Hitachi releases 4TB hard drive in Japan

13.12.11

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Although microchip giant Intel on Monday have announced that it expects to badly miss their sales forecast for the current quarter caused by lower sales of notebook computers and desktops due to the hard drive shortage caused by the massive floods in Thailand, Hitachi have released their new 4TB Deskstar hard drive for internal and Touro Desk for external use.

Users will get a free 3GB of cloud storage from HitachiBackup.com with every purchase of the Touro Desk external hard drive.

This is the world first commercially available at that storage capacity. Granted it's not the fastest hard drive available by running at 5900 rpm, or what the Hitachi calls "CoolSpin" resulting in the drive having up to 28 percent idle power savings compared to the 7200 rpm drives.

The massive storage of their new 4TB hard drive is sure to please a lot of users with massive files with it's gigantic storage and USB 3.0 capability.

It's currently priced at 26,800 Yen ($345), but currently there's no official announcement from Hitachi for it's international availability and the Thailand floods will likely mean it's very low on stock.

One in Three Internet Users to Use Tablet PC by 2014

27.11.11

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According to eMarketer, by the end of this year, it is estimated that 33.7 million people in the United States will be using a tablet pc thanks to the main leader of pc tablet, the Apple iPad.

The growth of tablet users in the last year has been up by over 158% since December of last year, the first iPad was released.


By the end of 2014, it is predicted almost 90 million people will be using a tablet pc. They believe that tablets will eventually be a personal necessity like smart phone these days.

Apple is currently keeping the majority share of the tablet market with HP TouchPad and Kindle ebook reader way behind, eMarketer predicts that the iPad will have a 68% market share.


Women, who happens to have less than 50% of the tablet pc are expected to pull even with men. By the end of 2011, youths under the age of 18 will own 13% of the pc tablet. That will increase to 15.9% in 3 years.

NVIDIA Releases Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processor

10.11.11

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NVIDIA have introduced it's long-awaited Tegra 3 processor (Formerly Known As Kal-El), which is the first quad-core mobile processor ever released.

Mainly designed for the pc tablet , latest cell phones and smart phones , the Tegra 3 will purportedly best the processing performance of the older Tegra 2 chip by a factor of five (and graphics by a factor of three, thanks to it's 12-core NVIDIA GeForce GPU with stereo 3D support), all while reducing power consumption by 61%.



Although Tegra 3 is a quad-core chip, there is also a fifth "companion core", which is designed to take over for less-intensive computing tasks, such as listening to audio or web browsing. The technology behind the fifth core is NVIDIA’s Variable Symmetric Multiprocessing (vSMP).

With the new Tegra 3, users can expect everything on their mobile devices to perform faster and better, including web browsing experience, gaming, streaming video, video edditing and running apps.

Top Countries With The Fastest Internet Speed

29.10.11

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Internet data collection company, Akamai have released their quarterly "State Of The Internet" report, which examines the world's fastest and slowest Internet connections by country, attack traffic, average & maximum connection speeds, Internet penetration and broadband adoption, and mobile usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

25,000 requests from unique IP addresses must be acheived in order to avoid making unfair comparisons between countries with large disparities in population or infrastructure.

From the report, global Internet speed from broadband providers are improving. Between the first and second quarters of 2011, average global connection speed increased 21 percent and is now 2.6 Megabits per second. By comparison, Internet speeds in the United States (12th fastest) look fairly speedy at an average of 5.8 Mbps compared to an average connection speed for higher ranked countries of 13.8 Mbps, more than twice as fast as the U.S.



Top 9 Countries With The Fastest Internet Connection Speed   
RankCountryAverage Speed (Mbps)% Increase
    
1South Korea13.8-4.2
2Hong Kong10.312
3Japan8.910
4Netherlands8.514
5Latvia8.229
6Czech Republic7.413
7Switzerland7.317
8Romania6.82.3
9Belgium6.44.8

Microsoft completes Skype acquisition

16.10.11

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It's official, the internet video chat service Skype is now officially a part of Microsoft.

The two companies joined forces this week after Microsoft Corp. completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype. The closing came five months after Microsoft announced the acquisition.

Skype features includes video calling, video conferencing, voice over ip calling and also conference calling.

In a press release sent out Friday morning, Microsoft confirmed that the deal, and revealed that Skype CEO Tony Bates will now report directly to Steve Ballmer in his new role as president of the new Skype Division of Microsoft. Skype employees will continue to be located around the world as before.

