The swipe of AT&T's ultra-platinum-super-crazy credit card can be heard the world over with news appearing today that AT&T has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approx. $39 billion.
The agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, Deutsche Telekom will receive an equity stake in AT&T that gives it an ownership interest in of approximately 8-percent. The deal also allows a Deutsche Telekom representative to join the AT&T Board of Directors. The deal is meant to be sealed, awaiting regulatory approval within the next 12 months.
Microsoft are still trying to throw some bait into the ever-growing tablet market and now partnered with Asus might be able to at least attract some customers to a Windows-based tablet. Enter the ASUS Eee Slate, a 12.1-inch, Core i5-powered, Windows 7 equipped tablet that comes with a Wacom digitizer and dedicated house in its side to slide the stylus into.
Also supplied is a Bluetooth keyboard in the box which lead Microsoft to describe the Eee Slate as a device that is "very PC" and "not very PC". Some of the videos below will make more sense of that, check them out for a look at the upcoming Eee Slate.
Volition have come out and said that they still love themselves a bit of PC gaming lovin' even with the onslaught of other developers blaming piracy on PC for lack of sales. The THQ-owned studio has taken a different approach to it with Volition studio manager Eric Barker saying:
Let's make a game that's worth stealing, and then we'll worry about making sure they don't.
He continues with:
Some people say PC is dying. Some people say PC is the future, PC is the most variable, because it depends on what you've got under the hood. For us, the key thing was making sure the PC version was done in-house.
Ah, Sidekicks - you were ever so awesome for your text messaging abilities, but on came the iPhone and really smashed the whole "let's have two phones, shall we" mantra that I had. T-Mobile has announced an Android-powered Sidekick that is coming from Samsung 'later this spring'.
The Android-powered Sidekick 4G runs an Android 2.2-based OS, has a 1GHz Hummingbird processor, 3 megapixel cam and a touchscreen 3.5-inch WVGA screen. Nice specs for a Sidekick device. It includes Samsung Media Hub and Qik video calling. Other features included are DriveSmart (which locks out texting while driving for the text messaging obsessed) and Sidekick Group Text and Cloud Text.
Microsoft have shown off its goal for its next-generation gaming platform, the video below is dated from May 2010 so it's quite a bit old now but it shows the direction Microsoft have in mind for their ever-growing gaming platforms. The video shows off some concepts and principals of what the WGX (Windows Gaming Experience) team hopes to achieve. We see a blend of Windows, Xbox and mobile platforms being merged into one.
The video shows off some Kinect action and gives a bit of hugging action toward PC too, remember Microsoft being quoted as "doubling down" on PC gaming. The companies WGX team which is comprised of all gaming-related attempts between Microsoft platforms has been quite hard at work, obviously. Let's hope that this work goes toward something new and exciting.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 delayed until March 24? NVIDIA use the tears of fanboys to play AMD drinking games
Rumor has it that NVIDIA has delayed the launch of their dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 until March 24, a two day delay on the previous release schedule of March 22. I don't know if it's just me, but I've checked my Steam purchase of Crysis 2 today and noticed before posting this news that Crysis 2 will not unlock until March 24.
Coincidence? I don't know. But NVIDIA have seemingly delayed the GTX 590 for two days while using this time to collect the tears of fanboys into a few bottles and play AMD drinking games with them. Every time they read an article or piece of news that says "AMD" or "Radeon", they take a shot of your tears. Boom.
Battlefield 3 gameplay trailer: Good Effect on Target shows off insane graphics and environmental destruction
Another two minutes of in-game footage from the single player campaign of Battlefield 3 has hit the tubes of the internet. The footage shows a squad of US Marines on a rooftop moving from cover to cover trying to escape rounds being fired from a Sniper on a building opposite them.
The footage shows off the prone movement (yay!) and the extreme attention to detail the graphics provide to the realism of the Battlefield 3 world. The destruction is once again shown off with a soldier (from the players point-of-view) firing a rocket into the building, eliminating the sniper. I'm more pumped for this game than anything else in 2011.
An hour ago, Sony announced they were joining the relief effort in Japan through a direct contribution interface within their PlayStation Network.
PSN users can find the donation page under "Aid Japan", listed under New Releases on the PlayStation Store. For your donation in the amount of $2, $5, $10, $25, or $50, Sony is offering a free PlayStation 3 Theme (around $3 value). All of the donations go directly to the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami fund via the American Red Cross.
With a multitude of ways to get involved, there is no reason you shouldn't take advantage of at least one of them.
Full text of the blog post is below:
It's been over a week since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, inflicting serious loss of life and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. The Japanese people, together with support and compassion from the global community, are beginning what will be a long recovery process.
Sony Computer Entertainment's headquarters are located in Tokyo, and so we've heard firsthand of the disaster's impact from our colleagues and friends. As we here in America watch the tragic events that continue to unfold, you might be left thinking, "Is there any way I can help?"
Sony Group is aiding the recovery through financial contributions and donations of radios, batteries and other equipment that can be used in the relief efforts...
Electronic Arts announced yesterday that they would be pitching in to the relief effort in a very big way. '
All of our compassion goes out to the people of Japan during this incredibly challenging time, and EA is mobilizing to support people living through this incredibly devastating situation.
EA claims they have modified in-game transactions allow users to connect directly to fundraising and contribution efforts for Japan. Though they weren't specific on which games, the post mentioned Battlefield Heroes, Playfish, Pogo, The Sims, Ultima Online and Fifa Ultimate Team as games that were developing fundraising solutions.
This seems to imply that players making in-game transactions will, instead of paying EA, will contribute to the Japan relief effort, and still net their virtual good. In exchange for contributing directly to Japan, EA will double the value of whatever item/good/benefit the player purchase and match the donation (up to $50k) to the American Red Cross.
The latest happenings from around the web - March 18th, 2011
- MSI CX620 3D Laptop @ tbreak
- MSI GX660R Gaming Laptop @ Hardware Heaven
- Google Cr-48 Chrome OS Notebook @ Benchmark Reviews
- ASUS E35M1-I DELUXE @ Planet3DNow
- GIGABYTE G1-Killer Assassin X58 LGA1366 Gaming Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- Kingston HyperX PC3-2133 CL9 @ XSReview
- G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3-2133 8GB RAM @ Overclockers Club