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Samsung on Wednesday announced that U.K. buyers interested in the Galaxy S5 will be able to pre-order the smartphone starting with Friday, March 28, from select retailers, the company’s local e-store and the Stratford Westfield Experience Store. While Samsung did not say in its press release how much the device will cost, various retailers and mobile operators that are already taking Galaxy S5 pre-orders have debunked a rumor that said the phone will be more affordable than the Galaxy S4. More →
Titanfall is one of the year’s most anticipated games and it’s been getting rave reviews so far that say it’s lived up to the hype. However, the launch of Titanfall coincided with the crash on Xbox Live for many users, a fact that Microsoft Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb acknowledged on his Twitter feed on Tuesday evening. Specifically, Hryb said that Microsoft was working to fix issues that were preventing many gamers from signing into Xbox Live although he insisted that “this is not a Titanfall issue.” More →
Respawn found a way to offer gamers a better Titanfall gameplay experience on slower PCs, although that means buyers should have plenty of storage on their hard drives to install a massive 48GB version of the game. That’s 31GB more than the Xbox One install that comes in at 17GB, and it all has to do with audio files, Eurogamer has learned. More →
PonoMusic’s PonoPlayer is a Neil Young-backed music player that has smashed through its $800,000 Kickstarter funding goal in less than a day – it’s currently at over $1 million in pledges from over 3,300 backers, with 34 days to go until the campaign ends – and seems to be the next iPod killer. According to the team behind it, PonoMusic aims to deliver a better listening experience than regular MP3 players, but the device will also be quite expensive. More →
Ben Heck has been the face of the game console modding scene for quite some time. He managed to turn a hobby into a full-time gig with The Ben Heck Show, and his latest creation is one of the coolest we’ve seen yet. On the next episode of his show, Heck will introduce the one-handed PlayStation 4 controller to the world. The modified controller was requested by one of his viewers, and Heck hopes that the accessibility controller will allow disabled gamers to play PS4 games with a single hand. All the buttons on the left side of the controller have been reassembled on the right side, including the left analog stick, which has been situated on the back of the device. Check out a trailer below, and be sure to watch the full episode on Friday over at element14. More →
Lots of people hate the idea of letting Comcast and Time Warner Cable merge but don’t expect our esteemed elected officials to care. Politico documents how Comcast really does have all its bases covered in the Capitol when it comes to making campaign contributions to influential members of Congress. In fact, Politico’s examination of public records reveals that Comcast has donated money to “almost every member of Congress who has a hand in regulating it,” including “all but three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee” and “32 of the 39 members of the House Judiciary Committee.” In all, Politico says Comcast has already spent $2 million for this year’s campaign cycle after spending roughly $3.5 million in 2011 and 2012.
Now that the first season of True Detective has ended, we’re all anxiously awaiting season 2. Which sleuthing duo will replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Has the story of the Yellow King truly ended? Will Rustin Cohle ever shave that awful mustache? It’ll be months before we have the answers to any of these questions, but for now, at least we have some very creative fans to take our minds off the extended departure of HBO’s best new series. In this video, YouTuber CREWgaming has “gamified” True Detective, shrinking Rust and Marty down to 8-bit (or so) proportions. It’s a fun distraction, but nevertheless contains plenty of harsh language and a few spoilers. You have been warned. More →
It hasn’t taken very long for Apple’s iTunes Radio to rise up in popularity. Via MacRumors, a new survey of American consumers conducted by Edison Research and Statista has found that iTunes Radio is now the third-most popular music streaming service and has leapt ahead of Spotify. Overall, the survey found that 8% of people surveyed said that they’d listened to iTunes Radio within the last month, more than the 6% who said that they’d listened to Spotify and the 3% who said they’d listened to Google Play All Access. More →
We’ve been reading a lot about pixels lately, as they pertain to new video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft. This game is true 1080p, that game isn’t true 1080p, the other game is 1080p on one console but not on the other… it’s all a bit tedious for outsiders, but it’s obviously an issue for hardcore gamers. And rightfully so — suggesting 1080p doesn’t offer any advantage over lower-resolution gaming is akin to suggesting 720p video is just as clear as 1080p video.
When it comes to the Xbox One’s biggest title to date, the bad news is that Titanfall definitely does not support native 1080p right now. As it turns out, however, there may be some good news on the horizon because the game’s developer has confirmed that it may offer an update that bumps gameplay up to 1080p. More →
We’ve seen plenty of leaked images of the All New HTC One over the past several weeks, but a complete list of specs had not been revealed until GSMArena purportedly acquired the information on Tuesday afternoon. According to GSMArena, the new HTC One will feature a full HD 5-inch display, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2,600 mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. More →
Microsoft hosted a huge launch party at SXSW on Monday night in order to celebrate the release of Titanfall, and it appears to have been one of the most-attended events of the show so far. Tiernan Ray of Barron’s took a few photos of the around-the-block lined that formed for the event, attracting hundreds of gamers and curious passersby trying to get an early look at the most hyped game of 2014 so far. According to one security guard, Microsoft was letting in blocks of 150 attendees at a time, a sign of the enormous crowd. The mech-wrangling FPS has drawn the attention of gamers and investors alike as Xbox One sales continue to lag behind the PlayStation 4. It’s still far too early for doomsaying, but the market demands drama, so we’ll see whether or not Titanfall can put the Xbox One on more equal footing with the PS4. Check out the photos below. More →
Faced with the “Mac equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death” situation – a MacBook failing to boot and showing a blue screen only – a developer decided to resort to extreme measures to try to bring his MacBook Pro back from the dead: cook it at 170 degrees for precisely seven minutes. Ales Kocjancic, founder of Live Systems wrote on his blog that he followed an extremely simple recipe to bring back his Mac from the dead since he didn’t have any AppleCare and other fixes around the web proved to be useless. More →