Ubisoft announced release date for Child of Eden PS3


Ubisoft announced release date for Child of Eden PS3

Ubisoft has revealed release details for some its upcoming game title. First off, the much awaited Splinter Cell Trilogy for PS3, it still schedule for launch in Q2 2011, means (at the end of June).

Child of Eden for PS3 will launch alongside Xbox 360 version in United Kingdom on June 17.

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Driver: San Francisco is now scheduled for launch in September, whereas 3DS version of the game titled as “Driver: Renegade” will now launch in Q3, previously it was slated to launch this Spring.

James Noir’s Hollywood Crimes will also launch in Q3 for 3DS.

WWE 2K15 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delayed until November


WWE 2K15 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One delayed until November

Sports entertainment fans who have been counting the days until the upcoming release of WWE 2K15 on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have to add a few days to their John Cena calendars as 2K Games has announced the title will be delayed a few weeks from its original release date to now launch on November 18, 2014.

“Visual Concepts and Yuke’s are committed to delivering the most authentic and action-packed WWE experience to date, including release for the very first time on next-generation consoles,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. “The additional development time enables our talented teams to ensure the WWE 2K15 next-gen experience fully meets our expectations.”

WWE 2K15 will still meet its original release date on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 28 in North America and October 31 internationally.

Chip boffins unveil atomic computing


Chip boffins unveil atomic computing

Science merged with science fiction yesterday as chip experts revealed that transistor-based computing may one day be replaced with atomic-based technology.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has successfully paired the first ion traps, creating the building-blocks for quantum computing.

Unlike current transistor-based computing architectures, the NIST’s quantum-computing architecture uses ions – electrically charged atoms – held in electromagnetic traps. These interact with one another to create computational signals, according to the NIST.

Where transistors can only function in an ‘on’ or ‘off’ mode, represented by the binary language of ones and zeros, atoms within a quantum computer can work in several different states simultaneously – allowing such an architecture to potentially process an exponentially higher amount of data than a transistor-based computer, according to the NIST.

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The Institute has successfully paired two ion traps, separated by a mere 1.2mm, at the organization’s labs. It reports that the experimental ion traps have remained stable, suggesting that a larger quantum computer could be build upon such architecture.

“However, manipulating a large number of ions in a single trap presents immense technical difficulties, and scaling arguments suggest that this scheme is limited to computations on tens of ions,” according to a statement issued by the NIST.

No indication was given as to when possible commercial applications of quantum computing might emerge.

Does the iPhone 5 need LTE wireless to succeed?


Does the iPhone 5 need LTE wireless to succeed?

When Apple announces its next iPhone as expected on Wednesday, many analysts predict it will have faster LTE wireless capability along with other improvements, including a larger 4-in. display, more powerful processor and overall design changes to woo expectant buyers.

But some analysts question how important LTE service will be to next-generation iPhone customers, since LTE deployments are not far along in many regions of the world and LTE isn’t widely appreciated by the vast majority of U.S. smartphone users.

Incidentally, in the UK we have little hope of being able to take advantage of the 4G capabilities of the new iPhone. Read: Why the iPhone 5 won’t be 4G in the UK

“The wireless industry’s all wrapped up in LTE, but customers don’t get it,” said Jeff Kagan, an independent analyst. “Most customers don’t know what LTE is, and they don’t care. LTE is important, but it is not what will make the difference in a [smartphone] sale or not. Customers get bigger screens, but not industry jargon like LTE.”

Rob Enderle, an analyst at Enderle Group, said that because LTE coverage won’t be widespread on most wireless carriers for many quarters, even in the U.S., sales of the next-generation iPhone could suffer after an initial surge in popularity.

“These new iPhones will face high pricing and poor network penetration for their key LTE feature, which could slow down adoption a lot after the initial fourth-quarter sales wave,” Enderle said. “If the iPhone 5 has any weakness, it is that LTE isn’t where it needs to be.”

To be sure, some LTE (Long Term Evolution) users love the faster service, which can offer a dramatic 10-fold speed improvement over widely used 3G CDMA or GSM networks. LTE speeds at up to 10 Mbps or faster hasten downloads of videos and Web browsing, as well as interactions on games.

The biggest LTE provider globally, Verizon Wireless, is based in the U.S., which would seem to give Verizon an edge in attracting LTE iPhone customers. But Verizon in June also implemented its Share Everything data service plan with free voice and texting that is now required for new and upgrading customers. With the plan, data services can be shared over 10 devices and sold in several different monthly data tiers that subject users to an overage charge should the upper limit be exceeded.

