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Weekend Roundup for October 23, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Oct 23, 2011 1:57 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - October 23rd, 2011




- MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) - One of the First Mainboards with PCI Express 3.0 Support @ XBit Labs

- Gigabyte Z68XP-UD5 Motherboard @ OCIA

- MSI Z68A-GD65-G3 @ Vortez




- EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Classified 3 GB Graphics Card @ XBit Labs

- Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24" IPS Monitor @ Hardware Canucks

- Gigabyte GTX580 Super Overclock @ Overclock3D

- ZOTAC GeForce GTX 550 Ti Video Card Drawing @ Legit Reviews

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Android Market sees 500k success submissions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 3:48 pm

The Android Market has been maintaining exponential growth lately, but still lags behind Apple's App Store. In Q3, 2011 the number of active mobile applications in the Android Market was 319,161. Not bad, but considering Apple have 459,589 in the App Store, that's quite the stab in the chest.




But, looking deeper, research2guidance have said that Android developers are much more productive when compared to Apple's. They noticed that the averageAndroid-based publisher has placed more than 6 applications in the Market since launch, compared to just 4 apps on average for the iOS-based developers.


The actual total number of applications published on the Android Market was over 500,000 in September 2011. Where as Apple saw just over 600,000 successful submissions to their App Store: just 20-percent more. The problem here is that 37-percent of the applications published were later removed from the Android Market for various reasons; where Apple's App Store removed only 24-percent of published apps.

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Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' sports native stylus support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 2:41 pm

Google's upcoming Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' will include "full support for stylus input events" in the OS - including features such as pressure sensitivity and the ability to distinguish motion events from different sources; as in a pen or your finger. The support hangs on hardware-level support from tablet and smartphone makers, but hey, the native support in the OS is a big, big start.




This is something Apple have yet to include, and could push ICS in a different direction for smartphones and tablets for people on-the-go. Windows 8 will most likely include the same kind of support, but ICS is here, now.

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The Avengers was shot partially on an iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 1:21 pm

Great marketing, fanboy or just 'I did it cos I could', Joss Whedon, the man responsible for such things as Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Serenity and he was actually a writer for Roseanne, and even Toy Story is at the helm of the most awesome looking 'The Avengers'. If you haven't seen The Avengers trailer, I've posted it below:



The news itself, is that The Avengers has been partially shot The Avengers... on an iPhone. Interesting, isn't it? This is a great piece of marketing for Apple and the community to hear this. Seamus McGarvey, Joss Whedon's director of photography on The Avengers, revealed in an interview recently that some of the movie was shot on an iPhone.

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iPhone 4S teardown: 16GB iPhone 4S has just $188 world of build materials

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 12:29 pm

iSuppli have torn the iPhone 4S apart to reveal the stock iPhone 4S 16GB modem carries a build of materials (BOM) of just $188 before factoring in manufacturing costs. Considering manufacturing costs for Apple are quite low because of where they're manufactured, Apple are making a tidy amount of money here.




The 32GB model is virtually identical with a BOM cost of $207 where the 64GB model's BOM is $245. NAND flash is the most expensive part of the iPhone 4S, so this is where the differerence comes into play.


16GB NAND will set you back $19.20 where 64GB is a hike up to $76.80. The electrical system is the most expensive subsystem sitting at $33, followed by wireless capabilities at $23.54 and the display at just $23. The A5 processor powering the iPhone 4S is just $15, while the camera subsystem is $17.60.


This teardown only takes hardware into account, other expenses such as software, licensing and royalties are not included. Manufacturing costs are $8 per handset, regardless of capacity.

Portal 2's second DLC is an 'in-game editor', say what!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 11:37 am

Valve have just announced that the second downloadable content package arriving for Portal 2 is an 'in-game editor'. Valve released a PR statement declaring that the second DLC package is currently "in development and targeted for release early next year."




As we all know, Valve love community-created content and this new DLC is set to have some form of community functionality attached to player creations allowing players to "view, play and vote" on various levels. The editor will also allow players to create and share both single-player and co-op levels. At the moment, it is unknown how the editing will work, and whether it'll make a splash on all platforms, PC/Mac and consoles.


With Steam support on all platforms apart from the Xbox 360, the Portal 2 DLC should be released everywhere. But, we'll have to wait a little while for some clarification. Exciting news and hopefully a sign of things to come for Valve titles.

Kogan release new low-cost tablets, 8 and 10-inch models

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 10:38 am

Kogan have just released a new low-cost tablet in the UK which is set to target the audience who are unable or unwilling to spend more on a mobile device. The pricing in the UK for the 8-inch tablet is at around the £120 price point where the 10-inch version is just £30 more at £150.




Kogan has a business model which requires no middleman, designing, assembling and delivering low-cost tablets directly to customers. This keeps the prices extremely low. Both tablets sport capacitive touchscreens and a 1GHz processor.

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Assassin's Creed movie is close to getting the green light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 10:10 am

Ubisoft is reportedly close to signing off on a deal with Sony PIctures for an Assassin's Creed movie. The rights to the movie were apparently hotly contested by a number of large studios, with Sony getting the winning ticket.




Sony is expected to foot the fill on what is to be expected, quite a large production. An Assassin's Creed movie might actually be alright, the games are phenomenally successful, they're great games themselves, there's a lot that could be done with the AC franchise.


Ubisoft are set to maintain more creative control over the development of its games for other platforms, versus the traditional one-off licensing deals with studios. Something that proved key during the bidding process with Sony.

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Battlefield 3 launch trailer: about as close to gaming heaven we can get

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 9:28 am

Ever since Battlefield: Bad Company 2 came out and DICE went in a different direction with their Frostbite engine, with destruction, etc... I knew the real "Battlefield" title would blow everyone away. I just didn't expect it to be this friggin' good. I'm just going to leave this Battlefield 3 launch trailer here, ok?



The launch trailer is just hands-down orgasmic. This just shows off the single-player, but by the power of grey skull; does that Frostbite 2 engine look jaw droppingly good.


Battlefield 3 launches in just 72 hours! Yes! 3 days from now!!

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Android 4.0 'Ice Cream Sandwich' made official, releases next month, SDK is available now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 22, 2011 8:22 am

Well, that was fast, Google. Along with the announcement of the next-gen Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Google have announced their all-new version of their Android OS codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. Android 4.0 continues the development, ideas and design of the tablet-based Honeycomb, but will go onto smartphones, too.




Android 4.0 is an open source release which means any hardware manufacturer that wants to tinker with it can download the source and sell it with Android 4.0 on top. This is something Honeycomb never offered.


We've talked a bit about Android 4.0 'ICS', but if you haven't seen the news yet, ICS sports unlocking the phone through facial recognition, syncing Chrome bookmarks is now default, built-in NFC powers the new Android Beam app which lets you share content, maps, contacts, app and more by tapping the back of your phone to another NFC-enabled Android device.

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