Let’s say that nostalgia got the better of you and you downloaded the refreshed GTA: San Andreas on Xbox 360 to replay a few missions ahead of GTA:V‘s new-gen re-release. You know, the tale of the Grove Street Families that now supports 720p resolution and achievements. Well, the tech-minded folks at Digital Foundry have done some digging and found that the HD version actually bears more than a passing resemblance to the game’s recent Android offering, as opposed to, say, a port of the original PC release. What you get here has better draw distance than the one on Google’s mobile OS, but, for the most part, little else in the way of enhancements. Instead, there’s apparently quite a bit of stuttering in-game, there are visual effects missing that even the PlayStation 2 release had too, in addition to cutscenes where audio drops out completely.
As DF notes, this is all quite sad, honestly, considering that San Andreas was arguably the best GTA of its era. If anything, this lends credence to the notion of not throwing out your old games and systems — the game industry still hasn’t figured out how to preserve its history in the way that film has. For video proof of the port’s transgressions, check out the analysis below.
Source: Digital Foundry
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Warehouse club chain Sam’s Club will be selling the 16GB, 32GB, and 128GB iPhone 6 at $99, $199, and $299 with a two-year contract beginning November 15th, according to a leaked flyer posted by GottaDeal.com (via BestBlackFriday.com).
The flyer notes that each Sam’s Club location will have between 40 and 50 units per club, as the promotion will run through December 31. Sam’s Club is also selling last year’s 16GB iPad Air at $100 off, which is in line with promotional deals from other retailers.
More retailers are expected to announce a number of discounts on Apple-related products as we move closer to “Black Friday”, which is known as the traditional kickoff to the holiday season and falls on November 28th this year. Those looking to keep up with holiday sales on Apple-related products should check out our Black Friday Roundup, which will be frequently updated with the best deals as they are announced.
Samsung was quick to cite the acquisition of Nokia as a reason for holding out on Microsoft’s royalty payments, but there weren’t many details. Just what had it spooked? Thanks to some new court filings, we now have a clearer sense of its motivations. Simply put, the Korean tech giant is worried about “charges of collusion” now that Microsoft is a direct competitor in the smartphone business. The patent deal requires that Samsung not only make Windows Phones, but hand over sensitive business details — both big problems when Microsoft could use them to gain a competitive edge. Samsung already stopped handing over those trade secrets over jitters that American antitrust regulators would step in.
It’s not clear that the court will buy this argument. While there is a real concern about working too closely with a competitor, that doesn’t necessarily give the company an escape from its current agreement — it may still have to pay up, at least in the short term. Whether or not it does, it’s clear that Samsung doesn’t believe the royalty arrangement should continue as-is.
Cross-platform synergy between Android and iOS has always been a finicky affair, however a new service allegedly named “Copresence” is about to make things a lot easier. The service was found after digging around in the newest Google Play Services APK and talks about making cross-platform communication via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and location data possible. The tip had this to say about the new service:
“Google is going to launch a service titled “Copresence” in the coming weeks. The goal of the service will be to allow cross communication between Android and iOS devices through Bluetooth, Wifi (possibly Wifi Direct?) and Location based data.
I located a large quantity of files referencing the service in the latest Google Play Services APK, including banner images for setup, explanations of how the service works and XML’s defining the layouts of the setup app.
Upon investigation, I noticed that Google already has patents in the works for a service titled “Copresence”, allowing data retrieval from a device using a server and then feeding back relevant data. There is also numerous Chrome code review comments referring to a service called “Copresence” stating that it will not require a Google account to use, and confirming that it will be in fact multi-platform.”
If what the above is true, and having patents pending is definitely a good indicator, then we may see more ways for Android and iOS devices to interact beyond via apps – this would open the door for devices of all platforms to interact with passive services like “Nearby” which would allow other users to know when you are, well, nearby, and much more.
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Corbin Davenport, who has been known to put things onto Android Wear like Game Boy Color emulators and Windows 95, is at it again with something a little more current. Davenport has most recently put Temple Run 2 on Android Wear and shows it off running on both the Samsung Gear Live and his new Moto 360. Check out the video below:
As you can see, Temple Run 2 actually works quite well as a wearable game, and the only real downfall is perhaps a little delay in swipe recognition and the fact that the Moto 360’s screen cuts off a little bit too much of the screen. Still, besides the fact that its cool to see Android games running on Android Wear (for which Davenport has tutorials for doing), it’s a nice proof of concept for games to be developed for Android Wear assuming that they have a way to cater for the square and circle form factor screens.
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Carriers are already in the holiday spirit and November has only begun. Verizon, like Sprint and AT&T, is giving more data to its customers. The More Everything plan has more data allotted to it. The $80 plan now supplies 10GB to customers and the $100 plan has been raised to 15GB of data. New customers as well as existing customers are able to take advantage of Verizon’s promotional pricing.
Hit the break to see what else Verizon is offering new customers.
And for customers purchasing a device with Verizon for the first time, the carrier is throwing in a $150 port-in credit. Signing a two-year contract or joining the Edge program is necessary to receive the $150 credit on a new 4G LTE smartphone. This, like the aforementioned More Everything plan change, is part of a promotional that will end at some point.
Are any of the carriers’ pricing changes making you consider switching? Let us know in the comments.
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Unless you’re new to the internet, you’ve probably heard of some of the crazy stories surrounding photos and images on Google’s Street View services. Everything from crime scenes to urban legends have allegedly been captured on the service, if you know where to look.
This situation is more than just an internet rumor, though. A woman in Canada filed legal claims against Google for capturing a shot of her leaning forward on her porch and exposing her cleavage, showing her off to anybody that bothered to look up her address on Street View. Apparently whoever is in charge of blurring out things like license plates and addresses didn’t think this was worth censoring.
After the claims were filed, Google essentially just blurred out the entire residence. Technically, that works, but it’s a pretty sloppy solution. Google refused to pay out any money to the woman, however, arguing that she was in a public place when the photo was taken. Unfortunately for Google, the Canadian courts didn’t fully agree with that defense and ordered the company to pay out $2,250 to the woman, plus interest and court fees. She originally wanted $45,000 for emotional damages, so Google lucked out there.
The moral of the story? If you see a Google Street View car, make sure you’re dressed well enough that you won’t mind strangers on the internet looking at it.
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The Cast Screen for Android devices has slowly made its way to additional devices. Still, the total is quite low and there are some key devices missing. One company that is seeing many of its devices supported is Sony. Last month, its flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller Z3 Compact gained Cast Screen support. Now, the a couple more have been added in.
Here are the newest Sony devices to get Cast Screen support:
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
Come comment on this article: Cast Screen support added to Sony Xperia Z3v, Z3 Tablet Compact, and more
When Motorola introduced the original Moto X, it launched with it arguably one of its more interesting services, the Moto Maker. While we don’t have stats on how effective it is in driving sales or engaging customers, the idea of being able to customize and tailor your new Moto X in whatever way pleases you seems pretty neat. Motorola is continuing its good work with its latest device and is apparently set to release a Moto X 2014 with football leather cover in the third week of November.
This option would compliment Motorola’s already burgeoning assortment of customizations which include plastic, leather and wood. The football leather is obviously designed to feel like a real football (or as the rest of the world might know it, a gridiron ball), and would probably make it slightly easier to hold on to your new Moto X with the added grip. The leaked image above shows a Verizon variant of the Moto X rocking the football leather, though we don’t know if the cover will be carrier exclusive or not. Furthermore, we’re not entirely sure of the pricing either, but if we go off the $25 cost of the standard leather cover, it shouldn’t be much more than that if at all.
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