Archivi giornalieri: 11/08/2011
Namco Bandai ha pubblicato un nuovo trailer per Inversion, interessante sparatutto in terza persona già visto durante l’E3, in arrivo il prossimo 10 febbraio su Xbox 360 e PlayStation 3.
Il video è incentrato sul gameplay, caratterizzato da molta azione frenetica, scontri a fuoco, sistema di coperture distruttibili e l’elemento che lo rende così particolare: la manipolazione della gravità terrestre. Buona visione.
Activision ha diffuso un nuovo trailer per Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 sulla modalità cooperativa Survival delle Operazioni Speciali. Due minuti di video che mostrano come sopravvivere il più a lungo possibile a numerose ondate di nemici, per ottenere punti XP e sbloccare nuovi elementi per il proprio armamentario.
Modern Warfare 3 uscirà l’8 novembre 2011 su PC, PlayStation 3 e Xbox 360.
Annunciato da pochissime ore ecco arrivare la video recensione dell’applicazione Facebook Messenger, il nuovo modo di chattare con i nostri amici Facebook sfruttando nuove funzionalità, chat multi utente e upload di immagini.
L’applicazione è ben fatta e abbastanza veloce. La chat può essere interrotta e ripresa in qualsiasi momento sia dal cellulare che dall’interfaccia Web di Facebook. Speriamo di vedere presto nuove funzionalità legate alla chiamata, scambio file o altro ancora.
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Acer dovrebbe rilasciare ad ottobre l’Acer Aspire 3951, un nuovo notebook da 13 pollici Ultra Slim e caratterizzato da un design che ricorda leggermente “un certo” modello Apple. L’Aspire 3951 è basato su piattaforma Sandy Bridge e onboard ha un hard disk da 500 GB (o anche in alternativa un SSD da 160 GB).
Per quanto riguarda il prezzo, l’Aspire 3951 dovrebbe attestarsi tra i 768 e i 960 Dollari americani.
Dopo avervi mostrato custodia originale con tastiera integrata per Galaxy Tab 10.1, Logitech mostra un nuovo accessorio per questo Tablet. Si tratta di una vera e propria tastiera che riprende lo stile dell’Asus Eee Pad Transformer anche se non risulta altrettanto comoda.
La connessione avviene tramite bluetooth e permette di alloggiare il tablet al proprio interno con il display rivolto verso i tasti. Si tratta di una soluzione “simile” a quella originale Samsung ma realizzata in modo molto diverso.
Il costo è comunque molto inferiore alla proposta Samsung e viene offerta a 99$. Al momento sul sito italiano non è prsente tra gli accessori ma speriamo possa arrivare presto.
Visto il notevole polverone alzato da Apple con le ultime vicende sui brevetti - Apple vince contro Samsung: Galaxy Tab fuori dall’Europa ma Samsung non ci sta! – è interessante notare come molte ditte stiano realizzando accessori compatibili con questo device, cosa che non avviene spesso.
Wow. Those rockstars at the USB 3.0 promoter group haven’t taken the threat of Thunderbolt lying down. They’ve been working long into the night (we imagine) screaming “More Power!” and “Liiiiive, damn you, liiiive!”. In a press release, the group announces a new power delivery specification which will push USB 3.0′s limit from 4.5 watts all the way up to 100. You all of course remember that Thunderbolt’s maximum is a mere-by-comparison 10 watts. Brad Saunders, the promotion group’s chairman, believes that the new standard could enable USB 3.0 to supply a laptop with energy at the same time as it delivers data between your devices. (After all that time sponging off your laptop’s meager battery it’s about time your USB-powered foot warmer started returning the favor.) At the moment it’s only a specification and won’t be implemented until 2012 at the earliest, but this could just turn into an arms race of electrifyingproportions.
