We have all amassed tonnes of data in our email, social network and online storage accounts, and our ability to decide what happens to all of it once we die has always been in doubt. Writing passwords down for someone else to find is clearly not a good idea, and there's always been the danger of important information being lost for good. Finally, Google has begun to address the problem. The new Inactive Account Manager settings page lets users nominate friends and family members to receive your data, or have it all erased. You can choose an inactivity period between 3 and 12 months, after which your preferred course of action will take place. As a safeguard, warning messages will be sent to your phone or secondary accounts. The data will include +1s, Blogger posts, Picasa albums and YouTube videos. Now, if only there was a way to leave all our purchased apps, music and movies to our next of kin.
ALSO SEE: SEARCH WEB DIRECTLY FROM THE START MENU
You need to modify the Windows 7 registry a bit in order to trigger an Internet search directly from the Start menu. To do this, click on 'Start' and type in 'regedit'. Run the program and select the key 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer' in the left pane of the editor. If the required key is not available, you can generate a new one by going to 'Edit | New | Key' and then 'Edit | New | DWORD value (32 Bit)' for the entry 'Add Search Internet Link In Start Menu'. You can then double-click this entry to select it, then set the 'Value' to '1' in the dialogue 'Edit the DWORD value (32 Bit)' and confirm with 'OK'. Close the registry editor and start your system again. Now, if you search for a term in the start menu, you will find link 'Search through Internet' in the lost of results. This option opens your browser and searches for your term on the internet using default search engine.
ALSO: SIMULATE FIREFOX OS ON YOUR PC BROWSER
Mozilla has launched its Firefox OS. Naturally, the mobile community seems very curious to see just what this new OS will bring to the table, and developers are already building apps and testing it out as they have access to development devices like the Keon and Peak. But they're not the only ones who can use it. There's a simple way to get your own hands-on demo of the new mobile OS before it makes it to your Android mobile. We demonstrate you how to use the OS from within the Firefox browser itself.
All you need to get the operating system running on your desktop PC is the Firefox browser extension and of course the browser itself. The procedure is similar to all operating system platforms. Let's get started.
STEP 1: Download and install Mozilla Firefox if you don't have it on your PC. The present version is 23 for Windows and you can download it by visiting http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/
STEP 2: Next, you will need the simulator extension. Visit http://goo.gl/PlvNG and download the appropriate file for your operating system. The file is around 67 MB in size and will be downloaded with extension '.XPI'.
STEP 3: Download the file and save it to your desktop. Start Firefox and click on "Tools" and then on "Add-ons". In the tab that will now open up, click on the settings icon on the top right, beneath the search bar. Next, click on "Install Add-on from File". Browse to the desktop, select the .xpi file you just downloaded and click on "Open". In the next dialogue box, click on the "install" button; the Extension will be added in a few seconds. You can install add-ons using the drag-n-drop method too. Simply open Firefox, drag the .xpi file into browser window and Firefox will automatically install it. Restart Firefox if asked to.
STEP 4: That's it! Your system is now ready to stimulate Firefox OS within Firefox. Click on "Tools", then on "Web Developer" and finally on "Firefox OS Simulator". A new tab will open; there will be a simulator button on the left column and you'll see a highlight that it is currently stopped. Click on the icon to start it and a new window will pop up with the smartphone operating system running inside the simulator.
Have fun checking out the new OS and see what is new. you can play around with the user interface, see what the settings are like and even install new apps from the Marketplace.
Download Firefox Browser: Here
Download Firefox OS: Here
ALSO SEE: UPGRADE WINDOWS 7 TO WINDOWS 8
Most of the people think upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows 7 includes allocation of huge space on hard disk and deletion of personal files and apps but they are all wrong. Windows 8 installation is more user friendly when compared to all their previous versions of operating system.
Before you start downloading or getting your windows 8 setup file, please check whether your operating system is x64 or x86 and get the corresponding Windows 8 setup file as x64 wont work on x86 operating system and vice versa. You can check this by just right clicking on "My Computer" and then properties.
