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The Dream Of Google's Groupon Clone Will Be Alive In Portland

By: Trak Lord | Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 23:49 CDT

Damn. I guess this is what happens when you turn down a $6 billion bid from the most successful search engine in the country. Google had announced it will be deploying it's thinly-masked Groupon competitor, dubbed "Google Offers", starting in Portland, Oregon.

 

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Is it me, or is the name itself kind of a stab at Groupon, re: the $6 billion offer to buy the company? Either way, the service will be launched soon, and after Portland will expand to New York City, San Francisco and evidently the greater Bay Area, according to the map in the background of the above photo, which depicts the Oakland/Berkeley region.

 

Google revealed the service back in January of this year, but you can now sign up at a page that claims it will begin to notify you of deals that offer, minimum, 50% off or more at local businesses. And unlike Groupon, these deals will not, I repeat, not require a minimum number of people to register in order to get the offered deal.

 

Google has a Help Page to answer basic questions, but little is really known regarding the logistics of the service. I'll put my money on "email-based", but that's really just a shot in the dark.

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AMD posts revenue, improved profits... bulldoze.. previous quarters

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:45 CDT

AMD have posted their latest earning results and for the first quarter of 2011 they were up by 2-percent compared to last year. Net income has grown by a very decent 98-percent. First quarter profits were higher than those from the holiday quarter, by 36-percent.

 

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AMD attributes the year-on-year growth to shipments of their APU (accelerated processing units), which "greatly exceeded" their expectations. Most people want to know which of AMD's businesses did best last quarter, microprocessors or graphics? The computing solutions side of things saw a revenue rise of 3-percent compared to last year, despite lower average selling prices. On the flip side, the graphics business was "flat year-over-year" and it also saw prices decrease.

 

Looking toward Q2, AMD is expecting its revenue to be "flat to slightly down" compared to the results of Q1.

Razer's Sixense-powered Hydra motion controller, out in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 21:27 CDT

(Edit: found a Portal 2 video using Razer Hydra!) Razer's very cool looking Hydra motion controller has finally got a release date, June of this year. Pre-orders will begin in May and pricing looks to be around $140 for a Hydra bundle that includes Portal 2. The pack that includes Portal 2 will come with a special MotionPack DLC kit loaded with levels designed specifically with the Hydra controller in mind.

 

 

There's no info on the pricing of the standalone versions of the Hydra sold without Portal 2, but there is light at the end of the Hydra tunnel. For anyone who purchases the controller and already owns Portal 2, they'll get the MotionPack DLC for free.

 

Razer is stating that the Hydra controller is supported by 125 games, including big titles such as Borderlands, Bulletstorm, Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto and Mass Effect. This is looking quite interesting, definitely want to get my hands on a Hydra controller!

Mortal Kombat Legacy Ep 2 - Jax, Sonya and Kano, fight!

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 19:42 CDT

The original Mortal Kombat Legacy was a great near 10 minute clip of fighting, action and awesomeness and now part 2 is out. The video is NSFW as it includes swearing and obviously, violence. The episode synopsis is:

 

When Jax realizes time is of the essence to save Sonya, a fellow lieutenant in the Outworld Investigation Agency, from Kano's deadly hand, he holds nothing back in this action-packed, two-on-one battle to keep a shipment of stolen Robotic Defense Program material out of Kano's hands. But can Jax and Sonya do it? Kano is a ruthless, evil leader of the "Black Dragon" international crime organization, and anyone who's tried to take him down has never lived to tell about it!

 

Whoops: PlayStation Network Still Down, Out

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 14:53 CDT

Today, from the Official PlayStation Blog, a further update on the current PlayStation Network Outage:

 

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can.

 

Yesterday, PlayStation posted the following on the same site:

 

We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down. We will report back here as soon as we can with more information. Thank you for your patience.

 

I couldn't help but laughing at the use of "aware"- that always indicates that 234282093 people or so have emailed them saying the same thing, and probably angrily considering the date. For all you non-Americans, April 20th, aside from being the birthday of both Adolf Hitler and one of my ex-girlfriends, and the day of the infamous and tragic Columbine school shootings, is also National Marijuana Smoking day. I can only imagine the amount of angry stoners pinging Sony complaining about how they can't play a multiplayer game with their buddies that could have easily been accomplished in person but they were probably all too high to drive to each other.

