Saturday, July 28, 2012
WRC 3 is revving onto store shelves this October and looks set to lift the rally genre to new heights in terms of depth and authenticity. The game is the first rally title for PS Vita and it will be very interesting to see how the handheld version’s graphics stack up to its console and PC counterparts.
Italian developer Milestone has discussed at length how WRC 3 uses a brand new in-house engine to achieve superior lighting, particle, and crowd effects, as well as more realistically modelled courses. You can see the fruit of the studio’s labour in the gameplay video below which showcases the rolling hills and winding roads of the Spanish leg of the FIA World Rally Championship:
WRC 3 will be released for Xbox 360, PS3, PC and PS Vita on October 12th in European territories. Be sure to check out our previous coverage of the game for screenshots, a trailer, as well as more detailed information about its impressive list of features.
Of course, such a hack isn't illegal as such -- every photo you take with Color is public. With FakeLocation you are simply circumventing Color's very limited location-oriented security mechanism. It does undermine Color's usefulness (and uniqueness), though -- if nefarious types can sit in their bedroom or basement and eavesdrop on classy dinner parties and wild night club soirees, people might be less inclined to share personal photos with those around them.
Fortunately, both for Color and its users, this is an easy security hole to plug -- at least in the short term. The app (or server-side) code simply checks to see if the user has 'teleported' an impossibly large distance, without any intermediate steps in between. In the long term, though, Color's users must be aware that its social graph is completely public. Color's users must realize that every photo they upload is visible by anyone, from any place.
After the break, just to elucidate a little on Color's actual business model and ultimate intention, we have two amazing quotes from Bill Nguyen, Color's founder.
Now is the best time to pick up some accessories for the Samsung Galaxy S3. Whether it's a car mount, screen protectors, desktop cradle or a spare battery -- Accessorizing your Galaxy S3 lets you take full advantage of what this phone has to offer.
We recently ran an accessories poll and discovered three-fourths of owners are buying a Galaxy S3 case. It further proves what I already had a good hunch on - that most phone owners these days want to protect their investment. As for what kind of cases are most popular, the top vote went to hard cases, followed by skin cases.
Beyond cases, there are a lot of other accessories out there that help you get more out of your phone. For any phone I own, I always pick up a car mount and desktop cradle, which makes using the phone better in the car and office. I'm curious to find out what kind of other accessories Galaxy S3 owners are interested in the most. And as a reward for letting us know, we're going to hook a lucky S3 owner up with their wish list for free. Jump over to ShopAndroid.com and pick out the Galaxy S3 accessories you want for your phone. Then leave a comment here with your top three picks and one lucky person will have the chance to win them! Check past the break for more info on accessories for the Galaxy S3.
A day after Ford issued a recall of 485,000 Escape crossovers from its 2001-2004 model years, Mazda has reportedly issued its own for the 215,000 examples of its Tribute, the Escape's mechanical twin. While it's the same engine configuration being recalled, the 3.0-liter V6 with cruise control, there is a difference in the recalls: Mazda is recalling 2002-2006 and 2008 model year Tributes, three more years of production than the Escape (the Tribute wasn't made in 2007).
The problem is a lack of clearance between the engine cover and the cruise control cable, which can prevent the driver from letting off the throttle if the cruise control is on. The situation was caused by a repair for a different recall in 2005. Mazda says the engine cover is similar enough to warrant inclusion for all years of production it has cited. It isn't known yet if Ford will expand its own recall.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Friday, July 27, 2012
Microsoft's complaint reads like a sincere and plaintive cry for help against the Google Overlord. Microsoft lists no less than six damning reasons why Google's behavior is anti-competitive -- from Windows Phone 7's incompatibility with YouTube, to its nefarious handling of Google Books -- and finishes with a wide-eyed plea to the European Commission to please find Google guilty.
