Nintendo Sells 4,00,000 Wii U in Week One

Gaming major Nintendo has said that in the US alone, it has sold more than 4,00,000 of the new Wii U game consoles within the first week of sale. Video game console Wii U was launched on November 18 in the US at a starting price of $300. The Wii U is the first major game console from Nintendo to have launched in the last six years. The new console comes with a new touch-screen controller thanks to which users will be able to play games together, while giving people in the same room a different experience.


Data says that when Nintendo launched the original console six years back, it sold 4,75,000 in the first seven days in stores. The original Wii is still available in stores and Nintendo says that they also sold 3,00,000 of those last week. At the same time, the gaming company sold 2,50,000 handheld Nintendo 3DS units and about 2,75,000 of the Nintendo DS.

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Everything you need to Know about John McAfee

John McAfee has been in the news for some strange reasons. We take a look at the intriguing life of John McAfee, founder of the computer security biggie McAfee and try to understand the good, the bad and the ugly side of this eccentric computer programmer. Even at first glance, there’s nothing geeky about this man – he doesn’t look like one and certainly does not behave like one. That he created a marvelous anti-virus and is easily a legend in that regard, one cannot quite stereotype him.

Of late, he’s been in the news because the police have been wanting to question him over the murder of his neighbor. But he’s been on the run and is purportedly hiding in Belize. He’s screaming out loud that he’s innocent, yet his sudden run isn’t painting a good picture in the eyes of law enforcement agencies. Nearing the age of 70 in a few years, the 67-year-old has spent nearly 20 years of his life in a series of experimentation – drugs, sex, extreme sports, and manipulating the media.

The Eureka moment

He started off his professional life in the 1980s working as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin. That was the time computer viruses had started coming into the picture and spread around the world affecting many computing systems. His machine wasn’t spared as it was attacked by a virus called Pakistani Brain. The virus attack slowed down floppy drives on his machine and took away 7KB space from the computer’s memory. John McAfee resolved the issue by himself and struck upon the idea to create software that could detect such viruses and remove them from the computers.

Misleading for profit

His Eureka moment may have been entirely accidental but, by the end of the 80s, his idea sparked the rise of the billion-dollar anti-virus industry and he shot to fame. Year 1992 saw the emergence of a new virus, Michelangelo, which McAfee went on to describe to the media as being capable of crippling up to five million machines worldwide on March 6. The day passed on uneventfully, but it was a major cause of worry within the IT world. Following this incident, even though his company managed to make millions of dollars of profit, his reputation took a severe beating.

Going public

McAfee’s firm went public in 1994 and he was subsequently let go off, with the company handing him a check of $100 million. He left Silicon Valley and used this money to invest in several other successful businesses. He also purchased 400 acres of land in Colorado and made a yoga retreat there.

Going the hippy way

Similar to Steve Jobs, McAfee had also experienced the hippy culture when traveling through India and Nepal. He encouraged many strange cultures like pagan drums on his company property. There were also reports of how employees in his company competed to have sex in his office. According to a former yoga student at his retreat, McAfee loved being the center of attention and being able to control the people under him with his financial power.

A perilous life

McAfee went on to write numerous yoga books and date a teenage girl, many years his junior. Shortly after that, he moved to a plush ranch in New Mexico, where he developed a new extreme sport that he called aerotrekking. Aerotrekking required people to fly a microlight dangerously low over the vast deserts. He even managed to convince a small town in Arizona that wasn’t a fan of the loud noise from the sport that they would be engulfed by a national paintball convention. This statement and many others like a convention of national organization of lesbian bikers that he created successfully distracted the locals who were opposed to his aerotrekking activities.

McAfee had to end his aerotrekking venture after a novice died in a crash in 2006, and he faced a multi-million dollar lawsuit alleging wrongful death. There are reports that this was also one of the reasons for McAfee to move to Belize in 2009. He claimed in a New York Times article that bad property deals and the crash of Lehman Brothers had left him with just $4 million of his fortune.

Belize and McAfee

McAfee’s activities in Belize added to his controversial image where he claimed to be working on developing revolutionary antibiotics. McAfee also boasted of his dealings with local gang lords and about his stockpile of unlicensed firearms. His recently published online diary, “Darkness Falls”, sheds some light into the twisted living arrangements at Belize. He talks about how two of his ex-lovers still continue to reside in the same complex, along with their current lovers, and how he shares his bed with five other women regularly.

