Creators of Flickr launch Glitch.

Tuesday saw the launch of the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) game Glitch, created by the minds behind Flickr. The game takes place within the imaginings of eleven giants with the users given the ability of grow and shape the world they inhabit. Unlike traditional MMOs the game contains very little fighting or conflict, don’t let this give you the impression it’s a game aimed at children, while it does have cutesy almost Little Big Planet, if it were 2d, like graphics, the makers of game Tiny Glitch clearly have ensured that young and old alike can get something from the game.

Equally do not think of this game as being like a Farmville type of pyramid scheme game, while it is initially light going, play the game long enough and you’ll begin to find real depth. I’ve had beta access for sometime now and it can become quite addictive, this in part is due to how the developers have really focussed on making sure the game is a genuinely good social experience, the community elements don’t just feel as if they have been tagged on.

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The team behind the game vow to continue expanding the already pretty large game and in my mind it has the potential to be huge as it bridges the gap between the casual and traditional gamer just enough to encourage both types of users to get involved in the game. One of the people behind the game, Stewart Butterfield,  states in an interview with Tech Crunch that the difference between Zynga Facebook games, which it often gets compared to, due to its presentation, and Glitch is that it’s “much deeper, larger, and more open-ended — [with] hundreds of items and skills which can be recombined in all kinds of ways and it is also played together, in real-time, with thousands of other players who all have an impact on the way the world unfolds ….”

I’ve been playing the game for over a month now and I absolutely love it, the graphical style is beautiful and it entices you to go explore the world. As I said earlier the way they have integrated social interactions into the game is perfect, clearly the game was built with social in mind. You can interact with other players via the traditional MMO ways such as local chat, global chat, instant messaging, in-game e-mail and group chat but Glitch is also built as a social network, with each player having their own user page which can be updated like twitter and can be accessed via an iPhone app.

The game is utterly charming, but in my mind it is one of those games, a bit like The Sims, whereby you either Love it or Hate it. I recommend you check it out, its entirely browser based and free to play. If you do join feel free to contact me in-game and I can always help you out, my username is Lance Butterknife

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OnLive Bringing Windows 7 Onto Your iPad, CES 2012

You may have heard of the cloud gaming service called OnLive, which allows its subscribers to play console games on a variant of devices ranging from smartphones, tablets, TVs and a PC/Mac, but what you probably wouldn’t expect from them is a Windows 7 app for the iPad.

Yes that’s right, Onlive announced earlier today that they will be bringing an app, to Apple’s App Store which allows you to access Windows 7 from an iPad, the app will run as a sort of virtual access to your PC that is already running the system, and will be pre-installed with Microsoft’s great packages including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Internet Explorer.

I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t find it useful running Windows 7 on an iPad, the app will be free for a basic package with 2GBs of storage, which is expandable to 50GB, at the cost of $9.99 a month.

What do you think? Would you use an app like this?

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Sony Reveals New Z1000 Walkman Range, CES 2012

This weeks CES event, has certainly left us with a lot of new smartphones to look forward, with Sony not being one to be left behind, they also revealed their newest Z1000 Walkman series, which will feature a 4.3 inch LCD touchscreen, and is available with a variety of storage options up to 64GBs.

Alongside these already quite impressive specs, the new Walkman will also be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the addition of Android’s Market alongside various apps created by Sony themselves, including the S-Master MX digital amplifier, which according to Sony can be used to balance noise levels and reduce distortion.

Strangely however there is no 3G data, with the only connection allowing you to access the internet being Wi-Fi and GPRS, but the phone does include the new DLNA feature, which will allow you to stream your content to any other compatible device.

Alongside this, one great feature the Z1000 also includes a Micro HDMI connection, alongside as with any other Walkman phone the Z1000 will  also include a dedication W button, which will allow you to access your music collection instantly.

The Z1000 will be launched in the US this spring and will be available from around $250 to $330.

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HP Spectre Spotted On CES 2012 Show Floor

As we mentioned the other day in our, What To Expect From CES 2012: Computing post, one of the biggest thing that will come out of CES this year will defiantly be Ultrabooks, which are basically netbooks with a lot more processing speed etc, much like Apple’s MacBook Air.

One of the Ultrabooks we have been expected to be released for quite a while is HP’s Specture, which according to EnGadget’s tipster is currently on the show floor to be shown off for this years CES. But so far all we know about the device is that it will include Beats technology, alongside a truly amazing design.

