Gran Turismo 6 will hit the PS3 this holiday season, Sony has confirmed, with the hotly-anticipated game offering 1,200 different cars and 33 different locations. The game will introduce seven new locations, in fact, with 71 different layouts, 19 of which are new. Further cars and tracks will also be released online, studio Polyphony confirmed,
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Thanks To Poor Holiday Sales, B&N Will Give Away A Free Nook Simple Touch With Every Purchase Of A Nook HD+
There’s been nothing but bad news coming from Barnes & Noble lately, and it seems as though the company has decided to resort to the desperate measure of giving away Nooks for free. Reuters is reporting that customers who purchase the $ 269 Nook HD+ will receive a $ 79 Simple Touch free of charge as a limited offer. It’s a great deal if you’ve been looking for both a tablet and an ebook reader, but I can’t help but feel a little sad that this is what it’s come down to. Nooks have always been solidly designed products, it’s just that they were never able to catch on with consumers after being doubly sucker punched by the iPad and the Kindle. In January, Barnes & Noble revealed its plans to close nearly 20 of its retail locations over the next decade, which was followed by news last month that Nook revenue had dropped 26 percent YOY.
We’re closing in on the end of the Steam holiday sale, sadly. The deals can’t last forever, but in a moment of sheer awesomeness, Valve has decided that it wants them to last just a little bit longer than originally announced. While the sale was supposed to wind down officially on January 5 (which is
The new year is upon us, and that means our holiday 2012 giveaway is about to wrap up. If you haven’t stopped by our gift guides and left a comment on each to win one of 14 AT&T smartphones, well, you might want to think about doing that now. We’re accepting entries till today, December 31st, at 11:59 PM EST — so get on it!
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Gapingvoid’s unique style of visual communication has long been popular among successful and aspiring entrepreneurs. They decorate their offices with prints of gapingvoid art. They wear our t-shirts. They read our blog and newsletter. We admire and appreciate all entrepreneurs – they are the future – and we salute them (and you) with this short look at entrepreneurship told through a series of cartoons.
Christmas day, and while the US is still tucked up in bed, awaiting Santa’s visit, the euro-crew are already up and about, donning knitted jumpers with one hand in the chocolate tin, the other brandishing (the third) sherry. This year, to save you from tears, we recorded you something special. Merry Christmas from the Eurocast.
Hosts: Dan Cooper, Steve Dent, Mat Smith, Sharif Sakr, James Trew, Jamie Rigg
Producer: James Trew
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Changemakrs, a platform for sharing inspiration built by an ex-Facebooker, is tapping into the Christmas spirit with a version of the site that lets anyone share holiday quotes. If you sign into the site, Changemakrs will automatically add holiday quotes to the homepage, using some natural-language processing algorithms that categorize the quotes. They also do quality filtering through internal user rankings. This holiday version of the site was hacked together in a few hours. The site has picked up holiday quotes from Bon Jovi, the movies “Miracle on 34th Street,” and “Elf,” and Charles Dickens. Changemakrs is a platform where anyone can post and share inspirational quotes. It was born out of some experimentation by a former Facebook business development manager Sacha Tueni and his co-founder Mathias Wagner. After working on a Twitter client (yes, a Twitter client) for a couple months, they built a tribute site to Steve Jobs that overlaid his best advice on top of stark, black-and-white photos of him. The barebones site quickly went viral, accumulating 3 million pageviews in about 48 hours. They then repeated that approach with many other famous figures like Albert Einstein and Lady Gaga, with similar results. They then turned it into an open site where anyone could share or accumulate bits and pieces of aspirational wisdom. The site came out of beta earlier this month. Yes, it is a bit of brain-dead, simple concept, and strangely, web-focused in a mobile-first world. But the team says that while there are plenty of quote sites across the web, these competitors are outdated with Craigslist-era design. Plus, they’re not designed to be particularly social or viral. Tueni, who used to work at Facebook, has been involved in social change-oriented projects before. Before he joined Facebook, he built a mobile service that let Lebanese voters report election irregularities with their feature phones. Changemakrs is currently bootstrapped for now.
