Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/mojang/minecraft/news en-GB Minecraft: Story Mode series coming from Mojang and Telltale Games http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Major collaboration brings narrative-driven content to the block-based universe </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-minecraft_0.jpg?1418924740" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Well, this is huge: Mojang and Telltale Games have teamed up to create <em>Minecraft: Story Mode</em>, an episodic, narrative-focused game series that will debut in 2015 on various platforms.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>And Telltale is apparently engaging top members of the <em>Minecraft</em> community to ensure that the series feels true to world - not only as Mojang envisioned it, but as players interpret it. Also, no word yet on what the gameplay will be like, although Telltale&rsquo;s games are all pretty similar in design: they&rsquo;re point-and-click, dialogue-heavy affairs with your story decisions affecting later events.</p> <p><em>Minecraft: Story Mode</em> is headed to PC, Mac, iOS, Android, and unspecified Xbox and PlayStation consoles at some point next year. And for a more entertaining way of getting this news again, be sure to play Mojang&rsquo;s brief web game on the matter, <a href="https://mojang.com/2014/12/play-info-quest-ii-you-might-learn-something/">Info Quest II</a>.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.telltalegames.com/blog/88513/telltale-and-mojang-developing-minecraft-story-mode-a-telltale-games-series-for-2015">Telltale</a>, <a href="https://mojang.com/announcing-minecraft-story-mode/">Mojang</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="522" title="Minecraft: Story Mode" alt="Minecraft: Story Mode" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-story-mode.png?1418924740" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-story-mode-series-coming-mojang-and-telltale-games/news#comments Gaming Minecraft Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:38:46 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455684 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google accelerates its VR push with Cardboard, Minecraft hits Windows Phone, and you have to see the new Mad Max trailer http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rub the sleep from your eyes and load up with the latest tech news tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard" alt="Google Cardboard" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard_1.jpg?1418434946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google gets serious about VR </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Google launched the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">Cardboard VR phone shell headset</a>, it seemed downright silly. Other players in the space are developing elaborate, expensive contraptions to entice users into virtual reality, and the behemoth that is Google just wants people to cut out some corrugated paper and strap phones to their faces?</p> <p>But Android users loved the idea and admired the charming scrapiness; the idea caught on not only with fans, but also within Google. What started as a seeming gimmick has now become a serious point of focus for the company, which says it&rsquo;s hiring for VR-related projects.</p> <p>Maybe that&rsquo;s because some 500,000 Cardboard units have now been built in just a few short months. Whatever the case, Google is now working to make it a better experience for both developers and users alike. On the former point, the company just released an SDK (software development kit) for Android and Unity to get game and app makers into the VR world with minimal hassle.</p> <p>And for users, Google Play now has&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/collection/promotion_3001011_cardboard_featured_apps">a collection page</a>&nbsp;for Cardboard-centric experiences, including the just-released&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jauntvr.preview.jackwhite">3D concert footage of Jack White</a>&nbsp;- similar to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-paul-mccartney-live-concert-google-cardboard-truly-amazing-kinect-tech-demo-and-">Paul McCartney app</a>&nbsp;released not long ago. Add in games and other unique experiences and it&rsquo;s clear that there&rsquo;s value in makeshift, phone-based VR. So&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">get to cutting and taping</a>, already.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://googledevelopers.blogspot.com/2014/12/google-cardboard-seriously-fun.html">Google Developers Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft finally hits Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is hardly surprising. For quite some time, Mojang resisted bringing&nbsp;<em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em>&nbsp;to Windows Phone, citing the small user base. But once Microsoft swooped in and bought both the studio and franchise in September, lo and behold, here&rsquo;s the Windows Phone version.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need Windows Phone 8.1 to run the game, and it looks like it&rsquo;s the most current version as seen on other platforms. Both Creative and Survival modes are included, along with a bevy of enhancements that came with last month&rsquo;s big 0.10.0 version release on Android and iOS. It&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/1a625b44-b542-401b-bdff-52b4357c0573?cid=majornelson">available now</a>&nbsp;for &pound;4.99.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/minecraft-pocket-edition/1a625b44-b542-401b-bdff-52b4357c0573?cid=majornelson">Windows Phone</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Minecraft: Pocket Edition" alt="Minecraft: Pocket Edition" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-windowsphone.png?1418434946" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Mad Max trailer </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you thought the first&nbsp;<em>Mad Max: Fury Road</em>&nbsp;trailer was promising, wait until you see this spellbinding follow-up. After the so-so debuts of recent trailers for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-michael-fassbender-play-steve-jobs-full-jurassic-world-trailer-and-gta5-leads-uk"><em>Jurassic World</em></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation/fully-charged-amazing-smartphone-combining-magnets-terminator-genisys-trailer-and-stream"><em>Terminator Genisys</em></a>, it&rsquo;s great to be totally blindsided by the quality of a clip. It feels like it&rsquo;s from another era.</p> <p>Part of the appeal has to be how wild and real the stunts and collisions look. No doubt, there&rsquo;s a lot of digital magic being poured into these frames (especially to set the tone), but it appears that many of the big, eye-catching moments are being executed in camera instead of fabricated after the fact. Whatever the case, the results look downright spectacular so far. We can&rsquo;t wait.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWNWi-ZWL3c">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/fully-charged-walking-dead-game-series-renewed-first-mad-max-trailer-stunning-and-doom-played-atm/ne">The first Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is stunning</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/YWNWi-ZWL3c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-s-big-vr-push-cardboard-minecraft-hits-windows-phone-and-you-have-see-ne#comments Film and TV Google Minecraft Virtual Reality Windows Phone games Thu, 11 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1455113 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Museum reimagines paintings as Minecraft maps, Jolla tying to fund 3.5G Tablet, and the new Star Wars trailer remade with Lego http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All of the odd tech news bits and pieces you need to start the week off right </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Tate Worlds" alt="Tate Worlds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-art-tate.jpg?1417501581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tate spins art into Minecraft maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>No doubt aiming to better engage younger audiences in classic art - while undeniably creating some pretty amazing new artwork in the process - the Tate museum is converting eight classic works of art into playable <em>Minecraft</em> maps. That&rsquo;s thanks to a new initiative called Tate Worlds.</p> <p>And they&rsquo;re not just simple recreations of what&rsquo;s seen in the image: they&rsquo;re explorable worlds with areas inspired by the themes of the artwork or even their creation process. Tate worked with top <em>Minecraft</em> modders to design the maps, which look simply stunning in the trailer above. And the maps are totally <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">free to download</a> and play in the current version of <em>Minecraft</em> on PC or Mac.</p> <p>Two maps are out now under the concept of &ldquo;Cities,&rdquo; based on Andre Derain&rsquo;s <em>The Pool of London</em> from 1906 and Christopher Gevinson&rsquo;s <em>Soul of the Soulless City</em> from 1920, respectively. The remaining maps are due out in 2015 with the themes &quot;Play,&quot; &quot;Destruction,&quot; and &quot;Fantasy.