Destiny is one of the most highly anticipated titles that will be released this year. Gamers around the world are anxiously waiting for it to be released. We only have to wait for a couple of weeks now but it wouldn’t hurt if we were able to download the game ahead of its release date. A listing was recently spotted on Xbox.com which hinted at the possibility that Xbox One owners will be able to pre-order and pre-load Destiny before its release next month.
The listing has since been taken down however it was captured in due time. It mentioned that Destiny pre-load will be possible but gamers will only be able to play it at 12:01 am PT or 3:01 am ET on September 9th, which is the official release date of Destiny. File size of the title wasn’t mentioned in the listing.
So far Microsoft and Activision haven’t confirmed if Destiny pre-load will indeed be offered on the Xbox One. The feature itself has already been confirmed for the Xbox One and FIFA 15 as well as Forza Horizon 2 were named as the first titles to feature pre-load. However EA’s Madden NFL 15 took that crown by being the first to offer pre-load on this console.
Xbox One owners will soon be able to get a taste of a highly anticipated title. Forza Horizon 2 was unveiled earlier this year and is one of the premier driving titles for Microsoft’s new console. Microsoft confirmed today that a demo of Forza Horizon 2 will be released for the Xbox One, the demo will be available a fortnight before the game is due for its public release late next month.
It has been confirmed today that the Forza Horizon 2 demo release for Xbox One is going to take place on September 16th. The title is going to be publicly released for the next-generation Microsoft console on September 30th.
Microsoft has not revealed which cars players will be able to take for a spin in the demo version. Only a select few cars will be unlocked in the demo and only European destinations will be available for racing. Its a demo after all so expect a very limited experience that gives you just a taste of what Forza Horizon 2 has to offer.
Sony has announced today that it has rescheduled planned PlayStation Network maintenance to Thursday, August 28th. As a result PSN will be down for more than 12 hours between 16:00 and 05:00 BST. During this time it will not be possible to login to Account Management as well as the PlayStation Store. The PS Home will not be available as well tomorrow.
The question PlayStation owners will be asking right now is that will they be able to play games online during the time that PlayStation Network is offline. Its possible that they might be locked out for greater than what Sony estimates since the company says there might be additional downtime once the maintenance period ends for testing periods.
However there’s a silver lining here as well. Those who have successfully signed in to their account on a PlayStation 4 or within the last five days on any other PlayStation device, they should be able to stay connected and thus their online session will not be lost during the time Sony is conducting maintenance.
There’s no shortage of rumors about the iPhone 6. We have seen countless leaked parts and components as well as reports about supposed announcement dates and release dates. Apple has given no confirmation as yet even though it is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on September 9th. New reports coming out of Asia suggest that the iPhone 6 release is going to take place on September 19th, that’s when the new units will actually hit shelves.
A well known technology blog based in China, PCinLife, reported back in June that the iPhone 6 release is set in stone for September 19th. Today it reiterates the same report, claiming that the release is probably going to take place between September 16th and September 19th.
Last year Apple greatly increased the number of launch markets, which are the first ones to receive the new units. So as far as iPhone 6 release in Europe and North America is concerned, a German retailer also mentioned the September 19th day back in May. If this really is the day when iPhone 6 hits shelves, then customers can also expect it to be released on Apple’s home turf.
Fans of the popular sci-fi series Doctor Who will love this latest development. As part of a deal between BBC Worldwide, Microsoft Studios and Mojang, a range of Doctor Who assets will be released for Minecraft on Xbox 360. Characters from the series will become “Blocktor Who” according to the BBC on Minecraft come September.
The Doctor Who themed packs that will be released for Minecraft next month will include character skins as well as various other assets that have been crafted based on the popular show. Players will be able to change their avatar to resemble their favorite characters from Doctor Who.
The first pack of assets includes characters inspired by the Twelfth Doctor, as well as five other Doctors, and will also include their on-screen companions. Some of their well known adversaries will also be present, including but not limited to the Daleks. This pack is priced at $2.99.
