Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Black Ops outmaneuvers Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on UK charts

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Call of Duty: Black Ops received some marketing reinforcements last week in the UK to regain the top spot, its eighth time as king of the hill. The move stole Marvel vs. Capcom 3's premiere Thor thunder, as the fighter debuted in second place. Don't feel too bad for MvC3, though -- Chart-Track notes that the title sold as many copies in its first week as its predecessor did in its lifetime on PS2 and Xbox (the company doesn't have access to the XBLA and PSN figures).

Dead Space 2 stomped the space yard at third, with Test Drive Unlimited 2 downshifting its top gear premiere into fourth. The fifth and sixth spots are occupied by chart stalwarts FIFA 11 and Just Dance 2, respectively. Check out the full UK top ten after the break.

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2 Million Recruits For Battlefield Heroes

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Electronic Arts announced in a press release that its Battlefield Heroes game has passed the two million registered users plateau. EA is looking for names for a new map they have created for the game.
Set against the backdrop of autumn colors, the new map will be infantry-focused and set in a village with dozens of intersecting canals. Intense battles will play out on the bridges and crossings, while sneaky players can use the alleyways and channels to move unnoticed for sudden flanking maneuvers and rear-guard actions.

Starting today, EA is accepting proposed names for the new map at http://www.battlefieldheroes.com. Players can submit a proposed name for the soon-to-be released map, and that name may be selected by the Battlefield Heroes development team.

"Along with this new map, 'Heroes of the Fall' includes a slew of changes including upgrades of the Gunner class and improvements to the friends system," said Ben Cousins, General Manager, Battlefield Heroes team. "We've also added a brand new ranking system for the game - players can earn cool new titles for their heroes as they play - showing everyone on the battlefield how dedicated they are."
The free online game has been quickly gaining users. Joystiq says they passed one million users in July. The game does utilize Battlefunds - a fictional currency bought with a credit card or PayPal - to purchase certain character customisation items. Players can also make purchases with Valor Points (points earned by playing the game) if they have accrued enough of them.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Songbird 1.8 update brings broader device support, OS X syncing

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The Songbird team has released a significant update to their feature-packed media player today. Among the new additions: sync support for several HTC and Nokia handsets (as well as the Blackberry Storm) and sync support on OS X (Mac users will need to download the MSC add-on).

While Songbird is no longer providing official builds for Linux users, contributed builds of Songbird for Linux are still available for download.

Songbird's service pane has also been given a facelift, bringing a more polixhed look to the left-hand side of the player's main window.

Download SquadSongbird 1.8 update brings broader device support, OS X syncing originally appeared on Download Squad on Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple website updated with HTML5 goodness

Whenever Apple's website goes down, there's speculation about a new product announcement. No white iPhone 4 today, though, just an HTML5-powered redesign of Apple.com itself. There's some subtle animation (try clicking on the Mac or iPod tabs), a new, darker nav bar, and a slight gradient to the background.

The only big usability improvement here is the new magically-expanding search field that shows suggested results as you type. Page load times don't seem noticeably different, either. Also, as TUAW points out, the changes aren't iPad compatible yet. Is this the kind of revamp that only die-hard Apple fans and software bloggers will even notice, or are the changes in the site obvious to the average customer? More importantly, do you like the new site better than the old one?

UPDATE: The site now seems to be displaying properly on the iPad.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Seniors Compete in Wii Bowling With Skype

Seniors compete in the National Senior League's Spring Wii Bowling Championship using Skype. The NSL runs for seven weeks and include a 64 team tournament bracket. They expect to have as many as 1,500 teams in the future. Take a look:




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Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Warp Zone laments 'The Day Guitar Hero Died'

Yesterday, we viewed a sad and poignant farewell to one of Activision's downsized branches, Bizarre Creations. Today, an equally poignant -- if not slightly tongue-in-cheek -- video comes to us from The Warp Zone: "The Day Guitar Hero Died." Yes, like the song. You know. The song.

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McAfee: Smartphones, Apple devices to be top malware targets in 2011

Traditionally, Windows' massive user base has made it a juicy target for malware authors, but a new report from McAfee suggests there could be a major shift in 2011. The security company is predicting that attacks on the exploding smartphone segment and Apple devices will increase significantly.

Mac trojans have already become increasingly common in 2010, and McAfee finds that "lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices, will increase the risk for data and identity exposure." This lack of understanding, coupled with the increased presence of iOS devices in business environments, will make Apple users a prime target for malware.

The report also finds smartphone users will face increased danger in 2011. With hundreds of millions of new users purchasing more powerful phones and spending more time browsing on them, increased attention from malware authors is a natural (albeit unwelcome) side effect. If the app store for your phone offers security applications, there's no time like the present to read some reviews and get one installed.

Apart from smartphones and Apple devices, social engineering attacks (e.g. scams via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and social networks) will continue to be big in 2011. McAfee asserts that personal information made available via geolocation apps and privacy lapses will allow attackers to better craft their attacks on individuals. There's also no sign of viral attacks on social sites like Facebook and Twitter slowing down, and short URL services will continue to be used to hide malicious links. Here's hoping more URL shorteners will look into pre-scanning their links to ensure our safety.

Download SquadMcAfee: Smartphones, Apple devices to be top malware targets in 2011 originally appeared on Download Squad on Wed, 29 Dec 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Activision: 'No new music or skateboarding games' this year

The grim fates of True Crime and whatever installment of the Guitar Hero series that was in development are known -- but what about Activision's other perennial franchises? A few (equally grim) details surfaced during Activision's investor's call today, during which COO Thomas Tippl explained, "We will release no new music or skateboarding games" during the current calendar year.

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg added some more insight into the company's shift away from the music genre, explaining that even though DJ Hero 2 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock were well-received, "demand for peripheral-based music games declined at a dramatic pace." He continued, "Given the considerable licensing and manufacturing costs associated with this genre, we simply cannot make these games profitably based on current economics and demand." However, Activision will continue to support its existing music games with DLC.

We're still left with a lot of questions, though (and we're working on the answers). For instance, what does this mean for the 3DS-bound DJ Hero 3D? What about the Tony Hawk series at large? Activision's frequently spoken about its staying power -- and if no Hawk title drops in 2011, it would be the first calendar year in the franchise's history without a new entry since 1999.

JoystiqActivision: 'No new music or skateboarding games' this year originally appeared on Joystiq on Wed, 09 Feb 2011 17:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dead Island screenshots make for grim vacation snaps

If the excellent Dead Island teaser trailer was the vacation, consider these screenshots a reminder that you have to be back at work on Monday. (Though it does help if you have some elegiac piano music to accompany these shots of a beautiful but spoiled paradise.)

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JoystiqDead Island screenshots make for grim vacation snaps originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:50:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

iOS Remote 2.1 update gives you iTunes AirPlay streaming control

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Apple pushed out a new update to its universal iOS Remote app that adds some slick new functionality. If you happen to own an Apple TV as well the requisite iOS device, you can now use the app to control the AirPlay streaming of video to it from your iTunes on your computer. Remote 2.1 also lets you control Internet radio playback in iTunes on your computer, something you bizarly couldn't do before. If you're an iTunes Store user, you can now control playback of rented movies and TV shows on your computer using your iDevice, handy for 10-foot media consumption. A handful of performance and stability fixes have also been delivered, addressing connectivity issues with an iTunes library or an Apple TV. All in all, a worthy update for one of the best free app accessories for your Apple TV, Mac media experience, and iDevice.

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