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Deal of the Day: 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SSD - $229.99 after rebate, FREE shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 1:31 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Newegg - 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III SSD Drive for $229.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

 

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Newegg has the 240GB OCZ Agility 3 SATA III solid state drive for just $229.99 after $20 rebate, with FREE shipping. They're also throwing in Mass Effect 3 game for free with your purchase.

 

Buy it from Newegg:

 

240GB OCZ AGILITY 3 AGT3-25SAT3-240G 2.5-INCH SATA III MLC INTERNAL SOLID STATE DRIVE SSD REBATE DEAL

 

Send in the $20 rebate, ending 3/15/12. $20 REBATE

 

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Download of the Day: MIT App Inventor (beta)

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 12:29 pm

Our Download of the Day is MIT's App Inventor (beta).

 

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Creating an App Inventor app begins in your browser, where you design how the app will look. Then, like fitting together puzzle pieces, you set your app's behavior. All the while, through a live connection between your computer and your phone, your app appears on your phone.

 

You can build many different types of apps with App Inventor. Often people begin by building games like MoleMash or games that let you draw funny pictures on your friend's faces. You can even make use of the phone's sensors to move a ball through a maze based on tilting the phone.

 

But app building is not limited to simple games. You can also build apps that inform and educate. You can create a quiz app to help you and your classmates study for a test. With Android's text-to-speech capabilities, you can even have the phone ask the questions aloud.

 

To use App Inventor, you do not need to be a professional developer. This is because instead of writing code, you visually design the way the app looks and use blocks to specify the app's behavior.

 

You can download MIT's App Inventor (beta), here.

Fibble: Crytek's first mobile game, powered by CryENGINE 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 11:24 am

Crytek's first game in the mobile universe is called 'Fibble - Flick 'n' Roll'. Crytek say that the game is a "highly engaging puzzle game" that "combines strategy with physics-based interactions" with vivid and highly detailed visuals.

 

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CEO and President of Crytek, Cevat Yerli says:

 

Going mobile is an incredibly exciting step for us as a game development company. The way that people play games on mobile devices is a real blessing. This allows us to get back to our roots, experiment and focus our energy on creating great gameplay experiences while still keeping Crytek's high production values.

 

Whereas, General Manager Games at Crytek, Nick Button-Brown says:

 

With Fibble - Flick 'n' Roll, Crytek is aiming to surprise people with a whole new style of game as well as to make a big impact in the field of mobile entertainment. It will also give us a great opportunity to make a big splash with a whole new generation of players who've yet to play a Crytek game. We ourselves love to play games on mobile devices and we very much look forward to bringing our production values and skills to them.

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OCZ unveils Vertex 4 SSD, sports Everest 2 controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 10:31 am

CeBIT 2012: OCZ have just unveiled the successor to the Vertex 3 SSD, dubbed Vertex 4. Vertex 4 is a fourth-generation SSD which sports the Everest 2 controller, as well as synchronous MLC flash memory that should sport speeds of up to 550MB/sec read, and 500MB/sec write, with 90,000 IOPS (4k random write).

 

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OCZ, if you remember, exited the memory market in early-2011, where they cited weakness in the global DRAM industry, but noticed rapid growth in the solid-state drive market. OCZ then scooped up South Korea-based Indilinx, who they worked on the original Vertex SSD.

 

OCZ's Vertex 4 drive is the second drive to sport technology from the acquisition and the first to use the Everest 2 platform. OCZ did launch the Octane SSD in October of last year, which featured the original Everest controller, and was the first SSD to ramp up to 1TB in a 2.5-inch form factor. No release date is set on the Vertex 4, but we should see it hitting shelves in the coming months, and we should also see it in capacities up to 2TB.

EA pulls Simpsons game from iTunes, says its due to overwhelming popularity

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 9:31 am

EA have removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store for a, well, weird reason. First up, an anonymous gamer posted on EA's help forum, asking about the game, and had a very interesting response from an EA representative:

 

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To ensure current players have the best possible experience, we've temporarily removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out from the App Store to limit the game's server capacity to its current players and address connectivity and lag time issues.

 

So, EA removed The Simpsons: Tapped Out, because it was too popular? I was never the popular kid in school (contrary to popular belief from my flowing locks and eagle-sharp eyes, I look like a young Alec Baldwin), so I don't understand how this happens. EA predicts that players who have already downloaded the game will experience a smoother experience, with EA saying "actually, your experience should only improve as we work on a solution".

