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Samsung Galaxy Nexus due in US in December on Verizon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Couts   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 20:02

Galaxy Nexus

Samsung Galaxy Nexus will reportedly arrive in the US in December on Verizon Wireless.

Samsung’s newest super-phone, the Galaxy Nexus, will arrive in the US on Verizon Wireless sometime in December, reports Business Insider. We originally heard that the Galaxy Nexus would arrive on November 10, a date that has now come and gone. But the December release is no rumor, it seems, as the website cites Samsung as the source of this “confirmation.”

The Galaxy Nexus, which is the first handset to ship with Google’s new and improved Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, is currently available in a number of international markets, including the UK. Until now, it was unclear when US customers would have the opportunity to bask in the glowing awesomeness of the Galaxy Nexus.

While we haven’t yet had the chance to test out the Galaxy Nexus, the straight specs suggest a powerful and impressive device. The first thing you’ll notice is the massive 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen, which has a resolution of 1280×720, giving it nearly the same pixel density as the 3.5-inch display on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Samsung has also designed the device with a curved form factor to make its large size feel less cumbersome in the hand.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2011 11:17
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EA sued over broken Battlefield 3 pre-order promises PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Fleming   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 19:56

Battlefield 1943

PS3 owners of Battlefield 3 are suing EA over the broken promise that gamers who purchased the PS3 version of the game would also receive a copy of Battlefield 1943.

Offering additional content to tantalize gamers into buying a certain version of an upcoming title is nothing new. Typically that is the domain of the retailers that each offer something that can’t be found anywhere else as incentive to buy the game from them–maybe it is a specific DLC pack for that particular game, or perhaps it is an offer for another product altogether. Regardless, it is a lure used to sway gamers in a particular direction.

Occasionally the same thing occurs when a cross-platform game is poised to hit big, and both Microsoft and Sony look for ways ways to show fans that their version of the same game is the better buy. Microsoft has an exclusive contract with the Call of Duty franchise that gives Xbox 360 owners access to new content a full month before PS3 owners, while last year’s Medal of Honor included a digital copy of the PS2 game, Medal of Honor: Frontline, for PS3 users that bought the Limited Edition, and there are plenty of other examples.

For the recently released Battlefield 3, EA offered PS3 users an added incentive to purchase the game on Sony’s system—a digital copy of the WWII shooter, Battlefield 1943. At the time, the offer was billed as a pre-order PS3 bonus, but it was expected to be available for all PS3 adopters. SCEA CEO Jack Tretton even touted the news at E3 this June, ”EA is using the extra storage capacity of Blu-Ray to add a second game, Battlefield 1943 to the disc. That extra and exclusive content is a critical differentiator for PlayStation.”

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Survey predicts World of Warcraft will lose up to 1.6 million players to Star Wars: The Old Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rick Marshall   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 19:51

World of Warcraft could face its toughest test when Star Wars: The Old Republic launches in December.

More than a million players could trade Azeroth for the Galactic Republic, according to a recent survey of World of Warcraft subscribers.

The survey polled a relatively small number of Warcraft subscribers (381 people), but found that at least half of them plan to buy the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO, and an additional 38 percent of the poll subjects had an interest in checking out the game.

The poll results, combined with the recent reports of Warcraft losing nearly a million subscribers over the last three months, has prompted at least one market-analysis firm to downgrade Activision Blizzard stock. In their decision to downgrade the stock, Lazard Capital Markets predicted that Warcraft will likely lose anywhere from 900,000 to 1.6 million subscribers to The Old Republic when the latter launches in December.

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Illegally downloaded games 'up 20% in five years' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dan Whitworth   
Sunday, 13 November 2011 11:48

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3

The number of illegally downloaded video games has gone up nearly 20% in the last five years.

Figures from research firm Envisional also suggest the top five games from 2010 were pirated online almost a million times.

Industry executives are worried these figures mean a generation of people will expect to get games for free.

But some gamers dispute industry claims about how much of a problem online piracy is.

Illegal 'testing'

Newsbeat met Sam who illegally downloads around 100 titles a year and ends up buying around 50 of them.

"I buy games because I've pirated them, if I don't get to try them I never would have bothered picking them up."

Sam, who didn't want to give his surname, says he's not put off by the threat of being fined or sent to prison.

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World of Warcraft user base continues to tumble PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Flacy   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:13

World Of Warcraft Subsriber Numbers Falling

While MMORPG players are rapidly adopting free-to-play games like DC Universe Online, the World of Warcraft subscriber base is continuing to bleed players.

