Eking’s S700 E-Notepad With A Stylus… And Color

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The kids at Eking don’t always take due credit for their handiwork (they’re usually busy manufacturing devices that get badged by companies like Viliv) but this time around they seem pretty proud of their S700 E-notepad. "A notepad," the company states in its PR, "means ‘a memorandum’ in English.
 
With the prefix E, e-notepad means electron memorandum, abbreviated as electron book. It’s concise and easy to understand and can be accepted by consumers." You get all that? It sports a color 7-inch display with both resistive touch input and an electromagnetic stylus (just like your old Wacom tablet), integrated 3G, fingerprint scanner, three megapixel camera, and a plastic case that looks similar to the one that came with our old Day Runner knock-off. And it’s apparently a color display, because "multi-purpose colored electronic notepads will certainly replace the black and white E-books of simple features.
 
It’s a trend the same as that of the color TV sets replacing the black and white ones." Took the words right out of our mouth, Shenzhen PR guy! Not entirely sure on a price or release date for this one, but you’ll know as soon as we do. Promise.
 

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‘Walking Dead Weekly’ Coming In January

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Image will launch Walking Dead Weekly, a new series reprinting each issue of the original series, in January. Each will be a 32-page b/w comic for $2.99.

Image plans the series as a new way for fans from the AMC series (see “Zombies Invade World Capitals”) to start at the beginning and read a new issue each week in 2011.

The first six-episode season will be completed by January; a second season has been greenlit and will presumably air in 2011.

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‘Way of the Samurai 4′ Appearing On PS3 Only

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Way of the Samurai 3‘s North American release was handled in an unorthodox manner, with Agetec publishing on PS3 and UFO Interactive publishing on Xbox 360. That may not be an issue with the newly-announced fourth entry in Acquire’s free-roaming samurai action series, because it’s been revealed as a PS3 exclusive.

Of course, the Xbox 360 port followed the PS3 version in Japan by four months, so Xbox players may still see the way.

According to Siliconera, the exclusivity was announced in a Famitsu article, which also offered some details about gameplay. You’ll be able to choose your samurai’s age, and then, through actions, choose to align them with one of three feuding groups. You’ll also have more available actions within event scenes.

Of course, during the gameplay scenes you’ll always have the "slash" action.

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Zombies Invade World Capitals For ‘Walking Dead’ Premiere

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Zombies will appear in 26 cities around the world on Tuesday in a global publicity stunt organized by AMC and Fox International Channels promoting the premiere of The Walking Dead TV series on October 31st . The zombie invasions will occur during peak morning commute hours in each city beginning in Taipei and Hong Kong and moving around the world, culminating at the show’s Los Angeles premiere.

U.S. cities involved in the stunt include New York, Washington, DC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Zombies will appear at major landmarks in the targeted cities, including the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Big Ben in London, the Prado Museum in Madrid, the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, the Acropolis in Athens, and so on.

The global publicity campaign makes sense because The Walking Dead is premiering worldwide the same week in 120 countries, 33 languages, and an expected 250 million households.

The first season is only six episodes; a second season has already been greenlit.

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Thrustmaster HOTAS WARTHOG – A Realistic Joystick For Flight Enthusiasts

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thrustmaster has unveiled their new flagship gaming product, the HOTAS WARTHOG, a full replica of the joystick, dual throttle system and dual throttle control panel of the U.S. Air Force A-10C attack aircraft. Weighing in at more than 14 lbs, the joystick, throttle handles and bases are constructed of mostly metal.

With 55 fully programmable action buttons and 2 four-direction hat switches, each with a built-in push button (the first joystick in the world to incorporate such a feature), the HOTAS WARTHOG is the result of an intense collaboration between Thrustmaster’s development teams and members of the flight sim community.

The Thrustmaster HOTAS WARTHOG will be available at the end of October 2010 for $499.99. [MaxBorgesAgency]

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DC Says No Plans For Justice League Movie

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Geoff Johns, speaking at New York Comic-Con, confirmed that Warner Bros and DC are not currently planning for a superhero team-up Justice League of America movie. ComicBookMovie reports that when Johns was asked about the possibility of shared-universe films á la Marvel, Johns responded with the following:

“I’m going to speak frankly: I think our characters are bigger than Marvel’s.” He said that he’d rather spend time building each character on his or her own rather than “smashing them together.”

