StarTech's travel router connects mobile devices to wired networks
StarTech has announced the availability of its latest product, the Wireless-N Travel Router, which lets users create a WiFi hotspot from a wired network connection. Able to connect wireless-only mobile devices (such as tablets or smartphones) to a wired network, the Wireless-N Travel Router can be powered from an iPad wall charger or any computer USB port.
Sony's new console off to hot start
Sony's PlayStation 4 video game console has sold more than 2.1 million units in the two weeks since it launched in mid-November. The announcement of the milestone came by way of a post from the PlayStation Europe blog on Tuesday. A good deal of the 1.1 million sales since November 15 have no doubt come from the launch of the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Australasia.
Europe launch expected in 2015
Sony is reportedly planning to bring online game streaming to its PlayStation 4 platform in the third quarter of 2014, unnamed sources have told Eurogamer. The company previously noted that the Gaikai-powered features won't be available until 2014, however the leak suggests the new console hardware will be on the market for nearly a year before the streaming feature arrives for users in North America.
Microsoft continues rapid update strategy with Windows 'Threshold'
Microsoft's follow-up to Windows 8.1 will is said to be codenamed "Threshold." This according to ZDNet, which cites sources within the company as saying that the next major Windows update will come in the year 2015. The "Threshold" update is said to cover not only Windows and Windows Phone devices, but also Microsoft's recently released Xox One console.
YouTube joins Netflix, Hulu Plus on handheld Nintendo game console
The Nintendo 3DS is now able to play videos from YouTube. A new app download available from the 3DS eShop for North America and Europe lets users view shows on the handheld Nintendo game console, though despite the capability of the 3DS to show glasses-free 3D imagery on one of its screens, the app will not support 3D videos from the service.
Amazon discounts Kindle Fire HD, HDX for Cyber Monday
Amazon has dropped the price of two new Kindle Fire tablets, as part of its Cyber Monday deals. The 16GB model of the Kindle Fire HD has been reduced from $169 to $119 in the United States, while the seven-inch Kindle Fire HDX 16GB, normally priced at $229, is now at $179 until the end of Monday. Other variants, such as those without Special Offers or other sizes of the Kindle Fire HDX, also receive the $50 discount.
Steam hits another record for most users at one time
Popular gaming service Steam logged a record number of concurrent users on Sunday, besting its previous high of 6.6 million users. Figures on the service's site indicate that Steam hit 7,190,578 concurrent users mid-morning Eastern Time on December 1. The figure is indicative of the service's growing popularity, and may bode well for the company's impending Steam Box gaming devices.
CineFlare Handheld plugin for Final Cut Pro X creates 'handheld' look
FxFactory, developer of visual effects tools for post-production and broadcast markets, has introduced a new plugin to its repertoire: CineFlare Handheld. Exclusively built for Final Cut Pro X software, CineFlare Handheld allows editors to mimic video recording captured by using a handheld camera.
Valentina Studio 5.5 released, Paradigma offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials
Paradigma's cross-platform database management software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, Valentina Studio has been updated to v5.5 and 5.5 Pro. Offering new features for administration of database servers, Valentina Studio has improved report design features for datasource Microsoft SQL Server, additional administrator functions, and more. Valentina Studio Pro is regularly available for $200, and includes 12 months of free updates, while Valentina Studio is free.
Sony to combine PS4 with handheld PS Vita for UK holiday sales
Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 game console in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil, just two weeks after it arrived in the United States. Despite only just launching, Sony hopes to attract more customers in the United Kingdom over the holiday shopping period, by offering a bundle combining the PlayStation 4 with a PlayStation Vita.
Skulls of Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition now ported to iPhone, iPad, iPod touch
Originally released for Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Windows 8, and Steam, Skulls of Shogun is now available for iOS users. The Bone-A-Fide edition of Skulls features five episodes of single-player content, and 36 multi-player maps, playable over the Internet through the turn-based Skulls Anywhere mode, or pass-and-play with up to four people.
