Nintendo Wii U – the future

Nintendo announced their new console “Wii U” to be launched in 2012.

The new Wii U should be able to satisfy anyone’s needs for entertainment. This will be possible through an interesting 6.2″ inch touchscreen pad that can act as a controller or as a screen, so bye-bye TV necessity.

Other Nintendo Wii U features include :
– front-facing camera for video chat
– internal SSD memory
– SD card for expansion
– USB ports for external HDDs (4 x USB 2.0)
– “proprietary high-density optical discs” up to 25Gb
– AMD Radeon HD CPU graphics
– IBM CPU for processing with embedded RAM
– and of course, everything will be High Definition (1080p).

The new Wii U will also be compatible with all current Wii console, games and accessories. But due to patent problems Wii U will not be able to play Blu-Ray and DVD discs which is a big disappointment. One would wonder how is then possible to read and play current Wii Games (as announced).

Even if one of the strong points of the actual Nintendo Wii console are design and movement, the next Wii U will be big and bulky. Also the new console will lack social-networking and free games. Because of these weak spots the Nintendo stocks are plummeting.

Some of the announced games are: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge, Batman: Arkham City, an Assassin’s Creed game, Tekken, Dirt, Ghost Recon Online, Metro Last Light, Aliens Colonial Marines, N and Darksiders II.

Here is the demonstration of what will the Wii U be able to do:

Here is a short video of the graphics capabilities:

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WWDC 2011 Apple launches Mac OS X Lion iOS5 and iCloud

World Wide Developers Conference San Francisco 2011 has three Software Revolutions prepared for the public: Mac OS X Lion 10.7, iOS 5 for iPhone/iPad and iCloud to keep them all together.

“Mac OS X has over 250 new features and 3000 api’s for developers.”

At WWDC 2011 Mac OS X Lion was presented with 10 key new features:
1 – Multi-Touch Gestures
Improved gestures and BYE BYE scroll bars

2 – Full Screen Apps
New top-right button for it. You can see all applications in full screen.

3 – Mission Control
Bird-eye-view for everything you have running.

Downside to all these features means you have to learn some gestures, learn how to use and get used to mission control, and get used to new full-screen apps.

4 – Built into Lion Mac App Store
Because this was a very “hard” thing to do.

5 – Launch Pad
A gesture for all your applications, it also looks very alike iOS from iPhone/iPad.

6 – Resume
Remembers the application setting, selected texts if it gets closed intentionally or by accident.

7 – Auto Save
Lion can automatically save any document while you are working.

8 – Versions
Automatic versions of your document. A time-machine of all your document versions.

9 – Airdrop
Aa sharing documents and files from a mac to another. Peer-2-Peer Wifi based sharing tool. This is sharing folder improved in visual way.

10 – Mail
Improved version of Mail with some features and user interface from iOS. It also has bubble-like history for the emails which is cute.
I must admit I love the search feature, you can finally easily search and find fast something on your email.

Check them out:

 

Mac OS X Lion will be priced only for $29.99 available in July only through Apple App Store.

( If you take out the flashy box, and the manuals, the disk and all the manufacturing process and SHIPPING for these Mac OS X disks – then you can make a $29.99 operating system, Just wondering why microsoft is still behind on this )

iOS 5 – new OS for your revolutionary device

Here are the WWDC 2011 presented iOS 5 features :
1 – Notification Center
No more interrupting, no more losing the list of notifications if you have the screen locked Notifications Center “is a single place which combines all notifications ” “just swipe your finger down from the top to get your notifications center”.

2 – Newsstand
Magazines and news papers will be available on your iPhone, in a single place that combines all of them (by purchase). The best part is that you get music and video inside the news. This feature downloads in background all the papers and data. (unfortunately you need a good data plan, without it, a music magazine will download while you are sleeping, increasing your bill)

3 – Twitter – new twitter app integrated

4 – Safari Updates – improved reading options. reading list – to read your page later – this will sync up on your Mac or PC and a great feature: tabs for iPads.

5 – Reminders (text, date, location so on)
Love the “location” feature, you can now program reminders by GPS location (if you leave or arrive somewhere). The downside to this is that I can’t imagine what your battery life will get if you use it a lot. Reminders will sync with Exchange on windows and iCal.

6 – Camera
Lock screen shortcut, use the volume up button to take the photo, grid lines, pinch to zoom, AE/AF lock using your finger and basic photo editing features.

7 – Mail
Rich text formatting, drag addresses, support for flagging, search entire content from the mail server, swipe to inbox gestures, added support for S/MIME and built-in dictionary.

