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Ellen Page wants her ID back, says Ellie from The Last of US is a direct knock off of her likeness

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 4:10 pm

It's no secret, actors and actresses from Hollywood like to keep a tight rein on their likeness, and rightfully so. It is after all how they make their living. Canadian actress Ellen Page has accused popular PlayStation 3 horror title, The Last of Us, of stealing her facial likeness.

 

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During an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit, Page told fans that she was very much aware of the similarities between her and the games character Ellie and that she was not so pleased about it. "I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a videogame called Beyond: Two Souls, so it was not appreciated," she wrote.

 

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While I see the minute similarities, I personally feel that Ellie looks much more like Ashley Johnson, the actress who does Ellie's voice over for the game. In my opinion this is just a publicity stunt used for both Page's career as well as the upcoming game Beyond: Two Souls. TweakTown would like to offer Page a chance to tell her side of the story and we have reached out to her and are awaiting a response.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean seen on Samsung Galaxy S4, available for testing now!

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 3:12 pm

Android aficionados have something to celebrate this morning as a version of Android 4.3 has been spotted doing some testing rounds on Samsung's Galaxy S4. This early version of 4.3 is thanks to some porting work done by the fellows over at SamMobile.

 

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SamMobile says that the port is fully functional on the standard Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 and there's not a single feature which isn't working. They know that the port is not flashable through Odin, it will void your warranty, and they only suggest attempting to install this version of Android 4.3 if you have the skills to flash custom ROM.

 

Even though Google hasn't made Android 4.3 public yet, you can head over to SamMobile (Source #2) and download the ROM now. Keep in mind that Android 4.3 is still in the development phase and currently cannot be considered 100 percent stable, so flash at your own risk and let us know how it turns out.

Google will pull the plug on Reader Sunday at midnight, users scramble to Feedly and other alternatives in preparation

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 2:09 pm

Sunday night after the clock strikes midnight, Google will shut down its Reader service for good. That's right after eight long years the search giant is pulling the plug on its popular RSS feed importer. The project was created back in early 2005 by Google engineer Chris Wetherell and after two years of development was released to the public through Google Labs in 2007.

 

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With the pending shutdown, many alternatives of popped up with big-name sites such as AOL and Digg both developing their own replacements. Other alternatives have been around for quite a while now such as The Old Reader, Pusle, and my personal favorite, Feedly. All of these alternatives except for Pulse allow for the importation of your Google reader feeds via XML file.

 

Here at TweakTown most of us have already switched over to Feedly which seems to be winning the race as the most popular Google reader replacement with more than 8 million new subscribers being added since Google announced Reader's shutdown. This is partially because Feedly makes the importation process so simple as all you need to do is log into your Google account and it will import your Google Reader settings automatically. Additionally, the interface is very Google Reader like with some UI improvements for a more refined experience.

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Microsoft are happy being number three in mobile, aren't afraid of BlackBerry

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 1:25 pm

The mobile war continues, with iOS and Android taking the lead but number three and four positions are taken up by the oldies, Microsoft and BlackBerry.

 

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During an interview with The Verge, Senior Windows Phone Product Manager,e Larry Liberman, said that Microsoft's mobile OS platform is "solidly the third ecosystem right now. That's a huge announcement in some respects". Global market share is different, where they're tied with BlackBerry.

 

Microsoft aren't worried though, where Lieberman adds: "I don't think they can bring to the table some of the things we have. The fact like we're delivering across such a different set of price points to such a large audience."

CyanogenMod working on secure Android messenger called PushSMS, has iMessage in its secure sights

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 12:28 pm

Apple users have their secure way of sending messages through iMessage, but right now Android users are a little left out. CyanogenMod hopefully have the answer to this, where the team are working on a new application called PushSMS.

 

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Devleoper, Koushik Dutta said this week that he has constructed a secure push-based messaging plugin for CyanogenMod which encrypts messages between two CyanogenMod users from end-to-end and is sent over the Google Cloud Messaging service. Dutta adds that the feature is built directly into the CyanogenMod framework, and is compatible with third-party clients like GoSMS and Handcent.

 

PushSMS isn't quite available, and should arrive in a new iteration of CyanogenMod in the coming weeks.

Microsoft increases the update cycle to Office, now sits at every three weeks

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 11:32 am

Microsoft have just updated their plans and will use their extensive cloud resources to crank out Office updates quicker, increasing the update period to every three weeks.

 

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Jeff Teper, who is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft's Office division, has told Bloomberg "within a year, users of Internet-based versions of Office productivity software, as well as e-mail, telephony and collaboration tools, will have parts of their software refreshed weekly." Does this news help you at all? An updated Office is a better office, yes?

Sony will continue to support the PS3 after the PS4 launches

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 10:29 am

For those of you who have a PlayStation 3, don't fret, Sony will continue to support their current money-maker once the PS4 launches later in the year for $399.

 

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The confidence in the PS3 comes directly from Sony Japan President, Hiroshi Kawano and Sony Worldwide President, Shuhei Yoshida, when they spoke during an interview with Japanese gaming magazine, Weekly Famitsu. They said that support for the PS3 will continue indefinitely, and that the company has "no intention of immediately shifting from the PS3 to the PS4."

 

Kawano also noted that after seven years since the PS3 launched, it continues to "sell at a constant pace" and that there are countless titles headed to the PS3 in the future. Kawano added: "With the 2014 launch of our cloud service in the US allowing users to play PS3 games on the PS4, some people may switch consoles from the PS3 to the PS4. But that'll be a gradual process, and to say 'we're releasing a new console, so trade in your old ones for it' would be a maker's ego talking, plain and simple."

Vine for Android updated, now includes front-facing camera support and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:25 am

Vine for Android has been updated to version 1.2, with the latest version of the application allowing front-facing camera support and more. We also have an upload manager for backlogged clips, settings tweaks and a bunch of performance tweaks.

 

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Most users have switched over to Instagram, or like myself don't even use it, but for those who still prefer Vine, you can get the updated version from the Google Play Store.

Alienware: next-gen consoles are just PC's with a controller

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 8:25 am

Alienware are still here, making some seriously high-end gaming PC's and notebooks, and their General Manager, Frank Azon, has some harsh words for Microsoft and Sony's next-gen consoles.

 

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He said that the Xbox One and PS4 are just becoming more and more like the PC, stating that the PC is the ultimate gaming platform, and that Microsoft and Sony are just borrowing concepts from the PC and putting them into a flashy-looking box that sits in your living room.

 

Azon isn't just talking fluff either, as we know that the next-gen consoles are powered by x86 architectures, which is what the PC is built upon. On top of that we have AMD building them, which are a PC company. We have digital downloads, streaming TV and movies, which have been staples of the PC industry for years now.

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Foxconn demo a new smartwatch that connects to an iPhone, while peering over at Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jun 28, 2013 7:20 am

The next couple of years are going to be filled with many different wearable technology devices being released, but most thought that Apple would be the first to the market with the most popular smartwatch - it seems we were wrong, as Foxconn have beaten Apple to the finish line, kinda.

 

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Foxconn showed off their new smartwatch during a recent shareholders meeting, with the smartwatch capable of connecting to an iPhone wirelessly and displaying incoming call information as well as Facebook posts. The Foxconn-built smartwatch also had the ability of monitoring the wearer's heartbeat, respiration and other vital statistics.

 

If the device reports that your heartbeat is beating too fast, it can offer you steps on how to get it down. This news is important as Foxconn are one of Apple's closest partners, and if they've got a smartwatch out now, which seems pretty capable, what are Apple going to be saying behind closed doors right now?

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