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Cancelled Crytek game 'Redemption' looked awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 8:33 am

Ex-Killzone developers Guerilla and EA artist, Eric Cochonneau, also chalked up working at Crytek on his resume, where he worked on a game called Redemption. There was no red, and no dead, bt it eventually got cancelled, and until now, had not been seen publicly.




NeoGAF user 'miledesn' donned his detective hat, and rustled through some of the French artists portfolio when they discovered the artwork. Redemption was destined for the Xbox 360 and PS3, and was under development at Crytek's main German studio. Redemption featured a very rural, cabin-in-the-woods setting, featuring normal people, not Nanosuit-powered super-soldiers. Maximum, awesomeness.




There's no idea what the game was destined to be, survival horror, action, adventure, but it looked like a nice departure from the usual luscious trees, water and blue skies found in Crysis. There are plenty of more shots at Eric's personal site.



Facebook Camera app receives an update, adds notifications and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 7:25 am

Facebook Camera just received a small update, and is now available on Apple's iTunes App Store. The new version now includes the ability to choose which folder your freshly-taken snaps go into, which is a small, but needed addition.




Also included are notifications, which keep you up-to-date on the going-ons of your photos, notifying you when someone comments, tags, or likes one of your photos. The update is small, but we know just how big Facebook is, so we have to report on it.


The update is only live for the iOS version of the app, so now Android loving here. You can grab the updated Facebook Camera for iOS app here.

Scientists working on cyborgs made from half living cells, half electronics

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 6:28 am

Scientists at Harvard University are working on rat cardiomyocytes, but slightly different than most scientists. They're snaking them through wires and transistors that peer into each cell's electrical impulses. In the future, these wires might actually control their behavior, too.




"Cyborg" tissues have been created for neurons, muscle and vessels, and could be used to test drugs, or used as the basis for biological versions of existing implants. If signals can eventually be sent to the cells, cyborg tissues could eventually be used to create tiny robots, or get used in prosthetics. Charles Lieber, who leads the cyborg tissue team, has said:


It allows one to effectively blur the boundary between electronic, inorganic systems and organic, biological ones.


Artificial cells can already be grown on three-dimensional scaffolds that are made up of biological materials, but are not electrically active. Electrical components need to be added to cultured tissue before, but not integrated into its structure, so they were only able to scrap information from the surface. Lieber's team combined these strands of work, and created an electrically active scaffold. 3D networks were then created using conductive nanowires studded with silicon sensors.

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Google files lawsuit that would see multiple Apple products banned from sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:40 am

It was only a matter of time, and with Apple not slowing down with their growing list of patent targets, Google are now looking to attack the iPhone maker, reports AndroidPIT. Apple are currently looking to ban as many Android-based products as possible, with lawsuits against Samsung, HTC and Motorola, and that's just recently.


Google only recently acquired Motorola, and will now defend their acquisition against Apple. The Mountain View-based company are now seeking a sales ban on not just the iPhone, but the iPad and Mac computers across the United States. Google have pledged support for Android device makers in the past, but this is different, this is now Google, telling Apple, this is it, we've had enough, back down or feel the wrath of Google.




Apple's lawsuit against Samsung that was victorious earlier this week targeted relatively small things, like rectangles and other shape-related patent infringements. Google aren't being so petty, and are claiming patent infringement for non-standard essential patents. This means that Google and their recently acquired Motorola, have filed a case for a patent that courts cannot legally force companies to license, meaning that if Google win this case, Apple could be forced to completely halt the use of this technology in their devices.

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Samsung could escape US sales ban by removing TouchWiz and replacing it with stock Android ROM

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 5:29 am

Apple may have initially won the court case, but it's not over yet. Samsung have said on Tuesday that they are willing to modify their smartphones if they can't successfully fight the Cupertino-based company's request to have them banned across the US.




Apple made an initial request to ban eight of the South Korean company's smartphones, including one of the most popular, the Galaxy S II. Samsung does plan to fight the request, and would be willing to modify the devices to avoid the ban. How could they do this exactly? Removing their TouchWiz UI and replacing it with the stock Android ROM, be it Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean would do the trick.


Users have been begging smartphone makers to release stock Android ROMs, and it looks like this time is upon us. If Samsung were to begin offering flagship devices with stock Google Android OS's, things could get very interesting, very fast. Could Apple have inadvertently started a new, wonderful trend of smartphone makers pushing devices out with stock, or at least close to stock, Android operating systems?


If so, thank you, Apple.

DriverTT: NVIDIA GeForce 306.02 WHQL adds GTX 660 Ti support, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 4:30 am

NVIDIA have pushed out another set of drivers, with the GeForce 306.02 WHQL-certified drivers now available. GeForce 306.02 supports operating systems from Windows XP right up to Windows 8, including the usual bug fixes, updated profiles and added support.




