Archive for Nov 27, 2012

Activision takes us behind the scenes of Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer

Activision takes us behind the scenes of Black Ops II “Surprise” trailer

Activision is known for pulling out all of the stops in its Call of Duty commercials, and that's no different with the Black Ops II ad "Surprise." The trailer features a lot of big names, from iJustine to FPS Russia and even Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. Now that the ad has enjoyed some playtime and the launch of Black Ops II is behind us, Activision is taking us behind the scenes in a brief "making of" video, which you can check out by hitting the jump.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 27, 2012

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone! This afternoon we heard that Apple's Richard Williamson has been ousted in an iOS Maps switch-up, while Nintendo confirmed the rumored Wii Mini - but it's only coming to Canada and won't have Internet capabilities. Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses since the OS launched last month, and even managed to sell 750,000 Xbox 360s during the week of Black Friday, despite the fact that the console is viewed as aging hardware by many.

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Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Xbox 360 sales rocket to 750,000 in US for week of Black Friday

Black Friday and the days leading up to it were undoubtedly good for a lot of companies, but Microsoft had a pretty good week itself. The company announced today that it sold 750,000 Xbox 360s in the US during the week of Black Friday, which is technically counted as November 18-23. Selling nearly 1 million consoles in just six days is definitely impressive, especially when that console is six years old and will likely be replaced by new hardware soon.

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Microsoft tipped to open first European stores next year

Microsoft tipped to open first European stores next year

Microsoft is going big this year, releasing Windows 8, Surface, and Windows Phone 8. The company has opened up a number of temporary stores all around the US so it has places to sell its products during the holiday shopping season, but according to a new report from the Financial Times, Microsoft has already focused its sights on Europe. While Microsoft has stores outside of the US already, those are only in Canada and Puerto Rico, so the company is apparently looking to move forward with plans to open its first stores in Europe.

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Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

Apple’s Richard Williamson reportedly ousted in Maps switch-up

This week Bloomberg is reporting that they've got a source assuring them that Apple's own Richard Williamson was pushed out this week amid a Maps team shakeup. This change of the guard was spoken of by an anonymous source close to the dealings who said Senior Vice President Eddy Cue was responsible for the push. While we've not yet been able to confirm 100% that this move was made in Apple - or if will ever be made official if it is true, we can take this from the situation one way or the other: readers want to know what Apple is doing with their in-house Maps app.

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Windows 8 licenses blast past 40 million sold

Windows 8 licenses blast past 40 million sold

The folks at Microsoft are glad to report that they've reached 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold in the new operating system's first month on the market. Microsoft notes specifically that "to-date Microsoft has sold 40 million Windows 8 licenses" and wants to make it clear that they're not just pumped up about this pace of upgrade and new users, they're glad to share that it's outpacing the adoption of Windows 7.

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Foxconn reportedly making Microsoft’s Surface phone

Foxconn reportedly making Microsoft’s Surface phone

With Windows Phone 8 getting so much attention around the Internet, it's only natural that rumors of a Microsoft-branded smartphone are beginning to pop up as well. We heard about a Microsoft smartphone earlier this month, but now the phone has crept its way back into headlines, with DigiTimes reporting that infamous manufacturer Foxconn will be making the new device. The phone will apparently be set to ship in mid-2013, so if it actually exists, it may not be much longer before we get official confirmation from Microsoft.

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Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon now available on Steam

Super Hexagon, the popular indie game for iOS developed by Tim Cavanagh (creator of VVVVVV), is now available on Steam for the price of just $1.99 for a limited time. If you've gotten the chance to try the game out on iOS and ended up wasting hours and hours of your life trying to beat your own high score, we'd suggest getting this new desktop version as well.

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Rdio updated for iOS and Android with fully re-booted UI

Rdio updated for iOS and Android with fully re-booted UI

It's time to get smart with the developers behind the music streaming app Rdio - updated today for iOS as well as Android. This update brings on a fully redesigned user interface that's ever-so-slightly cleaner than we've ever seen from the app before and will likely instill much more confidence in the system for both artists and those looking to subscribe to the pay service. Last month the team launched a Rdio Artist Program and a massive advertising campaign over the past few months to bring the app into prominence.

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Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone UP Review (2012)

Jawbone's UP is back for 2012, and like that gym membership you signed up for and only used once, it's begging you to give it a second chance. The original UP launched last year to rave reviews, but the shine quickly faded as owners struggled with batteries that refused to charge and hardware that would unexpectedly stop working. Jawbone dragged it back into the lab and returned with a new version, all-change in hardware and software, and the subject of near 3m hours of testing. The wearable tracking market hasn't stood still in the meantime, however, so can the UP regain its lost momentum? Read on for our full review.

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