Google Announces New Wireless Charging Pad With Support For Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google announced a new charging pad which is supposed to go on sale in the Play Store today. I was previously seen with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 last year, but it appears to have been delayed up until now.

Google’s new wireless charging pad is officially compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, though as a Qi charger it should also be compatible with devices like the Nexus 4 and even some Nokia devices.
But the new Google wireless charger also features magnets that help devices stick to it, a feature that only works with devices that also have magnets in them. Currently, that’s only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

The new Google Nexus wireless charging pad features a redesigned look and feel that better matches the aesthetic of the Nexus 5. The pad is an upside-down trapezoid, a square that’s wider on top, with a glossy black finish that looks like it might be slippery for devices without magnets in them. Compare it to the Nexus 4’s wireless charger, which resembles a hockey puck with sticky rubber on top.

No pricing has been revealed for Google’s wireless charging pad up until now, but will shortly come on display in the Play Store later on, and those who are interested can keep scouting the Play Store for the wireless charging pad to get full details and pricing.

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No DRM For The PC Version Of The Upcoming Sequel – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projekt Red’s Co-founder and Joint CEO, Marcin Iwinski, has stated that even though they have played with it in the past, their upcoming title, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, will not contain DRM of any sort on PC.

I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.

In a bit of a retrospective comment he was honest enough to say, “We’ve fiddled with DRM in the past (Oh boy! How young and naïve we were;)) and that’s enough. Lesson learned.”

The game will also be made available on Steam, which by nature uses DRM which is out of CDPR’s control, but he went on to say that gamers’ have a choice as to where they purchase the game and that anywhere that CDPR has control, like GOG.com, there will be absolutely no DRM.

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The Lost Titans Open Beta Begins Today

GBE Games has announced that their browser-based, fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game, The Lost Titans, will launch today as an open beta. The game uses the latest in 3D browsing technology to render its environments for a very nice looking game.

The game is inspired by real-world Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology and will see players wandering around the world of “Aristos” trying to save their Titan Ruler Hyperion, and protecting the land from the destruction and betrayal of Titan Ophinion.

In this open beta players will see a more balanced in-game economy and better localization, along with new content, including:

  • Additional Pets and Mounts
  • GM and In-Game Events
  • New Tutorials
  • New Bosses
  • Expanded VIP Level
  • New Player-vs-Player (PvP) Features

The game will feature both cooperative play and player vs. player battles. During the open beta there will be game events, item giveaways and chances to win Razer keyboards and mice.

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Google Nexus 5 Official Promo Video Released

Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5. While we already know much about the phone already, let’s have it once more, this time officially. The LG made Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS LCD display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which boasts an awesome 445 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s top-dog, the Snapdragon 800, working at 2.3 GHz. There’s also a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU to power the latest and greatest mobile titles.

LG has put Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to use, making sure that your display is protected from scratches and the occasional drop to the floor. You get 16 GB or 32 GB flavors with no MicroSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery which supports wireless charging. Dimensionally, the Nexus 5 is one of the lightest Full HD Smartphones to date. Weighing only 130 grams, the device measures 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm.

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Starting tomorrow, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. India is one of the emerging markets which will get the new Nexus soon. In terms of the pricing, it will sell at $349 / €349 / £300 for the 16 GB version and $400 /€400 / £340 for the 32 GB variant, on Google Play Store. Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, RadioShack and Best Buy will also offer the phone starting November 1.

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Video courtesy of NextPowerUp

Google To Announce Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google released two long-awaited and hotly anticipated products. Already detailed earlier, the Nexus 5 runs on Mountain View company’s latest mobile OS. Android 4.4 KitKat has been in the news for quite some time now. It’s high time we learnt more about it, and officially now.

One of the key features of the new release is optimizations made to the OS, so as to be able to run smoothly on legacy devices with just 512 MB of RAM. Don’t get too excited, your old 2011 Smartphone won’t get the update. The significance of this update is that entry-level devices in the future should have no problem running Android 4.4 smoothly, despite their aging hardware.

Google has brought in a new sensor batching technology that cuts down on power consumption. Wireless printing has found its way into the features list, with support for HP hardware. Android 4.4 KitKat comes with the updated Hangouts app, capable of sending and receiving text messages and placing HD video calls. Google has updated the ‘People’ app, adding more functionality to it. It’s search functionality has been revamped, allowing you to look across multiple accounts with relative ease.

