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Valpak & Junaio Launch Augmented Reality Coupons

By: Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 21:20 CDT

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Valpak has got a brand new bag. And it's not a giant blue bag stuffed with coupons, either. It's a mobile augmented reality channel that uses geo-locational user information to display mobile-based deals in or near your vicinity.

 

Neato.

 

With the recent success of Groupon and LivingSocial, it does not come as a surprise that Valpak entered the mobile arena, especially after launching an iPhone app. Unlike a normal app, this one is in full Augmented Reality, so you actually perceive mobile coupon deals overlaid onto the physical world, i.e. wherever you're pointing your smartphone.

 

The feature runs on junaio, a free application for the iPhone and Android. The Valpak channel uses the navigation features of junaio channels, utlizing a user's surroundings to supply them with relevant hyperlocal information. Here's a demo from Valpak telling you how to use the app:

 

 

It's that easy folks.

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AMD about to release the Radeon HD 6790

By: Anthony Garreffa | Video Cards | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 20:55 CDT

Come April 5, AMD are set to release the next entry in the HD 6000 series, the Radeon HD 6790. AMD has been keeping this info quite close to their chest, but the HD 6790 is set to compete against the green team's GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

 

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The HD 6790 is based on AMD's 40nm "Barts" GPU (which the HD 68x0 share also). The Barts silicon is configured to have 800 stream processors (SPs), but it will be split across two blocks of 400 SPs each, each block having its own dispatch processor.

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Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 19:59 CDT

Capcom confirmed yesterday that they will ship the new Resident Evil title, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City this Winter. The game will ship on all three major platforms, Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

 

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Operation Raccoon City is being developed by Vancouver-based Slant Six Games, Capcom have said that the new Resident Evil title will take the series in a "completely new direction" and is set to offer a style of gameplay "yet to be seen from the franchise". Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City will be a third-person, squad-based shooter set in the year 1998, during the events of the Resident Evil 2 and 3 titles.

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"Color" Commentary: $41 Million, Angry Reviews

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 19:51 CDT

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The internet is very, very angry.

 

An media sharing application named Color that just received $41 million in funding is pissing everybody off. Color promises the user the ability to share photos and videos with everyone in the general area. The caveat is that everyone has to also be using Color, one of the many sources of complaints on the user reviews on the App Store. Users are also very unhappy about the user interface, which they claim is very counter-intuitive and does not have any sort of tutorial explaining its various functions.

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Crysis 2 to not get Direct X 11 patch, yet its listed on NVIDIA's site advertising it as a DX11 title, what the?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 19:27 CDT

After posting some news yesterday about Crysis 2 rumored to be getting a DX11 patch any second now, I've woken up this morning to see Kitguru are reporting that the DX11 is not coming. I read more into it and Kitguru state "we have no information as to how, or where this "Crysis 2 Direct X 11 patch is coming" was sourced from.

 

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Well, I did some digging and found a great little picture on NVIDIA's own website. I've posted this picture above and the tag for it says:

 

Built for DirectX 11 - Enjoy all the visual glory of the latest DirectX® 11 blockbuster games like Crysis 2, HAWX 2, and Civilization 5. With massive geometry processing power of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti lets you enjoy incredibly detailed environments and characters.

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Download of the Day: Recuva 1.40.525

By: Steve Dougherty | Software | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 3:56 CDT

Our Download of the Day today is Recuva 1.40.525.

 

Recuva (pronounced "recover") is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted from your iPod, or by bugs, crashes and viruses!

 

• Simple to use interface - just click 'Scan' and choose the files you want to recover

• Easy to use filter for results based on file name/type

• Simple Windows like interface with List and Tree view

• Can be run from a USB thumb drive

• Restores all types of files, office documents, images, video, music, email, anything.

• Supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 , NTFS + EFS file systems

• Restores files from removable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, Digital cameras, Floppy disks, Jaz Disks, Sony Memory Sticks, Compact Flash cards, Smart Media Cards, Secure Digital Cards, etc.)

• Restores files from external ZIP drives , Firewire and USB Hard drives

• It's fast, tiny and takes seconds to run!

 

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Deal of the Day: Vizio VF552XVT 55" 1080P 240HZ TruLED HDTV with built-in WiFi and Internet Apps - $1,299 Shipped Free

By: Steve Dougherty | Displays & Projectors | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 3:14 CDT

Our Deal of the Day today is the Dell Home - Vizio VF552XVT 55" 1080P 240HZ TruLED HDTV with built-in WiFi and Internet Apps - $1,299 Shipped Free!.

 

Offer: The Vizio VF552XVT 55" 240Hz LCD HDTV is one of the best bangs for the buck. It features a Full HD 1920x1080p resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, TruLED backlight, remote w/ a full QWERTY keyboard, and Internet apps like Netflix, Amazon, Rhapsody, and Yahoo weather.

 

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LG to manufacture Google Nexus Tab, Honeycomb-based tablet?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Mar 29, 2011 @ 0:04 CDT

Google is a fan of their Nexus range, it gives them the opportunity to roll out new Android software on their branded devices first before their partners. Rumor has it that LG are now going to be the manufacturer of the reference tablet for Google.

 

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The LG-based tablet will be Google's own Android tablet, powered by Honeycomb (Android 3.0). It will be a fresh Honeycomb device in the best conditions with specifications of reference for other manufacturers. The Google Nexus Tab will now be launched mid-Summer by LG.

Cancer-detecting device now capable of detecting HIV?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 28, 2011 @ 23:02 CDT

Technology, it's a wonderful thing. It's even better when used in a medical-based environment, the engineers who invented the microfluidic device are hopeful it can be used in developing countries.

 

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Mehmet Toner who is a Harvard Medical School professor of biomedical engineering along with MIT aeronautical engineer Brian Wardle came up with adapting Toner's project (on which he worked on for four years) which is being used in hospitals currently. Wardle used his knowledge of aeronaturics to streamline the carbon nanotube-studded device, making it stronger and capable of collecting cancerous cells eight times better than Toner's original device was capable of.

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Duke Nukem Forever gets reviewed, Duke is allowed to throw feces around in game - come... get some?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Mar 28, 2011 @ 20:26 CDT

Duke Nukem Forever has had one of the best development sagas, ever. But, it's nearly here and there are some lucky SOB's that have already played it and the verdict? "It's worth it". DNF allows players to go into bathrooms and piss into a urinal, in the same bathroom you're able to pick up faecal matter from a toilet bowl and throw it around... yes, throw it around.

 

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When picking up the faecal matter and throwing it around Duke is heard saying "what sick motherf***er picks up wet faeces" and "what am I? A monkey?" Of course, most people will laugh their asses off at this, as it's not something you take seriously.

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