Hey, the weekend is here! And we wouldn’t want you to go away empty-handed, which is why we’ve rounded up five stories making the rounds that you might have otherwise missed today. So go ahead, kick back with a drink (or two) and bask in the glow of all the tech news for this fine Friday, August 3, 2012!
Video: Firemonkeys Teases Real Racing 3 with YouTube Trailer
Well, not much to say about this except: Awesome! Firemonkeys have teased their upcoming Real Racing 3 with an announcement trailer posted to YouTube this week, and we’re oh so happy to share it with you here. The latest in the Real Racing series launched in 2009, the third chapter of the series promises all-new licensed tracks and “a robust lineup of licensed cars from all-new manufacturers.” Firemonkeys plans to deliver “a rich, next-gen racing experience with the most beautiful and authentic circuit racing available on mobile devices.” So when can you buy it? All they’re saying right now is sometime this year… but hey, gives us something to look forward to, right…?
Android 4.0 Finally Hits 16 Percent of Devices
How do you like them apples — er, Androids? Ars Technica is reporting that last year’s hot version of Android — that would be 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” — has finally landed on 16 percent of devices, according to Google’s own data from the last two weeks. That’s a significant gain from early June, when Ice Cream Sandwich was only installed on a mere seven percent of Android devices (and a mere 2.9 percent a couple months prior to that). Ironically, the gains come since Google debuted Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” at its I/O conference in late June, which is off to a slow start with only 0.8 percent install base. But hey, slow and steady wins the race, as they say…
Evernote for Mac Adds Account Switching for Premium Users
Evernote Premium users got a little treat this week with the release of Evernote 3.3 for Mac, which introduces account switching for those with more than one set of credentials. It doesn’t matter if the accounts are free or Premium, and all the magic happens right from the Evernote menu or a Command+Control+A keyboard shortcut. Version 3.3 also bakes in the ability to share a single note to colleagues on LinkedIn, a couple of new keyboard shortcuts and improvements to checkboxes as well. The Mac App Store version of Evernote also now complies with Apple‘s sandboxing requirements as well as adding a few small fixes and improvements.
Archos Taking on Asus with Slim G10 Tablets
French electronics maker Archos has been dabbling in tablets longer than most anyone else, but they have yet to gain much traction here in the U.S. with their Android-based products. According to The Verge, that may change with the introduction of their new Gen 10 lineup for 2012, which promises to give Asus’ Transformer a run for its money when they launch in three weeks. The new slim tablet comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will use a keyboard dock, and rumors are pegging the line priced between $260 and $520. We’ll be sure to keep an eye out for these in the weeks ahead!
Atari Announces Winners of Pong Indie Developer Challenge
Atari has announced the winners of its Pong Indie Developer Challenge, with first place going to zGames, second place to MadRuse Games and third place to Eppy Games. The Atari community also selected Island Officials as their favorite. “We would like to thank the indie developers, our media partners and especially the Atari fans for your support for the Pong® Indie Developer Challenge,” the company noted on its website this week. “This challenge was a fantastic opportunity for us, at Atari, to highlight the innovation and creativity that continues to inspire clever minds to make video games.” First prize was a $50,000 cash prize, which also nabs the winning mobile app a revenue-sharing publishing agreement with the video game legend.
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