Archive for May, 2012

Battlefield 3 premium online service tipped

Battlefield 3 premium online service tipped

If you liked the thought of playing Battlefield 3 online for free (Xbox Live Gold fees excluded), and you liked the notion that everyone you were playing against was on the same field as you, you might soon be kissing those memories goodbye. According to a leaked document found on Neogaf.com, the game will charge a fee for users who want early access to downloadable content and for priority access on servers.

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Netflix iPhone app update offers WiFi-only option

Netflix iPhone app update offers WiFi-only option

There's no question that Netflix can be a bit of a data hog. That's not something you really worry about when you about at home because chances are you don't have a data limit or the limit is so huge you're never concerned with eclipsing it. But it becomes a very real issue if you like to take your Netflix on-the-go. To prevent users from sucking up mobile data, Netflix is now letting users stream exclusively via WiFi.

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Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Mobile NFC payments hitting 11,500 European post offices

Here in the US, when there's a story about the Postal Service it's pretty much always negative these days. But in Europe, it's a very different situation. The Post Office service across the pond has decided to roll out near field communication (NFC) technology to around 11,500 branches, making it easier than ever for customers to pay for their shipping services.

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Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Prometheus Movie Review and Red Carpet Coverage

Alien was all about dark, ominous spaces and a sense of intense claustrophobia and mounting tension - in part due to Ridley Scott's withholding of the final Xenomorph in all its glory as the film reached its climax (along with hiding its comparably low-tech costume). Prometheus is the CGI-overspilling, determinedly 3D and generally expansive movie Scott could never make back in 1979. It's a fraught process, returning to a story that not only helped make a career but shaped a genre, and Prometheus swings between sensation, horror and a sometimes uncomfortable philosophy.

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Konami Castlevania 3DS game confirmed ahead of E3

Konami Castlevania 3DS game confirmed ahead of E3

As we go from the final weeks leading up to E3, to the final days, we start to make the transition from speculation to fact. Companies that are afraid of being overshadowed at the show typically tip their fare just ahead of E3. The latest tidbit to make its way to the forefront is that a Castlevania game is in the works for Nintendo’s portable 3DS system.

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Aquabotix HydroView is like AR Drone for deep-sea diving

Aquabotix HydroView is like AR Drone for deep-sea diving

If you're one of those people for whom your iPad is merely an amalgamation of things that you can show to your friends and go "hey, check this out!" then this is the perfect gadget for you. It's the HydroView fom Aquabotix, and it allows you to submerge a vessel underwater, then beam live video from said vessel to your Apple tablet. If you said "oh, it's one of those things," then you're exactly right.

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Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Microsoft details Windows 8 Release Preview and $15 upgrades

Assuming that they don't want it in Chinese, Windows fans are chomping at the bit to download the Windows 8 Release Preview starting tomorrow. Microsoft has provided an outline of the changes and additions in what's likely to be the last update before Windows 8 goes gold, but what's going to be more interesting for regular consumers is the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer. Buy a new computer between now and Windows 8's release, and you might qualify to buy it for a song.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 31, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: May 31, 2012

Happy Thursday, everyone. It's the last day of the month, which means the year is already almost half over. Crazy, huh? But the news press keeps on churning, so let's see what made news today. For starters - Windows 8 release review download available for all. And speaking of things for enthusiasts - Sony unveils world's first 4K home cinema projector. And wrapping up the top stories of today, Microsoft Office for iPad is coming November 10.

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Google picks up domain names galore

Google picks up domain names galore

This week Google is working with ICANN to expand the diversity of the web, applying for more than 50 domain names in all including but not limited to ".google", ".youtube", and ".lol". Google has let it be known that because half the world's websites are in the .com TLD, they're seeking to expand. Google was thrilled back in 2008 when ICANN announced that they'd be opening the flood gates, so to speak, and expansion began - now Google is submitting applications for TLDs that will have you browsing the Google web more than ever before, and relatively soon as well.

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New Android OS version hinted by Pandora developers

New Android OS version hinted by Pandora developers

Pandora Internet Radio's Android application has just been update this week with several fixes for bugs, user interface upgrades, and a hint that they know something we don't about the future of Android. In what's essentially a hint that we're sure thousands of users passed over without a thought, Pandora's developers may have accidentally spilled the beans. Promising "compatibility support for upcoming Android OS" the creators of Pandora may have let us know that Google is working with them to get prepared for their next generation in mobile operating system greatness.

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