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Microsoft opens the doors to Windows 8 upgrade for Windows 7 PCs, just $14.99 and available until Feb 28, 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 5:26 am

If you've only recently bought a Windows 7-based PC, and would like to upgrade to the upcoming Start menu-less Windows 8, Microsoft have opened up the registration page in order to do so. The Windows Upgrade Offer will upgrade you to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99.




It's available to anyone who purchased, or will purchase a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. If you'd like to take part in the upgrade to Windows 8, you'll need to provide your 25-digit Windows 7 key as part of the online registration process.


Starting October 26, Microsoft will then send out promotion codes via e-mail, which can be used in the checkout within the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Blizzard to add another 100 character levels to Diablo III, get your mouse ready

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 4:26 am

If you thought you'd thrashed Diablo III enough, Blizzard have some great news for you. They've just announced a new Paragon system that is set to unleash another 100 levels of potential character advancement on top of the currently 60 level max.




Blizzard's upcoming 1.0.4 patch for Diablo will see level 60 characters in the game begin earning experience toward a new set of "Paragon levels" with each monster they slay. There'll still be the usual character stat upgrades like standard levels, but each Paragon level will see your characters ability to find gold and magical items increase by 3%. Paragon levelers will also receive "a distinctive increasingly impressive border" around their character portrait for every ten levels they earn.


Blizzard's new Paragon level system should definitely create some smiles on Diablo III players, with the developer saying that reaching the top levels "approximates the long-term time investment required to get a level 99 character in Diablo II." Blizzard's upcoming 1.0.4 patch for Diablo III will also include some general balancing and class-based changes, which is set to include new legendary items that are much more unique.

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TweakTown is Wheels Down in Santa Clara for Flash Memory Summit 2012

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 3:29 am

TweakTown has arrived in Sunny California and it's a beautiful day here in Silicon Valley. For the next week Paul and I have several meetings planned to discuss a magnitude of topics covering both enterprise and consumer products. Flash Memory Summit is also where attendees learn of new standards and upcoming market trends. These often start out as enterprise products and trickle down to the consumer market.




As you can see we started off the morning right. Keeping with TweakTown tradition, afternoon Martinis on empty stomachs.


Then we were off to the convention center to pick up our press kits and have some one-on-one time with Toshiba, maker of our favorite 24nm and 19nm Toggle Mode flash.




While looking around we found a seminar taking place, SSDs 101, Introduction to SSDs for Noobs.


Flash Memory Summit should be a good event and we should come away from the show with a lot of new topics to discuss in the future.

iFixit teardown the Galaxy Note 10.1, find its actually quite repairable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 2:33 am

Samsung's pen-toting, Galaxy Note 10.1 only saw the light of day last Friday, but iFixit's engineers have already had their hands in its internals. What did they find? Well, along with high-res photos and a bunch of detailed notes, they found that it is an impressively thin slate, and have said that its repairability is excellent.




The Galaxy Note 10.1 is thinner than Apple's third-generation 'new iPad', but iFixit found it surprisingly serviceable. iFixit found that Samsung used only a tiny amount of glue, only five different sized screws and the South Korean-based company didn't fuse the inexpensive digitizer to the expensive display panel. Inside the Galaxy Note 10.1, iFixit found some detailed specs on some of its innards.

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IEEE wants Ethernet standard between 400Gbps and 1Tbps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:37 am

If you thought your home networking setup rocking Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) was fast, then you would think that 10 GbE is even faster. 10 GbE networking can handle around 1GB/sec transfer speeds, but you'd need some serious slick hardware to achieve this speed. Well, IEEE is not happy with the current Ethernet standard, and is pushing for much higher speeds.




Internet providers and many more who depend on high-speed computing networks for a living, are on the rise. Users are streaming more video, and doing more things at once, and the quality of streaming and data is only going to get better, and bigger, respectively. IEEE is worried that large-scale networks will require an insane 10Tbps of total bandwidth to not hit a brick wall by 2020. IEEE have now formed a Higher-Speed Ethernet Consensus group that is looking at creating a new format that would see speeds reach 400Gbps or 1Tbit, depending on which approach is better.


There's a meeting set for late-September in Geneva to start talking about the details. But, you won't be seeing this type of insane connectivity in your house anytime soon. The first to get this type of tech would most likely be the big players such as Google, and co. Hopefully YouTube are on the first adopters list, and we don't get that nasty buffering crap when watching a video from a high-speed connection.

