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Want to try a game before buying? Microsoft testing "Free Play Day" for Xbox One

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Aug 2014 13:00

Want to try a game before buying? Microsoft testing "Free Play Day" for Xbox One Microsoft has begun testing a "Free Play Day" feature that would allow Xbox One gamers to download games for free and play it for a 24-hour period as a sort of free trial.

Gamers in the U.S. that are part of the Xbox One console beta reported yesterday that 'Max: The Curse of Brotherhood' was made available as a free, unlocked title. It came with the label "Free Play Day with Gold" suggesting that you must be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber to take advantage.

Microsoft said nothing except that an official announcement would be made "shortly," suggesting it was a brand new feature that was not supposed to go live, yet.

Gold subscribers already get two Xbox One titles for free every month from a limited list so it appears that Microsoft is looking to add significant value to its $60-per-year subscription service.

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PS4's strong sales leaves confused strategy within Sony

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Aug 2014 12:30

PS4's strong sales leaves confused strategy within Sony Earlier this month, Sony proudly boasted that the hit PlayStation 4 console had reached 10 million units sold in just 9 months, a record for the company.

While setting records for sales would normally be seen as a huge positive, the sales have left a confused strategy for Sony's head execs, who are now scrambling to figure out the future of the console.

Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida confirmed during a recent interview that the company does not know why the console is selling so hotly, and that not knowing could bring their team issues moving forward. For example, if the 10 million sales were all to hardcore gamers, once those run out, the company will have a very hard time predicting future sales as "casual gamers" may not find the PS4 a necessary expense.

Says Yoshida: "As soon as we see a great sales number, our instinct tells us we should be concerned about future sales, right? Are we exhausting all the core gamers? If we sell this number of units, there are no more consumers we can sell to. That's a really terrifying prospect."

Of course, there could be a nice mix of consumers purchasing the PS4, including those that simply want a Blu-ray player/set-top box combo. Sony will have a better grasp as the year continues on.

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Windows 9 official unveiling coming September 30th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 21 Aug 2014 12:05

Windows 9 official unveiling coming September 30th According to sources, Microsoft will officially unveil Windows 9 'Threshold' on September 30th.

The "tech preview" will be aimed at developers and give an early look at the software.

For Windows 9, Microsoft is rumored to have removed the Charms bar feature, added a new "mini" Start Menu and made other key UI changes that will make the operating system more functional for keyboard and mouse users compared to just touchscreen users. Additionally, Microsoft is said to be building in Cortana, the voice-activated personal assistant.

In conjunction with the tech preview, Microsoft has planned an event where they will overview the new features.

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The Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint has no bezels, only $239 off-contract

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Aug 2014 23:06

The Sharp Aquos Crystal for Sprint has no bezels, only $239 off-contract Earlier in the week, Sprint and Sharp announced a new line of smartphones, the Aquos Crystal, which they promised would have designs not seen before.

The first of the line, the 5-inch Aquos Crystal, will sell for just $239 off-contract (a huge discount compared to the $600 iPhone or Galaxy S, for example) and features an edge-to-edge design that has no bezel, a fantastic look for a phone.

To accommodate the display, the phone itself is thicker than current premium devices, and it has a dimpled back similar to the Nexus 7 tablet. The phone has a basically stock Android 4.4.2, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (microSD expendable), HD Voice, Wi-Fi Calling, Harmon Kardon speakers (and audio tech) and LTE support including support for Sprint's "faster" Spark network.

Interestingly, Sprint is offering the new "App Pass," a $4.99 monthly subscription service that offers unlimited access to a handful of premium apps including productivity tools and even games.

There is no word on availability of the device.

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WebOS TV team moves to Pebble for next-gen smartwatches

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 20 Aug 2014 0:15

WebOS TV team moves to Pebble for next-gen smartwatches Smartwatch startup Pebble has made some impressive hires this week, announcing that Itai Vonshak will be their new head of product and UX and Liron Damir will be head of design.

Both executives just worked at LG on the webOS TV operating system and user interface, and previously they designed updates for webOS after HP acquired original creator Palm.

Vonshak says that Pebble wants to "focus heavily on a product-focused philosophy alongside a spirit of openness that's appealing to his webOS roots."

Pebble remains a popular option in the smartwatch market, although Android Wear devices are slowing creeping onto the scene, and Apple's iTime is expected early next year.

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Asus teases smartwatch launch for September 3rd

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Aug 2014 23:13

Asus teases smartwatch launch for September 3rd Asus has posted a teaser picture for their IFA event on September 3rd in which the company will reveal their rumored smartwatch.

The Android Wear-powered device is rumored to be priced at under $150, making it easily the cheapest of its kind in the market.

Although unconfirmed, the new Asus watch is expected to have specs on par to the LG G Watch and Gear Live, but that sadly includes the poor battery life of those devices, as well, which range from 1-2 days depending on use.

There is not much else known but the teaser seems to show a watch with a curved rectangular face, different than the boxy G Watch and the round Moto 360 watch.

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'Swing Copters' is the new followup to Flappy Bird

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 19 Aug 2014 0:11

'Swing Copters' is the new followup to Flappy Bird Developer Dong Nguyen is back, following the success and ultimate shut down of 'Flappy Bird,' with a new game for iOS.

Named "Swing Copters," the game is set for release on Thursday and will be completely free (with ads) or purchased for $1 with no ads.

Basically, you take your character and his helicopter hat and fly vertically avoiding hammers. It is said to be as hard as Angry Bird was.

