TUAW Talkcast: Mountain Lion preview show, 10pm ET

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Tonight on the Talkcast, we’re getting ready for the new top cat in town. The calendar is flipping past and the end of July is in sight, which means the release of OS X Mountain Lion is imminent. Our intrepid team has been helping you prepare your Mac for the new operating system via our ongoing Getting Ready for Mountain Lion series — now it’s your chance to call in and discuss, dissect, etcetera.

We’ll be welcoming a few special guests tonight, including Rene Ritchie of iMore and tech journalist Julio Ojeda-Zapata of the St. Paul (MN) Pioneer-Press. Bring your Mountain Lion musings — and also your predictions for Apple’s earnings call later this week.

To participate in the call, you can use the browser-only Talkshoe client, the embedded Facebook app, or download the classic TalkShoe Pro Java client; however, for +5 Interactivity, you should call in. For the web UI, just click the Talkshoe Web button on our profile page at 4 HI/7 PDT/10 pm EDT Sunday. To call in on regular phone or VoIP lines (Viva free weekend minutes!): dial (724) 444-7444 and enter our talkcast ID, 45077 — during the call, you can request to talk by keying in *8.

If you’ve got a headset or microphone handy on your Mac, you can connect via the free X-Lite or other SIP clients — basic instructions are here. Skype users with dial-out credit can call in via the service, or use those free iPhone minutes. Talk to you tonight!

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30 Years Of Electronic Arts Celebrated In Retro Gamer

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


Retro Gamer magazine goes back to where it all began for mega-publisher EA.

Retro Gamer celebrates Electronic Arts’ thirtieth anniversary by speaking to founder Trip Hawkins. Trip, along with other key early staff such as Gregory Riker, Randy Breen and Bill Budge, reveal how the company was first formed, and how it turned from a small creative publisher, into one of the industry’s biggest success stories.
 
Controversial games are also a big theme in issue 105. From Grand Theft Auto, to Mortal Kombat and Doom, we reveal some of the biggest gaming controversies of all time, and speak to the developers behind them, including John Romero, Scott Miller and Eugene Jarvis.
 
Other exciting features to look out for include an exclusive making of Tempest with Dave Theurer, what really happened to Ultimate’s Mire Mare, and why the Atari ST was so much more than a poor man’s Amiga.
 
Trip Hawkins speaks to Retro Gamer. you can read the full article in issue 105, on sale now, priced £4.99. Get your copy from all good newsagents, the Imagine Shop, Zinio or iTunes.

EA Boss Expects Next-Gen Consoles In 2013

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Wii, Xbox


Xbox 720 and PS4 could be on their way as early as next year according to EA boss John Riccitiello.

Microsoft and Sony could be set to launch new consoles as early as next year, according to EA CEO John Riccitiello.

“A major catalyst going forward, and the most important catalyst going forward is visibility on next-generation console,” Riccitiello told CNBC in a conversation about EA’s low stock.

“That NPD data, that minus 10-25 per cent that you’ve been seeing, that can and should be reversed out and some point, probably starting next year.”

Wii U will likely reinvigorate the hardware market in 2013, but whether or not Riccitiello is referring to Nintendo’s console alone remns to be seen.

New PlayStation and Xbox consoles have been rumoured for a reveal next year, ahead of a possible launch in 2014.

In a recent interview analyst Michael Pachter revealed that as recently as 2008, Riccitiello expected new consoles to launch in 2010-2011.

Chirp iPhone app introduces sharing via sound

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, NDS, iPhone

You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a story about some sort of jukebox from my House (of Crackpot Theories), but this is news about a real app called Chirp.

What’s Chirp? “Half Bump, half Soundhound.” On your iPhone, you choose an item (photo, note, or link) and then you can share with everyone around you who also has the app. It plays a high pitched series of tones, which other phones nearby (also running Chirp) listen for; the tones convey the URL to the item uploaded, and the other phones download it. (The app does require data access to work, so it’s not true peer-to-peer sharing, but it’s good enough.)

I loaded it today, and since the TUAW staff doesn’t all report to one big office, I was sitting here by myself wondering how to test it. Luckily the Chirp Blog has a couple of test items you can use to try it out, and I have to admit, it’s pretty slick.

Something I hadn’t thought about when I first downloaded the app was doing something with audio on a website or in some other fashion, like an audio QR code. At first that sounded kind of cool, considering all the useful kinds of things to be done with something like that. Then I thought about hearing the same brief tone many many times a day and I think that would get old in a hurry.

