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Xbox One won't see indie games until early 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 8:29 am

According to Microsoft's Corporate Vice President, Phil Harrison, we won't be seeing any indie titles for the Xbox One this year. Indie games will launch for Microsoft's next-gen console sometime early next year.

 

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Harrison told Games Industry International the news, saying that Microsoft has received "hundreds" of applications following its announcement of Independent Developers @ Xbox program. Those who are accepted into the program receive two free Xbox One developer kits, as well as becoming a registered Xbox One developer.

 

Even though there has been quite a lot of interest, Harrison doesn't think we'll see indie titles when the Xbox One launches in November. He goes on to say: "I don't think it's realistic to see a developer get the program and build a game and get it into the market on November 22. It's reasonable to expect in early 2014 we'll start seeing the first games come through."

Samsung wants to know why iPhone fans line up waiting for a new phone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 7:28 am

We all know Samsung is jealous of Apple's followers, who wait hours, if not days for the latest iPhone to be released. But the South Korean giant wants to know why these people line up.

 

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According to CNET, employees from the Samsung Broadcasting Center/Cheil Worldwide (who produces internal training videos) were asking people waiting in line for the iPhone 5S and 5C at the Fifth Avenue Apple Store about whether the line was longer this year, and if the crowd was more excited this year, versus last year for the iPhone 5.

 

One producer from the crew said that "other companies release new phones, but there's not as much passion and heat. It's only Apple. Why? We're curious." It looks like Samsung wants to know the special herbs and spices to Apple's concoction that mesmerizes its fans.

CyanogenMod 10.1.3 is here, includes remote wipe/find capabilities

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 6:36 am

The general release builds of CyanogenMod 10.1.3 are hitting the tubes that flow the Internet to our homes, and with it, brings a few nice features to the modded Android OS.

 

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We have support for CM Account built into the release, which was previously only available for the 10.1 nightlies, which allows users to remotely locate and wipe their missing devices. This is something that is pretty identical to the Android Device Manager, but we can't complain about that, it's a great feature.

 

CyanogenMod 10.1.3 should be the last of the Android 4.2-based builds, with everything shifting to Android 4.3 from CyanogenMod 10.2 onwards.

Facebook ban lifted in China, limited to Shanghai free-trade zone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:43 am

Facebook has been banned in China for what seems like forever, but now Beijing has lifted the ban on the Internet access within the Shanghai free-trade Zone to foreign websites that were previously considered politically sensitive by the Chinese government.

 

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These websites included Facebook, Twitter and The New York Times, but now according to government sources who told the South China Morning Post, the authority in charge of the Hong Kong-like free-trade zone in Shanghai is a first in mainland China. This would also see bids coming in from foreign telecommunications companies for license to provide Internet services within the new zone.

 

One of the government sources told the South China Morning Post: "In order to welcome foreign companies to invest and to let foreigners live and work happily in the free-trade zone, we must think about how we can make them feel like at home. If they can't get onto Facebook or read The New York Times, they may naturally wonder how special the free-trade zone is compared with the rest of China."

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Samsung's ISOCELL unveiled, image sensor for premium mobile devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 5:34 am

Samsung has chosen today to unveil its new imaging sensor technology dubbed ISOCELL. ISOCELL, according to Samsung, will substantially increase light sensitivity by "controlling the absorption of electrons," which will help in low light conditions.

 

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How does this even work? Were you like me, lost at the "controlling the absorption of electrons" bit, too? Well, Samsung says that BSI (Back Side Illumination) is very limited in how much it can affect your pictures in low light conditions, whereas ISOCELL has a barrier between each and every pixel. This will reportedly cut electrical crosstalk by up to 30%.

 

Not only that, but ISOCELL will also allow a wider field of light absorption so that the camera module can be thinner. We should begin to see ISOCELL-based devices toward the end of the year.

Gold-colored iPhone 5S sells for $10,000 on eBay

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 4:26 am

It was only yesterday that we were talking about Apple underestimating the demand of its gold-colored iPhone 5S for Asia, but it looks like someone has really jumped the gun on eBay paying over $10,000 for a gold-colored iPhone 5S.

 

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Yes. $10,000. Business Insider notes that eBay users are selling their gold iPhone 5S' for thousands of dollars, because demand is just so huge for them right now. I really don't know why someone would spend $10,000+ on a device that is worth less than 1/10 of that, but it goes to show you the demand for them right now.

Riot Games has been named third best medium-sized workplace in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 3:36 am

CNNMoney has called Riot Games the third best medium-sized business in the US. The League of Legends creator was donned with the 'award' from a global research and consulting firm called Great Place to Work.

 

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Great Place to Work assembled its list of top businesses with less than 1,000 business, with candidates being chosen for their "unique cultures" and environments on the same level as CNNMoney's 100 Best Companies to Work For compilation. Riot Games employs 846 people, of which some were plucked at random to talk about Riot Games' culture and programs.

 

Riot Games' statement reads: "This process gave us the opportunity to share Riot culture and stories, but also gave us a chance to take cultural inventory of where we're at and where we still need to go."

LG unveils the Vu 3, keeps its 4:3 aspect ratio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 2:28 am

LG has just unveiled its Vu 3 smartphone, which will be the main competitor to the Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung. The Vu 3 is an interesting device, as it keeps its 4:3 aspect ratio, making it more square rather than tall or wide.

 

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The LG Vu 3 features a 5.2-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 1280x960. Inside the Vu 3 is some great hardware, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and LTE-A support. The Vu 3 launches on Friday in Korea, in black, white or mint colors. There's no availability at the moment for the US and Europe, but we should expect that in the coming weeks and months.

Want to create or compare governments? Google's Constitute is for you

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 2:03 am

Google has just announced the launch of a new project it calls Constitute, a website that organizes all of the world's constitutions in one easily searchable and user-friendly interface. The website allows users to filter charters by the date that they were created and indexes both basic details and policies.

 

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This new service offered by Google is a very important service just for the fact that it makes every constitution in the world easily readable, something that many countries make very hard to find. I am sure that there are more than a few political science majors out there who are viewing this new website as a true godsend and thanking Google for making their research much easier.

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T-Mobile's Motorola Moto X phones get update that improves camera

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 24, 2013 1:17 am

Google released an update today for its flagship smartphone, the Moto X. The update greatly improves the performance of the phone's rear-facing camera. The update comes after several major sites criticized the camera's performance in their reviews, but thankfully Google took note and adjusted things accordingly.

 

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The software update improves on the camera's exposure, color accuracy, and focus speed, all of which took major hits in the press. Unfortunately at the moment, the update is only being pushed out to phones on T-Mobile's network, but it is widely expected to roll out to other carriers quite soon. In addition, the update increases the touchless control accuracy and fixes choppy audio that some users have been experiencing while in voice calls.

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