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Respawn Entertainment will be at E3, what should we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:28 am

You might not know who Respawn Entertainment are right now, but in a few months time, I'm sure they're going to blow most of our minds away with some next-gen first-person shooter. Vince Zampella and Jason West are the brains behind Respawn Entertainment, the two guys who were the co-founders of Infinity Ward - the developer behind Call of Duty.

 

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Zampella told the world Respawn was attending E3 2013 through his Twitter account, where he said "I've gotten a 'few' questions about @e3expo plans this year. Yes, we will finally be at E3!" There's no details on what we should expect to see, but I think we should get ready for some mind-blowing next-gen FPS on the next-gen consoles and PC. The time for gaming to really change is here, and with the guys who bought us the first, and arguably best Call of Duty titles, we should be nothing but excited right now.

Sony to launch their Xperia Z, Tablet Z globally on March 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 8:28 am

Direct from Mobile World Congress, Sony have announced that their latest smartphone and tablet, the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z respectively, will launch globally on March 1. Yes, globally - not just a localized launch, but a complete global launch.

 

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Sony's Tablet Z sports a nice 1920x1200 display, Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. It'll launch with Android 4.1 but Sony have noted that it will be upgraded to Android 4.2 in the near future. Sony are also pushing the Tablet Z as the thinnest tablet on the market, and it is both water- and dust-proof, just like the Xperia Z.

 

Upon launch, the Tablet Z will see a few first-party accessories, such as a charging dock and leather carrying case.

Gabe Newell to be donned with BAFTA Fellowship

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:29 am

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is set to offer their highest accolade to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to games, the Fellowship. The recipient? Valve CEO Gabe Newell. When Newell found out he was to be donned with the award, he said:

 

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It is an honor for myself and everyone at Valve to be presented such an award by one of the world's most respected and recognised organisations. Valve owes a tremendous thanks to many in the UK - to those who have played our games, to the great support of the UK press, and to UK-based creative contributors such as Garry Newman. I look forward to accepting this prestigious honor on behalf of everyone in our community.

 

Chair of BAFTA's Games Committee, Harvey Elliott, said:

 

Gabe's contribution to the industry is unique, and he is very different to many others that BAFTA could recognise. As well as enjoying great critical and commercial success with phenomenally popular franchises such as Portal and Half-Life, his work in giving back to the games industry through developing and showcasing other games makers has been outstanding. He is an inspirational developer and truly deserving of our Fellow recognition.

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MasterCard unveils digital banking service, MasterPass, debuts in Australia and Canada next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 5:37 am

We still don't have a one-world currency just yet, so conspiracy theorists (who are becoming conspiracy realists very quickly) can breathe a sigh of relief - but this is definitely a step in that direction. MasterCard have just unveiled a new digital banking service, MasterPass.

 

 

MasterPass will continue on from MasterCard's PayPass, with the company confident in the fact that if they can secure enough of the right merchants and technology partners, it can turn the "promise of a digital future" into a reality. MasterCard have also stated that the upcoming MasterPass will be a seamless and secure experience for consumers, making it easier than ever to begin transactions "from wherever they are", and with "any device".

 

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MasterPass includes support for a bunch of check-out methods including QR codes and NFC. Funnily enough, Australia and Canada will be receiving the service next month, while the US and UK will have to wait until spring and summer, respectively.

New York Times' piece on Tesla Model S causes customers to cancel orders, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 4:35 am

We reported a couple of weeks ago on the New York Times piece about the Tesla S, where the reviewer had made some shifty moves - but now we're seeing the results of this review rippling through the industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk sat down with Bloomberg TV's Betty Liu on "In the Loop", where he talked about the Model S and the NYT's piece on his vehicle.

 

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Musk has said that the New York Times review of the Model S might have cost the company as much as $100 million in value, and the cancellation of 'hundreds' of orders from customers. Musk said, "It probably affected us to the tune of tens of millions, to the order of $100 million, so it's not trivial." So it looks like Tesla were on the losing end of the Times' piece on their Model S.