Make sure you check out our CES 2012 livestream, so you don’t miss out when we find out more, about both this and more.

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Acer Reveal There New Line Of Windows 8 Ultrabooks, To Be Released This Year

Before CES even started this year we all knew that there would be mountains of companies releasing their very own Ultrabooks, Acer is just one of these companies and will be releasing their brand new Windows 8 Ultrabooks sometime in the second half of this year, with Acer being the first to produce this kind of computer.

Well according to Acer;s CEO anyway who stated this at the CES 2012, Acer press conference:

"By Q2 this year we will have four models of Ultrabook [on the market]. More will come when next generation Windows launches in the second half [of 2012] we will launch another wave of Ultrabook product line,"

Wang added:

"We estimate this year that 25-35 per cent of Acer [notebook products] will be Ultrabook. In the next two years we will make Ultrabook a mainstream [product] and we will cover all customers and all segments."

"We see a lot of opportunities can be created…we see a lot of [ways to capitalise on these in the] second half of this year."

amongst their new Ultrabook line they released the brand new Acer Aspire S5 today, which will be accompanied with the already launched S3, alongside which they also revealed their very own Acer Timeline Ultra, which as you can probably guess is the first Ultrabook they will be making, and will also feature its own inbuilt optical drive, (oh how we miss those)

What do you think?

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Acer Gives Brief Glimpse Of Iconia Tab A700: CES 2012

We all expected a lot from Acer for their part of this years CES, and they have certainly come up trumps announcing a variant of new laptops, including the ultra thin Acer Aspire S5, and a brand new Transformer Prime.

But Acer accordingly had one more tablet up there sleeves, which for some unknown reason they shown of for a couple of seconds before taking it back again, but we have managed to find some specs for the tablet, and they look good.

The new Iconia tab will pack for starters a quad-core CPU, alongside a brilliant 1280x800 high resolution 10.1 screen, alongside this you will also be able to watch your movies in full HD, and matches the Transformer Prime.

Other than those few specs, we can only continue by adding that it will also come with Android 4.0, so no Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade just yet, other than that we currently have no details on any pricing or a UK or even International release date, but are hoping they show a little more of at the Mobile World Congress 2012.

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LG announces LG Spectrum, CES 2012

A rival that Apple won’t be to happy about is LG, who have just announced their new LG Spectrum, as you can probably tell from the name, the main feature of this phone is its screen, with a huge 4.5inch IPS LCD screen, which rivals the iPhone for clarity.

So far though the device will only be launched in the US Verizon LTE network, but here’s hoping it turns up in the UK someday, with a 1.5GHz dual core processor as well as Android 2.3 and an 8MP camera with 1080p recording, this is one phone to look out for.

According to LG when you unwrap your new phone for the first time you will see it is already pre-loaded with ESPN Score Center, which will allow you to watch the games highlights in full HD, The Spectrum is set for a January 19th release date, costing $199.99 at various Verizon stores with a two-year contract.

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What To Expect From CES 2012: Computing

This year Microsoft announced it would be their last year at the show, due to this we think they might want to go out with a bang, as such the biggest thing were betting on coming out of this years CES is definitely Windows 8.

Through their part of the show we are expecting some more versions of the operating system shown around, alongside some more details on what this OS can actually do, as up to now all we have seen is a developer preview of the system with no full beta as of yet.

From Intel we know there will be a showcase of their new shrunken Sandy Bridge processor, which they have called the Ivy Bride, we expect this new processor will be shown off in some new Ultrabook, which we are expecting to be huge at this show but more on that in a minute.

Alongside the Ivy Bridge, we also expect to see a lot of Intel new high-end chipset the Z77s alongside some other boards, in terms of graphics Nvidia is set to release their new 2mm graphics cards, alongside which we expect to see a lot of detail towards their new Tegra3 processor.

One of the biggest things we expect to see of CES 2012 is defiantly more Ultrabook laptops, which only recently have started to spring up, one of the devices we know will be shown is LG’s Z430s, alongside some other manufactures who are rumoured to launch some new Arm-based laptop designs.

Alongside some new Ultrabooks and WIndows 8, we also expect to see a lot more devices which use some of the new peripherals that have recently been designed, including USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.

What do you think? What will come out of this years CES?