Once you are done with it, follow these steps
1. Insert your DVD or USB and run the setup file. You can also mount the ISO file using Daemon tools or any other software.
2. You will be prompted with a wizard showing options to install updates, Select "No,thanks" and click Next.
3. Then setup will check your PC and after few seconds you will be asked to enter the product key. I recommend you to get original software so that you can enjoy all the Windows 8 privileges. But it is not compulsory.
4. Enter your product key and accept the terms and conditions appear on the next page of the wizard.
5. Now here is the tricky part, you will be provided with three option 1. Keep personal files only, 2. keep personal files and apps and 3. Nothing. Based on your need you can select the option. Now since you don't want to lose your files and apps, select the option "Keep personal files and apps" and click Next.
6. Now setup will make your PC ready for installation. Please wait till it completes.
7. Once it completes it may show up few software or apps which are not Windows 8 compatible which include USB 3.0 and Bluetooth. Don't hesitate to uninstall both because Windows 8 provides or supports them by default. Uninstall all the apps and restart the system once, and the setup will continue from the same point, if not start the setup again and it will continue from the same point..
8. Once you have uninstalled all of them, click "Install", and your installation begins. Please wait patiently since it takes maximum 30 minutes.
9. After that setup prepares your PC for a brand new Windows 8 experience :)
10. Now you can customize your system appearance and setting and enjoy using Windows 8.
NOTE: Once you finish your installation and you can't connect to your internet, just troubleshoot your internet connection and fix the error, and most probably it will work fine after that. If not just download the driver and install it.
If you have any other issues please contact me.
ALSO SEE: THIEF 4 ANNOUNCED
Square Enix has announced a return to the first person stealth based gameplay of days gone by with Thief 4. It is set to continue the series' tradition of first person stealth and actively discouraging combat, just like the previous games. Thief 4 will also add a major new mechanic called Focus. It works like Detective Mode did in the Batman: Arkham games, and highlights scalable walls, extinguishable lights and fingerprints that can be analysed. It also works as a sort of Bullet Time, as you can use it to slow down time while pickpocketing.
The enemy AI can make or break a stealth game, and first few Thief games' AI were revolutionary for their time. Apparently, this game is set to continue the tradition. "Garett's enemies understand the topography of the level and which ares could be useful for hiding. Different NPCs will look for Garrett in different ways," noted AI programmer Eric Martel. Overall, the game sounds very similar to Dishonored, which is unsurprising as the Thief games are cited as some of the biggest inspirations for Dishonored.
Thief 4 is set to be released for the PC, the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, and possibly the next-gen consoles in 2014.
ALSO SEE: ATTANO.COM
Attano.com presents a novel way to supplement your studies. It provides interactive eBooks that can be accessed on PC, tablets and even smartphones. So far, most of the eBooks available are limited to fictional books. With Attano.com you now have access to educational books right from preschool to higher education. This includes educational books for CBSE, ICSE, and Maharashtra and Karnataka board. Their higher education offerings include books for business, engineering, computer science, biomedical, physics, chemistry, humanities, mathematics, and law, amongst others.
Of course, these books aren't free and the prices start from Rs 15 and can go over Rs 200, depending upon the book. Once you have purchased a book, it will appear on the bookshelf in the app. When reading, you can select the type of layout, as a single page or just like a book. You have options like bookmarks, highlight, adding notes, etc. Apart from this, in case you have an urge to doodle, then you can easily do so by using the pen tool. All your bookmarks and notes can be accessed from the 'My Data' tab. Here, you will also find the Consumption Report, which will reflect how much of a book you have read. In terms of interactivity, it also has educational videos, audio, spot assessments, plus a social feature that will allow you to interact with fellow Attano users. As of now, it supports the Apple and Android OS. All you need to do is to create an account, download the Attano app, and install.