Google Now has also received a massive update, taking advantage of some of the hardware features offered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC. The voice recognition engine has been tuned to be 25% more accurate than before. Also, all those envious of Moto X owners need not be anymore, for the Nexus 5 can also be woken up using just your voice commands.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information
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Soul Calibur II HD Online Given November 20th Release Date

Namco Bandai Games today announced that Soul Calibur II HD Online will be available worldwide on November 20th 2013, as an Arcade game on Xbox Live and  on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3. The game will be available for download on both Xbox Live and PSN for the suggested price of €18.99 / XBL £13.49 / PSN £14.99.

Developed by Project Soul, this new release reimagines the beloved title by adding online multiplayer support to the title as well as vibrant updated graphics to take advantage of modern high definition TVs. Heralded as one of the best fighting games of all-time, Soul Calibur II returns to consoles this year in celebration for its 10 year anniversary. Fans will also be pleased as the two legendary heroes, Spawn and Heihachi, originally exclusive guest characters for each platform, will be for the first time ever playable on both platforms, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Watch as Mitsurugi takes on Maxi in the latest teaser of the games gameplay. Unfortunately it looks like it hasn’t compressed to YouTube too well but the full game should look a lot better.

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Soul Calibur II HD Online will be available for download on November 20th 2013 on Xbox Live and via the PlayStation Network.

Thank you Namco Bandai for providing us with this information.

Dell Find Source Of Urine Smell Coming From Laptops

So you’ve just bought a new laptop, but when you open it up for the first time, you’re hit with the smell of cat pee. Astonished huh? Well that is exactly what a number of people had to deal with for months whilst Dell tried to locate where the smell was coming from.

Thankfully, the smell was only lingering around one particular model, the Latitude 6430u. Following initial advice to blast the keyboard with compressed air, dell continued to scratch through the the components until they found the culprit. Believe it or not the smell was coming from nothing more than the palm rest. Whilst many people are going to be wondering what exactly has been added to this humble component, Dell are keeping quiet on what exactly they added to the product to make the awful smell.

Don’t be alarmed however as it’s not unheard of for urine to be used in a manufacturing process. There have been cases of car cylinder blocks been pee’d on by employees as they stood outside to harden them. Now the reason for this rather extreme process all comes down to the chemical composition of urine. Whilst it is a liquid, as we all know, it has a very high concentration of nitrogen to it and this can be used as an agent to strengthen plastics and metals during the manufacturing process.

Don’t be scared that s0meone has pee’d on your laptop though as it is an alternative substance that is high in nitrogen that has been added to get the same result, even if it does leave the part smelling of cat pee. If your Latitude 6430u is one of the affected units, then fear not as Dell are shortly going to be offering replacement parts soon.

Source: BBC News

Man Buys $27 Worth Of Bitcoins From 2009, Now They’re Worth $886,000

You ever forgot that you had some money in the bank? Or perhaps you found and old wallet with £20 in the back, some change in your pocket when your doing the washing, or maybe a few pennies in your cars ashtray? Of course you have, but that isn’t worth a damn thing compared to what Christopher Koch has done.

In 2009 Bitcoin was relatively new, the coins were cheap and Mr Koch from Norway decided to invest $25 in the digital currency, which back then was enough to grab him 5000 coins. Then he did something interesting, he forgot about them.

Fast forward to the present and Koch was reminded about the coins by a news story and spend nearly a full day trying to recall his password for his digital wallet, naturally you can imagine his face when he saw just how many bit coins he had and how much they’re worth.

He bought 5000, at time of writing they are worth $199.40 each!

He’s cashed in a fifth of his investment and bought himself a lush new apartment in his home town. Now that is what I call a great investment.

Thank you HuffingtonPost for providing us with this information.

Football Manager 2014 Is The First FM To Hit Linux Operating Systems

The video game industry’s movement towards supporting Linux gaming continues: Sports Interactive and SEGA have revealed Football Manager 2014 has full support for Linux-based operating systems. The Football Manager series of games is probably one of the most popular sports games on the PC platform and is by far the most popular football management simulator you can get, so when it gets released on Linux it is a big deal for Linux gaming.

“Play on Linux for the first time, plus the inclusion of ‘cloud-save’ technology which means that managers can now pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere in the world. FM14 also includes integration with Steam Workshop making it easy for managers to create and share customised FM content such as photo/logo packs, new and custom competitions and tailor-made challenges using the new Challenge Editor.

New features include the improved Match Engine, tactical overhaul, more realistic transfers and contracts, more sophisticated board interaction, improved interaction with players, staff and media, news system, enhanced user interface, and Football Manager Classic has evolved.” Reads the release statement on Steam.

As of writing Football Manager 2014 and 2013 sit 8th and 9th respectively in Steam’s top 10 games for current user activity. Combining data for Football Manager 2013 and 2014 shows that is more popular on Steam than Skyrim, Counter Strike 1.6 or Civilization V.

