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HTC to fight revenue drop with quad-core "Edge", as well as razor-thin "Ville"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 4:18 am

HTC have been in the ring, taking punches from Apple and Samsung, but that hasn't stopped them continuing their fight in the mobile industry. After some financial stumbles in 2011, because of the constant onslaught from Apple and Samsung, as well as the spying allegations from the security breach of "Carrier IQ", HTC have seen better days.

 

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HTC are set to unveil at least four new high-end handsets at the Mobile World Congress 2012 which is held in Barcelona, Spain and runs between February 27th to March 1st. HTC is expected to unveil an ultra-thin smartphone code-named HTC "Ville," which is said to be competition for Motorola's Droid RAZR. "Edge" is meant to be unveiled, which should be a quad-core smartphone, one of the world's first.

 

Some analysts are saying that HTC's future phones could be the ones to push them back onto the winning path. Marc Einstein, Tokyo-based Industry Manager for Mobile and Wireless Communications for Frost and Sullivan has said to Reuters:

 

The smartphone industry is so fast moving, I wouldn't count them out.

Another torrent site closes, this time voluntarily, BTJunkie closes its doors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 3:26 am

BTJunkie was one of top five BitTorrent sites out there, and has after 7 years in operation, decided to voluntarily shut down. This closure is sure to be in relation from the growing pressure from authorities in the U.S. and around the world, with MegaUpload taking the first big blow, as well as The Pirate Bay.

 

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BTJunkie wasn't attacked by the authorities, so this looks like a preemptive move to avoid future legal action, and/or arrests. BTJunkie had boasted 80 million users at one point, and in its farewell message, BTJunkie wrote:

 

This is the end of the line my friends. The decision does not come easy, but we've decided to voluntarily shut down. We've been fighting for years for your right to communicate, but it's time to move on. It's been an experience of a lifetime, we wish you all the best!

Google HUD eyeglasses, augmented reality is coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 2:23 am

Every time a new tech product comes out that I want, I make an excuse to how I can justify its purchase. Two Christmas' ago, I got myself some GTX 570s in SLI, just after my birthday last year, a Galaxy S II, and my birthday coming in March (March 12th to be precise, so all of your presents get to me on time) and now there's something I want.

 

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9to5Google reported on this back in December, with some early information:

 

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that "normal people" wear. However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface. There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses. Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below: In addition, we have heard that this device is not an "Android peripheral" as the NYT stated. According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the "Google Goggles" could use a phone's Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.

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Team Fortress 2 to evolve this year, TF2 team is working on something "brand new" for 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2012 1:17 am

Team Fortress 2 went free-to-play last year, and with the game to never really stop gaining momentum, the TF2 team have kind of announced their working on something "brand new" for 2012. They can't say what it is, but it's said to be "really cool."

 

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We should also expect the last "Meet the Team" short, where this year, Valve finally unleash the Pyro story. What to expect from that? We don't know, but in Valve fashion, it should be pretty epic. Finally, there's also The Second Annual Saxxy Awards, with this years awards being bigger and better, due to the imminent unveiling of another secret.

 

What do you expect from Team Fortress 2? Maybe an announcement of a new game mode? The announcement has to be contained within TF2, in my opinion. I wouldn't mind seeing a next-generation Source engine with Half-Life 3, as well as sequels/huge upgrades to their famous games such as TF2, Left 4 Dead, etc.

Twitter saw 12,233 tweets per second in the final 3 minutes of the Super Bowl

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 10:19 am

Super Bowl has come and gone and now there's a 12-month wait until the next one. This year, social networking would've been a huge influence on the sporting match, and oh boy was it a big year for Twitter at Super Bowl 2012.

 

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Twitter reaction reached an astounding 12,233 tweets per second at the end of the Giants vs. Patriots game, and 10,245 tweets per second during Madonna's halftime performance. These numbers catapult the moments at numbers two and three on Twitters most-tweets-per-second list. The first? Japanese anime movie Castle in the Sky, which had a crazy 25,088 tweets per second.

