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Foursquare app for PS Vita checks into US PlayStation Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 8:30 am

Foursquare lover? PlayStation Vita owner? Well, the Foursquare app has officially checked in to the US PlayStation Store, and for just 4.5MB, it can be yours. The app works over Wi-Fi, but the app does suggest you use 3G to help the Vita's GPS get the correct position of your check-in.

 

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Foursquare's app is also said to be compatible with the Vita's rear touchpad and cameras, which is a nice bonus. Engadget have prodded around with the Foursquare app and report that it feels similar to the Facebook app released just a few days ago for the PS Vita.

 

Vita owner? Foursquare user? Be sure to leave a comment to let us know your experience with the Vita + Foursquare, there's over 1.2 million of you out there now!

Tegra 3-enhanced version of Sonic 4: Episode II shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 7:25 am

Ah, Sonic, the memories I have of you are so great. AnandTech have had some hands-on time with the Tegra Zone enhanced version of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II, which was only announced yesterday for NVIDIA's quad-core 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3.

 

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Cross-platform development of games is important these days, with Sega looking to tap the gamers of XBLA, PSN, iOS and Android for Sonic. The Android port more specifically, saw NVIDIA work closely with Sega to crete a Tegra 3-enhanced version of the game, which is said to mimic the quality one would expect from the console-based ports.

 

AnandTech said the game "does indeed look very impressive", and had the fast-moving hedgehog plugged up to a 50-inch-plus LED TV. Water and fire effects are said to be pretty much what the console versions look like, but NVIDIA did not have a console on-hand for a side-by-side comparison between the various platforms. Performance-wise, AnandTech reports that the framerate did dip below the 30fps mark a few times, but did not hurt the overall experience of the game.

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Twitter begin inserting ads into iOS, Android phone feeds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 6:28 am

Have you so far liked no ads on your Twitter feed on your iOS, or Android-based devices? Well, not for long! Twitter are now allowing promoted tweets to appear in the feeds of the iOS and Android apps, according to an announcement.

 

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Promoted tweets are nothing new, but until now, they've only been shown on the twitter.com web client. Advertisers, at the moment, are limited to displaying tweets to people who already follow them on Twitter, but over the next few months this restriction will fade into oblivion. At the moment, iPads escape these ads.

 

This will of course annoy some Twitter users, because smartphones have been essential to Twitter's immense popularity, and until now, have been a safe haven from ads. Twitter's mobile apps do have some advertising, but only in a similar way that other smartphone apps do. Promoted tweets appear mixed in with the content a person chooses to receive, adding to the clutter.

 

Twitter only recently started a self-serve advertising program, and expects an injection of new ad buyers. All new ad buys will include mobile by default now.

RumorTT: Xbox Next/720 is codenamed "Durango"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 6:25 am

We still don't know what the next-generation Xbox will be called when it launches, but if we're to believe a short and sweet Tweet from a Crytek developer, then we'll have to believe the Xbox 720/Next/whatever they call it, has the codename of "Durango".

 

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Senior technical designer at Crytek, Sean Tracy, wrote on his Twitter feed (which has now been deleted):

 

Enjoying the Durango developers summit in London. So far, great swag and interesting talks.

 

So we can enjoy a few things from this nugget of information, firstly, the next Xbox could possibly be rocking the codename "Durango", secondly, Crytek will be back with another game on consoles. We should start hearing more and more about the new Xbox if the rumor is true and Durango is indeed the next Xbox, as there has been this aforementioned summit in London.

 

Now we need to hope that the next-gen Xbox sports a GCN-based HD 7900-series GPU, because if it has the same 10-year cycle, we're going to need it. Games should be pushed up to 1080p @ 60fps minimum, but PCs have been there for years now. This means consoles will simply catch up and it won't push PCs that far, if at all. We need scalable consoles, upgradeable consoles, firmware-upgradeable consoles, something.

 

Something different, Microsoft and Sony now have to compete with quad-core-sporting tablets and smartphones that are making huge leaps and bounds in performance every 12 months or so.

HP cut over half of the webOS staff, mostly from engineering

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 5:31 am

HP have just bought down the layoff hammer to approximately 275 of the 500 webOS employees, most of them from engineering (those that make webOS work with actual physical hardware). HP have nearly 350,000 employees, so most of these men and women from the webOS department should find jobs within HP easily.

 

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This is, of course, if HP decide to keep these people within the company. This decision to get rid of 275 webOS-based employees leaves webOS with roughly 225 employees. The decision follows HP's plan to move the webOS group out of the old 1000-employee Palm campus and over to the smaller Cupertino-based campus that HP acquired when they purchased ArcSight in 2010.