 

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Royal Wedding: SIms 3 Style

By: TweakTown Staff | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 14:39 CDT

This gem popped up on the YouTube channel for Electronic Arts, and is certainly good for a laugh. Everyone likes to see the Royals acting a little wacky, so Prince Harry crashing his car at the red carpet, clearly strung out on something, arm in arm with a girl wearing only a towel was enough to draw me in.

 

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As you all know, you can stream the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on YouTube, but why go through all that trouble when this is clearly the better version? As fun as it would be to create your own version, check out this asterisk from EA:

 

*Parody Video created using The Sims 3, The Sims 3 World Adventures, The Sims 3 High-End Loft Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Ambitions, The Sims 3 Fast Lane Stuff Pack The Sims 3 Late Night, The Sims 3 Outdoor Living Stuff pack, The Sims 3 Generations and The Sims 3 Store.

 

Oops. Well, so it's a creative way to market and promote the Sims franchise. Here's the video for a laugh:

 

Megaman Legends 3 Prototype Announced At Long Last

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 14:20 CDT

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Capcom has officially announced the prototype version of the newest installment of the kinder, friendlier Rockman series, Mega Man Legends 3. It has indeed been a few years since we've seen anything involving the only Mega Man with hair (Zero doesn't count), but the game looks to be true to its predecessors, and will evidently add someone named Barrett to the roster of characters, who Capcom describes as "the reckless leader of a sky biker gang".

 

MML3 is the the first game Capcom has released that has been co-developed by fans of the franchise. Feel free to take a look at the Development Room and see how it's going. As soon as the Nintendo eShop "opens its doors" on the Nintendo 3DS, you will be free to enjoy this iconic game about another iconic game. Check out their promotional video, with press release to follow.

 

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Cyberlink PowerDVD 11 launches, the Universal Player for All Media on PC, Device, Home and Social Cloud

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 2:00 CDT

Cyberlink are famous for their PowerDVD software suite and are continuing that trend with the release of PowerDVD 11. PowerDVD 11 has some pretty slick features up it's media-playing sleeve with things like "Device App: PowerDVD Remote" now supporting your iPhone or Android-based phones. Nifty!

 

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It also supports social media like Facebook and flickr photo playback, YouTube is included as well as the ability to upload videos directly to Facebook. A list of it's detailed new features are listed below:

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Resistance Is Futile: Fraunhofer IPMS Announces Borg Vision, Pleases The Collective

By: Trak Lord | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 0:52 CDT

Fraunhofer IPMS announced today a working protoype of the world's first Borg vision. That is, a bidirectional and eye-tracking OLED micro-display. For the layperson, that's transparent screen on which you can see digital content. And it looks like this:

 

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So basically, reflected light that generally assaults your eyes are used to overlay digital information through the eyepiece. Imagine the Monocle function in the Yelp application, but as you are walking around in real-time, without holding your iPhone out in front of you the entire time. Even better, since its an "eye-tracking" piece of hardware, it always knows where you're looking(!), allowing all sorts of interesting uses in the way of photo recognition, facial recognition, natural feature tracking, and social networking.

 

This bodes very, very well for Augmented Reality development, and if Fraunhofer can make sure this stuff hits industrially before it hits commercially, we'll have all kinds of crazy stuff happening, all in the blink of an eye. Too cheesy? Press release to follow.

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Giant SEGA Xbox Live %50 Off Sale, Now Through Monday

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 0:33 CDT

What is it lately that all of these video games companies are behaving like those EVERYTHING MUST GO carpet and furniture warehouses that seem to go out of business for years at a time?

 

SEGA has marked down a substantial amount of video games, the majority of which are marked down %50 from their original MSP. Like all of the recent downloadable offerings, this one is full of snoozers too. Ecco the Dolphin? Does that game have a cult following or something? I remember playing that game on the GameGear for crying out loud, and I don't particularly remember the game being that entertaining or popular- but hey. It's 200 MSP if you're into that kinda thing?

 

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You can still grab all the classic Sonic titles for 200 MSP each, and there are a few others like Shinobi and Streets of Rage 2 that are worth the trip down memory lane, so you might as well check it out anyway.