ALSO SEE: PIRATE BAY ALL LINKS ARCHIVE
The pirate Bay has published a 75 MB archive containing a copy of every single magnetic link indexed by it. The self-described "galaxy's most resilient bittorrent site" switched from hosting actual Torrents to text-based magnet links a year ago, allowing users to scrape all the essential information from the site's 2-million-plus entries into such a small file. While 75 MB gets you only file titles and Magnet links, an expanded 631 MB version of the archive includes comments and descriptions. The archive has been published to help users continue sharing files even if the site is disrupted or forced offline in the course of its various legal battles.
Ia a USB stick stops functioning abruptly, you might be able to save it. Try using in on another PC before deciding it is faulty. If it still doesn't work, you have two options to recover important data from the stick. In each case you must first carefully remove the pen drive's casing. Wrap the circuit board tightly using Scotch tape. In this way, the board is firmly insulated and safe from contact contact with outside objects and safe from short circuits. Check if the drive works now. If the stick starts functioning again, quickly copy all data. If this is a possible last resort-- but beware the device might thus be damaged irretrievably! Often, the solder holding the internal components together tends to get dry and does make good contact. Re-soldering the entire circuit board is impossible by human hands because of the tiny SMD chips used. This needs wave of soldering machine, which is not easy to procure. But you can use your oven at home to do the same work.
Place the USB stick for five minutes in an oven preheated to 200 C. In this way, the solder melts a little and all contacts are strengthened. It is important that all plastic casing pieces be removed before popping the drive into the oven.
If the memory modules are soldered on one side of the circuit board, place these upturned. The plastic inside the USB plug should survive this effort unscathed. Once the five minutes are up, shut down the oven and leave the door open for cooling without removing the stick. After approximately 30 minutes, you can remove the pen drive and check whether it works again.
ALSO SEE: GAMERS ENRAGED BUGS, DRM IN NEW SIMCITY
EA's big SimCity franchise resurrection was preceded by months of hype and mounting expectations, which peaked when early reviews rated it as 9.5/10 and above. However gamers who bought it were in for a rude surprise--at launch time, EA's servers crashes. Even worse, EA responded by reducing functionality and killing online features. Gamers, who never wanted the game to require a constant internet connection, also quickly discovered that traffic routing is completely illogical, and usable land area is laughably limited. EA still refused to allow offline play, claiming that calculations are offloaded to the cloud, but this has been proven to be untrue. EA hasn't yet responded to the latest set of revelations.
ALSO SEE: RECOVER DATA OFF UNREADABLE CDS AND DVDS
You want to copy photos from a scratched disc onto the hard drive. But the Windows Explorer aborts the copy process with the error notification 'File cannot be copied'. Where the Windows Explorer fails, the mini-tool 'Roadkil's unstoppable copier' prevails against scratch and damages on the data storage medium. This program copies and restores data from unreachable discs - you can download it for free at http://www.roadkil.net/.
In order to recover data, select the source and the target drives using the 'Browse' button in the 'Copy' tab. Subsequently in the 'Settings' tab, move the slider approximately to the middle, it is a good compromise between the best and fastest recovery of the data. You should also set the tick in front of 'skip damaged files automatically', otherwise it may take considerably more time till the tool copies the still usable data. This utility is ideal for hard drives, floppy drives, CDs and DVDs which could have bad sectors or partially corrupted file systems.
ALSO SEE: WICKEDLEAK WAMMY MAGNUS
VERDICT: A powerful quad-core tablet with an HD IPS display.
FOR: 4K video support; IPS display; powerful hardware; low price.
AGAINST: Average build quality; OS needs to be updated by user.The Wammy Magnus is a 10.1 - inch tablet that runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is upgradeable to Android 4.2. The tablet has an Allwinner A31 SoC, which comprises an ARM cortex-A7 quad-core 1.5GHz CPU. The processor is presently clocked at 1GHz but will be able to run at full speed when upgraded to Android 4.2. It has 2 GB of RAM. The GPU onboard is the octa-core PowerVR SGX 544MP2, which is capable of handling 4k videos @ 30 fps and 1080p videos @ 60 fps. The IPS display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and looks crisp and sharp. We tested a few SD, HD, full HD and 4k videos. The Magnus has 16GB of internal storage of which 13GB is available for the use's data while the rest is reserved for the ROM and app data. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi b/g/n, 3G via an external dongle, and a micro USB port. The tablet is powered by an 8000 mAh battery that can last you for around 7 hours. Since the tablet is not running on the latest compatible Android operating system, we did find the user interface to be a bit buggy. The system would behave erratically at times: the touch sensor would either lag or act too quickly, making you think the tablet was sluggish. But we shall blame it on the incompatible operating system installed.
