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Monday Gaming Goodness

As we kick off this week and head on into the first week of May, ShackNews shares the video games that are slated to hit the shelves and download this week.  Enjoy!  After the list, we have a few video game reviews as well.

PC

  • Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land (download)
  • Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage (download)
  • MicroTale (Desura - $6)
  • Nexuiz (download - $10)
  • Port Royale 3: Pirates and Merchants (download)
  • Reflexio (download - $5)
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Tera

360

  • Awesomenauts (XBLA - $10)
  • Fable Heroes (XBLA - $10)
  • Sniper Elite V2

PS3

  • Awesomenauts (PSN - $10)
  • Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of Time (PSN)
  • Max Payne (PS2 Classic)
  • Rayman 2 Revolution (PS2 Classic)
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • The Legend of Dragoon (PSone Classic)


PSV

  • Mortal Kombat


3DS

  • Bird Mania 3D (eShop - $2)


PSP

  • Floating Cloud God Saves The Pilgrims (mini)


NDS

  • Amoebattle (DSiWare - $5)

 

As far as reviews go, eTeknik has a look at the Indie game - Waveform.  If something more mainstream is your style, check out Pandora's Tower for the Wii.  Techgage has a look at the game I just got for my birthday from Tigger - Ridge Racer Unbounded.  Finally, TweakTown looks at UEFA Euro 2012 for the PS3.


Why is Ivy Bridge so Hot?

Intel's new Ivy Bridge series of processor is supposed to be a power-miser and just sip electricity, but it seems to run hotter than a $2 pistol.  Overclocked these processors are hitting up past 100°C and this is quite a shock.  TechReport looks into the situation and finds out why and how this is going to affect overall performance.

If you read our Ivy Bridge coverage carefully, you'll know that we observed some rather high temperatures when overclocking the Core i7-3770K. With a single-fan air tower, our chip ran at a reasonable 50-60°C when clocked to 4.4-4.5GHz at its default voltage. However, when we pushed to 4.9GHz on 1.35V, the temperature soared past 100°C.


Power Supply Pile

As we continue through the news on this fine Monday, we've got a few power supplies reviews stacked up and ready for you to check out.

 


Samsung passes Nokia

Samsung has just passed Nokia as the world's largest phone manufacturer. Samsung was able to ship 93.5 Million phones in the first quarter of 2012 (which is mind boggling and up 36% over last year). Nokia still did pretty well by shipping 82.7 Million phones (Apple shipped 35.1 Million phones in the first quarter). Nokia has held the title as the world's largest phone manufacturer since 1998 until Samsung just recently dethroned them. Gizmodo has the story and more fun phone facts. 

Samsung has just toppled Nokia's 14-year run as the world's biggest vendor of mobile phones in terms of shipments. In the first quarter of 2012 Samsung shipped 93.5 million handsets—36 per cent more than a year earlier—overtaking the Finnish phone giant who shipped a mere 82.7 million.


Apple Predictions

Forbes has put up an interesting article on the state of Apple after Steve Jobs. It's pretty tough to argue that Apple isn't doing very well right now but George Colony of analysis firm Forrester is forecasting that without Jobs at the helm Apple could be headed for rocky times and he thinks in the next few years they will begin to coast and then start to decelerate. It's an interesting article and worthy of a read.

All things considered, Apple had a very successful financial quarter. The Cupertino giant sold 35.1 million iPhones, 11.8 million iPads, 7.7 million iPods and 4 million Macs. In all, that’s a total of 58.6 million devices sold over the quarter, which works out at some 645,000 sold every day.

Given all this, it might seem a rather odd time to start predict the demise of the company. But that’s exactly what George Colony, CEO of research and analysis firm Forrester, is predicting. According to Colony, the catalyst for this fall from grace is something that couldn’t be helped or avoided — Steve Jobs‘ death.


Nexon to buy EA?

The rumor of the week is involving EA and the possibility that Nexon is looking to possibly buy them up. Nexon might not be the most well-known game company here in North America, but in 2011 they had 1.12 Billion dollars in revenue (they've also got a bunch of other subsidiaries). EA had revenues of 3.5 Billion last year so its unknown if a merger would even be possible but you never know. IGN has the full story.

Free-to-play developer/publisher Nexon could be looking to buy Electronic Arts. According to Bloomberg, which picked up on the news from a Korean newspaper, Nexon "has contacted EA about making an offer." No word on whether this would see EA absorbed or merged.

EA's shares are, as of press time, up almost six percent following the alleged approach, which is the highest they've been in six weeks.  


Android App Pick - Temple Run

We have just posted up our 29th App Pick of the Week and this week we've got a fun app that will keep you running.  Temple Run is a great little game that is a progressive platformer and will be a fun addition to any gaming collection.  It's free and at this point it's also ad-free.  Take a look and enjoy!

Temple Run

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


Graphics Card Collection

As we kick off the news for today, we've gathered up a nice selection of Graphics Cards reviews from around the web.  Enjoy!



Nintendo selling the 3DS at a loss

In order to get more of their portable 3DS products into people's hands, Nintendo has admitted that they've been selling the 3DS at a loss (which isn't a normal Nintento move). Nintendo has also said that they expect to stop selling the 3DS at a loss (not sure what that means) by March 31, 2013. Its pretty obvious that smartphones have had a pretty big impact on portable gaming when even the once unbeatable Gameboy lineup is being sold at a loss. Engadget has the story.

 

Ever since Nintendo slashed the price of the 3DS, there's been plenty of speculation that the gaming giant has been selling the portable console at a loss. The company acknowledged that fact during its disappointing earnings report, stating, "its hardware has been sold below cost because of its significant price cut in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012," something that's uncharacteristic of the company's past operations.


Facebook hits 901 Million Users

Facebook announced Monday that they've hit the 901 Million user mark. Of those 901 Million users that have signed up, 526 Million are described as daily users, over 3.2 Billion posts are made per day, and 488 Million people have used Facebook's mobile products in the past month. Facebook has also predicted hitting the 1 Billion user mark by August which is pretty impressive even if you aren't a fan of Facebook. Mashable has this story as well as more Facebook stats over here.

Facebook disclosed on Monday that it has 901 million users, making it likely that it will pass the 1 billion mark well before the end of the year.

The company, which dropped the stat in its amended S-1 filing, also notes that its network receives 3.2 billion comments per day and 300 million new photos daily. The site also claims 125 billion friendships. Of the 901 million figure, 526 million were described as daily active users in March. Some 488 million people also used Facebook mobile products that month, according to the filing.


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