Saturday, December 29, 2007

GTA IV Release Date: April 25th in UK

Senior industry sources reveal massive title will miss Easter release period. MCV understands that Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV will NOT be released in March as expected – and will in fact be held back until the last week in April.

Sources close to the game’s publisher have told MCV that the title’s UK release will miss the Easter period entirely, and will instead go on sale in the final week of Rockstar parent Take 2’s second financial quarter. That would be in keeping with the company's latest financial statement, which revealed the title would be released in its Q2 period – which runs from February to the end of April.

PC World names the 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year

PC World has put together a top 25 list of the most innovative products of the year 2007, noting the “Innovation”, the “Benefit” and a brief overview of each. All entries on the list are somehow tech-related and all are available either in-store or online right now. I personally can’t wrap my head around how the order of this list was devised, or how some products even made it on the list, but I’m sure the reasoning is clear to someone. Have a look at the list and let us know what you think of it, and what your top 25 would be!

1. Google Gears
2. Apple iPhone
3. One Laptop per Child XO
4. Time Machine, in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
5. Amazon Kindle
6. NetGear Digital Entertainer HD EVA8000
7. HP TouchSmart IQ770 PC
8. AT&T Tilt
9. Facebook API
10. DeviceVM Splashtop
11. Toshiba Portege R500
12. Data Robotics Drobo
13. Hybrid Hard Drives
14. Eye-Fi Card
15. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U
16. Yamaha Tenori-On
17. Zoho Notebook
18. 'In Rainbows' by Radiohead
19. IOGear Wireless USB Hub and Adapter
21. Microsoft Popfly
22. Sprint Airave
24. eXpresso
25. Kodak EasyShare All-In-One Printers

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Friday, December 28, 2007

aMSN 0.97

aMSN is a free open source MSN Messenger clone, with features such as:

  • Display pictures
  • Custom emoticons
  • Multi-language support (around 40 languages currently supported)
  • Webcam support
  • Sign in to more than one account at once
  • Full-speed File transfers
  • Group support
  • Normal, and animated emoticons with sounds
  • Chat logs
  • Timestamping
  • Event alarms
  • Conferencing support
  • Tabbed chat windows
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CodeLite Rev880

CodeLite is a powerful open-source, cross platform code editor for the C/C++ programming languages (regulary tested on Windows XP SP2, Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn, Fedora Core 6 and Debian Lenny/Sid). CodeLite is distributed under the terms of the GPL license. CodeLite uses a sophisticated, yet intuitive interface which allows user to easy create and build complex projects.

CodeLite main features:

  • Generic support for compilers
  • Plugin system for debuggers
  • Built-in GDB support, with the following features included:
    - GDB toolbar
    - Watches table
    - Quick Watch
    - Locals tree
    - Thread view
  • Subversion plugin (based on the command line tool), which mimics the TortoiseSVN (but unlike it, it runs on Linux as well)
  • Makefile based build system
  • Project explorer (FileView)
  • File Explorer
  • Automatically imports MSVC workspace/projects and converts them to GNU based makefile
  • Active document outline
  • Sophisticated database based Code Completion mechanism, a default database already supplied for wxWidgets & stl!
    - Function call tip
    - Hover tip
    - Comments tips
    - Members List
  • Quickly open resources in the editor using 'Find Resource in workspace'
  • Quickly open types in the editor using 'Find Type in workspace'
  • XML based syntax highlighting, comes with the following:
    - C/C++
    - Java
    - Perl
    - XML
    - Makefile
    - Lua
    - Diff files
  • Text Folding
  • Bookmarks
  • Find In Files
  • Highly Configurable
  • Built-in doxygen comment generator for functions/classes
  • And much more...
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Alcohol brings a new meaning to the word multimedia! It is without a doubt a leader in its class, bringing the ability to emulate and record CDs and DVDs together into one amazingly easy to use software program. Using the latest technology the program is constantly being developed and improved to add new features, allowing it to maintain it's position as a leading software package. Imagine being able to store your most used CDs as images on your computer and just call them up at the click of a button! And then run them at 200x the speed of some CD drives and without requiring the CD itself! How about being able to make a backup of that CD onto another CD either using the CD itself or just using the image you have created? This is what Alcohol allows you to do and much more.

