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Opera still unhappy with browser-ballotOpera still unhappy with browser-ballot

Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's chief technology officer, told The Register that the ballot screen is hidden when users download Internet Explorer and the ballot screen at the same time.

Opera demonstrated the problem at The Register's offices in San Francisco, using a Thinkpad X31 running Windows XP SP2.

A spokesperson said, "This scenario is very easy to reproduce in a test lab, but would occur only in unusual cases in the real world. For it to occur with the Browser Choice screen, the user would need to have IE set as their default browser and have never configured it for use. Opera’s example, where a Windows XP user has rejected installation of IE 8 for the year it has been available but suddenly decides to install it is not realistic".

Lie also added, "When you've been through the 10 screens of IE settings, you are limited with what you can be bothered doing next".

This news coming just two days after Net Applications reported that Opera had gained only 0.02% market share for the month of March.

Opera has not yet decided if they will file a formal complaint with the EU. The EU already sued Microsoft for $1.44bn and could do again if they find Microsoft guilty of not following the antitrust law.

News Posted by : Dodge On : April 6, 2010, 7:06 pm
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HP Slate info leaksHP Slate info leaks

While this past week has put most of the spotlight on Apple's iPad, HP isn't sitting around quietly. The only other upcoming tablet that has close to the hype of the iPad, is the HP Slate. HP knows that it must remind users about the Slate while they are currently being bombarded with iPad information, so what did they do?

According to Engadget, HP supposedly sent out the following chart to all of its employees showing off their plan for the tablet market. The information clearly shows that while the iPad may have made it to market first, the HP Slate will be the technologically superior product.

The chart clearly labels out the Slate advantage and may also hint at HP's upcoming promotion plans. They may take a similar approach the the Apple vs Microsoft advertisements but with iPad vs Slate. Regardless, the Slate looks to be a true tablet with all the functionality that most users demand; the only remaining question is when will it launch?

News Posted by : Dodge On : April 6, 2010, 7:03 pm
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Sponsored Bike RideSponsored Bike Ride

My colleagues and I are taking part in a sponsored bike ride from Bolton to Southport on the 25th of April 2009.

Anyone interested in sponsoring use can visit the site at the link shown below.

All donations gratefully received.

This has now been postponed until further notice.

News Posted by : Dodge On : February 5, 2009, 6:38 pm

Windows 7 Beta 1 Vs Windows Vista Vs Windows XPWindows 7 Beta 1 Vs Windows Vista Vs Windows XP

After Windows 7 beta 1 leaked, many bloggers caught hold of it very soon and started testing/using Windows 7. We saw Ed Bott from ZDnet reporting about the changes in the Windows 7 beta 1 license agreement. Adrian Kingsley-Hughes from ZDnet has benchmarked Windows 7 with its predecessors Windows Vista and Windows XP. The Windows 7 build 6.1.7000.0.081212-1400 was considered for testing. Since its 32bit, it was tested against 32bit versions of Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3.

There were 23 factors tested and some of the factors that interested me were:

  • Install OS

  • Move 100MB files

  • Move 2.5GB files

  • Network transfer 100MB files

  • Network transfer 2.5GB files

The systems considered for benchmarking were:
An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM

The overall results were very promising for Windows 7. It outperformed its predecessors Vista and XP in almost every factor tested and ranked #1. Windows Vista ranked #2 with the AMD and #3 with the Intel. Windows XP ranked #3 with the AMD and #2 with the Intel. But the scores weren't big enough to compare between Windows Vista and Windows XP.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 4, 2009, 12:31 pm
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Nintendo to launch television channel for the WiiNintendo to launch television channel for the Wii

By the end of 2009 anyone with a Nintendo Wii and an Internet connection will be able to see the new Wii television channel which will be called "Wiinoma". The channel will feature a whole range of programmes for all ages and all walks of life including cartoons, training programs and even the occasional lifestyle program. Best of all they will be solely produced for Nintendo so you wouldn't of seen it elsewhere.

Initial testing of the channel will start in Japan in Spring but by the end of 2009 most if not all the Wii owners should be seeing this in their home.

The question is how popular will this service be and will it effect the way you watch television? At the moment, the answer to that question is probably yes especially if the programs Nintendo produce are very popular. Primetime television could take a hit and could mean leading television producers may look for new material to save their viewers.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : January 4, 2009, 12:29 pm
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IGN announces their PC games of the yearIGN announces their PC games of the year

It's that time of year where leading game sites start publishing their "best of the year" game lists, and IGN has posted their 'Best of 2008' PC Games. It was quite a list, and it was definitely a fantastic year for PC gaming as a whole.

