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Xbox boss promises a more personal Xbox One going into the future

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 9:25 am

As it stands, the PlayStation 4 seems to be winning the 'next-gen' and now current-gen console war, with the Xbox One lagging behind. Microsoft obviously wants to change this, something that was pointed out in an interview with The Inner Circle Podcast, with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.

 

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Spencer said during the interview: "I'll announce it here: I was told themes and background [pictures] are something that we are working on. And screenshots, I know people beat me up on screenshots". Spencer is aware that Xbox One gamers want to be able to personalize their dashboards, and do things that PC gamers can do easily, such as taking in-game screenshots without having to have the game have a built-in screenshot-taking feature.

 

He wasn't willing to tell the world when these new themes, backgrounds and screenshot-taking abilities would be appearing, but he did say "people should know that they're in development".

Telltale teases 'IRONWOODS' for its upcoming Game of Thrones game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 8:27 am

The developer behind the successful, and very popular The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games, has teased its latest film-to-game adaption, Game of Thrones.

 

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Telltale took to its Twitter account, teasing the phrase: "a wood of stubborn sentinel trees armored in grey-green needles, of might oaks of Ironwoods as old as the real itself". It's a quote directly from A Game of Thrones, but I'm sure Game of Thrones fans can pick at that quote, and the image above, with more information than what a fan of the TV show, like myself, could.

EA giving away Dragon Age: Origins for free via Origin

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 7:32 am

EA is doing something good for PC gamers and it's something that a lot of people would appreciate. The company is giving away Dragon Age: Origins for free via Origin. The best part is that this does not come with any strings attached - no gameplay time limits, no restrictions such as minimum purchase/regular Origin user - just a free copy of DA: Origins for all.

 

You will have to claim the free copy of Dragon Age: Origins before October 14th and you will need an Origin account. The game can be claimed from here

 

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Dragon Age: Origins is developed by Bioware in 2009 and its an action-based RPG game. The game retails for $20. EA is going to release the sequel of the game Dragon Age: Inquisition On November 18th and there's no better way to increase the fan base before the sequel release by providing the first instalment up for the grabs, for free.

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Amazon planning New York bricks and mortar store

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 6:23 am

Amazon might have completely changed the landscape for retailers and shoppers across the world, but according to a report published today by the Wall Street Journal, it seems that the online giant is not beyond taking on traditional bricks and mortar stores more aggressively, by opening their own physical store in downtown New York.

 

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To be located across from New York icon and tourist mecca the Empire State Building, the store is said to serve multiple purposes, including acting as a showcase for Kindle devices, allowing customers to collect online orders, but also act as a distribution center for couriers and delivery services.

 

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Amazon have yet to confirm the store opening, but it is said to be opening in time for the holiday season.

Flipkart Big Billion Day sale angers Tech giants, cries foul

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 6:08 am

Flipkart barely can step out of the oven now that the Indian government plans to crack down 'predatory discount' and unfair trade practice claims. But now its all ready to be grilled thanks to top electronic makers like LG, Sony and even Samsung.

 

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While Flipkart claimed that its Big Billion Day Sale was a HUGE success despite the server downtime issues it faced, consumer good manufacturers were not amused. The companies dis not like what Flipkart did, and are considering legal action over 'predatory pricing and discount scheme' allegations. Several personnel assumed that Flipkart intends to disrupt the livelihood of the organized retail market in India.

 

One of the company personnel also claimed that goods that are sold via Flipkart with unrealistic pricing are via unauthorized channels. Therefore, they will be compelled not to provide warranty to those consumers who have purchased from such sites. An executive said,"This is a clear case of predatory pricing just to shoot up traffic at their website, and build up valuations unrealistically. This is not acceptable and we will ensure that this does not happen again."

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Assassin's Creed dev claims that industry is done with 60FPS standard

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 5:05 am

Earlier, we've reported that Ubisoft's upcoming game Assassin's Creed: Unity will be running at 30FPS at 900p for both consoles- Sony's PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. To justify the move, Ubisoft's Creative Director Alex Amancio said that selling the game with different levels of experience would be unfair.