If Verizon sells the next iPhone, as expected, the Share Everything Plan could be a deterrent to new iPhone customers, some analysts said. “Buyers have already been balking at Share Everything and iPhone 5 customers will be forced into that plan,” Enderle said.

AT&T, which has also rolled out LTE service but is not as far along as Verizon in its deployment, launched a Mobile Share plan in August that is similar to Verizon’s plan, but voluntary for receiving free voice and texting with shared data plans.

AT&T also touts fast service over its HSPA +42 network that it calls 4G. The company claims its 4G network has a bigger footprint than Verizon’s LTE.

Sprint, the third-largest U.S. carrier, still offers unlimited data service plans, and has shown a strong interest in attracting LTE customers with its new service launched July 15 and now available in 19 cities.

On Monday, Sprint announced it had plans to expand its LTE coverage in 100 more markets “in coming months,” including major markets such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, Nashville New York, Philadelphia and Washington. The timing of the announcement was viewed by analysts as a clear attempt to woo next-generation iPhone customers, even though Sprint hasn’t said when those 100 markets will have LTE service.

In July, Verizon had reached 304 U.S. cities with LTE, while AT&T had 47.

Market research firm IDC recently reported that Verizon had more than 9 million LTE subscribers in the first quarter of 2012. The next biggest markets were in South Korea and Japan, where South Korea’s SK Telecom Co., ranked second with 2.75 million subscribers and Japan’s NTT DoCoMo was third with 2.23 million.

While the interest in LTE by U.S. carriers is robust, IDC also noted spectrum shortages in Europe that could delay LTE deployments there. In addition to rollouts of LTE by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the U.S., T-Mobile plans to roll out LTE in 2013.

“It is imperative that LTE is an available option for each operator to compete in the [U.S.] market,” IDC noted in a recent report. “Consumers will continue to demand high-speed data, and operators must be well-positioned in response to this demand.”

While the level of LTE competition among carriers is high in the U.S., Kagan and other analysts are unsure whether the carriers will be able to convey LTE’s value through marketing to their customers for the next iPhone. Perhaps the next iPhone’s cachet and styling as well as its larger screen than its predecessors’ will draw the customers despite LTE, the same way the first iPhone lured customers to AT&T fiveyears ago, analysts said.

The data sharing plans that Verizon and AT&T introduced during the summer were apparently in anticipation of a new iPhone as well as a slew of newer LTE-ready Android phones that will place greater demands on their networks, analysts said.

Apple first went to LTE with its new iPad in March, using two carriers in Canada and both Verizon and AT&T LTE in the U.S.. To roll out LTE service anywhere in the world, the next iPhone would need chips that can work over an estimated 40 LTE bands, so it seems fairly clear that Apple will focus on LTE where the markets are more mature — the U.S., South Korea and Japan.

Amazon announced an 8.9-in. tablet called the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE last week that will support 10 LTE bands, seemingly to provide connectivity anywhere in North America. It will sell for $499, the same as the starting price for the iPad.

When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the new Kindle Fire HD LTE last week, he touted the LTE capability as a key selling point, calling LTE the “ultimate tablet feature.” On AT&T, customers using the new Kindle device will pay a discounted price of $50 a year for up to 250 MB a month, a big reduction in the annual cost for data with a new iPad on LTE. That kind of discount might be something AT&T has in store with an iPhone on LTE, some analysts suggested.

None of the major carriers are saying whether they will carry the next iPhone, even though all those currently selling the iPhone are expected to continue to do so. Carriers also are not specifically addressing preparations for data demands expected from the device. Those details are likely to come out shortly after Apple’s announcement Wednesday.

See also:

Other than the iPhone, what will Apple launch on Wednesday?
Why the iPhone 5 won’t be 4G in the UK

Dragon Age: Inquisition Releases October 7th, and It's Not Alone | Dragon Age: Inquisition


Dragon Age: Inquisition Releases October 7th, and It’s Not Alone | Dragon Age: Inquisition

October 7th is filling up with AAA titles. EA & Bioware have just thrown their lot in with Dragon Age Inquisition.

Imagine you are waiting for the bus, tram, or tube. There is a delay that day; you get wind that two carriages are on the way to transport you off to far-off lands. You’re excited. You’re wondering which carriage to take. Then from nowhere, a third carriage appears  in the distance–this one is 11 months late.

That game is Dragon Age: Inquisition. Yes, it has a release date. Yes, it has a deluxe edition. Yes, it is coming in 2014!

