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PlayStation 4 launch just around the corner, launch titles start becoming apparent

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2:37 am

With the expected launch of the PlayStation 4 just around the corner, we've turned our attention to finding out what titles will be launching with the console. If some hints and evidence is enough to go on, we should have at least some of the games that will be launching when the PlayStation 4 debuts.




For instance, several of Sony's gaming partners are starting to schedule press conferences shortly after the expected release of the PlayStation 4. This indicates that we could see launch titles from the developers behind LittleBigPlanet, MotorStorm, and Killzone.


On Media Molecule's website, a new "?" page has popped up. Killzone 2 launched alongside of the PS3 in 2005 and now Video Gamer is claiming that Killzone 4 will launch alongside the PS4. MotorStorm RC's director Paul Rustchnsky is counting down the days to Sony's event on Twitter.


Other titles are sure to debut next to the PlayStation 4. What would you like to see day one?

Alicia Keys' Twitter account tweets from an iPhone, Keys says she was hacked

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 2:02 am

As we thought might happen, Alicia Keys, BlackBerry's new Global Creative Director, has seemingly tweeted from an iPhone. She had previously stated that she was strictly exclusive to BlackBerry now that she is apparently on their payroll. She isn't the first, nor will she be the last, to accidentally tweet from a competitor's product.




The tweet has since been deleted and Keys has subsequently said that she was hacked. "What the h*ll?!!!! Looks like I've been hacked... I like @Drake but that wasn't my tweet :-(" reads the tweet. What do you think? Did she accidentally tweet from her iPhone or was she legitimately hacked?

Apple releases iOS 6.1.1 OTA update for iPhone 4S users, fixes connectivity problems

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 1:31 am

Speaking of Apple working on rushing out an update to iOS 6.1.1, Apple has made available an update for iPhone 4S users that will bring them up to 6.1.1. This version of the software patches problems that users were experiencing with connecting to cellular networks, problems that prompted carriers to suggest not upgrading to iOS 6.1.




The official change log says that the update "fixes an issue that could impact cellular performance and reliability for iPhone 4S." This should hopefully help those users on Vodafone that were having issues. We're still waiting for an update to iOS 6.1.1 to go live for other devices, though Apple probably isn't in such a hurry.

Minecraft free to Raspberry Pi owners

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 1:03 am

If you've been hankering to play Minecraft on your Raspberry Pi, you now have that option available. While others might question why you're playing Minecraft on a Pi, most geeks will understand the benefit. The Minecraft: Pi Edition allows players to modify the game's code at the base level.




You can pick up the Minecraft version from Minescraft's dedicated Pi website. It's a stripped down version of the iOS and Android apps so that it can run on the lowly Pi hardware, though the team has said that they will be adding more features at a later date.


To get Minescraft: Pi Edition running, you'll need to be running Raspbian "wheezy" with XWindows. Minescraft's dedicated site has installation instructions for those who want to try it out.

Windows Live Mesh closes down Wednesday, better hurry up and switch

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:31 am

Just a friendly reminder, Windows Live Mesh will be shutting down on Wednesday. Current users will be left in the dark, so you should start changing over to a new service. Of course, Microsoft would like you to switch over to SkyDrive, but there are other options out there if you aren't keen on going with Microsoft.




Not all of LiveMesh's features are available through SkyDrive. For instance, remote control isn't one of the features offered. To do this, you'll need to find another service, at least until Microsoft adds it to SkyDrive. If you're using LiveMesh and are being forced to switch, let us know what other tools you've found to fill in the feature gaps.

Nokia is the top Windows Phone manufacturer, usage data says they have 75% of the market

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 12, 2013 12:04 am

Numbers from AdDuplex show that Nokia has roughly 75 percent of the Windows Phone market. AdDuplex's numbers are usage numbers from the company's ad network. While the numbers only come from 294 applications, which creates a fairly small and unreliable sample size, general questions, such as the top manufacturer, can be asked fairly reliably.




As you can see, Nokia holds just over 75 percent of the Windows Phone market. HTC comes in second with just over 10 percent. From there, the numbers drop off pretty significantly. It's no surprise that Nokia is leading the market; it's Lumia line of devices are solid and Nokia has worked closely with Microsoft.


We're always on the lookout for data and trends. We'll keep looking to see if we can come up with some interesting trends in the Windows Phone market.

Twitter increased price of Promoted Treds, will set you back $200k per day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 11:33 pm

If you're looking to advertise on Twitter with a Promoted Trends tweet, it's going to cost you a bit more than it used to. Twitter has raised the price of the Promoted Trend advertising option to $200,000 per day. This is up 33 percent from its previous price of $150,000 and up 150 percent from the $80,000 price it launched at in 2010.




Clearly, Twitter is having no issue selling these spots as the price has continually increased from the start of the service. Doing a bit of math, we arrive at the fact that Twitter could bring in $73 million a year if they sell one advertising slot each day, which might not be that hard to do.


This is ahead of rumors that Twitter could be planning to go public next year. Estimates place the company at being worth $11 billion in a year.

Microsoft Surface Pro ad shows the device being used to beatbox in a corporate environment

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

It what might be called one of the most ridiculous ads ever, Microsoft advertises the Surface Pro tablet with beatboxing in a corporate environment. Don't believe me? Take a look for yourself:



What they're obviously trying to get at is that it is a cool device that can be used in the workplace. I'm just not sure that this advertisement gets that message across as clearly as they could have.


The ad is also very similar to the first Surface ad that depicted the Surface RT and how easy it was to attach a keyboard. That advertisement hasn't worked very well--seemingly, anyway--so it's not clear why they'd attempt the same type of ad again.


Enough of my thoughts on the ad. What do you think of it? Have a strange urge to go out and buy one now? Let us know in the comments!

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PlayStation 3 gets a native YouTube app in 19 additional countries

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:32 pm

About half a year ago, Google released a native YouTube app for the PlayStation 3. There was only one problem: it was only available in the US and Canada. Google has finally rectified this issue and is releasing a native app in 19 additional countries around the world, including some in Europe, Africa, and Asia.




Most of Europe will get access to the new native YouTube app, along with Australia, New Zealand, and others. Considering YouTube is already native on the competing consoles, it's a wonder that it took so long to get it onto the PS3. The PS3 is the most used device in the living room for streaming Netflix, so you'd think Google would have wanted in on that.


The complete list of countries: Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom.

Google makes the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb available for $59.99

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 11, 2013 10:03 pm

For users looking to charge their Nexus 4 wirelessly in style, look no further than the Nexus 4 wireless charging orb. Google has finally made this Nexus 4 accessory available on the Google Play Store for $59.99. No longer will you have to search around in the dark for that elusive cable--now you can just set your device down on the orb.




Google is quoting a lead time of less than one week for shipment, though international availability remains unknown. Either through good fortune or a good plan, the charging orb has been made available shortly after the Nexus 4's stock was replenished. You can buy the charging orb from the Google Play Store.

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