I'm pretty much prepared sell a kidney to get my hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and it is debuting exclusively at Best Buy's Union Square store in New York City on June 8. It will be available in both 16 and 32GB Wi-Fi only models, with preorders through Best Buy's stores and website will also open on that day for the Galaxy Tab 10.1's nationwide launch on June 17.
The Wi-Fi editions of the Tab 10.1 are priced at $499 and $599 for the 16 and 32GB respectively, with Samsung being quite mum regarding the pricing of the 3G or 4G versions. Samsung, hook me up!
Some people want an iPad 2 real bad, but this kid takes the word "want" to an entirely new level. A 17 year-old boy in the Anhui province in China has sold one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan ($3,400) so that he could run out (or maybe limp after the surgery) and get an Apple iPad 2. The boy got the idea from an online advertisement offering cash to anyone who is prepared to become an organ donor.
Of course, he has expressed regret from his actions especially after his health has deteriorated after his kidney was removed. He told Shenzhen TV "I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it, a broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan." In China, trading organs online is common practice, even if it's against the Government and their attempt to stop it from happening.
I don't believe I'm writing about this again, but it appears Sony has been hacked, again. Just after they were getting full restoration of their PSN network up, LulzSec has hit Sony again with an SQL injection tactic which gave them access to Sony Pictures account database. This hack let LulzSec obtain 1 million user accounts (inclusive of passwords, email and home addresses as well as DOB), all admin account details and passwords, 75,000 music codes and 3.5 million music coupons.
On top of this, opt-in data was accessible which gives even more information about Sony's customers and their preferences. One of the shocking things to come from this hack is that Sony stored all 1 million user passwords in a simple plain text file, with no encryption at all. LulzSec have said "It's just a matter of taking it, this is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it."
AMD have been kind enough to hook us up with a pair of Dirt 3 keys for Steam. We've used a Sweepstakes tab this time to see how it goes for running competitions via our Facebook page. All you have to do is like TweakTown and then put in your name, email and DOB into the newly setup Sweepstakes page.
We've got two keys to give away which require Steam. You can head on straight over to the Sweepstakes page and get your competition on. Plus don't forget about our good friends AMD and their Facebook page.
Coming 2011, DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes and more events than any other game in the series, including over 50 rally cars representing the very best from five decades of the sport. With more than double the track content of 2009's hit, DiRT 3 will see players start at the top as a professional driver, with a top-flight career in competitive off-road racing complimented by the opportunity to express themselves in Gymkhana-style showpiece driving events.
The Google Chrome Notebook Pilot Program is going full-steam ahead with the brand-new Samsung Chromebook going on sale on June 15. However, Gilt have gotten their hands on a few machines earlier and are making them available to their biggest enthusiasts, you.
When you purchase your spanking new Chromebook, you'll also receive a limited edition, custom-fit Chrome sleeve designed by Richshaw, allowing you to carry your new Chromebook around in style. Gilt are a premier invitation-only shopping site, and have the Chromebooks up for sale for a limited time, so get going now!
Asetek has announced the availability of their limited edition 240mm super cooler, dubbed "WaterChill 2011C", pre-orders for the WaterChill 2011C will begin on July 1st, 2011. The cooler is a 120x240mm, 4-fan ChillControl-enabled powerhouse. Their words, pretty awesome choice so I stuck with it. The 2011C uses the best of Asetek's liquid CPU cooling tech, featuring a brand new 1.5-inch thick 120x240mm radiator and no less than four fans in a push-pull configuration; this allows the 2011C to put the competition on ice, geddit? On top of this, the low-profile pump is fitted with third-generation Asetek coldplate technology and supports interactive fan control technology for all four fans. A USB connection on the pump enables precise user control of the fans and lighting effects through Asetek's ChillControl software application.
There's also a new universal mounting solution available for Sandy Bridge E-based chips. This new mounting solution will work across Asetek's line of liquid coolers and makes for an easier installation, win-win. The mount supports all mainstream Intel processors, LGA 1155, 1156 and 1366 sockets. The new universal mounting solution adds the upcoming Socket 2011 to its army of compatibility.
The E3 teaser trailer for the upcoming Aliens-themed Aliens: Colonial Marines has come out and while it doesn't show anything off, it's a tease of things to come. The game is being developed by Gearbox (the peeps behind the revival of DNF, Borderlands) and published by SEGA, it'll hit the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and has an estimated release date of Q1, 2012.
The game is explained as: "Aliens: Colonial Marines begins with an ostensibly abandoned ship, the U.S.S. Sulaco, recovered in orbit around LV-426. Players lead a group of highly trained United States Colonial Marines as they board the deserted craft to uncover the fate of the crew. They will have to fight to survive unspeakable horrors and their own anxieties as they chase down the truth behind a galaxy-spanning deception that places humanity at the mercy of the most murderous and deadly species in the universe. Aliens: Colonial Marines features authentic environments, such as the surface of LV-426 and Hadley's Hope, weapons inspired by the film series and is designed to provide an exhilarating and engaging new chapter in the Aliens universe."
Another game that I'm way too excited for, I truly hope they don't stuff it up and can recreate the tension of the movies and the popular Aliens Vs Predator games from way back when.
Fan of the Serious Sam games? Yes? Good. You're going to love the below trailer, Serious Sam is making a return in Serious Sam 3: BFE and it looks to have the same crazy, high-octane, constant-horde-of-omfg-enemies running at you wanting to kill you. A sweet polish of next-gen graphics when compared to the ageing first titles, and bigger, badder enemies and it creates a new entry in the Serious Sam franchise. Check out the below trailer to see what I mean:
Pretty slick, huh? I'm enjoying the huge enemies and swarms of foes, new weapons and iron sights make the cut. This is not the typical console ported COD clone with regenerating health and a cover system so that you never die and never complain to your Mom to return the game. This is serious, Serious Sam.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky has given the first live demo of Windows 8 at the D9 conference in Southern California, and it makes one hell of a statement. The first impression is the complete overhaul of the UI. Everything is touchscreen crazy but with the familiar feel of a Windows Phone 7-based handset. The Windows 8 homescreen is a bunch of tiles that lead to each app. Each tile displays information (such as weather, email, etc) and can be touched (or clicked) to go into it.
One tile leads to the traditional Windows desktop, another is marked "Store"; we're seeing Microsoft make some bold moves here. One of the best things I took from the video was the ability to be in an application or watching a video and you swipe from the left of the screen and it brings up background tasks. Dragging and dropping them keeps them in view, and another swipe from the left brings up the next background app.