Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Sep 5, 2012 12:30 AM CDT

Microsoft have just outed Windows Server 2012, which is offering simplified licensing. The new server OS comes in four different versions, Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation, all aimed at different markets and customers.

The new server offerings include training on the new features baked into the OS, as well as a 90-day trial period running on Microsoft's Azure cloud-based service. Microsoft's Windows Server general marketing manager, Mike Schutz, says:

One of the things we tried to do for this launch was simplifying the licensing. We've simplified it to two core SKUs: Datacenter edition and Standard edition. We used to have multiple licensing models -- some were per server, some were per processor -- and the feature differentiation was spread through the editions. We got feedback that sometimes it was too complex for customers to choose which version.

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Samsung's Galaxy S III is now the best selling phone in the US, beating out the iPhone 4S

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III has kicked Apple's iPhone 4S off of the throne in the US, where it has reached the #1 position as the top-selling US smartphone in August, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley.

The iPhone 4S, until now, had held the position since it launched in October, and if it had continued to have held onto its #1 position, it would've just cemented the iPhone's power in the smartphone market. Walkley says:

We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will support DX11, ditches Windows XP support

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 4, 2012 9:38 PM CDT

The words Call of Duty and DirectX 11 feel so dirty next to each other, but developer Treyarch has confirmed that the upcoming Black Ops 2 will indeed support DX11.

Treyarch have said that they've updated the engine to include DirectX 11 support, and its associated bells and whistles. They've also said there'll be "more quality vs performance options than ever before". The news is followed by Windows XP support being dragged from under COD fans' feet.

Treyarch have said in a PC-specific FAQ:

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RumorTT: Microsoft's next-gen Xbox could be delayed due to low chip yields

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 4, 2012 9:11 PM CDT

We've been hearing about next-gen consoles more and more in the last few months, but before that they were simply rumors. Microsoft and Sony are not talking about next-gen consoles so that they don't cannibalise their current console sales, which is fair enough.

But, we have some new rumors to share with you courtesy of Semi Accurate. SA are reporting that Microsoft are having problems with the heart of the next-gen Xbox, its chip referred to as 'Oban'. It is reportedly being run through multiple fabs in high quantities, and this quantity is said to be much higher than what would normally be required for developer kits of the console.

SA reports that it takes around 8 weeks to run a chip through the fab, after which they can analyze the results. If production wafers are being worked on, the last time the fab can push a chip out is November 1, after that day, nothing will come baked out of the fab ready to be tested in order to have the reworked gear finished before the end of the year.

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Samsung to release Galaxy S III 4G LTE quad-core model in Australia

Samsung's Galaxy S III is looking to get some 4G LTE action in Australia, with Australian telcos Telstra and Optus networks inking a deal which will see them sell the quad-core version of the S III with 4G LTE capabilities in Australia.

Another big, big bonus is that the new phone will sport the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS. The US has the 4G version of the S III, but its powered by Qualcomm's dual-core S4 processor and ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so Australian's will have a very nice bonus in their hands.

Optus' customers will get their hands on the 4G-capable Galaxy S III first, where it will launch in the middle of this month. Telstra customers will have to wait until mid-to-late October to get their hands on one. Optus' variant supports LTE FDD 800, 1800 and 2600MHz spectrum's providing a theoretical maximum download speed of 100Mbps, it can also default to a 3G network at HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.

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AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop

Trace Hagan | Hacking, Security & Privacy | Sep 4, 2012 10:52 AM CDT

A new leak has shown up on Pastbin. This latest showing comes from AntiSec and contains a list over 1 million Apple UDIDs, allegedly taken from a list of over 12 million that was on an FBI laptop. The UDIDs were supposedly in the file with other personally identifiable information such as zip codes, names, and other data, but that has been stripped out for the leak.

The file, according to the Pastebin post, came from the Dell laptop of Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl which was exploited by a Java exploit back in March 2012. The details of the hack, along with information on how to get the data is available on Pastebin. Several tools have popped up to check if your UDID is on the list.

during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts.

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Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Sep 4, 2012 6:23 AM CDT

Let's face it, we have an incredibly exciting time ahead of us for gaming. First off, we have some absolutely stellar games still coming out on the now ageing consoles, as well as the PC. But, within the next twelve or so months, we should see the release of next-gen consoles, and within the next couple of months, we'll see the release of Nintendo's Wii U console.

Until then, let's go through a list of the most anticipated games coming out over the next year or so. Remember, everyone has different tastes, so you might not agree to our recommendations. Please do comment or e-mail us with submissions and we'll try to keep this updated, or use them in future "top 10" articles.

10.) Far Cry 3

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Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard

Cameron Wilmot | Contests & Giveaways | Sep 4, 2012 3:24 AM CDT

Several TweakTown staff are fathers, we love our children to bits. Of course you all do too as mothers and fathers. But, of course, we also love technology. Let's mix the two together! So, what we want you to do is pull out your camera or iPhone or whatever you use to take photos and grab the cutest picture you can of your baby or child with a technology related item.

I've got things started with a photo of my son and a PS3 controller. Close second would be a recent photo of him and his fascination of the new Xbox 360 and turning it on and off as many times per day as he can. It seems this is a popular thing among babies. Yours too?

For your hard work... well come on, it's not really hard work spending time with your loved ones. The cutest photo as decided by the fathers of TweakTown will win a brand new GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI cutey-pie Mini-ITX motherboard. Anyone in the world can enter and we'll cover the shipping fee.

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Samsung experiences severe PR backfire, tries to turn two Indian bloggers into paid shills

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Sep 4, 2012 3:21 AM CDT

Over the weekend, Samsung were caught in a web of their own crap as it was revealed they were trying to turn two Indian tech bloggers into paid shills. Clinton Jeff and a second blogger were allegedly pressured into promoting Samsung products at the IFA event in Berlin.

It was meant to be part of Samsung's Mob!lers marketing programme, but news came out from the bloggers, who have painted quite the picture of Samsung. The original story from The Next Web shows that the two bloggers were independent bloggers, not there for any particular company, but for all the companies, to report on all products. Samsung had offered to fly them over to Berlin from India, and put them up in a hotel, how can you turn down that offer?

It turns out that Samsung had other plans for the bloggers, where once they touched down in Berlin, were asked to sign an NDA at the IFA event. They declined, and were threatened with their flights home being cancelled, and their hotel room stay finished. This would've left them stranded in a foreign country, with no way home, with the only option left to spend their own money, unexpectedly.

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Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match

Anthony Garreffa | Software & Apps | Sep 4, 2012 1:27 AM CDT

Spotify has been my favorite app for a while now, but I've always wondered just how much an artist makes per song streamed to me, or anyone else using the streaming, subscription-based music system. The system is called 'stream rental', and Josh Davison of Centro shared some numbers regarding streaming revenue earned from his baned Parks and Gardens, on both Spotify, and iTunes Match.

Apple's iTunes Match pays one-third of a cent, and Spotify is significantly more sitting at just under one cent per streamed track. But, having the song on iTunes Match means that the customer has already acquired the track somehow, be it legally, or pirated and then synced to iTunes Match. Spotify seems like the go, here.

Now we have some numbers thanks to web developer Scott Buscemi, showing popular services such as Spotify, Spotify Free, iTunes Match and Rhapsody from his client, HoneyBoy Dupree:

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