Minecraft’s 1.9 Update Brings a Lot of New Features to the Title

Minecraft’s 1.9 Update has been recently revealed at MineCon in London, bringing a lot of changes and new features to the title. Dubbed ‘The Combat Update’, it adds a lot of changes to the combat system and some other new cool items such as shields.

One of the main combat features highlighted in the update is the ability to dual-wield weapons. This ability apparently got everyone hyped, but who wouldn’t be, since the feature now adds support of holding different items in both your hands. Also, it is said if you hold a map in one hand while having something else in another, a new minimap will be displayed to aid you in navigation.

Shields are another addition to the title, having the ability to craft and customize their banners. However, no details were given out on what is required to craft or customize their banners.

Since we talked about crafting, it is worth pointing out that new potions were added as well, all with their own unique abilities, including potions that can be added on arrow tips. It is said that there are potions that help you mark and display enemies’ position, even behind walls, as well as other great potions that may aid you in your quests.

Lastly, the biggest overhaul comes with the patch is a new world named The End, adding a much dangerous and mysterious area for users to explore. An exclusive enemy added along with the world is a purple mob that can shoot fire missiles. The interesting bit is that if you get hit by one of the latter missiles, you begin to levitate.

Other things players will see in The End are corals, which players can use to create items, various islands to add alongside the main one, and a lot of dungeons for players to raid and get prepped for the Ender-Dragon.

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Love Customized Tech? Now Customize Your Own Keyboard!

With all the keyboard options available, and some I didn’t even know existed, there are always those who can’t find that perfect fit. Now, thanks to students from Tokyo University, finding that keyboard is now a bit easier.

Named “Tricky”, this prototype modular keyboard is meant to be small and purpose-built for specific inputs. And we do mean small, only six keys per board, although you can latch together other sets and build a more expansive keyboard. Each key is designed to be reprogrammed or removed at your convenience giving you the best option for what you need. With the keys remembering the function assigned to them, you can rearrange them as you please so that you can be sure you have that perfect layout. And don’t worry about forgetting which key is where, as the key-caps are customizable too.

Now how much will this cost you ask? According to the Kickstarter page, each set of six keys costs $139, which is about the same as a full size or ten keyless mechanical. This means if you wish to build a fairly expansive keyboard, be ready to dish out for it. For those interested, here is the Kickstarter link.

Source: Gizmodo

The Multiplayer Exploration Game, World of Diving, Now in Steam Early Access

It’s been over a year since we first reported about World of Diving, this was back when the game was launched as an Indigogo campaign. Now the alpha version of this multiplayer underwater exploration game has made it to Steam’s Early Access program, as well as some other game platforms.

Back then Vertigo, the creators of this game, promised to develop it tightly with it’s founding helpers, and they have done just that. Listened to their users feedback and created features based on them. On of the cool things worth mentioning right away about this game, is the virtual reality support it gains via the Oculus Rift. An amazing feature in such an exploration game.

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This is not a game about killing stuff or going head-to-head with some killer shark, it’s all about exploration, discovering sunken treasures and ship wrecks. You can take photos and join up in multiplayer with your friends for some cooperation. Of course, like almost any game these days, you can customize your characters appearance to your liking, whether it might be a ripped washboard stomach, a tiny bikini or maybe you’re even one of the few who would chose a full-body suit.

This is an early access alpha game, but already has a lot of features such as a mission editor, a diving base, historical sunken ships and aircrafts to discover and much more. The next update will see German WW2 Battleship the Bismarck added while the eventual full release will boast animal companions and more fully featured multiplayer.

The game is available now on steam for a price of $19.99 / € 19.99 / £ 14.99. A relative high price considering the state of the game, but that’s the deal with early access.

Thank you Steam for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of Vertigo.

 

Firefox Adds Accounts, Improved Sync and Customizable UI To Its Aurora Browser

Mozilla has announced a few extra features to be added to its Firefox Aurora browser. The features consist of Accounts, a customized UI feature that lets users personalize their interface and an improved Sync feature.

The Accounts feature adds something that is already available in Firefox OS, and that is the ability to sync all personal data including bookmarks, opened tabs, history, etc., and load them on every device that has a Firefox browser and is signed in with the account on which the data was synced to.

The improved Synch feature is designed to help Accounts and the ability to securely transfer all your personal data to the various devices synced. The features added consist of a public key cryptography, a BrowserID protocol, client-side key stretching and end-to-end encryption, all of which are designed to prevent user data falling prey to a hacker in case of Firefox servers being compromised. Firefox is said to include these features into Firefox OS later on.