 

Musk continues, saying:

 

We did actually get a lot of cancellations as a result of The New York Times article. It probably affected us to the tune of tens of millions, to the order of $100 million, so it's not trivial...I would say that refers more to the valuation of the company. It wasn't as though there were 1,000 cancellations just due to The New York Times article. There were probably a few hundred.

Chrome could soon grow some ears, would listen in on your browser tabs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 3:37 am

Google will soon bake in a very cool new feature into Chrome that would allow the browser to listen in on your open tabs, where it would tell you which tabs are making noise, or recording it. The new feature has been baked into the latest Chromium release and features a throbbing EQ animation over any tab that is making noise.

 

 

The reason we're seeing it in Chromium first is that Chromium is where Google plays with features and improvements, such as this, before shifting them over to the stable Chrome build. At the moment, the new feature doesn't work on the OS X-based version of Chromium, but it works within Windows. At first, I didn't think this would be useful - but I'm the kind of person who might open 5-10 (or more) tabs in quick succession, with one of them playing some ad that I can't find - in this case, it would be perfect.

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'Six-strikes' copyright alert system takes effect in the United States

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:31 am

Bittorrent users in the United States will now be subject to the "six-strikes" copyright alert system. Customers of AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast will face "mitigation measures" if a movie studio or other copyright holder asserts that they were illegally downloading a copyrighted work.

 

 

Theoretically the program will affect all users who pirate copyrighted material, though studios and other content owners can only really easily track bittorrent swarms. The program features escalating tiers of warnings, starting out with a simple notice that they were found to be downloading copyrighted material.

 

The second tier will see users facing more invasive measures, such as being forced to watch a video. The final tier of punishment can see users having their download speed reduced, though no service can be disconnected as a result of these accusations. Users can appeal for $35 to the American Arbitration Association. If a user wins the appeal, the fee is refunded.

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ASUS Fonepad hands-on, we take a look at ASUS' super-cheap smartphone at MWC 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:28 am

MWC 2013 - Our guy on the scene, Johannes Knapp has another hands-on from Mobile World Congress, with the latest video a look at ASUS' cheap Fonepad. We see it as a 7-inch tablet, phone, whatever you want to call it.

 

 

You can use it as a normal phone, or possibly connect via Bluetooth to use it. 7-inch 1280x720 display, Intel Atom processor cranks along inside, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. European-based consumers won't be getting a camera on the rear, with the international version the one shown off the most.

 

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MicroUSB port on the bottom, 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack, power button and volume rocker are on the left side of the device. We think the build quality is quite nice, which is great for the price - just $249.

HP Slate 7 gets some hands-on treatment at MWC 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:54 am

MWC 2013 - We have some hands-on time with HP's Slate 7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and if you haven't already read about it, HP's Slate 7 tablet is the company's first Android-powered device.

 

 

We have Johannes Knapp at the event, who grabbed one of the Slate 7's to take a look at it, above. He notes the 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch 1024x600 display, VGA front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. The soft-touch back feels nice, and there's some HP and Beats Audio logos on the rear. Looking around the Slate 7 itself, on the bottom we find two speakers and a microUSB port for charging and syncing, on the right side we find the volume rocker, on top we have the power button and microSD card slot as well as a 3.5-inch headphone/speaker jack and on the left - nothing.

 

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The build quality feels nice, the Slate 7 runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box which is nice - there you have it! Keep checking back for some more MWC content.

Arrested Development won't have a 5th season produced by Netflix

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:02 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has described the fourth season of Arrested Development as a "one-off" that would likely be "non-repeatable" due to the circumstances surrounding the actors and series. A company spokesperson added that it would be "extremely difficult to get the cast together" for additional seasons.

 

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The actors in the series are busy doing other movies and shows that are a higher priority than Arrested Development, which is a disappointment for fans of the show who would like more seasons produced. We likely won't see the actors back together until Arrested Development hits the movie screen.

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