Will you be getting Football Manager 2014 for Linux? Have you considered making the move to Linux for gaming yet?

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Sony Removes Street Dates For All PS4 Launch Titles

PlayStation 4 peripherals have already been flying off the selves with many people having already been and bought their DualShock4 controllers in advance. Now it looks like you can pick up your games, third party peripherals and more before launch of the console.

While this may sound stupid, it gives some people the chance to grab their games from places they didn’t pre-order their console and to have them ready for when their console arrives in the post. It also means that release day can focus on the launch of the just hardware and that is something that will no doubt please retailers.

Early bird Christmas shoppers will no doubt be taking full advantage of this release date lift and with the console just over two weeks away in the US and four weeks in Europe we are in line for one seriously crazy month in terms of gaming releases, plus we best not forget the Xbox One lanuch is only weeks away also!

Personally I think I would go nuts having hold of a stack of next-gen games that I can’t play yet.

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Microsoft Trialling Full-Screen “Hero Ads” In Windows 8.1 Modern UI Web Search

Microsoft is trialling a new concept called “Hero Ads” for its Windows 8.1 advertising arsenal. The Hero Ads are essentially close to full screen advertisements that are delivered in the modern UI’s web search function. These adverts are designed to be related to your web search and they encourage interaction with the advertised product. As you can see from Microsoft’s example above the Hero Ad allows you to request a quote, schedule a test drive, locate a retailer or build & price a Land Rover all from the Windows 8.1 web search page.

Microsoft says the new advertising method is currently only being trialled in the USA with a number of their key brand partners like Land Rover, Jaguar, Home Depot, Norwegian Cruise Line, Radio Shack, Hertz, Volkswagen and others. Microsoft wants to stress that it will listen to general feedback on the issue before making any decisions:

“We will continue to solicit feedback from both users and marketers during this pilot and will use those learnings to create an experience that works best for advertisers and Windows 8.1 users.”

My opinion is that what Microsoft is doing is totally unacceptable and over-stepping the mark of “acceptable advertising”. If Windows 8.1 was a free operating system, like Android or Ubuntu, I could perhaps accept that this kind of advertising is required for profitability. However, considering Microsoft charges a hefty premium to buy and use Windows 8.1 I certainly wouldn’t want to then have to face in operating system adverts for something I have paid for.

What are your thoughts on Microsoft’s Hero Ads?

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Steam Passes 65 million User Milestone

In a recent press release by Steam they revealed that they can now say that they’ve passed the 65 million user landmark. Steam claim that over the past 12 months they have seen a 30% growth in the number of active accounts. Steam’s success can largely be attributed to the fact it offers a wide selection of over 3000 games and software titles across many different platforms – PC, Mac and Linux, while you can even pick up the Steam chat and shop client for iOS and Android. With the launch of SteamOS and Steam Big Picture mode over the last year it is likely that Steam will only get more popular.

“The main goal of Steam has always been to increase the quality of the user’s experience by reducing the distance between content creators and their audience,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “As the platform grows, our job is to adapt to the changing needs of both the development and user communities. In the coming year, we plan to make perhaps our most significant collaborations with both communities through the Steam Dev Days and the Steam Machines beta.”

Good going Gaben and roll on the Christmas sale!

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November 2013 Games Release Schedule (All Formats)

Next month is already shaping up to be one of the biggest months in gaming history, not only do we have the launch of two new consoles going head to head as we approach Christmas, but we also have all the games that come with it. Add to the the usual Christmas big hitters and the fact that current get consoles have never been so good in terms of releases. PC gaming is stronger than ever and even the WiiU and mobile platforms are doing really well. There may be fan boys among you, there may be members of the PC Master Race, but no matter what you choose, 2013 has been and continues to be a great year for gamers.

Just look at the list below, Battlefield 4, Assassin’s Creed IV, Call of Duty, Batman, XCOM, Fifa 14, Forza V, Ryse and more pack out the list for some serious gaming action across a great range of formats.

There are more games coming out next month that what is in this list, but we’ve cut out some junk, cleared out the cheap mobile gaming releases and focused on the things we think you’ll love. Either way, this next month is going to empty your wallet and if you’re saving for a next-gen console to play some of these on it’s certainly going to be an expensive end to the year.

