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Wii U said to be hacked to allow games to run from USB drives

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:33 pm

Nintendo has suffered from piracy for a while now, with devices being built to allow pirated games to be played on the Nintendo DS and a device to allow games to be played on the Wii through the USB port. The creators of the Wiikey have announced they have successfully built a new device to allow games to be played on the Wii U through the USB port.




The new device is known as the WiikeÜ and appears to be a method to allow piracy. The creators claim the device works on devices from any region without the need to solder any chips inside the device. The Wii U, which is already have issues selling, partly due to a lack of games, might be further hampered by this new device.

Rockstar releases 3 new GTA V trailers, each one details a main character

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 8:05 pm

Rockstar Games, as promised, has posted up three new trailers for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. Each of the three trailers detail one of the main characters for the upcoming game, allowing you to get some insight into what you can expect. First up is Michael:


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Analyst believes Apple will launch iPhone 6 with larger display in June 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 7:31 pm

Analysts seem to love projecting what a company will do, with Apple being a particularly popular subject of speculation. Today sees Peter Misek, an analyst with Jefferies, predicting, or rather proclaiming, that Apple will launch a larger iPhone device sometime next year, specifically June, 2014.




Tim Cook has consistently shut down rumors that Apple was planning a device with a larger screen, saying that Apple would not build a larger iPhone until the current trade-offs no longer existed. That hasn't stopped people and analysts alike from predicting that we will see a larger iPhone this year or next.


Of course, Apple does engage it a bit of misdirection. Apple could very well be planning a larger iPhone. At the same time, analysts aren't perfect and Misek could easily be wrong. For now, take this with a bit of skepticism.

RumorTT: Nokia wants to bring Pelican Imaging tech to smartphones

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 6:30 pm

This morning we are hearing rumors that Nokia is planning on investing in Pelican Imaging, the firm behind the shoot now, focus later Lytro-style cameras.



The technology uses an array of small 'plenoptic' cameras in a single module to take images with multiple focal points and thus allows the photographer to adjust the images focus point at a later time. This frees up the user to focus more on what is around them and less time worrying about getting the perfect point of focus at the time of shooting.




Nokia is probably the number one leading innovator in smartphone camera technology, and has brought to market other revolutionary camera tech to the smartphone scene in the past. Most recently the firm managed to cram a 41 megapixel camera into its PureView 808 smartphone, and is rumored to be working on stuffing a similar camera into its next-generation Lumia smartphone.

New Wii U Virtual Console titles are on their way

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:33 pm

This morning Nintendo announced several new title additions to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Included in the announcement are titles like Megaman, Xevious, Balloon Fight, Super Ghouls 'n Ghost, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past.



The announcement came via the above video, which was posted on YouTube. While no release date has been announced for the new games, the ever growing list of Virtual Console games is seriously making me consider buying a Wii U.

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Shutterfly acquires MyPublisher for undisclosed amount, looks to bolster photobook offerings

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:36 pm

Shutterfly announced this morning that it has bought photobook software developer MyPublisher for an undisclosed amount. MyPublisher has been developing photobook making software for the past 18 years and is considered one of the leading innovators in the field.




In an interview with TheNextWeb, Shutterfly CEO Jeffrey Housenbold said:


"Shutterfly photo books continue to delight customers, bringing more consumers online to tell their stories and connect with friends and family in creative ways.


By combining MyPublisher's best in class software client with Shutterfly's industry leading cloud based platform, we will continue to drive growth and set the standard for design, choice and quality in the personal publishing and social expression category."

The Pirate Party now has three seats in Icelandic parliament

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 4:02 pm

We all knew that good things were on the horizon when Iceland opened its arms and welcomed The Pirate Bay to its shores. This morning we are hearing word that The Pirate Party in Iceland has now surpassed the number of votes needed for it to gain a real seat in Iceland's parliament.




The Pirate Party has managed to nab three of the 63 total seats in Iceland's parliament, including one held by the party's leader Birgitta Jonsdottir. This puts the Icelandic Pirate Party ahead of its Swedish comrades.


While three seats in Iceland and two in Sweden may not sound like much, it will help some come the 2014 elections when Pirate Parties all over the EU push for a larger influence in world governments.

LeakedTT: Huawei P6 could be world's thinnest smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 3:29 pm

Rumors and claims of the world's thinnest cell phone have been around since cell phones were invented, and while some of those claims have turned out to be true, there is always another "World's Thinnest" right around the corner.




This morning we are hearing reports that Huawei has just sent a phone for approval through China's version of the FCC. While that is nothing special or unique on a normal day, leaked details on this handset say that it is the world's thinnest smartphone. The Huawei P6-UO6 measures just a mere 6.18mm thick.




The P6-UO6 is said to feature a 4.7-inch screen, with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. Rumors say that it will ship with Android Jelly Bean and will take photos at a mediocre 5 megapixels. Whether or not this leak is true, we wonder how much smaller can smartphones get? At 6.5mm thick (thin?), there is not a whole lot of room left.

UK gets Skype on, US has to wait a few more weeks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:45 pm

Beginning today Skype will be available via in the UK, enabling users to make and receive calls via their inboxes. US users should not get very excited just yet though as the service will not become available stateside for a few more weeks.




Microsoft has planned on merging the two services since it acquired Skype back in 2011. A browser plugin must first be installed before you can use the service, which will merge both your and Skype accounts.


Additionally, users will also be able to import all of their Skype contacts into Outlook.

CERN restores world's first website in honor of 20 Year Anniversary

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 30, 2013 2:08 pm

Twenty years ago today, the internet as we know it was born when CERN released the technology that made the World Wide Web work. It has been a long battle, but for the most part, the internet has remained open and free as its creators intended.




To commemorate 20 years of free and open information sharing, CERN has recreated the first website ever published. This is an effort to preserve the humble beginnings on which the modern and future internet was founded. CERN is also working to refurbish the original servers used as well to further preserve the history what could be the greatest invention ever.


Check out CERNS recreation of the first website here. Cool!