Microsoft is counting on Skype to help it catch up in some the hottest markets in technology and media. Those areas include online socializing, mobile phones and digital video.

Skype's roughly 170 million users made 207 billion minutes of voice and video calls last year — almost 400,000 years' worth.

iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S II and Bionic Smartphones

5.10.11

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The newly released Apple iPhone 4s will be made available to U.S.A, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan initially and will be launched to 22 more countries by October 28th, and to 70 more countries by the end of 2011.


There will be Black and White versions as usual, while the price of iPhone 4S will be as follows:

16GB variant for $199, 32GB for $299 and the 64GB for $399 in US with contract,available to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

iPhone 4s Specs

  • OS: iOS 5.
  • Processor: Dual core A5 Chip-2X processing and 7X Graphics.
  • Display: 3.5″ Ratina display 960X640.
  • Camera: 8 MP camera with CMOS sensor and 1080p recording with video stabilization.
  • Both CDMA/GSM support is available and HSDPA support upto 14.2 MBPS.
  • Up to 8 hours on talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G (GSM)
  • Standby time: Up to 200 hours
  • Internet usage: Up to 6 hours on 3G, up to 9 hours on Wi-Fi
  • Video playback: Up to 10 hours
  • Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
Special Features: SIRI voice assistant, AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV support at 720p, iCloud storage.

Here's a comparision to it's mightiest competitors on the Android platform.

iPhone 4S
Samsung Galaxy S II
Motorola Droid Bionic



Platform iOS 5 Android 2.3.4 with TouchWiz 4.0 Android 2.3.4 with custom skin
Processor Dual-core Apple A5 (likely 1GHz) 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos or 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430
RAM Unknown (likely 512MB) 1GB 1GB
Storage 16GB / 32GB / 64GB internal 16GB / 32GB internal, microSDHC expansion 16GB internal, microSDHC expansion
Cellular Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 14.4, CDMA / EDVO Rev. A Quadband GSM, quadband HSPA+ 21 / 42 or CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, WiMax CDMA / EV-DO Rev. A, LTE
WiFi 802.11b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Display size 3.5 inches 4.3 or 4.5 inches 4.3 inches
Display resolution 960 x 640 800 x 480 960 x 540
Display technology IPS LCD Super AMOLED Plus Pentile-matrix TFT LCD
Integrated TV-out Dock connector MHL HDMI
Primary camera 8 megapixel AF, f2.4 lens, BSI sensor, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash 8 megapixel AF, LED flash
Secondary camera VGA 2 megapixel VGA
Video recording 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 1080p at 30fps
Video calling Yes Yes Yes
Location / orientation sensors AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope AGPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope
SIM standard Micro SIM SIM (on GSM variants) SIM (for LTE)
Quoted max talk time 8 hours on 3G, 14 hours on 2G 7-8.7 hours on 3G 10.8 hours on 3G
Quoted max media playback time 40 hours audio, 10 hours video 5 hours video 6.5 hours video
Battery Unknown capacity (likely 1420+mAh), embedded 1650-1850mAh, removable 1735mAh, removable
Weight 140 grams / 4.9 oz. 116 grams / 4.1 oz. to 130 grams / 4.6 oz. 158 grams / 5.6 oz.
Dimensions 115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm 125.3 mm x 66.1 mm x 8.49 mm to
129.8 x 69.6 x 9.65mm
127.5 x 66.9 x 10.99mm

Amazon Releases $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

30.9.11

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But amid the excitement amongst consumers and fierce tension amongst tablet manufacturers, Amazon buried the news that two of the new tablets would only be available in the U.S. market thus leaving the U.K. and European consumers out in the cold.

The new Amazon Kindle Touch, the touch-screen e-ink powered e-book reader (left), and the new Amazon Kindle Fire tablet (right), the 7-inch colour display, Android-powered tablet, will only be available in the United States when the two devices go on sale.



Movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon's revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser

  • 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, e books and e reader
  • Amazon Appstore - thousands of popular apps and games
  • Ultra-fast web browsing - Amazon Silk
  • Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content
  • Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle
  • Fast, powerful dual-core processor
  • Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

It is rumored, however that the new Kindle e reader tablet will still go on sale outside of the U.S. soon with the retail price of £89.

Apple sends invites for October 2011 event: "Let's talk iPhone"

28.9.11

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Apple Inc. has formally announced it's upcoming media event after months of rumors and speculation. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 10am Pacific Daylight Time on Apple's campus in Cupertino and will be led by Apple's new CEO Tim Cook.