Battlefield 4 X360 01/11/2013
WWE 2K14 PS3 – X360 01/11/2013
Angry Birds Star Wars 3DS – PS3 – Wii – X360 01/11/2013
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag PS3 – X360 01/11/2013
Power Rangers MEGAFORCE 3DS 01/11/2013
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge DS 01/11/2013
Call of Duty: Ghosts PC – PS3 – PS4 – X360 05/11/2013
Zumba Fitness World Party Wii – WiiU – X360 05/11/2013
Batman: Arkham Origins WiiU 08/11/2013
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Collection PS3 – X360 08/11/2013
Assassin’s Creed Heritage Collection PS3 – X360 08/11/2013
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games WiiU 08/11/2013
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy 3DS 08/11/2013
DuckTales Remastered PS3 – X360 12/11/2013
XCOM: Enemy Within Mac – PC – PS3 – X360 12/11/2013
Blood Knights Mac – PC- X360 13/11/2013
Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior PC 14/11/2013
Deadfall Adventures PC – X360 15/11/2013
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 3DS – DS – PC – PS3 – WiiU – X360 15/11/2013
Transformers Ultimate Autobots Edition DS 15/11/2013
Transformers Ultimate Battle Edition DS – Wii 15/11/2013
X Rebirth PC 15/11/2013
AquaPazza PS3 19/11/2013
FIFA 14 XO 19/11/2013
SimCity Villes de demain PC 19/11/2013
The Amazing Spider-Man PSV 19/11/2013
Rugby League Live 2 World Cup Edition PS3 – X360 21/11/2013
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag PC – PS4 – WiiU – XO 22/11/2013
Need for Speed Rivals PC – PS3 – X360 22/11/2013
The Amazing Spider-Man Ultimate Edition PSV 22/11/2013
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds 3DS 22/11/2013
Zumba Fitness World Party XO 22/11/2013
Zumba World Party Wii – WiiU – X360 22/11/2013
Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition PC – PS3 – X360 29/11/2013
Super Mario 3D World WiiU 29/11/2013
Ben 10 Omniverse 2 3DS – PS3 – Wii – WiiU – X360 November
D4 XO November
Dead Rising 3 XO November
Forza Motorsport 5 XO November
Journey of a Roach MAC – PC November
Just Dance 2014 XO November
Kinect Sports Rivals XO November
LEGO Friends 3DS – DS November
Ryse: Son of Rome XO November
Saint Seiya Brave Soldiers PS3 November
Zoo Tycoon XO November

Which titles will you be picking up this month, or will you be holding off until prices come down before picking some of them up? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

New Polls Suggest UK And Canada Support Snowden’s Actions, USA Is More Divided

A new survey on public opinion for Edward Snowden by Angus Reid Global Survey, published via the Huffington Post, suggests that the general public in the United Kingdom and Canada overwhelmingly support the actions of Edward Snowden in leaking large amounts of data that have revealed government surveillance abuses. The data suggests 67% of Canadians support him, while 60% of Brits do too. In the USA the opinion polls are more divided as 51% support Snowden but 40% think he is a traitor.

Interestingly the likelihood to support or condemn Snowden’s actions has both political and age related dimensions. In the USA under 35s largely support Snowden’s actions while over 55s largely called him a traitor. In the UK there are huge political, not age, divisions on the topic with Conservatives largely against Snowden’s actions and Labour or Liberal Democrat supporters largely supporting them. That UK political division has been reflected in the way that conservative media (like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph) have been critical of The Guardian and Glenn Greenwald for all the published Snowden leaks.

To read more details and data from the very interesting report you can see here.

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Microsoft Says Windows XP’s Infection Rate Is 6X That Of Windows 8

Microsoft really wants to encourage users to make the shift to a newer operating system, mainly Windows 8.1. To do this Microsoft is pushing the security side of things, particularly as business users are the most prominent users of Windows XP who are essentially keeping the operating system alive and well. On its TechNet blog Microsoft published figures from its own internal data about the infection and encounter rates of all their operating system. The figures show that Windows XP is about six times more likely to become infected by malware than Windows 8.

“Windows XP was built more than 12 years ago and was architected to include security technologies that were innovative at the time. For example, Windows XP SP2 was released in 2004 and introduced Data Execution Prevention. However, the threat landscape has changed quite a bit since then and technologies that were built a decade ago, like DEP, are now commonly bypassed.” Stated Microsoft.

Of course Windows XP users will find that they can reduce their infection by simply using some third party anti-virus and anti-malware protections, but these will not be able to account for vulnerabilities within the operating system itself. If you value security as a high priority then Microsoft believes the case is convincing enough for you to make the move to Windows 8.

