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Opera Mini 6 for iOS, browser goodness for iPhone and iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 25, 2011 1:31 am

I used to be Opera-exclusive a few years ago, before the big Firefox craze and before Google Chrome was even thought of. I'm a Chrome fanboy on both PC and Mac now, but for my iPad - Opera Mini 6 rocks the house. I downloaded it this morning and compared to Safari, it just rocks. Opera Mini iPhone App made a pretty amazing entrance to the App Store in April last year; grabbing 1 million downloads in its first day.

 

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However, they just released Opera Mini 6 for iOS and this morning I tried it before driving to my day job and it is simply amazing. I had 5 minutes with it and my initial impressions left me wanting to use it more. Pages seemed to load up at least twice as fast as the stock browser and the interface feels so much more intuitive. Opera Software says the browser features up to 90-percent compression of data traffic for faster browsing, improved display and a refreshed user interface to accommodate for various screen sizes.

 

Another bonus? Well, it's free!

GDC Online 2011 Advisory Board Full Of Pros

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 25, 2011 12:03 am

Seems like we're all just talking about conferences lately. The online version of the annual San Francisco Game Developer's Conference will occur in Austin, TX this fall, and will feature some pretty heavy hitters organizing it, including reps from Zynga, PopCap and even Blizzard that will be orchestrating all of the fun and, especially, games going on at the conference.

 

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The conference will once again be in Austin, TX, from Oct 10-13, in the Austin Convention Center. More information at the GDC online website, and be sure to check out the press release below about some of the developers and luminaries advising and speaking this year.

 

SAN FRANCISCO - UBM TechWeb Game Network, organizers of the Game Developers Conference Online (GDC Online) are revealing the latest game industry leaders from the worlds of social and connected gaming to serve on both the Main Conference and Summit-specific advisory boards for the conference this year.

 

These industry luminaries, each of whom have rated, commented on and discussed more than 340 submissions for GDC Online 2011, represent companies including Zynga, ngmoco, PopCap, Playdom, CCP, Blizzard and Riot Games.

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EA To Broadcast E3 Press Conference On Spike TV

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2011 11:40 pm

Electronic Arts announced today that they will be broadcasting their press conference, live from, ah, Spike TV of all places. You all remember Spike TV, right? It used to be called TNN and only showed reruns and the Grand Ol' Opry? And then it turned into something resembling a bastard child of the NASCAR channel and G4? Yeah, well, that's where EA's press conference is going to be, June 6th, 12:30PM PDT.

 

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EA has already stated they're going to be showing a new Battlefield 3 Demo, gameplay from Mass Effect 3 (sick!) and "news on unannounced projects." So if you have American cable, tune your Tivo to Spike- otherwise...well, I'm sorry you don't have Spike TV?

 

Also, kids: please don't confuse Spike TV with the Spice Channel (not a food network).

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Next Batch of BlizzCon Tix On Sale Tomorrow

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2011 11:27 pm

The next installment of tickets for this sure-to-be insanely fun conference goes on sale 5/25 7PM PDT, so if you're located in the US you'll have plenty of time to get home from work only to post up on your computer, eagerly awaiting the the clock striking sevenfold. Or something. Either way, you'll get another chance, and tickets are actually a very decent $175- though if you miss out on those, you'll have the opportunity to spend $500 to go to a dinner with the Blizzard / Activision Execs. Oh, c'mon, it's for charity.

 

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Readers will recall that BlizzCon tickets first went on sale the same day as the prophesied Rapture, which we believed had the potential to drastically interfere. The event however weathered the End of Days (I refuse to repost the trailer, go watch it yourselves) without a hitch, as the allotted tickets for that round sold out in less than 24 hours.

 

Check out more information at Blizzard's BlizzCon site or check out the posts below.

 

The initial allotment of tickets for BlizzCon 2011 has now been sold out. If you weren't able to get tickets this time, you'll have another chance on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time, when a second batch goes on sale.

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Tuesday Morning Roundup for May 24, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 24, 2011 3:12 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - May 24th, 2011

 

Systems

 

- Gateway DX4850-45 @ TechReviewSource

- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E220s @ TechreviewSource

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte Z68X UD7 B3 Motherboard @ Ninjalane

- ECS P67H2-A2 (B3) @ Techpowerup

- ASRock H61M/U3S3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ECS Elitegroup H67H2-I LGA1155 Mini-ITX Sandy Bridge Motherboard @ Futurelooks

 

Memory

 

- G.Skill RipjawsX F3-17000 CL9D 2133MHz Memory Kit @ eTeknix

- Patriot Division2 Viper Xtreme 4GB DDR3 RAM kit @ Techwarelabs

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Nintendo Will Offer Live Coverage Of E3 Event

By: Trak Lord | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: May 24, 2011 4:15 am

Boo yah! If you're not making the trek to this year's E3 (or paying for the horrendously expensive passes), you'll at least be able to catch Nintendo's presentation at 9AM PDT, Tuesday June 7. Also, bonus if you're a Wii player: exclusive Wii-only content following the presentation. Make sure to watch, as Nintendo will be announcing their brand new system, which is basically SNES controllers with touchscreens in them. Awesome.

