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Windows 8 is set to include its own PDF reader, death stares Adobe into oblivion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 6, 2011 2:22 am

Microsoft is looking to include it's own Portable Document Format (PDF) reader in Windows 8 dubbed, Modern Reader. Modern Reader will display PDFs as one would expect, including functions for zooming in and out, page scrubber on the side of the application, side-by-side page views.




Adobe has pretty much stopped Microsoft in their tracks when it comes to supplying PDF to Windows as a standard, but now things are changing. Right now it could be that Modern Reader is simply a PDF reader, but I'm sure more information will become available soon enough.

Telstra speak the leet-speak and unveil the Elite Wi-Fi hotspot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 6, 2011 1:40 am

Telstra is aiming for the business users with the release of their "Elite" dongle which is a prepaid Wi-Fi dongle manufactured by ZTE, battery-powered and allows a Next G connection to be shared amongst up to five devices, becoming a "mobile hot spot".




The Elite dongle is capable of peak download speeds of up to 8 Mbps and upload speeds up to 3 Mbps according to Telstra. The device is available at $129 outright, the consumer plan comes with 5GB of included data while business customers could select from Telstra's existing mobile broadband plans.

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Capcom Celebrates 15 Years of Resident Evil With More Evil

By: Trak Lord | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 9:45 pm



Hats off to Capcom for designing a game that would become a decade-plus franchise. I can still remember renting (back when there were places to rent games) the first title for my original PlayStation, only to have it scare the hell out of me. Looking back now, the graphics may seem laughable- but nostalgia is always more powerful than its actual referent.


Resident Evil has managed to spawn 5 films, 7 novels, numerous titles with 5 of them coming up in the near future. It's popular enough to have two (count 'em) playable characters in Capcom's most heralded fighting game.


There are longer running franchises, like everyone's favorite plumber duo- but God help them if they make another movie. Not that the Resident Evil movies have been that stellar, but they do have Milla Jovovich in them.


Google Prank Becomes Reality Thanks To USC Lab

By: Trak Lord | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 8:39 pm



If you don't recall, Google April Fool's Day pranked the tech community by announcing Gmail Motion. Evidently the members of University of Southern California Institute for Creatie Technology MxR Lab were laughing at Google rather than with them.


USC's ICT MxR lab develops the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit (FAAST), a Kinect-based motion-recognition system that allows you to develop motion-controlled interfaces for application commands, amongst other things.


The prank was on Google, as the MxR's duplicated Gmail Motion entirely, including all of the ridiculous gestures, using a system they call Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW).


Still love that the stamp slapping works.


Good work guys! Video below:


iPhone 5 Probably Not Coming Out This Summer

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 7:55 pm



A Koren news site,, posted the following on their website, and the internet went insane:


iPhone 5 and iPad 2 Available in 2Q


2011/02/18 By Yoon Geon-il, Seo Dong-gyu


Apple releases iPhone 5 and iPad 2 in 2Q. In Korea, the former is put on the market on the same day as the United States, provided by at least two local mobile carriers. It is likely that SK Telecom and KT will launch the phone here.


According to some people attending MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2011 in Spain, Apple is going to unveil iPhone 5 in the fourth week of June.


"Though I can't reveal the exact date, Apple has recently fixed the date, one day in the last week of June," said an industry expert, adding, "The follow-up model of iPhone 4 will be launched in five to six countries first, including the U.S. and South Korea."


Slow news day guys? C'mon. Even if Apple weren't notorious for locking down any and all product information*, why would they confirm it at the Mobile World Congress two months ago and no one gives a damn until now?


*Except for those employees who accidentally leave prototypes in bars. Why are you taking your prototype with you to happy hour, dude? Leave your work at the office and you might keep your job, asshat.


Lastly, Apple has already made it know that their annual Worldwide Dev Conference is going to be...

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Twitter Gets A Makeover, Sells Out

By: Trak Lord | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 7:12 pm



Twitter has a brand new home page. As you can see, popular accounts populate the row of profile pictures in the center of the page, and they've rearranged their sign-up interface to be a little more accessible. A map now extends from left-to-right in the background, and the search bar is clearly visible. Not a huge fan, Twitter. I liked your blue & yellow theme better. Now you look like a consulting firm or a bank.


Not like I ever look at the home page though- I use browsers with cookies. Mmmmm.

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Nexus Tech Introduces SM-800 Silent Mouse

By: Trak Lord | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 4:47 pm



Have you or any of your over-caffeinated stress-riddled office coworkers developed an unnerving twitch due to sitting at your desk all day, harried by the incessant ambient clicking of mouses (do we say "mice" when pluralizing the device? anyone?)?


Well Nexus Technology has the product for you! They introduce today their SM-800 ("SM" presumably standing for "Silent Mouse"- that kind of simplicity is very comforting in an age where every tech product has a name that sounds like something that belongs in space), with patented "Switch" technology. The latter is what gives the SM series its stress-relieving silence:

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Download of the Day: CCleaner 3.05.1409

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 10:46 am

Our Download of the Day today is CCleaner 3.05.1409.


CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)


Cleans the following:


• Internet Explorer

• Firefox

• Google Chrome

• Opera

• Safari

• Windows - Recycle Bin, Recent Documents, Temporary files and Log files.

• Registry cleaner

• Third-party applications

• 100% Spyware FREE




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 3.05.1409


- Additional fix for Steam caching issues.


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Deal of the Day: Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $89.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 9:26 am

Our Deal of the Day today is the - Fantom GF3B2000U32 G-Force3 2TB USB 3.0 External Desktop Hard Drive for $89.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!.


Offer: $89.99 with FREE shipping after $10 rebate (expiring 4/10/11) gets you this 2TB Fantom Drives Gforce 3 external hard drive with USB 3.0 connection (backwards compatible with USB 2.0).





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Tuesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Apr 5, 2011 8:21 am

The latest happenings from around the web - April 5th, 2011




- Lenovo IdeaPad U260: A Stylish Ultralight Notebook @ Hot Hardware

- iBUYPOWER Chimera 901 Evaluation @ BCCHardware




- MSI 890FXA-GD65 AMD 890FX Motherboard @ ThinkComputers

- ECS H61H2-A Motherboard @ tbreak




- Asus GTX 550 Ti DirectCU TOP Series Graphics Card @ OverclockersHQ

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 550 Ti @ Pro-Clockers

- Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 Toxic Video Card @ Legit Reviews

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