CCleaner 4.0 released, includes performance improvements and much more

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Mar 30, 2013 1:16 AM CDT

Piriform have released CCleaner 4.0, which includes a bunch of new features and the usual improvements. Two new tools are available with version 4.0, the first 'Duplicate File Finder' and the second 'System and Browser Monitoring'.

CCleaner 4.0 includes improved graphics and icons, major performance increases and support for new applications. As for the two new features, here's a run down on what they can do for you:

Duplicate File Finder

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RumorTT: Samsung to release Galaxy S4 Mini shortly after bigger Galaxy S4 hits US shelves

Charles Gantt | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Mar 29, 2013 11:20 AM CDT

Samsung's 5-inch Galaxy S4 goes on sale next month and I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it, but a 5-inch screen phone is just too large for some people. It is rumored that Samsung aims to fix that problem by releasing a Mini version of the S4 shortly after sales begin in the US.

Featuring a 4.3-inch screen, the Galaxy S4 Mini will feature a less powerful dual-core processor that will be set at 1.6GHz. However, it is rumored to feature the same 8MP rear camera and 64GB micro SD support as its big brother.

No further specifications were mentioned and we doubt the smaller device will pack the super high capacity battery of the 5-inch S4, but we hope that it will retain the 2GB of RAM. What do you think about a smaller Galaxy S4? Would you buy it over the 5-inch Super AMOLED version?

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Google begins same-day delivery pilot in San Francisco

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 28, 2013 11:38 PM CDT

Google have begun their pilot scheme for a same-day delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it will potentially open up to other areas in the near future.

The Mountain View-based search giant are offering testers a six-month period of deliveries from retailers in the area, free to the consumer, with all of the shopping taking place in a single online store. Testers of the same-day delivery service will be able to select from a number of local stores, including the big ones like Target, Staples and more.

The deliveries are then dispatched for a specific time, based upon the consumers' delivery instructions. Google are still reportedly working on a pricing scheme, but this could cost below $70 per year in order to compete with Amazon Prime.

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Samsung executives are paranoid, are playing the market safely and dominating in the meantime

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 28, 2013 9:26 PM CDT

Businessweek have a very interesting piece on Samsung, which goes right into the heart and soul of the South Korean company. We know Samsung are willing to try anything and everything when it comes to smartphone form factors, where we see anything from smaller displays (under 4-inch) right up to the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II.

But on the flip side, it's not just about offering a multitude of devices, it's about knowing when and how to play them out. It was only a couple of years ago that Android didn't exist, and now we have around one billion Android-based devices in the wild.

One of the parts of Businessweek's article is quite interesting, in that they state that Samsung executives are paranoid - but not in a bad way. Being paranoid means you never stop, like other companies I won't mention, and you continue to innovate in the hopes of keeping your existing customer base, and securing more.

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Judge rules mathematical algorithms can't be patented, dismisses lawsuit against Rackspace

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 28, 2013 4:02 PM CDT

Finally a patent judge making some sense. A federal judge has ruled that mathematical algorithms can not be patented, meaning that the lawsuit against Rackspace is no longer valid. Uniloc USA sued Rackspace saying that the processing of floating point numbers via the Linux operating system violated their patent.

Chief Judge Leonard Davis cited a ruling by the US Supreme Court in which they determined that mathematical algorithms cannot be patented.

Rob Tiller, Red Hat's Assistant General Counsel for IP:

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BlackBerry releases quarterly financial reports - makes $94 million and ships one million BB10 devices

Charles Gantt | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 28, 2013 12:20 PM CDT

BlackBerry has returned to profit after being in the red last year. This morning BlackBerry released its first quarter financial report and there is some good news for investors - Blackberry is in the black again.

The report shows that the company managed to make a profit of $94 million, despite the fact that the BlackBerry 10 not being available in the US during the first quarter. The $94 million of GAAP income stemmed from a revenue of $2.7 billion.

That is a stark contrast to $125 million net loss the company saw in the same quarter of 2012. BlackBerry says that it has sold one million BlackBerry 10 devices and managed to push out five million of its older phones. 370,000 PlayBook tablets were also shipped during the first quarter. We will have to wait until the second quarter reports are released before we find out how well the BlackBerry Z10 is doing in the US, but so far this points a much better picture for BlackBerry.

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ADATA first with SandForce 5.0.7a firmware, TRIM enabled for ADATA SSDs

Chris Ramseyer | Storage | Mar 28, 2013 11:39 AM CDT

It's been a long time coming, but ADATA finally has TRIM for its LSI SandForce based SSDs. If you have a SX910, SX900, SP900, SP800, S511, S510 or S396, we recommend you update the drive to the new 5.0.7a firmware today - grab it from source #1 below. Below is a list of the changes.

1. Fixed a power management condition where the device failed to respond to COMWAKE, which might have resulted in the SSD not responding without being reset by the host

2. Fixed the normalized value calculation for SMART Attribute 9 (Power-On Hours)

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AMD show off 5-screen EyeFinity setup at GDC 2013

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 28, 2013 2:41 AM CDT

GDC 2013 - We're still walking the halls of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where we popped by the AMD booth to check out an insane 5-screen EyeFinity setup.

What makes this stand out is that the 5 screens were running from a single Radeon HD 7970, pumping out nothing less than 8200x900. This is a weird resolution, as it means AMD are using five 1640x900 screens. I'm sure they're just using Full HD-capable screens with the resolution notched down to handle their huge pixel count in Tomb Raider using TressFX.

You can see our results with EyeFinity running a single HD 7970 and CF HD 7970s right here.

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Mozilla wants to give you console-quality games, all in your web browser

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Mar 28, 2013 2:29 AM CDT

Mozilla are working toward a goal that could see some high-quality games being played in your web browser, powered by Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3. Ars Technica are reporting that Mozilla "has been working on WebGL, in order to bring 3D graphics to the browser; Emscripten, a tool for compiling C++ applications into JavaScript; and asm.js, a high performance subset of JavaScript."

That might not seem like much on the surface, but Unreal Engine 3 powers some of today's best games, such as BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 3, Batman: Arkham City and many more. Mozilla's biggest issue right now is getting the load times down within the browser, where right now you might be waiting up to half an hour for your game to stream "a gigabyte of map data and texture from a Web server."

Mozilla currently have no ETA on when we could expect UE3 within Firefox, but at least we know it's on its way.

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Australian retailer charges customers $5 for "just looking"

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Mar 28, 2013 1:15 AM CDT

Australian retailers already charge an arm and a leg over their overseas counterparts, but now one particular retailer is stepping over a very expensive line. A retailer in Brisbane is battling to keep customers in their store, so now they're charging people to for "just looking."

We're not even kidding here, as the retailer has thrown up a notice on their door, stating:

Dear Customers,

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