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Microsoft Windows 8 Start Menu search function blogged

Steve Dougherty | Operating Systems | Oct 19, 2011 at 10:41 am CDT

In a new posting on Microsoft's MSDN Blog pages we can get a better idea of how the search function available in the start menu will work, and it is indeed quite different to what we're used to with the likes of Windows 7.

While the start search in Windows 8 takes up a lot more space, it is a lot easier (and quicker) to make use of when it comes to looking for a program, file(s), or settings windows. As there will inevitably be a ton of apps included with Windows 8, which would only grow a lot more once all the 3rd party stuff starts getting installed, Microsoft has made the decision to split the search feature into three sections.

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One section will focus solely on all the apps and programs installed; another will be dedicated to listing settings and Control Panel items, while the third will display files and gives a range of filters to trim down the search.

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Aerocool unveils Strike-X lineup of PSUs for Gamers

Steve Dougherty | Cases, Cooling & PSU | Oct 19, 2011 at 9:32 am CDT

Aerocool is targetting gamers with its latest run of "Strike-X" series power supplies which are certainly easy to spot with that big red 'X' fan grill over the top of the 13.9cm PWM fan and red+black theme going on.

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There are four new models in total, all of which are 80Plus certified and sport a modular design, as well as complying with the ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards. They are equipped with active PFC (Power Factor Correction) and carry an MTBF of over 120,000 hours. All four models are set up with a single 12V rail as well as having over current, over voltage, over wattage, over temperature and short-circuit protection.

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Motorola Droid RAZR, the worlds thinnest smartphone, also splashproof

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 19, 2011 at 7:04 am CDT

Motorola have unveiled the RAZR successor, sporting Android, 4G LTE, a 1.2GHz dual-core chip and is constructed from Kevar, is a nice piece of kit. The new RAZR is only 7.1mm thick, making it the thinnest of its kind.

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It also sports 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, 12.5 hours of talk time, a 1800 mAh battery, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display with strengthened Gorilla Glass, a steel core and Kevlar fiber, which makes it both strong and lightweight.

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Angry Birds flies past 400 million downloads, new Bird introduced, movie is confirmed

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 19, 2011 at 6:34 am CDT

400 million. Just think about that number, its huge. Absolutely, huge. Today at the Web 2.0, Rovio's GM Andrew Stalbow took the stage, shooting off some Angry Birds stats that has given us an idea at the growth of the [now] franchise over the past few months. At Disrupt, Stalbow stated that Angry Birds has pushed past 350 million cumulative downloads across platforms (and was selling 1 million t-shirts and plush toys each and every month - myself included), and today, Angry Birds has ballooned out to more than 400 million downloads.

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If that number wasn't impressive enough, heres some more: Angry Birds is seeing 130 million monthly users, 30 million daily active users, and 300 million minutes of game play... wait for it, each and every day. That's not per month, thats 300 million minutes of game play every single day. Wow, wow, wow. On the scale side of things, we've had up to 400 million, but what would $0 give us? That's Rovio's total marketing budget. $0. Yes, nothing.

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GIGABYTE X79-based board, G1. Assassin 2 - if looks could kill, well, you'd be dead already

Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Oct 19, 2011 at 6:09 am CDT

GIGABYTE has just walked into a room and they've got their latest board on them, as they've walked through the metal detectors, a security guard has asked them "Do you have any metallic items, keys, loose change", and just as they've whipped their trench coat open to not reveal an arsenal of weapons as Neo did in The Matrix, they've shown a gun against their thigh underneath their stocking.

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Enter, GIGABYTE's X79 series motherboard, the GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2. Just look at that heatsink array... it is shaped like a damn pistol! GIGABYTE, why have you done this? It just makes you even more awesome than you were before. The G1.Assassin 2 sports the X79 chipset, which is set to support the upcoming LGA2011 socket CPUs. The board itself features Bigfoot Networks' Killer E2100 platform, as well as an on-board Creative Soundblaster X-Fi digital audio processor.

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But its the revised 'Locked and Loaded' heatsink array that will attract people to this motherboard. You can't call the board an Assassin if its not deadly. The previous Assassin board sported an AK47-themed clip, and now this one takes it up a notch to a pistol. 'Locked and Loaded', GIGABYTE surely are ready, taking aim at the competitors motherboards, literally.

HTC are reviewing Ice Cream Sandwich, will determine their upgrade path soon enough

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 19, 2011 at 5:35 am CDT

Samsung has had the advantage when it comes with Google's Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 OS, but it doesn't mean that other smartphone manufacturers have been left out of the race. HTC have released an official statement to confirm that its looking at Google's latest OS, and combing through its new features and functionality.

