Friday, April 8, 2011

100 Atari games go live on App Store for $15

“For the price of a movie”, the holding company that bears the name of the classic gaming company, offers 100 classic 2600 and arcade hits for $14.99 or various “Game packs for $.99/ea. Pong is free with the download. The App is universal, though you aren’t going to see much improvement with 8-bit graphics on bigger screens.

Atari’s Greatest Hits brings the best of retro gaming to iOS with 100 Classic Atari Games. This suite brings you the hottest Arcade and 2600 titles from Atari. For those who love the classic gaming experience this handheld breakthrough is sure to guarantee hours of fun.What we feature is:
• 18 Classic Atari Arcade Games including PONG
• 92 Atari 2600 Games
• Bluetooth Mutliplayer for head to head play for titles such as Pong, Warlords, and more!
• Original Cabinet and Box Art
If you want the full experience, why not bump yourself up with a Joystick or an iCade iPad enclosure from ThinkGeek.

Full description and screenshots below:

Download this App and receive PONG for FREE!

Buy the rest of Atari’s Entire Library in 2 unique ways:
1. 25 separate packs available for download at $0.99
2. Buy all 100 games for a discounted price of $14.99 (basically the price of a movie ticket)

Play Anywhere, Anytime!

Separate Game Packs include:

Asteroid Pack
1. Asteroid
2. Asteroid Deluxe
3. Asteroids 2600
4. Canyon Bomber – Bluetooth Multiplayer

Battlezone Pack
1. Battlezone
2. Red Baron
4. Submarine Commander

Centipede Pack
1. Centipede
2. Millipede
3. Centipede 2600
4. Millipede 2600

Black Widow Pack
1. Black Widow
3. Desert Falcon
4. Space War

Crystal Castles Pack
1. Crystal Castles
2. Crystal Castls 2600
4. Maze Craze

Gravitar Pack
1. Gravitar
2. Gravitar 2600
3. Radar Lock
4. Demons to Diamonds – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Star Raiders Pack
1. Star Raiders
2. Liberator
4. Human Cannonball

Missile Command Pack
1. Missile Command
2. Missile Command 2600
3. Fun with Numbers

Lunar Lader Pack
1. Lunar Lander
3. Video Pinball
4. Code Breaker

Super Breakout Pack
1. Super Breakout
3. Off – the – Wall

Tempest Pack
3. Outlaw
4. Atari Video Cube

Majar Havoc Pack
1. Major Havoc
2. Secret Quest
3. Sentinel

Warlords Pack
2. Warlords 2600

Adventure Pack
1. Adventure
2. Haunted House
3. Return to Haunted House
4. Save Mary

Tic-Tac-Toe Pack
1. 3d Tic-Tac-Toe
2. A game of concentration
3. Backgammon
4. Brain Games

Fatal Run Pack
1. Fatal Run
2. Dodge ‘Em
3. Night Driver

Quadrun Pack
1. Quadrun
3. Stellar Track
4. Math Gran Prix

Casino Pack
2. Slot Machine
3. Video Checkers
4. Video Chess

Sword Quest Pack
1. Swordquest Earthworld
2. Swordquest Fireworld
3. Swordquest Waterworld
4. Sprintmaster

Championship Soccer Pack
1. Championship Soccer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Golf
3. Double Dunk
4. Basketball

Football Pack
2. Home Run
3. Miniature Golf
4. Bowling

Real Sports Basketball Pack
1. Realsports Basketball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Realsports Boxing – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Realsports Tennis – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
4. Realsports Baseball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Real Sports Football Pack
1. Realsports Football – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
2. Realsports Soccer – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER
3. Realsports Vollyball – BLUETOOTH MULTIPLAYER

Battlezone Pack
1. Battlezone 2600
2. Super Breakout 2600
3. Super Baseball
4. Super Football

Hangman Pack
1. Hangman
2. Black Jack
3. Steeplechase

If you have read this far then you should obviously buy the $14.99 option because you are a die-hard Atari fan and we love you for it.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

I would pay $10 for just one game from atari, it's the first pc game I played as a child, Deadlock 2 Shrine wars.

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Apple bucks trend and is doing well in China

OEM roundup: Intel’s Xeons for massive datacenters,Toshiba’s capacious flash chips for 64GB iOS gadgets, OCZ’s replacement program for faulty SSDs

Phew, a plethora of OEM announcements today. The buzz surrounding Toshiba’s new flash memory that could lead to a 64GB iPhone carried us through the morning until Intel announced powerful new Xeon chips for servers. Topping it all off was the discovery that some OCZ solid state drives exhibit incorrect capacities because the manufacturer didn’t take into account that blocks of system data will be duplicated on the higher-density dies used on certain models. But first things first….

Toshiba announced next-gen flash memory called SmartNAND that could be a prime candidate for future iOS gadgets. The silicon is manufactured on the 24-nanometer process and sports a control chip that removes the burden of error correction code from the CPU, speeding up the read and write process. Offered in a variety of capacities from 4GB all the way up to 64GB and available in volume from Q2 2011, these chips are a natural fit for new iPhones, iPods and iPads. Toshiba is a long-standing supplier of NAND flash for Apple and their memory chips are found inside iPad 2 and fourth-generation iPod touch. That said, a 64GB iPhone 5 should be a no-brainer.

Second, Intel debuted a new lineup of Xeon chips for servers that top out at ten processing cores per chip. That’s a pretty substantial step up knowing that flagship Mac Pro has “only” six processing cores per chip. The new E7 family offers a 40 percent speed boost over the previous generation, Intel claims.