9 – PC-FREE
No more “plug in iTunes to setup”, Software Updates are OTA (Over-The-Air), Delta Updates you download only the updates not the entire OS, create/delete calendars from iOS.

10 – iMessage
New message system between iOS devices iPhone-iPad-iPod Touch, supported over WiFi and 3G.
You can exchange:
– text, photos, video, contacts, etc
– delivery receipts (confirmation of sending)
– read receipts (confirmation of read)
– typing indication
– pushed to all devices

The new iOS 5 includes also over 200+ new features, here are a few that were mentioned in the WWDC 2011 conference:
– Split Keyboard for your iPad if you type with your thumbs
– Game Center “iOS is the most popular gaming platform on the planet” (support for Turn-based games)
– Airplay mirroring (wireless mirroring iPad over Apple TV)
– WiFi Sync to iTunes
– Multitask Gestures

 

iOS 5 will be available this Fall. Will it work on all earlier versions of the iPhone ? – NOPE.
iOS 5 will work only on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod Touch 3rd and 4th gen.

iCLOUD
– stores your content and wirelessly pushes it to all your devices
– is integrated with your apps so everything happens automatically.

iCloud and MobileMe are not the same thing.

iCloud features:

– Now iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and iMac – can be synced completely automatically through iCloud. You don’t have to be near your mac or iPod to sync your new music.

– You can Sync: contacts, iCal, mail, appstore purchases, keynote presentations, documents,album photos, music (purchased with your Apple Id), books and magazines.

– IBooks also remembers bookmarks so you can read something on your iPhone and continue on iPad.

– Backup – if you get a new phone, everything you purchased (music apps and books, camera roll, device settings, app data, and personal data)

– iTunes Match for $24.99 will scan your music (no upload) that you ripped or purchased from another place, match it with 256kbps AAC DRM-free music from iTunes and you can have the same benefits as music purchased from iTunes.

Limitations include: 1000 photos, 30 Days storage time on the cloud, 5 Gb of storage (mail, documents and backup) for your Apple ID beside purchased music, app, books and photo stream.
Again, you should have a data plan on your mobile device.

And the best part of this – THIS IS FREE. (no more MobileMe year subscription)

Everything looks pretty iNICE.

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer makes iPad look uncool

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer makes iPad look uncool, yes, I’ve said it.
Who would have thought that out in the world exits a pad that can make iPad look UNCOOL.

Just have a quick look..

Now let me quote somebody “doesn’t this look cool?”
This is contract free – “doesn’t this look cool?”
Lowest price on Honeycomb tablet – “doesn’t this look cool?”
Cheaper than lowest iPad2 – “doesn’t this look cool?”

Official SPECIFICATIONS for Asus Eee Pad Transformer

Display 10.1″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen*1
10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant glass
CPU NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2
Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Memory 1GB
Storage 16GB/32GB

Unlimited ASUS Webstorage*2
Wireless Data Network WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
Camera 1.2 M Pixel Front Camera
5 M Pixel Rear Camera
Audio SRS Premium Sound
Stereo Speakers
High Quality Mic
Interface 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-in)
1 x mini HDMI 1.3a
1 x Card Reader (Micro SD)
Sensor G-Sensor
Light Sensor
Gyroscope
E-Compass

GPS
Application Multi-Task Support : Yes
Flash Support : Yes
Software :
– ASUS Launcher
– MyLibrary
– MyNet
– MyCloud
– File manager
– PC Sync
Battery 9.5 hours; 24.4Wh Li-Polymer Battery
16 hours with dock
Dimensions 271 x 171 x 12.98 mm
Weight 680 g
Mobile Docking Keyboard
Touch Pad
2 x USB 2.0
2 x Docking port (Host + Client)
1 x Card Reader (MMC/SD/SDHC)
1 x 24.4Wh Battery
Note *1 : IPS Panel, 178° wide view angle.

This pad does everything that an iPad user wishes for, every day.

Check out the full product ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101 page here.

“doesn’t this look cool?”

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A law specially for Facebook

There is a new law on the way to be considered in California.

This law addresses the parental control of your child Facebook page. Of course Facebook is not the only web site, all social networking sites will be affected by this law. If this bill will pass, all parents will have legal authority to control their child’s Facebook page. Could this mean that you could control your 16-years-old daughter friend requests ?

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Music Beta by Google goes official

Google Music is a music streaming service and was launched today.

Google Music BETA first of all is only available in the United States.

Google Music Beta will allow around 20,000 songs and it is free (at least while is in the beta-testing phase).

