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NVIDIA's Project Shield demoed running Borderlands 2, content streamed over Wi-Fi from nearby PC

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 6:32 pm

Last month most of the gaming buzz centered on Valve's Steam Box thanks to a clever marketing scheme in which reps could be seen playing the device behind a guarded glass CES booth in Las Vegas. Other new gaming systems did manage to generate some buzz though, and one of those systems was NVIDIA's Project Shield.



Project Shield is a handheld Tegra 4 powered gaming device, and while it was on display at CES, journalist were forced to wait a little bit for hands-on demos. The first of those demonstrations is now online. In the video above Borderlands 2 can be seen being played on the device and it looks quite good.




The device is actually used as a game streaming device, letting a more powerful PC handle the heavy lifting. In this demo, the game is actually being streamed from a PC over Wi-Fi. What amazes me is the utter and complete lack of any lag to be seen during game play. No word on a release date or any pricing structures is available at this time.

Amazon unveils new virtual currency "Amazon Coin" for Kindle Fire customers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 5:39 pm

The virtual currency game has been played many times by many companies trying to seek a new form of payment. In the end, they all seem to fizzle then pop, resulting in a failed product. Amazon is seeking to buck that trend and has created a virtual currency of its own.




Dubbed Amazon Coin, the new virtual currency is being billed by Amazon as an "easy way for Kindle Fire customers to spend money on developers' apps in the Amazon Appstore." Amazon will release the new currency in May and give Kindle Fire users "tens of millions of dollars' worth of free Amazon Coins to spend on developers' apps.


Unlike other virtual currency services, current Amazon App developers will not need to do anything to begin accepting the coins. Apps in development that have yet gained approval will need to get approved by April 25th to be ready when the new currency launches.

Dell is officially a privately held company again - Microsoft coughs up $2bn to help make it happen

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 4:48 pm

This morning the AP is reporting that Dell has indeed decided to go private, as we recently reported. We have heard rumors of this for weeks and now it will become a reality as soon as next Tuesday. Michael Dell, Silver Lake and Microsoft are the key players in the deal with shareholders not suffering in the deal.




The deal includes a massive investment from Michael Dell himself as well as a loan of $2 billion from Microsoft and $1 billion from private equity firm Silver Lake. Dell shareholders stand to make a decent profit as well when the company buys back all the public stock at $13.65 a share.


Analysts have mostly been split on the decision to take the company private. Some see it as a great move as it would allow decisions to be made out of the public eye, make restructuring easier, and would allow the company to sell off less than stellar performing parts of the company. Others argue that this will only prolong the death of the once great company.

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A nationwide free-to-use super Wi-Fi network could be coming to the US

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:52 pm

Every couple of months we hear another plan to put the old analog TV spectrum back to good use. The discussion bounces from idea to idea, but always seems to come back to Wi-Fi as the perfect use in most cases.




If FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has his way, a "super" Wi-Fi network will be built using the currently silent analog TV spectrum. It would span from coast to coast, border-to-border and would provide free internet and VoIP calling to all US residents.


Naturally ISP's and cable companies have begun lobbying against the proposed network, while tech giants like Google and Microsoft are supporting the idea of a free nationwide Wi-Fi network, as naturally it suits their business models perfectly. What do you think? Does a free nationwide internet connection sound appealing to you? Let us know in the comments.

Apple 128GB iPad's go on sale today - $799 for WiFi and $929 for LTE

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 2:59 pm

It never fails, just when you are finally getting comfortable with your new Apple device, the company releases an upgraded model that you just have to have. That just may be the case for iPad owners across the US today as Apple has just released the 128GB version of its latest tablet.




The new 128GB iPad is the company's most expensive yet with the WiFi model costing a hefty $799. If you want the LTE capable version, you will need to add $130 to the price tag, bringing you to $929 total. The new device is available for purchase now at the Apple Store online with the WiFi version making it to your house within three days.


Apple, as well as its fan boys, has stated that the 128GB iPad could be a true laptop killer. While I think that some users will inevitably switch over, I feel that for the most part, laptop users will continue to augment their PC usage with a tablet. This is mainly because neither the iPad nor any Android tablet out there has the functionality to fully take over the duties of a notebook at this point.