The silicon is manufactured on a 32-nanometer process, it includes up to 30MB of L3 cache and supports up to 4TB of DD3 memory. Clock frequencies range from 1.73GHz to up to 2.67GHz. The chips come in three flavors: The E7-2800, E7-4800 and E7-8800.

Available in four, six, eight or ten core variants with up to twenty threads using Hyper Threading, these processors are meant for datacenters and cloud computing rather than your home office server or a desktop. Maybe Apple is going to order them for their $1 billion North Caroline datacenter set to go live some time in Spring?

Also worth noting, Hardmac this morning reported that Intel will be launching low-powered variant of their Sandy Bridge processors by the end of this semester. The publication speculated that the flagship dual-core 1.6GHz Core i7 2657M could find its way into the MacBook Air, putting the ultrathin notebook on par with the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The new chips will consume 17 Watts of power and sport a Thunderbolt port.

Finally, OCZ Technology Group confirmed that certain 2Xnm‐based solid state drives (SSD) configurations show incorrect IDEMA capacity because additional information is stored in the chips related to RAID‐like data protection, recovery in the event of flash block malfunction and “advanced wearleveling to enhance the SSD’s endurance and lifespan.”

This affects only the folks who’ve purchased certain 32 nanometer or 25 nanometer 64Gbit drives on or after January 15, 2011, namely 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives in 60GB and 120GB capacities. To check if your drive is affected, download and run OCZ’s software toolbox version 2.33 and run it on the drives. If your drive is affected (that is, uses 64Gbit chips), you’re eligible for a free trade in program where OCZ takes your 60GB or 120GB unit and replaces it with the more expensive 32 Gbit die‐based drives. More information about the program and this whole ordeal is available at the OCZ forum.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Apple updates Boot Camp with fixes for unexpected shutdowns on early 2011 MacBook Pros

Apple has updated its Boot Camp software with support for early 2011 MacBook Pro models. From release notes: “This Boot Camp update addresses issues with shutdown, Japanese and Korean keyboards on early 2011 MacBook Pro”. You can download a standalone Boot Camp 3.2 installer here.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 due next week with calendar syncing

The Office for Mac team confirmed via a blog post that the first major service pack for Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is scheduled for next week. Expect a speedier, more stable and more secure performance plus “some new features.” Support for Exchange based server-side rules, editing of existing messages and two new Outlook buttons – Redirect (redirects the message to a person with the replies delivered to the original sender) and Resend (does what the name says) – are in the cards as well.

Speaking of Outlook, expect a better syncing support and (finally!) calendar syncing between Outlook for Mac and any service or device that supports Apple’s Sync Services, including the iPhone and iPad. There something you should know about Outlook calendar syncing though…

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Piper: Over 50 percent of teens expect to have an iPhone in the next six months

Right now Apple’s killing it on many levels and one of the reasons is because they own kids and teens. Some call it the Apple brainwash, others think it’s world-class marketing put to work. Whichever the case, it’s working out to Apple’s advantage, much to the horror of their rivals.

A Piper Jaffray survey of 4,500 kids in the US revealed that over 50 percent of teens could own an iPhone in the next six months – 17 percent already have one and 37 percent plan on buying the device in the next six months. Of course, what kids plan and what they get are likely not the same, especially if they don’t get good report cards. A couple of more water-cooler talking points…

Nearly one in five, or 22 percent teens surveyed, already owned a tablet or had one in the house. Seems like the iPad is a big hit with the youngsters as one in five want one – most likely an iPad considering an estimated 83 percent of tablets sold in 2010 were iPads. When it comes to music, Apple rules the landscape. The company’s share of the music player market in the US surged to 86 percent, an increase over 78 percent six months ago, and they’re well poised to capitalize on the iPod’s allure of coolness. Standalone music players like iPod are, however, taking a back seat to cellphones as 53 percent surveyed teens said they listened to music on their handsets.

About eighty percent have an MP3 player of some sort, down from ninety percent a year ago. Of those that have one, 86 percent own an iPod versus just three percent for Microsoft’s Zune. Unfortunately, two thirds of surveyed teens, or 65 percent, still go to file-trading services to obtain digital music files.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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Digitimes: 2.6M iPad 2s shipped in March, 12M expected in Q2

According to Digitimes, Apple shipped between 2.4 and 2.6 million iPads during the month of March. Shipments are set to nearly double during the second quarter, according to a conservative estimate by a source:

Sales of iPad 2 are running at a rate faster than its predecessor, and Apple took delivery of 2.4-2.6 million units in March. Apple is likely to take delivery of 4-4.3 million units a month, or a total of over 12 million units, of iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, said the sources.
In other words, at a monthly rate of more than four million units iPad 2 could sell far better than its predecessor which took nine months to sell 15 million units. The latest figure compares to the Motorola Xoom sales Deutsche Bank pegged at just a hundred thousand units. A steady stream of components will be needed to meet the iPad 2 targets. Asian suppliers are already boosting their production output to meet orders from Apple, Digitimes wrote…

A lot of components go into each iPad 2 and with the crisis in Japan you’d think a steady supply of NAND flash, the A5 processors or touch panels is needed to keep feeding the market. Not so fast – a sufficient supply of cover lenses for touch panel modules will be the key to reach Apple’s Q2 shipment goals, explains the publication.

TPK Touch Solutions, G-Tech Optoelectronics, HannStar Display, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), Wintek and other touch panel makers are all expanding or looking to expand their manufacturing capacities in the wake of strong iPad 2 sales.

*thanks 9to5Mac*

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