Windows 8 Consumer Preview available for download

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, News, Operating Systems

Interested in checking out what Microsoft’s next Operating System looks and feels like? Then head over to here to download it. Keep in mind that this is a consumer preview or beta version so we would highly advise against putting it on your everyday machine. Microsoft has posted a faq if you would like to know more before downloading/installing it but here are some key features:

Windows 8 is reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It’s an all-new touch interface. It’s a new Windows for new devices. And it’s your chance to be one of the first to try it out.

Swipe, slide, and zoom: Touch a full-powered PC. It’s fast and it’s fluid. Take natural, direct, hands-on control.

Apps, front and center: Apps in Windows 8 work together to get things done faster. Get them from the Windows Store.

Your Windows, everywhere: Windows 8 can connect you to your files, photos, people, and settings, wherever you sign in.

Wall-to-wall web: Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview brings you immersive web browsing on screens big and small.

The familiar, made better: Still devoted to your mouse and keyboard? Windows 8 makes the tried-and-true feel brand new.

Building Windows 8: Calling all power users: Get the latest news and the inside scoop on the development process from the Windows 8 engineering team blog.

Introducing the Tbreak Developers Conference

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Features, Spotlight

Have you ever fancied yourself as game developer? Or how about a mobile app developer given the multi-million dollar success stories we’ve all heard for iOS and Android apps? Wouldn’t it be great to get an idea, nay, a realistic view straight from the people within the industry on how things work? Or what if you’re already on your way to stardom and want a public avenue for your brilliant ideas to be recognized and rewarded, wouldn’t you like that?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, then the Tbreak Developers Conference is exactly what you need right now!

The Tbreak Developers Conference aims to bring industry experts from the areas of mobile development, video games development and web development in touch with University students and independent developers in the region.  The event will provide insightful information to future developers on platforms they can use while Platform providers can get in touch with the developers community and students to preach their solutions.

The Tbreak Developers Conference will be held from 14th-15th March 2012 at Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium. Over these two days, the event is laid down like so:

You may have noticed that between all the conferences and classroom sessions, we have the Developers Choice Awards as well. Basically these awards are open for nominations for regional developers whereupon awards will be given based on nominations received by our readers. Secondly, all of the nominations will be conseidered for an additional award through a panel of judges from tbreak, Nokia, Blackberry and DIC.

So if you want your app to be considered, do nominate it for the Tbreak Developer Awards. Nominations will be open till March 10th. We have had over 500 nominations so far, so go ahead and join the competition for the best Middle Eastern app!

And for the rest of our readers who want to attend Tbreak Developers Conference, simply register now as seating for each class session is limited.

OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Product of the Week

RevoDrive Hybrid PCI Express (PCIe) storage solution is designed to dramatically accelerate applications and system responsiveness by providing the best of both worlds, a superior combination of SSD and hard disk drive (HDD) technology for high-performance yet economical storage. Eliminating the SATA bottleneck, the PCIe-based RevoDrive Hybrid unleashes ground-breaking bandwidth up to 910MB/s and features up to 120,000 IOPS (4K random write) for high transactional workloads to truly provide SSD-like performance.

Check out our review of the OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid to see why it’s our Product of the Week.

What to expect from the iPad 3

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, Articles, Blogs, Features, Tablets

Now that Apple has announced the press event for iPad 3 scheduled for 7th of March, lets put whatever peices of puzzle are available on the upcoming tablet to predict what it will be like. Lets start with the design by looking at the leaked back cover for the new iPad. This is what it looks like compared to the current iPad 2

You can see from the picture above that the iPad 3 is a tad bit thicker than the iPad 2 and has a more curvy design around the edges. I would guess that the length and width of the new iPad will probably be identical to the current one but exactly how much thicker is the new iPad? The picture below answers that question for us

Using a digital caliper, the above photo shows the iPad 2 at 8.69mm and the iPad 3 at 9.5mm. According to official specs by Apple, the original iPad is measured at 8.8mm so the new iPad should be less than 1mm thicker. To put things in perspective, your average credit card is about 1mm.

Now lets move on to the specifications. The biggest addition to the new iPad is what Apple calls Retina display or an ultra high resolution screen currently found on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. If you have used these Smartphones from Apple, you know how good the display is. The iPad 3 is supposed to introduce that to the tablet space with a resolution of 2048×1536 which is exactly double of the current iPad. The invite picture sent by Apple pretty much confirms the Retina display with the clarity of the screen in the picture below.

There will obviously also be a CPU/GPU upgrade on the iPad 3 as it would be pretty hard for the current A5 CPU to run things at a smooth frame rate on that high resolution display. Until a few weeks back, we assumed that the new iPad will be powered by the A6 but then the following picture leaked:

We don’t really know much about the specs of the A5X pictured above- but then again, we don’t really know much about the A6 either. I would assume that the A5X is a faster version of the current SoC but still dual core and the A6 is a quad core. Maybe Apple will introduce more than one model of the iPad or maybe Apple TV will be upgraded to A5X and the iPad to A6. We’ll only know which way Apple goes with this next Wednesday.

Apple is also expected to update the radio on the new iPad moving to LTE instead of the current 3G/HSDPA. LTE is also known as 4G and offers much faster data speeds. Rumors suggest that the new iPad will fall back to 3G/HSDPA when LTE is not available giving it both speed and compatibility with the network.