"Contrary to popular perception, the PC isn't dying. The PC remains in far more homes than all the consoles combined. Yes, that covers a very broad range of machines, but there are also an incredibly broad range of PC games that cater to gamers of all stripes, from the casual gamer who only plays puzzle games to the hardcore gamer who buys a dozen or more games per year."

IGN had a wide variety of categories this year, including awards for Best Action Game, Best New IP, Most Innovative Design, and much more.

Highlights include:

Left 4 Dead – Best Multiplayer Game
GTA IV – Best Action Game
Sins of a Solar Empire – Best New IP
Spore – Best Artistic Design
GC II: Twilight of the Arnor – Best Expansion
Crysis Warhead – Best Graphics Technology
Sins of a Solar Empire – Best Strategy Game
Sins of a Solar Empire from IronClad Games and published by Stardock, walked away with the most awards including the top spot with PC Game of the Year.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:36 pm
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Top 10 best selling PC games of 2008Top 10 best selling PC games of 2008

IGN has released the 10 best selling PC games of 2008. They were:

Spore (Electronic Arts)
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (Funcom)
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (Electronic Arts)
The Sims 2 FreeTime (Electronic Arts)
Spore Creature Creator (Electronic Arts)
Sins of a Solar Empire (Stardock)
The Sims 2 Apartment Life (Electronic Arts)
The Sims 2 Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff (Electronic Arts)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Soulstorm (THQ)
The Sims Castaway Stories (Electronic Arts)

Sins of a Solar Empire made the top 10 despite having no CD copy protection or DRM and with half its revenue coming through digital distribution via Impulse which isn't counted in the official sales tallies.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:35 pm
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GameSpy: 2008 Game of the Year AwardsGameSpy: 2008 Game of the Year Awards

GameSpy has announced their list of 'Best of 2008' PC games, and also gave a "State of the PC" address. There have been quite a few discussions over how well PC gaming did this year, and although there were some ups and downs, the year is ending with some phenomenal game picks.
"As the GameSpy editorial staff held its annual Game of the Year discussions, an interesting debate arose: Was 2008, in fact, a good year for PC games? As you look at the Top 10 list on the pages that follow, you could argue that it was a great year, with fantastic games in every genre from shooters to role-playing to strategy games."
GameSpy also had several categories of winners, but one that stood out was the top 10 PC Games of the Year.

1. Fallout 3
2. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
3. Left 4 Dead
4. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
5. Grand Theft Auto IV
6. World of Goo
7. Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor
8. Mass Effect
9. Sins of a Solar Empire
10. Spore

Fallout 3 snagged PC Game of the Year, and RPG Game of the Year.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:33 pm

Merry XmasMerry Xmas

Just thought I should post the cliché Merry Xmas message to all my readers (the both of you ;o))

So have yourselves a Very Merry Christmas, don't eat too much and don't drink too much. That's unless you really want to. I hope you get everything you wish for. And if not, there is always next year or your birthday...

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:29 pm

Three of four underseas Internet sub-cables brokenThree of four underseas Internet sub-cables broken

According to telecom provider Interoute, three of the four underseas sub-cables connecting Asia to North America have been severed for unknown reasons. These cables carry more than 75% of the internet traffic between the America, Europe, and the Middle East. The cut occurred today somewhere in the Mediterranean, between Sicily and Tunisia, though, at present, the reasons for the cut are unknown; nevertheless, France Telecom has stated that it thinks an attack is "unlikely."

At present, 65% of internet traffic with India is offline, 59% with Singapore, 44% with Malaysia, 55% with Saudi Arabia, 52% with Egypt, 39% with Taiwan, and 51% with Pakistan. Yemen and Sudan have also reported phone and Internet difficulties Friday, though it is unclear whether this is tied to the outage. The breakage will probably take several days for the cables to be repaired, so business traffic is currently being routed through lines going to the US. More updates as they come.

In January this year a breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links to Egypt, India and Gulf Arab countries.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:27 pm
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Two fired for not becoming ScientologistsTwo fired for not becoming Scientologists

The former CIO at Diskeeper has filed a lawsuit claiming that his work forced him to take Scientology training courses, in order to keep his job at Diskeeper. Alexander Godelman and Marc Le Shay were both dismissed at their job for refusing to participate in a training course titled "Basic Study Manual", where both employees were told that they would be more intelligent and his personal life would improve drastically.

Godelman filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court, stating that Scientology training was a condition of employment, and their refusal to take part in the training session, lead to their dismissal. Godelman was told that his presence at the training courses was "not negotiable", from Diskeepers CEO and Chairman, Craig Jensen

Five causes of action had been filed in the complaint, three of which violate California state laws by dismissing a person for religious discrimination. Diskeepers response to the matter was a motion filed to strike portions of the plaintiff's complaint.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 22, 2008, 12:26 pm
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Microsoft: Seadragon for iPhoneMicrosoft: Seadragon for iPhone

Microsoft Live Labs today announced Seadragon Mobile for iPhone. With the help of Seadragon you can now see giga-pixel images on your iPhone.

