12-Month PlayStation Now Subscription Discounted to $99.99 For a Limited Time

The PlayStation 3’s cell architecture is extremely complicated and difficult to emulate on X86 systems. As a result, Sony has relied on the PlayStation Now streaming service to offer backwards compatibility of its previous generation titles. While this is far from ideal, it’s probably the only sensible measure and works well providing you have a decent internet connection. Although, the current pricing model isn’t that affordable at $19.99 per month. However, Sony has decided to reduce a 12 month subscription to $99.99 for a limited time only. This is a significant saving and brings the price down to $8.99 per month.

PlayStation Now currently includes more than 400 games, and the library is being expanded on a regular basis. Clearly, value is a subjective matter and down to the individual’s wage. At $19.99, the service does not represent good value for me, and I’d personally prefer to purchase a used PlayStation 3 instead. On the other hand, $8.99 is a step in the right direction and pretty decent value if you spend a great deal of time playing games on the streaming service. Personally, I think the perfect price point is $5.99 but once again you might disagree with this. Sadly, it seems the promotion is only available to US customers at this time. In theory, you could try to purchase the subscription using a US account and access the service via a VPN, but this is not recommended.

Steam Launched Short Time Stealth Game Sale With up to 90% Discounts

Steam has launched a new short time sale and it is a stealthy one, but it is one where you might be able to get a great deal on one of those games that you’ve been holding back getting. We’ve recently shown you where to get great deals outside of Steam, but we shouldn’t forget about the platform itself.

The sale is the first Stealth Game sale that Steam is hosting and it will continue from today thru Friday with great deals on over 60 titles that include savings of up to 90%. You’ll find games such as Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry where you can dive into large open-world maps and live out an adventure for a while, but there are also Tom Clancy Games, Styx, Crysis and many more.

Mini ninjas, Thief, and Aliens vs. Predator are also great games that definitely are worth checking out while Steam Workshop fans might find Gunpoint entertaining.

If you spotted something you want, then you should right on over to the Steam Stealth Sale page that can be found at store.steampowered.com/sale/stealth_sale There is plenty to choose from, but not unlimited time to do so. Have you spotted anything that you’re missing or are you saving your pennies for something else? Let us know in the comments.

eBay Shuts Down Their 1-Day Delivery Service

Ebay has been running their eBay Now service since 2012 in selected cities, but not anymore. They are now closing the service and throwing they keys away. It originally started in San Francisco in 2012 and expanded to other regions later on and it was meant as a competition to Amazon’s one-day delivery option.

The eBay Now service was “always intended” as a pilot program according to eBay’s statement and it ran quite long when we consider that. The service showed “encouraging results”, but the marketplace giant will now explore different programs for express delivery instead. They can’t completely abandon something like that for their 25 million sellers and the new methods in work are also said to cover a wider variety of inventory. Ebay will continue to offer in-store pickups in stores such as Best Buy which has proven to be a liked feature. They just can’t compete with Amazon’s Prime offerings in the regard of shipping.

“We’ve found that the types of things that people buy on eBay aren’t necessarily those that are in high demand for same-day delivery, and that same-day options for the most part exclude core eBay sellers who don’t have offline locations,” explained an eBay spokesperson

I for one won’t miss this feature, mainly because it didn’t apply to my geographic location. Even if it did, it wouldn’t bother me as the things I buy on eBay aren’t high-priority and it doesn’t matter if it takes 2 or 3 days to arrive and it looks like I’m not the only one.

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Playstation Now Game Streaming Service Beta Launches in the UK

Sony has confirmed the PlayStation Now game streaming service will be available to UK residents as part of a public beta. Previously, only US and Canada customers could utilize the service which allows you to stream PS3 games on a range of devices including televisions, tablets, smartphones, Playstation Vita, PS3 and PS4. Currently, it’s just a rental only system but the subscription model is set to arrive this summer.

In terms of pricing, games are available between £2.99 and £7.99 and vary depending on the rental period. You can try out each game for a brief 48 hours or use it for a month if required. This is Sony’s answer to the lack of backwards compatibility amongst pressure from Microsoft who managed to find a unique way to support last generation retail games. Microsoft uses a disc for verification purposes and the software is downloaded as a digital title. This behaves in a similar fashion to Origin which replaces your retail CD key with a digital code by contacting customer support.

I’m not overly impressed with the rental pricing considering most mainstream PS3 games have been re-released as HD remasters. However, I do feel a subscription service would be a superb idea especially if integrated into PlayStation Plus accounts. I doubt this will happen though unless Sony raises the price of the PS+ service.

How do you feel about the rental system? Would you rather wait and purchase the game cheap on the second hand market?

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Amazon Prime Now Opens One-Hour Delivery in London

Amazon launched their one-hour Amazon Prime Now delivery last December in Manhatten US and later expanded the experiment to Dallas, Baltimore, and Miami. Now Amazon has reached over the big pond to open up the service outside of the US for the first time and in a timely fashion compared to their usual expansion times that take a lot longer.

