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Razer releases Comms for Android, game chatting now leaves your desk

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 11:18 am

Razer has released its Comms for Android app, which is a free app for gamers. You can use Razer's Comms for Android to keep in touch with your gaming friends, which supports both voice and text chat on-the-go.

 

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Private messages also make an appearance, which is yet another nice addition to the app. Comms for Android will also let you respond to SMS at your desk, as well as turn down calls through its Windows version, too. You can grab Razer Comms for Android from the Google Play Store, but if you're on an iOS device, you'll have to wait until early 2014 to get your mitts on Razer's mobile app.

Soma, from the developers of Amnesia, sees a new trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 10:42 am

Amnesia was considered one of the scariest games of all time, so the anticipation for Frictional Games' next title, Soma, is sky high. Most people haven't heard about it, but there's a new trailer out for the game, below.

 

 

Nothing really happens in the trailer, but it shows the world that Soma is set in: the PATHOS-2 research facility. It looks like a blend of Aliens, Dead Space and Amnesia, which sounds great to me. But, unfortunately, Soma isn't coming until 2015 - but it will be hitting the PS4, Windows PC, Mac and Linux when it does.

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NPD: PS4 'top-selling' console, while Xbox One is 'fastest-selling'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 13, 2013 10:05 am

According to NPD's latest numbers, it looks like total video game sales in the United States for the month of November were up 7% year-over-year, totaling $2.7 billion, up from $2.5 billion last year.

 

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Hardware sales spiked, due to the new consoles, by 58% to $1.3 billion. Sony took to its PlayStation blog: "PS4 was the top-selling console for November and PlayStation was No. 1 in sales overall for home consoles." Microsoft didn't let Sony have all the credit, so it chimed in with: "November NPD Group figures released today revealed 909,132 Xbox One units were sold in the US in the console's first nine days, making it the fastest-selling console on the market in the US. Xbox One sales averaged a volume of more than 101,000 consoles per day, significantly outpacing the nearest competitor."

Android 4.4.2 has began rolling out to Google Nexus devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 5:35 pm

With just over one month since the release of Android 4.4 KitKat, Google is wasting no time on pushing out updates. Today the company began to officially push out Android 4.4.1 and 4.4.2 updates to its Nexus Devices. Google says that depending on which device you own, you may receive 4.4.1 or 4.4.2.

 

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My 2012 version of the Nexus 7 received the 4.4.2 update this morning, as it had already received the 4.4.1 earlier in the week. 4.4.1 is the major update that fixes many of the biggest issues experienced by users, while 4.4.2 fixes other issues that have arisen since the 4.4.1 update was conceived. The ability to mirror your Android device's screen to a Chromecast has also been added, but the functionality has been disabled until Google finalizes work on the API. It is said to be coming soon and Google will unlock it at that time.

Instagram unveils new Instagram Direct for private photo sharing

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 4:19 pm

This morning, Instagram unveiled a newly added feature to its service that will allow users to directly share images and videos with specific friends via Facebook messaging and text messaging. Dubbed Instagram Direct, the new feature allows users to share images with friends directly in real-time and see likes, and comments instantly.

 

 

Instagram Direct has a few safety measures in place as well, with the most prevalent being a notification when someone you are not following sends you an image or video. The app will let you chose if you want to see this image or video, and if you decide not to, then you simply decline and the invitation goes away.

 

"As we've grown, Instagram has evolved not only into a community of photographers, but also into a means of visual communication. From a photo of your daily coffee to a sunrise shared from the top of a mountain hike, every Instagram moment contains something you find special-something you broadcast to your followers when you tap share," Instagram said in its official release. "There are, however, moments in our lives that we want to share, but that will be the most relevant only to a smaller group of people-an inside joke between friends captured on the go, a special family moment or even just one more photo of your new puppy. Instagram Direct helps you share these moments."

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Apple lands patent for curved touch displays, upcoming curved iPhone?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 12:41 pm

Apple has just landed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, under US Patent No. 8,603,574, which is for a "Curved touch sensor' that details a manufacturing technique that would make an accurate, curved touch surface, without deficiencies caused by substrate warping or deformation.

 

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The iPhone maker notes that current touch panel technologies are hard to work with, due to "desired thinness of the substrate and thin film". In order to escape these issues, Apple's newly awarded patent allows for a technique that deposits a conductive thin film over a flexible substrate, while it's in a flat state. AppleInsider reports: "Once the electrodes are in place, the substrate package is joined to a curved "forming substrate" and subsequently heated. The process results in a non-deformed curved touch sensor stackup with a thin film that benefits from the high-temperature anneal."

 

This should mean that we'll see a curved iOS-based device in the future, but how much longer will it be before we see it? Will it be the iWatch? Maybe a curved iPad? Most will expect a curved iPhone, to keep up with the Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex smartphones.

Apple's iPad dominates the Japanese tablet market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 11:30 am

It looks like Apple is taking control of Japan's tablet market, where its iPad and iPad mini slates make up six out of every ten tablets sold in the country, according to BCN, which measures electronic sales across the country.

 

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The top of BCN's list was the iPad Air, which was followed closely by the iPad mini. On BCN's charts, one variant of Apple's iPad was listed as first, second, fifth, eighth, ninth, and tenth place - total domination by the Cupertino-based giant. The slates on the top ten list that weren't built by Apple, were Google's Nexus 7 tablets (both the 2012 and 2013 editions).

New update for Plants vs. Zombies 2 includes 'loads of cool stuff'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am

If you're a fan of PopCap and Electronic Arts' Plants vs. Zombies 2, then you'll want to make sure you've received the new, and massive, 215MB update to the mobile game. The update includes:

 

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  • There's loads of cool stuff in our latest update! We have a new map, fun new features and we introduce a new foe!
  • We've upgraded the map to make game progression quicker and easier.
  • It's simpler to know how much you've done, where you're going, and what loot you'll get along the way.
  • You can invite your friends and send 'em gifts.
  • Use the Turbo button to speed up your planting - and speed up the zombies.
  • Be warned: when we were upgrading the map, somebody let in the Gargantuars.

ASUS PadFone is coming to a large US carrier in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 9:29 am

After ASUS' PadFone has been enjoying other markets, the Android-powered smartphone will jump the pond and arrive in the US in the second quarter of next year according to Engadget.

 

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ASUS reportedly has a big carrier on its side, but didn't provide the details on which company it is working with. ASUS CEO, Jerry Shen, stated that only the higher-end version of the PadFone Infinity would arrive in the US, and that it would sport an improved keyboard dock, something that is missing from the PadFone 2.

CliffyB wants to make a first-person arena shooter for PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 12, 2013 8:37 am

Fresh from his position at Epic Games, Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski, is wanting to make a new game: a first-person arena shooter for the PC. He told the world the news through a podcast known as Pointless, the podcast from former Attack of the Show host, Kevin Pereira.

 

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CliffyB told Pereira: "I have a slide deck, I have a pitch, I have concept art, I know pretty much what I want to do. It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on, if you know what I'm saying." CliffyB explained the game as something that isn't like the first-person shooters we see today, adding: "a lot of these kids playing Call of Duty, I don't think they know what a proper arena shooter is."

 

What does the ex-Epic Games boss need to make it happen? He explains: "It would require a studio. But as much as I'm impressed with No Man's Sky, you know, that's four people. I don't want to work with the old guard, per se. I'll talk to them, have meetings. But the last thing I need is some mid-level marketing guy telling me that 'well, traditionally, this doesn't sell well, so we're concerned,' and all that. Because they're all rearward-looking, and it just drives me fucking batshit."

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