I understand that Johns statement can come off as being arrogant, I think he’s right in the sense that DC needs to first build these films based on the characters and maybe later on in the sequels talk about crossover possibilities. I know that’s not what the fanboys want to hear, but it’s the most logical way to handle things from a pure storytelling perspective.

One of the biggest complaints of Iron Man 2 was that it seemed to be mostly a set-up/prequel for The Avengers. And rumors have circulated that even director Jon Favreau was a little ticked off at just how much Avengers pre-build was packed into his superhero sequel. I love the idea of what Marvel is hoping to do with crossovers and connected storylines, but so far I feel like it’s been nothing more than a gimmick. I support the concept, and can’t wait until the day when we have a summer of superhero movies which are somehow linked within the same universe. But right now it’s just fanboy nods to what might come next (”hey look at Captain America’s shield, thats funny…”).

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DC COMICS Lowers Price On $3.99 Titles To $2.99

October 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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New York, October 7, 2010– Beginning January 2011, DC Comics will implement a line-wide pricing adjustment, lowering the prices of all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 to $2.99, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.

“Today’s announcement re-affirms DC Comics’ commitment to both our core fans and to comic book store retailers,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.”

“As Co-Publishers, we listened to our fans and to our partners in the retail community who told us that a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years.” said Dan DiDio, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “We needed a progressive pricing strategy that supports our existing business model and, more importantly, allows this creative industry to thrive for years to come. With the exceptions of oversized comic books, like annuals and specials, we are committed to a $2.99 price point.”

When taking into account mini-series, annuals and specials, more than 80% of DC’s comic books will be priced at $2.99.

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StarCraft 2 Expansion/Sequel Out In 2012

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Blizzard’s Battle.net project director, Greg Canessa, was quoted at GDC Online suggesting an early 2012 release window for sequel-spansion StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm.

GameSpot caught the quote during a panel, in which Canessa responded to future Battle.net upgrades by saying they are "a main area of focus we’re going to be seeing on the Starcraft side over the next 18 months between now and Heart of the Swarm." However, a Blizzard representative told Joystiq "We have not announced a release date or window for Heart of the Swarm."

Blizzard’s next release will be for the World of Warcraft (population 12 million) expansion Cataclysm on December 7. With that bit of news out there, hopefully BlizzCon‘s big reveal will end the hellish wait for a Diablo 3 release date.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Novels Coming Soon

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Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics series The Walking Dead, which has already been adapted into a TV show that will debut on AMC on Halloween, will soon infect the realm of prose thanks to a trilogy of original Walking Dead novels that will be published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martins Press.

According to Deadline, the books will be “conceptualized and outlined” by Kirkman before being written by horror novelist Jay Bonansinga (Perfect Victim). The novels will take place in The Walking Dead universe, but will feature original plots. Kirkman himself was the first to bring his creation to straight prose with a short story that he wrote entitled “Together, Alone,” which was published in the horror anthology volume The Living Dead 2, which was published by Night Shade Books in September.

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AT&T Introduces Motorola Flipside

October 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

AT&T Introduces Motorola Flipside

AT&T today introduced the new Motorola Flipside Android smartphone that uses a sliding keyboard form factor with a front trackpad. The handset enables users to seamlessly manage their work and personal life. The Flipside comes jam packed with a 3.1-inch HVGA screen, the Motorola CrystalTalk technology for noise cancellation, MOTOBLUR, the Android 2.1 OS, and a TI OMAP 3410 processor with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps support.

Additional specs include a 512MB ROM, a 256MB RAM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g, GPS and a 2GB microSD card in the box. Users can stay connected to work with full push corporate e-mail, support for Microsoft Exchange, unified inbox and enhanced features for IT compliance like remote wipe and password enforcement. The AT&T Motorola Flipside retails for $99.99.

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