Another feature mentioned, the ability to customize the Firefox UI, is now available to all Mac, Windows and Linux versions, allowing users to remove any browser buttons, add-ons, as well as drag menus, toolbars and tab bars to fit your preferred visual experience.

All of the above features are now available in Firefox Aurora through and update released recently. If you have not updated your Firefox Aurora yet and want to try out any of the features, you can do it now. Alternatively, you can download Firefox Aurora from the official website.

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14-inch Armadillo Multi-Touch Ultrabook Launched By Eurocom

Eurocom is reportedly launching the 14″ Armadillo Ultrabook, a thin, light and multi-touch enabled notebook. The 14″ notebook has a FHD 1920×1080 pixels display with 10 point multi-touch feature, maximizing user interaction with Windows 8 features with the help of multi-touch technology, scroll and select with intuitive gestures.

“The EUROCOM Armadillo is a perfect complement to our line of thin and light notebooks from 11.6″ to 15.6″ as it focuses on the pleasure of computing combined with a beautiful 14″ design. The EUROCOM Armadillo has the power, speed and slim build that can’t help but turn heads, who knew an Armadillo could be so beautiful!” said Mark Bialic, Eurocom President.

The notebook weighs only two kilograms ( 4 lb. ), has a 22 mm thickness and is said to have a battery endurance of 9 hours. It is made with a sleek brushed metal exterior. It has two hard drive bays, supporting a 1.4 TB hard disk space, and can be used by combining a standard SATA-3 storage drive with a mSATA solid state drive. You can choose from an mSATA SSD of 120 GB, up to a 480 GB SSD.

In terms of specs, the Eurocom Armadillo Ultrabook can take up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM ( 2 x 8 GB modules) boasting a frequency of 1600 MHz, having an Intel low-powered i7-4500U clocked at 1.8 GHz (with up to 3.0 GHz in turbo mode) and Intel HD Graphics 4400. There is also a 6-in-1 card reader present on the side, granting easy access to download your data, photos or videos off your memory card.

The base model for the notebook starts at a price of £624, however you can also choose to further upgrade the Ultrabook to a whooping £1748 notebook. More information about the notebook and customization can be found here.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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Amazon To Offer Personalized Kindle Cases With Customer’s Own Photo

Amazon added an option that allows customers to create customized cases and skins for their Kindle devices, further enhancing uniqueness on the customer’s Kindle device. Users have the option of uploading personal photographs or choosing from a provided library of images, logos, designs and patterns. Images can be printed on one or both sides of cases, and the best thing is that Amazon isn’t charging anything extra for the new personalization process.

Most of the Kindle devices have support for this type of customization, this including the newly released Kindle devices: Kindle Fire HDX, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite. Besides personal photos, customers can also browse through Amazon’s own designs and photos spanning from Peanuts, National Geographic, Breaking Bad, Star Trek, and more. Leather cases, rear skins, and Amazon’s Origami case are all eligible for customization.

Weather you choose to add you own special moment, scenery caption, or browse the predefined gallery of various photos provided by Amazon, your Kindle will surely stand out in the crowd. For those interested in personalizing and acquiring such a case can view more details here.

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Galaxy Gear To Receive Full Content Notifications With AllTheNotifications Manager App

The Galaxy Gear is fairly limited to text and e-mail popping up with the full message, given the “smartwatch” title it bears and the multitude of tasks we thought of performing right on our wrist. However, this is more a limitation of Samsung’s notification service on the phone rather than the watch’s, and to overcome this limitation, XDA forum member Sepiroth887 has released AllTheNotifications (ATN) Manager.

ATN lets you select which apps send a full notification to the Gear, so you can check out the entire content of a particular notification. It’s as simple as it gets and works quite well in our own testing, though currently ATN Manager sends notifications to the watch even when we’re using our Galaxy Note 3, which shouldn’t happen, Also, some apps don’t work too well with ATN, though that will likely be fixed in future updates.

Android 4.3 and a supported device such as the Galaxy Note 3, Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition, or the Galaxy S4, is needed in order to use ATN Manager after which it’s simply a matter of installing the app, launching it and then selecting the apps you want to get notifications for. Do not forget to give the app Notification access in the security settings however. You can download the app from here.

Thank you SamMobile and XDA Developers for providing us with this information.
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