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HTC say that they're figuring out how to make it happen without forcing sacrifices to the usability and performance of each HTC product. Whatever HTC cook up, it'll be good to see how they integrate their amazing Sense UI with the new Ice Cream Sandwich UI. HTC are careful not to commit to the new Android, and it has not given any particular timeframe or roadmap. The full statement is shown below:

We are excited about the latest update for Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, and are currently reviewing its features and functionality to determine our upgrade plans. Our goal for Android updates is to give every customer an improved user experience, which means balancing each phone's unique hardware, HTC Sense experience and the Android kernel. While our goal is to upgrade as many of our recent devices as possible, we are committed to maintaining every phone's performance and usability first. Please stay tuned for more updates on specific device upgrade plans.

RumorTT: Dell and HP are working on Windows 8 tablets, should arrive in Q3 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 19, 2011 at 5:09 am CDT

Another juicy rumor has hit the tubes, this time it was from the Dell World conference last week, where CEO Michael Dell reiterated his support for the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 operating system as a tablet platform. He stated that Dell would release a "wide range of products around Windows 8's release".

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Then we have a report from DigiTimes that claims the company's first tablet devices sporting Windows 8 could arrive in Q3 2012, possibly during the back-to-school season. The report also claims that HP will be amongst the first manufacturers to launch Windows 8-based tablets. HP has previously stated that although it discontinued webOS devices, it wasn't ready to leave the tablet market altogether.

Why the change to focus on alternative tablet platforms, instead of Android? It has to do with the market saturation and the pricing war triggered by Amazon's Kindle Fire. Sources also point blame at Motorola's "family edition" Xoom, which will sell at Best Buy for $379.

ASUS and Acer will still offer Android-based devices aimed at consumers, where Lenovo will use Android, but for their business-use ThinkPad tablets, they'll be using Windows 8 for its business-orientated tablets going into the future.

Apple and China, sitting in a tree, s-e-l-l-i-n-g - err, lots of Apple products

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 19, 2011 at 4:33 am CDT

Not only do Apple have most (if not all?) of their manufacturing done in China, but it appears that China is now Apple's second-largest market, where they accounted for 16-percent of Apple's sales during the last quarter, with $4.5 billion in revenue, a year-over-year increase of a whopping 270-percent.

In comparison to fiscal 2009, China accounted for just a measly 2-percent of Apple revenue. Now, "the sky is the limit" says Apple CEO, Tim Cook. Cook also revealed that Brazil was up 118-percent year-over-year, Russia looks "promising" and the Middle East is, according to Tim, a "significant opportunity".

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Keep in mind though, that Apple is not launching as full an assault in other countries as in China, Cook noted. Apple's approach in China is virtually the same as the US: six retail stores, 200 approved resellers, an online store and of course, advertising.

Around the world, Apple has 40,000 iPad point of sales, 50,000 for the iPod and 120,000 for the iPhone. Apple CFO, Peter Oppenheimer says that Apple plan to open 40 new stores in fiscal 2012, with over 75-percent of them outside the US.

Microsoft shows off Omnitouch, turns any surface into a navigatable touchscreen

Anthony Garreffa | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Oct 19, 2011 at 4:01 am CDT

Microsoft researchers have unveiled Omnitouch, a new system that uses a Short-Range Depth Camera together with a Pico-Projector and turns any surface area into a navigatable touchscreen. Microsoft, in a joint project with Carnegie Mellon University reveals that the technology works in a similar way to Microsoft's Xbox Kinect, but is "modified to work at short-range" to track finger movements.

In the video below, you can see that the projector superimposes a virtual keyboard image onto a hand, arm, notepad or wall, which a user can tap or drag their fingers and access it like a normal touchscreen device. Of course, in its test stages, it looks completely dorky, but this is some future tech.

It shows a shoulder-based system, with a Kinect sensor sitting on the users shoulder, as well as the Pico-Projector, with the demonstration showing how "you can tap on your hand or drag your interface out to specify the top left and bottom right border," explains researcher Hrvoje Benko.

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PlayStation Vita: priced and dated in Australia

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 19, 2011 at 3:27 am CDT

Waiting anxiously for the NGP from Sony; the PlayStation Vita? Well, wait no longer. There's finally some details today with Sony Computer Entertainment Australia and New Zealand confirming today that the PlayStation Vita will launch on February 23, 2012. This follows an announcement made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today confirming that the PlayStation Vita will launch through Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australisia from February 22, 2012.

The Wi-Fi model will be available in Australia from AUD $349.95 and New Zealand from NZD $449.95. If you're after a 3G model it will set you back $100 more than the stock models at AUD $449.95 and NZD $549.95.

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This pricing is a bit of a kick in the nuts, at roughly $150 more than it is priced in the US, even though our dollar is doing very, very well at the moment. I suspect sales on the Vita will be quite low in Australia, with people importing them. $150 more is a bit rich, and this isn't the 90s anymore, Sony. Give it a $50 premium and I'm sure you'll keep your Vita customers much happier.