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Valve announces 'Pipeline', will help high school students break into the video game industry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 1:30 am

Valve have just announced and launched Pipeline, which is a community website dedicated to helping high school students who are looking into a career in the video game industry.

 

 

Pipeline was the creation of a group of high school interns working at Valve, who hope to "establish a connection to the world of teenagers that are asking many questions about getting into the gaming industry." Valve's managing director, Gabe Newell, said in a promotional video for Pipeline: "This website was created entirely be teenagers."

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The PS4 will be hands-on for the public at Comic-Con 2013 next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 14, 2013 12:15 am

If you're like me and want to get some hands-on time with Sony's next-generation console, you can have your chance at Comic-Con 2013 which starts next week.

 

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The PlayStation 4 will be available to the public for some hands-on gaming with three demo titles on offer: Drive Club, Knack and Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Too bad they won't be showing off any of their other huge games like Killzone: Shadow Fall and Watch Dogs.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to open Center for Innovation this fall to inspire young entrepreneurs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 7:57 am

When you're one of the world's richest e-commerce tycoons, there's not much left to do other than fund other projects. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has funded everything from nuclear fusion startups to commercial spaceflight ventures and everything in between. Today, we are learning that his next big venture is a center for innovation built at the Museum of History and Industry.

 

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After more than two years of development and $10 million from Bezos' own pockets, the Museum of History and Industry will open the doors to the Bezos Center for Innovation on October 12. The center aims to help visitors learn about the importance of innovation through many interactive exhibits. It will also showcase Seattle for being the birthplace of so many trailblazing companies such as Amazon. I feel that this Innovation Center is an amazing idea and a perfect way to teach children that bucking convention is sometimes the right thing to do.

ZTE's Intel-powered Geek will arrive on retail shelves in China on July 25

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 4:32 am

Little-known mobile phone manufacturer ZTE will be launching its Intel-powered GEEK smartphone in China later this month. Featuring the Clover Trail+ processor, which is the same as Lenovo's K900, the GEEK features paired-down features that allows ZTE to sell it at a lower price point.

 

The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and features a 5-inch 1080 x 720 pixel display. An eight megapixel rear camera handles all the selfies you can take while 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage help keep things running smoothly.

 

The ZTE GEEK will make an exclusive arrival at Jingdong Mall on July 25, where it'll retail for ¥1,888 ($307). If you despise cables and your wallet can take a hit, you can also get one bundled with a wireless charging kit for ¥2,288 ($372).

Google to shut down Alfred, the local recommendation app, next week on July 19

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 3:29 am

Lately, it appears that Google is shutting down more of its services than it is creating. Today, we learned that the local recommendations application known as Alfred will cease to exist after July 19. Alfred came to Google back in December 2011 when Google purchased Clever Sense, but development seemed to progress at a snail's pace as Google was focused on making its Google+ Local service better.

 

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Alfred was a sort of a digital concierge that would inform you of the best places to eat, drink, and party based on your taste. At one point it was even being pitched as a Pandora for the real-world. Google did not issue an official blog post about the shutdown like it has for previous service shutdowns such as Reader or Latitude. The announcement came, however, in the form of a notification when users loaded the Alfred app on their mobile device.

Signups for Killzone: Mercenary's closed beta opens today, closes on July 17

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 2:32 am

This morning on the PlayStation blog, Mark Green, the senior producer at Guerrilla Cambridge, announced that sign-ups for the closed beta for Killzone Mercenary opened today. The company says they are only choosing a few select participants to participate in this exclusive multiplayer closed beta.

 

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The post said that candidates have until 2pm PDT on Wednesday, July 17 to complete the sign-up for the public's first look at Mercenaries. If chosen, participants will receive an email with directions on how to get started. You can head over to Source #2 for the sign-up page.

 

Mercenary's multiplayer suite will provide players with a diverse range of weapons, grenades, armor, and special VAN-Guard devices enabling the player to customize their multiplayer load-out slots. This customization supports the tactical element of the game; will you armor yourself up and go in like a tank, or take a more precise approach and assassinate enemies stealthily?

 

No matter your tactical approach, Mercenary's multiplayer beta will give gamers an early look into the power and promise of PS Vita as the optimal handheld platform for first-person shooters.

Rovio to launch follow-up to Angry Birds Star Wars this coming Monday

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 1:33 am

Rovio announced this morning that it would be launching its next gaming title this coming Monday, July 15. Judging from their teaser image, the game appears to be a sequel to the current title Angry Birds Star Wars, as the the bird pictured appears to be just like a young Anakin Skywalker wearing racing gear similar to that in the 1999 prequel Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace.

 

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This new game comes after the company expanded the license agreement with toymaker Hasbro to ship new toys and games based on the Angry Birds franchise. Additionally, Rovio is planning on releasing a new title named Angry Birds Go later this year based around the racing genre.

LeakedTT: Images leak of BlackBerry A10 as the company prepares layoffs and executives jump ship

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 13, 2013 12:37 am

Just as news is beginning to spread of BlackBerry's pending plan to lay off thousands of employees and a few executives leave the company, images have just leaked showing off the company's next-generation BlackBerry 10 equipped touch-screen smartphone.

 

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Dubbed the A10, this new device features a five-inch display, making it almost a full inch larger than that featured on the company's current Z10 model. Unfortunately, the larger screen is nothing to get excited about as early rumors state that it will be limited to 720p.

 

It also appears that the A10 will continue with a less than impressive dual-core processor, which is said to be a QUALCOMM Snapdragon 400, clocked at 1.5 GHz. Fortunately, BlackBerry did have enough common sense to include 2 GB of RAM to keep things running nice and smooth.

Two more high-level executives exit from BlackBerry, could this be the beginning of the end

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 11:32 pm

Today, we're getting reports that BlackBerry has lost two more high-level executives in the last few weeks. According to a recent report, T.A. McCann, BlackBerry's vice president of social networking, is said to have left the company two weeks ago, while the senior director of handheld applications, Marc Gingras, apparently left the company around the same time.

 

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The Wall Street Journal says that McCann was responsible for BlackBerry Messenger as well as all social networking applications on the BlackBerry's OS. He first came to the company through its acquisition of the contact management services company Gist back in 2011. Gingras was also the product of an acquisition in 2011 when BlackBerry scooped up the social calendar company Tungle.me.

 

News of these two executives leaving the company comes hot on the heels of yesterday's report that BlackBerry would lay off several thousand employees before the year's end. All of this is the direct effect of underwhelming sales from what can only be described as a failed launch of the new BlackBerry 10 devices.

Square Enix attempts to police jailbroken iPhones with Deus Ex, prevents firing of guns on jailbroken devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 12, 2013 10:31 pm

Square Enix has introduced a new "feature" to its latest IOS title, Deus Ex: The Fall, that effectively prevents anyone with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad from playing the game. Users can still load the game but when they attempt to fire their guns a message screen pops up that says "we're sorry but you can't fire on jailbroken devices."

 

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This new "feature" (and I use the term loosely) was first reported on the popular media sharing website Reddit. After news began to spread, the game's App Store page was quickly updated to warn users that the "play experience is currently restricted on jailbroken devices" and that interested parties "should not purchase if you have voided your warranty and have jailbroken your device."

 

At the moment, it is unclear why Square Enix chose to implement this new "feature," but some industry insiders are speculating that it could be to prevent piracy of the $6.99 game, while others say it is because the company would like to mitigate future support issues that could arise from a jailbroken device. I think it's a combination of piracy concerns as well as support issues.

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