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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 →
OnePlus has been revealing the specs of the One phone in a precisely orchestrated marketing campaign meant to further build hype around one of the most anticipated Android handsets of the year. After explaining processor choice and battery size in previous days, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted the first official picture of the OnePlus One on the company’s forums… although unfortunately the device is completely covered by the Sony’s Xperia Z1 smartphone. This clever marketing trick was used in connection with an actual OnePlus One revelation: The screen size of the phone. More →
Florian Mueller, the leading phone patent maven, writes about a fascinating new twist in the handset industry patent wars. Mueller has in the past been harshly critical of Samsung’s own royalty demands but now he finds himself aghast that Apple is demanding a staggering $40 fee for smartphones and tablets using a suite of five Apple software patents. More →
Samsung has been eating HTC’s lunch in terms of sales for a long time now but HTC isn’t all that worried about raw market share numbers. Droid Life draws our attention to a new CNBC interview with HTC America President Jason Mackenzie, who says that HTC doesn’t concern itself with market share numbers because its smartphones are much better designed than Samsung’s and are akin to Rolex watches. More →
Two weeks ago, Nokia launched the Nokia X, a smartphone that runs a forked version of Android that’s been redesigned to look like Windows Phone. While no one is sure if the Nokia X is a decent phone, it has certainly not been ignored. Questions have been raised about whether it will be able to run Google Play apps and whether it will be killed off once Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia. Now, two weeks later, the phone is on sale for the first time in India, selling for 8,559 rupees ($140), according to India’s Economic Times. Mid-range smartphones are priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000, so at Rs 8,559, the Nokia X is near the cheaper end of the mid-range smartphone category. Nokia is hoping its X line of smartphones will be a cheap way to enter the smartphone market that will eventually lead to purchases of its flagship Lumia line of smartphones.
Analysts and pundits have claimed that Apple simply needs to release new low-priced iPhones to better compete for smartphone market share, but the company is still choosing not to compete in that particular segment of the mobile business — or at least not actively by launching cheaper new iPhones each year. Instead, Apple keeps around older models that are sold for cheaper prices alongside brand new releases. And a new patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals how Apple may increase performance of aging devices, keeping them around for longer and potentially making them interesting choices for budget device buyers who could purchase second-hand iPhones instead of cheap new Android devices.
In-app purchases are apparently becoming big problems for parents who let their children play free mobile games on their tablets. GigaOM brings us word that a woman in New York has filed a lawsuit against Google after her son spent $65.95 on digital crystals that he used to help him play the Marvel Run Jump Smash! game. Essentially the mother wants to see Google make it so that you need to enter your password for every in-game purchase so that children won’t be able to rack up huge bills just by clicking “yes” when asked if they really want to buy virtual goods. Right now you can make an in-app purchase through Google Play without entering your password as long as you do it within 30 minutes from when you last entered your password. A press release outlining the lawsuit against Google over in-app purchases follows below. More →