Archivi giornalieri: 05/04/2012
Sony Online Entertainment has this week revealed footage showing alpha gameplay within their new Planetside 2 game which is currently under development.
Original Planetside fans will already start to the resemblance of the original in the new Planetside 2 game, with the appearance of a few classic vehicles such as the Reaver.
Within the video below Sony Online Entertainment Creative Director Matt Higby talks you through how the game is currently progressing and what you can expect in the final released. Including air combat, vehicle combat, infantry combat and an overview of maps and environments from the planet Auraxis from within the game. Remember this footage is alpha stage so it might well change when officially released.
“PlanetSide 2 is an epic MMOFPS game that offers a truly competitive and visceral FPS experience with massive warfare, massive customization and massive community.”
Apparently Apple is currently in the process of investigating WiFi connectivity issues, according to an internal AppleCare document which has been leaked and published on the 9to5 Mac website.
Since the launch of the Apple’s new iPad 3 tablet there have been a number of users reporting issues and experiencing problems with WiFi connectivity with their new WiFi only iPad versions. With issues ranging from slow download and upload speeds, connections dropping out, or the iPad unable to see or connect to local WiFi networks.
A thread on the Apple forums discussing the issues has already notched up over 700 replies. The leaked Apple internal document looks like Apple are taking the issue seriously, and asking employees to “capture” iPads that are brought in showing the WiFi issues.
We are expecting Samsung to announce their new Galaxy S III smartphone some time over the next couple of months, and now it looks like we may have a possible date for the announcement.
The photo below is apparently a leaked press invite for the Samsung Galaxy S III launch event, we are not sure if it is real or not but it has appeared on quite a few Korean publications, including Yahoo News.
If Samsung does intend to announce the Galaxy S III on the 22nd of May, then that would mean a possible launch date for the device of some time in June, which ties in with the previously rumors we have heard that the Galaxy S III will go on sale globally some time in June.
As soon as we get some information from Samsung that this date is the actual special event date for the Samsung Galaxy S III we will let you guys know.
A new web based application has been created called Phonedeck which enables you to control your smartphone through a browser app via your desktop computer.
Phonedeck has been in a closed invitation only testing phase for some time but has this week opened the doors to the public allowing you to give the new service a go. Watch the promotional Phonedeck video after the jump to see it in action.
To access and use Phonedeck simply logon to the Phonedeck website and then control your smartphone via the browser application. Phonedeck allows you to get notifications on incoming calls including a detailed caller profile, or start a call remotely from the web service.
Other features of Phonedeck include the ability for you to receive SMS notification on your desktop computer, allowing you to quickly write and reply to SMS messages remotely using your computers keyboard, as well as detailed phone logs.
The web based browser Phonedeck service currently supports the Android, Blackberry and iOS (limited) mobile platforms. Jump over to the Phonedeck website to signup and give it a try.
We have already seen some leaked photos of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5, and now Panasonic’s latest Micro Four Thirds Camera is official and the device will go on sale for $599.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 features a 12.1 megapixel Live Mos sensor, which Panasonic calls a 12.1 megapixel ‘High Picture Quality’ sensor and it features an ISO range of up to 12,800 via an extended mode.
Other specifications on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 include a 3 inch 920,000 dot touchscreen display, and it can capture full HD video in 1080p at 60 frames per second.
The great Sparrow Mail application which launched last month for iPhone, has today received a new update taking it to version 1.1 and adding a number of great new features.
New features include a new built-in web browser, together with features that allow you to now show/hide dock badge per account, send and archive, empty trash and empty spam, and only show specific labels and folders.
The update also includes a couple of bug fixes for the issues some users experienced while authenticating with some Google apps account, as well as an issue with custom SMTP for alias.
The development team are wasting no time on update their new iPhone mail application and say that updates will “evolve fast and integrate feature requests and bug fixes” just like the Mac application did when it was released.
With regards Push functionality for Sparrow Mail, here is an update from the Sparrow team:
“Thanks to your amazing support, we feel confident that Apple might revise its position on the Push API. We’ll submit a first version of Sparrow 1.2 including it. This might delay Sparrow 1.2 validation but we’re already working with some partners to include Push in future versions of Sparrow without needing Apple clearance.”
Dolphin the mobile browser for iPhone smartphone has this week been updated with a new features that now allows you to control the application via voice control.
The new feature for iPhones called Dolphin Sonar listens out for your voice and lets you carry out a number of tasks such as, search on the Internet, share links on social networks, create bookmarks, and navigate to name just a few.
