Apple purchases Topsy for $200 million

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The Wall Street Journal has reported Apple’s acquisition of social media analytics startup Topsy in a deal claimed to be worth more than $200 million. The start-up specializes in analyzing Twitter data and providing insights into trending topics. The purchase is an unusual move for Apple, who at this present point do not seem to have a use for Topsy’s raison d’etre. However, the tech giant has made a habit of buying technology to be used in future products – it did just that with PrimeSense Ltd earlier this year, which eventually led to a new line of processors for the iPhone and iPad.

When asked for comment, Apple refused to divulge any details aside from confirming the purchase; and Topsy did not respond.

New technology means your sweater can tell everyone what mood you’re in

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

If you’re one of those people who feels uncomfortable expressing your feelings to other, then help is on the way – and is very technological about it. Design lab Sensoree has created the GER mood sweater, or wearable tech that will change colors according to the mood you happen to be in.

The crux of the technology is in the funnel-shaped collar of the top, where Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) is built in. GSR works by connecting the wearer’s hands to the collar through sensors, creating the so-called “Galvanic Extimacy Responder”. Moods are displayed through to use of LED light, which makes use of the aforementioned color changes. Green represents “Tranquil – zen” for example, and red “Nervous – in love”.

The sweater has already been revealed in specialist shows and exhibitions globally, and one hundred pieces are set to go to market in March. You may be wearing your heart on your sleeve sooner than you think.

Windows XP expiry date countdown clock

Posted on: November 15th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The support of Microsoft XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will officially end on April 8th, 2014, so we have created a countdown clock (using the time zone of Microsoft Headquarters in Redmond, Washington) to remind you of the approaching date if you are using any of the expiring products.

To upgrade your operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, click here.

AMD Driver Autodetect – AMD Catalyst Drivers for Radeon

Posted on: November 5th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com 2 Comments

Download the AMD Driver Autodetect from SoftwarePatch.com to easily install and update the latest:

● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ R9 200 and R7 200 Series
● AMD Catalyst™ Drivers for Radeon™ HD 8000, HD 7000, HD 6000 and HD 5000 Series
● AMD Mobility Radeon™ Notebook Drivers

AMD Driver Autodetect detects your graphics card and Windows operating system. If there is a new driver, the tool will download it with a click of a button and start the installation process.

The auto-detect tool gives you the option to download the latest official driver.

» Click here to download AMD Driver Autodetect for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 versions.

Apple creating a red Mac Pro

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The new Mac Pro, launched by Apple just last week, is due for a redesign – albeit a limited one. In aid of charity (RED), Jony Ive and Marc Newson created a red version of the world’s most powerful desktop computer, with it due to go up for auction at Sotheby’s in late November.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the black Mac Pro, which CNET memorably described as what could be “Darth Vader’s bin”, the red Mac Pro looks very appealing. Unfortunately, its price tag might make you reconsider. With the original Mac Pro retailing at the jaw-dropping price of $3000, its red version is said to be going at somewhere between $40,000 and $60,000. You may have to reconsider that one…

 

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Land on the Moon – with Google Earth

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Google Earth is a great way to discover our planet, using either the browser plugin or the standalone version. But the browser plugin is more than just a map plugin to scroll around, as it has got some exciting features if you know how to use them.

One example of the funny features can be tried on the website of PlanetInAction. In this mini applet you can try your skills as an astronaut and land your spacecraft on the Moon in the exact same circumstances as Neil Armstrong faced during the Apollo 11 mission.

During the final landing phase it became apparent that the computer was steering directly towards a crater and big boulders, with only seconds of fuel to spare. We know that Neil Armstrong landed safely – but can you? Download the latest Google Earth plugin, and open the link above to prove your skills!

By Gergely Sumegi

Windows 8 has two years left

Posted on: October 21st, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

According to the information on Microsoft’s website, Windows 8.1 is part of the lifecycle of Windows 8: Microsoft will support the Windows 8 family until January 2023, however users will be obliged to upgrade to Windows 8.1 within the next two years. Windows 8.1 was published on October 18th, and the countdown started on that day.

With this two-year limitation Microsoft is forcing users to upgrade, including the ones who wouldn’t be happy to do so. As of October 2015, users will stop receiving critical updates, new functions and improvements, and will probably be left out of apps developed by third parties. The only option for remaining safe and up-to-date is to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system.

In the meantime, Microsoft is heavily campaigning to make users stop using Windows XP and Office 2003, as still lots of individuals and businesses are using these obsolete systems. Microsoft will stop supporting these in 2014.

By Gergely Sumegi

Gecko will give your smartphone an IQ boost

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

It seems internet-based funding platforms like Kickstarter are choc-a-bloc with the latest in creative ideas and inventions, and Gecko is no exception. Currently hitting major headlines, Gecko is a tiny gadget that its creators claim will “make your smartphone smarter”.

The way it works is simple. Connect Gecko to your phone via Bluetooth, and control your favorite smartphone functions using physical movements like a twist of the wrist or a shake. In a nutshell, Gecko allows you to access your smartphone without ever having to pull it out of your bag or pocket.

It doesn’t stop there, for Gecko’s capabilities go way beyond smartphone tie-ins. You can “tag” doors and windows to have Gecko alert you every time they’re opened, or even tag your bag or wallet to let you know whenever they’re touched. A function called “Smart Leash” means that you can tag your dog with Gecko, which will send you a warning if he/she wanders off beyond a certain point. Another feature means you can attached Gecko to a pillbox and get an alert if you, or one of your loved ones, have forgotten to take your scheduled medication.

Since Connovate Technology is a start-up they have set up a funding page on Indiegogo, and have a target price of $50K with a release-to-market date in mind. You can see the page here.

London design agency combines technology with LEGO to create nifty organizer

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

Everyone has a different way of organizing, be it on Google Calendar, by phone, or even on a Filofax. The team at Vitamins Design in London has come up with an ingenious way to sort out their schedules and keep them all in line, no matter what medium each person normally used.

This is how the LEGO Calendar was born. The LEGO calendar is an easy-to-read calendar that uses LEGO characters to represent each team member. Projects are marked by color-coded LEGO bricks, which are then organized by time (each brick represents half a day).

The most interesting feature is the software they created to work in tangent with the physical LEGO Calendar. The software automatically synchronizes every event marked on the physical calendar with a cloud one. A photo is first taken of the LEGO Calendar before it is emailed to a specific address. Upon receipt of the image, the software scans it and detects the colors and positions of each block to update the calendar accordingly.

The idea became so popular that Vitamins Designs has promised to share the computer code online. Watch their video for more.

GTA V smashes six world records

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by SoftwarePatch.com No Comments

The meteoric rise of Grand Theft Auto 5 had all but been confirmed when Guinness World Records announced that the game had broken six world records. GTA V has earned the highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours, and the fastest entertainment properly to exceed $1 billion.  GTA V has also been the best-selling video game in 24 hours, best-selling action adventure game in 24 hours, fastest video game to gross $1 billion, and highest grossing video game in 24 hours.

GTA V’s sales so far have beaten GTA IV’s lifetime sales, and game creators Rockstar have knocked rivals Activision out of pole position. Activision’s Call of Duty series used to hold most of the awards above, and with the fourth game in the series due for release on 5 November they have a lot of groundwork to make for.

Despite the regularly reported bugs frustrating users and their gaming experience, the demand for GTA V remains high, and only seems to be getting stronger. It remains to see whether Call of Duty: Ghosts will amass the same success.