&quot;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/about/projects/tate-worlds-art-reimagined-minecraft">Tate</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/29/tate-museum-reimagines-works-of-art-as-minecraft-maps/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/OLsz1OZ9bpc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jolla Tablet 3.5G version possible </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Jolla Tablet has<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news"> taken Indiegogo by storm</a>, hitting its crowdfunding goal in two hours last month and thus far raising US$1.375 million (about &pound;881,000) as of this writing. But Jolla has larger ambitions, and if it can pull in quite a bit more money from backers, it&rsquo;ll add a 3.5G connectivity option for a US$30 (&pound;19) upgrade.</p> <p>Jolla says it&rsquo;ll need to reach US$2.5 million (&pound;1.6 million) before offering that choice, and with nine days left in the campaign, it&rsquo;ll take a pretty major surge to pull it off. The 3.5G (or HSDPA/3G+) option would be offered in Europe first, with an eye to expand its availability elsewhere.</p> <p>Luckily, more feasible stretch goals are in sight: if the campaign hits US$1.5 million (about &pound;960,000), the Tablet will support 128GB microSDHC cards (it currently supports 32GB ones), and if it reaches US$1.75 million (about &pound;1.12 million), split-screen support for apps will also be added.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jolla-tablet-world-s-first-crowdsourced-tablet#activity">Indiegogo</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/jolla-tablet-reaches-crowd-funding-goal-two-hours/news">Jolla Tablet reaches crowdfunding goal in two hours</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Jolla Tablet" alt="Jolla Tablet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/jolla-tablet.jpg?1417501581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Force Awakens trailer remade with Lego </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It was only a day after the first <em>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</em> trailer that intrepid YouTubers had recreated it, scene by scene, using Lego bricks. Of course, the connection between brands is already quite strong, thanks to the physical kits and the bestselling games based on them. But die-hards didn&#39;t wait around for the eventual official&nbsp;<em>Episode VII</em> collaboration.</p> <p>The most widely-spread thus far comes from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">Snooperking</a>, with more than 1.9 million views as of this writing, and it&rsquo;s probably the most charmingly lo-fi of the bunch. But a couple other notable ones popped up around the same time, including the one above from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BKHhP8sUR8">FinalFeature</a> and another from <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0tLOARV-jk">ZachFB Studios</a>. Check &lsquo;em all, pick a favorite, and share like crazy.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpfWrh1scZU">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/first-star-wars-force-awakens-trailer-will-premiere-friday/news">First Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer goes live</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6BKHhP8sUR8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Odeon’s latest Screen Unseen tonight </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for something to do this evening and are up for anything, consider hitting up an Odeon cinema for its latest <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Screen Unseen</a> promotion. Drop &pound;5 on a blind ticket and you&rsquo;ll see an &ldquo;unmissable up-and-coming film&rdquo; tonight before its impending official release.</p> <p>Last time, at the first-ever Screen Unseen event, the film ended up being the well-reviewed <em>Nightcrawler</em> starring Jake Gyllenhaal almost two weeks before its launch, so that&rsquo;s a pretty good omen. No clues on what tonight&rsquo;s flick will be, but it&rsquo;s airing in 95 cinemas across the UK, so it might be worth taking the risk if you&rsquo;re near one.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.odeon.co.uk/films/odeon_screen_unseen/15594/">Odeon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/christmas-2013/christmas-gift-guide-12-gadgets-and-presents-film-buffs/feature">Christmas Gift Guide: 12 gadgets and presents for film buffs</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ALFizof7lQ0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/jolla/fully-charged-museum-reimagines-paintings-minecraft-maps-jolla-tying-fund-35g-tablet-and-new-s#comments Film and TV Gaming Jolla Lego Minecraft Tablets Mon, 01 Dec 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1454330 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft’s Android Wear keyboard app, the first trailer for PlayStation’s Powers TV show, and Netflix charging extra for 4K content http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start the week strong with our quick-hit morning tech news recap </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" alt="Microsoft&#039;s Android Wear keyboard app" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-androidwear-keyboard.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft made an Android Wear keyboard app </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Due to their small screens, Android Wear smartwatches have made voice commands the primary way to input text as needed - and curiously, it&rsquo;s Microsoft (not Google) paving the way for a tiny touch keyboard option on the devices.</p> <p>As seen in the above video, Microsoft&rsquo;s keyboard lets you use your finger to draw each individual letter on the smartwatch screen to tap out a quick text message response or search query. It&rsquo;s more time-intensive than simply speaking out your command, but if you&rsquo;re in a quiet space and don&rsquo;t want to pull out your phone, we could see it being a handy feature.</p> <p>The keyboard comes from Microsoft&rsquo;s Research arm, which recently unveiled a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/transparent-tablet-cover-multi-layer-input-microsoft-s-latest-experimental-wonder/news">transparent tablet cover</a> that adds a physical layer for creative work, along with a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kinect/microsofts-roomalive-project-turns-your-entire-living-room-video-game-level/news">room-transforming gaming concept</a>.&nbsp;The app only works with devices with square 320x320 displays, along with the Moto 360, and it&#39;s <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">available to download</a> for free right now.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/3e3aaa26-804c-486e-b3d7-d394c733da90/">Microsoft Research</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/11/6961447/microsoft-android-wear-keyboard-download-features">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/moto-360/motorola-moto-360/review">Motorola Moto 360 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_Iu7bUKKrJE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> First look at Powers comic adaptation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony&rsquo;s first foray into episodic television for its PlayStation Network service is <em>Powers</em>, an adaptation of the Marvel Icon comic about homicide detectives investigating superhero-related cases. It&rsquo;s slated to debut this December, and Sony premiered the first trailer during New York Comic-Con this weekend. Be warned, the language is rather salty.</p> <p>Powers stars Sharlto Copley (<em>District 13</em>) as the lead, Christian Walker, a former hero stripped of his abilities and turned into a cop, and he&rsquo;s flanked by a supporting cast led by Susan Heyward and Eddie Izzard. The show will be available free to PlayStation Plus subscribers, although all PlayStation Network account owners will be able to view the first episode.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2014/10/10/powers-stream-nycc-panel-tomorrow-first-look-at-eddie-izzard-as-wolfe/">PlayStation.Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/powers-playstation-4s-first-exclusive-tv-series/news">Powers is the PlayStation 4&rsquo;s first exclusive TV series</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/P02QmncDOzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Netflix bumps fees for Ultra HD 4K streaming </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Got one of the 4K TVs that Netflix supports with select programing? Unless you&rsquo;ve already enabled your account to run the content, you&rsquo;ll have to pay extra going forward. According to HDGuru, the US price for 4K access has just jumped from US$8.99 (about &pound;5.50) a month to US$11.99 (about &pound;7.50) a month.</p> <p>Those already on the Netflix 4K bandwagon luckily won&rsquo;t see an increase in rate for almost two years - until 12 August 2016, it appears. Otherwise, for new members or those who hadn&rsquo;t previously taken advantage of the 4K programming, the price is increasing 33% in the States, and we imagine the UK jump should be similar in scale.