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EA CEO says it wants to shake off 'Worst Company in America' award

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 7:35 am

For two years running, EA has won The Consumerist's "Worst Company in America' award, which has forced the company to look into what it had done to get so many customers angry, and is still working on it to this day according to the freshly-appointed CEO, Andrew Wilson.

 

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Wilson spoke with Polygon, where he said: "Whether you respect the source or not, I think it was a wake up call, and it was absolutely something that we spent a lot of time and energy over, and continue to spend a lot of time and energy over. For us, it was less about, 'How do we not get voted the worst company again?' but more about, 'Okay, are there things that we could do differently or things that we have done that have been misinterpreted that would cause people to feel that way?"

 

EA's goal, according to Wilson, is to "build great games and services." He added: "What we have been doing over time is really working to either update those things or eliminate those things, and really get back to our focus on games. Because at the end of the day, if we're making great games and services, we won't get voted worst company in America again."

Killzone: Shadow Fall footage download sees 1080p @ 60FPS shown off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 6:32 am

Killzone: Shadow Fall will be one of the only next-gen games cranking along at 1080p at 60FPS, with the developer of the game, Guerrilla Games releasing a new "ultra high bitrate" of the game, which you can check out below.

 

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This footage was released because streaming it online just doesn't do it justice, with Michiel van der Leeuw, Technical Director at Guerrilla, writing on the PlayStation Blog that "there are limitations to streamed video on the internet, and many of the clips and trailers we've released thus far aren't being viewed in the best possible fidelity and framerate."

 

He also stated that in order to see the full potential of the footage, you need to grab this video because details in the footage can be compromised when using web video: "In order to properly demonstrate the framerate and resolution we achieve in Shadow Fall's multiplayer, we've captured and lightly compressed new footage that we're not offering through a video sharing service."

 

The footage is around one-minute long, clocking in at a 541MB download.

LG's G Flex smartphone is physically flexible, it's not just a name

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:31 am

When you first heard about LG's flexible smartphone, the G Flex, you probably thought it was just a name and that the physical device was unbendable. But, you'd be wrong: it is flexible.

 

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Engadget has a 14-second video where you can see that when a 'reasonable amount of force' is pressed on the G Flex, it can actually bend. This is a great feature when you mix it with the "self-healing" coating on the rear of the device, which can automatically fix hairline scratches that might be cuased in your pocket, or handbag.

Steal some Man of Steel swag in our Blu-ray Promotion!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:28 am

To celebrate this week's release of the epic reboot of the Superman franchise with Man of Steel on Blu-ray, we have a huge pool of prizes to give away, thanks to Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

 

Five lucky winners will each take home a copy of Man of Steel on double play Blu-ray, a brushed metal keychain, laptop skin, pen, Daily Planet mug, city of Metropolis T-Shirt and a cap, valued at $110!

 

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To go into the running, simply answer in 25 words or less the following question:

 

If you could have any of Superman's powers for one hour, what would you do and why?

 

Send your answers, along with your shipping address to ben@tweaktown.com before the competition closes on Friday the 8th of November.

 

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Man of Steel is available on 3D Blu-ray, double play Blu-ray and DVD from Australian retailers starting Wednesday the 6th of November.

 

MAN OF STEEL, SUPERMAN and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © DC Comics. © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

Samsung and Google facing massive lawsuits over Android

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 4:26 am

On Halloween, the same day that Google launched its next-gen flagship, the Nexus 5," and Android 4.4 KitKat, several of the company's biggest rivals filed lawsuits against the company and some of its partners. This consortium of foes include Microsoft, Apple, RIM, Ericsson, and Sony.

 

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The filings include at least 15 lawsuits that claim that Google and its handset partners infringe on several patents that cover basic smartphone functionality including email and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Some of the patents date all the way back to 2000, and it appears that Google and Samsung have known about the lawsuits since 2012. As past patent wars have shown, there will be no quick resolution to these claims, and the only ones who will win anything will be the lawyers who will spend the next month or years battling this out in conference rooms.

Google's floating barges are actually up-scale showrooms

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:53 am

The mysterious floating barges being built by Google are a mystery no more. A new report from CBS San Francisco cites sources who claim the floating structures are actually "Dazzling Showrooms" that are being designed to showcase the Google's X line of products. Furthering the mysterious feel, the sources say that the showroom will be open by invite only.

 

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The floating showrooms are being constructed of over 40 interchangeable shipping containers which have been built with a modular design that will allow Google to ship them around the world and truck them over land to bring the attraction to more than just coastal communities. Other reports suggest that the the entire roof will be fashioned into a party deck where Google will host launch parties for VIPs and members of the media.

Nintendo's Wii Mini set to arrive in the USA later this month

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:30 am

Nintendo announced this morning that it will be releases its Wii Mini Console to the US in November. The Wii Mini strips away online functionality as well as other features, and allows fans of the system to play the Wii's vast library of games without the need to purchase a Wii U console.

 

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The US bundle will include a red Wii Remote, and Nunchuck and a copy of Mario Kart Wii. This does mean that users will have to race against the console or others in their home since online gameplay has been stripped from the console. In my opinion, it would be much more beneficial to pick up a used Wii console for $100 and be able to play the same games online, but there must be a market out there for such a device or Nintendo would not have released it. What do you think about the Wii Mini? Let us know in the comments.

The first Steam Machine prototype looks sleek and sexy

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 3:22 am

Valve has shown off its first Steam Machine to The Verge, which featured a Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN GPU. Not too badly specced for a prototype if you ask me, especially considering the size of the thing... with a TITAN GPU rocking along inside of it.

 

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You can read more on it here, but the biggest news here is that we will hear first hand at CES 2014 in just two months time the proper Steam Machines from Valve's hardware and software partners. We'll also know which games will shift over to the Linux-based Steam OS which will be another interesting and exciting part of the show.

 

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The box you see above is just one of many Steam Machines we'll see, with the Valve team stating: "You can get far smaller, and that's what many OEMs are doing... I think it's safe to say less than a quarter of the size."

IBM files patent lawsuit against Twitter days before IPO

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 2:30 am

With Twitter just days away from its Initial Public Offering, tech powerhouse IBM has threatened to filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the social networking service. Before heading off to the court system, IBM has offered Twitter a shot at a "business resolution," which most likely equates to an expensive licensing deal.

 

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IMB says that Twitter is infringing on three of its patents including: U.S. Patent No. 6,957,224: Efficient retrieval of uniform resource locators, U.S. Patent No. 7,072,849: Method for presenting advertising in an interactive service and U.S. Patent No. 7,099,862: Programmatic discovery of common contacts. These patents are all very broad in what they actually cover, and represent exactly what is wrong with the US Patent system.

 

In a statement Twitter had the following to say. "Based upon our preliminary review of these patents, we believe we have meritorious defenses to IBM's allegations, although there can be no assurance that we will be successful in defending against these allegations or reaching a business resolution that is satisfactory to us."

Twitter raises its IPO price to $23-$25 ahead of Thursday's launch

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Nov 5, 2013 12:38 am

Twitter's Initial Public Offering (IPO) is fast approaching and is scheduled to kick off this Thursday, November 7th, and the company could offer as many as 80.5 million shares. This morning the company announced that ahead of the IPO, it has raised the per share price to $23 to $25 per share.

 

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If the company does offer 80.5 million shares instead of the 70.5 it initially filled for, it could raise more than $2 billion in just a few days. Twitter will finalize everything Wednesday night and trading will open Thursday morning. Let's hope that this IPO turns out better than Facebooks IPO last year, and investors begin seeing returns much faster than they did with Facebook.

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