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“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” shatters opening-day sales records!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

After a rather long wait spanning nearly two years, Activision’s brand-new “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” finally hit store shelves on Tuesday; and shattered all the earlier records pertaining to the opening-day sales of an entertainment property!

Lenovo to announce Snapdragon-processor-based 'smartbook' at CES

smartbook

According to a Thursday confirmation coming from Lenovo, the company intends announcing a ‘smartbook’ – a small and economical netbook which uses an ARM processor and a non- Windows operating system - at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2010.

Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm to be available on Xbox 360 from November 17

Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm to be available on Xbox 360 from November 17

With Microsoft announcing the official release date of its new Xbox Live Dashboard update as November 17, the availability of the new firmware download will bring Facebook, Twitter, and Last.fm to the Xbox gaming console.

Intel, AMD work out a long-standing legal settlement

Intel, AMD work out a long-standing legal settlement

After nearly two decades of antitrust and patent disputes, rival chip-makers, Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have finally worked out a far-reaching legal settlement; whereby Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion, and also alter the rules for the conduct of its business.

Apple’s Safari 4.0.4 update addresses “performance, stability, and security” issues

Safari

In an attempt to address certain “performance, stability, and security” issues of its Safari Web browser, Apple Wednesday released an update, ‘Safari 4.0.4,’ with six separate security patches for which the users will need to restart their Macs.

Google reduces extra-storage cost of photo-sharing site Picasa

google

With the recently-announced slash in the extra-storage price of its photo-sharing site Picasa Web Albums, Google now offers cheaper extra cloud storage, over and above the 1GB free photo and video storage space.

The reduced over-the-free-limit storage cost now ranges from an annual $5 for 20GB to $4,096 per year for a whopping 16TB (terabytes).

Microsoft discontinues service to nearly 1 million Xbox Live users

Microsoft

As a result of a recent decision taken by Microsoft, the services of as many as one million players of Xbox Live will be discontinued because they have either played pirated games downloaded from file-sharing sites or have modified their Xbox 360 gaming consoles.

Microsoft Bing ties up with computational search engine Wolfram Alpha

Microsoft, Wolfram

Marking one of the most noteworthy additions that Microsoft has been continually adding to its May-launched Bing search engine, the company has recently announced its tie-up with the computational search engine Wolfram Alpha.

Samsung introduces its feature-phone OS – ‘Bada’

samsung

In a move that marks mobile-phone bigwig Samsung’s differentiating edge over its competitors, the company Tuesday introduced ‘Bada’, which will be its “new open platform” that will power its feature phones and smartphones.

Microsoft’s ‘critical’ bulletin patches drive-by flaw

Microsoft

In its Tuesday-released November patch update comprising six bulletins, Microsoft has addressed 15 vulnerabilities in Windows, Windows Server, and Office, including a serious flaw that makes allowances for drive-by-download attacks.

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