Enthusiasts who have purchased the Nexus 10 have already got to work tinkering away at it and the folks over at XDA-Developers have just released a toolkit that will make tweaking, adjusting, and modding your Nexus 10 tablet just a bit easier.
The Nexus 10 toolkit will let you do nearly anything that you could desire. The toolkit, released by mskip, can backup/restore single packages, the entire internal storage, unlock and re-lock the bootloader, root the stock Jelly Bean build, take Nandroid backup, and install BusyBox, among other things.
If you've got a Nexus 10 and would like to start hacking it, head on over to the XDA forums to download the toolkit and ask for help, should you need it. Of course, be sure to thank you to mskip and provide him with a donation if you feel this is worth money to you.
Android users who have been enjoying their life of anonymity when leaving reviews for apps and games in Google's Play Store will no longer have that luxury as Google will now have reviews tied to a user's Google+ account.
When a user attempts to write a review from now on, a message will pop up indicating reviews will be "Powered by Google+" as reviews will now link to a user's Google+ account by attaching a user's name and picture from the company's social media site to each the user's review. For reviews that were published before the change, those users' previous usernames will be switched to "A Google User."
It's been a long-time coming for Verizon FiOS customers who have been waiting for the FiOS Mobile iPad application to receive its inevitable live-streaming television update, and this week, the company finally released that very update.
The FiOS Mobile iPad application was promised to have live streaming when it first debuted back in 2010, but it didn't and has gone two years without the ability to stream television programing to iPad owners. With this week's update, FiOS customers can now stream 75 channels of live television to their iPads.
Apple delayed iTunes 11 once already to make sure that everything was perfect in the latest version. The new version of iTunes will see the removal of Ping and the revamping of the iTunes store layout. Part of the store layout change includes having pictures of the artists available for browsing by shoppers.
And that is the part where today's rumor comes from. German music distribution service Feiyr sent out an e-mail (seen above) to artists. The e-mail states that iTunes 11 is "about to be released within the next days." Sure, next days isn't an exact timeline, but Apple is probably pretty close to getting iTunes 11 out the door.
Besides, they only have 9 more days to meet their deadline of the end of November. It's highly unlikely that Apple would want to delay the product yet again. So, on the early side, we should be able to expect iTunes 11 pretty quickly. On the late side, it looks as though Apple is still on track for meeting the deadline of end of November.
In the ongoing battle between pirates and owners of copyrighted material, Microsoft has always been one company software pirates have had a somewhat difficult time fully pirating its Windows operating systems. But today, it looks as though pirates may have the upper hand for once thanks to one of Microsoft's current promotions.
Microsoft is currently giving away a free Media Center upgrade to Windows 8 Pro users, to which software pirates have found the keys the company is providing will fully activate a copy of Windows 8 that was temporarily activated by using a Key Management Service, which previously only activated the Windows 8 copy for 180 days.
AMD have released their Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 driver, which offers up some improved performance in some games. We're looking at a 5% increase in performance for Max Payne 3, single GPU improvements for Far Cry 3, and more. Here's the full list:
- Improves performance up to 5% in Max Payne 3
- Includes single GPU performance updates for Far Cry 3
- Improves CrossFire scaling for Planetside 2 (Crossfire scaling is still limited to ~30% at 2560×1600)
- Resolves the Skyrim lighting issue (missing a lighting pass) for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series
- Resolves the hang encountered playing Dishonored on the AMD Radeon HD 6000 and AMD Radeon HD 5000 Series
- AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 for Linux includes significant performance improvements for Left for Dead 2
Download the AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta 8 drivers:
Since the dawn of iOS 6, many have shown their displeasure with Apple's new Maps application as its offered nothing but headaches to its users. With Google's Maps application reportedly soon to be released, Nokia has jumped at the chance to offer an Apple Maps alternative with its Here Maps application.
Aside from its terrible choice in name, Here Maps is a free application that offers a number of features that will please nearly every type of traveler. The app is powered by Navteq as it offers real-time traffic data within a particular area, step-by-step voice navigation for pedestrians as well as turn-by-turn driving directions. Here Maps also allows users to share maps they've created with their friends and even make notes of points of interest along the way.
Apple's attempt at supplying its own Maps application could be considered a complete disaster as not only did it create an uproar within the iOS community, but it became such a problem, Apple had to issue a public apology, even going as far as recommending alternatives within its own App Store. iOS users who updated to iOS 6 and have longed for the days when Google Maps was made available as a standalone application will soon have their day as it's being reported Google Maps for iOS is very close to being released.