His downfall and all his shady activities came to light in May 2012, following a police raid on his property and his subsequent arrest on suspected creation of crystal meth and possession of an unlicensed weapon. McAfee, however, continued to maintain that he was innocent.

He claimed that the police came after him after he refused to make a donation to a local politician. He also claimed that he had donated nearly $2 million in the form of gifts to the police department. McAfee then went on to admit that his claim back in 2009 about his dwindling fortune being worth only $4 million was incorrect. According to McAfee, he had created a topical antiseptic drug that the police had mistaken to be crystal meth.

More allegations continue to emerge about McAfee, the latest being that he regularly contributed to a drug makers’ forum, calling himself “stuffmonger”. There were posts about how he had been trying to extract a “super perv powder” called MDPV which he had been testing on himself. This drug, he claimed, was perfect for “hypersexuality and a smooth euphoria”.

Currently, McAfee remains hiding at an undisclosed location in Belize with his 17-year old girlfriend, and denies that he had any role in his neighbor’s murder. He also claims that a paramilitary hit squad is trying to track him to kill him. McAfee admits that there was no love lost between the two neighbors, but denies that he had anything to do with the neighbor’s killing just because they were annoyed with each other.… Read the rest

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Research in Motion Hopeful about BlackBerry 10

As Research in Motion gears up to launch its latest version of the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, the company is hoping to keep its loyal customers happy and regain lost ground in the smartphone share. One of the biggest chunks of its customer base is made up of government officials, estimated to be around 1 million customers in just the North American region. This is mostly due to its biggest strength – security.

However, RIM definitely has reason to worry – iPhones and Android phones are taking over even their most loyal government customers. RIM CEO admits that the company has to take drastic measures to face the competition, while being realistic about all that the latest offering can hope to achieve. RIM plans to increase its customer base to include the individual consumer, and not just the business worker.

An even more damaging trend for the company has been the bring-your-own-device programs at many workplaces, letting employees opt for their own personal smartphones instead of using company-issued BlackBerry devices. RIM is now focusing on improving overall user experience and making BlackBerry convenient for personal as well as professional usage.

New features on BlackBerry 10 allow users to configure essentially two phones on the same device. While one section can be dedicated for games, users’ personal e-mail accounts, and data, the other section can be configured with users’ work e-mail accounts, company approved software, documents, etc. Users can choose to toggle between these two sections and even lockdown the business section when not in use.

BlackBerry 10 also has renewed focus on multitasking capabilities, letting users run multiple apps related to e-mail, messaging, social networks, and calendars in the background and even run up to eight apps at once. BlackBerry 10 is expected to debut sometime in January 2013 with around 70,000-100,000 apps on offer.… Read the rest

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Asus Announces A Bunch Of Windows 8 Touch Tablets


Asus Touch family has announced a series of Tablet which are going to run on Windows 8 OS. The bunch of tablets include a dockable tablet (Asus VivoTab RT TF600TG), lightweight notebooks (Asus VivoBooks F202E and S400), and the Asus Taichi dual-screen convertible Ultrabook/ tablet that has the ability to display two screens simultaneously.

“We intend to surpass the ‘touch future’ of IT industry by launching Asus Taichi and Asus VivoBook. We are assertive that our Windows 8 line-up will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” said Alex Huang, managing director, System Business Group, Asus India.

When asked about technology used in these devices,  Unaez Quraishi, sales and distribution director, System Business Group, Asus India, said, “Today’s launch of Asus Taichi, Asus VivoBook F202E, Asus VivoBook S400 and Asus VivoTab RT TF600 TG is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. In view of the launch of these models in India, we intend to establish how important India is for Asus. Our consumers have given affirmative responses to our notebooks, tablets and other products. We anticipate capturing the market as to when they think of touch notebooks and tablets, they think of Asus.”

The company, in its official statement maintained that Asus Taichi is an unbelievable fusion of notebook and tablet which gives it amazing mobile flexibility. Lid open, Taichi is a powerful notebook with a crystal-clear full HD screen, an Intel core processor, and a backlit keyboard. Lid closed, Taichi is a lightweight tablet with a slim, tapered profile, and a multi-touch full HD screen for intuitive fingertip control with Windows 8.… Read the rest

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Dell Launches New Devices: Convertible, Tablet, and Ultrabook

Post the launch of Windows 8, hardware partners have begun to bring out new devices that can run on the OS. Dell has unveiled its offerings: Dell XPS 12 convertible, Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, OptiPlex 9010 touch-enabled All-in-One, and S2340T Win8 multi-touch monitor. It’s all about making the best use of Windows 8 and getting the best experience out of this latest version of Windows.

