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Jul

New plugin-free web games run (almost) as well as their desktop counterparts


Dungeon Defenders Eternity

So far, sophisticated 3D web games have typically required either a plugin (think Quake Live) or a special environment where they can run native code. While those are just dandy, they aren’t really web games, are they? That’s going to change shortly, as Trendy Entertainment has revealed plans to launch truly web-based versions of both Dungeon Defenders Eternity and the upcoming Dungeon Defenders II. Both Unreal Engine-based titles use a mix of open standards like WebGL, Web Audio and Mozilla’s heavily tuned JavaScript web code (asm.js) to handle desktop-level 3D and sound in your browser at “near native” speeds. You may not notice the difference at all, provided you’re on a reasonably quick PC.

If you’re interested in giving either base defense game a spin, you might want to check out the Firefox 31 update arriving at the same time. Mozilla’s latest browser includes tweaks for game-related performance, as well as some handy features whether or not you intend to play; it enables parental controls on supporting sites, malware blocking for downloads and a search field on the new tab page. You don’t need Firefox if you’re only eager to try Dungeon Defenders, but you may want to swing by the source links to see if anything else in the upgrade tickles your fancy.


Filed under: Gaming, Internet

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Source: Mozilla Blog, Firefox Notes

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22
Jul

eBay brings its RedLaser barcode-scanner app to Google Glass


You might know eBay as the website where you can buy a rare NES game for a hundred grand, but the company also has its own barcode scanner, called RedLaser. It’s been out on Android and iOS for a while, and now the company is bringing it to Google Glass, allowing you to quite literally buy whatever you set your sights on. Like the existing app, the Glass version scans barcodes and spits back a list of current prices at different retailers. From there, you can find a brick-and-mortar store nearby, complete with directions, if you need them. And, of course, like any good online retailer, eBay will show a list of related products, similar to whatever it is you just searched for. All told, we’re guessing you can probably spare a few minutes to stop what you’re doing and use the phone app instead, but let’s be honest: Scanning stuff with your eye sounds pretty fun. Just be aware, though, that if you want to purchase something, you will in fact have to pick up your phone — the app will send an email notification to your mobile device so you can complete the transaction.

[Image credit: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Filed under: Google

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Source: RedLaser, Glass Store

22
Jul

Yo and the app hype machine


Yo is a notifications app where all it does is send the word “Yo” to your friends. That’s it. Just “Yo.” Of course, silly single-purpose apps like these are a dime a dozen — remember those fart apps of old? — but the thing that sets Yo apart is that it’s actually attracted a whole lot of attention. More than a million dollars worth, in fact. Yep, this seemingly frivolous app has recently raised around $1.5 million in funding, giving it a valuation close to $10 million. It’s also apparently been downloaded more than 2 million times since its tongue-in-cheek April Fool’s Day debut.

Crazy? Well, yes, perhaps. But it’s not entirely unusual. In case you need a refresher (and probably a laugh or two), here’s a look at some of the more overhyped apps in the past few years. Have any other ideas? Leave a comment and let us know of any apps we’ve missed.

Which of these is the most overhyped app?

Filed under: Misc, Software

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22
Jul

The cloud keeps Microsoft afloat while it reconsiders hardware and content


We always want to know how Microsoft is doing, but today we’re paying especially close attention: The company just released its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter, the first full quarter that new CEO Satya Nadella was on the job. Also, let’s not forget that Microsoft just announced it’s cutting 18,000 jobs and axing Xbox Entertainment Studios. So how’d the company do? Not bad, actually: The company says revenue is up, mostly thanks to its strong cloud business (previously led by Nadella himself). In particular, Microsoft has its loyal business customers to thank: The company saw big gains in commercial cloud revenue, Windows licenses (natch) and server products. Other honorable mentions include Bing, which gained 40 percent in revenue; Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions; and revenue from PC makers.

Largely missing from the report: mentions of hardware. Though the company’s new mobile business helped revenue a bit, the company also had to take a $38 million hit on Surface inventory. Basically, then, there are few surprises here: Microsoft made the most money off its bread and butter — things like enterprise services, the cloud and its core Windows business. And to be honest, we could have expected as much. Consider that just last week, Nadella posted an open letter to employees, reiterating that cloud and productivity tools were the future.

