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Mobile App of the Day: Live Holdem Poker Pro for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 11:24 am

Our Mobile App of the Day is Live Holdem Poker Pro for Android.




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Game features:


* Live Chat

* Fast Tables

* Personal Avatars

* Shootout tournament mode

* Sit-n-Go tournamet Mode

* Ring Games

* Free daily Gold

* Lottery Draw

* 200+ Virtual goods you can send ppl on tables

* Facebook connect for fast registration (optional)

* Save to SD card

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NVIDIA's GK104 is reportedly in the hands of AIBs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 10:23 am

I'm a sucker for GPU-related anything, really. I've reported a few times on rumors or news of NVIDIA's upcoming 28nm spin dubbed "Kepler", with the GK104 part being the mid-range power-house that should have the socks of most people being knocked off, if they can get it right. NVIDIA have been rumored to launch some cards in the March/April time frame and it seems this could be correct.




First off, as always, here's some salt. Let's get into it: SemiAccurate are reporting that GK104 Kepler GPUs are in the wild, and are being testing by AIB's (add-in board partners).

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Spotted: LG's Fantasy E740, 4-inch display, Windows Phone-powered

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 9:23 am

Someone mistakenly (and I use that word lightly) uploaded pictures of the unannounced LG Fantasy E740 on a Romanian online trading site. Shortly after, the pictures were removed, but not before a few people got some pictures of the device.




The pictures shown point to it being a prototype, with a big "Not for sale" label on it, but the device was a working unit. The LG Fantasy E740 had the ScanSearch and SmartShare (previously known as PlayTo) apps that used to be exclusive to LG's Optimus 7 back when it launched.




Spec-wise, it sports a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, 1GHz Scorpion CPU, 5-megapixel rear-facing cam, and VGA front-facer. It will actually feature NFC, but these specs could change, as they could be specs for another device. The LG Fantasy E740 is expected to be announced in Q1 and with MWC rolling in closer with each day passing, we should expect an announcement then.

Geil ready to jump into the SSD market with 'Zenith'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 8:24 am

Corsair have done it. G.Skill have done it. OCZ have done it. More are either in the process, or have done it. Geil is the latest to start ramping up SSD production and are ready to enter the market with 'Zenith'.




Geil are ready to pounce with two solutions, the first of which is the S2 range which is SATA II and will be their value range. The S2 comes in both 60 and 120GB models, which should provide read/write speeds of 280/270MB/sec.


The Zenith S3 products should be better, with Hank Cheng telling KitGuru:


For our Zenith S3 performance products, we only use the very latest Sandforce controllers and these must be supplied with the GOLDEN firmware and original ICs.


The drives come in many flavors, 60, 120, 240 and 480GB. They also sport a sweet carbon fiber look, I love it.

2012 HDTV prices leaked, get some pricing on Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Samsung sets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 7:18 am

Since CES earlier this year, with all of the TV teases, smart TVs, OLED, and more, I began to feel my wallet shaking on the table. It shook more when I started checking out the leaked pricing on 2012 HDTV pricing, and oh boy am I excited.




HDGuru have entered my dreams and have released some advertising pricing on some new models from Sony and Sharp, with those models being the BX, EX and HX lines, and the 640, 745, 844, 847 and 945 lines from Sony and Sharp, respectively. Panasonic pricing has been revealed by Value Electronics and for Samsung, we're seeing preorders at Vanns, which even includes the preccioouuusss itself, their top-of-the-line 75-inch ES8000 priced at $7,999.


If the ES8000, $7,999-priced model is too much, how about the 46-inch model? That's just $2,699.

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Microsoft opening new retail stores soon, will step over the border to Canada by the end of the year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 6:18 am

Microsoft have laid down some plans where they will open up four new retail stores over the next few months, with the first international stores opening up later this year.




This is all according to at least one person familiar with Microsoft's plans, says The Verge. The plans would see the Redmond-based company open up a brand new store in Palo Alto, California, and another in Austin, Texas. The funny thing about two of these stores? They will be opening during April, and they'll be quite close to Apple retail store locations in popular malls.


The same plans are said to include two new stores in the state of New Jersey, the first in Bridgewater, the second in Freehold. The New Jersey stores are said to be located in malls that also have Apple stores, and are expected to open up shop before the end of June.


