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Tactical Intervention launches next month, made by the co-creator of Counter-Strike

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 12:29 pm

Counter-Strike is one of those games that really "started it all" with team-based, first-person shooters, and this is all thanks to a team that Minh Le was involved with.

 

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Minh Le has a new game coming out, Tactical Intervention, and it launches on Steam next month. Tactical Intervention is like Counter-Strike, but on steroids: offering intense team-based tactical shooting gameplay, but throws in car chases, realistic locations including shopping malls, industrial parks, subway stations and skyscrapers.

 

Tactical Intervention arrives on Steam this August, and will be a free-to-play title. I don't think it looks that great, in the world of Battlefield 4 and the like, but CS fans might want to take it for a spin.

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Grand Theft Auto V will require an 8GB installation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 12:26 pm

Grand Theft Auto 5 is nearly here, but it looks like PS3 and Xbox 360 owners are going to have to do some spring cleaning on their consoles before installation, as it will require an 8GB installation before you can get into the game.

 

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This is going to take quite sometime to get installed, more so on the Xbox 360 which will have GTA V arriving on two DVDs. The PS3 version will come on a single Blu-ray disc, which will make things a little easier. Xbox 360 owners with just 4GB or 8GB are going to be in trouble, where they'll need external storage before they even consider purchasing Rockstar Games' latest open-world title. Rockstar are already on damage control, preparing gamers to install GTA V so that they avoid disappointment.

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Apple's fall from grace sees them lose the title of the world's most respected company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 11:29 am

For the last three years in a row, iDevice maker Apple have been the world's most respected company according to Barron's list. But, this has come to an end, something that we saw coming last year.

 

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The world's most respected company is now Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, with Disney jumping into the number two position. This has forced Apple from first to third place, with Google and Coca-Cola taking out fourth and fifth place, respectively. Barron's list is made from a poll of professional money managers that has been conducted each year since 2005.

RumorTT: Apple changing things up at Apple Stores in order to prepare for 'an army of new products this fall'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 10:23 am

Apple are poised to release some next-gen products later this year, where we should expect a new iPhone, iPad, iOS and more. But 9to5Mac is reporting that Apple CEO, Tim Cook, talked this week with retail employees in San Francisco about overhauling Apple's approach to selling iPhones in Apple stores.

 

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The Apple CEO said that the company is "developing new incentives for both customers buying iPhones and the Apple Stores selling the phones." This includes the back-to-school promotion that "offers a $50 gift card to students purchasing an iPhone." The heads of retail that were at the meeting have told 9to5Mac that Apple are trying to boost their retail operations throughout the summer to prepare for the launch of "an army of new products this fall."

Douglas Engelbart, the man who invented the computer mouse, has died

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 9:23 am

Something we all use in our day-to-day lives and you wouldn't think twice about it, but the computer mouse changed everything. The man who invented it, Douglas Engelbart, has passed away.

 

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SRI International, the research institute where he once worked said in a statement that he died on Tuesday night in his home in Atherton, California. SRI's President and CEO, Curtis R. Carlson said: "Doug's legacy is immense - anyone in the world who uses a mouse or enjoys the productive benefits of a personal computer is indebted to him."

 

Engelbart was 88, and will be forever remembered for his contribution to the world - the computer mouse.

The latest Pacific Rim trailer is here and boy does it rock!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 8:33 am

Guillermo del Toro's latest movie is nearly here folks, and before we all go and see Pacific Rim, you should check out the latest trailer which should have you buying pre-sale tickets.

 

 

Yeah, thought so. The last trailer before Pacific Rim hits theaters concentrates on the human side of things, showing off less of the actual fighting. But, it gets the idea that it's pretty much the end of the world, and this is their last chance. Get ready for some special effects porn like nothing else.

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Mortal Kombat is now ready for your fatalities on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 7:36 am

Mortal Kombat is on the PC thanks to Steam, with NetherRealm Studios' title hitting other digital distribution services too, with all of the DLC in one handy package dubbed Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition.

 

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There's a retail version planned, which should arrive on August 6. Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition includes all of the DLC that arrived in the months after Mortal Kombat's launch on consoles in 2011 including playable characters Skarlet, Kenshi, Rain and Freddy Krurger (yes, the one from the A Nightmare on Elm Street series).

 

PS3 owners can purchase the digital copy of the original, non-Komplete Edition of Mortal Kombat for just $9.99 this week, and just $5 for PlayStation Plus members.

Samsung's heart is where the home is, will invest $4.5 billion in R&D centers in South Korea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 6:26 am

Samsung have just passed the 20 million unit mark with their Galaxy S4, and this dominance will continue with news arriving that the South Korean giant will invest more than $4.5 billion in five new R&D centers in South Korea.

 

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The R&D centers will be built over the next three years, with a $1 billion research center to be opened in southern Seoul in late 2015. At this building, Samsung will hire some 10,000 employees which will focus their efforts on design. Samsung will also build new R&D centers that will work on materials and components, as well as chips and displays.

 

Just last year alone Samsung spent $10.5 billion on R&D, and compared to their R&D budget in 2011 of just $1.4 billion, there is absolutely no sign of Samsung's dominance slowing down.

Galaxy S4 passes 20 million units worldwide, took just two months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 5:26 am

Samsung have yet another winner on their hands with their flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone, which has now sold over 20 million units. The Galaxy S4 launched just two months ago.

 

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This means that the Galaxy S4 has sold roughly 1.7 times faster than the Galaxy S III at the same two-month point in its life. Samsung previously announced they had sold 10 million units around a month ago, so we're looking at around 10 million units per month which is nothing to complain about. If Samsung can continue to sell at this rate, the Galaxy S4 could be their most popular smartphone ever.

Nokia to change their marketing strategy, will enjoy their new 'challenger' role in the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 4, 2013 4:26 am

It looks like Finnish-based Nokia have finally come to their senses, realizing that they are no longer "the leader in our industry" and have decided to start acting "like a challenger."

 

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Nokia Chief Marketing Officer, Tuula Rytila, spoke with AdAge and said: "It's quite natural, and we're having a lot of fun with it. We want to be more bold in our approach, and [we want] a global brand, as well." Nokia now have the goal of wanting to create a global brand that can appeal to consumers all across the world, including the emerging markets.

 

I think this news is great, and it's the kind of position Nokia need to take - that they are no longer number one, and they need to take it as if they're coming onto the market for the first time. It could be an exciting few years from Nokia finally.

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