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Apple sold 300,000 iPads on launch day

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on April 5th, 2010

Apple iPad launchHere are the numbers. 300,000 iPads were sold, leading to 1,000,000 app downloads, and 250,000 ebook downloads from the iBook Store.

The original iPhone sold 270,000 units in the first 30 hours. So 300,000 is pretty impressive. Remember, many are holding out for the 3G version next month and this was a US-only launch. Not bad at all. But then we knew they would have no trouble selling them.

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitar

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2009

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitarIf you’re in the market for a fake guitar that costs more than some real guitars, than this is your lucky day. Mad Catz has started to ship this Rock Band Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster. It’s a 1:1 replica of the axe that is constructed from genuine Stratocaster wooden blanks.

Fake guitar aficionados will have plenty to love. Even the tuning keys and bridge are built from genuine Fender metal parts and fittings. It also sports a wireless module that will work with Microsoft’s Xbox 360. For your $299.99 you also get a Fender guitar strap and a headset socket for online play.

$300 dollar dual joysticks re-designed

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on July 10th, 2009

$300 dollar dual joysticks re-designedGamers can be a picky bunch. We want things the way they work best while playing the game. When Japanese peripheral maker Hori revealed its $323 dual joysticks for the $15 Xbox LIVE Arcade game Virtual On: Oratorio Tangram, fans of the game were very vocal about how much it sucked.

The problem was that the layout was all wrong. Well, Hori heard your complaints and they have re-modeled the grip and layout. Now the sticks are sculpted more in-line with the Dreamcast original as well as the distance between the sticks themselves.

Always Innovating’s Half-Netbook, Half-Tablet: July, $300

Posted in Netbook by Conner Flynn on June 25th, 2009

Always Innovating's Half-Netbook, Half-Tablet: July, $300Always Innovating has something very interesting with its Touch Book tablet, a touchscreen device with a detachable keyboard, embedded Linux OS and a low $300 price tag. The company has published photos of a production device on their page.

Along with the photos, comes this announcement: “We intend to start shipping the Touch Book next month, in July 2009. Our first batch of Touch Books is already in production.” Pre-orders are still open for $300 ($400 with keyboard). Specs below.

Microsoft working on 300,000 player MMO and next Xbox?

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Microsoft working on 300,000 player MMO and next Xbox?A Microsoft job listing seems to hint that the company is working both on the successor to the Xbox 360 and a massively multi-player online game (MMO) capable of hosting 300,000 players all at a time.

The advertisement reads: “Microsoft Games Studios is looking for experienced game developers to work on next generation Xbox platform titles and Windows games.” Specifically, Microsoft Game Studios is looking for: “an experienced server developer to help develop our server architecture. We are building an extremely high performance system to extend console games to the server in new ways; creating a completely new set of web services to support dynamic programming information of games and scheduling data.” And that’s not all, Microsoft is currently “building a backend capable of hosting a 300,000 player game in real-time with real money on the line (anti-cheating, etc).”