Rumor has it that Apple are planning to release a new 4-inch iPhone, if reports on MacoTakara are to be believed. They claim that both Sony and Hitachi have already begun preparing 4-inch LCD screens for a new iOS-based device which will be released in early 2012.
According to an Asian source, Hitachi Display, Ltd. and Sony Mobile Display Corporation started shipping 4-inch LCDs for a new iOS device and LCD for the iPad 3. These 2 companies will merge their business with Toshiba Mobile Display Co. Ltd., as "Japan Display" in spring 2012.
Crytek GmbH have in the last few days announced that they closed a licensing deal for CryENGINE 3, its proprietary real-time development solution, with Crystal CG, a world-leading digital image service provider.
Crystal CG is dedicated to providing customized solutions that use 3D digital visualization technologies and have worked on a few widely-recognized projects such as the "Grand opening ceremony of Beijing 2008 Olympics" as well as the "London 2012 Olympics mascot promotional film" as well as a number of various visual communication projects.
Well, this certainly is something to be careful of! Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face some serious jail time for charges of lese-majeste, or insults to the kind, queen, heir or regent.
Thailand's Information and Communication Technology Minster, Anudith Nakornthap, says that even though Facebook clicks of 'like' or 'share' are only done to show support for messages, they could actually violate laws that carry sentences of between 3 and 15 years for each charge.
It looks as though Intel is preparing to retire the Celeron name and replace it with Pentium. Intel's Pentium name has been with us for over ten years now, and debuted as the high-end of processors for notebooks and desktops when it first stepped into the limelight.
Intel has positioned the Pentium line between the high-end Core range and the low-end Celeron range, but are reportedly aiming a new processor for its Pentium line in the server market. The new processor is the Pentium 350 and it is aimed at low-end servers. The Pentium 350 is a dual-core part, featuring 3MB cache and a low power draw of just 15W.
Israel-based CDN startup Cotendo is about to be sold to Akamai to the tune of $300 million. There has been no comment from either Cotendo or Akamai, with Akamai giving the usual response of "our policy is not to respond to rumors".
Cotendo has 90 employees and lists Google, Facebook, Microsoft and AOL amongst its customers. In addition to a number of VC funds, Cotendo has Citrix and Juniper as shareholders and strategic partners. Cotendo's revenues for 2011 are expected to reach between $20 and $30 million.
One year ago, MIT and Akamai filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cotendo, shortly after AT&T announced it will use Cotendo's technology.
Christian Bale's stint as the masked crusader, Batman, is finished. The filming of Batman - The Dark Knight Rises has wrapped, and while speaking to the Philippine Daily Enquirer, Bale said:
I wrapped a few days ago so that will be the last time I'm taking that cowl off. I believe that the whole production wrapped yesterday, so it's all done. Everything's finished. It's me and Chris - that will be the end of that Batman era.
Motorola's DROID 4 is upon us, and we should see it slide onto Verizon on December 8 which is when Samsung's Galaxy Nexus is meant to drop. DROID 4 is pretty much what the DROID 3 should've been, but we're over that now, because it's nearly here.
DROID 4 sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, connection to the 4G LTE network through Verizon, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass and water-repellent nanocoating to protect against spills, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 1785 mAh battery, 4.0-inch qHD display and most importantly, a 5-row slightout keyboard that sports side-lit keys. Tasty.
The below picture also shows how the DROID handsets have grown up, and the DROID 4 is definitely growing into something that will perk the interest of quite a few people. Exciting.
PC gamers have had a great week, with 95-percent of them accused of being pirates, and just bagging them out in general and blaming piracy for lack of sales. But Good Guy Game Newell has come through with a treasure map of where to find success in digital distribution [I hope you get the pun there, it was intended].
Gabe tackles the issues of claiming that lowering prices for games will make piracy go away, and he also takes on companies that seek to fight piracy by inconveniencing consumers. He says:
We think there is a fundamental misconception about piracy, piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem. For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country three months after the U.S. release and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable.
I'm sure some of you pulled out your Lightsabers for the Star Wars: The Old Republic beta weekend just gone, and I've been hearing nothing but great things about it, but now we have some news on just how successful it was. Bioware had invited practically everyone to play in their MMORPG, so that they could stress-test their servers to see how they went with hundreds of thousands online at once.
Most servers had queues on them all weekend, with a few of them with queues of over 1000 gamers waiting to get in. Other beta testers and Twitter posts indicated even higher numbers on the queue, so you would think that it would be a limited server issue, right?
The last day of the Steam Autumn Sale is upon us, and we have again, some great savings on popular games. First up we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 discounted to the tune of 50-percent taking its original pricing of $89.99 to $44.99.
Thief: Dark Shadows receives 75-percent off, taking its $19.99 price to $4.99, Demolition Inc. receives 75-percent off also, bringing its $9.99 price to just $2.49. Red Faction: Armageddon includes 66-percent off reducing its price from $49.99 to $16.99, one of my most favorite games ever, Dead Space 2 receives 75-percent off, bringing its $69.99 pricing down to just $17.49.
There are a few games left in this sale, such as Driver: San Francisco with 50-percent off, down from $49.99 to $24.99 and Fable III with 50-percent off also, down from $49.99 to $24.99.
The sale has another 17 hours left.