MW3 DLC: ‘No Further Information’ On PS3, PC Release Dates – Activision

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, PS3, Xbox

Modern Warfare 3 DLC release dates for PS3, PC up in the air.

Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC has been dated for 24 January – but so far only for Call of Duty Elite members on Xbox 360.

Release dates for PS3, PC have yet to be revealed – when we asked  Activision for more details it told us it currently had “no further information”.

Microsoft has a long association of exclusivity periods with Activision for Call of Duty DLC, but with paying Call of Duty Elite customers expecting early access to content on Xbox 360 and PS3, some may feel that Activision hasn’t lived up to previous promises – if the DLC launches earlier on Xbox Live.

Exclusivity has traditionally lasted on Xbox Live for a month for past DLC packs.

‘Black Aperture’ Site Teases Half Life 3 Logo

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players

Half-Life 3 specualtion shifts into another gear with ‘Black Aperture’ webpage.

A Half-Life 3 logo is currently sat a on a webpage called

The title of the page (as it appears on Google) reads: ‘Status: Mark 7′

A Half-Life 3 logo is the only image on the page, while the usual credits to Valve and Source are posted at the foot of the page.

Black Aperture combines the laboratory names of Half Life’s Black Mesa and Portal’s Aperture Science.

At the start of December a gaming event in the US was attended by someone – allegedly a Valve employee – wearing a HL3 logo T-Shirt.

The Half-Life 3 logos on the T-Shirt and the site are different.

Meanwhile, links to a Valve-owned domain,, which simply forwards to the official Orange Box page.

While the latter is probably just a placeholder domain, the former was registered by someone called David Hassen. Probably not Valve, then.

We’ve dropped the developer a line for clarification.

Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is tiny, overpriced and flawed

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

The more I review compact keyboards and keyboard folios, the more I am inclined to believe that the best keyboard for an iPad is no keyboard. The new Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard (US$84.00) added ammunition to that argument.

The Ultra-Slim keyboard is typical of its class: it is small, lightweight, has good battery life, and connects to your iPad or iPhone through Bluetooth. In fact, the Ultra-Slim is probably the slimmest and lightest (6.9 ounces) Bluetooth keyboard I’ve seen. And that’s exactly where I have a problem with it.

Make no mistake: the Ultra-Slim is perfect if you want the lightest possible keyboard around for Mac, iPhone, or iPad. But my concern is that so much effort went into making this keyboard compact that it’s almost impossible to use. My current gold standard for keyboards is the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The one I have has given me years of flawless service, I can type quickly and accurately on it, and it’s compact enough that it has traveled with me on trips where I want to use a keyboard with my iPad.

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is just a bit over 11 inches wide, and a little over 5 inches deep. The keys are nicely spaced both horizontally and vertically, and it’s a fantastic keyboard for fast typing. Now let’s look at the Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard. It jams approximately the same number of keys into a keyboard just over 8.5″ wide and about 4.5 inches deep. As a result, there’s no spacing between the keys at all, and it’s quite easy to accidentally press two or more keys — even with small hands like I have!

How small is that keyboard? Well, if you hold up the Verbatim Ultra-Slim next to the virtual keyboard on the iPad, they’re about the same size. There’s a hint here, folks — if you think the iPad’s keyboard is too small, then the Ultra-Slim is going to be too small for you as well.

Gallery: Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard

Charging is done through a standard USB to micro-USB cable, and there’s an on-off switch right next to the micro-USB port so the keyboard can be turned off to save battery life when not in use. There’s also a button to enable discovery mode on the keyboard.

Getting back to the keys on the keyboard, they’re just too small. Take the shift keys, for example — the left one is about .75″ x .5″, the right one is about .4″ square. On the Apple keyboard, they’re 1.5″ x .675″ each — a ton of space by comparison. Verbatim made the insane move of cramming even more keys into the bottom row of the keyboard than are on the Apple keyboard. The Apple keyboard has an fn key,a control key, two option(alt) keys, two command keys, the space bar, and the arrow keys in the bottom row. The Verbatim keyboard jams two Home button keys, a key to hide or show the iPad’s virtual keyboard, and the backslash key into that same row — 13 keys in a small space.

