Monday, December 31, 2012

AMD teases dual and quad E-Series Kabini

AMD is set to release new low power desktop CPUs in 2013 named Kabini. First to drop is the  E1 3310, with samples scheduled to ship for March 2013. The planned launch is June 2013.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

No Diablo 3 team deathmatch, stay tuned for dueling

Diablo 3 has been out for about half a year now. PVP has always been a big part of the Diablo series and it seams like it just took a big blow. Blizzard is scrapping team death match altogether but will implement dueling in patch 1.0.7 in early 2013.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Have a look at some early Apple computer and tablet designs

In german designer Hartmut Esslinger's new book 'design forward' he outlines "strategic design" and how creative change built one of the most successful companies ever. Apple Inc.

Ouya Android console dev kits begin shipping

The Ouya Android based game console is one step closer to reality. 1200 console developer kits are being shipped out to awaited developers.

Friday, December 28, 2012

AMD to release low power FX 8300

AMD will just barely squeak another processor out this year, the FX 8300. This new CPU is will be more power efficient, coming it at 95W and reportedly cost $199.

Mac mini production moving to the US

Still a rumor but Apple is reportedly spending 100 million to move manufacturing of some products including the Mac mini to the US.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Open garage doors with Raspberry Pi and Siri

Very cool mod, use Siri on your iPhone to get a Rasperberry Pi to open your garage door. Obviously there will be a bit of work ahead of you if you decide to go through with it, but it looks like a fun project. Want to know how to make Siri and a Raspberry Pi get along?

more here

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Warm up to this old school 8-bit fireplace

Not everyone has a fireplace to sit by, and it is pretty nice to do around the holiday season. So this is for all you retro 80`s gamers out there that remember the golden age of gaming, you know Atari, Intellivision, Colecovison, Bally Arcade, Nintendo, Commadore 64, and piles of others I`m missing on this list.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Acer`s $99 Android Tablet might not reach the US

Acer is making a $99 Android tablet. This sounds great right? The problem is, it will probably never be launched in the US. The Iconia B1 as it is called is geared toward emerging markets such as China and India not North America and Europe.

Monday, December 24, 2012

And now some Christmas iPad magic

iSimon is a great magician, he`s always using his iPad as the centrepiece for his illusions. So for Christmas he`s a got a treat for you all, feast your eyes on these amazing magic tricks.

Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 23, 2012

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm Beta spots for those who pre-ordered

Until recently Blizzard has limited beta spots to StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm. That`s going to change, anyone who pre-ordered the boxed version of the expansion before December 18th will receive a beta key and be able to play in the near future.

StarCraft II: Heart Of The Swarm ships March 12 2013

more here

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Moog massively updates iPad synthesizer app Animoog

This major update to the TEC-Award Nominated iOS synthesizer is a free update for existing Animoog users and includes many user requested features and product enhancements, such as: accelerometer integration which gives Animoog owners the ability to tilt their iPad in any direction as an interactive 3D modulation source; note hold and scale lock, and tools for advanced users like, Load/Save MIDI CC maps, Audiocopy/Audiopaste integration and support for the new Audiobus platform.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Improved IOS task manager is awesome

This is very cool and functional, but if you want it you`re going to have to jail break your iPhone.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

RIM`s first Blackberry 10 phone will be called the 'Z10"

RIM has apparently settled on a name for their new BlackBerry flagship phone. Originally called the London and the L-series (probably an internal RIM naming scheme) The new touchscreen smartphone will be called the "BlackBerry Z10". Next on the list will be the more traditional RIM offering, a phone with a hardware keyboard called the "BlackBerry X10".

EU to charge Samsung in antitrust case

Samsung is in trouble again. This time its with the EU as regulators are getting ready to accuse Samsung of noncompetitive actions against Apple.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

BlackBerry 10 browser is fast, bests iPhone 5

It looks like RIM is back in the game, even though this is a developer`s version of the device the BlackBerry 10 is shaping up to be quite the device.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Raspberry Pi gets an app store

Raspberry Pi the credit card sized single board computer is one popular DIY project. Even though the specs are nothing to write home about, the price is - around $25. Well, now the fine folks behind this do-it-yourslef project have launched an app store.

