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Mobile App of the Day: Fragger for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 12:21 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is: Fragger for Windows Phone.

 

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MORE THAN 10 MILLION PLAYERS CAN'T BE WRONG!!

 

OVER 100 MILLION GAME PLAYS AT MINICLIP.COM. THE SMASH HIT GAME NOW ON WINDOWS PHONE 7!

 

The world of Fragger is at risk, and he needs your help to explode all enemies! Unleash your shooting abilities to kill all the enemies and unlock 3 different perks!

 

Featuring 310 challenging levels, and 10 different worlds, Fragger guarantees you many long hours of exploding fun!

 

Once you become and grenade launcher expert, compare your score online with the millions of Miniclip users that play Fragger.

 

OTHER KEY FEATURES:

 

- Amazing graphics

- Leaderboards and Achievements

- Interactive tutorial to learn how to play

 

Try also the free web version of Fragger on our website:

 

http://www.miniclip.com/games/fragger/

 

A game by conceptualized by Harold Brenes and developed by Miniclip

 

Grab it directly from the Windows Marketplace on your device, or here.

Deal of the Day: Kinect for Windows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 11:19 am

A little different Deal of the Day today for the release of Microsoft's Kinect for Windows.

 

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The Kinect for Windows sensor unit is intended to be used with the Kinect for Windows Commercial SDK .

 

Note: The sensor unit does not ship with any software, and will only operate with an application developed for Kinect for Windows.

 

- Utilize Kinect skeletal-tracking, sophisticated microphone array, and other sensor technologies

- Link computers to Kinect devices running Windows 7 and Windows 8 Developer Preview

- Use the Kinect for Windows SDK to build applications with C++, C#, or Visual Studio Basic by using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

- Explore the limitless opportunities to transform products, processes,and businesses

- Run applications built with the Kinect for Windows Commercial Software Development Kit (SDK)

 

You can grab Kinect for Windows at the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99.

RumorTT: Apple iPad 3 to sport quad-core A6 chip, available in LTE

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 10:28 am

We started the day off with a RumorTT about the iPod Nano, and toward the end of the news posting day, another RumorTT is here, about the iPad 3. I did originally say that it was weird posting a RumorTT piece about an Apple product that wasn't an iPhone or iPad... but mere hours later, here we are.

 

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A "source claiming to be in possession of an iPad 3 prototype" provided BGR with images that contained juicy details on Apple's next-generation iPad. From the above photo, which contains the output from an iPad 3 using a development and debug tool called iBoot, we can see tonnes of information on the iPad 3.

 

First, J1 and J2 (iPad3,1 and iPad3,2) are two different models, not different devices. A single iPad 3, available in Wi-Fi-only and another that sports GSM/CDMA/LTE for all carriers. Also spotted in the photo is the first news of the chip being slapped into the iPad 3: an A6 processor with the model number S5L8945X. To compare this to previous Apple chips, the Apple A4 model was S5L8930X and the Apple A5 is the S5L8940X.

 

The new A6 should be a quad-core device, making this one of the fastest tablets on the market, now able to compete with Tegra 3-equipped devices such as the ASUS Transformer Prime, and it will be the most powerful iOS-based device to-date.

The Pirate Bay founders' get sentences finaled, face jail time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 9:18 am

This has been going on for quite a while now, but just a few moments ago, Sweden's Supreme Court handed down its decision to not grant leave to appeal in the long-running Pirate Bay criminal trial. What this means is that their previously determined jail sentences and fines handed out to Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström will stand.

 

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During the original 2009 trial, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström all had their sentences decreased, but ordered to pay increased damages that added up to millions of dollars to be handed over to the entertainment company plaintiffs.

 

The three men filed for a hearing of their case at the Supreme Court, which happened today, and their request was denied. This means that the previously-given sentences now stand, and are final. Peter Sunde aka Brokep, will face 8 months in prison. Fredrik Neij aka TiAMO, is looking at 10 months. Businessman Carl Lundström has just 4 months behind bars. They are all still required to pay a combined $6.8 million in damages.

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Facebook files $5 billion IPO, 'likes' it

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 8:18 am

Facebook has finally, after all this time, speculation and rumors, finally reached their status of hitting an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It raised $5 billion, less than the previously speculated $10 billion.

 

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In their S-1 filing, Facebook also mentioned they would begin selling public stock as soon as possible. On top of the IPO news, they released some statistics on Facebook, which are very mind-blowing: Facebook now receives 845 million active users per month, 100 billion friendships, 2.7 billion likes and comments per day, as well as 250 million photos being uploaded every day.

 

We also found out that Facebook has been profitable for three years now, with revenue of $777 million on profit of $229 million in 2009 alone. Revenue grew 154-percent to $1.974 billion in 2010, and another 88-percent in 2011 to $3.711 billion. Facebook earned $1 billion last year, and are sitting on cash reserves of $3.908 billion.

 

What would you say Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg earned? Well, a salary of $483,333 in 2011, with a $220,500 bonus for the first half of the year, and $783,529 in other compensations (with $692,679 spent on chartered airplanes). This pay "reflected the impact of his performance in leading our product development efforts, our success in growing Facebook's global user base and developing strong developer and commercial relationships."

