Archive for Feb 29, 2012

Apple’s thinner MacBook Pros still en route for April

Apple’s thinner MacBook Pros still en route for April

Despite recent reports that Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge chips may see an 8- to 10-week delay, which pushes the release back to June, insider sources say that Apple may still be launching the much rumored MacBook Pro refresh as early as April. Intel has staggered its shipments before and may give Apple a head start with about 900,000 units, according to DigiTimes' sources in Apple's upstream supply chain.

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Google updates YouTube captioning

Google updates YouTube captioning

The leader in viral video sharing has been working on automatic transcription of videos for nearly six years, though until now it's probably been used just as much as a tool of amusement as it has for people who legitimately need closed captioning. This week, Google made it easier for the video creators to add captions to their content at the point of submission.

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Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

Windows 8 previewed on a bevy of Consumer PCs

This week the Windows 8 Consumer Preview event showed the system on everything from a ten-inch tablet to a massive Gorilla Glass toting television as wide as the average human is tall. We've seen Lenovo devices, dual-screen monitors showing an ultra-massive set of screens running Windows from a device small enough to fit in your purse, and your everyday average 15-inch display. NFC is being shown to be working right out of the box with Windows 8's Consumer Preview between Bluetooth devices, and on the whole there's no doubt that Microsoft is coming in strong with manufacturer partner heat.

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Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

Windows 8 on NVIDIA, Qualcomm, TI, and Intel at Consumer Preview event

This week Michael Angiulo of Windows Planning held aloft an early build of a device made to show off Windows 8 Consumer Preview running on an ARM-based architecture - namely NVIDIA's own Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Also on stage was a device running Texas Instruments OMAP 5, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4, and an Intel Clover Trail tablet as well. As Angiulo held the Tegra 3-toting tablet on stage he noted, "It's not only great for browsing the web, its great for apps as well."

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American Express Serve app comes to Facebook

American Express Serve app comes to Facebook

Not only can you chat with friends, play games with one another, buy something from your favorite store, and connect with Skype video calling on Facebook, you can also send and receive money from the social networking platform as well. PayPal pioneered that aspect of the site, but now its up-and-coming rival from American Express is stepping into the arena as well.

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“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

“It all works together as you would expect it to” says Windows 8’s Leblond

Assuring the public today in Barcelona at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview during MWC 2012, Antoine Leblond of Windows Web noted that, of course, "the desktop is still there." The Windows 8 Consumer Preview was shown at this event on a Samsung tablet, a Lenovo notebook, and an Acer all-in-one desktop with a touchscreen interface. What we've seen here is that it's easy to use touch, it's easy to use your mouse, and it's easy to use both!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Windows 8 Consumer Preview app interface “Incredibly Fast and Fluid”

Speaking this week on the collection of apps that will work fabulously in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management noted that it's a completely simple and connected system to use. Tapping on a link in one app will connect you to your preferred web browser - which of course today on stage was Internet Explorer 10. What we're looking at here is a quick look at how Windows 8 will be working with a variety of different platforms when it launches.

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Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed

Microsoft Windows 8 wallpapers revealed

Microsoft is holding a big Windows event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today (a venue that, any other year, would have seemed out of place for a Windows conference). We're expecting to see the latest update of Windows 8, but someone managed to get a sneak peek at some of the assets that will be used - specifically, Windows 8 wallpapers and lockscreens.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Windows 8 Consumer Preview released

Microsoft has released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, allowing everyone to sample the brand new OS ahead of its official released later in 2012. Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions, complete with English, Chinese (simplified), French, German and Japanese language support, the new OS delivers Microsoft's new Metro UI for the desktop, laptops and tablets, along with the culmination of the company's OS work over the past few years.

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Windows 8 Consumer Preview displayed as tablet-friendly

Speaking on stage at the Windows 8 Consumer Preview this week at Mobile World Congress 2012, Julie Larson-Green of Windows Program Management and Antoine Leblond of Windows Web Services outlined how Windows 8 will work with you, the consumer. Larson-Green spoke first of the edges of the tablet, saying that the edges were likely the most important piece of the device itself because holding the device with two hands, one on either side, is the easiest way to work with it and hold it for an extended period.

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Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3

Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 DLC comes to PS3

The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online maps Liberation and Piazza are now available for PS3 owners to download. The downloadable content (DLC) has already been available for the Xbox 360 as part of the long-running deal in which Microsoft pays Activision for exclusive first access to all Call of Duty DLC. It should be noted that only Call of Duty Elite members on the PS3 have access to the new content.

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