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What? The legendary Atari is making a comeback? Watch the teaser

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 15 Jun 2017 11:02

What? The legendary Atari is making a comeback? Watch the teaser You might have to be born in the 80s to remember the computer brand but nonetheless one of the more legendary computer and video game companies that have existed on the planet might be coming back.

Even if you haven't ever played on a Atari system or a a game made by the company – although surely you've played Pong – you probably have seen a nostalgic gamer wearing a shirt with the logo. The company has quite a cult following within old school community and thus it is welcomed with much hype when a new Ataribox website was launched teasing a new product.

What is Ataribox exactly? Well, that is the one thing we do not know. The teaser only shows what seem to be close ups of what is the Ataribox. According to them it might be a replica of the Atari 2600 which is the source of the cult following. Some of the details look like they are from the epic wood paneling on the Atari 2600.

One possibility is definitely that it'll be a similar project as the recent NES Classic which stuffed Nintendo's classic games in a mini NES replica. In that case expect to play games like Blasteroids, Paperboy, Gauntlet, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Rampart, and Marble Madness.


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Firefox got faster, important tech mimics Chrome's

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 15 Jun 2017 10:37

Firefox got faster, important tech mimics Chrome's Not long time ago Firefox was amongst the leading web browsers in the world. The software developed by Mozilla has however fallen quite far in usage and the reason is likely a rather underdeveloped technology.

Now Mozilla has announced a new version of Firefox that should bring the once great browser back with updated technology and improved speed. Newly released Firefox 54 uses a new Electrolysis technology that has been under development for a long while.

Electrolysis mimics a technology that made Google's Chrome browser pretty much an overnight success. It allows the browser tabs or processes to perform separately. One of the advantages of this technology is that when a website crashes your browser or slows it down you can regain control by killing that individual process.

Mozilla already brought the technology to Firefox platform last year but it was a half baked version. Now it should work on the browser as intended and is fully functional. You should expect more responsive UI and smoother performance.

You can download Firefox 54 here

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Today is AfterDawn's 18th birthday

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Jun 2017 6:07

Today is AfterDawn's 18th birthday Wow...! It is exactly 18 years now since our site was launched to public for the first time. Yes. Eighteen. In a world where thousands and thousands of new websites get launched each week and thousands of sites fold as well, it seems like an eternity. And how amazing these years have been..

Think about it. When our site launched back in June, 1999, most people were using Altavista for "googling" (yeah, Google had been launched, but it was still just "one of the search engines"), "social media" meant probably watching TV with your friends in your living room and idea of Netflix-style on-demand video service with thousands and thousands of movies and series seemed like a daydream after eating something unsuitable.

But yeah, here we are, still kicking. We've seen world change and our site change as well. Tech trends have appeared and disappeared - and we've tried to cover most of those during all these years.

But we have always had our loayl readership. You guys who visit our site regularly, read our news, share them, participate in comments, in forums and give us feedback. Because of you and your feedback, we have made it through all these years.


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Kaspersky wants EU to investigate Microsoft on security products

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Jun 2017 15:06

Kaspersky wants EU to investigate Microsoft on security products Russian security software firm Kaspersky has asked European regulators to investigate Microsoft over its practices related to Windows Defender.

The European Commission has confirmed it received the anti-trust complaint from the Russian company, which alleges that Microsoft pushes its own security products on Windows 10 users.

"These actions by Microsoft lead to a lower level of protection for users, a limitation on their right to choose, and financial losses both for users and security solution manufacturers," Kaspersky said in a statement, according to the BBC News website.

Microsoft says its security products comply with competition laws and that it would answer whatever questions the regulator has.

Kaspersky also filed complaints with regulators in Russia and Germany.

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Sony sold 1 million VR headsets

Written by James Delahunty @ 07 Jun 2017 14:58

Sony sold 1 million VR headsets Sony has sold more than one million PlayStation VR headsets, according to an executive.

Atsushi Morita, President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, admitted that the sales figures so far have exceeded the firm's expectations.

PlayStation V4 can rely on a base of 50 million PS4 consoles sold so far, and also a much lower price point than its main competitors in the virtual reality space.

Sony's VR headset sells for $399, compared to Oculus Rift at $599 and HTC's Vive at $799.

"I believe that VR technology is the greatest innovation since the birth of television," said Morita. "VR allows you to travel to World Heritage Sites or to space while staying at home. It's like a time machine or a door to anywhere."

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Apple revamps App Store with new layout and navigation

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 06 Jun 2017 13:16

Apple revamps App Store with new layout and navigation Apple had a big day yesterday in San Jose, CA. The Cupertino Goliath announced a multitude of platform updates, device upgrades, and even some new products. One thing that might have not caught everyone's eye as much, but yet is something most Apple users will be very familiar with, is the revamped App Store.

