Samsung held the North American launch for the latest iteration of its flagship Galaxy phone in New York today. Sizzle came courtesy of white pleather furniture, lots of blue light, 100-degree heat outside, and basketball-star guests Bill Walton, Steve Nash, and Kevin Love inside — not to mention the speculative buzz about whether the new device will be an “iPhone killer.”
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The words “Apple” and “iPad” were never spoken during Microsoft’s unveiling yesterday of the company’s new tablet device, the Surface, but they haunted just about every facet of the presentation. First, there was the unusual, Apple-like secrecy surrounding the event — reporters were given just a few days notice that a “major announcement” would be taking place in Los Angeles, and only informed of the specific location just six hours before it was set to begin. (I overheard one reporter from San Francisco saying that he was only able to make a hotel reservation after he’d landed in L.A. that morning, because he wasn’t sure where in the sprawling city he’d have to be.)
When the Surface was finally revealed, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and a few other executives tripped over themselves fetishizing the tablet’s design, repeatedly emphasizing words like “seamless,” and “elegant,” and “perfect.” And much time was spent obsessing over the cutting-edge engineering that allowed for “vapor magnesium” casings that were both unfathomably thin and impressively rigid.
It was plainly obvious that Microsoft was gunning not only for Apple’s hefty market share, but also its zeitgeist-seizing mojo. The one question on all our minds, however, was whether any of us would get to actually use the Microsoft Surface. READ FULL STORY
Microsoft announced the new Surface tablet Monday at a press event in Los Angeles, launching a pointed broadside at Apple’s market-share monster the iPad. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer described the new device as a “companion hardware innovation” for Windows 8. ”We see a tablet designed the way Windows is designed. A tablet that’s a great PC. A PC that’s a great tablet,” added Windows chief Steven Sinofsky.
The Microsoft team showed off two versions of the Surface: READ FULL STORY
Apple is kicking an important Google application off its iPhone and buddying up with Facebook rather than Google’s social network, as it distances itself from a bitter rival in the phone arena.
Google’s Maps application has resided on the iPhone since Apple launched the very first version of the phone in 2007. It’s one of the core apps on the phone, and can’t be deleted by the user.
But on Monday, Apple executives said Google Maps will be replaced by an Apple-developed app in iOS 6, the new operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. It’s set to be released late this year.
Since Glenn Beck and Fox News parted ways last year, you might be under the impression that his star has receded from the national political conversation — if only because Jon Stewart and his Daily Show writers no longer use him as a daily punching bag. But Beck’s morning radio show remains a force, with ratings up nearly 50 percent from five years ago, and routinely trails only Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity in listeners.
Today, his company, Mercury Radio Arts, renewed its deal with Clear Channel’s Premium Networks for five more years. Financial details have not been disclosed, but a source close to the parties involved told the New York Times that the deal could be worth up to $100 million for Beck. READ FULL STORY
HBO’s Game of Thrones earned big ratings in its second season, averaging 10.4 million viewers across all legitimate media platforms. That number gets even better when you factor in the illegitimate platforms: According to a study by TorrentFreak, the boobs-’n-battle fantasy epic was the most pirated TV show of the spring season, averaging nearly 4 million illegal downloads per episode. It’s not surprising news, considering that Thrones was at the center of the growth of Take My Money HBO, a charming movement which operates under the assumption that a kamillion-dollar television corporation functions on the same basic economic principles as the pop-punk band you loved in freshman year. READ FULL STORY
Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to show off new iPhone software, updated Mac computers, and provide more details on future releases of Mac software when he kicks off the company’s annual conference for software developers on Monday. The announcement of new software for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch has been confirmed by banners that appeared at the Moscone conference center in San Francisco on Friday, reading “iOS 6.” It’s not much of a surprise. Apple has used its Worldwide Developers Conference as an opportunity to announce new iPhone software for the past few years.
What’s not known is what new features will come with iOS 6, or when it will be released to consumers. Usually, the new software becomes available for download around the time a new iPhone model appears. Apple-watchers expect the next version of the iPhone, the iPhone 5, to appear this fall, about a year after the launch of the 4S model.
In 2010, Apple demonstrated the new iPhone 4 at the WWDC, but analysts don’t expect the company to show off a phone model this year. READ FULL STORY
The Game: Like Tomb Raider, this is an origin-story reboot that stars a considerably younger Dante. Once again, Dante — the child of a demon father and human mother — is out killing demons and other gruesome monstrosities. But this time he’s doing so in Limbo City, a distorted mirror image of our own world. The player’s objective, as has been the case throughout the 11-year-old Devil May Cry series, is to tally combo moves by alternating among a variety of weapons. (Available Jan. 15, 2013, for Xbox 360 and PS3)
What We Played: There were two single-player demos at Capcom’s booth. The first, called “Underwatch,” was a training tutorial set in Limbo City that took you through all of Dante’s primary moves. The second, called “The Secret Ingredient,” was a boss battle against Poison — a demon that can most accurately be described as, well, a giant intestine with a face and arms. READ FULL STORY
Today, as part of their expanding line-up of digital-first comic books, DC Comics launches a new Batman digital comic called Legends of the Dark Knight, a series of stand-alone stories about the Caped Crusader. And to kick off Legends, DC brought together a pair of powerhouse talents. The debut issue was written by Damon Lindelof (co-creator of Lost, co-writer of Prometheus) and drawn by Jeff Lemire, the ascending comic book writer-artist whose impressive credits include the creator-owned Sweet Tooth and the critically adored Animal Man. In an exclusive interview, EW got on the phone with the dynamic duo (Lindelof was calling from the West Coast, Lemire from Canada) to talk about the roots of their collaboration and why Batman looks better when his clothes don’t quite seem to fit. READ FULL STORY
I’m not a gamer — I have never owned a game console and the closest I’ve come to “winning” a game is a decent Joan Jett impression on Rock Band. But I went to E3 to find out — can a non-gamer still have fun amongst a sea of hardcore fans? The answer, surprisingly, is yes.
The idea of watching someone play a videogame used to be absurd — remember the days of waiting forever for your little brother to finish his turn at Duck Hunt so you could finally grab the gun? (Maybe that’s just me)? But today, games are becoming interactive movies; there are storylines and action scenes and some of them are just as fun to watch as they are to play. And then there are all the interactive games that have you dancing like no one’s watching, even in a room of hundreds of people who must be judging your milkshake skills from behind their Buddy Holly glasses.
So, never fear. Grab the controller — or a seat on the couch next to your favorite resident gamer — and check out a few of the new titles that I (honestly) would play (or watch) again. READ FULL STORY
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