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RumorTT: Google Me to launch in two months

By: Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 13, 2011 @ 20:22 CDT

Rumor has it that Google plan to launch their Facebook competition at the next Google I/O which is on May 10 - 11, 2011. There is not much else to know right now apart from it 'may be happening'.

 

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Back in September of 2010, Google CEO Eric Schmidt suggested that a "social layer" was coming to all Google products. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has always been weary of such things saying that a social layer does not cut it, a service needs to be built from the ground up with social in mind.

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Apple iPad 2 specs probed, powered by a 900MHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 chip

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 13, 2011 @ 20:11 CDT

AnandTech have probed the iPad 2 and found what makes her tick. That tick comes in the form of a dual-core ARM chip that is clocked at around 900MHz with the graphics side of the iPad 2 being powered by a dual-core PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU on the die.

 

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With those powers combined, I am Captain Planet, I mean, much more powerful than the original iPad. This performance increase is not just a little it's actually quite significant. When using GLBenchmark, the iPad 2 pushes 57.6 frames per second, the higher-res Tegra 2-powered Motorola Xoom can process at 26.7 fps while the original iPad can only pull 17.6 fps.

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Nintendo Pods in Major Cities, Including Mine

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Mar 12, 2011 @ 21:16 CST

From a March 10th press release, Nintendo announced that they would be mounting a cross-country major city Nintendo 3DS promotional campaign in which "Pods" would be showcased in metropolitan areas around the United States (and Canada). Living in one of those major cities, I moseyed over to San Francisco's Pier 39 to check out what was going on.

 

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The Pod has 8 play-testing spots with different games at each one. The games at the SF location included AR Games, Face Raiders, Street Fighter IV, Madden, Pilotwings, Steel Diver, and the much anticipated Nintendogs + cats. The latter is a Tamigotchi-style virtual pet raising game, in which you can pet your pets with a cursor, feed them, take pictures of them, post them to various social netoworks and even hold in the palm of your hand (thanks to an AR Card). Nintendo is also providing a Mii-maker kiosk adjoining the Pod, where you can make a Mii based on a couple default settings and an intuitive process that adds features based on a self-photograph. As you could post this to Facebook or send this to up to 3 email addresses, many people were enjoying this feature, including Mii. I mean, me.

 

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Most popular game to demo was a three-way tie between Face Raiders, AR Games and Nintendogs + Cats. All of these games have AR elements or are entirely AR based, so this bodes very well for Portable AR experiences in the near future.

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Endgadget Editor-in-Chief, Others, Peace Out

By: Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 12, 2011 @ 20:50 CST

Endgadget's editor-in-chief Josh Topolsky is no longer a part of the AOL-owned Tech Blog. Though the story broke on Kara Swisher's All Things D around 3:00 PM PST, Topolsky followed up with his own (and maybe last?) Endadget post (with the following photo as well):

 

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"It's hard to believe that I'm currently writing the words I seem to be writing, though a casual stock-taking of my senses dictates that it must be true. Here I am, at my computer, typing letters one by one into a plain text document, rolling along through one of the strangest posts I've ever penned for this site. Okay, probably the strangest ever.

 

After nearly four years at Engadget, it's time to make my exit. There are things I'm after and challenges I want to take on that just don't fit with my day-to-day schedule here, so off I go.

 

I didn't make this decision lightly. The time I've spent here has been -- without question -- the most amazing, rewarding, and just insanely fun period of my life. And I like to think I've had some pretty good times. The Engadget staff is easily the greatest collection of human beings I've ever encountered, and they've made waking up and freaking out over tech news for 12 to 18 hours a day into basically a party.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX590 sucks its beer gut in, shows off a possible single-slot cooler? Even The Situation is jealous.

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Mar 12, 2011 @ 5:11 CST

UPDATE: The source looked at the picture wrong, I apologise if I got some people excited! The GTX590 will be a dual-slot card, at 297mm in length which is close to the GTX295's length.

 

The launch of the soon-to-be amazing GeForce GTX 590 dual-Fermi based GPU is about to go live and the closer we get to the release, the more that leaks out about it. NVIDIA has obviously put a lot of green sweat into this puppy and the latest shots show a 21.5mm-thick cooler which would imply that it's a single-slot based cooler.

 

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This would be an amazing achievement if true, but could also come at the cost of your ears. If it is indeed true, NVIDIA have pulled a rabbit from the hat and should get some fairly good press based on the cooler design alone.

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TechCrunch Gives Away iPad 2 as Part of Shameless Social Media Promotion

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Mar 11, 2011 @ 15:17 CST

Want an iPad 2?! OMG of course you do!! You could wait for it to ship 2-3 weeks after you wait for a few hours in the absurd Apple Store line(s)- or there's another option! Improve the social media metrics of TechCrunch and you, too, can have a 1 in ~4000 chance to win an iPad 2. It's genius, and impressively formulaic. Get ahold of massively-desired Tech, and offer it at the low, low price of nothing, minus a one-click social media endorsement. Or, I don't know, 2-3 of them.