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L.A Noire: The Complete Edition For PC Available From Today

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L.A Noire is probably one of the best games I have played this year, but up to now RockStar hasn’t yet released a version dedicated to the PC platform. This has changed as from today L.A Noire: The Complete Edition will be available for you to pick up from your local store and play back on your PC at home.

if you haven’t yet check out the launch trailer above, which shows you what exactly the PC version of the game will provide, one of which is that PC gamers will receive their own DLC packs, which means you will get new missions etc that console gamers don’t.

In addition you will also get better graphic performance with the ability to even play in 3D, so if you haven’t played L.A Noire on a console yet or just want to play it with some extra features go and buy one from just about anywhere really, and let us know what you think.

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What To Expect From CES 2012: Mobile Phones and Tablets

This year will defiantly be the year of the tablet, where mobile electronics are concerned. As most high-end models will be moving to the Tegra 2 chipset, at the show were looking for a bit of Tegra 3 action, as well as keeping are eyes out for a possible second BlackBerry Playbook, as well as Asus’s Transformer Prime Mini.

Where phones are concerned almost every big name in mobile will be at CES 2012, the first of which will be Motorola who we expect some pretty big things this year, as they have already announced their new budget Motoluxe alongside the Motorola Defy Mini, we are also expecting an update to their Razr range.

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Another big name we expect to see this year is HTC, who we are expecting a confirmation on their next rumoured tablet, the HTC Quattro, alongside this we are also looking for a bit of information on the UK version of their Jetstream tablet.

In mobiles a lot of possible HTC models have been leaked recently, one of which being the quad-core HTC Edge, as well as the dual core HTC Ville.

The next obvious manufacturer at the show is Acer who have also had a possible tablet leaked recently, called the Acer Iconia A700, which is said to be much bigger and better than the Iconia A500, with the expected quad-core update and 1080p resolution display.

As always Samsung will also be looking to steal the show with their release of the Galaxy S III, it should be shown of at this years CES.

Of course though we also expect a lot from LG this year through both their new TV innovations as well as their mobile electronics,  one phone which has already been leaked is called the LG Optimus U1, which is rumoured to much quicker than any other phone on the market, as well as running Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

This year is defiantly going to be a big one for Sony Ericsson, which has recently dropped its Ericsson counterpart to become Sony, this could mean for some exciting new phones, or could just be a name change for the usual ones, one phone everyone is expecting to be at the show is defiantly the Xperia Arc HD, as well as the leaked Sony Ericsson Xperia Nozomi, which is reported to pack a 4.3 display with a HD revolution screen, as well as a 1.5GHz processor and 1GB of RAM

Of course last but not least is Nokia who we know will be at CES this year, alongside this we also know they will be conducting their own Windows Phone themed conference, suggested that some new Windows Phones could be released, one on which we are expecting is the Lumia 900, which features a 4.3inch AMOLED screen, 8MP camera and 4G for the US.

What do you think? What will come out of CES this year?

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Google To Map Inside Of Stores As Well As The Outside

For years people have found themselves using Google Maps to navigate around a variant of places, and since the release of the smartphone this just became even more widespread allowing us to find where we are when we are completely lost.

But with Google’s next 6.0 update they are planning to map the inside of stores instead of just the outside, meaning you’ll never get lost in IKEA’s children section again, (we have all done it at some point). The new update will show detailed layouts of the store you are in including all of their aisles and how to get there.

Currently this technology will only be available in a selected number of retailers and airports within the US and Japan, but Google have said they will be expanding the service further around the world. But if you live in the US or Japan and want to try it out you can do by updating now from the Android Market.

What do you think?Would you find this useful?

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Batman: Arkham City PC Game Pushed Back Again

For a while now Xbox 360 and PS3 gamers have had the joy of playing RockSteady’s new Batman: Arkham City but so far there has been no release onto the PC, leaving a lot of the hardcore PC gamers out the to sit in the rooms waiting for its release desperately not trying to find any spoilers.

Well unfortunately the wait just got a bit longer as Warner Bros. have revealed yet another delay for the games PC début, pushing the release date a couple of weeks longer from the 15th of November to the 22nd of November, which is nearly a month after it’s launch unto the Xbox 360 and PS3 back on the 28th of October.

But if this still doesn’t make you want to go out and buy it on console, Rocksteady have said that the PC version of the game will defiantly be worth the wait, with richer texture, more screen objects and a better overall map design for Gotham City.