Microsoft's Kevin Turner said last July that Microsoft plan to open up 75 new stores over the next two years, but at the time didn't mention any non-domestic stores. Canada is on the list to receive a store, which should be located in Toronto and will open up just before the holidays. It's said to expect at least one international store at the same time as the Toronto-based store opening.

Epic's Tim Sweeney says there's "too many platforms"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 5:23 am

Tim Sweeney, Epic CEO and Technical Director spoke at the 2012 D.I.C.E. Summit, where he predicted that the number of platforms for games will shrink to three or four over time. He also added that consumer have many choices when it comes to gaming platforms with tablets, PCs, smartphones, Macs, consoles and new handhelds. He adds:




This is too many platforms. We're seeing now iPad sales have surpassed the sales of PCs. This is a real revelation, this is a product that wasn't invented until a few years ago and its basically supplanting personal computers. Over time these platforms will be whittled down to a competing set of platforms to maybe three winners worldwide across everything - computers, game platforms, smartphones...We should expect a lot of consolidation here and winners and losers according to who picks the right directions and executes successfully.


Sweeney also predicted that there would be new devices on the market, as well as new technologies for developers to tap into:


I see a bright future for technology and its implications on games. The ability of game developers to exploit another thousand-fold increase in computing power on future generations of platforms. Some of it will be consoles, some of it PC and some of it tablets. The form factor we can't predict, but the opportunity is there. Our industry's brightest days are yet to come.

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Acer's unannounced CloudMobile Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone wins iF design award, will be at MWC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 4:24 am

Acer's previously unannounced "CloudMobile" smartphone has just received its first award, all without hitting retail shelves. Acer CloudMobile received the iF design award 2012, in recognition of its outstanding achievement in design.




The phone hasn't been heard of until now, and is set to become Acer's flagship smartphone, and officially unveiled at the end of this month in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress, with availability in Q3, 2012. There aren't any specs on the device itself, but Pocket-lint are hearing that it rocks Android 4.0, includes a 4.3-inch HD display, Dolby sound, and is less than 10mm thick.


According to Acer, this is the first smartphone to offer AcerCloud technology, which "enhances mobile productivity by providing seamless document management". That's everything there is to know about the phone right now, more should float up from the depths of the Internet soon, I'm sure.

Last year's Steam hack worse than previously believed, credit card details and more were taken

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 3:19 am

We reported last year about the Steam hack, but it has now been reported that the hack was actually quite a lot worse than previously thought. The server hacked did contain data such as usernames, hashed passwords, game purchases, e-mail addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card numbers, but Valve didn't find any evidence that led them to believe that any personal information was stolen, until now.




Valve have completed further investigation into the matter, and have stated that their preliminary conclusion was, incorrect. Newell has now said he believes the hackers obtained a copy of a backup file with data about Steam transactions made between 2004 and 2008. This backup file is said to contain usernames, e-mail addresses, encrypted billing addresses and encrypted credit card numbers. One of the good things to come from this news is that no passwords were included in this file.

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Apple strikes yet again, seeks ban on Samsung Galaxy Nexus

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2012 2:47 am

Here we go, again. Apple don't even let the dust settle on previous lawsuits against not only Samsung, but others, and today is no different. Apple are bringing a motion for preliminary injunction against Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the U.S.




The latest motion is based on a handful of very powerful patents, which FOSS Patents have dubbed "the patent equivalent of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse". Quite the title considering it's 2012 and all. FOSS' breakdown:


  • the "data tapping" patent based on which the ITC ordered an import ban against HTC
  • a patent related to Siri and unified search, which must be of huge concern to Google with a view to its core business
  • a new slide-to-unlock patent that even had the head of the Taiwanese government profoundly worried
  • a word completion patent that provides major speed improvements for touchscreen text entry


Really, Apple? Are you that scared of the Galaxy Nexus and Samsung's future, most likely, quad-core phones? That scared that all you can do is patent slap the competition instead of releasing actual ground-breaking new devices instead of "S" variants of 18-month-old smartphones? Release something magical, revolutionary, and I hope with all the power in the universe that the people you've pissed off with patents come back to haunt you.

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