DIMENSIONS(W x H x D): 267 x 177 x 80 mm
DISPLAY: 10.1-inch IPS, 1280 x 800 pixels
CPU: Allwinner A31, quad core, 1.5GHz
GPU: PowerVR SGX 544 8-core
CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi b/g/n
Battery: 8000 mAh
OS: Android JB 4.1
ALSO SEE: UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ASSASSIN'S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG
Amidst a mix of leaks and official announcements, Ubisoft revealed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. The game is set to go for a pirate-themed setting, and is apparently going to subvert expectations. The game is going to have a more serious take on pirates than pop-culture would have us believe. Lead Content Manager, Carsten Myhill said, "Certainly when Assassin's Creed III naval came out, there was a clamour from the fans for a pirate game. But it's not easy. It takes a very long talented team, a lot of experience and great tech. It's one thing having good naval combat, but combining that will good boarding and land-based gameplay in a seamless way, is hard to do."
It will also feature something developers refer to as "seamless systemic naval adventuring." This essentially means you don't have to line your ship up to an enemy's to get to the sweet spot that will let you board their ship. You can sail up to an enemy ship at any angle and still raid it.
The game is set to feature three cities - Havana, Cuba; Nassau, The Bahamas; Kingston, Jamaica. One of the developer's major goals is to have the player always know where they are as soon as they come to a city.
We don't know much about the game, except for the fact that we'll be playing Connor's grandfather Edward Kenway.
Considering everything we know, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag(this is the first game to have a number as well as a subtitle) looks like it's going to be one hell of a game. It's going to have vast oceans to explore, a combat system that'll let you wield two weapons at the same time, and best of all: pirates!
ALSO SEE: MULTI-BOOT: ANDROID OS
# You will need a rooted handset with recovery (CWM or 4EXT recovery) utility already installed on the phone.
#Your phone should have the security flag set to OFF(S-OFF).
#An updated Superuser app with logging disabled.
#An SD card with no bad sectors.
#A fully charged phone. Connecting the charger is best suited.
Those unfamiliar with some of the above terms can refer to the XDA forums on how to root, S-OFF and install a custom recovery utility on the phone.
Those who have incompatible handsets can try them at their own risk. To get more information about handset support and software related issues, you can log on to developer's website at 'www.init2winitapps.com'.
NOTE: Incorrect rooting or tweaking can leave you with a permanently damaged phone. We are not responsible for any bricked handsets while performing this guide. Do this at your own risk.
Pay for, download and install the Boot Manager app from the Android Market. Run the app. You will be greeted with a few welcome screens. Proceed with the instructions on the screen and you will be informed to initially setup phone's original ROM before installing any other ROM using Boot Manager. This is a crucial step as your phone's original ROM's boot.img file needs to be saved in order to boot into the original ROM whenever you need it. Once done, the app will inform you about the success of saving the boot image of your phone's original ROM. A warning message will also pop up, informing you not to do this step if you are booted into one of the SD card's ROM. This step needs to be performed only once and will take just a few seconds. If you bypassed this screen accidentally, you can do it after Boot Manager starts up. It is recommended that you take a complete backup of your phone's existing ROM using the recovery utility of the phone before proceeding.