 

What I don't understand is, we're talking about EA here. Surely they have enough server bandwidth, or enough money to throw up some servers - especially as they saw the downloads ticking over from the App Store... obviously not, or there was an underlying issue with the game itself, and this is an easier way to fix it - rip it offline, fix it, throw it back and blame server overload issues?

Square's Register app turns any iPad into a full-blown point of sale terminal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 8:28 am

My day job has me sitting in IT retail, doing the usual customer thing we all know and love (er?) and this news really blew me away in it's joint simplicity, but functionality and sheer awesomeness. Square has added more functionality to their mobile payment platform, found in the form of its new Register app for the iPad.

 

 

The refreshed app brings a much sleeker interface, with greater Card Case integration as well as analytics to break down sales by transaction type, and chronology to track your business' performance. On top of this, you can set up custom permissions to limit employee access, create customer loyalty programs and the new Register app also sports an improved inventory system feature.

 

The app still relies on Square's card reader for swiping cards, where it charges 2.75-percent per transaction using Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. 2.75-percent is a small price to pay for something that really is an evolutionary jump for the cash register. Touch, swipe, gesture, bring it on.

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App Inventor gets launched into public beta

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 7:23 am

Google have handed over the cook book to their App Inventor to MIT, and have promptly dumped out a public beta. This means that you, your mom, friends, whoever really, can log into the MIT App Inventor, as long as you have a valid Google ID.

 

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Most people have already heard of this, when it was known as the Google App Inventor, but this is still new, news, really. Hop to it, and start inventing some apps that I can use as our Mobile App of the Day.

 

Google first launched App Inventor in mid-2010, which was then rinsed, discontinued and then open-sourced only last year. This now allows anyone to jump right into Android application development, with a simple web-based interface.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter gets its debut trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 6:28 am

EA have just released the first trailer to the Frostbite 2.0-powered first-person shooter, Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The trailer does look quite good, and features the glorious explosions and slow-mo one would expect from a first-person shooter franchise.

 

 

The trailer states that all pre-orders will be upgraded to the limited edition version, at not extra cost. At least there's no day-one DLC. Personally, I think EA should back away from the "here guys, you get limited edition upgrades for free", its almost like EA are telling you it's all good, you're getting something for free. I don't want anything for free, and I'm personally willing to pay $100 for a game that breaks boundaries, and isn't a formulaic first-person shooter.

 

The trailer does look cool, as I said, but with (what it seems) no in-game footage, it's always hard to tell. Will this look as good, or better, than its Frostbite 2.0-powered cousin, Battlefield 3? Only time will tell. It should look better than the next Call of Duty, that's for sure. The trailer also gives us a release date: October 23, on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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Microsoft reveals Office 15, sports touch-friendly features, simpler UI

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 5:28 am

Microsoft, in its venture to reclaim the love of its users, has started seeding its Office 15 technical preview to select, lucky partners, earlier than normal this year to get it ready for the public. The Verge has managed to spy some shots of Office 15, and its new features.

 

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Office sports a large influence of MS's Metro, where it has a cleaner interface and touch mode, which makes working with your documents and presentations on a desktop, tablet or smartphone, that much easier. Word has also received some love, now including double-click to zoom, smoother scrolling, video embeds, and the ability to share documents online through a browser.

 

Excel has also received some upgrades, now including some formatting controls, as well as chart animations. PowerPoint wasn't left out, and is now easier to drop Excel charts into presentations without messing with formatting. Outlook now sports weather forecasts built-in, in-line replies, and greater multiple e-mail account support. One Note wasn't left out of the upgrades, and now has improved tables support.

 

It looks like Microsoft isn't just trying here, they've listened, and are forging a path for their Metro-based future. I'm getting excited here, folks. Microsoft could really pull it off.

EA talks SimCity, PC-exclusive, and new trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2012 4:59 am

GDC 2012: EA have just announced that SimCity will be named, well, SimCity. No numbers, no space, just SimCity. It's being made by Maxis, and is a PC-exclusive. Yes, you read those words right: PC-exclusive. EA/Maxis have thrown a trailer into the lions pit, aka, the Internet, and boy is it exciting me.

 

 

Maxis' goal is to create a vision o the game that includes more choice, while simultaneously making the game the most playful and most responsive one in the series. The game will be in 3D, and will offer online components, but the emphasis of this full announcement is on how much the spirit of the original games are to them, which is great.

 

Maxis stressed that everything you see in the game, is there for a reason, with greater emphasis on detail, and a greater impact from your sim-building decisions. You'll be able to interact with the cities of your friends, and for example, if your city pollutes, you could lower the air quality in your neighboring cities. SimCity also sports roads like I like my women: curvy. A city is not built on a grid, and now we have curvy roads, finally.

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