It doesn’t move and it certainly doesn’t transform, but we’re still not sure we’d stand anywhere near this jagged metal contraption ripped right out of the silver screen. The giant Megatron tank replica fromTransformers: Revenge of the Fallen not only looks like it’d grind us up like so much beef beneath its spiky treads, it reportedly weighs five tons and stands eight feet tall. It’s allegedly constructed entirely out of scrap metal by a designer known as “Steel Legend” — a honorific that we imagine few will dare question now. If only it could take on junkyard Optimus Prime in a Beijing Battle Royale. More pics of the tank at our source links below!
When Deus Ex: Human Revolution launches, two things are going to happen: 1) People are going to inevitably compare it to Mass Effect 2 and 2) Fans of the original game are going to find a prequel that carefully and methodically takes its cues from Warren Spector’s masterpiece. I know it’s not actually out and I didn’t get to toy around with the final product, but my near three hours playing through the beginning of the game and its first major mission were incredibly telling of what Eidos Montreal is trying to accomplish here. This is going to be a special game.
— Sounds like it’ll be very special indeed. Now… when is it coming out? >.<
Organic semiconductors have been teasing us with the possibility of computationally-inclined clothingfor years, but until now we could only dream about our pants being the computer. That dream is closer to reality than ever, as researchers from IMEC have created a cheap (potentially 1/10th the cost of silicon chips), bendable microprocessor by layering a plastic substrate, gold circuits, organic dielectric, and a pentacene organic semiconductor to create an 8-bit logic circuit with 4000 transistors. Executing 6 instructions per second, these things won’t be challenging Watson any time soon, but the chips should prove useful in creating cheaper flexible displays and sensors to tell us whether that week-old chicken in the fridge has gone bad. The trick was to overcome individual organic transistors’ variable switching voltage thresholds — as opposed to silicon’s predictable nature — that eliminated the possibility of organic-based logic circuits previously. But by adding a second gate to each transistor, IMEC was able to control the electrical field in each to prevent unwanted switching and usher in the dawn of plastic processors. The zenith of nerd fashion can’t be far behind.
So it’s perhaps not the most original moniker that Apple and Intel could have chosen, but it’s here just the same. After years of waiting Apple has launched its implementation of Intel’s Light Peak standard and it’s called Thunderbolt. It’s making its appearance on new MacBook Pro models and it’s promising 10Gb/second transfer rates. That’s dual-channel, too so you’ll get 10Gb/sec both to and from your devices. Apple suggests this will be useful for external RAID arrays, Gigabit Ethernet adapters, and also mentions support for “FireWire and USB consumer devices” along with HDMI, DVI, and VGA over DisplayPort. Apple expects that Thunderbolt will be “widely adopted as a new standard for high performance I/O,” but we think the USB 3.0 crew might have a thing or two to say about that. Full PR is embedded below.
Welcome to the device that expands Android beyond the hand-written letters it’s been in the past and turns it into a full-fledged book of a device. Optimized for its size, power, and intended set of purposes, this Motorola XOOM tablet has been fitted with Android mobile OS version 3.0 Honeycomb, that being the first version of the operating system made specifically for the tablet environment. What we’re going to be doing in the following post is breaking this device and its installed operating system into questions and answers so that you the potential user and Android enthusiast can get a grip on the next generation of Google-powered device.
Mozilla’s Firefox browser will be ready in weeks, for devices with Android operating system. - said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla’s Mobile Director, in Mobile World Congress 2011.
Firefox 4 for Android is currently at the fourth beta version, wich will be followed by only one beta, and maybe an 2 RC release.
This version of Mozilla’s browser will also be available to Nokia Maemo too, but not for iOS, Symbian, Windows Phone or Blackberry operating systems. At the time of the release, about 150 add-ons will be available for the browser.
Mozilla’s future plan is to make more than synchronization, they want to let the users, fully customize the browser. For example, the browser can automatically log in to sites, or know our bank account number.
If you want to try out the beta of this software on your PC, go to this website.
Hey look at that! The rumors were true. Apple will be holding a media event on March 2nd… and Engadget will be there live covering the whole thing. As you can tell by the image above (sent with the invite), this is going to be all about tablets - iPads, to be exact.
As we put rubber to road on our Motorola Xoom review, it’s important to note that it was only a matter of time before the Android army delivered a proper iPad competitor. Moto’s partnership with Google (and use of the 3.0 version of its mobile operating system, Honeycomb), has made that assumed inevitability a very serious reality.
