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Battleship gets a complete overhaul

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

I remember playing Battleship as a kid. It’s a classic that every kid enjoys at some point, but it has needed an update for a long time. So Hasbro is offering Battleship Live. For your $50 purchase you get an infrared light to cloak the board in order to “see” what is going on.

The gameplay remains the same, the object is to get the right coordinates to sink your opponent’s ships, but you also get spy planes which fly around a track and spy on your opponent’s ships, and to confirm your attack you need to cover both of the “confirm” squares on the side of the board.

LG Optimus 3D spotted live

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2011

We already knew that LG was working on a glasses-free 3D display which will be featured in the Optimus 3D, and now we the first live images. The display looks larger than 4 inches, though we don’t know the exact size. It will also come with a dual-core processor and have multi-channel RAM. Sounds good to us.

If you find yourself in Barcelona this February for Mobile World Congress 2011, why not check it out for yourself? All signs point to LG will be making an official announcement there. Will it be a Nintendo 3DS competitor? Who knows. Should be interesting.

YouTube testing live video streaming

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on September 13th, 2010

YouTube has now made its live streaming plans official and said that it would start trials. It works through a user’s existing YouTube channel and works the same as services like Justin.tv, Qik or Ustream. Users just need a FireWire or USB video camera and have access to live comments for any ongoing show. It’s implied that finished shows will be archived as regular YouTube clips, though they don’t say it outright.

The testing started at 11AM Eastern today with a live broadcast of Rocketboom and will run through late Tuesday. YouTube hasn’t said when this will be a regular feature.

Xbox Live Gold price increasing November 1st

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on August 30th, 2010

Here’s some sad news. We can’t say it’s unexpected though. Microsoft’s Major Nelson has just announced that Xbox Live Gold will be getting more expensive not only in the US, but also in the UK, Canada, and Mexico starting November 1.

One month will go from $7.99 to $9.99, three months will go from $19.99 to $24.99, and the yearly subscription will now be $59.99, up from $49.99. Microsoft is running a “lock in” promo for a discounted $40 one-year Gold sub starting November 1, which is nice if your subscription is ready to expire around then.

PS3 owners can watch live Major League Baseball, for a price

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2010

It’s not just 3D gaming that’s coming to the PS3. Major League Baseball will be streamed live to consoles by the end of this week, but don’t get your hopes up for free baseball. It will cost you.

How much? We’re talking $100 for the standard package, or $120 for the premium one. We don’t yet know what the difference is. MLB.TV subscribers will also have access to back games. It might be worth it to die-hard fans, but otherwise many of us will pass.

YouTube streaming live sports

Posted in YouTube by Conner Flynn on January 20th, 2010

YouTube gets the rights to stream sports, but don’t get too excited just yet. That doesn’t include the NBA, NFL or anything else Western viewers really want to watch. It starts with Indian Premier League cricket… And I hear those crickets chirping.

Anyway, just because you don’t want to watch it, doesn’t mean that it’s a bad idea. That sport is huge in the Eastern hemisphere. YouTube will start broadcasting live matches in March of this year. The interesting thing is that if this is successful, it could bring more live streaming content.

Sky to put live content on the Xbox 360

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on May 31st, 2009

Microsoft denies Blu-ray player rumors for the Xbox 360Sky and Microsoft are striking a deal that will see the Xbox 360 Console playing live broadcast TV. Xbox users will be able to upgrade to Sky channels this autumn in the UK and Ireland. Xbox owners would have access to sports and programs, and also be able to order movies on demand without a set-top box or satellite dish.

Existing Sky subscribers don’t have to worry. The company has hinted at reduced costs if they prefer to use the Xbox console. The line-up of channels and content available on the Xbox would be similar to the existing Sky Player service, available on PCs and Macs.

Nokia’s Ovi Store live in Australia

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on May 25th, 2009

Nokia's Ovi Store live in AustraliaNokia’s Ovi Store has soft launched in Australia. The Ovi Store is now accessible on the Australian operator Vodafone. Ovi Store is Nokia’s content/app store for applications, games, wallpapers, themes, ringtones etc.

The Australian launch will soon be followed by other carriers in the next few hours and days. According to a post from Nokia’s Conversations blog, (That was pulled later) Nokia confirmed the rollout and said that it was moving the Ovi Store to “production servers,” and that users can “expect a broader announcement and consumer availability soon.”

TomTom GO 740 LIVE headed to the U.S.

Posted in TomTom by Conner Flynn on April 1st, 2009

TomTom GO 740 LIVE headed to the U.S.Have you been desperately desiring the TomTom Go 740 LIVE, but can’t get one because it hasn’t been available in the US? Well, today is your lucky day. The company just announced that the device is available stateside. Feel free to bask in the Internet-connected GPS experience.

You’ll be able to get traffic and accident reports as they happen, find out if roads are closed and know the weather at your destination. All this and more can now be at your fingertips. Use your power wisely.

BlackBerry Thunder: First live pics

Posted in BlackBerry by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2008

BlackBerry Thunder: First live pics
Tired of all the iPhone news? The good folks over at CrackBerry have gotten their hands on the first live pictures of the Thunder. Yes it looks pretty damn sexy.

The photo above shows off the often discussed “tactile” keyboard. Just hold the phone in landscape mode and you can use a full-qwerty keypad. Portrait mode will let you enter data on a SureType keyboard. You can change the orientation at anytime.

Xbox 360′s “avatars” aka Microsoft Miis

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2008

Xbox 360’s “avatars” aka Microsoft Miis
We first told you about Microsoft’s plans at Wii emulation back in April. Here’s some new info on their own version of Nintendo’s Miis. Xbox 360 Fanboy found the above Flash document on Intellisponse’s servers. (an online research and web-survey platform)

Is it just for survey purposes or not? I’m thinking it’s beyond the survey stage as it fits with what we’ve been hearing. That Microsoft will be rolling their Miis out by the end of the year, hopefully with their own Wii-mote that has all the bugs worked out.