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Google Now learns new abilities, is now capable of real-time package tracking and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 2:35 am

Google has given their awesome Android app, Google Now, some new abilities, with the updated version now capable of real-time package tracking from certain carriers.

 

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This new trick is only going to work if a tracking number has hit your inbox of course. The other improvements to Now include a new information option that shows some basic settings, as well as faster Google search results. These new abilities can be found in the updated Google Now app on the Google Play store, if your device hasn't already alerted you of the update.

Skype now connects users for a total of 2 billion minutes every day

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:31 am

Microsoft has announced a major milestone for the video and instant messaging platform Skype. They say that Skype users now use the service for a total of two billion minutes every day. To celebrate and explain just how large two billion minutes is, Microsoft provided the following infographic:

 

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Two billion minutes is a testament to our users who are making Skype the everyday communications hub that brings people together. This massive amount of connection - enough time to watch 1.6 million movies - is also a testament to the hard work of our product teams who have enabled these great experiences. Whether making a voice or video call, sending an instant message, sharing a file or connecting with a group of friends, now more than ever before, Skype brings people together whenever they are apart

Twitter updates iOS app, now allows app installs and launches from tweets

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:03 am

Twitter has released an update to its iOS app, bringing the version count to 5.5. With the new update, Twitter has added the ability to launch and install apps linked in a tweet. These feature is a direct result of Twitter's updated Cards feature.

 

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Apps which support Twitter's Card functions will be able to be installed from the Twitter iOS app. Twitter has also included the usual performance increases, bug fixes, and improvements:

 

Twitter for iPhone now helps you discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets. This update also includes the following improvements:

-Faster launch times and general performance upgrades

-"Retweeted by" in Tweet detail is now tappable

-Fix for reply-to-self in conversations

-Fix for bug that prevented undoing retweets in some cases

 

You can download the Twitter app from the Apple App Store.

SimCity gets in-game advertising courtesy of Nissan

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 4, 2013 12:04 am

SimCity has a new DLC available for free that adds the Nissian LEAF and LEAF charging station to the game. But nothing in life is ever free--the DLC essentially comes at the cost of having advertising inside of your SimCity gaming experience. We're pretty sure Nissan is paying Maxis/EA to provide this DLC.

 

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For users who install a Nissan LEAF charging station, nearby businesses get a onetime increase of happiness and Sims who use the charging station gain happiness.

 

In-game advertising isn't anything new. Looking back, the first examples of in-game advertisements showed up as early as 1991. Of course, over the years, some in-game advertising has been done better than others. What are your thoughts on this DLC sponsored by Nissan? Will you download and use it?

AMD says NVIDIA bitter over Sony using AMD in PlayStation 4

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 11:24 pm

AMD's representitive believes that NVIDIA may be bitter over Sony's choice to go with AMD in the PlayStation 4. His reasoning? A statement by NVIDIA's Tony Tamasi saying how the GTX 680 outperforms the PlayStation 4. He added that the 680 had been out for a year and a half.

 

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If the PS4 ships in December as Sony indicated, it will only offer about half the performance of a GTX 680 GPU, which launched in March 2012, more than a year and a half ago.

 

AMD's director of ISV relations Neal Robinson responded:

Well, of course they're going to do that. They're a little bitter. For us, really by looking at the APU that we designed, you can't pull out individual components off it and hold up and say, 'Yea, this compares to X or Y.' It's more than just a CPU doing all these amazing calculations and a GPU doing calculations. We are now going to be able to move certain tasks between the two.

 

It's true that the hardware being used in the PlayStation 4 isn't the latest and greatest. But AMD is able to offer both the CPU and GPU as a package, allowing certain optimizations that can work in the PlayStation 4's favor. We'll have to wait and see what Microsoft brings to the table with the Xbox 720.

Stinky Footboard controller hits Kickstarter with $75,000 goal

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:33 pm

If you haven't heard of the Stinky Footboard, don't feel bad. Until earlier today, neither had I. Now that I've seen the Kickstarter video, I'm rather impressed and thought I'd pass it along. The Stinky Footboard is a gaming controller designed to be used in conjunction with a mouse and keyboard.

 

 

The Kickstarter campaign is offering the Stinky Footboard package for cheaper than it will be when it hits stores this June. You can check out their Kickstarter campaign if you're interested in learning more or supporting this innovative gaming product.

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2013 World Championship for StarCraft II announced by Blizzard

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 10:01 pm

A World Championship Series 2013 for StarCraft II is coming, Blizzard announced today. The World Championship Series will be run in conjunction with top eSports organisations, including Korea eSports Association, Ongamenet, GomTV, Major League Gaming, Turtle Entertainment, and Twitch.

 

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There will be three different leagues in the sereis: one in Korea, one in America, and one in Europe. Each league will feature three sessions and three global season finals. Players will earn points from each of these events that will be used when deciding the World Champion.

 

Blizzard will be hosting the final match during their yearly BlizzCon event this Novemeber.

 

The structure of the StarCraft II World Championship Series is the result of an ongoing collaborative effort between Blizzard and our partners. Our collective goal was to make StarCraft II eSports even more exciting and easier to follow for fans than ever before. On the heels of the successful launch of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, we're all very excited about the present and future of StarCraft II eSports.

Samsung and Mozilla working together on new Android browser tech

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:31 pm

Samsung and Mozilla have teamed up to develop new Android browser technology. Specifically, the team will be working on developing a new browser engine for Android and the ARM architecture. The new engine is said to be called Servo and will make use of Mozilla's Rust programming language.

 

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Mozilla and Samsung are optimizing the browser for multi-core processors since that seems to be the way mobile devices are heading. It seems somewhat of an unlikely partnership, but it does make sense on some levels for Samsung. The Korean giant currently relies heavily on the Android operating system, a system that Samsung does not own.

 

Samsung is looking to have alternative options going into the future. Working with Mozilla could help get them in on the ground level of Mozilla's upcoming mobile operating system.

Not sure if BB10 is the correct mobile device for you? Check it out in your browser!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 9:05 pm

BlackBerry has unveiled a method to allow users to give BlackBerry 10 OS a test run before shelling out for a new Z10. BlackBerry has put together a mobile website that demos the features of BB10 and allows you to test out various aspects of the new operating system.

 

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Potential customers can check out the interface, test the predictive keyboard, BlackBerry Messenger, BlackBerry Hub, and other BB10 programs. The demo doesn't operate as smoothly as it would on the actual device, but it at least conveys the idea of the new OS. You can check it out on your iPhone or Android device by heading to BlackBerry.com.

Unreal Engine 4: Elemental demo PlayStation 4 vs PC comparison video posted on YouTube

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 3, 2013 8:20 pm

Thanks to a video just posted on YouTube, you can check out the difference between Unreal Engine 4 on the PC and on the upcoming PlayStation 4:

 

 

In my own opinion, the PC version of the benchmark appears to feature better graphics, though not by as much as you would expect. Both versions of the Elemental demo are impressive, to say the least. I am looking forward to Unreal Engine 4 and the games that will be created.

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