— What is with android and lack of polish? There is absolutely no harm in going slow and getting it right. In either case, I still want one. >.<~
There’s not a scrap of evidence to back this rumor, but everything seems to line up: CNET reports that Apple will announce “a new high-speed connection technology” soon — and Intel’s Light Peak seems to be a shoo-in for the job. We’ve long known that Apple’s been secretly backing the 10Gbps interconnect, but with a likely MacBook Pro refresh right around the corner and Light Peak allegedly due for a 1H 2011 launch, it seems the time for action could be right around now. It also doesn’t hurt that this latest rumor comes from CNET, actually, as we’re pretty sure the publication has an inside source. The very same reporter wrote that Light Peak would be downgraded to copper, a full month before Intel would admit anything of the sort.
Sony has announced the release date for Infamous 2. The game will ship in North America on Jun. 7, 2011.
Additionally, Sony confirmed the Infamous 2 Hero Edition will be released the same day for $99. It includes a 8.5” Cole MacGrath statue, a sling pack modeled after Cole’s in-game gear, the Infamous #1 mini comic from DC Comics, game soundtrack, and a voucher code for a collection of in-game content.
Sony wasn’t fooling around yesterday when it announced it would be taking action against PlayStation 3 owners using illegal hacking software and homebrew applications to play pirated games.
An IGN tipster forwarded us an e-mail from Sony yesterday night asking him to remove his software hacks from his console or he will be banned from PlayStation Network.-
"Consumers using circumvention devices or running unauthorized or pirated software will have access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through PlayStation 3 system terminated permanently," a representative said in a statement given to IGN.
"Users can continue to use the PS3 system offline or use services that do not use PlayStation Network."
The letter in full has been posted below:
Notice: Unauthorized circumvention devices for the PlayStation 3 system have been recently released by hackers for the PlayStation 3 system. These devices permit the use of unauthorized or pirated software.
Use of such devices or software violates the terms of your “System Software License Agreement for the PlayStation 3 System” and the “Terms of Services and User Agreement” for the PlayStation Network/ Qriocity and its Community Code of Conduct provisions.
In addition, copying or playing pirated software is a violation of International Copyright Laws. A circumvention device and/or unauthorized or pirated software currently resides on your PlayStation 3 system. Immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from your PlayStation 3 system. Failure to do so will result in termination of your access to the PlayStation Network and access to Qriocity services through your PlayStation3 system.
A great trailer can get you pumped for a videogame, but let’s practice some cautious optimism.
The trailer for Dead Island, scheduled to launch for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC at some point in 2011, is a riveting tease of the long-delayed zombie shooter. It may be the best videogame trailer I’ve ever seen; gorgeous, well-edited and emotionally engaging. The music is somber and the visuals are utterly harrowing. It makes the oversaturated zombie genre seem appealing again.
Only thing is, this isn’t really a game trailer in the traditional sense. It’s not a series of clips from the game. It’s a short film that takes place in the world of Dead Island.
“This trailer is meant to be illustrative of a scenario that might befall a typical vacationing family on the island,” a representative for publisher Deep Silver told Wired.com. Though the trailer is said to capture the game’s solemn tone and setting, it is not the same thing.
If Dead Island’s experience and emotional impact are anything close to this trailer, it could be a great game. But perhaps we should wait until we actually see the game itself before we start drawing those links.
Natalie “Kommodore” Thompson just joined the rarified ranks of Zune Guy and the BlackBerry Storm Cankle Man with her very own Android tattoo. While obviously a fan of the brand new mobile OS, she says she did it mostly to show her support of open source in general, and ol’ Tux lost out to the more-adorable little green bot (known affectionately around the Engadget HQ as “Marvin”). Add in that shutter shades t-shirt — for a 100x multiplier — and we’re likely dealing with our very first fit-for-society tattoo nerd. Too bad she only dates robots.
It’s the viral video du jour that they’re all talking about; the Adelaide, Aus., TV news anchor who leveled a sports reporter with a ‘tiny penis’ joke during a live broadcast. (Video following the jump). Belinda Heggen appeared on Nova 919, an Australian radio show, this morning to explain what happened. Do the two have a romantic history? What was the station’s reaction? Is Aiston mad?
The writer had to be cagey in his recent interview with ComicsAlliance - where he confirmed that our own David Uzumeri’s Johnny Storm analysis was right on the money - but Jonathan Hickman has revealed more of his plans for Marvel’s first family with the news that Spider-Man will be joining what’s now called The Future Foundation. Along with the wall-crawler come radically new costumes for Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman and the Thing that make it plain that the old idiom of the Fantastic Four died with the Human Torch, and that March’s FF #1 is going to be be a startling change in the history of these beloved characters.
