Finally! After what seems like a very long time of little press or word from Google as to when Chrome OS netbooks would start hitting the shelves, Engadget discovered, interestingly enough, a bug report for the Samsung version on the Chromium Google Group.
The bug report lists components and implementations like a 1.5GHz dual-core Atom N550, SanDisk SSD P4 (size TBA), and 2GB RAM, a Qualcomm Gobi 2000 3G card, Bluetooth, WiFi, webcam, and a Synaptics touchpad. (Code)Named "Alex", this Samsung notebook will most likely launch in the next couple months. Then again, Google I/O is in two weeks, so who would be that surprised if the official announcement came then?
Bug report, photo courtesy of Engadget
The DLC will contain new test chambers, leaderboards, challenges, and the ever-intriguing "more". Release to be announced, but it will be available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Let's hope the PlayStation Network is up by then.
Due most likely to popularity of MMO's like DC Universe and Marvel's own Superhero Squad Online, Marvel and Gazillion Entertainment are banding together to provide what will most likely be an insanely entertaining MMORPG.
From Gazillion's website:
Smash frost giants with Thor's® Hammer. Unbalance Ultron by slinging Captain America's® shield. Explore a remote and hostile jungle as Storm.
Leave behind your everyday life and live as a renowned Marvel Super Hero including all of his or her abilities. Become powerful, famous, well-respected, feared by evil-doers, and relied upon by the citizens of a grateful, persistent online world.
Gazillion is already responsible for Marvel Superhero Squad, an online game marketed toward younger gamers and fans of the comic books. Marvel Universe, however, will be more along the lines of traditional, mature online gaming experiences. And unlike its main competition, DC Universe, players will be playing not as custom-created original superheroes, but the Marvel Comics characters themselves. Playable characters already announced include Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spiderman, Wolverine and Nova, but according to IGN, the game will launch with more playable Marvel characters than any other game in the history of Marvel video games.
After recent troubles affecting the social network turned news & entertainment site, MySpace is on NewsCorp's chopping block. Or rather, on a table at a garage sale. According to the Wall Street Journal, NewsCorp expects around $100 Million for the site, which comes to an 84% loss for the network they paid $580 Million to acquire back in 2005.
NewsCorp evidently hopes to at least scrap the site for parts, so to speak, as they will be accepting offers for select components of MySpace. Reported parties interested in purchasing MySpace (though God knows why) include THL Partners, Redscout Ventures, Criterion Capital (owner of social network Bebo, Chinese Internet holding company Tencent, and even MySpace co-founder Chris De Wolfe.
Isn't that kinda like a furniture craftsman buying back his own work at an antique auction?
Yesterday at the Guardian Activate conference in New York, Twitter Vice President of International Strategy Katie Stanton confirmed that there are now over 200 Million registered users on Twitter. She commented that over 70% of Twitter traffic comes from outside the US, with around 25% in Japan alone. Also remarkable -but not altogether surprising- is that 40% of Twitter traffic comes from mobile phones.
Twitter isn't so much a triumph of technology, it's a triumph of humanity - connecting those stories and connecting those voices.
Stanton also noted that because the founders of Twitter (Evan Williams, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey) wanted the service to be accessible even in parts of the world with very weak mobile capability. This makes sense as Twitter was an invaluable resource for news, status updates, and communication during both the Egyptian Revolution and Japanese Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami events of this year.
Given their growth rate, it is quite possible that Twitter will catch up to Facebook within the next two years, especially considering that many people use both for different reasons. It is clear that Twitter is going to hang around for a while- I for one cannot be happier. Brevity is the soul of instantly accessible knowledge- embrace the short form and sign up.
Yesterday I posted up the two new videos from the "Get SMART" video series for Brink, titled, The Basics and Objectives. Today, a new video has been released and is dubbed "General Gameplay", the video shows off as the title suggests, general gameplay from Brink. Not long until the release and the steady stream of videos is keeping future Brinkers (am I the first one to use this word??) happy.
Portal 2 has hit the world by storm and it's undeniable that the game is just great, we should have an in-house review uploaded by none other than our great Anthony Garreffa (oh wait, that's me!) within the next few days but for now, we'll swim in some news of the upcoming DLC that will supposedly be announced by Valve next week.
Fast Company interviewed Valve God, Doug Lombardi, whom is Vice President of Marketing for Valve, they asked "There is a comic online, but beyond that, is there more Portal coming? To which Doug replied:
We will be announcing some DLC for it, so folks can keep a look out for more content coming this summer. We'll be putting more details out about that in a week or so. We'll support that with more videos or more comics.
Our Download of the Day today is Thunderbird 3.1.10.
Thunderbird is a great email client from the same people who brought you the Firefox browser.
Thunderbird gives you IMAP/POP support, a built-in RSS reader, support for HTML mail, powerful quick search, saved search folders, advanced message filtering, message grouping, labels, return receipts, smart address book LDAP address completion, import tools, and the ability to manage multiple e-mail and newsgroup accounts.
An Archive feature similar to the one in GMail
Lightning fast search
Apple has been at this for a while but things are finally starting to materialize for their cloud-based solutions for iOS and Mac users. Included in these plans are a revamped MobileMe and an iTunes-based "digital locker", sans the naked, old men and filled with more digital-ness. The new rumor is that it will be powered by a huge data center in Maiden, North Carolina and dubbed "iCloud".
According to GigaOm, a Swedish-based company called Xcerion had until just recently been using the domain iCloud.com to run a cloud-based storage service of the same name. Xcerion has just rebranded the service "CloudMe, and a source for GigaOm claimed that the domain name for iCloud.com has been sold to Apple for a tidy sum of $4.5 million
OCZ unveils VeloDrive PCI-Express-based SSD drives for SMB's, Enterprise Clients and System Integrators
OCZ have today unveiled the VeloDrive PCI-Express SSDs which are designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), enterprise clients and system integrators. The OCZ VeloDrive optimizes high-performance computing and storage applications, which provides "unparalleled versatility and simplified integration".
Daryl Lang, VIP of Product Management of OCZ Technology Group says:
The VeloDrive is the latest addition to our comprehensive lineup of PCIe SSDs. A truly configurable solution, it helps a range of customers accelerate their application performance. he ability to run the VeloDrive in multiple modes provides clients with the freedom to use the raid stack of their choice. This maximizes performance and creates faster, more seamless deployments with RAID stacks that may already have been qualified for their unique usage model.