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Epic Games reveals ‘Bullet Train,’ a sci-fi shooter for Oculus Touch

Epic Games, the studio behind Gears of War, unveiled its brand new virtual reality game, Bullet Train, during the Oculus Connect 2 conference today. Bullet Train is an Oculus Touch experience, meaning players use two motion-sensing controllers to pick up weapons, shoot and interact with the environment. Plus, Bullet Train features bullet time and teleportation, and it’s developed in Unreal Engine 4. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney presented Bullet Train to the world today, and he’s been a longtime champion of virtual reality. In February, he told Engadget that VR was “going to change the world.”

Source: Epic Games


The Star Wars Battlefront open beta starts October 8th

EA announced Thursday that the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront reboot will host an open beta between October 8th and 12th. Players will reportedly have access to three gameplay modes. There’s a 40-person war on Hoth wherein the opposing forces attempt to destroy (or defend) a fleet of AT-AT’s. Players can also compete in an 8 vs 8 capture-the-flag-style match called dropzone where they fight for control of escape pods. Finally, there’s a solo/co-op survival mode where players must fend off continual waves of enemy troops for as long as possible. The full version of the game hits store shelves on November 17th.

Source: Major Nelson


Runtastic shares workout data with Jawbone’s Up app

If you fancy Jawbone’s line of activity trackers and track your afternoon jog with Runtastic, you can now keep all of your stats in one place. Data gathered by Runtastic during your workout can be sent to Jawbone’s Up app where you can store info on nutrition, sleep, goals and more. Of course, Runtastic has its own wearables, including the new Moment analog watch. What’s more, Jawbone’s Up app no longer requires one of the company’s trackers to tally your daily details, just like Runtastic’s software, so there’s a few gadget/app combos that’ll work just fine with both Runtastic and Jawbone’s gear. To take advantage of the partnership, you’ll need Runtastic 6.3. Once you connect it with the Up app, all of your info will sync automatically.

Source: Runtastic


Google Keep brings Evernote-style productivity to iOS

Google’s note taking and to-do list app, Keep, has been available on Android devices and the web for quite some time. Well over two years, in fact. Looking to offer the productivity software to the Apple faithful as well, Mountain View announced today that Keep is available for iOS. This means that all of the app’s handy tools like location-based reminders, shared lists and quick search and filtering are ready for your iPhone or iPad. And if you’re already using an Android Wear device with iOS, Keep plays nice with those wearables, too. The goods are available over at iTunes now, via the source link down below.

Source: iTunes


FreedomPop is bringing its free mobile phone service to the UK


FreedomPop, the Los Angeles-based service provider that offers users “completely free mobile service”, is expanding its reach into other countries starting today. The MVNO has just announced that it’s bringing the popular “Basic 200” plan to the U.K., which gives users 200 minutes, 200 texts and 200MB of data each month for free. Well, it’s free after you pay the £6.99 fee for SIM delivery and activation, but that’s still a pretty great deal.

To help get more consumers in the region on board, FreedomPop is offering the first 10,000 users who sign up for the service a special plan that gets you 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 1GB of data for free for the first month. If you’d like to keep this plan after your first month, it will cost you £9 per month. There’s also a £12 per month plan that will get you 2GB of data along with unlimited talk and text.

If you’d still like to go the free route but are looking for more data, you’ll be able to complete various third-party offers like taking surveys or downloading coupons for extra data. Additionally, you can share and receive data with your friends and family members who are also FreedomPop users, which will likely come in handy if you’re in a pinch.

FreedomPop plans to bring its service to seven other countries within the next year, and to over 20 markets by the year 2017.


Verizon adds Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E to its lineup


Today, Verizon added another tablet to its lineup as the holidays near. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab E, a low-end tablet with a large display, is now available to Verizon customers. Big Red proclaims that Galaxy Tab E as a “family tablet” that offers “portable entertainment in a practical design.” The Multi-User Mode is really emphasized with this tablet as it allows different people to have a unique profile with their own wallpapers, apps, and passwords stored separately. And the Galaxy Tab E also has Kids Mode to ensure that parents know exactly what their children are up to.

Key specifications:

  • 9.6-inch WXGA (12800×800) display
  • Quad-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage (with microSD card slot)
  • 5MP / 2MP cameras
  • 7300mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollpop

Verizon customers can purchase the Galaxy Tab E online and at retail stores starting today. The price of the tablet is $13.74 per month for twenty-four months, but you can forgo that and pay the full retail price of $329. The carrier will also meet you in the middle if contracts are more appealing, offering the Galaxy Tab E for $129 with a two-year contract.

Source: Verizon

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New Samsung Gear VR cost $99 and works with any new Samsung phone

samsung gear vr $99Oculus had their Connect 2 livestream today where they announced they are once again partnering with Samsung on another Gear VR. The headset will cost only $99 and will ship just before Black Friday. The best part is it works with all of Samsung’s 2015 phones.

The previous Gear VR headsets got good reviews, but cost a lot and would only work with one phone, either the Note 4 or Galaxy S6/S6Edge.

This new version will also feature a new trackpad design that has a D-pad built into it. This will make it much easier to actually feel what you are doing. It has a few other changes too, such as being 22% lighter and more comfortable to wear.

It will ship this November in the US and will be out worldwide soon after.