What if you had a swimming pool that could change shape according to your needs? Enter the Hydrofloor, a multitasking pool floor that can actually rise and lower to different levels. The pool can even disappear entirely to form a floor! This neat disappearing trick is also a huge energy saver, as the pool water is insulated and retains heat when not in use. — That is so neat.
Google has already confirmed that its Honeycomb and Gingerbread iterations of Android would becombined in the next version of OS — dubbed Ice Cream by all accounts — and it’s now also providing a few more details about what Honeycomb features will be carried over to smartphones. Speaking toPhone Scoop, Google Android Engineering Director Dave Burke said that the contextual “action bar” at the top of the screen on Honeycomb tablets will be used on phones as well, but that the system bar at the bottom of Honeycomb might not make the transition. You can apparently expect the so-called “hologram” visual style of Honeycomb to carry over though, along with the multitasking app switcher that provides a snapshot of each app running. That’s about all the details there are at the moment, but you can be sure we’ll be digging for more.
America, the champion of democracy and freedom, actually has more Internet censorship than some countries in Africa and South America according to an infographic based on Internet censorship research conducted by the OpenNet Initiative.
The U.S. and Canada are listed as “some censorship” along with much of Western Europe. Russia and Australia ranked lower as “Under Surveillance,” while China and parts of the Middle East ranked at the bottom for “Pervasive Censorship.”
As for what kinds of content is censored, the research found that “blogs” were the most censored content at 20% while “militant groups” only ranked at 1%. Surprisingly, locally focussed NGOs tied for third-most censored at 9%.
We heard the news was coming, and now it’s official — Borders, the second-biggest bookstore chain the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy. As expected, the company will continue to operate while it restructures, but it will hardly be the same company it once was. It’s being forced to close around 200 (or 30 percent) of its stores, and it may need to close another 75 if it’s not able to gain some concessions from landlords, according to Bloomberg. This is news on Engadget, of course, because Borders has also been trying to compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble beyond its core brick-and-mortar bookselling business in recent years (and not exactly succeeding). While the company hasn’t produced its own e-book reader, it has partnered with Kobo to sell its device, and it has established its own e-book store that’s also used by its various e-reader apps for smartphones and tablets. There’s no indication as of yet that the bankruptcy will affect those endeavors.
Update: Kobo has now commented on the situation on its blog, saying that Borders’ bankruptcy means “nothing” for Kobo customers, and that it is an “independent, financially secure company.”
Here’s an interesting figure: Valve makes more money per employee than Google or Apple. While we can easily figure out how much the publicly traded Google and Apple make per employee, estimating what Valve pulls in is trickier. Valve has done quite well selling video games – over 12 million copies of Half-Life 2 alone – but Valve is even better at selling everyone else’s games – not just its own – in Steam.
Steam is an online video game distribution program owned by Valve; it controls an estimated 50-70% of the $4 billion per year market for downloaded games. Valve’s founder, Gabe Newell, says that the 250-person company brought in “high hundreds of millions of dollars” in 2010. Although, they have not released their financials, over 30 million people using Steam so it’s easy to assume they are doing as well as he says.
The company is valued at $2-4 billion which is reasonable considering Zynga’s value of $4-6 billion – and they got that just from some farm game. However, it’s funny that a company that isn’t dealing in advertising or shiny gewgaws is actually making the most cash per capita.
CUPP’s original prototype wasn’t exactly gorgeous, but the premise was sound — couple an ARM platform with an x86 CPU in order to give consumers the ability to run a desktop OS and a low-power OS such as Chrome OS or Android. It’s a tactic that has far-reaching potential…
Though rumors (and some slick yet ultimately fake video evidence) to the opposite effect has been circling ‘round the internet for some time now, Rocksteady game director Sefton Hill confirms in a recent IGN interview that Batman: Arkham City will be “a ‘single-player only’ experience.” According to Hill, the developer didn’t want to lose resources that could have been spent on perfecting the solo campaign. “With the game now coming to the final stages, I can honestly say it would not have been possible to deliverArkham City the way we wanted to if we’d have added multiplayer.”
Well, shoot. We were really holding out hope for a Batman and Robin co-operative mode, in which one player does all the crimefighting while the other comments on things that are holy — until being bound and captured by lower-echelon thugs. Oh, well!
