Nintendo 3DS users have been asking for a YouTube app since its release and today, YouTube has officially arrived on the handheld gaming console. At the moment, the app is only available in North America, and Europe and it is unclear when Nintendo will expand to other regions.
The app allows YouTube Videos to play on the 3DS' top screen while the lower screen shows related content. Playback is controlled via button on the device including the L and R shoulder buttons. Unfortunately Nintendo chose not to include any support for 3D video playback, which limits the content available on YouTube by some but not significantly enough to matter. It was an interesting choice though as the 3DS is know for its 3D capabilities.
In what is certainly one of the last pages in the OCZ saga, the company announced this afternoon that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Toshiba Corporation to acquire substantially all of OCZ's assets in a chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding for $35 million.
The acquisition will land Toshiba access to OCZ's proprietary controller, firmware, and softeare and well as the engineering teams responsible for these technologies. OCZ will continue to operate and server existing and future customers during a transition phase, and Toshiba will provide the company with the capital to operate during this period. The sale is expected to finalize within the next 60-days.
The so-called "Console Wars" formed earlier this year when Microsoft and Sony began a dance to see who could one up the others new features on its next-gen console, and it appears that Microsoft may have won a major battle. A newly released report from InfoScout is suggesting that Microsoft took home the majority of console sales during Black Friday.
The retail analytic firm gathered data from about 83,000 shopping receipts, and the figures state that the $499 Xbox One topped sales at both Walmart and Target. In fact Microsoft garnered both the top and second spots with the Xbox One capping 31-percent of the Black Friday market share. The Xbox 360 managed to hold onto 30-percent which means Microsoft held 61-percent of console sales on Friday.
The report lost Sony as holding a mere 30-percent of sales with the PS3 and PS4 capping 15-percent each. Nintendo managed to grab a measly 7-percent with the Wii U accounting for 6-percent while the Wii walked away with barely 1-percent. What does this mean for the PS4? Since it has been released for a several weeks now, I think that many of its big sales numbers are over, and Microsoft led sales due to the close proximity of its Xbox One launch, combined with massive discounts on Xbox 360 units.
Up until now, the only way to get your hands on one of Motorola's low-cost Moto G Android-based smartphones was to order it from the official Motorola website, but today the company announced that customers could purchase it through Amazon.com. Pre-orders for the Moto have been available on Amazon since early morning and the company says that orders will begin shipping on December 4th.
The Motorola Moto G features a 4.5-inch 720p screen and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that has been clocked at 1.2GHz. 1GB of RAM is on hand to keep things moving nice and smooth, while a 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties. Unfortunately LTE support is missing, and only 3G radios are installed. The phones pricing points make up for this though, with an 8GB model retailing for $179 off contract, and 16GB for $199 with no contract.
Today BIOSTAR unveiled two new motherboards that it says are the ideal solution for mining Bitcoins. The first board is based on an Intel H81 chipset and supports Intel's socket 1150 CPUs, while the second features an H61B chipset and socket 1155 support. This allows Bitcoin mining using Intel 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation Core processors.
Both of the boards feature PCI-E 3.0 support and include a single 16x slot and 5 PCI-E 1X slots. The Hi-Fi H81S2 V.6.X supports two DDR3 DIMM modules, and connectivity is handled via 2x SATA 3 connectors and 2X SATA 2 connectors. USB 3.0 is featured on two ports while two other ports as well as the USB headers are version 2.0. Gigabit Ethernet is present as well.
The H61B v 6.1 supports socket LGA 1155, and can house up to two DDR3 DIMMs. Four SATA 2 ports are available while all of the on-board USB is version 2.0. Gigabit Ethernet is present as well as on-board VGA graphics and serial out. Load either of these boards up with several AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce GPU's and enjoy all of the bitcoins you can mine!
Back when I first reported on Comet ISON, the entire astronomical community was convinced that if given the chance, ISON would bloom into the brightest comet in recorded history. ISON was deemed something special because this visit was its first into the inner solar system, and no one knew how it might react to the suns immense heat.
