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Mac App Store launching in January - minus Game Center and in-app purchasing?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 2:42 am

Rumor has it that the Mac App Store will miss it's December 13 date and will also be released without Game Center support or in-app purchases, no ability to offer demos, trials or betas.

 

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It is supposedly coming in January, which is still within Apple's promised 90 days when they first announced the App Store in October. Not long to find out, but Apple have done this before and eventually the extra upgrades are included after a while.

YouTube starting to remove video time limits

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Online Video | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 2:30 am

YouTube has had limits on videos since day one. For years it was 10 minutes, back in July YouTube upgraded that to 15 minutes. The reason was simple, YouTube needed a way to prevent users from uploading full television shows and movies that they didn't have the rights to.

 

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Today, YouTube announced it is removing the limit of 15 minutes for some users. Right now there's no indication of just how many users have had this limit removed, YouTube says that it's going to "begin allowing selected users with a history of complying with the YouTube Community Guidelines and our copyright rules to upload videos that are longer than 15 minutes."

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Intel confirms Oregon plant will be ready to make 450mm wafers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 2:16 am

Intel's new plant codenamed D1X in Hillsboro, Oregon has been confirmed by Intel will be ready to produce 450 millimeter wafers.

 

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Intel is supposedly sticking with 300mm wafers for a while but will have all the necessary preparations to start 450mm production once the industry is ready for it. The 450mm shift promises to be more efficient and cut costs by allowing more chips to produced at once but it will most likely be a few years before the benefits of this are shown.

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iTunes song previews extended from 30 to 90 seconds

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 2:04 am

Apple has make song previewers awfully happy by extending the song preview time in iTunes from 30 to 90 seconds. Sorry, non-Americans; the feature is currently U.S. only.

 

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Originally announced in November, the extended preview feature is only available for certain songs; all of which are longer than two and a half minutes in length. The National Music Publishers Association is not happy with Apple's change and is stating that an additional license will be required for the previews to be lengthened. Apple's standing up for the people on this one, stating that the longer samples will benefit both customers and music labels. Enjoy it for now; I'm sure we haven't heard the last from the music industry on this.

Apple may drop NVIDIA to go down the Sandy Bridge IGP route next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 1:46 am

Apple has reportedly dropped NVIDIA [like it's hot] in favor of Intel's integrated graphics on it's upcoming Sandy Bridge platform for use in Apple's upcoming 13" laptops.

 

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Apple thus far as stuck to the ageing Core 2 platform for it's 13" MacBook Pro, entry-level 13" MacBook and MacBook Air models. NVIDIA were used for the 320M used in the notebooks.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to share his billions of dollars of wealth

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 1:41 am

The Giving Pledge founded by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett is a great charity. Billionaires worldwide donate to it and their billions that would normally sit in their accounts looking all pretty with all of those 000's instead helps the needy.

 

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Mark Zuckerberg together with Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz are pledging half of their fortunes to The Giving Pledge. Zuckerberg previously announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show that he is giving $100 million to schools in New Jersey.

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Gmail for Android gets an update

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 1:16 am

Google have just released Gmail for Android 2.3.2 which sports improved support for Priority Inbox and adds the much needed compose and send options. Priority Inbox gets some new views and controls to change the importance settings.

 

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Gmail can now send a notification upon receipt of an important email. The compose screen has been changed to allow you to specify any sending address you've setup in desktop Gmail which is great for those who juggle between multiple accounts from the single inbox.

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Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception teaser trailer, screenshots and details!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 12:38 am

Lots of gaming news today - mainly because these games are some of the best in a series of games over the last few years and very, very popular to boot. Anyone who played Uncharted 2 would agree with me, right? Nod if you agree, yes, thanks!

 

 

Entertainment Weekly of all places unveiled Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception this morning and since then PlayStation Blog has updated with information, images and box art.

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Dead Space 2 demo is your Christmas present

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 12:12 am

Fan of the original, amazingly atmospheric Dead Space? Well, you're in luck! Dead Space 2 is set for release early next year and a demo for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 is due out on December 21!

 

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Unfortunately, no PC demo will be released. EA and Visceral have been kind enough to get their scares in before Christmas for the consoles with Dead Space 2 making it's debut on the Xbox Live Marketplace worldwide on December 21 with a PlayStation Network release the same day but for North America only. European PS3 owners will have to wait an extra day.

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Sony's PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 10, 2010 12:02 am

Sony has today unveiled the PlayStation Move Sharp Shooter controller, a US$40 Killzone 3-compatible plastic housing for your Move and navigation controller.

 

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The controller also works with SOCOM 4 and Dead Space Extraction and will obviously get more support for games in the future. Included with your purchase is an adjustable shoulder stock, a digital trigger, a firing mode selector and "realistic" pump action.

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