During Valve’s surprisingly short CES press conference, Managing Director Gabe Newell showed off Valve’s third party partners involved with the Steam Machine, differing price points and their related specs, and brought up their impressively large user base – while taking a quick jab at Microsoft in the process.
Star Citizen, one of the most hyped games on the internet is now the 20th most expensive game to be developed, and is the most expensive crowdfunded game (at the time of writing this article it has generated $34,020,497) ever made.
The software in the new iPad is also smart in its own way being able to detect when people are touching the device. The new screen lock feature revolves around this software being able to tell when a certain person is touching the device and allowing them access to the system. I feel that this is a great feature in itself, because it gives you a feeling of added security, for instance if you are in the middle of a videogame and it is on pause, every Tom, Dick, and Harry wont just be able to access your device, they will have to have the right fingerprint to do so. The Screen in the Ipad Air has also been upgraded, featuring a whopping 9.7inch screen that runs at 2048 x 1536. This screen is going to dazzle your eyes as well as the eyes of your friends (forget computers I’m buying one of these babies). When you first pick up the new Ipad you are stunned at what this thing looks like, everything is smooth and rounded having been moulded that way, this Ipad is like heaven to the eyes, with the inbuilt Retina Display, smooth design, super light weight and also coming with a 5mp camera, I am starting to think this is the start of a new generation for Apple.
Remember the new software I was talking about? well this is what the new Ipad has in it! The new A7 processing chip is the most high powered chip any tablet has ever had to date. A7 brings 64-bit desktop-class architecture to the iPad which means the iPad Air speaks the language of the most advanced computing designs available. The A7 chip makes iPad Air up to 2x faster than the previous generation in both CPU and graphics performance, so it delivers incredible power and performance in a one-pound device. The M7 coprocessor is just another reason this is the best iPad on the market, Apple have made the M7 to measure the motion of the ipad Air by collecting data from the Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and compass so as now you can play any game or App with motion sensor, and speed sensor capacity. Some other features of the iPad Air are, duel microphones, twin antenna, and a huge range of Apps. The IPad Air has the same fantastic battery life as the old iPad, with up to 10 hours of battery life this machine can be on the go all day if need be, and you know what that means? more time for music, work and Angry Birds!!!. The new Air also has added WIFI capabilities, featuring 2 antennas instead of one, this new pad can detect a WIFI device at up to 2 times further than a standard computer or pad for that mater. With dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) 802.11n Wi-Fi and MIMO, download speeds can reach up to 300 Mbps — double the data rate of the previous-generation iPad. So now when you want to download a movie, share photos or documents with AirDrop, or just browse the web, your connection and download times are even faster than before. This new Ipad also comes with stacks more Apps than the last Ipad, the Apps that are included in this new device are facebook, facetime, Microsoft windows live mail Apps, and a whole bunch of other cool stuff. Now the question that you have all been waiting for I know! Is this new IPad Air any good for gaming? Well people here are your answers.
If you need something to do while on a road trip? or whether your just waiting for a friend? No matter what the circumstances the new iPad has you covered, with over 4,758 APPS to tune into, you will never be getting bored any time soon. For anyone with a phone or tablet, mobile gaming is a must have but the iPad Air makes no exception for Apps to chose from. Seriously there is an Application for everything, Apps on most tablets are mostly just scaled up Apps for phones but the majority of games or Applications on the iPad has been custom made for this device, The most trusted and used App store on the I pad, or any Apple system for that matter is itunes, itunes is the only Application store that the ipad comes stock with and I don’t think that you can download another (for free anyway) but who cares! Discover new apps by browsing categories such as Business, Social Networking, and Travel. Within a category — say, Travel — you’ll see sections like Best New Apps and Essentials, as well as collections like Road Trip, Apps for the Weekend, and Apps for the Great Outdoors. So it’s easy to find apps for the places you go and the things you do. The new IOS7 keeps all of your Apps up to date whenever you’re in range of a usable WIFI device and no matter what the time is it will always be updating your systems Apps via WIFI, another awesome feature is being able to update or download other content over the top of the content that you are already downloading, so its sort of like multitasking.
