Virgin TV Anywhere launched on iPhone and iPad

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Uncategorized, others

Virgin Media’s new Virgin TV Anywhere app is now live and available to download from the App Store for iOS devices.

The app brings a whole host of functionality to your iPhone or iPad, including loads of on-demand content, access to manage your TiVo box remotely, and even live TV streaming.

We were fortunate enough to take an early look at the app with Virgin Media and had some hands on time with the app in iPad form, and we really took to it. Owners of the TiVo box will feel right at home with the user interface and functionality being very similar to that of Virgin’s set top box.

You’ll be able to sign in to the app using your Virgin Media ID and password and then set it up for either home or away use, with the former adding the ability to use an iOS device as a remote for your TiVo box. The ‘away’ option allows you to connect to a Wi-Fi network when out and about and stream live content – provided you’re in the UK – and even manage your TiVo box remotely.

If you’re a Virgin TV customer and you’d like to learn more about Virgin TV Anywhere then read our extensive hands-on article right here.

TV Anywhere will also launch as a web service for Mac and PC users at a later date, with an app for Android also in the works for next year.

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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…

Minecraft Xbox 360: 4J Talks Updates, Texture Packs, Custom Skins

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Games and Players, Xbox, others

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All the latest on 4J’s plans to update Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition with new content and features.

Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition will soon be getting the 1.7.3 update with a “full list of additions, changes and fixes,” set to be revealed later this week.

4J has continued to discuss its plans for the console port of Mojang’s indie classic however, with hopes for new features and content currently pinned on the future 1.8.2 update.

Update 1.8.2 will include sprinting, dispensers and more, while the developer also confirmed that when Skin packs hit the game players new looks will be visible to others whether they own the associated skin pack or not.

Looking to the future, beyond both the 1.7.3 and 1.8.2 updates, 4J is “looking at texture packs”, will add the ability for guest players to be blocked from affecting your world, “will be adding new content” and may even introduce custom, player-designed skins “much later on”, despite there being issues doing that on the console “that get lawyers all excited”.

Look out for more as we get it. Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition 1.7.3 update is due out during July.

Five apps to help you prepare for the non-stop tennis of Wimbledon

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone, others

It’s the end of June, and for tennis fans that means it’s time for Wimbledon. The UK tennis tournament kicks off Monday, June 25. Whether you’ll be attending in London or watching from afar, we have a list of apps that’ll help you follow the matches from your iPhone and even brush up on your own tennis skills.

Official Wimbledon app (Free)

The official Wimbledon app is for fans who don’t want to miss any of the action. The app lets you keep track of live scores and even listen to matches on one of the three Wimbledon Radio stations. Player profiles, schedules and on-demand video round out this excellent app. If you’re in the UK, you also can download the BBC’s iPlayer app which will have even more coverage.

Tennis Trakker Pro ($12.99)

Tennis Trakker Pro is a statistics app that’ll let you keep track of a tennis player’s performance. You can record the outcome of each point in a tennis match and use this information to identify a player’s strengths and weaknesses. The app has a cloud component that’ll let you upload match information for future reference and also share it with others who can watch the updates in real-time using ScoreTrakker. This cloud feature does require a subscription which is available via an in-app purchase. New users are eligible for a free 90-day trial of the upload service. There’s also a lite version of the app which will let you evaluate it for free.

Flick Tennis: College Wars HD ($3.99)

Flick Tennis: College Wars HD is for those idle moments when you are tired of tennis highlights and want to settle down with an entertaining game. Flick Tennis isn’t a simple back and forth volleying game. It has a storyline that lets you play the role of tennis prodigy Kevin Adams who must fight against the odds to become the best tennis player in the world. There are three modes in the game including story, exhibition and multiplayer. Story and exhibition mode have both single and double matches, while multiplayer mode lets you play head-to-head against a friend on the same device. The game has 11 tennis courts, 10 players and even 35 comic book cut-scenes which add to the plot in story mode.

Tennis Clinic ($4.99)

Tennis Clinic is for the budding tennis star who wants a portable pocket reference. The app is filled with video tutorials from tennis pros who cover the basic strokes, specialty strokes and other tips & tricks that’ll help improve your game. All the tutorial videos are embedded into the app which means you don’t have to worry about finding a fast internet connection when you want to watch a video. Because the lessons are included, the app is a hefty 571 MB.

