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Breaking News: Microsoft forced to rename SkyDrive after court ruling

By: Charles Gantt | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 4:02 pm

A UK court has ruled that Microsoft's SkyDrive name has in fact infringed on a trademark owned by British media conglomerate British Sky Broadcasting Group. As a result, Microsoft has agreed to change the name of SkyDrive worldwide. Microsoft has said that it will not appeal the ruling and BSkyB has agreed to allow the Redmond-based company to continue using the name until it can come up with a suitable replacement.




SkyDrive is Microsoft's cloud based service similar to Google Drive. It allows professionals, students, and everyday people to upload their Office 365 documents as well as any other files into the cloud for easy access anywhere, anytime. No word has been released yet on what the possible replacement name will be, or when it will be replaced. What do you think a good replacement name would be? Let me know in the comments!

Microsoft have made $853 million from Surface since it launched

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 3:32 pm

When Microsoft announced they were coming out with an iPad competitor, there weren't many that had faith. I don't even think half the Surface team at Redmond would have faith in their own product, and it looks like Microsoft have made yet another mistake.




Since launching in October 2012, Microsoft have made just $853 million from the Surface tablet, according to the company's annual Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Considering that amount is less than the huge $900 million write-down Microsoft took in unsold Surface RT tablets, it's a hard place for the Redmond-based company to be in right now.


In the filing itself, Microsoft didn't detail how many Surface tablets they sold, but rumors are circling at around the 1.5 million and 1.7 million mark. Your move, Apple, Samsung, Google, ASUS, Amazon and every other brand under the sun.

Next-gen Kindle Fire HD to feature high-end specs, but low price

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 1:30 pm

If we were to just look at the amount of employees Amazon has, and the amount of extra jobs they're creating across the US, one would think they're preparing for the company to get bigger in the near future.




Well, according to a report on BGR, Amazon are looking to refresh its Kindle Fire HD, which would include a huge performance boost from the current device. Amazon are looking to bake in the speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC to reach that high-performance category. We are to expect three new devices from Amazon, ranging from 7 inches up to 8.9 inches.


The first, would be the entry-level 7-inch Kindle Fire, which would receive a refreshed 1280x800-pixel display. The other two models would replace the current Kindle Fire HD 7- and 8.9-inch models, and would include the super-fast, and very capable Snapdragon 800 SoC.

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Razer injects Naga MMO mouse with mechanical switches, new look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 12:22 pm

If you're an MMO gamer, you've most likely heard, or maybe even own Razer's Naga MMO gaming mouse. Well, the best-selling MMO gaming mouse has just been updated, and is better than the original Naga MMO gaming mouse in nearly every single way.



The Naga's MMO strange, but useful 12-button thumb grip now sports mechanical switches for increased tactility, speed and actuation assurance. Each button on the thumb grid is more pronounced than its predecessor, allowing for improved blind-folding. Razer have given the Naga mouse an reworked form factor, which provides a broader shape to help a range of hand sizes feel comfortable.




There's a clickable scroll wheel on the updated Naga MMO gaming mouse, which clicks in and out, as well as left to right. Razer have also reworked some of the software, too, with the company including a copy of their in-game MMO configuration software with each Naga MMO gaming mouse. There's also a left-handed version of the mouse now, which covers most of the gaming market.


The Razer Naga 2014 Edition is available right now for $79.99 through Razer's website, or your closest e-tailer or retailer.

Google provide some tips on how to use Photo Sphere on Android 4.3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 11:29 am

Google released Android 4.3 into the wild last week, but the latest iteration in their mobile OS includes some improvements to Photo Sphere. Photo Sphere is used to take 360-degree photos, and is quite a nice ability of Android.



The latest software improvements to Photo Sphere in Android 4.3 make it easier to upload and share pictures on Google Maps. Google have taken the how-to a step further by providing a couple of handy tips:


  • Hold the phone close to your body
  • Keep the phone in portrait orientation
  • Make full rotations holding the phone at each angle until a full 360 is achieved

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Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal to take place on August 14

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 10:24 am

Infinity Ward and Activision have just set a date for the first reveal of Call of Duty: Ghost's multiplayer, which will happen on August 14. The multiplayer reveal will happen during an event in LA, which will be livestreamed on the game's website, as well as Xbox Live starting at 1:30pm EDT.




