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Unity game engine is now free for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10 developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2013 10:27 am

If you're a game developer, it looks like your work just got a whole lot better, as the Unity game rendering engine is now free for iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10. Unity CEO, David Helgason, announced the changes to their terms today during the Unite Nordic trade conference.

 

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These licensing fees for the Unity engine in their basic form previously cost $800, and are now absolutely free to developers. Helgason has said that the change to the pricing structure is to help build momentum for indie game developers and studios. The same free deal will eventually arrive on Windows Phone 8, too.

Google Now voice search arrives on Chrome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 22, 2013 9:32 am

I'm a huge advocate of Google Now and use it on the daily, but the great Google Now style voice search has just reached the latest Chrome stable build for the desktop - version 27.0.1453.93 to be exact.

 

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It's not perfect yet, but it is working as a basic voice search and response service right now. If you want to try it out, make sure that your Chrome build is the latest updated version, if not - click the Help button. From there, give it a few seconds to check your version, and let it restart. When you're back in Chrome, check out http://www.Google.com and then click the microphone you'll see in the search box.

 

Chrome will ask you for some permission to listen to your voice, and from there you can blast Google for answers.

HTC's Chief Product Officer has left the company according to reports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 8:33 am

HTC have been in trouble for a while now, but The Verge has learned that the company's Chief Product Officer, Kouji Kodera, has left the company. Kodera reportedly left last week, and up until his departure he was responsible for HTC's overall product strategy.

 

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Considering HTC just launched their very important One smartphone, this is some very had timing. Kodera isn't the only HTC employee to jump ship, with HTC's Vice President of Global Communications, Jason Gordon, leaving too. Not only that, but Rebecca Rowland who was the Global Retail Marketing Manager, Director of Digital Marketing John Starkweather and Product Strategy Manager Eric Lin.

 

Also remember what HTC's co-founder and CEO, Peter Chou, said last year? Chou said that if the One isn't a huge success, he would step down as CEO. Are we getting closer to the point where HTC will go into the fetal position and cry? It seems like the time that Chou will step down is getting closer with each passing day, and sale of the Galaxy S4.

The latest Man of Steel 'Fate of Your Planet' trailer is filled with beautiful action

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 22, 2013 7:32 am

We've had a handful of trailers to Zack Snyder's reboot of Superman, Man of Steel, but this new 'Fate of Your Planet' trailer is filled to the brim with action. Check it out below, and then we'll go through what we can see in the trailer.

 

 

The beginning starts of with Zod's message to Earth, then the fun really begins. We get a better look at Laurence Fishburne's Perry White, Amy Adams' Lois Lane, Michael Shannon's General Zod, and of course, UK born Henry Cavill's Superman. The trailer has General Zod threatening Earth for harboring Kal-El, where he states that "the fate of your planet rests in your hands" unless they give Kal-El up.

 

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Zod says that Kal-El has 24 hours to surrender, "or watch this world suffer the consequences". Things ramp up a bit, and we have a death stare from Zod, a huge punch to Zod by Superman, Faora threatening someone (Superman, or the military), Superman receiving a huge smackdown by some robot or person in a suit, a fighter jet crashing into buildings in Metropolis, Superman being dragged into countless skulls, Lois going into some form of a suit, more of Superman flying, Zod hitting Superman with a steel girder (girly scream from me), Superman screaming, some utterly awesome heat vision being shot from Superman's eyes, and bam - the El symbol, end.

 

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Man of Steel launches on June 14 in the US.

Touchscreen-based laptop sales surge by 52% in Q1 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: May 22, 2013 6:30 am

According to a new report from DisplayBank, who is a division of market research firm IHS, around 10% of all Windows 8-based notebooks sold in Q1 2013 have a touchscreen. Their report claims that 46 million notebooks shipped in the three-month period, with 4.57 million of those being touchscreen-capable notebooks.

 

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This means that compared to the previous quarter, touchscreen-based notebook sales have surged 51.8%. While sales of notebooks are strong, how many of those 4.57 million consumers actually put their hand forward and touch their screen for day-to-day use?

Spotify now publishes top 50 charts as free-to-play

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 22, 2013 5:32 am

Spotify have started publishing a top 50 list of the most streamed and most shares music through their streaming service. The top 50 lists are being made available as widgets for website owners, who can embed them on their websites.

 

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Best of all, music lovers can listen to the top 50 tracks for free, without having to sign in or even register for Spotify. Why are Spotify doing this? Well, it would be a great way to get users to notice the service, take a look around, enjoy it and then sign up for their premium subscription. Right now, the music streaming service features over 24 million active users, but only 6 million of those are paid subscribers.

 

The top 50 charts should update automatically every Monday at around noon EST, with charts from previous weeks continuing to be made available for review, but it's not clear if users will be able to stream from them.

Intel appoints Mike Bell to lead their newly-opened emergent technology and product trend group

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 4:35 am

Intel have just appointed Mike Bell in charge of their new emergent technology and product trend group, which will include ultra-mobile devices. This new division, according to Intel will be "tasked with turning cool technology and business model innovations into products that shape and lead markets".

 

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Before Bell took on the lead of the new group, he previously let the chipmaker's mobile chip business. Before joining Intel, Bell spent 16 years with Apple, where he actually had a hand in the early work on the iPhone. This new move is part of Intel's internal reorganization by fresh CEO Brian Krzanich.

Detailed specs on the Xbox One, is the PS4 the superior next-gen console?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:32 am

Last night we bought you a live blog of the Microsoft Xbox One event, where we shared some details at the time of the specifications of Microsoft's next-gen console. Now we have some more details, not all, but more details on their console, which we'll show you below:

 

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  • CPU: 8-core custom-built processor by Microsoft
  • GPU: DirectX 11.1 GPU with 32MB of embedded memory
  • RAM: 8GB of DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 500GB
  • Optical Drive: Blu-ray/DVD combo drive
  • I/O: USB 3.0
  • Communications: Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11n & Wi-Fi Direct
  • Connectivity: HDMI input and output, 1080p and 4K support, Optical output
  • Controller: Xbox One controller with redesigned directional pad
  • Motion Control: Next-gen Kinect camera, with 250,000-pixel infrared depth sensor and 1080p camera
  • Price: TBA
  • Availability: Later this year

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Sony stock sees a surge after the Xbox One was unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:35 am

Just under twelve hours ago now, Microsoft unveiled their next-generation console, the Xbox One. Funnily enough, at the same time, Sony saw their stock prices lift by a decent margin, from $20.94 to $22.55 when Microsoft started the Xbox One event.

 

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Microsoft's stock price didn't shift all that much during or after the event, simply moving from $34.99 to $35.02. It seems as though I wasn't the only one that wasn't blown away by the Microsoft Xbox One, so could this be the start of something interesting for Sony?

RumorTT: Samsung working on fingerprint scanning technology?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:02 am

According to SamMobile who got their hands on a leaked firmware for the Galaxy S3, Samsung is working on some sort of fingerprint scanning technology. SamMobile draws this conclusion because of some specific image files found inside the firmware. While it does suggest that some sort of fingerprint technology may be on its way, it doesn't say exactly what it will be used for or how.

 

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Another strange thing about this rumor is that the files reportedly come from a Galaxy S3 firmware. Unless Samsung did some modification to a Galaxy S3, it's highly unlikely that they'd be including this into a firmware destined for a device that doesn't feature a fingerprint reader. Rumors have also circulated that Apple will be including a fingerprint reader on its next iPhone.

 

It's time for a bit of speculation: what do you think the images above indicate? What is Samsung working on? Let us know in the comments!

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