iOS 7.1 has been released to the public - get it right now!
Apple has released the latest version of its iOS mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Here's how to download and install it right on your device or using iTunes
First things first: Killzone Shadow Fall looks absolutely amazing on the PlayStation 4. There isn’t much room for debate — you can check out some gorgeous Killzone Shadow Fall panoramic screenshots here, or read our in-depth Killzone Shadow Fall review here. But there is plenty of debate, senseless though it may or may not be, surrounding whether or not the new game is actually displayed at true native 1080p resolution.
If you’ve got more than $2,000 to spend and you love PC gaming then it looks like you can’t go wrong with the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro, which from Engadget’s description sounds like the best gaming laptop we’ve seen this year. According to Engadget, the GS60 Ghost Pro features a 15.6-inch display and a NVIDIA GPU that MSI says “should be able to handle many of the latest games at high settings on their unit’s optional “3K” (2,880 x 1,620) display.” But that’s not the best part — no, the best part is that the GS60 Ghost Pro is ridiculously light for such a high-powered laptop and checks in at just 4.4 pounds while measuring in at 19.5 millimeters thick. Other specs for the laptop include an Intel Core i7 processor, dual SSD storage and 802.11ac WiFi. The laptop starts at around $2,200, which sounds expensive but is actually about a reasonable price for a high-powered gaming laptop.
In 1775, all-American patriot Patrick Henry helped spur on a revolution with his famous speech that included the quote “Give me liberty or give me death!” 239 years later, another American patriot has come up with his own version of this creed: “I will give away my privacy for utility.” Barron’s reports that Rackspace startup liaison officer and notorious Google Glass fan Robert Scoble told a panel at SXSW this week that he no longer thinks maintaining his privacy is nearly as important as it used to be if it means having access to all of the great services now available through mobile devices and wearable computers. More →
Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, criticized the NSA and hinted at future leaks in a Skype interview at the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Assange, who is holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London, did not give any details about what would be included in future leaks. He also blasted the Obama administration for its weak response to the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden. More →
Various reports have indicated that Google may be discontinuing the Nexus 7 tablet line this year, in favor of a new 8-inch Nexus 8 tablet that could be launched alongside Android 4.5 at some point this summer. While this device and its launch are far from being confirmed by Google, AndroidPit speculates that the summer launch may have something to do with Intel’s release plans for a new mobile processor, suggesting that Google and Intel may partner up for this particular Nexus device. More →
The DVD market is still alive and kicking, but Sony and Panasonic have already revealed the next-gen follow-up to Blu-ray Disc. The new format, dubbed Archival Disc, will allow for optical discs with storage capacities of up to 300GB, a six-fold increase over current dual layer Blu-ray Discs. As time goes on, Sony and Panasonic plan to expand the recording capacity to 500GB and eventually 1 terabyte. With a terabyte of data on a single disc, 4K suddenly becomes a viable option for home video releases. According to the press release, Sony and Panasonic plan to launch the first Archival Disc systems in summer of 2015. What this means for DVD, Blu-ray and the new game consoles remains to be seen, but with the stated goal of “expanding the market for long-term digital data storage,” we might see the proliferation of three separate formats next year.
Netflix may own the streaming rights for House of Cards in the U.S., but fans don’t necessarily need a subscription to watch the show as long as they’re Comcast customers, Variety reveals. The cable operator has inked a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, which manages international and home video distribution for House of Cards, to offer customers access to season one of the critically acclaimed Netflix drama via the recently launched Xfinity Store. More →
Samsung is already advertising its free gifts that will be available to Galaxy S5 buyers. Worth almost $600, these gifts include free subscriptions to certain services and access to premium apps – or essentially free bloatware that should convince consumers to buy the new handset. But one U.K. carrier has devised a more interesting way to attract buyers to a brand new Android handset. More →
Just because a device isn’t a hot seller doesn’t mean it’s not worth your time. As we observed with the BlackBerry Z30′s impressive capabilities as a messaging device, sometimes a mobile device simply does certain things better than the iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy devices even if it has no hope of ever matching them in terms of sales. More →
Everyone hates having to shuffle through multiple remote controls just to watch television. Today’s remotes are complicated, they have too many buttons, and it seems like we need a different one for every different device. A company called VTouch hopes to solve this problem with gestures. Kim Seok-joong, the CEO and founder of VTouch, wants users to be able to control their TV, and their entire connected home, with their fingers. Kim says the company is currently in talks with Samsung, the world’s largest TV manufacturer, according to The Wall Street Journal. If VTouch wins the bid, gesture-controlled actions could help Samsung in its effort to create a “Smart Home.” More →
Titanfall is more than just a potential sales boost for the Xbox One, it’s also the first real test of the digital infrastructure that runs Microsoft’s new console. If everything goes accordingly, Titanfall will be available for digital download on Xbox Live tonight at midnight in the United States alongside launch events for physical retail copies at participating stores. More →
Sony has already built up a consistent lead over Microsoft in the latest generation of the console wars and it may soon unveil a key new feature that could help maintain that lead indefinitely. IGN reports that Sony will host a panel at the Game Developers Conference on March 18th that will discuss “innovation at PlayStation” and the “future of gaming.” While this is a very vague teaser, IGN says that it could be a hint that Sony finally plans to make a formal announcement about a virtual reality headset for the PlayStation that will go head-to-head with VR headset Oculus Rift. IGN notes that two of the panel’s speakers — Sony senior director Richard Marks and Sony senior software engineer Anton Mikhailov — both “played integral roles in the development of the PlayStation Move and PS Eye for the PS3.”