Topping tech headlines on Tuesday was the launch of Diablo III. PCMag’s Jeff Wilson got a few minutes with the game in the early-morning hours; check out his first impressions and come back later for a full review.
Other players weren’t so lucky, with many encountering the dreaded “Error 3006″ thanks to server overload. Activision Blizzard was forced to take the Diablo III servers offline at least twice on Tuesday to fix “several issues” that were impacting the game.
In other news, Google reportedly plans to give multiple mobile device makers early access to its next version of Android, dubbed Jellybean. The new strategy would be a major shift away from Google’s current practice of working with a single maker of smartphones or tablets on a “lead device” based on a new Android release.
Google also released a new, stable version of its Chrome browser that adds tab synching to the mix. Users who are signed into Chrome will be able to surf the Web using Chrome on their work computer and pick up where they left off on a personal laptop at home, for example.
And in Facebook news, a new AP-CNBC poll found that about 46 percent of people believe that the social network will “fade away as new things come along.” But another 43 percent believe Facebook is here for the long haul. Meanwhile, Facebook moved quickly – again – to address concerns that it wasn’t doing enough to satisfy mobile users by buying the developers of the Lightbox Android photo app.
Also topping headlines on Tuesday:
- Apple OS X Leopard Update Tackles Flashback Trojan: Apple released an update for Mac OS X Leopard that targets the malicious Flashback Trojan.
- Windows 8 to Let Parents Get Weekly Reports About Kids’ Activity: No downloads, installation wizards, or configuration is required.
- Oops! Avira AV Update Blocks Apps, Hangs PCs: A software update the German anti-virus vendor sent to paid subscribers is apparently having some unwelcome side effects.
- Psystar Appeal Against Apple Denied by Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has denied the appeal of Psystar, the company that tried, and failed, to sell Apple’s Macintosh OS running on top of hardware it built itself.
- T-Mobile Confirms 900 Job Cuts: The move comes after the carrier announced 1,000 job cuts in March.
- Google Maps Update Adds Home, Work Settings: Searching for directions to or from your home or office with Google Maps is about to get a little bit quicker and easier.
- Rebekah Brooks Charged in U.K. Phone-Hacking Scandal: The former editor of the now-defunct News of the World, as well as her husband and several associates have been charged.
- Sprint Tops List of Most-Satisfied Wireless Customers: On a scale of zero to 100, Sprint received a score of 71, which was down 1 percent from last year, but a bump from its abysmal score of 56 back in 2008.
- Samsung Lists T-Mobile Devices Getting Ice Cream Sandwich: T-Mobile’s version of the Galaxy S II, Galaxy S Blaze 4G, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will all be getting a taste of ICS.
- Prepaid Carrier Voyager Mobile Suffers Launch Day Attack: Prepaid wireless carrier Voyager Mobile got off to a rather inauspicious start. Its planned Tuesday launch was delayed thanks to a hack of its website.
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