Archive for Jan 31, 2013

Next Madden game coming August 27, name change imminent

Next Madden game coming August 27, name change imminent

The NFL football season is almost over, with the season-ending Super Bowl being held this Sunday. However, Electronic Arts is already planning out its next football game for the 2013-2014 season. The company has announced that the next Madden will be arriving August 27, 2013, but it looks like they'll be taking a different approach this time around.

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BlackBerry 10 gets major gaming boost from Gameloft library

BlackBerry 10 gets major gaming boost from Gameloft library

This week with the introduction to the world of BlackBerry 10 comes a collection of apps that'll be setting the BlackBerry world on fire, Gameloft style. With a set of 11 games that are here being optimized for BlackBerry 10 gameplay, the developer team at Gameloft gives the BlackBerry 10 OS a fighting chance at not just looking like a system worth using, but acting like it too. This list begins with UNO - the card game everyone really should know how to play.

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Facebook announces the Facebook Card for offline gift giving

Facebook announces the Facebook Card for offline gift giving

A day after Facebook's Q4 2012 earnings, in which the company saw a spike in mobile users, they have announced the Facebook Card. Essentially, it's a gift card that can store multiple gift cards in one. Plus, the card will manage each balance from however many stores there are on the card. Users can manage their Facebook Card from the web or through the mobile app.

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Temple Run 2 beats “fastest growing mobile game” record by 22 days

Temple Run 2 beats “fastest growing mobile game” record by 22 days

Today the developers at Imangi Studios have announced that they've reached the 50 million app download mark for mobile devices, reaching this point a full 22 days earlier than the previous record holder. That previous record holder was Angry Birds Space, having crowned itself the fastest growing mobile game in April of 2012 by reaching 50 million downloads in 35 days. This of course means that Imangi Studios will be picking up the tab tonight when we all go out to celebrate their victory.

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GRID 2 arriving May 28 with pre-order bonuses

GRID 2 arriving May 28 with pre-order bonuses

The sequel to the popular simulation racing game GRID now has a solid and confirmed release date of May 28 in the US, while other countries can get it on May 31. The game will hit the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on these dates, and all three platforms will have pre-order bonuses for its users, including a special edition.

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Samsung Mobile Super Bowl tease “El Plato Supremo”

Samsung Mobile Super Bowl tease “El Plato Supremo”

It's time for Samsung to start with the teasers for the commercials for the Super Bowl this week with none other than "The Next Big Thing" campaign continuing on into 2013. This first teaser commercial for the final commercial (strange as that may seem) goes by the name "El Plato Supremo" and stars legal consultant Saul Goodman as well as comedic actors Paul Rudd and Seth Rogan. This team of misfits speaks about what they can and cannot say in the actual final commercial, resulting in "The Big Plate" replacing the Super Bowl.

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Angry Birds Star Wars adds 20 levels in Escape from Hoth update [hands-on]

Angry Birds Star Wars adds 20 levels in Escape from Hoth update [hands-on]

Less than a couple days after Rovio teased a new update for Angry Birds Star Wars, the company has released the Escape from Hoth update, which adds 20 new levels to the game, as well as new types of enemies. Plus, there's new bonus levels that introduce more boss fights. It's a free update, so if you already have the game, it's certainly worth checking out.

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Square Mobile Payments hit Verizon: iOS and Android card readers ahoy

Square Mobile Payments hit Verizon: iOS and Android card readers ahoy

This week the folks at Verizon have revealed their new collaborative efforts with Square and the Square Card Reader - mobile payments made utterly easy! This little device plugs in to the headphone jack on your iOS or Android device and allows you to take payments via credit card or Square Gift Card - easy as pie. The actual device costs less than the credit you get on your Square account (good as cash, essentially) at $9.97 (with $10 Square credit on your account when you start it up) - sound alright to you?

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Grand Theft Auto V delayed, arriving September 17

Grand Theft Auto V delayed, arriving September 17

Back in October, Rockstar officially announced a "spring 2013" release window for Grand Theft Auto V. However, the company announced today that they're delaying the game, and will see a solid release date of September 17, 2013. The game will be heading to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but still no word on PC or Wii U availability.

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BlackBerry 10 = BleakFuture

BlackBerry 10 = BleakFuture

This week there's no hiding the fact that the public remains uncertain that they've been convinced by BlackBerry 10 after its first launch event. The company known until this week as RIM has re-branded itself as BlackBerry as they should have done long ago, this also creating an unacceptable amount of confusion for the consumer at large. Now we've got a "new" operating system on a couple of "new" smartphones created by a company with a "new" name - investors certainly must be praying for some additional tricks to be pulled out of the company's sleeve quickly.

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Windows 8 upgrade discount officially ends today

Windows 8 upgrade discount officially ends today

If you haven't yet upgraded to Windows 8, you might want to do that today. Starting tomorrow, that $39 Windows 8 Pro upgrade deal will jump to $199, while a normal Windows 8 upgrade will cost $119. We gave you a fair warning a couple of weeks ago, so if you've been procrastinating, today's the deadline before you'll have to pony up even more money.

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Samsung buys 5% stake in Wacom for $58.9 million

Samsung buys 5% stake in Wacom for $58.9 million

In a move that only proves that Samsung is committed to the stylus, the Korean-based company bought a 5% stake in stylus and design tablet maker Wacom for $58.9 million. Wacom is infamous for their digital drawing tablets, and they're pretty much the industry standard when it comes to that. Plus, the company's technology is used in both the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, as well as a couple of their tablets.

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