Fans push for new Mass Effect 3 endingApple has sold a record number of new iPads, Windows 8 could hit stores in the fall, and Mass Effect 3 fans say they feel alienated by the popular game's ending.
It's Tuesday, March 20th, 2012. I'm Bridget Carey on CNET.com and it's time to get loaded. Each Apple device seems to break a record when it comes out and last week's new iPad launch is no exemption; Apple reported it sold 3 million new iPads this past weekend after launching in more than a dozen countries; that's the biggest iPad launch weekend yet and that number does not even include pre-orders. To date, Apple has sold more than 58 million iPads since the first iPad launched in 2010. We may be seeing Windows 8 in stores in time for the holidays. Bloomberg reports Microsoft is aiming to release the final version of its new operating system by October, it's also reported that Microsoft will spill all the details at the industry event in early April. It's possible the highly popular video game Mass Effect 3 could get a new ending; after hordes of fans have been expressing their outrage over how the trilogy concludes, there's a Facebook page and a Tweeter feed both in protest over how the war with the Reapers' is resolved; there's even a petition drive that raised $50,000.00 for the charity Child's Play just to get the attention of BioWare, the makers of the game, and have them release a new ending; one player even filed a false advertising complaint with the Federal Trade Commission stating that the game didn't live up to what was promoted. On the Mass Effect Facebook page, BioWare stated that it's actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration but it hasn't made a decision yet if it will make a new ending. Mass Effect 3 has received positive reviews from many outlets but it seems some fans just wanted more closure with the characters. The game's executive producer wrote on line that they always intended it to have a bitter-sweet ending. More app programmers are saying it's more important to create a mobile-friendly website with the HTML 5 than to create an Android app according to a new survey. Programmers continue to say that they are very interested in creating apps for Apple's IOS devices but less are putting Android apps high on that priority list is because there's so much fragmentation between different Android devices that developers say it's a bigger priority just to get a nice looking mobile website that can work on more devices than to have an app just for the Android marketplace. When a study comes out about teens and texting, the results are never surprising; teens are texting more and talking less. The latest Pew Internet Research study says teens average 60 text messages a day but girls of course lead the pack, averaging 100 texts a day, only 6% use e-mail; and landline phone use also plummeted, only 14% make calls daily on a landline phone; and just think, they don't even know the joys of losing internet connection 'cause your brother or your mom picked up the phone while you were online, that was sacrifice my friends. Those are your headlines for today, I'm Bridget Carey for CNET.com and you've just been loaded.