The Playroom banned on Twitch due to non-gaming usage
The Sony PlayStation 4 has hit a number of stumbling blocks, just before the company launches the game console in Europe. Game video streaming partner Twitch has banned one launch title from the service outright, and European users will also be missing out on a number of social features for the days following the console's launch.
AT&T killing support for U-Verse on Xbox 360 at end of 2013
AT&T will stop supporting the Xbox 360 under its U-Verse service after December 31st of this year. The service, which allowed the game console to act as a secondary set-top box for watching TV, with a representative advising Polygon that it was being pulled due to "low customer demand," and that it will not appear on the Xbox One. An e-mail sent out to a number of subscribers details a $99 credit to cover part of the cost of Xbox Live Gold membership, as well as the required conversion kit.
ChronoSync backup and mirroring tool takes 25 percent off regular price
Well-regarded synchronization, backup and mirroring tool ChronoSync will be going on sale between November 28 and December 2 in what the developer, Econ Technologies, says is its "Thanksgiving-Black Friday-Small Business Saturday-Cyber-Monday" event. The program, which normally sells for $40 but includes free lifetime upgrades, will be discounted by 25 percent to $30 during the sale. Unlike Apple's own Time Machine solution, ChronoSync can be customized to backup only selected items, create bootable backups, and works across platforms, external drives, network drives and even iOS devices. A demo and the full program are available directly from the developer.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to be released in December for iOS
First released for consoles in 2004, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is set to be launched for iOS in December, according to Rockstar Games. Set in the early 1990s, GTA: San Andreas is centered around Carl "CJ" Johnson, the protagonist, and his involvement in the Grove Street Families gang fighting with the Ballas and Vagos.
Linux-based game console includes AMD processor, Radeon R9 270 graphics
One hardware manufacturer has confirmed it is preparing to offer its own take on Valve Software's Steam Machine game console. iBuyPower has unveiled a prototype Steam Machine device that it hopes to launch sometime in 2014, one that for all intents and purposes is a high-specification home theater PC in a consumer-friendly case.
Password resets on European PSN accounts over possible irregular activity
Sony has reset the password on a number of PlayStation Network (PSN) accounts. The changes, made as a "precautionary measure" just in case the account was compromised, have taken place on European accounts just days before the company is due to launch its next-generation PlayStation 4 game console on the continent.
Chair makes original Infinity Blade free for limited time
The three-year-old but still highly-regarded game Infinity Blade for iOS has been made free for a limited time in celebration of Black Friday -- only the second time the game has gone free since its debut. The game, the first in the series, is compatible with iPhones from the 3GS on up and all iPad models, as well as the third-generation or later iPod touch. The game -- in which players take on the role of a knight and his descendants battling the God King and his minions in a single-player campaign marked by lush, cinematic graphics -- normally sells for $6.
Full 3D sequel offers classic characters with new heroes and ten playable tales
Nearly 20 years after Final Fantasy IV's release, a full 3D remake sequel has been released for iOS. Final Fantasy IV: The After Years includes classic characters alongside new heroes, such as Ceodore, son of King Cecil and Rosa of Baron. Another moon has appeared in the sky, as well as new destructive monsters that threaten the world.
Video game legend turns focus to headset gaming
John Carmack, creator of the Doom video game, has left id Gaming, a company he helped found, in order to focus on developing the Oculus Rift gaming headset. Carmack works as the Chief Technology Officer for Oculus, and departing id will allow the gaming legend to put more effort to into the immersive game devices. The Oculus project made a splash last year when its Kickstarter campaign pulled in more than $2.4 million, far surpassing its original goal of $250,000.
Console war kicks off anew as Xbox matches Sony
Microsoft's Xbox One game console has sold more than one million units in the first 24 hours since its release. Microsoft announced the sales milestone on Saturday, confirming to Reuters that its new console was off to a fast sales start. The launch of the Xbox One signals the real commencement of the next generation of the "console wars," with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo now all having released their home console entries.