The rollout of Dolphin Sonar follows on from the release of the same Dolphin Sonar update for Android devices back in February 2012, and has been created in partnership with Nuance Communications. Unlike on Android version where the new plugin for Dolphin Sonar is free, on iOS devices the plugin will cost you $0.99. But if you would like to surf the web with your voice jump over to the Apple iTunes App Store to Dolphin Sonar now.
What was the exciting new collaboration that HTC and Sprint’s bigwigs just couldn’t wait to tell us about? Anyone who’s been following the smartphone scene at all as of late surely won’t be surprised to find out that the one-time Nextel bedfellow is getting a member of the One family to call its own. It’s just the precise name of the device that wasn’t too predictable.
When the handset goes on sale sometime in Q2 for $199 it’ll be saddled with the decidedly unwieldy moniker HTC EVO 4G LTE — a rather clunky title for such a svelte device. What the name does offer, however, is a direct connection to the original EVO 4G. That phone, which arrived in consumer hands way back in June 2010, was branded as Sprint’s first “4G” handset, courtesy of the carrier’s WiMAX network. It’s understandable, then, that its spiritual successor would carry that redundant 4G LTE moniker. The companies also clearly wanted to retain some of those happy memories, while setting the phone apart from those other One handsets on the market. How’d they do such a thing? Meet us after the break where we lay it all out.
With Google tasking itself to organize all of the world’s information, you’d think its own Chrome Web Store would be a bit easier to navigate. Apparently this revelation dawned on someone at the company, because it’s just introduced several enhancements that should help users find new and useful extensions for their browser. Along with faster autocomplete searches and new subcategories, you’ll now find badges that denote an application’s offline functionality and games that can be played on Google+, with additional badges said to be in the works. There’s even a new trending section, where users can discover recently popular titles that rank from “warm” to “on fire.” If it’s been a while since you’ve last visited the Chrome Web Store, now could be an ideal time to peruse the new features. You might even start a trend.
Fiddling with updates this evening? If so, you may notice your Gmailapp begging for a refresh, as Google has revised its famed email program to bring the Ice Cream Sandwich experience to Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) users. Specifically, it’ll allow you to swipe to move between newer and older conversations, tap to access Recent labels, set custom notifications for individual labels and sync the last 30 days of messages so you can read and search messages faster both online and offline. As for Android 2.2 and 2.3 users, they’ll see a new labels API for third-party app developers as well as nondescript “performance improvements.” If you needed any help, the download link is waiting there in the source.
When Acer’s Aspire Timeline Ultra notebooks made their first appearance at CES, these 14- and 15-inch laptops seemed like little more than the successors to Acer’s TimelineX series. Thin-and-light laptops, complete with optical drive and some likely reasonable prices. While there’s no mistaking that DVD burner and mainstream screen size, we now know a few things we didn’t then: the 15-inch version you see up there packs NVIDIA’s next-gen Kepler graphics… and Acer’s calling it an Ultrabook.
Acer’s branding that there Ultra M3 as an Ultrabook because it’s less than 20mm (.8 inches) thin, but given that 15-inch display, numpad, optical drive and graphical horsepower, it’s hard to think of this as anything other than a mainstream laptop. If you accept Acer’s marketing scheme, though, this is the first so-called Ultrabook to ship with discrete graphics. (We’re expecting to see more — many more — of these.) As of this writing, at least, we don’t have a confirmed price, though Acer has said the pricing for the Ultra series should align with current TimelineX notebooks (which is to say, we’re hardly expecting this to be a $1,500 machine.) Until we know for sure, it’ll be hard to say how sweet of a deal this is, but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about what it actually does. How does the performance stack up against regular ‘ol 15-inch laptop? Does it pummel your garden-variety Ultrabooks like you’d expect it to? Join us past the break where we break down exactly what this ‘tweener can do.
Just when we thought our favorite Android virtual keyboard couldn’t get much better, TouchType decided to prove us wrong by launching SwiftKey 3 Beta. If you’re one of the product’s 30,000+ VIP users, you’ll want to get your hands on the company’s newest creation right now, for free. What’s new? The space bar is no longer required, for one — Smart Space detects and corrects “miss-typed or omitted spaces across whole phrases.” Paradoxically, that same space bar is now wider, just in case you’re feeling nostalgic. Smart punctuation further enhances the UI, with language-specific improvements in tow. In fact, SwiftKey 3 offers support for seven new languages — Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian (for a total of 42). Finally, you’ll find two lovely new themes, Cobalt and the Ice Cream Sandwich-inspired Holo. We’ve been playing with TouchType’s latest and greatest for a few hours now on both our HTC One X and our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and we’ve stopped using the space bar completely. Did you notice? Wedidn’tthinkso. Check out the gallery of screenshot below, hit the break for a demo video and the full PR, then follow the More Coverage link to sign up as a VIP.