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Steam Halloween Sale Offers L4D2 @ $6.79 and More

October 31st, 2011

Steam Halloween Sale Offers L4D2 @ $6.79 and More

Valve has kicked off its Halloween sale, knocking 25 to 80-percent off a long list of PC games. Valve has also launched the Third Annual Scream Fortress Very Scary Halloween Special.

PC gamers looking for a good deal on popular PC titles can head over to Valve’s Steam Halloween Sale. The company is currently offering more than 40 spooky titles and bundles for 25 to 80-percent off their original price until the very last second of October 31. To save you a trip, we’ve listed them all below:

  • Dead Island – $37.49
  • Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned – $2.49
  • Devil May Cry 4 – $9.99
  • Resident Evil 5 – $9.99
  • Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines – $5.00
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent – $4.00
  • Silent Hill Homecoming – $13.59
  • Sherlock Homes versus Jack the Ripper – $4.99
  • Ghost Master – $1.24
  • Zombie Shooter – $1.24
  • Painkiller Complete Pack – $4.99
  • Zombie Driver – $2.50
  • RIP – Trilogy – $1.25
  • Left 4 Dead GOTY – $6.79
  • Dungeons – The Dark Lord – $20.09
  • Killing Floor Bundle (SteamPlay) – $10.17
  • Terraria – $4.99
  • Pound to the Ground – $2.50
  • Trapped Dead – $4.99
  • Haunted House – $4.99
  • BioShock 2 – $4.99
  • Railworks 3: TS2012 + Trains Vs Zombies – $19.99
  • Rock of Ages – $7.49
  • Borderlands – $4.99
  • Overlord Complete Pack – $4.99
  • Left 4 Dead 2 (SteamPlay) – $6.79
  • Zombie Bowl-o-Rama – $3.40
  • Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition – $9.99
  • Nation Red – $3.40
  • F.E.A.R. 3 – $29.99
  • Bunch of Heroes – $7.49
  • Plant vs. Zombies GOTY Edition (SteamPlay) – $4.99
  • F.E.A.R. Collection – $6.79
  • Team Fortress 2 (SteamPlay) – $19.99
  • Dungeons – Steam Special Edition – $10.19
  • Penumbra Collector Pack (SteamPlay) – $4.99
  • Cthulhu Saves The World – $2.00
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Bundle – $8.74
  • Space Pirates and Zombies – $11.24
  • Dead Horde – $6.69
  • Dead Space Pack – $13.59
  • SAW – $6.79
  • Woody Two-Legs: Attack of the Zombie Pirates – $1.24
  • Atom Zombie Smasher – $3.40
  • Zombie Pirates – $3.74
  • Dark Fall: Lost Souls – $4.99
  • Scratches – Director’s Cut – $3.40
  • Dracula: Origin – $4.99
  • BioShock – $4.99
  • Burn Zombie Burn! – $3.40
  • Zombie Shooter 2 – $2.49
  • Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime – $4.99
  • Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened – Remastered Edition – $2.49

In addition to its Steam Halloween sale, Valve also launched the Third Annual Scream Fortress Very Scary Halloween Special. Starting now, the special features “tons of spooky content including a new Halloween boss and comic” until Nov 6. For complete details head here.

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Mozilla builds a special Bing’ed Firefox for Microsoft

October 31st, 2011

Mozilla builds a special Bing'ed Firefox for MicrosoftThis new Firefox features Bing as its default search engine instead of Google. According to Mozilla, the browser is an extension of the “partnership” the company announced with Microsoft in 2010.

For Mozilla, the “Firefox with Bing” browser is certainly a good idea, as it is an opportunity to diversify its revenue and become at least a bit more independent of Google’s search revenues. However, from Microsoft’s perspective, this is a remarkable move because it is featuring the Firefox download from its own website. However, in its battle against Google, Microsoft may have concluded that a partnership with Mozilla cannot do much damage at this point, and may even help its Bing unit to divert some advertising revenues from Google toward Bing.

StatCounter market share data indicates that Firefox will post its ninth consecutive month of market share loss for October and end the period with about 26.4 percent share. IE also suffered heavy losses this month, despite a newly launched marketing campaign, and cross the finish line with about 40.2 percent. Google has picked up more than 1.3 points of share and will be listed with a share of about 24.9 percent. If the current trend continues, Mozilla will lose its position as second most popular browser in November. In South America, Chrome has become the dominating browser with daily market shares in excess of 40 percent this month, according to StatCounter.

Teaming up with Mozilla may be a good idea for Microsoft at this point, as every other strategy to fend off Chrome has failed so far. If Microsoft keeps losing market share at the current pace and if Chrome keeps gaining share at the same time, Google may surpass IE share as early as June 2012.

SOURCE via Mozilla

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Poor guy

October 31st, 2011

Poor guy

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Google confirms no Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

October 31st, 2011

Google confirms no Ice Cream Sandwich for Nexus One

It might seem like only yesterday you purchased your trusty Nexus One, but the truth of the matter is that your phone is getting a little bit long in the tooth.

