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Google launches Google Play Games, a new app that condenses social games into one place

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 25, 2013 12:07 am

In a day that seems to be all about Google, the company has released yet another new and exciting product. Google has just launched a new Android app named Google Play Games, which will serve as a central location for social gaming as well as game and content discovery. We first heard mention of this new app at Google I/O but details were a bit scarce and we almost forgot all about it.




The new app aggregates all of your installed games into a single location where you can see earned achievements, multiplayer engagements, and a list of frequent opponents and public leaderboards. The app is very similar to Apple's Game Center, which has been around for almost 3 years now. Unlike the Game Center which uses your Apple ID for identification, Play Games requires a connection through Google to update your account with new achievements and data.

Google spends $600,000 to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Networking | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 11:34 pm

For years now, San Francisco citizens have wished for there to be a free Wi-Fi service in their parks, and now thanks to Google, 31 of the city's plazas, playgrounds, parks, and rec centers are getting just that. Google donated $600,000 to install the free service, which is still pending approval.




The $600,000 gift will cover the equipment, installation, maintenance and service for the next two years after which it is still uncertain what will happen to the networks. If things go as planned, installation will begin as early as November and would wrap up sometime in April of 2014, just in time for park weather. Advocates and Google hope that this installation will serve as a model that will eventually grow into a city-wide free Wi-Fi network.


A full list of the areas getting the new free Wi-Fi are listed below:


Alamo Square, Balboa Park, Bernal Heights Recreation Center, Boeddeker Park, Chinese Recreation Center, Civic Center Plaza, Corona Heights, Crocker Amazon Playground, Duboce Park, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Gene Friend Recreation Center, Hamilton Recreation Center, Huntington Park, Joseph Lee Recreation Center, Justin Herman Plaza, Margaret S. Hayward Playground, Marina Green, Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Mission Dolores Park, Mission Recreation Center, Palega Playground, Portsmouth Square, Richmond Recreation Center, St. Mary's Recreation Center, St. Mary's Square, Sue Bierman Park, Sunnyside Playground, Sunset Playground, Tenderloin Recreation Center, Upper Noe Recreation Center, Washington Square

Newegg has been denied Motion to Compel Discovery from patent troll, says it will seek further review

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:43 pm

Any of my regular readers know that I absolutely, positively, 100 percent hate patent trolls. They do nothing to further innovation and quite frankly, they hurt the US economy more than anything else. Today, Newegg informed us of updates in a pending patent infringement case in which they have been battling a lawsuit filled by the notorious patent troll TQP Development, LLC.




Based in East Texas, TQP has filed hundreds of lawsuits against pretty much every kind of business imaginable over patent infringement. In the case against Newegg, TQP says that Newegg has violated its patent on encryption used on eCommerce websites. Newegg filed a Motion to Compel Discovery of TQP's communications with its patent monetization firm IP Navigation Group, which is associated with yet another patent troll, Erich Spangenberg.


Magistrate Judge Payne of the Eastern District of Texas denied Newegg's Motion on July 23, and said that the communication between TQP and IP Navigation was privileged as "work product" and were to be treated as mental impressions and notes created during litigation. This ruling came even though TQP never argued that its privilege applied to any of its briefs. Additionally, the judge ordered Newegg to pay 50 percent of TQP's reasonable costs and legal fees that occurred as a result of the motion filed by Newegg.

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Amazon lists Chromecast for sale, is cheaper than through Google Play

By: Charles Gantt | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:29 pm

Earlier I reported on Google's new HDMI media streaming dongle dubbed Chromecast. I was so enthralled by it that I immediately went to the Google Play Store and placed my order. Fast forward a few hours and the Chromecast has now popped up on Amazon and if you are an Amazon Prime Member, the dongle is actually cheaper than if you were to purchase it from Google.




My order for the Chromecast placed through the Google Play store ran me $54 and some change including 2-day shipping. Being an Amazon Prime subscriber, I could have waited a few hours and ordered the same device with the same shipping for $35 total, and for an extra $11 I could have it shipped overnight. Unfortunately, Amazon has updated the page and says that the devices will not ship for an additional 1-2 days so you could still have the device in by Monday if you play your cards right.

EA says that Apple is now its largest retail partner

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 10:05 pm

Yesterday, Electronic Arts released its quarterly financial results, and along with that release was a small announcement that during the previous quarter, Apple had became EA's biggest retail partner. The company said that games being sold through the App Store are earning the company more than any other retail outlet. That is pretty big news when you consider that their games are sold on Origin, Steam, and even in Walmart and GameStop.




"Our quarter was notable was for its strong digital sales," EA chief operating officer Peter Moore said in a conference call with investors. "To that end, Apple was EA's biggest retail partner as measured by sales. That is a first." Apple says that EA was the number one global publisher of games in the App Store for the June quarter as well.

