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Samsung to block iPhone 4S sales in France, Italy, lay the smackdown on Apple's big day

By Anthony Garreffa | BREAKING STORY | Oct 5, 2011 at 05:15 am CDT

Samsung Electronics have just announced they will file separate preliminary injunction motions against Paris, France and Milano, Italy on October 5 local time requesting the courts block the sale of Apple's iPhone 4S in the respective markets. Samsung's requests in France and Italy will each cite two patent infringements related to wireless telecommunications technology, specifically Wireband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standards for 3G mobile handsets.

Samsung to block iPhone 4S sales in France, Italy, lay the smackdown on Apple's big day | TweakTown.com

The patent they refer to is essential to the reliable functioning of telecom networks and devices and Samsung believes that Apple's violation as being too severe and that the iPhone 4S should be barred from sales. This bit is the bit that puts a smile on my Samsung lovin' dial:

Apple has continued to flagrantly violate our intellectual property rights and free ride on our technology. We believe it is now necessary to take legal action to protect our innovation.

Deal of the Day: 3TB Hitachi Touro Desk USB 2.0 Black External Hard Drive for $109.99 with FREE Shipping!

By Steve Dougherty | Storage | Oct 5, 2011 at 04:12 am CDT

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Deal of the Day: 3TB Hitachi Touro Desk USB 2.0 Black External Hard Drive for $109.99 with FREE Shipping! | TweakTown.com

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SAMSUNG Mobile Unpacked 2011 - Google Episode - teaser video

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 5, 2011 at 03:00 am CDT

Samsung, the sneaky teasers have released another teaser video to their SAMSUNG Mobile Unpacked 2011 event, which shows off a curved, slim Samsung device. It also teases about how things go well together in everyday life, such as cookies and milk making a better snack. Newspaper and coffee making a better morning, a planner and a fountain pen equal a better plan and wine with candles is a better moment.

Samsung then tease that "another perfect combination is just around the corner", then flash - the curved Samsung device slithers onto the screen - rocking your eye balls and Samsung say "Get ready for it, something BIG is coming".

SAMSUNG Mobile Unpacked 2011 - Google Episode - teaser video | TweakTown.com

Samsung's Mobile Unpacked 2011 is on 10/11, which is just under a week away. We will be covering everything from the event and I have my jar ready for my tears of joy.

Apple debut AppleCare+ for $99, offers accidental damage in addition to the standard fare

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 5, 2011 at 02:00 am CDT

Apple have debuted AppleCare+ next to the launch of their 'next-gen' iPhone 4S. This is an upgrade from the usual AppleCare (minus the +), what does the + offer you ask? Well, its +$30 for a start, with a price increase from $70 to $100, but now offers two forms of protection from accidental damage, for a $49 fee each time. $49 is a lot less than the full retail price for a fresh device, but there doesn't seem to be any other new features apart from what is already on offer.

Apple debut AppleCare+ for $99, offers accidental damage in addition to the standard fare | TweakTown.com

Except "one more thing", where its predecessor could be obtained and activated anytime within the first twelve months of your purchase, it looks as though AppleCare+ has to be purchased at the same time as the precious item you're buying to protect. Not bad, but not great, Apple.

Unreal Engine 3 working in Flash 11

By Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Oct 5, 2011 at 01:00 am CDT

Unreal Engine, one of the world's most popular 3D engines that powers some of the best AAA titles such as Gears of War and Mass Effects now works in Flash 11. Epic Games today announced that Unreal Engine 3 now works in Adobe Flash, demoing a Flash-based version of Unreal Tournament 3. What this means, is porting existing Unreal Engine 3-based games would definitely be an option.

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Of course, the Flash-based version of Unreal Engine 3 is not as powerful as the non-browser-based engine, but its still a very "real" 3D experience. On top of this, developers will be able to migrate their games from say, iOS over to a browser-based environment without much hassle, making it possible to sell browser-based games that play the same games as apps on mobile devices.

What is more exciting, is every game on Facebook runs on Flash, and now Flash can run hardware-accelerated 3D, just like Real Games.

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id's Rage gets raged at by negative reviews, suffers from what seems like consolitis

By Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Oct 5, 2011 at 12:00 am CDT

Four years of hype, all gone in a single day. Most reviews have not been that great for id Software's latest FPS offering, with reviews mixed at best. Most agree that Rage fails to deliver the goods, with most reviews saying its a shallow, corridor shooter with gaping craters in its story, dialog, quests and mechanics. Ars Technica does not hold back saying Rage is "creatively and mechanically bankrupt, it feels like a group of people had to create a game because they were under contract, not because they honestly enjoyed any aspect of their own creation".

id's Rage gets raged at by negative reviews, suffers from what seems like consolitis | TweakTown.com

Joystiq is just as harsh, being quoted:

RAGE is pretty at times, but it's not enough to paint over the truth -- that id's labor feels like a scaffolding for a game of bolder ideas, ideas which, for whatever reason, aren't realized. And the game that is there just isn't enough to compete with other, better shooters we've seen this year.