Apple's invitation graphics include four iOS app icons (Calendar, Clock, Maps, and Phone) along with the quote "Let's talk iPhone."

Usually, Apple doesn't get this specific when sending out its invitations, but apparently it's trying a new, more direct approach this time around. The calendar says October 4, clock says 10:00, map points to Apple's campus, and the phone icon shows one phone call.

Still, Apple fans are left wondering exactly what may come out of this iPhone announcement. At the moment, it's widely expected that Apple will make iOS 5 available to the public and possibly even roll out an all-new iPhone 5, a slightly modified iPhone 4 in the form of the iPhone 4S, with a working antenna or both phones at the same time.

There's also some talk of a new white iPod touch. A relatively minimal detail that reminds us that the fall event was originally about iPods.

America’s Internet Service Slips to #25 Worldwide

21.9.11

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The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the United States has sunk to 25th in a global ranking of Internet speeds, just behind Romania.

Why? Because the nation's regulators abandoned an earlier commitment to foster competition in the marketplace for Internet access providers.

After the signing of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, lobbyists working for powerful providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon pressured a compliant FCC to tear down all of the important safeguards established by Congress.

Under the Bush administration, the FCC tossed out competitive broadband safeguards such as open-access requirements, which opened lines to other providers.

Back in 2002, the agency declared that cabled high speed internet service would no longer be considered a telecommunications service that opened the network to competitors, but rather an “information service” that did not. Following a 2005 court decision, the FCC also reclassified broadband delivered by the phone companies as an “information service.”

These were radical policy shifts that went against the long-held assumption that open communications in competitive markets were essential to economic growth and innovation.

While the U.S. blindly followed a path of "deregulation," other nations in Europe and Asia beefed up their pro-competitive policies. The results are evident in our free fall from the top of almost every global measure of Internet services, availability and speed.

About this my Free Press colleague Derek Turner writes:
"When price and speed are considered together as a measure of value, we see that Americans pay more per megabit per second than consumers in many other countries. The value of U.S. connections is some four times less than that of countries like France, and is only slightly better than the value of connections in Hungary, a country with a per capita GDP nearly two-and-a-half times lower than the United States."
This lack of competition has turned America into a broadband backwater. In the aftermath of the FCC’s verdict, powerful phone and internet access providers legislated and lobbied their way to controlling 97% of the fixed-line residential broadband market thus leaving the vast majority of consumers with two or fewer choices of land-based providers in any given market.

Portal is free on Steam

16.9.11

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From now until September 20, you can download Portal for absolutely free for your desktop pc or notebook.

In case you're not familiar with it already, Portal is regarded by many pc gamers to be one of the best games of all time. GameSpot awarded it a 9.0 and an Editors Choice while IGN said it is "quirky, clever, polished, and presented with a spark of a subtly evil humor."


Aggregator       Score
GameRankings        89.15%
Metacritic        90/100
Review scores
Publication     Score
1UP.com         A
Eurogamer        9/10
GameSpot        9.0/10
GameSpy        4.5/5.0
IGN        8.2/10


The game primarily comprises a series of puzzles that must be solved by teleporting the player's character and simple objects using "the handheld portal device", a device that can create inter-spatial portals between two flat planes. The player-character, Chell, is challenged by an artificial intelligence named GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System) to complete each puzzle in the Aperture Science Enrichment Center using the portal gun with the promise of receiving cake when all the puzzles are completed.


The game was originally part of Valve's The Orange Box bundle that also included the now F2P Team Fortress 2, before later becoming a $20 standalone game for the PC and Mac computer system. The sequel of the game, Portal 2 is priced at $29.99.


Apple wins German court ruling against Samsung PC tablet

10.9.11

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The resemblance is uncanny


It appears that Apple is the only company that can make minimalist rectangular pc tablet design in Germany.

A trade court in Dusseldorf, Germany has found Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd.'s (SEO 005930) guilty of violating Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) patented design, which is featured in the iPad.

The latest hearing went in Apple's favour and means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is again banned from sale across Germany.


The "minimalist, modern form" of the two products gave a "clear impression of similarity".
- Judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann


By contrast, a Dutch court ruled last month that it found no infringement for Samsung's pc tablets. 

Apple repeated its usual statement saying that: "This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."

Samsung has indeed confirmed it will appeal the decision and warned the ruling "severely limits consumer choice in Germany" and "restricts design innovation and progress in the industry."
 
