Archivi giornalieri: 17/05/2011
Last Friday a little earlier than Blizzard would have hoped a video introducing their new Diablo III “Followers” was leaked. Well today Blizzard have now officially introduced the new team of in-game “Followers” and shed a little more light on their skills and their role within the Diablo 3 game.
During the new Blizzard Diablo III game you will meet and recruit three followers: the Templar, Kormac ; the Scoundrel, Lyndon ; and the Enchantress, Eirena each with their own skills and their stories that will entwine with yours. During the course of the game you will meeting them all and use their skills to help to traverse the lands of Sanctuary.
The video shown after the jump is indeed the same we leaked last week, but now you can enjoy it officially.
Your followers will gain experience as you fight together, and visually change as you provide them with new equipment and weapons. In game you will also be able to choose new skills for them as they level up, help to increase their helpfulness in battles and throughout the game. But only one Follower can join you at any one time.
The newly formed film making division, Ubisoft Motion Pictures has announced they are currently making 3D versions of three of Ubisoft’s block buster games, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Ghost Recon.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures will use the resources within the game developer Ubisoft working with some of its 23 studios, including Ubisoft Digital Arts and Hybride Technologies. Ubisoft Motion Pictures has also announced that they are also developing “Raving Rabbids,” a comic, CGI 3D cartoon series based on the hit vidgame and comprising 78 episodes of seven minutes each.
Ubisoft Motion Pictures is headed by former EuropaCorp CEO Jean-Julien Baronnet, along with Didier Lupfer, senior VP of production and development, and Jean de Rivieres, senior VP of international marketing and distribution.
Jean de Rivieres explains:
“Our strategy is not to diversify but to bolster the appeal of our franchises — that’s why we want to make sure our films will reflect the brands accurately and consolidate our fan base while expanding beyond the games’ primary target audience,”
There has been quite a bit of confusion on when Apple are going to launch the next generation iPhone this year, with reports that it wont launch until later in the year, and now according to one UK retailer it may launch on the 21st of November.
The guys over at T3 have been chatting to mobile retailer Phones4U, and were told that the iPhone 5 won’t be available until November, and it will be very similar to the iPhone 4, with minor changes and new software, which would be iOS 5.
This would tie in with other rumors we have heard which have said a September release for the iPhone 5, although personally I think Apple will announce the iPhone 5 at their WWDC next month.
I guess we will just have to wait and see when Apple officially announces it, we are expecting the iPhone 4 to have minor changes over the iPhone 4, similar to when the iPhone 3GS, which was the successor to the iPhone 3G.
Brits eager for a taste of the first 7-inch BlackBerry device have just under a month of anticipation left to go. UK retailers have today revealed the date and prices at which they’ll be selling RIM’s PlayBook: depending on how much integrated storage you want, you’ll have to pay up £400 (16GB), £480 (32GB), or £560 (64GB) for your slate, starting from June 16th. Aside from the gigabytes, you’ll be getting the gigahertz too, with a dual-core 1,000MHz TI OMAP4430 processor keeping the PlayBook’s insides warm and its outsides responsive. Availability will be widespread, with Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4u, and Best Buy UK having already announced they’ll be stocking the tablet. You can even hit up the source link now and lay down some cash to secure your pre-order.
Hey look, the Flyer just got itself a bigger brother. A 10-inch tablet codenamed the HTC Puccini has been revealed by our old buddy 911sniper (who has a habit of finding and leaking HTC ROMs), living up to a longstanding rumor that places two 10-inch Android slates on HTC’s roadmap for this summer. It’s said to pack LTE for Cingular (AT&T) in the US and to be built atop Android 3.0.1. A 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8660 offers plenty of processing power within and screen resolution should match the 10-inch pack with 1280 x 800 pixels. Gazing at the above screenshot reveals a UI very similar to the Flyer’s Sense 3.0 look, including the Notes app being in a prime position, which could very well mean Magic Pen compatibility will also be part of the Puccini’s arsenal. You’ll know more about this as soon as we do.
Già in passato vi abbiamo parlato di Dead Island, interessantissimo survival horror sviluppato da Techland atteso sui mercati il prossimo 1 agosto 2011. A diversi mesi dal primo – bellissimo – trailer pubblicato dalla software house, ecco arrivare nuove immagini di gioco che ci mostrano un po’ più nel dettaglio alcune ambientazioni di gioco e diversi personaggi.
