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Canonical to release Ubuntu Touch 1.0 on October 17

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 12:03 am

Today, Canonical announced that it will release the first public version of Ubuntu Touch for download on October 17. "We are exactly one month away from the release of Saucy Salamander," wrote Canonical's quality assurance community coordinator on the company's blog.

 

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If you're bummed out about the Ubuntu Edge not getting funded, there is still hope that their is light at the end of the tunnel. Canonical says that Version 1.0 of Ubuntu Touch will be compatible with Google's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 devices. I have one friend in particular who I am sure this news will excite greatly as he was quite distraught when the Ubuntu Edge was not funded.

Cooler Master unveils new VS series power supplies

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 11:02 pm

Today, Cooler Master launched a new "highly efficient and powerful" line of power supplies that have been given the VS series moniker. Cooler Master says that the VS series of PSUs are constructed using a unique 3-D circuit design that minimizes unnecessary cabling resulting in a much cleaner signal.

 

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Additionally, with the removal of excess cabling, more open space has been created to allow better airflow to core components, which results in a much more efficient power supply. The VS series features a single powerful rail platform design that offers superior load-balancing and better compatibility with today's high-end graphics cards.

 

High-grade Japanese capacitors are present as well to help alleviate power fluctuations while extending the power supply's life and preventing excessive wear on system components. The VS series is available in 550W, 650W, and 750W versions, but no pricing or availability was given at the time of this writing.

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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD launches today

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 10:03 pm

Pretty much anyone who grew up during the late '80s, '90s, and early 2000s has a deep nostalgic connection to Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise. Many of us spent countless hours fighting every obstacle that was thrown at us just to rescue Princess Zelda. Today, Nintendo released The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker HD.

 

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The launch comes alongside a special edition Wii U that features styling in the Zelda theme. The bundle also includes a digital copy of Hyrule Historia. Nintendo has coincided this launch with a $50 price drop on the Wii U for the US region.

Forza 5 team merges real-world with game footage via FilmSpeed

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 8:59 pm

The Forza 5 team has taken a unique approach to marketing their upcoming realistic racing game that is exclusive to the Xbox One. The team partnered up with famous supercar maker McLaren and stunt car driver Tanner Foust to produce what they are calling "FilmSpeed.

 

 

FilmSpeed is a short film shot in the zoetrope format and features more than 680 aluminum panels that feature frame by frame scenes from the highly anticipated Forza Motorsport 5 video game that will launch with the Xbox One this November.

 

The aluminum panels were spaced several inches apart and filmed via a rooftop-mounted camera on a McLaren 12C supercar driven by Tanner Foust at speeds up to 120 mph. The result is nothing short of amazing and is one of the most original and creative marketing plans I have ever seen. I have watched the video several times now and after writing this article I think I'm going to watch it again.

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GTA V sets new record in sales - $1 billion in just three days

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 7:12 pm

Earlier this week, I reported that Grand Theft Auto V had become the fastest selling game of all time, and was well on its way to reaching $1 billion faster than any other game by weeks. Today, Take-Two Interactive announced that in just three days' time, GTA V has surpassed the $1 billion in sales milestone.

 

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"We believe this marks the fastest that any entertainment property, including video games and feature films, has reached this significant milestone," the company said in a statement.

 

"Grand Theft Auto is a cultural phenomenon and Rockstar Games continues to redefine what can be achieved in interactive entertainment," said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. "We are incredibly proud of the extraordinary critical and commercial response to Grand Theft Auto V."

 

The only other video game to ever come close to this new record was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which netted $1 billion over the course of 15 days. Unfortunately, Take-Two Interactive did not disclose just how many copies have already sold, but they did say that the $1 billion mark has been passed.

Valve is planning three big announcements next week

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 6:06 pm

Next week is going to be big for Valve as the company plans to make "three big announcements" that are said to be centered on bringing Steam into the living room and onto your TV. Of course, these announcements will most likely pertain to Valve's long rumored Steam Box gaming console.

