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Battlefield 3 leads July's PlayStation Plus list of free games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 1:26 pm

PlayStation Plus members are getting a good deal this month with the July list of free games available to Plus members. Sony Computer Entertainment announced through the PlayStation Blog that beginning on July 2, DICE and EA's first-person shooter, Battlefield 3, will join PS Plus' instant game collection.

 

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Four more games join BF3, and will hit the PS3, PS Vita and PSP in North America this month:

 

  • Battlefield 3 (PS3)
  • Metal Slug XX (PSP, Compatible on PS Vita)
  • Jet Set Radio (PS3)
  • Dokuro (PS Vita)
  • Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD (PS3)

Kickstarter-funded Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded hits retail later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 12:24 pm

The amount of hours I poured into this game as a youngster was ridiculous, and with the Steam version hitting last month, the retail copy will reach store shelves later this month.

 

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Publisher, Replay Games, said that the June release date for the retail version was "somewhat less certain". Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded was on Kickstarter, where it passed its $500,000 funding goal with the help of over 14,000 backers.

Firefox OS-powered smartphone debuts in Spain for $90

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 11:27 am

Say hello to the first Firefox OS-powered smartphone, the ZTE Open. ZTE's Open goes on sale in Spain today on the Telefonica Movistar network and will cost 69 euros ($90 or so).

 

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But, it gets better - for $90, you get the ZTE Open and a 30 euro pre-paid balance for calls, as well as a 4GB microSD card. Quite the bargain if you ask me. Inside the ZTE Open, we have 256MB of RAM, a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera and 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. The OS is built entirely on HTML5, which means it has the ability to run a variety of apps.

 

We should expect more Firefox OS-based smartphones in the near future, but it'll be a while before they start throwing punches with the big boys over at Apple, Samsung and Google.

Microsoft snuggles up with resellers in order to push more Surface Pro tablets

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:27 am

Microsoft have announced that they're teaming up with resellers in their Microsoft Devices Program, which will see certain third-party resellers have the Surface available for purchase by commercial customers such as schools, business and universities.

 

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The software giant have selected 10 companies for now, with these companies now allowed to sell Surface Pro and Surface RT devices. These 10 companies are: PCM, Softmart, CDW, CompuCom Systems, En Pointe Technologies, Insight Enterprises, Softchoice, SHI, PC Connection and Zones. Microsoft are pushing this program across the world, so this list should only continue to grow from here on out.

 

Microsoft also took the time to confirm that they're releasing a 256GB edition of the Surface Pro tablet, which will be made available in the US. It will sell for $1,199.99 with availability set at between 4-6 days.

Apple to build a solar farm to power their Nevada-based data center as well as the surrounding community

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 9:27 am

Apple will be working with NV Energy, a Nevada-based utility company, where they'll build a solar array together. The new solar array will be built next to Apple's Reno, Nevada-based data center, and will power the data center once it's complete, as well as the surrounding community. Apple said in a statement:

 

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All of Apple's data centers use 100 percent renewable energy, and we are on track to meet that goal in our new Reno data center using the latest in high-efficiency concentrating solar panels. This project will not only supply renewable energy for our data center but also provide clean energy to the local power grid, through a first-of-its-kind partnership with NV Energy. When completed, the 137 acre solar array will generate approximately 43.5 million kilowatt hours of clean energy, equivalent to taking 6,400 passenger vehicles off the road per year.

 

The new facility will create around 1,000 jobs in and around Washoe Country, as well as "result in, over a 10-year period, a total of $24.1 million in direct and indirect revenues in Nevada" according to a survey by Applied Economics for the State of Nevada. Apple's goal is to eventually have all of their facilities powered by 100% renewable energy, and at this rate, they'll get there in no time.

Windows 8 has actually passed Windows Vista as the third-most used OS on the market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 8:26 am

Net Applications' latest data has some good news for Microsoft, as Windows 8 is finally getting into its stride. It has passed Windows Vista to become the third-most used OS in the world.

 

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Windows 8 enjoys 5.1% of the OS market share, with first place going to Windows 7 with 44.37% and second place we have Windows XP with 37.17%. Windows Vista gets pushed into fourth position with 4.62% of the worldwide OS market share, and Apple enjoys the next three positions with OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8.

 

Net Applications' data shows that Microsoft have enjoyed a nice uptick in selling Windows 8-based systems since May, increasing from their 4.27% figure to the current 5.1% figure. It'll be a very long time in third position, unless consumers start buying Windows 8 devices in serious numbers, but I don't see that happening anytime soon. I would be surprised to see them break 8% by the end of the year.

Minecraft 1.6.1 'The Horse Update' has gone live

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 7:29 am

The unstoppable Minecraft has a new update available, which is known as "The Horse Update". The Horse Update pushes Minecraft up to version 1.6.1, which - you guessed it - includes horses in the game now.

 

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Mojang have also provided donkeys and mules, which can be bred and spawned naturally. These animals do require taming before you can ride them, but once you do you can ride them around in the game world, adding chests to their saddles. You can also name your horses like other 'pets' and add all sorts of armor like iron and diamond.

 

The Horse Update also includes improvements, such as a conversion tool that lets you convert texture packs to resource packs, which will allow you to add sounds to different items. This update includes the usual performance and stability fixes, as well as improvements in riding mounts, respiration enhancements, extra tooltips, carpets in different colors which can be added on blocks, and like you can do stain wool you can now do stained clay.

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Xbox One will be capable of scanning QR codes with its Kinect sensor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 6:29 am

The Xbox One is getting closer with every breath we take, and with each day that passes it feels like we're hearing more about the console. Today, the news has broken that the Kinect sensor has a cool ability.

 

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This ability is that the sensor will let gamers scan download codes with the Kinect camera, versus the current way of entering them in manually - which is such a chore. Kinectimals is used as an example, which takes advantage of QR codes. It makes getting into the game not only easier, but faster.

Windows Store passes 100,000 apps, took just eight months compared to the App Store's 1.5 years

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 5:36 am

It was not even a week ago that we reported that Microsoft were reaching the edge of 100,000 apps on their Windows Store, but they've announced through Twitter that they've now broken through this milestone.

 

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Microsoft don't have the most apps, or the best apps, but they got there the quickest - in just 8 months. Comparing them to Apple, who saw 18 months go past before the App Store got there, and Google's Play Store took over two years. But, the Windows Store is here to stay and with Windows 8.1 coming soon, Microsoft are putting themselves in a better position with each day that passes.

Skype for Android reaches version 4.0, has been 'rebuilt from the ground up'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 4:33 am

Skype for Android has been updated today, a major release by the looks of things as we're hitting version 4.0 with a major redesign. Skype has passed 100 million downloads on Android, and has now been totally redesigned to look like other platforms' versions.

 

 

Skype 4.0 for Android includes a cleaner "conversation-first" UI, which shows the instant messaging part of Skype in a brighter light. It's no longer thrown to the side like previous versions of the app. You can now tab through different parts of the app, and change tabs using swipe gestures. Skype have said that underneath, it has been "rebuilt from the ground up" in order to be more reliable, and most of all, faster.

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