- Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta
If you’ve been defiantly clinging onto Firefox 3.6 by your fingertips, bad news. Mozilla is officially putting it to sleep — whether you like it or not — by auto-updating users to version 12. You’ve still got a few days to bid your emotional farewells, with the switchover being pegged as early May. But, the browser’s creators stop short of setting a date for you to get the flowers delivered by. Official support for the 2010 release finished this week, and the final bout of security fixes was back in January. At the other end of the spectrum, Firefox 13 wobbled up onto its beta legs yesterday, bringing a new homepage, Google’s new SPDY protocol and tab extra features with it. If you’re making the leap, don’t panic if you find some old friends missing.
Mozilla dispatches Firefox 3.6, fills its chair with version 13 beta originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 15:41:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Acer releases app to hurry the ICS-ification of Iconia slates (video)
Patience, they say, is a virtue. Try telling that to a tech-savvy tablet owner, whose friend already got an ICS update. Acer started pushing out an Android 4 update to lucky Iconia 500 owners earlier in the week, but for those who’ve yet to receive it, all is not lost. The tablet maker has taken the unusual step of releasing an app dedicated to getting you the upgrade asap. Can’t wait a moment longer? Point your slate at the Play store and search for “Acer” and then simply look for the free Iconia Tab Update Enhancement app. Virtues are overrated anyway.
Acer releases app to hurry the ICS-ification of Iconia slates (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 14:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Maingear reveals more heat-dissipating desktops, keeps those new Ivy Bridge internals cool
Maingear gave us a quick nudge to say something was coming. Now it can reveal that — alongside Intel’s third-generation processors inside all of its desktops and laptops — it’s further updated two of its tower models. The F131 ($1,049), the middleweight option, now houses the same vertical heat-dissipating design found on Maingear’s Shift model, alongside hot-swappable storage. It’s followed by the Potenza ($899), the company’s “mini-ITX gaming solution.” It’s 45 percent smaller than the F131 with the same heat dissipation design, but still capable of squeezing in NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 680 and support for a liquid cooling setup on the side. Phew. So pick your size, pick your processor and hit up the source for all the custom desktop options.
Maingear reveals more heat-dissipating desktops, keeps those new Ivy Bridge internals cool originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 12:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Animated video shows Orion spacecraft in orbit
NASA may have pushed back the Orion spacecraft’s test flight to 2014, but you can get an early glimpse of the capsule in orbit thanks to this animated video from Full Werks studio. You’ll see the capsule circle the planet before touching down in the Pacific — all with a much better view than you can expect when that actual launch date rolls around. The animation features audio clips from the original Apollo and, as any NASA-related video worth its salt should, includes a vintage voiceover from space sage Carl Sagan.
- Digital Storm locks and loads Ivy Bridge into its new recruits
Digital Storm has announced that its premium-priced (and not so premium-priced) gaming PCs will soon be touting Ivy Bridge processors. This means, going forward, all machines will come with the Intel’s third generation Core architecture, with the PC maker already claiming it’s managed overclocks at 4.8GHz. Like its machines, Digital Storm is keeping cool on when the systems will find their way from workshop to LAN, or what effect (if any) there’ll be on pricing. Keep the cross hairs focused on the source link for more info.
Digital Storm locks and loads Ivy Bridge into its new recruits originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 09:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- MIT develops fog resistant, glare-free glass, it’s clearly amazing (video)
It sounds like it’s not just us that spend half our sweet time with lint-free cloth in hand. Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of glass that “virtually eliminates” reflections, and is also water-repellent. By using techniques from the semiconductor industry, conical nano-textures etched into the layered surface that give the wonder-glass its fog, glare and self-cleaning properties. The hope is that the technology will find its way into our many daily screens and even windows. It’s not all about gadget vanity though; solar panels lose efficiency over time through residual surface build up, and using the new glass could go some way to eliminate that issue. If they can just remember where they put the ultra-clear test sample that is.
MIT develops fog resistant, glare-free glass, it’s clearly amazing (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade
If you’ve been looking for a reason to replace your aging device with something a tad more contemporary, your local
pawnshopGameStop is happy to oblige. According to Gadget Experts, the games retailer is looking to bolster its Android offerings with Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Nexus S and Samsung Infuse 4G trade-ins at select GameStops this summer, expanding to all locations by the end of the year. Have a device that’s not on this short list? Don’t worry, Gadget Experts says the firm plans to fill out its touchable trade-in inventory with more devices in the future. So, what’s a Galaxy Tab worth to gaming’s favorite pawn star? We’ll let you know when GameStop drops the official details.
GameStop to offer Android tablet and smartphone trade-ins, give you another excuse to upgrade originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 29 Apr 2012 04:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
- Rocketfish’s Sound Prism is triangu-lovely
Cunning design is a wonderful thing, and this triangular bundle of smarts is almost meta! Rocketfish‘s Sound Prism is exactly what it says it is, a three-sided speaker bar with a twist (metaphorically speaking.) Inventors, CRE8 Design studio, cooked up the clever idea of using the empty space created by a folded Apple Smart Cover. This fella neatly slips into the cubby-hole of the folded case, and attaches itself magnetically. It’s Bluetooth, so can pair up with any compatible device, but won’t look quite so snug as when used as nature — or rather its creators — intended. How much for a slice of the Pythagorean action? That’ll be 80 rectangular dollars, sir.
- NVIDIA unleashes GeForce GTX 690 graphics card, loads it with dual Kepler GPUs, charges $1k
Would you look at that? NVIDIA hinted it would be coming today, and it looks like the tease is living up to the hype. The company stormed into the weekend at its Shanghai Game Festival by unleashing its latest offering, the GeForce GTX 690 — and oh yeah, it’s packing two 28nm Kepler GPUs! Trumping the recently released GTX 680 as the “worlds fastest graphics card,” it’s loaded with a whopping 3,072 Cuda cores. The outer frame is made from trivalent chromium-plated aluminum, while you’ll find thixomolded magnesium alloy around the fan for vibration reduction and added cooling. Aiding in cooling even further, the unit also sports a dual vapor chamber and center-mounted fan. It’ll cost you a spendy $1,000 to pick up one of these puppies come May 3rd, and you’ll likely be tempted to double up — two can run together in SLI as an effective quad-core card. With that said, NVIDIA claims that a single 690 runs 4dB quieter and handles about twice the framerate as a duo of GTX 680s in SLI — impressive, but we’ll reserve judgement until we see it for ourselves. Check out the press release after the break if you’d like more information in the meantime (…and yes, it runs Crysis — 2 Ultra to be exact — at 57.8fps, according to NVIDIA).
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