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Google I/O 2012 Android app is available right now, features live streaming, maps and schedules

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 5:29 am

I'm quite jealous of attendees of Google's I/O event, so if anyone from Google is seeing this, e-mail me for the 2013, I want to be there, bad. On with the news, Google's upcoming Google I/O 2012 conference app is now available and offers session listings, scheduling and more. A live streaming component will also go active, during the conference itself.

 

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The app gives you the ability to browse through sessions and code labs, manage your schedule (if you're lucky enough to attend), find your way around the different rooms and events, and more. After the event itself, Google will be open-sourcing the app, which is an added bonus.

 

Google I/O runs from June 27-29 in San Francisco, and should unveil quite a few goodies during the event which we will definitely be posting about. Be sure to come back in a weeks time, folks!

Acer announce Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks, released in Canada

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 4:48 am

Acer have jumped out today, late in the week, to announce their thin and light Timeline Ultra M5 Series of Ultrabooks. Measuring in at just 0.81-inches thick, they're quite slim and light. Also sporting up to 8 hours of battery life, a single charge can give you an entire days use from the Ultrabook.

 

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Acer also has their Green Instant On, which as you can imagine is an 'instant-on' tech which can throw the Ultrabook back into action within 6 seconds from a deep sleep, or just 2 seconds from normal sleep mode. Acer's new Timeline Ultra M5 Ultrabooks also feature Intel's third-generation Core processors, as well as NVIDIA's latest discrete GPUs, optical drives, and an option of either a 14- or 15.6-inch display.

 

The new Ultrabooks feature either a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive for super-fast access to your files and transfer speed, with all models sporting a DVD drive as well. Two USB 3.0 ports are found on the Ultrabooks, and filling out the GPU side of things we'll find an NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M or 640M LTE dedicated GPUs for your GPU-accelerated, or gaming needs. Fans of backlit keyboards will feel at home since Acer's latest offerings sport the beautiful backlit keyboards, as well as the professionally-tuned Dolby Home Theater v4 and premium speakers that will deliver some great audio for your music, games or movies.

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ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A packs an Ivy Bridge chip, just $1,149 for the Core i5 variant

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 21, 2012 3:34 am

ASUS' latest get-it-while-it's-hot Zenbook Prime has hit the servers of Amazon, where you can grab one while they're in stock for just $1,149. What does $1,149 get you? Well, you'll get an Intel Ivy Bridge-based Core i5 processor, 13.3-inch 1080p IPS display, and an SSD by default.

 

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Of course, if you've got the green, you can get something faster. Optional upgrades are pushed up to a Core i7 variant, 256GB solid-state drive, and the same 1080p IPS display. This configuration will set you back $1599.99.

 

Not bad considering that ASUS' Zenbook Prime is a seriously slick piece of kit. I think we're going to see ASUS really smash Ultrabooks into a fine market for the company, after all, ASUS virtually single-handedly created the Netbook market with their Eee range of products. Zenbook Prime, one day you will be mine, my precious...

Google Maps adds traffic conditions for 7 new countries, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: GPS & Location | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 8:21 am

Google Maps with traffic conditions is a great idea, especially if you're trying to get from A to B during rush-hour. But, the feature hasn't been made available across the world. Today, the team at Google Maps have made it available in 7 more counties: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Mexico, Peru, Romania and South Africa.

 

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The Maps team have also improved the traffic conditions feature, as well as added more roads in 19 counties and regions: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the UK. The Maps team has said:

 

For our new users, you can check traffic conditions by visiting maps.google.com and clicking on the traffic layer in the widget on the upper right-hand side of the map. This useful traffic information is also available on Google Maps for Mobile devices and Google Maps Navigation.

 

If the roads you are traveling do not yet show traffic information, don't despair. You can help your fellow drivers and improve traffic data by using Google Navigation or Google Maps for Mobile while traveling.

 

We hope the traffic feature in Google Maps will help more users around the globe to save time and patience by planning their trips accordingly.

Max Payne 3 sells just 440,000 copies in its debut month, needs painkillers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 7:31 am

After a reported eight-year development, Max Payne 3 has not done so well. According to last month's NPD numbers, actual sales figures of Rockstar's slow-mo, kill-lotsa-dudes game, Max Payne 3, has only sold 440,000 copies.

 

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Considering that new IP from Rockstar from last year, LA Noire, pushed over 900,000 copies, one would think an already-established IP like Max Payne would do better. But it has fallen short of industry expectations with Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter calling the game "a flop".

