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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

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Tech Review – MoblNRG Lithium Ion Battery

While we certainly enjoyed covering SDCC this year, we’re always battling one thing: our battery life on our smartphones and electronics. This year was no different. Between doing social networking, recording videos and taking pictures it was a chore to keep the smartphones charged.

What’s worse is when you discover you have less then 50% battery and it’s not even the middle of the day.

Luckily for us, a certain booth caught our eyes and came to the rescue, promising  a mobile solution to charging your devices. MoblNRG stepped up and took the SDCC challenge. So how did the MoblNRG lithium ion battery hold up? Did it give us the extra charge we needed to get through SDCC?

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Xbox One Announces Unlimited Gaming For $5 A Month

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Following the model set byNetflix and PlayStation Now (debuting for PS4 users tomorrow, July 31), EA and Microsoft are teaming up to offer Xbox players a new subscription service. It’s called the EA Pass. For $5 a month, or $30 a year, the subscription gives players unlimited access to the “Vault,” an enormous selection of games.

Currently the service is only in beta, so the list is limited: Battlefield 4, FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and Peggle 2 are among those available and more have been promised soon. The service also offers a 10% discount on EA games, DLC and in-game currency. It provides early access trials to this year’s editions of EA sports games (Madden, FIFA, NHL and the like) and Dragon Age: Inquisition, allowing players to access them five days before their official release date and carry over their progress to the retail version.

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Tech Review – Kinivo BTC450 – Bluetooth Car Kit

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Tech Review – Kinivo BTC450 – Bluetooth Car Kit

There are plenty of downsides to owning an older car, usually involving the outdated car stereo. There have been plenty of solutions, my favorite being the Cassette adapter. I feel quite lucky that I have at least an Aux port, but I’ve been in too many cars that have those lovely bluetooth stereos. I’ve contemplated replacing the built in stereo, but those that support Apple Car Play are expensive. There is always that avenue of saving up for a new car, perhaps the affordable Tesla car? What? Don’t take my dreams away.

I’m not the only person that experiences Bluetooth Stereo Envy, and Kinivo has just the solution with the Kinivo BTC450, a Bluetooth Car Kit that plugs in using the Aux Port. I’ve had the chance to drive around using the device, so how does it rank? Is this the ultimate Bluetooth solution?

 

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Tech Review – Wacom Intous Pro

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Tech Review – Wacom Intous Pro

by Caleb Cleveland

Along with Wacom‘s rebranding of the Intuos line of digitizing tablets for enthusiasts or hobbyists (replacing their Bamboo line), they created the more up-market Intuos Pro line, intended for professional use. Judging from the mid-size tablet I’m reviewing, the Pros are all sturdy and sleek with a black matte finish, and can be set up for right or left-handed use. The active area of the tablet can be used either as a writing surface with the included stylus, or as a touchpad.

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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

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Tech Review: ShoulderPod

At each convention we attend I watch as the video recording devices get smaller and smaller, as more and more people realize that mobile video is here to stay. Well it just makes sense. There is just one problem, though, that the avid iPhone film maker faces; holding one’s iPhone sideways can lead to a little bit of a shaky shot, and there have been countless cases and add-ons that promise a sturdier shot. They generally lack what is the best part about shooting with an iPhone: being mobile.

While searching for a solution for this very problem I came across the ShoulderPod, and in all the pictures and descriptions it seemed someone had finally achieved the trifecta for the mobile film maker: mobility, sturdiness, and compatibility.

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Vintage E.T. Game Cartridges Found In New Mexico Landfill

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Vintage E.T. Game Cartridges Found In New Mexico Landfill

For a long time there was a urban legend swirling around the gaming community. This urban legend related to a game long forgotten by most, for the Atari 2600. Somewhere, it seemed, there was a stockpile of thousands of copies of one of the worst games ever made buried underground.

The game? E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, based on the Steven Spielberg film of the same name.

It seems the urban legend was based in fact. A Microsoft-backed documentary team has discovered a number of copies of the game buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Just how many copies – certainly not thousands – is still unclear.

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PlayStation Now Beta for PlayStation 4 Starts Tomorrow

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PlayStation Now Beta for PlayStation 4 Starts Tomorrow

 

Earlier this afternoon, Sony announced that their long-awaited streaming service, PlayStation Now will be launching for the PlayStation 4 entertainment system tomorrow, May 20th. Emails with codes to access the PlayStation 4 version of the service will be going out  shortly.

 

The PlayStation 3 Beta has been extant for a short while, but this is the first time that the service will be available for PlayStation 4 users. There is no relevant information available for PS Vita users at this time.

 

If you have yet to register for the PlayStation Now Beta, you may do so here. Stay Tuned to Pixelated Geek for hands-on impressions with Sony’s brand new streaming service in the coming days!

Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

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Twitch.TV Reportedly to be acquired by YouTube in $1 Billion Deal (UPDATED)

 

Earlier this evening, several sources, including Forbes and Variety, have reported that Google’s YouTube division will shortly be announcing a $1 Billion Dollar deal to acquire the gaming-centric streaming giant Twitch.TV.  The move, if confirmed, would come as something of a surprise to the public, as Google has to date displayed only the vaguest of interests in the mainstream gaming market – and even more so for Twitch.TV, having just landed the exclusive streaming rights to the ESA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo as well as the contract to stream the Interactive Entertainment events at the x-Games.

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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

Only a week after displaying its newest tech on the GDC expo floor, Oculus VR has reached a “definitive” agreement with Facebook. The social giant will acquire the VR manufacturer for apprximately $2 billion in combined cash and Facebook stocks.

Both Facebook and Oculus VR have commented on the deal, Facebook in their official press release and Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey on Reddit. Luckey was optimistic in his post, reassuring fans:

In the end, I kept coming back to a question we always ask ourselves every day at Oculus: what’s best for the future of virtual reality? Partnering with Mark and the Facebook team is a unique and powerful opportunity. The partnership accelerates our vision, allows us to execute on some of our most creative ideas and take risks that were otherwise impossible. Most importantly, it means a better Oculus Rift with fewer compromises even faster than we anticipated.

Very little changes day-to-day at Oculus, although we’ll have substantially more resources to build the right team. If you want to come work on these hard problems in computer vision, graphics, input, and audio, please apply!

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Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

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Investors Call For Microsoft To Drop Xbox

The CEO of Microsoft is being pressured by investors to drop the company’s Entertainment & Devices division, which produces the Xbox gaming system and the Surface tablet. While the Xbox business is several billion dollars in the red, investors are less concerned with the Xbox and more with the search engine Bing, which is currently making a loss. Investors argue that the company should focus on software and services only.

This latest development has been a long time coming. Entertainment & Devices was losing money until 2008, and while Microsoft has yet to release a detailed report of what is responsible, it’s now making profits (presumably thanks to the Xbox). However, the aforementioned profits have been negligible compared to Microsoft’s other divisions (see the graph below).

According to the Washington Post, even the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen, thinks the Xbox should be sold to another company so that Microsoft can focus on its declining Windows business. And compounding this is the fact that current CEO Satya Nadella does not have a hardware background.

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