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Archive for April 27th, 2012

Nintendo will launch sales of digital versions of mainstream 3DS titles through retailers, beginning with a new Super Mario Brothers game in August, it said Friday.

The game company said some titles, initially those published by Nintendo, will be available in both traditional packaged and digital formats, with both versions sold through retailers. Consumers that purchase the digital version of a game will receive an activation code allowing them to download it to their 3DS, where it will be stored on a memory card.

As multiple games can be stored on a single memory card, it will mark a change in the traditional one-game-one-cartridge approach that Nintendo has followed for the 3DS.

The console’s online “eShop” currently allows for purchases and downloads of mini-games and add-ons.

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So you’ve decided to buy a new iPad. Are you confused between the various options? How much storage do you need? 4G or Wi-Fi only? Here’s a ready reckoner to help you through the various options.

New iPad or iPad 2
With Apple dropping the price of the iPad 2, it looks a great option, especially for a first time buyer. So should you save some cash or pay what the new iPad costs? Here’s how you can decide. Read our review of the new iPad, where we compare it in detail with the iPad 2. Even better, if you can, walk up to the nearest store and demo both the units. If you don’t immediately fall in love with the new iPad’s display, buy the iPad 2. Simple.

If you are looking for a more objective answer, we have that as well. If you plan to use your iPad for browsing and emails, the iPad 2 will do. It can run the same apps that the new iPad does, so you needn’t worry about missing out on stuff. Some apps may perform better on the new iPad due to the beefed up hardware, but then that’s expected.

If you plan to watch movies, especially 720p or full-HD content, or if you want to play the latest games in all their glory, spend the cash on the new iPad – you won’t regret it.

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SEOUL, South Korea – A surge in Galaxy smartphone sales fueled earnings at Samsung Electronics to a record high in the first quarter, usually a tough season for the global consumer electronics industry, outshining handset rivals such as Nokia Corp.

Samsung probably sold more smartphones in the first three months of the year than Apple Inc., analysts said, and raked in more than 70 per cent of its operating profit from mobile businesses. Shares of Samsung Electronics Co. shot up nearly 3 per cent.

Net profit nearly doubled from a year earlier to a record 5.05 trillion won ($4.46 billion) for the fiscal quarter ended March 31.

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There has been a little back and forth regarding the name of the next Samsung Galaxy S flagship. Previous indications pointed that the brand would stick to the Roman numerals and launch the yet to be announced smartphone under the Galaxy S III moniker. However, a few short days ago, when the web was inundated with leaks about the next big smartphone to come out of the Korean brand, an app called the Samsung Unpacked Mobile 2012 revealed the name of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S smartphone with it being called the Galaxy S3. However, this was soon taken down, but as is the case with the Internet, when something is on it, it stays on it. This led many to believe that the handset will indeed be going by the Galaxy S3 branding. If there was any further confirmation required, Android Community has just provided it by showing the device in Samsung’s Kies database along with the market name, Galaxy S3.

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BOSTON, Apr 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent annually to reach 145 million units in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung and Apple together captured more than half of global smartphone shipments for the first time ever.

Alex Spektor, Associate Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments grew 41 percent annually to reach 145.3 million units in Q1 2012. Samsung overtook Apple to become the world’s largest smartphone vendor by volume with a record 31 percent market share. Samsung’s global smartphone shipments rose 253 percent annually to 44.5 million units, as demand surged for its popular Galaxy models such as the Note, S2 and Y.”

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Apple’s China sales surged more than 300 percent to a historic high of $7.9 billion in the first quarter this year, which equals revenue of $87.77 million per day. But analysts yesterday said that despite the robust growth, Apple might need another blockbuster product to maintain its attraction to consumers.

China sales accounted for about 20 percent of Apple’s $39.2 billion revenue in the fiscal quarter ended March 31, and the company’s CEO Tim Cook has attributed the strong China growth to the better-than-expected sales of iPhone and iPad in the market. At present, sales in markets outside the US account for 64 percent of Apple’s total sales.

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