Images courtesy of Microsoft

Zowie Celeritas Cherry MX Brown Mechanical Pro Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Zowie have made their name in the gaming industry by being laser focused on pro gaming and eSports, and rightly so, because when it comes to making high performance gaming equipment there really isn’t a better testing ground than competitive gaming. The pros want the best tools for the job, the peripheral or component that will give them that advantage over their opponents, no matter the cost. Then at the end of the day, you’ll find consumers will want the same hardware because they know it’s the product used by winners, much like how Formula 1 works to promote consumer cars brand names.

The Zowie Celeritas has some bold claims to it and given Zowie’s heritage of working closely with some of the biggest pro gamers in history such as Abdisamad ‘SpawN’ Mohamed, Young Ho ‘Flash’ Lee and Ho Jun ‘Ho-Jun’ Moon, all of whom helped develop this keyboard, we know they mean business. In a bid for maximum performance the Celeritas features mechanical switch keys, with 18K gold plated switches, gold plated USB connection, nylon key caps and most importantly the fastest response time of any keyboard on the market today.

“The primary feature of the ZOWIE CELERITAS is the newly developed ZOWIE RTR (Real Time Response) technology which allows the user to define the repeat-response of their presses to be 1x, 2x, 4x or 8x of the normal repeat-response for a keyboard when using the PS/2 connector. RTR allows gamers to gain a higher responsiveness from their keys and thereby increase the pace of movement in FPS and Racing games or possibly even increase the APM in RTS. How fast do you like it to be? We give you the possibility so you can define your most comfortable repeat-response.” – Zowie
“With an actual response-time of only 0,2 seconds, the ZOWIE CELERITAS has the fastest response-time of any mechanical keyboard currently on the market.  Furthermore it features anti-ghosting, supporting all keys through PS/2 and 6 keys through USB. For your information, the definition of a “normal response-time” for a keyboard is 0,5 seconds.” – Zowie
Now I’ll admit, gold plating and super low response times are for the most part marketing buzz words, your average gamer will likely never notice anything different about a 0.5 and 0.2 second response time for example, but what really matters is that at the end of the day, does this look, feel and perform like a premium gaming keyboard, so long as we can answer that, everything else is just a bonus.

General functions

  • 6 keys Anti-Ghosting through USB
  • 18K Gold Plated mechanical switches and USB connectors
  • Ability to change the “Windows”-key to “Ctrl”
  • Multimedia controls
  • Highly durable metal inner chassis
  • Ergonomic design saves space and offer full comfort during use
  • Connector: USB / PS2 (by USB to PS2 converter)
  • Cable Length: 1.8m / 5.8 ft.

PS/2 functions

  • Full Anti-Ghosting with PS/2
  • ZOWIE RTR technology provides 4 levels of repeat-response (normal, 2x, 4x, 8x) – PS/2

Dimensions

  • Width: 44 cm
  • Length: 16 cm
  • Height: 2,5 cm

The Celeritas comes in a fairly unassuming grey box, there is a sneaky look at the keyboard through a small window, but this only gives away the colour of the keyboard model as there is a plastic guard over the keys that hides most of the visual details.

Around the back of the box we have something I’ve never seen before, the entire user manual! Details of how to configure the windows key (more on that soon), response rate and change the LED light colour are all here, as well as a multi language breakdown of the main specifications.

There wasn’t a huge amount of stuff in the box, just the keyboard its self, a Zowie sticker and a PS2/USB adaptor.

5 Million Galaxy Note 3 Handsets Sold in One Month

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released about a month ago and given the Galaxy Note series’ popularity, it does not come as a surprise to find out that the Galaxy Note 3 has done pretty well for itself. According to a statement made by Samsung’s CEO, JK Shin, he has confirmed to a Korean media outlet that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has managed to sell 5 million units worldwide in a month since its release.

To put this into perspective, the original Galaxy Note took about 5 months to hit the 5 million mark, while the Galaxy Note 2 took 2 months to reach the previously mentioned milestone, so we have to wonder with the Galaxy Note 4 and how did Samsung manage to move 10 million units in one month (5 million in half a month). We can estimate that there are bigger numbers to be seen when the Galaxy S5 will be released.

The Galaxy Note 3 was released last month and users definitely liked what they saw, given the number of handsets sold, but looking back to when the original Samsung Galaxy Note was announced back in IFA 2011, many thought the idea of a smartphone with a 5.3” display was a bit ridiculous. However, it looks like phablets are getting a lot of appreciation from more and more people every day.

Thank you Ubergizmo for providing us with this information.

Sony Confirms Its 22 Official PlayStation 4 Titles


As the launch date for the PlayStation 4 draws closer, Sony wants to get users acquainted with what games are available on day one. The official list has been confirmed today and it lists 22 retail and download-only games in all, compared to 23 for the Xbox One (ten of which overlap between the two consoles), including 5 first-party titles, 12 third-party games, and 5 from indie developers.

