Google have rolled out their new Reader design over the last few days and it now sports the Google+ features that were mentioned a week ago. Reader now features a new look that is cleaner, faster and nicer to look at. It also includes the ability to +1 a feed item (which replaces "Like"), with an option to then share it with your circles on Google+ (this replaces "Share" and "Share with Note").
Google say that integrating Reader with Google+ helps them streamline Reader overall, so with the rollout, Google have cut away friending, following, shared items and comments and replaced them with similar Google+ functionality. Google are loving the new layout and have also rolled the layout onto GMail also. Personally, I use Reader every single day for my news here at TweakTown and I really don't like the new layout.
DICE GM Karl-Magnus Troedsson has confirmed that development for Battlefield 3 switched from lead platform on PC to consoles half way through the development "in order to meet release on time". Troedsson elaborates:
We said originally that the PC was the lead SKU of the game, but in mid-production we switched to console as lead platform to make sure we could get all the versions done for release. Our ambition at DICE is to use the power of each individual platform to get the most out of the game. In the case of the PS3... I understand that if you compare it to a high-end PC, it's not going to look as good. But if you compare it to other games on the PS3, including other games we've done previously, I have to say I'm very happy with how it looks. Hopefully people will agree when they look at it in the same way.
ASUS' Transformer Prime and its heat-packing Kal-El, quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip is nearly here. By nearly here, I meant 9 days. During ASUS's Q3 earnings, it gave a sneak peak into ASUS' Eee Pad strategy, where it was confirmed that the Transformer Prime will arrive on November 9.
But, that's not all. It also revealed some details on some more bot-powered slates in Q1 of 2012. ASUS also plan to 'focus on innovation and product perfection' with the Android market. But the most interesting news is for Windows 8-based tablets.
ASUS confirmed we will be getting Windows 8-based tablets this time next year, with "two hero products GTM in Q3'12". Does this get you excited? Transformer Prime in just over a week, Windows 8 tablets in 2012. ASUS are smashing one ball out of the park after another! Exciting times!
Well, that's impressive: 7 billion people are alive on Earth right now, the highest population count of all time. Births are also now outstripping deaths by just over two to one. There is a website call Worldometers which is quite impressive, it has all kinds of statistics such as Internet users in the world, e-mails sent today, Tweets sent today and much more.
Quite the interesting site which is refreshing while I'm looking at it. I think it's scary: watching the "Births this year" ticking away at 2 per second, but even worse, "Deaths today" cranking through 1 per second. That little number represents an actual human being that has loved ones, dying while I watch it.
On the amusing side, Government and Economics gets its own section... 50 million cars have been produced this year so far, 113 million bicycles. Over 360 million (at the time of typing) newspaper circulated today. This is going by around 5,000 per second... over 236 billion (with a B) e-mails sent today! Interesting website, but the 7 billion people mark is quite the milestone indeed! Feels good to be an Earthling today!
Even though Sandy Bridge-E is about to drop, Apple might not be interested in investing anymore time or money into their full-size workstation line outside of this year because of limited sales of the Mac Pro. Apple has reportedly developed a revision to the Mac Pro, that may or may not even get released according to people familiar with the matter said management as far back as May of this year.
Apple have reportedly had discussions about the future of the Mac Pro, and that their days were inevitably numbered. Internal discussions have gone as far as mentioning that the sales of the Mac Pro to both consumers and enterprises have dropped off so considerably that the Mac Pro is no longer a particularly profitable operation for Apple. Then there's the Thunderbolt issue.
Thunderbolt was introduced this year, and allows the other, more popular members of the Mac family to assume the vast majority of the roles that once required the high-end Mac Pro's.
The state of gaming is in disarray, but the problem is that 90-percent of gamers don't really notice it. It's the old-school gamers, the early FPS titles that were remembered, the fast-paced, PC-exclusive, hardware-loving, crazy-insane FPS titles from the 90s that are the most enjoyed FPS games of all time. Back in a day when gaming wasn't mainstream, when a PC gaming system would give you hours of joy with hard games, not corridor shooters, with puzzles and hours of head-scratching now just simplified, easy games.