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Switch to Telstra pre-paid, buy a $2 SIM and you could receive $250 of value and 500MB of data

By Anthony Garreffa | Connectivity & Communications | Oct 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm CDT

Available to the first 15,000 new customers is a great deal from Telstra. Buy a $2 Pre-Paid SIM Starter Kit online and switch your mobile number from any carrier to Telstra between September 21 and 12 noon on October 24 and you'll get $30 recharge credit thanks to Telstra. If you choose the Telstra Pre-Paid Cap+ offer, then the $30 recharge credit will get you an extra $250 Cap+ credit as well as 500MB data!

Switch to Telstra pre-paid, buy a $2 SIM and you could receive $250 of value and 500MB of data | TweakTown.com

If you're on another carrier and would like higher speeds thanks to Telstra's world-class Next-G network, as well as more coverage, then definitely check this deal out! Be quick as its for the first 15,000 new customers only.

Battlefield 3 loses over 34k pre-orders, people aren't happy with beta

By Anthony Garreffa | BREAKING STORY | Oct 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm CDT

The Battlefield 3 beta has given users the chance to either play the beta early (48 hours earlier than the open beta) and for those who didn't, they got a free, no obligation chance to test out the beta to see if they liked it. So far, most people have loved it. But there are of course, the haters. There are issues with the beta, but this is why it is a beta after all. It does not represent the final product, nor does it show off the entire game.

Battlefield 3 loses over 34k pre-orders, people aren't happy with beta | TweakTown.com

But, there has been a tweet from the guys behind Battlefield 3 have tweeted that they've lost 34,000 pre-orders with those numbers rising. They remind everyone that "people need to be aware this is a beta, much more to come for the full game". I have to reinforce the same thing, it's not perfect for me, but I expect that for a beta. I do expect more from the full game, but I haven't canceled my pre-order. The news of BF3 possibly hitting Steam made me cancel my CD-key order and wait for Steam, though.

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Apple stats, 16 billion iTunes songs downloaded, 300 million iPods sold and more

By Anthony Garreffa | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Oct 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm CDT

On top of Apple's announcement today of the iPhone 4S, Tim Cook has come out swinging with a bunch of Apple-related numbers to impress the world with. Starting with, there have been 16 billion songs downloaded from the iTunes store, and also 300 million iPods sold. To give you some perspective, Sony took 30 years to sell just 220,000 Walkman cassette players.

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Cook also announced that "the MacBook Pro and iMac are the number one best selling notebook and desktop in the United States". Apparently, the Mac platform grew by 23 percent over the past twelve months, versus a four percent increase from the PC sector. Cook displayed a chart showing the past five years for Mac, showing that Apple is closing in on 60 million Mac users worldwide, leaving Apple short of owning a fourth of the personal computer market. Cook says "there are still 77 percent of people who are buying something else, we have an incredibly high ceiling here. We have a long way to go".

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Cook has high dreams for Mac, and with the way things are going, they should have no issues getting there.

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YouTube to spend $100 million for TV-esque content?

By Anthony Garreffa | Internet & Websites | Oct 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm CDT

YouTube is finalizing deals with well-known personalities such as skateboarder Tony Hawk, and major media companies to produce original content for its popular website, as it seeks to become a next-generation cable provider that oversees dozens of free online "channels" with professional-grade shows. YouTube is putting $100 million into the deal, directly from cash advances to get some content produced. YouTube will recoup the funds from advertising revenue it sells against the content.

YouTube to spend $100 million for TV-esque content? | TweakTown.com

The Wall Street Journal mentions some potential partners such as: Tony Hawk, Warner Bros, News Corp's ShineReveille, FremantleMedia Ltd, BermanBraun, Electus, Everyday Health Inc, Iconic Entertainment LLC, DECA and Verso Entertainment. Oh, and, The Wall Street Journal "may produce news content for a YouTube channel".

The shows associated with some of the companies listed above include, X-Factor, Mob Wives and Ugly Betty - so we might just see similar shows produced for YouTube. Ad rates for YouTube are pretty low, which could pull advertisers away in droves from the cable-TV market.