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Weekly Video Game Releases

Shacknews has posted their latest video game releases of the week and if you're into some exciting gaming on the PC, you may have to wait a while longer.    There are a couple of games that may be worth checking out, but no blockbusters this week.  


  • AZMD! Scorepocalypse
  • Botanicula (download)
  • Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet (download - $15)
  • MacGuffin's Curse (Steam)
  • Super Ski Runner (download - "pay what you want")
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Steam)


  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition
  • Trials Evolution (XBLA - $15)


  • Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat
  • The House of the Dead 4 (PSN - $10)


  • Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
  • StarDrone Extreme (PSN - $4)


  • I Must Run! (DSiWare - $2)

Facebook Spams Your Feed - Better

Facebook Offers rollout has begun and now you'll have even more junk clogging up your news feed as they find yet another way to spam your wall, invade your privacy - all in the name of saving you money.  The Verge covers more of this opt-in coupon program that will no doubt be very popular.  It is yet another reason for me to migrate over to Google+.

The offers are free to create, though Facebook says that each will only reach a limited number of people. This is obviously a way for the social network to maintain interest in its regular ads, though it's an interesting strategy that could see more smaller businesses investing in wider advertising campaigns. Offers also marks another attempt by Facebook to enter the social shopping market that's currently dominated by the likes of Groupon and Livingsocial.

Monday Memory Roundup

As we keep on pounding through the news, we've got a few memory reviews to share with you on this fine Monday.

Kingston HyperX Genesis 16GB 2133MHz Quad Channel Kit - NikKTech --=-- Kingston HyperX Red, HyperX 3K SSD, Word on USB Drive Security - FutureLooks --=-- Exceleram Rippler ERB300A 4GB PC3-12800 CAS 6 1.65v - TechPowerUp --=-- GeIL Black Dragon DDR3-2133 8GB Quad Channel Kit - HardwareHeaven

Windows on Your iPad? Sort of.

If you love the iPad experience, but still want to run Windows on your favorite white device, InformationWeek has a look at six different ways to make this happen.  Of the most popular of course is Splashtop, but it doesn't end there.  I'll be honest though, none of these actually involve installing it on your device.  Still, there are some pretty great options to make it virtual.


Video Stuffing

If you need a new video card - or just the ability to add more monitors to your system, there are a few choices - both internal or external.  Take a look below of some of the recent reviews.


Tech Buyouts by the Numbers

The Instagram sale is pretty much what every tech site has been talking about, so why not take a look back at some other famous tech company purchases to see how the Instagram sale stacks up. Wired takes a look at how this sale compares to ones before and breaks it down into charts.

Instagram’s billion-dollar sale to Facebook raised eyebrows Monday, renewing cries of a new tech bubble. But relative to other major acquisitions, turns out it’s a pretty good deal and not the least bit inflationary.

To put the acquisition in perspective I pulled together data from a selection of 30 notable internet acquisitions over the last 10 years, from Broadcast.com to OMGPop to see if Facebook/Instagram for $1 billion was as crazy as everyone thinks. (I left out companies without public purchase prices or user stats.)

Who will Facebook buy next?

Facebook's purchase of Instagram last week is still making the news and MarketWatch is taking a deeper look at just what might be next for Facebook's acquisition team. Chances are good Facebook isn't done buying thanks to its 845 Million users and upcoming IPO which should bring some new money into the company.

The exorbitant $1 billion price tag the social network agreed to pay on Monday for Instagram, an 18-month-old photo-sharing service, highlights how Facebook is no longer the pacesetter it once was. For Facebook to spend so much for a startup right before its mega initial public offering shows that it is no longer the hot new thing. It’s also feasible it had some competition courting Instagram.

New Google+ redesign breaks apps

Google+ recently rolled out their redesign of their social networks homepage and so far they've been getting nothing but grief over it. Today the group of people mad at them are the aApp and extension developers who are mad that it broke their products and they don't think they got fair warning that a change was coming. I guess Google now knows what Facebook goes through every time they do a redesign and people just get mad at them. VentureBeat has the story.

One of the most valuable resources for a social network looking to attract new users is a robust market of apps that extend the platform’s functionality and increase engagement. So when the redesign for Google+ broke a number of apps and extensions built for the search giant’s social network, developers cried foul, asking why Google hadn’t given them fair warning.


Instagram has been making headlines thanks to a $1 Billion dollar buyout they received from Facebook. The reaction to this announcement has been mixed to say the least. Visual.ly has come up with a timeline of Instagram and shows how this company went from zero to a billion in 17 months.

Track Instagram's brief but explosive history, from launch in November 2010 to its $1 billion exit to Facebook in April 2012.

One of the biggest complaints about a Facebook takeover is will Facebook change Instagram's privacy? Chance are good this will change, but MSNBC takes a closer look at this nagging topic.

People are so steamed up about Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram that they are vowing to purge their smartphones of the old-timey photo sharing app.

"Facebook," "Instagram," and "uninstall" were the three words littering Twitter -- the place where everyone posts their Instagram images -- soon after news of the deal broke on Monday. 

And last but not least, NYMag takes a look at the Instagram sale and asks the question, "What happens when your favorite App sells out?"

Facebook, a company with a potential market cap worth five or six moon landings, is spending one of its many billions of dollars to buy Instagram, a tiny company dedicated to helping Thai beauty queens share photos of their fingernails. Many people have critical opinions on this subject, ranging from “this will ruin Instagram” to “$1 billion is too much.” And for many Instagram users it’s discomfiting to see a giant company they distrust purchase a tiny company they adore — like if Coldplay acquired Dirty Projectors, or a Gang of Four reunion was sponsored by Foxconn.

1366 x 768 is now the most popular resolution

In some very exciting news this week it was announced that 1366 x 768 is now the most popular screen resolution on the internet, dethroning 1024 x 768 which had long been the leader. 1366 x 768 now account for 19.3% of all internet traffic while 1024 x 768 has dropped to 18.6% (1024 x 768 was up to 42% 3 years ago). This might not be the most exciting story, but its interesting to see how higher resolution screens are finally starting to take over, TechCrunch has more details.

Screens with a 1024×768 resolution are a bit like Windows XP: there have long been better options, but they still remained the most often used screens on the web. That is, until now. According to the latest data from StatCounter, 1366×768 screens just surpassed 1024×768 as the most popular screen resolution used by the visitors to StatCounter’s global network of sites. Three years ago, 1024×768 still accounted for almost 42% of all visitors to the roughly three million sites that use StatCounter. Today, that number has fallen to 18.6% and 1366×768 screens now account for 19.28%, up from just 0.68% in May 2009.

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