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Activision Blizzard have sold 10 million copies of Diablo III

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 4:32 am

According to Activision Blizzard's recently quarterly report, the powerhouse developer earned $1.1 billion in net revenue for the second fiscal quarter and a total of $2.2 billion for the first six months of the fiscal year.

 

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These numbers were boosted by the huge sales of Diablo III, which saw 10 million copies sold and counting. 10 million copies is only until June 30, and there are sure to be more to come. This has made it "the #1 best-selling PC game in North America and Europe for the first six months of 2012".

 

Activision Blizzard also gave credit to other titles, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure. All three of these games became "the top three best-selling games in North America and Europe", for the same period of time. Whilst these three games saw some insanely good numbers and praise, Blizzard's other game, World of Warcraft, did not.

 

WoW saw subscription revenues drop in both the last quarter, and the first six months of the fiscal year compared to the same time last year. Blizzard have blamed the drop in players on "the successful launch of Diablo III".

Jay Z to be an 'executive producer' on NBA 2K13

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 3:28 am

Jay Z is a multi-tasker, he releases albums, clothing, runs a club, is married to Beyonce, where they've just had a child, and now, he's looking to expand into gaming. 2K Sports have just announced that Jay Z will step up to the plate as an executive producer on NBA 2K13.

 

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2K have promised that Jay Z will deliver his "artistic vision and style" to the basketball video game, including visual elements, and the soundtrack. NBA 2K13 will feature 24 tracks, with some of them from the man himself.

 

His involvement is said to not impact the core gameplay at all, and 2K's press release has called this a "unique fusion of basketball, music, art, and entertainment". What do you think? What can Jay Z bring to the basketball video gaming world?

Multiple user accounts could be coming to Android soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 2:24 am

This is one thing that really upsets me, in this technologically-driven age we live in, why do tablets and smartphones not feature the ability to include multiple users? I'd love for my iPad to have a 'login screen', where I can select myself and have the iPad set out how I want. Then, if my wife, or a guest wanted to use it, they would use an appropriate account.

 

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But, it looks like this might come to Android first, and I can't be anymore excited. According to a report from Android Police, "miles of code" for multiple user accounts has already been written into the Android source code. Better yet, it looks as if lock screen information, installed applications, running applications, application data, default applications, home screen widgets, accounts, syncing and language settings are already separated for multiple users.

 

Google supposedly began work on the multiple user account feature more than a year ago, and maybe this will be the selling point of Android 4.2 "Key Lime Pie".

Microsoft dumps "Metro" name, now calls it "Windows 8-style UI", escapes trademark dispute

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 2:09 am

Well, Microsoft is having quite the week, aren't they? First they hit the Release to Manufacturing state for Windows 8, meaning that is is finished and shipped off for mass duplication. Then, just hours ago, we reported that an 'N' version of Windows 8 RTM had hit file sharing sites, and now the company is having to fight off rumors of a possible trademark infringement for the use of the word "Metro" for their user interface in Windows 8, according to a piece over at Ars Technica.

 

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I stumbled over it, and first thought it was a joke, but realised that I was fooling myself. Sources have told Ars that Metro is now dead after the company's Legal and Corporate Affairs team sent out a memo banning the word "Metro". LCA's memo reportedly said that Microsoft had been threatened with legal action for infringing on "Metro" trademarks that are held by German retailer Metro AG.

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8.7% of Facebook users aren't real people, hopefully not cyborgs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 1:41 am

Facebook had their first earnings report as a public company last week, where a bunch of facts, and figures were released. But, according to some information released during their 10-Q filing this week, approximately 8.7% of active Facebook users don't represent real people.

 

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8.7% may not sound like a huge amount of people, but considering that the social network has a staggering 955 million users, 8.7% represents a 83.09 million accounts. That figure has also ballooned out from the social network's pre-IPO estimate of between 5-6%, but CNET has said that its probably the result of Facebook adjusting the way it calculates the bogus accounts.

 

CNET also says that someone can quality as an "active" Facebook user if they use the service to log into other websites, but don't actually need to visit Facebook. The document also shows that 4.8% of Facebook's monthly active users (MAUs) are duplicates, or an extra account that someone created in addition to their main profile. This could be by mistake, to 'cheat' in social games, or because of other reasons.

