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Apple releases iTunes 10.4.1 with a bunch of various fixes

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 9:42 CDT

Apple has just rolled out another iTunes update, taking the revision to 10.4.1. The update primarily deals with minor issues like non-working media keys on third-party keyboards, artwork adding woes for songs and videos etc.

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The following fixes may also be of relief to some of you experiencing these issues previously :-

- Resolves an issue which may cause iTunes to become unresponsive when purchasing an HD movie

- Fixes a problem where iTunes may take longer than expected to open after waking your Mac from sleep

- Addresses issues with VoiceOver support

The full build of iTunes 10.4.1 can now be downloaded directly from Apple's website.

LG launches first 3D Notebook to Korean market

By: Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 8:26 CDT

LG has just readied up its first 3D-capable notebook for market in Korea, the XNote series A530. It's a 15-inch notebook with the 3D-ready LED backlit display sporting a native 1080p resolution and an integrated stereoscopic webcam using two individual cameras to build a stereo 3D video stream via LG's own software.

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Based on Intel Sandy Bridge with a 2nd Gen Core i7 processor, the XNote A530 uses a discrete GPU from NVIDIA, the GT 555M. The notebook will also ship with a software tool called "True 3D PT" which is said to allow users to create 3D presentations that can then be displayed in 3D on all capable displays and projectors.

No word when it'll hit other regions yet, or at what pricing.

Gearbox has no intention to let Duke die with dignity...

By: Steve Dougherty | Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:07 CDT

Oh no, please leave it alone now Gearbox. We've all been through enough false promises followed by eventual (catastrophic?) disappointment that has deeply tarnished an iconic memory of our gaming past.

Would you believe guys, Gearbox is already looking to reboot Duke despite no doubt taking notice of all the negative reviews and feedback following DNF's recent launch. In actuality, they were already working on the "Duke Begins" project before they took over development of DNF; and as an agreement was made to hand ownership of the Duke Nukem IP to the studio, they can do whatever they like with it now. Once they've wrapped up development on their current title - Aliens: Colonial Marines they'll be waking the poor bastard back up for more.

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Whatever they have planned, obviously they must think they can somehow make it up to us very unsatisfied, crippled fans. The real question now, however, is whether or not us fans are willing to give it the slightest of attention, after an over 15 year saga filled with broken promises and what some say was the final nail in the coffin when Gearbox offered up a rather weak result, worsened by the extended wait and frustrating hype we all had to endure.

Download of the Day: LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC 1

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:12 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC 1.

LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.

Writer is the word processor inside LibreOffice. Use it for everything, from dashing off a quick letter to producing an entire book with tables of contents, embedded illustrations, bibliographies and diagrams.

Calc tames your numbers and helps with difficult decisions when you're weighing the alternatives.

Impress is the fastest and easiest way to create effective multimedia presentations.

Draw lets you build diagrams and sketches from scratch. A picture is worth a thousand words, so why not try something simple with box and line diagrams?

Base is the database front-end of the LibreOffice suite.

Math is a simple equation editor that lets you lay-out and display your mathematical, chemical, electrical or scientific equations quickly in standard written notation.

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Razer goes viral, 'PC gaming is not dead', must've seen the Battlefield 3 footage

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Aug 23, 2011 @ 0:00 CDT

Razer is really stomping their foot on the the console versus PC argument with a viral site saying PC gaming is not dead. I'm loving it, they shout out about "shoddy ports", "closed systems", and they state there is something "terribly wrong with gaming today." "Lack of innovation" is a key point, which I love. Razer push on the open system of PC gaming and that there are more than 300,000,000 PC gamers worldwide, which is much more than all of the console-based gamers combined.

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On the 26th of August, Razer claim they will "remind the world that PC gaming is not dead." The 26th of August can not come soon enough!

Apple's next "absolutely different" product rumored, could we see something revolutionary, magic, again?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 22:00 CDT

Think back before the iPod, could you have imagined how much it would change the industry? What about the iPhone? Could you have predicted that? Well, Makorakara, a Japanese site has published a rumor on what the next "absolutely different" Apple product could be. The rumor contains no detail at all, but here it is:

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According to anonymous source in Asian supplier company, Apple seems to be preparing project to release new Mac line-up which is absolutely different from current products until end of this year.

Though this source does not told in detail, this new Mac line seems to be clearly different products from current ones, so new product name could be given.

Now, they say it's a new "Mac line", and if it were up to my "expertise", I would be guessing a touchscreen Mac? Or maybe a touchscreen MacBook? But, personally... if I was in control of this, here is my idea - let me know what you think:

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Red Bull teams up with Vodafone, wings included

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 21:40 CDT

Are wings enough to save Vodafone and Red Bull? Well, we'll find out later this year when another mobile reseller enters the market in Red Bull branding. Vodafone has announced that it has signed up an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) with a difference. The difference? Red Bull branding. This will bring Red Bull branded handsets, "competitive" tariffs" and access to Red Bull TV services through the handset, as well as exclusive ticket access to Red Bull events. Oh and probably, wings.

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Red Bull isn't new to this mobile game however, they operate Red Bull MOBILE in Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Belgium, Poland and South Africa. Red Bull MOBILE is slated to launch later in the year with pricing and handset offerings to follow.

iOS 5 to include early earthquake warning notification for Japanese iPhone users

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 21:00 CDT

Here's something useful from iOS 5! Following the devastating earthquake and following tsunami on March 11 of this year in Japan, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option in their upcoming iOS 5. Japan-based iOS 5 users can turn on early earthquake notifications at the very bottom of the iOS 5 Notification Center settings pane. All that is required is the flick a switch (as shown below in the picture) and if an earthquake hits, you'll get anything from a few seconds to one or two minutes warning before the earthquake hits.

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Time profiled Japan's earthquake warning system this year and explains the history of the system:

Japan has the most advanced earthquake early-warning system in the world. A nationwide online system launched in 2007, it detects tremors, calculates an earthquake's epicenter and sends out brief warnings from its 1,000-plus seismographs scattered throughout the country, one of the most earthquake-prone nations on the planet.

For those of us who can't read Japanese, the picture above also says that the feature may reduce your battery life as it is always connected to Japan's earthquake warning system.

Intel ready to pounce with next-gen Itanium, 32nm, 8-core Poulson chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 22, 2011 @ 20:29 CDT

Intel's next-gen Itanium is looking like a thing of beauty with some impressive specs. The last update to the Itanium line saw a 2-billion transistor chip dubbed Tukwila, which sported a 65nm design, up to 24MB cache, 4-cores and a clock speed of up to 1.73GHz. The 2011 refresh of the Itanium will see a bump up to 8-core, up to 32MB cache, 3.1 billion transistors and a TBA clock speed. The die size has also shrunk from 699m^2 down to 544mm^2.

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Poulson also adds a new feature called Intel Instruction Replay Technology, which is said to add a buffer for more quickly recovering from errors, allowing the chip to pick up from the last known good instruction instead of having to completely flush the pipeline. Another feature of Poulson is that it's pin compatible with Tukwila, which means existing Itanium-based customers can just buy the new chip, drop it in and go.