This deal between BBC Worldwide and the developers doesn’t end here. Over time more packs will be released which will introduce many of the instantly recognizable characters from the 50-year rich history of Doctor Who. There will be at least six Doctors in each skin pack and the releases will be timed after Series 8 episodes are aired.
Mention sapphire displays these days and people will think you’re talking about the iPhone 6. For the past few months it has been consistently rumored that Apple’s next generation smartphone is going to have a sapphire display. While there’s no confirmation of that, rumors about another smartphone with a sapphire display have turned out to be true. Huawei have confirmed that it will soon be releasing the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition.
The smartphone had already been confirmed yesterday by a Huawei executive who even showcased the device during an interview. The company’s PR wheels were then set in motion which also confirmed the existence of Huawei Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition.
It was confirmed to GSMArena that this particular smartphone will be released in China soon. The fact that Huawei only talks about releasing the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition in China probably means that it will be manufactured in limited numbers. Since Huawei is a Chinese company we can expect its homeland to get special treatment.
We reported last month that actress Lindsay Lohan has filed a lawsuit against GTA V creator Rockstar for allegedly basing a character on her without her permission. Lohan wasn’t the only one who made such a claim. A daughter of a mob boss also claimed that Rockstar used her life-story and her likeness without seeking permission. Rockstar’s parent company Take-Two Interactive has hit now, claiming in a new legal filing that Lohan has filed this lawsuit primarily for “publicity purposes.”
In her lawsuit, Lindsay Lohan claimed that the GTA V character Lacey Jonas was modeled after her, and that Jonas has been styled after Lohan’s own clothing line. It was also claimed that the character looks and talks like Lohan.
Take-Two has termed this as a frivolous lawsuit, claiming that the actress is only out to gain publicity. They’ve pled to the court to throw the lawsuit out and order Lohan to pay their legal fees.
As far as modeling Lacey Jonas after Lindsay Lohan is concerned, Take-Two claims that they haven’t used the star’s likeness or voice. Instead it says that the only similarity between the two is that they’re both young, blonde women.
A game like Diablo 3 will not grow old too fast, and with the introduction of patches from time to time, it will get more balanced out eventually, closing the doors to any kind of potential abuse (or workarounds) by gamers who have a knack for sniffing out weaknesses in a game’s mechanism in order to take full advantage of it. Well, as promised, Diablo 3’s Patch 2.1.0 has already gone live over in Europe, and as part of the celebrations of this major content update, all players who actually log into Diablo 3 this week on a Windows or Mac machine will be on the receiving end of a +100% bonus to Gold Find.
Just in case that does not make you all that excited, there is more. All Treasure Goblin spawns in the game would also have seen a population boom, having doubled along the way. The bonus Gold Find and double Treasure Goblin period will kick off in the Europe region first on August 27 after maintenance, and Blizzard will call time on it on Tuesday September 2 at 11:59 p.m. CEST.
Apple has been working alongside the major mobile carriers over in the U.S. to enable subscribers of early upgrade plans to make use of those so that they can pick up the iPhone. Well, it looks as though that over on the online Apple Store, there is a $0 down option available especially for AT&T Next users who intend to pick up the Apple iPhone 5s, Apple iPhone 5c or Apple iPhone 4s.
It must be noted that AT&T’s Next plan can be used to purchase an iPhone through the online version of the Apple Store – and there is no other way to do so. Apart from that, Apple has also been working on testing out the purchasing of its iPhone through Verizon Edge and T-Mobile JUMP! as well at selected brick and mortar Apple Stores. There must be a reason behind the no-show of these two plans over on the online Apple Store, and hopefully Apple will work through whatever issues that there are.
Not too long ago it was rumored that come IFA 2014 Samsung is going to release a successor for its Galaxy Mega smartphone. A lot of information about the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has already been leaked online. Even though the device hasn’t been formally announced yet it appears that some retailers have already jumped the gun down in Malaysia and Thailand. Local websites are now posting reviews of the Galaxy Mega 2.
The first preview for Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 was published online by a Thailand-based website called Droid Sans. It posted several high quality pictures of the device as well, giving us our first proper look at the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 successor.