We should find out all sorts of detail on the day, and I'm sure our own Trace Hagan is wetting his pants to see what you can do with the in-game dogs. I'm sure his Xbox 360 is ready to go for some Call of Duty: Ghosts. The next iteration in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Ghosts, reaches the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Nintendo Wii U on November 5.


Later in the year, Call of Duty: Ghosts will become available on the next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Hopefully Infinity Ward have fixed up their lighting system, which was faked for the "in-game" footage we saw earlier in the year.

The Humble Deep Silver Bundle includes Saints Row and Dead Island

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 9:27 am

The pay-what-you-want compilation is back, with Humble Bundle launching The Humble Deep Silver Bundle, which includes Steam codes for big titles such as Saints Row: The Third and Dead Island.



Gamers can pay just $1 (or more) for the Steam codes to Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third, as well as Risen 2: Dark Waters and the Gold Edition of Sacret 2. If you pay more than the average, which is around $5, then you can get the Game of the Year Edition of Dead Island and Saints Row: The Third's Full Package DLC collection.




You could consider spending $25, which will see you receive the Steam copy of Dead Island: Riptide, too. The Humble Deep Silver Bundle will be available through to August 13, so jump in now!

Take-Two posts $143 million net revenue for Q1, GTA V will help soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 7:23 am

Take-Two Interactive have posted a $142.7 million net revenue for Q1 2014, down from Q1 2013's $226.1 million. The company took a net operating loss of $61.9 million for the three-month period, compared to $110.8 million from the same quarter last year.




Take-Two have said this is part of the loss of software development costs for a cancelled game from 2K, that cost them $29.6 million. The company attributes their first quarter net revenue to the strong sales of Borderlands 2, NBA 2K13, Grand Theft Auto IV and BioShock Infinite. The latter, selling over 4 million copies.


Strauss Zelnick, Take-Two CEO, said during their financial call: "With Grand Theft Auto 5 launching on September 17, followed by the releases of NBA 2K14 and WWE 2K14, fiscal 2014 is poised to be one of our best years ever. Looking ahead, we are well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the upcoming launches of the next-generation consoles."

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Some Glass Explorers are being asked to invite a friend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 6:28 am

Google Glass has been mostly kept in the shadows for now, with developer signups at Google I/O, and a social media contest the only way of a mere mortal getting their hands on Google's wearable tech.




But it looks like this is changing, with Google+ going nuts with reports that Glass Explorers are receiving e-mails from Google, allowing them to invite a friend to grab Google Glass if they join the program. Did your eye just flinch with anticipation? There are some requirements, though. You have to be a US resident, at least 18 years old, and be capable of picking up your hardware in San Francisco, New York or Los Angeles.


Google told Engadget that a "small subset of Explorers" have received the invite-a-friend e-mail, in hopes of expanding their program. Google went further, asking five film schools to help find out how Glass can be used for everything from character development to production. The five film schools are:


  • The American Film Institute
  • California Institute of the Arts
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television
  • University of Southern California

X-Men: Days of Future Past viral trailer goes live, Sentinels appear

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 31, 2013 6:26 am

The first two Bryan Singer-directed X-Men films unleashed comic book movies into the multi-hundred-million dollar budgets of Hollywood's minds, and has kickstarted the billion-dollar comic book movies, such as The Dark Knight.



But, Singer is back with X-Men: Days of Future Past after passing on X-Men: The Last Stand for Superman Returns. X-Men: Days of Future Past will see both the worlds of X-Men and X-Men: First Class joined together, and is centered around a dystopian future where mutants are held prisoner in internment camps, before Kitty Pryde has her mind transferred into her younger body to help the X-Men of the past to step in a moment in history to stop the future from happening.




The above viral trailer is a fake ad for Trask Industries, which is a company run by military scientists and once-Presidential advisor, Bolivar Trask. Trask is responsible for creating the Sentinels, who are robots programmed to locate and terminate mutants.

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