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A petition to allow Telsa Motors to sell directly to the public passes 100,000 signatures, the White House has 30 days to respond

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 7:28 am

An online petition wants to see the White House allow Tesla Motors to sell their electric vehicles directly to the public, with the petition smashing through 100,000 signatures.

 

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It passes the 100,000 signature mark within 30 days of creation, meaning that the White House is forced to issue an official response. The petition was launched by a Tesla fan by the name of Ken, who believes that states shouldn't be restricting automotive companies from selling their vehicles directly to consumers.

 

Ken doesn't work for Tesla Motors, but does claim to hold stock in them. It will be interesting to see what the White House has to say about this petition.

TweakTown's OUYA Console Unboxing Video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 6:48 am

We have a full review of OUYA that will come in around a week, as I'd like a few good nights with it, and a few social nights with friends, in order to get a good look at the OUYA console.

 

 

For now, we have an unboxing video and a few teaser photos that you can enjoy.

 

Before we dive into our quick look at the Android-powered console, just how do you pronounce "OUYA". I have always thought it was "you-ah", but it is actually "ooh-AH". So let's take a quick dive into the OUYA.

 

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I backed the OUYA console on Kickstarter in its early days with an exclusive package that included two controllers with the usernames of my choice etched into them. They are coming in a separate parcel, and I should have those in the next couple of weeks, hopefully.

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Oculus Rift takes out 'Best Hardware' of E3 2013 award, beats out the next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 6:26 am

I've expressed my thoughts on next-gen games countless times, with my latest piece here. I truly believe Oculus Rift is the future of gaming, and so do the Game Critics Awards, who chose Oculus Rift as the Best Hardware/Peripheral of E3 2013.

 

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This means that the Oculus Rift beat out both the next-gen consoles, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This speaks volumes about the next-generation of games, with the consoles yet another evolution and not a complete revolution which is what we need. Oculus Rift turns the entire industry upside down, offering the game in virtual reality.

 

I'm glad that Oculus Rift took the award home, they obviously deserved it. Well done, Oculus VR!

ASUS' PQ321Q 31.5-inch 4K monitor goes up for pre-order

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 4:32 am

Something I loved at Computex this year was ASUS' 31.5-inch 4K monitor, the PQ321Q. We even thought it was so good that we gave it our 'Best of Computex 2013' award for best gadget. It is priced at $3,499 but features the pixel-crushing 3840x2160 resolution, blowing most displays out of the water for screen real estate.

 

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ASUS' PQ321Q features a 140PPI pixel density, and uses Sharp's IGZO technology, or Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. IGZO have some great benefits, such as higher image quality compared to normal LCD's, all while using less power. IGZO also has each transistor in the display be made smaller, which allows for higher pixel density, and thinner screens.

 

The ASUS PQ321Q is 35mm thick at its deepest point, not counting the stand, which ASUS say is the thinnest wallmountable 4K display on the market. We have a 176-degree viewing angle, 10-bit color depth, 350 cd/m2 brightness rating, 8ms GTG response time and built-in speakers. DisplayPort and HDMI are on the PQ321Q for connectivity.

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The Walking Dead: 400 Days arrives this week on Windows, PSN, Mac, XBLA and iOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 3:37 am

Telltale Games have announced the availability of The Walking Dead: 400 Days, the latest addition to the smash hit game. It hits PC, Mac, XBLA and North America's PSN this week. Next week, it'll arrive on iOS and Europe's PSN. If you're after some dates, we have them below:

 

 

  • Tuesday, 2nd July - PlayStation Network (North America)
  • Wednesday, 3rd July - PC/Mac (Steam, Telltale Games Store)
  • Friday, 5th July - Xbox Live (Worldwide)
  • Wednesday, 10th July - PlayStation Network (Europe)
  • Thursday, 11th July - iOS (Worldwide)

 

What is The Walking Dead: 400 Days? The new addition is set between season one and two of the game, covering five new characters in short vignettes. Each character's story can be played in any order you like, as they'll all cover the same terrain over the span of 13 months.

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Android leads the European market with 70%, leaves Apple with just 17.8%

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 2:30 am

Google have a huge lead over Apple in the European market, where Android takes a huge 70.4% of the mobile OS market. This leaves Apple with just 17.8% and Windows with 6.8%, these numbers are thanks to the latest OS barometer figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

 

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The big reason behind Android's dominance is thanks to Samsung's Galaxy range of smartphones, which makes up over half of all smartphones sold across Europe. Android should continue to keep this dominance going into the future, as I don't think Apple can do anything in the short term to swing things around. This is something that Google have on their side for once.