The display size on this particular smartphone sits between its two predecessors at 6.0-inches, offering 720 x 1,280 pixel resolution. It is certainly no Android behemoth as the specifications keep it firmly in the mid-range category.
As per the preview the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 has a 1.4GHz quadcore Exynos 4415 processor with 1.5GB RAM. There’s an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 2,800mAh battery and LTE capability. Android 4.4.4 is said to be preinstalled on the device.
If you happen to own the HTC One (M8) that hails from AT&T, then here is some news for you – good news, that is. At least you need not put up with the heckling from your friends who own the unlocked version of the HTC One (M8), as well as other mates who are rocking to Sprint and T-Mobile as their smartphones have already received the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update, which is something that you as an AT&T subscriber ought to be able to enjoy later today.
Thanks to HTC Product Manager Leigh Momii who tweeted that the AT&T version of the HTC One (M8) will be on the receiving end of the Android 4.4.3 KitKat update some time later today. So far, AT&T and HTC have not put up any kind of official changelog for this particular update, but it ought not to venture too far away from the same update that hit the other HTC One (M8) models such as the relevant (and necessary) security fixes, better Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, enhancements to the camera, as well as optimizations made to the different features found on HTC Sense 6.
We all know that Apple fans are anxiously waiting for the day when the company is finally going to unveil a wearable device. Many of its rivals are already leagues ahead with their smartwatches and while Apple has said that it plans on entering new product categories, it hasn’t confirmed if a smartwatch is going to be its first wearable device. A report published today claims that Apple’s wearable device is going to be announced next month alongside the two new iPhone 6 models.
Earlier this year a senior executive at Apple said that this year the company has its best product pipeline. As per rumors these include new MacBooks, iPhones with significantly larger displays as well as a wearable device which many know as the iWatch.
Re/code doesn’t say if Apple’s wearable device is indeed a smartwatch, but does claim that it will utilize Apple’s HealthKit and HomeKit frameworks for collecting health data and controlling connected objects, respectively. So if its a smartwatch, not only will it be able to collect health and fitness related data, users will also be able to control smart objects in their home straight from their wrist.
Now it is not everyday that we see a pair of earbuds that will not only deliver quality music to your ears, but it will also groove to those who happen to be avid gym goers. Enter the Jabra Sport Pulse wireless earbuds that is an all-in-one training solution as it works in tandem alongside the Jabra Sport Life application. Merging an in-ear biometric heart rate monitor, the Jabra Sport Pulse will deliver immersive Dolby Digital sound and real-time voice coaching, so that you as one who wants to be at your very best physical condition possible will be inspired to continue improving, moving to new heights all the time.
Available for pre-order at the moment, you can always pick it up from Best Buy retail stores when it is made available at the end of next month. The Jabra Sport Pulse will come with the intelligent app that is known as Jabra Sport Life, where exercisers are able to get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds so that they can plan, track and evaluate each workout. Using the app is so easy, where all you need to do is to adjust the heart rate zone levels and optimize your training, and you’re good to go.
Even though Apple fans might be waiting for the next generation iPhones, they would certainly be interested in any news about the company’s next tablets. If the rumors are correct Apple will be unveiling its new tablets come October. We have already seen numerous parts and component leaks which are said to belong to the iPad Air 2. Today another such part has appeared online, it is claimed to be the rear shell of this tablet.
On the face of it the image doesn’t reveal anything groundbreaking. The iPad Air 2′s design seems to be similar to its predecessor, which adopted a lot of design cues from the iPad Mini.
The accompanying report claims that this image reveals the rear microphone will be moved from the center of the upper part to be placed alongside the image sensor. Volume control buttons may even be placed inside a cavity.
As far as the size is concerned it appears that this particular shell belongs to Apple’s next 9.7-inch tablet. A report from a reputable source yesterday claimed that the company is also preparing a 12.9-inch iPad which will presumably be released either by the end of 2014 by in the first quarter of next year.
We have been noticing a trend recently. Retailers and carriers have been slashing prices of the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. This doesn’t come as a surprise because we often see this happening whenever new iPhones are on the horizon. T-Mobile has now joined that list. It has reduced prices of unlocked iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C units sold through its website and retail stores.
