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THQ's bankruptcy proves good for gamers, get 19 games for just $25

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 2:31 am

Every cloud has a silver lining and for gamers, that silver lining in THQ's bankruptcy is the THQ Mega Pack. Bankrupt THQ is selling a THQ Mega Pack for just $25. The THQ Mega Pack is available on Amazon and comes with a large selection of THQ's games. Nearly every major game released by THQ is part of the pack.




  • Company of Heroes - Tales of Valor
  • Company of Heroes Game of the Year
  • Darksiders II
  • Darksiders
  • Homefront
  • MX vs ATV Reflex
  • Metro 2033
  • Nexuiz
  • Red Faction Armageddon
  • Red Faction Guerrilla
  • Saints Row 2
  • Saints Row: The Third
  • Supreme Commander
  • Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
  • Titan Quest Gold
  • Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II - Gold Edition
  • Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
  • Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War Gold
  • Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War II Retribution


All of the above games come in the THQ Mega Pack. Noticeably absent from the list above is the line of wrestling titles produced by THQ. This is likely due to licensing deals with the WWE.

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21.5-inch iMac shipping estimates begin slipping, down to 2-3 weeks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 2:01 am

Shipping estimates for Apple's new 21.5-inch iMac have slipped from previous estimates. Since their introduction, the 21.5-inch model has seen estimated shipping dates of 7-10 days. However, in many European countries, those shipping estimates have slipped to 2-3 weeks.




These shipping delays could be attributed to either an increased demand or trouble with the supply line. An educated guess would put the constraints on the supply side, as demand should be lower now that we have gone through the Christmas season. Estimates for the 27-inch iMac model remain at 3-4 weeks.


Apple has warned that supply could be constrained due to the new lamination process used on the screens. This new process is designed to reduce glare and allow the screen and overall system to be slimmer.

Atari files for bankruptcy in US, selling off logo, assets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 1:07 am

Atari, a pioneer in the video game industry, has filed bankruptcy in the US. Unfortunately, it seems that the parent company, Atari SA, is debt-laden and this move is a way to free the company from the parent. By doing this, Atari is looking to continue as a company, just on its own.




Atari is selling off assets in the next three to four months, including its iconic logo. The company that emerges from the other side of bankruptcy is slated to be a company focused on the digital and mobile platforms. Atari has already been gearing up towards Android and iOS development since 2010.


Atari has reportedly received a debtor-in-possession investment of $5.25 million so that the company is capable of continuing to operate during the bankruptcy process. The plan is to seek a private buyer after the bankruptcy process, though that could be hard if they have sold off their iconic franchises and logo.

Samsung confirms Galaxy Note 8.0 to be unveiled at MWC 2013, Galaxy S IV coming 'soon'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:32 am

Samsung's VP JK Shin has confirmed that Samsung will be unveiling the previously rumored Galaxy Note 8.0 at Mobile World Congress 2013, taking place in February in Barcelona, Spain. Along with confirming the launch of the Galaxy Note 8.0, the VP offered up that the Galaxy S IV would be making an appearance "soon."




There has been no direct indication of when "soon" is, but I would venture to guess before May. Specifications for the Galaxy Note 8.0 have not been divulged by Samsung, though it would be a good guess to say it will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The display is expected to only pack a resolution of 1280x800, which seems a bit low for an 8-inch tablet.


The CPU will likely be a quad-core 1.6GHz chip coupled with 2GB of RAM. We only have until February 25 to wait, so we should know more by then. As far as the Galaxy S IV is concerned, we'll be all eyes and ears looking for the latest to bring you.

RumorTT: Nexus 10 tablet to get updated to quad-core CPU, eight-core GPU at MWC 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:01 am

BirghtSideofNews is reporting that the Nexus 10 tablet will be getting a horsepower upgrade. If what they overheard and saw at CES 2013 proves accurate, the next generation Nexus 10 tablet will be coming with a quad-core CPU and a GPGPU capable of packing up to eight cores.




The current iteration of the Nexus 10 is a bit underpowered, or so people have commented. This is due to Google not upscaling anything to the native 2560x1600 resolution. The updated Nexus 10 is expected to make use of the new quad-core CPU and the T628 GPU, meaning that this could be the first device packing the Mali T678 GPGPU chip.


