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Baidu wants Baidu Cloud on Android, iOS and Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 16, 2012 9:18 am

Chinese search company Baidu has whispered into the ears of TechCrunch that they have some big plans for the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal system that runs their newly-announced phone. Baidu wants to push Baidu Cloud into all major mobile operating systems, including Windows Phone, iOS and Android.




According to a Baidu spokesperson, the company wants to eventually produce a Windows Phone with Baidu Cloud, as well as an iOS-based device. A Windows Phone I could see happening, but an iOS device? It would really require Apple's complete permission, and I just can't see this happening.


Baidu Cloud is a suite of apps tied into Baidu's storage, music and search offerings. The phone announced today, is a low-cost phone, dubbed Changhong H5018 and sports a 3.5-inch 480x320 touchscreen, 3G connectivity, and a 3-megapixel camera. It will be available for $158, which earns it the right to be dubbed a low-cost smartphone. Baidu Cloud runs on top of Android 2.3, and because Google gives Android partners much more freedom in adapting their OS, it gives Baidu the chance to start off on Android.

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Facebook IPO price range could be between $34 and $38 per share

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 16, 2012 8:50 am

AllThingsD is reporting that with sources close to the situation, investors are being told that the IPO price range for Facebook is between $34 and $38 per share. This results in the highest valuation being over $100 billion, fully diluted.




Last month, the predictions per share were at around $31, in filings related to its pending acquisition of photo-sharing start-up, Instagram. Recent ranges have put the social networking site at between $28 and $34.


Other reports have put the price between $35 and $40, so $34-$38 per share doesn't seem out of the question. The higher price is an indication that some of the reports from last week saying there was weak investor interest... but they were obviously wrong. The official pricing for the IPO for Facebook will arrive on Thursday, with a public offering on Friday under the "FB" ticker symbol on the Nasdaq market.

Facebook updates mobile site and apps, should roll out shortly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 16, 2012 7:43 am

Social networking site Facebook are currently in the midst of their IPO roadshow, and have just updated their mobile site and apps. This includes updated apps for the iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.




Facebook have taken a leaf out of Instagram's book, which, they own now. Where the images on Facebook are significantly larger, which means the news feed shows one large post instead of two or three on the iPhone/iPod Facebook apps.


Pictures are now 300-percent larger than they were before, and Facebook haven't noted any other changes. Facebook haven't mentioned whether this will arrive to other mobile, or non-mobile devices, but it will most likely happen in good time.

Samsung GALAXY S III battery life is quite impressive, holds its own against tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 16, 2012 7:08 am

Samsung's GALAXY S III is nearly here, and whilst the phone sports a 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, and an impressive 2,100 mAh battery, the battery life itself was questioned. But, GSM Arena have stepped in and thrown the quad-core smartphone through some tests, which are very surprising.




They started with 3G talk time, where the GALAXY S III beats out the iPhone 4S by a large margin, and also beats the HTC One V and S by just minutes. The iPhone 4S sports 7 hours and 41 minutes of 3G talk time, where the GALAXY S III smashes it with 10 hours and 20 minutes, impressive, Samsung. Next up we have web browsing.


During this test, the GALAXY S III only provides 5 hours and 17 minutes of web browsing, compared to the iPhone 4S' very impressive 6 hours and 56 minutes. I'm guessing this is down to the GALAXY S III's much larger screen. Video playback is something very important on smartphones these days, especially something with a 4.8-inch screen. How did the GALAXY S III go against the iPhone 4S?

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GeForce Grid, lets you stream games on a Kepler-based GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: May 16, 2012 6:18 am

The cloud, isn't it wonderful? NVIDIA have unveiled some of Kepler's cloud-based benefits during the GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California today. NVIDIA has said that Fermi-based game servers, such as those run by Gaikai, only have one GPU per server, or 28 GPUs per rack. One GPU is dedicated to a game stream and consumes 150W of power.




NVIDIA's cloud solution, GeForce Grid, powered by Kepler GPUs allows four GPUs per server, or 84 per rack at 75W each. This results in huge power savings for server operators, and this should also be passed down to consumers, and gamers. NVIDIA has mentioned that it's possible for a streaming service to offer bundles of games for around $10 per month. To compare, OnLive offers roughly 200-plus titles, but not new releases, for $9.99 per month.