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://hdguru.com/netflix-quietly-raises-its-4k-ultra-high-definition-subscription-rates/">HDGuru</a> via <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/11/netflix-raises-the-price-for-those-who-want-ultra-hd-video/">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-time-broadcasters-are-doing-4k-we-ll-be-next-thing/news">By the time broadcasters are doing 4K, we&rsquo;ll be on to the next thing</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="House of Cards" alt="House of Cards" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/netflix-houseofcards_0.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft coming to Windows Phone </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s not remotely surprising at all, but indeed, Mojang is working on bringing <em>Minecraft: Pocket Edition</em> to Windows Phone. This, of course, follows the recent news that <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft purchased Mojang</a> and the <em>Minecraft</em> brand for a cool US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.55 billion).</p> <p>Mojang&rsquo;s Jens Bergensten says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;still much to do before any release,&rdquo; but the Windows Phone version is already up and running at the studio. That&rsquo;s great news for a platform that still has a ton of holes in it when it comes to headline games, although we can happily <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">point you in the direction</a> of some of the best.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/520631803837960192">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/15-best-windows-phone-games-right-now/feature">The 15 best Windows Phone games right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1413251002" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-s-android-wear-keyboard-app-first-trailer-playstation-s-powers-tv-#comments 4K Android Wear Film and TV Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Netflix PlayStation 4 Smartwatches Windows Phone Mon, 13 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1450095 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple’s U2 album download numbers revealed, Amazon opening retail store, and Minecraft on PlayStation Vita next week http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The weekend is mere hours away - but first, read all of this tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" alt="U2&#039;s Songs of Innocence" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/u2-apple-songsinnocence.jpg?1412995279" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple shares U2 album stats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The free release of U2&rsquo;s new album&nbsp;<em>Songs of Innocence</em>&nbsp;to all iTunes users proved controversial, as some didn&rsquo;t want an album forced into their libraries, while others didn&rsquo;t really understand how it got there in the first place. But free is free, and a fair number of the 500 million iTunes users took advantage of the offer.</p> <p>According to Apple&rsquo;s Eddy Cue, serious VP of Internet software and service, the album was downloaded some 26 million times in full, while 81 million iTunes users listened to at least one song from the album. And if you did either and don&rsquo;t want it on your computer anymore, well,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-iphone-6-notches-record-pre-orders-first-windows-only-branded-phone-spotted-and-">there&rsquo;s a tool for that</a>&nbsp;now.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6274359/itunes-numbers-u2-songs-innocence-album">Billboard</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-s-free-u2-album-exercise-tone-deaf-music-spam/feature">Apple&rsquo;s free U2 album is an exercise in tone-deaf music spam</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon opening New York store </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Amazon may be a massive online retailer, but the company still understands the value of putting devices into people&rsquo;s hands - especially when it comes to distinctive tech like the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-kindle-phone/review">Fire Phone</a>. To that end, Amazon will reportedly open a store in the heart of Manhattan in New York City very soon.</p> <p>The pop-up store is said to function like a convenient urban mini-warehouse, allowing customers to order select items for same-day pickup, but CNBC says the store may also host demonstrations for the Fire Phone,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/amazon-s-refreshed-kindle-fire-lineup-includes-6in-us99-tablet-plus-kid-centric-variant/news">new Kindles</a>, and perhaps the Fire TV.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102070643">CNBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/ifa-2014/amazon-fire-tv-hits-uk-23-october-79-prime-members-can-get-it-cheap/news">Amazon Fire TV hits UK on 23 October for &pound;79</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="778" title="Amazon Fire Phone" alt="Amazon Fire Phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/firephone-launch_1.png?1412995278" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft ready to roll on Vita </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With Microsoft&rsquo;s recent acquisition of Mojang and the Minecraft franchise, some PlayStation Vita fans might have worried that the promised port wouldn&rsquo;t make its way to the Sony-made handheld. No need for concern, however, as the game has been announced for release next week.</p> <p>The Vita version will debut in Europe on 15 October, delivering a compact version of&nbsp;<em>Minecraft</em>&nbsp;that features controller support, making it a whole lot more appealing than the phone and tablet versions.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/4JStudios/status/519987042139525120">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QFZoDbgncJA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney’s Tomorrowland teased </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Tomorrowland</em>&nbsp;- loosely inspired by the Disney park attraction of the same name - is out next May, and the first teaser trailer above shows a bit of the digital wizardry being put into the live-action film.</p> <p>Before you shrug the film off for its thematic origins, know that it&rsquo;s directed and co-written by Brad Bird, the man behind amazing films like&nbsp;<em>The Incredibles</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>The Iron Giant</em>. He even directed a rather excellent live-action film with 2011&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol</em>. Fingers crossed that he scores again here.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k59gXTWf-A">YouTube</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/10/9/6953069/the-first-tomorrowland-teaser-trailer-and-poster">The Verge</a>]</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1k59gXTWf-A" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-s-u2-album-download-numbers-revealed-amazon-opening-retail-store-and-mine#comments Amazon Apple Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Music PlayStation Vita Sony Fri, 10 Oct 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1449850 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Record-setting iPhone 6 sales, GTA 5 getting first-person mode, and Beats Music may rebrand under Apple http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-record-setting-iphone-6-sales-gta-5-getting-first-person-mode-and-beats-music-ma <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All the quick-hit tech news you need to begin the day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" alt="iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/apple-iphone6-6plus_1.jpg?1411536010" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple sells 10+ million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus devices </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets were sold over the weekend, Apple announced yesterday. Both phones went on sale on Friday in 10 countries, including the UK, and will reach 20 more countries this Friday. They&rsquo;re expected to hit 115 total countries by the end of 2014.</p> <p>The heavy sales weekend is claimed to be the best iPhone launch to date, but Apple CEO Tim Cook says that it could have been even better: &ldquo;While our team managed the manufacturing ramp better than ever before, we could have sold many more iPhones with greater supply and we are working hard to fill orders as quickly as possible.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2014/09/22First-Weekend-iPhone-Sales-Top-10-Million-Set-New-Record.html">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-iphone-6/review">Apple iPhone 6 review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand Theft Auto 5 getting new-gen first-person mode? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to an accidentally-posted page on Rockstar&rsquo;s website (spotted by IGN), the forthcoming PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of <em>Grand Theft Auto V</em> are expected to feature new first-person camera options.</p> <p>The page promises first-person action both on-foot and while driving, with fully-modeled car interiors to boot, plus the game will purportedly feature &ldquo;a wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode&rdquo; as well as &ldquo;new animals roaming Los Santos.