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ShockTT: Project Glass will be Apple iPhone compatible, says Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:50 pm

The only thing that is being hyped as much as the PlayStation 4 this week is Google's Project Glass. Earlier this week we heard about a new contest being held to let select individuals get in on the pre-order program, and now we are hearing reports that Apple iPhone users will indeed get compatibility with the wearable technology.




This morning The Verge released an extensive hands on with Google's futuristic eye-ware, but what is more interesting is the fact that Verge writer Joshua Topolsky was able to get a definitive answer on whether or not the exciting new project would be compatible with the iPhone, or if Google planned on keeping it exclusive to Android devices.


The device gets data through Wi-Fi on its own, or it can tether via Bluetooth to an Android device or iPhone and use its 3G or 4G data while out and about. There's no cellular radio in Glass, but it does have a GPS chip.


The article also mentions that Project Glass head Steven Lee has said that we should see project glass hitting the shelves before the end of 2013.

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New service Makexyz is like Airbnb for 3D printer owners

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:02 pm

It's no secret that 3D printing is one of the hottest trends in recent history, and it should be no surprise that anyone and everyone is coming up with new ways to capitalize on the 3D printing revolution. Makexyz is a new service that has been launched to help connect those who need 3D printed items with 3D printer owners.




Makexzy creator Nathan Tone told VentureBeat "Instead of being printed at some Orwellian factory, our objects are printed by real people." Tone said the idea for the service came to him when a part he designed, took weeks to be printed and shipped to him through traditional 3D printing services. "Theres's a big benefit to just printing locally. Objects are half as expensive and you get them twice as fast", he said.


Tone says that services like Shapeways take too much time and cost over double as something printed on a personal machine sourced locally. With most services charging as much as $1.50 per cubic centimeter having something printed is just out of reach for some designers. "We've been careful to make sure that our prices are lower than working through a big company", Tone said.

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Jimmy Fallon first to demo PlayStation 4's "Killzone: Shadow Fall"

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 5:06 pm

During Wednesday's PS4 event we were given a look at an extended play-through of one of the next-gen console's launch titles, Killzone: Shadow Fall. The graphics were impressive, but the demo was being played by an experienced Sony staffer who could have had weeks of play time ahead of the launch.




Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, we once again got to see Killzone: Shadow Fall in action. This time however, Fallon himself took to the touch-pad equipped DualShock 4 controller. The graphics were still quite astonishing, and gameplay remained smooth. Unfortunately, Fallon did not fare well in the battle on the screen, and the demo quickly turned into a shouting match.



Interestingly enough, we still did not see any glimpse of the PS4 console itself, which lends further credence to the stories of it still being deep in development. We are a little disappointed that we have yet to see a physical console with all the hype that has been generated over the past week. The least Sony could do is show off some super sleek concept prototype.

RumorTT: Capcom's Arcade Cabinet may be making its way to the Nintendo 3DS

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 3:58 pm

Both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have had Capcom's Arcade Cabinet for a while now. It appears that the game library may be coming to Nintendo's 3DS if recent ESRB listings are true.




Capcom's Arcade Cabinet is a game pack developed by the veteran gaming company to bring classic games to modern gaming devices. Some featured titles include Avengers, Ghost n Goblins, Gun Smoke, Trojan, Commando, 1942 and several others.


A recent listing with the ESRB for the vertically-scrolling shooter 1943 suggests that the Arcade Cabinet is well on its way to making a debut on the 3DS.

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Qualcomm unveils world's first global LTE chip, helps to make connecting in multiple countries easier

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 3:04 pm

When traveling overseas, finding an LTE network that is compatible with your device can be a major hassle, and oftentimes, impossible. Qualcomm has just announced that they have solved the global LTE dilemma.




Dubbed the RF360, Qualcomm's new LTE radio chip is the world's first truly global LTE silicon. It sports connectivity for LTE-FDD, LTE-TDD, WCDMA, EV-DO, CDMA 1x, TD-SCDMA and GSM / EDGE. Qualcomm also says the chip has features that allow manufacturers to develop thinner products that have improved antenna performance, battery life and connection reliability.


