Archive for Nov 29, 2012

NASA finds over 100 billion tons of ice on Mercury

NASA finds over 100 billion tons of ice on Mercury

NASA scientists have discovered that Mercury, the closest planet to the sun, is home to a whole lot of ice. This, of course, is the same planet that gets ridiculously hot around its equator, to the tune of about 800-degrees Fahrenheit. There has been speculation for quite some time that the craters located on the planet's poles might contain ice; now we have confirmation thanks to scientists working with the Messenger mission.

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THQ stock climbs nearly 40% after release of Humble Bundle

THQ stock climbs nearly 40% after release of Humble Bundle

Earlier in the day, we told you about the latest Humble Bundle. This Humble Bundle is more or less the same as past bundles in that players get to name their own price for it, but there's one key difference: instead of bundling together a bunch of indie titles, this latest one is a collection of THQ's biggest games. It would appear that THQ's investors like this idea a whole bunch, because THQ's stock ended the day up a whopping 37.96%.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 29, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: November 29, 2012

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone - we received some pretty big news this afternoon, so let's just jump in! Microsoft announced today that we'll be able snag a Surface Pro starting in January, with the 64GB model demanding $899 and the 128GB model going for $999. Apple launched iTunes 11 today, complete with a brand new user interface and iCloud at every turn, so get those updates going. We also heard that Google is looking to deliver information to you before you even search for it, which is pretty cool but also a little bit creepy.

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Atari rings in 40 years of Pong with free iOS game and custom Xbox 360 with LCD

Atari rings in 40 years of Pong with free iOS game and custom Xbox 360 with LCD

The big 40 has come down for the original tennis game Pong, and the folks at Atari are ringing in the occasion with two big releases. The first is what the company calls "the first-ever official new Pong game on iOS", this meaning not that Pong has never been on iOS before, but that this is the first real redesign for the next generation - we guess. Either way, it's free, and the other big release is even more gigantically awesome than you can possibly imagine.

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BMW i3 Concept Coupe eyes-on at LA Auto Show

BMW i3 Concept Coupe eyes-on at LA Auto Show

Enter the BMW i3 Coupe - an eco-friendly little tech-friendly amalgamation of excellence inside and out, and one that's essentially just been revealed this week. As we spoke about just yesterday, this machine brings on an inter-car communications system, smartphone connectivity, and of course, a 170HP electric motor slice with lithium-ion batteries inside. It's all topped off by a hardcore lighter yet stronger than steel CFRP (carbon reinforced plastic) passenger cell.

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Nintendo’s Wii Mini Is One Big, Bad Idea

Nintendo’s Wii Mini Is One Big, Bad Idea

Nintendo quietly announced the Wii Mini recently. The console, which will be available in Canada for $100, supports over 1,000 Wii games, but lacks a host of important features, including backward compatibility with GameCube titles and the ability to connect in any way to the Internet.

Of course, Nintendo has said that the Wii Mini is the perfect value. The console is cheaper than the Wii and is smaller. Plus, it’s the perfect entry point for new gamers who don’t care about the old days and simply want to get their motion gaming on.

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BMW i8 Spyder Concept eyes-on at LA Auto Show

BMW i8 Spyder Concept eyes-on at LA Auto Show

This week we're having a peek at several conceptual and near-market vehicles at the LA Auto Show 2012, today's gems being a couple of BMW concept cars, one of them the most recent iteration of the BMW i8 Spyder Concept in its near-final-form. This vehicle is a plug-in hybrid machine able to reach 20 miles using only electricity, and with an amazing looking body and current real-world statistics and specifications in-tact, this machine looks just about as road-ready as we'd like - for now though, it's still only a dream.

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