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Samsung's Stratosphere smart phone avail. through Verizon on Oct 13

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 6:40 am

Today brings confirmation from Samsung and Verizon Wireless that the already well leaked Stratosphere smart phone will make its official debut in the U.S. on the 13th - just a few days away now. The phone is said to come in at $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate after signing a new two-year customer agreement.

 

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Running back over some details of the phone, this Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) running hand set features 4G LTE support and a slide-out (five-row) QWERTY keyboard. It uses Samsung's 1GHz 'Hummingbird' processor, a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen (@ 800 x 480 resolution) and has a rear-facing 5MP camera with LED flash (720p video recording), 1.3MP front-facing camera, 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0.

 

Storage wise, it has 4GB built-in and a microSD slot to expand further. For business buyers, the phone also supports enhanced B2B-enabled connectivity services from Cisco, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) and allows for remote device management from Sybase Afaria.

Hitman: Absolution - first gameplay footage, 47 is still a boss

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 6:14 am

The first gameplay footage of Agent 47's new stealth-orientated game, Hitman: Absolution has hit the tubes and boy does it look good. First up we have a Gameplay Teaser, and below that we have 17 minutes of gameplay goodness. The 17 minutes of footage is quite great to watch, with 47 stealthing around like a boss taking people out in various ways. Like using an electrical cord, strangling, throwing someone down a hole in the ground to the storey below, and my favorite; grabbing someone from the storey above and throwing him from the ledge all the way down into that same hole.

 

 

Agent 47 is back and he seems to be really, really pissed off.

 

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The return of Leisure Suit Larry, this time in HD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 5:50 am

Yes! Leisure Suit Larry is making a return! Replay Games have just announced it has secured the rights to the Leisure Suit Larry franchise and are on course to re-releasing the original series as well as beginning work on all new adventures, beginning 2012, the year of LSL's 25th anniversary. Paul Trowe, Replay Games founder and CEO along with series creator Al Lowe, are teaming up to re-introduce gaming's favourite lovable loser, Larry.

 

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The new agreements first project is a HD re-mastered version of the original (and my personal favorite), Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards, on just a few platforms and by a few platforms, I mean virtually every single one. Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, XBLA, PSN, On-Live and Steam. Is that enough? If the re-make is successful, the team is going to re-release all of the games two-through-seven.

 

The remakes will sport upgraded visuals, sound and control, all while keeping the games' signature puzzles and sense of humor.

Intel winding up its SSD development for a busy 2012

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 5:01 am

A fresh roadmap looking deep into 2012 reveals that Intel is planning to hit the SSD market harder than ever with new series' on the horizon that will cover pretty much all major market segments.

 

We've already seen some refreshments in their SSD product range recently, and more to follow before the year is out. These include the SSD 520 "Cherryville", SSD 710 "Lyndonville", SSD 720 "Ramsdale", and "Hawley Creek" mSATA SSDs. These will maintain the lead into the first quarter of 2012, and as the second quarter comes around Intel will introduce its "Ramsdale MLC" and "King Crest" families to market.

 

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But the biggest changes are to be seen into the third quarter of 2012 when "Taylorsville" hits the scene. This is said to be a successor to SSD 710 "Lyndonville" and will bring significant capacity increases going as large as 800GB.

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HTC revenue up by 80%, they should be partying with Dr Dre

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 4:24 am

HTC are enjoying the fruits of their labor, with weekend reports showing revenue at US$4.43 billion for Q3 2011. This is up 9.2% from Q2 and wait for it, almost 80% from this time last year! 2011 has been a massive year for HTC with revenues of NT$364.38 billion, an increase of 108.5% from last year. HTC did of course set themselves a target of 10% growth for the quarter, but they fell short of their own targets by a bit.

 

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But, with these kinds of numbers, I doubt anyone would be getting raked across the coals over it. HTC have also been in a legal battle with Apple lately, with Google stepping in to intervene by handing over some of their patent ownerships.

