Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ouya Android game consoles begin shipping to Kickstarter backers

Fresh new details about the Android powered Ouya game console: If you pre-ordered via Kickstarter you`ll be getting your game console sometime after March 28th. For that is the day the console begins shipping, to early backers that is.

Apple`s iTunes U hits one billion downloads

This is quite the milestone for Apple, iTunes U has hit one billion downloads. This catalog of free lectures can have an enrollment of up to 250000 on some of it`s more popular courses.

UK judge that shamed Apple now works for Samsung

The judge that ruled against Apple in an Apple vs Samsung case now has a job with Samsung. The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob had the crazy idea of publicly shaming Apple by making them post a public apology to Samsung on their web site. Well he now works for Samsung as a patent expert in Samsung`s court battle against Ericsson. Even though it does not break any rules you got admit it just looks dirty.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

No Diablo 3 interplay between PC and PS3 or PS4

It`s official, the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 versions of Diablo 3 will not be able to connect to Blizzard`s So in essence you won`t have interplay between Playstation Network and which means no interplay between the platforms. The interesting thing though is PS3/4 players of Diablo 3 won`t always need to be connected to play either.

Samsung`s Wallet looks a lot like Apple`s Passbook

Samsung has announced its new Wallet payment app at the Mobile World Congress and guess what company they looked to for inspiration.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tizen looks a lot like Android

The Tizen open source mobile OS has had a number of false starts over the years. But now we can have a look at this first demo on a prototype Samsung phone. Bare in mind this is not a release ready product, a very early version actually, but it does look a lot like Android.

Samsung merging Bada and Tizen components

Samsung Media Solutions Center boss Hong Won-pyo has stated that Samsung plans to phase out the Bada operating system and focus its efforts on the new Tizen OS. Viewed as some as a maneuver to distance themselves from Google`s Android or just a precautionary move Tizen is also an open source mobile OS that will be launching in July or August of this year.

AMD will sell a cut down version of the Playstation 4 APU

Good news, AMD the makers of the processor that will be powering Sony`s next generation console the Playstation 4 will be offering a cut down version for sale later this year. This new 8 core APU will have the same number of cores and presumably the same graphics as the one in the Playstation 4 minus the custom Sony bits.

AMD TressFX: Having great gaming hair

Let`s face it, hair in video generally ranges from the blocky bad Lego hair to just plain awful. That said hair in video games is very difficult to pull off realistically, there`s just so many calculations involved to make it look and behave naturally. Well AMD can now give you a fantastic game hair day with its new TressFX technology.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Samsung announces Galaxy S4 unveiling March 14

Its Official, Samsung will unveil its next version of their Galaxy phone dubbed the S4 on March 14th in  an event in New York at 7pm. Tweets have gone out exclaiming "come and meet the next Galaxy." and "Ready 4 the show." (get it?) Can`t make it to New York? No problem, you can watch the event live on Samsung`s youtube channel here.

HP back in the tablet game with Android powered Slate 7

HP not all that long ago had their great webOS based TouchPad that didn`t get very much traction (until it was sold at liquidation prices) HP is now back with their Slate 7 and this time its Android powered and priced to sell at $169.

LG acquires webOS from HP

WebOS was a great mobile OS, and then it was gone. Acquired by HP from Palm a while back there were high hope that it would make a resurgence, that never happened. Enter LG. LG has just acquired the rights to webOS along with the source code and related documentation, engineering talent, and related webOS websites. LG are claiming that they will only use webOS in its smart TVs but I`m better they`re hedging their bets against Android.

Firefox OS for smartphones set for July release

Mozilla is getting into the smartphone OS business. Firefox OS for smartphones, and I`m betting tablets aren`t far behind will be completely open-source and rely on HTML5 standard as its guts. Touted as having a much smaller footprint than IOS or Android presumably this will not need the hardware requirements that seem to jump every year. Mozilla also stated that third party developers would be free to sell mobile apps without needing to share revenue.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung has taken the wraps off their next Galaxy Note, The Samsung Note 8 sports an update suite of S-pen app, more cores, more ram, updated Android OS and some other noteworthy specs:

Friday, February 22, 2013

The iWatch is real and this is how it might work

Rumours and mystery surround the fabled iWatch, is it real, is this just wishful thinking or a dead end? Well, the iWatch took a step closer to reality when an Apple patent filing turned up showing off a concept watch.

Anonymous gets hacked

Well it looks like the hacking group known as Anonymous is itself not immune to being hacked. Another hacker group known as "Rustle League" has hacked Anonymous` twitter account @Anon_Central. Even though this hack was short lived (around 3 hours) it must be quite the embarrassment.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter: Orc trailer

Perfect World has released a new trailer for their upcoming MMO Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter. In this one we get a look at the Orcs in the game, and yes they do look like a fearsome bunch indeed.

