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When we reviewed the GameStick Android console, one of our main concerns was how the library of titles on offer would pan out over time. Today, it’s just been announced that Ubisoft will be bringing its Prince of Persia franchise to the platform. …
Oh yes, things are really starting to kick off in the arcane world of smartphone benchmarking. First, there came clear evidence of phone makers manipulating scores in apps like AnTuTu and GFXBench, and now a more mainstream benchmarking company, Futuremark, has publicly delisted specific Samsung and HTC phones that it suspects of cheating. Futuremark says that the devices in question — including the Galaxy Note 3, HTC One and HTC One Mini — fail to adhere to the fairness policy, which requires that a device treats its 3DMark app just as it would treat any other app, with no tailor-made bursts of performance designed to achieve artificially high scores. Clearly, this bad behavior is just as endemic as we originally feared, so benchmark apps either need to toughen up, as Futuremark appears to be doing, or they need to find entirely new ways of measuring performance.
We’ve all seen those commercials where Verizon boasts about the breadth of its network, but what of the depth? Turns out, at least in some cities, that Big Red’s LTE is so over-taxed that users are being downgraded to 3G. Executive Fran Shammo has admitted that Verizon’s capacity in places like New …
Motorola’s Moto X is a solid phone, but part of its appeal are the customization options that allow users to engrave things into the back, change the color and even material of the back case and more via the Moto Maker online tool. But that started out as an AT&T exclusive, and remained so until today, when it’s expanding to Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon in the U.S.
Motorola’s customization features are available for phones starting at $ 100 for a 16GB Moto X on a two-year agreement, but there’s no option yet to use the wood backs Motorola previewed back when it first launch the device. The wood backs are expected to come with an extra $ 50 price there’s been nothing firm on when to expect those beyond sometime during the end of this year.
The Moto X is actually a strong contender for best available Android phone, despite its cost and somewhat mid-tier specs, thanks to the unique features Google and Motorola have built in, including always-on voice commands that listen and respond when you say specific keywords.
The Moto G, which is assumed by many to be a lower cost version of the Moto X with more middling specs aimed potentially at developing markets, is slated for a November 13 unveiling in Sao Paulo. A leak this morning from Amazon suggest it’ll be a £160 quad-core smartphone, going on sale on Nov. 14 unlocked with 16GB of storage, a 4.5-inch screen and personalized backs similar to its big brother.
AT&T’s monopoly over personalized Moto X handsets has finally come to an end. As was predicted last week, the Moto Maker website has opened up to customers on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. The free service allows you choose from a wide range of back plate colors, a selection of front plate colors …
DeviantArt user Dirk Loechel has put together one out-of-this-world infograph.
Holy space balls, right? That's a lot of ships.
Dirk Loechel / Via dirkloechel.deviantart.com
Here are some close-ups of the different quadrants, see if you can find your favorites.
Imperium of Man, because you can't conquer space without churches.
The Tau Battlesphere does not understand subtlety.
We hope you weren’t counting on using the Xbox One’s USB ports for external storage from day one; as it turns out, you’ll likely have to be patient. Speaking at the PAX Prime expo this weekend, Microsoft’s Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) mentioned that external drive support wouldn’t be available at launch because the Xbox team was “working on other things.” It’s not certain when the feature will arrive, Hryb says. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to verify the statement. If it’s accurate, though, you’ll want to be cautious when filling the Xbox One’s built-in 500GB drive with Xbox Game Store downloads.
Via: Ars Technica
Source: Major Nelson
As part of the ebook price fixing scandal that ensnared Apple with a guilty verdict this year, all five publishing giants involved eventually agreed to a settlement in federal court — and now we’re starting to get a better idea of just how much consumers will be getting back as part of the deal. If you purchased an ebook from one of the publishers involved between April 1st, 2010 and May 21st, 2012, you could be eligible for up to $ 3.06 per book purchased. That number is for books that fall under the New York Times bestseller umbrella, while non-bestsellers will net you an estimated $ 0.73 per purchase. This will include ebooks purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple, and the payment will come either in the form of…
Saturday morning at 6AM Speed TV turns out the lights for the last time as Fox replaces it with a new 24-hour sports channel: Fox Sports 1 (FYI: Fuel TV will become Fox Sports 2, and FXX launches September 2nd as the new home of Always Sunny and Totally Biased). Why? Because every network needs its own sports channel to fill out the package, like Disney / ABC including ESPN and Comcast / NBC Universal’s NBC Sports. Negotiations this week wrapped up last-minute deals with holdouts DirecTV, Dish and Time Warner Cable, ensuring the channel will be available on all of the “major” distributors (about 90 million homes) across the country. What isn’t quite ready for prime time is the accompanying Fox Sports Go app, its attempt at a TV Everywhere experience akin to WatchESPN and NBC Sports Live Extra. Rep Chris Bellitti tells Variety that “one of the most complex TV Everywhere apps ever created” just needs a little tweaking before it arrives on the web, iOS and Android. It will have live streaming video, plus scores, news and more for sports fans. You can check after the break for a list of the content FS1 will carry — UFC Shogun vs. Shonnen caps Day 1 — and a preview trailer, or hit the link below to doublecheck its channel on local providers.
Source: Fox Sports 1
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