As of now it appears to be just the Chirp app that uses this technology, but for a quick way to share files it looks reasonably handy.

hat tip The Next Web

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Valve Would Consider Cloud-Gaming If Customers Like Gaikai

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


Steam may end up offering streaming game services – but will likely wait for the cloud gaming market to prove itself first.

Valve isn’t outruling anything where cloud-gaming is concerned, it has revealed to NowGamer.

Asked at Develop if cloud-gaming was on Valve’s radar in light of Gaikai’s acquistion by Sony, Anna Sweet told us: “It’ll come down to whether customers need it, or like it. If that’s the case it’s definitely something we’d want to investigate moving forward.”

Valve has introduced numerous new tools and services recently, with Source Filmmaker in beta, Steam hitting Linux and Steam Greenlight on the way.

“I’m excited for what we’re going to learn from our customers with Greenlight,” Sweet added. “We’ve spent a lot of time doing our best to try and deliver to customers what we think they want to play, and I think we’re going to learn a lot about whether or not we were right.

“I think they’re going to teach us a bunch about what they want to see on Steam, what they want to play, and teach the developers participating in Greenlight a lot about what they’re looking for in games.”

Steam Greenlight goes live next month.

How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

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How to copy content onto an Android device with a Mac

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

Until Apple jumps in with its hypothetical offering, the Google Nexus 7 may be the best small-sized tablet on the market. With a US$200 starting price tag, some Mac users may be tempted to pick one up just to see what all the fuss is about.

Android devices, though, don’t easily sync to a Mac like the iPad or the iPhone. To help new Android owners manage their device, Macworld has a short, informational video that steps you through the process of transferring items to and from your device. (Hint: you use the Android File transfer app.)

You can check out the video by Christopher Breen on Macworld’s website.

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Resident Evil 6: Three New Videos Show Leon Campaign, 4 Player Co-op

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


Capcom posts three new gameplay videos of the upcoming Resident Evil epic.

Resident Evil 6’s three campaigns may feature some scenes more action-packed than others, but Capcom has picked three high-octane sequence for the latest wave of gameplay clips.

As usual, the old-school survival horror elements of the Leon campaign look most promising, as he and Helena battle through a subway.

Check out the clips (complete with Capcom’s captions) below:

Chris and Piers encounter a terrifying new foe…

Trapit for iPad is a unique news discovery app

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone

I have found several news apps I really like over the last couple of years, like Zite, Flipboard and Pulse News. Still, there’s always room for something new, and Trapit is different and useful. Trapit for iPad was born out of an artificial intelligence project completed by DARPA and SRI, and has some of the same DNA as Siri.

You sign up for a free subscription, and start selecting some topics you are interested in. By having an account you can also sign in from a web browser. Unlike Zite, subjects are completely open. You can type anything and get hits from the more than 100,00 sources that are currently available.

Even better, like Zite, the app learns from your selections and fine tunes your topics over time. There are also a great many pre-selected subjects, like the White House race, daytime TV or the British open. You can also share your discoveries to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. Email sharing is also supported.

So how does it work? Frankly, I didn’t find the setup particularly intuitive, and I was surprised to find absolutely no detailed help built into the app. The app is not impossible to set up, but I just found it a bit clunky. Topics are in alphabetical order. I’d prefer to arrange them myself. With all the articles available, Trapit has a nice feature that shows brand new items on the right side of the screen so you don’t miss them.

Results were good, both in the pre-selected subjects, and some really obscure topics I created. The search algorithm seems quite sophisticated, and if there are mistakes you can find tune them, and eliminate topics that you no longer want to search for. Mailing articles was flawless. I think the biggest advantage of this app is the freedom of topic selection, and the ability to learn as you seed more and more topics. I wouldn’t replace any of the news discovery apps I have now, but I certainly think Trapit is worth a look, especially for free.

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Is This What PlayStation 4 Looks Like?

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Apple, Games and Players, NDS, PS3, Sony


PS4 takes one step closer to reality.

The first images of what could be the PlayStation 4 has emerged, as found in the latest issue of Play magazine.

Play commissioned artist Ross Board to design the image based on Sony’s product line and history, technology trends and the likely architecture of the PlayStation 4 itself.

Play believes the PlayStation 4 will have a Blu-Ray drive, in spite of the recent Gaikai deal. The outlet also believes Sony’s next console will feature an internal power source, four USB 3.0 ports, PowerXCell and will continue to use DualShock as its primary input device.

“The next generation will arguably the last that uses physical media,” the magazine writes. “Downloads and streaming means publishers don’t have to worry about second-hand sales, while the continued success of services shows digital is the way forward. Problem? UK’s broadband infrastructure is poor.”

The latest issue of Play is available now from newsagents, iTunes, Imagine Shop and greatdigitalmags.com.