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EA Access for Xbox One adds 'Need for Speed Rivals'

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Sep 2014 23:19

EA Access for Xbox One adds 'Need for Speed Rivals' Electronic Arts, who recently took their EA Access gaming subscription service out of beta, has added a new title.

As of writing, EA Access subs can now play Need for Speed Rivals, joining Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Madden NFL 25 as fully playable titles.

The service is available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and the US. The service costs $5 per month or $30 per year and give access to downloadable games through "The Vault," a small but growing collection of EA games.

In addition to the cheap gaming on older games, EA Access members also get 10 percent off EA games and other content including DLC and free trials of new EA games up to five days before their retail dates.

You can buy passes to EA Access on Amazon and at GameStop.




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Microsoft on verge of deal to purchase Minecraft creator Mojang

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 09 Sep 2014 22:47

Microsoft on verge of deal to purchase Minecraft creator Mojang According to multiple sources, Microsoft is in deep discussions to buy 'Minecraft' maker Mojang AB, at a $2 billion price tag.

The Swedish gaming company has so far stayed away from investments, especially from major corporations, giving founder Markus 'Notch' Persson a highly regarded reputation amongst gamers.

Minecraft has sold over 50 million copies since launch in 2009, across platforms that include the PC, PlayStation, Xbox and phones. The game is also wildly profitable, with Mojang bringing in over $100 million in profit last year from game and merchandise sales. The company only has 40 employees, and had nearly $300 million in revenue last year. Mojang has also recently signed licensing deals with Scholastic for tutorial books, LEGO for toys and even Warner Bros. for a feature film.

Mojang also charges a one-time fee for their games, unlike most others that offer freemium models. The games range from $7-$30 depending on system.

A Microsoft purchase would be a move away from new CEO Satya Nadella's decision to focus on core products, although adding Minecraft could help the company's mobile division, its Xbox gaming division and and its PC Windows division if used correctly. The game has never been available for Windows Phone and Windows 8 users have to download it directly from Mojang as Notch refuses to have it available through the Windows Store, where Microsoft takes a cut.

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What you should know about Apple Pay

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Sep 2014 20:13

What you should know about Apple Pay Apple Pay is a new mobile, contactless payment system developed by Apple Inc. that will soon be available to use online and offline. What should you know about it?

Today in Cupertino, Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and introduced its Apple Watch line for the first time. It also dated iOS 8's public release for later this month and gave away a U2 album to iTunes customers.

Another service announced by Apple - and strongly linked to the new iPhones and Apple Watch - is Apple Pay, which the company promises will revolutionize how to pay for physical goods and services offline, and how you pay for things in apps on your iPhone.

So here is a quick run down of what Apple revealed to this point.

What is Apple Pay?

Apple Pay is a new mobile payments and contact-less payment service provided by Apple, which the firm promises is simple to use, private and secure. Using NFC (near-field communication) built in to the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, you can pay for goods and services easily without having to produce a credit card or debit card, using Passbook, and TouchID as part of the authorization process.

When will it be available?

Apple Pay will be available as a free update in October.

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Now unveiled, what is Apple Watch all about?

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Sep 2014 18:24

Now unveiled, what is Apple Watch all about? Apple has finally shown off its upcoming Apple Watch wearable device to the public, slating it for release in earlier 2015. So what was the fuss all about and did Apple deliver?

Describing it as its most personal device ever, Apple showed off the upcoming Apple Watch in Cupertino today. The smartwatch will come in three varieties - Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition - in either 38 mm and 42 mm sizes and with enclosures rafted from custom alloys of polished or space black stainless steel, space gray or silver anodized aluminum and 18-karat rose or yellow gold. A line of watch straps are also available.

UI, Controls and Fitness

Each Watch comes with a Retina display that tout a Force Touch feature, which can essentially tell the difference between a tap and a "press". The user interface is of course based on the company's iOS operating system, though obviously redesigned for such a small display and to support the Watch control mechanisms.

Apple has introduced the "Digital Crown" which you can use to control the UI, for navigation, zooming or scrolling. It also serves as the device's Home button and can be used to access Siri.

Apple Watch puts a strong emphasis on fitness and exercise. The Activity app is designed to motivate you to be more active throughout the day while the Workout app provides the metrics you need during your sessions, as well as goal-setting and pacing during popular session-based workouts, such as running and cycling.

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Apple unveils iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Sep 2014 16:41

Apple unveils iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus As expected, Apple has shown off two new iPhone models, claiming they are the biggest advancement in the iPhone line so far.

Information leaked about the new iPhones turned out to be largely correct. As rumored, Apple introduced two new iPhone models - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch retina HD displays, respectively. The 4.7-inch display touts a 1334 x 750 resolution (38 percent more viewing space than an iPhone 5s) and the 5.5-inch display boasts a full hd, 1920 x 1080 resolution (88 percent more viewing area than an iPhone 5s).

Both run iOS 8 powered by Apple's second generation 64-bit "Destkop-class" A8 chip. Both also include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer, which senses air pressure to provide relative elevation.

