Archive for November, 2011

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Review Round-Up

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core Review Round-Up

Tis the season for PC innards, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Core is just the limited-edition graphics card you may have been looking for, what with its vast similarities to the existing GTX 560 Ti already on the market and its cut-back GF110 in its guts. The GPU you've got here, the GF110, was originally used in the GeForce 580, then again in the GTX 570, and now here in the GTX 560 Ti 448 Core, it being cut back each time to accommodate the lower powered systems. You've also got 56 texture units, 40 ROPs, 448 shader cores, and a 320-bit memory interface. Know what all that means? You're in the right place!

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Spotify may open up to third-party developers and become authentication service

Spotify may open up to third-party developers and become authentication service

When it comes to the world's single biggest music subscription service Spotify, changes such as opening up to the USA after 2 years of preparation don't come easy - but what they'll reveal this Wednesday may well change their whole outlook by opening up to 3rd party developers. Spotify recently sent out a message that they'd be having a press conference this week, and as All Things D's Peter Kafka notes, the change they'll be revealing more than likely has more to do with how their music is delivered to you, the consumer, than it does with what music and services they'll be providing. It does make sense that they'd be connecting with more services, as their recent deal with Facebook has proven to be more than lucrative for them already. What does this mean for you, the Spotify free service user? Not a whole lot. How about you the Spotify Premium user? Perhaps a new collection of options for places of access!

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Verizon FiOS Triple Play offer dishes free Halo: Anniversary and Xbox LIVE Gold

Verizon FiOS Triple Play offer dishes free Halo: Anniversary and Xbox LIVE Gold

The fine game-oriented folks at Verizon are this month tending to the Xbox 360 crowd with an offer for FiOS internet, TV, and phone that'll give users a free copy of Halo: Anniversary as well as Xbox LIVE Gold for 12 months. The best part about it is that there's no annual contract requirement, and your price per month is locked in for two years. And Halo: Anniversary - how could you do without that if you're a true Halo fan? You absolutely cannot, that's the answer to that.

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HP printer loophole permits data harvesting [Update: HP responds]

HP printer loophole permits data harvesting [Update: HP responds]

Certain HP printers could be remotely persuaded to collect confidential information or even cause physical damage, researchers have demonstrated, with a covert reprograming hack causing them to overheat and present a possible fire hazard. The government and industry funded research team at Columbia University were able to tweak an official HP management tool to include malicious programming in with a regular print job, MSNBC reports, allowing them to coax some LaserJet printers into overheating their fuser.

Update: HP has issued us with a statement; you can find it after the cut.

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iTether iPhone covert tethering tool hits App Store [Update: Pulled!]

iTether iPhone covert tethering tool hits App Store [Update: Pulled!]

Apple has approved a tethering app that allows iPhone users to share their smartphone's data connection via a USB hook-up with their laptop, even if they don't have a tethering plan with their carrier. The app, iTether, has prompted questions over why Apple approved the app in the first place and how long it might last in the App Store, given carriers are unlikely to be impressed at their tethering revenue stream being curtailed.

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Yahoo! US tipped target of $6bn buy-out bid

Yahoo! US tipped target of $6bn buy-out bid

Yahoo! could have finally found a buyer, for its US business at least, with reports that a private equity firm is considering a $5bn-6bn bid for the beleaguered giant. Thomas H. Lee Partners' US-centric strategy differs from that of rivals, Reuters' sources claim, which are considering staged minority investments of around 20-percent; that would keep them under the trigger for shareholder approval, allowing Yahoo!'s board greater flexibility in choosing its new partners.

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Cluzee is the Android Siri alternative

Cluzee is the Android Siri alternative

If you are an Android user and have been wishing for something along the lines of Siri for your smartphone, Cluzee is looking like your alternative. Cluzee might lack the integration with some of the outside devices and services like Plex media and such that Siri offers. However, it will do the core voice functions Siri offers. Cluzee does have a few tricks that Siri is missing reports BGR.

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Windows 8 tablet challenge could see Microsoft miss market

Windows 8 tablet challenge could see Microsoft miss market

Windows 8 will have a considerable impact on the desktop but struggle to find a foothold in tablets, analysts are predicting, with low-cost Android slates as well as the established iPad titan presenting an uphill struggle for those using Microsoft's platform next year. The delay in reaching the market has allowed Apple and Samsung to push out several generations of tablet while Windows models are still languishing with the finger-unfriendly Windows 7, Forrester's JP Gownder highlights, while the NOOK Tablet and others continue to set expectations of what affordable slates look like.

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Samsung grabs trademark for Samsung Galaxy Sleek

Samsung grabs trademark for Samsung Galaxy Sleek

Samsung has field for a new trademark that hints at a new line of smartphones and tablets that may be coming to market reports Fusible. Granted simply filing for a trademark isn’t a guarantee that a new product is coming to market. The trademark that Samsung grabbed is for Samsung Galaxy Sleek. We can imagine the name being used on a family of thin tablets and smartphones.

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Microsoft Office for iPad in pipeline claim insiders

Microsoft Office for iPad in pipeline claim insiders

Microsoft is reportedly "actively working" on bringing a version of its Office suite to the iPad, challenging Apple's own Pages, Numbers and Keynote apps. Individual titles in the iPad Office package have not been confirmed, but are expected to sell for around $10 apiece sources tell The Daily; the likelihood is that Word, Excel and PowerPoint will all make the jump to the iOS tablet.

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