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EA Origin Quits Physical Media

Downloadable games are more popular that physical media any more and while you've been able to choose either physical media or downloadable media for current games when buying through Origin, that is coming to a halt later this week. April 4th is slated to be the last day you'll be able to buy anything from Origin and have it shipped to your door. From now on out, it's downloads only.

What does this mean for you? If you're among 99 percent of our users, absolutely nothing. Your shopping experience hasn't changed one single bit," reads a statement from the company. "But if you're that one percent who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won't be able to fulfill that need beginning April 4th. We'll still be here when you transition your gaming habits to the wonders of digital downloads.

Source: Origin

Xbox - Getting Back to Gaming

Microsoft has really diversified over the years and has tried to offer more to more people and as such has often strayed from some of their core products. One of their core products of course is the Xbox platform, and while it is a great multi-purpose box, the system isn't always as great for gaming as other products. According to the new head of the Xbox division, this is going to change.

We've taken feedback, made our products better and renewed our focus on what is most important, our customer. Our mission is to build a world-class team, work hard to meet the high expectations of a passionate fan base, create the best games and entertainment and drive technical innovation. As we continue forward, this renewed focus and mission will be a foundational part of how I lead the Xbox program.

Source: Engadget

Can Devices Be Hacked to Explode?

RatedRR has a great YouTube channel that is one of my favorites to watch. They shoot a lot of things and also blow lots of stuff up. This week they do the "Breakdown" where they take bits from games and movies and see if they are actually possible. This time around they take a look at WatchDogs and see if they can hack remote things such as cameras, thermostats and even electrical outlets to explode - remotely. Interesting and maybe a little scary.


Source: YouTube

Turkey Spoofing Google DNS to Spy/Control

Google has just discovered that Turkey is pulling off some DNS spoofing in order to block social networks and things that they want to control. After a recent scandal, the residents of Turkey starting to tweet and post their frustrations and spread video of the corruption, they got shut down. Google says this is a big deal - not because they are being cut out - but because this fake DNS will allow the government to intercept and redirect all traffic as they see fit.

A DNS routes the domain name you type into your browser to the IP address of that site. In the early days of Turkey's crackdown on social media, Turkish citizens were able to restore their access to Twitter and YouTube by routing their traffic through Google's DNS. But now Turkish ISPs have set up servers that appear to be Google's, according to Google, putting users at risk that their traffic could be monitored.

Source: TheVerge

Upgrade Windows 8 Start Screen

If you want your Windows 8 start screen experience to be a bit better, there are mutliple ways and this is probably one of best. A Windows 8 program called Start Screen Unlimited is a great way to add a bunch of amazing features and improve your experience. Take a look and see if it is going to help rock your Windows 8 life.

Start Screen Unlimited is a Windows 8 program that adds a few useful features to the Windows 8 Start Screen, like date and time, a link to the Windows control panel, and more power options. It also adds a Google search bar directly to the Start Screen.

Source: CNET

20 Amazing Indie Games to Play Now

Right on the heels of VulcLAN 2014 we are featuring a news story that covers 20 amazing indie games that are available right now. A few years back, Indie games were really bad, but the quality of these independant studios has improved like crazy and they are definately worth checking out. I've never even heard of some of these before, and others I was surprised are classified as "indie" games.

Indie games are enjoying something of a renaissance of late, with digital distribution and a general malaise over disappointing big budget titles combining to form the ideal conditions for a resurgence of rejuvenated retro genres and new game types that tell their stories in ingenious ways. Here are some of our favourites.

Source: Stuff

iOS vs Android App Crashing

In a recent study done by Crittercism, they show that iOS apps seem to crash more than their Android counterparts. Other details included in this study also show what version of these two different OS's are more prone to crashing. Not only have more recent mobile operating systems added features and odd bug fixes - for the most part they have also added stability to the lineup.\

Not surprisingly, the study shows that newer versions of Android and iOS offer more stability than older ones. KitKat, Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, for instance, showed a 0.7-percent app crash rate, while apps crashed 1.7 percent on the older Gingerbread OS. The same is true for iOS. The latest iOS 7.1 has a 1.6-percent app crash rate, while apps on iOS 7 crash 2.1 percent of the time. iOS 6 is even higher at 2.5 percent.

Source: Gigaom

What Will Facebook Look Like with Oculus

Last week Oculus VR was bought by Facebook as Facebook "really gets Virtual Reality" and apparently has some amazing plans for the future of their social network. Chaotic Moon Studios has put together a demonstration of what Facebook will be like with Oculus. Remember, progress is getting less done in more time - so this is really a great interface that will consume more time and keep you logged into their network longer. Good job.


Source: Engadget

Twitter- Now more Facebooky

Twitter has announced this week that you are now going to be able to put up to 4 pictures in each of your tweets and tag up to 10 people and none of that will count against your character limit. This might not seem like a huge deal but it will now allow people to basically turn your Twitter feed into something more like Facebook. I think this is one of those decisions that will make some people very happy and some very mad. Gizmodo has more details.

Now, how these new features will affect how people use Twitter is a curious mystery. On one hand, tagging features aren't necessarily Earth-shattering. Instagram got tagging almost a year ago, and it still works fine. On the other hand, when you couple the tagging with the photo album feature, it's pretty obvious that Twitter's opening itself up to me a much more image-driven platform. (And those rumors about streamlining mentions and hashtags might be true.) After all, it needs to compete with Instagram!

Minecraft says NO to Facebook

The guy who made Minecraft has apparently been working to bring Minecraft to the Oculus VR platform that was bought this week for a cool $2 Billion dollars by Facebook. Minecraft's founder has now formally announced that he has canceled his dealings with Oculus VR (Facebook) because he doesn't like Facebook and what they stand for. I am sure this will buy him some brownie points with the Anti-Facebook crowd but it could also backfire, only time will tell. Kotaku has the full story.

The people at Oculus VR are doubtless pretty psyched that Facebook just bought their company for $2 billion. Some game developers, not so much.P

Among the displeased is Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson, who tweeted that in light of the Facebook acquisition, he's cancelled a deal he and his company Mojang were working on to bring Minecraft to Oculus VR.P

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