&rdquo; Sounds fun! The console versions launch on 18 November, while PC hits on 27 January 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/22/new-first-person-mode-rumored-for-gta-5-on-ps4-xbox-one-pc">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/grand-theft-auto-5/rockstar-confirms-gta-5-next-gen-and-pc-release-dates/news">Rockstar confirms GTA 5 next-fen and PC release dates</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rb1vOrm9SX4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Beats Music may be rebranded </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report by Recode, Beats Music may not be long for this world - but in name only. Apparently, new owner Apple is thinking about dropping the original name, perhaps in favor of merging the service within iTunes.</p> <p>Beats Music has been relatively well received for its recommendation engine, but has reportedly only netted a few hundred thousand subscribers. Apple hasn&rsquo;t put much focus on the service since the acquisition and doesn&rsquo;t have a stream-on-demand music service itself, so perhaps &ldquo;Beats&rdquo; will live on only on headphones before long.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://recode.net/2014/09/22/apples-beats-music-brand-may-go-away-apples-beats-music-service-is-sticking-around/">Recode</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Beats" alt="Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/beats-apple_0.jpg?1411536010" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> British Museum to be recreated in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Here&rsquo;s a fun little tidbit: The British Museum in London will be recreated in full - including its myriad exhibits - in hit block-building game, <em>Minecraft</em>. It&rsquo;s part of the &ldquo;Museum of the Future&rdquo; campaign, which seeks to spread awareness of the institution.</p> <p>Building hasn&rsquo;t yet begun, but considering some of the amazing locations and settings recreated in the game over the years, we&rsquo;re excited to see the eventual results.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29281051">BBC</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news">Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="British Museum" alt="British Museum" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/british-museum.jpg?1411453981" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-record-setting-iphone-6-sales-gta-5-getting-first-person-mode-and-beats-music-ma#comments Apple Gaming Grand Theft Auto 5 iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus Minecraft Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1448343 at http://www.stuff.tv Microsoft acquires Minecraft and creator Mojang for US$2.5 billion http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Massively popular building game will remain on competing platforms, it seems </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microsoft-minecraft.jpg?1410834748" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Confirming <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m">the sensational rumour</a>, Microsoft today announced that it has acquired the Minecraft franchise and its creator, Swedish studio Mojang, at a price of US$2.5 billion (&pound;1.54 billion).</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve become a symbol. I don&rsquo;t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don&rsquo;t understand, that I don&rsquo;t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me,&rdquo; he writes. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not an entrepreneur. I&rsquo;m not a CEO. I&rsquo;m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.&rdquo;</p> <p>For now, it&rsquo;s likely that we&rsquo;ll see no change in course for Minecraft. It&rsquo;s selling tremendously on all platforms, with more than 54 million copies purchased to date, and now Microsoft will reap all of that immense profit.</p> <p>As noted, this move isn&rsquo;t likely made to restrict Minecraft as we know it to Microsoft-supported platforms. But don&rsquo;t be surprised if the next generation of Minecraft is limited to Microsoft&rsquo;s own platforms, at least at first, or perhaps has exclusive features or functionality not seen on competing platforms.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-to-join-microsoft">Xbox Wire</a>, <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2014/sept14/09-15news.aspx">Microsoft</a>, <a href="https://mojang.com/2014/09/yes-were-being-bought-by-microsoft/">Mojang</a>, <a href="http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/">Notch Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EkKEd4Y8GIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-acquires-minecraft-and-creator-mojang-us25-billion/news#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:37:13 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447727 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Formula E’s truly electric debut, 3DS can be used as Wii U controller for Smash Bros, and Microsoft’s Minecraft acquisition may come today http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week by catching up on the weekend’s most interesting tech tidbits </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Formula E" alt="Formula E" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/formula-e-race1.jpg?1410833652" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Formula E: electric in more than design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FIA&rsquo;s new Formula E racing series started off on Saturday with the Beijing ePrix at the Beijing Olympic Green Circuit, and it showed that even electric cars can put on one heck of a show.</p> <p>On the last lap, Venturi driver Nick Heidfeld attempted to pass Renault&rsquo;s Nicolas Prost, but Prost clearly aimed his car towards Heidfeld&rsquo;s and spun him out of control and into a wall in a violent crash. Both drivers are luckily fine, but Audi Sport ABT&rsquo;s Lucas di Grassi ended up taking the flag. It was the first race of the first-ever 10-event Formula E season, but those tensions will have to simmer for a bit as the next race isn&rsquo;t scheduled until 22 November in Malaysia.</p> <p>All of the drivers this season are using the Spark-Renault SRT 01E featuring the same electric engine first designed for the stunning <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/mclaren-p1-gtr-concept-ultimate-track-day-toy/news">McLaren P1</a>, so if the spectacle recapped above doesn&rsquo;t entice you to watch, perhaps that fact will.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2014/september/lucas-di-grassi-snatches-win-after-dramatic-last-corner-crash.aspx">FIA</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/formula-e-race-series-sets-out-replace-v8s-volts/news">Formula E race series sets out to replace V8s with Volts</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/D2y1hFuGDD8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Super Smash Bros. for Wii U can be played with 3DS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Nintendo 3DS version of <em>Super Smash Bros.</em> debuted in Japan over the weekend, in advance of its impending worldwide launch early next month, and it turns out there&rsquo;s a fun surprise within for the still-in-development Wii U iteration.</p> <p>According to a series of tweets and images from a player based in Japan, the 3DS version notes that you&rsquo;ll be able to use the handheld (running the 3DS game) as a wireless controller for the Wii U game when it releases. Might we see this kind of functionality pop up with future games, as well? After all, the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/nintendo-shows-updated-3ds-and-3ds-xl-designs/news">New Nintendo 3DS</a> out next year has additional buttons, making it an even better Wii U GamePad substitute.</p> <p>The Wii U version is due out this winter, a nebulous window that could mean the holiday season or early next year - which is why it&rsquo;s not currently on our <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">just-updated list</a> of the 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014. You&rsquo;ll also be able to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/htc/fully-charged-plastic-htc-one-m8-ace-official-gamecube-controller-adapter-wii-u-and-zesty-makes-">use a GameCube gamepad</a> with a special adapter, in addition to the 3DS and standard Wii U and Wii controllers.</p> <p>However, 3DS owners will be able to try that version out later this week with a free demo <a href="https://twitter.com/NintendoUK/status/510480751385919490">launching on the eShop</a> on 19 September, with some Club Nintendo members gaining early access late last week. The full version is due out in the UK on 3 October, alongside a <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/3ds-xl/fully-charged-wearables-aid-parkinson-s-research-walking-dead-co-op-shooter-announced-and-sup">bundle with Nintendo 3DS XL</a> hardware.