Archive for Dec 31, 2012

Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires unofficial expansion released

Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires unofficial expansion released

Remember Age of Empires? Of course you do. It's only regarded as one of the best strategy game series ever made. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings released in 1999, which was over 13 years ago, but the fan base is still alive and well. And now, there's an unofficial, fan-made expansion to the sequel, called Forgotten Empires, that brings more features to the classic game.

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Google’s new web ad campaign tries to tempt iOS developers

Google’s new web ad campaign tries to tempt iOS developers

Google may have a lot on its plate with Android and its ad business, but that doesn't mean it can't take the time to make quality apps for iOS. Lately we've been seeing Google make a push for Apple's mobile operating system, releasing new apps like Google Maps after Apple decided to give the navigation business a spin. However, iOS apps don't just spring up from the ground - Google obviously needs developers to make these apps happen, so it has rolled out a new web ad campaign to attract the talent it requires.

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Hubble celebrates New Year with new star birth photo

Hubble celebrates New Year with new star birth photo

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of a galaxy 45 million light years away, described as "bursting with new star formation" as a vastly-powerful black hole churns through matter. The photo - of the NGC 1097 galaxy - centers on a black hole 100 million times the mass of our own sun and, as we tick over into a new year, shows the evolution of new solar systems.

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Money not merit is Intel’s web TV strategy

Money not merit is Intel’s web TV strategy

Intel is counting on lashings of cash to drive its living room ambitions, with a rumored budget potentially in the hundreds of millions helping convince conservative content owners that it's a safe partner to bet on. The chip company has reportedly green-lit an IPTV investment well in excess of the "hobby" amounts rivals with similar cable-cutting ambitions have allotted, a show of force that has allowed it to negotiate new licensing deals of a sort so-far unseen.

 

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iOS jailbreak app store Installous shuts down, Hackulous closes up shop

iOS jailbreak app store Installous shuts down, Hackulous closes up shop

The dev team behind the popular pirate app store for iOS, Installous, has announced that they have closed their doors and have shut down Installous as well. The team blames “stagnant” forums and the difficulty in moderating them as the reason behind their decision to kill the service, which will undoubtedly be a huge victory against iOS software piracy.

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Ford on track to hit 2.2 million US sales in 2012

Ford on track to hit 2.2 million US sales in 2012

If you're a loyal Ford owner, then you might like to know that 2012 is shaping up to be another great year for the company. Ford announced today that it's on track to hit 2.2 million US sales in 2012, marking the second consecutive year it settles above the the 2 million mark. That isn't bad at all, especially when you consider Ford's claim that it's the only manufacturer to hit 2 million sales in the US since 2007.

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RunKeeper for iPhone updates with redesign and live activity tracking

RunKeeper for iPhone updates with redesign and live activity tracking

The ever popular health and fitness tracking iPhone app RunKeeper has been updated to version 3.0 today. The update includes an all-new design that aims to make the user interface cleaner and simpler to use, it also comes with new features that make it easy to share your progress with friends and family.

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Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Prepare to be underwhelmed by first-gen WiFi 802.11ac warn experts

Early experiences with WiFi 802.11ac will likely prove disappointing for those expecting a significant boost over existing 11n wireless, industry experts warn, with the soon-to-be-ratified standard taking a further generation before it lights up properly. "The new standard will be evolutionary, with two waves involved" Cisco's Chris Spain tells Network Computing. "Out of the gate, the increases in performance over 11n will not be tremendously impressive. The second wave - which will require a hardware refresh - gets far more interesting."

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Auxo app switcher for iOS 5.1 available now in Cydia

Auxo app switcher for iOS 5.1 available now in Cydia

The popular new app switcher that we told you about a couple weeks ago is now available for iOS 5.1 devices and higher. Previously, it was only available for iOS 6 devices, but the developer has now released it for those who aren't willing to upgrade to Apple's latest operating system. The jailbreak is only available for iPhone at the moment.

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Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale wraps with deals on Skyrim, Oblivion [Update]

Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale wraps with deals on Skyrim, Oblivion [Update]

Today marks the final day of the Xbox Live Countdown to 2013 sale, and the promotion seems to be going out with a bang. Microsoft and Bethesda have dropped prices on both Skyrim and Oblivion, along with some DLC for each. Skyrim has shaved 50% off its normal Games on Demand price, coming down to $29.99, while Oblivion has dropped down 33% to just $9.99.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II sales top 1 million in South Korea

Samsung Galaxy Note II sales top 1 million in South Korea

Samsung's latest phablet-style smartphone, the Galaxy Note II, has proven its worthiness over in the states, but what about in the company's own home land of South Korea? It turns out that Samsung has sold one million Galaxy Note II units in the motherland alone, just over 90 days after launching back in September.

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Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel reportedly prioritizing voice control for 2013 Haswell Ultrabooks

Intel is reportedly pushing for voice control as a standard feature of Shark Bay based ultrabooks in 2013, with a combination of hardware and software for speech recognition tipped to join the minimum spec list. The hands-free technology would join touchscreens as part of Intel's premium feature-set for next-gen ultrabooks, Fudzilla reports, though exactly how such a system would be implemented is unclear at this stage.

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