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The Xbox One will not include the 'must-have' wired headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:28 am

When Microsoft launches their next-generation Xbox One console later this year, it won't be including the 'must-have' wired headset in the box. Microsoft have gone as far as describing this headset as "a must have for fans of online gaming."

 

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Considering the Xbox One is built around online gaming, going as far as previously having to 'check-in' every 24 hours to stay valid, not including a 'must have for fans of online gaming' accessory is weird. Also consider this, most versions of the current-generation Xbox 360 include a wired headset, yet the next-generation $499 console will not.

 

A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: "Xbox One does not include a pack-in headset accessory. Each Xbox One includes the new Kinect sensor, with a highly sensitive multi-array microphones designed to enable voice inputs and chat as a system-level capability, both in-game and with Skype and other experiences."

 

The $100 cheaper PlayStation 4 will include a headset in the box, if that helps your decision making process.

Sony unleashes the Xperia Z Ultra, features 6.4-inch 1080p display and Snapdragon 800 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 9:14 am

As a huge fan of Sony's Xperia Z, I'm loving the look of their new Xperia Z Ultra, Sony's new 'phablet'. Samsung may be pushing the boundaries with a 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II, but Sony have gone for the home stretch with a 6.4-inch smartphone.

 

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The 6.4-inch display is greeted with a beautiful 1920x1080-pixel display, which provides us with 344 PPI. Sony have jam-packed the device with multiple input methods, where you can use a regular pencil or a pen as a stylus, as well as it being a capacitive stylus. Not only is the display gorgeous, but it is running the latest and greatest System on a Chip (SoC) from Qualcomm: the Snapdragon 800.

 

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This means we have a quad-core processor clocking in at 2.2GHz, making it the Xperia Z Ultra the first official device with the Snapdragon 800 SoC as its heart. We have Android 4.2.2 as the OS, with a revamped Sony software that will make better use of the 6.4-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof, like its sibling, and has 4G LTE connectivity, HD Voice as well as NFC.

 

You can read more on Sony's 6.4-inch 'phablet' right here.

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Chinese man sells his kidney for $6,510, had 'video game debts' to settle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 8:23 am

A criminal gang was arrested by Shijiazhuang police in Hebei province, China, earlier this month, with the gang being arrested due to them dealing in black market organs.

 

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One of the organs they had dealt with belonged to an 18-year-old Chinese man surnamed Zhang from Gangsu province. He ran into money troubles because of video games, and as you do, you sell a body part. He reached out to an organ dealer to sell his kidney, where he was matched up with one online. The dealer asked Zhang to go to Shijiazhuang and sign a pre-sale agreement.

 

This agreement includes that the sale of his kidney is of his own volition, and that all consequences and issues are his responsibility. Zhang signed it without hesitation and went in for surgery. His kidney was sold for just $6,510 - but considering the going rate of a kidney in China is $47,000 - he must have been quite desperate.

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Seiki is back, this time with a 39-inch 4K screen for just $699

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 7:26 am

Just a couple of months ago Seiki reached headlines across the Internet by offering a 50-inch 4K TV for just $1299, but now they're back with an even better deal.

 

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How does a 39-inch 4K TV for $699 sound? Oh, you've already taken to Google to find out where to get it and haven't read anymore? This TV is really just a 1080p, 120Hz-capable TV that just so happens to handle 4K content, too. The company are also promising a 65-inch 4K TV in the fall, for those who want something bigger, and better.

Edward Snowden has covered himself well, has encrypted copies of NSA documents that would be sent to people if something were to happen to him

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:51 am

Edward Snowden is all over the news right now, but he has backed himself up well according to some reports. The NSA whistleblower (and pain in the US government's neck) has an encrypted copies of at least "thousands" of NSA documents that he has sent to "several people".

 

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The Guardian report who first published Snowden's leaks, Glenn Greenwald, during an interview with the Daily Beast, said that Snowden "has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published. If anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives."

 

Greenwald has said that he personally has thousands of documents that Snowden leaked from the NSA, where he adds: "I don't know for sure whether [Snowden] has more documents than the ones he has given me. I believe he does. He was clear he did not want to give to journalists things he did not think should be published."

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The HTC-built Facebook Phone has been sold out at AT&T, no new orders will be happening

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 6:28 am

AT&T have announced that the HTC-built 'Facebook Phone' has been sold out, with the telco not buying another batch of phones. AT&T have denied urmors that they were discontinuing the phone, even after they pushed the price down to $1 on a two-year contract only two months after its release.