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/FarmboyinJapan">Twitter</a> via <a href="http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/12/report-3ds-can-be-used-as-a-wii-u-controller-in-super-smash-bros">IGN</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/20-most-exciting-games-left-2014/feature">The 20 most exciting games still to come in 2014</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/9w5oyAiBNe0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Microsoft’s Minecraft acquisition could be announced today </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report from Reuters, Microsoft will announce <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october">its rumoured purchase</a> of <em>Minecraft</em> maker Mojang today. The reported deal is pegged at US$2.5 billion (about &pound;1.54 billion), and will give Microsoft control over the massively popular block-based building game.</p> <p><em>Minecraft</em> is already available on PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One - and many other platforms that Microsoft doesn&rsquo;t have a stake in - but the report suggests that Microsoft aims to bring the game to Windows Phone (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">or Windows phones, rather</a>) as part of this deal. That seems like a whole lot to pay to bring a &pound;5 game to a platform that enjoys a tiny portion of the smartphone market, but perhaps Microsoft plans to play the long game here.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-mojang-microsoft-idUSKBN0H72EV20140912">Reuters</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-will-end-windows-phone-and-nokia-branding/news">Microsoft will end Windows Phone and Nokia branding</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/EkKEd4Y8GIA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/3ds/fully-charged-formula-e-s-truly-electric-debut-3ds-can-be-used-wii-u-controller-smash-bros-and-m#comments 3DS Cars Electric cars Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Nintendo Wii U Mon, 15 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447649 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Microsoft might buy Minecraft maker, Little Printer creator folds, and October’s Xbox One update overhauls Snap access http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On the morning after an Apple event, this is all of the other news that popped up </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone_0.jpg?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mojang and Minecraft going to Microsoft? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is a surprise: According to the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is seeking to purchase <em>Minecraft</em> developer Mojang AB. The discussed deal is reportedly worth more than USD$2 billion (&pound;1.24 billion), which seems downright crazy for a studio that has shipped only one major game.</p> <p>Then again, the block-based, world-building favorite has sold more than 54 million copies across platforms and spawned an insane amount of top-selling merchandise - and there might even be <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">a movie adaptation</a> in the works. A deal could be finalised within days, says the report.</p> <p>Bloomberg adds that Mojang founder Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson reached out to Microsoft about a potential acquisition months back, and that he is not likely to stay on longterm should the deal go through. And Microsoft reportedly won&rsquo;t pull other platforms&rsquo; versions of <em>Minecraft</em> in this proposed acquisition, perhaps wishing to keep growing the brand while hurrying to concoct an exclusive sequel.</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/microsoft-near-deal-to-buy-minecraft-1410300213">The Wall Street Journal</a> and <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/microsoft-said-near-2-billion-deal-for-minecraft-maker.html">Bloomberg</a> via <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/9/6128819/microsoft-buying-mojang-minecraft-report">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news">Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Little Printer maker Berg shutting down </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Berg, the London company behind the adorable Little Printer nano-printer, has announced that it&rsquo;s about to shut its doors after failing to create a sustainable business around its products. A small team will continue to support Little Printer until March, at which point Berg may sell it to another company or open up the source code to all.</p> <p>The Little Printer was a charming way to physically print out small notes and the like from a paired smartphone, but its practical purpose was rather limited. It&rsquo;ll be interesting to see if anything more comes out of this group next year, but if not, at least they made something memorable.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.bergcloud.com/2014/09/09/week-483/">Berg</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/just-because-they-could-–-nano-printers/news">Just because they could - nano printers</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="795" title="Little Printer" alt="Little Printer" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/little-printer.png?1410406744" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> October Xbox One update overhauls Snap access </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Snap is a standout feature of the Xbox One experience, or at least it should be - but getting apps into and out of the side frame while playing a game can be a real headache. Luckily, next month&rsquo;s planned system update will make it possible to pull up and close Snap apps with a double-tap input, rather than needing to back out to the main console menu. Better yet, Friends and Messages will soon be Snap-compatible.</p> <p>Additional video-related features are coming too, including DLNA streaming support - initially only to members in the preview program - and a live TV trending app. You&rsquo;ll also be able to hide installed games and apps from view, and some other aspects of the overall UI have been tweaked.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/09/08/xbox-one-system-update-preview-improvements-snap-tv-experiences/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/microsoft-xbox-one/review">Long-term test: Microsoft Xbox One review</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rC7gUspzS9o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Last-gen Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delayed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em>Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor</em> looks to be one the best licensed games in ages, however the open-world action game set in the same universe as the <em>Lord of the Rings</em> has been delayed - but only for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.</p> <p>Indeed, those last-gen versions - which to date haven&rsquo;t been shown, and reportedly don&rsquo;t feature the full set of gameplay features as the others - have been delayed from 3 October until 21 November. All publisher Warner Bros. said is that they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;take more time in development,&rdquo; but luckily the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions are still on track to debut in a few short weeks.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.gamespress.com/release.asp?c=7c7eb7%2D%2D116441">Games Press</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/middle-earth-shadow-mordor/review">Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/55GJQQKKzuE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-microsoft-might-buy-minecraft-maker-little-printer-creator-folds-and-october#comments Gaming Microsoft Minecraft Mojang Xbox One Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1447157 at http://www.stuff.tv Minecraft launching on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 this week with bigger worlds and upgrade discount http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you bought the last-gen version, you can get the new one for much, much less </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft for Xbox One" alt="Minecraft for Xbox One" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-xboxone.jpg?1409794028" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We doubt many of you bought a new console just for the ability to play <em>Minecraft</em>, but if you did snag a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you can start exploring block worlds within mere days.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Both entries are very similar in feature set, offering a much larger version of the game than seen on previous-gen consoles. You&rsquo;ll be able to create worlds up to 36 times larger, plus all past worlds can be transferred over to the newer version on each side, and the same add-on content can be downloaded again.</p> <p>The <em>Xbox One Edition</em> will also hit retail stores in a disc-based iteration later this year, and it&rsquo;s likely that the PlayStation 4 version will do the same. A PlayStation Vita version of the game is also due out, at least digitally, but it&rsquo;s unclear if it will launch alongside the PS4 release this week.