Other than the above mentioned changes, Apple might introduce us to iOS 5.1 on the day of launch along with some new apps to showcase the power of iPad 3. As far as the price is concerned, one leak suggested that prices for the new iPad will be slightly higher, starting at US$579 instead of $499 which translates to AED 2125.  Here is a screenshot of that but again, we can’t say how valid this is.

All will be revealed next Wednesday when Tim Cook takes the stage and introduces us to the new iPad but it’s always fun to play the guessing game. Do share your thoughts with us in the comments section below over what you expect in the next iPad and if you are planning on getting one. But be careful- like the previous verions, expect to pay a super-premium price on the iPad 3 in the UAE during the first couple of weeks.

I would honestly advise on waiting for the official version if you can. Hopefully we will find out when the launch date for the iPad 3 in the UAE is next week.

The Pirate Bay waves goodbye to torrent files

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under News

Infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay has officially binned all torrents from its site in favor of magnet links. The site warned users a few weeks back of this impending change, and it’s now gone official.

The site’s owners said that hosting torrent files was a waste of space and time, so switching to magnet links was an easy decision. While users were under the impression that the removal of torrent files from the site indicated that the site was shutting down, it was as the owners put it ” It’s like saying that Ferrari is no longer sellings cars – they’re just selling BETTER cars.”

The move comes hot on the heels of various other file-sharing networks coming under scrutiny for hosting copyright material. Magnet links are supposedly harder to track down as they are available on multiple sources across the website.

Google sponsoring $1m in rewards to hack Chrome

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Google, Industry, Internet, News, Security

During this year’s CanSecWest in Vancouver, Google will be offering rewards of up to $1 million for hackers who are able to exploit their Chrome browser.

The aim of our sponsorship is simple”, wrote  Chris Evans and Justin Schuh, Google Chrome Security Team on the Chromuim blogwe have a big learning opportunity when we receive full end-to-end exploits. Not only can we fix the bugs, but by studying the vulnerability and exploit techniques we can enhance our mitigations, automated testing, and sandboxing. This enables us to better protect our users.”

Rewards are based on the following tiers: $60,000 for a full Chrome exploit, $40,000 for a partial exploit and $20,000 for Flash/Windows/Other 3rd Party exploit. All the rewards will be offered on a first come first served basis, up to the limit of $1 million. 3rd party exploits will be revealed to the appropriate software manufacturers as well. Obviously all winners get a Chromebook too.

While we’re proud of Chrome’s leading track record in past competitions, the fact is that not receiving exploits means that it’s harder to learn and improve. “

Samsung Galaxy SIII specs revealed

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Samsung said it won’t be announcing the Galaxy SIII at the Mobile World Conference, but that hasn’t stopped the source mills to pour out information. The folks at BGR seems to have landed on a juicy bit of that, providing exact specifics of what the new Galaxy S will feature.

Image credit: BGR.

According to their sources, the anticipated smartphone will pack in a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 4.8″ 1080p display, an 8MP camera, 4G LTE, and of course, Android 4.0. Interestingly, the device will sport a ceramic casing, which is surely an interesting choice of material and raises doubts of how durable it might be.

The Galaxy SIII is set to release sometime this year. Samsung isn’t forthcoming with an exact date, but rumors suggests the Korean manufacturer plans to release the device in 50 markets simultaneously.

Dell: ‘We’re no longer a PC company’

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Articles, News

Dell is without a doubt one of the biggest companies when it comes to PC manufacturing and sales, but looks like now the company doesn’t want to be called a PC company at all. Huh? But they have an alternative they’d like you to call them instead.

PC Pro reports the words of the president of Dell’s enterprise solution group Brad Anderson:

“We’re no longer a PC company, we’re an IT company. It’s no longer about shiny boxes, it’s about IT solutions.”

It’s definitely a reference to a previous report that the company’s profits in enterprise sales increased 58 percent for networking and 21 percent for storage, which is pretty good considering they’re largely considered a consumer-oriented company. Speaking of consumers, consumer sales fell 2 percent globally. So it makes sense why they want to shift focus a little bit:

“Dell’s changing very quickly. We are dramatically changing the make-up of our business.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this transition fares.

Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB Hybrid HDD Review

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

Link: http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Seagate-Momentus-XT-750-GB-Hybrid-HDD-Review/1474
Let’s take a look at the latest hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB, and see how it compares to pure mechanical hard drives and a solid state drive.

“Since Seagate released the Momentus XT series, it has become a popular choice with notebook users who are usually limited to a single storage drive. It aims to bridge the performance gap between mechanical hard drives and solid state drives without resulting in a massive price premium. Today we are going to look at the second-generation solid state hybrid hard drive from Seagate, the Momentus XT 750 GB.”

Asus DirectCU and DirectCU II for AMD

February 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Web News

URL: http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Graphics-Cards/Asus-DirectCU-and-DirectCU-II-AMD-6850-6870-6950-and-6970-Boards-Under-Micros

Quote: “The build quality and ability to overclock for all of these
cards is above average. The cooling ability combined with low noise
operation is another big advantage for all of these cards. Asus
offers a very good warranty, and the included bundles are decent
(though not necessarily outstanding). The prices for these cards is
above that of reference boards, but I do believe the unique designs
and better cooling performance set these well apart from reference
cards. They are certainly worth the extra price.”

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