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Call of Duty Vita confirmed, PlayStation Vita could change things up

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 5:29 am

According to Sony's Senior Vice President of PlayStation Brand Marketing, Guy Longworth, we should expect a Call of Duty title for the PlayStation Vita. Longworth didn't go into much detail regarding the game, saying only "we're still working on it".




Activision haven't confirmed whether the game will be a sequel within the COD franchise, a brand new experience, or even the development team behind it. We should expect the usual late-October to mid-November release schedule, as with the previous Call of Duty games since they began launching in 2003.


Just an hour ago we talked about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and now we have a Vita-exclusive title? Could Call of Duty be making a comeback? Entire new engine built from the ground-up? Or am I just day dreaming here?

Next Call of Duty to be Black Ops 2, more evidence surfaces

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 4:21 am

The Internet has done it once again and has pieced together a puzzle of sorts. It's all in relation to a man called Hugo Beyer, who has worked on some big games over the years, including Beatles Rock Band, Anno 1404 and the unreleased Doom 4, and Aliens: Colonial Marines at a variety of game studios such as Terminal Reality, and Liquid Development.




According to his LinkedIn page he's working at Nerve Software, as an Artist, and has listed as his projects "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2" as well as "TBA project". Nerve has previously completed contract work for Activision, including the Treyarch-developed James Bond title, Quantum of Solace, as well as the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.


This information is much more concrete and what helps the situation is Beyer has since taken down his LinkedIn page, where the information was found. Both Activision and Nerve Software have yet to respond to this news.

Battlefield 3 gets some more gameplay balancing soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 3:21 am

Alan Kertz, Core Gameplay Designer at DICE, has let the world know that the Battlefield 3 team has been working on some gameplay tweaks. It was then talked about by the Symthic forum, where the data was combed through.




The new tweaks might not all make it in, but you can bet your bottom dollar at least some of them will. Once the members of Symthic unleashed their view of the data, Alan Kertz then confirmed this via Twitter, where he said:


yes symthic has authentic update info, your feedback on these preliminary changes will be hugely valuable for a future update.


Check out the gameplay balances here.

RumorTT: Amazon working on Kindle Fire 2, set to light the tablet market on fire in Q2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 2:20 am

It is currently being rumored that Amazon will launch the next-generation Kindle Fire 2, which should be another 10-inch tablet. It's being reported from supply chains are shipping sample parts next month, with mass production to start in May or June.




If this is true, we could expect a launch shortly after, and it would be good timing considering the iPad 3 should be here by then. In a bid to reduce manufacturing costs, Amazon are said to be hand-selecting and approving components for the Kindle Fire 2.


For the first Kindle Fire, it was said that Quanta did this decision making, but now it seems Amazon will make these decisions, which leads most to believe Amazon could want to select better pricing through negotiation, supplier price fixing, or finding equally-made components, but at a better pricing. They could also use their selling history of the original, and successful, Kindle Fire to help negotiate said deals.

Optus acquires Vivid Wireless, is now set to unleash 4G network

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Networking | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:44 am

Optus have just announced they've acquired Vivid Wireless for a tidy little sum of $230 million, with full intent on using Vivid's existing spectrum to boost its 4G network using LTE-TDD. The full announcement is below:




Optus today announced that it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire Vividwireless Group Limited (which operates under the vividwireless and unwired brands) from Seven Group Holdings (SGH), for an expected cash consideration of A$230 million.


- Through the acquisition, Optus will also gain access to up to 98MHz of spectrum in the 2.3GHz band, a band already used by some of the world's leading operators to provide 4G services.


- Optus plans to use this spectrum to build a new 4G network using LTE-TDD technology.


- This new network will deliver wireless broadband to households and businesses in metropolitan Australia with typical download speeds ranging from 25Mbps to 87Mbps - twice as fast as existing competitive 4G services. It will be integrated with Optus' 1800MHz 4G network, which will be launched in Newcastle and the Hunter region of New South Wales in April 2012.


So, Optus, you'll be delivering 4G services "twice as fast as existing competitive 4G services", such as those with Telstra? We'll see just how fast your 4G download speeds are when you deliver it. I could almost put money on it not beating Telstra. But, here we have it, folks. 4G is coming from Optus.

Acer Iconia Tab A500, A100 to get Ice Cream Sandwich updates in April, isn't an April Fools Joke

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 20, 2012 1:23 am

Acer seem to be the up-and-comer when it comes to their Android-powered tablets, personally, a year-plus ago, I wouldn't not have thought they'd be here. I thought this would be somewhere HTC, Samsung and co would be dominating, but it's refreshing to see them concentrating on an ever-expanding market.




To add to this, Acer US have just confirmed with a tweet that will be providing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates to not only their Iconia Tab A500, but their A100, too. The updates are set to drop in April. The tweet read:


To all Acer Iconia Tab A500 and A100 users, please expect an Ice Cream Sandwich update in mid-April! Thank you for your patience.


April will be quite eventful for Acer, with their ICS-packing, Tegra 3-powered Iconia Tab A510 arriving. This year will be quite enormous for Google and their tablets. Especially with news of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" being able to run alongside Windows 8. Let's see some announcements about that, huh, Acer?

Friday Morning Roundup for February 17, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:37 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 17th, 2012.




AMD Radeon HD 7770 - Reference design vs. XFX - TweakPC

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

HIS Radeon HD 7750 1GB iCooler -

AMD Radeon HD 7770 and Radeon HD 7750 -

AMD Radeon HD7770 - Technic3D




Enermax Briskie Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Bundle - KitGuru

Continue reading 'Friday Morning Roundup for February 17, 2012' (full post)

Deal of the Day: HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition 15.6" Laptop PC for $759.99

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 2:20 pm

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Mobile App of the Day: Portals 2D for Windows Phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:30 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Portals 2D for Windows Phone.




Can you think with portals? Open a gateway to a new and exciting type of game, this Portal-inspired platformer will test your portal-toting, cake loving avatar in a world where even your existence is tested. Beautiful HD graphics, wonderful sounds, ingenious gameplay, and silky smooth animations make this game a must have.


Now you're thinking with portals.


Update 1.2: Fixed some bugs, added robots, doors, buttons and grinders, improved graphics, added more levels, tweaked controls.

Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus N starts shipping in Germany, gives evil stare to Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:20 pm

Samsung have avoided more lawsuits when it comes to their Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus N, where it has now launched in Germany on Tuesday, albeit, quietly. The changes in the new tablet are the telltale top and bottom borders that German courts have allowed for release, as they aren't "copying" Apple's "technology".




The new Tab 7.0 Plus N 16GB Wi-Fi version is quite expensive, rolling in at 499 euros ($656) with tax, as well as it's 3G brother at 569 euros ($748) with HSPA+ inside. The new 7-inch Galaxy Tab's are the first Samsung 7-inch tablets to arrive in Germany since the original Galaxy Tab launched nearly 18 months ago now. Samsung did unveil the Galaxy Tab 7.7 in Germany, but were forced to rip it away from the IFA floor because Apple objected to the similarity before it had even had time to hit retail shelves.


Samsung's designs sold everywhere else, bar Germany, until final verdicts in relevant trials. Apple successfully argued that the all-black, all-flat front design was too close to design rights for the iPad, and needed to change.


That last part I find ridiculous, how many all-black, all-flat tablets are there on the market? It's like Apple only see Samsung tablets and nothing else on the market.

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