Samsung denied new trial after Apple win

This is a blow to Samsung for sure. A federal judge has denied Samsung`s request for a dismissal based on the conduct of some jurors. Reasoning being Samsung should have done their homework.

Google launches Dead Sea Scrolls online

After more than 60 years after their discovery Israel and Google have put them online for the world to read with over 5000 images for your enjoyment.

Take your Kindle Fire and put Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 on it

This is a nice mod. Have a old Kindle Fire, well don`t retire it, put Jelly Bean on it. XDA developer Hashcode will show you how to do it.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Just released: YouTube Capture for iPhone and iPod Touch

Very nice app that Google has just released for IOS devices. Google Capture, as the name suggests it allows you to quickly record your own content and then easily upload it to youtube.

Android, China and the wild west

Android is one interesting mobile OS, tons and tons of users globally just love it and it seems to be growing, but is there more to this story? What about all those forks of Android?

Canadian ISP Teksavvy in legal battle to protect identity of their customers

This one will be interesting to follow. Canadian ISP Teksavvy will in court Monday trying to defend the identity of their subscribers after American film studio Voltage Pictures served them will a list of thousands of IP addresses used to download the film "The Hurt Locker"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Everspin introduces non-volatile DRAM replacement

Everyone knows what happens when you shut your computer down, namely everything in RAM goes away. Everspin wants to change that they`ve just introduces a technology they call ST-MRAM or Spin-Torque MRAM built like a DDR3 memory module.

Windows 8 hidden backup, recover and clone feature

This is a great instructional article for those using Microsoft`s Windows 8 operating system. Even though it has it`s pitfalls it`s still useful to have or least you`ll wish you used it if things go wrong with your PC.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Google shuttering exchange support in Gmail and others January 30

Google has announced that as of January 30th 2013 is shutting down services relating to exchange. Changes begin January 4th when the Google starts shutting down several features in its Calendar service, including creating and checking appointments and calendar through text messaging. Google will also be discontinuing support for its Sync service, this allows Gmail, Calendar and Contacts to access through Microsoft’s Exchange ActiveSync protocol.

Turbine bringing back Asheron`s Call 2

Turbine is bringing back Asheron`s Call 2, launched in 2002 and shutdown in 2005 it was the sequel to the still going Asheron`s Call. If you`ve ever played or wanted to play Asheron`s Call 2 now`s your chance, but only if you are a current subscriber to Asheron`s Call.

Apple TV is real, coming in 2014

Still a rumour until we actually see it but nonetheless this is an interesting article to read. Rumours have been thrown around for years now that Apple is secretly (or not so secretly) working on it`s vision of television.
businessinsider reports:

Writer Marc Andreessen: "He warned that Apple is a "vault," so no one really knows what's happening inside the company. That said, he says the rumors about an Apple television are strong, and it's one of those poorly kept Valley secrets.
He doesn't know what the Apple TV will look like, but he knows this: Once it comes out, everyone else will scramble to copy it."

well he does have some compelling credentials, but people have been wrong before, i guess we`ll know in 2014

more here

Friday, December 14, 2012

BlackBerry 10 keyboard demo

"The keyboard for BlackBerry 10 is designed to be fast and intuitive. It's built with innovative technology that makes typing on BlackBerry 10 easy -- even with one hand. Vivek Bhardwaj demos in key word prediction, multi-language support and his new favorite feature a space bar that can automatically correct misses."

very nice personalization options

Rumour: GlobalFoundries set to become Apple`s new chip fabricator?

Chalk this up as rumour but it does present an interesting scenario. Apple and Samsung don`t get along, period. Apple is slowly but surely moving away from Samsung for fabricating parts (such as the "A" line of mobile CPUs) and is already in negotiation with Taiwanese firm TSMC to fabricate processors. But could there be a yet another deal in the works? Possibly with GlobalFoundries? After all, AMD has just cut orders and having Apple as a client would be a nice feather in their cap.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Make some Scion paper cars with this iPad app

The Shin Tanaka x Scion Paper Shapers are elaborate paper toys that combine the distinctive design of all five Scion models with some of Shin Tanaka's signature creative flourish.

Get Duke Nukem 3D free for a limited time

Yup, I know it`s an old game but its still pretty fun. GOG (Good Old Games) is offering the classic PC shooter Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition free until December 14th.

