Free AVG Anti-Virus v8.0

57 days after the initial release of AVG Anti-Virus v8.0, Grisoft has decided to release a free based version of the new and improved v8.  Not only does AVG v8 protect your system from viruses, but you get spyware detection as well.  Paid users of AVG v7.5 are now being offered v8.0 as a FREE upgrade.

Download the new AVG v8 here.

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XP Service Pack 3 Update

Microsoft has confirmed that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has been Released to Manufacturing (RTM) today, however it is on track for public release on April 29, 2008.

From the release schedule, SP3 is due for release to OEMs, Technet, Connect and MSDN users receiving it a week earlier on April 21, and additional languages released on May 5.

Game Newz: No WOW for Boll, DC vs. MK, more

The Assassin’s Creed Tweak Guide is now available at Tweak Guides. It contains not only full descriptions of exactly what all the in-game settings do, but also compares DX9 to DX10 mode, details all the advanced .ini tweaking possible with the game, and provides a range of troubleshooting tips spread throughout the guide.

It turns out the GTA (Grand Theft Auto) creators at Rockstar Games simply are not interested in turning their signature series into a movie. Rockstar cofounder Dan Houser gave Variety an extended interview that touched on a slew of topics, including the noticeable absence of a cinematic GTA adaptation. This comes after Eminem had agreed to play star role in a GTA movie project last year; the project has been dropped.

Speaking of Gamer Movies…. Blizzard has apparently iced German film director Uwe Boll‘s interest in adopting the rights for a World of Warcraft film. Uwe told MTV “I got in contact with Paul Sams of Blizzard, and he said, ‘We will not sell the movie rights, not to you… especially not to you because it’s such a big online game success, maybe a bad movie would destroy that ongoing income, what the company has with it.”

German film director Uwe Boll has practically destroyed every video game based film he has earned the right and funding to including Bloodrayne, Alone in the Dark, House of the Dead, and In the Name of the King (Dungeon Siege). Scheduled for release in 2008 include Far Cry, and Postal. Alread in pre-production for 2009 are Alone in the Dark II, Sabotage 1943, Zombie Massacre, and Bloodrayne 3. Boll will also be lucky to not be banned from American theaters after Memorial Day this year, due to the bold release of Postal.

Rockstar Games announced today the release dates for Midnight Club: Los Angeles on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as Midnight Club: LA Remix for the PlayStation Portable. All three versions of the game will arrive in North American stores on September 9, with European releases scheduled for September 12.

Yes, that is Batman facing Sub-Zero…. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe shall invade us Fall 2008. Here is the official site with a teaser video, artwork, and more. There will be 20 playable characters, all either known Kombat or DC characters.

General Tech Headlines

If you use Outlook Express to manage your Hotmail account, Microsoft wants you to download Windows Live Mail instead. Come June 30th, Microsoft will be shutting off Hotmail support for Outlook Express.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare sells 9 Million copies world-wide.

Analysis says there may be 9.5 million units in potential first-week global sales (already expected to out sale COD4:MW) and $400 million in reported preorders have already been noted for GTA IV (Grand Theft Auto).

Microsoft has purchased Farecast for $115 Million. Farecast is a travel pricing/comparison/booking service that competes with similar web services like Travelocity, Orbitz, and Kayak. What sets Farecast apart from other services is the site’s focus on predictions. Based on trends over time, Farecast can help users predict whether prices will go up or down in the future.

COMCAST ARE NAZI’s. Comcast make surprising and bold move by slashing one of their subscribers service due to “excessive bandwith useage”. Who is it of all subscribers? Tech analyst, pioneer and RSS God Dave Winer.

Evernote Beta Invites!

I personally have 10 private invitations to beta test Evernote for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and Windows Mobile.

Use Evernote and remember everything

  • Type notes, to-dos, brainstorms, and reminders
  • Snap photos of anything from whiteboards to wine labels then email or sync them
  • Clip web pages and have them stored and accessible in their entirety, even offline
  • Write handwritten notes using digital ink or take snapshots of regular ink notes
  • Record audio clips and memos to listen to later
  • Email or MMS notes from your cell phone to your personalized Evernote address*

And then find it all whenever you want on your computer, mobile phone, and the web.

If you would like to beta test Evernote, email me your email address to:

  • casey.andrews @ yahoo.com
  • Subject: Evernote Beta