 

Now for some questions! What did you think of the game? What of the advertisements during the game? Madonna's halftime performance? Were you tweeting during the game?

Dropbox offers 5GB additional storage, you just have to be a beta tester

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 9:19 am

Dropbox has been kind enough to offer 5GB of free space for its cloud-based storage service. Free users receive 2GB of space, and this 5GB additional space bumps it up to a nice 7GB.

 

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It's 'free' which means it comes with some restrictions such as users must download and install the 'experimental' Dropbox client. Users must utilize Dropbox's new automatic photo import feature to upload photos. This feature is the reason behind the promotion, where Dropbox want to iron out the bugs in this new venture.

 

Once you've completed your first photo import, Dropbox will give you an additional 500MB of space. For every 500MB of photos you upload afterwards, Dropbox will give you an additional 500MB of storage, until it reaches the 5GB additional storage mark. The 5GB of space is permanent, even when the beta ends.

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Samsung's Super Bowl spot, it's "Next Big Thing", wants to be anti-Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 8:23 am

Samsung's anti-Apple Super Bowl TV spot was shown just a few hours ago, dubbed "Next Big Thing". The ad shows off Samsung's 5.3-inch smartphone, the Galaxy Note.

 

 

The takes a stab at the religious-like Apple line ups for their new iDevices. The towns of San Francisco, Calif, Boston, Ma. and Denver, Co., burst into non-choreographed flash mobs, when they meet "The Thing Called Love," and by the thing called love, it's Samsung's Galaxy Note.

 

Considering that the Super Bowl ads were mostly filled with celebrity-laden advertisements for beer and cars, this is somewhat new for Super Bowl of late. Samsung were one of the only tech-based companies pushing their wares. Go, Samsung?

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Gamer dies during League of Legends 400% bonus IP event, body was unnoticed for 9 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 7:26 am

A 23-year-old League of Legends gamer has died in a Taipei gaming centre, where his body sat in front of his glowing monitor for 9 hours before anyone noticed that something had happened. Police have reported that Chen Rong-Yu was found sitting rigidly in front of his PC, hands stretched out towards the keyboard and mouse.

 

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It is believed that the gamer had a pre-existing heart condition, but with the mix of low temperatures in the cafe, lack of movement and extreme fatigue, all contributing to the heart attack.

 

Gamers were taking part in a 400-percent bonus IP event in League of Legends. Chen was involved, and had even been taking regular naps at his desk during the event, which meant that the 30 or so players around him in the cafe did not notice a thing. A cafe employee found him, attempted to wake up, found his body cold, and called the police.

Star Wars: The Old Republic has sold 2 million copies, has 1.7 million subscribers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 6:22 am

BioWare's MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic has enjoyed some decent launch numbers, and now its time to find out just how many subscribers the reportedly $200 million MMO has.

 

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Since launching in December last year, SW:TOR has sold over 2 million copies, and now has a very nice 1.7 million subscribers. Compared to World of Warcraft's launch, this is nearly twice as strong for launch numbers. But, we all know WoW has really taken off since then, it's latest expansion, Cataclysm sold more than 3.3 million copies in just 24 hours.

 

EA CEO John Riccitiello has said:

 

Star Wars: The Old Republic is developing a committed community of players with more than 1.7 million active subscribers and growing.

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Half-Life 2 protest didn't go too badly, more than 13,000 participants

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2012 5:19 am

We reported about the Half-Life 2 protest that was going on over the weekend, so that Valve would hopefully take notice, step up and release some information on Half-Life 3. How did this go?

 

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Well, Half-Life 2's numbers went from the 3000-mark, to over 13,000 during the protest. This pushed Half-Life 2 into the top 20, and just short of the top 10. At its peak, it sat at number 11. Very nice for a protest.

 

Of course, 30,000+ members were touted to take part in this protest. The organiser has said:

 

I am personally impressed with what we've achieved today. We're nowhere near done - in fact, we are currently in the process of planning new activities; this was only our first attempt, and, in my eyes, was a success for everyone.

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