Apple Finally Closes OS X Downloads Site

Today Apple has finally closed down its OS X download site, replacing the site with a colourful banner advertising its replacement the new Mac App Store. The fate of the once busy OS X Download site for Mac programs was sealed after Apple introduce their new Mac App Store concept back in October  2010 at Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event.

The new Apple Mac App Store was then launched  on January 6, 2011 as part of the free Mac OS X v10.6.6 update for all current Snow Leopard users, and within the first 24 hours had passed the million download mark.

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Adobe Releases Flash Player 11 Beta Complete With 7.1 Surround Sound & 64-bit Support

Adobe has announced the release of its Flash Player 11 beta for desktops which now includes HD sound support for 7.1 channel surround sound directly to AIR powered TVs. Other features included in the new release include Stage3D API’s allowing for interactive visuals to improve collaboration on 3-dimensional models. Together with support for 64-Bit operating systems and browsers on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.
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E-Note LCD Writing Tablet

Some of our readers will remember the NotSlate electronic tablet concept that we saw a while back, it looks like the guys at Brando have released a similar tablet designed to take notes with the E-Note LCD writing tablet.

The E-Note LCD writing tablet, although it doesn’t look like it will be as useful as the original concept, as it can only store one note at a time, so not exactly that useful.

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Google Now Activating 550,000 Android Devices Per Day

During their latest earnings call Google revealed the latest Android figures, and Google are now activating over 550,000 Android devices per day, this figure is up from 500,000 which was achieved at the end of June.

Android has seen massive growth recently, and Google also revealed that they have now activated over 135 million Android devices, the figure includes both smartphones and tablets.

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Hulu Plus Android Makes It To Four More Devices

Bringing the grand total up to ten, the Hulu Plus Android app widened its horizons with four more devices, making it roughly forty percent more likely for you to have something decent to watch on the bus even if you leave your phone at home again. Dodgy statistics aside, though, the likes of HTC EVO 4G, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC myTouch 4G and G2 will be feasting on Hulu Plus from now on, joining the already stellar roster of Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X, and the Motorola Atrix.

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Sony’s PS3 Component Cable Feature Cut Explained

You might be aware by now that Sony views your continued use of component cables with a console that has a perfectly good HDMI port as something of an affront. Or at least, that’s the way it’s been portrayed in the press. The truth is only about 10% more complicated. You see, Sony has no problem with your gaming via component cable to your antiquated, analog little heart’s content.

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Metacritic Drops “Crooked” Publication

This might not be news to veteran, jaded game journalists out there, but it’s certainly news to us. Turns out that the site that everyone from EA to… not EA (we did mean everyone) uses to gauge a game’s reception has very strict standards when it comes to journalistic integrity.

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Oh So Ominous: Artificial Intelligence Learns To Play Civilization

The PC game, mind you. If it did learn to play with real-life human civilization, you probably won’t be reading this. Or maybe you still are, except that unknown to you, your mind has been fed a simulation as its energy is sucked to power the machines.

Okay… that was a bit overboard. The news we’re trying to share is a team of scientists led by computer science professor Regina Barzilay let  a computer read a game manual for Civilization 2. In the resulting gameplay, the computer was able to improve its performance to the point where it emerged victorious 79% of the time.

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Female Artist Wants Bionic Eye, Goes Kickstarter

Tanya Marie Vlach has been wearing a prosthetic left eyeball for six years now. The fateful day happened around the time Hurricane Katrina ravaged much of the southern United States. Losing control of her car, Vlach was almost killed. Fortunately she was rescued in time, blind in one eye and suffering from a concussion.

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Evolio Neura Android Tablet, NOT the Most Powerful

Check out this new tablet from a company called Evolio dubbed the Neura. The tablet runs the Android operating system and someone was a bit boastful with the page for the tablet. The page claims that the Neura is the most powerful Android tablet. All I see is the same old basic hardware that almost all the tablets out there use right now.

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