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13Oct/11Off

Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War brings multiplayer for first time

One of the best sci-fi shooters I have ever played is Mass Effect, I really like this game and I am looking forward to the Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War title hitting stores. The game will see Shepard and his companions fighting the Reapers again. So far, the other two games in the franchise have been single player only, though you had other characters to help you along.

The third installment of the franchise will bring with it for the first time a multiplayer system. Through Mass Effect games and applications, the player can help progress in the single player ode of the game, including increasing progress using the multiplayer system. The multiplayer features are enabled using an online pass code in the game box.

Player on the PS3 and Xbox can also purchase the pass code separately to play online. The game still has four-player coop play. Gamers can select from six classes including Human, Krogan, Asari, Drell, Salarian and Turian. The game will get DLC in the future to keep player playing away.


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Mass Effect 3: Galaxy at War brings multiplayer for first time is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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13Oct/11Off

Alton Brown Poses for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus?

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While the above picture may just appear to be Food Network personality Alton Brown (or my old landlord, but that’s another story) posing with Google software engineer Denis Lynch, the EXIF data attached to the Picasa upload tells a different story. The picture was apparently snapped by none other than the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The usual disclaimer that EXIF data can be easily edited goes along with the image. Someone will just have to track down Mr. Brown to verify that the Nexus Prime was indeed the device that took this image.

[Picasa | Thanks, Garrett!]


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13Oct/11Off

Verizon Sending Free Dock along with Delayed XOOM LTE Upgrades

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Verizon and Motorola’s 4G LTE upgrade for the Motorola XOOM is taking longer than expected for some customers. While as much seems expected when the process involves a lot more than simply downloading an over-the-air update (customer are, after all, sending their tablet toys back to the factory for some hardware alterations), Verizon feels the pain of those customers who were first to send their slate’s in for treatment. With the first units just arriving back on their owner’s doorsteps, the carrier is easing things along by including a free standard dock. It might hardly make up for the weeks of separation anxiety and withdraw customers had to endure, but at a $50 value, it’s a rather kind showing of appreciation.

[via Engadget]


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13Oct/11Off

Google Wallet Updated, Includes New Inline Offers

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Google Wallet has received a pretty substantial update, bringing its version number up to 1.0-R33v4. For those lucky enough to own a device capable of using Google’s mobile payment service (read: Nexus S 4G owners), you will be pleased to know you have some new offers coming your way. The updated version of Wallet allows you to access these deals directly. Other updates include:

  • Updated transaction detail screen (for Tap & Pay and in Transaction History)
  • Merchant name and amount now available for Google Prepaid Card purchases
  • Improved button to turn your cards on and off
  • Five minute default PIN timeout for new users
  • An improved tutorial
  • Account Number validation for some gift cards
  • Bug fixes
You can grab the update app by heading on over to the Android Market link below. Finding retailers who will accept Google Wallet payments? That’s another story entirely.
Android Market Link: Google Wallet


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13Oct/11Off

Apple Secures Samsung Galaxy Tab Ban in Australia

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Samsung has taken yet another blow in the global patent war being waged against the Android manufacturer by Apple. A court in Australia has upheld a preliminary injunction banning sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Features such as a touchscreen interface were ruled too similar to those of the iPad by Justice Annabelle Bennet.

Samsung plans to appeal the verdict, which produced a similar result to the ruling reached in German courts. Samsung plans to counter European bans by releasing updated devices that tweak alleged patent-infringing details, but with touchscreen technology a central part of the Galaxy Tab 10.1′s design, it is hard to see how Samsung could deploy a similar tactic in Australia. A statement released by the company read, “We are disappointed with this ruling and Samsung will be seeking legal advice on its options. We will continue to legally assert our intellectual property rights against those who violate Samsung’s patents and free ride on our technology.”

[via WSJ]


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13Oct/11Off

20 exotic supercars from Forza 4 Parked in one place!

If you live in London you need to run, seriously run, down to the carpark called Shoreditch car park opposite the Holiday Inn on Old St, EC1V 9LN. To celebrate the pending launch of Forza 4 20 of the most famous and impressive cars for the Forza 4 game gather together at the car park after driving in as a convoy yesterday.

The cars are all there on display looking awesome and it appears The Stig is standing guard. Four of the cars in the pack are super exotics worth more than £1 million each. Those super exotic cars include the Bugatti Veyron, the carbon Pagani Zonda, McLaren F1, and a Ferrari Enzo. The cars were all provided by the London Motor Museum.

The outright purchase price of the cars would total £8 million pounds. The full list of cars on display is below.

