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Recent Diablo 3 hotfixes address exploits, high-level item drop rates

Blizzard Entertainment has been keeping busy, tweaking a number of aspects of its best-selling loot-hunting game, Diablo 3 . One of the hotfixes released today addresses an exploit used to circumvent the recent decreases in attack speed. Before the hotfix, players could “temporarily increase their attack speed or double-cast a skill” by repeatedly clicking the Town Portal option within the hot bar. A complete list of fixes can be found on the official game blog . In changes made yesterday, Blizzard once again increased high-level item drops in Acts III and IV of Hell difficulty and all four acts in Inferno. The breakdown of increases can be found after the break. Not found after the break: those hundred hours you’ve spent clicking through Sanctuary.

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Five Things I Hate About the New iPad

I’ve been using the new iPad as my primary tablet since it arrived in March, and I really like a lot of things about it, especially the high resolution screen, but like any gadget there are some things that I flat out don’t like.

And since I have a unique perspective in that I’m just as familiar with Android tablets as the iPad, I thought I’d write down the points where the iPad falls short.

So here are the top five things that I hate the most about the new iPad:

1. Limited memory and no memory card slot. It’s crazy how limited the iPad is in terms of storage space. It and the Kindle Fire are about the only tablets on the planet without memory card slots. I’ve got a 16GB iPad with about thirty apps installed and they take up all but about 4GB of space, leaving very little room for videos, photos, music, ebooks, or anything else.

2. Operating system is too basic. After you’ve had a taste of Android, the iPad’s operating system leaves much to be desired. All you’ve got is a bunch of square app icons. You can change the background image and that’s about it for customization.

Aside from the addition of gestures for quickly switching between apps, the iPad’s operating system looks and feels and operates pretty much exactly the same as it did over 3 years ago when the iPad 1 was first introduced. It’s time for an upgrade, Apple. Stop making the iPad a large iPhone and give it its own set of features with widgets and the option to have multiple windows open at once—make use of its larger screen. If Quasar can do it, why can’t Apple? Just think of how much more advanced the iPad could be…

3. The App Store. For some reason I often have a hard time finding decent free apps for the iPad; you’re pretty much going to be paying for everything if you want it to be any good and not be loaded with annoying ads. And a lot of times apps that are free on Android are paid apps for the iPad.

While I have no problem paying for certain kinds of apps, there’s no way I’m paying for something as basic as a calculator or RSS Reader. I finally found a decent free calculator without ads but couldn’t find a decent free RSS app that worked well and didn’t have annoying ads—I eventually settled on just using Google Reader with the web browser.

Another point with apps is that Google apps often aren’t as good as their Android counterparts. This is especially evident with the Maps app—the Android version is more updated and has ten times more features.

Probably the most irritating thing about shopping from Apple is the fact they force you to enter your password every time you want to download something. This makes sense for paid items, but is irritating and pointless for free items. And since Apple requires a complex password with numbers, letters, and at least one capital letter, having to go through the motions of typing it in all the time get’s really annoying really fast. Why there isn’t a setting for this is anyone’s guess.

4. No HDMI port. A lot of Android tablets come with mini HDMI ports nowadays, even some cheap $99 ones, but the iPad does not have any easy way to connect to a TV unless you buy expensive hardware from Apple. This is disappointing because a tablet in hand is fun for one person, while a tablet plugged into a big-screen TV is fun for a whole lot of people.

5. Web Browser. The Safari web browser is fast and smooth, but it is too basic for a high-end tablet. The lack of Flash support is the most obvious problem. And something that annoys me on a daily basis is the fact that it makes selecting text too difficult. It often highlights the whole sentence or paragraph or page instead of a single word, and then the cursors often refuse to go where you want them.

 

Source: Nathan/ the eBook Reader

 

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Top 3 Smartphones with High Resolution Screens

Smartphones have rearranged the pixel density charts this year, we take a look at the top 10 smartphones with the sharpest screens.

Anything above 250 ppi may seem like overkill but the boundaries continue to be pushed. For trivia junkies and those with 20/20 vision, we have ten recent smartphones with 300 PPI displays and higher.

When buying a smartphone, pixel density matters as much as screen size. You can use this simple calculator to know your phone’s pixel density.

BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha: 356ppi

The Blackberry 10 Dev Alpha was previewed recently, and provided to every developer who attended the event. Apart from the new beautiful OS, this device touts a marvelous 4.2-inch 1280×768 HD display with 356ppi, leaving the iPhone’s Retina Display a long way behind.

RIM recently unveiled its upcoming BlackBerry 10 (BBX) at BlackBerry World which took place last week in Florida. At the event RIM also handed out developer phones for the new OS and some of the developers who got their hands on the device discovered some codenames of future BBX devices somewhere in the BBX code.

Not much in known about these devices but six of them have been revealed and these include the BlackBerry Colt a device which has been rumored since late 2011 and it is believed to be the original name of the device which is now known as Dev Alpha. Apparently, this one was supposed to be the first BlackBerry 10 consumer standard device but it later got axed.

Next up is the BlackBerry London which is now supposed to be the first BBX smartphone for the masses and will launch sometime later in October. It also revealed another device which is a 10-inch BBX tablet known as BlackBerry Blackforest.

Other three devices include BlackBerry Nevada, BlackBerry Naples and BlackBerry Nashville and not much is known about these devices, but they will launch sometime after the launch of BlackBerry London.

All the names mentioned above are codenames and not what they will be known as once announced for the market. We are eagerly waiting for these devices as BlackBerry has managed to impress us at BlackBerry World.

Sony Xperia S: 342ppi

Sony has announced its first self branded smartphone at CES 2012 which is will be available in the market sometime later this quarter in select countries. This is the same device which was previously leaked as the Sony Ericsson Nozomi.

The Sony Xperia S has a 4.3-inch 720p Reality display and it is powered by a 1.5 dual-core processor. Additionally, the device sports a 12-megapixel camera, secondary 1.3-megapixel front facing camera with 720p video capture, NFC support and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

However it will receive an Android 4.0 ICS update sometime in Q2 2012. It will be a PlayStation certified smartphone and will be available in black and white colors.

HTC Rezound: 342ppi

The HTC Rezound is a powerful smartphone from the Taiwanese manufacturer, that comes with Beats Audio integration. The Rezound features a 4.3-inch 720×1280 HD display at 342ppi. This smartphone is not yet available in the Indian market.

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