 

Pachter cites the eight-year development, and claiming "Rockstar put off releasing GTA" to work on Max Payne 3. Have you picked up the game yet? I've only played through around 20 minutes of it and have enjoyed it so far, but it's hard to play the game with a broken wrist and cast! 4 more weeks until I can thrash through it!

Doom 3 BFG Edition to be released on October 16

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 6:25 am

Bethesda Softworks have announced that the Doom 3 enhanced re-release of Doom 3 is coming out just before Halloween, on October 16. Doom 3 "BFG Edition" hits PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and will retail for $40 on the consoles, and $30 for the PC.

 

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Doom 3 BFG Edition includes Resurrection of Evil and "The Lost Mission", all in glorious 3D, 5.1 surround sound, achievements, improved rendering and lighting as well as a new checkpoint save system. The improvements don't end there, also included is an armor-mounted flashlight "allowing players to illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time".

 

Doom 3 BFG Edition also comes with the original Doom and Doom 3, making the BFG Edition the "definitive collection" for the series.

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, coming to a PS Vita near you

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 5:30 am

It looks as though the Call of Duty franchise is hopping over to Sony's PlayStation Vita, with Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified. Mobile gaming has just received an injection of first-person shooter gaming thanks to Declassified.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is an original fiction tale in the COD: Black Ops universe featuring an all-new campaign of Special Ops missions. Declassified is optimized for gamers on-the-go, and "delivers the most intense handheld Call of Duty experience to date, including both Special Ops Story mode and Multiplayer combat tailored to the PS Vita".

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified is due out during the holidays, exclusively to the PS Vita.

LG launch 'Quick Voice' on their phones in Korea, competition for S Voice and Siri

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 4:35 am

LG have released 'Quick Voice' for their Android phones in Korea, as competition against Apple's voice assistant, Siri, and Samsung's S Voice. Quick Voice will arrive in various Optimus family handsets such as the Vu and LTE II.

 

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Quick Voice brings natural voice recognition to commonly used functions such as searching, setting up appointments or looking at videos on YouTube. For Korean users, you can even take a look at dates on the lunar calendar, it's that clued-up.

 

There's no word yet whether Quick Voice will jump the pond and arrive in any other country, but I don't see why LG would do such a thing as stop a new feature from jumping to other countries, and phones.

RumorTT: Samsung to release GALAXY Note II in October, could sport bigger screen, Jelly Bean

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 20, 2012 3:19 am

Rumors coming from Korea are that Samsung will release a successor to the 5.3-inch GALAXY Note smartphone, you know, the tablet that wants to be a phone, and the phone that wants to be a tablet. We should expect Samsung to release it as the GALAXY Note II.

 

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Some interesting news is that it would have the guts of the GALAXY S III, so we should expect Samsung's quad-core Exynos 4 Quad processor to be working its magic in the Note II. On top of this, it might sway from the 5.3-inch screen size of the already-big GALAXY Note, and increase its size, I'm guessing 5.5- to 5.6-inch. The Note II is also said to feature an unbreakable plane (UBP) display, which is a precursor to the flexible display.

 

One of the best bits of the GALAXY Note II is that it would arrive with Jelly Bean out of the box, yes! Rumored release date is October, and it should fall right around the time of Apple's iPhone 5 launch. Things are heating up once again in the smart device world and we hope to have a Note II on release for a review!

HP taking orders for Trinity-powered Sleekbook

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jun 19, 2012 11:37 pm

A device that is not quite an Ultrabook is now on sale. Yes, we're talking about HP's Sleekbook line which is basically an Ultrabook sans the Intel processor. The latest Sleekbook offering from HP comes touting a new AMD Trinity APU and HP is now taking orders for the device on their website.

 

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Surprisingly, HP is not offering any sort of configuration options for the new Envy Sleekbook 6. It comes sporting a dual-core AMD A6-4455M APU, integrated Radeon HD 7500G graphics, 4GB of DDR3 system memory, and a 500GB 5,400-RPM mechanical hard drive. All of that fits inside a machine that is less than 5 pounds and 0.78" thick.

 

Connections available include dual USB 3.0 ports, HDMI out, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The system can purportedly run for up to nine hours on its 60 watt-hour lithium-ion polymer battery. If you want a bit more power of customization options, however, you should spend the extra $100 and go to the Intel-based model which can be configured with a discrete GPU and 32GB SSD.

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