• Aston Martin DBS Coupe
• Aston Martin Vanquish
• Audi R8
• Bentley Continental GT
• Bugatti Veyron
• Dodge Challenger 1970
• Dodge Charger 1969 (Hemi engine)
• Ferrari 458
• Ferrari California
• Ferrari Enzo
• Jaguar E Type 1961
• Koenigsegg CCX
• Lamborghini Galardo
• Lamborghini Murcielago
• McLaren F1
• McLaren Mercedes 2011 SLS AMG
• McLaren MP4 – 12C
• Mercedes SLS AMG
• Pagani Zonda (carbon edition)
• Pontiac Firebird Transam

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20 exotic supercars from Forza 4 Parked in one place! is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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PC prices set to climb as Seagate joins HDD affected

Western Digital announced yesterday that the severe flooding in Thailand has left the company unable to produce HDDs in its plants. WD was clear that the facilities it has in the country are functional, but are on hold to prevent water from getting inside. A number of WD workers are unable to get to the factory as well due to flooding. Seagate is also reporting the same issue with slowdowns at its Thailand plant.

Seagate says that its plants are all functional and there are no logistical issues with its workers reaching plants. However, Seagate is warning that there are disruptions in the supply chain for the parts that it requires to make the HDDs it sells. With flooding in the region ongoing Seagate can’t predict the severity of the slow down at this time.

Due to this Seagate is expecting HDD supplies to be constrained through the quarter. All of Seagate workers in the region are reportedly safe. A shortage of HDDs will drive the price of the HDDs available up and likely lead to increased prices for devices that use HDDs for storage over the coming months. Seagate will talk more about the situation on October 20 during its quarterly conference call.


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PC prices set to climb as Seagate joins HDD affected is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Microsoft launches Windows Phone devices in India

Microsoft held an event in India recently where it launched Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in the country. The first device that will come to India is said to be the HTC Radar. The Radar is a flagship Mango device and will hit Indian stores as early as next week. Other Mango devices including the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro will come to the carrier in November according to reports.

The Radar will sell for the equivalent of $485 USD in India with a 3.8-inch WVGA screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and 8GB of internal storage. The Allegro is claimed to be one of the first cheap Windows Phone devices. The devices will all offer apps specifically for the Indian market. Microsoft could really use a success in India as the Windows Phone OS is barely making a dent in other markets.

The latest numbers from Asymco show that Windows Phone has only 1.3% of the smartphone market and has sold only 1.4 million units as of the end of June. Apple had a million pre-orders of the iPhone 4S in about a week. Gartner suggests that Microsoft has a slightly better 1.6% of the market.

[via TechnoBuffalo]


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Microsoft launches Windows Phone devices in India is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Marchi mobile luxury camper is a palace on wheels

I once went on a family vacation years ago in a camper and the coolest thing about the trip was the loft bed above the driver cabin. That motor home was a dump compared to this cool motor home from Marchi. Apparently, the photos you see here aren’t of a real motor home, but the company will build one for you if you have the loot.

The name of the game with this thing is flexibility and futuristic cool. The camper has slide out sections that can be opened when needed and left closed when not needed. The RV has the requisite kitchen for cooking up your meals. The machine also has integrated communications and GPS to help you find your way.

Entertainment features include satellite TV with 40-inch screens and it has integrated web connectivity for surfing the web and working. There is also a shower in the bathroom for getting clean. The whole thing looks pretty cool. It also has a 510hp engine and eight-business class lounge chairs with massage features.

[via BornRich]


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Marchi mobile luxury camper is a palace on wheels is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Amazon Locker gets stealth launch, caught on video

Amazon Locker has quietly gone live, with the option to have orders shipped to a locker system at a local 7-Eleven or other store showing up in the address book of some customers. In Seattle, GeekWire‘s nearest store showed up as a delivery option and they caught the whole collection system on video, which you can see after the cut.

As expected, the collection process is straightforward. Amazon sends an email with a pick-up code for the locker location you select during the ordering process, telling you that the parcel is ready and waiting. At the lockers, you punch in that code on the touchscreen: the display shows you which of the differently sized cubbies the package is inside, and then pops open the door. A reminder flashes up to get you to close the door.

What’s not entirely clear is what happens if you accidentally close the locker before taking out everything you’ve ordered; we’re guessing the same access code won’t work a second time, unless there’s some sort of time delay to the system. Still, it’s a slick and convenient way to buy online without having to worry about being around to sign for delivery, and Amazon is likely to give it the official announcement any time now.


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Amazon Locker gets stealth launch, caught on video is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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