Rumors have been flying around regarding a possible new
Counter-Strike game. If anyone remembers, about twelve years ago, Counter-Strike revolutionized the way shooters are played, how one should design a shooter and how much fun you can have if you have awesome AWP skills. For those who were engaged in conversation about a new CS game on the Steam forums, they got to see Valve employee Cliffe lay down two words that had a lot of meaning behind them: Global Offensive. Shortly after that, the anti-cheat company ESEA's Facebook page had a message to share, saying "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive... More info in the morning."
Well, confirmation of a new game from VALVe hit this week as a press release was sent out talking about an early 2012 release for the correctly titled
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the XBLA, PSN and Steam.
We have the press release and more news after the break.
It's been a while now since AT&T announced their
intention to purchase T-Mobile USA for $39 billion in March. The primary reason is nothing has really happened; until now, that is. This week, a document was leaked that calls into question AT&T's real reasoning for the buyout of T-Mobile.
So far, AT&T executives have been explaining it by claiming that it will allow them to increase their LTE network roll-out from 80% population coverage to 97%. The document, however, suggests that AT&T's actual motives are much more sinister and anti-competitive. Essentially, AT&T is willing to pay a massive upcharge to keep T-Mobile out of Sprint's hands.
So, how much are they paying to limit the field of competition? Hit the break to find out.
A lot of people are writing this off, but I think this raises a lot of questions for all parties involved. This week, HTC has acquired a majority stake in Beats Electronics. Listeners and readers of our content will know that Beats Audio has been not only a
headphone/earbud solution, but also a huge 24-bit digital technology enhancement that can, as of right now, only be found in HP machines, HP Touchpads and HP Pre3 as well as Chrysler cars.
Now that HTC has a huge stake in the company, should we expect to see Beats integrated more smartphones? HTC has said that it's paid $300 million for this acquisition, so we'd sure hope so.
Want more on this awesome news? We have the coverage after the break.
Back in June we already talked about
Apple's plans to build a new "campus" on the old 98 acre HP campus site. The building design takes the old Mothership joke about 1 Infinite Loop past the next level and several ones after that. Just recently Cupertino released some artistic renderings of what we can expect the Mothership to look like and they do not disappoint.
You can see what I'm talking about after the break.
As you should know by now, this week marked the week that
Nintendo cut the price on their 3DS by $80. You probably also know that Nintendo's corporate president Satoru Iwata announced that many of the company's execs would be taking pay cuts because of the accountability in Nintendo. What you probably may not know, but could have guessed, is that a lot of people, despite Nintendo's brass admitting their faults and taking responsibility, are not too happy about the price cut coming less than six months after release. Those people are the early adopters who bought the 3DS at launch.
In a letter written by Iwata himself, he explains the price cut and tries to ease the tension of those early shoppers. We have the letter and more after the break.
Here is something I never thought I would get to report: one of Apple's many frivolous lawsuits has finally been settled. You might remember a long time ago in a galaxy very close to here, an Apple engineer
left a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar. You might also remember that the person who found the phone, instead of returning it to Apple, sold it to a Gizmodo writer, Jason Chen for $5,000.
Shortly after the news broke that he had a prototype iPhone in his possession, law enforcement officers raided his house, breaking down his door, taking computers, drives, documents and more, all at the request of Apple. The resulting case finally came forward in the San Mateo County district attorney's office and they have decided not to charge him. The people who originally "found" the phone at the bar, however, will be charged with 2 misdemeanors.
Why is the lack of charges against Chen important? Hit the break to find out.