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Crytek and DeNA announce the launch of The Collectables

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 7:13 pm

Crytek is a company that gamers know and are fond of. It is the developer behind the cool PC and console game Crysis. Crytek teamed up with DeNA to make a mobile game called The Collectables that was announced an awhile back.




That game has now landed for mobile gamers on the iPhone or iPad. The game will be coming later for Android gamers. Players are able to assemble a squad of mercenaries in the game and control the third-person tactical combat action through 3D environments.


The game is available for free on the App Store. There is no mention of it on the PR, but I would assume the game is supported by in-game purchases. Players will be able to upgrade their squad as the game progresses using a collecting card system unlocking new weapons and ways to kill the enemy.

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Google Chrome for Mac and PC now features Google Now integration

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:44 pm

After more than a year of steady development, Google has finally added its Google Now service to the stable channel of Google Chrome for Mac and PC. Today Google announced that it has finally refined Google Now for the desktop enough to include it in the next stable release of its Chrome browser for Windows and Mac, and says it will begin rolling out in the next few days.




Once the feature has been added to the Chrome browser on your device, you can turn it on by signing into the same Google account you use on your Android or iOS device. This will sync your Google Now cards, searches, and other relevant data to your PC or Mac. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage location settings for each PC, Mac device, and mobile device you use the service on to ensure accurate results.

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Thrustmaster Ferrari themed racing wheel for Xbox One unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:42 pm

There are a few companies out there that make racing wheels for game consoles and PCs. Some of them are very expensive and others are affordable. Thrustmaster has announced a new racing wheel for the Xbox One that falls into the affordable category.




The new racing wheel is called the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel and it is an officially licensed product from Ferrari. The racing wheel has a red rubberized grip and dual paddle shifters for changing gears.


The racing wheel is a nine-button device that includes a view and menu button. The engine start button is actually a d-pad. The racing wheel comes with a pedal set with adjustable travel and linear feedback. The wheel itself has a diameter of 11-inches.

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Supporters hope bitcoin helps spur a global financial revolution

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:08 pm

Digital currency bitcoin has endured ups and downs over the past 12 months, and clearly is shaking up the financial industry. More consumers are becoming familiar with bitcoins, while businesses are embracing the payment, and governments remain unsure how to utilize the online currency.




An upcoming meeting in Paris led by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) should involve an active bitcoin discussion, in which companies such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, US Federal Reserve, and other major organizations listen and share experiences - as bitcoin legality and legislation still remains a difficult battle.


"The rise of bitcoin has changed everyone's idea of what a good payment system should be," said Manu Sporny, Digital Bazaar CEO, in a statement. "bitcoin raised the bar, so everyone's got to come in and match that in some way."


The fall of Mt. Gox and other bitcoin exchanges, however, have made foreign government officials hesitant to throw support behind digital currency. Meanwhile, the launch of SpainCoin hopes to offer stability for a digital currency, with SpainCoins offered to Spanish citizens - and will prove to be an important guinea pig for regulation.

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Sony 20.1MP a3500 DSLR hits the web

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Cameras | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:08 pm

Sony Australia has pulled the wraps off a new digital camera that looks like a solid offering at a nice price. The camera is called the a3500 and it has a 20.1MP Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor inside. The camera can shoot HD resolution video as well.




The ISO range is up to 16000 and the camera works with Sony E-mount lenses. There are a number of automatic and manual modes built into the camera it also has a number of creative picture effects.


Movies are recorded in AVCHD format and MP4. Dolby Digital 2ch sound is supported and the camera can save content to Sony memory Stick and SD cards. The rear LCD is a 3-inch unit with a resolution of 230,400 dots. The camera is tipped to have a price of AU$499 including a kit 18-50mm lens.

BlackBerry to sell most of its real estate holdings in Canada

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 5:48 pm

BlackBerry issues a statement which stated that the company has reached an agreement to sell its real estate holdings in Canada. Some of its retail space will be on a lease, though as of now the amount of space and the rate is currently unknown.




The Canada's based Telecom company's CEO John Chen said that money raised from its property's successful sale will help them to continue its operational efficiency.


According to a Real estate firm CBRE, an office, a warehouse and a land in Cambridge, Mississauga, Ottawa and Waterloo will be put up for sale. The company will also be selling 37.5 acres of land, along with 3 million square feet of parking space. By doing so, the company is selling most of its properties in Canada.

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Source says Fast & Furious 7 will use doubles for Paul Walker

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 5:35 pm

Actor Paul Walker played the role of Brian O'Conner in all but one of the Fast & Furious movies. Late last year Walker and a friend were killed in a car accident. The accident took Walker's life while he was on Thanksgiving vacation from filming the seventh movie in the franchise.




Walker had reportedly filmed about half his scenes at the time of his death. The loss left the movie in limbo for a while as the studio tried to decide what to do after the loss of a pivotal character in the franchise. Some thought that the character might simply be killed off, but a source claiming to be familiar with the studio's plans says that isn't the case.


According to this source, the film will be completed using four different actors that are of the same height and build as Walker. The actors will be used as a base and for movement according to the source. Walkers face will be applied to the actors using CGI.

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Some features in DirectX 12 will need newer video cards

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 4:35 pm

During Game Developer's Conference, Microsoft was showing off DirectX 12. One of the notable features is the low-level access which will help to efficiently utilize the processing power of the end-user's CPU.




What's now being revealed is that certain features of the upcoming graphics API will require the new generation of video cards. Previously it was mentioned in NVIDIA's press release that slightly older and current generation video cards will work with DX 12.

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Disney characters as zombie killers are weird and cool

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 4:31 pm

Having a 9-year-old daughter around the house means that at any given time at least one of four Disney movies are playing. It also means that I often can't watch The Walking Dead for days after it comes on. I've never wondered what a mash up of The Walking Dead and famous Disney characters would look like, but someone has.




Check out this art showing the gigantic almond-eyed Disney girls and guys with weapons in hands and often covered in blood. I recognize the girls from Frozen, I don't think the blonde would need a gun, she could freeze the zombie hoard.




I recognize Mulan; I could see her and Michonne hitting it off really well. Honestly, I'd like to see a zombie eat the boot off Woody. I think Buzz might do already against the hoard, as long as he remembers his laser isn't real.

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Nokia and Microsoft deal expected to close in April

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 3:54 pm

Microsoft announced that it was dropping over $7 billion to purchase the Devices and Services arm of Nokia back in September of last year. The deal required the approval of regulators in the US, Europe and Asia before it could close.




Nokia originally expected the deal to close in Q1 2014. If you are paying attention this is the last month of Q1 and now Nokia is saying that the deal won't close until next month. Nokia is predicting that the final approvals will come and the deal will close in April.


Nokia and Microsoft are both committed to the deal despite the delays. The required regulatory approvals in the US and Europe have been received. The delay is because the Asian approvals haven't come in.

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