Windows 8 Dated For October 26

Windows 8 has gotten a confirmed date for release from Microsoft. This landmark operating system will not only run on PCs, but tablets as well.

“October 26, 2012! That’s right!” wrote Brandon LeBlanc. “Just a few minutes ago, Steven Sinofsky announced at Microsoft’s annual sales meeting that customers will be able to get Windows 8 — whether in upgrade fashion or on a new PC — starting on October 26. Earlier this month at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Tami Reller told attendees Windows 8 would be available in October. But now everyone has a specific date to mark on their calendars. It’s on mine!”

Source: Window Steam Blog

Mobile Ad Report Says Android Driving Most Ad Impressions Early 2012

 

Adfonic released their Global AdMetrics Report that stated that the Android mobile OS is used more and is driving most of the world’s mobile ad impressions. The mobile advertising firm says that in the second quarter of 2012, Android had 46 percent of the ad impressions compared to just 34 percent for iOS.

The report also states that the U.S. saw the biggest adoption of Android in recent months and ad impressions in North America for Android jumped from 46 percent to 63 percent from first quarter to second quarter. Meanwhile, iOS fell during that same period from 42 percent to 30 percent.

Despite this, Adfonic notes that the iPhone accounts for 26.5 percent of all impressions among the various smartphones on Adfonics’ network. Similarly in the tablet space, the iPad sees 54.8 percent of all ad traffic.

World Of Warcraft Film Will Be Made Without Sam Raimi

Sam Raimi decided to work on Oz: The Great and Powerful instead of a World of Warcraft movie, his role in the production was put in question. Sure enough, he confirmed after his Oz: The Great and Powerful panel at Comic-Con that he was no longer involved with the Warcraft film at all.

“Actually, they don’t have me directing World of Warcraft anymore because when I took the Oz job, they had to move on to another director,” Raimi said. “They had to start making it.”

Source: Crave Online

Dark Knight Rises Tickets See Scalping

As anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises reaches a fever pitch, tickets midnight showings of the film are being scalped for between $25 and $40. In some cases, some ticket sellers want well over $100 for their ticket.

Meanwhile, the hype for The Dark Knight Rises has gotten so heavy, some fans posted scathing and threatening remarks to critics of the film on RottenTomatoes.com. The site has taken the drastic measure of closing down the comments temporarily with plans to reopen them on Friday, though in the long term the comment system could change, like eliminating the ability to post anonymously.

“The job of policing the comments became more than my staff could handle for that film, so we stopped the comments altogether,” said RottenTomatoes.com’s editor-in-chief Matt Atchity. “It just got to be too much hate-based on reactions to reviews of movies that people hadn’t even seen.”

Source: ABC News

RuneScape Passes 200 Million Registered Players

RuneScape announced that it has passed the mark of 200 million registered player accounts from over 150 countries. Over the past dozen years, fans of RuneScape have clocked up in excess of 443 billion minutes of game time so far.

“Although RuneScape has achieved so much over the past decade, smashing 200 million accounts is a huge accomplishment for the dedicated development team and is thanks to our awesome community,” said Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard. “When the game was first released, nobody could ever have expected it would reach such high levels of popularity largely by community word of mouth. It has been an incredible journey to get to where we are today, and by continuing our tradition of constantly innovating, evolving and lovingly crafting RuneScape we are certain to continue to break records by creating an online adventure like no other. We’ve witnessed a really strong resurgence in the game’s popularity over the past two years and are seeing strong player growth year on year.”

Find out more about www.runescape.com/200million

Wreck-It Ralph Comes To Sonic Racing Game

The Disney animated film Wreck-It Ralph will feature Sonic and his adversary Doctor Eggman in cameo appearances. Conversely, the the titular character from Wreck-It Ralph will be a playable character in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.

Wreck-It Ralph‘s unique transformable vehicles and signature All-Star move will make for some of the best racing around when he lines up against other All-Stars such as Sonic, AiAi and Danica Patrick, in both single-player and multiplayer game modes,” said Sega.

“To have Wreck-It Ralph included in Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is a dream come true,” added Wreck-It Ralph director Rich Moore. “The film pays homage to the video games I loved as a kid, including Sonic the Hedgehog in a special cameo, so being able to see Wreck-It Ralph in a real video game alongside Sonic and other iconic Sega characters is unbelievably exciting for me and should be a treat for fans!”

Bigpoint Closes Mobile Division

Bigpoint has confirmed that its mobile development business is closing, resulting in 29 employees being let go. This follows the departure of managing directors Philip and Tobias Reisberger and the confirmed resignation of Nils Holger Henning, chief communication officer, who is leaving the business to form a start-up with financial assistance from Bigpoint.

“I’m a big believer in mobile, it’s going to change many things in the games industry. But I also think it’s not the right time at the moment to be in this market because to generate revenues in this market is very tough,” said Bigpoint CEO Heiko Hubertz. “For that reason we decided also to close our internal mobile games development. We will not continue to create mobile games internally.”

He added: “We had around ten games in development, some of them are finished and will launch in the next few weeks but most of them will be completely closed and shut down.”

Source: GamesIndustry.biz

The Last of Us – Bill’s Safe House Cinematic

Every time The Last of Us is shown, it appears more and more impressive. This clip shows Joel and Ellie getting help from a friend named Bill, played by W. Earl Brown, veteran actor of Deadwood, There’s Something About Mary, Scream, Vanilla Sky, and the upcoming movie, The Lone Ranger.

Twitter/Facebook ROI: How To Determine it

 

Determining the ROI on social media is often quite a vague thing. Check out this infographic filled with some of the latest polls and interesting mini-case studies that show support for social media ROI.

 

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