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OUYA Android gaming console pre-orders open today, all set for June retail launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 2:12 pm

OUYA, the little Android based gaming console, is right on track with its timeline of a March release to its Kickstarter backers. While that is excellent news, the rest of the world has found out when we will be able to have an OUYA of our own.




Pre-orders opened today for individual customers, with MSRP set at $99 for the console and a single controller. Additional controllers can be purchased for an additional $49.99 each with a maximum of four controllers per console. To secure your pre-order you will need to visit the company's website listed at source #2 below.


Julie Uhrman, OUYA's founder, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that those who pre-order through the company's website will receive their units in April, with the retail outlets having product on the shelves in June. She did not mention any specifics, but she said that the number of units sold greatly exceeds the 68,000 backers from the Kickstarter campaign.

UK military use mini helicopters as unmanned aerial drones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Drones | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 12:36 pm

The UK military are using tiny helicopters, and by tiny, I'm talking just 4-inch by 1-inch in size. They're using them to grab information on conflict activity in Afghanistan.




The tiny helicopters sport even tinier cameras which take pictures and record video, blasting them back down to handlers on the ground. The helicopters are perfect for hovering around a corner or over a wall to spot targets that would otherwise not be seen. Britain is the first country to deploy these drones into conflict situations.




While they may be tiny, they have a very big name - "The Black Hornet", yeah. Seargent Christopher Petherbridge of the UK's Brigade Reconnaissance Force said that The Black Hornet definitely "adds value, especially considering the light weight nature of it". He elaborated with Sky News:


We used it to look for insurgent fire points and check out exposed areas of the ground before crossing. It is very easy to operate and offers amazing capability to the guys on the ground.

The Witcher 3 gets announced, will arrive as a 'next-generation' RPG for PC and 'high-end platforms' in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:33 am

The Witcher 3 has been announced from CD Projekt Red, with the full game title being The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The latest entry in the RPG series is set to be one of the biggest open-world games, said to be bigger than Skyrim and larger than any environments from the first two Witcher games.



CD Projekt Red's new graphics engine, REDengine 3 is the magic behind The Witcher 3, with the company saying it has been built with next-gen platforms in mind. Wild Hunt is set to be incredibly huge, with the game world set in a fictional place 20% bigger than Skyrim, and an astounding 40 times bigger than The Witcher 2. So big, in fact, that it would take 30-40 minutes to cross the game world on horseback.


There will be no load screens in Wild Hunt, because the team at CD Projekt Red wanted to same kind of freedom in games like Skyrim. Weather effects are next-gen in The Witcher 3, where we'll see dynamically generated and fully modeled volumetric clouds - awesome.

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RumorTT: Google to release unified messaging system

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 10:36 am

The image below has been posted by developer Francois Beaufort, which shows a Chrome OS desktop with a notification system and a new app icon that hasn't been seen before.




The first four icons we are all familiar with, but that last icon - is different, showing four cascading Google-themed chat boxes. This screenshot alone opens up Pandora's box, and now we can begin to try and work out what this icon means. Could we see see a new unified messaging service from Google? We could just be looking at something new, and not a messaging system, but something to do with Google+ Messenger, or similar.


If we are looking at a world of Google releasing a unified messaging system, it would really change things for Google and their Android platform, that's for sure.

Anonymous target bank executives in their latest attack, unleash personal information of over 4000 executives

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 5, 2013 8:36 am

Anonymous have struck again, this time into the hearts of US banking executives - over 4000 of them. These 4000+ bankers have had their personal information leaked in Anonymous' latest campaign dubbed Operation Last Resort.




Anonymous' campaign is designed to provoke computer crime law reform after the suicide of Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz. Anonymous have reportedly hacked into the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center's website over the weekend, where they used the site to host the spreadsheet of the executives' information. This spreadsheet includes the information of bankers' names, phone numbers, computer log-in credentials and IP addresses.


The Twitter account of Anonymous talked about getting the information from Federal Reserve computers, and when contacted for a comment by the Huffington Post, a spokesperson refused to comment on Anonymous' claims, nor would they confirm if a statement was on its way.