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Micro-transactions confirmed by Rockstar for GTA Online

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 4:09 pm

Rockstar Games has announced that those who wish to fast track their progress in GTA Online will have the option to purchase GTA$ via the in-game store. Rockstar says that the game and its economy were designed and balanced for those who will never buy extra GTA$.

 

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Rockstar says that online players will earn in-game money much faster than in GTA V and that there will not be a shortage of cash to go around. The developer also warned of growing pains when the game launches. There may be bugs, performance decreases, and other issues as the servers are stress tested for the first time. Rockstar says that they will address these issues as they arise.

Star Citizen's $22 million goal: adding in facial capture system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 10:31 am

The last time I remember this technology being talked about was all the way back in the 90s with Quake III, but now we're here again thanks to Robert Space Industries' Star Citizen.

 

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The game has passed $20 million in total crowdfunding, with the developer asking what the next stretch goal would be when it reaches $21 million. 87% of the voters asked for the counter to keep going, so RSI has been forced to add more stretch goals for its early backers, to enhance the game "in ways we had not originally deemed possible."

 

The new stretch goal is for $22 million, which would add a Facial Capture System, which RSI explains as "We've researched a technology that uses a series of cameras to capture real heads and import them into the game. This will let the team more easily create a variety of realistic characters. In addition, the technology is mobile enough to allow us to take it on the road and capture select fans during special events! You can learn more about this technology at Infinite-Realities."

Evernote and 3M are pushing note-taking to a new level

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 9:31 am

It looks like 3M, the company behind the Post-It note (you know, the one from Romy & Michele's High School Reunion) has been working with Evernote, the note-taking provider, to make sure that sticky notes continue to be used in this digital age we live in.

 

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As of today, any photo taken with the new Post-it Note camera feature in Evernote for iOS 7 will digitize any Post-It Note in real life, and create a file that can be shared with anyone, anywhere. Captured Post-Its can also be categorized by color. So, for example, a green Post-It Note could be used as a homework reminder, while a yellow note could be a shopping list.

 

Captured notes are searched through the cloud-based platform, making it easier to keep track of your various notes.

Microsoft working on a single app store for its platforms

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 8:30 am

One thing that could make Microsoft's life much easier would be to have one, single apps tore. Well, according to unnamed sources of The Verge, the Redmond-based giant has been working on a single app store for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps.

 

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This new app store would create a common platform for developers to sell their software. The company is hoping to launch the store with the release of Windows 8.1 on October 22 next month, and would have a special update to Windows 8.1 in the first half of next year. The Verge has said that "it's possible that Microsoft may take an approach that's similar to Apple's App Store, where tablet specific apps don't run on the phone, but phone apps scale to run on a tablet."

iOS 7 adoption rate continues to impress, passes 60% since launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 7:35 am

It looks like lots of people are updating to Apple's iOS 7 platform, hopefully they don't think by updating their iPhones that they will become waterproof, but that's another story.

 

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Mixpanel has been tracking the iOS 7 adoption rate since the mobile OS went live last week, where it has reported that it quickly saw itself being installed onto 29% of iPhones out there. Over the weekend, iOS 7 had been downloaded to more than 50% of iPhone owners, but yesterday, that number passed 60%.

Speedtest.net app updated, radically revamped UI included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 6:33 am

One of my most used apps would have to be Ookla's Speedtest.net application, which has finally been updated and includes a radically refreshed, modern user interface.

 

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The new interface is nothing new to iOS users, but those of us on Android have been waiting for what feels like forever for the UI refresh. The updated application also performs better, with improved network accuracy and a few new features. The speed results can be more easily shared from the first page, as well as a deeper look into your results, where you can even see a point on the map where each speed test was performed.

Google to roll out Glass demos across the US, starting in Durham, NC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 5:34 am

Google is about to roll out Glass demos across the United States, starting in Durham, North Carolina on October 5. The Google Glass demonstration events will show off the wearable device, with the general public invited to try it out.

 

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The Mountain View-based giant will take questions to the Glass team, so get in and ask whatever you want when it comes to a town near you! Google is moving from Durham to other cities, but there is currently no schedule or what the second city will even be. Google should take to Google+ to announce the news, but if you want to get in on the Glass Durham event, you'll have to RSVP for it now to ensure you can go and try it out.

Facebook for Android updated, finally lets you edit your posts

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 4:33 am

Social networking giant, Facebook, finally updated its Android application, which now lets you edit your posts. This is a feature that has been asked about for ages now, and we finally have it.

 

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The post-editing feature has been available in the Facebook for Android beta, but now it has stepped over to the official, non-beta application. You can download Facebook for Android here from the Google Play Store, if your device hasn't already automatically updated it for you.

Microsoft shows off its own Gaikai-like streaming platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 3:37 am

Sony is doing wonders behind the cloud, thanks to its acquisition of cloud gaming service Gaikai last year. But what is Microsoft doing? Well, according to 'sources familiar with a meeting' who revealed to The Verge, it has shown off Halo 4 running on a Windows Phone and PC, both streaming the first-person shooter from the cloud.

 

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It's currently just a concept project, but reportedly ran smoothly on both devices, with the Redmond-based giant getting the latency on a Lumia 520 down to just 45ms. The demonstration at Microsoft had a Windows Phone with an Xbox controller attached through an accessory, and a low-end hybrid PC. The company doesn't have a name for its cloud-based service just yet, but it should be quite the announcement when Microsoft decides to out the service.

 

We could see Microsoft pushing out backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 games to the X box One, with Microsoft's Senior Director of Xbox, Albert Penello, saying: "it could be more complicated things like rendering full games like a Gaikai and delivering it to the box."

Carmageddon: Reincarnation lands on Steam Early Access in Q1 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 27, 2013 2:34 am

Stainless Games' Carmageddon: Incarnation is hitting Steam through Early Access in Q1 2014, according to the developers website. The Early Access launch will see players able to purchase the game through several price points.

 

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The standard package sees you receive everything the Kickstarter and PayPal backers who pledged $15 or more. But there is also a promotion to give away 99 free passes to the "Full Package" version of the game, which includes all updates and future downloadable content. A blog post on the official website reads:

 

Yes, Q1 2014 will see the launch of Carmageddon: Reincarnationon Steam. And Early Access means the World gets the game at the earliest opportunity, and we all get the benefit of feedback and community involvement as the game continues towards its ultimate destiny; To boldly go where no cow and granny mangling game has gone before!

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