Nintendo has decided to take a different approach to this year's E3. Instead of doing something massive at E3 for the journalists, Nintendo will be allowing consumers to play various unreleased Wii U games at 100 Best Buys around the United States. We think this is a rather interesting approach that could work out for the company.
Instead of relying on journalists, Nintendo is going directly to the customers to let them check out whats coming next. Word of mouth often works the best, so if Nintendo can convince people that the upcoming games are great, it could really work well for Nintendo.
If your local Best Buy is one with Nintendo's offering, you'll be able to get a first-hand experience of what TweakTown will be doing at E3: waiting in lines to try out the latest games. Details for the event are still slim, so we can't tell you which Best Buy ocations are participating, what games will be shown off, or when exactly it will be taking place.
We'll be sure to update you with more as soon as it becomes available.
An alleged image of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 has leaked out alongside its alleged specifications. The image, first posted up by SamMobile, is of fairly low quality, as you can see for yourself below. While we can't get much information from it, we can glean some from the specs that were posted with it.
According to SamMobile, the 8-inch tablet will feature an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280x800. Powering the device will be a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The amount of RAM seems slightly suspicious as normally it would be either 1GB or 2GB, not 1.5GB. It reportedly features 16GB of internal storage, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, Android 4.2.2, and a 4,450 mAh battery.
Google is well-known for hiding Easter eggs within its products and the new Hangouts is no different. There are at least six Easter eggs present in Hangouts that have been detailed by a Google+ user. You'll need to be using the desktop version of Hangouts on Google+ or the Chrome Extension.
Head on over to Google+ Hangouts and try these Easter eggs out. Some people have reported a few issues with the web interface for Hangouts, but these same reports say the Chrome app works flawlessly.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 continues to be the number one selling console...for 28 consecutive months! According to data from The NPD Group, as reported by Microsoft, April marked the 28th consecutive month that the Xbox 360 topped the console sales chart selling around 130,000 units in April.
130,000 sales accounts for 42 percent of current-generation console sales. A total of $208 million was spent on Xbox and Xbox-related items (software and accessories) in just the month of April. It will be interesting to see if the Xbox 360 remains on top until the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox are released later this year.
It's been widely rumored that Apple is working on bringing a streaming radio service much like Pandora or Spotify offer. While these rumors have been mostly rampant speculation, a report has surfaced that suggest iRadio is being delayed over its skipping songs policy. As most know, Pandora will only allow six skips per hour due to its license.
Rumors suggested that Apple would unveil iRadio at this year's WWDC, but if reports that negotiations with Sony Music are stalling, the release could be delayed. According to CNet, the major issue stems from partial playing. Specifically, just how much will Apple pay for a song that is played partially before being skipped?
Sony and Apple declined to comment. Apple and Sony still have a few weeks to finish the deal before WWDC, so we'll see if iRadio ends up launching at WWDC--or at all.
It looks as though Tumblr might have more than just one suitor. According to a Forbes report, Microsoft and Facebook are also interested in the blogging network. However, these talks would be irrelevant if Yahoo makes an offer that is accepted by Tumblr. If Yahoo's scheduled event is to announce a partnership, these talks clearly haven't worked.
Of course, the event could be used to announce an official offer for Tumblr without actually having an acceptance. However, Forbe's sources suggest that the Yahoo/Tumblr talks are progressing rapidly and well. Marissa Mayer would still need to secure an offer from Yahoo's Board of Directors before an official offer could be made.
Yahoo is probably attempting to get a lockup agreement that would prevent Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo from entering a bidding war.
A leaked road map for Dell shows that the computer manufacturer will be releasing two new Latitude Ultrabooks based upon Intel's upcoming Haswell CPU. Both Ultrabooks will reportedly feature 12.5-inch displays and come as part of Dell's E700 Latitude series.
First up, Dell's E7240. This Ultrabook will be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 touchscreen display. Weighing in at 2.9 pounds, it's a bit heavier than some alternatives. It measures 12.2"x8.3"x0.79" and will feature a 3-cell battery. It will feature either an i3, i5, or i5 Intel Haswell processor, which are reportedly excellent for battery life.
The second is the Latitude E7440. It will also be available with either a 1366x768 or 1920x1080 display, with touch being optional. It comes in with a larger 14-inch display. The system measures 13.3"x9.1"x0.83" and weighs in at around 3.5 pounds. It will come with either a Core i3, i5, or i7 Haswell processor.
We expect to see both systems sometime this summer.
I often sit back and think about things man has accomplished in space. The one thing that I keep going back to is the fact that we have driven vehicles on both the Martian and Lunar surfaces. While this may not impress some, you need to consider that just 100 years ago more than half of the country still rode horses for transportation and more than that were still without electricity.
