EA’s Frostbite 3 engine, which underpins many of the company’s next generation titles, looks like it won’t be supported by Nintendo’s Wii U. Johan Andersson, Technical Director of the Frostbite project at EA DICE, says the company tested Frostbite 2 on the console and found the results to be “not too promising,” to the point where it “chose not to go down [the] path” of porting the next version. Leaked slides from earlier this year revealed that EA has approximately 15 games in development that use Frostbite 3, the implication being that Wii U gamers are going to miss out on some fairly big titles, including Battlefield 4, Star Wars, the next Mass Effect and — as Joystiq pointed out last week — this year’s version of Madden NFL. All of this adds up to a notable loss of support for the new Wii, but then again EA games were never really a core part of the Nintendo experience anyway, which has generally tended to be a bit more lighthearted, not to mention songful.
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Source: NeoGAF, @repi (Twitter)
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Those running the dedicated YouTube app for iOS have had TV streaming for awhile… as long as there was an Apple TV in between. Google’s video division is cutting out that middleman with its newly available app update. Similar to what we’ve seen in the Android software, iOS device owners can at last pair directly with some TVs to play and queue videos, even if there’s multiple iPads and iPhones jockeying for attention on the same WiFi network. If your set is left out, YouTube still offers reasons to update — there’s a connection to YouTube Capture for recording, and better playback on a pokey WiFi connection. As long as you’re at least curious about TV streaming beyond Apple’s set-top box, it’s likely worth trying.
Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Tablets, HD, Mobile, Google
Via: YouTube (Google+)
Source: App Store
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This month we’re hearing rumors upon rumors that Samsung will be releasing their second full iteration of the Galaxy Note line with a “2″ model toting a massive 5.5-inch display – but you might want to go ahead and skip it. We’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy Note – the first one – since it
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Can’t unwind without the aid of open spaces? Skippy the robot might be able to help you out. The aptly named bot lets you remotely skip stones across an Idaho pond using a simple web interface. After waiting for your turn in a virtual queue, the machine lets you adjust its aim, tweak the amount of force behind the pitch and dispatch a rock. Best of all, your stone jumping exploits are automatically recorded, letting you show off your skipping prowess. Devised as a way to raise awareness for Idaho’s Sun Valley resort area during the summer months, the mechanical projectile chucker seems to be arduino-powered, and operates only during daytime hours. Check out the source to start pelting pebbles, or venture past the break for two short videos of the contraption in action.
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Browser-controlled robot lets you skip stones remotely, mentally escape the concrete jungle originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jul 2012 00:18:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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A smart-phone add-on enables at-home diagnosis of ear infections, one of the top reasons for pediatrician visits.
Many parents have experienced the angst of a crying baby with an ear infection. Some 30 million medical visits in the U.S. alone are due to pediatric ear infections each year.
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Most every touchscreen in the market today can only register your finger input as coordinates; that’s fine for most uses, but it leads to a lot of double-taps and occasionally convoluted gestures. A pair of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Chris Harrison and Scott Hudson, have suggested that shear touch might be a smarter solution. Instead of gliding over fixed glass, your finger could handle secondary tasks by pushing in a specific direction, or simply pushing harder, on a sliding display. Among the many examples of what shear touch could do, the research duo has raised the possibility of skipping through music by pushing left and right, or scrolling more slowly through your favorite website with a forceful dragging motion. The academic paper is still far away from producing a shipping device, although a Microsoft doctoral fellowship’s partial contribution to funding the study indicates one direction the technology might go. You can take a peek at the future in a video after the jump — just don’t expect a tablet-based Van Gogh this soon.
Continue reading New shear touch technology lets you skip a double-tap, push your device around (video)
New shear touch technology lets you skip a double-tap, push your device around (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 May 2012 01:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Those with Android 4.0 phones like the HTC One X have been left out of watching HBO Go and Max Go on the road so far. New updates to the respective mobile apps take care of that: either premium channel will now stream directly to a phone running Google’s latest OS (assuming you’re subscribed to pay-TV, that is). Speed-ups and bug fixes are in the upgrades, too. Oddly, Android 4.0 tablets have yet to make the leap, ruling out your Transformer Pad TF300 for catching up on episodes of True Blood.
HBO Go and Max Go get Android 4.0 phone support, skip tablets for now originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 05 May 2012 11:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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