In a recent interview, Vice President of Epic Games Mark Rein said that he believes, or perhaps envisions, the future of console gaming actually ditching the console, and focusing more on the tablet device. The reason being, is that while getting all your friends over to your house (or vice versa) is fun and all, but the idea of mobile gaming, but with the power of the Xbox 360, is just too enticing. Rein believes portability is where the next generation of console gaming will focus, as putting the power of current generation consoles into a smaller, more mobile-focused package is certainly possible.
Bad news if you've been chugging Mountain Dew and chewing on coffee beans, staring fixedly at your Samsung Epic 4G waiting for the promised Sprint firmware update. According to the carrier, plans to release the OTA update - which addresses WiFi battery drain in standby, lag in uploading large emails, the inability to download Amazon MP3 files over 4G connections, and generally speeds up 3G uploading - were scuppered over "administrative issues" with getting the necessary files onto Google's servers.
Microsoft's Xbox LIVE features one of the most engaging parts of video games: Achievements. Rewarded to gamers who accomplish something outlined by the video game's designers, they provide gamers the ability to brag, as well as accrue points into their total Gamerscore. Sony has their own system for PlayStation Online, seen in Trophies. Incorporating Achievements has always just been a pipe dream, and Foursquare managed to get pretty close with their Badges system, but Vail Resorts is about to take it to the next level.
I have complained before about the lack of AC outlets in my office and other rooms of my house. I have surge protectors plugged into surge protectors to get all my gadgets plugged in. With the fact that we have an iPod touch, two iPhones, and an iPad floating around my house at any given time needing juice it's not uncommon to find Apple gear laying all over the place.
As promised, the Samsung Epic 4G - Sprint's second WiMAX smartphone - has gone up for sale, offering Android fans who prefer hardware keyboards a speedy alternative to the HTC EVO 4G. Priced at $249.99 from Sprint themselves, plus of course a two-year agreement, the Epig 4G takes advantage of the carrier's growing WiMAX coverage for up to 10x faster mobile download speeds.
Sprint 4G smartphones may be thin on the ground, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Epic 4G gets a free pass into our favors; there's plenty of strong competition among the smartphone ecosystem, even if you're limiting your choices to devices running the Android OS. Some - like the Nexus One - get Android updates sooner, while others - like the DROID X - have bigger screens and higher-resolution cameras. Hardware keyboards may be more rare, but the Epic 4G isn't alone in that segment either. Still, with a Super AMOLED display, high-speed connectivity and all Samsung's multimedia bells & whistles, the Epic 4G certainly stands a good chance of being Sprint's best smartphone. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Sure enough, August 11th turned out to be something worthwhile. Thanks to Samsung, we can now safely say that we know when the Epic 4G, Sprint's second 4G-equipped device, will be hitting the airwaves this year. The Epic 4G is the most distinct variation of the Samsung Galaxy S devices launching here in the States: featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood, a full physical QWERTY keyboard on a landscape slider, and Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface overlaying Android 2.1, the Epic 4G also sits high on the hill thanks to its ability to connect to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network.
I automatically think of printers when I hear the Epson name. Some Epson workers put the gobs of printers available at their company to the most awesome use of work time in history with the creation of a full size 1:1 replica of an Acura/Honda NSX Super GT race car from cardboard and paper.
Gears of War is by far one of the most popular video game titles on the planet. It's a success, in every sense of the word, for Microsoft and Epic Games, with the first two installments amassing millions of copies sold, and some of the most highly rated games to ever get released. And now with the third one about to drop onto shelves (relatively speaking, mind you -- it's not tomorrow, by any means), there's one question on everyone's mind: How's the rookie going to die? Well, turns out that the rookie, also known as Carmine, will have his Fate decided this time around. And by you.