“Glitch” Recently Opened to Public

Glitch: A game of giant imagination.
Glitch: A game of giant imagination.

Hello and I’m here to talk about a newly released massive multi-player game called Glitch and it is made by Tiny Sparks. I got an invite from them to test the beta stage of the game a slightly long time ago and it was really awesome. Sometimes the world is closed during beta stage. Nonetheless their features are really cool. It feels like playing FarmVille in the platforming dimension because you can pet pigs, plant your crops everywhere and hang out & chat with your friends! I haven’t been in the game for a while but it’s great game (and you can also play this on Facebook).

Glitch gameplay screenshot
Gameplay of Glitch


You can buy more than a dozens of clothes and costumes in their wardrobe, customize your face in vanity, learn some skills and other things you can do in Glitch. There are some bugs crawling around the game even though it is released to public so you can report issues on forums for detailed info on what you’ve caught.

So how much you like this game? Tell your short feedback below or send it to the game so they will be glad. Also, how did you found Glitch?


Oct. 4: Apple Ready to ‘Talk iPhone’


Well it’s about time Apple decided to officially announce a press event for October 4th. This now confirms and puts to rest any rumors that have been floating around the Internet. But what hasn’t been confirmed is whether or not the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S or any other similarly named device will be unveiled at the event. The rumor mills say two devices ,iOS 5, and perhaps iCloud will be revealed. Only time will tell if this will be the case.

As customary for Apple, this is an invite only event and there most likely wont be a live stream available. So if you’re invited media/press personnel, you might want to be at Apple HQ in Cupertino, CA by 10:00AM. Everyone else, you may want to find a live blog to monitor or keep it here as we will be live blogging the event.

Facebook Timeline View Is Live & Here’s How to Get It [VIA Tech Cores]

Image: CBS

Fresh off of the F8 high comes a new way to view your Facebook profile: The timeline view. This new UI upgrade puts a whole new spin on your Facebook profile. You are able to see a users activity based on a timeline of events that took place in a sequential order. Currently this view is only available to Facebook app developers…or is it?

According to our good friends at Tech Cores, there is a way you can access the new timeline view without having to do too much work. Check out the article source area below or just use the link after the last paragraph of this post to get the instructions over at Tech Cores. There are very detailed and provide a nice work-around for those who actually aren’t developers. Enjoy!

Tech Cores Article: http://bit.ly/oJ9KMi

Facebook Releases Slew of Changes: Impresses Some, Ticks Off Others

Looks like Facebook has kept their word on implementing new features on the infamous social network this week. It seems that the major changes started appearing Tuesday and on into early Wednesday morning with no apparent sign of stopping since we haven’t seen the promised major profile page redesign go online yet. Now I know we’ve all seen the subscribe button by now, but that seemed to be only the tip of the iceberg in changes to be made. Here are some changes to appear so far are:

  • New birthday notifications: Now you don’t have to go to a person’s profile to wish them well.

  • News Feed: See What Matters at the Top

  • Ticker: Join Friends in Real-Time

  • Increased resolution in photos uploaded to facebook
  • Photo display change in news feed

That’s all to be known for now but we will update the list once more changes have occurred. I’m sure Facebook has more tricks up its sleeve. So keep an eye here and on Facebook’s blog on further changes. But until then, enjoy this rendition of the Y U NO Guy meme by yours truly.


AMD Enters Guinness World Records For Highest CPU Frequency

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Looks like this was one for the record books. AMD took to silicon and secured the Guinness World Record for highest computer processor frequency. AMD used their 8-core FX CPU in the record breaking process. Unfortunately for us, there aren’t any instructions on how to overclock such a CPU. But we do know that Team AMD FX was able to to over clock the processor to 5GHz by using water and air cooling systems. Now break the previous record set at 8.308GHz, the team used liquid nitrogen to cool the CPU down further until it reached the peak frequency of 8.429Ghz. Thus the old record was broken.

Want to try and beak this record? Well you have to wait until Q4 2011 when this beast of a processor is released to the consumer populace. Just make sure you wear gloves when playing with liquid nitrogen.

Check the video below for a further look into the record-breaking process.


AIDS Puzzle Cracked By Gamers

University of Washington

Who would’ve thought that gamers would be the ones to turn the medical world on its ear? It took only three weeks for some online gamers to decode the AIDS retrovirus protein. Something which scientists haven’t been able to do in their 10+ years of research. Since researchers couldn’t get past the enzyme structure of protease (protein largely responsible for how some viruses multiply), the University of Washington took on an initiative to try decipher protease’s cryptic structure. Here enters Foldit.