All in all I think that this system is a fantastic gaming or App system that has a massive selection of games, APPS, and interactive entertainment available to it. With the new tilt and Gyro sensors that have been installed, this system should be a fantastic interactive gaming system, also with the updated WIFI antenna this should be one of the fastest, sleekest, and lightest ipads on the market today. For more information on the ipad Air stay tuned to the Muse Culture website.
Android Police received anonymous leaks regarding the Google Nexus 5. the leaks included a manual(since taken down per LGs request) that has given us an idea of what the Nexus 5 will have in regards of specs. Featuring a 4.95″ 1080p display, 8MP OIS rear camera and a 1.3mp front camera, 2300mAh battery, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Snapdragon 800 with 2.3GHz, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure, Simport compatability, Micro SIM slot, Bluetooth 3.0(that is assumed to be an error, Bluetooth 4.0 is featured in many places in the document), Notification light, Wireless charging, NFC, and UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatability.
The Nexus 5 appears to be a solidly built system that will compete well… until next years upgrade, of course.
According to Engadget LG has begun producing 6 inch flexible OLED Smart Phone screens.
both LG and Sony have shown off technology for flexible smartphones, and have rumoured releases soon. As competing phone companies it’d be hard to see LG’s release far off.
Although the phone is going to be bendable, this doesn’t mean the technology will be as great as we can expect.. After all, a flexible phone does exist. The slap bracelet phone!
- Shuhei Yoshida, developer on The Last Guardian is pointing fingers at Jack Tretton in an interview with Game Industry. According to Yoshida, The Last Guardian was never in a Hiatus. ”Hiatus, I never… It was Jack Tretton! He used that term, and I said no, hiatus is misleading. It was a hiatus in terms of releasing new information. The game has never stopped – the team has always been here. They’re going through the re-engineering of the game, so the team size is smaller, because it’s more engineering focused right now.“
This is promising news for anyone interested in The Last Guardian.
- Sony is claiming to be the underdog in america, and not dismissing Microsoft as competition. In an interview with Shuhei Yoshida, he stated “I’m half-joking but half-serious. It’s always great to have two companies fighting each other. People like it; it creates a news story.” And later in the interview, still on the topic of Xbox One states “We know they’re very smart people. It’s great that they were able to quickly realise that some of the things they were doing were not popular, and were able to make really quick decisions to change some of those things – even things that their engineering group must have spent a lot of time preparing before the launch. It must have been a very tough time for them. That shows how smart they are, and it shows their dedication to making Xbox One successful.” Sony seems to have great confidence in Microsoft, where most do not. The Full interview can be found on Game Industry.
- Terraria 2 has been annouced by Andrew Spinks(the man responsible for Terraria) while doing an interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun. ”I actually planned, when I first quit Terraria, to have been halfway through my next project by now, But it just didn’t happen. Instead, I decided to work on another update for Terraria to please the fans a little bit.” Spinks says that Terraria will not be abandoned as he continues to work on Terraria 2, instead he may hire a small team to continue to work on Terraria and move on to Terraria 2. the reasoning for Terraria 2 is the limitations that he put on himself while creating the first Terraria. wishing to expand the universe, Spinks will move on all in due time.
- Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus has received a North American release date of November 12th, and a European release date of November 13th. Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus will be a shorter game, and will retail (digitally and physically) at about €29.99/$29.99. James Stevenson, senior community manager, stated the reason for the shorter game was ”to tie a bow on the PS3 era of Ratchet with a shorter title.“
- The Wolf Among Us, the new project from Telltale Games will have the first episode launch this month. While no date has been given, Telltale Games has released the names for the five episodes. They are as followed: Episode One: Faith, Episode 2: Smoke and Mirrors, Episode 3: A Crooked Mile, Episode 4: In Sheep’s Clothing, Episode 5: Cry Wolf. The whole season will be available for $25 and it seems to follow the same pricing pattern as The Walking Dead.