USTA Mobile (Free)

The USTA app is for US tennis players who want to keep track of United States Tennis Association leagues and tournaments while on the go. You can find tournaments and review the draw. Once you’ve picked a tournament or a league, you can register for them right from your phone. The app also keeps tracks of players so you can view their records and gain a competitive edge before you start your first serve.

Five apps to help you prepare for the non-stop tennis of Wimbledon originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 23 Jun 2012 13:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Mario Creator Has ‘Call Of Duty Moment’, Wants To Make An FPS

Author: Arthur Ricky  //  Category: Games and Players, NDS, Nintendo, Wii, others


Nintendo creative gurue Shigeru Miyamoto would love to make a first-person shooter.

Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, most famous for his work on series’ such as Super Mario and Legend of Zelda has revealed that he’d like to turn his hand to a first-person shooter.

“I actually do kind of want to make a first-person shooter, but I don’t have time,” he told Kotaku.

“Rather than necessarily the question of ‘What kind of weapon do I have?’ in a first person shooter or ‘What kind of effect does that have on an enemy?’, I think that the structure of a first-person shooter is something that’s very interesting,” Miyamoto explained.

“Having that 3D space that in theory you are in and being able to look around and explore that-particularly being able to do that in conjunction with another person-is very interesting.”

Sounds like Portal 2 co-op to us.

Miyamoto revealed Pikmin 3 at E3, and also discussed his involvement in future Zelda projects. Super Metroid, created by Gunpei Yokoi among others, is the closest thing Nintendo has to a first-party FPS franchise, with Metroid Prime introducing a first-person view back in 2002.

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‘Several Thousand’ Diablo 3 Battle.net Accounts Suspended Or Banned – Blizzard

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


Blizzard punishes Diablo 3 cheaters for violating its terms of use, suspending accounts and banning others for using bots, hacks and exploits.

Diablo 3 account suspensions and outright bans are into the “several thousand” according to Blizzard, which has confirmed that it has taken action against players running bots and hacks

“We recently issued a round of account suspensions and bans to several thousand Diablo 3 players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing,” community manager Zarhym wrote on the Diablo 3 forums.

“In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play that’s essential to everyone’s enjoyment of the game, botting, hacking, and other such exploitive behavior can contribute to stability and performance issues with the Battle.net service.

“As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.”

Blizzard previously warned it would take action against players using cheats, hacks and exploits.

An outright ban will mean players can no longer play any version of Diablo 3, which relies on a battle.net connection to run.

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Max Payne 3: Reviews Are Good For Rockstar’s Gritty TPS

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


Max Payne 3 reviews have hit the internet, with most proclaiming Rockstar’s game a triumph.

Max Payne 3 hits Xbox 360 and PS3 this week, but the review embargo has lifted today, revealing a slightly mixed, but overall positive reaction to Rockstar’s long-awaited return to bullet-time.

“Brilliant in places, utterly frustrating in others,” reads NowGamer’s PS3 review, while our Xbox 360 review states: “Max Payne 3 is very much a modern refinement of an old formula, and if you’re looking for something brand new or revelatory it just isn’t here.”

Other scores range from 7/10 to top marks (5/5), with The Verge claiming that Max Payne 3 “is the best game Rockstar has ever made.”

Check out the other scores below:

Edge – 7/10
G4TV – 5/5
GameTrailers – 7.6/10
IncGamers – 9/10
OXM (US) – 8/10
Strategy Informer – 9.0/10
Telegraph – 4.5/5
The Verge – 9/10
VideoGamer – 8/10

Protect your iPhone from prying eyes

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

Ars Technica posts about the cautionary tale of how vengeful exes and others can use your iPhone to stalk your movements, then offers a great guide to getting your privacy back.

The case in point comes from Reddit where someone admitted to using his girlfriend’s iCloud account to track her via Find My iPhone, then changed her contacts information so she was sending text messages to him instead of her friends. While the original poster has since altered the post to remove most of information and admitted that what he did was wrong, commenters have chimed in on doing similar things or having the same sort of access.

Ars uses this as a springboard to write an anti-stalking guide for the iPhone, which contains a lot of common sense ideas and how-tos on changing your Apple ID, iTunes password and more. If you’re looking to protect your mobile privacy, it’s a terrific place to start. Ars gets kudos for going the extra step and providing information on where to get help if you are being stalked, whether it’s by a former loved one or a stranger.

