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  • October 31st, 2012

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 22:47
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    That was quick -- not long after launch details of the LG Mach were caught lurking in Sprint's catalog, the carrier has confirmed them. Fans of the Korean firm's aesthetic who also like their QWERTY keyboards can buy the mid-range smartphone for $100 on November 11th, the same day its bigger Optimus Gcousin reaches stores. Just be sure to avoid the Sprint website during the wait for the newly dated device; Optimus G pre-orders have started at the source link, and a click on LG's flagship could be mighty tempting.
    by Published on November 1st, 2012 22:40
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    One of Nintendo's goals with the Wii U is to win back hardcore gamers who turned their noses up at the casual-friendly Wii. With the Wii U's touchscreen-sporting Game Pad, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford thinks Nintendo at least has the right hardware for the job.
    "This is the best controller Nintendo's ever made for making an FPS," Pitchford toldJoystiq recently. "This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games."
    Pitchford added that the Game Pad is perfect for Gearbox's current Wii U project, Aliens: Colonial Marines. The screen itself will be used as a motion tracker similar to the ones seen in the actual Aliens movies. As for Game Pad functionality being mirrored on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with those systems' second-screen features (SmartGlass and PS Vita cross-play, respectively), Pitchford was skeptical, saying not all implementations of the Wii U pad would work well on the competitors' technology.
    "With the Wii U, [Nintendo] committed themselves to this promise," Pitchford said. "So the link is direct, fast, and immediate. Things like SmartGlass and Vita, they appreciate the value of the promise so they're making the promise. But they're not in with such commitment."
    Aliens: Colonial Marines is set to launch February 12 on the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. The Wii U edition is scheduled for the system's "launch window," which Nintendo has extending through March 2013.
    by Published on November 1st, 2012 22:35
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    Google TV is a network connected television. It does what you would think: plays television programs, streams media from the internet, and allows you to open URLs on your TV. But one nice feature is that it can also be controlled over the network rather than just via an IR remote. Google publishes apps which make this simple with a smartphone. But the communications protocols are open source, so [Leon Nicholls] wrote a Google TV remote control library in Java.
    The video after the break shows him pairing a Raspberry Pi with his television. The image above is the pairing verification code you must enter on the remote hardware before control is authorized. Apparently this is a step that needs to happen every time if using Google’s Anymote library. [Leon] improved that, by saving the pairing data so that the first authorization is all that it takes.
    He figures this could be used for home automation. We’re not sure what we’d use it for but we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

    http://hackaday.com/2012/11/01/contr...orked-devices/ ...
    by Published on November 1st, 2012 21:20
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    Source says PS4 is based on an AMD processor and will have an optical disc drive

    Developers have been receiving PlayStation 4 dev kits, according to a report.
    “Multiple sources” have apparently confirmed toVG247 that a new ‘Orbis kit’ is currently shipping to developers, and that it’s housed in PC casing.

    There are to be four versions of the dev kit, says VG247. A previous version was essentially just a graphics card. The version shipping now is a “modified PC”, and the third version, appearing in January, will be close to final spec. A final version will be delivered to developers “next summer”.
    A select number of US developers have attended a “disclosure meeting” at Sony’s offices this week, with the intention of explain to developers what the machine is capable of, detailing hardware and showing a set of presentations. Further meetings are due to take place in the coming weeks.
    The source has said that Sony is only referring the machine as Orbis – first mentioned in a specs ‘leak’ in March this year, and is not using the words ‘PlayStation 4’ in the meetings at all.

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 20:59
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    Samsung’s compact version of its flagship smartphone will be available in the UK from November 8th.
    Available to buy across all major networks, key retailers and etailers, the Galaxy S3 Mini runs on Google’s latest operating system, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
    Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “Our latest addition to the Galaxy portfolio, the Galaxy S III Mini brings the high performance, intuitive ease-of-use and nature-inspired design of the Galaxy S III in a new elegant yet compact form.
    “Following the massive success and popularity of the Galaxy S III and all its features, we are confident customers will enjoy the Galaxy SIII Mini when it hits the shelves on the 8th November.”
    Although named the ‘Mini’, this handset still offers an impressive 4-inch AMOLED screen and a 5MP camera.
    Samsung's JK Shin unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini earlier this month at an event in Germany, where he explained that there has been 'a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen in Europe'.

