Modern Warfare 3 breaks one-day entertainment sales records, developers beg customers for better Metacritic ratings
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has done it again, it has become to biggest entertainment launch of all time, smashing the previous record set by... Call of Duty: Black Ops last year. MW3 took in over $400 million in revenue in just 24 hours, selling 6.5 million copies of the game across 3 platforms in the US and UK.
Black Ops pulled in $360 million on its opening day last year, with Modern Warfare 2 raking in $310 million in the first 24 hours. Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotickt says:
We believe the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium, and we achieved this record with sales from only two territories. Other than Call of Duty, there has never been another entertainment franchise that has set opening day records three years in a row. Life-to-date sales for the Call of Duty franchise exceed worldwide theatrical box office for 'Star Wars' and 'Lord of the Rings,' two of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.
Hello TweakTown readers. It's us again, at TechEye, here to tell you about some of the movings and shakings from the last week.
We kicked off the week with a story about Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia fame. Wales, the Wikipedia founder, was travelling through one of the UK's airports when a customs official literally dropped her pencil with surprise. The bearded Wales was mistaken by the confused customs official who thought he was a rabble rouser called Julian Assange, of Wikileaks. He explained he wasn't and all was fine. Except with TechEye - he forced us to apologise because we mentioned something about a woman called Rachel Marsden, who was never Wales' girlfriend.
Apple took its usual approach to security this week, which is to say, it swiftly buried its head in the sand. An iOS developer unearthed a serious flaw in the App Store which meant a dodgy app could act maliciously. Developer Charlie Miller reported the problem to Apple, which thanked him by kicking him out of the iOS developer program. Apparently by pointing out a serious bug he had broken terms and conditions. He'll be showing off his findings in Taiwan soon.
In typical standout fashion, chinese based VGA add-in board partner Colorful has come forward today introducing their latest super duper, highly modified graphics card - the iGame GTX 560Ti Kudan.
Straight off the bat when you look at the accompanying photos of this card, you can see it's a huge step away from the norm and clearly stands right out. There might be a real lot of GTX 560Ti's on the market, but nothing quite like this one.
Colorful has not only designed a stronger custom PCB for this card, but it also comes with a add-in card that provides additional power phases. The triple-slot cooler boasting ten heatpipes and three fans (one 90mm and two 80mm) is truly a work of art, as shown in the photos, with a chunky backplate and also coming with five detachable heatsinks (which are a part of the Air-Kit), along with paints and brushes in the Color-Kit to further customize the look of your GTX 560Ti Kudan's cooler how you see fit.
A total of seven new power supplies have just entered Thermaltake's frey, all coming in under their mainstream positioned Smart series. Three of the units are modular coming in wattages of 450, 550 and 650, while the other four non-modular units give wattage options of 430W, 530W, 630W and 730W.
The three modular units get 80Plus Bronze certification with up to 88% efficiency, whilst the non-modular models are 80Plus rated providing up to 86% efficiency. Features across the board in the new Smart series lineup include ATX 12V V2.3 compliance, active PFC, single 12V rail, whisper quiet 140mm fan and MTBF of over 100,000 hours.
LG has readied up its latest 13.3-inch ultra-thin laptop for the Korean market, the P330 under its Xnote line. The laptop weighs in at just 1.7Kg and is only 4.5mm thick. Due to the thin 8mm bezel on the 13.3-inch (1366 x 768) LED-backlit display, the laptop ends up being right around the size of a typical 12-inch laptop.
Packed inside is a 2nd-gen Core processor with 4GB of RAM, while its storage setup includes both a HDD and SSD and graphics in the form of NVIDIA's GeForce GT 555M. Other features include 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI output and a 6-cell battery.
The P330 works out to about $1,323 in base form, which can be pushed up to as much as $1,954 depending on your chosen configuration.
Our Download of the Day today is Opera 11.60 Beta 1 (Build 1147).