Microsoft Xbox One delivers a slick, engaging user experience
The console wars have begun in earnest with the launch of the Microsoft Xbox One. The new console promises to be a one-stop shop for all of your entertainment needs, from gaming and socializing, through to watching Blu-ray discs, TV and streaming entertainment apps. In this first look at the Microsoft Xbox One, we take a quick look at its user interface and its gaming chops. Microsoft may have had its hiccups ahead of the launch of the Xbox One, but all of that will quickly be forgotten now that it is in the hands of consumers. So how is shaping up so far?
White version of Android console has double internal storage
Ouya has released a limited edition version of its Android-based game console. At the same time as revealing the white edition, available just in the United States, the company released a firmware update to existing versions of the console, which introduces an updated menu system and support for USB-connected external storage.
Embedded video a first; app previewed at iPhone 5 launch
Fourteen months after its debut during the iPhone 5 launch in 2012, the anticipated game Clumsy Ninja (free) has finally arrived in the iOS App Store - but in some countries, the game's preview page includes a one-minute video trailer, the first of its kind to appear in on an app page. The video preview is not yet available in the US store but is able to be seen in the UK and Canadian stores (among others) where the game appears as an "Editor's Choice" pick.
Twitter account of Nintendo engineer hints at possible tablet
Nintendo could be working on its own Android tablet, according to a report. The game console producer is said to be in the process of making a tablet specifically for educational games, something which will be a marked departure from Nintendo's existing hand-held devices, such as the Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS, and the gamepad used on the Wii U console.
Second major controller release for iOS 7 devices
Following months of leaks, Logitech has officially announced the PowerShell, its first game controller case for the iPhone and iPod touch. Compared with MOGA's new controller the PowerShell has a minimalist number of controls, limited to a direction pad, four face buttons, and two shoulder buttons. Both cases do however incorporate a battery -- in the case of the PowerShell, one rated at 1,500mAh.
App interfaces with console rather than Microsoft server, limiting latency
Preceding the Xbox One console release, Microsoft has rolled out a new SmartGlass app for iOS. Simply titled "Xbox One SmartGlass," the new app will carry the same basic features as the current version for the Xbox 360. Gamers will also be able to take advantage of multiplayer matchmaking from their mobile device on the new console, or tap a Help button to get contextually-aware assistance during a game.
Will allow more precision in compatible games
Accessory maker MOGA has formally revealed the Ace Power, a game controller for the iPhone and iPod touch. The device is the first to take advantage of iOS 7's GameController API, standardizing controller support. It includes two sticks, a direction pad, four main buttons, and shoulder triggers. It clamps around the top and bottom of an iPhone or iPod, also plugging into the Lightning port. This lets the accessory supply extra battery life.
Will the crowdsourced design on the M-100 satisfy?
Headphones are made these days with just about everyone in mind. Sets can be found for the people that love head-rattling bass or guitar twanging treble, and in configurations geared towards a true audiophile. So how does a company create headphones that rise above all of the individual options, yet keeps consumers in mind when constructing them? V-Moda has chosen to crowdsource them with audiophiles, musicians, and other folks who make sound quality a daily part of their lives. The result of the group effort is V-Moda's most ambitious outing to date, the Crossfade M-100, and Electronista has examined them in detail.
Sony's new console sees big initial sales
Sony's PlayStation 4 moved more than one million units in North America in the first 24 hours after its launch last week. This according to a press release from the Japanese electronics giant, which appears to have more momentum behind its newest console than there was for the PlayStation 3. It also sets a baseline against which Microsoft's forthcoming Xbox One console will likely be measured.