Technology giants Google and Apple shared some holiday cheer and a little self-promotion online in the form of ads recently posted on YouTube.
Thanks to the holidays, tons of Android apps are going on sale, some of which are already on sale, but you’re probably frustrated at how you can’t keep up with all of the good deals at once, especially since some deals only last for 24 hours or so. However, a deal-aggregation app called AppSales looks
Holiday E-Commerce Sales Up 13 Percent To $34B; This Past Week Was Heaviest Online Shopping Period On Record
comSocre just released its holiday e-commerce numbers for the week, and according to the report this past week was the heaviest five-day online shopping period on record. So far, retail e-commerce spending for the first 44 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season was $ 33.8 billion up 13 percent.
We’re often tricked into thinking that no one does gaming sales better than Valve, but GOG is showing us today that such a claim simply isn’t true. GOG has kicked off its holiday sale, with most of its catalog discounted in one way or another. It seems that not every game in GOG’s catalog is
It appears that this year the economy in the United States has made a turnaround. Last year, shopping during the holiday shopping season was down compared to other years. This year holiday shopping is turning around and according to comScore online spending has now approached $ 27 billion for the first 37 days of the November-December
Good news for those looking to give the gift that keeps on refreshing every six pages or so: Barnes & Noble’s hitting its holiday stride by shaving a good $ 20 off the current price of its last-gen e-reader, down to $ 79. A price, the company helpfully points out, that comes *ahem* “without distracting ads.” The discount goes into effect tomorrow — the privilege of glowing while reading, meanwhile, will still cost you $ 119.
We’ve grown accustomed to the creepily context-aware ads in our Gmail inboxes and we’ve seen targeted ads come to game consoles and printers, so naturally, it’s no surprise Verizon’s bringing such advertising to its mobile customers. Called Verizon Selects, it’s a program rolling out to some Big Red patrons, who, should they choose to opt in, will receive tailored offers and marketing messages on their phones.
It works by using myriad user info, including location, web browsing and mobile app usage data “to create specific insights” — i.e. VZW figures out where you go and what you like in order to shoot you appropriate ads. In order to get folks with the program, Verizon will offer those who opt in a coupon or “some other form of reward,” and the company is assuaging privacy fears by allowing users to control their privacy choices on the Verizon Selects website. What say you, dear readers — will you be opting into Big Red’s new mobile marketing scheme? Sound off in the comments below.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Microsoft has revealed a new Xbox 360 package, the Nike+ Kinect Training Bundle, complete with a console, Kinect sensor bar, and a copy of the Nike+ Kinect Training game. The set – which also includes a month’s Xbox LIVE Gold membership, to whet your appetite – is priced at $ 249.99 after a $ 50 discount holiday
Welcome to the Engadget holiday gift guide! Picking presents for friends and loved ones is never a simple task, and with thousands of options for each category, buying technology can be an especially frustrating experience. We’re here to help. Below you’ll find today’s bevy of curated picks, and you can head back to our hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the holiday season. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway — leave a comment for a chance to nab AT&T’s HTC Windows Phone 8X.
If you plan on picking up smartphones, tablets or laptops for you and your loved ones this holiday season, it’s safe to bet most of them won’t produce decent sound quality when left to their built-in devices. That’s why we’re here to highlight some portable audio wares that should help you jam out at home and on the go with pleasing sonic fidelity. We’ve narrowed it down to wired headphones, wireless headphones and wireless speakers that blend style, portability and, of course, quality to please many an audiophile.
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As Retail E-Commerce Sees Three Billion Dollar-Plus Days In The Past Week, Online Holiday Sales Jump 15 Percent To $20.4B
We’ve been wowed by the record breaking Black Friday and Cyber Monday spending data, but it looks like consumers are continuing to spend online for holiday shopping. comScore says that retail e-commerce spending for the first 30 days of the November–December 2012 holiday season amounts to $ 20.4 billion, which is a 15 percent increase versus the corresponding days last year.
