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S Launcher is a simple widget that looks, and acts, just like the Start Menu we've all come to love over the last decade-plus. It's as simple as clicking the widget, start typing a word, and whatever word you type, it will show you the settings, and apps that relate to the item you've just searched for. There's also a separate settings icon which provides quick access to the most commonly used controls.

 

Samsung's S Launcher also allows you to drag and drop files for easy access and throwing them away when you don't need them anymore. The settings icon does come in handy, as Microsoft have shifted around a lot of the computer settings to places you're usually used to in Windows 7. This means that Samsung's S Launcher can save you time when trying to find something such as power management, control panel, and more, now found all in one easy-to-use spot.

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