It’s been a long time coming, but today the HBO Go app is finally available on PlayStation 3. Sadly, those of us who moved last-gen’s consoles out of the living room to make space for shiny new ones are still in the lurch — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are still missing release dates. But for the rest of us, still enjoying The Last of Us‘ DLC or soaking up those delicious free PS+ games, there are episodes of True Detective to watch! Starting today!
Tesla has a relatively tiny European presence with just a handful of showrooms, service hubs and Superchargers, but it’s about to get a much larger foothold — the EV maker has revealed that it will open more than 30 stores and service centers across Europe. There’s no indication of just when and where these locations will open. It won’t be hard to find Superchargers in the near future, however. Tesla still expects to place the fast recharging stations across most of Europe before the end of the year, making it practical to drive cross-continent in a Model S without any lengthy stopovers.
Filed under: Transportation
Via: The Next Web
In a move that won’t surprise Batfanatics, a new Batman game is headed to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC at some point this year. The latest caped crusader game entry is titled Batman: Arkham Knight, and it’s set to complete the trilogy that Rocksteady Games started back in 2009 (which includes Arkham Asylum and Arkham City, and doesn’t include Arkham Origins). We’ve dropped the first teaser video below the break, which heavily features both very serious sad talking and a totally sweet Batmobile. We’ll let you decide which is more exciting.
In our count, the first tease shows Penguin, Two-Face, Harley Quinn, and we can hear Scarecrow. That all makes sense given the video’s blurb:
“In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever.”
Source: Warner Bros.
Thanks to an FCC filing back in January, we knew LG’s G Pad 8.3 was likely heading to Verizon. Today, Big Red made things official: the 8.3-inch slate will arrive with LTE this Thursday for $300 unsubsidized and $200 on-contract. Until March 10th though, the G Pad 8.3 will be discounted to $100 with a two-year agreement and can be added to Verizon’s More Everything plans at any time for $10 a month. Those figures go a long way to combat our biggest gripe with the tablet — that original $350 price tag.
Cybercrime is a serious issue and the costs resulting from it are constantly on the rise. File transfers can be very vulnerable to threats, especially given the variety of cybercrime. The most expensive cybercrimes are caused by malicious code, denial of service, stolen or hijacked devices or spiteful insiders.
One alarming statistic is that, in the United States alone, the average annual cost of cybercrime is in excess of $9m. The number of attacks suffered by companies and organisations every week averages over 100. Data security is something every business needs to seriously consider – small firms and large companies alike. In 2014 we will see a shift in how we share files thanks to the ever increasing risk of cybercrime, but how exactly will this be manifested?
Mobile content management issues will be imperative
In order to guarantee security, promote better UX and enable users to make complex documents for better collaboration IT will be forced to evaluate infrastructures by real-time information sharing and streaming.
Third-party apps will be an even bigger issue
Trojan horse apps will disguise themselves as harmless, innocuous apps increasing the threat of malicious software. This is a new technique that will be increasingly used by hackers to attempt the theft of important enterprise R&D, proprietary process knowledge and IP.
IT will be further strained by anywhere, anytime access to files
The latest trend for on-the-go data access means most workers have multiple mobile devices and 2014 will be the year that IT will work on defining frameworks around the use of these devices on corporate networks. Adoption of new IT systems to enable this tool will be driven by workers’ expectation for easy and convenient access to information.
The need for secure file transfers at all levels will be emphasised by big data analysis
Network infrastructure will be pushed to the limit by big data analysis as manipulating and sharing large data will tax existing systems. However, there is a positive aspect to this because acquiring this insight will make IT expansion worthwhile.
Authentication will become easier
Users will not bring a device in to the workplace to use in if they have to enter a pin for every app they use. The search for less backbreaking authentication processes whilst maintaining, or even improving, security will be stepped up. The heavy lifting of authentication will be done privately, invisible to the user and will merge more biometric information (e.g. fingerprints) for access.
More demand for broadband
Existing communication infrastructures will be pushed to capacity by streaming videos, 4K video and other high bandwidth content – and demand will keep on growing. The same is occurring in the corporate world too, as enterprise file synchronisation and sharing continues to expand globally.
Online cybercrime affects nearly every enterprise on the planet, even large organisations like Google, AOL and Monster.com. So do not be fooled into thinking ‘it won’t happen to me’ – everybody is at risk. Unless of course you are a business with no online presence, which is a rarity in today’s technology-relying world.
This article was written by Tom Wills, an IT and technology writer for HANDD, providing Data Security and Managed File Transfer solutions.
Following yesterday’s announcement of Apple’s new CarPlay iOS vehicle integration and the release of promotional materials from launch partners Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, more details are arriving today with Apple participating in Ferrari’s launch at the Geneva Motor Show.
Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo and Apple vice president Greg Joswiak at Ferrari booth
As shared by macprime.ch [Google Translate], Apple’s iOS marketing chief Greg Joswiak joined Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo to introduce CarPlay integration with the Ferrari FF. Apple representatives were also on hand to provide demos of CarPlay, with Engadget sharing a video walkthrough of CarPlay’s features.
The first thing we noticed is how speedy everything is. Apps load quickly, and Siri’s contextual algorithms hastily recognized our voice commands and responded appropriately. Apple has also implemented safety features to ensure services do not draw your attention away from the road and push forward its “hands-free” theme. For example, when we sent or received a message from a contact, Siri would only read the message back to us and we never once got the chance to see its contents.
For its part, Mercedes-Benz has released a seven-minute overview video, shared by iFun.de. The video shows how the system can be controlled without directly touching the screen, using a combination of Siri and a physical control knob.
Finally, Jalopnik has a hands-on video of Volvo’s CarPlay implementation. While the video is of fairly poor quality, it does show somewhat better responsiveness than seen in the Ferrari.
