The week in gadgets

10 Jan 2011

A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

Mac App Store reaches 1m downloads in first day

The Mac App Store has managed to top 1m app downloads within its first day.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said he was “amazed” at the response the store was getting.

“Developers have done a great job bringing apps to the store and users are loving how easy and fun the Mac App Store is,” said Jobs.

Launched last week, the store brings iPhone and iPad app functionality to Mac computers.

The store has more than 1,000 free and paid apps under a variety of categories, such as gaming, art and productivity.

Nintendo to ship 1.5m 3DS units in first month

Nintendo is planning to ship 1.5m units of the 3DS, its upcoming 3D hand-held games console, within the first month.

According to Reuters, Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata, said the company would do this to “ensure a continuous supply” of the device.

The Nintendo 3DS will launch in Japan in late February and in March in the US and Europe. The company aims to sell 4m units worldwide by the end of March.

Facebook not shutting down in March, contrary to rumours

A bizarre rumour emerged this weekend, which said social networking website Facebook will shut down on 15 March of this year.

According to the rumour started by Weekly World News, CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently said he “wanted his old life back” and will shut Facebook down to “put an end to all the madness.”

Of course, the same source is known to spread many crazy and unsubstantiated rumours, but it didn’t stop the story from gaining traction.

It got to the point where Facebook’s director of Corporate Communications Larry Yu told Mashable that the rumours are indeed false and that Zuckerberg is not shutting up shop in March to get back to the good old days.

“We didn’t get the memo about shutting down and there’s lots to do, so we’ll just keep cranking away, like always,” said Yu.