For those of you that have been following Microsoft's own antitrust troubles over the last decade, don't worry: MS is quick to point out the irony in the situation. "There of course will be some who will point out the irony in today's filing. Having spent more than a decade wearing the shoe on the other foot with the European Commission, the filing of a formal antitrust complaint is not something we take lightly. This is the first time Microsoft Corporation has ever taken this step. More so than most, we recognize the importance of ensuring that competition laws remain balanced and that technology innovation moves forward."
It sounds like Microsoft, having well and truly gone through the wringer, wants Google to be held similarly accountable. That's fair enough, right?
Spanish Formula One driver Maria de Villota has been released from the hospital following treatment for injuries sustained from a crash with a support truck during testing early last month. Doctors at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid found de Villota hadn't suffered any neurological damage in the Marussia MR-01 crash and will not require brain surgery. Even so, physicians will continue to monitor her injuries, and the driver is expected to undergo plastic surgery in the near future to address "the serious injuries to her face." Earlier reports indicate de Villota lost an eye in the impact and she spent 17 days in the hospital following the crash.
The BBC reports it's unclear whether or not the driver will return to Formula One. The FIA, which oversees the sport, does not grant international racing licenses for five years after a driver loses an eye. Physicians say that period of time is the minimum required for the brain to grow accustomed to the loss.
Marussia, meanwhile, has said it will announce the unfortunate collision was the result of a "chain of unfortunate circumstances and mistakes" that eventually caused her helmet to strike a loading ramp on the truck. Reports indicate de Villota may have struggled to find the clutch lever as she entered the temporary pits because the steering wheel was still turned outside of its standard position. In addition, German publication Auto Und Sport has indicated de Villota may have forgotten to push the neutral button.Permalink | Email this | Comments
It’s almost Saturday again? So soon? Yup! So we all know what that means: Killzone 3 Weekend Wars!
This time we’re looking forward to having another legendary battle on the streets of Bilgarsk and the other locations of the Killzone 3 world. El33tonline members are welcome to join in as usual and help in the fight between the ISA and the Helghast.
Due to popular demand, we’ll be playing Guerilla Warfare online and depending on how many people join, we may either play private matches or take the fight online against the Killzone 3 hordes!
Killzone 3 Weekend Wars are a regular community event here at El33tonline and we hope to see a lot of new names in our roster for tomorrow’s battle. Newcomers to these events are always welcome and shouldn’t stress because they’ll be playing with the Killzone elite! So pick up your controllers and prepare for battle once again!
- Add El33tonline members BLR_750 (Bracken) or L1ghtn1ng (Sahil) on the PlayStation Network.
- Confirm that you’ll be attending with either of us or El33tonline on this article.
- Join us on Saturday at 8pm!
Lastly, if you haven’t got a copy of Killzone 3 but have a PlayStation 3 and an internet connection, look in the PlayStation Store for the multiplayer component of Killzone 3, which is free-to-play up to level 10 out of 45 and has a download size of 3.97gb.
Hope to see you guys on the battlefield tomorrow!
Here are a few other Killzone 3 players you might like to add for the games tomorrow:
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Things are not getting better everywhere. That's one of the themes in the 247WS.com story that points to 10 American cities where homes are cheaper than many new cars.
The list spans across the nation from Florida, to New Jersey to Ohio. But Michigan catches the brunt of the poorly priced real estate market, with Detroit taking the best of the worst honor by having the median listing price is $21,000 for a house, according to Trulia.com. That kind of change might get you a Chevy Cruze or Hyundai Elantra.
A new midsize sedan in the driveway should not cost more than the house it's parked next to.
In reverse order, here's the list and the city's median price for a home. Sadly, it's easy to pick a vehicle that costs more than any of these prices.
