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Samsung ATIV SE Windows Phone 8 smartphone hits pre-order

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 3:05 pm

If you are in the market for a new smartphone and you like Samsung branded products, check this out. Samsung has its latest Windows Phone 8 device up for pre-order at Verizon. Typically, when we talk Samsung smartphones they are powered by Android.




This one runs Windows Phone 8 and looks pretty good. The smartphone has a 5-inch full HD resolution AMOLED display and a 2.3GHz quad-core processor. That processor has 2GB of RAM along with it.


Samsung crams 16GB of storage space inside the smartphone. The rear camera is a 13MP unit with autofocus and the ability to shoot full HD video. The front camera is a 2MP unit. Power comes from a 2600mah internal battery good for up to 20 hours of use per charge.

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SIM-Drive's new SIM-HAL EV has electric motors for each wheel

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 2:33 pm

There are many electric vehicles on the market today and none of them is particularly popular. The EV isn't exactly feasible for many people as their main car. Limited driving range means you can't easily take long trips and if you forget to plug in one night, you are in trouble.




A Japanese firm called SIM-Drive has unveiled its latest EV car and it's a coupe. I hesitate to say that the car looks good, because it's just not that attractive to my eyes. The back end with the 80's style fins for the taillights is particularly unappealing. Looks aside, the EV system in the car is impressive.


Each of the wheels gets its own electric motor and each of those motors produce 87.17 hp and 457.28 lb-ft of torque. That means the EV has a total power output of 348.7 hp and an asphalt destroying 1829.15 lb-ft of torque total.

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Final Fantasy XIV beta now open to all gamers on PS4

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 1:59 pm

Square Enix opened up the PS4 beta for Final Fantasy XIV to PS3 and PS gamers a while back. Those gamers who also happened to have a PS4 were invited to participate in the beta on that new game console. That means that many PS4 gamers were left out of the beta action.




If you are a PS4 gamer and like the Final Fantasy franchise, you can now get in on the action. Square Enix has announced that the FF XIV beta is now open to all PS4 gamers. All you need to do to play the game is download the beta version from the PlayStation Store.


You will need a Square Enix account, if you don't have one you can create one easily. The open beta will run from now until 9am on April 7. Another bit of good news for gamers is that the progress you make in the game and characters you create will be saved for play when the full game launches thanks to the beta running on live game servers.

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Skydiver nearly gets hit by a meteor, survives to tell the tale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 11:33 am

Norwegian skydiver Anders Helstrup has escaped death from a meteor, as he was skydiving back in 2012. The mystery object nearly hit him, and at the time, he and his skydiving partners thought it was a rock, or something from the plane or his parachute.



But geologist Hans Amundsen, after examining the video (above), said: "It can't be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites - a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded". Amundsen said that the meteor was most likely part of something much bigger, but it broke down as it broke into the Earth's atmosphere.


The skydiver told The Huffington Post: "I can guarantee you the story and footage is real, recorded just as it happened. I am aware that April 1 was 3 days ago, but this has nothing to do with that. The story is just as amazing to me as it is to most others that are trying to get their head around it. I have tried to convince myself [of] every other possible explanation, but I can't seem to make myself believe it's something [other] than a significantly large object".

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NVIDIA's GameStream tech now supports over 100 games on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 10:38 am

NVIDIA has some impressive technologies, one of which is its GameStream technology - which now supports over 100 games on PC. The company also has its Tegra 4-powered SHIELD device, which is the perfect companion for the technology. The company has announced that a bunch of games have been added to the officially supported list of GameStream titles, these games include:




  • Titanfall
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth
  • Thief
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
  • Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon
  • Need for Speed: Rivals
  • Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
  • Orcs Must Die! 2
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
  • LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures


These 13 new games put together with the other SHIELD GameStream-capable games, see the list breach the 100 mark. We already have 300 fully supported SHIELD games, 1000+ Gamepad Mapper profiles and 100 officially supported GameStream titles. Portable PC gaming has never been as good as it has been today, and it's only going to continue to get better.

Google rumored to offer Fiber areas with mobile phone service

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 9:32 am

Google Fiber areas are rumored to get a lot better in the future, with the Mountain View-based search giant looking into offering Fiber customers a mobile phone service.




The Information has its sources, which said that Google is interested in becoming a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO. Google could offer its mobile service through Wi-Fi access points that are built directly into the super-fast Fiber service. This means that the company would only require the traditional mobile network when its service is unavailable or insufficient.


Even if Google were to announce this, it's not going to affect much of the mobile market in the US as Fiber only reaches a small handful of US residents at the moment.

EU votes to end mobile roaming charges, wants telecom reforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 7:27 am

The European parliament has voted on a very important step for the European Union, where it would see roaming fees completely wiped away between EU member states - something that is being bundled as telecom reforms.




The new package was originally proposed by EU lawmaker Neelie Kroes, where it would see Europe move toward being a single market for the mobile world. This news comes on the heels of 4G LTE roaming agreements between European carriers. If the law passes with ministers from member nations, citizens of the EU could see roaming charges being a distant memory.


We could see this pushed in as early as the end of next year. The EU telecom reform package includes stronger protection for net neutrality, which will make it illegal for network providers to block or impose speeds on data based on the sender, or recipient.

Copyright holders shifting focus to attack pirates making money

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:52 am

There is a shifting strategy to try and fight Internet piracy, with the old strategy of targeting individual users eliminated in favor of shutting down organized piracy rings.




There are three emerging strategies to target piracy: force ISPs to block subscribers from accessing sites with pirated content, shut down advertising streams on pirated sites, and trying to pressure search engines to not index and show links to sites with pirated content.


"Disrupting the money unlawful websites make from advertising could make a real difference to the fight against copyright infringement," said Ed Vaizey, creative industries minister, in a statement. "It is an excellent example of what can be achieved through industry, government and law enforcement working together."

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EA secures writing talent from Uncharted developer, Naughty Dog

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 6:36 am

The former Creative Director of Naughty Dog, the studio behind the immensely popular Uncharted series, has joined Visceral Games. Amy Henning will work on a new Star Wars project over at EA.




Visceral's Vice President and General Manager, Steve Papooutsis, announced the news through EA's The Beat blog, where he said: "Amy has long been recognized as one of our industry's top visionaries, and is coming off an amazing run as the Writer and Creative Director of the Uncharted franchise. But her contributions go beyond the games she helped create at Naughty Dog and at Crystal Dynamics, where we worked together many years ago".


"As both a colleague and friend, I've always admired her approach to creative development - focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player. This fits in perfectly with what we're trying to do here at Visceral and Amy's going to help us continue in our pursuit to make the most thrilling, immersive games in the world".

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Reading every book in Elder Scrolls Online would take 32 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2014 5:31 am

Some of you may be playing The Elder Scrolls Online before you read this, but if not, spare up around 32 hours if you're the kind of person who wants to immerse themselves fully into the world.




Why 32 hours? Well, that's the amount of time it will take you to read the 2,235 books that are in The Elder Scrolls Online - some 480,000 or so words. There are some other impressive numbers from the infographic, such as you'll need to kill 119,050 mudcrabs to reach level 50 within the game. There are an insane 10,202 non-player characters in the game, and to meet all of them in real life, it would take the average person around 15 years.


There are 61 million items in the game, and over 40 million different weapon variations within The Elder Scrolls Online world. Over five million players registered for the beta, which is quite an astounding amount of gamers.