As ISON passed earth and headed towards the sun, it brightened a great bit and it looked as though we might get the spectacular once in a lifetime show that had been promised, but on Thanksgiving day that all changed. As the comet approached perihelion it seemed to take a quite sharp turn into the sun and hours passed without any sign of the ball of ice and rock. Shortly after many had declared ISON dead, a glimmer of hope appeared in the form of a bright v shaped cloud of dust that was heading away from the sun.
Many though that a fraction of ISON may have survived and that just a rocky nucleus was all that was left. If true, ISON could have flared back up to naked eye visibility once it was far enough away from the sun to not be out-shown by the suns glare. Unfortunately what we though was a solid intact nucleus turned out to be fragments of the comet that were rapidly disintegrating, and new images have shown that the bright dust trail left by ISON's remains have began to fade into obscurity. As of today, the official word appears to be that ISON has met its fate and was mostly vaporized upon its entry into the Suns coronasphere.
Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony would like you to believe that PC Gaming is dead and the only way to have a good experience with next-gen games is to purchase a console, but new figures in from over the weekend proves that PC gaming is here to stay. Website VG247.com says that yesterday, Valve broke a new record for concurrent users on its Steam platform.
Around 11AM on Sunday, December 1st Steam saw over 7 million concurrent users on the service all gaming at the same time. This represents a new record for Valve, and is more than 400,000 users larger than its previous record which was set this past January. Dota 2 was the most popular title with more than 542,000 users playing at once, while Counter Strike: Global Offensive came in second with 93,905 users playing at the same time. Skyrim, Civilization V, and Football Manager 2013 round out the top five.
The long awaited Oppo N1 is almost here and today the company announced that it will officially launch next week on December 10th. If you have not heard of Oppo before now, do not worry much as the Chinese company deals in high-end Android smartphones with a relatively low cost, making them hot items for hardcore Android enthusiast.
The Oppo N1 features a 5.9-inch screen that boast a full 1080p resolution and wide viewing angles thanks to IPS technology. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor is included and has been clocked to 1.7GHz, while 2GB of RAM is present to keep everything running smooth. The device will be available in either 16GB or 32GB configurations, and a single flippable camera will be present for front and rear imaging duties. The Oppo N1 will retail for $599 in the US, and can be purchased directly from Oppo.
The months of November and December are widely regarded as the Season of Giving, and a new giveaway from G.SKILL, Sapphire, ASRock, and Enermax gives like never before. G.Skill is hosting the Ultimate Christmas Giveaway that features some heavy-hitting hardware that will take you to the next level of gaming this holiday season!
Entering the contest is quite simple and only involves liking a few pages on Facebook and sharing a photo on your wall. The official entry form can be found here. Winners will be picked randomly by members of the G.SKILL marketing team, and the company says that the contest is open worldwide with the exception of those employed by G.SKILL, ASRock, Enermax, and Sapphire.
Prizes include an ASRock Fatality Z87 Killer motherboard, 32GB of G.SKILL TridentX RAM, a Platimax 1350W PSU from Enermax, Sapphire Radeon Dual-X R9 270X, Enermax ETS T40BK CPU Cooler and Enermax T.B. Apollish 120mm fan. Other prizes include a G.SKILL Polo, ASRock Killer MousePad, G.SKILL RipjawsX RAM, and an Enermax Revolution XT 730W PSU.
Some people thrive on the adrenalin rush that comes from fighting the hoards of turkey stuffed shoppers on Black Friday, but there are those of us who play it smart and enjoy the weekend after Thanksgiving and never enter a store. That is because we know that the biggest deals of the year come with the massive online sales that Cyber Monday brings.
I took a few moments this morning to round up what I think may be some of the best deals on the web today. Everything from mobile phones to tablets, and even 3D Printers are listed, but some of the sales have limited stock and are a first come first serve kind of thing. Check out my picks for the best Cyber Monday deals after the jump.