AIDA64, the 64-bit successor to Everest, has been updated to version 1.60 and is now available for download, FinalWire announced. If you're wondering whatever happened to Everest, the program's publisher, Lavalys, split up and FinalWire was formed. FinalWire ended up acquiring Everest in November, 2010, and the benchmarking/diagnostic suite now lives on as AIDA64. Clear? Groovy, now let's have a look at what's changed in version 1.60.
While Apple fans are fumbling over themselves downloading News Corp.'s janky The Daily app for the iPad (yes, I called it janky -- tried it, didn't care for it), Android users are getting something a little different. It's Sports Illustrated in digital form, and it's available now for use with Android tablets and smartphones, as well as the Web. "All Access" digital subscription plans after the break.
Apple introduced an in-app subscription model to coincide with the launch of the The Daily, a daily rag put out specifically for the iPad from Rupert Murdoch's News. Corp. conglomerate. Users can now set up their iTunes account to auto-renew. Those that do will be automatically charged 24 hours before the end of a subscription, unless the subscription has gone up. If it has, you'll have to re-authorize the subscription. So what exactly has the European Newspaper Publishers' Association in a tizzy?
At long last, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for the webOS platform, one that's specifically geared towards the HP TouchPad and its 9.7-inch screen (lots of info and pictures of this potentially awesome tablet here). Just as with other platforms, Kindle for webOS allows customers to "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" when making purchases from Amazon's Kindle Store. And of course there's Whispersync, so you can pick up reading on your TouchPad right where you left off from your smartphone or other Kindle-enabled device.
In a survey commissioned by Norton, it was discovered that over a third of all Americans (36 percent) either lose their cell phone or end up having it stolen. Broken down by city, that number jumps to 52 percent in Miami, which ranks No. 1 on the list of top 20 U.S. cities for cell phone loss or theft. Last on the top 20 list is Minneapolis at 29 percent, while San Francisco, home to Silicon Valley, took the No. 13th spot at 35 percent. So what does it all mean?
At this point, you're well aware of the "design flaw" affecting Intel's 6-series chipsets for Sandy Bridge. And if you've been keeping up with our related FAQ, you know that SATA ports 0/1 are unaffected by the bug. On Gigabyte boards, these are the two white SATA ports, which are both SATA 3.0. One way to figure out your SATA configuration is to tear off the side panel and take a peek inside, or you can download Gigabyte's new 6 Series SATA Check utility.
Maybe you know Rupert Murdoch as the crotchety old man who shakes an angry fist at the free news model inherent on the Internet. Others know him simply as the CEO of News Corp. Google knows him as the guy who wants to make his sites' links invisible to search. Some of you are probably asking, "Robert who?" Apple iPad owners now know him as the man who brought the first news app designed from the ground up for their magical tablets.
You can now use your iPhone or BlackBerry Tour, Curve, or Storm to order a Frappuccino at Starbucks, or anything else the outfit sells. All you need to do is download the Starbucks Card Mobile app.
"Enter your card number and your device will display a barcode you can use as your Starbucks Card to make purchases," Starbucks explains. "It's fast. It's easy. And it's a revolution in mobile payment."
Starbucks says the Mobile Pay feature is available at more than 7,500 store locations, including all Target Starbucks stores, in the U.S. You can check your local Starbucks by using the Store Locator and using the Mobile Payment filter.
Hope you don't mind a little self-promotion, readers, because GamesRadar (a fellow Future US site) has published their first iPhone app today, and we think it's worth a mention. It's free, it includes 60,000 cheats, guides and walkthroughs for over 8,600 games, it's constantly updated, and (did we mention?) it's FREE.
So if you've got an iPhone and even a passing interest in video games, give it a try. If you've got any feedback about the app, leave a review in the app store, or tell GamesRadar about it directly.
Google on Monday launched a new version of its Google Goggles, this latest release "faster and smarter than ever before." So smart, in fact, that you can now use it to solve Sudoku puzzles.
"Our favorite weekend distraction is a quiet 15 minutes spent solving a Sudoku puzzle. But even that can be a frustrating experience if (like us) you make a mistake and are unable to solve the puzzle," Google explains. "Now, Goggles on Android and iPhone can recognize puzzles and provide answers to help make you faster than a Sudoku champ. So if you ever get stuck, take a clear picture of the entire puzzle with Goggles and we'll tell you the correct solution."
Other features of the new Goggles 1.3 client include improved barcode scanning and recognition of print ads. If you take a picture of an ad that strikes your fancy, Goggles will return search results about the product or brand, Google says.