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Apple has released a malware removal tool to remove the Flashback trojan from Macs which do not have Java installed. It is recommended you run Software Update and download this tool right now.
Sony have announced that they will release a red coloured PlayStation 3 with a red controller. The red PS3 will be available in the UK via play.com on May 4th for just £240 or from Amazon.co.uk on April 27th for £270
and finally The first batch of Raspberry Pi computers are being issued to users.
A group of schoolchildren in Leeds are the first to get their hands on production models of the bare-bones computer.
Costing only £16, the tiny computer has been designed to inspire anyone, especially children, to get started with computer programming. Eager fans who were the first to order a machine should get their Raspberry Pi by 20 April.
First up on this week’s edition of review corner was the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows phone.
Nokia is another manufacturer of phones that run on the Windows phone operating system. This one has a user interface that Microsoft calls Metro. It consists of tiles, some of which represent the various applications that are on the phone. Some of them are acutally showing information to you. For example, the weather application might show the weather in London, UK at a given time.
This phone is running the Windows phone 7.5 operating system and it comes pre-loaded with a lot of software. This phone sports a 3.7” AMOLED display, capacative curved glass touch screen with pinch to zoom.
So how much can you store on this thing? Well, it comes with 512MB of storage for apps and then 16GB(enough for about 4000 songs) of storage for your personal files. If you like your photography, then you will need a lot of that 16GB as this thing has an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and an LED flash.
So how fast is it? Well, it has a QualComm 1.4GHz CPU which means it is quite a fast phone.
Being such a powerful phone, how long can the battery last? Well, Nokia claim that this thing can give you up to 9.5 hours of 3G talk time, 335 hours of 3G standby time,55 hours of music listening time or 6.5 hours of video playback time.
Adi had a chance to play with the Lumia 800 on the show floor of the Unified Communications Expo 2012. he was watching sky news on the phone itself and the video quality was superb. He then compared it with the screen quality of the iPhone 4 and he thought that it was quite comparable even with the iPhone 4’s retina display.
He also did a few speed tests. He loaded up a few apps and each of the apps that he tried were loading up very quickly. In a test against the iPhone, he loaded up the built-in eBay app on both devices and he found that the Nokia phone loaded up slightly faster than the iPhone.
he also had the chance to take a few photos with this phone and he was impressed by the quality of the shots coming out of the phone.
All-in-all, I think that this phone could give the iPhone a run for it’s money I would give it 4 out of 5. You can find out more over on the Nokia website.
In our second review, we had a look at CleanMyMac from MacPaw. We have to say a huge thanks to the folks at MacPaw for sending us a copy of CleanMyMac for this review.
So what does this software do?
As the name implies, CleanMyMac allows you to get rid of unwanted data that is just unnecessarily taking up space on your Mac. You can get rid of a lot of stuff on there.
The installation process was quite easy. Just mount the DMG image file, and copy the CleanMyMac program into the Applications folder. The installation itself only took about 10 to 15 seconds. That being said, the installation might take a longer time to complete depending on the performance of your Mac.
Once the application had loaded up, it presents you with with the CleanMyMac user interface.
I have to say that the interface was quite clean and simple. The app presents you with a sidebar that has 8 options. These are as follows:
- Caches: These are files which are intended to make content load faster
- Logs: Files which keep track of activity within applications on your computer and system services
- Universal binaries: files which were written for the Intel and PowerPC arichitecture
- System Junk: files which are not needed
- Trashes and lefovers: Files which are left in the trash or files left on the system from applications which were previously trashed
In addition to these selections, you also have a “manage extensions section”. This is for applications which you download and install into your mac’s dashboard to add new functionality.
You’ve also got a section where you can uninstall applications, but make sure you need those applications before you remove them.
Last but not least, you have a section where you can drag files that you don’t want without having to move them to the trash.
Once you know what you want to get rid of, you simply select everything using the checkboxes on the far left of the sidebar. From there, simply click the scan button at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen and then the application will go through your computer and search for anything that should not even be there. After that, CleanMyMac will allow you to go through the things that you want it to get rid of. After that, you can simply hit the “Clean” button and CleanMyMac will do the rest for you. After the clean-up is done, CleanMyMac will give you the option to either go and do another clean-up or you can go and share your results via Twitter or Facebook if you want to.
We had a few weeks to use this one and we were impressed. We found it very easy to pick up and use and the interface was very simple and very easy to navigate around. If there was one thing that I would change, I would suggest that the preferences screen should open up in a separate window.
Overall, CleanMyMac gets a 4 out of 5 and is a program that many a mac user should definitely have on their system. CleanMyMac is available as a free trial from MacPaw.com. You can buy it for £24.95 from the MacPaw store.
Picks of the week:
Chris’ Pick of the week was Commodore OS Vision. It is a free, customised Linux distribution for Commodore and retro OS fans. Commodore computers were well known for their unique operating environments back in the day.
It is distinctive, attractive, advanced and a fun operating system experience that brings you right back to the the 80’s
Various themes are included, inspired by the Commodore 64 and various versions of the Commodore Amiga Workbench user environments, but with a modern twist , which includes cool graphs and effects .
Commodore OS Vision is not a derivative of the original AmigaOS developed for 68K microprocessor computers in the 1980′s, but an entirely modern operating system based on GNU/Linux.
Commodore OS Vision comes pre-loaded with dozens of the latest and greatest productivity, creativity and entertainment software the open source world has to offer. It comes with dozens of exciting 3D games, the latest web browsers such as firefox, a Microsoft Word compatible Office Suite(known as Libre Office), advanced graphical manipulation programs Gimp , 3D raytracing software, advanced software development tools and languages, photo and movie editing and sound and music composition programs. More than enough to keep you busy and entertained. It is a sizeable download at 3.77GB for the installation ISO and 3.36GB for the extras, but worth it for the games included. Commodore OS Vision is a free download and you can get your copy from CommodoreUSA.net
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