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OCZ giving away copies of Far Cry 3 with Vector SSDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:34 am

It's not like you needed any persuasion to buy OCZ'z awesome Vector SSD, but this might just tip you over into buying one. The SSD maker are offering a free copy of Far Cry 3 with 256GB and 512GB models of the Vector SSD.

 

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You can only secure yourself two copies of Far Cry 3, if you were to buy two Vector SSDs, and the offer expires on July 14, 2013. The offer is available to North America, South Ameria, EMEA and Asia region customers only.

Samsung unveils pink-colored Galaxy Note II just in time for Valentine's Day next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 9:40 am

Before Samsung announced the new pink-colored Galaxy Note II, there were four colors - grey, white, amber brown and ruby wine. The pink entry gives us a total of five colors of Samsung's 5.5-inch smartphone.

 

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The problem? It has only been unveiled on Samsung's Taiwan website, so it might not be released anywhere else right away, or at all. It seems like perfect timing, though, as Valentine's Day is next week. So if you were looking to buy your significant other a new smartphone, you might want to put an 'IOU' in your card, and snap one of these pink Galaxy Note II's up.

Samsung and EA promise to release more games to Samsung's App Store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:36 am

Thanks to a new revenue deal inked by Samsung and Electronics Arts, we should see more new games enter Samsung's App Store, which will also help developers make more money.

 

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The deal begins on March 4, where developers will receive 100% of the profits from sales of games in the App Store for the first six months. The following six months will see Samsung collect 10%, then it'll return to the industry standard of 20% for the following year. This sounds like a stellar deal from companies the size of EA and Samsung.

 

The program is also aimed toward indie games, where it will see games that would normally not be in the lime light compete with the likes of Angry Birds, etc. Better yet, developers aren't locked into any contracts, and are free to drop their games on the Google Play Store, or others. Developers are also encouraged to bring their games over to the Samsung App Store from other sources.

PC sales being eaten away by iPad sales

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 5:31 am

We all know that tablets are selling like hot cakes, as the need for a traditional desktop PC begins to fade. According to Canalys' latest data, PC market share for desktops and laptops is being eaten away by Apple's iPad and Mac range.

 

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If we combine both the iPad and Mac systems, they ship 27 million units - or 20.1% of the 134 million computers that were shipped during Q4 2012. This is the first time that Apple has reached over 20%. HP have taken over second place ahead of Lenovo, where HP shipped 15 million PCs to take 11% of the market. Samsung walked up into fifth place with 11.7 million PCs shipped, and a nice 9% share.

Grand Theft Auto V pushed back to allow a next-gen console release?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:36 am

I've been meaning to post this for a while now, but I believe we've seen the recent delay of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V so it can be released on next-gen consoles. Yes, that's what I think and I'm sticking with it. I talked about it happening all the way back in April of last year, where I said

 

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I'd be impressed if Rockstar pushed it back and unleashed next-gen GTA upon us with next-gen consoles, and showed us a ported version for current-gen consoles. Now that, would be very, very cool.

 

I said this because Grand Theft Auto is one of the, if not the biggest franchise on consoles today. The franchise has grown out of control, and is so big that it is truly a system seller. Why release one of the biggest games ever on current-gen consoles if next-gen consoles are only months away? So you read it here, we think Rockstar and Take-Two are pushing back GTA V to release it on next-gen consoles.

 

What do you think? Would you buy a next-gen console to enjoy GTA V at 1080p @ 60 frames per second? I know I would. What makes this better, is consoles usually launch with no killer apps on day-one, we haven't seen that for a while since the original Halo days on the first Xbox.

Half-Life or Portal film could see J.J. Abrams' help

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:33 am

J.J. Abrams already has his finger in a bunch of franchises, Mission Impossible, Star Wars, Star Trek and countless TV shows, but what about gaming? Well, Polygon have the scoop on the director and TV guru reportedly working with Valve, yes - that Valve.

 

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The news comes from the 2013 DICE Summit, where Abrams announced with co-founder of Valve, Gabe Newell, that they two gods of media were in discussions together about making a video game together. Abrams said "there's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on". Newell adds "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

 

At the end of the on-stage talk, Newell said that the DICE lecture was just a public rehash of discussions behind closed doors with Abrams, where he added "what we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on."

Continue reading 'Half-Life or Portal film could see J.J. Abrams' help' (full post)

Twitter updates mobile to emphasize search and discovery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:31 am

Twitter is pushing search and discovery on the mobile platform. In an update today, Twitter announced updates to their Android and iOS apps, along with mobile.twitter.com. The updates "provide a single stream of content in each tab, so you can better find what's most important to you when you're on the go."

 

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The Discover feed now puts tweets, activity, trends, and account suggestions into a single stream. Search now functions similarly to the Discover feature, meaning that tweets, pictures, and accounts all appear in a single stream. A search button has been added to the iOS app that will allow users to search from anywhere within the app.

 

Finally, links can now be followed with a single click. Previously, clicking a link would first expand the tweet and then require another click to follow the link. Now, a single click will open up the website. The new apps are available in Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Microsoft hints that Surface Pro could be charged via future accessories

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:02 am

Microsoft is dropping some pretty serious hints that the Surface Pro could see itself being charged via accessories in the future thanks to an upgraded accessory spine. During the Surface AMA on Reddit, Microsoft dropped hints that the extra contact point could be used to attach accessories with batteries at a future point in time.

 

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"At launch we talked about the 'accessory spine' and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more," says a Surface spokesperson. "Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don't they?" A further post in the AMA says that an external battery accessory would "require extending the design of the accessory spine to include some way to transfer higher current between the peripheral and the main battery. Which we did..."

 

As you can see, it's pretty clear that Microsoft is planning accessories that would charge the Surface Pro. Whether these will take the form of a thicker keyboard with an integrated battery or simply an extra battery, only time will tell. Until then, you can rest assured that the Surface Pro will support accessories like these.

 

Microsoft has, however, ruled out the possibility of them releasing one of these accessories. They say that "we don't have a dock in the plans."

Raspberry Pi to get $25 camera module

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:30 am

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that they will be making a camera available for the pint-sized PC. The Raspberry Pi camera will come in at $25, which is the same price as the cheaper Model A Raspberry Pi that is available in Europe. The camera looks to be a 5-megapixel piece and will be capable of recording HD videos.

 

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Not much else is known about the camera module, other than it the picture above is what the final product will look like. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that it can take "pretty good" pictures right now, but the driver needs to be tweaked a bit and the product won't be released until it can take pictures that are "bleedin' marvelous."

Apple announces they have sold 25 billion songs via iTunes Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:07 am

Apple is taking today to celebrate the fact that they have sold 25 billion songs via the iTunes Store. In an announcement today, Apple said that they have officially reached 25 billion songs sold. The 25 billionth song to be sold was "Monkey Drums" by Chase Buch. The purchaser, a man from Germany, will be getting an iTunes gift card with about $13,500 on it.

 

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"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

 

Just how do song purchases relate to the App Store? The App Store has seen about 40 million downloads since it opened in 2008. The iTunes Store, which opened in 2003, garnered one billion purchases in just over two years and 10 billion purchases in about six years.

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