Dawn of War Gold Edition 50% Off on Impulse

If you are expecting a long drawn post on what exactly makes the Dawn of War (DoW) series of games so darn good, then you will be disappointed. I do not think I can objectively look at a game that I played through high school with earnest. Sure, it was a gory, violent game. Sure, it was rated M and I played it just as I entered my teens. It’s not like I’ve managed to become a serial chaos killer now, have I?

I have, however, become a lover of all things Warhammer: 40,000.

So, when I hear Dawn of War Gold Edition is 50% Off on Impulsein my email, I can only tell you, reader, to go ahead and buy it. For $9.99 I can hardly think of a better deal on a bundle. Go forth and buy, minions!

Intel To Launch Core i3 ULV Processors Before The End Of This Quarter

PC World reports that Intel is working on a Core i3 Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) processor for the ultra-thin laptops. The processor will be launched before the end of this quarter. The Core i3 ULV chip will be based on the 32nm fabrication process, whichIntel helps reduce power consumption.

According to Stephen Smith, Vice President and Director of PC Client operations at Intel The new processors will reach laptops in the second half of the year.These ultra-low voltage CPUs are used by manufacturers in ultra-thin laptops.

Rumors also suggest that these processors will feature the Intel HyperThreading technology. These chips will offer a better performance than the Intel Atom processors. The Core i3 and Core i5 processors have a graphics core and a processing core integrated into a single chip. This helps in reducing the power consumption while improving the graphics performance of the notebooks.

Intel had launched the Core i3 and Core i5 series of processors for Desktops and Notebooks at the beginning of this year.

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Apple Wants To Trademark ‘iTunes Live’

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We’ve known for quite a long time now that Apple plans to move iTunes to the cloud. With their purchase of music service Lala, the rumors were strengthened. iTunes App Store links now started opening within the browser to give you a preview and allowing you to launch iTunes to purchase the application.

According to Techcrunch, Apple has applied for a trademark on the term iTunes Livefor:

  • Online retail store services in the field of entertainment featuring prerecorded musical, audio and audiovisual content.
  • Entertainment services, namely, arranging and conducting of concerts and live musical performances.

Given the context, it seems that Apple might start offering live concerts via iTunes in the future. The idea of being able to stream digital content over your iTunes account directly onto the iPad or Apple TV seems quite interesting.

Perhaps we might hear more on this at Apple’s WWDC where the next gen iPhone is expected to be unveiled.

Hugo Chavez Now # 1 Twitter User In Venezuela, Hires 200 Poeple To Assist

When it comes to the micro-blogging network Twitter, let’s just say Hugo Chavez had a change of heart. Around 3 months ago when people in Venezuela used Twitter to express against Chavez, he suggested to the National Assembly that the internet should be regulated. However, it looks like he had a sudden change of heart because he has not only joined Twitter recently, but has also become one of the top Twitter users in Venezuela.

Chavez currently has 250,000 followers and with a need for so many tweets, he has hired 200 assistants to help him. He explained that the aides will help in answering thousands of messages he receives every day. Within a week of joining Chavez has also been included in over 8,000 Twitter lists. He also knows people are making fun of me because of this sudden shift in his perspective, but he does not care:

Some criticize me, others insult me. I don’t care,” he said. “It’s a form of contact with the world.

Over all, it seems to be a really smart move from Chavez since now he would be able to respond/manage the fastest growing medium being used against his leadership.

HP “Hurricane” webOS Based Tablet Device Might be Launched In 3rd Quarter Of This Year

It was just a week ago that HP announced that it will acquire Palm for $1.2 billion. The acquisition of Palm has given HP control over arguably the best mobile phone operating system the webOS. HP even said that they planhp to “scale it (webOS) across multiple connected devices.” Everybody concluded that HP meant that they will launch a webOS based tablet device soon, and apparently everyone is right.

The Examiner reports that an insider at HPhas told them that HP is working on a webOS based tablet device. The tablet device will supposedly be released by the third quarter of this year. The code name of the tablet device is Hurricane. It looks like the holiday season of 2010 is surely going to be an awesome one, with the launch of so many tablet devices and WP7 based phones.

HP was earlier working on the HP Slate tablet running on Windows 7. Over the past week, many rumours cropped up that the HP Slate is now dead, and I think it is true. It won’t make any sense for HP to launch a Windows 7 based tablet device, instead of using the webOS from Palm.

Get Your Free ClipArt at OpenClipart.org

lady-bugI often spend too much time looking for the right image to use in a blog post or web page. My biggest problem is finding an image that I can use without worrying about copyrights. Most of the images you find on the web are not labeled with a clear message that says who it belongs to.