One other gripe is that some of the keys are in totally non-standard positions. For example, the quotation mark key that’s normally next to the Return/Enter key on a Mac keyboard is squeezed between the left shift key and the letter Z. The backslash is on the bottom row instead of on the right side of the “QWERTY” row of the keyboard, and the delete key is on the top row instead of the number row.

Verbatim threw a number of iOS device-specific keys onto the top row, including a lock key, search key, brightness keys, cut/copy/paste, reload, rewind/play/fast-forward, and volume keys. These are fairly standard with most Bluetooth keyboards designed for use with the iPad


All things considered, I cannot recommend the Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard. It’s too small for any reasonable typing, many keys are in non-standard locations, and the price ($84) is ridiculously high. Apple’s Wireless Keyboard is only $69, Logitech’s Tablet Keyboard is $70, and there are generic Bluetooth keyboards that look much more comfortable for use with an iPad for as little as $13. Just yesterday, TUAW reviewed the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard that is regularly available for as little as $29.99.

My advice? Either learn to use the virtual keyboard on the iPad, which I’ve actually found gets much better the more you use it, or get the Apple Wireless Keyboard.

Verbatim Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is tiny, overpriced and flawed originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 30 Dec 2011 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Gran Turismo 5: 2.02 Update Brings New Features, DLC Cars Live

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, PS3, Sony

Sony launches new content for PS3 Driving Simulator GT5.

Gran Turismo 5 players can now purchase the new DLC car pack 2 which features the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black edition R35, 2011 MINI COOPER S, 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R, and 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R.

Meanwhiel the new 2.02 game update brings the ability to “change wheels on standard cars, plus 10 free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto.”

Install the update to get the Toyota 86 GT ‘12 for free, too.

Full list of updates below:


·        The ability to change wheels on standard cars

·        A ‘copy’ feature will be added to settings sheets

·        Tyre wear speed adjustment

·        In GT Auto, players will be able to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power, before and after their application.

·        Free tickets have been added that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto (10 coupons will be distributed for free to each of those who have downloaded the 2.02 update).

·        Pressing the â–¡ button in the car ticket selection screen of the Car Delivery, will now allow you to exchange all car tickets at once.

·        In screens where the Garage and Driver List buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the â–¡ button will now show the Garage, and pressing the â–³ button will show the drivers list.

·        An option has now been added for ‘Max. number of participants – this is featured in the room settings of My Lounge.

·        Added ☆ marks which show the number of Gold Trophies attained in each event, in the event selection screen of seasonal events.

·        Racing sound effect adjustment

·        Elements of the steering assist controls (used when using certain controllers on Racing Karts) have been adjusted. This applies to steering wheels with a 200 degree turning radius including the GT Force®ã€Driving Force™ã€GT Force®RX、Driving Force Wireless™ steering wheel controllers. The Steering Type (Amateur/Professional) settings in the Game Options will be ignored, and the controller’s steering angle will now directly affect the tyre turning angle of the car.


·        An issue has been corrected where you would overrun without resetting if the pit lane is entered at low speed on some tracks.

·        Corrected an issue with performance point calculations for the Red Bull X2010 and the X2011.

·        Corrected an issue where the rear wing/aerodynamic settings were being reset when switching between setting sheets.

·        An issue was corrected where the car would become stuck in autopilot from the pit lane if a certain condition is met in an endurance race on the Tsukuba Circuit. Also revised the entry route during pit stops and speed judgement.

·        Improved multi-monitor stability

Awareness! The Headphone App 2.4 – Free for 2 days

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone, others

London, United Kingdom – UK iPhone app developer Essency Limited has announced that V2.4 of Awareness! The Headphone App will be free for 2 days. Normally $6.99 the app is now FREE until the 1st of January 2012.

This version is iAD supported and sponsored by Run Britain

Awareness! is a unique app that allows headphone users to hear what’s going on around them while listening to music (or any other audio) on iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. With Awareness! you can hear when the person next to you talks, or if out walking or cycling, when a car or truck blows its horn.

