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Want to see a live action Street Fighter series, fund its Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 4:38 am

If you're a fan of Street Fighter and have a spare dollars to see a web series of it made, you might want to open your wallet to a Kickstarter page on it. Joey Ansah, is behind it, where he is the director, writer and creative guru behind Street Fighter: Legacy and along with Christopher Howard, they need $950,000 to get a prequel series they're calling Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist off the ground.

 

 

Street Fighter: Legacy was produced and released on YouTube around three years ago, mostly as a proof of concept to show that a live action version of Street Fighter would look great, if it were done right. The video saw eight million views, with a 98.7% approval rating.

 

Ansah has said that Assassin's Fist has been in development for around three years, with the team purchasing the option from Capcom last year with plans to fund the film through independent investment. If the Kickstarter isn't successful, the team could lose the funding they've already received, pushing production back into 2014.

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Google Babel for Gmail screenshots leaked out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 3:46 am

Images have popped up onto the Internet of the purported Google Babel for Gmail, with Techradar getting their hands on a bunch of screen captures of the web interface for the upcoming Google unified messaging application, Babel.

 

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It looks like a rehash of Google Chat for Gmail, with a better looking interface for the sign-in, as well as new features within the program itself. It looks like we could expect some photo sharing abilities with Babel, a mandatory Google+ login, and a feature to start a Google+ hangout directly from the chat.

 

This could be a total fake right now, so don't put much faith into this right now.

Tumblr for Android gets updated, overhauled interface included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 2:33 am

If you're a Tumblr fan, and an Android user, you'll be glad to know there's an updated app available on the Google Play Store. The latest app overhauls the user interface, with the scrolling lists and static squares now a thing of the past.

 

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The user interface is now gorgeous, and deserves your eyeballs' attention. Not only has Tumblr for Android received a fresh dab of paint, but there are some very slick animations, too. Pull to refresh is here, as well as tap a button to post and you'll see things bouncing and popping around, making the Tumblr for Android experience a better looking experience.

 

Grab Tumblr for Android from the Google Play Store, here.

Navy successfully destroys drone with laser weapon set to debut in 2014

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Drones | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:27 am

The Navy has successfully completed a test of its upcoming laser weapon system that is set to debut in 2014. The laser system successfully shot down a drone. We have embedded video of the test below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

Previous experiences with laser technology haven't been so successful. Part of the issue is that high-power lasers are large, require massive amounts energy, and large amounts of cooling. There have been some experimental laser weapon systems mounted in airplanes and on ships.

 

All I can think about is how cool lasers are. Pew, pew! Pew, pew!

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California court rules it's illegal to check maps while driving

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2013 12:07 am

A California court has ruled that it's illegal for drivers to check mapping applications on a smartphone while driving. This does not preclude drivers from using navigation systems that are built in to a car. This ruling comes after a driver argued he was using a phone for directions rather than texting or talking.

 

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According to vehicle code 23123, drivers are not allowed to use a smartphone while driving. The ruling states:

 

This case requires us to determine whether using a wireless phone solely for its map application function while driving violates Vehicle Codesection 23123. We hold that it does.

 

Our review of the statute's plain language leads us to conclude that the primary evil sought to be avoided is the distraction the driver faces when using his or her hands to operate the phone. That distraction would be present whether the wireless telephone was being used as a telephone, a GPS navigator, a clock or a device for sending and receiving text messages and emails.

 

Drivers are still able to use in car navigation systems. Drivers are also able to use voice controlled systems, so this means iPhone users can use Siri to get directions.

EVGA sets 22K record score in 3DMark Fire Strike, three other scores

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 11:33 pm

EVGA and "k|ngp|n" have set new world records in 3DMark Fire Strike. The four records have been achieved using a single EVGA TITAN GPU and a pair of TITAN's in SLI. The four records were set in the 3DMark Fire Strike and 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark with both single and dual-GPU setups.

 

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  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike (SLI) = 22,054
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (SLI) = 11,559
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike (Single Card) = 14,600
  • #1 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme (Single Card) = 7,308

 

EVGA also made use of an upcoming EVGA X79 Dark motherboard. k|ngp|n also made use of their Precision X 4.0 tool for overclocking the GPUs. You can see EVGA's records in the Futuremark 3DMark Hall of Fame.

News Corp threatens to take FOX network to subscription only if Aereo prevails in lawsuit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:28 pm

News Corp, owner of the FOX network, has threatened to start charging for the network (i.e. take it to cable-only) if Aereo prevails in its current lawsuit. News Corp, along with numerous different TV networks, sued Aereo over their renting of Internet-connected TV antennas.

 

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The networks allege that this is an unlawful rebroadcasting of their content. The courts, however, ruled that it was legal because Aereo uses one antenna per viewer. News Corp's COO Chase Carey has threatened to move FOX to a subscription model if Aereo wins in court:

 

We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. This is not an ideal path we look to pursue, but we can't sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal. We will move to a subscription model if that's our only recourse.

 

Virginia Lam, a spokeswoman for Aereo, e-mailed the following statement:

 

It's disappointing to hear that Fox believes that consumers should not be permitted to use an antenna to access free-to-air broadcast television.

AppGratis pulled from AppStore over push notification abuse

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 10:03 pm

The free app per day app, AppGratis, was pulled from the App Store yesterday. Many assumed that AppGratis was pulled from the App Store because of Apple's new 2.25 clause regarding apps that promote other apps in a similar manner to Apple's own store.

 

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2.25 Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.

 

Apple has confirmed that AppGratis was pushed out of the App Store because it violates clause 2.25. Apple added that it also violates clause 5.6 that prevents using Push Notifications for advertising and promotions:

 

5.6 Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind.

T-Mobile confirmed to be getting HTC One on April 19

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:31 pm

Along with AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile has been confirmed to be getting the HTC One on April 19. This news comes courtesy of Best Buy who posted the HTC One online for $249 with contract or $699.99 without. T-Mobile will also offer up the HTC One for $99 without a contract, but you'll need to make monthly payments.

 

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HTC has been downgraded to a second-tier company, resulting in component supply shortages and delays in the launch of the HTC One device. These delays have resulted in the HTC One being released near the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S IV and the rumored release of the iPhone 5S.

Intel debuts next-gen Thunderbolt capable of 20Gbps throughput, 4K video

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 9:03 pm

Engadget is at NAB in Las Vegas, Nevada checking out the latest technology from Intel. Intel debuted an upgraded Thunderbolt technology capable of 20 Gbps in both directions. This is double that of the previous Thunderbolt iteration, which was only capable of 10 Gbps.

 

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Intel stated that they currently have around 200 licensees and added that more Thunderbolt devices should be coming in the upcoming months. Intel also added that thinner Thunderbolt cables are in the works. The upcoming controller is code-named Redwood Ridge and Intel added that it will be built into some of Intel's upcoming Haswell processors.

 

Falcon Ridge, the next-gen Thunderbolt technology, will enable 4K video file transfer and display. This will be in addition to being capable of 20 Gbps transfer. The technology will be backwards compatible with previous cables and connectors.

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