</p> <p>[Sources:&nbsp;<a href="http://news.xbox.com/2014/09/games-minecraft-launch-on-xbox-one">Xbox Wire</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/Kappische/status/507194957354905600">Twitter</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi">Fully Charged: Samsung unveils Gear Circle headset, GoPro&rsquo;s dog harness, and Doctor Who coming to Minecraft</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/5QYaQw0cQYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft/minecraft-launching-xbox-one-playstation-4-week-upgrade-discount/news#comments Console games Gaming Minecraft PlayStation 4 Xbox One Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:58:28 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446485 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Samsung unveils Gear Circle headset, GoPro’s dog harness, and Doctor Who coming to Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Once you’ve read the morning’s smartwatch news, take in everything else here </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung Gear Circle" alt="Samsung Gear Circle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/samsung-gear-circle.png?1409213740" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Samsung announces Gear Circle headset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alongside the Gear S standalone smartwatch, Samsung this morning revealed the Gear Circle, a new headset designed to be paired with smartphones. When connected via Bluetooth 3.0, you&rsquo;l be able to take calls, use voice commands, and listen to music via the device.</p> <p>The Gear Circle features a magnetic lock that secures the device around your neck when not in active use, with vibrations used to alert you to calls and notifications. As for how long it&#39;ll actually be useful while worn, Samsung says the 180mAh battery provides about 11 hours of talk time and nine hours of audio playback.</p> <p>Pricing details aren&rsquo;t yet available, but the Gear Circle is set to launch in October (like the Gear S), and we expect to see it next week at IFA.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.samsungmobilepress.com/2014/08/28/Samsung-Gear-S-Enhances-the-Smart-Wearable-Experience-1">Samsung</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/samsung/ifa-2014/samsung-announces-gear-s-its-standalone-3g-smartwatch/news">Samsung announces the Gear S, its standalone 3G smartwatch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GoPro’s dog harness is a wonderful thing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>We&rsquo;ve seen insane shots of extreme sports antics, car crashes, and so much more thanks to the versatility of GoPro cameras, but even amidst all that large-scale action, the thought of seeing the world through the perspective of our pups can&rsquo;t help but bring a huge grin to our faces.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s now officially possible thanks to GoPro&rsquo;s new Fetch dog harness, which has two mounting locations (chest and back) for multiple views, plus it&rsquo;s washable, water-safe, and well-padded, not to mention designed for dogs between 15-120lbs. It&rsquo;s sold for US$59.99 (about &pound;36) from GoPro&rsquo;s website, and YouTube should be flooded with amazing dog clips any moment now&hellip;</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://shop.gopro.com/mounts/fetch-dog-harness/ADOGM-001.html">GoPro</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bmw/turn-your-car-movie-camera-gopro-integration-bmw-and-mini/news">Turn your car into a movie camera with GoPro integration for BMW and Mini</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-VBKUMNcmWU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Doctor Who skin packs coming to Minecraft on Xbox 360 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marking the recent premiere of Series 8 of Doctor Who (with the new doctor, played by Peter Capaldi), BBC Worldwide announced yesterday that characters from the long-running show will be made available for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition in premium content packs.</p> <p>The first, due out in September, brings Capaldi&rsquo;s Twelfth Doctor along with five others to be named, each with its companions and some adversaries, including the Daleks. More packs are due out as Series 8 unfolds over the next few months.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.doctorwho.tv/whats-new/article/doctor-who-comes-to-minecraft-on-xbox">Doctor Who</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/25-best-things-watch-netflix-right-now/feature">The 30 best things to watch on Netflix right now</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="675" title="Minecraft Doctor Who" alt="Minecraft Doctor Who" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-doctor-who.JPG?1409213740" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disney planning massive drone-controlled puppets? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Disney is in the business of amusement and entertainment, so it&rsquo;s no doubt always seeking new and interesting ways of bringing that to paying customers. Might the next big thing for Disney parks be gargantuan, blimp-like puppets controlled by flying drones?</p> <p>That&rsquo;s what some recently discovered patents for &ldquo;aerial display systems&rdquo; seem to imply, which includes one that would &ldquo;turn the sky or some other airspace into a display &lsquo;screen,&rsquo;&rdquo; says the Washington Post. With regulations for commercial drone use still being hashed out in many places, this might not be an innovation we see anytime soon - but at least Disney&rsquo;s thinking about it.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/27/disney-filed-a-patent-for-blimp-sized-puppets-controlled-by-drones-but-that-doesnt-mean-theyll-be-in-parks-soon/">Washington Post</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-4/disney-infinity-20-marvel-super-heroes/review">Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes preview</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="851" title="Disney&#039;s drone plans" alt="Disney&#039;s drone plans" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/disney-drones.png?1409213740" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/doctor-who/fully-charged-samsung-unveils-gear-circle-headset-gopro-s-dog-harness-and-doctor-who-comi#comments Doctor Who Drones GoPro Minecraft Samsung Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1446046 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Apple replacing faulty iPhone 5 batteries, Amazon acquires Twitch, and Google Slides hits iOS http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Read up on all of the tech news you need to start your day </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="iPhone 5" alt="iPhone 5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/iphone-5_1.jpg?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Apple swapping select iPhone 5 batteries for free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If your iPhone 5&rsquo;s battery seems to be petering out much faster than it should, you might be eligible for a free replacement from Apple. The company announced that a replacement program will begin in the UK come Friday, 29 August for iPhone 5 batteries that don&rsquo;t hold a full charge.</p> <p>You can input your serial number on <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple&rsquo;s website</a> for the program, and it&rsquo;ll tell you if your device falls within the group identified as problematic. From there, you&rsquo;ll be able to get the battery swapped without charge at an Apple Store or authorized service provider.</p> <p>However, if you have a cracked screen that impedes opening up the device, you may need to pay to fix that issue before moving ahead with the replacement process. This program extends warranty coverage of the battery to two years from the purchase date or 1 March 2015, whichever is longer.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://ssl.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/">Apple</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ios-7/18-ways-youre-unknowingly-killing-your-iphone-battery/feature">18 ways you&rsquo;re unknowingly killing your iPhone battery</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon acquires Twitch game streaming service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Earlier this summer, it seemed certain that YouTube and Google were set to acquire Twitch, the wildly popular video game livestreaming service. But then we heard little about the reported deal. Here&rsquo;s why: Amazon leapt in as a new suitor for Twitch, and the official deal was closed and announced today.</p> <p>Amazon is forking over about US$970 million (&pound;585 million) in cash for control of Twitch, which had more than 55 million unique visitors in July alone and commands a huge amount of web traffic, and Twitch CEO Emmett Shear says the company will retain independence under its new mega-corporate umbrella.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/p/thankyou">Twitch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-youtube-eyeing-twitch-streaming-deal-halo-collection-rumoured-xbox-one-and-h">Fully Charged: Halo collection rumoured for Xbox One, YouTube eyeing Twitch streaming deal, and how to get lunch for &pound;1 every Monday</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Twitch" alt="Twitch" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/twitch_1.jpg?