Since I’ve found OpenClipart.org, I think I’ll be saving a lot of time. Everything there is completely free. There are no strings attached. You can use their images in anything you publish.

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OpenClipart.org has been doing this since they were founded in 2004. This is what they say about their project:

The usage of the name is to convey connection to Open Source software and culture. Also, the word conveys the concept of the project lowering barriers for participation for submission of artwork, development on the project, use of the site and use of the clip art stored.

If you just want to use the freebie art, you only need to go to the site and type in a search term or use the categories to find what you need.

They also offer several packages loaded with all of the clipart from the entire website. These can be downloaded in a couple of different formats.

Download Clipart

If you are an artist, they’d love to get your help with this project. Here’s how to get involved.

If you’re just an average graphics-challenged person like myself, be sure to tell everyone you know about this cool website.

Students Who Caught Stealing Teacher On Camera May Be Punished

New technology has always sparked debates over privacy, be it Facebook exposing your details to the world or somebody recoding a video without permission. But how about some students who couldn’t get any help from the school over their disappearing money and eventually caught their gym teacher on camera doing the theft? Is that right or wrong?

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Many of us might say that students did the right thing, but officials of North Marion High School in West Virginia wouldn’t necessarily agree. Their stance on the issue:

A school spokesman said it’s possible the student who recorded the cell phone video could get in trouble as well because students are not supposed to use their phones during the day.

After being confronted with the video, Steve Simmons, confessed to the crime and said he had been doing this for years. This year alone he had accumulated around $400. School hasn’t yet decided what the punishment might be but whatever it is, it would be totally unjustified given the fact that students broke the rule to catch a thief. More so, because this is something the school is responsible for. If the school had taken appropriate measures when students complained about the theft, students didn’t have to use a mobile phone to capture the thief on video.

Here is a link to the original news story and the actual video.

[Via TechDirt]

How To Delete Your Account From Any Social Network or Web Service

Tired of Facebook? Getting lots of spam on your Meebo account? Don’t think you need Last.fm service any more? If you have a desire to delete any of your social network, blogging or email account but just don’t know how to do that, DeleteYourAccount is a great resource to learn that.

DeleteYourAccount is a simple website that contains detailed instructions on how to delete your account from major web services including direct links to pages or email addresses you need. Simply browse through the alphabetical listing to find your desired web service or look it up using the search box. You can also check out the web services that have recently been added or web services that are popular.

If you delete your account by following the instructions but realize you didn’t want that, the website also has detailed instructions on how to get it back. This information, however, is not available for all the services. As of now, you can find instructions on deleting your account for around 25 different web services. This makes me wish for an app where I can provide my username/password for different web services and automatically get my account deleted without doing any manual steps.

Delete Your Account

Android OS ported to Apple iPhone 3G

You should have heard the news that Android OS ported to WinMo’s like Sony Ericsson Xperia X1. Now, this news will definitely blow away Steve Jobs sleep. Android OS is now ported to iPhone 3G after getting ported to iPhone 2G.

The person responsible for this is David Wang and his friends. The Android OS is running great on the iPhone 3G. In the video you can see features like multi-touch working great. The only thing which is still not finished is the audio support. David has claimed that it is done and only uploading the video with the audio support is left.

The most interesting thing is that Dual boot is available and it can apply unlocking if the iPhone 3G needs it. Mr. Wang deserves an applaud for getting this done. Excellent!

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Zynga May Break Away From Facebook, Launch Zynga Live

Let’s face it, with 246 Million Monthly Active Users, Zynga is the largest developer and partner Facebook has. But the relationship between them is getting quite sour due to Facebook’s new restrictions. Recently, Facebook announced that Facebook Credits will be the sole mode of payment that can be used by developers and Facebook will take a 30% cut of it.

Now some developers don’t mind that but with the size of revenue Zynga has, it will have to pay tens of millions of dollars to Facebook each year in fees. Zynga, of course, doesn’t like that and discussions with Facebook over this have not gone pretty well. As a result, Zynga may be planning to launch an independent social gaming network called Zynga Live that will host all Zynga games and let users interact with each other. Ideally, users should still be able to log-in using their Facebook or Twitter accounts and share their scores on Facebook using the Open Graph. However, no details have emerged as of yet on the structure of Zynga Live.

Another demand by Facebook that didn’t help was of agreeing to make Zynga games exclusive to the Facebook platform. There is no confirm news of when this might happen but once it does, Facebook’s PR team will have a field day. After all the privacy issues and recently negative reputation, severing ties with its largest partner is the last thing Facebook needs right now. Facebook will also have a busy day explaining things to its investors, few of whom are also stake holders at Zynga.

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