Buying a laptop at Christmas is a big-ticket gift, but there are some great options out there if you’ve promised portable computing to someone special. Plenty of people – whether teenagers, students, or parents – are hoping for a notebook in giftwrap this month, and we’ve picked out some of the best to help make
Tablets will be the must-have gift of 2012, the trend-watchers tell us, but that means a whole lot of slates competing for your dollar. This year has seen Apple raise its game with a second size option, while Android has evolved into a legitimate alternative, and Microsoft has made its own play for the market
For those little gadgets and gizmos we got an extra amount of play out of, we’ve got this little Oddities section. This section has truly strange stuff some years, and other years its full of products like the fabulous sports and health-oriented smart bracelet Jawbone UP – winners all! For the file sharer out there,
In the smartphone universe you’re going to have some sorting to do starting with the carrier your gift receiver is working with. More than likely you’re a parent or a significant other if you’re purchasing a smartphone on-contract for that special someone, this meaning you’ve got a fair understanding of which carrier they’ll be working
We’ve got an odd assortment of accessories for you to peek at here, most of them being cases and protections of different sorts for some of the more popular devices on the market – but there are some weird bits as well. It’s really difficult to go entirely wrong with accessories for your gift-getting-buddies as
There are three different ways you’re going it give the gift of audio this holiday season, the first being the massive amount of smart devices out there with their own external speaker – so many do these days that it’s taken for granted – see: all of the smartphones, notebooks, and tablets we’ve worked with
Instead of combing through the gift card aisle for just the right iTunes denomination, you’ll soon be able to get one of these newly released variable gift cards instead. Just bring the card to the cashier, pick an amount between $ 15 and $ 500, and it’ll get validated for that amount. The Cupertino company has offered variable pricing for regular Apple Store gift cards for awhile now, but iTunes cards had previously only been available in $ 15, $ 25, $ 50 and $ 100 options. These cards should also be compatible with an iTunes 11 feature that lets you redeem gift cards by scanning the code with your computer’s camera. We’re not sure which third-party retailers are offering these just yet, but it sounds like a decent last-minute impulse gift for your iOS-loving pals.
Source: 9to5 Mac
Americans weren’t just buying things online during last week’s holiday. According to new numbers from Chartboost, they were also glued to their mobile devices playing games, with those types of mobile software titles experiencing surges in traffic, as measured by sessions per day, and also with cost per install (CPI) going up outside the U.S., but experiencing a small dip within the country.
First time accepted submitter undulato writes “I’ve got an aging, fat PS3 with only a couple of games that I still play on it but three kids under 9 who love Skylanders, iPet, Lego whatever etc. We all watch movies on it and it has been pretty much the centre of our entertainment world for a few years now. I’ve already got a spare HDMI monitor we could use for a screen so my question is — should we go for a new console this Christmas? Just buy another controller or two and a new game or two for PS3 and be done? Or get the still pretty viable Xbox 360, or even plump for a cheap Wii or even a Wii U if we’re feeling flush. What do you think?”
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Chance are, if you ask a kid in the U.S. what they want to find under the tree (or holiday symbol of your choosing) this year, they’ll ask for an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or iPad mini. Those devices occupied four of the top five spots on Nielsen’s annual holiday shopping study among kids aged 6 to 12, which tracks interest in consumer buying habits over the next six months.
Tablets and laptops are great. You already know that. What you might not know, is that Google has been quietly pushing something you might end up using a whole lot more than either of the above.
With Black Friday just a week away and the nagging feeling that we need to get our holiday shopping done, how much online buying will be done at work?
Gift cards often get a bad rap as the last resort in holiday shopping, what we supposedly get only when all hope of a carefully considered present has gone out the window. Apple isn’t quite so cyncial, and it may have injected new life into gift giving now that it has switched on buying gift cards through the recently updated Apple Store iOS app as of this weekend. Pick a color and a card value — up to $ 2,000, if someone’s been good enough to earn a MacBook Pro — and the resulting email lets iOS 6-touting recipients load the card into Passbook. Besides saving some plastic, the Passbook entry adds some worth through geofencing that reminds recipients to splurge if they’re near one of Apple’s steel-and-glass stores. All told, the card may be more than welcome by iPhone fans and save the ignominy of a last-minute rush to the store. Just make sure the recipient doesn’t mind going without a physical gift on the big day — it wouldn’t be right to drain all the romanticism out of a special occasion.
