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Watch Dogs will see PC-exclusive features for NVIDIA GeForce GPUs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:30 am

One of the games in my most-wanted list right now is Ubisoft's open-world title Watch Dogs. Even more so now that NVIDIA has announced a partnership with Ubisoft, where they've signed an "unprecedented technical alliance" that will see their best games enhanced with PC-exclusive effects and features.



This list includes Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag with Watch Dogs now joining them. There's no specifics on Watch Dogs' enhancements, but we should hear all about that very soon. It's interesting news, too, considering that the hardware powering the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is from AMD.


Maybe NVIDIA felt the need to make these partnerships to keep up, so that they aren't left behind when AMD starts snuggling up to everyone in its Never Settle program. Either way, it benefits the consumers and gamers, which is the best thing.

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Chromecast SDK is coming soon, local streaming will soon be ours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 9:29 am

Chromecast users could soon see local streaming, with Google saying: "We're excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content."




The Mountain View-based giant continues: "It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available."


This is great news, as future versions of the Chromecast SDK will see local streaming abilities, which is one of the biggest features I didn't like missing from the otherwise great device.

RumorTT: Apple to make iOS 7 available to the public on September 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 8:32 am

We know that there's an Apple event coming soon, on September 10, where we should meet the new iPhone 5S (and possibly, the cheaper iPhone 5C), but we should also hear about iOS 7, too.




Well, it looks like a developer named Owen Williams has received an e-mail stating that iOS 7 will be released to the general public on September 10. The e-mail in question comes from Nuance, who are best known as the company who behind the curtains of Apple's voice assistant, Siri. If iOS 7 is to drop on September 10, it opens the doors of possibility to same-day availability for the new iPhone...

Google testing search-friendly tabs in current versions of Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 7:33 am

In the latest stable versions of Chrome and Chrome OS, Mountain View-based Google has been testing search-enabled tabs. These search-enabled tabs have been popping up in Chrome since December, but you've needed to run the test version of the browser to see it.




Google has now opened it up to a small number of users running stable copies of Chrome and Chrome OS, and all you need to do is have Google as your default search engine to see a search box appear in every new tab - a very nice, functional addition to new tabs. Google hasn't said whether this new search function will leak into every users Chrome, but it said that previous tests have been "encouraging."

Rockstar gives the skinny on GTA V's Special and Collector's Editions

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 6:27 am

Grand Theft Auto V is nearly here, but before the 720p (or lower) title reaches current generation consoles (can you hear my disappointment yet?) Rockstar Games has taken to its website to detail the Special and Collector's Editions of GTA V.




Both editions will include more weapons, outfits, custom characters and more. Both the Special and Collector's Edition will include the addition of the .50 Caliber Pistol, the Bullpup Shotgun and melee weapon, the Hammer. Buyers will also receive a 20% discount in GTA V's stores and an additional outfit for the three protagonists in GTA V.


The Collector's Edition is a little more special, including custom characters from Grand Theft Auto Online, as well as GTA IV's Niko Bellic, as well as Claud and Misty from GTA III. Collector's Edition buyers will also receive the CarbonRS sports bike and open frame 1930s style hotrod, the Hotknife.

StarCraft makes your smarter, according to a new study

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 5:33 am

According to researchers from the Queen Mary Univeristy and University College London, playing fast-paced, complicated games such as StarCraft can help non-gamers improve their higher-level compentencies such as cognitive flexibility.




In laymens terms, playing those complicated games can make you smarter. The researchers wanted to find out if playing the fast-paced games that required vast amounts of multitasking and quick-thinking would help, and it looks like it did. The researchers grabbed a group of non-gaming students, tasking them with playing StarCraft or The Sims, intensely, over a two-month period.


They simultaneously took a series of non-gaming tests, with the researchers discovering that the subjects who chose to play the click-heavy SarCraft performed at a higher rate in cognitive flexibility tasks than those who chose to play The Sims, which is a more sedate experience. Researcher Brian Glass said: "Previous research has demonstrated that action video games, such as Halo, can speed up decision making. The current work finds that real-time strategy games can promote our ability to think on-the-fly and learn from past mistakes."

Feedly unveils feedly Pro, 'a more powerful feedly' for $5 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 4:34 am

I'm a daily user of feedly, and by daily, I mean that I have a tab with feedly open in it on my desktop as much as I do Gmail and Facebook. Feedly has just unveiled a new feedly Pro service, which has some cool features and a new $5 per month fee.




What do you get for $5 per month? You get Article Search, which lets you search within your feedly feeds, Evernote capabilities built into feedly Pro, which let you one-click save to any of your Evernote notebooks. Premium Pocket lets you one-click save to a pocket and Premium Support, which is quite self-explanatory: you get 'bumped to the front of the support line.'


If you want to pay yearly, you'll get it discounted to $45 per year which gives you three months for free.

Facebook's Instagram now offers in-app image straightening feature

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 3:03 am

As an ex-professional photographer, one of the most annoying things about 90 percent of the photos posted online is the fact that they are never straight. No one seems to care about holding their smartphone in a nice in level orientation. Today, it appears that the developers over at Instagram felt the same way and decided to fix this crooked issue.




The latest version of Instagram for iOS features built-in image straightening and the best thing about it is that it can be setup to happen automatically. The developers figured out that they can collect data from the phone's accelerometer and gyrometer sensors to figure out at what orientation and the angle the smartphone was being held at at the time the image was captured and then use that data to automatically straighten the image.

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Yahoo begins rolling out recycled usernames, emails being sent now

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 2:26 am

Yahoo began doling out good news (or bad) today to its users who applied for a recycled username back in July. The company began firing off emails today notifying users if a username they wished to recycle has been reserved for them are not. Today also marks the beginning of the new policy in which Yahoo will begin recycling user accounts if they go dormant for more than 90 days, so remember to keep logging into your account even if you're not using it if you wish to keep your name.




If you did not receive an email today, do not worry as it is expected to take several days for Yahoo to completely notify everyone who signed up. Additionally, if you did not have the chance to sign up for the original wish list of names, Yahoo will now allow you to do so at the cost of just $1.99. Fortunately, I was one of the lucky few who received my very first request, but apparently was denied for my other four. We want to know how many of you received your requested username, so drop us a line in the comments below!

Motorola's new Moto X will hit Verizon shelves Thursday, Aug. 29

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 27, 2013 2:02 am

No one quite understood how Verizon managed to wait five months before launching the HTC One on its network, but apparently the company has learned its lesson and will launch Motorola's latest offering in just a few days.




In a Twitter post today, the company announced that it would release the Motorola Moto X smartphone this coming Thursday, August 29. The phone will start at $199.99 with a two-year contract. However, it will not be immediately available in Verizon stores. Customers who must have the device as soon as possible will be forced to order it online, with a retail shelf launch happening sometime in the coming weeks.