Sony PlayStation app for IOS and Android coming soon

Sony has just announced the upcoming PlayStation 4 gaming console but it seems like they`re not done with announcements just yet. Sony will soon be releasing an IOS an Android app specifically geared toward the PlayStation 4.

Google releases Chromebook Pixel: Retina touchscreen Macbook Pro knockoff

Google announced today the availability of the next Chromebook, the Chromebook Pixel. Powering this new Chromebook is an i5 processor along with with either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, a 720p webcam, 2 USB ports, SD card reader and of course a 2500x1700 resolution touchscreen.

Sony`s Playstation 4 is AMD powered and why this is good for AMD

The Playstation 4 has finally been revealed, great news for gamers everywhere but this is even bigger news for AMD. AMD took a beating in 2012, hardware expectations were not met, market share disappeared in PC and server space.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This is what its like to use Google`s Project Glass

Even though this isn`t the first video from Google showing off its Project Glass Project this one showcases some interesting aspects.

Ubuntu for tablets announced

Canonical has just announced a developer preview of a tablet ready version Ubuntu for Google`s Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. What does Ubuntu offer? Multiple user accounts including a "guest" mode, multitasking, the ability to run tablet and phone apps, a Snap View feature similar to that in Windows 8 and much more. Expect this developer preview February 21st.

looks to be shaping up to be a great alternative to Android, IOS and Windows 8

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

IOS 6.1.2 update for iPhone, iPad released

Apple has released IOD 6.1.2 which addresses an Exchange Calendar bug.

• iPhone 3GS + higher
• iPad 2 + higher
• iPod Touch 4th generation + higher
• iPhone 5 + higher

update size 12.8MB, available though itunes or software update on your device.

AMD: Holodeck technology within a decade or two

General manager of AMD's global business units Lisa Su was quoted as saying that Holodeck technology made famous in Star Trek: The Next Generation is within grasp, not just yet but soon. She was joined by Levar Burton while speaking at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on Monday morning to bring the point home emphasizing the current use of flip phones, Bluetooth earpieces and of course tablets.

Monday, February 18, 2013

AMD Kabini launching June 2013

AMD is releasing its new Kabini APU in June of this year. The new processors will have 2 or 4 cores, HD 8000 series graphics baked in, and power outputs will be between 15 and 25 W.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Apple to release IOS 6.1.2 next week

Some users are reporting some issues with IOS 6.1.1, so it looks like Apple will be releasing a new update. Primarily this new updated will address issues with Microsoft exchange and a passcode vulnerability.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tamagotchi lives again as an Android app

Remember that Tamagotchi craze from years ago? Well if you want to relive those good old days of wasting your time trying to keep that stupid thing alive or you missed out on the mind numbing boredom spiced with frustration now`s your chance. This one`s from Bandai and Sync Beats Entertainment, good news is that it`s free, bad news is your time shouldn`t be.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hedge funds fueled Apple`s share price dive

It looks like Apple`s fourth quarter share price dive was the result of the old "pump and dump". Some of the biggest hedge funds dumped massive amounts of stock, spooking the little investor.

Microsoft has no "Plan B" when it comes to mobile

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein was quoted as saying "It's less 'Plan B' than how you execute on the current plan, We aim to evolve this generation of Windows to make sure we have the right set of experiences at the right price points for all customers." So far Microsoft has not managed to make any kind of significant dent in the mobile space with any of it`s mobile products.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Rumour: Apple TV event in March

Chalk this one up as rumour but here goes, in March Apple will be hosting an event dedicated to television related product. Along side this will be an Apple TV SDK launch for developers to take advantage of.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This is PixelTone: An Adobe editing app you talk to

Adobe, the makers of Photoshop have something up their sleeve. This is PixelTone and it`s an app co-developed by the University of Michigan that allows you to edit photos simply by talking to it.

Charge your iPhone, with your drinks

Running out of juice for your iPhone sucks. But this Kickstarter project just might have you covered. This is the Epiphany One Puck, its a coaster that uses extremes in temperature be it hot or cold to create electricity to charge your iPhone. Though not available yet I want one.

BlackBerry creative director caught using iPhone

So it looks like Alicia Keys the new "creative director" for BlackBerry doesn`t have too much love for the new BlackBerry Z10 she SHOULD be using. Why? Well she`s been sending tweets from her iPhone thats why.

Intel to launch internet TV service this year

Intel has online TV plans and it`s coming this year. Even though Intel is still negotiating with content providers the service will reportedly stream live TV and provide content on demand.