With these new devices, Dell aims to reduce customers’ hassles of carrying multiple devices. The devices come pre-installed with enterprise-ready features that let employees use their own devices at work, with the added benefit of security and manageability. Designed to balance user preferences, productivity, and IT control, and also benefit from Dell’s experienced customer service to enable organizations to implement BYOD (bring your own device) programs among their workforce.

Dell XPS 12 Convertible: An extremely portable laptop, it comes with a flip hinge touchscreen display that can even double up as a laptop. The screen has full HD display capabilities and the device is made of aluminum, carbon fiber and Corning Glass for a tough yet light finish. It starts at Rs 90,490 for the base version.

Latitude 10 Tablet: This 10-inch tablet is compatible with all Windows applications that have touch-enabled controls, and full multimedia features. It can easily plug into existing management consoles, comes with a swappable battery, and also has advanced security features such as Dell Data Protection | Encryption capabilities. It has a starting price of Rs 42,490.

Latitude 6430u: This 14-inch Ultrabook is 33% thinner and 16% lighter than the existing range of Latitude notebooks. The device also has a long battery life, letting you do more work on a single charge with convenience. It will set you back by Rs 69,990.

Dell OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One: This ultra-sleek AIO offers a multi-point touchscreen on an articulating stand, and comes with a fixed or rotating camera options, making it the ideal system to have on your office tabletop. The AIO range is priced starting from Rs 49,990.… Read the rest

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Grand Theft Auto V: Could it be released by May 2013?

The latest in the series of this popular game is titled Grand Theft Auto V, and that’s all the information we’ve had so far, thanks to its various worldwide ads. You can pre-order the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of this game starting from Spring in 2013 – no word yet on a PC or Wii U version yet. Of course, we’re hoping that the company launches the PC version at a later date, but we doubt if this game would see a Wii U version coming out.

Rockstar had made available 10 screenshots of GTA V way back in August and left us lusting after more information about the game. If the screenshots are to be believed, we can expect bicycles and jets to be back in the game, which only makes the game even more exciting. We missed these vehicles in the previous versions of the game, in keeping with the more serious themes they had.

GTA IV, the most recent version out, featured Nico Bellic – a clueless immigrant arriving at Liberty City in an attempt to run away from his past. The game also saw the release of two expansion packs – The Lost and The Damned, and The Ballad of Gay Tony. In the game, players got to experience a glamorous Liberty City, geographically reminiscent of New York, especially its bustling nightlife. Wonder what we can expect in GTA V?… Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad: The Tablet Battle Reaches Its Peak


Looks like the iPad is facing stiff competition from the many other alternatives available in the tablet market. Apple finally conceded that iPad sales in the fourth quarter have slowed down, and the rising costs could also offset the profits from sales. Apple recently launched the iPad Mini and it’s too soon to tell if it can turn the situation around in the company’s favor. Even its competitor, Amazon, announced a loss of $28 million during the third quarter, possibly due to its low pricing of the Kindle Fire HD tablet.

In these troubled times for tablets, Microsoft finally made its Surface tablet available to consumers, and the battle among tablets just got heated up all over again. While analysts predict that its high price could be a deterrent, Microsoft is optimistic that the brand new interface could find many takers, and possibly pull customers off competing products like the iPad.

Fortunately for Apple, it did register a 24% increase in profits over the previous quarter, thanks to stronger iPhone sales. However, it didn’t sell as many iPads as it had expected. Amazon, on the other hand, incurred losses despite sales having registered a 27% rise. Amazon has admitted that it lost some revenue due to its investment in coupon site LivingSocial, in addition to the low cost of Kindle Fire HD tablets.… Read the rest

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Halloween Celebrations: Free Apps on Amazon Appstore

Amazon is kicking into the holiday spirit by offering a full week of Halloween deals on apps in its store for smartphones. Starting today and all the way till the 31st of October, the Amazon Appstore is giving out ‘Amazon Free App of the Day’, including apps with the Halloween theme, like The Haunt and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

The first free app is Witches’ Brew: Halloween Potion Making Fun! – a goofy game that lets players collect ingredients for making spells. The game features 100 levels, HD graphics and tilt control play capabilities as well.