Now that you are in the Boot Manager's user interface, you will see sex screens from from left to right named 'Phone ROM', 'ROM 1', 'ROM 2', 'ROM 3', 'ROM ' and 'Settings' respectively. Begin with the Phone ROM first. Click on the button 'Manage UI'. This step is optional as it is just an information screen setup for the phone's ROM. Here, you can enter details about the ROM, such as ROM name, kernel name, description about the ROM and a screenshot for visual identification of the ROM. Now proceed to the next step to install the first ROM. Make sure you have downloaded the ROMS from Internet and stored them in appropriate location on the SD card before you proceed. Now switch to the ROM 1 screen and you shall find four buttons 'Boot ROM', 'Install ZIP', 'Manage Slot' and 'Manage UI'. Click on the 'Install ZIP' button. At this stage, this ROM 1 slot should be empty as you have not yet installed any ROM. Clicking the Install ZIP button will bring up three more options - 'Install ZIP', where you can start installing the ROM you downloaded; 'Install kernel', using which you can upgrade or replace the kernel of the ROM installed on this slot; and 'Restore Nandroid', where you might have stored previously from another ROM. The buttons are self explanatory. Click on 'Install ZIP' and Boot Manager will open a file manager to locate the zip file of the ROM you want to install. Select the zip file and you will be asked if you want to wipe the system, cache and data partitions before installing. Select all three and click on the 'install' button. A confirmation window will ask for permissions to proceed, which will be followed by another confirmation for the file system needed for the specific ROM you are going to install. This would be either an EXT2 or an EXT4 file system. Choose the file system as EXT4 if your ROM supports EXT4 or else EXT2 should be good enough. The app then starts creating the image files, mounts them and installs the specific ROM into that slot. The installation procedure will then take place in the status bar. Keep an eye on the installation, which should take around 10 minutes depending on the speed of the SD card. Once completed, you can click on the notification and proceed to 'Manage UI' section of the ROM if needed. After it is done, all you need to do is click on the 'Boot ROM' button and your phone will boot into the ROM 1 you just installed.
You can follow the same procedure to install three other ROMS of your choice in slots ROM 2, ROM 3 and ROM 4 respectively. Boot Manager will also install its app in all the ROM slots you installed so that you can easily switch back and forth into different ROMs. If you have taken a backup of your apps, data settings using Titanium Backup, you can restore your data and apps into other ROMs with ease. But be careful, using Titanium Backup across different ROM types can cause problems. Hence, we recommend installing apps and setting up the ROM completely from the start rather than restoring from Titanium Backup unless you know how to handle it well.
There might be times when you will witness a failure to boot into ROM, but don't panic. If this happens, simply replace the boot.img file of the phone back to its original. To do this, remove and re-insert the battery, boot the phone into recovery mode and flash the 'update.zip' located in the folder '/sdcard/BootManager/PhoneRom/'. This will replace the original boot.img file to the phone and you will be back on your phone's original ROM.
ALSO SEE: QUIRKOSHOP.COM
If you are bored by the same old mundane stuff and want to add a dash of fun to your environs, then there are lots of options you can choose from online. Whether you are looking for something to jazz up your house, as a gift option for someone special, or for kids, you can choose from some quirky stuff online that will make your gift standout.
Quirkoshop.com has been around for a while and boasts of some of the coolest stuff you can find online. Looking for things to buy on Quirkoshop is quite easy as well, thanks to the tags on the left like 'for your bar', 'for your desk', 'for your wall', 'for your fridge', 'for your garden', 'for your loo', 'for your kitchen', and more. Alternatively, you can look for stuff from the drop down menu according to the products you are looking for. If you are looking at a gift option and have a particular budget in mind, then you can always browse according to price.
Chappal-shaped ashtray, melting wall clock, 'chaddi buddies' badge, animal pot sticks, watering cans, golf ball bottle opener, drunk coasters, nose cups, cutting chai candles, Sudoku toilet paper; the list can't get crazier than this. Quirkoshop delivers all over India at an additional shipping charge and the products are usually delivered within three to four working days. Quirkoshop features products from popular brands like Happily Unmarried, Chumbak, Loose Ends, Elan, etc. What's more if you are an artist then you can add your own designs for sale on the Quirkoshop.com
ALSO SEE: TRIBUNGA - THE STAND THAT MOVES WITH YOU
Tribunga is the first ever triflex bi-pod. The triflex bi-pod extension offers a new experience in hands free electronic device use, which means you are not restricted to one position any more while you are using gadgets. Its bi-pod base gets adapted to different platforms and provides stability.
