Friday, August 31, 2012
Ironically, the app won't actually feature anything to do with William and Kate's marriage -- rather, it will focus on the "tradition, splendor and romance" that are intrinsic to British royal marriages. "[The app] will share the stories of past royal weddings and offer a wealth of historical context for the ceremony on April 29."
Unfortunately, the app, which has been lumbered with the fantastically creative name of 'Royal App,' won't be available until April 18 -- just 11 days before Kate's big day. It won't be free, either: it'll cost the rather princely sum of £1.79, or three of your Tea Party-loving dollars. The money will go to the Royal Collection, though, which is a good cause!
The FCC currently decides on concerns of wireless spectrum concentration on a case-by-case basis: what's acceptable in one deal might be forbidden in another. That inconsistency can be maddening to carriers and advocacy groups alike, which is why FCC Chairman Juilus Genachowski is reportedly on the cusp of distributing an order to review the process. Talking to The Hill, an official at the agency claims that the review would ask for input on creating a universal standard that would apply to all deals, hopefully providing "clarity and predictability" for any company making a spectrum grab. The order could be distributed to the FCC's commissioners next week and voted on next month, although there's no sign of an impending revolution -- it's just a call for opinions, after all. Regardless, the two sides of the spectrum debate already like the idea, as it could both prevent complaints by carriers of ambush regulation as well as toughen up rules that critics say hands too large a slice of the airwaves to the incumbents.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
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.
Evernote has been updated with some fresh features for Jelly Bean users. Now notifications show some additional information and buttons for sharing and editing included. Here's the full changelog.
- Notifications improvement [Jelly Bean only]
- Displays thumbnails and text snippets
- Share and edit the note from the notification
- Groups similar notifications
- Improved performance:
- User interface refinements
- Notes containing images load faster
- Faster notebook scrolling
- Numerous bug fixes
The last big update made Evernote look great on tablets, and this handful of tweaks makes the quintessential cloud notetaking experience even better. Evernote actually just wrapped up their annual developer conference, and there seemed to be a lot of cool apps being shown off there. You can catch up on what happened at the Evernote Trunk Conference over at their latest blog post.
In the second part of its coverage of the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington (part one is here), we get even more visual representation of why it bills itself as "America's Museum." There are few places where you can wander through a single collection and see the vintage Rolls-Royce pictured sharing floor space with a Ferrari 308 GTB, an original Mini, a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster and a Ducati.
With 3,500 cars of its own, plus 350 cars donated by private collectors and companies, it might lay claim to being the Smithsonian of American automobilia. There's a short video with more of the goodness below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Yes, 13 months after the initial release of Firefox 3.7 alpha 1 and four more alpha builds, a renumbering to 4.0 and 12 beta releases, and finally a release candidate (or two), Firefox 4 has been released into the wild.
Just like every other Firefox release, initial reception for the new browser has been nothing short of insane. 7.1 million downloads were registered in the first 24 hours and the download rate continued to accelerate, clocking in more than 15 million downloads after two days. At the time of writing, three days in, Firefox 4 has been downloaded over 25 million times. In case you're wondering, the United States accounts for 7 million of those downloads, just beating out Germany's Firefox-downloads-per-capita.
But now that you've installed Firefox 4 (you have, right?), what do you do now? Well, obviously, in true Download Squad fashion, it's time to tweak Firefox 4 using add-ons and about:config hacks!
First up is an add-on called Stratiform that lets you change every aspect of the Firefox 4 browser chrome -- including the color of that orange button!
We've been speaking to the big five UK mobile networks, finding out where British phablet fans can get their Galaxy Note II fix. So far, only ThreeUK (after the break) and O2 have confirmed they'll be carrying the device when it arrives later in the year, while T-Mobile and Orange said they didn't have any details for us yet. Most cryptically, Vodafone's response was that it "isn't involved in this," so we figure we'll have to sit tight for more concrete news. If anything changes. we'll let you know.Permalink | | Email this | Comments
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Details of the next game from Team Bondi (LA Noire) briefly came to the surface late last year, except with no real confirmation regarding the game’s validity. Today, however, information on this mystery title appeared on the developer’s website.
