Archive for December, 2012

Blizzard starting over with Diablo III Team Deathmatch mode

Blizzard starting over with Diablo III Team Deathmatch mode

We've heard a number of complaints about Diablo III over the last few months, and the lack of a PvP mode seems to be one of the most common. Blizzard was touting Diablo III's PvP mode long before the game even released, but we're now seven months out from launch and there's no PvP mode to speak of. It seems like there won't be one for some time yet either, as Diablo III lead designer Jay Wilson said that the team is starting over on the game's Team Deathmatch mode.

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Smartphone and tablet Christmas day activations break records

Smartphone and tablet Christmas day activations break records

Christmas is always a big day for the smartphone and tablet space, but this year, Christmas was bigger than ever. That's according to analytics firm Flurry, which tracked activation data for the first 20 days in December and then compared it to the data it received for December 25. It probably won't come as a shock to most to hear that the data Flurry has for Christmas Day shows a huge number of activations for both tablets and smartphones.

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BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

BlackBerry 10 slides leak video chat and screen sharing via BBM

With the final release of BlackBerry 10 coming up in a special event scheduled for the 30th of January, it's no wonder we're seeing a blast of interest in everything RIM - today's leak being a set of slides showing BBM boosts and a new task manager. This set of slides shows that BlackBerry Messenger is set to be updated in a big way with both full-on video chat and screen sharing for all. Also on the docket is a fully upgraded task manager for those of you hoping to keep your tasks in order - notes and all.

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Spigen SGP SGP10091 Armor Slim Case for iPhone 5 Review

Spigen SGP SGP10091 Armor Slim Case for iPhone 5 Review

The case we've got here from Spigen SGP is easily the most form-fitting unit we've get had our hands on for the iPhone 5, and it's quite the looker, too. This is the Spigen SGP SGP10091 Armor Slim Case for iPhone 5, and after you're done with that mouthful, you'll want to know that works with both a relatively hard-yet-rubbery TPU base and a polycarbonate midsection for both a bounce-factor and a hardcore beat-up protection assurance.

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Windows RT ported to HTC HD2

Windows RT ported to HTC HD2

We've seen the HTC HD2 running essentially every mobile operating system from its birth till now, but nothing could have prepared us for this: hackers have ported in Windows RT! This operating system is meant to be a sort of half-way point between full-on desktop mode and mobile for the Windows tablet universe hoping to join in on the Windows 8 fun - it's creators certainly never intended it to be worked with on a smartphone. But there it is, on the HTC HD2, no less, the most-hacked smartphone of all time, without a doubt.

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The Walking Dead retail release plagued with freezing issues on Xbox 360

The Walking Dead retail release plagued with freezing issues on Xbox 360

Those who received a physical copy of The Walking Dead on Xbox 360 for the holidays are experiencing some rather game-breaking issues. It appears that some players are having to deal with freezing and stuttering while playing the game. If you've ever played one of Telltale's titles, you know that most of them make good use of quick time events - those aren't very easy to complete if your game is stuttering or freezing entirely.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV “hands-on” takes a guess at the future

Samsung Galaxy S IV “hands-on” takes a guess at the future

Samsung hasn't even announced the Galaxy S IV yet, and already it's one of the most anticipated phones of 2013. After the massive success of the Galaxy S III, we're all interested in seeing what Samsung can do with its next flagship phone. We've seen leaked parts, sure, but nothing set in stone yet. That isn't stopping the folks at Rozetked from having a bit of fun though, as they've put together a render showing off what the Galaxy S IV might look like and do once it finally arrives.

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Microsoft isn’t worried about Google stealing its Office customers

Microsoft isn’t worried about Google stealing its Office customers

Yesterday, we heard that Google is planning to steal away a significant amount of Microsoft Office's consumer base. Those aspirations likely won't come as much of a surprise, as we've seen Google attempting to grow its influence in the business space for a while, but apparently the big G isn't yet at a point where Microsoft is worried. Despite the fact that Google said it's going to try to take 90% of the Office customers who "don’t need to have the most advanced features of Office," Microsoft's general manager of business Julia White doesn't view Google as much of a threat.

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Sony ODIN tipped to hit market as Xperia X, savior of the OEM

Sony ODIN tipped to hit market as Xperia X, savior of the OEM

It's time to get back in business with the device code-named Sony C650X ODIN, aka the Norse god-of-gods, father of Thor and Loki, and one heck of a smartphone. What we've got here is a case of Sony setting themselves up for either a very giant win or a real big let-down for lovers of the name - but one way or another, we're about to see one massive effort of a smartphone in 2013. Expect to see the machine at hand at CES 2013 or MWC 2013 without a doubt.

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