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HTC J Butterfly: 5″ 1080p display

Ending weeks of rumours and speculation, HTC have officially announced their first big phone of the holiday season. Apologies for the pun, but the new J Butterfly packs a 5″ 1080p that has to be seen to be believed. Speaking at an event in Tokyo, the corporation confirmed the rumours that they were working on such a phone and also mentioned that the display at its heart would be making its way to other handsets soon.

The phone’s 1920 x 1080 display is quite something, capable of playing Blurays and other full HD content at fully quality, without stretching. The phone is built on Super LCD 3 technology, a hearty follow-up to the One X’s LCD 2. The One X was widely considered to be an excellent display and by some to be the best contemporary smartphone display, but the new tech looks to have surpassed it with an excellent increase in resolution and better colour accuracy as well.

The J Butterfly has some impressive hardware inside as well. The phone is powered by the quad-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor we saw on the Optimus G, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage augmented by up to 32 GB of micro SD. There is an 8 megapixel f/2.0 camera on the back and the wide angle 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera we’re expecting on the HTC 8X. The phone also includes LTE support. All of this is powered by a 2,020 mAh battery, which may prove to be the only weakpoint of the phone, depending on the displays power demands.

The J Butterfly looks like a convincing first 5″ 1080p phone and hopefully we’ll see this standard grow as quickly as 720p did this year. 440 pixels per inch is an awesome figure, and makes a convincing case against the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which looks dated with its 5.5″ 720p display!

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Yakuza 5 to feature Dance Battles alongside the regular punching ones

One of Yakuza 5’s subplots is about series hero Kazuma Kiryu’s adopted daughter, Haruka, trying to find success as an idol. The usual street combat would be an odd fit for this storyline, so instead Haruka will have dance-based battles, according to leaked Famitsu info.

Haruka’s “battles” take the form of a rhythm game in which you compete against rival dancers. As you perform, you’ll build up a gauge, much like the “Heat Gauge” in the series’ non-dance fights. And, like in those fights, you’ll be able to perform special moves when it’s full ? in this case, Dance Heat moves.

There’s even a parallel RPG mechanic, in the form of “expression power,” which is awarded at the end of every battle by spectators.

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Civilization V: Gods & Kings demo now on Steam

Who can afford to blindly purchase games they think may be good? Not in this economy, buster – free demos are a necessity. Today, a demo for Civilization V: Gods & Kings is available for download on Steam.

Gods & Kings launched earlier this month – we enjoyed it – and is currently available as a $29.99 expansion. Of course, you must already own Civilization V to play.

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Super Mario Marathon 5 raises over $43k for Child’s Play (and counting)

Super Mario Marathon 5 is streaming live from a Mario-themed living room in Indiana, where a group of gamers are playing select levels from a variety of Mario games. The levels they play are determined by the amount of money donated, with 800 total levels across ten Mario games available for them to complete.

Donated money goes directly to the Child’s Play foundation, which aims to improve “the lives of children with toys and games in [its] network of over 70 hospitals worldwide.” Last year’s event raised over $112k in donations to the foundation. Donations can be made here, and the stream can be viewed on the Mario Marathon site.

[Thanks, Stefan!]

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Anonymous and India: 5 recent hacks‎

I
ncidents that occurred through the past year have markedly changed the way in which we have been perceiving the Internet, all this while. Those of us who thought of it as a place to ink down our thoughts, be it happy, sad or even a platform to vent out anger, were made to think otherwise. Hacking, which was once a foreign word, extending concerns against threat from other nations or malicious minds trying to steal some critical information government/military info or making malicious ways to make money online by targeting leading companies. 2012 dawned and we received another blow as we got ourselves, for the first time, acquainted to the phenomenon of blocking of websites. Soon enough, hacktivists had no choice, but to turn their attention to the ongoing scene, in a bid to combat those who are trying to restrict/limit our freedom on the Internet. Here are the 5 most recent hacks by Anonymous to protest against Internet censorship.

Reliance Communications
The year 2012 brought in a wave of combat against ISPs who have been blocking file hosting websites and Reliance Communications was hit with the first blow. Reliance Entertainment had acquired John Doe orders for its films, which had prompted many ISPs to block file hosting sites. A John Doe order means a court order, which is against a party whose true identity is not known. Websites, like The Pirate Bay and Vimeo (we wonder why?) were blocked, which left many perturbed. A hacker, who called himself Isac and his friend hackthis29 were irked by this move and attacked the major Internet service provider, Reliance. He claimed to have hacked Reliance’s ‘very very vulnerable’ netsweeper panel in about 5 minutes. Reliance passed the order last month for its upcoming film, and is believed to have acquired such John Doe orders earlier, too.

