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[H] Enthusiast Archives: January 2012Archive Listing

Monday January 30, 2012

Microsoft Tweaking Windows 8 for Upcoming Beta Release

Microsoft is gathering up the feedback from initial testers and making changes to the beta of Windows 8 due to be released toward the end of February. Get it right guys or you’ll be hearing choruses of Windows 8 is just another Vista sung to the beat of it sucks, it sucks. big grin

While some of the changes aren’t very exciting — there’s plenty of minutia when it comes to file copying, for example — other fixes related to the infamous ribbon, which replaces the traditional Windows file menu, are more fundamental.


Angry Birds Comes to Facebook on Valentine's Day

Forget the expensive roses and jewelry, don’t bother making reservations for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. Just point your significant other to Facebook and you can share a rousing game of Angry Birds, which will be coming to Facebook on your special day together. Yeah, good luck with that. big grin

"Nothing says 'Happy Valentine's Day' like competitive pig-popping among friends!" Rovio noted in its blog post.


Microsoft Sets Office 15 Public Beta for This Summer

Office 15 will be available for public beta this summer to the masses. The exact date of the beta has not been released, but it is predicted to follow a timeline closely related to the release of Office 2010, putting the beta somewhere between late May/early June.

"With Office 15, for the first time ever, we will simultaneously update our cloud services, servers, and mobile and PC clients for Office, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project, and Visio."


The German: Teaching Hollywood a Lesson on CGI Budgets

Hollywood can produce some pretty amazing visual effects as long as the money is there to fund the effort. Nick Ryan shows the establishment what can be done with six months of time, lots of talent and no money to work with. The end product is The German, a short film about a British-German dogfight. It was created several years ago and just made its way to Vimeo several months ago. The CGI effects work is just this side of fantastic and well worth a look. cool

The German from Nick Ryan on Vimeo.


Columbia and Stanford Creating $30 Million Institute

Two of the leading universities in the US are teaming up to create the brand new genre of Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia’s journalism and Stanford’s technology disciplines. The principle of joining the two is to look beyond the boundaries of each, looking for new and inventive ways to improve both.

Technology has caused journalism some growing pains, with the rise of bloggers and the plethora of ever-adapting social media tools. The Institute was created to recognize this disconnect and bring the two closer together.


Tired of Siri already? Evi is Waiting in the Wings.

If you are an iPhone owner who is tired of Siri or an Android owner wanting to get in on the personal assistant goodness, you are both are in luck. Meet Evi, the competition to Siri made for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The App is $.99 from iTunes and free from the Android store, but be warned that the App is extremely popular and the servers are getting hammered, so response time is lagging.


GPS Technology Comes to Shoes

GPS technology has made its way into the footware market, but it’s not as strange as it may sound. The high tech sneaks are designed to keep tabs on patients and loved ones by caretakers. The company that produces the GPS shoes is Aetrex and also operates the website where a digital "geo-fence" can be made that will alert the caretaker when the shoe wearer goes outside of the ‘safe zone’. The person being tracked by GPS can then be quickly located and returned to the safe zone.


U.S. Government Invalidates Potent Rambus Patent

The last of three patents that tech licensing company Rambus used to win infringement lawsuits against Nvidia Corp, Hewlett-Packard and others has been declared invalid, according to legal documents. The three patents - collectively known as the Barth patents - pertain to memory chips used in personal computers and are considered to be among Rambus' most valuable intellectual property. An appeals board at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declared the patent invalid on January 24, according to a ruling posted on their website. The previous two were declared invalid in September.

Thanks to forum member Gigaxtreme1 for the linkage cool


AT&T; to Launch Samsung Galaxy Note LTE on Feb.19th

The Samsung Galaxy Note LTE is being described as a ‘new breed of smartphone’ with a Super 5.2" AMOLED Plus display, S Pen stylus, Snapdragon 1.5GHz processor, 8-megapixel main camera and a front facing camera for vid calls and of course, 4G networking. The new smartphone will be available on February 19th with preorders beginning this weekend. The cost of being new and innovative will be $300 and a new two year contract.


Marketing Ploy Has 'Humans' Flying Over New York Area

To bring attention to the new movie Chronicle, a new advertising campaign was launched….literally. Remote controlled aircraft built in the shape of a human being were flown over the New York City area recently to the surprise of many onlookers. Just goes to prove that you can still catch New Yorkers off guard with a new and innovative idea, even if it is just for advertising.


Android Suffers First-Ever Market Share Decline

The Android market share has declined for the first time in the world market. The introduction of the iPhone 4S along with the explosive growth in the Chinese market has been the major contributors to the loss of market share leadership. Even though Android based smartphones were selling at record paces, the iPhone was selling even more.

ABI Research reports that in the fourth quarter of 2011, Android's market share reached 47.0%. In the previous quarter, it was at 52.5%.


Megaupload Data Could Be Erased This Week

Megaupload’s problems keep on growing since the site was shuttered and its assets frozen. With no money to pay the hosting companies, the stored data is in danger of being deleted unless money comes in to pay the storage hosts from outside sources or the hosting companies extend credit to Megaupload on the premise that the company will win its legal battles.

If the data is indeed erased, it will be very bad news for some 50 million people who’ve used Megaupload’s services, many of them legally.