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Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen top Spotify's most popular tracks of 2012

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 4:04 pm

Streaming-music service Spotify has been used heavily in my home ever since it debuted in the U.S. last summer as I'm sure many other users have been doing so as well. With the end of the year looming over us, Spotify has released its most popular songs of the year decided by its users who have streamed these songs the most.

 

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The top streamed track of 2012 goes to Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know," with Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" taking second place. It just goes to show all of those late nights playing those songs on your computer at the lowest possible volume possible so your roommates don't hear your guilty pleasures have come back to haunt you.

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Nintendo confirms new '3D' Mario, Zelda games coming to Wii U

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 2:44 pm

The Nintendo Wii U's launch library probably isn't strong enough right now to sell like hot cakes as fans are most likely waiting for the next Mario, Legend of Zelda or Smash Bros. title in order to pick up the company's next-generation console. Games like New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition will probably do well on the console, but nothing garners excitement like a new Mario or Legend of Zelda title.

 

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A new Mario or Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U was inevitable as there's no way Nintendo would launch a new console without thinking about new versions of their first-party AAA games. But during an interview with IGN, Nintendo's Global President Satoru Iwata confirmed a new "3D" Mario and Legend of Zelda game are currently under development for the Wii U.

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Michelle Obama gets schooled by kid on what the Wii U is

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 1:31 pm

Nintendo's Wii U launched nearly two weeks ago and even though the company has been going full force with its marketing campaign, there will still be people in the world who aren't aware there's a new Nintendo console. One of those people just so happens to be the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

 

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During a White House Christmas lunch event held for military families, she decided to make some small talk with the children who were waiting for their grub to be served. Michelle decided to ask them what they wanted for Christmas, which one boy responded saying he wanted a Wii U.

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The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am unveils iPhone 4/4S camera accessory, sports slide-out keyboard and $478 price tag

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 12:36 pm

Black Eyed Peas star, Will.i.am, has just launched a new camera accessory for the iPhone, the "i.am+" accessory. The new i.am+ will be available as a £199 C.4 "contemporary" and £299 V.4 "vintage" models for the iPhone 4 and 4S. In USD, we're looking at around $318 and $478 for the C.4 "contemporary" and V.4 "vintage" models, respectively.

 

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The V.4 "vintage" model sports a slide-out keyboard, which is what that extra $160 or so will give you. Both models use the existing iPhone camera and feature interchangeable lenses for standard, fish-eye, and zoom photo abilities, while the C.5/V.5 models for the iPhone 5 will arrive next year, but will sport a 15-megapixel sensor and flash.

 

A companion iTunes app turns the hardware in to what the celebrity calls "a social photo experience". It will also offer easy access for users to store In their individual i.am account.

 

As with other apps and accessories, on on-screen controls allow users to change shooting modes, apply real-time filters, control the in-built flash and edit pictures or add caption.

 

All of the new i.am+ devices will also integrate with a new service which has been called i.am, which is an Instagram-like photo sharing service. I really can't even believe I typed up a news article for this, it really feels like an April Fools Day joke, but it's not.

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Oculus Rift gets delayed, overwhelming demand for the VR headset is to blame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 11:31 am

The makers behind the Rift head-mounted VR device, Oculus, have just come out and disappointed thousands of people across the world. Oculus' Rift was meant to see the release of a developer kit before Christmas, but now it has been pushed back four months into 2013.

 

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The Rift's developer kit will be released in April, and has been delayed due to an overwhelming response:

 

We hoped to sell a few hundred kits to game developers and virtual reality enthusiasts around the world. Instead, we were blown away by the overwhelming response from a community of almost 10,000 backers, who raised nearly $2.5 million dollars to help us develop the Oculus Rift.

 

Obviously thousands of extra developer kits will need to be not only made, but sent out to keen users. There is one particular reason it has been delayed, and that is the internal display. The original Rift was meant to sport a 5.6-inch display, but that display is no longer available which means the team has been forced to switch to a 7-inch display. But, good has come from this - the team have said: "the new display beats the old display in almost every key area including response time, switching time, contrast and color quality."

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Apple's iPad domination begins to fade, iPad share is at its lowest point since 2010

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 10:33 am

There was a time when the iPhone and iPad were the absolute undeniable champions of the industry - breaking records on quarterly shipments, and market share in their respective fields - smartphones and tablets. The iPad pretty much created the tablet market on its own, and has enjoyed complete dominance since its launch.

