What better way to mix up our Deal of the Day with one of the best games ever? Valve are selling Portal 2 at a heavily reduced price, down from it's usual $19.99 price down to just $6.79. Remember that the new free DLC also came out today, Perpetual Testing Initiative. A two-for-one day if you ask me!
Portal 2 is available for both the PC, and Mac, and can be downloaded directly through Steam, or here.
Verizon's 4G LTE service is available in 230 markets across the United States, and today the company has launched something quite different: HomeFusion Broadband. HomeFusion Broadband is available nationwide, or the two-thirds that are already covered.
The service will pump out transfer rates somewhere between 5 and 12Mbps for downloads, with uploads sitting between 2 and 5Mbps. The average DSL speed or basic cable Internet connection is around that speed, but HomeFusion is going to be much more expensive.
Why does it still sound good? Well, Verizon is mainly aiming for rural areas that are covered by its LTE network, but not by a cable broadband provider. The installation of a cylindrical antenna is required, and will cost you $200 from the get-go. Plans then begin at $60 per month for 10GB of data, $90 for 20GB and if you want 30GB, you'll be spending $120 per month. For every GB you go over your plan, Verizon will slap you with a $10 fee.
StumbleUpon co-founder and CEO, Garrett Camp, has stepped down from his position and will become chairman of the company. Camp, who after 10 years of leading StumbleUpon, wants change. He explained that it's "time for a change" in a post on StumbleUpon's blog:
After 10 years leading StumbleUpon, it's time for a change. From Geoff and I working part-time in Canada in 2002 to over 120 talented employees today, I've guided StumbleUpon through an unconventional journey. We moved to San Francisco in 2006 (photo above), were acquired by eBay just a year later, spun ourselves out of eBay in 2009, and have since grown the company from 5 million to more than 25 million registered users. The last 3 years have been incredible - completely rebuilding the company and expanding from a simple Firefox add-on to one of the largest discovery platforms on the Web.
StumbleUpon is now seeking a new CEO, immediately. The rest of its executive staff will continue as is. The next thing to see is who StumbleUpon, well, stumble upon for their next CEO, as well as what Camp has up his sleeve as to his next move.
If you haven't heard of 'Tizen', here's a quick introduction: Tizen is a joint-effort operating system being developed by Intel and Samsung. Tizen is an open-source Linux-based OS with a heavy focus on HTML5 and other web standards. Tizen also borrows from MeeGo, a failed OS that was a mash-up of Intel's Moblin and Nokia's Maemo. MeeGo was officially discontinued in September 2011 in favor of Tizen.
Some lucky few people at the Tizen developers's conference in San Francisco were given prototype Samsung devices loaded with version 1.0 of the new OS. The guys and gals over at The Handheld Blog were there in person and have a video showing off the device.
The Samsung unit sports a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen, a Cortex-A9 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear-snapper, 2-megapixel front-facer, microUSB, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and a standard video/audi decoder. Quite the feature-packed device, I'd say. As you can see in the above video, the OS borrows quite a lot from Samsung's TouchWiz UI including its pull-down notification system and support for tethering directly out of the box.
After the successful conclusion of a pilot program which studied the effect of tablet computers in government, all 650 members of the British parliament (MP) will soon receive Apple's tablet masterpiece, the iPad.
The roll out of iPads to MPs will cost anywhere between $420,300 and $693,500. Nearly 70 MPs have already bought an iPad and have listed them as an expense, putting the cost onto the tax payer. But there are benefits, they say: such as saving money on printing, and other business/workflow-related reasons.
Each MP and his or her staff are entitled to three desktop computers, and two laptops in the service of the government. A trade-in of one of the allotted devices is expected from 300 of the 650 members not assigned to a select committee. The returned equipment helps for the cost of the iPad purchases by updating obsolete equipment in use by non-elected staffers, which then reduces the need for purchases of new equipment, which would cost a little over $80,000.
Toshiba's 10-inch model from their Excite line of tablets is now available for order. The Toshiba Excite 10 comes in 16, 32 and 64GB models, with all models sporting a 10.1-inch, 1280x800 Gorilla Glass display, and boast a 10-hour battery life.
The Excite 10 does not come with Bluetooth 4.0, instead it features Bluetooth 3.0 and a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facer. Excite 10 starts at $450 and sports NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core chip, as well as Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Pricing on them is not bad with the 16, 32 and 64GB priced at $450, $530, and $650, respectively. Not bad for some NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered tablet goodness.
I've got to say this first: I played Carmageddon for over one hundred hours, easy. My brother and I spent countless hours within the amazing world of this game, and I'm excited to see what they can do with today's technology. But, news is coming through that Stainless' Carmageddon reboot, Carmageddon Reincarnation, has begun development.
Stainless had funding, but have reached out to the wonderful world of the Internet, and in particular, Kickstarter, to get additional funds. This is what seems to make the most sense as the company seemed to have funding, but now they're looking at Kickstarter. We should have more concrete info on this soon. But, the game is already at $78,000 of its $400,000 goal. One contribution was $10,000 in a single hit. This backer will be flown to the UK and have their likeness applied as an in-game character - very cool.
Stainless have been quoted:
We're a modest-sized indie developer (around 50 trapped souls), and we've already invested well over a third of a million dollars getting the rights back and beginning design and prototyping. This represents all of our profits from our other work - but we think it's worth it. We currently have a small team working on the project - but without some sort of dedicated funding, that can't continue indefinitely. We can't put this game into full production without a sizeable team dedicated to it. So we need a pile of CASH to get the game made.
We've all seen, read about, heard about, or touched the new iPad, but was this really Apple's best? Not according to Raymond Soneria, CEO of DisplayMate Technologies. Soneria thinks that the new iPad is not the device that Apple originally intended on releasing.
Soneria said in an interview with CNET that the third-generation iPad was meant to be thinner, featuring a new display from Sharp, which supposedly featured "IGZO" technology. Soneira said:
The plan was to use this new technology called IGZO from Sharp - a lot higher electron mobility that allows them to make the transistors a lot smaller and the circuit elements a lot smaller. There's no question that the iPad 3 is Plan B. They pushed amorphous silicon to a higher [pixels per inch] than anybody else.
But, it has been reported that Sharp's IGZO technology wasn't available at the time for the third-generation iPad, so Apple had to go with their "Plan B". Another reason behind the plan B is that Sharp could not keep up with the manufacturing demand that the new iPad would've ushered for the company. What the new iPad has been, is nothing short of amazing, but it goes to show that we could have so much more, but are given a device to just shut us up.