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 20:57
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    Google’s director of Android user services Matias Duarte has branded SD cards “techy nonsense”.
    In an attempt to explain why the company’s Nexus devices do not include SD card support, Duarte posted the following on Google+:
    Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it’s just confusing for users.
    If you’re saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt everytime? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It’s just too complicated.
    We take a different approach. Your Nexus has a fixed amount of space and your apps just seamlessly use it for you without you ever having to worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing.
    With a Nexus you know exactly how much storage you get upfront and you can decide what’s the right size for you. That’s simple and good for users.
    While Matias has a point that some may find using SD cards confusing, it seems unusual to remove the option all together. Anyone that has used a number of mobile phones throughout the years will surely be able to figure it out by now? And those using lower end Nexus devices will find themselves looking towards cloud storage as their 8GBs of space gets eaten up. This then begs the question: Won’t those who find SD cards confusing most probably find the concept of ‘the cloud’ a little hard to understand?

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 20:54
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    Researchers at Intel are reportedly working on a 48-core processor for smartphones and tablets.
    However, according to Computer World, it could be as much as five to ten years before these devices are seen in the market.
    “I think the desire to move to more natural interfaces to make the interaction much more human-like is really going to drive the computational requirements," Intel’s CTO, Justin Rattner, told Computer World.
    "Having large numbers of cores to generate very high performance levels is the most energy efficient way to deliver those performance levels.”
    The chip vendor usually works on five to ten years plans, indicating that these chips are a very recent idea and perhaps are reflective of Intel’s state of readiness for the eruption of interest in the tablet category.
    by Published on November 1st, 2012 20:53
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    LG has introduced its Touch 10 ET83 monitor, designed for use with Microsoft’s new Windows 8 operating system.
    The 23-inch monitor has a ten-point touchscreen, enabling users to take full advantage of Windows 8 features. As well as being able to use all ten fingers at once, the monitor supports a capacitive stylus for those looking for a more precise interaction.
    “This is a compelling new product that re-imagines the touch experience and shows that LG is an industry leader in developing the next generation of touch monitor products,” said J J Lee, executive vice president and head of the IT Business Unit, LG.
    “Smartphones and tablets have already proven that consumers are ready to fully embrace touch features. Our 10-point touchscreen takes it one step further by exponentially expanding the range of interactive possibilities. We believe this technology will excite and inspire software developers and users alike.”
    The LG Touch 10 will be available in Korea later this month, followed by ‘markets in Europe and elsewhere’.

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 00:30
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    The upcoming Android gaming tablet Wikipad was set to launch today, but the company's representatives have sent along a statement from the development team (which you can read in full after the break) saying that the launch has been delayed. According to the statement, the device's release was moved in order to take advantage of a "last minute opportunity" to "ensure our first customers are completely satisfied with the Wikipad." Unfortunately, no new launch date has been set yet.

    The team says that it's working with GameStop on dealing with current pre-orders, and that anyone who's already pre-ordered the product will not only get the "refined and upgraded" bundle when it's eventually released, but "a special bonus gift" as well. Again, there's no indication when that might happen, so we'll just have to wait and see what Wikipad's plans are going forward.

    by Published on November 1st, 2012 00:10
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    Namco Bandai's The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa for PSP topped the Japanese software chart during the week ended October 28.
    The game came in ahead of fellow new releases Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition, Zone of the Enders HD Edition, AKB48+Me and the PS3 version of Borderlands 2.Borderlands 2 on Xbox 360 charted at No.10, Forza Horizon at No.12, and Street Fighter X Tekken for Vita at No,20.
    On the hardware front 3DS once again outsold all other platforms combined, according to Media Create sales date republished on NeoGAF.
    Software sales October 21-28 (lifetime total)

    1. The Idolmaster: Shiny Festa - Honey Sound / Funky Note / Groovy Tune (PSP, Bandai Namco) - 119,132 / New
    2. Dark Souls with Artorias of the Abyss Edition (PS3, From Software) - 67,002 / New
    3. Zone of the Enders HD Edition (PS3, Konami) - 44,751 / New
    4. AKB48+Me (3DS, Kadokawa Games) - 40,542 / New
    5. Borderlands 2 (PS3, Take-Two) - 36,068 / New
    6. Bravely Default: Flying Fairy (3DS, Square Enix) - 31,001 / 213,960
    7. Resident Evil 6 (PS3, Capcom) - 24,263 / 794,352
    8. New Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS, Nintendo) - 24,010 / 1.295,634
    9. World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (PS3, Konami) - 18,810 / 325,157
    10. Borderlands 2 (Take-Two) - 18,699 / New

    Weekly hardware sales (previous week)

    1. 3DS - 61,542 (60,232)
    2. PS3 - 20,364 (21,354)
    3. PSP - 14,541 (15,575)
    4. Vita - 5,806 (6,791)
    5. Wii - 3,744 (4,035)
    6. Xbox 360 - 1,931 (2,150)
    7. PS2 - 1,006 (1,081)
    8. DSi - 441 (529
    9. http://www.computerandvideogames.com...-chart-debuts/
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