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Windows 8 RTM build has already arrived on file sharing sites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 3, 2012 1:05 am

That didn't take long, did it? The Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8 has leaked. The leaked build is an 'N' build, which means it doesn't include Windows Media Player. Microsoft were forced to make an 'N' version of Windows after a 2004 European Union ruling mandating the company to provide a copy of Windows that didn't include the media player.

 

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This would annoy Microsoft surely, and a lot of other people considering that developers don't even have their paws on the operating system yet. Another thing to consider is that the OS doesn't arrive until October 26, which is still miles away.

 

We can't link you to the leaked 'N' build of Windows, but if you do end up using it, we would recommend caution.

Facebook to force Timeline upon all users this 'fall'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 2, 2012 11:21 pm

Start cleaning your Facebook profile in preparation for this fall. Facebook has said that they will be moving everyone to a Timeline this "fall" much to the dismay of almost the entire user base. For those of you who have managed not to get a Timeline for this long, you won't have much of a choice after this move.

 

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Timeline, originally introduced at Facebook's f8 developer conference last September, breaks away from the traditional and instead puts all content branching off a single trunk, which happens to be a timeline. This has the unfortunate consequence of allowing easier access to your virtual past, allowing content you previously thought deleted to be easily viewed.

 

Once the time has come for Timeline, Facebook will give you a mere 7 days to review it, and clean it in many cases, before it goes live to all of your friends. Facebook has refused to give a specific time frame for the transition other than "fall." A recent survey shows a large amount of users don't like Timeline with as many as 17% of users actively deleting previous posts.

NASA would like you to make infographics about space

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 2, 2012 10:02 pm

NASA has spent a lot of time looking upwards at the night sky. So much time that they have loads of pictures and data, so much that they can't really handle it all. This is where you come in. Yes, you, the person reading this. NASA would like you to take the data and pictures and turn them into pretty infographics.

 

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Infographics, the Internet's favorite way of learning information anymore, are images that contain data and graphics, charts, and other visual aids in order to help present complex ideas or numbers in ways that most people can understand. Since space is quite massive and quite complex, an infographic is the perfect way to share the data NASA has collected.

 

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California has put together a new initiative imaginatively called JPL Infographics. Once you register for an account at JPL's website, all the data and images are freely available for use. This includes pictures and graphs that can be used to build your infographic. Once done, they can be uploaded and viewed by JPL staff who will vote on accuracy and ability to inform.

Android 4.0 ported to Raspberry Pi

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 2, 2012 9:31 pm

As another feather in Android's cap, Ice Cream Sandwich has been ported to the pint-sized Raspberry Pi. Where the two foods mix nicely, the actual hardware isn't quite as nice. While Android allows Raspberry Pi to act like a smartphone or tablet, the single 700MHz core and 256MB of RAM aren't quite up to the same snuff as most smartphones or tablets.

 

 

As such, there is a bit of lag in some places. However, it is still quite the achievement as they have gotten hardware accelerated video and graphics working as expected. The next step in the process is to get audio on the system working. As of right now, the port is not publicly available, although they plan to release it as soon as two kernels merge.

 

The video above shows Ice Cream Sandwich on Raspberry Pi. As delicious as that may sound, we're talking about hardware. Considering Raspberry Pi is only $25, the versatility it offers is rather impressive!

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Facebook stock can't catch a break, drops below $20, lowest point ever

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 2, 2012 8:29 pm

The news just keeps getting worse for investors who purchased Facebook stock. Facebook stock has been in a continual decline ever since they reported their second-quarter earnings last week. Today, it has hit an all-time low of $19.82, according to Google Finance.

 

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The stock hovered around $20, with occasional dips below and, at the time of writing, is currently at $19.90. For a bit of perspective, a stock price of $19 dollars would put the stock at exactly half the IPO offering price of $38.

 

Yesterday, Facebook closed at $20.88, $0.04 above its lowest closing price of $20.84. It looks as though today could change that lowest closing price record.

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