13:52 US PST:
Here at the lovely Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco, I'm listening to Bill Rehbok, General Manager of Mobile Games at NVIDIA tout just how awesome and how important their TegraZone platform is to Android mobile gaming. Android recently surpassed iOS as the most used OS for game developers with over 300 million users. TegraZone is what Rehbok describes as a content curator, ensuring that the best mobile games (those that run on NVIDIA Tegra) are available.
one of the biggest challenges is communicating to consumers what they can run, what they can play, and what they can pay for on their mobile devices.
Right now, there are 5 featured Tegra-based games currently dominating in the Android app market, including Pinball HD, Sumurai 2: Vengeance, Dungeon Defenders, Backbreaker THD and Fruit Ninja THD. According to Rehbok, Tegra is seeing 1 Mil users per week of the TegraZone curating app, that allows in-app purchases and downloads of NVIDIA mobile games. Rehbok cited the dangers of repeating Atari's downfall, something he attributes to crashing under their own weight. With the existence of who-knows-how-many mobile games available on Android, TegraZone gives mobile Android users access to "the best mobile content around":
Developers are coming to us literally every day with a game that knocks our socks off.
The latest happenings from around the web - May 9th, 2011
- Sony VAIO Y Series 11.6-inch Notebook @ Legit Reviews
- HP Pavilion dv6 (Sandy Bridge) @ tbreak
- Aria.co.uk Gladiator 1155 i5 4.4GHz Bundle @ Overclock3D
- Zotac Mini ITX M880G @ XSReviews
- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 Motherboard @ eTeknix
- New Gigabyte board spotted at eTeknix HQ @ eTeknix
- Gigabyte GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 pictures @ VR-Zone
- AMD's FM1 desktop test board pictured @ VR-Zone
Our Download of the Day today is FrostWire 4.21.6.
FrostWire, a Gnutella Peer-to-Peer client, is a collaborative effort from many Open Source and freelance developers located from all around the world.
Using the most recent version of FrostWire allows users to enjoy the best program functionality. Bugs reported in older versions have been fixed for the latest version. Any users with FrostWire 2.5 or earlier MUST update.
Frostwire's features include:
Completely Free & Open Source!
Faster Download Speeds
No Spyware. No Adware. Guaranteed.
Faster Torrent Speeds
Friendly Online Chat Rooms
Even More Connections
New & Improved Skins
Deal of the Day: Refurbished Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote - $189.99 Shipped Free!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Logitech - Refurbished Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote - $189.99 Shipped Free!.
Offer: Great price for this refurbed Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote! These typically run over $270 new, but get it for just $189.99 shipped free! The customizable color command screens and seamless control of up to 15 home theater components, this touch-screen tablet lets you launch your movies, music, games, videos and favorite stations with a single touch.
Use coupon code: logi_1100_5611 for the discount. Expires 05/10/2011.
Telstra is set to launch their Honeycomb-flavoured, Android-powered Motorola XOOM this month, just 15 days away on May 24. The XOOM will be available at an outright price of $840 and also comes on various plans. Telstra Consumer customers will have a choice of three 24-month Telstra Data+ Cap Plans which include a monthly MRO Bonus credit to put towards the cost of the device when customers sign up for a Mobile Repayment Option (MRO).
The plans start from $29 per month and range up to $79 per month with varying monthly device repayment amounts bringing the minimum monthly spend starting from $54, one with $74 and finally $94. Each plan includes varying included monthly Data (1GB, 7GB and 12GB respectively). More details of the plans and Business-related plans at the source.
There have been various reports of some iPad 2's having bad backlight bleeds with yellow spots that start bleeding out from the edges of the screen whenever something dark is displaying on the screen. It has been found out that this only applies to LG-produced panels.
Both Samsung and LG are manufacturing screens for Apple's iPad 2 when it launched and as soon as the defect was detected (how it was not detected before selling it at retail is beyond me for a company like Apple) production was halted by LG. LG have acknowledged and fixed the defect and will begin shipping panels in the next fiscal quarter.
Want to feel like a Navy SEAL? Want to re-live the assassination on Osama yourself? Well look no further than this modification for Counter Strike: Source. The compound in which Osama lived in has been recreated in the CS: Source engine and players can run through the compound reliving the moment if they choose.
BioWare's first steps into the MMO world will come in the form of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a new MMO that is in development between BioWare and LucasArts where it pits players in a world that takes place 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and thousands of years before Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Players will have the choice of character roles such as Jedi or Sith and give context to their personal story with the option to follow the light or the dark side of the Force. EA has now reported that its total investment in the new Star Wars-based MMO has reached $80 million, in development alone. Michael Pachter, Wedbush Security analyst says:
Sony were attacked (for what it feels like) months ago now, and even up to today, the PlayStation Network (PSN) is still down. Sony are continuing efforts to confirm the security of the network infrastructure as well as working with other companies to confirm the security of the PSN. Sony have said through their PlayStation Blog that they've begun the process of restoration. Also saying "additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online."
Sony refuse to enable the PSN until they are satisfied with the security in the now-updated networks. PSN users just have to hold their breath a little bit longer.
This is some great news, PC gaming is getting some great support from developers in the form of extra features and actual development time that is put into these additional features. Battlefield 3 is being developed on PC first and ported down to the consoles and now the people behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution are showing off support for AMD's Eyefinity, which they've written support for up to five (5!) screens.
The video shows a triple-monitor Eyefinity rig playing Deus Ex and you can see it already looks great with the HUD centred on the centre screen - without additional .ini file hacks and edits. Looking forward to playing this on my multi-monitor rig for sure!