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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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Lite-On eNAU608 external DVD burner has a customizable case

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 8:00 pm

I would say that about 99% of all the ultraportables and netbooks on the market lack an optical drive. For some people that might be ok, but if you are business type odds are at some point you will wish you had an optical drive. The lack of an optical drive also means that when you are traveling you can't watch a movie to pass the time. If you need an optical drive for a notebook or netbook that didn't come with one, Lite-On has unveiled one called the eNAU608 that might be perfect.

 

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The optical drive will write to DVDs and CDs and can play recorded media as well. It gets all the power it needs to operate directly from the USB port so no power adapter is needed for the device to function. The drive is very slim as well making it easy to pack away in your luggage or backpack. Despite its small size and USB-powered design, the optical drive supports DVD burning at 8x.

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Sewell HDdeck USB to HDMI adapter puts your computer screen on your TV

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 7:00 pm

If you want to put your notebook or netbook screen on a larger display in your living room and your machine lacks an output for graphics or only has VGA out and your TV doesn't support VGA you can still get your content on a bigger screen. A new adapter from Sewell called the HDdeck USB to HDMI adapter will take your video output from the notebook and shoot it to your TV with HDMI and USB connectivity.

 

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You connect the adapter to your notebook or netbook with a USB cable. Drivers installed on the computer will shoot the video from your screen over the USB cable and the adapter will turn that into HDMI signals. The HDMI cable for the adapter to your TV will then let you just plug in and watch as you would any other HDMI source.

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Netflix and Disney-ABC sign streaming deal for programs

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 9, 2010 6:04 pm

Netflix is constantly looking to build up the library of streaming offerings that it has on offer to its subscribers. You can bet that the search for more content is at a fevered pitch with the recent addition of a streaming only offering for Netflix members. Netflix has now announced that it has signed a very important new streaming deal with Disney-ABC that will see many of the popular shows from ABC and Disney coming to the streaming service.

 

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The new agreement gives Netflix access to hundreds of shows from ABC, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. The deal has a caveat though, the programs will be offered no sooner than 15-days after they initially air on the network. That means if you miss an episode you will have to wait at least 15 days to see it via Netflix.

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