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Adobe rolls out Creative Suite CS5.5, introduces monthly subscriptions [VIDEOS]

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Adobe has decided to step up its release cycle and now in addition to releasing a new version of the Creative Suite every 2 years, they will also be bringing a “milestone” version every 12 months. Enter CS5.5!

CS5.5 is an update to the CS5 suite bringing improved versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash Builder Premium, Flash Catalyst, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. Read more »

New LG Blade P430 and P530 laptops – thin bezels, slim displays

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LG has just announced their new Blade series laptops, which both feature extremely thin bezels, displays and bodies and a cool, brushed metallic casing.

The P430 and P530 both offer Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 Sandy Bridge processor options, Windows 7 inside, metal casings and 1366×768 resolution displays. The bezel around both screens is just 10 mm thin, while the displays use LG’s Super Slim LED LCD technology and are just 4.5 mm thick. Read more »

Bing Maps Global Ortho Project aims to kick Google Maps ass

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You may not have heard of the Bing Maps Ortho Project but it’s goal is to up the ante on the digital maps scene by delivering high-resolution ground images of continental USA and Western Europe. Imagine the currently available Satellite views and imagine you could use those to zoom in even further down… Way in, actually, as the imagery is all shot from a small plane, not a satellite…

For this project Microsoft has equipped planes with specially designed 220 MP cameras and 13 PCs each. The planes were sent off to 5.8 km high in the sky to cover about 18 million square km. Do I hear those numbers crunching in your head? Yeah, the project is that optimistic and capturing those image data and importing it to Bing Maps it will cost Microsoft just about $130 million bucks. Whoa! Read more »

Google Chrome 11 is out, speech input, new icon and security fixes all the way

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Google Chrome 11 is now available for download. It brings various security fixes, the brand new flat-styled icon, speech-to-text and text-to-speech.

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SugarSync will auto transfer your camera snaps to your computer for free

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SugarSync has now released an app for Android devices to introduce its services to the platform. It will let you sync data between your smartphone or tablet and your computer. And it’s free.

SugarSync is already available (and very successful) on iOS devices. It lets users sync files between their portable device and their computers (yes, more than one) seamlessly and for free. Read more »

uTorrent 3.0 beta released, can stream videos that are still downloading

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There’s a beta version of uTorrent 3.0 out and it brings a couple of great new features along with plenty other improvements as well. The biggest change is the streaming capability – you can play music of video files before they are done downloading.

That’s great for those who can’t wait for the whole file to finish or just want a quick preview… Read more »

Ovi Maps grows photo-realistic 3D buildings, desktop-only for now

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Nokia has given Ovi Maps a major boost in the eye-candy department of Ovi Maps. We’ve seen 3D buildings before, but Nokia and C3 Technologies collaborated to scan entire cities – down to the last detail – and produce “photo-realistic” models.

I wouldn’t quite call it photo-realistic, but it’s certainly impressive… Read more »

Microsoft Office 15 is also getting the Metro UI

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A few weeks ago I told you about some new Windows 8 screenshots illustrating the tablet-oriented Metro UI. Until now it was not clear whether we are going to see this user interface elsewhere or not. You’d better like the Metro UI because it will stick around for a while.

The Outlook screenshot above is taken from the Milestone 2 version of Office 15. Read more »

Microsoft shows off Internet Explorer 10 running on Tegra 2, a preview is available for download

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Microsoft unveiled Internet Explorer 10 – they showed it off at the MIX11 developer conference, which started yesterday at Las Vegas. They did a demo, with Windows and IE10 running on an NVIDIA Tegra platform (with ARM processor). Yup, that’s W-i-n-d-o-w-s on an ARM CPU.

The first Platform Preview of Internet Explorer 10 is available for download. Wait, didn’t I just test IE9 last month? Alright, the bigger the version number, the merrier I suppose… You can ask Google, they’ll confirm. Read more »

Adobe releases Touch SDK for Photoshop – turns iPad into your Photoshop must-have accessory

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Adobe is releasing a touch SDK for developers and three apps for the iPad, which aim at turning the tablet into a capable Photoshop companion – something along the way of Wacom’s pen tablets. With the new apps you can finger-paint, color-mix, tool-shift and export to the full-featured PC version.

The touch SDK aims at giving developers the tools to create Photoshop apps for iOS, Android and BlackBerry. This way basically every tablet-maker (save for HP, for now) will be able to take advantage and use its tablets for professional Photoshop work. Read more »

New Skype 5.3 for Windows brings improved video-calling from your PC to mobile devices

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Skype version 5.3 (for PC) is out and you can download it right away. It brings some bug fixes and a minor UI facelift, but most importantly improved video-calling to mobile devices, such as iOS and Android, among others.

Skype developers have shifted the weight of video-calling from the mobile devices to the PC, and as it does the heavier lifting, your mobile phone can send better quality video. This should create an overall smoother experience of PC-to-mobile video calls. Read more »

Mozilla lists the top resource hogging Firefox addons, check yours now

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Add-ons are certainly Firefox’s greatest blessing, but sometimes they can also be its worst curse. Unfortunately, installing too many of them may seriously increase the browser start-up and page loading times even when you have some capable computer hardware at hand.

Fortunately, Mozilla is finally going to try and assist you in making your add-ons behave themselves. The company says that on average each add-on adds 10% to the start-up time on the Firefox browser so it suggests disabling the ones you are not using. Read more »

Another batch of Windows 8 shots leaks, this time we get to see the tablet UI

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It was just yesterday we saw a bunch of Windows 8 screenshots from the latest (Milestone 3) alpha release. Today we got something even better – a few shots from the tablet-oriented Immersive UI of Windows 8.

The Immersive web browser in Windows 8 for tablets

The screenshots above are taken from the Immersive browser, which implements the Metro UI, but acts as the desktop Internet Explorer 9. It was designed to work on a specific resolution, which resulted in the improper displaying. Read more »

Google +1 service is available for testing, go try it yourself

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It was just a few days ago when Google announced the +1 vote for the search results. Well now it is already available for testing, you just need to go to Google Labs and activate it.

The best part of the +1 idea is far away from the social scene though. Google will record every +1 vote to a specific website and will use that data to improve its search results.

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This is how the Windows 8 might look like, you are not going to like it

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The SP1 for Windows 7 hit the PCs around the world only recently, but Microsoft is already prepping the next Windows installment – version 8. Some developers aleady have access to an alpha version (Milestone 3) and we get to see a a glimpse of it right now.

The most important visual change you’ll notice is the tabbed (ribbon) structured menu on various places. It’s similar to the Microsoft Office 2010 looks and honestly, it’s quite ugly. Read more »