Source: Oculus (Twitter), Samsung

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Samsung announces $99 Gear VR, Netflix for Gear VR incoming


We’ve already seen two “Innovator Edition” releases of the Gear VR, but at Oculus Connect, Samsung finally unveiled the consumer version of the Gear VR!

Unlike the two previous models, the consumer edition Gear VR will work with Samsung’s entire 2015 flagship line. While Samsung doesn’t say for sure, it is also possible we could see support for some of their mid-range handsets as well, though that’s really just speculation at this stage.

The consumer-friendly version of the Gear VR is expected to land in November for just $99, half of the Innovator Edition’s price tag. Aside from being designed to work with multiple different phones, the new model is also said to be 22 percent lighter than the previous model, and has had several enhancements that improve its overall feel, as well as enhancements to its side-of-head touchpad and other components.

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With cheaper hardware that is compatible with multiple Samsung devices, the Gear VR is certainly going to make it easier for VR fans to jump in without a huge investment. We can also expect Samsung to start really pushing hard on expanding its Gear VR optimized games and media ahead of its consumer launch. To that end, Samsung announced that Netflix and Twitch are heading to the Gear VR today, with Hulu, Vimeo, and TiVo slated to arrive “in the next few months”.

The consumer version of the Gear VR will also come with a special “Oculus Arcade’ app that opens up unique arcade experiences featuring classics like Sonic, Pac-Man, and others.

While the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are certainly the most high-tech VR experiences being pushed to the market, products like the Gear VR will have a greater chance at mainstream appeal due to less expensive price tags. What do you think of the new Gear VR? Excited or not?


T-Mobile extended range LTE hits Los Angeles and Austin areas today too

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I got a bit quick on the trigger to push out the news of the extended range LTE actions from T-Mobile this morning in regards to Orange County and missed the other locations that were also added. In separate announcements from the carrier they also announced the 700MHz frequency being available in Los Angeles California and Austin Texas.

The L.A. areas that should see coverage boost are:

Arcadia, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Azusa, Baldwin Park, California City, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chino, Covina, Culver City, Duarte, Encino, Hacienda Heights, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake Elsinore, La Puente, Littlerock, Los Osos, Marina del Rey, Monrovia, Montclair, Montebello, Monterey Park, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Newhall, North Hills, Ojai, Ontario, Oxnard, Pacific Palisades, Perris, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Porter Ranch, Redlands, Reseda, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Santa Maria, Santa Paula, South Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Studio City, Temecula, Tehachapi, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, West Hills, Westlake Village, Whittier, Winnetka and Woodland Hills.    

The Austin areas that should see coverage boosts are:

Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Lake Travis and Kyle (TX)

We can roll that in with the Orange County announcement earlier along with Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia that were announced yesterday. Not to mention Houston, Fresno and Miami over the last week. The perks of living in bigger cities.

Again, not every device is capable of pulling down the frequency to benefit from the spectrum enhancement. Be sure to double check your location from the list above against the list of devices that T-Mobile has graciously provided on their website. If all is copacetic, let us know if you are seeing improved LTE coverage in areas, and buildings, that you weren’t previously able to get it.

Source: T-Mobile 1 | T-Mobile 2


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‘Goosebumps: Night of Scares’ mobile game slated for release in October along side the new movie

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I don’t think there is a single kid who grew up through the 90’s that didn’t have a HUGE collection of Goosebump books by R.L. Stine. I know I had a whole bookcase full of them. Yes, I use to watch the TV series that brought the books to life too. The saga continues to this day with a new partnership between Cosmic Forces, Sony Pictures Consumer Products and Scholastics to bring us a Goosebumps mobile game, based on the new Goosebumps movie with Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush and Jack Black. The movie releases October 16th and the game is slated to make an October appearance, but no dates are mentioned in the press release. I assume it will be near the same time. The movie is simply titled Goosebumps while the game will carry the name Goosebumps: Night of Scares.

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“We are thrilled to be teaming up with Sony Pictures and Scholastic  on this ground-breaking mobile project around the equally exceptional Goosebumps series,” said Ziad Seirafi, Founder and CEO of Cosmic Forces. “The Goosebumps game will feature superbly animated characters, monsters, and scenery including a realistic interpretation of R.L. Stine’s haunted house, and a VR mode that will put players right inside the house.”

“Cosmic Forces will help us extend the life of the Goosebumps film into the mobile space, allowing Goosebumps fans to continue engaging with the series, and its characters long after they experience the thrill of the film,” said Mark Caplan, Vice President of Sony Pictures Consumer Products. “The animation, special effects, and scares of the mobile game will be a perfect complement to the eagerly awaited film.”


In a nutshell, Jack Black turns out to be R.L. Stine in the movie and game. This happens to be the father of the girl next door that the lead character, Zach Cooper, falls for. The manuscripts of R.L. Stine end up coming to life and the Zach, along with the girl next door, Hannah, Zachs new frined Champ and R.L. Stine, spend the evening trying to get the storybook creatures back into their books where they below.

This isn’t the first game launched with a movie and it certainly won’t be the last. I certainly hope the game doesn’t make me regret loving part of my childhood. Anyone out there at least mildly excited to catch the flick and try out the game when they launch? I know I will be. If for nothing more than nostalgia and to introduce my son to the world that is Goosebumps.

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