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Grand Theft Auto V pushed back to allow a next-gen console release?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 4:36 am

I've been meaning to post this for a while now, but I believe we've seen the recent delay of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto V so it can be released on next-gen consoles. Yes, that's what I think and I'm sticking with it. I talked about it happening all the way back in April of last year, where I said

 

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I'd be impressed if Rockstar pushed it back and unleashed next-gen GTA upon us with next-gen consoles, and showed us a ported version for current-gen consoles. Now that, would be very, very cool.

 

I said this because Grand Theft Auto is one of the, if not the biggest franchise on consoles today. The franchise has grown out of control, and is so big that it is truly a system seller. Why release one of the biggest games ever on current-gen consoles if next-gen consoles are only months away? So you read it here, we think Rockstar and Take-Two are pushing back GTA V to release it on next-gen consoles.

 

What do you think? Would you buy a next-gen console to enjoy GTA V at 1080p @ 60 frames per second? I know I would. What makes this better, is consoles usually launch with no killer apps on day-one, we haven't seen that for a while since the original Halo days on the first Xbox.

Half-Life or Portal film could see J.J. Abrams' help

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:33 am

J.J. Abrams already has his finger in a bunch of franchises, Mission Impossible, Star Wars, Star Trek and countless TV shows, but what about gaming? Well, Polygon have the scoop on the director and TV guru reportedly working with Valve, yes - that Valve.

 

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The news comes from the 2013 DICE Summit, where Abrams announced with co-founder of Valve, Gabe Newell, that they two gods of media were in discussions together about making a video game together. Abrams said "there's an idea we have for a game that we'd like to work with Valve on". Newell adds "We're super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie."

 

At the end of the on-stage talk, Newell said that the DICE lecture was just a public rehash of discussions behind closed doors with Abrams, where he added "what we are actually doing here, we are recapitulating a series of conversations going on."

Continue reading 'Half-Life or Portal film could see J.J. Abrams' help' (full post)

Twitter updates mobile to emphasize search and discovery

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:31 am

Twitter is pushing search and discovery on the mobile platform. In an update today, Twitter announced updates to their Android and iOS apps, along with mobile.twitter.com. The updates "provide a single stream of content in each tab, so you can better find what's most important to you when you're on the go."

 

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The Discover feed now puts tweets, activity, trends, and account suggestions into a single stream. Search now functions similarly to the Discover feature, meaning that tweets, pictures, and accounts all appear in a single stream. A search button has been added to the iOS app that will allow users to search from anywhere within the app.

 

Finally, links can now be followed with a single click. Previously, clicking a link would first expand the tweet and then require another click to follow the link. Now, a single click will open up the website. The new apps are available in Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Microsoft hints that Surface Pro could be charged via future accessories

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:02 am

Microsoft is dropping some pretty serious hints that the Surface Pro could see itself being charged via accessories in the future thanks to an upgraded accessory spine. During the Surface AMA on Reddit, Microsoft dropped hints that the extra contact point could be used to attach accessories with batteries at a future point in time.

 

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"At launch we talked about the 'accessory spine' and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more," says a Surface spokesperson. "Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don't they?" A further post in the AMA says that an external battery accessory would "require extending the design of the accessory spine to include some way to transfer higher current between the peripheral and the main battery. Which we did..."

 

As you can see, it's pretty clear that Microsoft is planning accessories that would charge the Surface Pro. Whether these will take the form of a thicker keyboard with an integrated battery or simply an extra battery, only time will tell. Until then, you can rest assured that the Surface Pro will support accessories like these.

 

Microsoft has, however, ruled out the possibility of them releasing one of these accessories. They say that "we don't have a dock in the plans."

Raspberry Pi to get $25 camera module

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Cameras | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:30 am

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has confirmed that they will be making a camera available for the pint-sized PC. The Raspberry Pi camera will come in at $25, which is the same price as the cheaper Model A Raspberry Pi that is available in Europe. The camera looks to be a 5-megapixel piece and will be capable of recording HD videos.

 

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Not much else is known about the camera module, other than it the picture above is what the final product will look like. The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that it can take "pretty good" pictures right now, but the driver needs to be tweaked a bit and the product won't be released until it can take pictures that are "bleedin' marvelous."

