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Disney making the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' teaser trailer available online tomorrow

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Nov 2014 15:34

Disney making the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' teaser trailer available online tomorrow Disney has confirmed that the new teaser trailer for the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" will be available to all tomorrow.

The company had initially announced that only 30 specific movie theaters would have the trailer playing tomorrow before other movies, but now everyone can watch it on iTunes.

It is unclear what time the trailer will go up.

Fans are beyond eager to get a look at the new film, even it is just a narration and some scene pieces.

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HTC slashes price of its action camera by 50 percent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 23:27

HTC slashes price of its action camera by 50 percent HTC has already slashed the price of its action camera, the Re Camera, pricing the device at $99 for Black Friday.

The price is 50 percent off its retail price, and the camera will be available from Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T and through HTC starting Friday morning at midnight all the way until Monday.

With its tubular ergonamic design and a single wide-angle lens with 16MP sensor, HTC says the device is for consumers that may not be going on as crazy adventures as GoPro users. The device also has built-in Wi-Fi for quick uploading and live streaming to YouTube through a partnership with Google.

Check out the camera here.




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Steam starts its Black Friday sale including Watch Dogs at 50 percent off

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 22:21

Steam starts its Black Friday sale including Watch Dogs at 50 percent off Steam has started their Exploration sale, giving gamers six days to get games on the cheap.

The deals will change daily, but today's deal are solid including Watchdogs at 50 percent off.

Here are the rest:

Watchdogs - 50% off
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - 50% off
The Evil Within - 66% off
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth - 30% off
Lords of the Fallen - 40% off
Goat Simulator - 50% off
The Long Dark - 50% off
Don't Starve - 75% off
Company of Heroes 2 - 75% off


The sale runs until December 2nd, at 10AM PST.

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James Cameron: New 'Avatar' film will make you 'sh*t yourself'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 22:05

James Cameron: New 'Avatar' film will make you 'sh*t yourself' James Cameron, the director behind the highest grossing films of all-time, says that the new Avatar films are 'gonna be b*tchin'.'

In addition, Cameron candidly said "You will sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open."

Cameron has three sequels to Avatar planned, with the first expected to hit theaters in December 2016. Cameron is still working on the scripts, but the films are supposed to be filmed together.

One thing we do know, is that Cameron has decided on 48fps for the film, rather than the rumored and more controversial 60fps. "My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market," he says. "I'll be plugging into a system that's a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point."

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Some tidbits about the OnePlus 2 revealed

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 21:28

Some tidbits about the OnePlus 2 revealed Although the details are unconfirmed, we have some reported tidbits about the upcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone.

The original OnePlus One became famous for packing great specs into a slim body with a cheap price tag, and the sequel is set for launch next year from the Chinese OEM.

Sources speaking to BI, say the following are true of the new device:

It will probably be more customizable, since the company is aiming to produce more of its StyleSwap back covers around the time the phone launches, our source said. OnePlus released a Bamboo-style back cover for its One phone, but discontinued it in September due to manufacturing issues. OnePlus sold a few of those covers earlier this month, but since they were so limited you need an invitation to buy them. The company previously said it would release its StyleSwap backs in different materials such as wood, denim, and Kevlar, but we have yet to see any of these launch. There's no guarantee manufacturing issues won't arise this time around, but based on what our source says it sounds like the company is trying to produce more to coincide with the phone's launch.

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Sony ups revenue forecast for PlayStation division

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 20:12

Sony ups revenue forecast for PlayStation division Sony Computer Entertainment President and CEO Andrew House has confirmed the company's revenue expectations for their PlayStation division have been increased for the future.

The "Game and Network Services" segment is now expected to see revenue of between 1.4 trillion yen and 1.6 trillion yen ($11.8 billion and $13.5 billion) for the 2017 fiscal year. For the 2015 fiscal year, the company expects 1.29 trillion yen in sales ($11 billion).

Perhaps most notably for Sony, the company expects operating income margin of over 5 percent in 2017, compared to just 2.7 percent for this fiscal year.

Sony's PlayStation 4 continues to outsell its rival, the Xbox One, on a monthly basis, thanks in part to strong sales of hit games.

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Two arrested in pre-release leak of 'The Expendables 3'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 19:39

Two arrested in pre-release leak of 'The Expendables 3' Earlier this year, in one of the highest profile movie leaks in history, a DVD-quality copy of 'The Expendables 3' was leaked to the Internet a full three weeks before its release in the U.S.

This week, two men accused of leaking the film have been arrested in the U.K. The authorities claim that the two men stole a digital advance copy and then illegally distributed it. In August, Lionsgate Studio had filed a lawsuit against 10 anonymous individuals who they claimed were behind the leak.

"The public need to be aware that piracy is not a victimless crime," said Danny Medlycott, head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (UK anti-piracy unit). "By downloading illegal music, film, TV and books, not only are you exposing your own computer to the risk of viruses and malware, but you are also putting hard-working people's livelihoods at risk as piracy threatens the security of thousands of jobs in the UK's creative industries."

Lionsgate blamed the leak on the film's poor box office showing, with the movie making just $39 million in domestic receipts, compared to $100 million for the first in the series and $85 million for the sequel.

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Sony planning an E-Paper smartwatch

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Nov 2014 18:49

Sony planning an E-Paper smartwatch According to new reports, Sony is preparing an E-Paper smartwarch that could launch next year and would be an interesting new device in the fledgling industry.

Reportedly, Sony's watch "face and wrist band will be made from a patented material that allows the entire surface area to function as a display and change its appearance."

In addition, the watch will emphasize style over tech features, which it hopes will take the device out of the geek category and more mainstream.

CEO Kazuo Hirai created a new division this year to accelerate promising products and the watch will be the first of a few new, innovative devices. Another such device is called "MESH," a collection of LED, sensors and buttons in small blocks that can be operated via an easy to use tablet UI.

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Sony Pictures computers still down for second day, following massive hacker attack

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 23:41

Sony Pictures computers still down for second day, following massive hacker attack Sony Pictures' computer systems are still down following yesterday's massive attack by a group that called itself #GOP.

Yesterday, the company's computers all saw a screen with a skull on it, with a warning message from a group calling itself #GOP. The group threatened that the warning was just the beginning and they would begin dropping stolen data until they get what they want. The demands were unclear, however.

Sources within Sony claimed yesterday that "We are down, completely paralyzed."

Sony did not have much to say except that "Sony Pictures Entertainment experienced a system disruption, which we are working diligently to resolve."

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Good deal alert: Amazon slashes price of Fire Phone to $199, GSM unlocked, with a free year of Prime

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 23:07

Good deal alert: Amazon slashes price of Fire Phone to $199, GSM unlocked, with a free year of Prime As if there needed to be more proof that Amazon's foray into the smartphone hardware has been a complete disaster, the company has now slashed the price of the device to almost as low as it can go.

Amazon is offering the 32GB model, GSM unlocked for $199 (originally priced at $599 unlocked), including a free year of Amazon Prime, which is $99 per year.

If you were already a Prime member, the device is effectively down to $100, well within the price range of anyone looking for a smartphone with mid to high-end specs.

If the "fire" sale on the Fire Phone, interests you, check the page here while supplies last.

For a more in-depth look at the Fire Phone, see our past articles here.




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Apple to drop Google as default search engine starting next year?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 22:47

Apple to drop Google as default search engine starting next year? According to a new report, Apple may be ditching Google as its default search engine for the Safari browser starting next year.

Google's deal with Apple expires in 2015, and Microsoft and Yahoo have already each pitched their respective search engines to Apple SVP Eddy Cue.

Microsoft already has their Bing engine as default for Apple's personal assistant Siri, and on the new Mac OS X Yosemite, the "Spotlight" feature uses Bing results, as well.

While Yahoo doesn't have any inroads with Apple, they recently announced that Mozilla's Firefox browser would use Yahoo as default for the next five years, a major win for the world's third-largest search engine.

Of course, no matter what the default engine is, you are free to switch it right back to Google although some less tech-savvy consumers may not know or care to change it back.

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'Jurassic World' official trailer is here: Killer dinos are back

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 19:45

'Jurassic World' official trailer is here: Killer dinos are back Universal has dropped the new "Jurassic World" trailer two days ahead of time, finally giving fans a look at the movie outside of tiny teaser trailers and set pics.

In the video, the park is open to the public and is wildly popular, but of course that is never enough and the scientists and engineers behind the rebirth of the dinosaurs have created a genetically modified hybrid that, of course, starts running wild and killing things.

Reads the video's small blurb: "Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World. Colin Trevorrow directs the epic action-adventure from a screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley join the team as producers."

The movie hits theaters next June.

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Get all 'Angry Birds' games for free on Windows Phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 18:22

Get all 'Angry Birds' games for free on Windows Phone As the popularity of their franchise games wanes, Rovio has made all of their Angry Birds game free for Windows Phone users.

Among the included freebies are hits like the original Angry Birds, Angry Birds Epic, Angry Birds Space, Angry Birds Star Wars, Bad Piggies and Angry Birds Roost.

Notably absent is the latest in the series, Angry Birds Transformers, which is still not available for the platform but will be early next year. It is also expected to be free.

Check the full listing here and download away: Windows Phone Store




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VLC for Windows Phone now in beta

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Nov 2014 12:35

VLC for Windows Phone now in beta Although the limited beta invites quickly got eaten up, Windows Phone users can look forward to being able to use the VLC media player in the near future.

The media player is one of the most popular for Windows, given its feature set, software acceleration and ability to play nearly everything thrown at it.

Videolan, the team behind VLC, created a desktop Windows VLC with the modern/metro style for Windows 8 but there have been issues building the software for ARM devices.

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BT looking to buy back O2

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Nov 2014 16:40

BT looking to buy back O2 British Telecom (BT) appears to be in talks to buy back major UK carrier O2, the company it sold back in 2005 for £18 billion.

Telefonica, of Spain, was the acquirer and could sell the carrier back in exchange for a 20 percent stake in BT as a whole. The "strategic alliance" could benefit the pair, say early reports.

The report did note that talks are still early, and could fall apart.

In a statement, BT added that they are "assessing the merits of an acquisition of a mobile network operator in the UK," without mentioning any names.

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