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Google Glass-like tech crammed into smart contact lenses

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 10:23 am

Technology just doesn't slow down, with researchers at multiple institutions working on a new technology that will see future smart contact lenses. The team has developed "transparent, highly conductive, and stretchy mix of graphene and silver nanowires" that gets attached to an off-the-shelf soft contact lens, giving it Google Glass-like features.

 

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The technology was tested on rabbits first, as they have similar eyes to humans and were found to be fully functional. The researchers did note that the rabbits didn't try to rub their eyes, or did they grow bloodshot during the five hours of testing. Research leader, Jang-Ung Park, a chemical engineer at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology said:

 

Our goal is to make a wearable contact-lens display that can do all the things Google Glass can do.

Sony's PlayStation 4 Eye is a $59 add-on, won't spy on you for the NSA 24/7

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 9:30 am

We all know the Microsoft Xbox One is an NSA spy box for your home, well, I do anyway, and so do a lot of people now - but the PlayStation 4 Eye is set to be a separate device. The PS4 Eye will be a $59 add-on to the $399 PlayStation 4.

 

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I think it's great that Sony aren't forcing the camera on you, as personally I wouldn't buy the camera unless it was for some crazy next-gen game that made me just want it. The camera should always be an optional accessory and I think Sony's move with the Eye being an add-on shows that they aren't just forcing people to have these things unless they actually want to buy them. Good move, Sony.

Tom Clancy's 'The Division' is shaping up beautifully as an open-world MMO next-gen title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:58 am

This is something that has just popped up onto my radar and has instantly gone right into the 'top 10 games that I want to play' list for next-gen consoles. Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft are joining forces with Tom Clancy for The Division, which will be released on both the Xbox One and PS4.

 

 

The Division is set in New York, three weeks after a global pandemic begins on Black Friday. Players within the game take on a role of 'The Division', which is a group of "self-supported tactical agents". The gameplay video, above, should have you convinced enough that this is something to look forward to. The Division comes out in 2014.

 

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Let's dissect the trailer, shall we? I'm loving the assistance from the drones, the realism (as he moves past the police car, he shuts the door to get past it while continuing to be within cover, the ultra detail within the game world itself, the team work seems great, but the one thing I'm not loving is the frame rate. This is some early work here, as it's coming out next year, but I'm hoping for 1080p at 60 FPS locked on these next-gen titles.

iOS 7 is a love child of all mobile operating systems, and that's not a bad thing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:19 am

I really thought that last week with Computex was busy, but I didn't quite prepare myself for the onslaught of data that would be slamming into my face via websites, Facebook, Feedly, our own website and e-mail. E3 and WWDC at the same time? Stahp!

 

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Anyway, iOS 7 has been unveiled to the world and I'm liking what I see. It definitely is a huge departure to the previous iterations of iOS which is great because iOS was becoming very stale for me, and a lot of others. iOS 7 now features a 'flat' design, which is gorgeous and you really need to check out videos on it to get an appreciation for just how much work Apple have put into their next-generation mobile OS.

 

The icons that are on the home screen move too, so if you move your iPhone from side-to-side, the icons kind of move - allowing you to see "behind" them, which is a nice trick. Multi-tasking on iOS 7 is heavily borrowed from Android, which is a great thing as multi-tasking on iOS until now has been pretty slow and clunky - but now, Apple have it done very well.

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NVIDIA Shield should still ship this month, pre-order customers to receive free t-shirt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 7:29 am

Have you been wondering when NVIDIA should ship their portable gaming console, Shield? Wait no longer, people of the world, as NVIDIA are shipping Shield this month still, and will give pre-order consumers a limited edition Shield t-shirt and have included the shirt in the package for your pre-order.

 

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When can we expect Shield to ship exactly? Late June is what most are hearing, so we still have a couple of weeks to go. But right now there is so much gaming content flowing through us that I'm sure the various news pieces and trailers of next-gen games can tie you over until the end of this month.

Apple's iOS 7 lets you block calls and texts from specific numbers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 6:26 am

Apple announced iOS 7 a few hours ago, and it does a bunch of new things that we're going to cover over a few news posts. The first of which, is the option to combat against mobile spam with the ability to block calls and texts from specific numbers.

 

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Apple talked about the new privacy option during their WWDC keynote, saying that the next-gen mobile OS includes "Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to prevent specific people from being able to contact you". I think this feature is going to be great for those stalker exes you might have, or those friends who drunk dial you on a Friday or Saturday night.

 

I'm sure Apple will continue to work with this new feature and give it more power, which is something we should see before iOS 7 debuts later in the fall.

EB Games lists the next-gen conquering PS4 as AUD $549

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 5:27 am

EB Games have just unveiled their pre-order pricing for Sony's next-gen console, the PlayStation 4, which will be $549 - Australian dollars of course. This is quite a bit higher than the US $399 pricing we've seen, but we're used to that in Australia, aren't we?

 

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I'm hoping that while this price might be right, we should see some form of a bundle included, maybe in the form of an extra controller or a AAA title bundled. Either way, I'll be buying the PS4 on day one, and enjoying the ability to share my games with friends, nudge nudge, wink wink, Microsoft.

Sony troll Microsoft by showing you how easy it is to share games on the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 4:29 am

E3 2013 - So... Microsoft, I hope you're reading this and if you are, you'd better be sitting down with valium in one hand. Sony have just come out swinging, and rightly so, about how damn easy it is so share games on the PS4. In case you don't know already, the video below will follow you through the complicated procedure.

 

 

Um... yeah... that was a little easier than you thought, right? I laughed out loud at the video, as we all did here at TweakTown and as soon as I get back to Australia I'll be pre-ordering a PlayStation 4 for sure. Sony, you have impressed the world today, please don't stop doing so. Lots of love, the world of gamers and technology enthusiasts.

 

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Sony says Playstation 4 will cost $399 and will be available this holiday season!

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 11, 2013 3:28 am

E3 2013 - At tonight's Sony press conference, the company has released pricing and availability for its upcoming Playstation 4 gaming console. The PS4 will retail for a mere $399 which undercuts Microsoft's Xbox One by $100. This is a direct slap in the face to Redmond, who until tonight seemed to be leading the next-gen console war. The PS4 will arrive on store shelves this holiday season.

 

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Not only will the PS4 be cheaper, but it will not feature such hindrances as Always Online DRM, Used or Pre-owned game blocking restrictions, and its gaming network will only cost customers a monthly premium of less than $5. The basic Playstation network will remain free. At this point, Microsoft really needs to rethink their game plan, as I am willing to bet Sony is going to kick their ass in sales.

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