The Battlefield 3 beta has given users the chance to either play the beta early (48 hours earlier than the open beta) and for those who didn't, they got a free, no obligation chance to test out the beta to see if they liked it. So far, most people have loved it. But there are of course, the haters. There are issues with the beta, but this is why it is a beta after all. It does not represent the final product, nor does it show off the entire game.
But, there has been a tweet from the guys behind Battlefield 3 have tweeted that they've lost 34,000 pre-orders with those numbers rising. They remind everyone that "people need to be aware this is a beta, much more to come for the full game". I have to reinforce the same thing, it's not perfect for me, but I expect that for a beta. I do expect more from the full game, but I haven't canceled my pre-order. The news of BF3 possibly hitting Steam made me cancel my CD-key order and wait for Steam, though.
On top of Apple's announcement today of the iPhone 4S, Tim Cook has come out swinging with a bunch of Apple-related numbers to impress the world with. Starting with, there have been 16 billion songs downloaded from the iTunes store, and also 300 million iPods sold. To give you some perspective, Sony took 30 years to sell just 220,000 Walkman cassette players.
Cook also announced that "the MacBook Pro and iMac are the number one best selling notebook and desktop in the United States". Apparently, the Mac platform grew by 23 percent over the past twelve months, versus a four percent increase from the PC sector. Cook displayed a chart showing the past five years for Mac, showing that Apple is closing in on 60 million Mac users worldwide, leaving Apple short of owning a fourth of the personal computer market. Cook says "there are still 77 percent of people who are buying something else, we have an incredibly high ceiling here. We have a long way to go".
Cook has high dreams for Mac, and with the way things are going, they should have no issues getting there.
YouTube is finalizing deals with well-known personalities such as skateboarder Tony Hawk, and major media companies to produce original content for its popular website, as it seeks to become a next-generation cable provider that oversees dozens of free online "channels" with professional-grade shows. YouTube is putting $100 million into the deal, directly from cash advances to get some content produced. YouTube will recoup the funds from advertising revenue it sells against the content.
The Wall Street Journal mentions some potential partners such as: Tony Hawk, Warner Bros, News Corp's ShineReveille, FremantleMedia Ltd, BermanBraun, Electus, Everyday Health Inc, Iconic Entertainment LLC, DECA and Verso Entertainment. Oh, and, The Wall Street Journal "may produce news content for a YouTube channel".
The shows associated with some of the companies listed above include, X-Factor, Mob Wives and Ugly Betty - so we might just see similar shows produced for YouTube. Ad rates for YouTube are pretty low, which could pull advertisers away in droves from the cable-TV market.
Ecko|Code and Showtime Networks have just announced the launch of a new Facebook game called 'Dexter Slife of Life', based on the hit Showtime series, Dexter. The Facebook app is supposed to introduce new game episodes the day after the airing of the episodes of Season 6 of the show. If you have your own Dark Passenger, and would like to live out your Dexter fantasies, well, this is the perfect way to do so.
Firing up the game brings up the Dexter theme music, which is music to my ears. I let it play out as I typed up this news post - putting me in the "Dexter" mood. It makes me want to watch all of the seasons over again. If you haven't watched the show before - I highly suggest you do, it is one of the best shows to grace television screens. And any fan would definitely want to check out Dexter Slice of Life.
Oh, and as you'll see in the first image - I have my own Miami Metro Police Department ID, now I can go and hassle LaGuerta.
AC Ryan, International IT and CE manufacturer and leading digital lifestyle producer, have launched what they say is the future of digital home entertainment today - VEOLO. AC Ryan VEOLO combines the most demanded functions to provide a complete digital home entertainment unlike ever before - apps, internet, and a media streamer, all on your TV. VEOLO is powered by Android 2.2 Froyo platform, bringing an enhanced experience for apps on a TV, including casual games and social media.
The built-in web browser includes Java support which allows you to view your favourite Flash-based websites and stream videos from the comfort of your sofa, lounge or bean bag. Streaming your library of music, movies and photos in Full HD is great with the built-in Gigabit Ethernet connection. VEOLO also sports built-in wireless 802.11 b/g/n LAN, powered by an ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor and includes on-board 512MB DDR3.
AC Ryan include a 3-in-1 remote control as standard with the VEOLO which ensures the VEOLO is a premium product with maximum features an unrivalled user experience. All the functionality of a keyboard and mouse, wireless motion controller and standard remote control, packed into a single, stylish, uncluttered remote control. VEOLO will be available on store shelves in November 2011 at a Suggested Retail Price of US $279.
Remedy have an interview online which shows off the creators of the original Max Payne and its sequel, Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. It discusses the development of the original games as well as their reactions to the Rockstar games produced version. The original face of Max and Max Payne writer, Sam Lake, says that Max Payne 3 is "worth the wait" and is like "coming home to an old friend", check out the video below:
BF3Blog has received an anonymous report from inside Valve, that they are in late-stage talks with EA to bring Battlefield 3 to Steam. The rumor is that Battlefield 3 will be available just in time for the release of the game on October 25. According to the report, EA and Valve are very close to reaching an agreement regarding sales of DLC content, which is the main reason Battlefield 3 wasn't previously coming to Steam.
Valve requires that all DLC is sold through Steam, whereas EA prefers to sell it through their own channels. This was why Crysis 2 (another EA title) was pulled from Steam earlier this year. Many PC gamers have lobbied both EA and Valve to bring Battlefield 3 to Steam and it looks like this may just happen. Fingers crossed!
Toshiba has given its Camileo family of camcorders a refreshment this week with three new additions which all provide Full HD (1920 x 1080) video recording and sport 3-inch swivel-style LCD touchscreens.
Two of the three new models, the X416 and X400 are scheduled for arrival on October 10th, while the X200 should be available in stores as you read this. The first two (X416 and X400) give 23x optical zoom and 120X digital zoom, using a 5-Megapixel BSI (Backside Illuminated) CMOS sensor which is capable of 16MP stills. They both have SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slots and feature Electronic Image Stabilization and a built-in stereo microphone.
Where the X416 and X400 differ is in the internal storage side of things, with the X416 housing a 16GB SSD and the X400 not having internal storage.
Our App of the Day today is Microsoft Hotmail for Android OS 2.1 - 2.3.3.
Apple cannot get all the spotlight today with its recent launch of the iPhone 4S an hour or so ago.
Microsoft recently released its Hotmail app for Android devices, which is getting some positive feedback so far.
It is interesting to see Hotmail on a Google (Android) device considering the competition between Gmail (Google) and Hotmail is so tough, but it is there on the Android Market and waiting for you to give it a try.
The only official Microsoft mobile app for Hotmail that gives you easy access to Hotmail so you never miss an email.
Key features include:
- With push email get messages on your phone without delay
- Synced calendar and contacts
- View your folders in Hotmail, including sub folders
- Send pictures from your phone using Hotmail
- Supports multiple Hotmail accounts
- Send, receive and view attachments
We're still waiting on a definitive launch date for ASUS'second-gen Eee Pad Transformer tablet, but it looks like it's expected to arrive very soon now. A new report, however, reveals that it will come in at a slightly more hefty price point to the first Transformer (currently carrying a base price tag of $399 US). Word is that the Android Honeycomb running Transformer 2 will start at $499, not unlike Apple's iPad 2 actually.
What we are lead to believe about it at this stage is that it uses a 10-inch touchscreen and is powered by NVIDIA's Kal-El (Tegra 3) 4+1-core chip. ASUS has an expectation on its tablet shipments for this year to reach between 1.5 and 2 million.