iPhone 4S, iPad 2 jailbreak released

January 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Apple, News

After a long, long wait, greenpois0n has finally released the untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.

Before you go ahead, hacker pod2g had some slightly worrying news on his blog, “A tool named Absinthe and developed by the Chronic Dev Team will install the untether on your device. Also the iPhone Dev Team will release a CLI (command line) tool to help diagnose issues and repair things if it goes wrong. This is a little scary I know, but the chance you break something is really small, since we made lots of tests to verify the process on different devices. But it is the first time we use the backup/restore functions of iTunes to install software, and there are maybe things we are not aware of. As you already know, different security researchers put a lot of energy to work out the different issues we had to install the untether on new devices.”

If you happen to know an iPhone 4S that runs on iOS 5.0, 5.0.1 (9A405 and 9A406 versions) or the iPad 2 WiFi/GSM/CDMA that runs oniOS 5.0.1, they should happily unwind with the aptly named Absinthe.

Currently, only the Mac version of it is online but Windows/Linux versions should appear soon. The process is quite long compared to previous jailbreaks so be sure to have a fully charged device.

You can download the jailbreak from the site, and follow these steps.

Gameloft offers $0.99 games for a limited time

December 31, 2011 by  
Filed under App News, News

If you’re a fan of Gameloft games, or if you’re simply a mobile games addict, new year brings this perfect opportunity to reward yourself with a great deal on a bunch of games without much guilt.  The good news is that around 29th of December, Gameloft will be holding a sale for their games for the Android platform, and as you might have guessed from the tweet above, the games will all be going for $0.99 each, including Modern Combat 3 which we’re sure there are tons of gamers out there who would love to get their hands on it. So if you’d like to know when the promotion will be launched, just follow Gameloft’s Twitter account.

Just think of it as a necessary new year buy, and you’ll be fine.

 

Whatsapp for Windows Phone receives update

December 31, 2011 by  
Filed under App News, Mobile Apps, News

 

While this wildly popular App has been available for Android, iOS, and Blackberry for quite a while, it only arrived for Windows Phones three months ago. And only now has it moved on and brought group chat to this platform, after three months.

While it still lacks the looks and features of its iOS sibling, it’s clear the developers of WhatsApp are committed to updating the app on a regular basis and so the App is slowly but surely getting new functionalities, even if they’re not major, which can only be positive. Other changes this update brings are ability to delete large conversations, faster creation of faves, and faster moving of messages to and from storage.

Been looking for WhatsApp or want the latest update? Go here to Download.

 

Facebook Messenger for Windows goes Official

December 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Industry, News

When news of the App for Windows was leaked yesterday, it seems like the company decided to capitalise on the leak instead of crying over spilt milk. Apparently this was a test version Facebook began testing with a small group of people last month.

In addition to supporting Facebook chat, the App will allow users to check notifications, friends requests and the ubiquitous news ticker which will be positioned on top of the contacts list. While we haven’t yet heard an official announcement on release regarding the App from Facebook, a version is available here.

The Facebook Messenger app is only for Windows machines at the moment, so if you’re running Linux or a Mac, you will have to wait for a release for your platform. New features such as group chat, video calling, limiting chat availability and more will be featured in upcoming versions.

Five ways the Desktop still rules

December 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles, Blogs

With the emergence of better specced laptops, tablets, and increasingly powerful smartphones, people have started to question if we really need it after all. But is the desktop really that dead and gone? Industry specialists, gamers and graphic design pros still swear by them. For the rest of you commoners, here are five reasons why.

Upgradability

As we all have experienced time to time, no sooner than you go out and buy that something for yourself you’ve  been saving towards for a gazillion years, than you find out the new latest will be out next month. Now if you’ve gone off and bought say, a thousand dollar MacBook Pro, Im sorry, theres no hope for you. Desktop junkies in that way, have it good. No sooner than the latest graphics card, RAM, or even the next Intel architecture is released, most of them will simply upgrade that component and jump up to the next level.

Customization

When building your rig, you get to pick and choose; mix and match from the entire range available in the market. If it’s not available in the region, you can easily have it imported. So it really is all up to you how powerful you want your rig to be, depending upon your usage and needs. Laptops on the other hand, are mostly’ take it or leave it’ affairs in our region. They come in some set factory specs, and you have to adapt your usage according to the specifications rather than the other way round.

Personalization

The personalization options desktops offer are unique. This Is not a ‘laser-etched name on the back’ affair. Within the community there is a huge overclocking community which attempts to maximize the capabilities of processors and the like. Then there are the modders, who morph their rigs into the most epic shapes, like this Tron enthusiast has done. To top it off you can combine it with the keyboard, mouse and speaker configuration you like best, and this is where specialists like Razer and Steelseries come in.

Power/ Specs

The sheer power for desktop enthusiasts to harness is way beyond that even on laptops. The puny tablets and smartphones power blocks don’t even register on the scale. The most powerful processors, like the Intel Extreme Edition series and top graphics cards like ASUS Mars II are often only available for desktops because of space and cooling constraints. Pair these with an Intel X79 chipset and a sound card of your choice and you will be flying along. Even the screens don’t stand a chance. You can pair your rig with any mammoth type and size of screen that takes your fancy. Plus the terabytes and terabytes of stuff you can store for eternity…

Gaming

Sure you love Angry Birds on your iPhone, and that’s all very well. But if you’re a hardcore gamer you need a console or a desktop. The faithful old desktop gives you space for the specifications you need to have, as well as a host of options of specialist peripherals to give you that edge. The most popular games like Battlefield or Call of Duty even get their own game branded gear, and you can add aftermarket water cooling and overclock to give your rig a performance boost.

