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Apple's latest patent teases an iPhone with a built-in joypad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

It looks like Apple could eventually turn the iPhone, or at least an iPhone-like device into a full fledged mobile gaming powerhouse with its latest patent.


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The Cupertino-based iGiant has patented a design for an iPhone that would feature a pop-out joypad, something that Forbes found with a filing date of 2014, and published last week. This new patent teased a "multi-function input device" that would allow gamers to overcome the "shortcomings" of touchscreen games, which interfere "with the user's ability to see what he is controlling and/or other portions of the game display".


The patent goes on to say that it would feature a built-in controller that is enabled through a spring mechanism, something that would be very useful for games that feature tactile feedback. The application states "Some gamers hold the opinion that realistic game play cannot be fully experienced without joysticks and/or tactile buttons".

Optus gives Aussies bonus' for going prepaid on their mobile

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

If you're looking to have your phone completely off-contract and pay as you go, Optus Australia are promoting their business to all prepaid customers, throwing in some bonus' if you walk down that path - for a limited time only.


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As of today Optus will be offering an upgraded $30 AU prepaid service, which gives you 30 days of access, 1.5GB of data, 350 call minutes and $5 of extra credit for premium services (like MMS). In total this is a 500MB improvement on their previous $30 AU offering.


If you're looking to spend a little more, $45 AU will get you unlimited call minutes, 3GB of data and $10 of bonus credit. This is surpassed yet again by a $60 AU offering which will gather you unlimited minutes yet again and a beefier, 6GB of data.

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Meet the original Apple watch

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Not exactly revolutionary, this now-collectors item is a watch that was given to Mac customers back in 1995 as a way to help convince them to upgrade their OS. Originally a straight forward give-away, this item now fetches a pretty penny if sold online thanks to its history and now apparent rarity.



Jonathan Morrison from TechFast brought one along to CES and showed it off to various technology media companies, displaying it's beautiful lack of features and interesting design qualities - looking like something possibly made for primary school children.


Don't be surprised if you see this design set as an optional new face for the latest Apple iWatch release.

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Big tablets have begun - The HP 12-inch has arrived

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

With rumors building over Apple's new large iPad and its possible inclusion of a stylus, HP has jumped the gun and released their plethora of new tablets with one of them being this gigantic 12-inch offering.


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There is one thing that the Apple and HP products have in common and that is a business focus. Tablets haven't been doing too well in the public sector for a while now, however it seems that companies are turning their focus towards professional business and education applications. There are plenty of schools which now offer iPads for their students to use on a regular basis, so these companies are trying to fully capture that market by providing a direct solution rather than a one-device-fits-all approach.


HP's new 12-inch tablet comes with their own "Duet Pen", described as a stylus that can write on anything. Utilizing Qualcomm's Snapdragon digital pen technology, this pen can write on your tablet and take normal notes on paper. This means that whenever characters are written on paper, they will appear on the tablet also - allowing to you store, share and publish any notes taken.

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Netflix pulled in $5.5 billion in revenue for 2014, beats expectations

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Netflix has posted its revenue for both the quarter just passed, and the full 12 months of 2014. The streaming giant thrashed expectations, which had them pegged at $0.45 per share, but Netflix posted $1.35 per share over revenues of $1.48 billion and profits of $83.4 million.


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Compared to the same quarter a year ago, Netflix posted just $43 million in profit, or $0.79 per share. Over the entire 12 months, Netflix posted revenues of $5.5 billion. During Q4 alone, the company added 1.9 million subscribers in the US, and 2.43 million overseas for an additional 4.33 million new subscribers. Over the course of the year, Netflix added 39.11 million new subscribers in the US, and 18.28 million subscribers from across the world. Netflix now has a total of 57.39 million subscribers.


This has helped the company post its biggest quarter ever, and is a reason why investors love the company so much - continuous, and close to unstoppable growth.

Too many Steam games? Spiral into depression with this time calculator

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Remember the pang of regret and depression you felt deep in your chest when typing /played into your pre-Burning Crusade World of Warcraft account? Experience this wonderful feeling yet again when you see how long it would take you to complete every game in your Steam library from start to finish.


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SteamLeft will tell you exactly how long it's going to take to finish every game that you currently own, letting you know that continuous Seam sale binging probably wasn't the best idea - but who cares, right?


We've seen a few users hit the 1,000 hour mark - please submit yours below and let us know how many hours you need to slog it out for.

'Powers' the PlayStation exclusive TV show debuts on March 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Sony will be debuting its PlayStation-exclusive original series Powers on March 10, with the first season taking part over 10 episodes. The first episode will be teased to all PSN owners for free, after which you'll need to be a PlayStation Plus subscriber to watch the rest.



The show itself is based on the ongoing Image Comics series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Avon, with the world of Powers set in a police show based in Chicago where two homicide detectives investigate cases that citizens with superhuman abilities, or, well, powers. Better yet, the show stars Sharlto Copley, who was in District 9 and Elysium, who plays Christian Walker.


Walker is a former superhero who becomes a detective after he loses his powers, while his partner Deena Pilgrim, who is played by The Following's Susan Heyward. Eddie Izzard also stars, playing as the villain 'Wolfe'.

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Edward Snowden: GCHQ snooped on emails sent, received by journalists

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

The GCHQ collected emails sent to and from journalists in the United States and UK, according to documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It took less than 10 minutes to harvest up to 70,000 emails during the GCHQ exercise, intercepted from fiber-optic cables, and included correspondence between writers and editors.


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As part of its surveillance campaign, the GCHQ archived emails related to journalists from BBC, Reuters, The New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, NBC, the Sun and the Washington Post - with data saved on its intranet.


It's no surprise that the NSA and GCHQ have invested in a number of different digital surveillance efforts, but the widespread campaigns have shocked critics. The GCHQ is under increased pressure to ensure journalists' emails are protected, as confidentiality is important - despite government skepticism.

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Valve has added Steam Broadcasting to Steam, bursts out of beta form

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Well, that didn't take long: Valve has made its Steam Broadcasting feature official, dragging it out of its quick stint as a beta part of Steam.


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You can now update Steam, if it hasn't already been updated for you, and change your settings if you want Broadcasting to be enabled. This will allow your gameplay to be broadcasted to friends when you start gaming, which is an alternative to the super popular Twitch service, that was recently purchased by Amazon for $970 million.


Steam Broadcasting will only broadcast video by default, but you can also stream other applications from your computer if you allow it in the settings. Broadcasting will also take in your computers audio, too.

Robotoki shuts its doors, leaves Human Element on 'hiatus'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 1 day ago

Robert Bowling, who used to be the Creative Strategist with Infinity Ward, has confirmed with Polygon that he has shut down his new game studio Robotoki. This has left their game in development, Human Element, on hiatus.


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Bowling said in an e-mail to Polygon: "This week we have ceased operations at Robotoki and the development of Human Element is on hiatus. We were actively negotiating a new publishing deal for the premium version of Human Element but unfortunately I was unable to continue to self-fund development until a deal was finalized".


It's quite unfortunate, as South Korea-based Nexon made a 'strategic investment' into Robotoki in 2013, and many people were looking forward to seeing what Robotoki were going to do with Human Element.

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