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Acer Iconia Tab W500, 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | Software | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 0:32 CDT

Acer have launched their first 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 7 which provides the mobility of a tablet with the power and familiarity of Windows 7 - I introduce to you the Acer Iconia Tab W500.

 

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The tablet includes: tablet design with additional productivity thank to the docking station with a chiclet keyboard, a 10.1-inch multi-touch display, it is capable of Flash, slim and lightweight design which weighs in at only 2.14 pounds and is capable of 1080p playback.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for April 21, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 0:17 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - April 21st, 2011

 

Systems

 

- HP Pavilion g6x Laptop @ Techreviewsource

- Sapphire Edge-HD Mini PC @ LANOC

 

Motherboard

 

- Gigabyte G-1 Assassin Gaming Motherboard @ LANOC

- Confirmation on Gigabyte's Z68 leadership and P67 support @ Kitguru

- MSI Big Bang Marshal (B3) Motherboard @ Funkykit

- MSI P67A-GD65 Socket 1155 Motherboard @ Pro-Clockers

- Every Watt Counts: AMD E-350 vs. Intel Core i3-2100T @ XBit Labs

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EA Nabs iPad Game Of The Week With Max And The Magic Marker

By: Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 21, 2011 @ 0:11 CDT

From the blog of Electronic Arts:

 

There are two things that are pretty nice: when hard work is rewarded and getting a chance to play a fun game.

 

Today, we get the best of both worlds, as the EA Mobile game Max and the Magic Marker has been declared the iPad game of the week on the App Store and is currently the #1 selling game on the store.

 

It's very flattering that our friends at Apple love this game as much as we do, and the response from consumers has been fantastic. You can get in on the fun and purchase Max and the Magic Marker for $4.99 on the App Store!

 

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Congratulations to EA Mobile for that honor. If you don't know anything about the game, you can download it and/or check out some screenshots here. If popularity is any indication, the game's 58 levels must be highly entertaining. revolving around the eponymous Max, armed with a magic marker of the most literal variety- everything he draws becomes a reality (don't get too excited, only within the game itself). Players use this ability to solve all sorts of interesting physics-based puzzles.

 

Happy free-handing everyone.

Firefox Mobile Gives Back To the Community With Free Mobile Game

By: Trak Lord | Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 23:52 CDT

Well- they're giving back to the community besides being the only free, open-source, and non-invasive internet browser. When I booted up Firefox 4 today, the following greeted me from my start page:

 

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Well- they're sort of "giving" back, in the sense that they gave us a really fun way to promote Firefox mobile with all of our friends. But hey, it's not like they're making money off of it, they've just gamified their own mobile browser. The game is, of course, free to download, and called Spark (you know, how you get fire). Spark is an inventive and creative incentive to share Firefox Mobil with your friends. The more you share, the more stats you get, the more badges you unlock, and the more fun you have! You also get to participate in this nifty thing- the Spark Global Visualizer. Make sure to watch the time lapse, its very aesthetically appealing, especially with that black background. This is nothing new for Mozilla, as they mounted a similar participation campaign with user's tweets creating a pixellated Firefox Logo.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Less Than $8 This Week

By: Trak Lord | Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 23:29 CDT

If you haven't gotten enough button-mashing goodness of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, of if you just don't feel like shelling out the $60 for the brand new game, just get on your PlayStation 3 (sorry Xboxers) and sign into the PlayStation Network, where you will be able to purchase it for the astoundingly low price of $7.49, a %50 savings.

 

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Capcom is also offering Lost Planet 2 on the Xbox Live Games On Demand service for $19.99, and though it's an entertaining game, it's nowhere near as solid as the greatest fighting game that existed until its sequel recently showed up in stores. Also, a simple Google search will probably reveal that a store near you probably has it for $12. This is somewhat reminiscent of Nintendo's mundane download announcement, but hey, at least we generally get one good grab.

 

Once again, sorry Xboxers. But if the urge to play Halo all the time hadn't stopped you from buying a PS3, you could be playing the predecessor that inspired the game that has so many flashing lights that Capcom is legally obligated to warn people.

 

Plus, MvC 2 has way more playable characters. And it's eight bucks! That's like a "value" meal at an American fast food restaurant.

Your iPhone tracks your every move, without you even knowing it

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 22:45 CDT

iPhone owner? Enjoy someone knowing your every move? When you go to work, when you get home, where you go for holidays, everything is recorded and saved onto that previous fruit-logo covered phone of yours. iPhones have been keeping a recording of everywhere you've been since June of 2010. The data is stored on your iPhone (or 3G-powered iPad) and computer, which is then accessible to anyone who gets their hands on it.

 

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Google's Android-powered smartphones do the same thing but it's an opt-in choice. When starting up a fresh Android device, you're prompted to agree to the following "Allow Google's location service to collect anonymous data. Collection will occur even when no applications are running."

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Apple's iPhone makes up 50-percent of Apple's revenue

By: Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 21:28 CDT

From December 26, 2010 til March 26, 2011 Apple racked in a total of 24.6 billion dollars, how much of this revenue would be from the iPhone? Most people would guess between 10 and 30-percent, but no, 50-percent. Half of Apple's quarterly revenue is from iPhone and iPhone-related products.

 

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Apple sold 18.65 million iPhones last quarter, using this amount of phones, we can work out that this is roughly 12.3 billion in revenue - roughly 50-percent for the iPhone division of Apple alone. But, this is not just on iPhone hardware, it is also "Related Products and Services". What does the related products and services include? Apple's report shows: "carrier agreements, services, and Apple-branded and third-party iPhone accessories."

 

But, this does not include any revenue from Apple's App Store (that is considered iTunes revenue), nor does it include iPod touches or iPads.

The royal wedding to be shown live on YouTube

By: Anthony Garreffa | Online Video | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 9:00 CDT

Oh how magical! For those interested in seeing Price William and Catherine Middleton get married (which has the world "buzzing with excitement") then look no further than the great YouTube for your live wedding fix. Today Google are proud to announce that the Royal Household has announced that footage of the entire ceremony will be live-streamed on their official YouTube channel:

 

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https://www.youtube.com/theroyalchannel

 

The live stream will begin at 10:00a BST (9:00a GMT, 2:00a PT, 5:00a ET) on Friday, April 29, and will follow the wedding procession, marriage ceremony at Westminster Abbey and balcony kiss (aw!). The Royal Channel will also feature live blog commentary of the event which will give timely updates and insights as the day unfolds.

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Samsung fights back! Claims Apple is violating their wireless technology patents

By: Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 7:00 CDT

Samsung have fired back at Apple after Apple slapped them with a lawsuit saying that Samsung have copied their iPhone and iPad designs with the Galaxy phone and Galaxy Tab range. Samsung provide Apple with semiconductor chips and display panels for Apple's mobile products and have not (to this point in time) sued Apple for infringement but obviously Apple have pushed Samsung over the edge and now they're fighting back saying:

 

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"We have no choice but to respond strongly this time".

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Spotted: Gigabyte Z68 board in Taiwan

By: Anthony Garreffa | Motherboards | Posted: Apr 20, 2011 @ 6:00 CDT

Intel's Z68-based boards are popping up in Taiwan in the form of a Gigabyte Z68X-UD7-B3 - box shots and all below! The box shot shows us that the board includes Touch BIOS and Hybrid EFI technology. Gigabyte is one of the last motherboard companies to catch up on the EFI front.

 

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The board is being sold for 11, 900 New Taiwan dollars which translates to around $409 for the US folks. Intel's Z68 chipset is expected to allow discrete GPUs to work with QuickSync - obviously from their high-end boards, you'd expect just as much.