Archive for Mar 30, 2012

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Mac OS confirmed

Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition for Mac OS confirmed

Why should iPad owners have all the fun? An enhanced edition of Baldur’s Gate was announced for Apple’s tablet not too long ago, and while it was revealed that it would be available on PC as well, there was no mention of a Mac OS version. Fear not, role players, as the studio has confirmed that a Mac OS is on the cards.

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Nokia job listing suggests PureView tech in future Windows Phone

Nokia job listing suggests PureView tech in future Windows Phone

Nokia impressed everyone at MWC 2012 with its 808 PureView handset, packing 41 megapixels into the camera. There’s no exact date for when the Symbian handset will be dropping in Europe, although we already know that it won’t be gracing the shores of the United States. That doesn’t mean the same technology won’t be showing up in future phones.

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Temple Run breaks one million Android downloads in three days

Temple Run breaks one million Android downloads in three days

Temple Run for Android only launched three days ago, but the game has already managed to ring up over a million downloads. Previously the game was available on iOS, where it has managed to achieve 45 million downloads in seven months. The fact that the Android version is currently being offered for free is probably helping those download figures.

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Scientists announce most accurate measurements between galaxies in history

Scientists announce most accurate measurements between galaxies in history

Scientists are prepared today to present their findings from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) and have announced that the survey has allowed the most accurate measurements ever of the distances between galaxies in the faraway universe. These measurements allowed the scientists to get a look at billions and billions of years ago when the universe first began to expand at an increasing rate. Six related papers will be presented today.

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Is Apple really in half of US homes?

Is Apple really in half of US homes?

With Apple rocketing in the phone, computing and tablet segments, exactly how many pieces of shiny Cupertino hardware are actually in use is a good question: according to new research (and some perhaps shaky extrapolation) half of American homes have at least one Apple device. The average US home has 1.6 Apple devices, according to a survey by CNBC and Hart Research Associates, with 9-percent owning five or more. However, it's worth noting that just 836 people were questioned.

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Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Nokia brings the “Lumia Challenge” to London

Those who live in London unfortunately don’t have a chance to take the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge, a campaign that’s been limited to the United States so far. Nokia, however, has decided to run a similar campaign to promote its Lumia handsets. The contests are fairly similar to the “Smoked by Windows Phone”, although the prizes on offer aren’t quite as enticing.

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Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Most of us probably think of computer performance in terms of gigahertz and megahertz. In the world of supercomputers, performance is measured in flops, which is short for Floating Point Operations per Second. Today supercomputers are able to offer petaflops of performance, but by decades end supercomputers will be much faster aiming at the exaflop range.

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Google Drive leak shows 5GB of storage and mobile apps

Google Drive leak shows 5GB of storage and mobile apps

There were rumblings just a few days ago that Google was finally on the verge of launching their new cloud storage service, Google Drive. Sources speaking to GigaOM said that the service would launch in early April, come with 1GB of free storage, and have a similar UI to the current Google Docs interface. A new screenshot has emerged that shows Google will be offering even more than that.

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Microsoft files restraining order in Motorola patent case

Microsoft files restraining order in Motorola patent case

Motorola recently sued Microsoft alleging that Microsoft was infringing on video patents it holds. Microsoft responded by filing an antitrust complaint against Motorola alleging that Motorola was using the patent as a weapon. Motorola is seeking a temporary injunction on products it says are infringing on its video patents that Microsoft produces until the case is heard in court.

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Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

Street View signs and house numbers get used in ReCAPTCHA

If you've ever signed up for a forum account or newsletter on the Internet, you have probably run across the ReCAPTCHA system that has you enter characters you see in an image on the screen to prove you're a real person and not a spammer robot. For some reason, I always have a hard time making out letters in most of the ReCAPTCHA images.

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Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

Linus Torvalds rains on Microsoft’s patent parade

I'm betting this is really good news for smartphone makers. Open-source poster boy Linus Torvalds stepped up and helped stop a Microsoft patent from being used to choke licensing fees out of other companies. The patent Microsoft owns is being used to force Google Android and Linux handset users to pay licensing fees.

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HTC One series devices go on sale early in Germany

HTC One series devices go on sale early in Germany

Three new HTC smartphones are expected to go on sale in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on Monday, April 2. However, it appears at least one German retail store called Media Market is selling the smartphones early. The photo here is of the HTC One S as seen on the store shelves.

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