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Far Cry 4 gets one step closer to an announcement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 11:28 am

The last time we heard about Far Cry 4 was when an ex Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer teased it - but now we're back, with the latest tease of the upcoming first-person shooter from Ubisoft.

 

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The latest comes from Xavier Plagnal, who is Ubisoft Shanghai's Studio Design Manager, where his LinkedIn profile teases that he worked from September 2013 to present as Content Director on "the next Far Cry." This isn't 100% yet, but it is getting awfully close. I'm hoping for a reveal sooner rather than later, myself.

Latest NERF gun features built-in camera, record your foam domination

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 10:26 am

Hasbro stopped by the Engadget offices to show off its latest NERF blaster, the N-Strike Elite NERF Cam ECS-12 Blaster - quite the mouthful, isn't it?

 

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The latest blaster is the usual semi-auto NERF blaster, but it features a tiny camera built into the barrel of the blaster, with a tiny screen on the stock. You can use the screen to lineup your target, but the camera will let you record your battles in the first-person perspective, which should be filling YouTube's servers in the coming months.

Over one billion smartphones were shipped last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 9:33 am

Last year was a massive year for smartphones, with over one billion smartphones shipped last year. The International Data Corporation has some data that shows that 1,004.2 million smartphones were shipped last year.

 

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This is an increase of 38.4% from last year, where 725.3 million smartphones were shipped. Of those 1 billion smartphones shipped, Samsung held the lions share with 313.9 million handsets, increasing its market share from 30.3% to 31.3%. Apple took second place with 153.4 million iPhones shipped over the course of 12 months.

 

Apple's market share slipped however, from 18.7% to 15.3%, even with it posting a record number of iPhones in the last quarter. Huawei, LG, and Lenovo did not mind though, as they scooped up that lost market share. Huawei shipped 48.8 million, LG shipped 47.4 million, and Lenovo pushed out an impressive 45.5 million smartphones in the quarter.

iOS 7 is now on over 80% of Apple devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 8:34 am

Apple announced some massive numbers during its earnings call today, creating a record quarter for the company thanks to huge upticks in iPhone and iPad sales. But how is iOS doing?

 

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The company has announced that 80% of all iOS devices in the wild now feature iOS 7, with 17% still on iOS 6, and the last 3% running an older version of Apple's mobile OS. Remember, these numbers are for the most active iOS users, not all iOS users. Apple found its numbers by using App Store usage over a seven-day period which ended on January 26.

 

Apple did point out that its iOS 7 numbers are much better than Android 4.4, but that is to be expected when there are so many different Android handsets on the market, versus just a handful of iPhones and iPads.

Google, Samsung ink new 10-year patent licensing deal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 7:02 am

Google and Samsung have just shown how a certain fruit logo company the way it's done in the patent game, by signing a massive deal to license their patent portfolios to one another.

 

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The new deal sees existing intellectual property covered, as well as patents filed over the next ten years.Samsung's Seungho Ahn says "Samsung and Google are showing the rest of the industry that there is more to gain from cooperating than engaging in unnecessary patent disputes". Google's Allen Lo chimed in with "By working together on agreements like this, companies can reduce the potential for litigation and focus instead on innovation".

 

This is how the industry should be acting, with two of the biggest players cooperating with one another. Samsung is a massive partner for Google, but could be a potential competitor with Tizen on the horizon. Google on the other hand, is simply unstoppable right now with the amount of hardware and services it provides to the world.

Valve's next-gen Source 2.0 engine shown off in a leaked presentation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 6:21 am

Uh, so this kinda came out of nowhere, but the Source 2 engine has been shown off in a post on NeoGAF by 'CBOAT'. The user posted a screen cap from what appears to be a leaked Valve slideshow.

 

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The slideshow shows off Source 2.0, which is Valve's next-generation graphics engine. The presentation in question shows Left 4 Dead 2's plantation level, rebuilt in the new engine. If this is real, it might open up older games to be re-painted under Source 2.0, which would be incredibly awesome. We should hopefully hear and see more info on Source 2.0 as time goes on, especially with the lead up to E3, and of course SteamOS, Steam Box, Steam Machines and more.

Titanfall beta is coming to Xbox One, PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 4:25 am

Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, and previously, Infinity Ward, has confirmed on Twitter that there will be a Titanfall beta coming on both the Xbox One and PC.

 

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Zampella used the hashtag #supersecret, announcing the exciting news through Twitter. He said that there will be "details in the coming days" so expect some more news from us when that hits! Are you excited for a Titanfall beta? The first game from the studio that once made the best Call of Duty games.

Nexus 5 spotted in red, should arrive soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 3:27 am

There are only two colors available in the Nexus 5: black and white, but this is all set to change. There were rumors floating around over the weekend of a red Nexus 5, but there's no confirmation on this just yet.

 

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Things started heating up when @artyomstar posted a picture on Twitter, which should have tongues wagging. We should hopefully have some concrete info from Google soon, I'd say.

Next-gen consoles already maxed out with The Witcher 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 2:01 am

The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were never super powerful to begin with, but has that power already been tapped out? It would seem so, according to CD Projekt Red CEO, Marcin Iwinski, the studio behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

 

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Iwinski talked with IGN, where he said: "There is a lot of power in these machines, and I don't want to say we're using them to their capacity, but we're fairly close to doing so". He continued: "So we've spent a lot of time with these machines, and it's been a great experience across all three platforms. On the old platforms, namely the Xbox 360 and PS3, we probably would have had to sacrifice nearly half of our vision".

 

The reason the developer was able to squeeze the PS4 and Xbox One to their limits, is because the studio stopped working with the Xbox 360 and PS3 over two years ago. Due out later this year, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will hit the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Logitech and Steelseries enter price war over iPhone gaming pad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2014 12:00 am

Everyone but manufacturers love a good old-fashioned price war, especially consumers, and today a those interested in a new hand-held gaming pad for their iPhone might want to pay attention. This morning Logitech announced that it has dropped the price of its new PowerShell iPhone game controller from $99.99 to just $69.99.

 

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The $30 price drop was most certainly due to a recent price drop of $20 from Steel Series on its Stratus controller. This is the first set of major price drops in the MFi gaming space,but will most likely not be the last. None of the hand-held controllers designed to encase the iPhone have seemed to catch on, and personally, I feel the market is just not there for such a niche device. With Android taking more market share from iOS every quarter, I do not see devices like this sticking around much longer.

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