Google Maps now available for iPhone

It`s been a while, and some of you had to put up with the mapping application Apple forced on you in the IOS 6 update, but now you can have your Google maps back. Google has just released it`s mapping app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. You`l need IOS 5.1 or higher.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AMD retiring some CPUs in early 2013

AMD is planning to retiring some older Zambezi based CPUs in favour of the new Vishera core parts in Q2 2013. Gone will be the FX 8150 eight core, FX 6200 six core and FX 4170 quad core chips in the first quarter followed by The AMD FX 8120 eight core and the FX 6100 six core CPU.

Samsung showcases phone`s ability to share sex videos between Santa and Ms Claus

With the magic of S Beam on the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, you can share all your Holiday moments instantly just by touching phones.

even though its kind of funny, thanks for ruining Christmas

stay classy Samsung!

Nexus 10 owner finds bug: live ant

One Nexus 10 owner from Singapore has discovered a bug in his system, literally an ant crawling between the LCD and the glass panel. Some Nexus 10 owners have had build quality issues but this one`s new.

Microsoft Surface looks to be flopping

Microsoft (and its fan base) had high hopes for the Surface tablet but in reality it`s looking like a failure. Traffic analytics firm Chikita paints a not so rosy picture.

First BlackBerry 10 L-Series leaked video

Vietnamese site has got a walk through video showcasing the upcoming BlackBerry 10 L_Series smartphone. Even though the commentary is in Vietnamese you can clearly get an idea of the UI and feature set of this upcoming phone from RIM. The phone appears to have NFC, a microSD card slot and a removable 1,800 mAh battery.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

USB flash drive vs deep fryer

Will the LaCie XtremKey be able to withstand a 5-minute dip in super-hot, 375°F oil? Watch it go head-to-head with a deep fryer in this installment of LaCie's "XtremKey vs. The World" video series.

will it blend? not sure, will it fry? watch and find out

Intel introduces Atom based server chips

On Tuesday Intel unveiled a new line of processors specifically targeting the micro server market.

Samsung Galaxy S4 will not be at CES

Despite Samsung`s teaser video which you can watch here which leaves a lot to the imagination Samsung will not be showcasing the Galaxy S4 at CES. It seems Samsung has chosen to instead concentrate on televisions and other electronic products.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Nintendo Wii U super energy efficient

The new Nintendo Wii U is a nicely engineer gaming console, not only is it nearly silent when operating, it`s also super energy efficient.

RIM adds "BBM Voice" free WI-FI calling to Messenger 7

RIM has just updated its Messenger & to include a new set of features, primarily "BBM Voice".

Samsung Galaxy S4 teaser

Looks like Samsung is cooking up something for early January just in time for CES.

Google looking to sell set top box business as Google TV tanks

Looks like Google TV is not doing to well. From Eric Schmidt claiming that the majority of televisions will have Google TV embedded to pretty much tanking. Bloomberg reports:

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Apple`s "Made in USA" Mac likely to be Mac Pro

Lately Apple CEO Tim Cook announced some assembly of a certain line of Macs will be moving back to the US, but which one? He didn`t reveal that but we can make an educated guess.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Apple iPad 4 late 2012 review

Anadtech has finally gotten around to reviewing the late 2012 iPad. As usually you will find an extensive in-depth analysis of Apple`s latest offering.

Baldur`s Gate: Enhanced Edition finally available for iPad

After a bit of a false start last week Baldur`s Gate: Enhanced Edition has finally hit the App Store. Featuring over 80 hours of gameplay and 3 new playable characters and a new adventure called The Black Pits it promises to be quite the Holiday title for the iPad. You`ll need IOS 6 and it looks like the iPad 1 won`t be included in the compatibility list.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Apple announces plan to build Macs in USA

Earlier this week it was reported that some owners of the new iMac were stating that the FCC logo affixed to the rear of their new computers read "Assembled in USA" that`s great news.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Budget Nokia Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 coming soon

Nokia is set to release this $249 Lumia 620 in Q1 2013. Powered by Windows Phone 8 the upcoming Lumia 620 also sports:

BlackBerry 10 won`t allow you to use "dumb" passwords

RIM is getting serious on device security. They are taking some extra precautions with the upcoming BlackBerry 10 smartphone when it comes to accessing the device. Have a look at 106 banned passwords you will absolutely NOT be able to use once Blackberry OS 10 launches:

AMD: Still committed to socketed CPU

Intel`s been rumoured to be taking steps toward soldering on it`s CPU on the mother board, AMD has and ARM teaming up has left some people thinking is there a future for the socketed CPU? Well AMD has understood this need and has reaffirmed it`s commitment to the socketed CPU.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

App developers are shunning Microsoft Surface

Tablets are becoming very popular these days, they are everywhere. But it seems like Microsoft is having a bit of a hard time getting developer interest despise have a very competitive business model.

iPhone 5 pre-orders in China hit 100 000 in less that 24 hours

Pre-order sales for the iPhone are looking pretty good in China. China Unicom is reporting that it has received over 100 000 orders for the new iPhone in advance of it`s December 14 release date.

This USB flash drive has Wi-Fi connectivity

This is the Paketta from King Jim. Not only is it a USB flash drive but it also sport Wi-Fi connectivity, B,G and N to be more specific.

New AMD Opteron targets entry level servers

AMD has just released some new low power piledriver based Opteron processors for the entry level market. The Opteron 4300 and 3300 range from 4 cores to 8 cores and use the same C32 socket as the previous generation. The Opteron 3300 is rather interesting as this CPU has an AM3+ socket and is priced rather competitively, starting at $99 for the Opteron 3250HE with 4 cores.

Monday, December 3, 2012

First official photo of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs released

This is the first released photo of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs Vanity Fair reports:

Ericsson seeks ban on Samsung devices

More trouble for Samsung as Swedish telecom company Ericsson is seeking an import ban on Samsung products due to patent infringement. The two companies could not come to a licensing agreement after negotiations broke down.

Crysis 3 system requirements revealed

Interested in playing Crysis 3 in February 2013 when it launches? Well you may need to do a bit of upgrading considering some of the hardware requirements are looking pretty steep! Note you WILL need a DX11 capable card.
Here are the requirements:

This is "Mr Ghost" a $20 EMF detector for iPhone

Now this is a cool kickstarter project, turn your iPhone into a ghost detector!

This is Portal playing on a calculator

This is cool, Portal being played on calculator, sure it doesn`t have fancy 3D graphics, engaging surround sound and ergonomically correct controls, but it`s Portal on a calculator!

Intel NUC "Next Unit of Computing"

This a cute and ultra tiny PC from Intel called the NUC short for "Next Unit of Computing" This NUC has the following specs:

Apple`s new iMac: Assembled in the USA

Well this is good news for America, it looks like some of the iMacs are not only designed in California but some owners are reporting that the FCC logo states they are assembled in California too.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Flash memory limits defeated, with heat

Flash memory is great. Its stable, its fast but it has some short comings, one of the biggest being relatively short read-write cycles that lead to flash memory wearing out. But Taiwanese firm Macronix have found a way to drastically increase its lifespan, potentially into the 100 million cycles range. The secret, blasting the modules with extreme heat at very specific times.

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pong

Can you believe how far the gaming industry has come in 40 years! To celebrate Atari has released Pong World for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and its a free download too.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

BUSTED: John McAfee captured

After weeks on the run for allegedly murdering neighbour Gregory Faull, anti virus pioneer John McAffee has been captured on the Mexico-Belize border. Be prepared for weeks of unreleased content on his site.

Blizzard registers "Project Blackstone" domain

Blizzard Entertainment has registered the domain name a couple of days ago. What is Project Blackstone and how it relates to Blizzard`s next MMO title "Titan" is unclear, are they one and the same? is this just a domain buy up as a defensive measure? I got nothing for you. What I do have is the WHOIS as it relates to Project Blackstone:

A tribute to Nintendo games

Nintendo has been a big part of my childhood, from the Game & Watch, NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 to the just released Wii U. Thanks for all the fun over the years.

a cool tribute to an innovative and sometimes quirky company, cheers Nintendo!

Rumour: Next generation iPhone and Ipad may have Intel inside

No secret that Apple is moving away from Samsung, there`s the even the ever present rumour that Apple`s desktop line may eventually start using ARM CPUs.