Amazon Prime Now is now available to several postcodes in central London. Zone 2 and zone 3 postcodes couldn’t get the speedy delivery yet, but several Zone 1 postcodes can now take advantage of this new delivery method.

Amazon says that Prime Now can deliver thousands of products in London, but you need to order for at least £20 each time and it will cost you £6.99 per order for this speedy delivery method. If you don’t need it that fast, you can get the delivery for free within a two-hour window between 8am and midnight.

The service is of course geared towards products that you’d need last-minute, but you can get anything from inkjet printers to microwave ovens and Apple TV devices. You can pick products from 27 of Amazon’s departments.

Users can also choose to tip the delivery courier if they wish too. You can read a lot more about Amazon Prime Now on the official page, download the mobile app, or check your postcode for availability.

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PlayStation Now Soon to Cover More Consoles

Sony’s subscription game streaming service, PlayStation Now, is being introduced to the PlayStation 3 on May 12. The service went into open beta back in September, offering the option to rent individual games. With the new implementation, PS3 owners will soon be able to subscribe to the service for a monthly or quarterly fee. All of this information was announced by the PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser via the PlayStation Blog earlier today.

With the new implementation, PS3 owners will soon be able to subscribe to the service for a monthly or quarterly fee. All of this information was announced by the PlayStation Now senior director Jack Buser via the PlayStation Blog earlier today. In this blog, it was also confirmed that 5 new games will be added to the library in May. These games will be: Fat Princess, F1 2014, Sanctum 2, Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and Farming Simulator. With those additions, the library will now offer more than 120 titles to stream.

The service was officially launched earlier this year onto the PlayStation 4 and is now in open beta stages on PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, 2015 US Sony Blu-Ray players and selected 2014 Sony TV’s in US and Canada. The pricing is a little on the high side, $19.99 per month or $44.99 per quarter, but I’m sure if you like watchable and playable media; this will be a good service for you.

Do you already use this service? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Thank you to Polygon for providing us with this information

Play Pacman on the Virtual Streets of Google Maps

Google starts out with April’s fools jokes early, well at least for us here in the Europe area. But it’s already the 1st in some places and Google started out with a cryptic tweet. Dots and fruits, this can only be Pacman.

And yes it is, and yes you can play Pacman in Google Maps for the time being. All you have to do is visit Maps on the web and click on the little Pacman icon at the bottom-left of the screen. Not all areas are suitable for the gaming environment and Maps will let you select a new area or chose one by random with the “I’m feeling lucky” algorithm. Then it will use the road grid to draw the level to play on.

You control your yellow hero with the keyboard, so off you go, go chase those ghosts around your local streets.

Thanks to TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

The Worlds First Hoverboard on Kickstarter

It’s been 25 years since Back to the Future Part II was released and since then it has been every boys dream to have their own hoverboard. In the movie, Marty McFly is visiting the future 2015 where he ends up in some trouble with Biff and has to escape. For this, he uses the hoverboard.

Now that very same thing is becoming a reality with the new Hendo Hoverboard making its appearance on Kickstarter. The prototype is real, it works and it can be yours in the very near future. The company shortly mentions that there was a movie about something like this, but nothing more. There is no need to be drawn into any arguments with anyone that might delay the launch. Smart move.

This isn’t just some one-man idea put on Kickstarter in the hopes to get it off the ground. There is a big team behind the hover technology and the hoverboard is just one way to demonstrate their invention in a way that everyone can understand. It can be scaled up and down to suit almost any needs. The current version is the 18th prototype of the hoverboard, so there clearly went a lot of time, research and development into it.

The Kickstarter campaign is about getting the final production started and creating the physical skateparks where you can ride them. The hoverboard uses four disc-shaped hover engines that create a magnetic field which literally pushes against itself, thereby generating the lift which levitates the board and you off the ground. 250 pounds are the current limitation on the lifting power, so even large adults should be able to enjoy it.

When we’re moving off the ground, we’re also eliminating the directional boundaries of wheels and can move equally in any direction. The board is designed to work with your natural movements and can use the engines to propel you in any direction. There are only two factors that impact your movement, the applied force and its direction.

There is only pmr little hitch on the hoverboards, the surface currently needs to be a non-ferromagnetic conductor. That’s why they need to build special hover-skateparks, after all you’d want a place to ride your incredible toy. Right now sheet metals are used as the surface, but the company is effectively working on new compounds and configurations to maximize the technology.

The technologies used aren’t really new as such, but no one has ever brought them together like this and made it work in a usable size. The hoverboard of course features numerous safeguards from the ability to detect interference on the surface to automatic power down. Battery cells are located in the middle of the board so they won’t impact the balance.

You’ll really have to want this hoverboard to get it at the current state. Not because it’s shabby nor because of the surface limitations, but rather because of the price. If you want to be one of the first 10 world-wide to own these boyhood dreams, you’ll have to pledge a whopping $10,000 or more.

