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Samsung Galaxy S3 gets 9 million pre-orders in 3 weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2012 2:04 pm

If you needed any evidence that the Samsung Galaxy S III was a major competitor to the Apple iPhone, why don't you take a look at the pre-sale numbers. Already the Samsung Galaxy S III has passed 9 million pre-orders, according to an unidentified Samsung official. Towards the end of last month, Samsung had said that the Galaxy S III would "substantially contribute" to Q2 earnings.

 

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Also, it has been leaked that the factory is operating at full capacity, producing as many phones as possible. The number seems to be 5 million a month, so I'm not sure if that will be able to keep up with global demand once the phone becomes available in more places. Currently, Germany is set to be the first to get it on May 29. Afterwards, it will expand to 100 different global carriers.

 

Samsung has of course declined to comment on these numbers. This year has the makings to be a great year for Samsung. It has recently passed Nokia as top phone manufacturer and looks set to grab even more market share than the 18.4% it did from Q1 2011 to Q1 2012. I know I'm looking forward to getting the new Galaxy.

Deal of the Day: 7" Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, 8GB, Wi-Fi for $149 with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2012 1:49 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 7" Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet, 8GB, Wi-Fi for $149 with FREE Shipping!

 

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Right now, Barnes & Noble is selling their NOOK Tablet through eBay for $149 (new, not refurb) with FREE Shipping, though it's not expected to last more than a few hours. That's a $50 discount (25%). It features a 7" 1024 x 600 IPS multitouch display, 1Ghz processor, 8GB storage, microSDHC storage, 802.11b/g/n wireless, and more. Get one while you can.

 

BARNES & NOBLE NOOK TABLET 8GB WIFI DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Feed Me Oil for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 18, 2012 1:11 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Feed Me Oil for Windows Phone.

 

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When hunger strikes, strike oil! Welcome to a weird and wonderful place where the land is literally alive - and it's starving! Your job is to get the oil from the broken pipe to the mouths of the strange creatures. It won't be easy though, as you'll need to use all sorts of fun tools, as well as your brains, to solve the puzzles.

 

AMAZING DESIGN

A huge variety of mind-bending levels will test your mental skills. Different ways to solve each puzzle for endless replayability.

 

A JOY TO PLAY

Intuitive controls that make the game a breeze to pick up. Incredibly slick and realistic physics create oil like you've never seen. Use fans, magnets, wind, and more to beat each level.

 

BEAUTIFUL

Unique, surreal art design that looks amazing. Stunning musical soundtrack that features jazz, emotive piano tracks, and more.

 

You can download Feed Me Oil directly from the Windows Marketplace on your Windows Phone device, or here.

Download of the Day: Google Chrome 20.0.1132.8 Dev

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: May 18, 2012 12:00 pm

Our Download of the Day is Google Chrome 20.0.1132.8 Dev.

 

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Continue on the bleeding edge of Google Chrome releases, with version 20.0.1132.8 Dev now available. There's not much changed with this version, with the changelog stating:

 

  • This build contains updates to V8 (3.10.8.5) and several other fixes.

 

You can download Google Chrome 20.0.1132.8 Dev, here.

LinkedIn profiles point to new Mirror's Edge, Bad Company games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 18, 2012 11:22 am

Nearly a year ago, EA Games President, Frank Gibeau, teased that EA were "actively looking at how to bring [Mirror's Edge] back in the right way", this was in a discussion with GameTrailers. But, now there's some more concrete, well, kinda, information available on this news.

 

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GamerZines reports that judging from two former EA employee's LinkedIn profiles tease they've worked on a Mirror's Edge sequel. According to GamerZines, the profile of an ex-EA Software Engineer has said that he's worked on Mirror's Edge 2 between July and August of 2009, where he was implementing "the wandering of crowd system within Unreal3 engine".

 

Another ex-employee had a different task, where was implementing "new gadgets and interactive features" into Mirror's Edge 2, including "leaderboards" and a mini-game embedded into Mirror's Edge game story". If development started on Unreal Engine 3, EA must've switches engines mid-development to Frostbite 2, the engine that powers the beautiful first-person shooter that is Battlefield 3.

Continue reading 'LinkedIn profiles point to new Mirror's Edge, Bad Company games' (full post)

Steam remote library management breaks out of beta status

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 18, 2012 10:28 am

The Steam remote library management was only in beta for a little while, and has broken out of the beta and into full availability. Now you can lay in your bed, or on the bus or train and manage your library directly from your iOS- or Android-based device.

