This Week On LaptopMemo: This Week’s News Was Like April Fool’s

Left: An April Fool’s Day related photograph.

Not so much occurred this week in the tech world. Not what it would be usually. Nonetheless, there’s the Lumia 900 price and release date, the post-patch changes to Battlefield 3, the hidden blade is confirmed in Assassin’s Creed III, a new Flash Player version, Google’s Chrome 18, we review a Portal 2 hoodie, and a left-handed gaming mouse (the famous Naga MMO) is confirmed from Razer, by their CEO.

So there goes the week in tech. Meh.

Next week, please.

Google Maps 8-Bit For NES Is Quite The April Fools Joke

Nice one, Google. Since the big G is always in the April Fools spirit (come April, of course), it was time to debut Google Maps 8-bit for the NES. While you’ll have a laugh watching the official video after the break, you’ll find it rather ironic that there is actually a functional version of the 8-bit Google Maps seen in the video itself. The things you can do with power and ingenuity.

Via: 8-Bit Google Maps

Razer Keeps Its Promise: Left-Handed Naga MMO Mouse In 2013

Not too long ago, Razer announced a challenge to the PC gaming community: a Naga MMO 17-button gaming mouse, for left-handed users, but only if the post reached 11,000 likes. Well, less than a week later, it has reached the required amount of likes and beyond. “It’ll take at least till next year, but it will be done,” said the CEO of Razer on his Facebook page. Thankfully, you can still buy the left-handed DeathAdder mouse for the meantime, before the left-handed Naga MMO mouse launches in 2013.

Via: Min-Liang Tan (Facebook)

Duh: The ‘Total War’ Creative Assembly Says Current-Gen Consoles Can’t Handle The Games

In a rather obvious comment, Creative Assembly’s studio director Mike Simpson told Eurogamer that the current-gen home consoles (namely Xbox 360 and PS3) “just can’t cope” with the hardware requirements of the real-time war strategy series, Total War. This of course from a technical standpoint makes complete sense: the PS3 has a petty 256MB of RAM and the Xbox 360 a meager 512MB of RAM; most PCs struggle with Shogun 2 or Fall of The Samurai with several gigabytes of RAM. It is essential for console manufactures to step up their game once their next-generation consoles debut, as the current hardware is aging at an increasingly alarming rate.

Via: Eurogamer

Tweetdeck Is Down After Bug Opens Other User’s Accounts

This goes into a major list of bizarre bugs that the tech industry has ever seen in software. Within the hour (as of time of this writing), Tweetdeck has been taken offline due to a report originating from Australia detailed how a single user could access hundreds of other user’s account from the start of the “New Tweet” page, obviously a severe bug in the app. Via: TechCrunch, Official Tweet

TweetDeck is now back online.

As soon as we learned about the issue today, we took TweetDeck down to diagnose the situation. We discovered a bug that caused a very small number of TweetDeck users to have access to other TweetDeck users’ accounts. (The accounts that could be accessed were random; it was not possible to select specific accounts and access them.)

No one’s password was compromised, and we aren’t aware of any instances where this access was used maliciously. As a precaution, we removed account credentials associated with affected TweetDeck users; they will need to log in to authorize the TweetDeck application to access their accounts.

Google Chrome 18 Now Available, Improves Graphics Performance

Simple, quick update: Chrome 18 brings improved graphics performance. To do this, it’s enabled GPU acceleration for Canvas 2D (a graphical element of HTML5) for the first time in a non-beta release, meaning that it should improve gaming and web app performance dramatically, while reducing the strain on your computer’s CPU.  There’s also aother WebGL graphics standard — the TransGaming’s SwiftShader rasterizer, a software-based solution that allows for older computers to access basic 3D web content. It’s disabled on newer machines, but it’s nice for Chrome to have such large support. This update should come automatically to your version of Chrome, but if it doesn’t, head into the settings and check for the update, manually.

Via: The Chromium Blog

Minecraft made a massive $80 million in 15 months

Congrats, Mojang AB!

In the 15 months since the first alpha build back in October of 2010, Notch’s child and Mojang AB’s best game to date, Minecraft, has made a gross profit of $80 million. That report comes from the Financial Times, which noticed Mojang had filed finances in Sweden (their home turf). After interest, taxation and depreciation deducted, that’s $13.5 million in the pocket, with Notch as the main shareholder and a dividend of $3.7 million, which is shared with the rest of the company. In the meantime, Mojang is working on two new games: Cobalt and Scrolls, both of which may strike rich if they really are as seductive as Minecraft has been.

Via: FT