Internet radio provider Slacker is bulldozing the thin line dividing itself from subscription-based music services today, with the launch of Premium Radio. The new pricing tier joins the existing gratis Basic Radio and ad-free Radio Plus plans, adding an all-you-can-eat music model akin to services like Rhapsody and Rdio. Subscribers who shell out $9.99 a month receive all of the features of the $3.99 Radio Plus users, plus unlimited access to eight million songs, letting them listen to what they want, when the want, and generally play god with the site’s existing radio services. Premium Radio also gives you on- and offline access to music on a number of mobile devices, including the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and BlackBerry handsets — not to mention unlimited bragging rights to all of your broke friends who are still rocking the Basic Radio plan. Don’t feel too bad for ‘em, though — at least they didn’t get suckered into slotRadio.
Traditional electronic watches may be practical, but there’s nothing elegant about battery power. With the Eole watch concept, designer Julien Moise envisioned a device that’s powered by blown air, displaying the time only when you want to see it. Sure, compulsively blowing on your watch in a meeting is less discrete than sneaking a peak under the table, but you’ll still have your BlackBerry around for when you need to count down the minutes until freedom. There’s also a weather indicator and alarm function, so we assume there’s a battery in there that’s doing more than keeping time — an alarm that only sounds when you blow wouldn’t work too well if you’re asleep.
Remember the recent PlayStation Network outage? You know the one, right? It started in late-April and lasted up through this weekend’s phased restoration (and continues on for many un-phased users). Well, Sony would like to sincerely apologize for the whole thing the best way it knows how: free video games. The company today announced its “Welcome Back” program, which is letting all existing PSN and Qriocity users in North America pick two of the following games: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury. PSP users, meanwhile, can chose two from LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Kill Liberation. You can claim the games at some point in the next 30 days, and once you’ve downloaded, they’re yours to keep. The gesture may well prove too little, too late for many disgruntled users — but even they’ll likely have trouble staying angry at Sackboy’s adorable little dirt-stained mug.
For weeks now, Lenovo aficionados have been salivating. Thanks to a series of leaks, more than a few of you have been awaiting the ThinkPad X1, the skinny, girlfriend-proof follow-up to the company’s vaunted X series. One problem: it didn’t officially exist. Well, the jig is up, and the X1 is at last a real, whirring product, on sale tomorrow with a starting price of $1,349. As expected, it marries that iconic red nub and rock-solid construction with some flourishes you haven’t yet seen on a ThinkPad, including a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass display, integrated, fast-charging battery, and a buttonless trackpad. And, as you may have gathered from those leaked shots, it’s the slimmest ThinkPad yet, measuring just 16.5mm (0.65 inches) at its thinnest point.
Throw in Intel Core 2011 processor options and you’ll see Lenovo has made one lofty promise: a svelte system that performs like a heavyweight and whose design is modern, but not too much of a departure from the classic ThinkPad uniform. So how close does the X1 come to living up to these towering claims? Let’s find out.
Anyone lucid during the past 24 hours won’t be particularly shocked to see the arrival of Lenovo’s slick new all-in-one — though the thing is officially becoming official a day before originally anticipated. Not surprisingly, the company’s really playing up aesthetics with the ThinkCentre Edge 91z, calling it the thinnest AIO, at 2.5 inches — and certainly its thinner than, say, the HP TouchSmart 610. The centerpiece of the system is that glossy 21.5-inch widescreen HD Infinity LED display (1920 x 1200), which is capable of playing back HD video with ease.
The system ships with an optional spill-proof wireless keyboard, featuring the familiar chiclet design we’ve seen in recent Edge model notebooks, and while the omission of Lenovo’s customary pointing stick certainly feels glaring, the bright red clickwheel on the Edge wireless mouse makes up a bit for that loss. The 91z also packs built-in speakers, a 2MP webcam, six USB ports, Windows 7, and a 6-in-1 card reader.
At the high end, you’ll get an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, AMD Radeon HD6650A 1GB graphics, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and either a 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA HDD or an 80GB mSATA SSD — either way, Lenovo says the system boots 30 percent quicker than “non-optimized” systems, though the latter promises to have you up and running in a breezy 20 seconds. It’ll begin shipping in June, with pricing starting at $699. Press release after the break.