- Samuel L. Jackson has released a few more details on The Avengers: Age of Ultron through an interview with Wall Street Journal, and has confirmed Elizabeth Olsen’s presence in the movie. “I know we’re shooting in London, that James Spader is Ultron and going to be the bad guy, and that we added Ms. Olsen, but I don’t know what she’s doing, if she’s on the inside or the outside. I haven’t seen a script.“
- Paul Giamatti has confirmed that Rhino will be in The Amazing Spiderman 3. The Amazing Spiderman 2 is still a long way from being released so this information comes as quite a surprise. It is unsure if this means that Rhino’s role in the next Spiderman movie is small or whether Paul Giamatti gave a MASSIVE spoiler to fans, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
- Apple is currently working on another bug fix for iOS 7, this time to do with School issued iPads that are part of a deal with 47 Los Angeles Campuses that will receive 640,000 iPads by the end of 2014.
The school restricts web access on the iPads, and due to a glitch on iOS 7 can be bypassed at home. Certain campuses have been collecting iPads at the end of the day, while others are blocking the update server to Apple using DNS.
- Apple was 2nd place last year for the most valuable company in the world, and this year it has knocked Coca-Cola down from its 13 year reign as number 1. Coca-Cola is now in 3rd place, behind both Apple and Google. According to Interbrand, the company is up 28 percent from last years report, reaching $98.3 billion.
- The Fantastic Four reboot, according toThe Hollywood Reporter, has Simon Kinberg on as a writer. Kinberg is known for coming in and fixing up a script, almost a Doctor to the sometimes butchered movie scripts. Time will tell if Kinberg can work his magic on a franchise not quite ready for the movie scene.
- Deus Ex: Universe was just announced by the team at Edios Montreal, as a next gen title, but not only that the team hinted that there more games coming as a connection to the possible MMO game that is in the works.
- Tom Clancy has died today at the age of 66. The writer is popular for a long line of books, and games, such as Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six, and the Jack Ryan series. No word of what caused his death, but this is a sad day for any Tom Clancy fan.
Both the iPhone 5C and 5S went on sale September 20th, just 3 days ago, in Canada, U.S., China, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, UK, France, Germany, Puetro Rico, and Singapore.
Already hitting 9 million sales, a new record for Apple, The iPhone 5S and 5C are sold out well into the coming weeks. If you haven’t picked up your new Apple phone yet, you might be waiting quite awhile.
Apple has also seen success in the just-released iOS 7, receiving over 200 million downloads less then one week in. Although iOS 7 has received many complaints, the iOS has also been praised by several sites and continues to showcase the iPhone as a functional yet simple device.
BlackBerry and Fairfax Financial Holdings have both come out to announce that Fairfax Financial Holdings has bought BlackBerry.. just after cutting 35 percent of BlackBerrys employees. The Holding group was acquired at just $9 per share, while BlackBerry was worth over $100 billion back in 2007.
It wouldn’t be considered a lie to say BlackBerry has been struggling over the past few months, even in light of them releasing a new OS as well as multiple new models. BlackBerry used to be considered one of Apples best competitor, however after Apple dipped into the business market there was no looking back.
The Microsoft Surface 2, and Microsoft Surface Pro 2 have both been announced, and with the announcement comes details of the shiny new products! (To see the features in action check out Microsoft’s official website, or the video at the end of the article.)
The Microsoft Surface comes in at $450.
The Microsoft Surface 2 features a new kickstand with two different positions, which offers you to “lean in” or “kick back”. With a new 10 hour battery life, the Surface 2 also boasts a USB 3.0 connection and an NVIDIA Tegra 4 Processor. Microsoft has also revealed the “Clever Cover” which will allow you to use your surface for reportedly more then ever before. a Hi Def, 1080p capable screen, Microsoft Surface 2 offers Microsoft 2013 RT, as well as 200GB of additional SkyDrive storage for free for 2 years, and 1 year of unlimited voice calling using Skype.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 comes in at $900.
Instead of an NVIDIA Tegra 4 Processor, the Surface Pro 2 has a Intel i5 processor, and 512GB of internal storage. Featuring the dual angled kickstand and 3.0USB as well.
The Surface Pro 2 does not say how long the battery life is, although also offers ‘Snap apps’ where you can open any two apps at the same time side by side. The Surface Pro 2 also offers a Pro Pen.
The Pro Pen with palm-blocking technology lets you draw, take notes, and mark up documents comfortably.