The Tribunga's polymer ball and socket system joins to make triple flexible extensions which allows for the perfect obedience to hold various devices including the use of laptop computers. It is very light weight and makes the perfect travel companion for hands free use where ever you go.
It uses the traditional vacuum and a state of the art micro-suction simultaneously. This gives the superior hold strength while keeping the size of the suction cup down. The outer housing was ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in the palm of any hand comfortably. The detachable suction cup allows Tribunga to seamlessly turn into a handle and snap desk stand, combining several accessories into one compact, lightweight powerful stand.
ALSO SEE: SURF ANONYMOUSLY
If you wish to surf anonymously you can use the service offered by the website anonymouse.org. This does not really depend on the browser that you are using and does not even require installation. You can select the English version on the website. You will now find an input field for the desired Internet address, you can now surf this site anonymously after clicking on "Surf anonymous" option.
Anonymous surfing does not just offer more protection in case of unknown site, but also generally in practice when you are sending e-mails via online service from some other computer. However, the website does not support any secure connections in the free version over "https".
ALSO SEE: GOOGLE PLAY STORE ALLOWS APPS THAT STEAL PERSONAL DATA
Malicious apps masquerading as system optimisers are getting through Google's security protocols. Two samples detected by McAfee called DroidCleaner and SuperClean claim to make your device faster by optimising settings and clearing caches. Both apps display fake progress bars while they steal SMSes, photos, contacts, files, GPS coordinates and your IMEI and phone number. They can also be used to allow attackers to execute commands remotely. More importantly, the malware can later be used to attempt to steal passwords by throwing up fake login pages on infected devices. The malware has been seen attempting to steal Dropbox and Google credentials, though other services could be targeted just as easily. Any user name and password typed into this page will be sent to the remote attacker while the user sees only an error message.
ALSO SEE: BOOST YOUR GRAPHICS PERFORMANCE
You can cajole up to 40 percent more 3D performance from your Nvidia graphics cards without installing additional drivers or dangerous overclocking. Keep in mind that you will be sacrificing image quality for the boost in performance. Changes can be made through the Nvidia system control panel. To open the control panel, right click on the desktop and click on 'Nvidia system settings'. Now under the section '3D settings', click on the tab 'Program settings' and find your 3D game. Change the settings as follows.
* Anisotropic filtering: 16x
* Antialiasing - transparency: Off
* Triple buffer: Off
* Energy Management mode: select maximum power
* Maximum number of pre-rendered single images: lowest value
* Multi-display acceleration: single-display-power mode
* Texture filtering - anisotropic scan optimization: Off
* Texture filtering - negative LOD bias: Clamp
* Texture filtering - power: quality
* Texture filtering - tri-linear optimization: On
* Texture filtering - anisotropic filter optimization: Off
* Threaded optimization: On
* Vertical synchronization: Automatically off
* PhysX: CPU
save and close the Nvidia control panel once you're done so that all settings are accepted.
ALSO SEE: HP TO TRY ANDROID
HP, which hasn't had a smartphone or tablet in its lineup since cancelling the entire WebOS family, has reportedly decided to re-enter the market with a line of Android devices. The company's first attempt will be a premium tablet powered by Nvidia's recently announced Tegra 4 CPU, with smartphones following next year. If the project does go ahead, HP will have to compete with a number of rivals, including Apple and Samsung, who have been selling tablets for years. No launch date or other specifications are known yet.
A hacker who goes by the name Daniel B has demonstrated how a seemingly innocuous home automation product can be turned into potentially lethal weapon. The Belkin WeMo, an Internet-connected electric outlet was designed to allow users to turn devices on and off via their smartphones, and also to check whether dangerous appliances have been left on by accident. Daniel B has posted a video to YouTube detailing how he managed to gain root access to WeMo device and switch it on and off enough to cause appliances such as coffee makers to become dangerous. He postulate that malware could soon start scanning home networks for such devices and infect them, granting remote access to any attacker. Someone with malicious intent could then use the capability to start fires, or at least destroy electric appliances.