This service will allow you to listen to music from any device you have with an internet access (phone/tablet Android 2.2, PC). You will also be able to create playlists, mood playlists and manage them instantly no matter what device you use with instantly sync.

With this new service Google has not invented the wheel, online streaming cloud players are services that exist for a long time for example Amazon Cloud Player, mSpot and AudioBox.

On a short comparison between Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Player, the most relevant part is that both parties offer around CLOUD 5Gb space (Amazon) or 20 000 songs (at 5Mb/mp3 file that is around 4.6-5Gb). Also Google offers this service only to Andorid users, while Amazon can stream also to iPhone and iPad.

You can read more about Google Music and request an invitation HERE.

 

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Windows 8 leaks roundup

Even though nothing is official yet, and there are thousands of rumors about how Windows 8 will be, I decided to roundup any rumor and pack them in a nice and tidy post.

First rumor that everybody is “huffing” and “puffing” is the Windows 8 built-in market place.

The screenshot does remind me of something, but I can’t put my finger on what exactly. The principle is quite easy and most of us are used with it from Apple. Lots of apps, one place, secure download, easy install etc..

 

Windows 8 Smartscreen – this is a security feature that checks any files you open. I know what you would say, your antivirus does that, Microsoft Essentials does that, but this one is built-in. This feature is currently used by Internet Explorer and MSN

 

 

 

 

Windows UI Auto Color – basically the Aero will determine your wallpaper dominant color and change automatically its interface.

You will also be able to customize the interface elements individually, like taskbar, start menu and so on.

 

 

 

There is also a rumor that now you will be able to open your ISO files and mount them directly from the operating system.

This feature is long-time desired for many windows users all around the world. I don’t want to be a critical, but I really wonder where they got this idea from. (Mac OS X .dmg)

You will also find a built-in PDF reader app currently named Windows 8 AppX PDF Reader.

I am sure many windows users sooner or later had to reinstall the operating system due to different errors or problems. Windows 8 might come with a “reset” button; not a hardware but a software one. This feature should reset the OS and restore it to its factory settings. There is quite a buzz about this feature, according to the rumors it will take only minutes, but nobody knows how exactly and what will happen to your installed applications.

If this feature will keep your current apps installed, your files or will erase everything and leave you with a fresh start, we don’t know yet, but surely looks like Microsoft got some hints from Appstore why wouldn’t they create also something like Time Machine.

There are also rumors like Log-in using facial recognition and the PC camera, Faster Start-up, Better and more useful Help and Ribbon based Windows Explorer.

Want to see how it looks like ?

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Winamp on Android

Winamp (1.0) & Android = love; looks like a match made in heaven. There is also a little bonus for you fans out there – some free music.

Some of the key features include :

  • Wirelessly sync with your Desktop
  • Move your iTunes library to Android™
  • Supports 2.1 Android™ OS and above
  • Playlist & play queue management
  • SHOUTcast Radio

More info about everything HERE.

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iPhone – Galcon app Review

First time I encountered this game was on Mac OS X platform. Back then, there weren’t iPhones or many “touchscreen” – based games. But these days your smart-phone is your portable PC.

Galcon on Mac OS X review

Full Galcon iPhone App Review

First of all : free or paid – both (free to try and shareware); Orientation support – in the menu NO, in the game YES; iPhone app category : Game – Strategy

This game will give you quick and intense dose of planetary domination.
At first you will have to chose your skill level, even in the “free to try” mode you have 10 levels of difficulty to chose. For the basic low, you will have a brief basic gameplay tutorial.

The action takes place in space, where you find only planets. The objective is to conquer those planets using tiny ships (arrows). Each planet can produce ships. The bigger the planet, more ships will be made for you to use.

You will be green and the opponent (aka your iPhone) will be orange.
Using your finger you control one planet ships, you can also select more planets or double-tap to select all planets for a bigger army. Also you can select different teams once deployed of ship and redirect them. The game supports multitouch. All your planets (and your opponent in easier difficulty settings) will have a number, that number indicates the available ships.

The ships won’t attack each other. They attack only the planets, so you need to have a good strategy against your enemies.

One single game is pure strategy and should be over in just a few minutes (or seconds). For now, there are no ads inside the app, so you can relax and enjoy the game without the fear of “ads”. If you want more modes to play and different ships and galaxies you’ll have to go full game (not just demo).

If I could describe in a few short words this game : “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~Leonardo DaVinci” of strategy iPhone apps.

Pluses: Addictive , quick and easy to learn, pure strategy.

Drawbacks / flaws: expensive to buy full, no landscape mode in menu.

In conclusion: Addictive, simple, easy.

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