Friday’s app is Slashing Pumpkins – a game that will remind you of your favorite Fruit Ninja, except in this one, there are only pumpkins to slice through. On Saturday, the free app on offer is Halloween Mahjong, featuring holiday themed tiles and backgrounds to get you in the mood for tricks and treats!

Sunday comes with a game called Wonder Witches – a game involving collection of potions to get magical powers, flying on broomsticks past the moon, and getting spooked. Face Frenzy, a game where users have to help make up Joe’s and Jane’s faces using cream, lip balm, and other accessories, is a highly engaging game. And on Monday, Amazon’s offering the Monster Edition of this game free for users.

The Haunt is an adventure game filled with puzzling twists and spooky tales to get the users completely intrigued and well, haunted. It’s filled with many mini-games connected by an interesting storyline and is available free on Tuesday. Finally, on Wednesday, Amazon’s offering The Great Pumpkin, Charlie  Brown, a game that usually costs $3.99 free of cost. Tricks and treats abound throughout the game, and to keep you company is Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, and the whole gang.… Read the rest

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New Features on Amazon’s Web Services We Would Love to See

Amazon is not usually known to be a company that loves to blow its own trumpet. But last week, when its CTO, Werner Vogels, took the stage at an event and promised that consumers would soon to get to see new, unbelievable offerings from Amazon’s Web Services, we couldn’t help but wonder what those could be. Here’s a list of a few things we would love to see:

Better analytics: Amazon recently announced that customers could run SAP’s HANA in-memory database on the platform for $0.99 per hour, and shell out an additional $2.50 for an extra-large EC2 instance. While this may seem like a rather expensive proposition of third-party services, we wish Amazon could release its own analytics technology for its customers.

Smaller portions of its infrastructure: As of now, Amazon charges its customers by the hour for using its platform. But with recent emergence of competition that is willing to charge customers for platform services even by the minute, maybe this is something Amazon would also want to get down to doing. It’s not just going to get cheaper for the customers, but would also ensure far more efficient usage of computing resources over Amazon.

More integration and PaaS capabilities: As customers, we’re always looking for something more on offer. And that’s just what we would love to see Amazon deliver. Amazon’s PaaS service, Elastic Beanstalk, has been quite a successful venture, and we wish it could offer customers a one-stop-shop for a variety of cloud services from Amazon and partners, from where customers can handpick whatever they wish to use and pay for those services. The model is quite like Amazon’s traditional business model, but we wonder if they can tweak it for their cloud offering too.

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The Unfortunate Case Of iPhone 5: Green Glow Appears On the Sides Of Display



Let’s call it the unfortunate case of iPhone5. The phone already marred by various flaws now has one more to add to its list. After apple map app faux paus and the purple haze, a green glow on the sides of the display in the unlock screen has come to surface. The glow generally appears when the handset wakes up from the sleep mode.

As per a report by The Guardian, “This time a green glow described as a plasma bleed from the edges of the screen is appearing on some of the new handsets. The green light is momentary, and appears on the unlock screen just after the iPhone has been “woken” from a longish sleep.”

The report adds that this was most likely a hardware issue, not a software one, as it is described as a ‘sort of warming up’ issue. It cannot be documented in a screenshot because of the short amount of time it appears.

When the users complained about the purple haze in the corners of the iphone 5 captured images Apple issued the following statement:


A purplish or other coloured flare, haze, or spot is imaged from out-of-scene bright light sources during still image or video capture.


Most small cameras, including those in every generation of iPhone, may exhibit some form of flare at the edge of the frame when capturing an image with out-of-scene light sources. This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle (usually just outside the field of view) so that it causes a reflection off the surfaces inside the camera module and onto the camera sensor. Moving the camera slightly to change the position at which the bright light is entering the lens, or shielding the lens with your hand, should minimize or eliminate the effect.

Though the resolution to the problem can be hardly categorised as a fix, we would definitely like to know how this issue was not so visible with the iPhone 4S. This is ‘antennagate’, where Apple is telling users how to use the phone. It may be a great fact that Apple has opted for a sapphire crystal lens cover, which is thinner and more durable than standard glass. However, according to its release, Apple states that it offers crystal clear images, and this is not the case, unfortunately.

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