Protect your iPhone from prying eyes originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 14 May 2012 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Journey: Thatgamecompany’s Beautiful PS3 Title Arrives In March

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


Journey will be available on PSN 14 March.

Journey will finally be available on PSN from 14 March.

Journey was recently dated for Japan, and will drop in the same week in the US and Europe.

With each game we create, we want to bring something truly unique and authentic to the user,” said thatgamecompany boss Jenova Chen. “Journey, our third game, is an interactive parable, an anonymous online adventure to experience a person’s life passage and their intersections with others.”

Journey tasks players will the simple premise of reaching a mountain top. “You wake alone and surrounded by miles of burning, sprawling desert, and soon discover the looming mountaintop which is your goal,” explains Chen.

“Faced with rolling sand dunes, age-old ruins, caves and howling winds, your passage will not be an easy one. The goal is to get to the mountaintop, but the experience along the way is discovering who you are, what this place is, and what your purpose is. Travel and explore this ancient, mysterious world alone, or with a stranger you meet along the way. Soar above ruins and glide across sands as you discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization.”

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Life Inventory Now Available To Help Improve Your Life – 5 Star Rating

Author: ally keer  //  Category: Apple, iPhone, others

Revere, Massachusetts – Independent developer James Hollender’s Life Inventory app has achieved a rating of 5 Stars. Using an iPhone or iPod touch, users can learn more about themselves than they ever thought possible, and only at a small fraction the cost of a single office visit to a therapist. Life Inventory is the new name for the Step 4 Moral Inventory Jr app. Originally designed for 12-steppers it was discovered the inventory would also be of benefit to anyone, which is why the name change.

Here’s what some users are saying about Life Inventory:

1. This app is amazing! – “This app is a must have for anyone looking to do a thorough moral inventory of yourself that helps summarize your thoughts, events, emotions, and actions of your life. With writing, honesty, support and prayer, this app will help you locate and find what triggers your behaviors. With well written instructions and easy to follow step by step sections, this app truly is an eye opener to my life and is definitely worth the download. The amount I saved on this app verses a therapy session makes it even more worth it. I have only scratched the surface, but can already tell this app is going to help me a ton.”

2. Great App, Great Price! – “I have to admit – I was a little skeptical when deciding to buy this app. It is not often that I spend $9.99 on an iPhone app, but I can honestly say it is worth every cent. After talking to people I know who have gone to therapy and counseling classes I’ve come to find out that this app is highly comparable in the questions that are being asked and also provides a huge cost savings. This app is a great alternative to those individuals who may not be able to afford therapy classes. Life Inventory is truly an awesome app and does what it says it can do. I highly recommend this app to anyone who has a lot going on in their life and needs to take time to Stop, Review, and Analyze why they are feeling the way they are and why they do the things they do. Great app all around!”

3. Highly Recommended – “Life can get us to points where we do not know where to turn or how to fix our situations, ultimately needing guidance or help. If you are someone who is looking to improve your life and want to diagnose some potential problem areas that need work, if so, then I would recommend you try this app. It asks you specific questions and offers you valuable insight and answers based on the information you enter. The $9.99 is just an investment into your future which I promise you will be one of the best investments you have made in a while! It certainly worked for me and gave me a new outlook and caused me to re-prioritize some key areas in my life. Try it out!”

Note: The terms “Life Inventory” and “Moral Inventory” are interchangeable.

Life Inventories Can Help Anyone:
Although originally designed for persons participating in 12-Step programs, it has since been discovered a Moral Inventory can help anyone analyze their life to learn more about themselves than ever imagined possible … and at only a small fraction the cost of a single visit to a therapist. Examine your reactions to:

* People
* Institutions and Organizations
* Principles, Ideals and Beliefs
* Sources of Anxiety and Excitement
* Fears
* Sex Relations

Background:
The Life Inventory app was created because of the complexity and length of time needed to complete a proper Moral Inventory. When persons working their way through a 12-step program start creating their own moral inventory and discover that some ways of doing a Moral Inventory might require a thousand spreadsheets, the task seems daunting and many never get around to finishing it, thus depriving themselves of the rewards a completed Moral Inventory can provide. This app is an attempt at finding a way to make the task less time consuming, while at the same time helping the user create a valuable asset in their recovery process.

