DDR4 Roundup
16GB DDR4 Memory Roundup


Blackberry KEYone Black Ed.

Linksys EA9300
Linksys EA9300 Router

Super Mario Run
App Pick - Super Mario Run

500 Million Android Devices

According to Google, they've activated over 500 Million devices.  Currently, there are 1.3 Million Android activations daily, and that number has been growing pretty steadily.  Over at MobileSyrup they also have details as far as version deployment and a bit more. 

Schmidt also revealed that they were close to nailing the 500 million milestone number, but tonight, Hugo Barra, Director of Product Management for Android, stated on Google+ that “Today is a big day for Android… 500 million devices activated globally, and over 1.3 million added every single day.”


Motherboard Bundle


Intel Turns Any Surface Into Touchscreen

The Microsoft Kinect is a pretty nifty piece of hardware and Intel has gone to the trouble to develop software for this system that turns any surface into a touch-screen display.  They demo this at IDF and show it working on a wall as well as a round surface.  It's pretty nifty, but I'm not sure what application that really has.


Mark Says Facebook Is Awesome

Mark Zuckerberg took the stage on Tuesday to talk to investors about revenue and the position Facebook is in currently.  Yes, Mark has lost a mere $9 Billion since the IPO, but really, does it matter?  He's confident they can find a great way to irritate and annoy mobile users that will make investors money.  Afterall, it's all about money.

He also repeated his belief that the company would figure out numerous ways to profit from the growing number of its 955 million worldwide users who visit is online hangout through mobile applications instead of Web browsers on desktop computers.


Android App Pick - Granny Smith

We have just posted up our 49th App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting our game on with a new game from Mediocre.  Granny Smith is everything but mediocre and while it will cost you $1 - it's worth it for the fun and great graphics.  It works well on everything from a Nexus S to a Nexus 7.  Go help Granny bust the punks that keep trying to steal all of her apples!

Granny Smith 

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!


Steam Shows the Big Picture

Steam has now launched their "Big Picture" platform for the living room.  It looks impressive, but I don't see a lot of PC gamers choosing to switch to a controller for a lot of their games so they can sit on a couch.  That's what consoles are for...


Violent Videogames Help Pain

If you enjoy good first person shooter video games, there is some good news.  Everytime you stub your toe or step on lego, it hurts less.  According to a university study, games give people a higher pain tolerance.  Maybe it's because we see people in pain and they still carry on and complete the mission.  Or maybe it's a load of garbage.  DailyMail has more info.

The researchers suggest the increased pain tolerance and heart rate can be attributed to the body’s natural ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, which can activate descending pain inhibitory pathways in the brain reducing sensitivity to pain.


Tuesday Graphics Roudup


 

Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Headset

Shock SpinWe have just taken a look at the Tt eSPORTS Shock Spin Gaming Headset.  This is a high-quality headset that has a decent list of features, but once you combine that with amazing comfort and great sound, that takes it up a notch.  If you are looking for a new PC headset that can double as regular headphones (thanks to the separate microphone), the Shock Spin is worth a look.

The microphone has a separate cord and comes detached from the headset.  It comes with a clip for your shirt but I found that it is best to keep it clipped to the headset wire located on the left speaker.  Although this is a great microphone, The fact that it is detached with a "gaming" headset does not really make sense to me. I would have liked to see a boom or retractable microphone built in.


Gaming Bits

As we kick off the week with some news here at BCCHardware, we can't forget about the latest gaming reviews and releases that are available.  ShackNews has all the releases and there are a few game reviews and some other information below.

PC

  • Battlefield 3 Premium
  • Critter Crunch (download - $7)
  • Dungeon Gate
  • FTL: Faster Than Light (download - $10)
  • I Am Alive (download - $15)
  • Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken (download - $10)
  • Secret Files 3 (download)
  • Tryst (download)
  • Uprising44: The Silent Shadows (download)
  • War of the Human Tanks (download)
  • Critter Crunch and Double Dragon: Neon

360

  • Battlefield 3 Premium
  • Double Dragon: Neon (XBLA - $10)
  • Gateways (XBLIG)
  • Joe Danger 2: The Movie (XBLA - $15)
  • NHL 13
  • Red Johnson's Chronicles: One Against All (XBLA)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2

PS3

  • Anomaly: Warzone Earth (PSN)
  • Battlefield 3 Premium
  • Double Dragon: Neon (PSN - $10)
  • La Pucelle: Tactics (PS2 Classic)
  • NHL 13
  • Red Johnson's Chronicles: One Against All (PSN)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Wii

  • Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition

PSP

  • Ronny O'Sullivan's Snooker

3DS

  • Fractured Soul (eShop - $12)
  • Heavy Fire: Special Operations 3D (eShop - $5)

NDS

  • Bookstore Dreams (DSiWare - $2)

Before we jump into the reviews, eTeknix takes a look at PC Gaming - Then and Now and waxes nostaligic on how great it used to be.

Techgage looks at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and sees how this game has evolved and if it's any good.  eTeknix looks at Pacific Squadron WWII Special Edition for the Xbox 360.  TweakTown wraps things up with Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition for the PC.


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