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If there’s a way to prepare for Active Time Battling, you should probably get on it — Final Fantasy IV is now available on the Google Play Store. That said, you may want to grab a Phoenix Down before we tell you the price: an ice cold $ 15.99. At very least, it’s the same price carried by its iOS counterpart, and a good bit less expensive than various Sony and Nintendo portable versions. It’s also got the updated upgraded graphics and new localization enjoyed by iOS players — as far as we can tell, it’s identical to other mobile versions. Grab your nearest chocobo and head past the break to see a trailer of the game in action.
Source: Google Play Store
It may be the most watched sporting event, but SMI’s more interested in how we watch the Champions League final than the game itself. The eye-tracking firm, in participation with the KMRC and University of Tübingen, will observe how 61 fans watch the Dortmund/Bayern tussle using its RED-m cameras. The project aims to discover if supporters of rival clubs perceive matches differently, and if, tracking their eye movement, to learn how those perceptions are formed. Of course, given our violently hysterical reactions when Didier Drogba sunk the winning penalty in last year’s game, the researchers might have difficulty keeping the participants still enough to monitor.
The XO Tablet that One Laptop Per Child was shuttling around the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES back in January wasn’t quite the final version of the company’s first consumer-facing device. Now, a few weeks out from its official June 1st online availability, OLPC’s finally got its hands on the shipping product. It’s designed by Vivitar, a price-conscious manufacturer hand-picked by retail partner Walmart, marking the first time that the educational company didn’t have a direct hand in the creation of its hardware, a big change from the custom components that have traditionally gone into its XO line.
OLPC’s made some tweaks to the software, which runs atop of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, taking more advantage of the swipe functionality while navigating through its “I Want to Be An…” UI, which builds the child’s experience around dream jobs like astronaut, artist and doctor. It’s a super simplified interface built with an even younger target audience in mind than its XO laptops (ages 3 and up, according to the company). The tablet will come pre-loaded with 200 apps (100 in English and 100 in Spanish) and 200 books (also 100 English, 100 Spanish), including selections from content partners like Sesame Street and Oxford University Press. The idea is to offer up enough content so the child can be sufficiently entertained / educated even when not online.
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Microsoft is preparing to name its “Windows Blue” upgrade as Windows 8.1. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley first unveiled the name, but The Verge has confirmed with its own sources that Microsoft will name Windows 8.1 as the upgrade to Windows 8. The upgrade will include a number of improvements to the operating system that are not usually distributed in Service Packs. Windows 8.1 will mark a new approach to Windows upgrades and updates, bringing future version changes on a yearly basis.
Microsoft will release its first Windows 8.1 public preview at its Build developer conference in late June. The software maker opened up registration for the conference today, and tickets are expected to sell out fast. Windows 8.1 will be part of the agenda, but…
On a sunny Southern California afternoon, Oculus VR’s founder, Palmer Luckey, its VP of Product, Nate Mitchell, its press agent, a film crew, photographers and a pair of Engadget’s editors occupy a conference room in the company’s Irvine headquarters. While it’s the first time that most of the group has met in person, they’re all here with a common interest. This assembly is gathered to take a look at what is said to be the final development hardware design of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Outside of this intrigued mash-up of press and corporate executives, Oculus’ heads-up headset has managed to generate a lot of buzz in a reasonably short amount of time. The original concept was constructed from leftover parts in the garage of a tinkerer who was trying to create an affordable VR experience. Looking to further the Rift’s development, the newborn firm took to crowdfunding and smashed its 30-day Kickstarter goal of $ 250,000 by raising a colossal $ 2,437,429 this past August.
During its early fundraising days we managed to go hands-on with a crude prototype of the equipment which left us yearning to get our hands on a final development model. A few short months later at CES, the company teased a larger, redesigned 7-inch development model, but only allowed us to try out an updated test unit that featured a 5.6-inch, 1,280 x 800 display wrapped in several layers of black gaffer tape. Fast-forward to today and here I am waiting to test-drive that elusive headset that got away from us back in Las Vegas. With all of the buzz surrounding the company’s recent VR efforts, it’s time for Oculus to put up or shut up.