 

HP's official statement on the matter:

 

As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP's commitment to the software over the long term.

 

HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.

Gorilla Glass 2, coming to a screen near you soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 4:31 am

Corning are famous for their scratch-defying Gorilla Glass technology, with the announcement from Corning at CES that Gorilla Glass 2 had shipped to device makers, where consumers should be able to purchase products with Gorilla Glass 2 in Spring.

 

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The new damage-resistant glass is said to be not only slimmer than its predecessor, but it will offer brighter images, and have greater touch sensitivity. Various companies have confirmed their tablets will sport Gorilla Glass 2 at Mobile World Congress this week, including ASUS and Acer.

 

ASUS are one of the companies truly dedicated to Gorilla Glass 2 for its new tablets unveiled at MWC, including the just-announced Infinity, and Transformer Pad 300. I'm looking forward to seeing products roll out with Gorilla Glass 2.

PS Vita sales hit 1.2 million worldwide, over 2 million units in software sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 3:27 am

Sony have just announced the sales of the PlayStation Vita, and the numbers are quite impressive: Vita sales hit 1.2 million globally, which helped with launches in Americas, Europe, and PAL territories. According to Sony, sales of the hardware have "exceeded expectations".

 

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Software sales for the PlayStation Vita have passed 2 million units. Sony Computer Entertainment president, Andrew House, says:

 

The market has responded and there is clear demand for a mobile device capable of providing a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. To sustain momentum, we're working closely with third party developers and publishers to ensure the best games and franchises possible will be available on PS Vita, and our software line up for the remainder of 2012 will have something for everyone across the globe.

Dell's XPS 13 Ultrabook is now available, starts at $999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 2:30 am

Dell have begun shipping their first Ultrabook, and for just $999, the Dell XPS 13 does look delicious. XPS 13 has been called one of Dell's best notebook designs to date, and is cheaper than it's Apple counterpart: the MacBook Air. Dell's XPS 13 also has a smaller footprint than competing 13-inch Ultrabooks.

 

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At $999, the base configuration sports a 2nd-generation Intel Core i5-2467M processor at 1.6GHz (up to 2GHz with Turbo Boost), Intel HD Graphics 3000, 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a 6-cell battery that is unfortunately, not removable. On top of this, the XPS 13 features a backlit keyboard, 1.3-megapixel webcam, Intel Centrino Advanced-N wireless, all backed up by Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

 

The chassis itself is impressive, constructed from machined aluminum with a carbon fiber composite base and magnesium palm rest with soft touch paint. XPS 13 measures in at just 0.24-inches at its thinnest point, and just 0.71-inches at its thickest. The default configuration weighs in at just 2.99 pounds.

 

If you'd like a bump in speed and storage, for $500 you can upgrade to the Core i7-2637M processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 256GB SSD.

PayPal rolls out in nearly 2,000 Home Depot stores across the U.S.

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 1:25 am

Just over a month ago now, PayPal announced a small five-store pilot with The Home Depot in order to test out PayPal's in-store payment system. PayPal are now proud to announce that The Home Depot are now starting a national roll-out that will let customers pay for goods with PayPal in all of its nearly 2,000 locations nationwide.

 

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Within the fortnight, every The Home Depot store in the U.S. will allow payments from customers using a PayPal card, or mobile phone number and PIN combination. Here's some details on the rollout, and cities:

 

Starting on February 27th

 

South - Austin, Atlanta, Dallas, Miami, New Orleans, Oklahoma, Tampa/St. Petersburg

North Plains - Minneapolis, Omaha, Wisconsin, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota

 

Starting on March 2nd

 

West - Bay Area, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle

NY Metro - New York City, Long Island

North - Boston, New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia

 

Starting on March 7th

 

Mid-West - Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Ohio Valley, Pittsburgh

Mid-Atlantic - Washington D.C., Baltimore

South Atlantic - Louisville, Charlotte, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Nashville

 

Starting on March 8th

 

Central - Chicago, St. Louis

Apple finally announces iPad 3 media event, to be held in San Francisco on March 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 29, 2012 12:32 am

After a rumored March 7th announcement, it has finally been confirmed: Apple have finally begun to rollout invitations to relevant media outfits (except me, boo) in preparation for a media event on March 7, in San Francisco. The media event is all about the new iPad. Where in San Francisco exactly? Well, it's at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

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After years of Samsung-produced screens, Apple have finally changed hands and shifted to Sharp for the production of the iPad's Retina Display. With the new high-res display, we should expect a much better camera on the iPad, considering how (in my opinion) poor the iPad 2's snapper was. We should expect a minimum of 5- but I'm guessing more along the lines of an 8-megapixel camera on the iPad 3.

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