With increasing numbers of sports users wearing in-ear and closed headphones, there are serious safety issues caused by their isolation from the world around them.

Rather than just another Fart App, this iPhone App can save the lives of runners, joggers and walkers

These Are Recent headlines:
* Teen killed by car while wearing headphones
* Headphone Wearing Jogger Killed By Plane
* Teacher killed by tram while listening to headphones

Try a Google search for ‘people killed while wearing headphones’

Awareness! solves the problem of headphone isolation, by feeding the outside world into the music, allowing users to listen to their music and remain fully world aware.

This is an essential app for music listening pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, bikers, joggers, runners and others who need audio awareness for safety’s sake.

“5 stars and without doubt the most important app around. It does what it says and does it perfectly!” (user review from iTunes)

System Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Awareness! The Headphone App 2.4 is Free and is available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category. Review copies are available upon request.

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UK developer essency was formed in 2009, the result of a collaboration between experienced sound recording engineers, programmers and musicians. This is the first release in a trio of Apps, designed to enhance the usefulness and usability of music playing devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Android, Symbian, Blackberry, PC and Mac versions will follow. Copyright (C) 2011 essency. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Some Verizon customers received GSM-provisioned iPhones

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

You’ve got to feel for Frank G., who shared this story of holiday woe on the WWW Artist’s Consortium mailing list. He ordered a Verizon iPhone 4S, and received it, but when he tried to activate it — no joy.

Frank spent an hour and a half on the phone with Verizon tech support in an effort to activate, until they finally sussed out the problem: the phone wasn’t allocated for Verizon. Rather than attaching to Big Red’s CDMA network as it should, the phone was apparently set up with a GSM SIM that thought it was intended for one of Vodafone’s overseas networks. We know the 4S is a worldphone but this is a bit much, no?

Frank returned his phone to a New York-area Verizon retail store, where they confirmed that indeed the phone was improperly provisioned; unfortunately now he has to wait a couple more weeks for his new device. The store techs reportedly said that at least 10 other people had come in with the same issue that day.

It seems like we would have heard more commotion about this problem if it was truly widespread, but let us know: have you gotten a mismatched Verizon iPhone this holiday?

Thanks Laurie!

Some Verizon customers received GSM-provisioned iPhones originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 30 Dec 2011 09:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MW3 DLC: First Screens Of Park, Overwatch, Morningwood, Italy Maps

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, PS3, Xbox

Activision releases first official image of Park map, while, other MW3 DLC screens head online.

Modern Warfare 3’s first DLC pack will arrive on 24 January as announced by Activision via Call of Duty Elite yesterday, but now the very first image of new map ‘Park’ has been revealed, showing a Central Park-style location.

The MW3 map doesn’t look too dissimilar to Battlefield 3’s Operation Metro map, which combined the landscape of a Parisian park with urban sections.

Mean while an MW3 fansite has also sourced what appear to be static screens for the other rumoured maps Overwatch, Morningwood and Italy.

The Modrn Warfare 3 DLC map names were thought to have leaked last month.

The first MW3 DLC will hit Xbox 360 – Activision told us yesterday it currently has no details on DLC releases for other platforms.

#1 iPhone app for New Year’s Eve is Tip This by Maitre d’ Malone

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone, others

West Vancouver, Canada – Give yourself the gift of dining room dominance this New Year’s Eve with iPhone app Tip This 2.2 by Maitre d’ Malone. Weaponize yourself by launching powerful culinary buzzwords with aplomb. Tip This by Maitre d’ Malone pioneers the interactive gamification of dining out.

‘Stump the Smug Sommelier’ by asking “tell me, does this wine reflect the typicity of the region’s terroir?” Watch the staff warp into hyper-drive to please you and your guests. Give them but a glimpse of the bazooka at your disposal and you can expect fawning, freebies and visits from the chef and owner alike.

Going out with a group this New Year’s Eve? Tip This by Maitre d’ Malone will embolden you to speak up to the haughtiest of your foodie friends and never be usurped at table again.