 

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Nintendo did something similar for this past winter's Game Developer's Conference here in San Francisco- gotta say, I really wish more tech and game firms would do this type of thing, as those conferences never get any cheaper! Press release to follow, or check out the blog post.

 

Video game fans around the globe are invited to bookmark http://e3.nintendo.com in their browsers as Nintendo prepares to offer a virtual front-row seat at this year's E3 Expo in Los Angeles. A live webcast of Nintendo's E3 Expo 2011 media presentation will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 7. Immediately following the presentation, fans can enjoy additional Nintendo Network coverage on the site, including interviews, game trailers and special video segments.

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iPad 2 Plant Explosion May Mean Major Losses For Apple

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 24, 2011 3:23 am

Explosions rocked Foxconn Chengdu iPad 2 production plant last week, resulting in the death of three employees and injuring at least 15 others according to early reports on Friday. Despite the tragic consequences of the event, many seemed focus on speculating on how the disaster would affect the iPad 2 production line, which manufactures the A5 chip for the popular tablet.

 

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Though the cause is still unknown, suspension in production at the plant enduring more than a month may cause Apple to fall short of the projected 7.4 million iPad 2 shipments intended to close out this quarter, even if a neighboring Shenzhen Foxconn plant were to try to pick up the slack. Analysts from research firms like ISuppli and RBC Capital Markets have predicted a loss of up to 2.8 million iPads.

 

According to Bloomberg, the speculations may be just that- in a report today, an analyst from San Francisco-based Sterne Agee wrote in a report that concerns are evidently "overdone".

 

I'm still curious about what was the original cause of the explosion- but Steve Dowling, Apple Spokesperson, already stated that they were working with their partners in Shenzhen to figure out that very issue.

ASUS announce Eee Pad Transformer for Australia, $599 for 16GB Wi-Fi model

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 24, 2011 2:53 am

ASUS has announced local pricing for the upcoming Android-powered Eee Pad Transformer, are you ready for this? It's $200 more than the $399 US-based price, at AU$599. Even with the stronger than ever AU dollar, we're still being ripped when it comes to local pricing. Although, the Transformer looks like a bloody good tablet and I'm sure it will still sell like Eee Hotcakes when it is finally on Australian shelves.

 

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The Transformer will be available tomorrow (!) at retailers including Harvey Norman and JB Hifi, with the 16GB Wi-Fi model setting you back $599 and for $799 you can grab the 32GB Wi-Fo model with optional keyboard and dock included. The keyboard dock accessory has not got a separate pricing yet, but it should receive a pricing of $199.

 

If you haven't seen the Transformer, I suggest you check it out - it is an amazing-looking tablet, relatively cheap (even at AU$599) and if you get the optional keyboard dock, it turns itself into a great portal touchscreen tablet/netbook.

Windows Phone 7 'Mango' to include 500+ new features!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 24, 2011 2:34 am

Ballmer is on a roll today, at the 2011 Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum in Tokyo, Japan, Baller announced the first details about the next major release of Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.5. The upcoming release dubbed "Mango" is set to feature over 500 new features added to Windows Phone 7.

 

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Ballmer goes on to say:

 

We have a big launch event to talk about the next release of Windows Phone tomorrow, so that information will be forthcoming, including some of the particulars about who is going to be building Windows Phones and which carriers are going to be offering them here in Japan.

 

Details of what is included in Mango are sparse, but speculation is leading toward opening up multi-tasking for all third-party apps, connectivity with their motion-based Kinect sensor and Mobile Internet Explorer 9.

Steve Ballmer confirms "next generation of Windows systems" coming next year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 24, 2011 1:34 am

Steve Ballmer has done the world a great honor, he has announced (officially) that Microsoft are not only working on Windows 8, but we should expect to hear a lot about Windows 8 and Windows 8-based slates, tablets, PCs and a variety of different form factors. Great!

 

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Ballmer also announced that Windows 7 PCs are expected to hit the 350 million units this year which is an amazing achievement in such a short amount of time and versus Apple, it's not even competition. But we are of course, comparing Apples... to oranges here. Haw, haw. The speech Ballmer gave was at the Microsoft Developer Forum in Tokyo, Japan just yesterday. It's quite long; if you'd like to take a look at it, try this link.

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