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God of War: Ascension GameStop pre-order bonus brings King Leonidas from '300'

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:00 pm

Pre-order bonuses have typically been an exclusive map, character or real-life merchandise like a sticker or poster, but this is the first time that I thought any pre-order bonus for any game was worth me going out to a store to pre-order any game at this moment as I absolutely need it in my life.




Sony has announced today one of the weirdest, but at the same time, coolest piece of pre-order bonus content I've ever heard of. For God of War: Ascension, if you pre-order either the standard or collector's edition of the game, you'll be given a voucher code to access King Leonidas from "300."

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Nintendo bundles Wii with Skylanders Giants, Just Dance 4 on Nov. 4

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2:02 pm

The Nintendo Wii U will be released in just under a month, but Nintendo has stated that they're still going to be dedicated to its Wii console even after the Wii U launches. With today's news, it's apparent Nintendo is doing its best in order to make the Wii even more of a bargain for parents who may want to give their children a game console, but don't need the latest and greatest.




Nintendo announced today they'll be offering two separate bundles for its Nintendo Wii that will bundle two games that will be on nearly every kid's list this holiday season: Just Dance 4 and Skylanders Giants.

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'S*** Android Users Say' highlights every annoying thing Android users say

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Online Video | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 1:06 pm

In my circle of friends, I'm the only iPhone user, so the daily assaults I receive from them on how much Android is better than the iPhone is as expected as waking up in the morning. The "S*** People Say" videos have been popular ever since the iconic "S*** Girls Say" was released earlier this year, but finally, someone has made a "S*** Android Users Say" and it's extremely on point.



The video highlights many of what non-Android users hear, that group mainly being made up of iOS owners since Android users don't really care about Blackberry or Windows Phone users. Screen size, reception and how highly configurable Android is are just some of most discussed topics that non-Android users have heard on a regular basis.

The Overclocker Issue 21 is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 11:30 am

The World's premier overclocking magazine, The Overclocker, has pushed out issue 21 of the online magazine. Included with issue 21 are reviews of Gigabyte's Z77X-UP7 motherboard, Corsair Neutron and Neutron GTX SSD, MSI's Z77 MPower motherboard.




Also on the review table is the Gigabyte's GTX 680 Super Overclock Edition, ASRock'sZ77 OC Formula motherboard, Corsair's Dominator Platinum 2666 C10 Kit of RAM and AMD's A10 5800K APU. There's also a KIngpIn guide to liquid nitrogen preperation for your GPU with the Tek9, an interview with Hazzan Jadid, and the issue also covers the MSI Master Overclocking Arena 2012 event.


You can check out The Overclocker issue 21 right here.

Facebook's third quarter results beats expectations, pulls in $1.62 billion in revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 10:29 am

Social networking site Facebook may now boast over 1 billion monthly active users, but what do those users actually give the social network in terms of profits? Well, the social network has beaten analyst expectations in their second earnings report after going public.




Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected Facebook to earn $0.11 per share on sales of $1.23 billion, but the social network reported third quarter earnings of $0.12 per share on revenues of $1.62 billion, and increase of 32% from their $954 million in the same quarter of 2011. Advertising remains the king of Facebook, as their main source of income, bringing in 86% of total revenue. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and Facebook founder said:


As proud as I am that a billion people use Facebook each month, I'm also really happy that over 600 million people now share and connect on Facebook every month using mobile devices. People who use our mobile products are more engaged, and we believe we can increase engagement even further as we continue to introduce new products and improve our platform. At the same time, we are deeply integrating monetization into our product teams in order to build a stronger, more valuable company.

Nokia set to raise $1 billion through the use of bonds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 9:35 am

Struggling phone maker, Nokia, have announced that they will be issuing a new slew of convertible bonds that the company hopes will generate around $980 million. Nokia have posted losses for six consecutive quarters and is still going through their cash reserves.




Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia's Executive Vice President and CFO, has said that Nokia's actions have been:


Designed to further strengthen our financial position and liquidity profile while allowing us to benefit from the current attractive long-term financing opportunities in the convertible bond market.


The net proceeds generated from the $980 million of bonds is set to become the phone maker's shares in 2017, which will help the company manage their capital structure, as well as addressing their upcoming debt, all while maintaining existing assets.

Apple's iPad mini Wi-Fi-only model lacks GPS capabilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 8:27 am

Apple's newly-announced iPad mini may be smaller, and thinner than the previous iPad's, but it will lack one serious function of the current slates: GPS. Apple's Wi-Fi-only iPad mini won't sport GPS capabilities which current 7-inch tablets sport, like the incredible Nexus 7 from ASUS.




Apple's Wi-Fi+Cellular iPad mini's will definitely include GPS functionality, but the non-cellular models won't. Apple marketing executive Phil Schiller has defended the company's premium price point for the iPad mini, stating that he expects customers to be "very exited" about the iPad mini and its $329 price tag.


The lack of GPS on the Wi-Fi-only iPad mini will most likely do a number of things to consumers. First, unless they know this fact, they will buy it and expect it to "just work" (Apple's words) and be perplexed when they realize it lacks GPS. Secondly, they'll be educated about the lack of GPS and turn toward another device, not wanting to shell out another $130 to ge the cellular version to gain GPS capabilities. Thirdly, shell out $130 for something that would cost Apple cents on the dollar to bake into the iPad mini.

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Google releases Google Search for Windows 8 app

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 7:26 am

There are only a few days until Windows 8 launches, with Mountain View-based search giant Google releasing a dedicated search application for Windows 8 ahead of the operating system's release on Friday.




Google Search for Windows 8 is available right now in the Windows Store for free as an alternative to Microsoft-owned Bing, the default search engine in Internet Explorer on Windows 8. Google Search for Windows 8 isn't just a search app either, it is a portal to other Google services.


Google Search for Windows 8 acts as a portal to Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Drive and Reader - all while the main interface sports a simple large search bar including voice search, if you want to just talk into the PC for your searching needs.

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Boeing test out CHAMPS, a microwave missile capable of disabling electricity to multiple targets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 6:31 am

Better slap that tin foil hat not only on yourself, but any electrically-powered devices you may own, which would be a lot because Boeing are working on something that could take them all out in a single shot.




Boeing are working on a newly tested Counter-electronics High-powered Microwave Advanced Missile Project (CHAMP) that its missile can slams targets underneath with microwaves that can take down computers, power systems and pretty much anything electrical.


CHAMP can deliver a payload that is invisible, and the prototype is currently capable of targeting multiple individual buildings all without detonating anything, or hurting civilians with it's "blast". Boeing will develop CHAMP in a multi-year program, and currently has no guarantees this will end up as a product for the military's use. Imagine what these things could do if they were reverse-engineered. Worse, imagine what they could do if they were hacked.

Two men guilty of murder over a used Xbox 360

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 24, 2012 5:34 am

The second hand gaming business can obviously be quite serious, with two North Carolina men found guilty of murder over a used Xbox 360 console. In Christmas of 2009, Justen Jarel King and Christopher Andrew Alexander headed to the house of Jason Lee Smith and roommate Emanuel Gantlin in Fayetteville, NC.




Gantlin had purchased an Xbox 360 console from Alexander, but now wanted the console back. So Alexander took King with him and headed to Smith's home, found the Xbox 360 and then started to disconnect the cables from the TV.


King pulled out a gun, cocked it, and it fired - hitting Smith in the chest. Smith didn't survive the shot to the chest and died. Both King and Alexander have pleaded guilty to second degree murder with King sentenced to more than 13 years in prison, while Alexander will see 10 years behind bars.

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