Macbook Pro with Retina Display review

Apple ports Retina Display technology from iOS to the Mac, and the results are nothing short of spectacular

by J.R. Bookwalter

Apple again cemented its reputation as manufacturer of lust-worthy electronics with the introduction of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display before 5,000 jubilant developers at this year’s WWDC keynote. But is the latest model worth the extra dough, especially with several key features missing in action that pro users depend upon?

The answer depends on how deep your pockets are, with the sleek new model starting at $2199 and topping out at $3749 (before tax) including build-to-order options (faster processor, more memory, higher capacity storage). However, if you rely on CD or DVD media, Gigabit Ethernet or FireWire 800, you’ll want to budget $137 on top of that to replace features lost as a result of slimming down the notebook by 25 percent.
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E3 2012: New Samsung Cloud Gaming Smart TVs to Compete with Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo Consoles

by John Gaudiosi

The company enters the video game business with a product that offers hundreds of streaming games through Gaikai cloud service.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is showcasing its cloud-based gaming service, Samsung Cloud Gaming, at E3 2012. Samsung Cloud Gaming, developed in partnership with Gaikai, a leading cloud-based video game platform provider, will stream a mix of family-friendly and AAA video games directly to owners of 2012 Samsung LED 7000 series and up Smart TVs in the U.S. Within 12 months over 40 million TVs are expected to be able to stream console-quality hit games without needing any console or upgrades.
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Apple Tries to Stop US Sales of Samsung’s Galaxy S III

By John Ribeiro

Apple has asked a court in California for a preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, ahead of its U.S. launch, claiming the device infringes at least two of its patents.

Samsung said earlier this month that the Galaxy S III will be available in the U.S. starting this month from five carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular. The smartphone was launched in May in the U.K.
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Billboard Hot 100 Singles – Week of June 09, 2012

1. Gotye f/ Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”
2. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

3. Maroon 5 f/ Wiz Khalifa, “Payphone”
4. fun. f/ Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
5. Nicki Minaj, “Starships”
6. Flo Rida f/ Sia, “Wild Ones”
7. One Direction, “What Makes You Beautiful”
8. The Wanter, “Glad You Came”
9. Justin Bieber, “Boyfriend”
10.Phillip Phillips, “Home”

Mark Zuckerberg sued by Facebook investors

Furious Facebook.Com investors have filed a lawsuit against founder Mark Zuckerberg, alleging he knew the business had been overvalued ahead of its flotation last month (May12).

Zuckerberg floated his social networking site on the U.S. stock market for $100 billion (£63 billion) but shares soon dropped in price, prompting complaints from many investors.

Critics allege the CEO knew the stock was overpriced and protected his own finances by selling off the organisation, according to TMZ.com.

Editors at the website report a lawsuit has now been filed against Zuckerberg, in which it’s alleged the site did not generate enough revenue from advertising to warrant selling shares at $38 (£25), and that this information was passed on by Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan, and Goldman Sachs prior to the flotation.

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Fujitsu, Dell ‘Ivy Bridge’ ultrabooks point to hybrid HDDs

Hybrid storage systems will become common on Ivy Bridge-based ultrabooks.

by Brooke Crothers

With Fujitsu today announcing new ultrabooks based on Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processor in Japan and Dell’s XPS 14 Ivy Bridge ultrabook imminent in the U.S., it is becoming apparent that spinning hard drives are back in vogue for these slim laptops.

The 0.6-inch thick, 3-pound Fujitsu UH75/H ultrabook comes with a Core i5-3317U (1.7GHz) chip, a 14-inch display with resolutions up to 1920×1080, and a 500GB hard disk drive with a solid-state drive cache for the base model.

That last storage specification matches a similarly-configured Dell XPS 14 ultrabook model that is expected to be announced imminently. And already-announced HP Envy laptops.
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‘Star Wars 1313’ marks games comeback attempt by George Lucas

By Ben Fritz

After virtually disappearing from sight since late 2010, George Lucas’ video game company is attempting a comeback by plunging back into the Star Wars universe.

LucasArts on Friday announced that it has been developing a new title, “Star Wars 1313.”

Set to be unveiled at the E3 conference next week in Los Angeles, the game puts players in control of a bounty hunter ensconced in a “ruthless criminal underground,” according to a company statement. Unlike the plethora of Star Wars titles aimed at kids, the company is describing “Star Wars 1313” as a “mature-themed video game.”
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Box Office Milestone: ‘The Avengers’ Becomes No. 3 Pic of All Time With $1.331 Billion

by Pamela McClintock

The Disney and Marvel Studios superhero extravaganza surpasses “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”

A month in, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers continues to make box office history.

On Friday, the Disney and Marvel Studios’ tentpole surpassed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to become the third-biggest tile of all time at the worldwide box office with a cume of $1.331 billion.

The final Harry Potter film, released in July 2011, earned $1.328 billion.

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