Those new desktops HP unveiled today are little more than humming foot rests without a monitor, so the company also trotted out the x2301 Micro Thin — a 23-inch, LED-backlit, 1080p display that’s an absolutely anorexic 9.8mm (0.39 inches) thick. Most of the important internals have been shoved into the blue-tinted base to keep the brushed aluminum and glossy black screen as thin as possible. It’s not exactly a high-end model, but the 3ms response time and 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio are nothing to sniff at. The x2301 is expected to ship on June 10th for $280, just after its slightly cheaper (and chubbier) cousin, the Elite L2201x. Fashionistas, the line starts right around the bend.
Yes, this is a rumor, and by golly it strains the limits of credulity, but take note of its source. Firstly, the details: according to Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft and Nokia will enter talks next week to discuss the potential for the American software giant to purchase the Finnish company’s mobile arm, meaning the part that makes all those delectable smartphones. Eldar’s not been able to dig up any further intel, but expects a deal could be closed as early as the end of this year. We’re inclined to believe there’s at least some semblance of truth to Eldar’s words because of his track record. Way back in December of last year, when nobody believed Nokia would deviate from its Symbian strategy, Eldar reported the similarly incredible-sounding news that Microsoft and Nokia were in discussions about the latter using Windows Phone as its main smartphone OS. That turned into reality this February, and more recently, the Russian mobile spy managed to also accurately predict Nokia killing off the Ovi brand in favor of an eponymous naming scheme for its services. And that’s all on top of Eldar’s knack for obtaining Nokia prototypes way ahead of release.
So, assuming for a moment that Microsoft does indeed have its eyes set on turning Nokia’s handset business into its own mobile hardware division, what would it all mean? Well, we can only see this making sense for Espoo if underwritten by a humongous check from Microsoft, but that might not be a problem. The Redmond camp has recently shown its determination to get what it wants by spending $8.5 billion on Skype, and previously offered north of $44 billion for Yahoo, a good deal more than Nokia’s total market cap of around $32 billion. Let’s not forget, Nokia once used to manufacture galoshes and tires, so it already has a history of transformative change. And hey, having an ex-Microsoft guy at the top means that if this kind of move were to ever happen, now might just be the right time for it.
Americans eager to get their eyes on Samsung’s 3D video on demand service are just going to have keep waiting, but our friends across the pond can break out their active shutter glasses and Santana Champ because Explore 3D has arrived in the UK. While the rest of us are stuck shelling out for Blu-rays and premium cable subscriptions for the luxury of watching videos in all their three-dimensional glory, Samsung Smart TV owners in Britain can now fire up movies, music videos, trailers and other clips for free. The company promised the service would be coming to the US and Europe shortly after its Korean launch in March and plans to expand its library of free titles to over 70 by the end of 2011. So, if you’re still excluded from Sammy’s free 3D party, relax — your patience will be rewarded. Full PR after the break.
Seagate just took the wraps off what’s likely the niftiest portable HDD to cross our path in a long, long while. The GoFlex Satellite is part storage device, part wireless media streamer, and it manages to wear both hats with little compromise on either end. For all intents and purposes, this is a standard 500GB GoFlex HDD with a bit of extra girth, an AC input, an 802.11b/g/n WiFi module and a built-in web server. The reason for those extras? A simple depression of the on / off button starts the streamer up, and it’s ready for a connection in around 30 to 40 seconds. Once fired up you can stream data to just about anything — even iOS devices. That’s an impressive feat, not quite a “first” moment as Seagate would like you to believe (we’ll give that crown to AirStash), but still a rarity.
Our unit shipped with a GoFlex USB 3.0 adapter and a car charger, with the latter enabling users to entertain their children on long road trips — a nice addition, we have to say. Installation is a cinch; just fire up a media sync application that resides on the drive (for OS X users, anyway), and you’re ready to drag and drop files as if it’s any ‘ole HDD. No media management software or anything of the sort, thankfully. The purpose of having your media onboard is to stream videos, photos, documents and music to your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or any other tablet, phone or laptop with WiFi. You heard right — while there’s only a dedicated app for the iOS family, any WiFi-enabled device with a web browser can tap into this. Care to hear our take on this $200 do-it-all hard drive? Have a look at our review video just after the break.