Sony does note the list is still subject to change as Angry Birds: Star Wars got added to both the PS4 and Xbox One launch line-ups yesterday, but time is obviously fast running out for any major additions. Also, while this is the launch day line-up, Sony has of course announced a number of other games that are set to roll out by the end of the year or early next year, some of which were pushed back from launch due to delays.

Here is the official lists so far:

  • Sony Computer Entertainment Titles
    – Flower
    – Killzone Shadow Fall
    – Knack
    – Resogun
    – Sound Shapes
  • Third-Party Titles
    – Angry Birds Star Wars, Activision
    – Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, Ubisoft
    – Call of Duty Ghosts, Activison
    – FIFA 14, EA Sports
    – Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts
    – Just Dance 2014, Ubisoft
    – DC Universe Online, Sony Online Entertainment
    – Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Lego Marvel Super Heroes, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    – Madden NFL 25, EA Sports
    – NBA 2K14, 2K Sports
    – Skylanders Swap Force, Activision
  • Indie Titles
    – Contrast, Compulsion Games
    – Pinball Arcade, FarSight Studios
    – Super Motherload, XGen Studios
    – Tiny Brains, Spearhead Games
    – Warframe, Digital Extremes

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information

Facebook Exceeds Expectations With 874 Million Monthly Mobile Users

Due to mobile advertising, Facebook’s growth in Q2 substantially increased and continued to climb up and over the 1 Billion target. Moreover, the social network’s Analysts had their expectations exceeded with over $2.02 Billion in revenue for the Q3, 2013.

The key things to point out in Facebook’s growth are:

  • September averaged 728 million, a 25% increase year-over-year, with monthly active users up to 1.19 Billion
  • Mobile check-ins grew to 874 million monthly, a 45% year-over-year increase, and 507 million daily users compared to 819 million and 469 million for those sectors during Q2
  • Ads on users’ daily drivers accounted for 49% of all ad revenue in Q3 2013 compared to 41% last quarter
  • Revenue from ads on the whole is up 66% from Q3 2012 totaling $1.8 billion
  • Net income is at $425 million in this year’s Q3 in comparison to the net loss of $59 million the outfit saw during Q3 2012

These numbers show that the gap between mobile and total active users continues to draw closer with each passing three-month period as Facebook continues the mobile push and social media increasingly becomes a chore for handsets and tablets on-the-go.

If the current pattern holds, the fourth quarter report could show that over half of the outfit’s revenue is coming from mobile advertising, especially with Instagram ads on the way shortly for its 150 million monthly active users.

“The strong results we achieved this quarter show that we’re prepared for the next phase of our company, as we work to bring the next five billion people online and into the knowledge economy,” said founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. He also stated that 48 percent of daily Facebook users log-in on mobile which lends a big hand to those mobile ad numbers.

Facebook also shifts dedication to improving ads as the company focuses on “making money to make better services”. COO Sheryl Sandberg mentioned that Facebook and Instagram users spend more of their time on those two social networks on mobile, more specifically one user in every five minutes, than other popular streams like YouTube, Tumblr, Pandora and others combined in the US.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information.

Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Rolls Out For Sony Xperia L

The Xperia L received the Android 4.2.2 update today. Android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware is a major update for the Xperia L, the previous version of the handset was android 4.1.2 15.0.A.2.17 firmware, and it is confirmed in regions such as Indonesia, India, Philippines, Central Europe and is available over PC Companion as well as via SUS.

The Xperia L will contain all the stock android 4.2.2 features which other Xperia smartphones got in this 700 Mb update, as well as updated media apps such as a new camera app, Walkman, Album and a UI refresh.

Xperia L Android 4.2.2 15.3.A.0.26 firmware Changelog:

  • New home screen UI, you can add up to 7 window panes now.
  • Add more widgets in home screen and lock screen now.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancement.
  • Superior auto mode ( auto scene recognition ) and Burst Mode feature added in Camera interface. Camera is certainly improved a lot in this update.
  • Updated Sony Media apps.
  • Small apps accessible from home screen.
  • Improved search and app sorting now.
  • New Keyboard added.
  • Transparent status bar and dock at the bottom part on home screen.
  • False memory notification bug is rectified.
  • Day Dream feature added in display settings.
  • More free RAM available now, up to 840 MB

Users who are hoping for an Android 4.3 update in the near future will also take into consideration the fact that the Xperia L is a mid-range handset, so don’t get your hopes up just yet.

