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Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded will be released in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 8:32 am

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards is a game that sits close to my heart, I was young when I got the chance to play it (I wasn't even double digits) and I guessed my way through most of the questions to enable me to play it (to prove my age).




Well, there's a high-definition remake coming from German publisher UIG Entertainment and Replay Games, Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded. The remake is going to arrive in high-definition, feature hand-drawn art and animation, as well as expanded puzzles and locations. The musical score has been redone and rewritten by Journey composer Austin Wintory.


Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded launches on the PC, Mac and Linux in June.

Japan mech factory creates $20,000 mech just for kids

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 7:32 am

When I was a kid, all I wanted was a NES - these days, kids have all the fun with iPad's, PCs, 360s, and more. Well, if you're from a well off family, Japanese mech factory Sakakibara Machinery Works could make your kids' dreams a reality.



The mecha manufacturers are making a mech for kids, priced at a whopping $20,000. Sakakibara Machinery Works have built adult-sized mechs before, named "The Landwalker", but these kid-sized mechs are named the Kid's Walker Cyclops. The pint-sized mech features one seat, and a drill - which doesn't look functional.






The Kid's Walker Cyclops is actually the second mech released for kids, with the company unveiling a bigger version a few years ago. The new version is slimmer and looks more streamlined. Imagine turning up to a school yard fight in one of these bad boys?!

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Xbox 360 to receive Pizza Hut app, will let you order pizza with your voice and gestures

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 6:32 am

To make gamers' lives easier, Microsoft and Pizza Hut are set to announce a way to do just that - an app for the Xbox 360 that will let you order pizza directly from your console.




The pizza delivery service will let you build a pizza using Kinect, through "hand motions or voice commands". This is something that Xbox representative Larry Hryb says is easier than using the controller. Personally, I think it would be easier to do it through a phone or tablet app, versus getting out of your game to order your pizza by waving your hands around.

Futurama gets cancelled... again

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 5:35 am

Very popular (or maybe not so much) animated comedy, Futurama, has been cancelled by Comedy Central. Futurama was cancelled by Fox in 2004, but Comedy Central renewed it in 2008. Even executive producer, David X. Cohen, wasn't surprised by the news, he said: "I can't say I was devastated by the news".




Futurama's now last season, had its first 13 episodes aired starting last summer, with the remaining 13-episode run to air on Comedy Central starting June 19, with the finale slotted in for September 4. Producers have talked about possibly continuing with another network, but these discussions aren't serious right now.

Apple has returned between 5-8 million iPhone's to Foxconn over quality control issues

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 4:29 am

According to an anonymous Foxconn worker who spoke with China Business, Apple have returned something between five and eight million iPhone's back to Foxconn over quality control issues. The anonymous Foxconn worker said the issues are "due to the appearance of substandard or dysfunctional problems".




If the anonymous Foxconn workers claims are true, this would have cost Foxconn somewhere in the vicinity of $1.6 billion. This is also assuming that the returned iPhone's are thrown away, and aren't repaired or used to make another iPhone. There's no information on whether this applies to certain iPhone's, or how far these quality control issues go.


Then we have to ponder... do these quality control issues affect the new iPhone?

Notebook vendors joining Intel to push for Android-based devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 3:31 am

It's an interesting time for Windows-based systems, as there are mountains of Android- and iOS-based devices being sold every minute of every day, with no sign of slowing down.




DigiTimes' latest report is that major PC vendors are joining Intel in their push for Android-based convertible touch-based devices. Yes, Android-based devices are wanted from Intel, with it looking like they're slowly shifting away from Windows. Lenovo are the ones reportedly leading the pack, where they'll release an Android-based version of their Yoga, an 11-inch convertible tablet.


Acer, ASUS, HP and Toshiba are all preparing Android-based devices, which we should see more of heading into Computex and even more in Q3 2013. DigiTimes' sources have said that the "sweet spot" for Android notebook pricing is at around $500, which means we should see some pretty powerful devices similar to what we see from Apple and their iPad, and Samsung and others with their current Android-based slates.

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LSI Nytro WarpDrive technology now powers IBM's System x server

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Super Computing | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 2:43 am

LSI Corporation have something kinda big to talk about for the weekend, and that news is IBM are now offering versions of their High IOPS Modular Adapters based on LSI's Nytro WarpDrive technology. These models join a growing list of PCIe Flash cards that are designed to be used with IBM System x server series.




IBM's System x server series are used by large clients that require insane speed for Big Data analytics. LSI's Nytro WarpDrive products provide ultra-low-latency, high-performance storage for data-intensive applications, all while helping cloud and enterprise datacenters reduce their storage footprint, as well as those ever-increasing energy costs. The IBM High IOPS capacity options range from 300GB to 800GB of SLC and MLC Flash memory for IBM System x servers.

Bethesda's next game teased, is a multi-platform title called Endless Summer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 2:24 am

Have Bethesda just unveiled their latest title? We've heard whispers of it for a while now, but the Australian Video Game Classifications Board has just outed another video game.




Bethesda are calling this one 'Endless Summer', which is a game set to feature "strong horror themes and violence", and in Australia, has earned itself an MA15+ classification. The classification report states that Endless Summer features high impact violence, but no drug use. There should be mild nudity and a mild impact when in relation to sexual themes.


Remember, that Endless Summer could just be a codename, and that the name could change before its release, or even unveiling to the public.


That is all that is known, so let's recap. Bethesda, Endless Summer, horror, strong rating. Zenimax is involved, so could we expect some form of an open-world horror title? That would definitely be something new on the market. Next-gen consoles, do you work!

RumorTT: Gran Turismo 6 to be released this year, possible PS4 launch title?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 23, 2013 1:08 am

The PlayStation 4 is coming out this year, where I suspect we'll see it a month or so before the Holiday season - so November 2013. What could sell millions of consoles by itself? A truly next-generation Gran Turismo game.




It seems that Newegg are listing Gran Turismo 6 for a November 28 release, with Italian retailer Multiplayer backing them up. We've slapped a RumorTT stamp on this post for now, but this news gives us two gems to take away with us. First, GT6 is coming - we know this, but November 2013? That is awfully close considering GT5 only came out in November of 2010.


The bigger thing, is that if Sony were to really push the PS4 to its limits in terms of sales before the lucrative Holiday season - GT6 would be the title to do it with. We could also theorize that the PlayStation 4 would be released sometime in November if the GT6 release date is true. Exciting times.

Code seems to indicate Google Glass will allow pictures to be taken by winking

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 22, 2013 11:51 pm

Code found in the Google Glass companion app seems to indicate that Google will be allowing Glass users to take pictures by simply winking. Of course, with this comes numerous different issues. For instance, it'd be nearly impossible for people to tell that someone was taking a picture, which is already a problem with the advent of cell phones.




The problem of unwanted photographs in already such a problem in South Korea that cell phone manufacturers are required to program cameras to make a shutter sound that can't be disabled by users. At the same time, hands free functionality such as this would be beautiful for taking pictures while doing things with your hands.


What are your thoughts on the possibility of taking pictures by winking? Should Google be required to have Glass make a shutter sound?