ALSO SEE: NOKIA PROMISES NOT TO SPY
Users of the Nokia Browser bundled with its latest phones might be happy that the app compresses data being sent and received in order to save on carrier charges, but should also be aware that their secure HTTP traffic is decrypted on the way to enable this compression. The fact is not disclosed in the privacy statement or user agreement and affects any data that users enter on a secure site including bank details, usernames and passwords, etc. Nokia says its servers do not store copies of pages that users visit or any data entered, and that appropriate security measures are in place, but this definitely makes Nokia's servers an inviting target for attackers. Compression is not a new browser feature but HTTPS traffic is usually untouched.
ALSO SEE: GRAND THEFT AUTO V DELAYED
Rockstar has announced that the release date for the next game in the GTA franchise-Grand Theft Auto V- has been delayed. The new release date, according to the company, is September 17, 2013. This is a four-month delay from the originally planned release date.
The company says the delay was required as, "GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require." Rockstar has also announced that it will be showing off the box art for GTAV a bit later.
While this has led many conspiracy theorists to contemplate the idea that Rockstar may be getting ready to launch the game on next-gem consoles, Rockstar itself has denied any of this. The company says that the delay is mostly because the developers wanted to polish the game some more. This is likely true, as open world games are notorious for having bugs that developers couldn't even think of, thus leading to situations like The Elder Scrolls games.
ALSO SEE: SAMSUNG TO SELL TIZEN PHONES
Samsung has confirmed that it will bring a phone running the Linux-based Tizen OS to market as early as the first quarter of 2013. Tizen is supported by Samsung and Intel, and could give the Korean giant a bargaining chip against Google in the future. Samsung is now the biggest smartphone maker in the world, thanks to its line of devices powered by Google's Android OS. The device's name, specifications as well as Tizen's exact features and capabilities are still unknown. Samsung has previously experimented with Bada and Windows Phone.
ALSO SEE: MEGAUPLOAD RETURNS WITH A BANG
Exactly a year after Megaupload was taken offline and its charismatic founder Kim Doctom arrested in a dramatic raid on his New Zealand mansion, a successor has launched. The new Mega.co.nz promises to frustrate authorities and potentially be impervious to snooping thanks to the use of end-to-end encryption designed to shield Mega itself from knowing what users have uploaded and thus being accused of facilitating piracy. Without being able to identify the content of files, Mega cannot be made to delete them or hand over user identities. Users receive an encryption key at the time of registration. If they wish to share uploaded files, the key must also be passed on. Any agency that wants to prove a file infringes copyright must therefore also have that key, after which Mega will comply with removals. Free members get 50 GB of storage, while paid plans go up to 30 Euros per month for 4TB.
ALSO SEE: VALVE UNVEILS STEAM BOX PROTOTYPES
ALSO SEE: VALVE UNVEILS STEAM BOX PROTOTYPES
A prototype for Valve's 'Steam Box' console was showcased at CES 2013. The prototype, dubbed Piston, is made by Xi3, and is designed specifically to support Steam and its Big Picture Mode on TVs. The piston is modelled on Xis's X7a computers. While the company wouldn't talk about the machines's price, we think it'll cost around the $900 mark, as the X7a computer is priced at $999. This could be a major turn-off for gamers, as a new Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3 is much less expensive than the Piston.
It is possible that Valve would be heavily subsidising the cost of the consoles, and would depend on introducing more gamers to its digital distribution platform Steam to make a profit instead. Valve has promised to reveal more information in the coming months.
