This Week On LaptopMemo: There Are Stuff Brewing For A Fortnight

With all of the news from this week seeming only like practice for the upcoming couple of weeks (featuring E3 and the Apple WWDC Keynote), it only could mean one thing: preppy news. Oh, and I won’t use that term again; it’s too cliché. Also, I attended AT&T’s Daybreak webisode press event, chatting it up with techies and playing around with gadgets — it was fun.

  1. Apple Event. June 11th. Stay tuned. 
  2. New Chrome OS products from Samsung. 
  3. Windows 8 Release Preview. What more to say?
  4. Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC looks — epic. 
  5. 7 million Galaxy Notes sold; 50 million Galaxy S I and IIs sold, as well.
  6. Android 4.0 represents only 7.1% of Android. 
  7. An Assassin’s Creed game on PS Vita is coming. 

Nintendo Wii U Gamepad Finalized At E3

Since last year’s E3, Nintendo has had the time to test and refine the Wii U Gamepad. Now, the gamepad has been finalized, with an NFC reader and writer, motion and gyroscope sensors, and will serve as a fully-independent infrared TV remote. Interestingly, the design is also wider than before, which was already quite wide.

As for the thumbsliders: now replaced by analog thumbsticks. It will be available in white and black. Also, a hardcore controller called the Wii U Pro Controller will resemble both the Xbox 360 and PS3 controllers, for a more traditional design and feel. Via: Nintendo

Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation For PS Vita Coming Out This Fall, It Seems

Whoa. Here’s what is going on: a version of Assassin’s Creed for the PS Vita, debuting this fall, as according to NeoGAF. The story? It will release alongside Assassin’s Creed III this fall, will take place in New Orleans (yes!) during the same time period as Assassin’s Creed III, will have a multiplayer, and won’t feature Desmond. Aveline, our new female assassin, will meet Connor from Assassin’s Creed III, and her mentor will be an escaped slave who is the leader of the New Orleans assassin’s guild, which combined with the location and time period could mean that “Liberation” would refer to the liberation of American slaves in that period.

It also is cited that the back-touch screen of the Vita will let you pick pockets, and all of New Orleans will be open to explore, without any loading screens. It will also take players into the Gulf of Mexico, and alligators are in it, too.

Ubisoft should lift the wraps off of AC III: Liberation at E3 next week.

Via: NeoGAF, Kotaku

Google Is Set To Debut ‘The Next Dimension’ Of Maps

Before the upcoming Apple keynote on June 11th expected to drop Google Maps and add a new solution, Google has sent out press invites, stating that Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps and Google Earth, who will give press members a “behind-the-scenes” look at the “next dimension” of the company’s Map service; a new 3D mapping feature. Sounds good; Google is holding the event at 9:30 AM PST on June 6th. Via: Wired

Samsung Galaxy Note Sells 7 Million Units; Over 50 Million Galaxy S And II Devices

Samsung thought it was time for sales numbers. So, I guess we all said, “okay”.

So! In the time since launch, the Galaxy Note has sold 7 million units worldwide, which is a great achievement for such a large phablet, and quite a jump from the 2 million seen just   two months ago. On the flipside, Galaxy S series duo has now exceeded 50 million sales worldwide, with 24 million Galaxy S and 28 million Galaxy S II handsets sold to date. Very impressive indeed, Samsung. Via: Newswire (KR)