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Rockstar: GTA V to be "biggest open world game to date"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 10:21 am

During a recent Q&A session, Rockstar have claimed that the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series will be the "biggest open world game to date". Grand Theft Auto IV's open world was already impressive, so how much bigger than GTA V get?

 

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Well, how about Rockstar go vertical? Lots of flying, missions involving flying, etc could work. Rockstar have claimed that it was not possible for them to integrate an interactive high definition airspace that matched the ground because it took too much work. Rockstar stated:

 

The city was simply too small for effective and enjoyable flying. It was the first time we made a high definition open world, and it was a massive amount of work to make something on that scale - we simply could not make an environment big enough for planes to work properly. Fear not, they are returning in what is our biggest open world game to date.

 

 

So maybe we won't see flying in as much detail as people want, but could it be expected in a future DLC perhaps? As always, I'm excited for the next instalment of GTA, and this time the frame rate better be good, GTA IV on the PS3 was just atrocious for its frame rate. Let's hope the PC version runs as good as the Rockstar-developed Max Payne 3.

Apple's iOS 6 Beta 3 looks to include iCloud.com e-mail addresses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 9:25 am

Apple's iOS 6 Beta 3 has hit developers today, and it looks like the company updated their change log, revealing that they're in the first stages of moving over me.com e-mail addresses and Apple IDs available under MobileMe to new addresses using icloud.com.

 

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icloud.com email addresses are now available for iCloud mail users. Users signing up for new Apple IDs, or enabling Mail on their iCloud account for the first time, will automatically receive an @icloud.com email address instead of a me.com email address. iCloud users with @me.com addresses that have been used with iOS 6 beta 3 will receive an @icloud.com email address that matches their @me.com address.

 

MobileMe was discontinued on June 30 in favor of iCloud, but MobileMe users are still able to transition their accounts to iCloud, but for a limited time only.

Apple releases iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 8:27 am

Apple released iOS 6 Beta 3 to developers today, with the next-gen mobile OS set to hit users' devices sometime "this fall", most likely with the new iPhone that is rumored to be announced on August 7.

 

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iOS 6 Beta 3 is Build 10A5355d, which is released only three weeks after the previous dev version which was Build 10A5338d. Users are the ones that really add juice to this news, thanks to forum discussion and blogs. One of the additions to this new beta is a new section in the Settings app for Maps, which now allows users to change the volume of the navigation voice, set distances to display in miles or kilometers, set map labels to display either in the local language or always in English, and finally, to set map label sizes to either "normal" or "large".

 

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Other changes found in iOS 6 Beta 3 include:

  • Roadwork and traffic accidents showing up in Maps app
  • Answer and Decline buttons for FaceTime calls have returned
  • iMessage on iPad now accepting phone number as valid contact info
  • Greater 3D Flyover coverage in Maps
  • Glyphs for bookmarks, Reading List, and history in Safari
  • Auto-brightness changes gradually

Windows Phone 8 set to have USB mass storage support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 7:18 am

Windows Phone 8 seems to be adding a fair amount of notches to its belt, before its even released. Microsoft's Joe Belfiore talked about the mobile OS at the WP Summit a few weeks ago, but there are also leaks and more around, too.

 

 

Then, a rumor has been floating around that Windows Phone 8 is to support "USB Mass Storage", which is the ability to simply plug your phone into your computer and transfer files. But, WPCentral says that this is no rumor, and that it is 100-percent truth, as Microsoft talks about this with the site, and a few other news outlets, pre-Summit. Secondly, WPCentral says you can watch the video yourself with Joe Belfiore briefly discussing the feature at the 14-minute mark in the Summit video.

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Ex-Google executive jumps over to Yahoo, takes on CEO role

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 6:24 am

Marissa Mayer was a top executive and employee number 20 at Google, so she was pretty close to that top of that Googleicious (is that a word, if not, it is now) tree. Mayer was the Vice President of Local, Maps and Location Services and has just jumped ships.

 

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She's jumped over to Yahoo, and will serve as the CEO of Yahoo. Quite the jump. Mayer joined Google back in June of 1999, and was Google's first female engineer, where she remained employed until her resignation earlier today.

 

Mayer's move to Yahoo spells good things for the company, as she sports a degree in computer science, and all that time at Google. But, compared to the competition, Yahoo has been struggling lately. Can Mayer swing it around?

