Skyrim Dawnguard DLC: 20+ Images From The Debut Trailer

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, PS3, Xbox

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We reveal the new Skyrim Dawnguard DLC trailer frame by frame.

Skyrim’s debut DLC – Dawnguard – hits this Summer for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC – and now we have a debut trailer courtesy of Bethesda.

Check it out in the utmost detail with our gallery of stills – vampires? Crossbows? Flaming steeds? Ice-breaking dragons? They’re all there.

Check out our gallery for more, and look out for the full details at E3 next week.

Quotebook 2 offers iCloud, Instapaper support

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

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For the quote lover in all of us, Quotebook 2 is now out with iCloud and Instapaper’s Launch Center support.

You can utilize iCloud to sync quotes between your iPhone and iPad, or you can share a quote via email, iMessage, Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. You can add quotes to Quotebook using Instapaper’s Launch Center.

A neat addition is auto detection. Copy a quote, and Quotebook will recognize it from the clipboard. A search has been added, with connections to Wikipedia to find out more about the source.

We really liked Quotebook when it first came out. Since then, an iPad version has been released, and Quotebook looks especially nice on it. It’s available for $2.99 in the App Store.

Quotebook 2 offers iCloud, Instapaper support originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 31 May 2012 20:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony Trademark Hints At Quantic Dream’s Canned Infraworld, Cloud Gaming

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, PS3, Sony, Xbox


Something would appear to be brewing over at Sony ahead of its E3 showing next week.

Sony rumours surrounding its E3 plans have been coming thick and fast, with the biggest suggesting a new game reveal from Quantic Dream and potential acquisition of cloud-gaming service are imminent.

Now those two rumours have merged somewhat with a Superannuation column reporting that a Sony trademark for Infraworld could in fact suggest Quantic Dream is still working on the game of the same name which it cancelled back in 2006.

Sony re-registered Infraworld as a trademark late last year, and of note is the fact that it revised the description to: “providing on-line computer games; providing game services for enabling temporary use of non-downloadable game programs transmitted by accessing networks and to play repeatedly until power supply disconnection of consumer video game consoles for use with an external display screen or monitor.”

Sounds like a description of cloud-gaming if ever we heard one.

We’ll know much more next week – keep an eye on NowGamer’s E3 coverage for all the details.

 

 

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Test-driving AIRBudz, the sensible antidote to "earbud zombies"

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

You’ve seen earbud zombies before — they’re the people who are walking or riding around with noise-isolating earphones plugged into their ears, totally oblivious to traffic noise, people talking or yelling at them, or the sound of screeching tires just before they get hit by a car. A few weeks ago, I wrote about AIRBudz, a Kickstarter project that is the one-woman campaign of Tammy Erdel to reduce the number of earbud zombies on our streets. I’ve had a chance to test the AIRBudz in prototype form, and I’m glad to say that they work well.

I had every intention of trying the AIRBudz out with two pairs of high-end noise-isolating earbuds I’d received for review, but had to settle for testing them with another Kickstarter project — CordCruncher earphones — since the high-end earbuds mysteriously disappeared into the black hole in my office.

My test was rather simple. I played music on my iMac at a tolerably loud volume, then cranked up some tunes on my iPhone and listened through the CordCrunchers with the normal silicone tips. I couldn’t hear anything but the music from the iPhones. With the AIRBudz tips installed, I could hear the music from the iMac as well as that coming from the iPhone.

Well, that certainly helps out the earbud zombie problem, as it makes it possible to hear ambient noises as well as your music. But I also noticed that the AIRBudz distorted the low end of the music I was listening to and overall made the sound somewhat “tinny”.

I have a suggestion for people who are concerned about their personal safety while wearing earphones — back the AIRBudz project on Kickstarter (it’s only about halfway funded with nine days to go) and get a set to use with your favorite earphones when you’re doing outdoor activities. Keep your existing earbuds to switch back to you when you’re safely out of danger.

Test-driving AIRBudz, the sensible antidote to “earbud zombies” originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 30 May 2012 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sony: Cuts PS Vita Price With Limited Time Offer Update

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, Sony


PlayStation Vita will be around £40 cheaper from next week, Sony has confirmed.

The PS Vita will be available for a period of aound six weeks with a sub-£200 RRP from 1 June, according to MCV.

