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Sony produces Xperia flash tool, in beta, to allow unlocked devices to be flashed back to stock ROMs

Sony is consumer friendly when it comes to flashing Android ROMs. Today continues that trend as the company has just released a tool that will allow Xperia modders with an unlocked bootloader to reflash Sony's stock ROM. The tool, available on Sony's developer site, currently supports the Xperia S, arc, and arc S.


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The tool is currently in beta and Sony is working on increasing the number of supported devices. It's a pretty simple task, something that should be easy to people who are messing around with ROMs and bootloaders in the first place. A video how-to is included below for your viewing, and modding, pleasure.

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Oops: iTunes launch in Russia sees the app displaying escort/pornography sites

iTunes in Russia has a bit of a bug that has iTunes showing ads for pornography websites in the movies section. Clicking on "more films in different languages" results in pornographic content being displayed, with speculating, probably accurately, that the bug comes from the use of temporary xxx placeholder links.


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Furthermore, it seems as though iTunes and the App Store are unavailable for many. People have taken to Twitter to complain, though the cause has yet to be ascertained. It's possible that the outage could be linked to the Russian iTunes launch or it could be the result of something completely different. We'll update you when we know more.

NVIDIA GeForce 310.70 drivers released, said to be "an essential upgrade for all...GTX gamers"

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! NVIDIA has just released their latest drivers for the GeForce line of graphics cards and you get bet they're proud of themselves. According to NVIDIA, "The culmination of our recent beta releases, these WHQL-candidate drivers improve performance by up to 37% in the year's most popular games..."


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Not to mention, the drivers also "add TXAA support to Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Assassin's Creed III, make Sparse Grid Supersampling easier to use, get your system ready for the latest releases, including Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution and Planetside 2, and resolve key issues, like shadow flickering in Assassin's Creed III."


It really does sound like NVIDIA has knocked the ball out of the park with these drivers. If you're running any GeForce-branded card, new or older, it definitely appears to be worth your time to upgrade to these latest drivers. You can pick them up from NVIDIA's driver download site.

Facebook Messenger for Android taking on SMS with account-less use update

The SMS turned 20 years old yesterday, but a number of companies are working on ways to eradicate it for good. Facebook has now thrown its hat into the ring as it has made changes to its Android application that can replace SMS messages for good.


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Facebook announced today its messenger application for Android won't require users to have a Facebook account. Instead, those Facebook-less users will have the option of putting in their name and phone number into the messenger application and they can start using it as their alternate to SMS messages.

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Apple expands iTunes into 56 new countries

iTunes 11 was just released a few days ago to the expected joy and displeasure to the majority of its users, but today, Apple has announced it has made its iTunes Store available in 56 additional countries including Russia, India and South Africa.


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Apple's iTunes Store is now available in 155 countries and today's expansion will further secure its dominance in the world of music, television and movies. Pricing in the newly launched countries will vary as a single song's price can range from 15 rubles (48 cents) in Russia to seven rupees (12 cents) in India.

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Steam launches Big Picture mode - prepare your TV and controller, peeps

After so many teases of its arrival, Steam have officially launched Big Picture mode. For those of you who aren't aware of what Big Picture mode is, it is an addition to Steam that provides a perfect user interface that fits on the big screen TV.



You can use your PC through a HDMI cable, kick your legs up onto a table and get ready for some truly large screen gaming. Steam provides support to the typical PC gamers' mouse and keyboard, but also to controllers - as gaming on the TV is more console-like, having proper controller support is a great addition.


Steam and their Big Picture mode brings over all of your Steam friends, library of games and all of the stuff that your friends make and put on Steam. There's also a web browser included, which has controller support and Valve call it the world's first, first-person browser. I'm going to try out Big Picture mode later on tonight with some Far Cry 3, how about you?

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Futuremark's 3DMark Fire Strike is the next DX11 benchmark, trailer goes online

Futuremark has just teased the tech world by uploading a trailer of its upcoming DX11 3D benchmark called 3DMark Fire Strike.



In the trailer which just runs for 42 seconds we see a futuristic looking fire kind of robot dude with fire swords fighting a smaller non-fire female character.


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It's also pretty clear that MSI is once again investing money into the project. We'll keep you posted as we find out more!

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iTunes 11 allows users to redeem gift cards using their computer's camera

Apple released iTunes 11 today after having delayed it from being released in October. Included in the new version of the software is a pretty nifty feature that will surely help users who redeem many Apple gift cards. The feature in question allows users to take a picture of their iTunes gift card to redeem it.


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Now, instead of having to type out that long and confusing 16-character string, users will be able to take a picture with their computer's camera. The new feature requires iTunes gift cards that have a box around the code. The box aids the system in detecting the code and I imagine that Apple started printing those boxes as soon as they knew this feature would be present in iTunes 11.


iTunes will, of course, still allow users to manually type in the code. This is needed because not everyone's computer has a camera and sometimes OCR just doesn't work very well. Not to mention, some people may still have gift cards that were printed before the updated cards with the boxes went into production.

iTunes 11 is finally out, you can download it now from Apple's website!

Those who were waiting around for Apple's latest version of iTunes will not have to wait any longer. As of right now, Apple's iTunes 11 is currently available for download from Apple's website.


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The new version of iTunes was originally set to debut in October, but then Apple announced that it had been delayed due to engineering problems. If you don't want to download a new copy of the software via the above link, you can also let your currently installed copy check for updates.


For Mac users, this means using Software Update, and Windows users can have iTunes "Check for Updates."

Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen top Spotify's most popular tracks of 2012

Streaming-music service Spotify has been used heavily in my home ever since it debuted in the U.S. last summer as I'm sure many other users have been doing so as well. With the end of the year looming over us, Spotify has released its most popular songs of the year decided by its users who have streamed these songs the most.


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The top streamed track of 2012 goes to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" taking second place. It just goes to show all of those late nights playing those songs on your computer at the lowest possible volume possible so your roommates don't hear your guilty pleasures have come back to haunt you.

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