 

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However, Nicolas Guerin, the World Level Design Director for Unity is giving a different reason. He said: "At Ubisoft for a long time we wanted to push 60 fps. I don't think it was a good idea because you don't gain that much from 60 fps and it doesn't look like the real thing. It's a bit like The Hobbit movie, it looked really weird."

 

He continued by saying that series like Rachet and Clank also dropped the 60FPS standard. Another reason is that its twice as hard as 30 fps, and its doesn't make it look good when the game is rendering. On the other hand, 30 FPS feels more 'cinematic' while 60 FPS is perfect for FPS and action-adventure genres.

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Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features built-in projector

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 4:25 am

Lenovo took the wraps off of its Broadwell-powered Yoga 3 Pro earlier today, but the company unveiled two other devices, with the second being the new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.

 

 

The new Yoga Tablet 2 Pro is a 13-inch, Android-powered slate that features a built-in projector. Yes, a built-in projector, that is capable of firing out a 16:9 high resolution image, or video, that Lenovo is pushing as the ultimate entertainment device. Considering the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro features a 2560x1440 QHD display and 8-watt sound system with subwoofer, we can see why.

 

How much will this bad boy set you back? $799? $999? Just $499... for a 13-inch tablet with a 2560x1440 display, 8-watt sound system, and built-in projector. Yikes, Apple/Samsung/Google/LG/HTC/Motorola/world.

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Tesla shows us the D, an AWD Model S with second motor and autopilot

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 4:02 am

Elon Musk has officially unveiled the new dual-motor equipped P85D, which is an all-wheel drive (AWD) version of its popular Model S. The top-of-the-line vehicle has a measured 0-60 time of just 3.2 seconds, which should have performance fans pleased.

 

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Not only has Tesla provided an all-wheel drive Model S, but the new vehicle has driver assist features, too. We have lane keeping and self-adjusting cruise control, which are similar features to what Mercedes and Lexus have been doing lately, with the new Tesla vehicles capable of reading speed limit signs, and adjusting the speed of the Model S accordingly. Continuing with the driver assist features, the new vehicle can even change lanes for you, all you have to do is activate the turn signal.

 

All of this is powered by 12 sensors that allow the AWD Model S to see around the car, but there's no details on how much these additions to the car will cost.

Google releases an improved Hangouts app for the desktop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3:33 am

As an avid Hangouts user, the news of a new desktop version excites me. Google has announced a new Hangouts Chrome app for Chrome OS, as well as Windows, which brings a slew of improvements and changes.

 

 

First and foremost, is now Hangouts looks much like Facebook Messenger with its Chat Heads, meaning you won't need to open up Chrome or Hangouts to see your chat. With the updated Hangouts app, your contacts and chats are now combined into a separate toggle window, which is super easy to get to. Google explained on its blog post: "You'll get all your messages as long as you have the app running, and your chats will sync across Hangouts on all your devices".

 

Better yet, the new Hangouts app includes voice and video calling, which makes it a one-stop-shop for all things communication with Google. Google added: "We recently announced you can make phone calls to any number in the world (via Hangouts dialer) and now you can do this right from your desktop. If you use Google Voice, the app includes complete Google Voice support, so you can make and receive calls, and get your voicemails and SMS messages directly in Hangouts".

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AMD Radeon R9 290 and 290X price cuts are promo offers by GPU makers

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Oct 10, 2014 3:21 am

It was reported earlier that AMD Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X GPUs are now available with a reduced price of $299 and #369 respectively. But as its turned out, the price cuts are made by AMD's AIB partners who manufacture these cards.

 

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It was also pointed out that these price cuts are not permanent. The GPU manufacturers have introduced these price cuts to promote the sales of these cards, while the stocks last.

 

Though the timing of providing price cuts is considered to be a response to NVIDIA's Maxwell-based GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs that was launched not too long ago. Its unclear if AMD would be tempted to make these price cuts from their side irrespective of cards. AMD may even throw in a new Never Settle bundle along with it to sweeten the deal as they did before. As of now, GTX 970 can be purchased with a price tag as low as $329 to as high as $409 (for the Zotac GTX 970 AMP! Edition 4GB). R9 290X could be found for $369 to $399, and some AIB partners have bundled Star Citizen and Alien: Isolation as a limited offer.

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