In a global intellectual property battle, Apple has claimed the Galaxy line of mobile phones and tablets "slavishly" copied the iPhone and iPad and has sued the Korean company in the United States, Australia, Japan and Korea as well as in Europe.

Samsung, whose tablets are based on Google Inc's Android software, has counter-sued Apple.

On Thursday, Apple had also filed a suit against Samsung in Japan, seeking to ban sales of some of its gadgets there.

HP resurrects TouchPad to challenge iPad again.

1.9.11

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When HP said they were done with its WebOS Touchpad two weeks ago, then sold off the remaining stock at $99 a pop, it seemed the tablet would be dead for good.

Nope. The TouchPad tablet is entering an odd state of zombie-hood as HP is making one last batch to meet "unfulfilled demand."

There is no exact date on when that will arrive or for how much ( expected much cheaper than Apple's iPad ), and HP won’t guarantee it will be enough to meet demand, but there are more on the way.

If you didn’t get in on the first round of the sales, HP has announced that it will be making more HP TouchPads available in the coming weeks. According to The Next Bench:


“A limited supply are coming and it will be a few weeks before they are available. As we know more about how, when, and where TouchPads will be available, we will communicate that here and through email to those who requested notification. We can tell you that HP’s Small and Medium Business team has sold out of HP TouchPads and will not have more inventory.”


Experts are saying the reason HP is doing this one last run of TouchPad is because there are tons of HP TouchPad components still in their supply chain. Regardless, the hype around it is great and HP can really milk it good for a dead OS.



Steve Jobs resigns from Apple, Tim Cook is the new CEO

26.8.11

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The world known man who always wore a tucked in black shirt with blue jeans on Apple's new product unveilings and already cartoonized on Comedy Central's South Park, Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage 14 years ago.


After the news broke, Apple shares dived as much as 7% in after-hours trade. Jobs has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January 17, is now replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.


Even though Android is the most popular smartphone platform for users craving wireless internet service , the iPhone 4 is the best-selling phone. A recent study shows that the second best-selling phone on the market is the over two year old iPhone 3GS.



"I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come," - Steve Jobs


The 55-year-old CEO had briefly emerged from his medical leave in March to unveil the latest version of the iPad and later to attend a dinner hosted by U.S President Barack Obama for technology leaders in Silicon Valley.
 
Bigger picture HERE  


Rumors on the internet stated the reason for his resigning is that he is unable to make a recovery quick enough for the unveiling of the new iPhone 5 which is coming very soon.

Large ISP Profit From BitTorrent Traffic

19.8.11

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For many years Internet Service Providers from all over the world have throttled or even banned BitTorrent traffic on their networks.

Claims often heard on the news from high speed internet providers is that heavy users are using too much resources and bandwidth and are making them lose a lot of money.

Well, not according to a new paper out from Northwestern University and Telefónica Research that studies how P2P applications affect ISPs. The paper claims to look at the whole ecosystem, across network boundaries and geographical borders to detail the effect of the entire system of files.

As far as larger ISPs concern, there’s an upside to BitTorrent as well. In fact, companies like Comcast make a substantial amount of money from BitTorrent traffic.


The goal of the research was to understand the network impact of BitTorrent, both in terms of traffic and the costs involved. To answer these questions the researchers conducted a 2-year study where they tracked the downloads of 500,000 people for 169 different countries. The end result is an interesting trend report which, among other things, shows how BitTorrent traffic has developed over time.

A third of BitTorrent traffic stays local: Thirty-two percent of BitTorrent traffic stays in the country of origin and 49 percent of traffic is intra-domain or crosses a single peering or sibling network link.

BitTorrent traffic doesn’t usually hit the big backbone transit providers: That’s partly because it stays local and partly because the largest amount of BitTorrent traffic stays inside a local area network run by a hosting company or enterprise.

BitTorrent traffic occurs at the same time as peak web traffic and it’s growing: The old myth that BitTorrent users were up late at night seeding files has evolved and most users are sharing files during the day. Many are doing so during “peak traffic times,” which the researchers don’t disclose unless daytime means peak traffic time.

The researchers translated their findings into the actual costs and revenues of Internet providers and found that contrary to what the public would expect, large Tier 2 ISPs actually make money off BitTorrent traffic. This means that broadband providers like Comcast, Virgin Media and France Telecom profit directly from heavy downloaders.

“Using inferred business relationships between ISPs, we showed that most BitTorrent traffic flows over cost-free paths and that it generates substantial revenue potential for many higher tier ISPs,” the researchers write.

