A Southwest Airlines plane full of passengers had quite the surprise trip, where Mario himself jumped on board and handed out free Nintendo Wii U consoles to each and every passenger.
I think this has multiple parts which need to be discussed - the first, is good guy Nintendo, handing out free consoles - this is just great. Secondly, it's perfect timing, because the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have launched. Third, it's a completely random act of generosity on Nintendo's part. I wish I was on that flight, that's for sure.
Better yet, an actual Nintendo representative states that the console is for ages 5-95, which is great - another point for the Wii U console.
If it's one company having issues with production lately, it's Apple. Apple's new Retina iPad mini has been having supply issues since it launched earlier in the month, with the company reportedly struggling with low display yields.
Multiple analysts have said that the Retina iPad mini production would be at around two million units for Q4 2013, but DigiTimes has something else to say about that. DigiTimes is claiming that production issues are all but ironed out, and that Apple is pushing ahead with orders scaling up to four million units for the month of November.
Obviously it is the holiday shopping season, and Apple needs something to sell, DigiTimes has said: "As bottlenecks in making components for the iPad mini with Retina have gradually been removed, Apple has increase orders in November to nearly four million units, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers. Currently, Apple's orders for the iPad mini with Retina have already surpassed those for the first-generation iPad mini, the sources noted."
We know that there's a next-gen Galaxy Gear coming out, but the latest reports from Korea's ETNews, is that it will be accompanied by the Galaxy S5 smartphone.
This would make much more sense, as the Galaxy Gear 2 would compliment the Galaxy S5 smartphone, instead of how the South Korean giant launched its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and how it only worked with a few Samsung smartphones. One of ETNews' sources said that the Galaxy Gear 2 "is about 15% to 20% thinner" than the original model, and that the new smartwatch will "further enhance convenience and portability".
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Foxconn has hired more workers, and thanks to its high volume production capabilities, iPhone 5S availability is improving and is now able to meet consumers' demand.
Apple has a 3-5 business day shipping time on the iPhone 5S, which is much better than the 2-3 week wait from last month. Foxconn hires around 300,000 workers at its Zhengzhou site, which is dedicated to manufacturing the iPhone 5S, and some of its most key components. The Journal's source, who was an "executive who declined to be named", said: "we have been churning out about 500,000 iPhone 5Ss everyday, the highest daily output ever."
The CM Installer has been removed from the Google Play Store, according to the official CyanogenMod blog. CyanogenMod Installer is an application that allows you to get a custom ROM onto the device. CyanogenMod have said:
Today, we were contacted by the Google Play Support team to say that our CyanogenMod Installer application is in violation of Google Play's developer terms.
They advised us to voluntarily remove the application, or they would be forced to remove it administratively. We have complied with their wishes while we wait for a more favorable resolution.
To those unfamiliar with the application, it has a single function - to guide users to enable "ADB", a built-in development and debugging tool, and then navigates the user to the desktop installer. The desktop application then performs the installation of the CyanogenMod on their Android device.
After reaching out to the Play team, their feedback was that though application itself is harmless, and not actually in violation of their Terms of Service, since it 'encourages users to void their warranty', it would not be allowed to remain in the store.
Bitcoins are massive business right now, with the value of the digital currency passing $1000 for the first time ever. This is a gigantic milestone for the digital currency, and represents a 4000% year-over-year increase in value.
People who have sold their Bitcoins early would be feeling quite ill right now, with an early Bitcoin owner purchasing 10,000 Bitcoins for just $50. He ended up giving his Bitcoins away, but if he had held onto those 10,000 Bitcoins, it would be worth a very swift $10 million today. The Winklevoss twins purchased $11 million worth if Bitcoins back in April, which cost them $120 a piece - an investment that has turned into $90 million or so right now.
I was so close to getting into Bitcoin when it first launched, but backed off - even a small investment back then would be worth magnitudes more now, which makes me a sad man.
We all know how harsh the US government is on piracy and illegal activities, and while we have Vice President Joe Biden saying things like "piracy is theft, clean and simple", the same government he works for was doing just that: stealing.
The US government has been in a multi-million dispute with Apptricity, a software company that makes enterprise software that manages the US Army's troops and supply movements. The deal struck between Apptricity and the US government was signed in 2004, and allowed the US government to use Apptricity's software on five servers and 150 standalone devices.
The company explains: "The Army has used Apptricity's integrated transportation logistics and asset management software across the Middle East and other theaters of operation. The Army has also used the software to coordinate emergency management initiatives, including efforts following the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti."
AT&T pushed out an update for Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 earlier this month but it pulled the update, saying it would concentrate on "potential improvement." Well, the update for Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on the S4 is back.
The features in the update include OpenGL LES 3.0 support, better notification access, and Bluetooth Smart technology. AT&T is also rolling out an update for Galaxy Gear compatibility. The update for Android 4.3 on the Galaxy S4 is sized at 727MB and is up for download now.
NVIDIA has just pushed out the GeForce 331.93 beta drivers, which should fix some browser-related stability issues that some people were experiencing on Fermi-based GeForce GPUs.
There's also an updated SLI profile provided for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which will provide more performance obviously. There's the usual performance and stability improvements, too. You can get the new drivers here, and read more on the new GeForce 331.93 beta drivers' release notes.
I really don't think funding is going to stop for this game, just three days ago we were reporting that Star Citizen had hit $30 million in funding, but now it has pushed through $33 million.
This means it has seen an insane $1 million per day of funding - read those two words carefully, per day. Insane amounts of money are being pumped into this game. Thanks to the $33 million funding breakthrough, two new ships have been unlocked, the Anvil Carrack and the Drake Herald. Keep checking TweakTown over the weekend, as we have some 7860x1440 benchmarks on the Hangar Module, with some interesting results.