While there’s no shortage of slates on the market today, NVIDIA believes that there’s plenty of room for a specialty tablet. Their gaming tablet goes by a name similar to NVIDIA SHIELD, their handheld Android-based gaming device. This is NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet, and it’s ready to roll with their NVIDIA SHIELD Controller.
Microsoft has reportedly killed its upcoming flagship Windows Phone, a motion-tracking smartphone codenamed McLaren, with attempts to motivate developers to use its 3D Touch control system supposedly falling flat. McLaren is believed to have piped Kinect-style gesture recognition into a smartphone form-factor, but according to insiders a range of issues - including cost and struggles to find a killer use-case - scuppered the project.
Forty-five years ago today, three American astronauts - Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins - made history with the Apollo 11 mission, putting human feet on the moon for the first time. Today's anniversary of the moon landing sees NASA relive the 1969 manned lunar mission with an online rebroadcast, while it also looks ahead to new ventures for exploration.
Lenovo has waded into reports that it is dumping the small Windows tablet market, insisting that it still has a roadmap for 8- and 10-inch slates due later in the year. Chatter of a withdrawal began late last week, with Lenovo said to have decided to no longer offer smaller models in the US because of underwhelming interest.
Android app downloads could get a lot more confusing in Europe, with Google agreeing to cease referring to titles with in-app purchases as "free" in the Google Play store, while Apple has been criticized by the EU for not committing to a similar system. Responding to concerns by the European Union around how "free" titles can be misleading as they subsequently push in-app downloads, Google agreed that no title with IAP content will be labeled as free as of the end of September this year. Meanwhile, Apple has also responded to the EU critique.
Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's all-you-can-eat ebook subscription service, has officially launched, with more than 600,000 books that Kindle ereader and app users can choose from. Priced at $9.99 per month, the subscription covers both ebooks and a selection of Audible audiobooks of which there are more than 2,000, Amazon says.
The Destiny Beta has begun, and just like clockwork, the PlayStation Network - aka PSN - is down. Due to high volume created by what we must assume IS the Destiny Beta release, PSN is experiencing "Connectivity Issues." You can see the official post via PlayStation Support - if you can access it - which suggests that you Try Again Later.
We may not have hover boards yet, but we can have motorized shoes, and Acton is leading the charge with its RocketSkates. Already a Kickstarter hit, the futuristic electric skates are controlled by your feet and can push you along at potentially four times the average walking pace. Risking life and limb (not to mention being laughed at by onlookers), I caught up with Acton to try out the latest prototype.