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Vizio has announced its new lineup of HDTVs and audio equipment. More specifically, the company has officially announced the LED-lit2 E-Series line of HDTVs and four new sound bars. Included in the lineup is the recently-released E-Series 60-inch class Razor LED Smart TV. The lineup also includes
Tipping Point For The Touchscreen: Tablet Ad Spend Will Outweigh Smartphone Spend This Holiday Season, Says M&C Saatchi
With all eyes on an Apple event next week that many think will reveal a new, smaller iPad, the ad agency M&C Saatchi has come out with some compelling numbers that point to how tablets are overtaking smartphones when it comes to monetizing content. It says that the growth in ad spend on tablets is already outpacing that of smartphones, and by this holiday season tablet spend will, for the first time, be higher than that for smartphone campaigns.
According to a leaked roadmap on TMoNews, the magenta carrier appears to have a few tantalizing offerings coming its way this holiday season. A curious BlackBerry handheld dubbed the Armstrong, a color refresh of the Samsung Galaxy S II, a possibly Android-flavored Huawei Summit and the LG Optimus L9 are all slated to launch just on or before Halloween. Going into the next month, we see the HTC Windows PhoneX making the pre-Thanksgiving cut with a potential debut of November 14th. Notably absent are the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the Nokia Lumia 810, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be there when December rolls around. Of course, this info didn’t come through official channels, so we wouldn’t bank on any of the handsets as holiday gifts just yet. Still, its nice to know they’re coming, and you can get the full details on these and other devices at the source.
If you’re a fan of Angry Birds video games, a company that owns several resort hotels in Finland is set to construct a series of Angry Birds Activity Parks at three hotels. The first of the three activity Parks based on the Angry Birds video game will be a year-round indoor activity park. The park
After weeks of speculation, anticipation and a dose of hype, Apple is widely expected to announce a new smartphone at an event in San Francisco on Wednesday.
Purported Xbox 720 To Cost $299 With Blu-ray Support, Kinect 2 And Virtual Reality In Time For Holiday 2013
The current gen Xbox may be a year past its halfway point but a purported “leaked” document dating back to August 2010 from a Microsoft presentation details the next gen Xbox 720 in great detail.
Features for the next Xbox, according to the document, will include native Blu-ray playback, full support for HD and 3-D, and beefed up hardware (graphics and processor) under the hood. Other bits and pieces from the doc include PVR functionality, a low power mode setting during media playback and what amounts to an always-on mode. Gates did say years ago that the Xbox would eventually become the nerve center for any living room.
But there’s more.
The number crunchers over at the Pew Research Center have released another batch of market statistics today, this time, with a focus on tablets. According to the Center’s latest survey, 19 percent of all adult Americans now own some form of tablet, marking a nearly twofold increase over figures from a poll conducted in mid-December. E-reader ownership, meanwhile, increased by exactly the same margin over this period, jumping from 10 percent to 19 percent. These numbers also signal a healthy acceleration from the middle of this year, when the slate and reader markets apparently stagnated, ahead of the holiday shopping rush. Overall, about 28 percent of US adults own either a tablet or an e-reader, up from 19 percent last month. You can find more stats and breakdowns at the source link below.
Looks like Sony is reaping the benefits of strong holiday sales for its range of consoles coming under the PlayStation umbrella. After introducing the PS Vita early in December, the company managed to shift about 500,000 units in its own backyard, while ageing predecessor, the PSP, continued to sell 1.6 million units worldwide. Not to be outdone, the PS3 nearly broached the 4 million mark, bringing Sony closer to its fiscal year-end goal of 15 million for the five-year old gaming powerhouse. The system’s motion control add-on, Move, also moved a considerable 1.7 million units, with the PS2 still puttering along and enjoying “robust sales in emerging countries.” Brand equity? Sony’s got it in spades.
So the holidays have gone by and the lights have been taken down, but a pile of unwanted gifts remains. Your smartphone can help you turn what you may deem trash into treasure, and show appreciation to the gift-givers … because it’s the thought that counts, right?