If you thought Titanfall might eventually make it to the PlayStation 4, you'll be sad to hear that it will not, ever. During EA's quarterly earnings call, CFO Blake Jorgensen said that Titanfall "is exclusive only for the lifetime of the title on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC."
This might disappoint future PS4 owners, but it should not come as too much of a surprise. Titanfall will hit the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in March 2014 and should be reviewed "very highly" according to COO Peter Moore.
Lenovo has just finished unveiling its latest Yoga tablet, an Android-based slate with up to 18 hours of battery life. Ironically, Lenovo has Ashton Kutcher on its side, remember that Kutcher played Steve Jobs in the movie 'Jobs'.
The Yoga's screen can fold over at 135 degrees, which allows for three different modes of use. You can use the Yoga in the traditional tablet mode iwth the kickstand closed which is called "Read mode" or you can open that kickstand up so that the tablet is held up on its own which is known as "Stand mode".
The final "Tilt mode" allows the Yoga to lay down, but with the battery at the back keeping it propped up ever-so-slightly, enough so that it is much more readable and easier for typing when slanted that way.
Wow. Grand Theft Auto V has been out for just six weeks and the open-world game has sold an amazing 29 million copies - yes, 29,000,000 copies of the game have been sold, a staggering number!
This number doesn't represent actual games in consumers' hands, but copies shipped to retailers, but I'm sure that nearly all of them would be sold, or will be sold in the coming weeks. Rockstar has said that GTA V has exceeded "the lifetime sell-in of Grand Theft Auto IV on console in less than six weeks after launch."
Today Amazon officially launched its Matchbook service that we reported on a while back. The service offers electronic versions of hard copies of books customers purchase for an additional $3 or less. Amazon says that the service is retroactive and any books you have purchased over the years qualify if they are in e-book form.
The books are in Kindle format and include all the features one would expect when buying a book for their kindle. Whispersync, X-ray and everything else functions as normal. The company says that it will continue adding titles to the service and new releases will be added as well. Personally, I love this new service. Last year I lost my entire book collection when my home was destroyed in a fire, and now I can go to Amazon, and replace a lot of those books in digital form for just $3 each!
Plex is one of those pieces of software that some of us just can not live without, and today the media server and streaming app just got even better. Today Plex announced that it has updated its software to add in some awesome and useful features including the ability to sync media to cloud storage services.
Cloud Sync for Plex allows users to link up their Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box accounts and any media you sync to those services will automatically be optimized for streaming and then uploaded to the cloud alongside the files metadata. This allows users to have a sudo media server in the cloud for use when they are away from home.
Additionally, a new feature has been included that will allow users to save videos from their favorite sites and queue them up for viewing at a later time. This feature lets users find videos on their laptop or PC and then queue it up for viewing on their connected TV. This is accomplished by downloading a plugin for your browser which you can find at the second source link below.
Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures Australia, we have been granted two copies of this week's release of The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray to give away to two lucky readers.
The American classic has been rejuvenated for modern audiences starring none other than Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, with an impressive ensemble cast, explosive storyline and cutting edge visual effects.
To go into the running to take home The Lone Ranger on Blu-ray, correctly answer the following question:
What is the true name of the Lone Ranger?
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your address before the competition closes on Friday the 1st of November. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.
The Lone Ranger is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Pictures from Wednesday the 30th of October.
Facebook has just launched a new version of its Messenger app for Android and iOS. The newly update app has been completely redesigned from the ground up and appears to have removed many of the stylings it shares with Facebook itself. The new Messenger (note that its not Facebook Messenger anymore) app features a much lighter color pallet and the chat screens are less like the messenger used in the Facebook App.
The new styling is intentional and is part of Facebook's master plan to infiltrate the every growing market of instant messaging apps. At the moment, the messaging ecosystem is dominated by WhatsApp and iMessenger, but it appears that Facebook is looking to hit them head on and the newly updated app proves that by adding in a host of new features. One of the most prevalent new features is that the Messenger app now has the capabilities of identifying users based on their phone numbers, something WhatsApp has been doing since the beginning.
Facebook is testing the new version of Messenger with select users on Android and iOS and will be rolling out the new update over the course of the next few weeks. Have you gotten the update yet? If so, post some images and your thoughts on our Facebook page as we would love to see and hear them!
BlackBerry launched its messaging app on Android and Facebook about a week ago, and now the official numbers are beginning to roll in. Just 24 hours after launch, BlackBerry says that over 1 Million users installed the app to their Android and iOS devices, and that total has risen much higher than anyone expected in just a week.
Today BlackBerry announced that it's BlackBerry Messenger app has been downloaded and installed on Android and iOS over 20 million times since its launch. Unfortunately, the data is not clear on whether users are just installing the app and sharing their pin-code on Facebook or actually using the app. I believe that its more of the latter as for the time being, it is quite difficult adding friends to the service, and users must manually invite each and every friend they want to add to the service. There is no easy group invite feature, and no quick search functionality, and this is where Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp still rule king.
Today, HGST announced that it has managed to ship more than 100 million Travelstar Z-series 7mm 2.5-inch hard drives this year and expects demand to rise to more than 140 million units by 2017. Seeing the demand for large storage capacities in ultra-thin mobile devices, HGST has launched a new 7mm 2.5-inch HDD with a capacity of 1TB.
The new Travelstar Z5K1000 drive is said to be the industry's fastest 7mm 5400 RPM HDD and features best-in-class shock robustness. The Z5K1000 is designed for use in ultra-thin laptops, ultrabooks, external storage and ultra-compact CE devices. Featuring 2 platters, the Travelstar Z5K1000 family features 1.6 watts (W) read/write power and 0.5W low-power idle, and delivers a nearly silent operation at 2.1 idle/2.2 seek bels.
"The 7.0 mm 2.5-inch mobile market continues to be a strategic space for HGST as evidenced by our record 100M shipments," said Brendan Collins, vice president of product marketing, HGST. "With the addition of our new 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, HGST continues to offer the market's broadest 5,400 and 7,200 RPM 7.0 mm 2.5-inch hard drive portfolio to meet the needs of a diverse mobile computing and storage segment."
"Hard drives will remain the mass storage vehicle of choice, having the best cost-per-GB ratio of any storage medium on the market," said Fang Zhang, analyst, storage systems, IHS. "Also, as consumers create and consume more and more digital content, the need for additional storage becomes essential. Because of this, 7 mm HDDs, especially HGST's 1TB Travelstar Z5K1000, will continue to play a major role in the thin and light device segment moving forward."
This afternoon, the Wall Street Journal has reported that last week BlackBerry executives met with officials from Facebook in order to gauge interest in a potential acquisition bid for the Canadian smartphone maker. The details are unclear at the moment, and no one is really clear if Facebook is serious about buying the failing company or not.
With BlackBerry jockeying for a sale by the end of November, Facebook could stand to buy the company at a very good price and turn it around into a Facebook branded smartphone manufacturer. Mark Zuckerberg has expressed on many occasions that the key to the social network's continued success is to get it onto as many smartphones as possible. What better way to do that than to own a smartphone company?