All told, the company generated $4.61 billion in profit on $23.38 billion in revenue. To put that in perspective, revenue is up 18 percent over the year-ago period, and profit only fell by a modest 7 percent — that’s not bad considering Microsoft recently closed its massive $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s mobile division.

Image credit: Associated Press

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Filed under: Software, Microsoft

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22
Jul

Motorola is allegedly preparing 2 new smartphones which have nothing to do with the Moto line


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Alleged Motorola’s Moto G 2 image and specifications leaked recently. Motorola is also expected to release a Moto X refresh this summer, dubbed Moto X+1. We have yet another Motorola rumor, but this time it has nothing to do with the Moto line.

Known leaker @evleaks shared a rather interesting sentence/leak with the world:

Upcoming Motorola devices: Abbagoochie and Valocia — both run on Snapdragon 801s (former is allegedly next handset in Droid Maxx line, with latter the next Droid Mini).

As he said, these 2 devices are expected to be Droid devices, not Moto devices. They will allegedly both run Snapdragon 801 chipsets, which is a great thing. He didn’t give us any additional information, but this could be a rather interesting if you’re living in the U.S. and are interested in the Droid line. These devices are of course expected to be a part of Verizon’s line of Droid devices.

Anyone out there still carry a “Droid”?

Source: @evleaks

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22
Jul

HTC’s official Sense keyboard reaches the Play Store


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HTC already has a bunch of official applications released on the Google Play Store. Time has come to do the same for their Sense keyboard app which is now available over there.

The app will unfortunately work only with HTC compatible devices. This was to be expected though. We don’t have exact information which devices/OS variations exactly, but we’re going to assume HTC One (M7) and up along with a few older models such as One X and One X+. Newer devices from the Desire line are probably also in. Anyhow, you’ll never know until you try it, but rest assured you won’t be to run it if you don’t own a HTC device. This is a really good thing for HTC users considering they’ll be able to get timely updates even without the firmware update, which is a popular trend nowadays and a really good practice.

Don’t get scared off by what we assume are Chinese characters on Google Play Store image when you open the app info page, other languages are available as well.

Source: Google Play Store
Via: Android Police

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22
Jul

Accessory of the Day: Jackery Giant+ 12000mAh External Battery Pack [69% OFF]


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Headed to the beach or an amusement park this summer? You’re going to want to ensure you’ve got enough juice to get your smartphone through the day or weekend. While this isn’t necessarily an issue for individual devices it can become a problem when you’ve got a family or friends to look out for. To solve that problem we often turn to external battery packs and power supplies.

The Jackery Giant+ is a 12000mAh rechargeable power pack that provides enough juice to fill up a number of smartphones multiple times over. Thanks to a pair of USB ports (5V/2.1A and 5V/1A), users can plug in two devices at once, including any combination of phones and/or tablets.

Small enough to fit into your pocket or purse, the Jackery Giant+ comes in four color options: black, silver, orange, and gold. Additional details for the battery pack include microUSB charging port, 3 LED indicators, a flashlight, and an aluminum case.

Normally priced at $129.95 you can scoop this guy up for only $39.95 right now. At a discount of 69% off it’s silly to resist the price. Our advice, buy one for yourself and one as a gift for your BFF.

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22
Jul

LG formally introduces G3 Cat 6


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LG haven’t wasted any time building on their latest flagship LG G3 device by formally introducing the G3 Cat 6 – the companies latest flagship device. But fear not, it’s pretty much the same LG G3 you know and love but with LTE-A connectivity and a Snapdragon 805 processor.

The Adreno 420 GPU included in the Snapdragon 805 processor will offer a speed boost most noticeable in gaming, but the regular user probably won’t notice a difference.

The remaining specs stay the same – 5.5-inch QHD display, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera with OIS+, 3,000mAh battery, white/gold/black options, and Android 4.4.2.

Availability and pricing is not yet known, but it’ll probably launch in the companies home countries first.