There's a video I found online, saying that if id Software's FPS defining Quake were built today, what would it be. Check it out below:
First we find there's a million and one load screens and advertisements before the game starts, as the game starts we find the main menu displayed. In the main menu is "new game", "options", "DLC" and "exit". The video shows "options" and within options, "graphics". Graphics has an awesome display of "on" and "off", which is taking the piss out of the current console ports like Crysis 2 which feature lack lustre graphic options when compared to even the original Crysis.
Apple rumors, everyone loves them. A few months ago, rumors circled that Apple were performing final tests on a 15-inch notebook that is said to be slimmer than the current 15-inch MacBook Pro offering, which could be thanks to its flash-based storage and sans optical drive.
Today we have a fresh rumor that Apple have finished development of an LCD test component for their new notebook. Right now, its unclear whether this new system will be part of the MacBook Air range, or Pro range or if the company has plans to extend the ultra-thin design right up to the 15- and 17-inch models.
Apple's MacBook Pro line hasn't seen a big redesign since they switched to the unibody design back in 2008. A redesign could really lift up the game on the MacBook Pro range, making it thinner, lighter whilst at the same time maintaining the performance that the Pro offers. Moving to flash memory needs to happen as the stock hard disk drives in MacBook Pro's are ridiculously slow [when compared to SSDs].
Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi are set to be included on Gigabyte's upcoming X79-based motherboards; G1.Assassin 2, X79-UD7 and X79-UD5. The card will be included in the boxes of those models, which will be a mini-PCI Express Wireless N module, two moveable base antennas, Bluetooth 4.0 and a USB port.
The mini Wireless card sports an Atheros chip and will be powered by the PCI-Express bus, with the USB port being an internal connector which will allow you to add any USB device from within the case. A unique feature.
The Bluetooth 4.0 side of things will continue to be compatible with Bluetooth 3.0 +HS as well as low-power 4.0 devices. Both ASUS and ECS have chosen to go down the Bluetooth 3.0 route, so this gives GIGABYTE the one-up on those companies. There are only a low number of devices that support Bluetooth 4.0, such as the iPhone 4S.
Is it too early to put one of those G1.Assassin 2 boards on my Christmas list? GIGABYTE, have I been a good boy?
It was only hours ago that we found out Battlefield 3 had shipped 10 million copies with retailers begging for more, but straight from EA itself, we find out that Battlefield 3 has an estimated 5 million sold in its first week of availability. That is a bloody good number, but what most people want to know is how the numbers are split between the consoles and PC versions of the game.
EA have also talked about the various stability issues with Battlefield 3 which have haunted it since the start. EA told Ars Technica:
We are happy to report that we had a great weekend with server stability at roughly 98.9 percent. While some players experienced intermittent outages of online services due to high volume, internal estimates show that servers and service stabilized, ensuring that players were connected and enjoying the game, with a commitment to support the game as a software service, EA is listening to consumer feedback and is making daily updates and improvements to ensure an optimal online experience for all.
Apple is set to change everything up with their new iOS app and retail plans have finally been confirmed thanks to a source of BGR's. On Thursday, Apple's new retail store app for iOS will launch, bringing with it two major new features. Firstly, it will enable online ordering with retail store pickup, which has already begun rolling out in Apple Stores in New York City and California, with more stores going live on Thursday.
As for what will now happen, just check out the insane list below:
If a customer orders an in-stock product, pick up will be available approximately 12 minutes after completing the order. Why 12 minutes? Well, the order goes through the system to the designated Apple Store in about 3 minutes. Apple's back-of-house employees have 2 minutes to set all of the products aside on a shelf from the minute it was ordered. There is then a 7-minute grace period for employees to get everything else in order. Around 12 minutes after purchasing, customers will be able to walk into the Apple Store, skip lines, skip registers, get their products, sign for them and leave. We're told Apple is really excited about this, and it's something customers have been seeking for a while.