* Debate the merits of barrel aged tawny port vs bottle aged single vintage port … child’s play.
* Speculate on the foreign exchange implications of buying Bordeaux wine futures … bring it on!
* Do they know why their heroes Chef Escoffier and Maitre d’ Ritz were fired from the Savoy Hotel in London in 1897?

Because you now do. Early 2012 upgrades to Tip This by Maitre d’ Malone will allow users to converse, instantly converting rooms filled with strangers into communities of table hopping chums chatting, flirting, rating and comparing their dining experience in real time and more importantly in real life.

Safely, stately and securely fine dining is poised for a quantum leap of digital magnitude. Why ask a waiter what they’d recommend when there in hand is a twitter-like feed of candid comments about meals that have just left the kitchen while hapless managers in back rooms attempt damage control. No, no, no! Medium rare is supposed to be that red. That’s an industry standard mark up wine ya cheapskate!

Some will be better than others. Tip This by Maitre d’ Malone, the iPhone app transfiguring F&B.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later
* 2.7 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Tip This 2.2 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Lifestyle category.

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Luala Kumpur Productions is an iOS app development company begun in 2011 in West Vancouver, Canada by Patrick Malone who is dedicated to producing high quality mobile apps arcane insights for a discerning clientele. Copyright (C) 2011 Luala Kumpur Productions. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Nominate your favorite iPad productivity app for TUAW’s Best of 2011

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

During December and January, The Unofficial Apple Weblog is soliciting your nominations and votes for the best products for Mac, iPhone/iPod touch, and iPad. We’ll start with nominations in a category, and then tally your votes for the top-nominated products a few days later. The winner in each category receives the highly-coveted title of TUAW Best of 2011.

In the next category for the TUAW Best of 2011 awards, we want to know what you consider your favorite iPad productivity app.

Before you enter your nomination into the comments at the bottom of this post, please be sure to check that the app you’re thinking about is listed in the productivity category in the App Store.

Some of the top apps in this category include Pages, Penultimate, Notability, GoodReader for iPad, PDF Expert, and Skitch for iPad. But there are thousands of other iPad productivity apps, one of which may be your favorite and a potential winner.

It’s up to you to tell TUAW about your favorite iPad productivity app. Leave your nomination in the comments below. Voting starts soon!

Nominations close at 11:59 PM ET on December 30, 2011.

Nominate your favorite iPad productivity app for TUAW’s Best of 2011 originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Half-Life Link To Team Fortress 2’s Australian Christmas Found

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players

Valve appears to be hinting at something with the latest Team Fortress content – but is it Half-Life 3?

Half-Life 3 was the subject of a fairly suspect-looking website we reported on yesterday, but online speculation on Valve’s flagship franchise refuses to die down.

A since-deleted tweet from Valve fansite Steamcast claimed that a source at the studio has revealed that Half-Life 3 teases have been given the go-ahead:

“Go ahead given by Gabe to start dropping hints relating to the next Half Life game #Official #Valve”

The Team Fortress site recently got taken over by Australian Christmas, a holiday-themed collection of images, new in-game content, a map and comics.

Steam’s potato-sack promotion turned out to be an elaborate ARG promoting Portal 2. Valve confirmed that there was ‘currently’ no HL3 ARG as of 9 days ago – could one have started since?

“What is the true meaning of Australian Christmas?” is the cryptic beginning to a recent TF2 blog post.

As reported by fansite LambdaGen, an eagle-eyed reader noticed that the original image in the post (now of a cosy-looking Engineer)  was the image below, still hosted on the site here:

That looks a lot like the Aurora Borealis. It’s labelled ‘truemeaning.jpg’. The Borealis is an Aperture Science ship that’s been heavily-referenced in the Half-Life universe.

LambdaGen also notes that GameInformer, which unveiled Portal 2,  previously predicted a HL3 reveal in 2011.

Furthermore, we’ve contacted Valve a couple of times on the recent rumours and have so far heard nothing back.

GTA 5’s reveal proved that there’s no smoke without fire, but only time will tell if Valve has something big to announce. We’ll keep everything crossed.

What do you think? Is there something in all of this? Have your say in our comments section below!