Automated driverless cars have been a popular topic for some months now, brought to the forefront of public attention by Google‘s efforts to develop such vehicles. One would be tempted to believe – science fiction stories and movies aside – that such ambitions are a new reality, the result of our ever-expanding technologies that allow
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‘Tis the season for last-minute shipping updates, and not all of them justify some merrymaking. ASUS originally planned for its dual-screened TAICHI laptops to ship in November, but a company spokesperson tells PCWorld at the last minute that the Windows 8 showcase won’t ship sooner than December, and could slip further still. The PC builder doesn’t say why we’ll be twiddling our thumbs that much longer. Online retailers certainly aren’t waiting around for an answer — they’ve simply listed the myriad TAICHI variants as unavailable for now. Yes, there’s a definite sense of déja vu when ASUS is yet again delaying a touchscreen device during the holidays. We’re just wondering if the trip down memory lane will lead to the same fine outcome.
Europeans who were slightly disappointed that the Xperia V would be shipping with Ice Cream Sandwich a year after the OS first appeared will be glad to know that at least one Sony division shares their feelings. Sony France says it’s pushing back the launch of the 4.3-inch smartphone from late this year to the end of January so that it can ship with Jelly Bean from the start — unfortunate, but possibly worth the wait. The company is simultaneously dropping the off-contract price ever so slightly from €549 to €529 ($ 704 to $ 678) to make the delay that much more palatable. We’ve reached out to learn whether or not other European countries are on a similarly adjusted schedule, although it’s less likely that our Gallic friends will be singled out while everyone else gets their device earlier and waits for an upgrade.
We hope you weren’t too excited about getting a Pebble Blue-tinged Galaxy S III in May, because we’re seeing unconfirmed reports that the darker Hyperglazed hue might not be available for everyone in the first round of launches. Some would-be customers, primarily in Nordic countries but also in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Persian Gulf states, have been told that only the Marble White color will be on shelves at first. Most of the consensus, based on retailer notices, is that demand for blue is straining supply. Samsung Benelux’s press lead Vivian Peters told Tweakers.net that at least the Netherlands wouldn’t be getting the stealthier color until early June, but didn’t confirm a rumor that there had been flaws in the blue plastic backplates that might have triggered shortages. There hasn’t been mention of problems for the heavily-hyped UK launch.
We reached out to a Samsung spokesman ourselves and were told only that the company “does not comment on rumors or speculation” — a slightly unusual statement given what Peters said on the record, but it does lead us to take at least the more dire claims with a grain of salt.
Nvidia announced its earnings for the first quarter of the year today, and it certainly had a lot to brag about. The company brought in $ 924 million in revenue, out of which it squeezed a healthy $ 60 million profit. In addition, it became even more bullish about the immediate road ahead, projecting a $ 1.05 billion
To be fair, things have… changed a bit since we heard back in November that the Xperia handset line would be getting Ice Cream Sandwich by March of 2012. Specifically, Sony Ericsson is no more, and it’s up to Sony Mobile alone to continue the torch carrying. At any rate, the outfit has made clear today that it’ll be mid-April at the earliest before any of the Xperia smartphones see an Android 4.0 update, with the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray amongst the first on deck. We’re told that the updates will start hitting that trio in the middle of next month, with every last owner to be gifted in the four to six weeks following. Beyond that, the Xperia Play, Xperia Neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro and Xperia Active will start seeing ICS “from the end of May / early June.” You know, pretty much right when Android 5.0 will be unveiled.
With Q1 fast running out, Samsung has confirmed that its promised Android 4.0 upgrade for the stylus-toting Galaxy Note will now not arrive until sometime in Q2, though it will bundle some new software to sweeten the disappointment. In addition to Ice Cream Sandwich, the so-called Premium Suite upgrade will also include a bundle of new,
Public companies may need to look more closely at their exposure to cyberattacks after new guidelines were released this week by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The greatest game of all time, ever, Diablo 3 (or III, if you prefer), is being pushed back to the start of 2012, that is if you trust the list we got to peek at all the way back in December of 2010. On the other hand, it could all be according to plan, that list being smacked in the face after it was leaked and those responsible sacked. All we need to know is that Diablo 3 is only months away, and that yours truly is going to have to try his hardest not to completely dismiss the outside world and live in a cave with internet connection for the next few years playing.
Blizzard Entertainment isn’t known for their quick game turnarounds, but they certainly ARE known for turning out hits. The Diablo franchise is over a decade old and has essentially had people playing online via Blizzard.net non-stop since the late 1990s. The new information we’ve got today comes from Mike Morhaime, chief executive at Blizzard Entertainment, who has some slightly discouraging news if you were hoping the Beta would turn into a Release before the end of 2011 – the humanity of it all!
“We commonly use the term “soon” when referring to Blizzard releases, because we know that no matter how hard we’re working to reach a target, we’re not going to compromise and launch a game before it’s ready. While this news might not be a complete surprise, I know that many of you were hopeful that Diablo III would ship this year. We were too.” – Morhaime
This puts the other gigantic MMORPG game coming out soon, Star Wars: The Old Republic, from Electronic Arts, in a fantastic position for a monstrous release. SW:TOR has already broken EA’s record for highest number of pre-orders in their history, they say, back in July noting that over 200,000 reservations had been placed in just 6 days.
But here’s the thing, ladies and gentlemen. We want to play. Beta is out there, we’re all looking for keys, and it’s just as much a quest to get early entry into Diablo III as it is to actually play the game. Can’t wait!
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- BlizzCon 2010 Highlight Reel (and a Confirmation of the Diablo 3 Beta)
- Console version of Diablo III “theoretically possible”
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Diablo 3 release date pushed back to 2012, Beta extended is written by Chris Burns & originally posted on SlashGear.
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