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google’s Slides released for iOS </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Following through on a promise made earlier this summer, Google yesterday released a free iOS version of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id879478102?mt=8">Slides</a>, its presentation creation software. Additionally, its <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-docs/id842842640?mt=8">Docs</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-sheets/id842849113?mt=8">Sheets</a> apps - first launched a couple months back on iOS - have been updated to support Microsoft Word files.</p> <p>Now you can use all three of Google&rsquo;s free productivity services on a huge array of devices, whether iOS, Android, or computer, and all three feature offline editing support so the fate of your workday isn&rsquo;t tied to a steady Internet connection.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://googledrive.blogspot.com/2014/08/docssheetsslidesios.html">Google Drive Blog</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-leapfrog-s-wearable-tech-kids-new-google-docs-and-sheets-apps-and-nasa-s-tron-i">Fully Charged: LeapFrog&rsquo;s wearable tech for kids, new Google Docs and Sheets apps, and NASA&rsquo;s Tron-inspired spacesuit</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="714" title="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" alt="Google Slides, Sheets, and Docs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-docssheetsslides.png?1409111318" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft recreated in Trials Fusion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, this is kind of mind-blowing. Trials Fusion, the latest in Redlynx and Ubisoft&rsquo;s side-scrolling motorcycle challenge game, features a rather extensive level editor - so extensive, in fact, that someone used it to create a full 3D version of Minecraft.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s a small stage, but the amount of time this sort of total transformation took is surely immense. The same creator apparently made a Titanfall-inspired wall-running level as well - again, surely no small feat considering the toolset - which you can <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK3mlAE6TVk">watch here</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.polygon.com/2014/8/25/6065201/minecraft-trials-fusion-level">Polygon</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/y2Pzmopkwo0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-apple-replacing-faulty-iphone-5-batteries-amazon-acquires-twitch-and-google-sli#comments Amazon Apple Gaming Google iOS apps iPhone 5 Minecraft Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1445911 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google killing ‘free’ tag for freemium games, next Xbox One update adds Blu-ray 3D support, and Star Wars being fully recreated in Minecraft http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pump some fun into this Monday with our quick-hit recap of recent tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Play" alt="Google Play" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/googleplay-freegames.jpg?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google: Android games with in-app purchases won’t be labelled ‘free’ </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Few &ldquo;free&rdquo; mobile games these days are devoid of in-app purchases, which has caused an uproar among parents and trade associations alike. With pressure from the former, the latter has gone after the likes of Google and Apple to make changes to how such freemium games are targeted towards children, and Google looks to be the first to make a big move.</p> <p>According to a press release issued by the European Commission, Google has agreed to no longer bill initially-gratis games with available in-app purchases as &ldquo;free&rdquo; on Google Play for Android. The company will do so by the end of September, and also draft guidelines for developers to follow to avoid kid-focused demands for in-game spending. How these apps will be labelled going forward remains unclear, though it apparently won&rsquo;t be as &ldquo;free.&rdquo;</p> <p>Apple, on the other hand, has offered the commission only vague assurances that it will &ldquo;address those concerns,&rdquo; says the release, with no timeline in place. However, the commission says it will continue to keep tabs on Apple to ensure that action is taken before long, and we have to wonder if Amazon will get roped into this all considering its issues with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-847_en.htm?locale=en">European Commission</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-amazon-sued-us-government-over-app-purchases-crowdfunded-satellite-revival-atte">Fully Charged: Amazon sued by U.S. over in-app purchases, crowdfunded satellite revival attempt seems doomed, and the long-lost Halo 3 Easter Egg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Social enhancements, Blu-ray 3D playback coming to Xbox One </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Microsoft has been pumping out steady, meaningful Xbox One system updates each month, and the round of enhancements due in August looks like another solid one. Social tweaks lead the pack, with a livelier and more interactive Activity Feed.</p> <p>Additionally, the update will add Blu-ray 3D playback to the console, along with remote purchasing via SmartGlass or web, notification tweaks, and battery level notifications. Microsoft is also testing a permanent friends bar and Gamerscore leaderboard on the main screen, but both features are still being tweaked before wide release later this year.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://majornelson.com/2014/07/18/next-xbox-one-update/">Major Nelson</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/fully-charged-steamboy-machine-handheld-steam-pc-next-xbox-one-update-detailed-and-inside-toky">Fully Charged: The Steamboy Machine is a handheld Steam PC, next Xbox One update detailed, and inside Tokyo&rsquo;s new Apple Store</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ovHyso_jy24" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New teaser for fan-made Star Wars film recreation in Minecraft </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Fans have been using Minecraft to generate amazing, ambitious pop culture recreations since it first came on the scene, and Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope may be one of the most elaborate undertakings to date.</p> <p>It&rsquo;ll be a full shot-for-shot video remake of the original 1977 film using the tools from the game, although you&rsquo;ll need to run the DVD/VHS/Blu-ray of the film itself in the background to lend sound to the blocky images. Check out the latest trailer for the flick, which is expected out later this year; more than an hour&rsquo;s worth of footage has already been completed.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://paradisedecay.wordpress.com">Minecraft&mdash;Star Wars&mdash;A New Hope</a> via <a href="http://kotaku.com/minecraft-star-wars-a-new-hope-looks-as-good-as-ever-1605837108">Kotaku</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ordnance-survey-creates-minecraft-map-great-britain/news">Ordnance Survey creates Minecraft map of Great Britain</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-U7RyXiHB1s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Amazon planning Android Prime Instant Video app, also 4K content </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to a report out of PC Advisor, Amazon&rsquo;s Prime Instant Video marketing director Russell Morris has confirmed that an Android version of the company&rsquo;s streaming video app is finally incoming, with a release &ldquo;imminent&rdquo; (the iOS version is shown above). It&rsquo;s unclear whether it will play friendly with both phones and tablets out of the gate, however.</p> <p>Additionally, the report claims that 4K Ultra HD video content will make its debut this year on the Prime Instant Video service, with all of the Amazon Studios original series for the coming season shooting at that resolution. Two series should arrive later this year, with another two out in Q1 2015.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/news/google-android/3531062/amazon-set-launch-prime-instant-video-app-for-android/">PC Advisor</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/netflix/netflix-stream-house-cards-season-2-4k/news">Netflix to stream House of Cards season 2 in 4K</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Amazon Prime Instant Video" alt="Amazon Prime Instant Video" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/amazon-primeinstantvideo.PNG?1406013914" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/amazon/fully-charged-google-killing-free-tag-freemium-games-next-xbox-one-update-adds-blu-ray-3d-sup#comments Amazon Android Apple Film and TV Google Minecraft Xbox One Mon, 21 Jul 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1442695 at http://www.stuff.tv Fully Charged: Google mulling Songza purchase, shatterproof phone screens incoming, and the Minecraft creator’s strange new horse game http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-mulling-songza-purchase-shatterproof-phone-screens-incoming-and-minecraf <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Begin the week with a blast of news from all corners of the tech world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Songza" alt="Songza" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/songza.