Sony has apparently confirmed a €50 (£40) rebate programme for all Vita handhelds sold between 1 June and 15 July.

If the discount holds true, the rebate will make the console available with a starting RRP of around £189.99 for the WiFi version and £229.99 for the 3G version, based on the console’s launch prices.

Actual pricing via the offer has yet to be confirmed.

Update
MCV has tweeted that the offer may not be applicable to the UK, instead isolated to France. More when we get it.

Rumor Roundup, Episode 6: iWant to believe

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Microsoft, NDS, iPhone

Unlike the week before, this past week hasn’t seen an epic B.S.-storm of rumors. A few of the ones that came out got huge piles of attention, however, not the least because rumors of a 16:9 screen iPhone sound so delicious to so many that we all want to believe… even though we’ve all been “burned” on this one once before.

But before we can get to those slightly plausible rumors, we have to get the utterly ridiculous ones out of the way first.

New Apple TV Will Feature Seamless Siri Integration (Insideris)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Apple’s HDTV will have a feature where you can control playback and other functions using Siri on your i*BZZT*

B.S. detector reading: 8/10. We’ve been hearing this one since Siri debuted, yet the latest Apple TV shows zero integration with the “intelligent” voice assistant. In fact, it’s been seven months since Siri went public, and aside from a very modest expansion of language support, the software hasn’t seemed to improve much. It’s still restricted to a single device, the iPhone 4S, and it still doesn’t handle driving directions or local business searches in most countries.

Then, there’s this week’s gossip that Siri has been a disappointment to Apple so far, and Steve Jobs would have “lost his mind” if the voice-activated software was launched during his tenure. I have no problem with Siri personally; it does everything I ask it. I just wish I were able to ask it more things. But I’m not holding my breath for Siri integration with a product that has about as much evidence in its favor as Sasquatch.

Apple’s Coming Plan To Take Over The TV Business (Forrester Research)

Forrester Research, famous for predicting Apple’s unparalleled ascendancy and imminent doom in the same week, now predicts the Apple HDTV will be a non-TV TV. In other words, picture hanging a 32-inch iPad on your wall. Think about how “easy” it is to get media from various sources on an iPad. Then picture that replacing your current TV. Now picture that someone got paid to say that with a straight face.

B.S. detector reading: 10/10. What Forrester has proposed is effectively no different from the existing Apple TV, except it comes with a 32-inch screen and a much higher price tag. It sounds like the kind of product Apple would have been ecstatic to launch in 1996, back when the company had no idea how to make products that actually earned it money. The Apple of 2012 knows better.

Bigger than an iPhone, yet smaller than an iPad: the next Apple TV? (GigaOM)

GigaOM reaches the Singularity of stupid Apple rumors by combining the Apple HDTV and iPad mini into one epically mythical, misguided product. The iPad mini will be the TV that goes wherever you go! And it’ll provide zero advantages over any of Apple’s existing products!

B.S. detector reading: 10/10. Bad enough that GigaOM has divided by zero as far as Apple rumors go, the site has also conveniently neglected close to 65 years of TV viewing habits. Even if our 9.7-inch iPads now offer nearly double the resolution of the best HDTV out there, I’d be willing to bet 99.9 percent of you still watch most of your TV on a much bigger screen that’s much farther away.

Even assuming the iPad mini existed, it’d have to be just as multifunctional as the iPad Grande it’s supposed to complement. Otherwise, why would anyone buy it?

Microsoft set to release Office for iOS and Android tablets in November (BGR)

A “reliable source” tells BGR Microsoft Office is heading to iOS devices in six months. No really, this time for sure, guys.

B.S. detector reading: 6/10. I fully expect Office to debut on at least the iPad, eventually. But “reliable source” and BGR go together about as well as pickles and caramel. The site’s BREAKING EXCLUSIVE RUMORS have been so consistently wrong (remember the “Sprint-only iPhone 5?”) that virtually anything the site says has to be taken with enough salt to induce cardiac arrest.

Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone (New York Times)

Facebook, world famous for this week’s terrible IPO and one of the buggiest household-name iOS apps in existence, is supposedly working on its own smartphone. Again. Just like in 2011, and 2010, both of which were indisputably the Year of the Facebook Phone (that never launched).