Also being shown off was the WTR1625L chip, which is the industry's first component that features carrier aggregation alongside international LTE compatibility. We will have to wait several more months before we begin to see any hardware sporting either of the new chips, and no mention was made of partnerships with handset manufacturers that might utilize the new hardware.

Facebook plans to place your old photos into cold storage facility

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 2:18 pm

Image storage is becoming a major issue for social networking giant Facebook. The service sees over 300 million photos uploaded every single day, which equates to over 109 billion photos uploaded to the social network annually. Naturally, not all of these photos are viewed every single day - some of them go months without being viewed.




Facebook says that 82-percent of all traffic that the service sees is made up of only eight percent of the images stored on the company's servers. This equates to a very large amount of energy inefficient storage for files that are rarely accessed. Facebook has come up with a plan to solve this issue, though.


The company is planning a new "cold storage" facility that will house the old photos and store them for future retrieval. The facility will be located in Prineville, Oregon, and will have three 16,000 square-foot data hubs. The servers will lay in hibernation until data is requested from them. This will increase the amount of time it takes for an old photo to be served to the end-user, but most will never notice it. The delay will be "a matter of seconds, or milliseconds", said Facebook communication manager, Michael Kirkland.

Anonymous hack the US State Department, hours after their Twitter account was hacked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 11:30 am

It was only hours ago that Anonymous' Twitter account was hacked, and now it seems that the hacking collective have taken down, or at least infiltrated yet another federal government website.




The latest target is the US State Department, and on top of hacking the site itself, they were able to acquire personal data on hundreds of State department employees, posting it all online. The personal data includes private and work e-mails, phone numbers and addresses that Anonymous dumped on the ZeroBin website.


Anonymous have said that the hack on the US State Department is in retaliation for the arresting of members from LulzSec. Anonymous said within their data post to ZeroBin:


Our reasons for this attack are very simple. You've imprisoned or either censored our people. We will not tolerate things as such. You don't see us going around censoring everything that is inappropriate or we do not like. Basically, you tried to put an end to us and you got owned, there's nothing more you can say or do. You took away Topiary, Avunit, Neuron, Pwnsauce, lolspoon, Aaron Swartz shall we go on?

EA jumps on the layoff bandwagon, gets rid of people in LA, Montreal

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 10:35 am

We just heard about IGN's layoffs that will affect many gaming sites, and now in other gaming layoff related news, EA have announced an unknown amount of layoffs in their Los Angeles, Montreal and "smaller locations".




The news is coming directly from EA Labels President Frank Gibeau said:


Thousands of our existing employees have been retrained and redeployed to work on the new platforms and initiatives. But when it is not possible to redeploy a team, we soften the tough decisions with assistance. This week we let some people go in Los Angeles, Montreal as well as in some smaller locations. These are good people and we have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease their transition to a new job.

IGN see mass layoffs, will see the closure of 1UP, Gamespy and UGO

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:35 am

It looks like IGN have been slammed with mass editorial layoffs today, which will see 1UP, UGO and Gamespy shutting down. A company spokesperson told Joystiq:




We are focusing on our two flagship brands, IGN and AskMen. Unfortunately, as a result, we have made the decision to close sites and restructure our teams accordingly.


What now? There's only a few big gaming sites out there now - what are your thoughts on that?

PlayStation Vita will not receive a price cut in North America

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 8:21 am

Players looking to score a deal on the PlayStation Vita will be disappointed to hear that the handheld console will not be receiving a price cut like the one that was recently announced for Japan. According to Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studios, the reason for this is the exchange rate.




The exchange rate has been an issue with Nintendo in recent earnings reports, as well. This could ultimately play into the price of the PlayStation 4, when released, if the exchange rates stay at a similar level to what they are currently at.