Windows 8 will have improved memory management

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 3:14 am

Microsoft have set the goal of reducing the overall runtime memory requirements of the core system, this is a benefit to everyone and will allow people to run more and more apps, or many apps simultaneously on systems with only 1 or 2GB of RAM. Microsoft are wanting to reduce Windows 8's memory footprint as it will be pumping away on SoC-based devices which will have not only limited specs compared to a full blown desktop, but they also have batteries that don't last forever.

 

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As Microsoft say "If an OS uses a lot of memory, it can force device manufacturers to include more physical RAM. The more RAM you have on board, the more power it uses, the less battery life you get. Having additional RAM on a tablet device can, in some instances, shave days off the amount of time the tablet can sit on your coffee table looking off but staying fresh and up to date." This is very true, so reducing the memory footprint is a very, very important move.

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Zynga set to unveil Game Plans for Facebook Apps at "Unleashed" Event tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 2:04 am

Zynga is holding a press event tomorrow in San Francisco dubbed "Zynga Unleashed", where it is expected to share its plans on how they're going to use Facebook's new HTML5-based mobile platform. Facebook's platform was announced this afternoon and runs on Apple's iOS devices as well as across the mobile Web. It will allow game developers such as Zynga to connect versions of the same application on PC and mobile devices.

 

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In order to achieve this, developers will build applications in HTML5, rather than the commonly used Adobe Flash technology. Zynga is expected to launch "selected titles" tomorrow, with other developers set to follow such as EA, Moblyng, Storm8 and Wooga. Zynga are quite on what they're bringing to the table tomorrow, saying to AllThingsD they "will have HTML5 games coming soon the Facebook's mobile apps site".

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Facebook launches Mobile App Platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 1:04 am

After months of speculation, opinion, leaks and other events, Facebook have today launched what people have expected: a mobile app platform as well as Facebook for iPad. Before this, Facebook users had to use their computers for gaming and app needs (or obsessions) where now, they should be able to play and participate from almost any device with a web browser. This experience amplifies if you're on an Apple iOS-based device.

 

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It was rumored that Facebook were totally against Apple, with iOS 5 having Twitter integration but this news is joy to the ears of Facebook and Apple users. The reason is simple. Facebook apps and more importantly, games, don't work on phones or tablets because iOS devices don't support Flash. Facebook has now helped a select group of developers, Audiovroom, Branchout, EA, Flixster, Gilt Groupe, Huffington Post, Moblyng, Storm8, Wooga and Zynga, all create HTML5-based versions of a selection of their apps and game titles that will work within Web browsers.

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Steve left behind a four-year roadmap

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2011 12:02 am

I don't get how people are surprised by this news, other tech sites seem to be taken aback by one of the most influential, most powerful and [at times] most innovative companies of the last 25 years to have a four-year roadmap? I'm surprised it wasn't further down the line and maybe not exact points of where they'll get, but at least "this is where we want to be in ten years time" kinda thinking. But, there is now news that Jobs' legacy at Apple includes a four-year product roadmap and a "new line of products to be rolled out over the next two to three years."

 

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Steve had reportedly "already laid plans" for next-gen iOS-based devices, the iPhone, iPod and iPad. The report comes from Develop who are claiming that British newspaper 'The Times' has claimed that due in late 2012 or early 2013, we should see the next iPhone which will be Jobs "legacy device". The news also brings the rumor of Apple rolling out a full touch-screen TV that would kill of its current product; Apple TV.

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Facebook for iPad is finally here!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2011 10:33 pm

After rumors, a circus, various teases and costume changes, Facebook for iPad is finally here. Now people can throw away their previous non-official apps, third-party apps or non-touch friendly website and get their fingers tapping the sweet dance floor of the new Facebook for iPad. The app seems like the one that has been floating around with pictures over the last few months, with a left-hand column for simple navigation of the News Feed.

 

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Photos, Messages, Groups, Apps, Settings, Chat and more are also in the left-hand column. Facebook Photos on the iPad look great as they have the ability to go full screen and can also be zoomed in and swiped with the touch of a finger. But, the most exciting thing that my mother-in-law will love about the Facebook for iPad app will be that Facebook games can be played in full screen! She will be chuffed with that news.

 

Finally, we have AirPlay for Facebook videos supported with Facebook for iPad. You can grab the app here.

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