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Left 4 Dead 2 is currently free, for a very limited time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 11:27 pm

Valve took to its official Left 4 Dead blog to announce that it is feeling festive, giving out Left 4 Dead 2 for free, for a limited time. Valve said the game "will be free as in, grab it now, pay no money, and it is yours to keep forever - for free!"

 

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The only thing you have to do is go into Steam, and install it - after which, it will be in your library forever. This is a very limited time offer, with Left 4 Dead 2 only being free until December 26 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern. Jump in and grab the zombie shooter now!

Samsung to skip the smartwatch? Move to the Galaxy Band fitness band

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 1:36 am

After the truly ridiculous train wreck of an ad for the Galaxy Gear, which you can watch below, it looks like Samsung could change its tune and release a fitness tracking band known as the Galaxy Band.

 

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The South Korean-based giant released its Galaxy Gear smartwatch earlier this year to lackluster reviews from critics and consumers, announcing a successor to it very shortly after it hit wrists across the world. It was a preemptive move from the company, something that has hurt its image to consumers in the smartwatch space.

 

Korean language site Digital News Daily has said that Samsung is going to strike the fitness tracking band market next with the Galaxy Band. Samsung's Galaxy Band would be similar to that of the Jawbone UP and Nike's FuelBand, but would be compatible with its S Health application that is available on the Galaxy S4.

 

We should know more once Mobile World Congress 2014 rolls around, which kicks off in February 2014.

Apple teases 'desk-free' PC, patents the idea

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 25, 2013 12:33 am

Wireless charging is something I've fallen in love with this year, but Apple is behind the game when it comes to pushing wireless charging technology into its devices, such as the iPhone. This is all set to change with a new patent from the Cupertino-based giant.

 

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Apple's research labs have presented a surprise to the world, with an early patent filing that sees the company thinking about wireless charging being the next big thing. Apple was awarded a patent last week for a "desk-free computer". The description sees a device that is small, such as a Mac mini, that features a projector lens on one of its sides.

 

The device would also carry an accelerometer and a proximity sensor that would detect how far the device is away from the wall, where the image would be projected. The patent states: "The integrated projector may also provide flexibility in the location, relative to the computer system and/or the user, and/or in the size of the projected image. Display screens for both laptops and desktops are fixed in size, and have limited flexibility in location relative to the computer, either by wired connection and/or other physical constraint."

 

Of course the stand out feature here is definitely the wireless charging, with the device capable of being a mobile solution, which would cut down the amount of cords running to your PC. We don't know when this technology would come, but I would say it would be years away. Apple needs to catch up on getting wireless charging in its iPhones first.

Origin hosts its End of Year Sale, BF4, FIFA 14, and more on sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:38 pm

Valve isn't the only one hosting some great sales, with EA kicking off its Origin End of Year Sale. Included in EA's sales are some of its biggest games.

 

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We have Battlefield 4 at just $42, SimCity for $24, FIFA 14 for $28, Need for Speed: Rivals for $35, and Dead Space for just $18. If you wanted some older EA titles, you can pick up Battlefield 3, The Sims 3, and Mass Effect 3 for $12 each - not bad at all!

Steam Holiday Sales continue: COD: Ghosts for 30% off and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 10:21 pm

The Steam Holiday Sales continue today, with some great games on special. We have F1 2013 down 66% from $69.99 to just $23.79, Surgeon Simulator 2013 is just $2.49, down 75% off from $9.99.

 

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If you want something a bit different, Rocksmith 2014 is $33.46, down 33% from $49.95, and the stand out here is definitely Call of Duty: Ghosts down 33%, from $89.99 to just $60.29. There are some Flash Sales that stand out too, with Dishonored seeing 75% slashed from its $44.99 price, dropping it to just $11.24.

Google and NORAD have began tracking Santa's location

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 3:09 pm

Christmas is upon us and that means that millions of little boys and girls will be waking up to presents under a tree as the day progresses. As always NORAD has their Santa tracker up and running, and this year so does Google.

 

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Unfortunately one of the systems tracking software is out of whack or they are tracking two different jolly old men. At the time of this writing, NORAD says that Santa is on his way to Hong Kong, but Google is tracking him as he is on his way to Taipei Taiwan. Google says that Santa has delivered 2,187,948,856 presents already and traveled more than 66,000km.

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Steam Controller used to play PC games, which works surprisingly well

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 12:40 pm

If there's something I'm excited to use in 2014, it definitely has to be the Steam Controller. Luckily for us, Chris from YouTube channel Trial By Game has his hands on one of the Steam Boxes, and has uploaded a bunch of videos playing various PC games with the Steam Controller.

 

 

Using the Steam Controller in Metro: Last Light, a first-person shooter, looks incredible intuitive and slick. It is a far cry from the jumbled mess that thumb sticks provide when playing with console controllers. There are a bunch more videos on the Trial by Game YouTube page, so be sure to check it out. I can't wait to get my hands on the Steam Controller after watching those videos!

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Acer's new CEO has TSMC and Intel under his belt

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 11:36 am

Acer has appointed itself a new CEO, someone who has quite a lot of experience in the industry: Jason Chen. Chen is the former Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), where he was the President and CEO.

 

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Chen recently resigned from TSMC, where he will join Acer on January 1, 2014. Before joining TSMC, Chen worked with Intel as the Corporate Vice President and Co-Director of the Worldwide Sales and Marketing Group. His extensive experience in the industry should help push Acer forward, something it has needed for quite sometime now.

2K slam dunks a massive new NBA 2K14 patch for next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 10:30 am

2K Games has released a large patch patch for NBA 2K14 for the Xbox One and PS4, with this new patch improving gameplay features, and fixing some of the bigger bugs that the game experiences from time to time.

 

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The developer promises fewer sudden disconnects when playing against other gamers online, as well as a fix for those long black loading screens that would annoy gamers when loading up the game. The bug that stopped players from moving past the All-Star break after playing through multiple seasons in MyCareer mode should also be fixed, too.

 

This new patch for NBA 2K14 should be hitting PS4s and Xbox Ones across the world, so check your console to see if there's any updates.

ASUS to show off another two-in-one device at CES 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 24, 2013 9:37 am

ASUS will be holding a press conference at CES 2014 in just a couple of weeks time, on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas. The Taiwanese company will be pushing another "two-in-one" device.

 

 

You can see the teaser video above, which shows the Statue of Liberty sporting a tablet, which switches colors between green and blue. A caption shows up, asking "Green or Blue? One or Two?", so we should expect a dual-boot slate running both Windows, and Android. We've seen this before with ASUS' Transformer line of slates, but what should we expect for this new device?

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