Seadragon Mobile brings the same smooth image browsing you get on the PC to the mobile platform. Get super-close in on a map or photo, with just a few pinches or taps of your finger. Browse an entire collection of photos from a single screen. You can browse Deep Zoom Images that you can create from your own pictures or your Photosynth collection (or anybody else's). Seadragon Mobile is available for free at the iTunes App Store.

This clearly shows Microsoft isn't ignoring the iPhone after all!

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 15, 2008, 4:23 pm
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Microsoft: All versions of IE have critical new bugMicrosoft: All versions of IE have critical new bug

Microsoft has confirmed that the unpatched bug in Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) that hackers are now exploiting also exists in older versions of the browser, including the still-widely-used IE6. It adds IE6 and IE8 Beta 2 to the list and recommends disabling the Oledb32.dll to stay safe.

A Danish security researcher added that Microsoft's original countermeasure advice was insufficient and recommended that users take one of the new steps the company spelled out.

In a revised security advisory, Microsoft said research confirmed that the bug is within all its browsers, including those it currently supports -- IE5.01, IE6 and IE7 -- as well as IE8 Beta 2, a preview version that the company doesn't support through normal channels.

Microsoft have added that they are actively working with partners in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) and our Microsoft Security Response Alliance (MSRA) programs to provide information that they can use to provide broader protections to customers. Microsoft is also actively working with partners to monitor the threat landscape and take action against malicious sites that attempt to exploit this vulnerability.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 15, 2008, 4:21 pm
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The Day the Earth Stood Still transmitted into SpaceThe Day the Earth Stood Still transmitted into Space

oday marks the launch of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", a remake from the 1951 film entitled the same. While science fiction fans will be flocking en masse to the theatres today, the film may also have another type of audience, an audience that is extra-terrestrial.

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" will be the first film intentionally 'beamed' into space, according to 20th Century Fox, making it the first galactic motion picture release in history. The film will be launched via the Deep Space Communications Network at Cape Canaveral. It will be broadcasted through space at 186,000 miles per second to Alpha Centauri, a three star system.

It may be awhile before we receive any movie reviews from any potential viewers in Alpha Centauri as roundtrip communication will take approximately 8+ years.

While the movie travels to Alpha Centauri it may be intercepted and viewed at several possible locations:

Location: signal travel time

Moon: 1.1991888 seconds
Sun: 8.41536 minutes
Mercury: 4.99662 minutes
Venus: 2.5035696 minutes
Mars: 3.997296 minutes
Jupiter: 35.028936 minutes
Saturn: 1.18341 hours
Uranus: 2.49831 hours
Neptune: 4.03236 hours
Pluto: 5.4200178 hours

Surely this move redefines the term "in theatres everywhere".

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 15, 2008, 4:20 pm
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Over half of adults play video gamesOver half of adults play video games

According to a survey released on Sunday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, over half of American adults play video games of some kind.

The survey shows that age is the biggest factor, with young adults most likely to play video games and that as adults get older, game play decreases. Of adults over the age of 65 who play video games, nearly a third play video games every day. In comparison, the survey found that only 20% of young adults play video games every day.

A persons age is also a factor in whether they play on a computer, games console or other device, such as a mobile phone. Gaming consoles are most popular amongst 18 to 29 year olds, with 75% saying they play games on a console. Computers were found to be the second most popular gaming medium for young adults, but are the most popular overall, with 73% of all adult gamers playing on a computer. In comparison, 53% of adult gamers play on a games console, 35% play on cell phones and 25% use a portable gaming device, such as the Nintendo DS.

The Associated Press observed that one of the more surprising aspects of the report was in relation to education levels. Adults who had attended college were found to be more likely to play video games than those who had not, with the report showing that 57% of adult gamers achieved some college education, compared to 51% for high school graduates and just 40% for those with less than a high school education. Amanda Lenhart, a senior research specialist at Pew, said that there was no obvious reason for the difference.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 9, 2008, 4:16 pm
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Apple to go DRM freeApple to go DRM free

There are rumors and then there are "rumors". This one falls under the later category that Apple may be taking its iTunes DRM free. While not every rumor makes it to the front page this one can't seem to die off. Again and again we have heard trickles of whispers that it may happen.

The idea is that DRM free services such as Amazon may catch on much faster than Apple's DRM filled iTunes store. It only makes sense that at some point Apple would finally seal a deal with the major four record labels to sell DRM free songs as well.