This morning, NASA released a new infographic that details the distance we have driven vehicles and robots on the surfaces of Mars and the Moon. The Russian Lunokhod 2 holds the record at the moment with 37km of travel on the moon, while NASA's Opportunity Rover comes in a very close second, having driven 35.76km in Mars.
Apollo 17's Lunar Rover comes in a close third traveling 35.74km, while the Lunar Rover on Apollo 15 managed to go 27.8km. Rounding out the list is NASA's Curiosity which has managed to travel 0.7km in the months since landing. Holding the record for least distance traveled is the Sojourner Rover which barely moved 1 meter before flunking out.
It seems like almost every day a new rumor regarding Apple surfaces. The latest rumor says that Apple will debut a refreshed MacBook Air at this year's WWDC taking place next month. A refreshed MacBook Air is expected to make use of Intel's new, low-power Haswell CPU's and possibly feature a Retina display.
One of the main reasons this rumor has popped up is that availability of the current 13-inch Air with a 1.8GHz processor and 256GB SSD is out of stock at many large retailers across the web. Amazon, B&H, MacConnection, and MacMall are all out of stock, while J&R is only offering the system in-store.
Supply constraints are often an early indicator that Apple is planning on releasing a refreshed model. In anticipation for the new model, production of the old model ramps down to clear existing inventory. WWDC takes place shortly after Intel debuts its new Haswell processors and would be an excellent time for the unveiling of a refreshed Air.
Yahoo has scheduled a product event in New York City for Monday, May 20. This comes at a time where rumors are flying around that Yahoo is interested in picking up Tumblr. It follows that Yahoo could use this event to announce a buyout, partnership, or something else related to Tumblr, which gives the Tumblr rumor a bit of fire.
There are plenty of other things Yahoo could be planning for the event, but the rumored Tumblr deal seems the most likely, especially since this event has been hastily thrown together. Of course, we'll cover the event and let you know just what happened at the event. Until then, we'll keep speculation to a minimum.
Bill Gates is back on full financial form. According to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index, the 57-year-old co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation has recaptured the richest man title from Mexican investor Carlos Slim. It's all thanks to the software giant staying on good form for five straight years. The last time Gates was on top of the list, was back in 2007.
Slim's fall from the top spot came after his America Movil (AMXL) SAB--the largest mobile-phone operator in the Americas--has dropped 14 percent this year. Last month the Mexican Congress has passed a bill that could quash the billionaire's market dominance. The bill is backed by President Enrique Pena Nieto, and is now before state legislatures. It would allow regulators to break up phone companies that possess more than 50 percent share in the market, or force them to share their networks. America Movil (AMXL) currently enjoys a whopping 70 percent share of Mexico's mobile-phone subscribers, plus an 80 percent of the country's landlines.
In the aftermath of all this, Slim's total net worth has reportedly dropped by $3 billion. The 73-year-old entrepreneur has even tasted the public's anger first-hand earlier this month, when a group of kazoo-playing protesters confronted him when he attended an event at the New York Public Library. The protesters accused Slim for overcharging consumers in order to boost his own riches. The tycoon strenuously denies the accusation.
After just one month of being on the market, Samsung has announced that it will sell its 10 millionth Galaxy S4 sometime next week. While that may not sound very impressive, consider that it took Samsung almost double that time to sell 10 million Galaxy S3 devices after launch.
Going even further back, five months passed before 10 million Galaxy S2 smartphones were sold. Like it or not, Samsung is the new Apple, albeit with less overpriced hardware and more feature rich smartphones. Industry analysts say that Samsung managed to capture 95 percent of the $5.3 billion in profit that Android generated market wide in the first quarter of 2013.
Samsung earns more off of Android than Google does, and while you may think that would shake Google to the core, it has done quite the opposite. Google could not be more happy, and to prove this point, we saw the search giant unveil its own version of the Galaxy S4 during the Google I/O keynote earlier this week.
Time Warner Cable (TWC) has in the past mentioned that it would like its own Aereo-like service and we may have just figured out how they plan to reach that goal. Bloomberg is reporting that TWC is considering buying a major equity stake in Hulu so that they "could offer Hulu to its customers as a bundled service inside and outside of the home with its current products."
This would allow TWC customers to watch their favorite shows on Hulu without having to purchase a Hulu Plus subscription package. The deal would see Time Warner Cable taking a 33 percent stake in Hulu with the other 67 percent being held by Disney, Comcast and News Corp.
Glenn Britt, CEO of Time Warner Cable, said that this move would offer TWC customers more value and would fill a void in the industry where cable customers need more flexibility. He said that he wants to offer customers "smaller, more affordable packages that don't cost them upward of $100 a month."
Google lands Advertiser of the Year at this year's so-called "Oscars for Advertisers" the Clio Awards. The ads responsible for landing the prestigious award were Build with Chrome, 100,000 Stars, Re:Brief, Google Display, and Google Fiber. Check the bottom of this article for all of the ad videos.