According to the WSJ, Google has released a "test version" of its Google Maps iOS application to a limited number of people outside of the company. This release could indicate a near-final version of Google Maps for iOS is much closer than we all expected, which hopefully means we could be hearing of it heading into Apple's approval process soon.
As much as I've enjoyed using Spotify on a daily basis, one thing that it's been missing has been a web-based music application allowing me, and other users around the world, to log in to their account and instantly access their music, playlists and radio station preferences no matter where they go. But today, Spotify has announced that it's planning to roll out a browser-based application that will do just that in the coming months.
According to reports, the web application will retain much of what is currently available in the desktop versions including search, Radio, Spotify's "What's new" section and management of playlists. Assuming Spotify is planning on making everything available from its desktop application to the web, we can expect Spotify's Radio feature to be free for all users, with banner and audio ads removed for premium members.
Futuremark don't stop - and they've taken all advice on-board when it comes to the next version of their benchmarking software, 3DMark. The new 3DMark is set to raise the benchmarking bar, as it will compare results against Windows, Android and iOS, on a "fair and level playing field".
The next 3DMark is set to measure the performance on Windows, Windows RT, iOS and Android devices, all while comparing scores against the respective platforms. The Windows version will also let you test all hardware from DirectX 9 up to DirectX 11.
There'll be there separate tests with the next 3DMark, where you'll be able to bench products from smartphones to tablets, desktop PCs to your simple notebook. Multi-GPU setups of course don't miss out, and Futuremark have said that in their opinion, "it is the best and most versatile benchmark we have ever created".
Browsermark 2.0 is now available. Browsermark, a benchmark produced by Rightware, is a benchmarking tool designed to test mobile and embedded devices, though it will work on any browser that has an internet connection. This means the benchmark can be used to analyze high performance desktops all the way down to that single core phone from 2008.
"We are all frustrated with the performance of our browser, based on the device we are web browsing on, and continually ask, 'Am I expecting too much from my tablet?'" said Tero Sarkkinen, CEO of Rightware. "Browsermark answers that question for you! This simple-to-run test will help you decide which browser provides the best web experience for your device. In addition to measuring your own device, consumers can check out the latest results of many devices in our Power Board online database. We believe these two technologies will help to improve the user experience on every device."
The test covers the usual: page loading, page resizing, conformance testing, and network speed. However, the new version also covers WebGL, Canvas, HTML5, and CSS3/3D. Best yet, the Browsermark 2.0 benchmark is completely free to use for everyone, which will make it easier for you to compare your shiny new device to your friend's old one.
You can try out the benchmark on Rightware's website.
One fun activity my brothers and I have when we get together is playing our favorite YouTube videos just to make each other laugh. It usually ends in a lot of laughter and high-fives, that is, unless one of us accidentally decides to play a video of a person cleaning a spider bite in their bathroom. That kind of content will put a damper on any good time.
When my brothers and I are watching YouTube videos, we usually watch them off of the YouTube applications available on our PS3 or Xbox 360, but today's update will certainly make watching videos together easier now that Google has updated its YouTube application for Android to interact with Google TV devices.
GrubHub has single-handedly saved my wife and I from complete starvation on numerous occasions as we'd always want food, but are either too lazy to call for takeout or actually go outside to obtain nourishment. Any time we use GrubHub, we know it's going to be a good time, but with its latest update, the experience became a lot more interactive.
GrubHub has rolled out a new service called "Track Your Grub" which allows users of the food ordering service to watch the progression of their order from the moment it's submitted up until the delivery person drops off your food.
Microsoft shows off new speech recognition technology that converts a speaker's voice into another language
Rick Rashid, Microsoft's Chief Research Officer, has recently shown off a new speech recognition technology that converts a speaker's voice into a completely different language. The example used in the video below converts Rashid's English words into computer-generated Chinese language. Rashid took to a blog post, explaining:
Though it was a limited test, the effect was dramatic, and the audience came alive in response. When I spoke in English, the system automatically combined all the underlying technologies to deliver a robust speech to speech experience-my voice speaking Chinese. You can see the demo in the video above. The results are still not perfect, and there is still much work to be done, but the technology is very promising, and we hope that in a few years we will have systems that can completely break down language barriers.
