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iPhone 5 Rumors Resurface

The Apple iPhone 5 was the much-hyped non-launch product of last year and this year consumers are hoping that Apple actually releases something worthy of waiting for.  Let's face it, the iPhone 4S was not that exciting and if the rumors are to be true, the iPhone 5 will land in June with a 4.6" Retina display.  While the jury is still out on LTE support, my guess is with the size and form factor of the phone, it will ship with more power-friendly 4G standard.  eWeek has more info.

While the iPhone 5 would actually be the sixth-generation version of the handset, a blog post on AppleInsider claimed the Chinese workers who build the phones refer to the upcoming handset as the iPhone 5. According to Apple-centric blog 9to5Mac's Jan. 25 report, the iPhone 5 will feature a bigger screen and a different casing from the iPhone 4.


Video Game Releases of the Week

ShackNews has posted up the latest video game releases of the week and they claim that this week is all about quality - not quantity.  I can't vouch for the quality of this lineup, but I do agree that they aren't a lot of new titles this time around.  Still, Tribes: Ascend lands officially and it's Free to Play.

PC

  • Legend of Grimrock (download - $15)
  • Naval War: Arctic Circle
  • Tribes: Ascend (free-to-play)


360

  • Fez (XBLA - $10)
  • Skullgirls (XBLA - $15)
  • The Splatters (XBLA - $10)
  • World Gone Sour (XBLA - $5)


PS3

  • Skullgirls (PSN - $15)
  • The Pinball Arcade (PSN)
  • World Gone Sour (PSN - $5)


PSV

  • The Pinball Arcade (PSN)
  • Treasures of Montezuma Blitz (PSN - free-to-play)


3DS

  • Spirit Camera: The Cursed Memoir


NDS

  • Anne's Doll Studio: Tokyo Collection (DSiWare - $5)


HTC is had a rough Q1

It wasn't too long ago when HTC was one of the biggest names when it came to smartphones, now they are having a pretty rough go of it. According to HTC's Q1 results they say a 70% drop in profits and their revenues dropped 35%. It will be interesting to see if HTC can rebound now that there is more competition than ever in the smartphone market. TechCrunch has the full story.

HTC released their unaudited Q1 2012 earnings earlier this morning, and the results aren’t pretty [PDF]. The Taiwanese company managed to pull down NT$67.8 billion ($2.3 billion) this past quarter, a nearly 35% dip year-over-year.

What’s more, HTC took an even bigger hit when it came to net income after taxes — in Q1, they only raked in NT$4.4 billion ($149 million), compared to the NT$14.8 billion ($501 million) in profits earned this time last year.


Firefox making progess on Metro version

There has been a ton of Windows 8 talk over the past year or so and a bunch of companies are devoting a ton of time and money into Windows 8. Firefox is one of those companies and they are working to make sure they have a good version of Firefox so they don't lose ground to the other guys (more ground than they already have). Having the best Metro browser at launch could be a good thing to make people come back to Firefox and NetworkWorld takes a closer look at what the Firefox team has been up to.

A preliminary version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser designed to work with Microsoft's Metro interface for Windows 8 is up and running, according to a blog post from platform engineer Brian Bondy. 

Nevertheless, he stopped short of asserting that the browser is ready for the next phase of development, despite the Firefox Roadmap's stated target of having a working prototype by the second quarter of 2012. 


5000+ Artists sign up for Pirate Bay promotion

Pirate Bay is usually making news for making artists mad because they are getting ripped off, but now Pirate Bay has opened up a music promotion that allows artists who put their music on Pirate Bay some free promotion and so far over 5,000 artists have already signed up. This is probably going to make the whole Pirate Bay vs. The Music Industry battle even more interesting as now independent artists are supporting the "enemy of music". TorrentFreak has more on this new promotion.

Record labels and Hollywood have described The Pirate Bay as one of the biggest threats to their business, but thousands of artists clearly disagree with this view. In recent weeks more than 5000 independent artists have signed up to be promoted by the world’s largest torrent site. Those who were lucky enough to be featured are overwhelmed by the career boost and the positive responses from the public.


Android Fragmentation

The slow release of the latest Android OS (Ice Cream Sandwich) has now brought to light once again one of the biggest problems facing Android, fragmentation. Currently the newest OS from Android is only being used by 6.2% of their users (which is up from where it was a couple months ago) thanks to the upgrades that some users are doing, but the majority of Android users are still a couple versions back. Now the biggest issue that developers will be facing is which version of Android do they focus on since the majority of users are using older releases and the new ICS platform is suffering from slow adoption? BGR has more on this story.

Google updated its Android version tracker on Monday, revealing that the latest version of its mobile operating system — Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — has more than doubled its installed base over the past month. Unfortunately, that only carries Google’s current Android build to a 2.9% share of all devices. Combined with Honeycomb, this means that as of March 2nd, just 6.2% of Android devices are now running a modern version of Android. Meanwhile, the bulk of Android devices run the 15-month-old Gingerbread operating system (63.7%) and the second most popular version of the platform is the 23-month-old Froyo OS (23.1%). First unveiled in October 2009 and currently at 6%, Android 2.1 Eclair is still found on nearly as many devices as Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich combined. Read on for more.


Nokia Lumia 900 vs. iPhone 4S

The Nokia Lumia 900 is launching next week and it appears like it might be the Windows Phone 7 device to beat. With that being said, does it have what it takes to compete with a phone like the iPhone 4S? PCMag puts both of these device up against each other in an effort to see if the Lumia 900 has what it takes to survive.

The highly anticipated, Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 900 hits AT&T April 8 with an aggressively low $99.99 price tag, but it's already available for preorder. Since this is a flagship product for Nokia and Microsoft, everyone is sure be to paying extra close attention. And if what we saw at CES is any indication, the Lumia 900 will definitely be the Windows Phone to beat. But is it also good enough to best Apple's almighty iPhone 4S? We compare specs in the table below to help you decide.


Next PlayStation to launch before next Xbox

The rumors around the next generation Xbox and the next generation PlayStation has been swirling for a while now but in recent weeks it now looks like Christmas 2013 appears to be the date both companies are looking at to launch their next products. Sources are now claiming that the next PlayStation (which might be named Orbis) will be shipped before the next Xbox and they are planning on allowing you to use your PS Vita as a controller. Both of those rumors would be good news for PlayStation fans, Gamespot has more.

The PlayStation 4--believed to be called the Orbis--will ship before Microsoft's next-generation console, according to a mystery source speaking to VG247.

The site's tipster said the design ambitions for the PS4 were set "at least" two years ago, and Sony is "confident" that it will release the console ahead of Microsoft's next Xbox.


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Arctic Blu-Ray Media PC

Arctic has certainly diversified over the past couple of years and eTeknix has one of their non-coolers.  They look at the Arctic MC0001-BD Blu-Ray Entertainment Center in their latest review and find out if this Dual-Core Atom D525 running Radeon HD5430 has enough power to fulfill your entertainment needs.  It's a pretty slick little beast that comes pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium to boot!

Unlike other devices on the market, this is not just an entertainment or media centre but is a fully fledged desktop PC with Windows 7 Home Premium bundled on it, so that you can do work, surf the web or use it as its main purpose, being a media/entertainment centre.


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