Gallery: Oculus Rift Development Kit hands-on
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This is a small series of pen and colored pencil drawings by artist/Pokemon lover Birdy Chu of basic Pokemons cosplaying as their final forms in little onsie costumes. My final form? A WORTHLESS PILE OF BONES. Just keepin’ it real. Probably too real if my mom is reading this.
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This is a Freddy Wong video reimagining the final level of Super Mario 3 (the tank and cannonball level) and Bowser confrontation in the first person. It’s a sequel to the first level they made and took over 50-days of rendering to complete. For reference, that’s 50-days longer than I can think in advance. I can’t even think about what I’m going to have for lunch. Mostly because I know I don’t have anything and thinking about it makes me sad. I seriously only made half my Carnation Instant Breakfast packet this morning so I could still have an afternoon snack.
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Sony’s PlayStation 4 statement last night notably consisted of no footage of the actual console– and now, Sony Computer system Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton says that’s because the company still hasn’t got it ready. In an interview with AllThingsD, Tretton stated that “we & rsquo; re definitely efficient in revealing usable game material, but we put on & rsquo; t have a mass-production box that we can highlight and pull out. That & rsquo; s still in advancement in regards to last specifications and design.”
He defended the decision to show it later on this year on the premises that looks aren’t as important as capacity: “You certainly look at it when you insert a disc, however for most people, it & rsquo; s behind a cabinet or on a rack somewhere and you invest all your time …
HTC is holding a special event in NYC today at 10 AM, and it’s all but guaranteed that the company will be showing off its latest flagship smartphone, the HTC One. But we managed to get in one last spoiler, thanks to the release of this final press shot found by French site NowhereElse.fr. The image is a much more polished version of previous leaks we’ve seen, showing the HTC One (formerly known as the M7) in all its glory, in both white and black.
The images, which look like something plucked from an HTC official splash page, confirm a lot of what we’ve seen earlier about the device. It’ll have just a home and back hardware button, for instance, and Sense is getting a makeover with what looks like a focus on a live tile style interface that grabs content from your social networks, apps and media libraries. The image also shows we’ll be seeing HTC’s now familiar Beats audio integration on the new handset, reinforces the strongly iPhone 5-like appearance of the case design with its rear top and bottom “windows” and chamfered edges, and gives us a glimpse at how a phone’s camera library might be organized around events. Finally, there appears to be some kind of music player that pulls in photos related to what you’re playing, maybe for docked playback.
The hardware looks attractive, and likely won’t have a removable back battery cover judging by the apparent SIM slot visible on the right-hand edge of the white vertical HTC One. I think we’ll see something much more in the metal and glass style that Apple has popularized, which will be interesting both from the perspective of how using those high-end materials changes an Android device’s appeal, and in terms of what kind of a response, if any, it might provoke from Apple’s legal team.
Here’s a recap of what else we already know about the HTC One from previous leaks: It’ll likely have a 4.7-inch screen capable of 1080p output, making for a massive 468ppi display density, should have a quad-core Snapdragon S4 1.7GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera with a 2,300 mAh battery and either 32 or 64GB storage options.
Of course, we won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what is on tap: the event kicks off in just a few hours, and we’ll have coverage of what HTC is unveiling when it goes down. Whatever HTC is showing off, it needs to be a home run to give the company a boost coming out of a disappointing fiscal 2012.
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Services like Facebook and Twitter have become one of the primary ways in which people not only communicate, but chronicle their lives — and when people die it brings a new level of complexity to the dynamic that we’re just now starting to explore and process. One site that brings those issues to the forefront is The Tweet Hereafter. Described as an “experimental project,” it’s the brainchild of Jamie Forrest and Michael McWatters — and is essentially a collection of the last tweets ever posted by “notable, newsworthy, famous, or infamous people.” There’s around 50 tweets currently stored on the site, stretching back to 2009.
“Death is a touchy subject, and we certainly don’t want to upset people,” Forrest told Animal New York in a…