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Apple officially brings Beats into the foldApple officially brings Beats into the fold

A smidge over two months after Apple announced its plan to nab Dr. Dre's headphone and music streaming interests, the folks in Cupertino have officially welcomed Beats to the family. The US government didn't seem to take issue with the purchase, giving the final stamp of approval. Both sides have also posted statements on their respective sites celebrating the union that's now a done deal. The $3 billion dollar purchase of the Beats brand brings not only popular audio devices and a personalized streaming service into Apple's fold, but also the talents of CEO Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and music head Ian Rogers to the table for future projects. In the meantime, if you're looking to purchase from Beats, it has moved sales to the new owner's online store.

News Posted by : Dodge On : August 3, 2014, 10:34 am
News Source : Engadget

Apple said to be launching the iPhone 6 on October 14thApple said to be launching the iPhone 6 on October 14th

Apple is said to be planning to release its iPhone 6 later this year with the announcement scheduled for September 16th and the phone will be released on October 14th. It is said that Apple will have a very busy October, so maybe we will see the rumored iWatch at the event as well but nothing concrete has been stated so far.

The source is said the be a senior Apple Store leader but it is worth pointing out that the date does not align to previous releases; Apple typically releases new iPhones on a Friday but the 14th is a Tuesday. The reason for this is that Apple expects significant demand and believes that it will have enough inventory to meet initial demands thanks to a massive upfront order.

It's still up in the air if Apple will release a 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone later this year or if the 5.5in device will arrive at a later point, if ever.

We have seen quite a few leaks around the device including NFC integration and beefed up Wi-Fi support. Of course, it will also be thinner than previous models and feature an A8 processor.

The timeline certainly seems plausible as Apple has previously released iPhones with a similar timeframe to make sure that they have new devices out before the holiday shopping season.

News Posted by : Dodge On : August 3, 2014, 10:30 am
News Source : Neowin

Nexus 5 to get customizable covers with Google WorkshopNexus 5 to get customizable covers with Google Workshop

Google will soon be launching a tool called Google Workshop to customize its Nexus devices with personalized back covers according to newly leaked info.

The folks over at Android Police have managed to grab exclusive information about Google's upcoming project which would let users create personalized back covers for Nexus devices such as the Nexus 5 smartphone and the Nexus 7 tablet.

It has been revealed that the tool, currently known as Google Workshop, is an experimental project from the company and is currently being targeted particularly for the Nexus 5 smartphone. It is not known when the tool will launch for the public and which devices it will eventually support, as of yet.

News Posted by : Dodge On : August 3, 2014, 5:27 am
News Source : Neowin

Samsung Galaxy Mega stops a bullet, saves a lifeSamsung Galaxy Mega stops a bullet, saves a life

Nokia has carefully cultivated a reputation for having ‘indestructible’ phones, and that impression was certainly reinforced when a Lumia 520 stopped a bullet fired at an off-duty cop in Brazil. But Nokia handsets aren’t the only ones that can perform that particular trick.

As China’s AppleDaily reports, a minor altercation quickly escalated into something far more serious, after a man dropped his wallet in the street. A second man picked it up, and made a joke about using its contents to get some free beer. The owner of the wallet reacted angrily to this, and pulled out a gun.

The second guy then pulled out a sickle and moved to attack the gunman, who then fired at him. The bullet hit his arm, but kept on going straight towards his chest – which is where the real hero of the story comes in. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 that he had in his shirt pocket stopped the bullet, and prevented it from entering his chest, where it may well have caused much more serious injuries.

The device was, thankfully, the only fatality of the whole incident. The injured man is expected to make a full recovery.

News Posted by : Dodge On : August 3, 2014, 5:26 am
News Source : Neowin

Surface Pro 2 in the workplace: Insights from a small deploymentSurface Pro 2 in the workplace: Insights from a small deployment

Microsoft pitches the Surface Pro as an uber-productivity device but just how well does it perform in a corporate setting? Can the Surface find a place alongside desktops and laptops and how do those more used to iPads & Windows 7 receive it?

Here I will be sharing some of my experiences with evaluating Windows 8 Tablets and deploying Surface Pro. A journey that starts with Windows 8 on Atom devices and ends at the Surface Pro 2 in use with a select group of highly mobile users.

News Posted by : Dodge On : August 3, 2014, 5:15 am
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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
News Source : Neowin

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