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Video Game Releases & Reviews

If you're opposed to sunlight - or you enjoy video games in the evening, take a look at the latest video game releases put up by ShackNews.  After you've got your fill of what is new, you can take a look and see what has been recently reviewed.

PC

  • Confrontation
  • Shoot Many Robots (Steam - $10)
  • Tropico 4: Modern Times


360

  • Anomaly Warzone Earth (XBLA - $10)
  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • Diabolical Pitch (XBLA - $10)
  • Fallout 3 & Oblivion Double Pack
  • Kinect Star Wars


PS3

  • Devil May Cry HD Collection
  • I Am Alive (PSN - $15)
  • The Price Is Right Decades (PSN)
  • Wheels of Destruction: World Tour (PSN - $10)


Wii

  • TNT Racers (WiiWare)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles


3DS

  • Colors! 3D (eShop - $7)
  • Funky Barn 3D


PSP

  • Canabalt (PSP mini)
  • Farm Frenzy 2 (PSP mini)


NDS

  • Penguin Patrol (DSiWare - $2)

 

eTeknix straps in and enjoys some Microsoft Flight (Free-to-Play) for the PC while HardwareHeaven gets things in gear with Ridge Racer Unbounded as well as the CAPCOM Digital Collection - both for the Xbox. 


Small RAM Roundup

As we kick off the first full month of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere, we've got a small collection of RAM kits that may not be all that small.  The 16GB kit of G.Skill Ares F3-1600C8Q-16GAB over at APHNetworks is not small potato, but it is quite affordable for those new Core i7 Ivy Bridge kits.  TechPowerUp has a pretty nice kit of G.Skill on their bench as well.  Not to be left out is the 16GB kit of VisionTek Ultimate Performance Red label PC3-17000 over at HiTechLegion.

The VisionTek 4x4GB PC3-17000 quad-channel memory kit is designed for high performance PCs, such as Intel's latest X79 platform. The VisionTek 16GB Ultimate Performance PC3-17000 memory kit runs at 2133 MHz at CL11 timings with 1.65V and is fully XMP capable for convenient profile loading within the UEFI or BIOS.


Rovio to Launch Weekly Angry Series

It seems that Rovio is trying to capitalize on the Angry Birds to the factor of 10 - and I guess, who can blame them?  In reality, the Birds will probably pass away before too long, so they are milking it and now will be releasing the first of 52 episodes starting this fall.  I hope that Angry Birds is still popular by then or they are going to eat some crow... so to speak.  More at TheNextWeb.

Although plans for a series have been previously reported earlier this year, more details have now emerged. 52 episodes are to be produced in-house, each around 3 minutes in length, starting in fall this year. The Finnish firm plans to launch an app to distribute the series through. However, it will look into partnerships to ensure that the series gets to as wide an audience as possible, on as many devices as possible.


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8 Cool New Laptops

The last 6 months has featured the release of some truly cool laptops. Some of the coolest designs have come in the form of Ultrabooks and if you've done any laptop shopping in the past couple months you've probably undoubtedly seen them. PCMag has come up with a list of their favorite 8 new laptops (3 of them are Ultrabooks). 

It's bad form to beg for bookmarks, but you really ought to visit PCMag.com's laptop pages regularly. If you haven't been, you've missed a crop of fast, fascinating, and feature-packed portables in categories ranging from desktop replacements to media centers—cool new laptops like the eight listed here by way of example.

Thinner-than-thin and lighter-than-light laptops built to Intel's ultrabook specification have dominated the laptop news in recent months, first with 13.3-inch and now with 14- and 15-inch models reaching the market. We've included one of the first (from Toshiba) and one of the latest (from HP) ultrabooks in this roundup, and have new ultrabooks of all sizes in the review pipeline. 


Tim Cook = #1, Steve Jobs #2

In a new "anonymous" survey of Apple employees it was found that Apple employees rank new CEO Tim Cook slightly ahead of previous CEO Steve Jobs. Now to be fair both CEO's have huge approval ratings (Jobs at 95%, Cook at 97%) but the biggest news is that it appears that employees are accepting the new CEO who some thought was going to have a hard time winning over people. Gigaom has the full details on this story,

For all the handwringing over how Tim Cook could ever live up to his predecessor Steve Jobs as CEO of Apple, employees seem to think he’s doing well — even better than Jobs.

That’s according to anonymous Apple employee rankings of their chief executives on job hunting and review site Glassdoor.com. On the site, employees have given Cook a 97 percent approval rating between March 2011 to March 2012. That just beats out Jobs’ ranking of 95 percent, which was calculated with Apple employees rankings between March 2010 and March 2011. (Note: While Cook wasn’t officially named CEO of Apple until August 2011, he had been interim CEO since Jobs went on medical leave in January 2011.)


Google makes more from iOS than Android

In a new lawsuit involving Google and Oracle it is being claimed by Google that they don't make much money off Android directly and in fact they make more money from Apple's iOS than their own operating system. Of course you can't feel to bad for Google as they have an annual revenue of 38 Billion. Also interesting to note is that Google makes approximately 30 dollars per PC user each year while mobile users only make them about 10. The Guardian has more details.

Android generated less than $550m in revenues for Google between 2008 and the end of 2011, if figures provided by the search giant as part of a settlement offer with Oracle ahead of an expected patent and copyright infringement trial are an accurate guide.

The figures also suggest that Apple devices such as the iPhone, which use products such as its Maps as well as Google Search in its Safari browser, generated more than four times as much revenue for Google as its own handsets in the same period.


Why one Mac user loves Windows 8

The reaction to Windows 8 has been a mixed bag due to the redesign of Windows that so many people have become used to over the past 17 years. One analyst over at CNN who has been a Mac user for the past 11 years is pretty excited about Windows 8 and shares why he thinks Microsoft has built a winner. The fact that one person is excited isn't news but its interesting to see how someone who stopped using Windows over a decade ago is willing to come back thanks to the new redesign. 

I've been a Mac user for about 11 years. And since I made the switch, I never thought the day would come when I'd say this:

I'm excited for the next version of Windows.

This fall, Microsoft will launch Windows 8, a radical redesign from the Windows you've grown accustomed to since Windows 95 made its debut 17 years ago.


Thursday Graphics Stack

As we kick off the hardware news today, we've got a stack of graphics cards to get out of the way.  If you've got a bundle - consider the new GTX 680 - it's darn fast.

 


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