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Valve Announces Release Date for Portal 2

Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:

Valve today announced that Portal 2 — the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date — will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

There you have it folks. 

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Telltale Announces Release Date for Back to the Future Game

Telltale Games has announced that it will release Back to the Future: The Game for the PC and Mac soon after the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy on October 26. Great scott, that’s tomorrow! 

Fans can pre-order the game today at Backtothefuturegame.com. The pre-order includes a free copy of Telltale’s Puzzle Agent and a pass into the special pre-release insider forum at Telltale’s site to chat with the developers of the game. The company will also donate of each pre-order to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

“We’re very excited to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Back to the Future franchise with a completely new adventure,” said Dan Connors CEO Telltale Games.  “It’s been an amazing experience to be part of reuniting Marty McFly and Doc Brown on their continuing quest.  Back to the Future fans will have a great time helping to control the integrity of the space-time continuum.”

The release date for the iPad and Playstation 3 versions will be announced later.


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Over 45 Million iPod touch Units Sold to Date, New Model Now Shipping

iPod touch 4G
(Images courtesy of MacRumors)

Customers who preordered their 2010 model iPod touch after they were announced last Wednesday are starting to get shipment notifications today. Meanwhile, a market research firm estimates that more than 45 million iPod touches have been sold to date out of the total 120 million iOS devices in the market.

MacRumors has a pair of iPod touch updates today. The first one is reporting on new data from market research firm Asymco, who estimates that the iPod touch makes up 38 percent of the iOS device market share, which Apple CEO Steve Jobs claimed was currently at 120 million during his introduction to the media event held last Wednesday in San Francisco.

Asymco arrived at a figure of more than 45 million units for the iPod touch over its lifetime, which they arrived at by factoring in 59.6 million iPhones sold through June of this year (according to Apple’s own SEC filings) as well as 3.2 million iPads sold to date. Making an assumption that eight million more iPhones and four million more iPads were sold in July and August, the math deduces that the iPod touch has racked up 45.2 million units sold to date.
iPod touch 4G shipment information
On the heels of this new data, the tech blogs have been lit up today with word that initial preorder units of the new, fourth-generation iPod touch model are now shipping, with delivery estimates between September 10 and 14. Since it’s Labor Day here in the U.S., we can assume that these units are probably coming from Shenzen, China since neither UPS nor FedEx are working today.

If you haven’t ordered your new iPod touch yet, the Apple Store still shows delivery with one week, and MacRumors notes that customers in other countries are also seeing estimates of five to seven business days. So what are you waiting for?

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