Rashid also adds:
In other words, we may not have to wait until the 22nd century for a usable equivalent of Star Trek's universal translator.
DC Comics have quite the announcement today, letting the world know that their entire lineup of comics will be available on the iBookstore in the near future. Until now, DC's graphic novels were the only ones to grace the store.
DC Entertainment, the #1 comic book publisher in the U.S., announced today its entire line of periodical comic books are now available for download from the top three e-bookstores including Kindle Store, iBookstore and NOOK Store. The precedent setting new digital availability brings bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo periodical titles, including JUSTICE LEAGUE, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS, ACTION COMICS, BATGIRL, WONDER WOMAN, GREEN LANTERN, FABLES and AMERICAN VAMPIRE, among many others, to an even broader audience of digital readers.
DC will still release their comics through its DC Comics and Vertigo apps, as well as the comiXology platform. Having all of their comics available on the iBookstore will definitely be a huge win for comic book readers, Apple and DC.
I use Spotify on a daily basis, but one thing I've been hugely disappointed in is the fact that the iPhone 5 has been out for a little over a month, and yet one of my absolute favorite music-streaming applications has gone without an update to support the iPhone 5. Each day that passed reminded me of just how much I detest non-iPhone 5 optimized applications on the iPhone 5 as those black bars on the top and bottom of the app drive me nuts. After over a month with having to deal with my first-world problem, Spotify has just launched its iPhone 5 update to its iOS app.
The update is now live on the App Store and its version notes simply say, "Spotify now looks great on iPhone 5!" After playing around with it all morning, I can tell you that it certainly does and this update is a welcome addition to my iPhone 5.
The shift away from Windows gaming is gaining momentum it seems, with NVIDIA's latest R310 series of GeForce drivers offering a huge improvement to Linux gamers. NVIDIA have said that the latest GeForce R310 drivers "dramatically reduce" gaming loading times on the Linux OS.
There has been nearly a year of development for the new drivers, where NVIDIA have worked with Valve and other game developers in order to provide the R310 drivers the ability to give GeForce owners the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience. At the same time, show the huge potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system.
The new drivers support the latest GeForce GTX 600 series of GPUs, but gamers with previous generation NVIDIA GPUs are urged to update to the new drivers also. Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve, has said:
With this release, NVIDIA has managed to increase the overall gaming performance under Linux. NVIDIA took an unquestioned leadership position developing R310 drivers with us and other studios to provide an absolutely unequalled solution for Linux gamers.
You can grab the new Linux-based GeForce R310 drivers here.
Microsoft has dominated the PC market for years with its Windows OS, but it's been battling to be the center of attention in your living room with its Xbox 360, its failed Zune and its recently launched Microsoft Surface. But a new job listing may have let the cat out of the bag early for the company for its "Cloud TV" service.
The job listing was posted on Microsoft Careers website looking for a Software Engineer Manager to lead "a team that is building awesome client applications for a new Cloud-based TV platform."
Ah, Windows Live Messenger. How I've loved thee. But, after more than ten years as an instant messaging client (and over the years, much more than that) it looks as though Microsoft is ready to give the application a much needed sleep and let Skype take over.
The Verge has reported according to multiple sources, that Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger would be retired in the next couple of months, but the technology behind it will continue to beat on. The backend of Messenger will be shuffled over to the Skype client, letting users login to their accounts, see their contacts and more, but from the Skype interface.
Microsoft began the transition months ago and already have around 80% of all IMs sent on Skype reportedly being handled by Messenger. This all started with Skype 6.0, which greeted users with the option to log in using a Microsoft, or Facebook account. The Verge says that Microsoft will announce the retirement of Windows Live Messenger before the end of the year.
CPU-Z has been updated, hitting version 1.62. The new version supports the latest AMD "Vishera" processors, Intel's Haswell and Ivy bridge E/EP preliminary support.
CPU-Z v1.62 also includes reduced CPU utilization and a faster refresh rate, as well as an improved validation process. You can grab the new versions right here:
Google Drive users, who also happen to use Google's social network service, Google+, will be pleased to hear the company has now made it much easier for users to share their documents with their friends by allowing your files to be viewable in Google+, to which you can choose who you'd like to share them with.
The process to share your Google Drive documents on Google+ isn't as simple as clicking on a "Google Drive" option in Google+ to then choose which document you'd like to share with your friends. Instead, as of now, it's a multi-step process: