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Microsoft unveils Miracast-powered Chromecast rival

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 22:23

Microsoft unveils Miracast-powered Chromecast rival Microsoft has thrown its hat into the HDMI dongle ring, launching the Wireless Display Adapter (tad bland on the name there Microsoft) to take on Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick.

The device is powered by Miracast, allowing you to quickly share content from your Windows 8.1 devices to the big screen. Just like its rivals, you can fully mirror your mobile device or PC, as well, since Miracast does not have any individual app limitations.

Microsoft is targeting the device for enterprises, as well, due to its quick Office document sharing, such as PowerPoint slides.

The company also confirmed that the Adapter will work with Android devices, as well, although it is less clear what app you will need.

Microsoft has priced the Adapter higher than its rivals, at $59.95, set for release next month.


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Ubisoft confirms no DLC for Watch Dogs on Wii U

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 11:35

Ubisoft confirms no DLC for Watch Dogs on Wii U Publisher Ubisoft has confirmed that its Watch Dogs for Wii U will not be receiving any of the DLC that its counterparts on other consoles will receive.

Back in March, the game was released for PS4, Xbox One and PS4, but Ubisoft announced that the Wii U version would be delayed. The company even admitted that its Wii U devs had moved to the more important PS4 and Xbox One teams to make sure the game was released on time for those consoles.

The game is now set for release in November, but it wont get the DLC, even with the delay, angering gamers.

Unfortunately, this latest slight is part of a larger trend of third-party developers staying away from the Wii U, due to its perceived lack of a large gamer base.


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Disney shows off a second 'Star Wars' mobile title

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 10:03

Disney shows off a second 'Star Wars' mobile title Following its $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, Disney has unsurprisingly taken the franchise to new levels by announcing new feature films, a licensing agreement with EA for console video games, and more recently, their first mobile title.

This week, the company has unveiled a second mobile 'Star Wars' title for iOS and Android: "Star Wars: Galactic Defense." Developed by mobile F2P giant DeNA, the game will be tower defense encompassing both trilogies of the Star Wars films. As always, you will get to choose what side of the force you want to fight for, and there will be online multiplayer as well.

"We're honored to work with Disney and Lucasfilm on Star Wars: Galactic Defense," said Barry Dorf, the vice president of partnerships and alliances at DeNa. "We can't use the Force, but we do have one of the world's most talented and passionate mobile development teams working to create an unforgettable Star Wars gameplay experience."

The game uses in-game currency of 'gems' that can be acquired through missions or through direct purchases.


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Vertu unveils another luxury Android smartphone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 9:28

Vertu unveils another luxury Android smartphone Just a few months after releasing their $10,000 Signature Touch, the high-end luxury smartphone maker Vertu is preparing to launch their sequel, the Aster.

The device has just received Chinese and American regulatory approval, and will therefore be seeing the light of day in the coming months.

Vertu's Aster runs on Android 4.4 with Vertu's own UI overlay, has a 1080p 4.7-inch display, and features a design of titanium alloy and leather.

Powering the device is a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM and the device features 64GB internal storage, dual 13MP/2MP cameras, LTE and NFC.

Because of its titanium body, the Aster weighs in at a hefty 6.9 ounces, much heavier than the much bigger iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4, which weigh 6.01 and 6.21 ounces, respectively.

Pricing has not been revealed, but expect the Aster to sell right in line with the Signature Touch, at around $10,000. Vertu appeals to a very niche clientelle, and the company is said to have sold less than 500,000 units since its inception in 2004.


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Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases latest album for $6 via BitTorrent

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 27 Sep 2014 9:09

Radiohead's Thom Yorke releases latest album for $6 via BitTorrent Radiohead's Thom Yorke has once again offered his latest album in a unique and digital way, releasing "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" via the official BitTorrent client for just $6.

The band made headlines back in 2007 when it released its "In Rainbows" album online with no pricing except that consumers could pay whatever they felt was right. Most downloaded for free, but many paid at least a few dollars, raking in millions for the band directly. The experiment also helped the band gain new fans, especially those that would have never paid for a CD from the group.

"If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of Internet commerce back to the people who are creating the work," frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich wrote in a note about the new release.

Over 170 million people use the BitTorrent system to share files, says the company, and the company's executives have been quietly striking more and more deals with artists and schools for releases. The new album is the first "pay-gated bundle," however, meaning users can only download it after they have paid. BitTorrent takes a 10 percent cut while the artist gets the other 90 percent. Compared to a record label taking the lion's share for a traditional release, the new experiment is certainly worth it for the artist - if they are as big and well known as Radiohead, for example.


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HTC teases their GoPro competitor, the 'REcamera'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 26 Sep 2014 23:05

HTC teases their GoPro competitor, the 'REcamera' It appears that GoPro will finally have a large competitor.

HTC has teased their upcoming GoPro rival, the REcamera, a video camera for the action junkie.

In their teaser video, HTC shows off underwater footage, soccer moves, bike rides and street performing, all in wide-angle lens. The video also suggests high FPS is a possibility with the camera.

HTC added a promotional page at, and shown off a possible mount to be used for the camera.

The device will be officially unveiled on October 8th.


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Mock picture plus specs revealed for Motorola Nexus 6, aka 'Shamu'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Sep 2014 13:58

Mock picture plus specs revealed for Motorola Nexus 6, aka 'Shamu' 9to5Google has reported on the upcoming Nexus 6/Nexus X today, posting a mock image and full specs of the upcoming Android reference device.

The new device will be the biggest smartphone yet in the Nexus line, with a massive 5.92-inch display with 1440p resolution.

Under the hood is a 2.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage (base model), dual 2MP/13MP cameras (with 4K shooting ability), a large 3200 mAh battery, and stock Android 5.0 L.

In appearance, the device will look very similar to the second-generation Moto X that was released last week.

While the 5.9-inch screen may not float everyone's boat, there are rumors that Google will be releasing a 5.2-inch model, as well.


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Samsung gets out of notebook business, at least in Europe

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 25 Sep 2014 13:04

Samsung gets out of notebook business, at least in Europe In what appears to be an ongoing theme in the industry, electronics giant Samsung has bowed out of the notebook business, at least in Europe.

The company has halted sales of its Ativ Windows 7/8 notebooks and its popular Chromebooks, as well. The move is not too surprising given the company's lack of new devices in the past months, and no announcements at the recent IFA event.

"We quickly adapt to market needs and demands. In Europe, we will be discontinuing sales of laptops including Chromebooks for now. This is specific to the region and is not necessarily reflective of conditions in other markets," said a Samsung spokesperson.

Sony was the last major manufacturer to get out of the market, selling its once-popular Vaio line and slashing jobs.

"We will continue to thoroughly evaluate market conditions and will make further adjustments to maintain our competitiveness in emerging PC categories," concluded the spokesperson.


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VIDEO: Finns crazy to get iPhone 4 (yes, '4')

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 Sep 2014 8:30

VIDEO: Finns crazy to get iPhone 4 (yes, '4') Despite being around four years old now, enthusiastic but impatient Finns showed up at stores today to buy an iPhone 4 for 99.90.

While we have been so entertained by a video of a guy dropping his brand new iPhone 6, and several others showing that it will just bend right out of shape if you stick it in your tight jeans pocket (not a feature!), today's iPhone video from Finland is a little surprising.

Retailer Verkkokauppa got its hands on some ancient refurbished iPhone 4 models (the one that can't get iOS 8!) and wanted to sell them off for 99.90 a piece to make a quick return. They sent out units to multiple stores, limited to just 50 in each store. The problem is, a lot more people showed up at stores.

At stores in Helsinki and Pirkkala (near Tampere), police had to come to calm people down. Stores were only allowing ten people in at a time once they opened at 9AM, so naturally that ticked off quite a large number of people.

Witnessing mobs of people fighting in America on Black Friday every year to get deals before the holidays is rather sad, but witnessing Finns getting rowdy and upset over a four year old iPhone is one of the saddest videos I have seen in some time. Check this video out from Pirkkala...


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Vizio introduces affordable 4K TVs

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 17:54

Vizio introduces affordable 4K TVs Vizio has officially priced and made available their P-Series 4K LCDs, the sets that drew rave reviews at this year's CES.

The powerful sets include full-array backlit panels with local dimming, Active Pixel Tuning tech for greater light bleed elimination and overall picture that should rival OLED and its perfect picture quality.

Vizio promises excellent 1080p HD picture, and normal content will upscale to "near Ultra HD" resolution. 4K video is supported up to 60fps and the sets have built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi for streaming.

Each one of the sets have a native refresh rate of 240Hz, and also a "Clear Action Rate" of 960Hz, whatever that means. The sets have a quad-core GPU and a dual-core CPU powering the processing.

The 50-inch P-series sells for $1,000, the 55-inch model will sell for $1,400, the 60-inch is $1,700, the 65-inch model is $2,200, and finally the 70-inch model is $2,500.


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Apple iOS 8.0.1 pulled after the update kills cell service, breaks Touch ID

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 16:38

Apple iOS 8.0.1 pulled after the update kills cell service, breaks Touch ID In a shocking move, Apple has pulled their latest iOS update, as tens of thousands of downloaders were experiencing a wide range of issues.

iOS 8.0.1, which was released to help with some bugs in the original iOS 8 released last Wednesday, has been killing cell/data service and bricking the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, making the phone useless as a cellphone in many cases.

So far, only iPhone 6 and 6 Plus with the update seem to be having the issues, meaning your 5, 5S and iPads are probably okay, but regardless, it isn't worth updating at this time.

The main issues with iOS 8 will remain, including a broken Healthkit and a broken virtual keyboard for certain apps.

Apple is expected to release iOS 8.0.2 in the very near future.


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Microsoft reveals updated release date for Xbox One in China

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 14:24

Microsoft reveals updated release date for Xbox One in China After delaying its release in the nation, Microsoft has revealed the updated launch date for the Xbox One console in China.

Set originally to be released yesterday, the console will now go on sale on Monday, September 29th.

"After receiving government approval for the first wave of games, we will launch with the first 10 games now and continue our work to bring more blockbuster games and a broad offering of entertainment and app experiences to the platform in the weeks and months to come," said Enwei Xie, general manager of Xbox China.

When it launches, it will be the first console to be sold in China since consoles were banned in the early 2000s. Of the approved games, there are few blockbusters but Microsoft says over 70 titles are in the pipeline waiting for approval from the Chinese regulators, including Titanfall and Destiny.

Microsoft has priced the console at 4,299 yuan ($700), including Kinect, a hefty premium to its price in the U.S. and Western Europe.


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Here are those kinda funny Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake iPhone 6 ads

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 13:43

Here are those kinda funny Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake iPhone 6 ads When they announced the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the company also announced that their upcoming ads would include the popular celebrities Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake.

This week, the company has revealed the first two clips, each promoting specific features of the new iPhones and iOS 8.

Mainly though, the company just makes it clear that the phablet is huge, which it certainly is at 5.5-inches.

"The new iPhones are here and their size is just the beginning," Apple added.

Check the decently funny ads here:

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Supposed giant Apple iPad Pro now expected to launch Q2 2015

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 24 Sep 2014 0:15

Supposed giant Apple iPad Pro now expected to launch Q2 2015 According to a new report, the new alleged Apple iPad Pro is expected to launch in the Q2 2015.

The device will have a giant 12.9-inch display, but little else is known about the tablet. Recent conflicting reports had claimed the device could launch this year, while others claimed Apple had canceled the tablet, due to production issues with such a large display.

In addition, Apple is said to be building an even thinner iPad Air and a iPad Mini Retina with Touch ID and better cameras.

If accurate, expect Apple to at least speak about Mac OSX Yosemite and the new iPad Air at their October event.


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Sony PlayStation TV headed to North America on October 14th

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 23 Sep 2014 22:59

Sony PlayStation TV headed to North America on October 14th Sony has announced they will be releasing their PlayStation TV set-top box in North America beginning on October 14th.

The company says the mini console will have 700 playable games at launch.

Using PlayStation TV, you can stream PlayStation 4 to another TV in your house and "remote play". It can also be used to play most PS Vita games on a bigger TV screen. Coupled with PlayStation Now, PlayStation TV will also be able to provide access to PlayStation 3 games, and later on games from other Sony consoles.

Finally, Sony gives you access to video and music streaming via Sony Unlimited.

The console will cost $99 for the system only, or you can pay up and get the $140 bundle which includes a DualShock 3 controller, 8GB memory card and The Lego Movie Videogame.

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