Apple TV would feature a Retina display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 5:30 am

Rumors of the Apple TV have been around for a while now, but with Samsung and their new Smart TV range, is it too late? Or is there something Apple could do to the TV market that would shake things up as much as they did when they entered the smartphone market?

 

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Well, according to Raymond Soniera, founder of DisplayMate Technologies, Apple may cram a Retina display into their upcoming TV range. Soniera spoke to CNET, where he said:

 

My…theory is that color consistency and accuracy among all Apple devices is more important for Apple than Retina Display resolution and will be the strategic basis for the eventual launch of an Apple Television.

 

People have also said that 'Retina' displays for TVs are years away, but that is not true according to Soniera. He says that TVs with Full HD, 1080p resolution displays are already "Retina displays" in terms of visual sharpness at typical viewing distances. So, when Apple eventually launch that "Retina" TV, be sure to check the resolution. Unless they've done some true magic to it, it'll just be a Full HD display with an Apple logo on it.

Metal Gear Solid 5 has been masquerading as Project Ogre

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 4:32 am

A single image from Comic Con has just injected a very tasty amount of goodness into the rumors and talk of Metal Gear Solid 5, now revealed as Project Ogre. The image is simply a logo, but OGRE stands for Open Ground Reconnaissance Endeavors.

 

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OGRE is the sub-title for Metal Gear Solid 5, with the text under it reading "The moment we were cast out of heaven, we became monsters". MGS mastermind Hideo Kojima has previous talked of the game, and stated that Project Ogre "is some game that has a very wide entrance, a very wide entrance". Kojima adds "rather than making something very cinematic, [I plan to] make something very free".

 

When the first screenshot for Project Ogre was shown, Kojima said that the title is:

 

A little bit different to what I've done up until now. On the surface it will look similar, but once you get into it, it will be a different experience.

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Google releases the official Android 4.1 Jelly Bean change log

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 3:28 am

Google released Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mostly on their $199 Nexus 7 device, which we should hopefully receive a sample of for a review soon, with one of the main features being Project Butter, and Google Now, but there are little things that slip through the cracks in terms of bragging points.

 

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Jelly Bean allows you to share photos and videos through Android Beam via Bluetooth as well as sporting additional options for vision impaired users, and USB audio support. Automatic disabling of background data while using a Wi-Fi SSD that has been designated as a mobile hotspot and an easily accessible Windows-like safe mode. Some nifty features indeed.

 

At the moment, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is only officially available on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and the aforementioned Nexus 7 tablets, but it should slowly be baked onto other devices in the coming months.

RumorTT: Next-gen iPhone to be announced on August 7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 2:24 am

Know Your Mobile has a big scoop on the new iPhone, where according to a "reliable industry source who wishes to remain anonymous" revealed to Know Your Mobile that the iPhone 5 would be launched at a keynote speech given on August 7.

 

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There were reports floating around that the date for the iPhone 5's launch was brought forward from October to August (most likely from increasing competition). Because it is just a rumor, there are no details on specs, design, pricing, or anything else really. According to previous rumors, Apple will break their usual stance of keeping the screen at just 3.5-inch, and increase it to 4-inch.

 

They need to do this to break the mould, and keep up with the competition. Apple's new iPhone should also sport NFC capabilities, as well as a faster processor. It should also adapt a new look and style, changing from the iPhone 4 and 4S. The new iPhone should also be the debut device for Apple's iOS 6 mobile operating system, which should bring some nice changes to iOS, as there again, is already competition from Google in the form of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the soon-to-be released Windows Phone 8 from Microsoft.

Microsoft announces Cloud 365, a cloud-based Office, with a downloadable preview available now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jul 17, 2012 1:30 am

During a press conference today, Microsoft announced their latest version of Office. Everyone welcome Office 365, a cloud-based and collaboration-orientated Office, a big change for both Microsoft, and Office.

 

 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer deems Office 365 the company's "most ambitious release ever in our history". Office 365 has been designed from the ground up to work flawlessly and without limitations across Microsoft's portfolio of upcoming Windows 8 devices, and with some cool features such as being able to create, edit and publish Office content from anywhere, on the road, or at your desktop.

 

Office 365 has Skype fully integrated, and includes a new "People Card" feature which provides more than one way to get in touch with your contacts or view their integrated social feeds. Microsoft have also baked in SkyDrive, which itself has some great features in Office. Signing into Office 365 applications now gives you instant access to your settings across all Windows 8-based devices, as well as your custom dictionaries, recently used documents, templates, and more.

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