NVIDIA pushes software update full of enhancements and fixes to Shield Tablet

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On the same day it releases the LTE version, NVIDIA is rolling out a software update to its tablet. The Shield Tablet is getting a bunch of enhancements and fixes to improve the user experience. Perhaps the most important part of the update is the improved touch performance. For games requiring a touch, this is great. It is even better for the stylus included with the Shield Tablet due to precision getting a boost.

The software update, upgrade 1.2, includes the following:

  • Enhanced SHIELD Hub Features
  • Network Test capability
  • User Customizable ‘My Android Games’ and ‘My Media Apps’
  • Share ‘News’ items, swipe between articles
  • Improved Touch Performance
  • Misc. Stability and Localization Improvements

Source: NVIDIA

NVIDIA Shield Tablet with LTE available for $399

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An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.

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NVIDIA SHIELD getting an update to shoot down some bugs

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The NVIDIA SHIELD portable gaming platform has a new update available, Upgrade 92, that fixes some bugs users were experiencing. Topping the list is a fix for some streaming issues some users were suffering in GameStream. NVIDIA says they also fixed a bug that would replace the Twitch icon on screen and a non-operating Android icon. Other fixes include one for the auto-rotate screen feature and one for an auto turning issue in some racing games that use the gyro-sensor.

If you have an NVIDIA SHIELD, on your device go to Settings -> About SHIELD -> System Updates.

source: NVIDIA

Niantic Labs’ Ingress gets major update today allowing user-generated missions

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Those of you (7 million of you) that play Ingress will love today’s update. A new featured called “Missions” is being introduced that challenges agents to visit a series of places to either hack or capture a portal and solve a puzzle via supplied clues. On top of that, you will also be able to create your own Missions and share them with other Ingress players.

For starters, only a a few select agents will be able to utilize this feature. It will get expanded over the next few weeks and months to all agents level five and higher.


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Finland and New Zealand are the first to get Rovio’s new Angry Birds Transformers game

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Rovio took to its official blog earlier today to announce the soft launch of its new, action-packed Angry Birds Transformers game in both Finland and New Zealand.

Following a successful launch in these two countries, the title will go live in Australia and Canada, closely followed by the United States. It will then gradually move to the rest of the world — all before Thursday, October 30.

Hit the break below to view the full gameplay trailer.


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Star Wars: Galactic Defense coming to Android later this year

star wars galactic defenseStar Wars: Galactic Defense will be coming to Android later this year, combining the Star Wars prequels with classic tower defense gameplay. The game looks entertaining enough, although it’s probably not going to be a revolutionary genre-bending game. The developer has opened early registration for gameplay information and will be giving away some free in-game items for signing up. All you need is an email address to do, and you’ll be among the first to know when the app hits the Play Store.

If Star Wars and tower defense games are two of your hobbies, you can check out some screenshots and footage of the game below.

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Humble Bundle: PC and Android 11 for games at home and on the go

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Humble Bundle has a new package of titles ready to be scooped up by interested buyers that includes titles for both computers and and Android mobile devices. Humble Bundle: PC and Android 11 already includes ten games capable of running on several platforms including Windows, OS X and Linux. Users who use Steam can also access some of the titles through that platform.
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Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

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When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices.
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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage up for pre-order

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The SHIELD Tablet is a pretty good device as is. It has a well-sized display, front speakers, a stylus, and the power of an NVIDIA processor. The two things that the SHIELD Tablet has lacked — a 4G LTE connection and additional internal storage — is arriving soon. The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is now up for pre-order. It costs an additional $100 over the standard 16GB model, priced at $399.

The SHIELD Tablet with 4G LTE and 32GB of storage is certified to work on AT&T’s network. For activating the SHIELD Tablet at AT&T, the carrier will credit $100 to a customer’s bill. So there is a bit of an incentive to use the tablet with AT&T. Of course, it will also work with T-Mobile’s network as well.

Source: NVIDIA