Foldit was created by the University of Washington within the past few years which takes problems which stump scientists and turn it into an interactive computer game that calls for players to use advanced problem solving skills to build proteins.

Thanks to some of the models generated, scientists have been able to identify targets for drugs to be used to block the sinister enzyme. The doors are now open for new antiretroviral drugs to be created and used to combat viral diseases like AIDS and HIV.

So I guess we should just leave it up to online gamers to solve all our problems. Perhaps world hunger is next?

Installing Windows 8 on Bare Metal with VHD-Boot


Ok guys, as you can see, my ASUS EP121 tablet is running Windows 8 without having to blow away my factory installed Windows 7 partition. I can Dual-boot to Windows 7 and Windows 8, and they are both running on a harddisk with a single partition. How do I manage this you say? I installed Windows 8 with a feature of Win7/Win8 called VHD Boot.

VHD-Boot is better than installing in a VMWare/VitualPC environments, especially now because of all the Touch features of Windows 8. If you have a touch-enabled device, you will loose the touch feature if you install in virtual environment.

VHD-Boot present you with the advantages of a virtual environment with the quality of bare-metal installation. All the standard drivers of your machine will be installed as if you are installing on the machine itself, only the installation is done in a VHD file, the same used by all virtual PC systems. This give you portability and disaster recovery possibility. I know, disaster recovery is built in Win8, but that is another subject entirely.

Another problem a lot of you are having is preparing a USB key to perform the installation. I went through the problem myself, did not succeed in copying the 64bit files to my 4Gb usb key, 54mb too short! So I resulted to preparing a Harddisk install media, yes you heard it, harddisk install media. Most of us have unused harddisks lying around with lots of space than the 4Gb required by Windows 8 to install, why not use those HDD to install?

Creating the Install Media: Be warned! These steps are only for people who know what they are doing. I am not responsible if you wipe your active boot partition accidentally!

  1. Find an unused HDD drive of at least 5Gb. NOTE:all data on that HDD will be wiped!
  2. Connect the HDD to your machine, either internally or via a SATA/IDE to Usb converter. I used a 10year old 2.5 notebook hdd I have lying around with a SATA-to-USB converter.
  3. Now boot up your machine to format the hdd. Note that if you are installing a 64bit of Windows 8, you will need to format the hdd on a 64bit machine. Confirm in Windows Explorer that you can see your HDD after booting into Windows.
  4. Start command prompt administratively by typing “CMD” in the Start Menu search box. Windows finds the command prompt. Right click on it, and select to start as administrator. Command prompt opens as admin.
  5. Type the following commands in red exactly pressing the enter key after the command:
    1. Diskpart– Diskpart, Windows hdd partitioning software opens.
    2. List Disk– Diskpart shows all physical harddisks on your system, including your removable HDD.
    3. This is the most dangerous part so be careful. Identify your HDD from its size, if it is the same size as you C: drive for example, you need to identify which one is which. Type List Volume– Diskpart shows all your volumes and their corresponding sizes. This could help you identify which drive is which. The volume number helps to identify too, but not always. Just be careful if your Install media is the same size as your boot drive! If you are not sure, contact me via Twitter for advice.
    4. Go back to step B, if you did step C, just to be sure you see your HDD ID. Now that you’ve identified your drive, type Select Disk #with the # corresponding to your drive ID. This command is necessary to ensure all following commands will be performed against the selected hdd.
    5. Now type Clean Diskpart removes all partition information on the disk. So be careful that you’ve selected the correct disk before running this command. Now type the following commands to create your Windows 8 install drive:
    6. Create Part Pri Creates primary partition on the drive
    7. Activemakes sure the created partition is bootable
    8. Format fs=FAT32 Label=”Win8 Install” Quickformats the partition as FAT32 which is necessary to boot the install media from HDD. The Label is to help you identify the Install media after it is surfaced
    9. AssignDiskpart assigns the next available letter to the drive, it is now visible in Windows Explorer with Label given in step H.
  6. Now you are done with preparing the HDD as install media. Mount the Windows 8 ISO with a mounting driver. I prefer to use VirtualCloneDrive from Ellaborate Bytes. Once the ISO is mounted, copy all files from the mounted drive to your prepared HDD.
  7. Now you can remove the install media and attach it to the device on which you want to install Windows 8, and boot it.
  8. To install with the VHD-Boot feature, I have found an excellent post online here. There is no point repeating the same steps here. Just go to his “Step 2 – Make a Virtual Hard Drive” and proceed from there. In this case, his “USB Key” in his “Step 1” is your HDD Install Media. Please read his cautionary statements.