While the information seems to have been removed, the very first image and details for Whore of the Orient have been revealed.
Here’s the game’s description from Team Bondi’s site:
“Shanghai, 1936. Whore of the Orient. Paris of the East. The most corrupt and decadent city on the planet, where anything can be had or done for the right price. Plaything of Western powers who greedily exploit the Chinese masses. Boiling pot of Chinese nationalism, with the Kuomintang ruthlessly trying to suppress Communism and the labour movement. Home to the International Police Force, a group of Western cops hopelessly trying to keep the lid on and keep the peace.
“From the development team who brought you L.A. Noire and The Getaway, along with the Academy Award winning film production team of Kennedy Miller Mitchell comes a completely new and original IP being developed for next generation games consoles and PC.
“The Getaway, famous for its photo-realistic look, strong narrative and uncompromising gameplay style, sold over 4 million units on the PlayStation 2. The release of L.A. Noire set the quality bar even higher selling over 5 million units. L.A. Noire was critically heralded as a breakthrough for interactive storytelling and was the first game ever to be invited to be shown at New York’s world renowned Tribeca Film Festival.
“L.A. Noire has gone on to become the UK’s fastest selling original IP - a title previously held by The Getaway - and a worldwide number one hit. Using award winning animation technology to capture every actor’s facial performance in astonishing detail, L.A. Noire combined breathtaking action with true detective work to deliver an unprecedented interactive experience.”
The website also noted that Whore of the Orient is planned for release on next-generation consoles and the PC, so the below-appearing image might in fact be a real-time snapshot:
You’ll remember that following the release of LA Noire, Team Bondi entered bankruptcy and was absorbed by KMM Interactive, George Miller’s film production company. The image above has also been seen with a Warner Bros. logo, and considering KMM’s collaboration with the studio in the past, Warner Bros. Interactive could be in talks to publish Whore of the Orient.
When we find out more, we’ll let you know.
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.
Get ready for even more Samsung from the official IFA press conference
After last night's Galaxy Note 2-themed craziness, we're heading to the Messe Berlin exhibition center this morning for the company's second presser in as many days. This time around we're expecting a more general focus, and possibly a little less Android. Nevertheless, there should be plenty for mobile tech fans to enjoy.
And just like all the other big IFA events, you get to be here with us for the Samsung press conference. Here are the full details --
- What: Samsung International Press Conference at IFA 2012
- Where: Messe Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- When: 1100 CEST, 1000 BST, 0500 EDT, 0200 PDT
- Official stream: You can find the official Samsung live stream over here.
- Online chat: Rather than just telling you what we're seeing (you can work that out from the stream, after all), we'll be hosting a live chat from the event, keeping you up-to-date on everything that's going on, and letting you have your own say.
- And much more: We're going to get some face time with whatever's announced, so check back early and often.
We'll see you this morning Berlin time. Live coverage can be found after the break!
“There is a tremendous, tremendous amount of stuff to talk to you about,” said game design director, David Vonderhaar at the top of his Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gamescom 2012 presentation. “We’ve got a half hour.”
And in that half an hour period of time, my brain was filled to the bursting brim with amazing amounts of intriguing, eye-opening Black Ops 2 multiplayer information as Vonderhaar discussed major changes, small tweaks, shifts in ideology and forward thinking new features coming to the game’s online modes.
Continue reading El33tonline’s preview of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer.
From the handful of screenshots Paul Thurrott has shared, it's clear that Modern Reader has been built with Metro in mind. You can see the Reader back button in the top-left corner of the yellow image and the minimal page navigation bar on the right. We've posted some larger images we managed to scrape from Google's cache after the break.
Thurrott also mentions that Modern Reader is the first program spotted which is built using AppX -- a packaging technology that may allow developers to roll a single build to both Windows 8 desktops and Windows Phone 8 mobile devices.