Samsung Galaxy S III will receive its own special launch event 'in first half of 2012'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 7:26 am

Samsung has confirmed with TechRadar, that the successor to the super-awesome Galaxy S II, the Galaxy S III won't be seen at Mobile World Congress this year. The Galaxy S II was announced at last year's MWC, but the successor will miss the show. Boo.

 

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It was revealed that the Galaxy S III will receive its own separate event to show off the new phone:

 

Samsung is looking forward to introducing and demonstrating exciting new mobile products at Mobile World Congress 2012. The successor to the Galaxy S2 smartphone will be unveiled at a separate Samsung-hosted event in the first half of the year, closer to commercial availability of the product. Samsung stays committed to providing the best possible mobile experiences for customers around the world.

 

What are your thoughts? As a GSII owner, I can't wait. I think it'll kick the iPhone 5's arse, all over the floor. The iPhone will have more hype, and sell more... but it will have to be a seriously huge jump over the lacklustre iPhone 4S, which wasn't that much better than a suped-up iPhone 4. Plagued with issues, too. Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S III will most likely sport a quad-core CPU, which will already catapult it way beyond the current iPhone 4S/Galaxy S II's dual-core CPUs.

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Vizio unleashes 58-inch ultra-widescreen HDTV, 21:9 format, $3,499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 6:23 am

Vizio have lived up to their CES promise, by releasing their new Theater 3D TVs. Vizio's latest CinemaWide 58-inch HDTV with Theater 3D has been teased, with 50- and 71-inch models also in the planning pipelines. They sport the usual 21:9 aspect ratio, and a resolution of 2560x1080.

 

 

They start at $3,499 which isn't too bad considering what you're getting. It also sports a 120Hz Edge-lit LED screen at 56.7-inches wide by 29-inches high and 1.8-inches deep. Vizio upscales Blu-ray and other sources to 21:9 ratio, without the black bars that annoy most of us.

 

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If you're watching standard HD content, the extra space on the sides aren't just used as love handles, they will also have tiles for Yahoo! Widgets with information from the Internet, without interrupting the picture whatsoever. All I need to know is when Vizio are sending me three of them, and then I'll take three months of my life off to re-watch everything all over again.

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Google Docs for Android gets updated, includes offline access, improved tablet experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 5:26 am

As an avid user of Google Docs, this is great news. Google have updated their Google Docs for Android app, which now includes the ability to select any file in your Docs, and make it available offline. It now doesn't matter if you're Internet-connected or not, you'll have access to your documents on-the-go.

 

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Google Docs goes one better by automatically updating your offline files when you're on Wi-Fi, you can also manually update files anytime you have a data connection by opening the file or tapping 'Update' from the Offline section of the app.

 

If you're an Android tablet user, Google have also improved the Google Docs reading experience. When opening a Google document on your tablet while online, you'll be greeted with a high-resolution version of the document, swiping left and right to flip between pages, or use the slider at the bottom to page ahead quickly.

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A single tweet stops a couple from being allowed to enter the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:49 am

Twitter recently gave itself itself the power to censor particular tweets in particular countries, but this latest move tops them all. Two friends had planned a trip the the United States, as most people would dream of doing, with Leigh Van Bryan posting a tweet just weeks before his trip that he was going to "destroy America."

 

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Now, a level-headed person would take that as someone who is excited about going to the U.S. with a friend, and is looking to have a great time. The U.S. didn't see it that way, and did not think it was said in a positive tone, where things escalated, quite a bit. Bryan and his friend, Emily Bunting, arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport, where they were questioned by U.S. special agents who had spotted their tweet.

 

They were questioned for over five hours, after which they were placed into an illegal immigrants van and were put behind bars, separately, for 12 hours. Bryan was questioned in regards to his tweet, where he jokingly said he would be "digging up Marilyn Monroe." The tweet where the U.S. believed Bryan was a "terrorist" was:

 

Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America.

 

Emily on the other hand stated:

 

Officials told us we were not allowed into the country because of Leigh's tweets. We just wanted to have a good time on holiday. That was all Leigh meant in his tweets.

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Kinect for Windows is here, SDK also gets a release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 4:18 am

Kinect for Windows is finally here, as Microsoft released the motion-controlled technology for their Windows OS today. Microsoft made the announcement from their official Kinect for Windows blog, and it can now be ordered from either the Microsoft Store, or Amazon for $249.99. Education customers get a $100 discount.

 

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Kinect for Windows is more expensive than an Xbox 360 w/Kinect, for what reason? Well, it's not the same Kinect unit that the 360 uses, with Microsoft stating that the Windows sensor:

 

Expands the possibilities for innovation with features like Near Mode, which enables the depth camera to see objects as close as 40 centimeters in front of the sensor.

 

You can also plug up to four Kinect for Windows sensors into the same computer. On top of the release of Kinect for Windows, Microsoft have also released version 1.0 of their Kinect for Windows developer toolkit and runtime. You can download that, here.

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