Check out the video below, and the details on what you can expect in the deluxe edition of Dragon Age: Inquisition. It will be out October 7th for PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Let’s run over what the Deluxe Edition includes:

  • Three mounts. Those being; Red Hary Halla, Bog Unicorn, and the generally name Armored Mount. Unless they provide combat bonus then they will be used randomly on my part.
  • Skyhold Throne. Every ruler needs a throne. Purely aesthetic, yes? Still badass, yes!
  • Inquisitor armor and an array of weapons. It wouldn’t be day one DLC without armor and weapons. Here is hoping that they have a cross-over with Mass Effect and other EA titles!
  • And of course… More bonus content to be announced!

Will you be purchasing Dragon Age: Inquisition? Do you feel like GameSkinny’s very own Danielle? Let us know in the comments below.

Google Now advances search, aims for Apple’s Siri


Google Now advances search, aims for Apple’s Siri

At the company’s annual Google I/O developer conference, Google showed off the latest upgrade to its Android operating system – Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean, as it’s more likely known. And one of the more interesting aspects of Jelly Bean is the Google Now smart assistant.

Want to know about interesting restaurants as you walk down can tell you — and even offer an alternate route.

The new search-based feature is designed to use your search history, calendar, location and Google Maps to offer up helpful information, whether you’ve missed your train or need an update on your next flight.

“From the very beginning, Android had search at its core,” said Hugo Barra, director of Google Product Management, during today’s conference keynote. ” Now, we’ve got faster and more natural voice search…. We’re showing you search results in a novel way.”

Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said that while Google Now is being released with Android 4.1 for mobile devices, he expects it eventually will go beyond that.

“I’d also expect to see Google extend these capabilities onto other platforms, like PCs, through [a] user’s Google accounts,” he added. “This way, you can have your PC pick up right where your phone left off when it comes to hectoring you about sending a birthday card to your favorite aunt.”

The Google Now voice service is an obvious competitor to Apple’s Siri, which was introduced with the iPhone 4S last fall.

And while Apple has a head start with Siri by being first and getting a lot of mainstream media attention, not all of that attention has been positive. Some people have complained that Siri isn’t as helpful or seamless as they had hoped.

With the hundreds of millions of Android users and Siri still getting complaints, Google has an opportunity if Google Now works well, according to industry analysts.

“If the smartphone market was a poker game, Google just matched and raised Apple’s Siri bet,” said Olds. “While Siri has a nice slate of features, Google Now looks to be coming out of the gate with most, if not all, of the same functionality, but with all of Google behind it, plus what could be a massive amount of developer interest.”

Google Now is the logical next step for Google search, said Brad Shimmin, an analyst with CurrentAnalysis.

“Google is moving from being an information infrastructure company to a company empowering the human condition — the human infrastructure,” said Shimmin. “Google Now makes sense because it puts Google’s areas of expertise, such as Maps and search, to work where and when they can have the greatest impact — on our mobile devices in real-time.”

And it’s going to be a strong challenger to Siri, he added.

“It differs from Siri in that it isn’t simply a search or task automation tool that understands natural language,” said Shimmin. “Instead, it’s a natural language knowledge service. I think the current dissent surrounding Siri stems not from the technology, but from the way users must interact with that technology. Both Apple and Google will need to improve the way users interface with these systems to make them less intrusive, more natural and overall less annoying to those within earshot.”

However, in order to be able to remind you about an upcoming meeting or to warn you about the weather before you plan to bike to work, Google Now needs to know a lot of information about you, what you’ve done in the past, what you’re doing right now and what you’ll most likely be doing in the days or months ahead.

And that could be an issue for a lot of people.

“It can be very helpful in a lot of situations, but it could also be skin crawlingly creepy when users stop to think about how much Google knows about their interests and habits,” said Olds. “Over time, the Google Now assistant can potentially become very powerful, and thus more helpful, as it learns more about user likes, dislikes, and routines. But in order to do this, Google will need to track, log, correlate, and hold onto much more information.

“That’s where the creepiness comes in.”

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon’s RSS feed. Her email address is [email protected].

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E3 2016: Forza Horizon 3 announced for Xbox One and Windows 10


E3 2016: Forza Horizon 3 announced for Xbox One and Windows 10

We learned earlier this year Microsoft had planned to revealed Forza Horizon 3 during its E3 2016 press event. Considering how popular its Forza Horizon series has become, especially after the release of Forza Horizon 2 last Fall, many driving game fans have been looking forward to hearing more about its release.

Today, Microsoft has officially announced Forza Horizon 3 is coming to the Xbox One and Windows 10 with the Play Anywhere system, which allows you to purchase the game on one platform and play it on either at anytime. During the presentation Microsoft showcased the game’s seamless multiplayer experience, as well as full four player campaign coop for the first time in a Forza game.