What do you think about this? Are you still holding out for the PC version?

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Google Music For Android Leaks Ahead Of Rumoured Release

As you may already know Google has an upcoming announcement for the 16th of November, which is rumored to also be the launch of Google’s new Music Store, which seems to have been leaked on TechnoDroidVe’s blog, with some pretty  nice features.

Obviously the leaked version that TechnoDroid accessed wouldn’t be completely functional, and wouldn’t allow DroidVe to purchase or download any music, but what they did find is that the service will allow you to listen to song previews, much like the iTunes Store, as well as a featured artists and a “Free Song of the Day” page, allowing you also to make recommendations over artists you have searched previously.

According to rumours though Google has not yet been able to gain rights from to of the biggest labels, Sony and Warner Bros, meaning that you may not be able to access a lot of the most current songs from their stores, if this is true it could be a deal breaker for me.

What do you think about the new Google Music service? What would you use Google Music, iTunes or Amazon’s music service?

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Steam's Database Compromised By Hackers, Steam Apolgises

I’m sure that most of you currently have an account with the digital download service for video games called Steam, which has just joined the long list of hacked sites, The hack first came to Valves attention on the 6th of November, since which have sent out the message below to all it’s customers:

Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users,

Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.

We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.

We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.

While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.

We do not know of any compromised Steam accounts, so we are not planning to force a change of Steam account passwords (which are separate from forum passwords). However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well, especially if it is the same as your Steam forum account password.

We will reopen the forums as soon as we can.

I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.


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Halo: CE Anniversary Campaign Trailer Released

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One of the most anticipated games for me since it was revealed is defiantly the anniversary remake of the first ever Halo game, just the thought of using that same old pistol I did ten years ago, is an amazing thought. But to make it even better Halo: Combat Evolved will also come with a brand new HD overlay and the classic multiplayer gameplay which we all grown to love.

If you haven’t played Combat Evolved yet, then this is one game that should defiantly be on your shopping list, if you’re not sure check the campaign trailer above. So don’t forget to pick up your copy for its release onto the Xbox 360 on the 15th of November, which will be priced around £30.

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Modern Warfare 3, Leaked Airport Scene (Video), SPOILER ALERT

Sorry Video is no longer available, hope you watched it earlier.

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Google Releases Film Rentals For Andriod In UK

Since May this year Andriod users in the US have been able to take advantage of Google’s newest rental service through the Andriod Market on their range of devices, this has since changed for us Brits allowing anyone in the UK to access over a 1000 rentals for as little as £2.49 per film.

If you are wondering the service will work by allowing you to first purchase the rental from the Andriod Market, once you have done this your chosen film will be downloaded to you device, giving you 30 days to watch the movie, but once you have pressed play you will only have 48 hours to complete the film, once this time is up the film will be removed from your device.

Much like Apple’s rental service, rentals will not be limited to the device you purchased the film on either allowing you to watch your film on any film which you are logged into with the same account.

Have you tried the service yet? What do you think about it? How do you think it compares with Apple’s rental service?

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Apple Announces iBook Author

Following Apple’s earlier iBook 2 announcement, Apple had unveiled another brand application which will accompany iBook, which is called iBook Author. This application does what it says in the name really, allowing you to create your very own iBooks.

The application will allow writers to create their imaginative books, which can include both images and video, alongside this iBook Author will also support all Microsoft Word files, allowing you to simply drag and drop your already completed book into the software.

I think this app could bring us a lot more books into the community, as Apple did when they first allowed developers to publish on the App Store, but the best part is that the app will be available from the iTunes Store for completely free.

Let us know what you think in the comments below, is this a useful app?

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Apple Announces iBooks 2

As with all Apple events we always expect something brilliant to be released, with Apple being extremely secretive with what they do behind closed doors, it’s a great way of finding out wat they plan for the future.

This time though Apple has followed what we already summed they would do, which is to release their very own textbook killer. The application called iBooks 2 is reportedly the “new textbook experience for the iPad.”, and will be available for you to download via the new textbooks category in your iBooks 2 application.

Apple has also stated this application will feature rich and exciting layouts, alongside some over amazing features, some of these include the ability to search within a textbook, highlighting, flash card features, as well as embedded animations, video, dictionary, and some extra interactive features.

If you want to check it out you can download the app today for free, with textbooks charged per title, after with let us know what you think in the comments below.

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