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GTA V gets teased ! It’s San Andreas again

Hellz yeah ! GTA V official trailer is out, and it is AWESOME ( I am excited, really )

The trailer starts by ” Why did i move here ?  Guess it was the weather “. The video features the awesome west coast cities like San Andreas, VineWood, and probably Las Venturas and San fiero too. Ah, nostlagia !

Watch it first –

Improved graphics, mostly similar yet “awesome as ever” gameplay. It should be really EPIC !

How did i know it’s based in San Andreas and the west coast cities, again ? Here is a snap from the video, look at the car’s name plate –

And the Protagonist is –

Siri Coming Soon To iPhone 4

Enterprising hackers have successfully ported iPhone 4S exclusive Siri onto older iDevices, including the iPhone 4 and the iPod Touch. While Apple had claimed that these devices wouldn’t support Siri for hardware reasons, the hackers found that this wasn’t the case —  Siri ran at full speed on both devices, which have much slower processors than the new iPhone 4S.

The news comes a few days after they reported a previous success in porting Siri to the iPhone 4, but not being able to authenticate their Siri requests properly with Apple’s servers. With this hurdle cleared, the team now has a fully functioning copy of Siri working as intended, although on the iPod Touch it is necessary to speak loudly and clearly to compensate for the rather awful microphone.

The team that discovered the secret hasn’t revealed a release schedule for the exploit, although they insist it will be released eventually. They are first looking to see if the exploit affects the operating of the rest of the iPhone 4S; if they find it does not then they will post details of their exploit and/or the program itself to allow all jailbroken iPhone 4 users to use Siri.

The real danger towards releasing this information, of course, is that it gives Apple a much easier time of finding and plugging the hole that is being exploited. Expect this release to be the first step in a long cat-and-mouse journey between the hackers and Apple.

Still, it’s a great place to start and with luck we’ll see the real deal made available before too long. We’ll bring you that news as it happens, so stay tuned.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for Mobile Fun, the UK’s leading online retailer of the Kindle cover, including the new Kindle cover and the Kindle cover with light.

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone – Review

The Facebook phone is here ! Yes, it is the new Vodafone Facebook phone that is making waves with facebook crazy teens and adults alike. If you have seen those commercials before, this phone is all about Facebook. So, does the Facebook phone live up to it’s name ? Read on for the in depth review !

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Battlefield 3 Beta Impressions

The Battlefield 3 Beta is in full force, running with hundreds of dedicated servers on the three major platforms. The game’s a direct sequel to Battlefield 2, with some of the modernity and game-types from the Bad Company series snuck in for good measure. It’s also a direct competitor to another shooter titan, that game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

The Beta encompasses only a single map, the infantry only Operation Metro, and one game type: Rush. While you’re limited in these regards, the map is large and varied, and all of the game’s weapons and other items are available to unlock.

The map isn’t what you’d call a typical Battlefield experience. There are no vehicles, and little open space after the first stage. There is still a lot more creative freedom than in Call of Duty multiplayer maps, but for a Battlefield map Operation Metro is stifling.

Even so, it’s brilliant. The levels look fantastic, from the wooded park of the first stage, through the dark and memorable subway tunnels, and out through the terminal into the streets beyond. You never feel like there’s only one path to an objective, something that destroyed Medal of Honor as a serious multiplayer title. You have choice, both in your route and your methods. It feels good.

There are still quite a few bugs in the game.

In the first stage near one of the M-COM stations, there is a sizeable underground area that you can fall into, making it difficult to leave but also allowing you to shoot through the ground at players. There are incredibly amusing animation bugs, where players can have extended necks, giant eyes or simply lie on the ground in a jumble of bodyparts whilst continuing to gun down unwitting passersby.

Balance is another problem. One weapon type, the SMG, grants significant XP rewards from its use due to near-constant awarding of an SMG-related badge. Some weapons feel underpowered, and others feel too deadly. Players can also take more damage than intended because they were moving when shot.

But for all of these issues, the Battlefield 3 Beta is an incredibly enjoyable experience. The Beta is quite an old build of the game too, as it needed to be submitted for Microsoft and Sony certification some time ago, and the DICE development team assure me that they’ve already fixed many of these issues since then.

I’ve been playing the Battlefield series since it began in 2002 with Battlefield 1942, and this is my favourite iteration of the series, beating out the future-set Battlefield 2142 and last year’s incredible Bad Company 2. With a combination of lush visual and aural environments, team-centric gameplay and an emphasis on player choice, Battlefield 3 is looking very good indeed.

The Battlefield 3 Beta is free to play on all three platforms — 360, PS3 and PC — until the 10th of October. The game proper comes out on the 25th in the US, and the 27th in Europe. Try it out, and see why Modern Warfare 3 might just have met its match.

This article was written by William Judd. William writes for MobileFun.co.uk, the UK’s largest online retailer of mobile phone accessories, including the finest Krusell iPhone 4S case.

Steve Jobs is dead :-(

May his soul rest in peace.

With sincere condolences to his family and friends,

Apple Buff

iPhone 4S : Why all this hype for a latecomer ?

