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PS Vita getting PlayStation Plus on Nov. 19; Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Jet Set Radio added to Instant Game Collection

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:40 pm

Sony announced earlier this year it would be making its widely successful premium membership service, PlayStation Plus, available to PS Vita owners without any additional costs to PS Plus members. Today, the company has finally announced the PS Plus service will be made available on the PS Vita on November 19th.




The PlayStation Plus service for the PS Vita will have its own Instant Game Collection and on November 19th, will give PS Plus members access to the following titles:

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Android YouTube app updated to interact with Google TV devices

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 4:12 pm

One fun activity my brothers and I have when we get together is playing our favorite YouTube videos just to make each other laugh. It usually ends in a lot of laughter and high-fives, that is, unless one of us accidentally decides to play a video of a person cleaning a spider bite in their bathroom. That kind of content will put a damper on any good time.




When my brothers and I are watching YouTube videos, we usually watch them off of the YouTube applications available on our PS3 or Xbox 360, but today's update will certainly make watching videos together easier now that Google has updated its YouTube application for Android to interact with Google TV devices.

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GrubHub launches Track Your Grub; empowers hungry customers to stalk their order

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:34 pm

GrubHub has single-handedly saved my wife and I from complete starvation on numerous occasions as we'd always want food, but are either too lazy to call for takeout or actually go outside to obtain nourishment. Any time we use GrubHub, we know it's going to be a good time, but with its latest update, the experience became a lot more interactive.




GrubHub has rolled out a new service called "Track Your Grub" which allows users of the food ordering service to watch the progression of their order from the moment it's submitted up until the delivery person drops off your food.

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Text messaging use declines for the first time in U.S.

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 3:10 pm

Ever since I got myself a smartphone and tablet, the majority of my messaging takes place on those devices than on my computer. I rarely use text seeing as alternatives like Google Talk and iMessage are around, and it now looks like other smartphone users are starting to take notice of alternatives to text messaging as it looks like its use is dropping in the U.S. for the first time.




According to a report by Chetan Sharma, who is a mobile analyst and consultant for wireless carriers, in the third quarter of 2012, cellphone users in the U.S. only sent an average of 678 texts a month. Previously, the average rate of text messages being sent was 696, which isn't necessarily a huge dip in use, but a dip nonetheless.

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PC version of Black Ops 2 ships with Mass Effect 2 instead [UPDATE]

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 2:49 pm

Update: BioWare has announced they will be giving PC players affected by this mishap a very special gift.


If you were one of the millions of Call of Duty fans who attended midnight launch events last night to pick up your copy of Black Ops 2 as soon as it was legal to do so, then you're probably sound asleep as you played the game to hell until the sun came up. But a small minority seem to be having issues with their newly acquired game, specifically the PC version.




Reports have been spreading across the Internet of people whose second Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 disc not containing the second part to the game's installation process. Instead, it's a Mass Effect 2 disc. YouTube user zeroiez even took video of his experience when attempting to install Black Ops 2 on his PC, with many an expletive flying in Treyarch's direction.

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Halo 4 smashes through $220 million in sales on its first day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 12:40 pm

Microsoft have confirmed, and were most probably grinning the entire time, that Halo 4 has smashed up $220 million in sales in its first 24 hours on sale across the world. $220 million in first-day sales beats box office releases this year such as the latest and final Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as well as the awesome The Avengers, based on day-one sales in the United States.




Halo 3 was released three years ago, and the first Halo debuted with the original Xbox, 11 years ago now. Microsoft has said that the Halo franchise has generated more than $3.38 billion, which makes it "one of the most popular entertainment franchises in the world".


Competition to Halo 4's day-one sale record is going to be the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The last version of Call of Duty, which was Modern Warfare 3, passed $1 billion in sales faster than the record-breaking Avatar from James Cameron. But, Black Ops II is released on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, where Halo 4 is an Xbox 360-exclusive.

NASA & ESA test "interplanetary Internet" connection, controlled a Lego robot in Germany from the ISS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 11:32 am

NASA and the European Space Agency have just gone where no man has ever gone before, by testing out an "interplanetary Internet" connection. It wasn't quite Mars to Earth, but involved an astronaut on the International Space Station controlling a small robot here on Earth.




NASA is trying to respark the imagination of Americans, and with this latest mission showing off a new communications protocol, it is definitely on the right path. A new communications protocol capable of transmitting data between planets and spaceships - just typing this feels odd, but quite exciting at the same time.


The new protocol is known as Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), and is capable of allowing for many disconnections and errors that would occur when a signal travels long distances through space. NASA deputy associate administrator for space communications and navigation, Badri Younes, said in a statement:


The demonstration showed the feasibility of using a new communications infrastructure to send commands to a surface robot from an orbiting spacecraft and receive images and data back from the robot. The experimental DTN we've tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations.

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Voxeljet 3D printer used to print out Skyfall's Aston Martin stunt double

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 10:33 am

I'm based in Australia and Skyfall doesn't reach Aussie cinemas for another week yet, and I seriously can't wait. But this latest news, is that the production of Skyfall required a complete decimation of a classic 1960s era Aston Martin DB5.




Filmmakers wanted to go down a different route rather than just green screen it and had the movie studio contract the services of Augsburg-based 3D printing company Voxeljet, who made replicas of the sweet-looking ride. The company used a huge industrial VX4000 3D printer which spat out 1:3 scale models of the car, all so they could blow it into pieces.




The car was made up by 18 pieces, and were shipped to Propshop Modelmakers in London where they were assembled, painted, chromed and outfitted with fake bullet holes. The final product was used in Skyfall during a high-speed action sequence, resulting in the perfectly-made car blowing into smithereens.

China's Alibaba rakes in record $3.1 billion in sales during 24-hour e-commerce shopping bonanza

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 9:35 am

Everyone loves a good sale, but it looks like China's equivalent to America's Cyber Monday shopping frenzy on November 11 saw Alibaba rake in a record $3.1 billion in sales within 24 hours - a number that is up 367% year-over-year.




A bulk of the sales came from the company's B2C site, with its C2C brand Taobao taking in a large chunk too. Alibaba has said that it saw 10 million visitors in the first sixty seconds alone, and reached over $40 million in gross merchandise value (GMV) in just 10 minutes.


Tmall is one of Alibaba's newest sites, opening in 2008, and has expanded rather quickly. Its GMV totaled $16 billion last year, and is expected to double that this year reaching $32 billion. Alibaba expects sales on its platforms to exceed that of both eBay and Amazon, combined.

Microsoft: DirectX 11.1 is exclusive to Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Nov 13, 2012 8:32 am

Microsoft's Daniel Moth has taken to the Microsoft Answers forum to talk about DirectX 11.1, stating that the latest iteration is part of Windows 8, as DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7 when launched.




But, DirectX 11 eventually made its way into Vista, where Moth has stated that "there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7". DirectX 11.1 doesn't add to much to the 3D graphics API table, which is a sigh of relief mostly.


DirectX 11.1 adds native stereoscopic 3D support, meaning that any PC games or applications written with DirectX 11.1 will sport support for viewing the content through stereoscopic 3D glasses by default. Before DirectX 11.1, games would need to be programmed with a particular GPU in mind. So this means we're not missing out on too much, but it shows that Microsoft are going to be pushing people into Windows 8 rather than port over bits of it to Windows 7.

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