Thank you Xperia Guide and NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.
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Three New ZTE Dual-Core Handsets Announced

ZTE has announced three new devices, Blade Q Mini, Blade Q and Blade Q Maxi in the Blade series for European market. The Blade Q Mini has a 4-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 800 pixels resolution, Blade Q has a 4.5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution display and the Blade Q Maxi has a 5-inch capacitive touch screen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

The trio phones are powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor with Mali 400 GPU and run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. They pack 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and come with 21 MB/s 3G HSPA+ connectivity. AO Wen, General Manager of ZTE Handset European Operation Office had this to say about these new Blade Q series phones:

At ZTE we believe that smartphone technology should be accessible for everyone. The popularity of the Blade series across Europe proves that there is real consumer appetite for high performance smartphones at a great price. The features available across the Blade handsets redefine ‘value for money’ in the smartphone market, and we’re confident that the ZTE Blade Q range will continue to grow ZTE’s position in Europe.


In terms of software, the handsets come pre-loaded with Evernote, Dropbox and Office Suite. There has not been any word of availability or pricing at the moment, but time will reveal everything.

Thank you Fonearena for providing us with this information.
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Woman Gets Ticket For Wearing Google Glass While Driving

Well it was only a matter of time before something like this happened, a woman in California has been given a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass! Now that isn’t in its self an illegal thing to do, in fact it is somewhat of a grey area at best, but non the less Cecilia Abade was given a ticket for the “offence”.

Wearable tech is certainly gaining in popularity and while I agree that tinkering with your phone while driving is a big no-no, wearing Google Glass isn’t its self a direct distraction while you drive as it could be used for Sat Nav, not just for checking your emails.

Being wearable the intention is that you keep the device on throughout the day, not just pop it on to check your Facebook, so it would be sensible to assume that it would be in a partial sleep state between activities, but still fitted to your glasses. If the officer could tell she was really focusing on Tweeting and not driving, then she deserved the ticket, but that really doesn’t seem to be the case.

This one will no doubt be debated for some time and I expect some legislation will be drawn up in the next few months to cover such devices, but for now, maybe you shouldn’t wear the device while driving or you could face a fine, or worse.

Thank you Phandroid for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cecilia Abade.

Samsung SDI Able To Mass Produce Curved Batteries

The Galaxy Round which was released earlier this month has a short battery-life given the 2,800 mAh battery it packs. It was criticized for the smaller capacity compared to most recent smartphones with batteries well over 3,000 mAh. Even the Galaxy Note 3 has a battery-life ration with its 3,200 mAh battery.

This is due to the curved body of the phone´s shape and the battery being flat. They could not increase the battery capacity since they could not fit bigger flat batteries into the round frame. In contrast, LG will be releasing their curved smartphone, the G Flex, with the curved battery that LG Chemistry developed. The handset packs a 3,300 mAh battery, greater than the Galaxy Note 3 itself.

But there is some good news in all this. President Sangjin Park of Samsung SDI said that Samsung are now able to mass produce curved battery too. President Park’s statement of the batteries´ availability gives hint that producing the new battery is not the problem. The part they’re concerned about is creating room and fitting them into the phone. They have recently produced over 80,000,000 phones in the recent quarter. It is hard to modify all of them just to fit the flexible battery.

That given, Samsung will not be able to fit the new batteries into their actual released handsets, but we must definitely will see them in their new smartphones. Both Samsung and LG are trying to produce stylish phones such as the Galaxy Round and G Flex to get through current saturation in the phone market and it looks like battery innovation may be part of the solution to their ideas.

Thank you ZDNet Korea for providing us with this information.

EIZO Releases World’s First 240 Hz Monitor for Gaming

EIZO Limited today announced the 23.5-inch FORIS FG2421, the world’s first gaming monitor with a 240 Hz refresh rate. The FORIS FG2421 also features a low input lag and gaming preset modes that were developed with professional gamers to make it ideal for first-person shooter, racing, fighting, and other fast-action genres.

The FORIS FG2421 comes with a new feature called Turbo 240 that surpasses the 120 Hz refresh rate of conventional gaming monitors. Turbo 240 converts 120 Hz signals to 240 Hz by controlling the blinking of the LED backlight. This high refresh rate along with a response time of less than 1 ms produces the smoothest image display available on a gaming monitor.

The FORIS FG2421 is the first gaming monitor with a refresh rate of 120 Hz or more to use a VA (vertical alignment) LCD panel. The VA panel provides a wide viewing angle of 176° and a high native contrast ratio of 5000:1 for deep blacks. This high contrast ratio increases visibility in dark scenes making it easier to spot enemies.