Supreme Court

It was around the mid of last month when ISPs starting blocking sites, like Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and many others, as per orders by the DoT. It was not only Reliance, who had acquired the John Doe order, but also Copyright Labs, a Chennai based firm, who had acquired these orders for movies – Dhammu and 3. This miffed the keepers of global Internet freedom, Anonymous, and the Supreme Court and Congress websites ended up being victims of a hack. Websites, like http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in, dot.gov.in and aicc.org.in were rendered inaccessible. The attacks were carried out by OpIndia (Operations in India) and they, in a series of tweets revealed on micro-blogging site, Twitter that – “#Government must understand. #INTERNET belongs to us! #TANGODOWN –> http://supremecourtofindia.nic.in & http://aicc.org.in”, and in another tweet stated – “@Anon_Central Another #TANGODOWN –>> http://www.dot.gov.in Department of telecom, You should’ve expected us! ~ #opindia.”

MTNL
As ISPs continue to block websites, Anonymous seems to be in no mood to spare anyone. The next in our list and the most recent target by Anonymous is MTNL. The MTNL website was taken down by the hacktivist group yesterday. Although MTNL’s Internet services weren’t affected, the MTNL website (mtnl.net/in) was rendered inaccessible. The site serves as a gateway for a number of services for MTNL, which include bill payment and schemes on their services. Anonymous hasn’t damaged any data on site, except for the main home page from the look of things. So, it’s clear, that it is just a protest against Internet censorship. MTNL is one of the ISPs that’s been blocking torrent and other file sharing sites.

Andhra Pradesh Power Development Company
Last year, unidentified hackers attempted to break into different websites of the Andhra Pradesh government, even as a security audit was being conducted at the State Data Centre. This time, however, it was the Andhra Pradesh Power Development company’s site that was under attack, not by some unidentified name, but Anonymous. The reason for the previous attacks may have been unclear, but Anonymous was quite clear, and did leave a message behind. The URL to the website would route users to another site that was defaced with the famous Anonymous messages – “We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. You should have expected us!” So, if the government plans to block other websites, Anonymous shows its protest by hacking government websites.

BJP Website
Even by the end of the last month, ISPs continued to block websites and Anonymous, this time targeted a political party. It defaced the website of one of the most prominent parties of the nation. The BJP website was reportedly hacked for not protesting against their opposition party, Congress on the topic of Internet censorship. On their Twitter account (‏@opindia_back), the hacktivist group made this public in a series of tweets; some reading – “Young guns of #India —> We owned http://mumbaibjp.org/anonymous.html to display a message to you all. So kindly read it. #opindia”, among others in succession. Further posts on Twitter that serve as a probable explanation to the hacks, read – “BJP are the opposition they should have f****n stopped this or should have organised a protest they didn’t do any.”

Moreover Anonymous, on its Facebook page has asked users to vote for either of the two ISPs – Reliance and Airtel. The group have asked their Facebook followers to Like the post, if they are in favour of Reliance’s website/services being hacked or Share the post if their choice is Airtel.

Image Credit: Getty Images

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Analyst: GTA V will launch in Q1 2013, sell 14 million copies

Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia is predicting big numbers for Grand Theft Auto V something fierce. Bhatia projects Grand Theft Auto V will debut during the first three months of 2013 and will pull in $700 million in revenue for Take-Two Interactive with 14 million copies sold over its launch window – though Bhatia didn’t say just how long he considers this launch window to be.

This $700 million figure is close to the $775 million earned by Modern Warfare 3 in its first five days of launch back in November, which is an entertainment record that has yet to be bested. Rockstar’s previous effort, Grand Theft Auto IV, has shipped over 22 million copies worldwide.

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5 latest dual core smartphones in India

Introduced first in early 2011, dual core chipsets are no longer exclusive to the superphone category. Listed here are ten recent smartphones with dual core CPUs, starting at mid-range prices.

HTC announces new Sensation XE with Beats Audio integration

Well, HTC has been quite silent about this, but the Taiwanese manufacturer has officially revealed its first smartphone with Beats Audio technology. We just would quickly like to remind you that HTC had recently acquired a part 51 per cent controlling stake at Beats Audio.

This new smartphone from HTC would simple be called the Sensation XE, which will be powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and would carry a similar design to that of the original HTC Sensation. One of the visible changes in the render appears to be the red backlit touch-sensitive keys.

The device will include 1GB of built-in storage, 768MB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, front facing VGA camera and a 4.3-inch qHD display. The device will come with its own customized Beats headsets and will also be able to identify when Beats headsets are plugged to improved the experience.