Facebook brings stickers to the web

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 1:56 am

Facebook first brought its stickers to its mobile applications back in April. Those same stickers will soon be available to web users. Stickers are larger pre-made images that are similar to the simple smiley but can be animated and are quite a bit larger. Stickers are just another way for Facebook to ensure that users don't head to alternative messaging platforms.

 

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To use stickers on the web platform, simply click the usual smiley button to open the smiley menu. Click the basket icon to open up the Sticker Store where you can select from up to 16 different sticker packs. Contrary to what the name might suggest, all of these sticker packs are free. Facebook could possibly charge brands to put sticker packs into the Sticker Store, bringing in more revenue for the company.

 

In related news, TechCrunch is reporting that the person behind the whole sticker idea has left Facebook. Sophie Xie has only been with Facebook from 2012, but it appears that she will be moving on to bigger and better things. She originally conceived the idea during one of Facebook's famous hackathons. Her team will have to carry on without her.

Google Maps adds new and updated 3D imagery for 50 US cities

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jul 3, 2013 12:33 am

Google has added new and updated 3D imagery for 50 cities in the United States. Google has promised to bring 3D buildings to the majority of large United States cities, and today's update appears to be a great step towards that goal. Today's update brought new or updated imagery for 50 US cities. New additions include Las Cruces, NM and Bend, OR, while San Francisco, CA and others received updates.

 

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The full list directly from Google:

 

Anniston, AL; Auburn, AL; Barstow, CA; Bastrop, TX; Bend, OR; Birmingham, AL; Boulder City, NV; Buffalo Core, NY; Cape Girardeau, MO; Casper, WY; Cheyenne, WY; Chicago, IL; Chico, CA; College Station, OH; Delano, CA; Desert Hot Springs, CA; Dubuque, IA; Edmonton, NY; Enid, OK; Farmington, NM; Grand Forks, ND; Grand Junction, CO; Great Falls, MT; Hanford, CA; Healdsburg, CA; Helendale, CA; Hot Springs, AR; Idaho Falls, ID; Kelso, WA; Killeen, TX; Las Cruces, NM; Lawton, OK; Leeds, OK; Madera, CA; Malibu, CA; Merced, CA; Modesto, CA; Ocala, FL; Odessa, TX; Ojai, CA; Picture Rocks, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Prescott, AZ; Rapid City, SD; Redding, CA; Riverside, CA; San Angelo, TX; San Francisco, CA; St George, UT; Texarkana, TX; Twentynine Palms, CA; Victoria, TX; Winnipeg, TX; Yuba City, CA.

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Ubisoft hacked, recommends you change your password

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 11:33 pm

Ubisoft has announced that one of their sites was hacked and allowed unauthorized access to user account data. Ubisoft has not revealed the number of affected users, though it potentially could be the entire Ubisoft customer base as most of Ubisoft's games require a user account to play. The company has recommended that users change their passwords and passwords on any site that makes use of the same password.

 

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During this process, we learned that data were illegally accessed from our account database, including user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. No personal payment information is stored with Ubisoft, meaning your debit/credit card information was safe from this intrusion.

 

As a result, we are recommending you to change your password by clicking this link.

 

Out of an abundance of caution, we also recommend that you change your password on any other Web site or service where you use the same or a similar password.

 

The hackers will have to decrypt the passwords before they are useful, though this shouldn't take too long. Ubisoft stresses that the hackers did not obtain any payment data as it is not stored by the gaming studio. We're hoping to find out just how many of Ubisoft's customers were affected by the hacking, but we're not sure Ubisoft will be forthcoming with that data.

Yahoo acquires Qwiki for a rumored $50 million

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:37 pm

Yahoo has been on an acquisition binge as of late. The latest company that Yahoo has acquired is the start-up Qwiki. Qwiki is an app that takes a user's pictures, music, and videos and turns them into short videos, hence the name Qwiki. The purchase price has not been disclosed, though it's rumored to have been around $50 million.

 

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Yahoo has gained a reputation as a company that often kills a start-up after acquiring it. However, this doesn't seem to be the case for Qwiki. Yahoo has said in a blog post that the team will join Yahoo in its New York offices. "We will continue to support the Qwiki app, and the team will join Yahoo in our New York city office to reimagine Yahoo's storytelling experience."

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