Sony PS4 delivers on the hype with stunning gaming performance
Coinciding with the North American launch of the Sony PS4, Sony held multiple launch events across the globe to celebrate this watershed event for the Japanese technology giant. Electronista was on hand at the Australian launch event and had the opportunity to get some quality hands-on time with Sony's next-generation play for your family room. There has been plenty of hype leading up to the launch of the PS4, with the Sony marketing machine in full swing, so does the reality of the gaming and entertainment experience live up to it?
United Airlines app offers iOS 7 redesign, quick access 'travel card' format
Airline United released an update for its United Airlines app, offering a new design and additional features. Available on iTunes, its quick-access 'travel cards' interface allows users to easily view a flight status, airport map, book or check in for a flight. Its travel wallet feature provides a shortcut to the user's United Airlines customer information, such as upcoming reservations, mobile boarding passes, and more.
Sony PlayStation 4 lands in US, Europe to wait until November 29
Sony has launched the latest model in its line of game consoles in the United States. The PlayStation 4, on sale now before a later release on November 29 in Europe, is being priced by retailers at $400 for the console alone with a single touchpad-equipped DualShock 4 controller, though unlike the Xbox One and the Kinect, the Playstation 4 Eye is an optional purchase costing $60 on top.
One of five Kotaku PS4s, some retail establishments stricken by limited failures
Some early PlayStation 4 owners are complaining about HDMI and display issues. Among the notable infant failures, or dead-on-arrival units, are one to gaming publication Kotaku, one to gaming website IGN, and several reports gathered by Electronista from demonstration units shipped to retail stores.
PlayStation 4 development team working to add music playback after launch
Sony will be adding MP3 and CD audio playback to the PlayStation 4 in the future, following an online outcry. The change in plans by the console producer comes at the same time as it releases updated companion apps for the PlayStation 4 on both iOS and Android, ahead of its launch in the United States on November 15th.
Humble Bundle adds Humble Store, daily sales commence
Game bundle purveyor Humble Bundle has unveiled its individual game storefront -- the aptly named Humble Store. Launch highlights include 50 percent off Steamplay titles Don't Starve, Prison Architect, and Rogue Legacy. Windows titles also available with a steep discount are Euro Truck Simulator, Natural Selection, The Swapper, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Orcs Must Die 2 and Gunpoint. More titles will be made available regularly, with new sales daily. Games are available as either stand-alone downloads or Steam keys. As with the Humble Bundles, part of the purchase goes to charity.
Dedicated media keys, backlighting in small-scale keyboard
Mad Catz has announced a new mobile keyboard in its line of GameSmart gaming peripherals. The Strike M takes the design of earlier keyboards in the range, scales it down to a device with a tablet-sized footprint, and introduces Bluetooth connectivity so it can be used with various smartphones, tablets, or micro consoles such as the company's own Mojo.
Streaming PC games to Android console could happen after launch
Mad Catz is working with Nvidia to add its GameStream technology to the M.O.J.O. Android game console. The device, shipping on December 10th, could see the same in-home game streaming technology used in the Nvidia Shield handheld console added to the low-cost Android device shortly after it goes on sale.
Adobe announces release candidates that bring support for new digital cameras
Adobe's Camera Raw 8.3 and Lightroom 5.3 have been announced as new release candidates on Adobe Labs. Each bring support for new digital cameras, such as the Nikon D610, Fujifilm X-E2 and Sony Alpha a7, in addition to numerous bug fixes. Though tested internally, Adobe is inviting community testing to be executed prior to full distribution. Lightroom 5.3 is available as a free download for current users of Lightroom 5, while new customers can purchase for $150, or upgrade an older version for $80. The Camera Raw 8.3 plug-in update is free, and available for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6.
Lucky Xbox lovers get first crack at next-gen systems
A number of Xbox fans report that they have received the next-generation Xbox One console weeks before the new console's scheduled release date. At least one Twitter user, going by the handle @Moonlightswami, reports having received his pre-ordered Xbox One console, and others are said to have also received their units ahead of the November 22 launch. Reportedly, the cause of the early deliveries is the faulty – or fortuitous – pre-order system of Target, which has delivered a number of consoles ahead of time, leading to some showing up on eBay.