But not all Internet providers make money off BitTorrent; those in the lower tiers where most traffic is flowing through have less local (and free) traffic and often have to pick up the bill.

“Unlike with tier 2, provider traffic is larger than customer traffic for tier 3, indicating that these ISPs on average are paying for rather than profiting from transit charges due to BitTorrent traffic,” state the researchers.

Sony To Replace PSP Of Mugged Student In London Riots

12.8.11

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Savages.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has promised to replace the PSP portable gaming device of Ashraf Haziq – a straight A Malaysian student who just arrive in United Kingdom a month ago on an accounting scholarship.

Ashraf was video taped being mugged of his PSP after being brutally beaten up. The shocking video that have gone viral shows Haziq being robbed off his goods from his backpack after being assisted to his feet by youths. He suffered a broken jaw and was seen sitting at the roadside, bleeding heavily. He was caught in the midst of widespread rioting in London on Monday night.

SCEE marketing director Alan Duncan wrote on a blog set up specifically for this purpose that the company would “like to give Ashraf a new PSP and games,” and requested to be put in touch with him or a hospital where he is being treated.

“If we can find out how to get it to him we’ll replace the PSP,” added a SCE UK rep.

 Speaking at a press conference after being discharged from the Royal London hospital after a three-hour operation on Wednesday, Haziq said he felt sorry for his attackers.

"I was really sad for them because amongst them there were children," he said.
 "There was a boy from a primary school, I think. It was shocking because I expected it to be someone older, but there was this boy."

Despite this horrible incident, Haziq still want to complete his 2 year study in the UK and hold no grudges to his attackers.




Starbucks Blocking Ports To Prevent Wi-Fi Campers

8.8.11

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It's a sight almost all of us have seen in the city everyday. People buying a cup of latte and staying at Starbucks for hours on their laptops for their wireless internet access.

It has apparently become quite the problem. Reuters points out that some highly trafficked Starbucks outlets in New York City are actually blocking electrical outlets in a bid to keep campers moving on and provide seats for other customers who just need a place to sit after buying up a latte or pastry.


"Customers are asking (for it) .... They just purchased a latte and a pastry and there is nowhere to sit down in some of these really high-volume stores," said Starbucks spokesman Alan Hilowitz.

Move it along brah.

"If this is what the store needs to do to support the business, then they're allowed to make the decision to do that," Hilowitz said. "It really is all about the balance."

Starbucks offers free wireless internet access to all of its customers. While inviting customers to linger can result in repeat purchases, it also can have unintended consequences.

Seating is limited in some cafes frequented by students, freelancer workers and other laptop users who sometimes stay for hours eventhough their cup of latte is empty for quite a while.

Perhaps they can just bring more batteries?

Norway Pulling Violent Video Games After Killing

3.8.11

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After the world shocking mass murders allegedly performed by Anders Breivik (picture) 10 days ago, retail chains in Norway are pulling violent video games off their shelves and as usual, violent video games are targeted as the main motivator of the shooting .

Coop Norway, one of the Norway's largest retailers, announced late last week that they will be removing over 50 video games and weapon-like toys from their shelves in the aftermath of the Oslo/Utoya shootings.

Among the titles affected are Homefront, Counter-Strike, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, World of Warcraft and various Call of Duty games. According to statements made to Norwegian newspaper Rogalands Avis, the ban on these games is apparently only temporary, but no reinstatement date were announced for gamers to continue to buy video games.

Coop Norway Retail director Geir Inge Stokke said, "The decision to remove the games was made around the time we realized the scope of the attack. Others are better suited than us to point to the negative effects of games like these."

Stokke added, "At the moment it's [appropriate] for us to take them down. I wouldn't be surprised if others do the same. We have to think very carefully about when to bring these goods back. The economy involved is of no importance."

A comment someone posted awhile ago:

"I even heard he drank milk once! They should ban that too."

Heroes of Newerth is now Free to Play

29.7.11

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It's still summer and that means tech savvy teenagers are staying indoors doing computer gaming, killing newbies and mic spamming on TF2 since it went F2P. Now another company is going on the same road. 

Heroes of Newerth (well known as HoN) is now a free-to-play science fantasy, action real-time strategy game developed by S2 Games and is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Released back on May 2010, HoN is heavily inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne custom map, Defense of the Ancients.

Similar to TF2's F2P method, new players will have a Free Account. After a player has surpassed a certain threshold of game time, or purchased Goblin Coins, their account is upgraded to a Verified account.