For more info on things that are actually in the game (including classic supervillain Hugo Strange), check out Rocksteady’s discussion with IGN. — Good work Rocksteady, focus on what’s important. Not many game companies would do the same thing and that’s why they bring out rubbish year after year.
A WEBSITE claims to have discovered the holy grail of soft drinks - the secret recipe for Coca-Cola.
This American Life claims it found a list of ingredients for Coca-Cola, a secret that has been closely guarded for more than a century, in a 40-year-old newspaper.
It says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a photo of a book containing a hand-written replica of the original recipe in 1979.
The recipe, which can only be mixed by two Coca-Cola Amatil executives in the world, reportedly contains the exact measures of all the different oils needed for Coca Cola’s secret ingredient, “Merchandise 7X”.
Despite making up only one per cent of the drink’s total formula, Merchandise 7X is what gives the popular soft drink its unique taste.
The recipe is said to be similar to previous lists made by those who have tried to uncover the secret ingredients, including Mark Pendegrast, the US author of For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Joe Jacobs, owner of the pharmacy where Coca-Cola was first served.
Rumoured to be guarded 24 hours a day in a vault, the official Coca-Cola recipe has been one of the most closely guarded trade secrets since the popular soft drink was concocted by medicinal chemist John Pemberton in 1886.
The drink can now be bought in more than 200 countries around the world.
The secret recipe:
Fluid extract of Coca 3 drams USP Citric acid 3 oz Caffeine 1oz Sugar 30 (it is unclear from the markings what quantity is required) Water 2.5 gal Lime juice 2 pints 1 qrt Vanilla 1oz Caramel 1.5oz or more to colour
Warner Bros. today confirmed the initial casting for the Mortal Kombatlive-action digital series, which began shooting in Vancouver this month. Both Jeri Ryan (who spilled the beans last week on Twitter) and Michael Jai White will reprise their roles as Sonya Blade and Jax, respectively, from last year’s “unofficial fan short” Mortal Kombat: Rebirth — which was actually a totally professional pitch for a reimagined MKfilm, made by director Kevin Tancharoen. (While he didn’t land the movie deal, Tancharoen did secure a gig directing, producing and co-writing the upcoming digital shorts.)
Joining the duo of do-gooders will be Kano, played by Darren Shahlavi, who voiced one of the Tier 1 Operators in Medal of Honor and was an uncredited “Persian” in 300 — so, obviously, dude knows how to fight. Surely, punches will be thrown and blood will be spilled as Tancharoen and cast resolve this storied love triangle in a hurry.
The Mortal Kombat digital series is expected to span nine short episodes and will also feature Scorpion, Sub-Zero and additional characters from the game’s universe. The shorts will be “available online” this spring, in conjunction with the April 19 release of the new Mortal Kombat game. “BTW, just finished reading the whole script for Mortal Kombat," Ryan recently tweeted. “Holy crap… I think u might just love it.”
Even in its “standard” magnesium alloy body, the Leica M9 is an exclusive piece of kit that prices out all but the most fervent and deep-pocketed rangefinder lovers. Nonetheless, Leica has a habit of putting together even more limited editions of its shooters, one of which has recently been subjected to a thorough unboxing and video overview. Only 500 special edition Titanium M9s cameras have been produced, each one individually numbered and costing nearly £20,000 (or about $32,000) in a set with a Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 lens, also made from titanium. With a full frame 18 megapixel CCD sensor and dual image processors inside, it’s a fully fleshed-out beast of a portable shooter, but you’d probably expect nothing less given the fact it costs more than most cars. Go past the break to ogle this special M9.
We’ve all been witness to bad parking jobs at the local supermarket or your neighborhood library, but rarely do you encounter people quite this bad or selfish with their parking acumen. These are the drivers you’re going to want to avoid for sure. Or at least make sure you’ve got a good insurance policy.
So the story goes that some store-bought Norwegian butter was eaten away to reveal a very special Android-powered surprise at the bottom. It looks to us like the butter could have possibly been packed back in after the fact to create the effect, but even so: if you’re willing to sacrifice a Tattoo in such spectacular fashion, you deserve a little recognition.
Geez, it’s been a long weekend of almost incessant Galaxy Tab II teasing, but the time has come: Samsung’s finally releasing the official details of its 10.1-inch, Android Honeycomb tablet to the world. Contrary to the leaks, the tablet is called the Galaxy Tab 10.1 — grabbing its moniker from the screen size, obviously — and like the rest of the upcoming Android 3.0 tablets it’s powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, will be available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, and has a front-facing 2 megapixel camera as well as a 8 megapixel imager around back. — See… now that looks cool.