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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom updated to support Retina Macs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 11:27 pm

Adobe has updated their popular Photoshop Lightroom product to make use of the higher resolution available on Apple's new Retina screen Macs. Photoshop and Illustrator CS6 both received a similar treatment earlier this week. So what can you expect out of the new version? Not too much other than Retina Support.

 

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  • HiDPI support within the Library and Develop Modules. HiDPI provides support for Retina-enabled Macs.
  • Additional raw file support for 20 cameras including the Canon EOS 6D, Nikon D600 and Olympus PEN E-PL5
  • Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom.

 

For $149.99, you can get Lightroom from the Mac App Store, that is if you don't already own it.

Steam offering real-money marketplace to buy and sell in-game items

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 11:03 pm

Steam continues to work on bettering the user experience for its digital distribution system. Just recently, Steam released Big Picture and they are continuing to produce new features. Today sees the release of a real-money marketplace designed to allow gamers to buy and sell digital items.

 

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The marketplace has launched with support for only Team Fortress 2, but Valve is looking to expand the market to more games. Funds are traded using Steam Wallet funds and, of course, Steam and the developer of the game get to take a cut of every transaction. Diablo 3's auction house is one of the prime examples of this kind of market place.

 

Steam collects a mere 5 percent from each transaction and the developer can set the cut they want to take from each. For instance, Valve is taking 10 percent of all TF2 transactions. This yields a total cut of 15 percent off of the total, which is much better than Blizzard's 30 percent take.

Big surprise: survey finds nearly no one wants to buy Surface RT tablet

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:27 pm

A poll shows that nearly no one wants to buy Microsoft's Windows 8 RT tablet known as the Surface RT. Not only is the pricing too high, by some people's opinions, consumers aren't nearly as educated on the product and its capabilities. A poll conducted by Ipsos for Thomson Reuters last week has the hard numbers.

 

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Only 4 percent of US people interested in buying a tablet were even considering a Surface RT. Compared with 42 percent who were interested in an iPad mini and 16 percent who were looking at a Kindle Fire, you can really see the problem that Microsoft has on its hands. 14 percent were interested in a Samsung Galaxy tablet.

 

So, if you're interested in a new tablet this holiday season, are you considering the Surface RT or the soon-to-be released Surface Pro? Let us know!

'Calm Act' takes effect, regulates TV commercial volume levels

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 10:01 pm

We've all experienced it. You have the TV turned up high because of quiet dialog and then the show cuts to commercial. The ad is then so loud that you are literally blown backwards. OK, so I might be exaggerating a bit, but this should be a problem of the past, something our kids will never have to experience.

 

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The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, also known as the Calm Act, has gone into effect today. This act makes it illegal for commercials to be louder than the programming that they are so rudely interrupting. I'm not sure who thought making commercials louder was a good idea, but we no longer have to worry about that.

 

The law was actually passed more than a year ago, but the FCC was nice and gave a long grace period so that current advertisements wouldn't have to be redone to comply. From now on, if you hear an extremely loud commercial, the FCC would like you to report it on their website or by calling 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

Apple quick to update malware definitions, takes just two days after first OS X fake installer found

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:27 pm

Apple, normally a company somewhat lax on security, seems to be stepping up its game. Just two days after a fake installer malware was found for Mac OS X, Apple has updated the definitions for its Xprotect.plist. The update is much quicker than Apple has been in the past and they should definitely be applauded for doing it so quickly.

 

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The malware asks users to enter their mobile number for verification and activation. They have to then enter a code that is texted to the device to continue installation. Once a user inputs that code, their mobile account is billed an ongoing subscription. After this, the app either installs the app it pretended to be or spits out garbage.

 

Either way, the scammer has already made his money. This has been used on Windows for a while now, though it's not clear how many people would actually input their phone number. Clearly enough people do as the scam is still around and Apple was quick to block it. The malware is detected as "Trojan.SMSSend.3666" by DoctorWeb.

Google stock soars after release of Maps for iOS, climbs above $700

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 9:04 pm

Google's stock is doing great after the release of Maps for iOS. Google's stock opened above $700 today, and climbed as high as $716.47, but has now dropped back down to $704.32, at the time of writing. This is still well above yesterday's closing price of $697.56, showing investors are happy Google has returned to iOS.

 

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While the new app isn't the default application, nor can it be made default, the sheer option of having Google Maps back on iOS makes many people happy. I know I'm happy to have a dedicated app back for iOS, especially one that is capable of doing turn-by-turn directions.

 

By producing an app for iOS, Google can not only collect more information regarding traffic and other things, they also have a chance to increase revenue by showing local ad listings in the app. Who else is excited that Google Maps is back on iOS in app form?

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy Note III to come with massive 6.3-inch OLED screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 8:30 pm

The line between tablet and phone grows ever blurrier as a new rumor emerges that the Samsung Galaxy Note III will come with a massive 6.3-inch OLED screen. The current Note II features a 5.5-inch screen, which was enlarged from the original Note's 5.3-inch screen. Meanwhile, tablet screens have been shrinking, with the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini releases.

 

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The rumor is reportedly from Samsung's suppliers, who cite Samsung's reduction in LCD funding and increase in OLED funding. "With money saved from LCD restructuring, the firm plans to spend more on OLED and flexible displays," said an executive of one of Samsung's suppliers.

 

The device is rumored to make its debut at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in February, as opposed to making a CES debut as some rumors and teaser videos had suggested. Is 6.3-inch too big? What are your thoughts?

PayPal launches pre-paid card

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:39 pm

PayPal is launching the PayPal My Cash Card, a pre-paid card that allows people to make PayPal web purchases without having to use a credit, debit or banking account. The card is aimed at making online buying much easier for those who may not have access to a credit card or bank account.

 

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The card will be avaliable at 30,000 U.S. retail locations including CVS, Rite Aid, Fred's Super Dollar and Dollar General Stores. Customers can buy card with fixed amounts of $50 and $100 or load a custom amount ranging from $20 to $500 at a time. This is a big deal for weary would-be online consumers who have refrained from purchasing online due to security concerns.

Brilliant Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 13, 2012 7:31 pm

Skywatchers across the globe are in for a major treat tonight as the Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight along with a new unnamed meteor shower. With the moon at its new phase tonight the skies will be as dark as possible for the breathtaking event which is expected to produce around 100 "shooting stars" an hour.

 

 

To view the event you simply need to lay on your back and watch the constellation of Gemini. The meteors will seem to magically appear from that constellation. The action will be taking place all night with things really heating up starting at 10:00 local time and going into full effect around 2am. "Meteors from the new shower (if any) will be visible in the early evening, with the Geminids making their appearance later on and lasting until dawn," Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a statement.

 

For those of you unfortunate enough to have cloudy skies tonight like me, NASA will host a live web chat overnight from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST (0400 to 0800 GMT), complete with live video of streaking meteors captured by a special camera at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. It will all happen here:

 

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