All these seems complex, but it is actually simple once you get the hang of it. Writing it up makes it look weirdly. All the best installing Windows 8 on a VHD-Boot device. If you have any problem contact me via twitter: @McAkins. I will try to help as much as I can.

Happy touching Windows 8

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Minecraft 1.8 Officially Out!

The long-awaited “Adventure Update” for Minecraft is now available without having to mess around with those .jar files.  The game rewards you for both exploration and combat to a greater degree than previous versions while keeping the goal-free sandbox play we all love and adore. Here’s the full list of what’s been added and changed in the update:

  • Added a brand new biome generation code that simplifies life a lot and makes things much more exciting for the future
  • Added new mob; Endermen
  • Added FOV slider
  • Added brightness slider
  • Added randomly generated ravines
  • Killing a monster makes it drop experience orbs
  • The player can level up by gathering experience orbs
  • Added randomly generated houses
  • Added huge mushrooms
  • Using bonemeal on small mushrooms grows the mushroom into a giant mushroom if there’s room
  • Rewrote the light rendering to use multitexturing instead of direct colors
  • Sky light and block light have different tints, cool colors for sky light, warm for block lights
  • Added critical hits that deal
  • 50% damage, plus an extra point to make crits with weak weapons worth it
  • If the player hits a mob while falling, they always hit a critical hit
  • The game now keeps track of damage sources and types
  • Some damage type ignore armor now; drowning, being on fire (but not being IN a fire), falling out of the world
  • Ice now only spreads next to existing ice or from coast areas
  • Made the explosions prettier
  • Made level height depend on a single variable (the level height still is 128, but it’s more moddable now)
  • Added sprinting
  • Added hunger
  • Food is now stackable
  • Improved the logo
  • Added suspended particles to water
  • Added a server list so you can remember multiple servers
  • The player regenerates slowly while the food bar is high
  • Eating food now takes time
  • Skeletons hold their bows better now
  • Added melons
  • Made melons and pumpkins farmable
  • Animals that get hurt will flee randomly for a short while
  • Pigs have snouts now
  • Made a flashier title screen
  • Looking towards the sun during sunset/sunrise changes fog color
  • Added fence gates
  • Added a player list to multiplayer
  • Added Silverfish
  • Added Cave Spider
  • Added huge underground dungeons (stronghold)
  • Added underground mine shafts
  • Added melon
  • Added sprouts for melons and pumpkins
  • Added vines
  • Added iron bars * Fixed mushrooms spreading infinitely * Fixed caves generating with too many dead ends

That should keep us all busy for a while, then — at least until Notch and the team start teasing us with what’s coming in version 1.9. Update the game simply by logging in and start your grand adventure today!

Dish’s Satellite 129 Goes Dark, U.S. HD Channels Follow Suit

Just think, out of all the satellites Dish has up in orbit, it only takes one that glitches and causes almost all the HD channels on the network to go black. But why? Well Dish isn’t exactly spilling the beans, but they are calling this a “technical issue.”  All we have to go off of is Dish’s Facebook page (post found here) and a Twitter update. You can also look here to see what channels are currently dark.

Just hang in there brave Dish subscribers, Dish hopes to have the issue by morning.

Xbox and PS3 Collide in Desktop Form

While this may not stop the presses, it’ll certainly stop gamers long enough to see what one hardcore gamer did to his Xbox 360 and PS3.

His Reddit compatriots call him timofiend and he did the unthinkable. He successfully merged his original 80GB PS3 and Xbox 360 S…inside a PC tower that is. Timofiend took the main components out of the respective devices’ original cases and them into a PC. This is a pretty good idea for consolidation and space saving as well as for cooling. All I need to know now is where do I get me one of these?

Photo Reveals iPhone 5 In Use With 8MP Camera On Board

Rumor has it that this unappetizing picture of a sushi dish has been captured by the unreleased, evasive, and unknown iPhone 5.

How can we tell you ask?