ALSO SEE: KNOW YOUR COMPUTER'S ENERGY CONSUMPTION
For diagnosing energy consumption, type 'cmd' in the search field of the start menu and then click the file 'cmd.exe' with the right mouse button and select the context command 'Run as administrator'. After confirming the User Account Control prompt with 'Yes', type the command 'powercfg/energy' in the window and press the [Enter] key. Windows will now audit the system behaviour for 60 seconds. In the meantime, you can go on working. Subsequently, the result is saved by default as a file with the title 'energyreport.html' in the currently open folder which you see in the command prompt. Optionally, you can also define a custom target file with the parameter '-output'.
ALSO SEE: MANAGE USER ACCOUNT SPACE
If you and your family share a computer and you would like to prevent other users from filling the internal hard disk with downloads, you can easily do so with individual user accounts. With individual user accounts, every member is allocated an area to save his/her data. However, if you would like to provide a limited amount of space on the hard disk to every user account, Windows can manage memory allocations. To do this, start Windows Explorer, click with the right mouse button on the icon of the hard disk for which you would like to set up memory allocations. Then select the command 'Properties' in the context menu, activate the tab for 'Quota' in the following dialogue and select 'Show quota settings'. For this, you require administrator rights so must either be using the elevated account or provide the appropriate password when prompted. Put a tick in front of 'Enable quota management' to limit storage space for user accounts. Also activate the option 'Deny disk space to users exceeding quota limit'. You can now define a standard limit for new users. To specify user accounts, click 'Quota entries'. Windows will present all user accounts in a list with their settings for storage limits as well as the location currently in use. You can see absolute values as well as proportional usage of the restricted memory amount. If an account is missing in the list, create a new entry for it with 'Quota' | 'New quota entry'. For conformation, double click any user account. In the following dialogue, you can specify the maximum memory amount for the account as well as a warning threshold level. Exit the dialogue with 'OK' or by clicking the red cross icon on the title bar. Now if the amount of data a user has reaches the warning level of the limit of the memory quota, Windows will show a notification on the taskbar.
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Tomb Raider has never had a multiplayer mode, but Crystal Dynamics' reboot of the series is getting one that's been developed by the same studio that brought us Deus Ex: Human Revolution and is working on Thief 4-Eidos Montreal. One of the multiplayer models will be Team Deathmatch. You play either as a team of Lara's surviving allies or as a member of the hostile natives called Scavengers. The matches are in a best-of-three format and players alternate between the teams between rounds.
Beside human enemies, players will have to survive against environmental traps, like levers that shoot spikes out of walls, or destructible environments, such as bridges. The multiplayer mode will feature the bow as a weapon, much like the one Lara uses in the single-player. Another multiplayer game mode is called Rescue, where the survivors collect medical kits and deliver them to various places on the map while Scavengers try to kill as many of them possible. One of the maps in this game mode is called Wind Chasm and is described as tropical with traps, vantage points and junk. A third game mode is called Cry for Help, where the emphasis is on discovering and collecting items as opposed to straight out killing each other. Not much information about this game mode has been revealed yet.
ALSO SEE: DNA HDDs
Researchers at the European Bioinformatics Institute have developed a method of encoding digital data in strands of DNA, which would take up only a fraction of the physical space today's hard drives do and could last for thousands of years without a source of power. Data files synthesized onto pieces of DNA no larger than a specks of dust were able to be decoded perfectly after being sent from California to the institute in Cambridge, UK Taking advantage of DNA's physical structure, data was translated from binary to trinary. The researchers estimate that 2.2 Petabytes of data can be stored per gram of DNA; million times more dense than hard drives today.
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The line between ARM-friendly Windows RT and X86-based Windows 8 just got a lot more blurry. One of RT's biggest limitations is its inability to run any desktop software coded for mainstream versions of Windows, and Microsoft's decision to restrict users to apps downloaded from the Windows Store which run only in the Modern UI. Apart from built-in tools such as Paint and Notepad, only a special version of MS Office can run on the desktop. Now, simple hack can allow anyone to run their own programs, although they still have to be ones that are specially compiled for Windows RT devices. Only a handful of open-source programs are available, and commercial vendors are unlikely to port their software without official sanction from Microsoft. Future updates will very likely prevent the hack from working in the future.
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