The game’s announcement as a Play Anywhere title is huge, especially after Forza made its debut with Forza Apex on Windows 10 earlier this year. This is a pretty big step for the series, and it’s going to be really interesting to see how the cross-play systems work in action. The new game will take place in Australia, with over 350 cars for players to check out and race, including the new 2017 Lamborghini Centenario.

Live-Action Halo Television Series Confirmed At Xbox One Reveal! | Halo


Live-Action Halo Television Series Confirmed At Xbox One Reveal! | Halo

There’s gonna be a live-action Halo television series!

The Halo series has always been one of the primary foundations of Microsoft’s console gaming, since Combat Evolved helped define the original console and set it apart all the way to Halo 4 proving the series was capable of lasting beyond the original vision, with stops along the way for ODST and Halo Wars.

Now, with the reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft has decided to also reveal a completely new experience for the Halo universe.  Halo Legends provided a chance for animators to work their magic with the characters and world of the beloved gaming franchise.  The head of 343 Studios, Bonnie Ross, announced the creation of a brand new live-action television series in the Halo universe.  This television series is being partnered with Steven Spielberg, famous for enough movies as to hopefully not require a list.

No images from the upcoming series have been released yet, implying it is either still in early production or simply being kept highly under wraps, but it is a very exciting time for fans.

GTA Online: Compensation Package of "$500,000 GTA$" Announced by Rockstar, Full Details Revealed


GTA Online: Compensation Package of “$500,000 GTA$” Announced by Rockstar, Full Details Revealed

All GTA Online players will receive a whooping $500,000 (half a million GTA$) as a compensation package from Rockstar Games for being patient while various issues within the game were addressed.

This amount will be deposited in GTA Online bank accounts of all players starting as early as next week.

“We are currently hoping to be able to make the first deposit by the end of next week after we’ve confirmed that issues causing game progress loss have been fixed, with the second installment to happen by the end of the month, said Rockstar.

“For players who experienced cloud server errors, connection issues, and lost game progress and characters in these first days of GTA Online, we hope this GTA$ helps to facilitate a fresh start or makes your continued life in Los Santos and Blaine County extra sweet.”

Read below how this entire compensation process will take place:

  • You must play or have played Grand Theft Auto Online at any time during the month of October 2013 in order to qualify for the GTA$500,000 deposit in your in-game bank account.
  • Players will first have to install a forthcoming GTA 5 title update which is expected sometime next week. Title update 1.04 is expected to fix the remaining instances of issues that have caused vehicle purchase loss and will also enable the functionality through which Rockstar will be providing this GTA$ stimulus cash to players.
  • It will be announced on Rockstar Newswire when each deposit is made.
  • Each of the two GTA$250,000 deposits will be made by Rockstar and should automatically appear in the in-game GTA Online bank accounts of eligible players. Beyond downloading the forthcoming title update mentioned above, there should not be any additional special action required by eligible players to redeem.

Windows PCs looking to imitate MacBook Air


Windows PCs looking to imitate MacBook Air

Feeling a bit of MacBook Air envy, Acer, Asus and Lenovo may soon offer alternatives to Apple’s ultra-thin computer, according to Digitimes.

The PC makers plan to launch their own svelte PCs, with screen sizes ranging from 13.3 inches to 14 inches, in the first quarter of next year, unnamed sources told Digitimes. The PCs will reportedly use the same screen assembly process as Apple to shave up to 3.5 mm off their LCD panels.

The ultra-thin PCs will also reportedly use Intel’s highly anticipated Sandy Bridge platform, which integrates the CPU with high-powered graphics.

PC makers have chased Apple down this road before with such products as Dell’s Adamo and Sony’s Vaio X. But Acer, Asus and Lenovo already sell less expensive slim PCs using ultra-low voltage processors from Intel.

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It’s not clear whether Acer, Asus and Lenovo are merely refreshing their existing ultra-thin PCs or trying to imitate the MacBook Air in earnest. The answer largely depends on whether they’ll use hard drives or solid state for storage.

A key to the MacBook Air’s figure — the 13-inch model measures 0.68 inches at its thickest point — is its solid state drive, a new configuration from Toshiba. Shortly after Apple announced the latest Air, Toshiba began offering a seemingly identical SSD to other manufacturers. Although Toshiba wouldn’t say it was the same drive, it shared the model number and storage capacities found in the MacBook Air.

My semi-educated guess: PC makers will borrow some of the MacBook Air’s slimming elements, like the new screen assembly process, simply to have a vague resemblance to Apple’s product. But the PCs won’t have the high-end design that raises the MacBook Air’s curb appeal (and price), as the Adamo and Vaio X did. That niche is probably best left to Apple anyway.