Storage of the Life Inventory data is done using an underlying database which can be backed up and restored as necessary.

Disclaimer – This app is neither officially produced nor approved by Alcoholics Anonymous or any other Addiction Recovery program. From what is known there have been many Moral Inventory spreadsheets circulating unofficially among AA members for at least 50 years in various versions and this app is based on one the developer found to be useful and more comprehensive than most.

Acknowledgement:
Many thanks to “George” and his “Dungeon Prison Complete” spreadsheet which has been used as the outline for this app. This spreadsheet was developed based on years of his own personal research of the AA Big Book, along with help from many others who had already gone through the process of completing their own Moral Inventories. This was done in order to more fully understand the concepts necessary for completing his own Moral Inventory. George’s extensive research resulted in the creation of the “Dungeon Prison Complete” spreadsheet, a detailed set of instructions on how to create a Moral Inventory, including several new concepts not directly covered in the AA Big Book: Sources of Anxiety/Excitement as a 4th Category; and a set of Sex Relations exercises. Both of these new elements were discovered to be critical in eventually understanding why we do what we do, the end result of completing your own Moral Inventory.

Anyone, Not Just 12-Steppers, Can Benefit from Completing a Life Inventory:

The process of completing a Life Inventory doesn’t directly address addictions specifically, but rather helps the user examine in detail events that have transpired in their life. The Life Inventory app gently assists the user in probing into not only what happened, but also why it happened. The questions asked help the user delve into areas often never considered before like:

* What did I want?
* Why did I want it?
* What am I not admitting?
* What lie did I tell myself? (always present)
* What did I leave out or not say?
* What lie did I tell others?
* Have I ever done the same thing?
* Was it any of my business?
* Were my expectations reasonable?
* What was the real truth?
* What was I not seeing?
* Did I fail to see the facts of the situation?
* What actions did I take to get what I wanted?
* What actions did I omit to get what I wanted?

Sometimes the questions are difficult to answer, but once done, they help provide significant insight into why certain choices were made and, more importantly, determining there are often alternative choices available which will make life so much better in the future.

Available Activities:

Tab 1 – Life Inventory
* Get App Information
* Learn about Life Inventories
* Learn about Build Lists
* Learn about Causes & Effects
* Learn about My Part
* Learn about Fears Analysis
* Learn about Fear Questions
* Learn about Sex Relations
* Learn about Step 5 Report
* Change Settings
* Backup & Restore

Tab 2 (part 1) – Build Lists:
* Build Lists Help
* Edit Lists Sub-Categories
* Edit Entities in Lists
* View Lists Hierarchy

Tab 2 (part 2) – Causes & Effects:
* Causes & Effects Help
* Edit Incidents for Entities
* View Lists Hierarchy with Incidents
* Determine Effects

Tab 2 (part 3) – My Part:
* My Part Help
* Examination of My Part
* Review Incidents

Tab 3 (part 1) – Fears Analysis:
* Fears Analysis Help
* Edit Fears
* Categorize Fears
* Edit Fear Categories
* View Fear Categories by Tally

Tab 3 (part 2) – Fear Questions:
* Fear Questions Help
* Answer Fear Questions
* Review Fear Answers

Tab 4 – Sex Relations:
* Sex Relations Help
* Edit Sex Relationships
* Answer Sex Relations Questions
* Review Sex Relations Answers
* Write Your Sex Ideal
* Review Your Sex Ideal

Tab 5 – Reports (optional except for 12-steppers):
* Reports Help
* Read Incidents
* Read Fear Answers
* Read Sex Relations Answers
* Read Your Sex Ideal

Device Requirements:
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 4.9 MB

Note: Also available is the “Life Inventory iPad” app which provides the same features as “Life Inventory”, but because it was specifically designed for the iPad, it’s able to make use of the additional screen space and larger virtual keyboard.

Pricing and Availability:
The Life Inventory app is available in the iTunes App Store. The current price is $9.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Lifestyle and Education categories. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization you represent when making your request.

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James Hollender, a well seasoned Information Technology professional, has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His most recent iOS work has involved Xcode 4′s new storyboard feature and using Automatic Reference Counting (ARC). His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. Copyright (C) 2012 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.