GeForce Grid isn't just more economical, it also reduces server-side latency by up to 30ms. With lag being a huge concern with existing server-based gaming services, GeForce Grid could really step up and be something quite amazing. NVIDIA puts this improvement of latency to its fast and concurrent game capture APIs, strategic geographic server placement, and better input lag on Smart TV Ethernet ports.

The Overclocker Issue 19 is now available

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 16, 2012 5:40 am

The Overclocker's latest issue is out, Issue 19. The latest read covers a bunch of hot topics such as a 'Z77 Battle Royal', a cover feature about the Ivy Bridge-based Core i7, and they also interview Brazil's finest overclocker, Rbuass.




Also covered is a review of GIGABYTE's GEFORCE GTX 680, Plextor's M3 256GB SSD, ASUS' Rampage IV Formula, ASUS Radeon vs. GIGABYTE HD7870, G.Skill Trident 2400MHz CL10 RAM, and finally, Intel's 520 Series SSD. There's much more to read, so don't miss out!


You can read the entire issue, all for free, here.

Grand Theft Auto V hinted for December release, according to Amazon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 5:33 am

It has been previously reported that Rockstar would only launch one game this year, and that game launched today in the form of Max Payne 3. But, with the phenomenal reaction the third-person, slow-mo shooter has received, why would Rockstar want to wait? Strike while the iron is hot, right?




Well, according to Internet retailer Amazon, Grand Theft Auto V could be released as soon as December of this year. This is coming from Amazon listing GTA V for pre-order, giving gamers something to aim for in terms of a release date. If it is made available in December, it would be perfect for the pre-Christmas rush.


Why December, though? Well, if we look at October and November, they're both filled with some insanely large titles such as Assassin's Creed 3, Resident Evil 6, Halo 4, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Waiting a month would let players finish their game/s of choice, and snap up Grand Theft Auto V. GTA V (in my opinion) would sell as much as those games, if not more. Exciting news anyway you look at it!

New Tomb Raider game has been delayed until next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 5:00 am

Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics have announced that their reboot of Tomb Raider has been delayed until 2013. Head of Crystal Dynamics, Darrell Gallagher, said that the studio had two aims when it decided to make a new Lara Croft title, firstly to create a "modern" Tomb Raider, and secondly, to make the "best game of our careers".




It's the second goal that has caused them to delay the reboot, from its original Autumn release date, to sometime in Q1 of 2013. This delay will fly right past the lucrative Christmas shopping season. Gallagher adds:


We're doing things that are completely new to Tomb Raider in this game and the additional development time will allow us to put the finishing touches into the game and polish it to a level that you deserve. believe that this is the right choice and I guarantee it will be worth the wait. The game is looking amazing and we can't wait to show it to everyone at E3 in a few weeks.




Showing it off at E3 means that the company at least has some solid code to display, and with E3 only weeks away, we'll see it soon enough.

Diablo III launch was met with errors, but the game is oh-so-awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 16, 2012 4:29 am

Diablo III launched last night, and for some, it was OK and working. For others, Error 37 plagued many. The various server load issues stopped people from creating characters, starting the game, joining others, or launching into the game at all.




My game launched with one issue where I couldn't create a character, I logged out, logged back in and I was ok. The game crashed a few times, but I put that down to my NVIDIA Surround setup, and requiring new NVIDIA drivers. The game is delicious. Sexy. Addictive. Awesome. It's PC gaming, and it's here, right now.


But there's a new error on the block, Error 3003 which says "Unable to connect to the service or the connection was interrupted". This is the problem with Internet-required games, is that if there are any server-side issues, like most people have experienced with Diablo III, then it pisses a lot of people off. Let's hope it only gets better from here, shall we?

Apple's next-gen iOS 6 teased in developer's usage logs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 16, 2012 4:27 am

9to5Mac is reporting that earlier today an unnamed app developer informed the site that users accessing its software had been identified as running iOS 6 by analytics. Adding fuel to the iOS 6 fire is that other unidentified developers polled have also seen traces of the new iOS 6 since, wait for it, late-April. This means people in the wild, or people within Apple, are testing out iOS 6, right now.




Keeping in mind that prior to the 2011 Apple World Wide Developer's Conference, versions of iOS 5 were spotted in the same fashion. When enabled in an application, iOS apps can send data to developers, this data is mostly used for application improvement, and to track metrics of users in regards to which device along with which version of the iOS are being used.


But, it can all be a game, too. It's possible for someone to jailbreak a device, to spoof, or fake, an iOS or device revision metric passed onto a developer, but this is probably not what has happened, as iOS 6-based devices are known to be under active development.

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