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Ex-FutureMark devs working on first-person puzzle game

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2012 6:33 pm

A new game trailer has hit the internet. This trailer is for a game that I had heard nothing about until this trailer showed up. Indie Finnish studio Theory Interactive is the creator of this new game Reset. They claim that the entire trailer is based upon footage from the in-game engine. This means no up-ressed textures, geometry or effects.




"Everything you see in the trailer is straight from the in-game engine," says Theory on the Reset blog. "No up-ressed textures, geometry or effects." Ok, so the trailer looks pretty darn good, but what is this game all about? The Theory Interactive team is a two-man team of former FutureMark developers: Alpo Oksaharju and Mikko Kallinen.


The description they provide for Reset is that it is a "single-player co-op first-person puzzle game." Players are supposedly able to jump back in time to compliment their own actions. They add that "atmosphere and mood are a big part of what we want people to experience." It's also set to be a PC exclusive.

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'Avengers' movie accidentally deleted at press screening

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 1, 2012 5:27 pm

Here's some news on the lighter side: At a press screening over here in the USA, it would appear that a projectionist is a bigger foe to the Avengers than, say, the evil god Loki. The new film "The Avengers" is already out overseas and garnering rave reviews is gearing up to hit US theaters this Friday.




As a press screening for the new movie, a projectionist accidentally hit the delete button. One would think that some sort of safeguards would be in place but, alas, it appears that this movie file is just like any other file. No word has been given on exactly why it couldn't be recovered or why there was no backup.


This screw up resulted in all of the press having to wait in excess of 2 hours while a new copy was downloaded. The fact that they just download another copy is actually somewhat ironic with all of the piracy claims being thrown around accusing other people of doing the same. I realize that they pay to show the movie, but it still is quite ironic.


The plot of the movie, according to IMDB, is that "Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army." It's a movie that I can't wait to see. I just hope that the projectionist in my theater doesn't accidentally hit the delete button!

AMD teams up with GameFly to get you gaming for less, at least for a little while

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 1, 2012 4:34 pm

AMD cares about the customer. Today's announcement of GameFly and AMD teaming up is just another example of all the things they do for you, the customer. This time AMD would like to get you gaming for cheap, at least for a little while. AMD announced that GameFly and AMD had an agreement to bring easier access to GameFly's online PC game rental and PC download services for a limited time.




Gamers who purchase select AMD A-Series APUs, AMD Athlon II CPUs, AMD Phenom™ II CPUs or AMD FX Series CPUs in areas where GameFly is accessible will receive a free 30-day GameFly membership and a 20% discount on a new PC game purchase when bought via the GameFly PC store. I don't have a listing of which CPUs qualify, so if I find one, I will add it here.


"AMD draws inspiration from gamers, game developers and the PC gaming industry," said John Taylor, director of Global Product and Technology Marketing at AMD. "Hand-in-hand with the AMD Gaming Evolved program, we continue to listen to gamers and fulfill our 'Gamers Come First!' pledge. AMD‟s close affiliation with GameFly shows our gratitude to gamers and to GameFly for recognizing how AMD represents best-in-class PC gaming experiences."

Android adoption rates slowing, less than 3% of phones run ICS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 3:32 pm

Most Android phones, it would seem, are not running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich version of Android. Google recently released some very detailed data about the Android landscape, which included percents of phone OSs that checked into Google Play over a 14 day period. Some of the numbers are surprising.




63.7% of the phones that checked into (used) Google Play over the 14 day period were based on the outdated, yet still functional Gingerbread (Android 2.3). Only 2.9% were running the latest and greatest Ice Cream Sandwich. The adoption rate of the latest upgrade has been slow, to say the least. But why? After all, 850,000 devices were activated per day in February.


Each time a new version of Android was released (historically), the adoption rate slowed. It took 2.1 a month to reach 25% of Android devices. It took 2.2 three times as long (three months) to reach the same point. It took a whopping 6 months for Gingerbread (2.3) to reach the same point. Part of this is due to the Android market being bigger. More people have to upgrade the software than just have new people buy phones.


Another issue is people are locked into contracts which prevent them, without extra cost, from buying a new phone. With it being almost 2 years since the release of many of these 2.1 and 2.2 phones, I would venture to guess that people will go shopping and the adoption of Ice Cream Sandwich to increase. But that's just a guess.

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Smartphone market grows by over 40%, overall market shrinks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 2:05 pm

We know that smartphones are the hot device to have right now, but to have a market grow by 40% when the technology has been around for a while is nothing short of incredible. But, that's just what the smartphone market did this past year ending with Q1 2012. It grew a whopping 42.5%, yet the entire phone market shrunk by 1.5%.




Inside those market changes, companies exchanged blows for market share. Apple and Samsung snatched up over a combined 50%, leaving the remaining to be split among the 4 other major players. Samsung just about tripled its market share over the year, with a huge boost coming from 4Q11 to 1Q12 range.


Apple grew quite a bit across the 3Q11 to 4Q11 where Samsung's growth was flat. You can see how the interplay of the companies has affects on the others. Nokia, RIM, and HTC all experienced general declines to under 10% market share a piece. HTC and Nokia, I would expect, will get a bump on the heels of the successful One and Lumia series.

Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: May 1, 2012 12:48 pm

Our Download of the Day is foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4.




foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 is here, with a full change log:


  • Fixed Musepack HTTP streaming bugs.
  • Fixed incorrect MP3 decoder behavior on certain rare files.
  • Fixed crash reporter dialog crash (duh).
  • Detection of proxy server settings from Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed multi-channel FLAC encoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
  • Fixed multi-channel WavPack decoding (channel mask now gets preserved).
  • Now possible to use HDCD & DTS decoder components with ALAC.
  • Changed MP3 tag reading behaviors when multiple tags are present.
  • ID3v2 content now takes priority over APE and then ID3v1.
  • Various time-consuming operations such as conversion or ReplayGain-scanning now prevent the computer from automatically going to sleep (opt-out).
  • Tuned ReplayGain scanner for fast multicore CPU / slow HDD scenarios (beta 4).
  • Fixed Converter misbehavior on files with misplaced "cuesheet" tags (beta 4).
  • Improved performance when playing MP3 files from internet HTTP sources (beta 4).

    You can download foobar2000 1.1.12 beta 4 here.

  • Improved compatibility with Apple's HFS driver (beta 4).

Cyanogenmod 9 is now available for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: May 1, 2012 12:10 pm

Owner of an NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered HTC One X? Been waiting for Cyanogenmod 9? Today is your lucky day! Cyanogenmod 9 has been released for the Tegra 3-powered HTC One X, with the interface offering a much more stock Android 4.0 ICS feel, with HTC's Sense 4.0 UI locked back in its closet.




With Cyanogenmod 9 loaded, the HTC One X looks more like Samsung's stock GALAXY Nexus, which isn't so much of a bad thing if you're not a fan of HTC's Sense 4.0 UI. The people behind the release, TripNRaVeR of the TripNDroid Mobile Engineering team are the ones who released this particular build, and whilst they've used the open-source Cyanogenmod 9 files, the release is not 'officially sanctioned' by the Cyanongenmod 9 group.


Most functions work on the HTC One X, apart from the camera and Wi-Fi hotspot functions. There is one revision the Cyanogenmod 9 build brings to HTC One X users, is that it remaps the device's hardware buttons. The multitasking button has been reworked to initiate the 'menu' function, whilst the multitasking menu is now made available by holding down the home button.

Peter Jackson is 'meh' toward the panning of his 48fps 'Hobbit' footage, will stick to 24fps for trailers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 1, 2012 11:09 am

Ok, ok, 48fps wasn't well received by critics and users from Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' footage, but that doesn't mean he's sitting in a room crying about it. Most viewers' issues with the footage was that it looked too realistic, or that it felt like it were shot on video.




On top of this, viewers' blamed the blemishes on actors and sets which were all-too-visible without the help of motion blur. Jackson has insisted that the footage lacked special effects and color correction, and that showing the 48fps trailer was too short to judge the increased frame rate.


Jackson has now stated there will be no 48fps trailer, boo. Jackson also adds that he is now "very aware of the strobing, the flicker and the artifacts" when he's watching regular 24fps cinema. This mirrors what I've said before, yes it's hard to go to higher fps, but once you've been there for a while and go back - the old 24fps viewing just feels really bad.

RumorTT: Samsung GALAXY S III's 4.8-inch display caught on camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 1, 2012 10:28 am

The latest teaser for Samsung's GALAXY S III is here, which seems to have taken on a NEXUS-style look. There's not much to go on here, but this shot is posing next to a ruler, so we can get a look at how tall the phone is, and we can guesstimate on the screen size.




Taking into consideration this isn't exact, it looks like the GALAXY S III sports a 4.8-inch display. But, we will have concrete information just days from now, because Samsung has an unveiling event of the GALAXY S III in London. But, that's not all, there's also another photo of the S III, below.




This photo looks very much like Samsung's GALAXY Nexus with its sexy curved design. Whatever is released, you can be sure people are going to go crazy over it. Samsung is beginning to be the new Apple with excitement building, that's for sure.

Mark Zuckerberg has joined Viddy, posts a video of his dog playing around

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: May 1, 2012 9:28 am

I was sitting around a bonfire at my brothers house last week when my mate Daniel turns to me, laughing, and tells me to check out this new app on his iPhone called 'Viddy'. He said it was the Instagram of video. After showing me Snoop Dogg driving his car and just looking at the road, and various other videos - I could see it had the potential of being an acquisition target by Facebook, or similar.




Now Facebook founder himself, Mark Zuckerberg, has joined the ranks of thousands by signing up for the video sharing mobile app, Viddy. Zuckerberg posted up his first video under the nickname 'Zuck', which featured his dog, Beast, playing around in his house. Zuck's first video received more than 1,200 likes from other users, but this number should expand exponentially should Zuck share it on his Facebook page which sports 13 million subscribers.


A photo of his dog received more than 250,000 likes, with Viddy benefitting big time from such huge exposure. Viddy has also just hit 15 million users, but the celebrities joining the Viddy game are growing by the day. Viddy has just recently had a new injection of funding from rockstar investors such as Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, Skull Candy's Jeff Kearl, Jay-Z, and more.

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