 

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When the $1 sale was happening, AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega said: "We sold a bunch more when we lowered the price, we sold everything we had on that." He believes that the sale of the phone will help AT&T's corporate relationship with Facebook in the long run: "We have a great relationship with Apple just like we have a great relationship with Facebook," the executive said. "We look forward to working with them to make Home better."

 

It looks like Facebook Home put a dent in any Facebook phone that could be released, so did Facebook shoot themselves in the foot releasing Home, or did they attempt to build their own smartphone and work out that it's better to just have an app or service that hundreds of millions can use. I know which one I'd be doing...

Coooobra Attack! Paramount Australia announce G.I. Joe: Retaliation Blu-ray release

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 5:49 am

Following a reasonably successful theatrical run earlier this year, Paramount Australia have announced GI Joe: Retaliation will be released to purchase from August 14th in both 2D and 3D variants.

 

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Featuring Commentary by Director Jon Chu, multiple featurettes and deleted scenes, along with 7.1 audio, the Blu-ray will also feature an optional extended cut version with over 12 minutes of additional footage.

 

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The feature, which was delayed by almost nine months in order to facilitate 3D conversion and some re-shoots was received with scorn by the worlds critics, but average joe audiences (pun intended) warmed a little more to the sequel. I took a look at the film back in April, the review of which can be found here.

 

For those wondering, my 3D induced headache has only just recently subsided.

Saints Row IV banned in Australia because it features an 'alien anal probe'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 5:32 am

Saints Row IV has been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board, and one of the reasons for its ban is quite hilarious - that reason? It includes an "alien anal probe".

 

 

Saints Row IV was refused classification for "interactive, visual depictions of implied sexual violence which are not justified by context" and "elements of illicit or proscribed drug use related to incentives or rewards." What does the alien anal probe do exactly? Well, for the curious:

 

The game includes a weapon referred to by the Applicant as an "Alien Anal Probe". The Applicant states that this weapon can be "shoved into enemy's backsides". The lower half of the weapon resembles a sword hilt and the upper part contains prong-like appendages which circle around what appears to be a large dildo which runs down the centre of the weapon. When using this weapon the player approaches a (clothed) victim from behind and thrusts the weapon between the victim's legs and then lifts them off the ground before pulling a trigger which launches the victim into the air. After the probe has been implicitly inserted into the victim's anus the area around their buttocks becomes pixelated highlighting that the aim of the weapon is to penetrate the victim's anus. The weapon can be used during gameplay on enemy characters or civilians. In the Board's opinion, a weapon designed to penetrate the anus of enemy characters and civilians constitutes a visual depiction of implied sexual violence that is interactive and not justified by context and as such the game should be Refused Classification.

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Routine will have you wetting your pants in both excitement, and fear - Oculus Rift support is included

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 5:25 am

Ok, so where the hell did this game come from? I've just watched the first in-game footage of Routine from Lunar Software and I'm really excited about it. It's a moon-based first-person shooter, and it looks incredible.

 

 

From the four-minute trailer, it looks like a beautiful hot mess of Half-Life 2 and System Shock 2 - two of my favorite games. It also has Oculus Rift support, which is at the top of my most-wanted gadget list. It looks freaky as hell, and I think with Oculus Rift on your head while playing this, it's going to be a truly incredible experience.

 

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What did you think of that trailer? I'm actually impressed that something not even on my radar can come up, and blow me away like this. I wasn't even shown much, but this trailer makes me want to play the game, especially with Rift.

JetBlue to offer in-flight Wi-Fi with 'Fly-Fi', is set for a Q3 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:35 am

Sitting on a flight without Internet access feels like torture, sure it's #firstworldproblems, but my entire life is digital. So to hear that JetBlue is pushing through with their Fly-Fi service, it gets me excited for the future of air travel.

 

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Fly-Fi is set to launch sometime before Q3, but this week JetBlue are conducting some tests with one of their Airbus A320s, which will include maneuvering the plane with some pretty unique weight loads, such as the rear center of gravity positioning you can see demonstrated in the picture, above.

 

Once this testing is done with, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification should come through, before the testing moves into the performance section. If this all goes to plan, passengers of JetBlue on Fly-Fi can expect Internet hooked up through ViaSat-1 from 30,000 feet in the air.

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