Did you know that the device cycle for an iPhone is refreshed every year during the Summer ? Yep, that is right. Every year, since 2007 a new iPhone is released during WWDC that happens on the months of June/July. But this time Apple chose to introduce the new model in October, why ?

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Amazon launches Kindle fire, it’s 100$ costlier than the touchpad fire

Hell Yeah ! The Amazon Kindle fire is the new kid on the block, and he doesn’t yell “me too!” . The price is the most important factor for this tablet and it costs 199$, which is a 100$ costlier than the touchpad that went on a fire sale few weeks back.

What is this piece of slab ?

For earlier Kindle users : It’s a tablet that augments the reader experience you earlier had, with you e-ink kindle.

For others : This tablet is not just another iPad wannabe, it is built around Amazon’s services and they want you to take advantage of it, and you know, pay for it.

What does this tablet run ?

It’s based on the Amazon ecosystem, meaning – it runs a forked version of Android, that can run Android apps but doesn’t look like Android. And it has every Amazon cloud based magical app, streams music, videos, has it’s own app store, .. etc. Oh, and you get unlimited free cloud storage for that. It has a dual core OMAP processor with sufficient amount of RAM and other unicorn dust that enables you to actually use it in a smooth manner. The user interface is a complete custom shell made by Amazon, looks like a book shelf (duh ! its Amazon ) scroll through the book shelf and you may find some apps and games too !

Why should i buy this tablet ?

Buy this, if you want to buy an iPad but don’t have the money to buy one. Yeah i am serious, this is a pretty good competitor to the iPad, and hey, XDA backs this Android running Kindle ! You remember what they did to the nook color right ?

Honestly, the price is just amazing. 199$ is the best price for a tablet for mass adoption to kick start.

No it doesn’t have 3G, it doesn’t have a camera, but it has a good browser, you can read stuff on it’s 7 inch IPS screen, use your blazing fast free home WiFi and enjoy amazon’s cloud for free.

So, What are you waiting for ? Go read other articles, if you want to see how it works, and then decide your purchase for the holidays !

Remember. Nokia windows phones are coming, iPhone 5, iPod touch 5, and may be even Galaxy S 3 ( if Samsung has already seen the iPhone 5 in a remote chinese factory ). WHATEVER YOU DO, PLAN AND DECIDE 😛

And hey, thanks for making an effort to read this crap. ciao !

“Let’s talk iPhone” event confirmed | October 4th is the date

Woot ! Apple finally reveals the launch date for the next version of the iPhone, it’s October 4th and the event’s name is “Let’s talk iPhone”. It’s going to happen in Apple’s cupertino campus “Infinite loop”.

This will be Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook’s first appearance on stage, to reveal a product. Will it get revealed with much fanfare and applauses like before, when Jobs was the showman ? Will the new CEO live up to Jobs’ name ?

The answer is simple : No, he can’t live up to Jobs’ name, but i am sure there will be a lot of applause if the device is stunning. According to analysts the iPhone that is going to be revealed on October 4th will be a faster version of the iPhone 4 with the exact same design with a better camera ( 8 megapixel ) and with Apple A5 dual core processor that is already present in Apple iPad 2.

Rumors are pointing towards a LTE demo too ? Will the new iPhone be like the iPhone 3G, which brought new radios along with various other enhancements ?

Let’s hope the event rocks as susal. Totally looking forward to what Tim cook is going to do on stage, All eyes on you Tim, do well !

Via Slashgear 

10 million Samsung Galaxy S II devices sold into the channel

They have done it again, and this time it’s huge. 10 million is the number of Galaxy S II devices sold. Not to the consumers per se, but to the retail channel. We can sum up this statement by Samsung as a boasting. This press release comes in the wake of the massive all-operator U.S launch that has been impending release for quite a long while. What Samsung wants to convey to us is, the retail market in the U.S i.e the operators are very happy to have that device in their shelves. So, mass booking has happened and hence the spike in sales for Samsung.

Samsung have positioned the timing of the Galaxy S II devices to roll out spot on at the time of the iPhone 5/4S launch. Sprint is the only carrier that has already launched the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G ( LOL 😛 ). Every other carrier has stocked it up already, but yet to launch. They are waiting for iPhone to launch, i think. (idiots, i say).

Full PR after the break.

via 9t05google

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More details about the Xoom 2 get leaked

Yesterday we got to know about the Xoom 2 through some pics and vague info regarding the specs. But more specs are now surfacing thanks to the folks at the verge.

The supposed leak includes specs such as :

  • An unspecified Dual core processor
  • 1 GB of faster RAM – does it mean ddr2 ? like in Atrix ?
  • 1080p Video recording with Netflix streaming (does this suggest OMAP4 ?)
  •  Stylus and optional keyboard accessory planned

Other details include Adobe flash player 11 support (Supposedly the first tablet to feature this), Home automation software to be included (IR support in hardware ? ) and some built in moto apps for wirelessly syncing with your PC. Let’s just hope all these rumors are true.

Source The Verge