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Android App Pick - Sea Battle

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we are marching ever closer to our 3rd year of Android App Pick. As we count down to the magical number, we take some time to play a twist on a classic board game. Sea Battle is a lot like Battleship from days gone by, and it's even more fun. Take a look and find out how nukes play into this awesome game!

Sea Battle

Enjoy!

Windows 9 is Free and the Preview is Available - Tuesday

If you are getting geared up for Windows 9, you won't have to wait much longer to get your hands on a Technical Preview. This Tuesday, Microsoft is hosting an event and we've already seen that their download page was made live (oops) although no files were available to download. That's good news that it's coming quick and even better news that the cost of this new OS looks to be free for Windows 8 users - keeping to their promise that the "Start Menu" would be a free update for Windows 8 users. We thought it would be an update for Windows 8, but Microsoft wants to leave this dud in the past as fast as possible.

If you bookmark the source link below, based on the staging site, that's where the download will be posted once the page goes live. While the staging page was full of links that went to dead sites or Windows 8.1 content, the URL slug of the download link shows that Microsoft is gearing up to release the preview.

Source: Neowin, Microsoft, DetikInet

The Rochester Cloak

If you watch Star Trek, the Rochester Cloak will remind you more of the Romulan Warbird cloak that anything else. The amazing thing here is that this cloak is real - and it works really well. Enjoy.

 

Source: DigitalTrends, YouTube

October Game Release List

If you are getting ready for some fall/winter gaming, there are a few titles coming out this week that may be of interest to you. This week we revisit the Game Release List of the Week list and share with you some of the games that will be tempting me.

PC
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (download - $60)
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (download - $40)
  • Outland (download)
  • TinyKeep (download - $15)
  • Shadow Puppeteer (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Metal Slug X (download - $8)
  • Falling Skies: The Game (download - $40)
  • Super Win the Game (download)
  • Silence of the Sleep (download)
  • A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda (download)
  • Left in the Dark: No One on Board (download)

 

360

  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Falling Skies: The Game
 
 
WiiU
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Castlevania: Dracula X (download)

 
PSV
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus Limited Edition
  • Invizimals: The Alliance (download)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe (download - $12.49)
PS4
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Chariot (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Futuridium EP Deluxe (download - $12.49)
  • Second Chance Heroes (download)
     
XBOne
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Chariot (download - free for Games with Gold)
     
PS3
  • Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Skylanders Trap Team
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
  • Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
  • Natural Doctrine
  • Falling Skies: The Game
  • Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day (download)
  • Invizimals: The Lost Kingdom (download)
  • Pier Solar and the Great Architects (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 1 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 2 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 3 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 4 (download)
  • Namco Museum Vol 5 (download)
     
3DS
  • Super Smash Bros. for 3DS
  • Skylanders Trap Team

If you want to find out more details about these titles make sure you check the link below.

Source: ShackNews

Moto360 Battery Dramatically Improves with Update

If you're a fan of the design style of the Moto 360 Watch, but the battery life just wasn't quite enough, things have changed with the latest software update. Motorola has performed some magic and now gives you a much more efficient device that should last you much, much longer (relatively speaking). Before the update, the Moto 360 would barely get you through a 6am - 10pm day (long day), but now users are reporting having almost half the battery remaining. Now these things are starting to get interesting.

The anticipated smartwatch hit the market back on September 5th and within a few hours had sold out on both the Play Store and at Best Buy. However, within days of its release reports started emerging about a significant issue with the battery. According to users the battery simply did not last for a full day’s (normal) usage and this impacted greatly on the perception of the device. The battery issue seemed to be even more prevalent if the Ambient Display feature was activated.

Source: AndroidHeadlines

Apple updates to iOS 8.0.2

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2 which should hopefully solve some of the issues that iOS 8.0.1 caused. So far 8.0.2 seems to be stable and hasn't caused any additional problems and fixed a few of the issues the original patch was trying to fix. The Verge has more details.

At this rate we should be able to look forward to iOS 8.0.18 by next week.

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, a new OS update that promises to fix some issues introduced in iOS 8.0 — but more importantly, quite the mess it left behind with iOS 8.0.1. In a statement to The Verge, Apple says, "We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1." The buggy update went out earlier this week, and was quickly yanked by the company after iPhone 6 owners discovered their phones no longer connected to cellular networks, and that their Touch ID buttons no longer scanned for fingerprints.

Bendy iPhone 6? Not a problem says Apple

One of the big stories around the launch of the iPhone 6 is that it is so big that it is bending in peoples pockets (which could cause major issues). Apparently Apple isn't too concerned and has only received 9 complaints about this issues so far. I'm not sure how they've come up with that number as there are numerous report and videos out there already showing the problem. No word on if Apple will take this more serious once they receive their 10th complaint..... 9to5Mac has more details.

Apple has officially issued a statement regarding the iPhone 6 bending controversy saying the issue is rare during real world use and that it’s only received complaints from 9 customers. Apple adds, according to the reports, that the “new iPhones feature steel/titanium inserts to reinforce stress locations and use the strongest glass in the industry.” Apple also commented that bending is “extremely rare” during normal use and that it performs a number of strength and durability tests (as you’d expect) before it ships new devices 

BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry officially launched the BlackBerry Passport smartphone today and sales went live in the USA. The Passport has attracted a bit of attention with its square shape and combination touchscreen and physical keyboard that was BlackBerry's big feature in years past. Chances are good you've seen a picture as this has been talked about for quite some time now but if you want more information head on over to Computerworld.

The new smartphone went on sale in the U.S. today at ShopBlackBerry.com for $599 unlocked. Several U.S. carriers, including AT&T, are expected to sell the device later this year for about $250 on a two-year contract, BlackBerry officials said. Amazon.com will also offer the smartphone although pricing wasn't disclosed.

Apple releases iOS update, promptly pulls it

Early adopters of the iPhone 6 have been dealing with a few bugs (as can be expected with any new product). Apple decided to try and patch a few things with their new iOS 8.0.1 patch which lasted a whole 90 minutes until it was pulled because it was causing way more issues than it fixed. If you are ok with losing cell service and having the fingerprint reader messed up than read no further, if you would like to find out more, or maybe even figure out how to "downgrade" head on over to ZDNet.

Less than a week following the release of iOS 8, Apple has released the first update to the platform.

Within an hour-and-a-half of it going live, Apple is said to have pulled the update. The update, which was meant to bring new fixes to the latest software, brought more problems than it solved. 

Microsoft: Windows 9 isn't going to be called Windows 9

A senior staffer at Microsoft's France office went on record as stating that "Windows 9 will be released in a few days." Microsoft USA told the media that the president of Microsoft France doesn't know what he's talking about and their is "no name" just yet. Yes there is. It's Windows 9.

Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t. In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it.

Source: TechCrunch

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