Battlefield 3 Pre-Orders Outpacing Black Ops

With the highly anticipated release of Battlefield 3 edging ever closer to its official launch date of October 25, 2011 on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The EA marketing machine is now beginning to pick up speed and rumours suggest that EA Games has set aside one of the biggest marketing budgets ever for their new Battlefield 3 game.

Even before the marketing campaign hits overdrive pre-order figures are already outpacing recorded Black Ops pre-order figures, which must surely have Activision’s marketing department looking over their shoulders for the forth coming release of Modern Warfare 3.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE Launching 28th July

It looks like the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE will be available from Verizon Wireless later this week, from Thursday the 28th of July, and it is expected to be available in Verizon stores from Thursday, and it also looks like people who pre-order will receive it on the 28th as well.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, processing is provided by a dual core 1GHz processor, and it also features dual cameras, and Android 3.1 Honeycomb.

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Apple Macbook Batteries Open To Malicious Attacks

Over the weekend it has been reported that security researcher Charlie Miller has found a security glitch within Apples MacBook batteries that could be used by hackers to cause serious damage to the battery and system. The new security hole has been found by Miller within the chip and micro-controllers’ firmware that controls the battery.

The firmware can be accessed using two passwords once used in a 2009 software update issued by Apple and can allows a potential hacker to alter charge-levels and thermal read-outs, together with the possibility of installing Malware within the battery firmware which would continue to effect the system until its battery was removed.

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China Shuts Down Fake Apple Stores

Some of our readers will remember the fake Apple Store that we feature on the site last week, it was discovered by expatriate blogger BirdAbroad, who also discovered a number of other fake Apple stores in Kunming China.

The store looked so realistic from the photos that it was hard to tell it apart from a real Apple retail store, and now it looks like the Chinese authorities are putting an end to these fake Apple Stores.

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Innovative Mouse Design Utilises Disk Drive Space

A new an innovative mouse design has been entered into this years Sparks Concept Design Awards, that utilises the normally unused space within a laptops disk drive.

The Disk Mouse has been designed to be exactly the same size and shape of a CD or DVD disk so that when its not being used the Disk Mouse can remain stored in an unused disk drive. The innovative moues design has been created by product designer Seung Han Jung.

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Google Acquires PittPatt Facial Recognition Company

Google has this week quietly acquired PittPatt, the seven year old facial recognition company which was started by three  “image analysis” and “pattern recognition” specialists from Carnegie Mellon University.

No details have been released about the purchase by either side. But the new facial recognition tools the company has created will be a perfect fits for Google new social networking service Google+ recently launched under invitation only.

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Apple Seeds OS X 10.7.2 Lion To Developers

Apple’s latest version of its Mac operating system, OS X Lion launched last week, and has already become popular with Mac owners with Apple reporting over one million downloads of Lion on its first day.

Now Apple has seeded a new version of OS X Lion to developers, OS X 10.7.2 and the latest developer version has changed support for iCloud Beta 5, and developers have to download 10.7.2 to be able to run and text iCloud services.

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iPod Touch 3G Hinted At In Latest iOS 5 Beta

Apple is expected to release the next generation iPod Touch in September at the same time as the iPhone 5 and iOS 5, and we have been hearing rumors that the new iPod Touch would feature a 3G connection over the last few weeks.

Now some evidence has been discovered in the latest beta release of iOS 5 that hints that the new iPod Touch will feature a 3G connection and may also comes with GPS, have a look at the photo below.

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iPhone 5 Launch Date, September 5th?

We know that the iPhone 5 will probably land in September, Apple confirmed hat they will have a new product launching in September last week, and we suspect it will be the new iPhone 5.

Now it looks like we may have an actual launch date for the iPhone 5, the 5th of September 2011, the news comes from mobile carrier Swisscom, who recently spoke to iPhone Italia and have said that the iPhone 5 will launch on their network on the 5th of October, one month after the US launch.

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