10. Port Richey, Florida: $59,900
9. Holiday, Florida: $59,900
8. Youngstown, Ohio: $57,550
7. Dearborn Heights, Michigan: $55,000
6. Whiting, New Jersey: $52,450
5. Warren, Michigan: $49,900
4. Redford, Michigan: $40,000
3. Gary, Indiana: $39,900
2. Flint, Michigan: $31,950
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So far, there haven't been many details revealed about Windows 8. An actual System Restore -- which is being referred to as History Vault -- has been reported, and the feature will allow users and administrators to completely roll back a system to a previous state. A factory reset option is also said to be included.
We've also seen Windows Live integration taking shape on the desktop. It's believed that you'll be able to log in to Windows 8 using your Windows Live credentials, not just a traditional offline Windows username and password.
All that's left now is for a leaked Windows 8 build to show up on a torrent site. Feel free to tip us if you see that happen.
Accompanying the release is the launch of Spark, a cute social game that's designed to fuel the adoption of Firefox 4 Mobile, much like last week's use of Glow and Twitter Party during Firefox 4 PC's release.
Over the next few days we'll have plenty of tips and tricks for Firefox 4 Mobile, and a list of the best add-ons available for the new browser.
Reports doing the rounds today speak of very unfortunate layoffs at the Seattle offices of Warner Bros. Interactive, which is where production houses Monolith Productions, Snowblind Studios and Surreal Software are situated.
Warner Bros. Interactive hasn’t officially confirmed the redundancies at WB Games Seattle or revealed how many staff members have been let go, but industry personalities ‘who would know’ have taken to Twitter to tell everyone about the news, while job offers have already gone out to those affected.
George Broussard lead the charge, tweeting:
“Another Warner Brothers layoff going on as we speak. In progress now. Shame. Hope people land safely.”
Mike Jungbluth seemed to confirm the sentiment, saying:
“Bad times at WB Seattle right now. Good luck to all my old co-workers over there. Been a rough couple years for them.”
Insomniac Games was next, offering jobs to anyone let go:
“Our thoughts go to folks who were laid off at WB today - our job openings are here…”
Warner Bros. Interactive currently has an impressive line-up of titles due for release over the next year or two, with Guardians of Middle-Earth, Injustice: Gods Among Us, LEGO Lord of the Rings and others on the way, not to mention the next Batman game from Rocksteady Studios.
The publisher will be at gamescom 2012 in Germany next month - look forward to hearing more about its known (and unknown) titles, but spare a thought for those affected by today’s layoffs.
Good luck to everyone at WB Games Seattle.
Google Chrome users, for example, can add playback hotkeys with an extension called keyMazony. Once installed, you'll have keyboard control of your Amazon Cloud Player queue. keyMazony commands will work as long as you're in the same Chrome window as Cloud Player, even if its tab doesn't have focus. The key combinations are customizable as well -- just make sure you don't set up a combo that conflicts with another extension or Chrome's built-in keyboard shortcuts.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The Messaging subsidiary was formed in 2008 to focus on Thunderbird, but given Mozilla Labs' current focus on identity and contact management, it now makes sense for the groups to be merged. Thunderbird will be unaffected by the change -- some URLs might change, but that's it -- and presumably Messaging's F1 and Raindrop will thrive in the Labs playground.
What this means for the end user -- for the hundreds of millions of Firefox users -- is that the next big additions will be communication- and messaging-oriented. Contacts and F1 will be almost certainly be baked into Firefox 5 or 6, both of which will be released this year -- and, who knows, there might be something else even more exciting up Mozilla Labs' sleeve!
Redmond's upcoming Surface slate is brimming with potential -- but Microsoft recognizes that building its own tablet comes with some inherent risks. In the firm's recently submitted annual report, Microsoft tells the Security and Exchange Commission that the new family of slates could loosen ties with some of its partners. "Our surface devices will compete with products made by our OEM partners," the report reads, "which may affect their commitment to our platform." This, of course, echos Acer's sentiment, which accused Microsoft of forgetting the PC builders that helped it become what it is today. Then again, maybe Acer was just preemptively upset it wouldn't get picked for Windows 8's starting line-up.
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