The price tag and limitation of just 10 devices will limit this technology from most of us, or will it? There is another option in the form of the Whitebox Developer’s Kit.  The box contains all the same technology used in the hoverboards, but in a scaled down version for you to take apart and apply to anything you’d like. You can then remote control you hovering items with an Android or iPhone app on the plus version.

 

This puts hover control and propulsion capabilities in your hands. The current version uses rechargeable LiPo batteries that give 12-15 minutes of hover with a charge time of about 2 hours. Make your model cars hover, or how about your PC case while the system boots or shuts down? There aren’t many limitations besides your fantasy and the battery time.

The Whitebox Developer Kit will set you back a pledge of $299, or £349 if you’d like one with a nicer skin. If you’d just like to support the project there are smaller pledges that will reward anything from stickers to desk memorabilia. If you can’t afford the hoverboard itself with its steep $10k price, you can get a replica without the technology inside, to display on your wall or trophy case. The replica will set you back $449.

This is all very cool, but as we know not all Kickstarter projects become reality within a timeframe we’d like. Hendo has a nice looking timeline with the first merchandise delivered Q1 2015. Whitebox Developer Kits and hover-replicas will be delivered in July and August 2015 whereas the actual hoverboard will launch at the Hover Event on October 21st 2015. If the date sounds familiar to you, there might be a reason for this.

No one has grabbed any of the 10 hoverboards at the time of writing this, but I’m sure it won’t take long before they’re gone.

Thank you Kickstarter for providing us with this information

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Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App is a Huge Hit

Not just a pretty face – Tom Hank’s typewriter app for the iPad has topped the charts in the iTunes App Store. Sitting in the top spot for both the productivity section and overall app sales, Hanx Writer has proven that Hanks’ name is not only a big hit for movies.

What exactly does it do? Nothing too fancy – but it does it well. This app helps transform your device into something of a pseudo-typewriter. It tries to give you the feel of the old school – complete with the banging of each key press and the chime of each new line reached. Thanks to the advancement of technology however, you’ve got the liberty of removing and replacing letters without creating a mess. You can also print, email or share your work once it’s completed.

The well constructed application offers you the ability to use an on-screen keyboard or utilize a Bluetooth device all for a price of $0. As with most applications, you can opt to purchase extras to assist funding of the developer. Hanx Writer gives you the ability to purchase different typewriter models including the Hanx 707 and the Hanx Golden Touch – the original writer being named the Hanx Prime Select.

Hanks actually released an ode to the typewriter in an edition of The New York Times, thanks to Tech Crunch we learned of his statements:

“Everything you type on a typewriter sounds grand, the words forming in mini-explosions of SHOOK SHOOK SHOOK. A thank-you note resonates with the same heft as a literary masterpiece.

In addition to sound, there is the sheer physical pleasure of typing; it feels just as good as it sounds, the muscles in your hands control the volume and cadence of the aural assault so that the room echoes with the staccato beat of your synapses.

You can choose the typewriter to match your sound signature.”

Hanx Writer is available for download now from the iTunes store.

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Google Now Getting Another Wave of New Features

Google Now is already an awesome feature on Android, giving you a wide range of voice commands to set reminders, get directions, search google, call or text message your friends and a whole lot more. I’m personally pretty happy with the features set on offer already, but Google are eager to push more updates to the service every few weeks, and I’m not going to complain about that.

The next wave of features is rolling out now, but could take a few days to reach all users of the service. Once updated you’ll be able to ask Google Now to remember where you parked your car, handy when you’ve forgotten that you parked in row 95 of some epic cinema car park. The car finding feature is something you can get from other apps, but having it as a core feature of the OS is much better in my opinion.

Not only will you be able to play “Dude where’s my car?” with your phone, but you’ll also be able to add nicknames to your contacts, so “my brother” or “dude” should be perfectly acceptable when telling Google to “call The Dude”. There will also be a new reminders interface, as well as the ability to tweak more settings via voice commands.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information.

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PlayStation Now Leaked Images Reveal Beta Launch Titles and Pricing

PlayStation Now is a Sony service revealed at CES 2014 and will be released this summer. Until then, Sony started a PlayStation Now closed beta having only a limited number of people in North America invited for the Beta testing of the service.

Though the Beta was under strict non-disclosure agreements, that did not stop some folks to release leaked images about what is going on in the Beta testing. The platform is still in its early days, however a list of games and the pricing has been revealed through the leaks.

The images leaked from the Beta testing contain two rows which are displaying the PlayStation Now launch titles along with the price located at the bottom of the image. It is said that the $49,99 price could be for one year of PlayStation Now membership.

Sony has yet to confirm anything in regard to the PlayStation Now launch titles and pricing, so do consider the possibility of the images being fake. The image shown containing the games however are included in the official list of PlayStation Now launch titles, tough it might just be a Beta thing. Until Sony releases any official information about this, rumors are all that we can get.

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