Google updates its Drive app for iOS, now allows users to open links in Chrome or Safari

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:29 pm

Google pushed out an update to its Drive app for iOS this morning. The update brings forward several new features including the ability to open links from within files in either Chrome or Safari. The app also allows users to insert new rows and columns by using the "+" button in Google Sheets.




Version 1.5.0 of the app also addresses several bugs and has improved overall app stabilization, which should alleviate some of the app crashes that some iOS users have reported. Reports say that the app now appears to be faster overall and more responsive. No updates were made to the Android version of the app. Windows Phone users as well as those running BlackBerry 10 have nothing to worry about as Google has yet to release a Drive app for either of the alternative mobile operating systems.

ROCCAT launches Kone Pure Optical Mouse and new mouse pad

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 9:05 pm

This morning, ROCCAT announced the release of a new gaming mouse alongside a new mousepad to match. The new Kone Pure Optical Gaming Mouse is designed for those who do not want the high dpi resolution of a laser mouse, but prefer the softness of an optical mouse. Additionally, the company released the new Sense Meteor Blue Mousepad which is the latest installment in the company's praised Sense line.




"The new sensor featured in the Kone Pure Optical is the successor to the sensor featured in the famous Savu mouse. The Savu drew praise from gamers and reviewers alike, who complimented the mouse for its accurate and reliable tracking. Building on this success, the Kone Pure Optical has a new and more powerful MCU, which features more memory, and two new native DPI steps." said ROCCAT founder and CEO Rene Korte.


The critically-acclaimed Sense mousepad, which entered the market in 2008, has been reissued by ROCCAT, and is now available in a slick Meteor Blue design. The extremely thin textile pad, 2 mm thick, provides precise cursor control - allowing for absolute accuracy. The special micro-crystalline coating minimizes frictional resistance efficiently, and therefore provides a noticeable improvement in the gliding capability of accompanying mice.The large surface area, 400 x 280 mm, ensures the pad is of a size optimized for low- and high-sensitivity gamers alike. The Sense mousepad also remains available in Chrome Blue.

LeakedTT: BlackBerry sees its upcoming A10 smartphone leaked in images and video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 8:15 pm

By now anyone who follows the smartphone world has heard about BlackBerry's upcoming flagship, the A10. This BB10 based smartphone is the larger sibling to the already released Z10. Although it has leaked in the past in image form, today a new video has surfaced of the device, which lends us a completely new insight into the A10.



The BlackBerry A10 is said to feature a 5-inch AMOLED display with an unspecified dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and several features like NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, and even a nice sized rear camera. Industry insiders are suggesting that where BlackBerry has always focused on the business minded consumer and corporations, this new phone will be targeted at the mobile gaming community.




Some new images also surfaced this morning from Vietnamese site Tinhte, a site with a long and reliable history of leaking upcoming devices. They have gotten their hands on an actual A10 and have been kind enough to take some high-resolution images to share with the world.

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Google officially unveils the second-generation Nexus 7, it is everything we already knew

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:46 pm

Today during its breakfast event, Google officially unveiled the next-generation Nexus 7. Unfortunately for Google the cat has been out of the bag for well over a week now as the next-gen Nexus 7 is one of the most leaked devices of the year.




Pretty much all of the specs that we reported on earlier today were confirmed during the event and it appears that nothing extra popped up. Additionally, ASUS appears to continue to be the manufacturing powerhouse behind the 7-inch slate.


The second-gen Nexus 7 features a 7-inch 1920 x 1200 display and is set to life by a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, while 2GB of RAM handle the memory duties. An Adreno 320 graphics processor crunches HD video and games, while Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Wi-Fi handle the network connectivity. The long-anticipated Android 4.3 is the Nexus 7's OS of choice, which brings forth a new camera app and several other exciting features.

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Intel confirms 4.5 watt Haswell processor aimed towards fanless tablets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 24, 2013 7:17 pm

Today Intel confirmed the existence of the 4.5 watt Haswell CPU that popped up in a datasheet last month. Intel says that the chip will hit markets before the end of the year and that it will be geared towards fanless tablets and convertibles, which do not have much space for cooling hardware.




The 4.5W Haswell is expected to fill in the blank left by Intel's 6W Haswell processors that require an active cooling solution.


It should be noted that the 4.5W rating is the SDP or Scenario Design Power, which describes the sustained power consumption for sustained workloads, and that Intel has not released any information on the processors TDP, which is used to describe power draw in short burst.


The data sheet in which we first saw the new processor also says that the 4.5W SDP only applies when the clock speed is capped at 800MHz.

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