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HAAAAAAPPY HOLIDAYS (What Did You Get Me?)

happy-holidays-christmas-vacation.jpg Happy holidays! I hope everyone is having a terrific time with loved ones or calling around town to find the one bar that’s currently open. I’ll be around for the next week writing a little when I can and fielding concerns from my aunts about why I have not settled and married currently. I told them it’s because I have not found the right dino. They didn’t get it, but I’m hoping it was enough to not attempt setting me up with ‘really good ladies’ from their church. I just ate all nine cinnamon rolls, now I feel sick. DELIGHTED HOLIDAYS, TELL YOUR FAMILY I SAID HI.

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Gran Turismo 6 coming to PS3 in time for the holidays, creator has PS4 version ‘in mind’ (video)

Gran Turismo 6 coming to PS3 in time for the holidays, creator has PS4 version 'in mind'

Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi has announced that the series’ next racing title will arrive later this year, with a demo scheduled to appear this July, ahead of a holiday launch. Expect a heady 1,200 cars to make the new edition, with 33 locations (and 71 layouts) to drive them around. Polyphony Digital has developed a new game engine for Gran Turismo 6, one that “pushes the limits of the PS3,” but the incoming game might make another appearance on the incoming PlayStation 4. At a 15th anniversary event at the Silverstone racetrack in the UK, Yamauchi teased to IGN that they had a PS4 version “in mind, but for this holiday season, we thought it would be best for users to release on [the] PS3.” Gran Turismo remains Sony’s most successful franchise ever and has sold over 70 million copies to date. Sony adds that we’ll hear even more about the sequel at E3 — likely alongside a next-generation console we can see.

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Source: PlayStationEU (Twitter), IGN

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Intel execs predict Bay Trail touch-enabled laptops for $200 – $300 by the holidays

On the earnings call after Intel launched its Q1 numbers, its executives dealt with many concerns from analysts, including some asking what to get out of the business in Q4. According to CEO Paul Otellini and CFO / EVP Stacy Smith, among the reasons for investors to be optimistic are the prospects of less expensive touch display computer systems powered by its approaching Bay Path (quad-core Atom) and Haswell processors. Just how inexpensive you ask? According to Otellini, as transcribed by SeekingAlpha:

We have a particular specification for ultrabooks, which is the item that Stacy stated is visiting be centered at as reduced as $ 599 with some [diverse] SKUs to $ 499. If you look at touch-enabled Intel based notebooks that are ultrathin and light utilizing non-core processors, those prices are going to be down to as reduced as $ 200 probably.

We ‘d put more weight in those figures if they were rate tags affixeded to items or a minimum of from the OEMs that will construct them, but at least there’s a target. Whatever takes place, there makes certain to be a flood of new ultrabooks, tablets, convertibles and detachables hitting the streets later on this year, and if the price is right (along with some Windows 8 tweaks) perhaps they’ll be worth the delay.

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Microsoft says ‘next release’ of Windows Phone is on target for the holidays

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Microsoft is gradually pushing out Windows Phone 8 updates, but the company says the “next release” won’t be available until the holidays. In a Windows Phone job posting, Microsoft reveals that it’s completing its current release, with the “next release targeting the holiday of this year.” Microsoft has remained quiet about its plans for any future Windows Phone releases, opting this year not to hold its usual press conference at Mobile World Congress.

Another recent job posting revealed that the company is working on Windows Phone Blue, a release that will likely become Windows Phone 8.5. Codename Blue is an internal effort at Microsoft across a number of products and services to push for further integration. Windows Phone 8 is…

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Curiosity spends holidays in Yellowknife Bay, immortalized on special Foursquare badge

Curiosity spends holidays in Yellowknife Bay, gets on special Foursquare badge

While many of us levelled presents and having our fill of mulled cider, NASA’s trusty Interest rover was busy at work catching panoramic views of Yellowknife Bay, a shallow area of uncommon terrain on the Red world. Jokingly dubbed “Granny’s home” by the staff, the rover invested over 11 Martian days there so that handlers can take some time off for the holidays. When they return, the area auto will hopefully have offered enough data to identify a potential exploration area so it could drill, gather and analyze rock samples making use of onboard tools– a feat never-before tried on Mars.

The Curiosity rover has, however, inspected in on Foursquare on Mars, which is an accomplishment nobody else is likely to attempt. In continued partnership with the social media platform, NASA is now offering an Interest Explorer badge to anyone who checks in to a NASA site visitor center or a location classified as a science gallery or planetarium. Badge recipients will get this message: “Get out your rock-vaporizing laser! You have actually explored your scientific interests simply like NASA’s Interest rover on Mars. Stay curious and keep discovering. You never know exactly what you’ll find.” No idea if you’ll get a free “scoop” of room ice cream or a hand in the following Mars mission in addition to it, but we’re behind anything that improves the public’s interest in area.

