AbstractWar is a fast-paced, top-view, vector-graphics-based arcade shooter, with multiplayer options over Bluetooth.
AbstractWar gives you several interface options, for both your POV and controls, and none of them is particularly good: in the game's Options page (in Spanish only), you can switch between virtual joysticks or accelerometer control (tilting your device to move), and you can choose from various views, including always-centered and stationary ("Classico") modes. "Classico" is often easier because you can see all your enemies, but if you're using virtual joysticks (which are more responsive and reliable than the accelerometer controls) … Read more
Wi-Fi (or WLAN) and Bluetooth have been the most popular technologies to connect devices, especially portable ones. Generally, to support these two, your device needs to have two separate chips, one for each.
Ralink, a Taiwanese network chipmaker, however, announced on Tuesday a new chip, model RT3592BC8, that can handle both at the same time. The company claims this is the first chip that's capable of simultaneous dual-band wireless-N and Bluetooth 3.0+HS operation.
The chip comes in the half MiniCard design and can be used in desktops, notebooks, Netbooks, and other mobile devices. It is slated to … Read more
It's always a bit hard to tell just from gazing at CPU specs what exactly we'll see in coming laptops, but Intel's leaked road map of upcoming laptop processors, which provides information on products through 2011, does provide a few hints and interesting notes.
Intel's various geographic code names and ultra-detailed spec charts can get a little sleep-inducing for the average consumer. To boil it down, here are the points that seem most eye-opening, and that could truly pave the way for some cooler laptops down the road.
Things to be excited about in 2010:Dual-core … Read more
Windows 7 has done wonders for Microsoft's reputation, which was seriously tarnished by the ice cold reception that greeted Vista, Windows 7's predecessor. That's the conclusion of the 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index, which is compiled annually by the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business, the American Society for Quality, and the CFI Group.
According the ACSI results released Tuesday, Microsoft's customer satisfaction score jumped 8.9 percent in the past year to 76 (on the survey's 100-point scale). That's higher than Microsoft has scored on the survey in the last … Read more
Like many people, my parents are in the market for a new PC to replace an aging Windows XP desktop. Today's Woot.com deal looks just about perfect: a refurbished eMachines ET1331G-05W dual-core tower for $319.99, plus $5 for shipping.
Like all Woot deals, this one is available today only, and there's always a chance it'll sell out. (The site's nearly as popular as this one ;). Thus, let's get right to the highlights and lowlights.
For an everyday home user, I think the ET1331G-05W (wow, that just rolls off the tongue) packs more than … Read more
Netbooks are expected to get a dual-core Intel Atom processor by June, finally giving this category of tiny laptops all of the goodness that multicore processors offer.
Netbooks from Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Dell, and Toshiba are offered exclusively with single-core Atom processors, which provide good battery life but lack the performance of multicore chips. Though Asus has been offering a dual-core Netbook, this kind of design is rare because it shoehorns a more power-hungry Atom chip built for desktop PCs into a larger laptop-sized casing.
But a dual-core Atom tamed for the tiny Netbook form factor could boost the product segment … Read more
Apple's Boot Camp utility has made installing Windows on your Mac in a dual-boot environment a very streamlined process. With just a few clicks you can use the Boot Camp assistant to partition and format your drive for use with Windows, and then install Windows onto the ready partition. Apple also supplies drivers with Boot Camp so various Apple hardware will work in that environment.… Read more