 

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Well, Apple may still lead the tablet market in terms of their share of the pie - but this number has dropped to its lowest point since the original, first-generation iPad launched in 2010. In ABI's latest estimate report, Apple's share of the worldwide tablet market dropped to just 55% in Q3 2012 - a 14% sequential decline.

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MIT's new discovery could see a future of truly sustainable solar power

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 9:41 am

Solar power, up until now, has not really been all that great - sure, it provides a different method of powering things, but it doesn't capture anywhere near enough light to truly replace coal, oil or nuclear power. But, this week a team of MIT researchers hope to put us on the path of truly sustainable solar power.

 

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Current solar power technology is not that efficient, with the latest development in solar systems delivering around 32% efficiency. This was met with titles of a "major breakthrough" in solar power - but in reality, it's still nowhere near as good as it should be. At this rate, solar farms need to be gigantic, taking up valuable space, in order to collect a useful amount of energy. The price per square foot has always been another issue altogether.

 

The main issue is that solar energy collectors can only absorb a small amount of the energy being blasted onto it from our star, with the rest of the potential energy not being captured. A recent MIT study has proposed an "atomically thing" sheet of semiconducting material that would be stretched by pushing a pin down onto the center. This may not sound like much, but it has endless possibilities for the future of our species.

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GTA series passes 125 million units, Rockstar still won't move to yearly releases, thankfully

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 8:25 am

The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the best selling series of all time, with numbers passing 125 million units life-to-date according to Take-Two Interactive's CEO, Strauss Zelnick. Zelnick revealed the amazing milestone during his presentation at the Credit Suisse 2012 Technology Conference.

 

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In September 2011, GTA series units were sitting at 114 million - so we're looking at 11 million units selling in the last twelve months alone. Zelnick didn't break the figures down, but a Take-Two Interactive rep confirmed that the 2008 released GTA IV shipped 25 million units. Zelnick attributes the success of the Grand Theft Auto series to the James Bond film franchise, which doesn't get a release every two years. The release schedule keeps the series "special", says Zelnick.

 

Zelnick doesn't like the risks associated with a yearly release like Activision's Call of Duty series, with Zelnick stating that this business model has risks that his company doesn't want to take. He adds:

 

It's our view that if you want intellectual properties to be permanent, then you run the risk in that circumstance of having consumers fall out of love with that franchise. [Activision] obviously views the world differently.

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Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean leaked out for the Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000 model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 7:33 am

The home button-sporting original Galaxy Note GT-N7000 smartphone from Samsung has received a leaked update in the form of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The leaked version is just a testing version, and doesn't include support for the S-Pen features.

 

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There is, however, a bunch of new cool stuff, such as:

  • Android 4.1.2 - Build JZO54K
  • Project Butter
  • Multi-View (can also be disabled)
  • Page Buddy
  • Notification Panel can now be customized
  • New Additions in Notification Panel
  • Smart Rotation
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • Samsung's Cloud services
  • Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play Features
  • New Widgets From the Galaxy S III
  • 2 Home screen modes
  • New Notifications bar
  • Google Now

 

The official ROM should arrive later in the year, and if not, early January. There's no news on whether we'll see the US versions of JB for the Note any time soon, either. You can find out more, and grab the leaked release, here.

Adobe updates Photoshop Touch for Android - now optimized for 7-inch screens

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Nov 29, 2012 6:33 am

Photoshop Touch from Adobe only launched on the Amazon Kindle Fire a couple of weeks ago, but now Adobe have pushed out an updated version of the app to the Google Play store, which sports optimization for 7-inch devices.

 

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There's one requirement from Adobe - that the screen resolution must be a minimum of 1024x600, which lets the Nexus 7 from Google make the cut. There are a bunch of features, including:

  • Optimized user interface for 7-inch devices (minimum screen resolution 1024x600)
  • Smoother brush strokes
  • Two new Effects: Lens Flare (under "&" menu) and Stamp Pattern
  • Improved grid layout for projects, tutorials, and images
  • New support for sharing to Facebook, Twitter, and other registered apps
  • Quick access to last 5 colors with new shortcut (drag down on Color)
  • Various bug fixes

 

You can get the new Adobe Photoshop Touch right here, from the Google Play store.

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