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Tribes Ascend launches today, is still free-to-play

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Apr 13 2012 3:22 AM CDT

Tribes: Ascend is officially out of beta and has landed for the general public's consumption. The beta was enjoyed by more than 500,000 people, and the free-to-play first-person shooter is now here to enjoy!

Developer Hi-Rez Studios have also released a new developer diary which goes over the custom server options, and the new games take on the classic Raindance map from the old, very popular Tribes games. The video above doesn't feature too much gameplay, but it does show off a very nice looking user interface.

Ok, now that you've read all of this, you want to know where you can get this bad boy and start getting into it? Well, you can create an account here, and I'll also let you know that the client comes down at around 2.6GB.

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Sony SmartWatch - a $149 watch that acts as a secondary display for your Android-based device

Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Fri, Apr 13 2012 1:27 AM CDT

Sony launched their wearable device gadget, SmartWatch, in the U.K. before the U.S. but now U.S.-based gadget lovers can get in on the SmartWatch action. Sony have made the watch available in the State for just $149. Not too bad, if you ask me.

Sony SmartWatch - a $149 watch that acts as a secondary display for your Android-based device | TweakTown.com

Don't know what the SmartWatch is? Yeah, neither did I until I saw it today. Sony's SmartWatch is a normal watch, which reads the time, etc - all from a 1.3-inch OLED display, that is also capable of displaying users e-mails, text messages, control of your music, and more. It connects to any Bluetooth-enabled Android 2.1-based (and above) device, and requires an app on your device to be installed.

You know what? I don't wear a watch, but I seriously want one now. For $149 it is not too badly priced, and I do rock Samsung's Android-powered GALAXY S II smartphone. I've noticed most comments on this in the social sphere, and on other tech sites is quite negative. Maybe because those iOS-based people are jelly. UMADBRAH? I'm sure Apple will have one in 3-4 years, and call it "iWatch", it'll be revolutionary, resolutionary and timeolutionary? New word, yeah. I know.

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Google announce stock split, lets co-founders maintain control

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Apr 12 2012 11:23 PM CDT

Google have just announced a plan in which we'll see the company split its stock in an effort to preserve its corporate governance, and still give co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page control of the company. This will create a 2-for-1 stock split, where Google have said it will create a new class of stock, Class C, that won't sport any voting power.

Google announce stock split, lets co-founders maintain control | TweakTown.com

Any share holders of Google with Class A or Class B stock will automatically receive a share of the new Class S stock. This new class of shares will trade under a different ticker symbol. This new deal is said to preserve the voting power of Google co-founders. The stock proposal was announced as Google reported a first-quarter profit of $2.89 billion, or $8.75 a share, from $1.8 billion, or $5.51 a share, twelve months ago.

Excluding one-time charges and other items, Google's profits sat at $3.33 billion, or $10.08 per share, compared to last years $2.64 billion or $8.08 per share. Google easily beat Wall Street estimates which pegged them at $9.65 per share. Revenue-wise they were not too bad at all, hitting $10.65 billion, a 24-percent increase over $8.58 billion year-over-year. After backing out traffic acquisition costs, revenue amounted to $8.14 billion, missing Wall Street expectations by a slither, pegged at $8.15 billion.

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"One Sony", a new strategy for Sony from newly-appointed CEO Kaz Hirai

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Apr 12 2012 10:24 PM CDT

Sony have been struggling over the years, and much more so in the last year or so. We know this, and with newly-appointed CEO Kaz Hirai steering the ship that is Sony, they are now hoping a new set of initiatives designed to revitalize the sluggish business will help. The new strategy is called "One Sony".

One Sony is said to focus on games, mobile and digital imaging in an effort to generate roughly 70-percent of Sony's total sales from these three divisions. Hirai's first big move is One Sony, and from his previous position within the PlayStation division of Sony, he is adding new titles to their downloadable catalog for the PlayStation Vita as well as the PlayStation 3, and will also improve subscription services on the PlayStation Network.

On top of this, the company is preparing better games for their tablet lineup and Vaio-based devices, as well as leveraging their accessories and peripherals market. Sony hopes to generate revenue of around $12.4 billion through gaming by fiscal 2014.

In the digital imaging market, Sony hopes to reinforce its development of image sensors, signal processing technologies, lenses and other key digital imaging technologies and leverage them in both its consumer products and broadcast/professional equipment. Sony are also talking of restructuring their television industry, and are said to be looking into expanding business into emerging markets like Mexico and India.

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RumorTT: AMD preps price cuts across its HD7000 series

Trace Hagan | Video Cards | Thu, Apr 12 2012 3:34 PM CDT

We previously posted regarding how it was unlikely that AMD would be implimenting any price drops on its HD 7000 series GPUs for a couple of reasons. Now KitGuru is reporting that they got a call from an insider and is claiming that AMD is preparing price drops from the 7970 down to the 7770.

RumorTT: AMD preps price cuts across its HD7000 series | TweakTown.com

The 7970 is AMD's current flagship card. At top overclocks it can compete toe-to-toe with the GTX 680. It currently, however, is priced around $50 more than the competitor. It is set to drop in price by up to $60. The 7950 is set to drop around $55 which will move it into a price zone that is a fair bit less than the GTX680. Nvidia still has nothing for that price spot.

The drops are supposed to continue all the way down the to 7770 which is set to receive a drop of around $15. Obviously, none of this is set in stone and could change over the next couple of weeks before these occur. Prices on the shelves could take a bit of time after the price drops for board partners.