The 16GB iPhone 5S previously cost $648 on T-Mobile, now it is available for $600. Similar reduction has been made in the 32GB and 64GB model prices, which are now being sold for $700 and $800 respectively. Since T-Mobile has shunned conventional contracts, these smartphones are sold off-contract.
Its not the high-end iPhone that gets all the love. T-Mobile has also reduced prices of iPhone 5C models. The 16GB model was previously sold for $550, it is now available for $500. The 32GB model gets a $48 price cut and is now available for $600.
It looks like the outage experienced by Time Warner Cable earlier this morning has been resolved, and the world (or rather, folks over in the U.S.) will be able to resume their connected lives without feeling as though a part of them is ‘dead’ because they have lost their connection to the virtual world. It must be noted that the Internet outage has impacted over 11 million customers at Time Warner Cable, going to show just how reliant the economy is on a dependable broadband network.
In fact, Time Warner Cable saw more than 10,000 problem reports filed in a matter of just a few hours across cities such as Los Angeles; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Buffalo, New York. Close to 94% of the reported problems were actually related to Internet service. At least the service has since been restored, as Time Warner Cable tweeted, “TWC apologizes for Net outage that occurred early AM. We restored services at 6AM ET & customers can contact @TWC_Help anytime as needed.”
Pininfarina, the Italian company whose claim to fame includes the designing of Ferraris, has something else that might just tickle your fancy this time around – with the design of this drone that is aptly known as the Sky Rider. Of course, taking into account the pedigree of Pininfarina, one ought to be able to expect that the Sky Rider would fall under the category of a “premium drone”, if there is ever such a thing. Just what does the Sky Rider have to offer that might tempt you to part with your hard earned money?
For starters, the Sky Rider will offer excellent maneuverability as you control it from afar, while there is also a built-in camera and GPS tracking ability. Pininfarina touts that the Sky Rider will carry with it a unique visual identity, and it has a perfect aerodynamic shape that will help minimize drag, allowing it to be as efficient as possible while it is in the air.
Even though most major companies have released smartwatches as their wearable devices, Google has taken a completely different route. Google Glass is the company’s wearable device which has been around for over a year now. Only recently it became available for purchase to the public, previously an invite was required. Countless software updates and apps have been released for the device since it was launched, today it gets Pandora, a popular music streaming service.
Pandora is also widely used for its internet radio stations, users also have the ability to create their own stations, so there’s never a shortage of music choice when it comes to Pandora. According to the company’s head of business development, Ian Geller, the app has been released to gauge how well internet radio services and wearable devices work together.
Glass users will be able to pick stations through voice commands and even create a new one. The touchpad can be used to pause, stop and skip tracks.
So far, there has been a fair amount of rumors going back and forth concerning the Nexus X as well as the Moto S, where it does look as though that the two are actually the same device, with some minor differences here and there in terms of both software and hardware. Apparently, there were were a couple of Moto S devices in testing which might also translate to the possibility of having two Nexus smartphones roll out under Google later this year.
Needless to say, all of these are just rumors, so one ought to take it with a pinch of salt and wait until there is an official announcement to be able to know whether the rumors will be vindicated or squashed. Apparently, there will be a 5.9” Moto S as well as a 5.2” Moto S that are both in testing, and depending on the model that will finally see the light of day, that would have to fall back on the masses’ response to the upcoming Moto X+1.
We do seem to live in a world that is getting more and more digital these days, and hence, even our shoes are unable to escape from some sort of digital dragnet. Kickstarter has an interesting project that you might want to consider taking up – the Digitsole, where it is touted to be the first interactive insole that will be able to heat your feet thanks to an app, now how about that? Taking into consideration that winter is about to come upon us in just a few more months’ time, it pays to be prepared in advance.
The Digitsole has been declared to be the next level in wearable technology, where you can now adjust the temperature of your shoes remotely, not to mention having the app keep track on other important personal information such as the number of steps taken, total calories burned, and more. The Digitsole is the first wholly connected insole that will cost just $99 for those who decide to jump onboard with the Early Bird packages on Kickstarter.