 

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Just "like" their Facebook Fan Page, Tweet something about an iPad 2 with the #techcrunch hashtag, and if you're feeling especially saucy (Crunchy?), comment on the story. Hopefully something ironically insipid that insults yourself, your dignity, or is self-deprecatingly face-saving, like, "I never do this but" or "I hate social media but".

 

...

 

C'mon, le monde.

 

Either way- with over 3k tweets and counting, it's already a successful campaign (Lasts until March 12th 7:30 PM EST).

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Japan Earthquake: Watch for Scams, Fraud

By: Trak Lord | Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 11, 2011 @ 14:24 CST

According to Mike Lennon of Security Week, the tragedy of last night's earthquake off the coast of Japan wil lead to further proof the human race is full of terrible, terrible people.

 

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[image courtesy of Trend Labs Malware Blog- Blackhat SEO attacks launched just minutes after news of the earthquake came in]

 

He writes, "Today's tragic events of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and resulting Tsunami, as sad as it is, is a dream for scammers and fraudsters around the world. Tragic events are always something scammers use to their advantage, helping them prey on and exploit innocent victims...Scams are already spreading across Facebook, which started in a matter of minutes after the news broke of the earthquake in Japan. As I write this, scammers are hard at work, registering new domains and cranking out templates for their fake donation sites. This will be followed with massive volumes of email spam, Tweets through Twitter, and Facebook posts, as scammers gear up to solicit donations from around the world. Users also need to be aware that cybercriminals also use these events to help spread malware, via malicious links via spam, twitter and other fake Web sites.

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Firefox 4 Released: Better, Faster, Stronger

By: Trak Lord | Software | Posted: Mar 10, 2011 @ 17:52 CST

A release candidate of Mozilla Firefox 4 is now available for Mac, Windows & Linux. The new version of the open-source browser had previously been in Beta for the past month and a half, but no worries- Firefox 4 Beta users' browsers will update automatically.

 

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Mozilla is reporting that around 70% of their existing plug-ins and "add-ons" are functioning with the RC, including my personal favorite, Panorama, formerly known as Tab Candy. This is a fantastic feature for tab-addicts like myself who commonly have +20 tabs open at any given time. Panorma allows you to organize and aggregate tabs into themed or customized arrangements away from your browser window, so it's easy to see them. A large improvement to cycling 45 tabs who's title heading is one letter long.

 

Much like the recent Safari and Chrome updates, this update should improve Firefox's speed substantially from its previous version. And according to Mozilla, they've fixed over 8,000 bugs (wow).

 

If you're a developer or a tester, don't forget to check out Mozilla's Web O' Wonder.

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LinkedIn Today Told Me About LinkedIn Today. Today.

By: Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 10, 2011 @ 14:49 CST

LinkedIn, everybody's favorite professional social media networking site unveiled its new "News" feature (still in Beta) today in conjunction with a press conference. "Today" is part of a suite of new features that the already successful startup is rolling out in the near future to further endear themselves to social professionals.

 

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[I hope everyone appreciates the Inception-level of meta-irony here]

 

"Today" utilizes a LinkedIn user's already existing professional network and the industry in which that person currently works to share relevant and current news. It is yet another information aggregator, but there's not a heavy degree of customization required if you've already a LinkedIn user. And unless your industry is Aeronautical Internet Pancakes, "following" relevant industries is as easy as the click of a button in a conveniently located side bar.

 

The other two features are "InMaps", a visual depiction of your professional network, and a "Skills" interface that tells you what people are using what skills in which industry.

 

This last one doesn't seem that exciting. But, I am definitely excited to replace or otherwise enhance those weekly/daily email digests/alerts I get from LinkedIn.

 

Here's a somewhat campy promotional video from LinkedIn that made me laugh:

 

SpyParty: Everyone's Invited To It

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Mar 10, 2011 @ 13:37 CST

If you haven't had the chance to play SpyParty yet, it's a combination of Metal Gear Solid and that one level that exists in every FPS where you only have a sniper rifle. But more classic.

 

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The IGF Seumas McNally Grand Prize runner-up (Minecraft won) was one of the most popular indie destinations at GDC last week, with people lined up to get in on the action. The game itself has a nostalgic arcade feel, but the gameplay is wonderfully and psychologically complex. One player is a Sniper, one is a Spy, and the former has no idea who the latter is. The Spy can blend into an entire dinner party of characters, and must complete a host of secret missions while simultaneously avoiding detection. This is difficult, because the Sniper has been "briefed" (i.e. the instructions to the game) on all of the "tells" a Spy could possibly evince. The Spy has the advantage of being able to see the laser-sight of the Sniper, and thus know where he or she is looking at all times. Catch is: there's a time-limit, so one of you has to make a move at some point.

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