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Tumblr is against display ads, CEO says it's 'complete last resort'

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Apr 12 2012 12:30 PM CDT

It's pretty hard to find a site on the internet these days without some sort of advertising. The larger the site, the more it costs to run and the more income the site needs to have. Tumblr receives and incredible 4.5 billion impressions each week which makes it one of the internet's biggest destinations.

Tumblr is against display ads, CEO says it's 'complete last resort' | TweakTown.com

Incredibly, Tumblr has zero ads on it and they plan to keep it that way. Hosting servers for 4.5 billion impressions a week isn't cheap, so the company is trying to find a way to make money and become self-sufficient. Right now they are simply running on investment dollars, something that can't go on forever.

CEO David Carp has said in an interview that the site does not want ads. He says that Tumblr is "selling our desks to avoid that, it's a complete last resort." That's some dedication to keeping the site ad free, but can it really work? Karp and Tumblr are hiring a professional revenue executive to help monetize the site.

They have started selling highlighted posts for $1, which is basically a form of advertising, but not in the traditional sense. I really hope Tumblr can come up with an ad-free model that can then be copied by other sites across the web. I'm sick of being the 1 millionth visitor to every site I visit.

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US Government objects to Megaupload hiring top law firm

Trace Hagan | Business, Financial & Legal | Thu, Apr 12 2012 11:32 AM CDT

In an interesting turn of events, the US Government has filed papers objecting to Megaupload's legal firm choice. Last week, it became known that Megaupload had retained the services of Andrew Schapiro. Schapiro is the same lawyer who led YouTube to a summary judgment in its copyright trial against Viacom.

US Government objects to Megaupload hiring top law firm | TweakTown.com

According to TorrentFreak: "In a new court filing the US government complains that Schapiro's past record in copyright cases, and that of Quinn Emanuel as a whole, present a series of conflicts of interest." Mainly, the government is concerned about a possible conflict with YouTube. Their legal battles against Viacom are back on, and they are also listed as a victim and possible witness against Megaupload.

The government says that Schapiro can't have an interest in both cases. Additionally, Schaprio or the law firm he works for has represented many of the companies that could possibly be called as witnesses against Megaupload. These companies include Google, Disney, Fox, Time Warner, Warner Bros., HBO, and various software companies.

"It is unclear how Quinn Emanuel intends to zealously represent defendants Megaupload Limited and Kim Dotcom while also protecting confidential attorney-client information gained in the course of representing other clients [...] particularly where those clients' interests are directly opposed to those of the defendants," the government writes.

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3 Change UK Unlocking Policy, now charging fee and making you wait

Trace Hagan | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Thu, Apr 12 2012 10:32 AM CDT

If you want to take your subsidized phone off of the carrier it was made for, you need to a code from your cell carrier. This will allow you to then use any network with the correct technology (GSM/CDMA). Starting yesterday, Wednesday, April 11, customers wishing to unlock their device will now have to wait 30 days and ensure their first payment has been made to Three.

3 Change UK Unlocking Policy, now charging fee and making you wait | TweakTown.com

In addition to the waiting, you will have to pay a fee of 15.32 for them to unlock the device. Devices are locked to a carrier because the carrier often subsidize the phone. They need to have the phone active on their network to gain that money back. The fee cannot be added to a customers bill and must be paid with a credit/debit card.

To get a phone unlocked, you have to call in--the stores cannot do it. 3 says: "In most cases, once the payment has been made we can give the unlock code to the customer straight away. Where that isn't possible it may take 2-3 days to get the unlock code processed. Throughout the process we'll text to advise when the code is ready, and if there's a problem we will also text the customer to let them know when to expect the code."

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Resident Evil 6 will arrive in a $1000-plus Premium Edition

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Thu, Apr 12 2012 4:31 AM CDT

Resident Evil fan? Like collecting Collector's Editions? Well, you might want to put away some of your money, now, because Capcom are going to start waving an insane Resident Evil 6 Premium Edition right under your nose.

Resident Evil 6 will arrive in a $1000-plus Premium Edition | TweakTown.com

The upcoming Premium Edition of Resident Evil 6 will include a copy of the game, four different Resident Evil 6-branded tablet covers (which come in a Chris, Leon, Jake and Secret version), as well as a Leon leather jacket. An actual replica of the in-game jacket that Leon wears, which comes in small, medium, large, and extra large.

But, the pricing here is the kicker - 105,000 or US$1,293. Wow. Just wow. The Premium Edition is being made through Capcom's online site, e-Capcom. There is a sprinkle of good news here before you shut up and give Capcom your money, is that they generously offer free shipping. Thanks, Capcom.

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Intel confirms 75 new Ultrabook designs are on their way

Anthony Garreffa | Laptops | Thu, Apr 12 2012 1:28 AM CDT

Intel have talked about this before, where they've said that there'll be 75 new Ultrabook designs floating out into the wild throughout the year, but now we have Intel reiterating the fact. Pricing of the new systems should kick off at $699, which is $100 cheaper than the cheapest machine available now.

Intel confirms 75 new Ultrabook designs are on their way | TweakTown.com

Intel's general manager for the PC client group, Kirk Skaugen, says that some of the new designs will sport Windows 8 and touchscreens. Yay. This means that a bunch of the new Ultrabooks won't land until after the Windows 8 launch, but with Intel investing large sums of time, effort and most of all, cash, into Ultrabooks, we should only expect good things. The cash injection? Just $300 million.

Skaugen has said:

I think we can deliver the best of a tablet, and the best in what (users) know in a notebook. Intel plans to ensure ultrabooks have a consistent experience. And if it's too thick it won't be called an ultrabook. It won't be allowed to be called an ultrabook because ultrabook is a trademark of Intel and we can protect the trademark.

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