Minecraft For Xbox 360 Sells 1 Million Copies

Well, Minecraft makes news again by selling a million copies on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Mojang AB reports 5.2 million hours mining since launch, with 4 million multiplayer sessions played and more than 2.4 million hours spent playing multiplayer. Microsoft revealed that the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft was the fastest selling XBLA game to date, with more than 400,000 players in the first 24 hours, which is fantastic.

Even Marcus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft, was surprised as he wrote on Twitter: “Uhhhh, Microsoft just sent out a press release saying Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has sold a million copies in five days. Wow.”

“I feel stunned,” Notch added, despite having sold many millions of copies of the PC/Mac version of Minecraft, starting months ago.

HTC Sensation 4G Android 4.0 Upgrade Due May 16th, Amaze 4G Following Weeks After

It has been brewing for several months now, but Android 4.0 for the Sensation 4G is finally going to be pushed to devices by T-mobile, starting May 16th. Obviously, it’ll be a skinned version, however with Sense 3.6 on board rather than the new Sense 4 that’s included on HTC’s latest dual-core phones. If you’re fidgety for the Ice Cream Sandwich glory that is Android 4.0, you can speed up the update process by checking the HTC software updates option in the settings menu.

As for its pretty aluminum cousin, the Amaze 4G, it will see the very same upgrade, however in a few weeks after the Sensation 4G does — the exact date has not been set. Via: T-Mobile (1), (2)

Russia Takes 121-Megapixel Photo Of Earth, In Ridiculous Detail

Russia may have a thing for good space photos. Unlike NASA’s photos, which are usually composites of multiple shots, the Elektro-L weather satellite’s images display the entire planet (of Earth) in a ridiculously detailed shot from 22,369 miles away, measuring 121-megapixel. So, now you’re asking: why the odd colors? The real colors that NASA uses were deemed boring — the satellite image layers on near-infrared imagery that paints all of Earth’s vegetation in wide swaths of a rust-like orange.

Professional Russian photography. Nice. Video after the break. 
ViaPlanet EarthRussian Federal Space Agency

This Week On LaptopMemo: CTIA 2012 Ruled, And So Did AC3

Oh, it’s you!

Finally, the Adobe CS6 software suit (with new PhotoShop) was released, the new Incredible 4G LTE announced from Verizon, the Samsung Focus 2 in all-white, Google Play surpassing 15 billion apps downloaded, the HP Envy Spectre XT announced with Ivy Bridge technology (read: a laptop I most desperately want, HP), pricing for the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, interesting news on Notch’s upcoming game, browser limitation enforced by Microsoft in Windows RT much to the dismay of Google and Mozilla, and the fantastic Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer.

After doing some of that suggested reading, you’ll be caught up with what occurred in the technology world for at least 7 days (also Happy Mother’s Day!).

This is Stefan, out. And yes, that photo is of me, keynoting.

The Pagani Zonda C8 Seen In Project Cars Is A Stunner

This is Project Cars, a racing simulation endeavor by the same studio that created Need For Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed. The idea here is that the company broke away from EA for development of the game and turned towards the racing community, where they can provide input on a forum, test betas and alpha versions of the game, and practically build the game together on a daily basis. Now, video game screenshot artist Deadendthrills captured one of the recently added cars in the game: the Pagani Zonda C8.

This. Game. Looks. Incredible.

Via: Deadendthrills, Project Cars

Samsung’s New Omnia M With Super AMOLED Display To Debut In Europe

With a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and 1GHz processor, the Omnia M is Samsung’s new try at Windows Phone in Europe, specifically the Omnia series (whereas the United States gets the Focus series). For imaging, the Omnia M get a front-facing VGA camera will with Samsung’s own video-calling features, while a 5-megapixel sensor does the shooting around the back. There are also some software editions to Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, including the ChatON messaging app. Samsung says it will roll out to other regions after the European launch — which regions remains to be seen. Via: Samsung

Assassin’s Creed III Epic Gameplay Trailer Released — Watch This, Really

This is amazing. I don’t have to say that every move in the new Assassin’s Creed III is unique, or that it runs a completely revamped and new engine. Or that even Connor, our new Assassin, is torn between both sides of the American Revolutionary War. And not even still, that AC3 comes out on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U, Mac OS X and Windows PCs, all set to be release on October 30th, 2012. The important thing here is that Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III gameplay trailer is after the break, and it’s so awesome you must watch it.

Mozilla And Google Concerned Over Windows RT Browser Limitations

This is a little absurd on Microsoft’s part, once you understand the story. Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8 will only support Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer in Windows Classic mode, while other browsers can work in the Metro UI mode. Now, the concern that Mozilla has for Firefox and Google has for its Chrome browser is that if the whole Windows RT is technically Windows 8, why can’t their respective browsers work in both modes of the operating system, rather than having to develop new, Metro-style versions of their browsers. Now, quite honestly this could end in two ways — a lawsuit or a simple resolution from Microsoft. Via: Mozilla Blog, CNET