Reported during a recent Activision Blizzard conference call,  the subscriber base of the MMORPG World of Warcraft fell by another 800,000 players over a three month period. This constitutes a much larger decline than the lost 300,000 players that quit the game during the second quarter. The total user base now stands at approximately 10.3 million subscriptions, a large drop from a peak of about 12 million players during October 2010. Activision Blizzard attributes the decline to canceled subscriptions in Asian countries rather than North American players quitting the game. The company also hopes that the upcoming Mists Of Pandaria expansion pack will help bring veteran players back to the game as well as encourage new subscribers to sign up.World of Warcraft

While the ongoing success of Modern Warfare 3 is certain to keep investors in Activision Blizzard happy with the company, after hours trading of the stock is down by about three percent following the World of Warcraft news. During the fourth quarter, the World of Warcraft player base faces a possible increase in defections to games like DC Universe Online that have been made free-to-play as well as new MMORPGs like Star Wars The Old Republic when it launches in December. Beyond the planned panda-themed expansion for World of Warcraft, company officials are looking into speeding up the development time between expansion packs to keep players interested in the game. 

After going free-to-play, Sony Online Entertainment’s DC universe Online has skyrocketed by 1,000 percent. The player base that previous had about 30,000 players has grown to over 300,000. However, new players have been faced with long queues to access the game as Sony merged 26 servers down to a single server during August 2011. While certain restrictions limit players that want to play the game for free, players that continue to pay for the service get all all DLC packs for free as well as a larger number of inventory and character slots.

 
Man threatens to blow up Best Buy over Modern Warfare 3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Flacy   
Thursday, 10 November 2011 10:07

Modern Warfare 3

Likely going to end up as further ammunition used by opponents of violent video games, a man in Colorado thought it would be a brilliant idea to threaten death over the lack of the new Call of Duty game at his local retailer.

After 31-year-old Loromin Sar was informed that his local Best Buy in Aurora, Colorado ran out of copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, his first thought was to inform store employees that he would be back to blow up the store with some sort of explosive device. He also informed several Best Buy employees that he would return as they got off work in order to shoot them. Sar had preordered the game earlier in the day and was expecting to pick up a copy at the midnight release of Activision’s eighth installment of the Call of Duty franchise. He became irate at the customer service desk before launching into his promises of murder.

Shortly after the threats were made, Best Buy employees called the police to the store’s location and Sar’s Infinity sport-utility vehicle was pulled over by police near the store. Sar received a summons for misdemeanor disorderly conduct for his actions at Best Buy. Aurora police detective Bob Friel threw some wit in the official police statement which read “Investigating officers issued a criminal summons to a man who threatened to carry out his own version of Modern Warfare at the electronics store. Fortunately, this situation did not end in violence.” According to police, Sar doesn’t have a record for previous crimes, but has several traffic violations. 

While Sar was only concerned about a single copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, authorities in France are dealing with two separate robberies in which thousands of copies of the game were stolen valued at over one million dollars. The thieves in the first robbery used knives and tear gas to remove the driver of the delivery van and take control of the truck.  The second robbery involved three masked men, one of which was wielding a loaded handgun.

 
Computer programming legend Dennis Ritchie has died PDF Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Couts   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:13

Dennis Ritchie, father of the C programming language and UNIX operating system, died this weekend at the age of 70.

The father of the C programming language and the UNIX operating system, Dennis Ritchie, died this past weekend at the age of 70 following a long illness

News of Ritchie’s death was publicly reported by software engineer Rob Pike, a friend and former colleague of Ritchie’s, who posted the sad news to Google+.Dennis Ritchie

“[Ritchie] was a quiet and mostly private man, but he was also my friend, colleague, and collaborator, and the world has lost a truly great mind,” wrote Pike.

Known in the computer science community by his username “dmr,” Ritchie spent most of his career at Bell Labs, one of the nation’s largest phone companies, where he began working in 1967. It was at Bell where Ritchie met Ken Thompson. The two aimed to create a more efficient operating system for the fledgling minicomputer. And by 1971, Ritchie and Thompson, along with a few other Bell colleagues, released the first version of UNIX.

In 1973, Ritchie and Thompson recoded UNIX entirely in C, which greatly expanded the potential of UNIX. That version went on to have many iterations, and has since become one of the most important foundations of modern computing, and is the basis for popular operating systems, like Linux and Apple’s Mac OS X.

Ritchie is quoted as saying that, “UNIX is basically a simple operating system, but you have to be a genius to understand its simplicity.”

Currently, C is the second most-used programming language in the world, and led to the creation of the popular C++ language and Java.

Throughout his career, Ritchie won a number of prestigious awards, including the Turning Award, which he and Thompson received in 1983 for their development of generic operating system theory; and the National Medal of Technology, which the pair received in 1999 from President Bill Clinton for their invention of UNIX and C.

 
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