There is now word about the pricing for this smartphone. However what we know for now is that the device won’t take much time to hit the stores as it is expected to come to Asia and EMEA towards the end of September. Hopefully, India would be included.

The LG Optimus 3D

The LG Optimus 3D is just a phone in a league of its own. It’s just a sin to call it a superphone. This is the first of its kind. The LG Optimus 3D is a HYPERPHONE!

The 4.3 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen transforms into a glasses-free 3D experience. It’s beyond dual core technology, as its got tri-dual technology power packed in it. The phone runs on Android 2.2.2 Froyo and an upgrade to the 2.3 Gingerbread is available.

This phone is definitely a magical experience. People will just want it when it finally launches in India. The reason why I call it a hyperphone is because of its glasses-free 3D experience.

Gaming on this phone is just one great experience and the depth offered is brilliant. The easy access to 3D is also offered by a quick 3D space icon on the homescreen itself. The camera quality is brilliant as it’s capable of doing 720p HD video in 3D mode.

The 8GB internal memory makes you just go on and on shooting 3D content. To share all your 3D videos, there is a 3D YouTube channel icon pre-installed on the phone. The battery life on the phone is not that great, but it just manages a day somehow. The old Android 2.2.2 Froyo OS is also a bit of turn-off at present.

LG will soon be launching this phone in India and I am sure the pricing won’t be less than 35,000 INR. LG Optimus 3D has surely opened up a new league of phones that will just make the likes of Samsung Galaxy S2 and even the iPhones for a matter of fact, bite dust.

Motorola RAZR launched in India

As expected, Motorola has finally launched the much awaited Motorola RAZR in the Indian market. We have already talked quite a lot about this new smartphone from Motorola and now that it is finally available, we sure are excited.

The Motorola RAZR is priced at 33,990 INR and is a smartphone which is just 7.1mm thick and comes with incredible battery life.

The device sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display protected by Gorilla Glass, it has Kevlar Fabric on the back and it is splash proof smartphone. It is based on Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS early-2012) and is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor from Texas Instruments.

There is an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a secondary front facing camera. Well, it sure has some sexy looks and good performance. However, as mentioned before, it has amazing battery life. The Motorola RAZR is rated to provide up to 12 hours of talktime using its 1780 mAh battery.

Samsung unveils new Galaxy R smartphone

Samsung has now introduced a new Galaxy smartphone and it is simply called the Galaxy R. The device was unveiled in Sweden is it is supposed to be a smartphone which fits between the original Galaxy S and the new Galaxy S2.

In regards to the specifications the Samsung Galaxy R boasts a 4.2-inch WVGA Super Clear LCD and is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread topped with Samsung proprietary TouchWiz UI, includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and has 8GB of in-built storage.

The availability of the device in other markets has not yet been confirmed, but we are quite hopeful that the device will eventually hit the Indian stores as a slightly affordable version of the Samsung Galaxy S2, and a possible competitor to the Optimus 2x.

The GALAXY R features:

1) Tegra 2 super chip.

2) 4.19″ WVGA Super Clear LCD touchscreen.

3) Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system.

4) 720p HD video capture and 1080p Full HD playback(Divx, WMV, MP4, H.264 B/P only).

5) Built-in memory of 8GB and support for 32GB Micro SD.

6) Size: 125.7 x 66.7 x 9.55 mm.

7) Weight: 131 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Note

The all new Galaxy Note from Samsung is a monstrous looking phone and yet is has definitely some x-factor, you can’t deny the love for it on first sight. The Galaxy Note represents the middle-ground between a slate and a smartphone, and is a category in itself.

Additionally, this hybrid also comes with something called the Smart Pen which gives the user a more old school user input. As it has handwriting recognition, you can make memos in your very own handwriting! The Galaxy Note features the world’s first 5.3 inch HD Super AMOLED display (800×1280 pixels), the largest yet!

It also houses a massive 1.4 GHz dual core processor, beating its own Galaxy S2 in computing power. The Note runs on Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread. Memory is at 16GB internally, with a microSD that can expand up to 32GB. The specs on the Samsung Galaxy Note are brilliant not just on paper but in real-world usage as well.

At the back, it has an 8-megapixel camera that does full 1080p HD video along with a front facing 2-megapixel camera for video calling. The video quality is superb, the videos shot from the Galaxy Note are totally broadcast quality! The Samsung Galaxy Note also comes with a capacitive pen for finer control.

For Rs. 35,000 you might as well go ahead buy a tablet. Right now, it’s a no buy for me just because of its price and somewhat because of its size too. Wait for its prices to go down and then it might be a good option.

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