Twitch is an extremely popular streaming service that’s dedicated to streaming video games. It’s available natively on Sony’s Playstation 4, it’s coming as a native app to Microsoft’s Xbox One, and it’s a very popular service on its own. One place it hasn’t had much success with has been mobile games, however.
Mobile games may not be killing traditional video game consoles like some people believe, but there’s no denying they’re growing in popularity. Twitch knows this, and they’re working on an SDK for mobile developers to allow users to not only view game streams, but to also broadcast streams of whatever game they’re playing on their mobile device. Twitch already has an excellent SDK in place for console and PC games, so a mobile option would be the next piece of the puzzle. Read more
A new prototype Google Glass app from Emotient, a San Diego based startup, is designed for reading specific emotions and facial cues through Glass’s camera. Any face that passes into a Glass wearer’s field of view can be recognized, and the app is able to recognize general sentiment, such as positive, negative, or neutral, and different emotions ranging from simple emotions like joy, surprise, sadness, fear, to more complex emotions like frustration and confusion.
The app doesn’t record or send off any information it interprets, so there isn’t much of a privacy concern here. Emotient said a prime example of how its app could be used would be in a retail environment, where a store could gauge guest’s emotions and reactions to find pain points in their retail experience, or to help employees who aren’t great at picking up on social cues.
The idea behind this app seems a little crazy, but at the same time, it’s amazing how advanced Google Glass can really be.
source: PC Magazine
According to the AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, the device subsidy model that is currently employed by many phone companies is changing. In an address at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, Stephenson said that AT&T competition changed drastically last year, sparked mainly by T-Mobile, who is moving away from contracts and subsidies.
According to Stephenson, the average customer now has a lot more transparency, and understands more about what phone carriers are offering them. Consumers are also now choosing to pay more upfront for their devices in favor of lower monthly rates.
The Samsung Galaxy S 5 might not be the complete refresh of the device some were hoping for, but that hasn’t stopped potential customers from being interested. T-Mobile got 100,000 pre-registrations in two days, and a week later, that number has climbed to above 300,000. Pre-registrations should not be confused with pre-0rders, as these pre-registrations are interested consumers who have signed up to receive information on pre-order and availability information. Still, quite impressive.
Sprint already began KitKat rollouts for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and Note 3, and today the carrier announced which other devices will receive the new operating system. Sprint still has plans to update the Galaxy Note II, S 4 mini, S III, Mega and Tab 3 7.0. Timing for these releases has not yet been announced. Some of the features the update includes are Location Menu, Enhanced Messaging, and Updated Lock Screen Features.
The Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 has arrived on Verizon. It’s priced at an enormous $849 outright, or $749 for a two-year contract. Considering its big price tag, it might just make sense to buy the device outright without a contract. Still, Verizon has made the LTE-capable device an option.
The NotePRO 12.2 is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and packs a 12.2-inch display with a 2560×1600 resolution. Other specs include 32GB storage, microSD, S-Pen support, a 2MP front camera, 8MP rear camera and a 9500 mAh battery. The device is available straight from Verizon’s website, via the source link below.
If you are looking for a surreal journey through a new virtual dimension, soothed by the sounds music, the new title Smash Hit may get you part of the way there. However, your relaxation will be broken by the sound of breaking glass and other objects being smashed as you employ destructive physics models to journey as far as possible into this new environment. You may not find yourself relaxed either as Smash Hit requires some focus, concentration and good timing. Read more
Today, Spotify announced the acquisition of Echo Nest, which is a “music intelligence” company that determines recommendations for listeners. The key here is that Echo Nest is used by many of Spotify’s competitors like Rdio.
Echo Nest will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Spotify and will honor any existing contracts. A Spotify rep told Engadget,
“In the few cases where The Echo Nest does work with direct competitors we will work with them to understand these relationships and determine the next business steps. The Echo Nest will meet all contractual obligations to all customers.”
Just a couple days ago we reported on QuizUp, the popular trivia game, making the move to the Android platform. At the time it appeared a public release would take place next week. However, beta testing must have gone extremely well as the title is now available in Google Play. The game lets you challenge friends online or take on random players from around the globe in a head-to-head trivia competition. QuizUp developers say there are over 400 topics available with new ones being added every week. Read more