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Valve to let users vote on what games get released on Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:01 am

Valve are a company that don't like to stay the same, and I love them for it. The company that are known for Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and many, many more amazing games, have announced a new feature that will see users voting for what titles appear on Steam.

 

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At the moment, Valve has an internal group that decides on what launches on Steam, but since Valve don't really employ psychics, it can be very hard to please the entire community. Valve wants to stop this, so in late-August, the company will launch "Steam Greenlight". Steam Greenlight will use the system introduced by the Steam Workshop from last October.

 

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The Workshop lets players rate and comment on content, such as Team Fortress 2 items, Skyrim mods. Valve have said:

 

The community should be deciding what gets released. After all, it's the community that will ultimately be the ones deciding which release they spend their money on.

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One of the biggest gaming collections sells for $1.2 million

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 6:15 am

What I imagine is probably the coolest person ever, has just sold their insane catalog of video games for Nintendo home systems from the NES/Famicom through to the GameCube, as well as the full lineup of every game released on any Sega system.

 

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All of this comes in their boxes, with original instructions. It amounts to more than 5,000 games, with the collection mounting up cartridges for the NES, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube and Virtual Boy, as well as anything published (!) for the Sega Master System, MegaDrive/Genesis, Game Gear, Saturn and Dreamcast. The Dreamcast collection is a stand out, funnily enough, which includes 550 games, and is advertised as factory sealed, all of it.

 

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The seller also states "all games ever released on NEC systems, all factory sealed!" and included a buy-it-now price os just 999,999.99 Euro, or at the current exchange rates, US$1,238,099.99. Not bad, considering the seller would need to have some very exclusive industry access, or the ability to walk through walls in order to build this type of a one-of-a-kind library. The seller does state "you can email me asking the presence of a specific title in a fullset, but you can be 99.9% sure it is present".

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Next Issue amps up iPad app, offers all-you-can-read magazines starting from $10 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 5:33 am

It looks like Next Issue is about to become much bigger than they were yesterday, with the release of an app on iOS, with the iPad app hitting the App Store today. For those of you who aren't in the know with how Next Issue works, it wants to be the Netflix, or Spotify of the magazine world.

 

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Next Issue offers monthly subscriptions for unlimited access to their library of 39 titles. This breaks down to around $10 per month for all the monthly and bi-weekly magazines, or alternatively, $15 for all of that, as well as access to tabloids and other weeklies. One note: the free app is the magazine reader, you'll need to download the apps through Next Issue's browser-based store.

 

What magazines do they have on offer? Well, most of the big players are on-board: Conde Nast, Time, Hearst, Meredith and News Corp. This means you'll have access to The New Yorker, Esquire, GQ, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and Popular Mechanics. Next Issue Media has also talked of wanting to double the catalog by the end of 2012, as well as grabbing deals with more publishers. I think I may just have to have one of those $15 per month subscriptions!

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean source code is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 4:38 am

Jean-Baptiste Queru, the technical lead on the Android Open Source Project has just announced that the source for the newest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will be made available today. Binaries are available for the Nexus 7 and GALAXY Nexus, with Nexus S and Motorola Xoom models promised soon.

 

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This is more ammo for big third-party coders like CyanogenMod to crank out some great releases. It might take a little while before the code to be replicated and go live, but we've been patient enough, right?

 

We should see some great releases thanks to Jelly Bean and its Project Butter 60fps goodness, I can't wait to try out a Nexus 7 personally.

Google's Nexus 7 has been rooted, overclocked and flashed with custom ROM, all before its official release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 3:31 am

Before the sure-fire-hit $199 tablet from Google and ASUS hits, the Nexus 7, the tablet has been overclocked, flashed with a custom ROM, rooted and replaced with a full tablet user interface (UI). 'FadedLite', a member of the XDA-developers forum posted some instructions on how to do the rooting.

 

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But, it seems that rooting the Nexus 7 isn't as easy as previous smart devices, as the Nexus 7 features a locked bootloader. We all know that things like this can usually be overcome, with experienced developers trying their hand on the Nexus 7, provided they have sdk, can use adb as well as fastboot, and have debugging on the Nexus 7. They'd also need to download Su and CWM.

 

Overclocking on the Nexus 7 is impressive already, ramping up to 1.5GHz thanks to a kernel build from zaventh. The kernel does sport other features such as voltage tweaks, and support for init.d. The kernel is insecure, which is to be expected in its early days. User 'jcarrz1' offers an "enhanced" Android Jelly Bean experience with a custom ROM. This custom ROM sports init.d support, Zip alignment, a host file that blocks ads, the Aroma installer, Busybox, the Nexus 7 boot animation, an uncluttered appearance, the removal of some unnecessary apps, and enhanced speed.