EIZO developed its own integrated circuit to minimize the input lag or the time it takes for commands from a keyboard, mouse, or controller to appear on the screen. With a 60 Hz input signal the input lag is less than one frame and with a 120 Hz signal it is less than 1.5 frames.

HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-D ports provide connectivity with PCs, consoles, Blu-ray players and cameras. A USB hub with one upstream and two downstream ports lets users connect peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard to the monitor. A line-out jack for connecting to external speakers and a headphone jack provide further functionality.

It packs plenty of other features too like shareable colour profiles, a smart image scaler and more. It certainly sounds like one epic monitor and if we are lucky we would hope to have on in for review later this year. Personally I haven’t even made the leap to 120Hz yet, but I can see pro gamers falling over themselves to check this one out. The FORIS FG2421 is available at retailers now.

Thank you Eizo for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Eizo.

8 3D Sega Classics Will Be Heading To The Nintendo 3DS This Year

Sega have just announced details for their highly anticipated 3D remake of some of their arcade classics, such as Ecco The Dolphin for the Nintendo 3DS. Each of these titles will be priced at a pretty reasonable $5.99/€4.99/£4.49 and they will all be available for download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Release dates for the titles are as follows:

  • 3D Space Harrier – 11/28/2013
  • 3D Super Hang-On – 11/28/2013
  • 3D Sonic The Hedgehog – 12/5/2013
  • 3D Altered Beast – 12/5/2013
  • 3D Ecco the Dolphin – 12/12/2013
  • 3D Galaxy Force II – 12/12/2013
  • 3D Shinobi III – 12/19/2013
  • 3D Streets of Rage – 12/19/2013

“These games were completely re-built to offer a robust 3D experience that offers more modern gameplay while still keeping true to the original,” commented John Cheng, President and COO, SEGA of America. “We look forward to bringing these classic SEGA titles to Nintendo 3DS for fans – both old and new.”

Many of these games have been ported to new formats over the years but as far as I am concerned there is never need of an excuse to replay Sony, Ecco, Streets of Rage or in fact any of these titles! And if Sega do a good job on the graphics then these could very well be some nice bargains to enjoy of the holiday season.

Thank you Sega for providing us with this information.

Twitter: Still Losing Money And Starting To Get Desperate

After news leaked that Twitter still isn’t profitable, the radical changes we’ve seen to their interface have started to make sense when you look at it from a business perspective. Twitter has been rapidly growing as a company, hiring hundreds of new members of staff, purchasing new offices to operate from and then purchasing new companies to expand their own business further, which in turn should then lead to higher profits.

Their records have shown losses over $300m for the first quarter of 2013, which could be the result of insane amounts of purchases that have been made as a long term investment.

Twitter has also been taking leaps into the footsteps of Facebook by copying over several of their features into their own web and twitter apps in an attempt to catch up to the booming, profitable and head of the household daddy of social networking. These updates, which are usually unwelcomed by Twitter users (such as myself), have been rolling out for around a year or so which have slowly changed the face of the once laid back platform.

The most recent change has forced image previews to be shown on your timeline which has led to a whole new level of annoying your friends such as uploading crude images. Thankfully Twitter has allowed their app users to turn off the image previews, but the original website users (which hit around 190 million unique monthly) still don’t have the option.

Are you happy with the recent Twitter updates? Let us know in the comment section!

Thanks to Mashable for the information!

October 29th – Happy birthday Internet!

October the 29th marks the 44th anniversary of the revolutionary idea that has changed the tides of technological history: the Internet.

Before 1969 the radical idea of sending data from one system to another was nothing more than a theory, something that couldn’t be achieved because the technology simply wasn’t available, but during an incredible year (full of amazing achievements) a network of computers were linked via a system called “ARPANET”, which meant that multiple computers had the ability to transmit data between themselves, despite it being a crude version of what we now use day to day (and what you’re using to read eTeknix!)

Development then began to take place to push ARPANET to the next level and allow computers to connect on a global basis as opposed to a LAN network, meaning that you would be able to send data from one place to another without the need to be sat side by side. This achievement was had in 1977 when 3 different computers transmitted data from the UK to the US back and forth on ARPANET, the Bay Area packet radio network and the Atlantic Satellite network. This event began the monumental stride into technological advancements that have led us to having the Internet that we now have today!

It’s mad to think that technology has gone from years of development leading into a single PC transmitting data from 1 country to another and then gone into 1gb/s switches being created for LAN events across the country which is the absolute norm.

How has the internet changed your life, if at all? Let us know in the comment section below!

Thanks to ComputerHistory for the information and image!