BrightSideofNews is predicting that the device could be launched as early as Mobile World Congress 2013, which takes place in February. Availability is expected to be closer to the back-to-school rush, so sometime in July. If this holds true, Google could have the most powerful tablet on the market.

First 2014 Corvette off the production line sells for $1.1 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:31 pm

I, along with most guys, have a thing for cars. However, not all of us have the money to do what Rick Hendrick did. Rick Hendrick, the owner of a NASCAR team, ponied up a $1.05 million bid for the first 2014 Corvette Stingray to come off of the production lines. The auction took place at the Barrett-Jackson car collector event.




The money will be donated to the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. That aside, the price is about 20 times higher than what the sticker price is expected to be. The new Corvette is expected to be priced about the same as the current Corvette, roughly $50,000, so why someone would pay this much is unknown.


Apparently this isn't the first time he has laid out big amounts of cash for Chevrolet vehicles fresh off of the production line. He paid out $350,000 for the first 2010 Camero SS as well as winning the first 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition. Was a $1.05 million bid worth it to get model 0001? You be the judge.

Samsung Galaxy S III mini gets NFC in Finland for a 50 euro premium, coming to UK this month

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 11:02 pm

The Samsung Galaxy S III mini has gained the near-field communication ability in Finland. The updated device will set you back an additional 50 euros, but for that you'll get the ability to communicate with devices just by bringing them close together. However, if it is worth 50 euros is something you'll have to decide.




The device should be available in both blue and white finishes. It's possible that the device could eventually make its way to the US, though Samsung has not confirmed that this is the case.


Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "NFC technology and the digital wallet started to gain significant traction in 2012, particularly in the run up to the Olympics. It's an exciting time in the mobile market watching the next phase of its evolution take shape, so we're happy to announce that we are bringing these new experiences to our customers through our growing number of NFC-enabled devices."

Google-commissioned survey shows that US P2P users buy 30 % more music, another study showing P2P users not bad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:31 pm

As much as the RIAA and MPAA would like to convince lawmakers and citizens that pirates and people who illegally download movies and music are harming the industry, study after study suggest quite the opposite. Take, for example, a study commissioned by Google, which shows that US P2P users buy 30 percent more music.




Google commissioned Columbia University's American Assembly research center to survey Americans on file sharing and copyright enforcement. In the survey, data suggests that Americans are generally against the use of bandwidth throttling and disconnection as punishment for illegal downloading.


The most important piece of information to come from the study is the finding that US P2P users tend to buy 30 percent more music than their non-sharing brethren. More studies are needed, however, but this study can join the pile of others that show file-sharing doesn't harm sales.

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Temple Run 2 sees massive success, amasses 20 million downloads on iOS in just four days

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:04 pm

Temple Run 2, the follow-up app to the massively popular Temple Run, was released recently. In the four days since its launch, the app, only available on iOS currently, amassed 20 million downloads. Not only has it rocketed to the top of the Free Apps list, it has also shot up to number 2 on the Top Grossing list.




Temple Run 2 serves as another example that the free-to-play game model does work, though it doesn't transfer to every game. Comparing the download numbers, Angry Birds Space managed to get 10 million downloads in three days, though it was available on multiple platforms. Google Maps managed to get 10 million downloads in 48 hours.


Temple Run 2 managed to pull in six million of those downloads on day one alone. Temple Run 2 is set to come to Android this week, so it will be just a few days until we see if Android users will be downloading the game in the same quantities. It will also be interesting to see if Android users spend the same, or more, on in-app purchases.

Facebook's Poke continues to fall from the list of top free apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 21, 2013 9:33 pm

Facebook's Snapchat competitor Poke is continuing to be hammered in the iOS list of top free apps. Facebook released the app December 21 and it made it to number one just the next day. Within a week, it had dropped out of the top 25, while Snapchat actually went up in the listing.




Now a month has passed, so it's time to take another look at how the Poke app is doing. The answer? Not well. The app has dropped down to number 706 on the list of top apps, according to data from App Annie. Snapchat, meanwhile, is still in the top 20 and is currently at number 14, which is quite a bit better than Poke.


Either people are upset with Facebook for trying to push Snapchat out of the market, or Snapchat has done something right, while Poke has something users don't like. If you've tried both apps, which do you prefer more: Poke or Snapchat? Let us know in the comments!