A full-featured Internet browser, Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera's groundbreaking E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRC chat. And because we know that our users have different needs, you can customize the look and content of your Opera browser with a few clicks of the mouse.
Speed Dial: Your favorite sites are just one click away at all times.
Search Shortcuts: Faster search - type your queries directly into the address bar.
Trash Can: Instantly reopen recently closed tabs.
Mouse Gestures: With Opera you can navigate the Web with your mouse.
Opera Link: Synchronize data of your choice online, or among different computers and devices.
Quick Find: Opera remembers not only the titles and addresses, but also the actual content of the Web pages you visit.
Feed Preview: Preview a Feed by clicking on the feed icon, and you will see it in clean and efficient multiple-column layout.
Quick and customizable Web search: Get quick access to Google, eBay, Amazon and more with the search field in the upper right corner.
Deal of the Day: 64GB Corsair Flash Voyager Gtr CMFVYA64GBGT2 USB2.0 Flash Drive for $49.99 after Rebate
Our Deal of the Day today is the NCIX US - 64GB Corsair Flash Voyager Gtr CMFVYA64GBGT2 USB2.0 Flash Drive for $49.99 after Rebate!.
Offer: Great price for one of for this huge (and fast) 64GB flash drive with 10 year warranty at just $49.99 after $30 mail in rebate (expiring 11/30/11). This special price promotion ends 11/16/11 though.
AMD's 28nm-based next-generation GPUs are rumored to arrive in January 2012, according to a report from Fudzilla. Grains of salt are being thrown left, right and centre, and while the 7000-series was meant to be released this year, Fuzilla report that word from "multiple industry sources" that Tahiti won't make it until 2012.
Tahiti will be the direct successor to Cayman, which is what powers the current Radeon HD 6900-series cards, and is expected to come in both XP and PRO variants. Specific models haven't been announced, but if AMD stick to their current naming system and don't throw it all around again, we should expect the new cards to be Radeon HD 7950 and Radeon HD 7970.
Both cards will be single-GPU parts, replacing both the HD 6950 and HD 6970, while a dual-GPU powerhouse card featuring two Tahiti cores will arrive later in 2012 and be dubbed the Radeon HD 7990 aka New Zealand. This could see either a March release, and if its too busy sipping cocktails waiting for NVIDIA to play catch up, we could see it laze through until early Q2 2012.
The Radeon 7900-series marks the arrival of AMD's new Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which is supposed to bring us a GPU that performs well at both graphical and computing tasks.
Sony opens registration for PlayStation Suite SDK beta, allows developers to build apps for Android and Vita
Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK was shown off at the Tokyo Game Show in September, but Sony have just opened up the SDK application process for a closed beta test. This allows Windows XP and Windows 7 users in the US, UK and Japan to submit their credentials for early access.
For those who get approval from Sony will have the ability to develop apps for use on the PS Vista when it drops in February, 2012, along with the PS Suite - that "hardware-neutral" framework that will allow access from non-PlayStation branded products, including the Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P, with the potential for third-party devices to come too.
The PlayStation Suite SDK uses the C# programming language, and doesn't require developers to have access to actual Sony hardware. You can apply to be a Sony developer by clicking the following link.
Have you wanted panoramic picture mode for your iPhone? How about the Android-like autocorrect bar for the on-screen keyboard? Well, you're in luck. Developers have recently discovered a few hidden features in iOS 5, with both items having the ability to be enabled without jailbreaking your iPad or iPhone.
Why they're hidden, is a mystery in itself. But iOS hacker, Sonny Dickson, is responsible for finding the "Android-like" autocorrect bar Thursday morning. The autocorrect bar is so close to the Android autocorrect bar, that it may explain why Apple left it out of iOS 5's initial release.
Enabling the autocorrect bar requires a simple .plist file edit, but since Apple does not allow an easy way to access the file system, it requires a few steps which I've listed below. The second feature unearthed was the enabling of the panorama mode for the iOS camera app. Apps exist that do this now, but this is the first time it's had the ability to do so within the native camera app.