It was also noted that a subscription based iTunes model may not be too far off either. Simply, Apple is again feeling pressure from Microsoft with its Zune software and services. Many iTunes users would openly welcome a subscription based model but time will tell with this rumor.

All of the above are rumors but they are growing in stature as they won't seem to ever go away. Each rumor should be taken with a grain of salt but when a rumor pops up like this on multiple occasions there is generally some truth behind it.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : December 9, 2008, 4:15 pm
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GTA IV available on Steam to pre-orderGTA IV available on Steam to pre-order

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV is now available to pre-order on Steam, for $39.99, and will be available for download on December 3, 2008. Those who pre-order will also receive a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for PC, available straight after purchase. Grand Theft Auto IV was made available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 earlier this year, and received some of the best reviews seen for a recent game, scoring 10/10 from several popular review sites.

The recommended system requirements are higher than one might expect: an Intel Core 2 2.4 GHz Quad (or AMD Phenom X3 2.1 GHz) and 16GB of hard disk space will raise some eyebrows, but let's not forget that the largely improved graphics (mainly due to the Euphoria engine) will at least partially make up for this. It should also be noted that those are only recommended; there will be the usual settings allowing the player to turn off extra features.

The game will have support for both PC controls and the Xbox 360 controller, with the PC controls likely to be the same as they were for GTA: San Andreas. As far as downloadable content for the PC goes, there is no mention of it yet, with the only known content pack - "The Lost and Damned" - announced only for the Xbox 360, due for release in early 2009.

The game should be released in retail stores on the same day, although it won't be available in European retail stores until the next day.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : November 27, 2008, 9:50 am
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Sony launches PlayStation credit cardSony launches PlayStation credit card

Sony has previously offered credit cards, but not, until this week, a PlayStation card, in the U.S. Also, for a limited time only, those who sign up to the new PlayStation card will receive a $150 discount on a new Sony PS3. For those who don't want to wait, you can sign up immediately, receive instant approval, and get "an immediate $150 credit when you purchase a PS3 directly through the website", bringing the total cost of an 40GB PlayStation 3 down to $249.99 (although this offer can be used with any model).

Those who don't mind the wait can sign up here, and be redeemed later on, after approval - the only difference being that, with this option, the card can be used at any retail store too. In addition to the $150 discount, gamers will also receive a coupon entitling them to a buy one, get one free offer on any Blu-Ray DVD.

Whilst the price cut, coupon and full Visa benefits will appeal to the financially stable gamers, anyone who has had recent financial issues may struggle to get one of these, with tighter lending policies, since the economic downfall. However, gamers who can get one will undoubtedly appreciate what comes with it, with Black Friday coming soon, and the Christmas period that edges closer.

Some have called this a response to Microsoft's price cuts earlier this year, and more cuts last year. However, others are sceptical, reminding us that Microsoft never required gamers to sign up for a credit card. Either way, the credit card should bring in some sales from the more financially sound gamers, although whether or not the card receives such positive reception after the special offer expires is debatable. So, what, if any, effect do you think this latest move by Sony will have on their PS3 sales, and what's your opinion of the PlayStation card?

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : November 27, 2008, 9:48 am
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Safari 3.2.1 update releasedSafari 3.2.1 update released

Safari browser for Leopard, Tiger, and Windows has been updated to version 3.2.1. The only note about the changes is "This update includes stability improvements and is recommended for all Safari users." This update comes only 12 days after 3.2 was released, so good for Apple on keeping up even with the smaller bugs!

From a quick look around the web, it looks like the probable cause is do to some incompatibility with third party software that was causing Safari to crash for many users, which should be fixed now.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : November 27, 2008, 9:47 am
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Download : Safari 3.2.1

LG will sell two models of 3D TVs in 2009LG will sell two models of 3D TVs in 2009

LG, a leading maker of HDTV's will be entering the 3D frontier next year. Choon Lee, Vice President Director at the Digital TV Research Lab, stated that "3D TVs are the next big step for [LG]; we will try with one or two markets in 2009" This is great news for the home consumer as 3D is the next big technology coming down the pipe. Sadly that was all that was said about the new TVs. Will they require special 3D glasses, likely, but it is unknown for sure.

One can only hope that these TVs will be sold in many markets but it's still too far out to speculate. One thing for sure though is that when one company puts out a 3D TV many other companies will be following closely behind. In this type of market it's the consumer who wins with better products for lower prices.

It's expected the company will demonstrate their 3D offerings at next years Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Neowin staff will be on hand to cover the latest developments at the show, stay tuned for further information.

News Posted by : GoogleFreak On : November 27, 2008, 9:46 am
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