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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.


Big GPU Monday + GTX 690

As we keep on pounding through the news bucket, we've got a big pile of graphics cards to get through.  In the mix are are few NVIDIA GTX 690 cards that launched last week.  I'm sure you'll find something you'd enjoy spending money on.



Elder Scrolls Goes Online

It's puzzled me as to why Elder Scrolls hasn't capitalized on the monthly subscription service that we've all come to hate about online gaming (but millions of users pay anyway).  It seems that it is coming and if you are a fan of the Elder Scrolls, you'll want to check out the trailer below.



Samsung Galaxay SIII Announced

In the announcement many Android (and/or Samsung) fans have been waiting for, Samsung has announced the Galaxy SII Smartphone.

The Galaxy SIII will be sporting a Quad-Core 1.4 GHz processor, 4.8 Inch super AMOLED screen, and will come in 16, 32, or 64GB models. There are also a bunch of other features like improved front and rear cameras, upgraded voice recognition (S-Voice), as well as the phone will include NFC communication capabilities. This time around you will get the choice of either dark blue or white for color choices.

As or right now it kinda appears that this will be the biggest competitor to the upcoming iPhone 5. Samsung however will have a decent head start in sales so it will be  very interesting to see how this all plays out in the upcoming months.

Here is a list of a couple site that were lucky enough to get some hands on time with the S3 at the launch event:

Computer Deal News

CNET

Engadget

Gizmodo

 

 
 

 

Biggest Tech Failures of the past 10 years

Nothing beats reading a "Best of" list on a Friday afternoon instead of doing something productive. Today we've got the "Biggest Tech Failures of the past 10 years" from the guys over at TechSpot. 

There are two surefire ways to have your name immortalized in history: succeed in your stride toward greatness or, as so many tech firms did in 2011, faceplant trying.

Fresh in our memory are failed products like the Blackberry Playbook and HP's TouchPad, the PlayStation Network getting hacked, Microsoft's Kin smartphones being removed from circulation after a mere 48 days, AMD's FX relaunch and Duke Nukem Forever. Those and a few others have served as inspiration for us to look further back and revisit some of the biggest flops of the new millennia, starting with what many consider Microsoft's worst OS ever.


30% of UK File-Sharers intend to Pirate more...

A UK based law firm has conducted a survey asking file-sharers if they intend to pirate more material in the upcoming 12 months and 30% of people who responded said yes. Now this survey might not be all that accurate since its a bunch of lawyers asking people about illegal activity, but the fact of the matter is that people are still downloading content. It seems like the number has dropped in the past couple of years thanks to easier (and less expensive) service like Netflix, however, it looks like there is still a ways to go. TorrentFreak takes a closer look at this survey.

According to a report from a leading UK law firm, nearly 30% of UK file-sharers say they intend to pirate more movies, music, games and ebooks during the next 12 months. The entertainment industries shouldn’t be too disappointed though – 36% and 34% of paying music and movie customers say they’ll consume more in the year to come.


Google's Android lost money in 2010

The Google vs. Oracle court battle that has been going on for a couple weeks has produced a few very interesting facts about Google's Android OS. This week it has come out that Google actually lost money on their Android OS in 2010 (even though it generated over 97 Million dollar in the first quarter of 2010). It will be very interesting to see how this all pans out in the end. The Chicago Tribune has the full story.

Google Inc's Android mobile platform resulted in a net loss for the company in every quarter of 2010, despite generating roughly $97.7 million in revenue for the first quarter of that year, a U.S. judge said in court.

The discussion on Thursday of the finances of what has become the world's leading mobile operating software in just four years came during a damages hearing in high stakes litigation between Oracle and Google over smartphone technology.


BitFenix Spectre Pro LED 120mm Fans

Spectre Pro BundleWe have just taken a look at some fans from BitFenix. They may not be the first name you think of when it comes to fans, but if you need to upgrade your stock cooling, their Spectre Pro LED fans offer more than just some good looks. If you need a new case or CPU fan, check out all the details over here.

I have a lot of fans in my system and I had to really turn down every other fan and listen really close to hear these fans at all.  At about 1100 RPM I could start to hear them above the system noise in my PC.  When comparing these to the original stock fans - all three Spectre fans running at 1200 RPM are still much much quieter than having one of the originals running full blast.


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