The new iPhones also support high quality voice calls over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling if supported by the carrier and support 802.11ac Wi-Fi with speeds up to 433 Mbps and Bluetooth 4.0.

The iSight camera has gotten a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus. High-definition video on iPhone improves with faster frame rates up to 60fps for 1080p video and 240fps for slo-mo, as well as continuous autofocus, cinematic video stabilization and time-lapse video. iPhone 6 Plus users also benefit from new image stabilization features.

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Apple to unveil iPhone 6 today, but what else?

Written by James Delahunty @ 09 Sep 2014 6:55

Apple to unveil iPhone 6 today, but what else? It has already been a year since Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c smartphones, which means it has almost been a year since iPhone 6 speculation really kicked off. Today, Apple will hold an event in Cupertino, California, in which it is almost certain to show off the iPhone 6, making it first iPhone not unveiled in San Francisco.

The Flint Center for the Performing Arts can hold a lot more media personnel than the Yerba Buena Center, so perhaps Apple feels this event is of greater importance than its most recent ones, or maybe it is simply that the iPhone is not what it is most eager to show off this time.

Since the iPhone 6 is something you could put your house on showing up today, what do we know about it? Well, for starters there is almost a consensus already that it will be available with either a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, the latter providing a sixth row of apps on the home screen. One rumor spreading today suggests that the 5.5-inch device will be called iPhone 6 plus, or iPhone 6+.

It is also expected to pack Apple's new dual-core A8 chip and 1GB of RAM, run iOS 8, and for the first time may be available with 128GB of storage. Until now, only the iPad provided a 128GB option, while the iPhone was limited to 64GB. Previously though, every doubling of internal storage provided in the line-up added an additional $100 to the price tag.

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Amazon puts failed Fire Phone on fire sale with 99 percent discount

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Sep 2014 23:47

Amazon puts failed Fire Phone on fire sale with 99 percent discount Amazon's Fire Phone has been an unmitigated disaster since its high profile launch in June, and now the e-commerce giant seems to be confirming that fact.

The company has dumped the price of the Fire Phone to just 99 cents with a two-year AT&T contract, down from its normal $199 price, a full 99 percent discount.

Overseas, the price has been cut to 1 euro for O2 and Deutsche Telekom, meaning the price slashing is global.

While the phone itself may not be worth owning, even at the 99 cent price tag you still get a free year of Amazon Prime (which normally costs $99 per year) and you get unlimited cloud storage through Amazon. Those perks alone may be worth the purchase.

There have been recent reports that Amazon has only sold 35,000 Fire Phone units since launch, a number so small that it makes BlackBerry look like Apple.




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Good deal alert: Unlocked international LG G3 for $480

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Sep 2014 23:22

Good deal alert: Unlocked international LG G3 for $480 If you were looking to get one of the top smartphones available at a decent price, eBay's daily deal has a solid sale on the new LG G3 flagship.

Normally priced at $200 with contract or $600 without for the U.S. model, the phone is selling for just $480 unlocked (off-contract), although it is the international model meaning you will not be getting LTE in the U.S. on T-Mobile or AT&T.

The version available has a 5.5-inch QuadHD 2560 x 1440 IPS display (538ppi), 2GB RAM, a high-end quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 16GB internal storage and a microSD slot in case you need more room. On the back side there is a 13MP OIS+ (Optical Image Stabilizer Plus) camera with "revolutionary Laser Auto Focus that can shoot stunningly sharp images in a fraction of the time required by conventional phone cameras" and the device has a massive 3000mAh battery. The smartphone has NFC and can wirelessly charged.

While it is not as powerful as the U.S. model, the deal is still pretty decent given the QHD display and powerful processor.

Check it here.




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Popcorn Time for Mac and Windows updated to beta 4.4 with better VPN, Chromecast, Airplay and codec support

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Sep 2014 23:04

Popcorn Time for Mac and Windows updated to beta 4.4 with better VPN, Chromecast, Airplay and codec support Popcorn Time has proudly announced the launch of beta 4.4 for Windows and Mac users, including much better VPN, Chromecast, Airplay and codec support.

The release is the first cross platform desktop version from the team, and it has all been built in C++ for Mac, Windows and Linux. The Linux beta will be available in a few days, but the major OS versions are available now.

Reads the post:

So what's new??

Macs, for the first time you're also getting FREE BUILT IN VPN!!! Yes. Now you can also be anonymous!! (powered by Kebrum)

Also we added Chromecast and Airplay support for Mac and improved the Chromecast and Airplay support for Windows.

And, and we believe that you've been waiting anxiously to read these words coming from our mouths....

SUBTITLES support FOR CHROMECAST!!!
Yes, this one was a tough cookie, but we ate it and now you can cast all your favorite movies with their subtitles using Chromecast! ;-) Apple TV, you're next to get subtitles, don't worry.

And what else?