B.S. detector reading: 7/10. A software company building its very own smartphone wouldn’t be a new development. Google did it with the Nexus lineup… sort of. And the Microsoft-Nokia pairing is almost certain to see some Windows 8 devices coming out sometime between now and 2099.

But here’s the problem: most of the people accessing Facebook from a smartphone already have an iPhone. Facebook’s going to have to make a phone that’s more compelling than the most successful smartphone in the world, and I’m not convinced that a company with no hardware sales experience is going to manage well in that regard.

Plus, if the phone’s OS is anything like Facebook itself, the user interface is going to change so often (and almost never for the better) that people are never going to get used to how the damned phone works.

Apple May Make A Splash…With The Mac (Wall Street Journal)

A bunch of analysts agree that Apple’s getting ready to launch new Macs with Retina displays.

B.S. detector reading: 5/10. Here’s the problem: I want to believe that new Macs with Retina Displays are on the way. But because a bunch of clueless “analysts” predicted them, it kind of feels like the products vanished from existence the second the WSJ’s story went live.

These analysts don’t have any more information than the rest of us. They’re going off the same information we have, which is the usual slurry of rumors and made-up nonsense. Since that’s all they’ve got to go on, take their predictions as seriously as they deserve to be taken.

3-year-old iPhone 3GS primed for revival (BGR)

Some analyst claims the iPhone 3GS is going to be reduced in price and offered as a prepaid handset. As evidence, he says- hahaha, no, he didn’t offer any evidence whatsoever.

B.S. detector reading: 6/10. Apple has shown no intention of entering the prepaid market in spite of years worth of analysis claiming otherwise. About the closest the company has come to addressing the prepaid market is offering its handsets contract-free at an unsubsidised price.

The iPhone 3GS may seem like an ideal prepaid iPhone, but the question is whether Apple wants to “water down” the iPhone brand by offering such a super-cheap alternative. And given that the iPhone 3GS shares almost no components with later iPhones and iPod touches, at some point it’s simply going to be more trouble to continue building the device than it’s worth.

Likely next-generation iPhone with 3.999-inch display, 1136 x 640 resolution in testing (updated: more decimals) (9to5 Mac)

9to5 Mac makes a bold claim with initially plausible sounding numbers backing it up: the next iPhone will have a 16:9 ratio, 4-inch display at a resolution of 1136 x 640. The site throws in some official-sounding codenames and some typically cloak-and-dagger tales of phones being carried around Apple’s campuses in fake cases to disguise them.

B.S. detector reading: 5/10. Even if 9to5 Mac’s story sounds mostly plausible, there’s a small problem: none of it is new. Not one iota. Not the Photoshopped mockups, not the calculated pixel resolution, not the 16:9 screen. We’ve been hearing the same thing since at least February of 2011.

An iPhone with a 16:9 screen, running apps designed for the current 3:2 screen, would run those apps “letterboxed” like a widescreen movie on a standard TV, with 88 blank pixels on either side. Some apps, including TUAW’s own app, could in theory be easily updated for that resolution. Other types of apps, particularly games, are going to take a lot more work to port to yet another resolution.

I would love it if the iPhone’s screen switched to 16:9 — that was by far my favorite of the mockups I did in February of last year — but I won’t be at all surprised if the next iPhone has exactly the same screen. But then again…

New Part Leaks Include Taller iPod Touch Front Panel, ‘iPhone 5′ Cameras

Yet another parts leak, but at least this one is more interesting than a Home button or headphone cable. MacRumors got its hands on images of an iPod touch front faceplate that seemingly matches the 16:9 aspect ratio rumored elsewhere.

B.S. detector reading: 5/10. It’d be one thing if MacRumors actually handled these parts, but all it has to go on is images from a parts supplier — images that are relatively easy to fake. That said, past parts leaks to MacRumors have panned out before, and I’m willing to give them a few bonus points just for relying on someone other than DigiTimes for a change.

As WWDC gets closer, we’re sure to hear yet more rumors surrounding the upgrades to the Mac lineup. Depending on how slow of a news week we have ahead, we’ll probably hear more about the iPad mini and Apple HDTV, too. More’s the pity.

Rumor Roundup, Episode 6: iWant to believe originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 28 May 2012 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Battlefield 3 Premium Service: £35 Sub, Aftermath DLC Rumoured

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players


Battlefield Premium pricing and DLC details may have dropped ahead of a rumoured launch next month.