Apple has promised new CarPlay-compatible vehicles from a number of manufacturers in 2014, including Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, with a dozen other manufacturers signed on as partners with unspecified launch timeframes.
Project Spark is pretty, encourages creativity, and incorporates Kinect directly. The sandbox/game creation tool became available for Windows 8.1 users back in December, and today it’s entering beta on the Xbox One as well. “Does that mean there’s a new, free thing on my Xbox One?” you might be asking. Yes, yes it does. Hot dog!
Project Spark isn’t in the XB1 store, so how do you get it? The announcement points to a still-active beta sign-up page, so it seems that interested parties still have a few hoops to jump through before getting in. (If you’re already in the Windows 8.1 beta, you’re in the XB1 version.) Interestingly, there are already several entries on the store for “Spark Tokens” in 500 token increments ($4.99 equals 500); beta or not, it looks like Microsoft’s interested in monetizing Spark from the jump. For the full FAQ on the beta, head right here.
What if you could turn on a speaker and instantly listen to the perfect song for that moment? That’s the idea behind Cone, a new web-connected music player that works like a radio of sorts — but only for the music you want to hear. The device works with your tunes and multiple streaming radio services simultaneously, and starts pumping out the jams the moment you turn it on. If what comes out isn’t quite what you want to hear, the front of Cone works as a dial you can turn to listen to something new. Want something totally different? A quick full spin of the front of the device will change up the type of music currently playing to something on the other end of the spectrum. You can also ask Cone to play a particular song, album or podcast by either by speaking to it or making a selection within the device’s accompanying app.
After setup, which currently requires a device running iOS 7 or Mavericks (and up), you can control Cone exclusively on the device with no need to pull out your computer or phone. The more you use Cone, the more it learns. Over time the device will figure out that you enjoy slow jams on Friday nights, but love to party come Saturday morning. The speaker has a built-in 8-hour battery, so you can take it out on the front porch or with you to the kitchen when you’re making dinner. When you do move it, the device’s built-in accelerometer tells the speaker it’s changed locations, and customizes tunes for your new space. The streaming music services Cone works with will be announced a bit later on, but expect to see the names of some of your favorite players in the space. You can also expect Windows PC and Android support to be headed down the pipeline in the future.
We had a chance to check out a beta version of Cone in San Francisco this week. While what we saw wasn’t quite final hardware, it was pretty close. Switching from NPR to a Cure song can be done with just turn of the dial, and the next thing started playing almost instantly. As you turn the dial, a hidden rainbow-colored LED display at the center of the speaker lights up. It’s a small touch, but one that gives Cone a high-end feel. Beyond the two volume buttons up top, the device is just a sleek cone shape that would blend in no matter what your living room setup happens to be. As for whether or not it always plays what we want to hear — we’ll have wait until we have a unit synced with our own music to try it out. We should be able to get our hands on a review unit sometime in May. If you’re already sold, you can pre-order Cone now for $399.
Filed under: Home Entertainment
You may remember the HTC HD2 from posts such as “will it play Tekken 3?” and “wait, it runs Windows RT now?” Despite the handset’s age, a stalwart community keeps it relevant by getting anything and everything to run on the developer favorite. It’s only fitting, then, that the HD2 be one of the first to don Nokia’s heavily skinned version of Android, other than the unreleased X family, of course. That’s right: An XDA Developers forum member by the name of gilbert32 has apparently succeeded in porting some form of the Nokia X Android build onto a rather beat-up-looking HD2. We say succeeded, but while it looks the part and plays a booting sound when fired up, “everything else” is admittedly non-functional. Then again, if the goal was to show the HD2 still has legs after all this time, then mission accomplished, sir.
Source: XDA Developers
Google Play celebrating its second birthday with special deals, but you might not be able to see them yet
According to a tipster on Reddit from Australia, Google Play is celebrating its second birthday and is offering many apps and other content for either free or at a discount.
I’m based in the U.S. and couldn’t see the deals yet by going to the link below, but when I used the “Hola Better Internet” Chrome extension and changed my region to Australia, I could see the deals without any issues.
The limited-time deals include a “24-hour music deal, Movies to Buy from $3.50, Books Under $5, 30% off magazine subscriptions” and more.
According to the tipster and from what I could see from the page:
- “FIFA 14″ by EA – Free
- “MOVIE: Disaster Movie: – AU$0.99
- GQ Australia Magazine Subscription – 30% off
- “Theme Park” By EA – Free
- “BOOK: I Came To Say Goodbye” by Caroline Overington – AU$4.99
- “Heroes of Dragon Age” By EA – Free
- “Tiny City” by Chillingo International – Free
- “BOOK: Outback Dreams” by Rachael Johns – AU$4.99
- “The Sims Free to Play” by EA – Free
- “MAGAZINE: Taste.com.au” – AU$2.99
- “Need for Speed” by EA – AU$5.49
- “MOVIE: Vanity Fair” – AU$0.99
- “Bejeweled Blitz” by EA – Free
- “BOOK: The Luminaries” by Eleanor Catton – AU$4.99
- “MOVIE: Thirteen” – AU$0.99
- “BOOK: Burning Lies” by Helene Young – AU$4.99
- “Dungeon Keeper” by EA – Free
- “MAGAZINE: Super Food Ideas” – AU$1.99
- “Dead Ahead Game” by Chillingo International – Free
- “NBA Jam” by EA – AU$5.49
Note that you may see the sale pop-up in your region eventually and it may or may not have the same apps, movies, books, magazines and prices. The promotion for Google Play’s first birthday began March 5 last year, which at the time of writing this, it is already in that part of the world. Also, some of these apps were free to begin with, so it may not be the best promotion we’ve seen.
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