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Zuckerberg takes some heat

You know you've made it when analyst start criticizing you for your wardrobe, and this week Mark Zuckerberg took some of the criticism for wearing a hoodie to Facebook's IPO roadshow that is aiming to drum up investors for when it goes public. Maybe its just a slow news day, or maybe people are really upset at this calling it a "mark of immaturity", either way, he's going to be super rich in a few weeks so I doubt he really cares. CNET has the full story.

Bloomberg's Mark Milian quotes Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter: "Mark and his signature hoodie: He's actually showing investors he doesn't care that much; he's going to be him. I think that's a mark of immaturity. I think that he has to realize he's bringing investors in as a new constituency right now, and I think he's got to show them the respect that they deserve because he's asking them for their money."


Worst Gadgets of the Summer

Engadget has come up with their list of the 4 worst gadgets they've found for the summer. I don't want to ruin the surprise, but they have included a CB Radio accessory that you can plug into your iPhone (Classy!).

When summer starts to creep up, so does that dreadful jumble of terms like "swimsuit season," "beach body" and "crippling insecurity." But these crapgadgets would like you to stop being so dang selfish and think about your tech's appearance for a change. After all, what you lack in muscle you can always make up for in accessories that inspire, intrigue and lead others to speculate about your financial standing.


Episode #158 - Xbox 360 now $99 With Subscription

Episode #158 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Next Generation Consoles Skyrocketing to a $100 price tag, Android could be powering the Wii U and Samsung Galaxy S3 goodness.  We have those stories and more...

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Audio Ensemble

As we kick off the hardware news for today, we've got a few audio bits that may be interesting.  These range greatly in price and quality so I'm sure you can find something for your budget.

Ozone Onda 3HX Headset - eTeknix --=-- KRK Systems KNS 8400 Headphones - TechPowerUp --=-- Enermax DreamBass Genie AP001 USB Audio Adapter - HiTechLegion --=-- Noontec Zoro Headset - XtremeComputing --=-- Genius SP-i250G LED Portable Gaming Speakers - TweakTown


Can the Wii U Survive it's Second E3?

Nintendo has been struggling.  Financially, they've had a pretty hard time of things, but with E3 coming - they really need to get their game in shape.  They need several things in order to make the Wii U successful and after the way they've dropped hardware specs, they need it really bad.  One thing that will make or break the platform is 3rd Party Support.  Without some great exclusive titles, the Wii U could fail - and so could Nintendo.  Oh yeah, and the 3DS needs a bit of help too.  IGN has more details.

What it needs now is strong, sustainable and unique support from third parties. Resident Evil Revelations should just be the beginning of this kind of content, not the sole example. Furthermore, Nintendo needs to attract third parties outside of Japan. The support from companies like Konami, Square and Capcom has truly been remarkable, but Nintendo also needs the type of content that can only come from EA, Activision and Rockstar.


ASUS Transformer Pad 300

TechReport has a look at the latest Tablet to come from ASUS and they put the Transformer Pad 300 up against some competition and find out just how usable this Android 4.0 tablet is.  This comes equipped with Tegra 3 power, and is under $400 making it a great alternative to the iPad - and many other tablets out there.

One of the nicest things about the old Transformer is its industrial design, which is attractive without remotely resembling an Apple rip-off. The Transformer Pad 300 offers a fresh look that's similarly unique and yet completely different.


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Android App Pick - Phase 10

We have just posted up our 31th App Pick of the Week and this week we are rocking some nostalgia as we take a look at Phase 10.  This popular card game now has a very smooth Android App.  If you have a bit of time to kill and have beat all of the Angry Birds iterations, give Phase 10 a try!


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

ShackNews Games Releases & More

The release of Max Payne 3 is getting closer, but you'll have to wait another week and take a look at the games that ShackNews is reporting will hit shelves this week.  Also, we have a few game reviews gathered up below of you want to read before you spend (alternative to try before you buy).

PC

  • Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen
  • Nexuiz (download - $10)
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Warlock: Master of the Arcane


360

  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (XLBA - $15)
  • Phantom Breaker


PS3

  • Datura (PSN - $10)
  • Starhawk


3DS

  • Sudoku by Nikoli (eShop - $5)


PSP

  • Knight Fortix 2 (PSP mini)


NDS

  • Paul's Shooting Adventure 2 (DSiWare - $2)

 

Deadliest Warrior: Ancient Combat (360) - MEGATechNews --=-- Prototype 2 (360) - HardwareHeaven --=-- Botanicula (PC) - eTeknix --=-- The Walking Dead: Episode One (PC) - MEGATechNews --=-- Dragons Dogma (PS3) - HardwareHeaven --=-- Kid Icarus: Uprising (NDS) - TweakTown


Chip-Faced with Intel

Moving along today we've got a few Intel CPU reviews to post including one Core i5-3570K CPU at HiTechLegion that comes multiplier unlocked (hence the "K" moniker) and offers some pretty decent performance for the price.

If you want something with a little more punch, the Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge CPU at FutureLooks has a bit more power and is also factory unlocked for your LGA1155 platform.  If you don't believe them, TechPowerUp has the same chip on their bench as well.

The biggest changes can be found in the graphics core. It adds support for DirectX 11, which puts it on the map to play the latest games. Intel has increased the number of execution units from 12 to 16, which by itself will give a nice performance boost. We also see support for less common APIs like OpenCL 1.1 and OpenGL 3.1.


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