Touch Arcade has had a hands-on with the new game, and here is the video for those that are possibly interested in the game.

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LG to unveil 21:9 curved IPS display

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 23:57

LG to unveil 21:9 curved IPS display According to new reports, LG will be unveiling a new IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor at the upcoming IFA 2014 event in Berlin.

The 34-inch monitor has 3440 x 1440 resolution, supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers and as expected allows daisy chaining for multiple devices. In addition, the display has a built-in 7W stereo speaker system.

"Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry's biggest monitor manufacturers don't seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers," said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics' Home Entertainment Company. "At LG, innovation in display technologies isn't just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that's why we're particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world's first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience."

IFA 2014 starts on September 5th.




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HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 22:08

HP unveils $199 Windows laptop, targeting Chromebooks Microsoft and HP have teamed up to take on Chromebooks, launching the HP Stream 14 at just $199, even undercutting most of the Google-backed cloud-based systems.

The 14-inch notebook runs on Windows 8.1, giving it its first advantage over Chromebooks, has a 1366x768 resolution display, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (SDXC slot is available to add up 128GB more) and an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quadcore SoC clocked at 1GHz. The SoC has an integrated Radeon R3 GPU.

Additionally, the laptop has the standard three USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out and a webcam. The Stream 14 has four speakers, and takes advantage of Beats Audio software.

Since the internal storage may not be enough, Microsoft is throwing in 2 years of 100 GB OneDrive cloud storage for free.

The design isn't too pretty, and the laptop is heavy at 3.9 lbs, but for $199 HP may have a potential hit on their hands.

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Report: iPhone 6 Lightning cable to be reversible USB?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 18 Aug 2014 21:50

Report: iPhone 6 Lightning cable to be reversible USB? According to new reports, Apple could be preparing to unveil a new Lightning cable for the iPhone 6 that can be plugged into a USB port with either way up, avoiding user confusion that has existed since the beginning of time.

Apple filed a patent in 2013 that described "reversible or dual orientation USB plug connectors" that can plug into any standard PC and "reduce the potential USB connector damage and user frustration."

Such a design would also be future-proof as long as the computer (or other device) has a full-sized USB port.

SonnyDickson also leaked a photo of the alleged cable:

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Pokémon cards are back, this time for the iPad

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 19:45

Pokémon cards are back, this time for the iPad If you are in your late 20's then you probably spent at least a year of your life collecting, trading and playing Pokémon cards. You will now be able to do so again, with your iPad.

The makers of the Pokémon Trading Card Game have confirmed the game is set for release later this year, although from the screenshots it looks like a port of the PC game that has been available for some time. Regardless, this will be a touch enabled game, and if it is like its PC counterpart, it will allow you to import your physical cards to your digital deck.

It may be time to take out the old binders that are collecting dust.





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Best Buy leaks Motorola Moto 360 price, specs, features

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 19:18

Best Buy leaks Motorola Moto 360 price, specs, features Expected to be officially launched on September 4th, Best Buy has let the cat out of the bag on the upcoming Motorola Moto 360, the highly anticipated Android Wear smartwatch.

According to the retailer's listing, the watch will cost $249.99, more expensive than current Android Wear devices, but less than the rumored $299.99.

The device will have a 1.5-inch backlit round LCD with 320x290 resolution (205ppi) and will be protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The watch is powered by an unspecified Texas Instruments processor, weighs 2.1oz, has 512MB RAM, an ambient light sensor, water resistance up to 1 meter, a pedometer and a heart rate monitor.

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Premier League: Stop posting goal videos online

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 17:38

Premier League: Stop posting goal videos online The Premier League has confirmed they will be actively shutting down fan videos posted online of goals from League games.

For every game, hundreds of goal Vines and YouTube videos are posted online, and thousands more are expected now that the new season has started this weekend.

Dan Johnson, director of communications at the Premier League, added: "You can understand that fans see something, they can capture it, they can share it, but ultimately it is against the law. It's a breach of copyright and we would discourage fans from doing it, we're developing technologies like gif crawlers, Vine crawlers, working with Twitter to look to curtail this kind of activity."

Understanding that fans will be angry, Johnson added, "I know it sounds as if we're killjoys but we have to protect our intellectual property."

Many major media companies paid hundreds of millions of pounds/euros for exclusive rights to Premier League games, and understandably don't want the same content available for free without them getting a cut.

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New tool lets you turn YouTube videos into GIFs right from the URL

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 15:29

New tool lets you turn YouTube videos into GIFs right from the URL The developer team behind the messaging app Glyphic have created a new way to easily make GIFs from YouTube videos, creating the site gifyoutube.com.

You don't even have to go to the site to use the service, however, as you can add the word "gif" to theURL, right before the "youtube.com."

For example, "https://www.gifyoutube.com/watch?v=TLzhlsEFcVQ"

Google hasn't officially sanctioned the tool so who knows how long it will last, but it is cool while it exists.




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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available, turning the tablet into a full desktop

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Aug 2014 15:07

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Docking Station now available, turning the tablet into a full desktop Microsoft's hotly anticipated Docking Station for the Surface Pro 3 tablet is now available in North America.

The Docking Station turns the tablet into a fully-fledged PC, as it can connect to 4K monitors, mouse/keyboard, printers, speakers and more.

Microsoft has included 6 USB ports, 4 of which are 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and a mini Display Port, as well.

The accessory is available directly through Microsoft or through many retailers.

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