 

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If you've got the Steam app for iOS or Android, you can start a download remotely, complete online purchases, and more. Here's what Valve have to say about it:

 

To kick off a remote download, simply visit your Games list on the Steam Community site, which can be accessed from your own profile using a web browser or the Steam mobile app on iOS or Android. If logged into the latest update of the Steam client on a PC or Mac, there you'll see which games are currently installed, and have the ability to install others from your library. Or, seamlessly complete your online purchase with remote installation: When a remote session is detected, the Steam store will ask whether you'd like to download your new purchases immediately.

Continue reading 'Steam remote library management breaks out of beta status' (full post)

Apple wins iPhone5.com domain name

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 18, 2012 9:35 am

Apple really wanted that iPhone5.com domain, and they've fought hard to get it. The company took its complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where they've successfully won its dispute over the iPhone5.com domain.

 

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WIPO has displayed the domain as 'Terminated' on its website, with the domain owner expected to have relinquished ownership. The iPhone5.com domain is now held by brand protection agency Corporation Service Company, which could've been used by Apple to take ownership.

 

Even now that Apple have won their dispute, it's not clear whether Apple's new iPhone will actually be called 'iPhone 5', but it's definitely a step in the right direction of finding out. With so much news flying left, right and center over the new iPhone, I really hope we see something at their WWDC event next month.

Activision and EA settle $400 million Call of Duty lawsuit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 18, 2012 8:29 am

Activision and Electronic Arts have finally reached a settlement over the $400 million lawsuit involving the developers of Call of Duty. Activision lawyer Beth Wilkinson said yesterday in a hearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court:

 

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Activision and Electronic Arts have decided to put this matter behind them.

 

The settlement removes EA from the trial that involves Activision versus the former Infinity Ward heads, Jason West and Vince Zampella. It's alleged in 2010, the duo plotted with EA to leave Activision and set up a new independent studio. Activision had accused EA of disrupting Infinity Ward by trying to secure the two developers while they had two years left on their contracts.

 

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West and Zampella sued Activision after they were fired, and seek more than $1 billion (that's with a B) in damages. Keep in mind that the duo originally were after $36 million, but there's no explanation as to why the number has meteorically risen since then. I'm guessing because of the multiple billions of dollars the Call of Duty games have raked in between when they left the studio, and now.

Steve Jobs 'worked closely' on the design of the next-generation iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 18, 2012 7:23 am

Bloomberg has reported that the late Steve Jobs was involved with the design work for the next-generation iPhone. The new iPhone is said to feature a larger display, somewhere in the 4-inch area. We reported on this yesterday, but now news is hitting that Steve Jobs was personally involved.

 

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I do have a problem with this, of course media outlets are going to push Steve Jobs was involved in the design. It's great PR for everyone involved. I'm not one to dig on a dead man, but they'll continue to push 'Steve Jobs inspired' for years to come. If we remember, Steve Jobs didn't like the idea of a bigger screen on the iPhone. It would mean fragmented design not just for iOS, but for apps to cater to various iPhones with varying screen sizes and resolutions.

 

I think we're going to see Apple change, especially with the iPhone, because of increasing competition from Google-based devices. Steve Jobs' passing will of course always be remembered, as will the visionary himself. I expect the iPhone to take on changes in the coming year, the same with iOS. Apple are one of the biggest for back peddling, and we're seeing this now with the news of a larger iPhone screen.

Microsoft can remove bloatware from your PC, for $99 at any Microsoft Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 18, 2012 6:23 am

Hate pre-installed versions of completely useless software on your PC? Well, take your PC into a Microsoft Store, pay them $99 and they'll install a clean copy of Windows onto your PC for you. Handy. The new program is a branch from Microsoft's "Signature" PC initiative, which sells bloatware-free versions of PCs from Microsoft's partners in Microsoft Stores.

 

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The Redmond-based company is willing to change any computer into a Signature PC, if the customers wish to do so, and bring their PC into a Microsoft Store and pay the $99 fee. Signature PCs sport Microsoft Windows Live Essentials program, the ad-supported Word and Excel-only Microsoft Office Starter Edition, the Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus package, and Zune media player software.

 

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Users can opt-out of having these programs installed, and can also specify which other third-party browsers or programs get installed. Included is 90 days of free phone support. The only issue I have with this, is Microsoft created this problem (allowing bloatware to be used and installed by OEMs) and are now cashing in on it. But, at least they're trying to dig out of the hole, and not make it deeper, I suppose.

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