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google reportedly eyeing Songza acquisition </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Apple bought Beats for US$3 billion, and now Google might buy Songza for&hellip; just US$15 million? That&rsquo;s what the New York Post is reporting, as Google apparently wants the streaming music service for its smart and very distinctive curation features.</p> <p>Unlike traditional streaming approaches, Songza simply asks for your mood or what you&rsquo;re doing, and then pairs music accordingly&mdash;whether you are at work, need a dance break, or are up for some toilet listening. No, really.</p> <p>Songza has about 5.5 million active users, and the Post report cites one source claiming that Google has made a mere US$15 million offer, while another says the sum is much higher and that other companies are also trying to pursue the streaming service. It won&rsquo;t dominate headlines like Beats did, but Songza&rsquo;s charming and effective curation could be a sharp addition to Google&rsquo;s music arsenal.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/06/06/google-in-talks-to-buy-music-streaming-company-songza/">The New York Post</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/apple-acquires-beats-us3-billion/news">Apple acquires Beats for US$3 billion</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Shatterproof phone screens are on the horizon </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Our hearts skip a beat every time we drop our slippery smartphones, as an impact at the wrong angle could result in a massive repair bill for a horribly cracked display. Luckily, the technology to avoid such outcomes is apparently rather close to being a reality.</p> <p>Scientists at the University of Akron in Ohio, USA have designed a transparent electrode film that is dramatically tougher than the indium tin oxide (ITO) coatings found on many current devices, and it&rsquo;s been bent more than 1000 times during testing and retained its shape. It could be produced in rolls and applied to future handsets.</p> <p>&ldquo;We expect this film to emerge on the market as a true ITO competitor,&quot; says Yu Zhu, assistant professor of polymer science at the university, and the lead researcher. &quot;The annoying problem of cracked smartphone screens may be solved once and for all with this flexible touch screen.&rdquo;</p> <p>[Sources: <a href="http://www.mdconnects.com/articles/1723/20140606/scientists-create-shatterproof-phone-screens.htm">MD Connects</a> and <a href="http://www.uakron.edu/im/online-newsroom/news_details.dot?newsId=118f583a-986c-497c-b45d-c3ea152cd362&amp;crumbTitle=Shatterproof%20screens%20that%20save%20smartphones">The University of Akron</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/07/shatterproof-touchscreen-film/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/disney-research-creates-paper-can-generate-electricity/news">Disney Research creates paper that can generate electricity</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cracked screen" alt="Cracked screen" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cracked-screen.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Minecraft creator’s new game is Cliffhorse </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Released with the same kind of freewheeling indie ethos as Minecraft was&mdash;once upon a time, before it evolved into a juggernaut&mdash;Cliffhorse (from Minecraft creator Markus &ldquo;Notch&rdquo; Persson) for PC has suddenly appeared on the Internet. You can pay him in Dogecoin for it, if you&rsquo;d like, but he makes the link for an &ldquo;early access&rdquo; version <a href="http://cliffhorse.com">freely available</a>.</p> <p>As far as we can tell (from various unofficial YouTube videos), it&rsquo;s a game about galloping a horse around rolling hills&mdash;and that may be it for now, or maybe ever, as the website says there&rsquo;s &ldquo;no guarantee of future updates.&rdquo;</p> <p>Persson claims to have amassed about US$100 worth of Dogecoin as of yesterday, <a href="https://twitter.com/notch/status/475595731898994688">and tweeted</a>, &ldquo;I can&#39;t believe this somehow ended up being my first commercial game after Minecraft.&rdquo; Yeah, that makes all of us!</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news">Minecraft goes to Hollywood</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cliffhorse" alt="Cliffhorse" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cliffhorse.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ant-Man adds new director and writer, stays on target </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Marvel&rsquo;s movie-making nightmare has finally come to an end, as the company has found a new director to tackle next year&rsquo;s Ant-Man after parting ways with Edgar Wright. Peyton Reed, director of Bring it On and Yes Man, has been announced as the new director for the comic adaptation.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s an awfully pedestrian pick following Edgar Wright&rsquo;s lengthy involvement with the project, but there&rsquo;s a saving grace here: Anchorman director Adam McKay, who <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/fully-charged-hp-s-android-slatebook-pc-announced-and-chromebook-11-refreshed-plus-ant-man-c">passed on directing Ant-Man</a>, will instead help tweak the script as the film rushes into production. Here&rsquo;s hoping that the original vision for the Paul Rudd-starring flick isn&rsquo;t completely lost in the process.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://marvel.com/news/movies/2014/6/7/22643/director_peyton_reed_and_writer_adam_mckay_join_marvels_ant-man">Marvel</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/fully-charged-marvel-s-ant-man-loses-edgar-wright-free-star-wars-game-canceled-and-xbox-on">Fully Charged: Marvel&rsquo;s Ant-Man loses Edgar Wright, free Star Wars game cancelled, and Xbox One controllers getting PC support</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Ant-Man" alt="Ant-Man" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ant-man-logo_0.jpg?1402295581" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-google-mulling-songza-purchase-shatterproof-phone-screens-incoming-and-minecraf#comments Film and TV Google Minecraft Music Smartphones Mon, 09 Jun 2014 06:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1438799 at http://www.stuff.tv Minecraft goes to Hollywood http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Lego Movie producer is bringing Notch&#039;s building game to the silver screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft Hollywood" alt="Minecraft Hollywood" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/minecraft-hollywood_0.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Minecraft: The Movie is coming to a cinema near you.</p> <p>The Lego Movie is ruling the box office at the moment, so it&#39;s no surprise that Hollywood&#39;s frantically rummaging around in the toy box for other construction toys and games to adapt.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stufftv-0" title="View user profile.">StuffTV</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Minecraft combines the freedom to build your own creations offered by Lego with a &quot;survival mode&quot; in which you have to maintain your health and battle creatures of the night like zombies and Creepers. It&#39;s a fairly safe bet that any movie will be exploring the narrative possibilities offered by the survival mode, though no writers have been attached to the project yet. </p> <p>The Lego Movie nailed the look and feel of the many <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/minifigure-masterpieces-10-best-lego-movies/feature" target="_blank">stop-motion Lego videos</a> created by fans, with authentically-weathered <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/10-best-lego-minifigures-ever/feature" target="_blank">Lego minifigures</a> making up the cast.&nbsp;So it&#39;s a surprise, given Minecraft&#39;s distinctive 8-bit look, that Warner Bros is reportedly &quot;putting together a live-action version&quot; of the game.</p> <p>We&#39;ll have to wait and see what form the Minecraft movie takes when it hits the big screen &ndash; given that there&#39;s an <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lego/minecraft-lego-set-now-available-pre-order/news" target="_blank">official Minecraft Lego set</a>, maybe it could even cross over with The Lego Movie.</p> <p>Meanwhile, we&#39;re waiting with bated breath for the annoucement of The Meccano Movie.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/minecraft-movie-warner-bros-lego-movie-producer/" target="_blank">Deadline</a>]&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/6lPLh08mJzM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-steve_0.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Minecraft" alt="Minecraft" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/minecraft-01.jpg?1393638852" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/minecraft-goes-hollywood/news#comments Console games Film and TV Gaming Minecraft Mojang Fri, 28 Feb 2014 11:52:24 +0000 Stephen Graves 1433055 at http://www.stuff.tv