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LG are working on a quad-core smartphone, also sports a 10-megapixel camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 10, 2012 2:08 am

It seems as though LG wants to claw their way back up that smartphone winning mountain, with their first quad-core smartphone arriving in the form of the Optimus 4X LTE this month, but there is a follow-up coming soon that should also impress. This device is said to have a camera that beats the Optimus' 8-megapixel rear-snapper.

 

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A report from The Chosunilbo says that LG Electronics chairman Koo Bon-moo has direct input into the planning and development of the as-yet-unnamed device, which is due to his dissatisfaction that the mobile-making division of LG has not taken full advantage of technology produced by fellow LG subsidiaries.

 

What makes Bon-moo's blood boil is that parts from LG Display, LG Chem and LG Innotek are featured by numerous LG competitors, including Apple, but last year, the LG Electronics chief said to have pointed out that LG is not "making enough" of the technology. Recent smartphone industry data from Strategy Analytics revealed that LG hold just 3.7-percent of the industry-wide shipments, with Samsung taking 30.6-percent, and Apple with 24.1-percent.

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 to arrive in July, would be a very limited edition

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 10:15 am

AMD's dual-GPU Radeon HD 7990 has been quite elusive until now, but "New Zealand" is now rumored to be hitting sometime late this month. It will sport two Tahiti XT GPUs and 6GB of GDDR5 memory, with special editions of the 7990 reaching an amazing 12GB of RAM on-board.

 

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VR-Zone cites some of their sources saying that the boards are being sampled right now, with it all ramping up to a product launch before the end of the month. Pricing is one of the details that has been left out for now, and AMD are known to change pricing at the last minute.

 

Do you think we need a Radeon HD 7990? So there can be more broken 3DMark records? The only time these bad boys would really stretch their legs is for multi-monitor gaming, or when games really ramp up their graphics engines in the near-future, hopefully. I would love to see what one of the 12GB cards could do, CrossFired up with another HD 7990 12GB card, on 6 screens, oh the pants-wetting would be glorious.

7.85-inch iPad to go into production at Foxconn Brazil in September

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:40 am

Rumors of a 7.85-inch iPad have been coming in thick and fast, with the latest news to crawl down the spider web of the Internet over the weekend is that Foxconn's Brazil-based plant will start production of a 7.85-inch iPad this coming September.

 

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Japanese blog Macotakara has reported:

 

According to Chinese reliable source, the tablet called iPad mini will be produced in Brazil, however production test to collect data for new cutting machine is already done in China. Source said that, production phase of this tablet will be started since September, and this tablet should be shipped until holiday season, but announcement will not be so soon.

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Guess who's back? GALAXY Nexus is back, on the Google Play store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:00 am

Google's Play store saw the disappearance of Samsung's GALAXY Nexus smartphone off of their virtual shelves last week, but it has made its triumphant return. The injunction to stop the Nexus from being sold was awaiting a response to four reported violations of patents.

 

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But, it was back a little over 24 hours later. The Nexus is important for Google to keep going into the future, as its their lead device for Ice Cream Sandwich. Although the device won't ship for another three-to-four weeks, it should be running a version of ICS that doesn't infringe on the patents Apple were throwing the injunction orders at them over.

 

Are you looking forward to grabbing a Nexus from the Play store?

Samsung GALAXY S III takes the battery life trophy, according to Which? test labs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 9, 2012 8:22 am

Smart devices may be getting faster, better, thinner and all that, but battery life is (to me) the most important aspect of any smart device, especially a smartphone. I hate having to charge my phone during the day, and I can't wait to get to the point where we're charging these things for week-long use.

 

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Well, Which? test labs, who insist they are completely independent of any manufacturer, magazine, or website, have compared some of the latest and greatest smart phones such as Samsung's GALAXY S III, HTC One X, Sony Xperia S, Apple's iPhone 4S, and more, as well as the average 101 mobile phones they previously tested, and compared them under medium 3G receiption levels to get a realistic estimate of real-world usage.

 

The results of this are very interesting, Samsung's GALAXY S III smashes it out of the ball part with 726 minutes of calling, equivalent to a 12-hour session. HTC's One X was second with 635 minutes and Apple's iPhone 4S came in at fourth, with just 467 minutes of call time.

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