Monday, February 11, 2013

New Surface Pro commercial shows this is the perfect device for bringing crappy music to work

Microsoft what are you thinking?!? What`s with the crazy dance off stuff? This is the new Surface Pro commercial entitled "The Vibe", and what does it telegraph? If you bring this device to your office it will become an instant dance party (If that`s the case I`d go full rabid berserker squatch on all these people! Swear to you dear reader I would!)

sad, very sad

AMD`s next generation graphics cards may slip to end of 2013

Even though AMD has not officially commented on the subject it looks like no new graphics from AMD until the end of 2013.  Each successive card usually debuts 9 to 13 months after the last release but there seems to be a break from that schedule this time.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Rumour: Apple is working on iWatch and here are some details

Seems like this rumour will just not go away. This time it has Apple testing curved glass for its alleged iWatch project. This new batch of rumours comes from the New York Times:

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Watch The Pirate Bay movie online free now

The Pirate Bay documentary TPB AFK is available to watch online for free right now in its entirety. And ironically it`s not piracy, the creators of TPB AFK have put it on YouTube and also made it available on The Pirate Bay site, and have offered it as a digital download.

The documentary about the founders of the Pirate Bay. Share it with the world! Support the filmmakers of this free film here
A film by Simon Klose

Friday, February 8, 2013

"Genetic hard drive" could store data using DNA

This is quite interesting, could we be in store for a new storage medium or storage revolution? Scientists have recently been able to store Shakespeare`s collected works (154 sonnets) on strands of DNA. They were then able to decode the same stored information with complete accuracy.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Ubuntu phone out this October

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu are claiming that the new Ubuntu OS will be available to developers by February and ready for launch in "two geographically large markets" this October.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Watch Siri become a home automation wizard

Home automation is pretty cool, a bit of work but the results can be really good. Watch as Apple`s Siri becomes a home automation wizard with the help of a Raspberry Pi.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Michael Dell buys his baby Dell Inc back takes the company private

Dell founder Michael Dell has taken the company his founded 30 years ago in his University of Texas dorm private. In a deal the works out to be $13.65 per share this actually turns out to be a bit of a premium for Dell share holders, the company currently is worth $24.4 Billion.

Ouya Android game console coming to Best Buy

You remember Ouya the Kickstarter Android game console project? Well if you missed your chance to get in on the ground floor via Kickstarer you`ll have the chance to snatch up the retail version in June of this year. The Ouya console will be sold at Amazon, Best Buy, Gamestop, Target and other retailers for $99. The console will come bundled with a controller, but other accessories will be offered in the near future.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Anonymous releases data on over 4000 US bank executives

Wow, this one`s got to hurt. The group known as Anonymous has attacked the United States government again. This time while most people were watching Super Bowl 47 on Sunday, Anonymous published login and private information on over 4,000 American bank executives on the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center website. The file posted contained the names, titles, email addresses, physical addresses, fax numbers, mobile phone numbers, login IDs, IP addresses, hashed password and other details.

IOS 6.1 jailbreak out now

The Evad3rs Jailbreak Team have released their jailbreak tool evasi0n. The tool jailbreaks the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad mini, all iPad models as well as third, fourth and fifth generation iPod Touch devices running iOS 6.0 or iOS 6.1. This is an untethered jailbreak allowing users to not have to connect their devices to computers. There`s also a step-by-step guide if you`ve never attempted this before.

get it here

Android malware hacks your PC and eavesdrops on you using the microphone

Android users beware of the sketchy app (what an appropriate name lol) because this one can hurt. Kaspersky has discovered that this little app has the ability to do these lovely things on your phone:

AMD A6-5400K unlocked APU review

What can I say about AMD`s lowest priced APU, it`s basically a great part if you`re only interested in office and casual gaming. The great feature of this APU is you get an unlocked processor which allows for overclocking and a built in DX11 capable GPU on a budget.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Linux Mint 15 Olivia

Linux Mint 15 will be called "Olivia" and by all rights should be available for download by May 2013. Not many details have been revealed so far other than the following features:


that`s all i got for now

not much more here

AMD adds Athlon X2 280 CPU and drops prices on others

AMD is adding a "new" CPU to it`s AM3 list. The Athlon X2 280 is a dual core CPU and clocks in at 3.6 GHz, this part also has a 2 MB L2 cache and fits into a 65W thermal envelope. Prices start at $49 for the new part.

more here

Saturday, February 2, 2013

StarCraft II Heart Of The Swarm opening cinematic

StarCraft II Heart Of The Swarm is arriving soon but here`s the opening cinematic if you just can`t wait. Featured is Sarah Kerrigan as the Queen Of Blades being totally badass. Looks really good.

Friday, February 1, 2013

HTC CEO spotted with M7 flagship smartphone

HTC Chief Peter Chou is shown here showing off the new HTC M7 smartphone. Amidst chants of "H-T-C" we see peter Chou hold up this new upcoming flagship device from HTC and he even uses it to take a picture of the crowd of HTC employees.