Battlefield 3 Aftermath DLC detailed in full: 4 maps, new game mode, and more

This is the Battlefield 3 Aftermath DLC. And from the video seen after the break for Armored Kill, it is probably mesmerizing. Its brilliance of explosions and the theater of war displayed cannot be put into words, but somehow, I as the writer must somehow conjugate them for you. So, as a Battlefield 3 Premium player, you’ll have 2 weeks of early access to the Aftermath DLC, which include a new (unannounced) game mode, 4 new maps centered around Tehran (an earthquake-stricken Iran), as well as new vehicles based around both American and opposing forces improvising. As put simply:

“With operational capacity severely compromised the opposing forces must adapt and engage in vertical and horizontal urban combat amongst the dust and rubble with cracks and fissures in the terrain providing unexpected cover and paths to objectives,” DICE explained on the Battlefield site. “Additional support comes in the form of heavily modified troop transports and civilian vehicles specially adapted to deliver deadly force to the enemy.”

Details for release are later towards the end of this year, with Armored Kill debuting in September which includes the AC-130 gunship and snow maps.

Google Fiber Launched, Adds Google Fiber TV To The Mix

This just developing, Google has kicked off their Kansas City fiber optic service endeavor into another gear, by not only adding Google Fiber in its entirety, but also adding Google Fiber TV, which is a true TV service with channels and content mixed with Netflix, with its capacity up to 500 hours of shows that can be downloaded in full HD, at a rate of eight simultaneously. To flex the service’s muscles even more, multiple TVs in the same home can be linked to the service, as well as development to watch content straight from the tablet apps, like for the Nexus 7 and the iPad, the Nexus 7 of which will be included for free as part of the package (and as your remote), should users in Kansas City participate in Google’s latest public experiment. Plans range from both Netlfix content with TV channels for $120 a month, or $70 a month without the fiber optic channels. also, some households may require a $300 construction fee, to physically wire the home for usage.

The age of old TV is over.

Via: AllThingsD

Twitter And Google Talk Go Down In The Same Day

In case it hasn’t become apparent to the avid social media user already, both Twitter and Google Talk (which works inside of Gmail and Google+) have gone down today, or at least are experiencing occasional outages. This of course is very frightening for someone who relies on both of these popular services for their daily function, but fret not, engineers from both companies are currently working on fixes so that both Twitter and Google Talk will be functional later today.

Via: Google, Twitter

The Razer Ouroboros Is The Best Looking Gaming Mouse Ever

For once, it not only is a completely new ambidextrous mouse from Razer, but also the most incredible looking mouse that has appeared for a long time. It has Razer’s in-house 8200dpi 4G dual sensor system, and provides at least 12 hours of wireless play via a single rechargeable AA battery — with the option to use a wired USB cable with the Razer Ouroboros if the player chooses. It even has switchable side plates for every hand size, which also changes its style, making it change from a gaming mouse powerhouse to a stealth bomber. And Razer is going to start selling it at its elite gaming mouse price when it launches in the 4th quarter of this year — $130.

Via: Razer Store

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is now available for download, off of the Mac App Store

Apple’s major operating system update, Mountain Lion is now available for $19.99 off of the Mac App Store. It includes new features and speed improvements, like AirPlay, iMessages, the Notification Center, speech-to-text dictation, Gatekeeper, Power Nap for syncing while in sleep mode, and even Facebook and Twitter integration. For security, Gatekeeper gives apps signed certificates to apps not on the Mac App Store, making your Mac more secure than ever. And all of the tech press thinks it’s worth it, and we agree.

Via: Mac App Store

Google adds scientific calculator to both desktop and mobile search

Now if you type a simple math problem into Google search (or something a little more complex), then you can be greeted by the new scientific calculator that has been programmed into the results. For example, “1337 x 7331” renders the awesome (and correct) answer seen above. It also shows how Google wants to become more of an answer engine rather than just a search engine full of answers.

Apple’s Q3 2012 earnings: $35 billion in revenue, $8.8 billion net profits, $117 billion in cash reserves

Apple has once again conjured a fortune in a matter of three months, or rather what the crews at One Infinite Loop will tell you are their Q3 fiscal quarter financial results. This translates directly into $35 billion in revenue, pocketing $8.8 billion of that as pure profit — a rare loss, standing as a record for both in Q3 of 2012. But all of this success cannot be attributed to a single product — instead, it’s mostly due to the 17 million iPads and 26 million iPhones sold in the last three months; yeah, that’s a lot of consumer technology. As for the Mac? That’s Apple’s slowest increase: just 2 percent over last year’s Mac sales for the same quarter. Still respectable however.

But what can the gadget-hungry consumer take from all this? Just an acknowledgement that speculation of an iPhone successor has affected sales of the existing model. No wonder.

Apple’s full press release is after the break. Via: Apple

AT&T’s Q2 profit: $6.8 billion made by selling 5.1 million smartphones

AT&T is shaking the bank and getting a reasonable sum out of it. Total revenue for the second quarter (a three month period) of 2012 made AT&T $31.6 billion and an income of $6.8 billion that is pocketed by the company, all achieved by selling 5.1 million smartphones (3.7 million of that being iPhones only) — less than the 5.5 million sold last quarter. In total, AT&T has 105.2 million subscribers, with 43 million of these users using smartphones which is an increase of 1.3 million in the last three months.

So yeah, AT&T did pretty well and got through half of the fiscal year.