Battlefield Premium, DICE’s rumoured answer to Call of Duty Elite, will cost £35 when it launches in June according to an online retailer.

 

CoolShop has Battlefield Premium listed for £34.96 and a release date of 29 June.

The service was previously rumoured to launch on 4 June – the same day as EA’s E3 press event.

“BF3 Premium Service is 1 code in a box to give the consumers early access to the BF3 DLC expansion packs – Back to Karkand (already released), Close Quarters (releasing June), Armoured Kill (releasing Sept) and End Game (releasing December),” reads the description.

Meanwhile, MP1st suggests a fifth, unnnounced Battlefield 3 expansion will be called Aftermath, and launch ahead of End Game – which could come arrive early next year.

Other content rumoured for Battlefield Premium includes:

- 20 Maps
- 20 New Weapons
- 10+ New Vehicles
- 4+ New Game Modes
- 30+ Assignments
- 20+ Dog Tags
- Back to Karkand
- Close Quarters in June 2012
- Armored Kill in Fall 2012
- Aftermath in late 2012
- End Game in Spring 2013

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Diablo 3: Blizzard Delays Real-Money Auction House Again

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS


Blizzard confirms that Diablo 3’s real-money auction house won’t launch go live in May.

Diablo 3’s real-money auction house has been delayed due to the game’s launch problems, Blizzard has confirmed.

No new date for the region-specific marketplace has been announced.

“In light of the post-launch obstacles we’ve encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame,” reads the latest update from the developer.

“As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live. While we don’t have a new launch date to share just yet, we’ll have more information soon.”

Blizzard had already moved the post-launch release of the real-money section of the auction-house to late May. European players will be abel to trade in British pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR) and Russian Rubles (RUB).

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Catch a glimpse of an iPhone assembly line

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Chinese news site ifeng has managed to boldly go where few, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, have gone before — inside of the Zhengzhou Foxconn facility to get a peek at how iPhones are made. There’s nothing new that we haven’t seen on ABC’s Nightline regarding the factory, as The Verge points out, but the video does provide a good sense of how big one of these factories are and offers a glimpse into how iPhones are produced. Check out the full video below, but no English subtitles are provided.

Catch a glimpse of an iPhone assembly line originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 26 May 2012 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Halo 4 Heads Up Issue 101 Of 360 Magazine

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, NDS, Xbox


Halo 4 smashes on to 360 Magazine’s cover in spectacular fashion. Take a look and see just how impressive it is…

Have you ever seen a more impressive bit of concept art in Halo’s history? And we’re talking about a series of games that’s had some really stunning pieces of art created for it. Issue 101 of 360 Magazine is proud to present this amazing Halo 4 artwork and an in-depth look behind the scenes at the games creation.

With exclusive access to the team working on Halo 4, we give you the scoop on the Xbox 360′s biggest shooter of the year along with an unprecedented look at the shooter genre itself. This is our biggest issue ever, enjoy!

Reviews

Max Payne 3, Prototype 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, DiRT Showdown, UEFA Euro 2012, Battleship, Bloodforge, Fable Heroes.

Previews

Crysis 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Borderlands 2, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2, Spec Ops: The Line, Rainbpw Six: Patriots, BioShock Infinite, Medal Of Honor: Warfighter, Far Cry 3, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, Halo 4, Star Trek, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor, F1 2012, FIFA 13, Game Of Thrones, Quantum Conundrum, Forza Horizon, Hitman Absolution, Resident Evil 6, Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut and many more…

Features

Shooting Stars, When John Lennon famously wrote that Happiness Is A Warm Gun, we doubt he was referring directly to 2012’s upcoming crop of outstanding shooters, which we outline here. Think about it, though. What better way is there to give peace a chance than to experience war at home, on the sofa, reigning virtual death on the world’s noobs? Say, doesn’t that give teabagging someone a noble air?

Know With The Flow, We specify what game is a perfect match for you personality, based upon a range of scientifically approved questions. First up: racers. Note: questions may not be scientifically approaved.

Generation Sex, Sex is being increasingly used to gently stroke your labido into buying more videogames. We explore the whys the hows, the what-fors, and the future…

Get all this and more in 360 Magazine issue 101, on sale 30 May – get your copy from all good newsagents, the imagineshop, Zinio or iTunes.