Archive for April, 2012

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

Slow Windows 8 downloads indicate low interest

If you rushed to download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview the minute it was available, this story probably isn't for you. If you simply went "meh" when it became available and updated your Windows 7 security definitions, then apparently you're in the vast majority. According to the analytics firm Net Applications, just about .11% of Internet users connected from a Windows 8 device last week, showing flat growth numbers from March. When compared with the same numbers during Windows 7's Beta period in 2009, they're at about the 40% mark.

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KegDroid proves ICS and NFC beer-drinking prowess

KegDroid proves ICS and NFC beer-drinking prowess

There's nothing like an awesome implementation of Android to get you pumped up about the potential of the software platform, especially when it involves beer. What we're looking at right here is a beast called KegDroid, and what it does is serve beer with the help of Android. All you need is an NFC-laden smartphone and a Google+ account - this machine uses a Motorola XOOM tablet for its basic Android interface and collects your info via NFC to check that you're at least 21 years of age. If you're verified, you get beer!

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Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple hands Gatekeeper keys to developers

Apple has begun to encourage the developer masses to begin preparing for OS X Mountain Lion by working with new Developer IDs and Gatekeeper in advance of its ultimate final product. This program will allow users to gain greater trust in Apple-distributed software through the Mac App Store as each piece of software downloaded in the future will contain a Developer ID certificate. This Developer ID certificate lets Gatekeeper verify (like magic!) the app to make sure it's not any sort of known Malware so that the user can download without worry.

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Oracle’s final rebuttal against Google

Oracle’s final rebuttal against Google

This afternoon we've seen another set of updates coming from the Oracle vs Google case as the former continues to assert that the latter did indeed infringe on JAVA patents they've held for some time, with closing arguments being the final bits of info we'll get today. We've had a look at what Google has delivered to the jury as their final argument, now we'll have a peek at what Oracle has used to bring the jury back on their side of the fence. It's Oracle's lawyer Mike Jacobs we'll be seeing on the soap box here.

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Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Apple, not Amazon, is Microsoft’s NOOK Motivation

Barely was the e-ink dry on Microsoft and Barnes & Noble's $300m NOOK agreement when pundits were questioning the wisdom of adding Amazon to the software company's existing roster of big-name rivals. Microsoft is already under attack in mobile and computing, so the commentary went; throwing one of the biggest retailers around into the mixture was at best foolish and at worst evidence of Microsoft spreading itself thin when it needs to be extra lavish with its strokes. That analysis is wrong, though. Make no mistake: Apple, not Amazon, is in Microsoft's sights today.

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RIM’s three key goals for BlackBerry World 2012

RIM’s three key goals for BlackBerry World 2012

The company known as Research in Motion will need to prove themselves substantially this year at their biggest developer event, BlackBerry World, if they hope to keep afloat for long. To do this, they've got a bit of work to do, work that can be summarized in three easy points that are not so easy to make a reality. Let's have a look at what BlackBerry's makers can do to keep what's traditionally been the business end of the mobile world alive.

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Skype 4.0 update hits iOS

Skype 4.0 update hits iOS

One of the most popular video chat applications on earth has been updated to version 4.0 for the iPhone and iPad, it here having several stability and user interface tweaks as it hits the airwaves. This application is a totally free download, as always, and works with your device's front-facing camera to allow you to video chat back and forth between mobile devices, desktop, and more. This application requires that you be running iOS version 4.3 or later as well - so update and update!

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Google closes against Oracle

Google closes against Oracle

Today is the day that it appears the Google vs Oracle case will close for the first time with Closing Arguments from both parties. I say for the first time because there's always a way for a court case to be re-opened after its final verdict - always. In this case, we're hearing from Google on how they were using JAVA APIs fairly with Android and how Oracles argument is essentially one that should be dismissed.

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Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Pro for iPad Review

Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard Pro for iPad Review

There's a brand new high-quality keyboard case in town, and it's got the name Brookstone on it. You know in your heart of hearts that this means it's mean to be high quality, and indeed you will find that this is true once you have a peek at this review. There's only a few components you need to nail down for a successful Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad, each of them pretty much mastered here by Brookstone in their "Pro" model - but how does it measure up against the competition?

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Ivy Bridge AVADirect custom computers bust out

Ivy Bridge AVADirect custom computers bust out

As the 3rd Generation Intel Core lineup of processors ramps up for the public, so too are manufacturers from all corners of the earth offering their own integration: AVADirect coming on today with custom-made setups. AVADirect is a company known for their custom-build computers made to suit any and all ultra-precise-machine lovers and they today are bringing their lineup up to speed with Ivy Bridge. These machines of all types will also include Intel HD 4000 graphics at your will - bring on the big beasts!

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