OPPO N1 smartphone released as special edition with CyanogenMod operating system
OPPO, an international technology brand, announced yesterday its plan to sell a limited edition of its latest flagship smartphone device, the OPPO N1, in December, with the inclusion of CyanogenMod OS out of the box and additional accessories.
Australia, New Zealand frequently used as 'soft launch' countries
A Star Wars-themed variant of the 2011 award-winning game Tiny Tower called Star Wars: Tiny Death Star has arrived in the US iOS App Store after a number of weeks of availability to Australian players. The company recently also added the game to the New Zealand store ahead of the US debut in a "soft launch" campaign that is becoming more common among games that expect large server loads from players following initial availability.
AT&T deploys LTE network in 13 more cities
AT&T has continued its ongoing LTE deployment, bringing the 4G service to 14 new markets across the US. The expansion includes Fairbanks Metropolitan Area, Arkansas; Galesburg, Macomb and Peoria, Illinois; Des Moines, Iowa; Maysville and Madisonville, Kentucky; Cumberland, Maryland; St. Cloud, Minnesota; St. Joseph, Missouri; Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina; Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Big Spring, Texas and Winchester, Virginia.
Dual-width AMD graphics card offers speed, affordability
AMD has officially detailed the high-end cards in its new GPU lineup, as it continues to compete against offerings from Nvidia. Following on from its launches at the start of last month, the R9 290 and 290x are said to be heading to retail soon, with both greatly exceeding the performance of the previous leader, the R9 280x.
New laptop features i7 4700HQ Haswell processor, GTX 765M GPU
Maingear announced today the launch of the new Pulse 17 laptop, what the company calls the "world's thinnest 17-inch gaming notebook." The brushed aluminum laptop features a 2.4GHz Haswell i7 processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M for what the company calls "the best possible performance" in a 0.85-inch thick case.
Bundle includes console, Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Mario Kart Wii
Nintendo is bringing the Wii Mini to the United States, a year after it first went on sale in Canada, and after a European release. Effectively a stripped-down version of the Wii, the Wii Mini will be going on sale later this month for $100, making it the second re-modelled console the company is launching in the US, after the Nintendo 2DS.
Google launches Connected Classrooms initiative
Google has introduced a new initiative, Connected Classrooms, that aims to enable "virtual field trips" via Google+ Hangouts. Upcoming events include sessions from the Seattle Aquarium and the Minnesota Zoo, along with a program "from the cockpit of a solar plane."
Infinity Blade III: Soul Hunter adds new quest, location and enemy
Chair Entertainment has released its latest version of Infinity Blade III: Soul Hunter, designed for iOS. In the conclusion of the video game trilogy, players aim to destroy the Worker of Secrets and his army of Deathless titans. Version 1.1 features the addition of a new quest, location and enemy, where players travel to the Metius Observatory to face the Deathless Bloodmage in a quest to hunt down missing Infinity weapons. Users can skip the credits and tutorial section once the game is beaten, and support and optimization for new iPad and iPad mini is also included, and more. Infinity Blade III: Soul Hunter can be downloaded from iTunes for $7, and requires iOS 6.0 or later.
All missing features available on PlayStation 3
A frequently asked questions section posted by Sony today has confirmed the omission of several features on the PlayStation 4 that the PlayStation 3 supported. At launch, the PlayStation 4 cannot use external storage; will not be able to play audio CDs; will be incompatible with MP3 playback, and possibly most importantly, cannot be used as a media streaming receiver, as Sony's own DLNA protocol will not be supported by the device.
Service offers OS X, Linux, Windows games for download
Digital game online storefront Steam today announced 30 percent growth in active accounts during the last 12 months, bringing the company's total to 65 million. The increase in users puts the cross-platform game distribution service ahead of Microsoft's Xbox Live user base, which totals 48 million active users.