Take To The Sky: Microsoft Flight for PC Released

This is monumental for flight simulator fans, specifically for Microsoft’s franchise. Microsoft Flight is now available for Windows PCs, for free. Keep in mind that this gets you the base planes and maps, but after that, only a few DLC purchases will get you one of the most visually impressive flight sims in recent memory, as far as initial impressions go. Get it!

ViaMicrosoft Flight

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 T-Mobile HSPA+ Review

Price as Reviewed: $399.99 on 2-year agreement with T-Mobile

This is nothing different from the other two Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices I’ve reviewed; the WiFi model was fantastic and the Verizon 4G LTE version even more so. The sole difference about this Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that it has a rather large, conspicuous T-Mobile logo at the top right, with an even more apparent Samsung logo slapped to the bottom, making it much less of a clean slate and instead an explosion of brands on what previously was a clear and crisp black slate. Performance of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor remains the same on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Samsung’s Touchwiz enhancements — that is, smooth and fluid, unless there are many widgets active and a live wallpaper. Battery life also remains very acceptable, at 8-10 hours of usage with the 4G HSPA+ radio turned on, which brings down average speeds of 1-10MBps.

The only downfall I really see here on the Tab 10.1 with T-Mobile is the insane amount of carrier apps and add-ons. Verizon didn’t do it, and neither did Samsung on their WiFi model, but for some odd reason T-Mobile had to be “first”. Otherwise, this Tab 10.1 passes, but just by a notch.

Score: 8.9/10

YouTube For Android Update Now Allows For HD Streaming On 2.2+ Devices

So this is both great news and slightly — fragmented. The YouTube for Android app has been updated so that devices on Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are not the only ones capable of streaming HD video. There is however, a catch: it depends on your device’s screen resolution and screen size, so that is something to take into account. Otherwise, for those ready and willing, the update is now available in the Android Market.

Via: YouTube (Android Market)

Like A Boss: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Announced With New Feature Set

This is the pinnacle of DSLRs right now. The first EOS 5D brought video recording to the world of DSLRs, and now the EOS 5D Mark III only improves itself — in just about everything.  There’s a larger, better 1,040,000-dot 3.2-inch rear LCD, new Digic 5+ processor, 22.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, 61-Point High Density Reticular autofocus with 41 cross-types (all of which are borrowed from the 1D X), dual memory card slots (SD and CompactFlash) an extended ISO range of 50 to 102,400 (100 to 25,600, natively, for epic night shots), OVF with 100 percent coverage (versus 98, previously), and a maximum 6 FPS burst speed (good stuff!).

Obviously then, the 5D Mark III is no slouch taking strong video: it can capture h.264 footage at HD resolutions up to 1080 at 24/25/30p or 720 at 50/60p, with an effective ISO range (in that mode) of 100-128,000 — and of course there’s a stereo mic input for the microphone of your choice as well as a headphone jack (!), which has never been seen on an EOS 5D camera before.

All of this will cost the pro photographer $3,500 for the body only when it comes out later in March. PR after the break.

Minecraft 1.2 Released!

This is a nice incremental update from the Mojangsters at Mojang AB, creators of Minecraft. The changelog is as follows; the update can be downloaded automatically upon starting the launcher and signing in.

+New jungle biome
+ Added ocelots
+ Added cats
+ Added iron golems
+ New AI for mobs
+ Tame wolves can have puppies
+ Villagers will have children if there is room in their village
+ Added rare drops for mobs
+ New items and blocks
* New map height limit (256 instead of 128)
* Doors have been updated so that double-doors work better with redstone
* Many other minor tweaks and fixes
– Removed Herobrine

Via: Mojang AB

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available for all

This is it: the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Containing over 100,000 changes from the older Developer preview, the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 has access to many of the Metro-style apps as well as new apps, like the Windows Store. The Consumer Preview is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions in English, Chinese, French, German, and Japanese. Microsoft’s minimum requirements for the Consumer Preview are a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of free storage space, and a DirectX 9-compatible graphics card — the exact same requirements as Windows 7 (interesting, no?).

You can get the Windows 8 consumer preview at the source links.

Via: Windows 8 (Setup Download), Windows 8 ISO Version, Microsoft