You know that new-computer smell, the scent of Styrofoam packing materials, ink on instruction books, and fresh plastic. Buyers of Dell's Latitude 6430u ultrabook have been complaining for months about a more odoriferous issue with their new machines, along the lines of eau de cat piss.
The hub for complaints is a Dell tech support discussion titled "New 6430u smells awful." It contains a veritable bouquet of descriptive missives, including, "The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcat's litter box."… Read more
Sales of Nintendo's Wii U have jumped a bit lately, but the device is still proving to be a thorn in the game company's side.
During the six-month period ended September 30, Nintendo generated revenue of 196.6 billion yen ($2.011 billion), down from 201 billion yen during the same period last year. The company was able to post a 600 million yen ($6.14 million) profit, however, which was far better than the 28 billion yen loss it posted in the prior year.
The data Nintendo revealed Wednesday also highlights a surprisingly fast fall from prominence. … Read more
The latest "Super Mario" or "Zelda" title may never end up on a smartphone or a tablet, but that doesn't mean Nintendo isn't thinking about ways to extend its presence to mobile devices.
"We're constantly thinking about how to leverage mobile as a marketing vehicle," Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime said on Tuesday during a meeting with CNET editors. "How do I give little tastes of content, little experiences that then drive the consumer back to my hardware environment?"
Despite the tease of bringing "experiences" to mobile devices, … Read more
Here comes Nintendo.
The game company announced on Wednesday that it will start selling a Wii U Deluxe Set bundle that will include two popular titles, the new Super Mario Bros. U and Super Luigi U. The games will come on a single disc and sell at the console's new retail price of $300.
Since the Wii U's launch last year, Nintendo has offered a deluxe set bundle that comes with Nintendo Land. This new offering replaces that set; Nintendo says it'll start selling Nintendo Land for $29.99 when it's officially replaced.
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I'm feeling a little sad today. Nintendo on Monday officially consigned the Wii to the gaming console history bin, to join its brethren like the NES and Nintendo 64. The company is halting production to focus fully on the Wii's replacement, the Wii U. I understand that time and technology march onward, but I'm not quite ready to kiss my Wii goodbye.
I still remember hunting for my Wii. It was released in 2006 and the demand almost immediately caused shortages nearly on par with the great Cabbage Patch Doll scare of 1983. I trolled sites that tracked in-stock Wii consoles before finally lucking upon my own Wii from Sears in early 2007.… Read more
AT&T U-Verse subscribers can now stream about 20 live TV channels from their Android devices, AT&T announced on Monday.
The carrier first unveiled its live TV stations on October 7, rolling out to iOS devices first.
Now it's ready for AT&T's U-Verse subscribers who use the U-Verse app on select tablets and smartphones.
In addition to the 20 live TV stations you can watch outside the house, you can access all 100 live stations from home.
Game spending in the US was up considerably in September, thanks to the wildly popular Grand Theft Auto V.
Total game spending in the physical channel, which includes game discs, hardware, and accessories, hit $1.08 billion in the United States last month, research firm NPD reported Thursday. The spending was up 27 percent compared to September 2012, when consumers laid out $848 million in the US.
U.S. Cellular is jumping on the shared data plan bandwagon.
The wireless carrier on Monday introduced shared data plans for consumers and small businesses. The plans line up with similar ones offered by larger carriers Verizon Wireless and AT&T. These latest offerings also spell an end to U.S. Cellular's unlimited data plan.
Shared data plans have proven effective in getting multiple family members to sign up with the same carrier and in limiting the amount of data each member can consume. Consumers can share data among up to 10 devices, while businesses can get up … Read more
Windows Phone 8 is officially ready for phablets. Microsoft made the announcement Monday that an update to its operating system for mobile phones -- titled Windows Phone 8 Update 3 (in classically unimaginative Microsoft fashion) -- will now work on devices with screen sizes in the 5-inch-to-7-inch range.
In addition to scaling the OS for a larger screen, Windows Phone Update 3 will work for 1080p HD resolutions, the current favorite on big-screen smartphones.
Rounding out newfound hardware support is compatibility with quad-core processors, specifically Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 workhorse. And there's very little besides.