What's New
  • NEW Alcohol Xtra, Pre-mastering wizard
  • NEW Reading Engine, Speed Improved
  • NEW Writing engine, Speed Improved
  • NEW Data Type Setting options for DVD medium
  • NEW SPTD layer version 1.53
  • NEW Increased memory buffer for x64 system, if you have more than 4GB RAM installed, the maximum buffer size could be set as 1GB. 32bit system, 3GB ore more RAM installed, you can set max buffer as 512MB
  • FIX Special ICH9 device drive incompatibility issues
  • FIX Missing volume name of discs after auto mount upon system restart
  • FIX Addressed some blacklisting problems
  • FIX Bugs reported by some users
  • UPDATE Help files
  • UPDATE language files
  • UPDATE Devsupp additional support for more drives
  • UPDATE Upgraded Starwind ISCSI function
  • UPDATE ISCSI controller in Vista, admin mode is no longer required
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Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2

Ubuntu is a community developed, linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more. Ubuntu is free software. With Ubuntu Desktop Edition you can surf the web, read email, create documents and spreadsheets, edit images and much more. Ubuntu has a fast and easy graphical installer right on the Desktop CD. On a typical computer the installation should take you less than 25 minutes.

The Ubuntu Promise
  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
  • Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
  • Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
  • Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.
Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 2

Seamless Terminal Server (Windows & Linux users)

Christmas gift to fellow niners with Windows and Linux boxes, who are looking for an easy way to access all their Windows applications and remote files when Wine-type solutions fall flat. I've packaged together a set of software components. It provides a seamless terminal solution for Fedora Linux users with capable Windows machines. I've made RPMs for a patched CVS-built rdesktop, included Microsoft's Elevate Power Toy for Vista, Fontis IT's enhanced SeamlessRDP server, and a small tray application and five page Readme wrote by me. Be sure to check the Readme file.

System Requirements:
  • A computer with a version of Windows that encompasses the server component of Terminal Services--Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise. Note: Windows Server 2008 terminal servers are not yet supported.
  • At least one computer with Fedora Linux installed. Although this software is capable of working on other distributions or Unix-like operating systems with a simple re-compile procedure, this particular package is designed to work with 32-bit versions of Fedora and Windows. Re-compiling the SRPM and SeamlessRDP components are necessary for 64-bit machines with 64-bit operating systems.
  • Any sort of network or Internet connection for both the server and client. A simple 56K modem connection would be sufficient. That said, dial-up modem support under Linux is a joke at best; therefore, for most users the only options are wired Ethernet or wireless connectivity. The Terminal Server system may be accessed from a local or wide area network or via the Internet.
Seamless Terminal Server

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Coloured Labels Now Available on Gmail

Back in the Paleolithic Era, the world was a very different kind of place. People were hunter-gatherers, lived in caves, and kept all their email in folders*. You can't really blame them. Between tracking woolly mammoths, fashioning crude stone tools, and auditioning for commercials, having a highly tuned system for organizing email wasn't their highest priority.

But people changed. We moved out of caves and into skyscrapers. We hunt for bargains at the corner grocery. And we play video games simulating ourselves playing video games.

Today, we're happy to announce the next evolution of labels: the colored label. Until now the label has been a little inconspicuous creature, subtly suggesting categorical associations in its simple green coat. Oh, we've seen the colored label here and there, its precursors surfacing in various experiments and Greasemonkey scripts; but the label has never before been so brazen, so bold. How will it use its new colors? Will it disguise itself with the chameleon's camouflage or clamor for attention with the monarch butterfly's vivid contrast?

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