Archive for Oct 29, 2012

NASA shows Hurricane Sandy in 3D and from Space Station

NASA shows Hurricane Sandy in 3D and from Space Station

NASA has temporarily repurposed its tropical rainfall monitoring satellite to grab a 3D view of the eye at the center of Hurricane Sandy, while the International Space Station has recorded its progression along the East Coast of the US. The 3D graphics from the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) show that Sandy, despite having a relatively small eye, is carrying a whole lot of power, with the space footage showing the extent of the 85mph+ winds approaching the southern New Jersey coast.

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LG Nexus 4 stars in new leaked video

LG Nexus 4 stars in new leaked video

We were supposed to get a reveal of the LG Nexus 4 today, but thanks to the threat of Hurricane Sandy, that won't be happening. Fortunately, the delay of Google's Android event leaves more time for leaks, and today we've got a pretty big one to share with you. The folks over at Swedroid have posted an intriguing new video that not only gives us a look at the sleek Nexus 4, but also shows it running Android 4.2.

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Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer: the Surface is what people really want

After the announcement of Microsoft's Surface tablet last week, company CEO Steve Ballmer spoke about the competition and what the Surface brings to the table for potential tablet buyers. Despite Apple selling over 100 million iPads, the Kindle Fire HD being Amazon's best-selling product ever, and the Nexus 7 being UK's best-selling tablet, Ballmer says these tablets aren't what people truly want.

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Samsung Series 3 Chromebook gets Ubuntu hack via Google itself

Samsung Series 3 Chromebook gets Ubuntu hack via Google itself

It would appear that the folks at Google - or at least one of their ranks - wants to prove the versatility of the hardware behind the newest Chromebook on the market with a port of Ubuntu as an operating system. We've reviewed the Samsung Series 3 Chromebook in full and can say with some confidence that it'd be amazing to have more options than just Chrome as an OS, especially given the undeniably low price point of the unit at $249 USD. The process has already begun with Google's Olof Johansson, right on down on the case - with a dirty port going strong here right as the Chromebook is arriving in mailboxes!

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Skyrim Premium Edition confirmed by Bethesda

Skyrim Premium Edition confirmed by Bethesda

Well this certainly is interesting: earlier today, Amazon Germany outed a Skyrim Premium Edition. The listing stated that Skyrim Premium Edition will come with a number of bonuses, but strangely, it won't include any of the DLC that has been released for Xbox 360 and PC. Bethesda then confirmed Skyrim Premium Edition to Eurogamer, revealing that the game will be launching in Europe shortly, with more details set to follow soon.

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Sandy stops Google (but new Android news was hardly a mystery)

Sandy stops Google (but new Android news was hardly a mystery)

It would appear that the force of nature named Sandy did not want her good friend Microsoft to be washed out by Android news just one week after the fact, as today's Google event was cancelled on account of her rapid approach. That's all well and good, and Google is certainly going to have a replacement event, but what we know already of the event is... well... more than likely basically everything. Start your journey down this path of explosive news with the release - regardless of a lack of announcement - of the 32GB version of the Nexus 7, out in stores right this minute if you know where to look. From there it's all software and a few surprises in the Nexus universe, too.

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Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault relents: Twizy EV finally gets windows

Renault's electric-powered Twizy city car has gained an set of windows ahead of the winter, an unusual option for what's already an oddball vehicle. The twin-seater EV - which sits driver and passenger in a line, rather than side by side - usually lacks anything on the sides beyond a simple safety bar that hinges across the door. That may be practical for sunnier climates, but those facing a wet winter were unsurprisingly less convinced, and so Renault has some optional windows.

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New Windows 8 poll suggests lagging consumer interest

New Windows 8 poll suggests lagging consumer interest

Microsoft may be doing its best to push Windows 8, but a new poll from The Associated Press and GfK suggests that Microsoft's massive marketing campaign may not be working that well. According to the results of the poll, which surveyed 1,200 adults by phone, a significant 52% of respondents haven't even heard of Windows 8. Not good, especially considering the amount of attention the new OS has been given by the press.

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Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Anonymous turns its attention toward Zynga

Zynga has been in the news a lot lately, but the recent layoffs at the beleaguered social games company have caught the attention of more than just the media. Anonymous isn't all too happy with Zynga at the moment, and it's planning to do something about the company's perceived mistreatment of employees come Guy Fawkes Day. It's then, on November 5, that Anonymous plans to complete "operation maZYNGA," an offensive it has apparently already started.

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