Brevity Review: Portal 2 Test Candidate Hoodie

This is an official Aperture Science hoodie that retails for $60 from our friends at ThinkGeek. On the front, the iconic Portal 1 and 2 character slipping in between space, is 100% cotton, two front pockets, has ribbed cuffs and bottom. Wearing it is a very comfortable experience, despite the smallest size looking like a medium-sized hoodie when you make comparisons to other hoodies. Now, what I think is the most special about this hoodie is the back: it proudly displays the “Test Candidate” that you are when you wear a Portal 2 hoodie (or would if you were actually part of the game, in which case I’d like to steal your position).

Check Out Usenet.nl, A Form Of Access To Usenet

Once I got an email from Usenet.nl the first thing that came through my mind was “another cloud storage service”. Turns out, it has ingenuity and is unique in every way, plus it isn’t your normal cloud service to begin with. It’s an independent company that provides access to the usenet. The Usenet existed since 1979 and is something like the forerunner of the internet. Today providers like usenet.nl grant access to the usenet via internet. If you sign-up for usenet trial, you can – in two weeks – download 300 GB for free! While that is hard to believe, that it’s pretty legit and easy to use, and is all part of the free usenet download you can easily try on your own. Best of all, once you found files on the servers or files you simply want to download, you can do this with unlimited speed for a volume of 5 GB after that the rest of the 300 GB can be downloaded with a maximum speed of 2,000 kbit/s. The infrastructure piece on how Usenet operates can easily be seen here, which is fascinating, mainly because it combines 8 server farms into one streamed download, plus with the Newsreader software, which essentially is a browser for the files. It’s better than your usual torrenting service and in some cases faster than other service. Plans start at just a mere $9 per month on a yearly plan which enables you to download a volume of 635 GB per month which equates the amount of 850 CDs.

So, feel free to give Usenet.nl a shot!

Adobe Flash 11.2 and Air 3.2 launched today, with gaming in mind

Both the new Adobe Flash Player 11.2 and AIR 3.2 have been launched. They represent an idea to enable “console quality” games like Shadowgun inside of your web browser. Flash version 11.2 includes support for mouse-lock, relative mouse coordinates, right/middle click events, multi-threaded video decoding, and the capability for hardware accelerated 2D and 3D graphics for gameplay at up to 60 frames per second (FPS). The new AIR 3.2 (Adobe’s platform for building cross-platform web apps, like Tweetdeck used to), comes with Stage3D for mobile, an Adobe tech released back in October for desktops used in graphically intensive titles. Also, Flash will auto-update itself on Windows.

Now for the funny part: Adobe is incentivizing Flash 11.2’s premium features (for the first time, it seems) by promising not to charge devs until their app reaches $50,000 in revenue. Sounds a little sketchy at first, but reasonable. Apps built using AIR don’t get charged. The new policy is effect August 1st, 2012.

In the meantime, it’s time to update both Flash and AIR on your computer.

Via: Adobe

Samsung: 5 million Galaxy Notes have been shipped, launches in Japan on the 6th with LTE

This may just be a quick news bite, but it’s interesting to make note of the Galaxy Note, which Samsung has stated shipped 5 million units, and is launching in Japan, this April 6th, with LTE carrier NTT Docomo, under the very long name “Docomo Next Series Galaxy Note SC-05D“. No pricing details yet for the Japanese, but Samsung seems serious about the S Pen technology due to all of the constant work that has gone into the device.

ViaSamsung Tomorrow, Engadget

Nokia Lumia 900 available on AT&T for $99.99 on April 8th

Oh, ’tis wonderful. Nokia and AT&T have finally come out with a solid release date for the Nokia Lumia 900 with 4G LTE. It will retail for $99.99, which is extremely aggressive considering it is a flagship phone (with the specs to back it) and launches this coming April 8th. Both the black and cyan versions launch the 8th, whilst the white version launches on April 22nd. Pre-orders start online and in stores this Friday, March 30th.

With all of that comes the dawn of a (possible) reign from Microsoft and its Windows Phone software backed by Nokia, since the Lumia 900 is such a formidable smartphone. Video after the break. Via: AT&T