Apple said the new App Store user interface will modify how people use the store and bring a new fresh look. Major changes to user experience means that there's a new style to the whole app which can be found from some of the company's other apps (including Apple Music) as well as their new website.

The new App Store is divided into three tabs: Today, Games, and Apps. The first category introduces the user to exclusive premieres, recommendations, and new apps. Games are now also separate from other apps, which will bring more focus to the largest and most popular app category. In addition to the three main tabs, the store has Updates and Search tabs.


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Apple updated the iPad Pro with a bigger and better ProMotion display

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 06 Jun 2017 11:55

Apple updated the iPad Pro with a bigger and better ProMotion display Apple CEO Tim Cook wasn't kidding when he said in the opening of the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) yesterday that there's a lot to talk about. Skipping the typical recap of the year in numbers, Apple employees went straight on to updates and new products.

The day was mostly filled with operating system updates but there was surprisingly many product launches as well. Usually Apple only refreshes their Mac line and maybe touches on some niche products, like the Apple TV or Apple Watch, during the WWDC.

This time around the audience consisting largely of developers – it is a developer conference after all – witnessed quite a few new devices. In addition to unveiling the new Mac Pro and even a completely new HomePod, the company unwrapped the new and improved iPad Pro.

The smaller iPad Pro has grown from a 9.7 incher to a bigger and better 10.5 inch display. The size however has now budged as the company has managed to squeeze the bezels to incorporate the bigger display that hosts a new technology called ProMotion.


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As expected, Apple releases HomePod to fight Amazon Echo

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 06 Jun 2017 8:56

As expected, Apple releases HomePod to fight Amazon Echo In yesterday's keynote speech Apple had a lot to talk about. All the operating systems got a new versions, Macs were updated, and even the Apple TV had some good news to share.

Even after this Apple managed to release a completely new product. Well, new to them. It is, of course, the anticipated HomePod.

For a while now it has been rumored that Apple was making a competitor to Amazon Echo, and the larger family of Alexa devices, and of course all the other voice assisted smart speakers. Obviously Apple thinks theirs is superior in every way, many of which might be true.

HomePod is a combination of seven speakers surrounding a subwoofer, and is controlled using voice only. Siri is listening with six microphones around the device. Apple claims that HomePod is smart enough to know its surroundings and optimize the music output to your living room, or whatever area it might be.


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Apple unveils iOS 11 with Metal 2, updated Siri, and more

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 Jun 2017 15:03

Apple unveils iOS 11 with Metal 2, updated Siri, and more Apple has today announced the new version of the company's most important operating system. The operating system running on all iPhones and iPads updates to version number 11 within the upcoming months.

The iOS 11 comes with changes to both underlying technologies as well as features seen on the surface of the platform experience.

Apple has updated the Messages with a new iCloud synchronization which allows a better multi-platform and multi-device sync with automatic updates to message threads. First time ever you'll also be able to use Apple Pay within Messages to transfer money to another iPhone user with just a simple P2P transfering "message".

Siri has been enhanced with loads of machine learning which you will both hear and see whether it is the improved Siri voices expressing themselves in more nuanced way or the more contextual information provided. Siri also now can translate to five different languages and the SiriKit allows better voice command integration in third-party apps.

As you might imagine, Photos has been updated as well. One of the more important upgrades to Photos is the support for HEVC codec which means that videos use now half the storage. In addition Apple has replaced the very traditional JPEG format with a new and more efficient HEIF, which should also decrease the size by 50%. This should not affect the picture quality thanks to new algorithms.


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Apple finally updated the Mac Pro, most powerful Mac ever

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 Jun 2017 14:13

Apple finally updated the Mac Pro, most powerful Mac ever Apple has finally, after years of pressure from professionals, answered the call to update their top-of-the-line Mac. The company unveiled a new Mac Pro, which this time around is a all-in-one computer.

The new Mac Pro is obviously the most powerful computer Apple has ever released and has more to offer than anything they've previously had. The base model includes a 5K Retina display, 8-core Xeon processor, Radeon Vega graphics, 32 GB ECC memory, a one terabyte SSD, and first time ever 10 Gb Ethernet connection. This starts at $4999.

You can upgrade the Mac Pro to up to 18 cores and Vega graphics up to 16GB of VRAM and 400GB per second of memory bandwidth. The ECC RAM goes up to 128 gigabytes and SSD can be upgraded to 4 TB. This obviously will cost, a lot.

The Mac Pro is an all-in-one product just like the iMacs but includes more I/O options, including four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and comes in a stealth-like dark silver color.

One piece of bad news for the people that have been waiting for this for years is that you'll have to wait a little bit more. Apple expect the new Mac Pro to ship in December.