Depending on the combination of hardware and software in your system, you should expect a few improvements if you're making the jump from the 301.24 beta, but if you're rocking the R304 family drivers, the improvements shouldn't be as large. GeForce GTX 680 and GTX 580 users will get the following improvements from the 301.24 beta:


GeForce GTX 680:

  • Up to 18% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 15% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 10% in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
  • Up to 60% in Total War: Shogun 2 (fixes performance issue with latest game patch)


GeForce GTX 560:

  • Up to 14% in Batman: Arkham City
  • Up to 5% in Battlefield 3 with SLI
  • Up to 4% in Dragon Age II
  • Up to 8% in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings with SLI
  • Up to 7% in Lost Planet 2

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Time Warner Cable to invest $25 million on expanding the fiber network in New York City

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 3:34 am

In the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, Time Warner Cable are investing another $25 million into their fiber network to business customers in New York City. This investment will see networks constructed in Brooklyn, as well as the Financial and Flatiron districts.




Time Warner Cable says that customers should expect to see speeds reach 1 gigabit per second. The high speeds are for business users who require it, uploading and downloading significantly large files can be time consuming, and in business, time is money. Fiber networks already established by the company in other sections of New York City have been enjoying the benefits of the fiber networks for a while now.


New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is pushing this initiative, as part of a much bigger project that will include cooperation from Verizon, Cablevision Sytems, and AT&T, with the end goal of improving broadband services to underserved parts of the city. No pricing has been unveiled from Time Warner just yet, but comparing it to Google's 1Gbps down/up service in parts of Missouri and Kansas, it should hover around the $70 per month mark.

Samsung's S Launcher feels like an old friend in Windows 8, brings back the Start Menu

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 2:36 am

Samsung unveiled three new Windows 8, all-in-one PCs earlier today, and included is a widget called S Launcher. Why is this news? Well, Samsung doesn't want to confuse people with Windows 8's lack of a Start Menu, so they've pushed out S Launcher, which looks virtually identical to the Start Menu of Windows 7.




S Launcher is a simple widget that looks, and acts, just like the Start Menu we've all come to love over the last decade-plus. It's as simple as clicking the widget, start typing a word, and whatever word you type, it will show you the settings, and apps that relate to the item you've just searched for. There's also a separate settings icon which provides quick access to the most commonly used controls.


Samsung's S Launcher also allows you to drag and drop files for easy access and throwing them away when you don't need them anymore. The settings icon does come in handy, as Microsoft have shifted around a lot of the computer settings to places you're usually used to in Windows 7. This means that Samsung's S Launcher can save you time when trying to find something such as power management, control panel, and more, now found all in one easy-to-use spot.

Samsung unveils new Windows 8 all-in-one PCs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 1:33 am

Windows 8 is nearly here, and partner to Microsoft, Samsung, have unveiled three new all-in-one PCs. They're known as Samsung's Series 5 and Series 7 PCs, and all of them are of course powered by Microsoft's nearly-here OS, Windows 8.




The Series 7 is the higher-end of the lot, sporting a 27- and 23.6-inch model coming in at $1,699 and $1,099, respectively. Both models include a 1920x1080 multi-touchscreen, meaning you can take full advantage of Windows 8 touch abilities. Just like smart devices, the new all-in-one PCs have the ability to zoom in on photos and web sites using the pinch-to-zoom gesture, as well as scrolling through pages by swiping the screen.


Samsung has also added five hand-gesture-recognition features that allow a user to perform functions without tapping the touchscreen. If you were to hold your hand in front of the screen and rotate it clockwise, it would turn the volume on a movie up, turn it counterclockwise, and the volume gets turned down. Swiping left or right would turn the pages of an e-book, with these functions working as long as you're no further than three feet from the PC.

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Apple patent gets approved, would see your iPhone get neutered in a theater - no more texting during a movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 29, 2012 12:54 am

The United States Patent and Trademark Office have awarded Apple with a new patent, which would enforce policies when your wireless device is detected in a certain location. An example of the patent's use would be in a movie theater.




This new tech would detect your iPhone, and automatically set it to silent and disable its display as soon as you enter a movie theater. So, at first glance, the patent looks, and sounds like a good idea, but is it really such a good idea?


What if you were in a movie theater, and an emergency at home were to happen? Your phone wouldn't display the call, as its display is off. What if an emergency from within the theater was to happen, and you had to call for help? The recent "Batman shooting" in Aurora, Colorado is a good example of why this technology can be a bad idea.

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