MADFINGER Games, makers of the very popular Shadowgun, just announced their upcoming title called Dead Trigger. It’s a first person shooter and zombies are involved so we’re already excited. The storyline is that the world has collapsed due to a strange infection that turns regular people into zombies. You guessed it, you need to take the zombies down with your collection of weapons.
Dead Trigger will be compatible with many devices, but they will release a NVIDIA Tegra 3 version which promises to be console quality. It also supports game controllers so you can connect your device via HDMI to your big screen and play it like it was an Xbox 360 or a PS3. MADFINGER games was able to maximize what the Tegra 3 offers by adding ragdoll physics, volumetric fog, specular lighting, and enhanced fluid and water. You won’t find anything like this in the standard version.
The MOTOACTV sports/fitness watch seemed cool when it first launched, but I must say, Motorola has done a fine job with updates and has really made it the best watch to own, even if you’re not a fitness nut. This latest update (version 7.2) now allows you to see Facebook updates and read your Twitter updates. Plus there are more options for golf, better workout planning, and so much more. To get the update, just plug your MOTOACTV into your PC or MAC. Hit the break for the full list of enhancements.
It looks like Google is going on the offensive by filing an antitrust suit against Microsoft and Nokia in Europe. Google is actually calling this a defensive measure, and their complaint is that both Microsoft and Nokia are using proxy companies like Canada-based Mosaid Technologies to enforce their patents and share the revenues derived from them.
As you know Nokia is now making phones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Because of this, Microsoft and Nokia formed a cross-licensing deal for their patents. Shortly after that was in place, Mosaid bought an entity called Core Wireless, which owned 2,000 patents and patent applications originally filed by Nokia. Google is alleging that Nokia colluded with Microsoft and Mosaid, and as a result, reversed course on their commitment to open-source software.
Last week the jury found that Google didn’t infringe on Oracle’s patents, but there was still a big issue at hand. Were Oracle’s Java API elements copyrightable? Judge William Alsup made the ruling yesterday and he found that the API’s aren’t covered under copyright law so basically this dismisses the previous infringement claims outright. The Judge said the following:
In closing, it is important to step back and take in the breadth of Oracle’s claim. Of the166 Java packages, 129 were not violated in any way. Of the 37 accused, 97 percent of the Android lines were new from Google and the remaining three percent were freely replicable under the merger and names doctrines. Oracle must resort, therefore, to claiming that it owns, by copyright, the exclusive right to any and all possible implementations of the taxonomy-like command structure for the 166 packages and/or any subpart thereof – even though it copyrighted only one implementation. To accept Oracle’s claim would be to allow anyone to copyright one version of code to carry out a system of commands and thereby bar all others from writing their own different versions to carry out all or part of the same commands. No holding has ever endorsed such a sweeping proposition.
At this point Oracle’s only options are to leave it alone or appeal. They most certainly will appeal, but things look dismal. At this point they will only receive $300,000 for statutory damages. We have statements from both Google and Oracle after the break.
I can’t believe we’re already at week 3 for our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaways. That means this is the final one. Congratulations to Eric To who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Eric picked the newly released Sonic 4 Episode II for Best Overall Gameplay.
A special thanks has to go out to both NVIDIA and ASUS for providing these awesome prize packs. Don’t forget there’s still time to get your votes in at NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site for a final chance to win one of these prize packs. It ends today so don’t forget to vote if you haven’t already. The Players Choice Award winners will be announced next week at E3 so stay tuned.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is taking the world by storm. We’re hoping to see it in North America in a few weeks, but it also looks like the folks in Australia are going to get some GSIII lovin’ as well. Virgin Mobile is taking orders now with delivery in 2-3 days, that is if you’re ordering the 16GB Marble White version. The 16GB Pebble Blue is supposed to arrive in early June and the 32GB version won’t be available till late June.
As to pricing, they start at $47 per month and go as high as $64 per month. Hit the source link for more info.
The UK Post Office is going to rollout contactless payment technology on June 6. The overall plan is to hit 11,500 branches, but initially the focus will be on 200 branches near the Olympic Games venues in London. By October all 11,500 branches should be onboard, which will make the UK Post Office the biggest user of contactless payment technology in Europe.
MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave cards will be supported as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). Phones equipped with NFC can pay transactions up to £20. Unfortunately Google Wallet isn’t available in the UK, but there are many Android phones that have NFC like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that will be able to utilize the service.
We already reported that there is a good possibility that T-Mobile might have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stores on June 20, and we just received further confirmation. During a live stream of the Vodafone GSIII launch in Australia, June 20th was mentioned as the “first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York.” Not sure why New York would specifically be mentioned other than it could mean that it will get unveiled on that date in NYC (and not officially released).
With Canada also getting the GSIII on the same day, it looks like it could be a special day for all of North America especially if the U.S. version gets 2GB of RAM just like our friends up North are getting.
Google Translate is now at version 2.4 and with it comes a design overhaul to the new Holo theme. This theme is what gives it the Ice Cream Sandwich look. More languages have been added, but we’re not sure how many. As of right now it can translate 64 different languages via text and 17 languages via spoken words. Last but not least, they added Esperanto translation. Hit the break for download links.
The Santa Clara codename is finally dropped and UK’s first Intel-powered smartphone will be the San Diego. It will debut on June 6 on pay-as-you-go for £200 with a £10 credit. If contract prices is more your cup of tea, pricing will start at £15.50 per month for two years. The bad news is that it’s still running Android Gingerbread, but they say Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive in September. Make sure to check out our hands on at CTIA.