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Apple updated macOS, here's High Sierra

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 Jun 2017 13:54

Apple updated macOS, here's High Sierra Apple has unveiled the next update to the oldest Apple OS currently on the market. The update to macOS is called High Sierra – cue puns, Federighni – and will bring updates to almost all aspects of the OS.

Major updates include Safari update which makes it, according to the company, the fastest browser on the planet. This means that depending on the benchmark you can expect as much as 80% faster performance than Google Chrome.

Another big update is heading to Photos app. The new app includes updated organization and editing tools, a new side bar, and filtering option. The filtering gives you a faster search based on keywords, favorites, and media type. The app also has an automatic face recognition.

High Sierra also brings the first time ever a native VR support. The Industrial Light & Magic team demoed the feature with HTC Vive and Star Wars content. The new macOS uses the new Metal 2 graphics platform to render high quality VR in 90 frames per second.

There are also updates to many apps, including the Mail app, as well as the underlying file system, which has been now updated to a faster and more modern APFS.

High Sierra is available right now to developers willing to try the beta. All beta tester will get the update later this month through the beta tester program and the final version will ship free for all Sierra compatible Macs later on this fall.

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Updates to Apple Watch, new watch faces and Siri expansion

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 Jun 2017 13:35

Updates to Apple Watch, new watch faces and Siri expansion Apple's keynote at the WWDC is currently ongoing but already the company has introduces the first major update to one of its many platforms. After a small update to Apple TV, Tim Cook passed the torch to Kevin Lynch to tell about Apple Watch.

Apple Watches get an update which is called watchOS 4. This update brings a variety of new watch faces, a major expansion to Siri capabilities, and updates to apps like Apple Music.

Siri now shows an information stream quite like Google Now on your Apple Watch. The new watch faces include kaleidoscope and Toy Story characters with fun animations.

The activity tracking has updated as well with more functionality and the Workout app has a brand new UI.

You get all this and more right now, that is if you update to Developer build. Or you could wait for the official release some time during fall.

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Amazon comes to Apple TV

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 05 Jun 2017 13:20

Amazon comes to Apple TV Apple's annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) has been opened by Tim Cook. Cook started the keynote by telling how popular the developer community is currently but quickly moved on to updates about products.

The first product update announced by Tim Cook is for Apple TV. Apple has managed to make deals with Amazon and finally gets online shopping giant's video service on its platform.

This means that later this year Amazon Prime Video will be available on Apple TV with its thousands of movies and TV shows. This of course includes all the critically-acclaimed original shows, such as Man in the High Castle.

Apple did not reveal a date for update but as said earlier it will be coming before the end of the year.

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Microsoft promises a variety of Always Connected computers

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 31 May 2017 17:08

Microsoft promises a variety of Always Connected computers Microsoft has informed us at Computex trade show that its partners are going to unveil a slew of new so-called Always Connected computers in the upcoming months. These computers, mainly laptops of varying form factors, will include an integrated LTE modem that allows the computers to be, well, always connected.

The concept has brewed a long time within Microsoft, and it is certainly not the first time company has tried to bring computers equipped with modems to consumers. ARM based computers were one of the main points in the Windows 8/Windows RT division.

Now the Redmond titan, however, believes that the technology is mature enough. Always Connected computers are said to be released from multitude of manufacturers, including ASUS, Hp, VAIO, Xiaomi, and the leading PC manufacturer Lenovo.

They come equipped with either Intel's or Qualcomm's chips, which include the popular smartphone flagship system-on-a-chip Snapdragon 835 found in for example the new Galaxy S8. All the computers run Windows 10, albeit different versions for ARM and Intel chips.

The computer come with their own eSIM slot and are thus mostly meant for people that are on the move, such as students and business customers, who don't want the hassle of sharing their mobile data from a smartphone.

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Intel's credit card sized computer is coming to refrigerators near you

Written by Matti Vähäkainu @ 31 May 2017 14:56

Intel's credit card sized computer is coming to refrigerators near you Intel has announced that it will start the commercializing of a concept called Compute Card. This credit card sized computer concept is obviously incredibly small and light which means it will make a lot of new kind of computer applications possible, says Intel.

What makes the Compute Card great is that it allows the modular use of computer technology in a new way. When you can easily detach and reattach the computing part of whatever system is it a part of, this means that the separate hardware, whether it be the Compute Card or the remaining equipment can be modified or replaced easily.

This kind of feature would be essential in devices like TVs, refrigerators, and cars among other Internet of Things applications.

Compute Card will come available in four different models that vary in performance. The processors used include a dual-core and 1.2Ghz Kaby Lake Core i5-7Y57 and a less powerful quad-core Celeron 3450. All four versions of Compute Card include four gigabytes of RAM, 128 GB SSD storage, Wi-Fi (ac), and Bluetooth 4.2.


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