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22
Jul

Kenu Prepares for Larger iPhones with Lightweight Airframe+ Car Vent Mount [iOS Blog]


Kenu’s Airframe smartphone car mount has proven popular with MacRumors readers, and with Apple all but certain to release larger iPhone models later this year Kenu has just released a new Airframe+ mount that accommodates thicker cases and devices with screen sizes up to six inches.

airframe_plus_5sAirframe+ with iPhone 5s in Apple case
Like the original Airframe, much of the appeal of the Airframe+ comes from its simplicity and light weight, consisting of a simple spring-loaded clip to grip the device on the sides and a cone-shaped clip to attach to louvers of car vents. Weighing under an ounce and easily slipping into a pocket or remaining inconspicuously attached to the car vent when not in use, the Airframe+ is a remarkable change from the Garmin Active Mount I normally use, although the Airframe+ would need to be paired with a Lightning cable for charging purposes.

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While the new Airframe+ accommodates devices with screens up to six inches, body size is really the determining factor and the device grip expands to approximately 3.25 inches. Apple’s rumored 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 models should, however, fit comfortably even with most cases. The Airframe+ also offers improved support for thicker cases compared to the original Airframe, allowing users of Mophie battery pack cases or thick Otterbox waterproof cases to use the mount.

airframe_plus_6Airframe+ with physical mockup of 5.5-inch iPhone 6
The Airframe+ vent clip is rotatable and includes two sets of slits to accommodate different sizes of vent louvers, and in general it works well. Kenu touts the Airframe+ as fitting “any vent type”, but I found this to not necessarily be the case.

In one of my cars, the Airframe+ worked well on all main vents within the driver’s area. On another car, however, the louvers of the center-dash vents were too thick and too close together to allow the clip to slip securely between them. The vent itself also freely rotates up and down to help direct airflow, and the weight of the phone simply pulled the vent downward. The Airframe+ worked much better on the dash vent to the left of the steering wheel, although vibrations of the device at highway speeds were noticeable, so sturdiness of louvers may be an issue on some cars.

airframe_plus_clipAirframe+ vent clip
One other concern expressed by some users of the original Airframe and other vent mounts is the effect of cool air blowing directly on the device. Mounting a phone directly in front of the vent as the Airframe+ does definitely results in the device feeling cold after a few minutes of summer usage, which can be a benefit in terms of potentially overheating phones sitting in direct sun in a hot car, but also raises concerns of condensation once the cool phone is removed from the car and taken out into hot, humid air. I did not, however, experience any issues with visible condensation in these scenarios during my testing.

Kenu’s Airframe+ is available now for $29.95, while the original Airframe remains available for $24.95 through a variety of vendors including the Apple online store.



22
Jul

Images Depict Possible iPhone 6 Lightning/Headphone Flex Cable, Rear Shell


With the 4.7-inch iPhone entering mass production this month, part leaks and rumors surrounding the device are beginning to pick up. Several different internal and external parts said to be destined for the iPhone 6 have surfaced and today, Apple.club.tw [Google Translate] has shared images depicting the flex cable for the Lightning and headphone parts along with another image of the iPhone 6 rear shell.

The flex cable said to be for the iPhone 6 includes the headphone jack on the far left, a microphone next to that, and the Lightning port located on the middle of the part. It looks very similar to the Lightning/headphone flex cable designed for the iPhone 5s, but the headphone jack has dual screw holes towards the top of the part, a variation from the iPhone 5s design.

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These two holes appear to accurately line up with the dual holes in the bottom left of the rear shell of the device, suggesting the headphone jack would fit correctly into the iPhone 6 rear shell and lending credence to the authenticity of the part.

As for the rear shell, it appears very similar to previously shared images of the iPhone 6 rear shell, including a near-completed rear shell with embedded Apple logo that surfaced yesterday. Like that shell, this one features an iPad-style embedded Apple logo, clear cutouts for the camera and flash, and very prominent antenna breaks.

iphone6rearshelldiagramYellow circle indicates two holes that match the holes on the headphone jack of the flex cable, red circle indicates the difference in screw hole location between iPhone 5s/iPhone 6.
Some reports have speculated that the embedded Apple logo is designed to light up, but it is more likely that the embedded logo is for aesthetic and/or radio transparency purposes.

As we creep closer to the prospective September launch date of the iPhone 6, part leaks may grow even more frequent. Thus far all part leaks have centered around the 4.7-inch iPhone, and this is because it is believed to be entering mass production ahead of the 5.5-inch version. The 5.5-inch iPhone 6 may enter production in August or September according to rumors, which means 5.5-inch part leaks could pick up over the next month or two as well.



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