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Next-gen iOS devices to have Intel-based CPUs

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Wed, May 4 2011 9:00 PM CDT

For current iOS-based devices such as the iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, Apple use Samsung for their processors, this is set to change with Apple changing to Intel for their processing needs. At the moment Apple obviously are loving Intel as their Mac-based range of products are Intel powered, but now Apple is looking to have Intel power the iOS-based devices.

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Analyst Gus Richard says:

It makes strategic sense for both companies. The combination of Apple's growing demand and market share in smart phones and tablets gives Intel a position in these markets and drives the logic volume Intel needs to stay ahead in manufacturing. Intel's manufacturing lead gives Apple an additional competitive advantage in these markets and distances it from Asian competitors that are knocking off its products. Furthermore, it would also serve to weaken Samsung who is a significant competitive threat to both companies.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 being worked on, $200m to make

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Wed, May 4 2011 12:42 AM CDT

We all knew this was coming but waiting for 100-percent confirmation is hard and now we're seeing a leak from a voice actor for the current two Modern Warfare titles, Craig Fairbrass. He did an interview with a UK radio station talkSPORT. Craig does the voice of Ghost and Gaz and has let slip that he's currently working on a big game that is costing $200 million to make.

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That rounds it down to, well, just one title. Craig said during his interview:

I did Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as Gaz and then I did Ghost in Modern Warfare 2, which has become one of the most iconic figures in the history of computer games, which is great. And I've just been out in LA doing something that's going to be announced in May...I've just been out there doing some bits and pieces and one of it's to do with...I can't say too much.

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Augmented Reality Event To Be Navigated By metaio & junaio

Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, May 3 2011 9:48 PM CDT

Munich / San Francisco-based augmented reality solutions firm metaio have developed a nifty feature for attendees of this year's Augmented Reality Event

in Santa Clara, CA, May 17-18. Using their mobile augmented reality browser junaio to navigate the entire conference.

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Attendees can download the junaio browser on their Android or iPhone and launch the experience from specifically and strategically placed Latitude, Longitude and Altitude (LLA) markers that will synchronize the indoor AR experience. Generally, AR navigation depends on GPS and geo-locational data to function, but GPS isn't yet precise enough to facilitate indoor navigation (things are just too close together). Metaio's technology however allows for a fairly seamless indoor directions and information (pending that you launch the application correctly).

The junaio "channel" will be providing up-to-date information regarding the various sessions and speakers, as well as giving remote information about sponsors and organizations on the expo floor. Isn't AR neat?

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy: Episode 3 - Johnny Cage, also Episode 4 - Kitana & Mileena (Part 1)

Anthony Garreffa | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Tue, May 3 2011 9:10 PM CDT

Episode 3 of the web-series for Mortal Kombat is out and this one features non other than Johnny Cage. The description for Episode 3 is below:

"After unsuccessfully trying to sell his reality television pilot pitch to a studio exec, Johnny Cage, an American action-hero movie star who has fallen on hard times, is recruited by Shang Tsung, a powerful sorcerer who has the power to suck souls from people, to fight in the upcoming Mortal Kombat tournament."

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Nintendo 3DS AR Games Get More Portable When You Tattoo The Marker On Your Body

Trak Lord | Virtual & Augmented Reality | Tue, May 3 2011 7:31 PM CDT

Cranberry Zero, a poster for IHEARTCHAOS, has taken it upon himself (literally) to be an anchor for the Nintendo 3DS suite of augmented reality games and experiences. Really literally- the dude went and tattooed the '?' design from the AR marker onto his forearm!

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What goes through someone's head before he or she actually makes a decision like this? Well, Cranberry Zero solved that riddle for us:

Last week I finally snagged a Nintendo 3DS and after playing the augmented reality games, the first thing I thought was "Oh s***, that AR card would make a killer tattoo." And so this weekend, I got the 3DS AR tattoo and it's f***ing awesome.

The Mii photo came out pretty well, but it couldn't have been easy to take. The 3DS isn't exactly a one-handed device, as further proven by the following video:

Not the most easily accessible augmented reality experience. Also- how are you going to play the game if your one free hand is holding the 3DS? There's also this:

Sorry that it's jittery...the way I was having to hold my arm and hold the 3DS and look through the viewfinder of the camera meant that my arm was at a slight angle and the 3DS was trying to place it on a flat plane.

