Of all the tech in my home, the thing I would be least willing to give up is the DVR. I like my DVR even more now that it use a Dish Hopper Whole home DVR. With that DVR, I can watch any show on any TV in the house and it has three tuners for recording lots of stuff at once.
I still have conflicts on occasion with three tuners because we record lots of shows. Dish has announced that the Super Joey that goes with the Hopper Whole Home DVR system is now available. The Super Joey only works with the Hopper DVR and adds two more tuners to the mix.
With the Super Joey, you get a total of five tuners to use. Between those five turners you can record eight shows at once. If you are wondering how that happens, one tuner is dedicated to Primetime shows and they all come across a single feed letting one tuner record four primetime shows at once.
What do you do when a volcano is going off? Well, you'd whip your smartphone out and start recording it, right? Probably not, because of the mass amounts of heat - oh and mortal danger - but what about flying in a drone? This is what Shaun O'Callaghan did, in the video below.
O'Callaghan used a DJI Phantom 2, which is a ready-to-fly (RTF) quadropter, with a gimbal mount and GoPro camera attached. The drone has a flight time of around 25 minutes, enough to capture some gorgeous footage from the exploding volcano. This is an incredible feat, as a normal helicopter could never get this close to an active volcano thanks to the mass heat being pumped out of it, with lava pouring out of vents at temperatures of up to 2192F, or 1200C.
O'Callaghan filmed the footage in Vanuatu, which is a two-hour flight off of the coast of Australia. It's home to some pretty incredible volcano activity.
VideoLAN has released its VLC media player for Windows 8, which features a 'modern UI' for the touch-capable OS. The company raised $78,136 through Kickstarter, with a beta version of VLC now available for Windows-powered PCs, laptops and tablets.
The beta version of the app has some limitations, with Windows RT devices not currently supported. Subtitle support is limited right now, and the software itself is a little slower than the VLC desktop app, especially when it comes to video decoding. The team at VideoLAN is still working on VLC for Windows 8, so expect the final version to scruff up much better.
Samsung already has a massive range of Galaxy-branded smartphones, but SamMobile's latest report indicates that the South Korean giant could be working on a new giant smartphone, with a massive 21:9 aspect ratio.
Samsung has filed a patent for a smartphone with a 21:9 aspect ratio. SamMobile is quick to point out fellow South Korean giant LG and its 2009 LG BL40 smartphone, the New Chocolate, which featured the same 21:9 aspect ratio. This is back in a time when LG and Samsung were struggling against Apple, and consumers didn't want big smartphones. Times are different now, so should we expect Samsung to unveil a massive smartphone sometime in the future?
We know that Watch Dogs has been delayed until May this year, with the studio needing more time to work on it. With each day that passes, we're finding out more information on the game - where today, it has been revealed that Ubisoft Montreal was "forced" to unveil the game at E3 2012 by Ubisoft.
Jonathan Morin, Creative Director on Watch Dogs, talked with Edge, where he said: "They forced us to go at E3 2012. Yves [Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft] was the one who wanted us to go at that E3, even though we felt it was a bit early." Morin believes that the CEO of Ubisoft was actually correct, where he said: "in the end I think he was right."
Dominic Guay, Senior Producer on Watch Dogs, talked with Polygon in a recent interview, where he said that the studio began development on the PC because at the time, the PS4 and Xbox One didn't exist. When referring to the next-gen consoles, he said: "We kind of suspected, maybe, there might be other platforms eventually. So, because we thought that would happen, we chose the PC as our first target to have when we started developing Watch Dogs, so that we [would] have the flexibility to adapt to a different platform."
Unreal Engine 4 is quite a beautiful engine, requiring some heavy hardware to get it running, but running it within a browser? Well, Mozilla has done just that with its Firefox browser.
Mozilla released a video showing Unreal Engine 4 running from its Firefox web browser to demonstrate "the power of the Web as a platform for gaming." The video above shows off Epic Games' "Soul" and "Swing Ninja" demos powered by Unreal Engine 4. These videos mark the first time we've seen UE4 running within a web browser without plugins, and according to the post, the engine is being designed to scale between everything: consoles, mobile devices, PC and of course, the web.
Mozilla's CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Brendan Eich, said: "This technology has reached a point where games users can jump into via a Web link are now almost indistinguishable from ones they might have had to wait to download and install." Epic Games' Tim Sweeney joined in, where he said: "We were blown away by what this Mozilla-pioneered technology achieved with Unreal Engine 3 on the Web, so we had no hesitation in working with Mozilla to port Unreal Engine 4. We believe the Web has a crucial part to play in the future of game development and deployment, and Mozilla has proven it is the catalyst to make this happen."
Battlefield 4's latest DLC, Naval Strike, is nearly here and boy does it sound good. Naval Strike will feature dynamic weather patterns, and a map that starts at night, lasting through to sunrise.
Naval Strike arrives with four maps, each with dynamic weather patterns - just as the awesome Paracel Storm map featured. A post on the BF4 blog states: "There'll be calm seas, stormy weather and many other weather effects. For instance, on the Mortar Strike map, you'll start fighting at dawn and the map will be lit up by the resort lights. As the fight rages on, the sunrise will drench the tropical island in beautiful sunlight."
There will also be a new vehicle featured in the Naval Strike package, an ACV hovercraft. The hovercraft is built for both land and sea, and will fit two soldiers on it. Naval Strike arrives in "late March" for Battlefield Premium members, and will arrive with the Carrier Assault mode, which is a nice homage to Battlefield 2142.
NVIDIA brought forward its new game bundles for some of its GTX video cards.
DayLight is described as 'psychological thriller with an 'interactive, immersive nightmare' which will 'scare the pants off you as you explore an abandoned hospital with only you cellphone for illumination.'
It wasn't long ago that we reported that the next Angry Birds game would be a medieval themed mobile title, but now Rovio has just teased Angry Birds Epic, an upcoming turn-based mobile RPG.
Angry Birds Epic will reportedly feature an in-depth item-crafting component, as well as a story-driven campaign. Angry Birds Epic will reach iOS, Android and Windows Phone, which should keep Angry Birds fans happy. Canadian and Australian fans should be even happier with the news of an early version of the game hitting App Stores this week.
Rovio is releasing it to the two markets to give the studio an opportunity to test game balance and online functionality before it releases it to the world.
Paramount Pictures Australia have announced the forthcoming Australian Blu-ray release of 2013's Anchorman 2, starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.
On April 9th, Paramount will launch the film on home video in a "new jokes version", which includes the original theatrical version alongside a longer, raunchier cut of the film. Whilst the studio has yet to detail the exact disc specifications, the release is expected to mirror the U.S. two disc version which includes a smorgasbord of features including multiple audio commentaries, behind the scenes featurettes, two gag reels, further outtakes, deleted and alternate scenes, audition reels and original theatrical trailers.
Despite aggressive worldwide promotion, Anchorman 2 performed respectably, but not spectacularly at the box office, pulling in around $170 million. This has lead Director Andrew McKay to recently rule out any premature talk of a further sequel, categorically stating "No Anchorman 3". Fans will just have to make do with the alternate cut found on the upcoming disc.