"Always start with rabid empathy and always strive for radical simplicity," Robert Wong, chief creative officer of Google Creative Lab, told Mashable after accepting the award at Wednesday's ceremony in New York City. "At the highest order, our job is to remind the world what it is they love about Google. Know the user, know the magic, connect the two," he added.
Wong went on to say:
We spend a lot of time trying to get creatives in the industry excited about the magic of digital and the potential of technology for emotional storytelling, so it was especially meaningful to be recognized for that work by this community - as part of this community. The coming together of art, copy and code has created completely new possibilities and uniquely new opportunities.
The rumor mill is turning once again and this time it is all about Google and a White Nexus 4. This morning, several sites are reporting sightings of a white Nexus 4 at the Google I/O conference and one blog is even reporting having a working unit in hand.
The elusive white Nexus 4 appears to be identical in specs and form to the original black Nexus 4 with one major difference; the white version is said to run Android 4.3. If true this will be the first phone running the updated version of Android.
The image seen above is courtesy of Android and Me who claim to have the white Nexus 4 in hand, and other than an update to the developer API, the only other updates appear to be support for Bluetooth Smart, and possibly OpenGL ES 3.0.
After weeks of waiting, Apple has finally joined the ranks of BlackBerry and Samsung in having its mobile phone hardware certified and approved for use on US military networks. The approval was always a sure thing, as the US Department of Defense had ordered tens of thousands of iPhones well before the approval process even began.
The Department of Defense says that it now has 470,000 BlackBerry devices, 41,000 Apple products, and 8,700 Android powered units in operation. The number of BlackBerry phones is expected to decline as the DoD says it will switch over to 100,000 new Apple and Android powered phones in the coming months.
While Google I/O may have been in the news a lot this week, NVIDIA's Shield handheld console has taken the prize as most talked about. First, the company opened up pre-orders to its newsletter subscribers, and then the device was spotted on ABC's Modern Family sitcom.
This morning NVIDIA announced that it has opened up Shield pre-orders to the general public three days ahead of its previously scheduled date of May 20. For $349 early adopters can secure their all-in-one Android gaming console at Gamestop, Newegg, Canada Computer, or NVIDIA's own pre-order site.
Shield sports a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen with 1,280x720 resolution, NVIDIA's Tegra 4 CPU which supports a maximum resolution of 3200 x 2000 pixels so games can be played at full HD on a TV. Other specs include 16GB of storage, mini-HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD card slot for storage expansion, 802.11n Wi-Fi, integrated speakers, and a headphone jack.
The folks over at Analogix were kind enough to send me over to Shanghai, China to attend its SlimPort Summit 2013 here at the lovely Marriott City Center hotel. You've got the brief introduction, now let's dig in deep for a bit and talk about SlimPort.
If you don't like reading, hit play on the embedded video above. What is SlimPort? Today at the event I heard a few different variations to the definition of SlimPort. I'd like to explain it in my own words. SlimPort is a technology standard that is use to easily get more out of your smart device and connect it up with one simple cable to a larger, secondary display via VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort.
Analogix is the company responsible for creating SlimPort and the company is one that is a semiconductor and has its roots in display and digital media. One of its biggest projects right now is SlimPort, a relatively new standard that has already had quite a lot of success in the market. You can already find SlimPort technology in popular devices including the Google Nexus 4 smartphone, LG Optimus G Pro smartphone, Fujitsu Stylistic QH582 Windows 8 tablet and the ASUS PadFone Infinity Android tablet.
Early Thursday morning reports began to surface about rumors of Yahoo preparing a bid for social blogging site Tumblr. This would put the once king of search on the front lines of the social media war.
AllThingsD reported on Thursday that Yahoo was considering the acquisition of Tumblr for $1 billion. This is not the first time CEO Marissa Mayer has shown interest in Tumblr though. As an executive at Google, Mayer closely watched the blogging service loved by hipsters all over.
The rumors carry some weight as AllThingsD is usually spot on with its predictions on all things Yahoo, and there have been documented meetings between Mayer and Tumblr top execs including founder and CEO David Karp. While the acquisition seems imminent, we are left wondering what will happen to all of the Tumblr pr0n if Yahoo does take over.
Australians will soon have access to a 42" 3D LED smart TV that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with a price tag under $500. The TV is being manufactured by Kogan, a company known for its cut-rate prices.
The $449 Agora Smart TV does sacrifice some features such as a thin profile and excessive numbers of HDMI ports, but you do get a 3D-capable 1080p LED screen. With the Agora Smart TV running Android, it will be a good way to experience Google TV or take advantage of apps such as Plex which are usually only featured on more expensive flagship smart TVs.
Other specifications include built-in PVR functionality, three USB ports, three HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, and a 60Hz refresh rate. Australian readers who are keen on picking one up can head over to Kogan's website and place your preorder now.