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Google’s ‘Happy Holidays from Android’ gets you in the spirit with an unannounced Nexus 10 dock (video)

Google's 'Happy Holidays from Android' gets you in the spirit with an unannounced Nexus 10 dock video

It’s hardly the most significant disclose of the month, but Google’s cheery “Delighted Vacations from Android” video clip served to communicate even more than the search giant’s sincere seasonal message– it’s additionally the launching ground for a Nexus 10 tablet dock. Detected by Android Central, the curvy black stand, seen at the 0:59 and 1:16 marks, seems rather compact in size, and consists of a raised back to support the high-res 10.1-inch slate. Regretfully, there’s no hint of connection options, and definitely no mention of a MSRP or ship date, so unless you occur to be one of the Google staff members included in this jovial action, possibilities are you will not be including Mountain View’s most recent Android accessory prior to the year is out. However you could see it in action after the break.

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Windows Phone 8 app submissions increase, open through the holidays

Windows Phone 8 app submissions increase, open through the holidays

The mood over at Microsoft is either joyous or glum, depending on who you ask. Apparently the Windows Phone Store has received a 40 percent increase in app submissions ever since the launch of Windows Phone 8, which fits into the company’s claims of increased downloads and climbing app numbers. Yet, this also means that the entire Phone Store staff will be on the job this holiday season certifying apps and making sure the formerly-named Marketplace is abuzz with new software for those hopping over to Microsoft’s mobile bandwagon.

They still won’t have testing on December 24th, 25th and New Year’s day, so developers will need to get their app in before December 17th and 21st respectively to allow for the usual five-day approval process. It’s quite a reversal from a prior statement from Microsoft that warned devs the Store would be taking the entire last week of 2012 off. Hey, look at the upside: now they’ll have cash to pay for eggnog to soothe away those holiday working woes.

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HP x86 Windows 8 PCs will be available by holidays, says Meg Whitman

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On HP’s earnings call today CEO Meg Whitman told reporters that the company “will be well positioned on Windows 8 x86 by the holidays” — confirming that the world’s largest PC maker will release a product that runs the new operating system by years’ end. With HP’s less-than-stellar quarter, the CEO noted the company’s dependance on Windows, saying that the better Windows 8 is, the better the computer manufacturer will do. While Windows 8 availability isn’t yet known, it’s expected to be released around October of this year. Meg Whitman hopes Microsoft sticks to that schedule, saying that “we’re rooting for a fantastic Windows 8 product that’s out on time for holiday.” While the CEO only mentioned x86 systems, Microsoft will offer…

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Skype turns into Santa, gives you free airport WiFi during the holidays



They don’t call this the “giving time of the year” for nothing. A couple of years back we saw Google hook up the traveling masses with gratis WiFi, and today Skype is matching the big G’s kindness by giving you a holiday gift of its own. Starting on December 21st thru the 27th, you’ll be able to cling to an hour of costless internet access while you’re waiting on your flight — as long as you’re in one of the 50+ airports included in the deal (map shown after the break). Aside from being outside of the lounging areas capable of accepting the courtesy, Android users are being left out of the equation, as the present can only be used by those who own a Mac, PC or iOS device. Now, the nice gesture would be even better if we knew that our fellow travelers wouldn’t be hogging all the bandwidth…

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Samsung And T-Mobile To Launch A White Galaxy S II By The Holidays

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I’ve always been something of a fan (a proponent, even) of white phones. Back in another life when I was consulting mobile manufacturers on their phone designs, it was always one of the first questions I’d ask: “This is great! Can you make it in white?”

Back then, everybody acted like I was crazy. “White is too hard to keep clean!” they’d assure me. “The white bezel makes the black screen look smaller!” they’d say. These days, of course, white phones are all the rage.

Sometime before the holidays, another flagship phone is now set to hop on the big list of handsets with snowy variants: the Samsung Galaxy S II.

News of the hue-less model comes straight from Samsung themselves, though the announcement lacks details beyond its launch window of “in time for the holidays”.

The announcement was made in partnership with T-Mobile, and only confirms that T-Mobile will be getting the white model. This is particularly interesting, as pictures of an identical white variant leaked out just days ago… but for AT&T. No official word yet from AT&T on when they might get it, but I’d guess that “in time for the holidays” window is the same across the board.





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