GameFly hasn’t wasted any time jumping into the digital download waters after acquiring IGN’s Direct2Drive platform a little over two months ago. Set to launch September 8th in beta form, its new “Unlimited PC Play” service will offer subscribers access to 100-plus downloadable PC and Mac titles, with hundreds more expected in time for the official end of year launch. Fans of the video game rentaloutfit’s snail mail subscription service don’t have to worry about a shift to digital only, as the company has no plans to abandon its “unique combination of console and digital PC game offerings.” Interested in getting an early peek at the new platform? If you live in the Los Angeles area, you can look forward to a planned beta launch party next month, where access codes for the new, invite-only service will be distributed. The rest of you PC gaming warriors will just have to settle for a sign-up page at the source.
Verizon’s made good on its promise to open an Application Innovation Center in San Francisco, and kindly invited us down to have a gander. It’s much like its sister facility in Boston, except it eschews the LTE focus for one on mobile-app innovation. Developers both big and small will be able to take advantage of several labs, where they’ll be privy to Verizon equipment and services “not available elsewhere,” all while being a stone’s throw from Big Red’s in-house engineers and developers. On hand was Qualcomm, whose MDPs garnished the test lab, and Chomp, whose app-search tech powered an impressive nine pane multi-touch App Wall — allowing one to find and explore apps, replete with informative videos and QR codes for each. Want to know more? Check the gallery, videos and PR after the break.
Think SIGGRAPH’s all about far-out design concepts? Think again. A crew from the Tokyo Metropolitan University IDEEA Lab was on hand here at the show’s experimental wing showcasing a new “musical interface,” one that’s highly tactile and darn near impossible to walk away from. Upon first glance, it reminded us most of Yamaha’s Tenori-On, but the “universal input / output box” is actually far deeper and somewhat more interactive in use. A grand total of 16 solenoids are loaded in, and every one of ‘em are loaded up with sensors.
Users can tap any button to create a downbeat (behind the scenes, a sequencer flips to “on”), which will rise in unison with the music until you tap it once more to settle it (and in turn, eliminate said beat). You can grab hold of a peg in order to sustain a given note until you let it loose. There’s a few pitch / tone buttons that serve an extra purpose — one that we’re sure you can guess by their names. Those are capable of spinning left and right, with pitch shifting and speeds increasing / decreasing with your movements. The learning curve here is practically nonexistent, and while folks at the booth had no hard information regarding an on-sale date, they confirmed to us that hawking it is most certainly on the roadmap… somewhere. Head on past the break for your daily (video) dose of cacophony.
We hate to break it to you, dear readers, but we’re in the throes of back to school season. In a few short weeks, lots of wide-eyed freshmen will be setting up their dorm rooms and begging off name games during orientation, which means they (and their generous parents) are stocking up on gear now. We’ve been testing a bunch of budget and mid-range laptops aimed at young folk and pretty much any other mainstream consumer who’d happily forgo some bells and whistles in exchange for a lower price. So why not start with a review of one of the best? Sony’s VAIO SB series is the 13-inch laptop for the kindele who can’t afford the VAIO Z, or even the slimmed-down SA series. It offers good specs for the money, a bright, matte display, a solid keyboard, long battery life and a (mostly) well-built design. And while we try not to spoil our reviews, we’ll say this: it’s one of our favorite mid-range Windows laptops, period. How much do we like the SB? Join us as we count the ways.
That Samsung Galaxy R we’ve heard about? Yep, it’s real. Not that it’s much of a surprise to us, considering we’ve seen leaked press renders and even a four-minute video about the device, but Samsung and NVIDIA have finally banded together to give the “mystery phone” its official blessing. Here’s the skinny: the Galaxy R will house a 1GHz Tegra 2 CPU, a 4.2-inch WVGA (800 x 480) Super Clear LCD, dual 5MP / 2MP cameras in the rear and front (respectively), and Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. The phone’s already available in Sweden as the Galaxy Z, but it’s finally on its way to parts of Europe and Asia (including China). No word on if or when we can plan on seeing the R in North America, but it’s likely that its launch would be quickly obscured by its older brother, the Galaxy S II, if it made an appearance. A full press release and demo video can be found after the break for your enjoyment.