Existing paying players will have Legacy accounts which can't be purchased anymore. Legacy accounts players will receive a lifetime of free access to all HoN heroes and are able to play in Verified Only games.


You also don't need a kick ass gaming notebook or computer as the game will run smoothly on any modern systems.

System requirements
2.2GHz processor
1GB RAM
GeForce 5, ATI 9x00, OpenGL 2.0 compatible (Linux and Mac) video card
Linux/Windows XP/Vista/7/Mac
Network Connection Required


 
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 78.14%
Metacritic 76%
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 3.5/5 stars
Game Revolution B+
GameZone 8/10 stars
PC Gamer US 71%
Awards
Entity Award
Independent Games Festival                   Audience Award (2010)  

New MacBook Air now available

20.7.11

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Apple Inc, the company famous for the iPhone, iPod, iPad and iTunes today have released their new MacBook Air starting at $999 for the United States market and at £849 for the United Kingdom.



Featuring OS X Lion, Apple went with the tagline, Everyone should have a notebook this advanced. And now everyone can for this updated version.

Aimed more towards the university students, U.K. students can get the new MacAir for £730 through the education store, and U.S. students will find the costs to be knocked down to $949 if they're eligible

Included in the updated specifications:
  • Mac OS X Lion pre-installed
  • 11″ and 13″ models available
  • 0.11″ thick at its thinnest point — 0.68″ at its thickest
  • 128GB/256GB solid-state hard drive
  • 4GB RAM
  • 5 hours battery life
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors
  • Thunderbolt I/O technology
  • LED backlit display
  • Glass multi-touch trackpad
  • Backlit keyboard
  • Ultra-fast wireless-n networking

The MacBook Air is slim, stylish and incredibly light, along with 5 hours of battery life and powerful technology should be a good pick for a lot of college students who doesn't like to carry around bulky laptops to classes.

Weird, Microsoft registers Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com

15.7.11

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That's right, the creator of various Windows OS and the powerful gaming console Xbox 360 have shockingly registered both Microsoft-Sony.com and Sony-Microsoft.com yesterday for a year.

Whois record for microsoft-sony.com

Tuesday at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, Andy Lees said that Redmond would eventually have just a “single ecosystem” for PCs, phones, tablets, and even the TV.
Source

Speculations arise that partnership for a single system from both companies is imminent and could be successful just like when Sony and Ericsson became Sony-Ericsson when their cellphone divisions merged.

PS 360 perhaps?

Google unveils Photovine

12.7.11

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After acquiring the trademark and domain name Photovine.com last month, Google Inc have finally revealed what their latest project is all about.

According to their support page:


What is Photovine?
Photovine is a community that’s about creating fun and unique collections of photos that we call Vines.

How does Photovine work?
In Photovine, vines connect you with people through the ideas and themes expressed in your photos.

A vine is like a constantly growing family of photos connected through a common caption created by you, your friends, and people all over the world.

Some examples of vines could be: “What Weekends Are Made Of”, “Secret Stuffed Animal”, “Party People”, or, “Love of My Life”.

As people add photos to vines, they tell their own stories about the moments, images, and ideas that define our lives in a way that’s social, creative, and fun.

Start a vine by taking a photo and creating a new caption, or add to an existing vine. Other people will see your vine and join in by adding their own photo, showing their own take on the caption.

What kind of photos can I post?
If you find yourself with a photo that you’re not sure is a good idea to post, it’s probably not. As a rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t want your family to see it, you probably shouldn’t post it.

What about privacy?
We take your privacy seriously. Please read our Privacy Policy to learn more about how we treat the information collected from you while using our app.

Although the app is not currently being released yet, it's still exciting how it will turn out as you can find new friends relating to the same vine as yours.

Google Disables Realtime Search

6.7.11

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After a 2 year long partnership with Twitter and other companies, Google has temporarily pulled the plug on the social network-infused Google Realtime Search which displayed the latest tweets and Facebook postings.



Google confirmed the news tweeting, "We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring howto incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned" from its @googlerealtime Twitter account.
 
The results were quietly removed from Google on July 2 as Google's deal with Twitter came to an end. 
 
Posted via Twitter


While Twitter provided the majority of content found on Google Realtime Search, Google also included sites like Facebook, Google News, MySpace, FriendFeed, Quora, and Gowalla

Google added, "While we will not have access to this special feed from Twitter, information on Twitter that's publicly available to our crawlers will still be searchable and discoverable on Google."
 
The alternative for users are now mainly focused on Microsoft Bing's Social Search that continues to incorporate real-time results Tweets.

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