Archive for Jan 29, 2013

Disney shuts down Junction Point after Epic Mickey 2 sales fall short

Disney shuts down Junction Point after Epic Mickey 2 sales fall short

Disney fans have quite a bit to look forward to, but it doesn't seem that a new game from Junction Point will be one of them. Disney shut down the Epic Mickey developer today, after sales of Epic Mickey 2 ultimately disappointed. At one point in the day, rumors claiming the game only sold 270,000 copies were making the rounds, but Joystiq has confirmed that Epic Mickey 2 sold 529,000 copies between its November 18th release date and the end of the year.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 29, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 29, 2013

Welcome to Tuesday evening everyone. Today a purported case for the iPad 5 surfaced, and it has more than a little in common with the rear case for the iPad mini. We saw a leaked image of a white Nexus 4, while we also heard that Google is planning a Nexus 4 and 7 refresh for the spring that includes white devices. Speaking of the Nexus 4, the sought after device became available on the Google Play Store once again today, after weeks of being sold out.

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NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

NASA to launch Wallops Mission rocket this evening, live streaming now

Space enthusiasts on the east coast, keep an eye to the sky. NASA will be launching their Wallops Mission rocket sometime between now and 6:50pm EST. The Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket will release two lithium vapor trails colored red that will be visible to some in the Mid-Atlantic area. The mission is taking place from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility located in Virginia.

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ZTE launches the Blade C smartphone in China

ZTE launches the Blade C smartphone in China

ZTE has launched a new handset in China, one of several the company announced and rolled out this year. The Blade C is its latest offering, a solid mid-range handset currently available in China and destined for Europe. Its biggest selling point will no doubt be its price at a low $110.

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Pinterest shows off new site design, invites users to test it out

Pinterest shows off new site design, invites users to test it out

Pinterest has announced that it's got a new site design in the works, and it's looking for a select group of users to test it out. As detailed on the Pinterest Blog, this isn't a massive site redesign, but the developers are rolling out a few changes in the hope of making the overall experience smoother for users. These include changes to navigation and pins themselves, so while Pinterest isn't shaking too much up, the features it's implementing are pretty significant.

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Hawken shows off excellent visuals in PhysX trailer

Hawken shows off excellent visuals in PhysX trailer

As far as free-to-play titles go, Hawken already looks pretty great. The game supports NVIDIA PhysX, which adds a bit more eye candy over non-PhysX games, including improved weapon and particle effects. Those PhysX-enabled visuals are about to get another boost, though, thanks the addition of a previously missing PhysX feature: APEX Turbulence.

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Google Nexus 7 and 4 tipped for spring refresh in White and HD

Google Nexus 7 and 4 tipped for spring refresh in White and HD

This week the Google Nexus lineup has been tipped to see a slight overhaul for its second coming, with hardware upgrades coming to the Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus 4 smartphone in large and small doses. The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been on the market since July of last year as it was first shown off at Google I/O 2012, the company's official developer conference, while the Nexus 4 has only been on the market for a few months - still having supply issues as we speak. The upgrades come to the color in which you'll be able to pick up the smartphone and the sharpness of the display of the tablet.

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Amazon posts $21.27b revenue in Q4 2012 earnings, only profits $97m

Amazon posts $21.27b revenue in Q4 2012 earnings, only profits $97m

As expected, Amazon made a ton of money during Q4 2012, proving that the holiday season is Amazon's most wonderful time of the year. The company pulled in revenues of $21.27 billion, thanks mostly to Kindle sales and ebook sales. However, Amazon also spent a lot during the quarter, and only profited $97 million out of all those billions.

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iPad 5 to be smaller than usual, thinner bezel on the way

iPad 5 to be smaller than usual, thinner bezel on the way

Earlier today, we pointed out some photos of what look to be the shell of the iPad 5 right up next to the iPad mini that we all know about. Nothing seemed too off at that point, until people started to notice that the size difference between the two tablets shown in the photos wasn't that great. It appears that the iPad 5 will come with the same 9.7-inch display, but Apple may slap it into a smaller package.

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Acer hints at budget quad-core tablets to take on Google and Amazon

Acer hints at budget quad-core tablets to take on Google and Amazon

Acer's budget-minded Iconia B1 tablet has been turning some heads, mostly thanks to its competitive $150 price tag, but it looks like Acer isn't stopping there. The company has hinted at the prospect of releasing 8- and 10-inch quad-core tablets sometime this year that will also be aimed at the budget market in order to take on Google and Amazon.

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Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

Dish pulls out while DOJ steps in on Softbank/Sprint merger

The purchase of a controlling stake in Sprint's business here in the United States has become a bit of a circus when it comes to companies stepping in with complaints here in the spring of 2013. The plan was first tipped back in October of 2012 and confirmed that same month with a 70% stake in Sprint being agreed upon for $20.1 billion dollars, purchased by Japan-based mobile carrier Softbank. Since that announcement, we've seen protests from AT&T, the Dish Network, and now the real deal US Department of Justice - it appears that there are going to be some delays, needless to say.

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Phone unlocking ban cooks up White House petition

Phone unlocking ban cooks up White House petition

Just this past Saturday, it officially became illegal for anyone to unlock a smartphone without the carriers' consent. Obviously, this fired up a lot of people, who argue that if they buy an unsubsidized phone without a contract, they should be able to do what they want with it. And now, it looks like there's a White House petition going around that seeks for the unbanning of phone unlocking.

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