One of the major perks of owning a Nexus-branded smartphone is that you get the Android updates before everyone else. However, it seems those first to jump on the Nexus bandwagon may not get the latest version of Android at all. The London Telegraph cites Google’s Hugo Barra as saying that, while last year’s Nexus S will get the update within a few weeks of the Galaxy Nexus launch, Nexus One users won’t be so lucky.

“Owners of the first official Google phone, the Nexus One, will not be getting the upgrade, however,” writes Matt Warman for the Telegraph. “Barra said the hardware was simply too old to run the new operating system.”

That said, while Google may not officially release the Android 4.0/ICS update for the Nexus One, the developer community is another story entirely. There has already been some success in porting an early version of ICS to the Nexus One, so don’t rule out an unofficial version just yet. As far as hardware goes, the Nexus One boasts a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, up to 32GB of removable storage, and a 5-megapixel with 2X digital zoom, autofocus, LED flash and 720p video.

SOURCE via The Telegraph

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Boys vs Girls by Google

October 31st, 2011

Boys vs Girls by Google

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Facebook to build data centre near the Arctic Circle

October 31st, 2011

Facebook to build data centre near the Arctic Circle

The city is located near the Arctic Circle and will be home to Facebook’s first European data centre. Lulea’s sub-arctic climate will enable the company to take advantage of natural cooling resources with a climate that has short, mild summers and long, cold winters.

The data centre will have a floor space of more than 900,000 square feet, which exceeds the size of 15 football fields. According to the town of Lulea, the facility will be built in three phases and eventually consist of three separate server rooms that are designed to handle a substantial portion of Facebook’s data traffic. The completion date is targeted for 2014.

Facebook has been frequently criticized, especially by Greenpeace, that it does not make enough effort to achieve an efficient use of energy in its data centres and draw most of its power from coal power plants. The Lulea data centre will consume power that is exclusively produced by water power plants and the natural climate should help bring down the power consumption quite a bit. Competitors, such as Google, use similar concepts: Google recently opened a data centre in Hamina, Finland, which uses sea water for cooling its servers.

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Nintendo hit with dramatic decline in Sales

October 31st, 2011

Nintendo hit with dramatic decline in Sales

Nintendo is finding itself in financial trouble as the company has not an effective tool to halt the decline of its console shipment numbers. The company sold only 3.35 million Wiis between April and September, down from 4.97 million in the same time frame of 2010. Game shipments dropped dramatically from 65.2 million last year to 36.5 million units.

The 3DS is not as strong as Nintendo hoped for and sold just 3.07 million units (8.13 million games). The forecast for game sales for the fiscal year was reduced from 70 million to about 50 million. The regularDS console dropped from shipments of 6.69 million to 2.58 million devices. Nintendo said about 29 million DS game units shipped during the quarter, down from 54.8 million in 2010.

“Nintendo faces a very harsh time now” said Koichi Ogawa, chief portfolio manager at Daiwa SB Investments, Bloomberg. “Competition in the video-game industry is getting severe, and Nintendo must fight for customers who are using smartphones and tablets.”

Nintendo’s quarterly revenue declined by 41 percent to about $2.8 billion; the net loss was about $26 million. The company told analysts that that it may be reporting its first annual loss in 30 years. President Satoru Iwata stressed that the upcoming Wii U will be introduced in June 2012, and there is no doubt that Nintendo will rely on the success of the console to recover from its current struggles.

SOURCE via Bloomberg

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Samsung to offer flexible displays in 2012, challenges Nokia to a twist contest

October 31st, 2011

Samsung to offer flexible displays in 2012, challenges Nokia to a twist contest

Flexible displays? Samsung’s got ‘em, too. A few days after Nokia showed off its Kinetic Device prototype under the blue lights of Nokia World, Samsung made mention of its own plans to unleash some bendy mobile devices on the world. A spokesperson for the company was scarce on details, but noted that the flexible displays are targeted for 2012. The technology, which was showcased at this year’s CES, will initially be incorporated into handsets, with tablets following down the road.

SOURCE via PC World

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The Bible

October 31st, 2011

The Bible

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Siri port now talking to Apple servers, avoiding Cydia

October 31st, 2011



A little cajoling from a clever developer got Siri talking to the iPhone 4 and the iPad, but Apple’s tight-lipped servers kept the conversation effectively one-sided. The last-gen port was still missing something, and developer Steven Troughton-Smith knew where to find it: a jailbroken iPhone 4S. In an interview with 9to5Mac, Troughton-Smith said that getting Siri to talk to Cupertino’s data servers only took ten minutes after he had all of the pieces in place. Ready for your personal assistant port? Hold the phone, the process is a bit dodgy — our hacking hero said that getting Siri on the older device is a 20-step process, and it requires files from the iPhone 4S that he says aren’t his to distribute. When asked about distributing the hack over Cydia, Troughton-Smith said it was something he couldn’t be a part of. On Twitter he suggested that a release would “anger the hive,” but promised to post detailed notes on the hack after an iPhone 4S jailbreak drops.

SOURCE via 9to5mac

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