Apple announces they have sold 25 billion songs via iTunes Store

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:07 am

Apple is taking today to celebrate the fact that they have sold 25 billion songs via the iTunes Store. In an announcement today, Apple said that they have officially reached 25 billion songs sold. The 25 billionth song to be sold was "Monkey Drums" by Chase Buch. The purchaser, a man from Germany, will be getting an iTunes gift card with about $13,500 on it.

 

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"We are grateful to our users whose passion for music over the past 10 years has made iTunes the number one music retailer in the world," said Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

 

Just how do song purchases relate to the App Store? The App Store has seen about 40 million downloads since it opened in 2008. The iTunes Store, which opened in 2003, garnered one billion purchases in just over two years and 10 billion purchases in about six years.

Disney confirms at least two Star Wars spinoffs coming

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Health Technology | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:29 am

While some hard-core Star Wars fans might be upset by Disney's announcement, others will certainly be pleased. Disney has confirmed that there will be at least two spinoffs that focus on individual Star Wars characters. These movies will be in addition to the upcoming episodes, the first of which--Episode VII--will be directed by J.J. Abrams.

 

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Lucasfilm is officially announcing new spinoff films that will expand the mythos and depths of the Star Wars universe in previously unexplored ways. One of the standalone films will be written by Lawrence Kasdan, screenwriter of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and co-writer of Return of the Jedi while the other will be penned by Simon Kinberg, writer of Sherlock Holmes and Mr. and Mrs. Smith. The movies will be separate from the upcoming Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, on which Kasdan and Kinberg are also consulting, and are expected to be released sometime after Episode VII. Each standalone film will focus on a specific character, and two spinoff films are currently confirmed.

 

Basically, Disney is trying to make as much money as possible from their $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm. Nothing has been said about which characters these spinoffs will focus on, though rumors suggest that Yoda or Jabba the Hutt could be the potential stars.

 

If you're a Star Wars fan, how do you feel about Disney's spinoff plans?

Lenovo says ThinkPad Helix will ship in early March

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:02 am

The ThinkPad Helix was said to be delayed until March or April according to a Facebook post by a company rep. The post added that an announcement would be made soon. Today, Lenovo has made that announcement, saying that the Helix will be coming in early March.

 

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This delay isn't nearly as bad as it could have been. The device was originally slated to ship in late February, so an early March launch isn't too bad. The Helix is one of the new convertible Ultrabooks that seem to have become popular overnight. The screen of the Helix detaches from the keyboard base and can be used as a tablet.

 

The Helix offers performance components as options including a Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The starting price of this 11.6-inch touchscreen machine is $1,499.

LeakedTT: Google developing high-res Chromebook in-house?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:29 pm

A video was leaked today that seems to indicate that Google is working on a Chromebook completely in-house. The new Chromebook would best the other currently available systems in terms of resolution as the screen is reportedly a 2,560x1,700 touchscreen panel.

 

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In the video seen here, you can see some fairly high production value meaning that it likely wasn't done by some amateur. The Chromebook in question is reportedly named "Pixel," though Developer Francois Beaufort says that it is called Google Link. He goes on to claim that it is being developed and tested at Google right now.

 

At the end of the video, it says that it was designed by Google, down to the last pixel. This lends credence to the notion that the device is being developed completely in-house. We'll have to wait to see if this thing is real, but I'd be inclined to say it is from the video. What are your thoughts on the device?

T-Mobile Lumia 710 won't be getting update to Windows Phone 7.8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2013 11:02 pm

For an unknown reason, T-Mobile has decided to skip upgrading the Lumia 710 to the latest Windows Phone 7.8. In the United States, T-Mobile is the only carrier with the Lumia 710 device. Apparently, T-Mobile doesn't feel the upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 provides a better experience for their customers.

 

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At this time, the Nokia Lumia 710 will not receive the Windows Phone 7.8 software update. T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers' experience with our devices, including providing upgrades to the latest operating systems, and T-Mobile aims to deliver software upgrades when it will provide a better experience for our customers. We'll share additional information on upgrades for the Nokia Lumia 710 when they are available.

 

Windows Phone 7.8 has already started rolling out to other Nokia devices, including Lumia 710's that are unlocked or on other carriers. It is possible to manually upgrade your T-Mobile Lumia 710 to the Windows Phone 7.8 operating system by using this hack posted on XDA-Dev forums, though this is at your own risk.

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