Photo credits bods-mods.com

VIA debuts Dual Core Pico-ITX Motherboard

November 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Components, Industry, News

VIA Technologies, a company that used to be at the forefront of microprocessor design in its heyday, seems to be trying  to make a resurgence. With that in mind, on Wednesday they revealed the first ever dual core pico-ITX motherboard. The company has managed to squeeze in a respectable 1GHz VIA Eden X2 CPU and a VIA VX900H Media System Processor on to a minute board measuring a little less than 4.0” x 3”.

Four gigabytes of DDR3 memory, HD audio and 1080p HDMI video, VGA and 24-bit LVDS display connectivity all feature. The rear panel boasts one HDMI and one VGA port each, two USB 2.0 ports as well as a GigaLAN port. Couple that with onboard pin headers to gain five more USB 2.0 ports, an LPC connector, and SMBus connector, PS/2 support, audio jacks, LVDS, two UART ports and four pairs of DIO ports, and you have a mighty impressive little package indeed.

The VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 video engine is also present for high-performance HD video decoding, and according to VIA,

 ”The VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 engine provides advanced filtering and cutting edge post-processing to perform ultra smooth decoding of H.264, MPEG-2, VC-1, WMV9, and HDCP for Blu-ray content protection providing smooth playback of the most demanding multimedia titles at resolutions up to 1080p without incurring a heavy CPU load. The VIA EPIA-P900 features the VIA Vinyl VT2021, a 10 channel HD audio codec, delivering outstanding sound quality and support for Blu-ray and HD DVD Audio Content Protection.”

“The VIA Pico-ITX allows embedded system design to pack unprecedented levels of performance into even smaller form factors,” said Epan Wu Head of the VIA Embedded Platform Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. “The new VIA EPIA-P900 opens up exciting new possibilities for innovation in ultra compact embedded designs.”

This new baby looks set to spark a new embedded-solutions race, with traditional industry giants AMD and Intel coming under heavy fire from Nvidia’s and ARM’s embedded SoC solutions, which are massively more efficient and cost-effective than mobile versions of traditional AMD/Intel architectures. Embedded solutions like VIA’s are the only way forward, it seems, and a revolution in HTPC and tablet PC design, and hence gaming technology, is underway.

Here’s hoping VIA makes it with their EPIA-P900.

No information about actual consumer interest (read pricing or availability) was given, so stay tuned for the update.

You can visit the official site here.

Spotify finally makes it to Windows Phone

November 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Industry, News, Smartphones

If you’ve just moved to Windows Phone and miss the convenience of Spotify, then this would be music to your ears. It’s been a long time coming, it has tested the patience of WP users, but now the wait is over and you can download the app from the marketplace. The application is free to download from Marketplace but needs a paid subscription for those who of you actually want to stream music.

The app will allow downloading of playlists and music for offline playback in case you don’t have an active internet connection, and require you to save some data should you be tied to a tight plan. Also this version debuts playlists which can be pinned to the home screen for easy access, something which hasn’t been offered on other platforms.

The Galaxy Nexus display lacks the Plus

October 21, 2011 by  
Filed under News, Smartphones

Amid all the buzz surrounding the launch of Googles latest flagship smartphone, eagle-eyed technophiles have caught wind of the new phones lack of a ‘Plus’ on the screen spec sheet, which many of Samsung’s latest creations proudly tout.

Its said the Galaxy Nexus will use PenTile technology, which means pixels will share RGB components with others around them. Super AMOLED Plus, on the other hand, has all pixels with their own RGB components. The folks over at engadget say this will lead to worse color renditions and reduced sharpness.

But lets hold on for a second here. How much does it matter in reality? You do after all, get a 4.65″ HD display and if previous Nexus products have kept you happy then you have no reason to worry. Also, the smartphone is not out officially yet, and this could easily be rectified by the time it hits stores.

Which brings me to an important question. Do the specs need to be on the cutting-edge, each one, every time? What do you think.

New, updated MacBook Pro due next week?

October 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Apple, Laptops, News

Apple seems to be riding a good wave these days. The have miles of column inches in every tech publication like clockwork, and the slightest whispers and tremors from Cupertino are generating huge waves. Not to mention being the most valuable company in its industry in the world.

We’ve been hearing about the updated and upcoming MacBook Pro launch for quite a while now. While these were something of a good estimate earlier they have lately developed into something more concrete now. MacRumors says that shipments have already been made to several countries around the world, and launch is a mere week away.

Which brings us to the changes. Leaked spec sheet points towards a similar uni-body design, and the updates lie in the innards. The new models will feature the latest Sandy Bridge processors, and there is the possibility of Bluetooth 4.0 to keep it up to speed with the Apple iPhone 4S.

Sony Pictures to make Steve Jobs movie

October 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Industry, News

Its taken just a couple of days for the opportunists. Sony Pictures have reportedly acquired the rights to make a movie from the official “approved” Steve Jobs biography which is scheduled to be released later this month. They have signed a deal with the author of the official biography, which will see the author, Walter Isaacson, get $3 million in case the movie is made and $1 million even if the idea is scrapped completely.

This isnt the first time we’ll be seeing  Jobs on the silver screen. The first time that Steve Jobs’ life had been made into the subject of a movie, was The Pirates of Silicon Valley back in 1999, which was based on the rivalry between him and Bill Gates.

We have recently seen such movies really take off. The appeal of The Social Network and Moneyball has been huge. If Sony can put together a director and cast of quality they have another big hit on their hands in all probability. Lets see where this goes

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