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RIM Announces Two Brand New Smartphones: BlackBerry Bold 9900 & 9930, Now With New OS

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 2 2011 7:57 PM CDT

RIM are still holding onto the smartphone market and have shown this by debuting a couple of new smartphones that RIM are claiming to be the thinnest and most powerful Blackberry devices yet. The new smartphones are also powered by the new Blackberry 7 OS, the two models? Blackberry Bold 9900 and 9930.

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Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO of Research in Motion has said:

The new BlackBerry Bold smartphones and BlackBerry 7 OS are inspired by millions of customers around the world who want the ultimate combination of performance, functionality and style. These fully-loaded and beautifully crafted smartphones offer a highly refined user experience with blazingly fast performance, a brilliant touch screen and an outstanding typing experience.

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Osama Bin Laden Death Announcement Sees Highest Sustained Tweet Per Second Ratio To Date

Trak Lord | Social Networking | Mon, May 2 2011 5:18 PM CDT

In case you live under a rock, or in a multi-acre off-the-grid "luxury" Pakistani compound, Osama Bin Laden is officially dead and accounted for, thanks to a successful Covert Ops mission yesterday. Not only did the news start pouring in on Twitter before mainstream media had time to compose stories and segments of greater than 140 characters, but the announcement saw the highest sustained tweets per second (TPS) ever.

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The above is the "first" tweet that alerted the Twitterverse to the impending media onslaught, posted 10:25PM EST May 1, yesterday by Keith Urbahn, former Chief of Staff for Donal Rumsfeld, himself the former Secretary of Defense under the George W. Bush administration, one that made the search for Bin Laden a primary ideological focus. It seems that the news itself was actually broken, retroactively, by a resident of Abbottabad, Soahib Athar (Twitter user @reallyvirtual).

At 11PM EST, the announcement of Bin Laden's death came in at over 5000 TPS, outdoing every other major Twitter event in the social network's history with the exception of the Japanese New Year's Eve 2010, which peaked at over 6000 TPS. The Bin Laden announcement however sustained a 3,440 TPS for over 3 hours, the longest and highest sustained TPS ratio.

Other notable Twitter events include last week's Royal Wedding (now sixth all-time), the Japanese Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami (p

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Portal 2 Gameplay + Insane Cube Tricks

Trak Lord | Gaming | Mon, May 2 2011 3:38 PM CDT

Well I'll be damned. This was more enjoyable that most of those crazy trick shot videos you see on YouTube all the time. In my opinion, that's because this stuff would be harder to fake (I know that seems counter-intuitive, but just think about it for a second). For all of you that haven't gotten the chance to try out Valve's new installation of the puzzle-solving, viusally-mesmerizing Portal franchise, then this video is a great way to get hooked.

YouTube user Schrobotindisguise posted this video after he, well, got bored (note: this is a very rare occurrence and I cannot even fathom the amount of time one would need to play Portal 2 before actually getting bored. This dude must be a pro. With a lot of spare time):

While i'm waiting for the inevitable challenge chambers and leaderboards, i thought i'd set my own challenges to increase the re-playability of Portal 2......turns out chucking cubes about was sufficient!

As you can see in the video, Schrobot has found a very inventive way of solving the Portal 2 puzzles, trying to ensure that each time he uses one of the stock cubes in the game. Also, don't forget about this summer's DLC, mentioned above!

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Zombify Yourself With ZombieMirror AR+ iOS App

Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Mon, May 2 2011 3:10 PM CDT

As of last Friday you could use augmented reality facial tracking to turn yourself into Prince William or Princess Kate, but Aptronic has done it again with their ZombieMirror AR+ iOS application for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 (you need the rear-facing camera).

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Yes, that includes Scruffy, the family Zombie. Er, I mean, cat.

Much like the Royal Wedding app (also by Aptronic), the ZombieMirror application utilizes the facial-tracking SDK of Paris / Los Angeles-based AR solutions firm Total Immersion to recognize your face (or the face of a friend or random passerby- though I highly discourage trying to take photos of people you don't know) and overlay digital information on top of it- in this case, Zmobification awesomeness. You can also "configure" your Zombie visage to include or omit effects like pockmarked cheek, dangling eye, and, quite simply, hatchet- amongst other things.

Total Immersion's blog features this delicious snippet:

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Google Talk enables video chat on Android-powered phones

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Sun, May 1 2011 11:28 PM CDT

Google have just recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android-powered phones. The service will let users make and receive video and voice calls with their friends and family from Android phones. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. Google are reporting this will be available as an over-the-air update in the form of Android 2.3.4 with Google Talk being included in Android 2.3 devices and higher in the future.

Google Talk enables video chat on Android-powered phones | TweakTown.com

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