Stuff Office Cat's Diary – 23/01/13

The Office Cat looks at the rest of today's stories, including Wii U's Virtual Console and Netflix's answer to AirPlay

Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console coming in Spring

Nintendo has announced that the Wii U will be getting a Virtual Console service at some point in “Q2 2013” (that means this spring), and that it will feature Game Boy Advance titles for the first time. Virtual Console has been accessible for the Wii U only via the Wii emulator, so it’s welcome news for retro fans. Expect SNES and NES games, many of which will be dirt cheap for a limited time as a way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NES.

Source: Engadget

If you've been looking forward to trying out Microsoft's Surface tablet, but don't fancy using the trimmed-down Windows 8 RT operating system, you're in luck – the Surface Pro drops in the US and Canada on February 9th (there's no word on a UK release date as yet). The Surface Pro comes packing a 10in, 1920x1080 screen, a Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage. Office Cat recommends saving your pennies, though – prices start at US$900.


Microsoft Surface Pro coming February 9th

DIAL, short for Discovery and Launch, is a new AirPlay-style second screen technology from YouTube and Netflix. Open up, say, the Netflix app on your smartphone and DIAL will locate other compatible devices like smart TVs or set-top boxes on the same network, then open up the Netflix app there and let you watch video on a larger screen while using the smartphone as a remote control. The tech already works on Google TVs and will come to other devices soon.

Source: The Verge


DIAL: YouTube and Netflix’s answer to AirPlay

The 5in LG Optimus G Pro Android phone is official and it’s coming – to Japan at least. Japanese network NTT Docomo has announced that the long-rumoured phone will be released in April, with the UK likely to be a destination at some point in the spring. The phone offers a 1080p resolution and beefy quad-core processor, and Office Cat thinks it sounds like a nice Android alternative to the impossible-to-get Google Nexus 4.

Source: CNET UK


LG Optimus G Pro goes official

Finally, Office Cat was almost put off his Sheba this morning when his eyes alighted on this promo image for upcoming film The Fifth Estate, which features Sherlock himself Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks founder and embassy resident Julian Assange. Captions, anyone? Post them in the comments section below.

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