 

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While there no promises that we will see an actual Steam Box on display, the chance of hardware making an appearance is very likely. We all know that Valve CEO Gabe Newell is a genius in his own right, and the idea of Valve launching its Steam Box console just ahead of the release of next-gen consoles could prove to be very lucrative.

 

When you think about it, would you rather purchase a next-gen console for several hundred dollars and still have to buy games, or would you rather purchase a Steam Box for which you already have dozens of games to play? If the Steam Box is released next week, you can expect the console gaming world to be turned upside down.

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ROCCAT expands Kone XTD gaming mouse compatibility to Mac devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 4:29 pm

ROCCAT has just announced that its award-winning Kone XTD laser gaming mouse is now compatible with Apple's Mac devices. This announcement means that Mac gamers worldwide can now enjoy the advanced precision, premium components, and unique lighting effects that ROCCAT offers in the Kone XTD.

 

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"We are thrilled to unleash the Kone XTD to the millions of Mac gaming enthusiasts worldwide," says René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and CEO. "The number of Mac gamers continues to grow, and the release of the Mac driver for the Kone XTD is just our first step towards more widespread support for the operating system's user base."

 

ROCCAT says that the 8,200 DPI Pro-Aim R3 laser sensor in the Kone XTD makes it the best gaming mouse now available on the Mac platform. The Kone XTD also features Easy-Shift technology that allows users to set to functions for each mouse button and the scroll wheel, giving gamers the power to pack a massive amount of control into a quickly deployable set up.

Apple releases iPhone 5S and 5C for online and in-store purchases

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 3:23 pm

Today, Apple released its newly unveiled iPhone 5S and 5C to the public for in-store and online purchases. Unfortunately, those who waited in line for weeks to get their hands on the new "gold" iPhone will most likely be disappointed as the champagne colored phone appears to be in very short supply.

 

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So how does the pricing breakdown? The iPhone 5S will cost $199 on a two-year contract across all the major carriers for the 16 GB model. $299 and $399 will land you the 32GB and 64GB versions, respectively. For those of you looking to buy off contract for an unlocked version, expect to be set back by $649, $749 and $849 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models.

 

The iPhone 5C is not much cheaper with the 16GB version costing $99 from AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, while the 32GB model runs $199. It appears that the 5C is only being offered in a contract free form at T-Mobile which will cost you $549. Alternatively, a SIM-free unlocked model that requires a GSM-compatible SIM card will set consumers back $649 each.

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Nielsen's TV ratings will soon include the use of digital devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 11:36 am

Starting next year, the leading American television ratings company, Nielsen, will finally step into the digital age where they will count people watching TV on smart devices.

 

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Nielsen will use a special set-top box that plugs into the televisions of its 10,000 volunteers across the United States, which will monitor what those 10,000 Americans watch. Until September 2014, Nielsen's count doesn't include anyone using digital devices to watch TV, this includes services such as Hulu.

 

Nielsen's Senior VP of Global Audience Measurement, Eric Solomon has said: "Networks are starving for a number they can publish that really represents their audience not just on TV but across all platforms. I think it will start changing the narrative that 'people are not watching TV shows.' It's that they're watching on different platforms."

Google unveils Calico, 'a new company focused on health'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Sep 20, 2013 10:20 am

Calico is a new project from Google, and a mysterious, but wonderful project from the Mountain View-based giant. Google explains Calico as "a new company focused on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases."

 

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No one knows what Calico will be doing exactly, but it's interesting to note that Calico's CEO, Art Levinson, is a chairman over at Apple - Google's main competitor. Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, has had a say in Google's press release, where he said: "For too many of our friends and family, life has been cut short or the quality of their life is too often lacking."

 

Cook praised Google's choice in Levinson, who is also the chairman and former CEO of biotech company Genentech, as well as the director of its parent company, Hoffman-Le Roche. Google's CEO, Larry Page, took to his Google+ page where he said: "OK ... so you're probably thinking wow! That's a lot different from what Google does today. But as we explained in our first letter to shareholders, there's tremendous potential for technology more generally to improve people's lives."

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