Well the Internet is full of reports that the photos’ EXIF data states that the picture was taken with an iPhone 4 BUT has a cropped resolution size of 2235×2291. If you are a genius and are able to figure out exactly what megapixel size that is, you would come up with 5.12MP. Now all you iPhone 4 fanboys out there should know that the phone only has a 5MP sensor built into it. So what does this mean?

According to the original unedited photo, it was just shy of 8MP. Need further proof? A closer look at the embedded GPS data shows the coordinates where the photo was taken – Apple HQ.

Further evidence also shows that the f-stop on the image is higher than the iPhone 4 and the photo is marked with AppleMark.

As always, Apple says nothing about the leaked image. It may not be long now until someone sheds some more light on the situation OR the photo could indeed be legit.

New Moon Photos Out, NaySayers Beware

I guess NASA has the last laugh now thanks to newly released, highly detailed satellite images of the surface of the moon. We have the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter equipped with a self same named camera to thank for this.

The low orbiting satellite has captured high resolution images of the Lunar Modules’ descent stage, tracks from the Lunar Rover, as well as a bunch of other goodies.

Why pictures like these weren’t available to hush naysayers before, nobody knows. But now they have no excuse to dismiss the fact that man has walked on the moon (unless the images were photoshopped, but no one has cried foul concerning the EXIF data.)

To check out more images of the moon, check out the Gizmodo link below.

GameStop Joining iDevice Retail, Now Accepting Trade-Ins

Well, it looks like GameStop is joining the fray of retail stores that will be offering iDevices. Can’t really say this is unexpected since these devices are used for gaming by those on the go. For the time being, GameStop is only accepting used trade-ins in exchange for in-store credit and not offering new devices for sale just yet. But before you go skipping to your nearest GameStop to trade in that old iPod you don’t use anymore, you may want to read up on GameStop’s terms & conditions for that trade-in:

“Trades must be in full working condition to receive full value. Trades with case damage or unsightly scratches, personalization or engravings will not be accepted. All trades are subject to manager approval. GameStop reserves the right to cease taking trades of iPod, iPhone or iPad without notice. By trading your iPod, iPhone or iPad you release GameStop from any claim relating to the product (including but not limited to loss of the iPod, iPhone or iPad or its contents) and any music, pictures or other data stored on it. You also release GameStop from any claim for loss or unauthorized access, use or disclosure of any personal or private data or information stored on the iPod, iPhone or iPad. iPod, iPhone, iPad (including images of the iPod, iPhone or iPad), and Apple are all registered trademarks of, and owned by, Apple Inc.”

Our guess is that Game Stop is getting ready for the holiday season. By that time, plenty of iDevices would have been shipped of to resellers and new stock would be in to fill all those empty stockings. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Changes Coming To Techtronica RSS Syndication [IMPORTANT]

Since the start of Techtronica, we’ve used many different methods to syndicate our information that we share with you everyday. One important method is RSS syndication. Up until recently we’ve used 2 RSS feeds to handle our info through FeedBurner. Now, that has changed.

The reason why we’re doing this is feed#1 (http://feeds.feedburner.com/landorindustries/techtronica) Did not include the publication dates in articles which, in turn, gave us problems and halted the forwarding of articles to our Facebook fan page. Thus interrupting syndication. Now feed #2 (http://feeds.feedburner.com/Tectronica) didn’t have that problem and will become the official feed of Techtronica. But the changes don’t end there.

If you look closely to the URL, Techtronica is mispelled. That has now been changed in the new feed URL http://feeds.feedburner.com/Techtronica. Now for those who follow the old feeds, you now need to follow the updated feed or you WILL not recieve anymore RSS updates because those feeds will cease to exist.


We’re sorry if this causes any inconveniences for you, but these changes have been a long time coming. If you have any further questions, comments or problems, please post them in the comments section below.

UPDATE: You have 30 days to switch to the new feed.

Brett’s iPhone 5 thoughts

According to most rumors the iPhone 5’s button will become a oval shape button, Most people use their whole thumb to press the home button.

The iPhone 5 will not have the same kind of volume buttons like the iPhone 4 does. Although its not a volume rocker like the 3GS its not like the circle ones.

It wont be square like, Unlike the iPhone 4

For a fact the device will be 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom In comparison, the iPhone 4 dimensions are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″. So the new design is actually shorter than the existing iPhone 4, but slightly wider and thinner.

Another Fact! The iPhone 5 or iPhone 4S will be on the following networks Sprint,TMobile USA, ATT, Verizon.

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