Better cpu usage!
Free built in VPN
Improved Chromecast support
Chromecast subtitles !!!! (don't tell the Android users, they're also waiting for this... and they'll have it soon!!)
Improved airplay support
Smoother and improved video player.
It's now supporting more video codecs.
Subtitles size control
The option to help the community and flag bad torrents... Cause no one like'em shitty torrents!!! :-)
Major bug fixes
Lot's of love hard work and sweat from your devoted PT team.
So enjoy, and if anything doesn't work for you, please fight the urge to report it here, but just click this link here and post it there.

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Someone is trying to trademark Popcorn Time, and it isn't the Popcorn Time team

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Sep 2014 22:15

Someone is trying to trademark Popcorn Time, and it isn't the Popcorn Time team The team behind Popcorn Time has posted this week that someone is trying to trademark the name "Popcorn Time," and it isn't them.

In fact, a quick search of Trademarks411 shows that a Canadian man by the name of David Lemarier filed on June 5th.

Reads the Popcorn Time blog post:

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Dell unveils first 5K monitor, meaning 5,120 x 2,880 resolution

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 08 Sep 2014 21:36

Dell unveils first 5K monitor, meaning 5,120 x 2,880 resolution It doesn't matter that under 5 percent of households have moved to 4K TVs or monitors, because Dell has a new 5K monitor ready to roll.

The UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K monitor is the first in the world with the 5,120 x 2,880 resolution, boasting 218 PPI.

In addition to the huge resolution, the monitor features Dells' own PremierColor tech and anti-smudge/anti-reflection edge-to-edge glass. Dell has integrated "immersive acoustics" Harmon Kardon 16W speakers and connectivity should not be a problem with six USB ports and a card reader.

"Dell is continuing to emphasize a customer promise to create the most secure and manageable environments," said Patrick Moorhead, founder, president and principal analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy, in Dell's press release. "Each of these areas is a critical component for any IT department, but so is the need to satisfy the user. Dell has wrapped its core IT strengths with new thoughtfully designed and attractive products geared for enhanced productivity in a variety of customer use cases."

The UltraSharp 27 Ultra will debut in the Q4 for $2500.




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Buying 'Destiny' for PS3, Xbox 360? Bungie giving vouchers to upgrade to current gen for free

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Sep 2014 22:20

Buying 'Destiny' for PS3, Xbox 360? Bungie giving vouchers to upgrade to current gen for free 'Destiny' is finally here.

Bungie's new epic 'Destiny' is finally here, with its launch set for Tuesday on the PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One.

If you buy the blockbuster game for one of last generation's consoles, Bungie is giving you a free "digital upgrade" to migrate to the Xxox One or the PS4, at least for the next few months. Keep in mind the deal only works from Sony to Sony and Microsoft to Microsoft, so no Xbox 360 to PS4, for example.

Everything will migrate, including season passes, DLC, game saves, etc. You'll be able to start off on the new console right where you left off on the old console.

The voucher is good until January 15th, 2015.

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How did the FBI locate the Silk Road?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Sep 2014 14:19

How did the FBI locate the Silk Road? Alleged Silk Road creator and operator Ross Ulbricht is still facing trial for running the dark web site, and the FBI may have just rebuffed his biggest argument.

Ulbricht had been claiming that the FBI was able to find the Silk Road's location through illegal means, therefore making all the agency's evidence illegal to use in the case. The FBI says that is simply not true.

In their court filing, the FBI says the IP address of the server was "'leaking' from the site due to an apparent misconfiguration of the user login interface by the site administrator." The agency then exploited this bug to obtain the server's location.

The FBI found a way to use that login page to produce an IP address that was not hidden by TOR standards, and then used that IP on a regular browser. That IP then produced some code from the login page, confirming that it was in fact the true location of the Silk Road.

If the court agrees with the FBI's claim, the alleged Silk Road operator may have a tougher time defending his case.

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Getty Images sues Microsoft over embedded photos

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Sep 2014 12:29

Getty Images sues Microsoft over embedded photos Getty Images has sued Microsoft this week over the launch of their new "Bing Image Widget," a piece of software that the company claims leads to "massive infringement" of copyrighted images.

The Widget lets publishers create an easy to use panel on their sites or blogs that can show off images that are supplied through Microsoft's Bing image search.

Getty claims that Bing's engine does not only just take pictures from a pool of licensed digital images, but rather from the billions of images that can be searched for online, copyrighted or not.

"In effect, defendant has turned the entirety of the world's online images into little more than a vast, unlicensed 'clip art' collection for the benefit of those website publishers who implement the Bing Image Widget, all without seeking permission from the owners of copyrights in those images," the lawsuit claimed.

Getty is asking for an immediate injunction and monetary damages and appears to have a strong case.

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Google updates Nexus screen replacement policy, kinda

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 07 Sep 2014 12:03

Google updates Nexus screen replacement policy, kinda Google has confirmed that its Nexus smartphone screen replacement policy has been tweaked, with service representatives able to make more "exceptions" for accidental damage.

Until now, the consumer had to pay to replace the screen for accidental damage (water, cracked screen) at a cost of about $150. This was certainly expensive given that a new Nexus 5, for example, costs $299. The new policy would get you a replacement, for free.

Google has released some guidelines for the new exceptions policy, via TC:

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