Samsung Galaxy Note II gets a teaser video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 21, 2012 1:26 am

Samsung have gotten to the point in their smart device career where they have the power to tease their customers of an upcoming product, and build anticipation, just like their competitor Apple. The latest tease from Samsung is a video which tells us that our "magical moments will come alive" on August 29 at Berlin UNPACKED.



Samsung showed off the original Galaxy Note at last year's IFA, so it would make sense that they'd choose the same event twelve months later to release its successor. We should get excited about Samsung's Galaxy Note II, as it should be specced quite well, beating most, if not all other 'phablets'.


We should expect it to sport a 16:9 Super HD AMOLED 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280x720, a smaller bezel which should make the phone a little thinner and smaller, a quad-core processor clocked in a little higher than the Galaxy S III's, Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS and more S-Pen apps. The original Note has been quite the success for the South Korean company, selling over 10 million now.

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Steam launching 'Big Picture' mode in early September

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 11:41 pm

Valve is working on moving into the living room and Steam's "Big Picture" is the latest move to this end. "Big Picture" is a full-screen formatting for the Steam PC client designed to be shown of TV screens and facilitate the playing of games in the living room. "Big Picture" is set to launch in beta early next month.




"Big Picture" was originally teased during the 2011 Game Developers Conference in which Valve was making a push to reach more mainstream audiences. Note that Valve will still not be selling hardware, at least not yet. Big Picture mode will be coming to the Windows and Mac clients. It's also expected that a version will be coming to Linux.


"Big Picture" will allow the Steam client to be operated by a PC game controller or a mouse and keyboard. As you know, some games play nicer with controllers than others, but "everything will be there so you don't have to give up your favorite stuff once you walk from the den to the living room."

Apple responds to iOS SMS flaw, suggests using iMessage instead

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 10:40 pm

Apple continues to show that it's not the most security-focused company with its response to a security vulnerability found in all iOS versions, including iOS6 beta 4. The vulnerability is that a text can be sent with a "Reply-to" number which is different from the actual sender number. This results in messages in which the sender can be spoofed.




Apple takes security very seriously. When using iMessage instead of SMS, addresses are verified which protects against these kinds of spoofing attacks. One of the limitations of SMS is that it allows messages to be sent with spoofed addresses to any phone, so we urge customers to be extremely careful if they're directed to an unknown website or address over SMS.


As you can see, there is no mention or commitment to fix the vulnerability. Instead, they take the chance to promote their iMessage service. Unfortunately, everyone in the world would need to be using iMessage (a dream for Apple) for this to effectively take care of the vulnerability present.


It wouldn't be very hard for Apple to fix this issue. They could easily show the sender's number and that would pretty much negate the entire issue. It's unclear why they wouldn't fix this seemingly easily to resolve vulnerability, but they have made no commitment to do so as of yet.

Judge says Google did not comply with Court's disclosure order in Oracle case

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 9:30 pm

Judge Alsup, the judge presiding over the Oracle v Google lawsuit has decided that Google's disclosure, in response to his August 7 mandate, did not comply. As such, he has reissued the mandate with a few clarifications and has given Google until noon on August 24 to comply. He has also instructed Oracle to update its disclosure if the clarified mandate brings to light any new people that should be disclosed.




The August 7 order was not limited to authors " report or comment" or to "quid pro quo" situations. Rather, the order was designed to bring to light authors whose statements about the issues in the case might have been influenced by the receipt of money from Google or Oracle. For example, Oracle has disclosed that it retained a blogger as a consultant. Even though the payment was for consulting work, the payment might have influenced the blogger's reports on issues in the civil action. Just as a treatise on the law may influence the courts, public commentary that purports to be independent may have an influence on the courts and/or their staff if only in subtle ways. If a treatise author or blogger is paid by a litigant, should not that relationship be known?


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3D-printed shoes are the latest fashion, only cost $900 a pair

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: Aug 20, 2012 8:29 pm

Always chasing the latest fashion trends? A fan of 3D printing? Why not combine the two? Well, now you can. A company is offering 3D-printed shoes and they will only set you back $900. The collection is named "strvct" and "uses innovative materials to create fantasy-inspired designs." Take a look:




The shoes aren't just for decoration; they can actually be worn thanks to the durable nylon they are printed from. They also feature a synthetic rubber sole for traction and a "patent leather inner sole." They say that the "triangulated spin on the classic wedge pump...brings to mind Cinderella's glass slipper in its transparency" but I'm not convinced.


Theoretically, these shoes could be made at home on a 3D printer, all you need are the designs. But, more importantly, it puts existing technology to cool new uses. The shoes are made to order so they could take a bit of time to be delivered, not to mention $900 seems a bit high to pay for a pair of shoes. Nevertheless, they are cool.

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