Welcome to the “Feel Good Edition” of Call of Duty: Black Ops, well at least that’s what I’m calling it. The ultra-violent game is normally just a parade of explosions and stabbings but this video make it seems like something much more light-hearted than that. It not only adds in some much-needed rainbows, but it has awesome sniper killstreaks, great slow-motion action, and some very impressive kills with a variety of weapons. It also completely avoids the ridiculous amount of frustration someone feels when they get no-scoped from across the map.The video was made possible by some very nice editing work from Filip Bongcam and skilled CoD play by Qits. Filip B. has all sorts of cool, well-edited videos at his gaming channel as well.It goes to show much but can be done with some creativity and a video that a lot of people can relate to. Recording and uploading Call of Duty clips is one thing, and they tend to be interesting enough, but some good music, slick editing, and attention to detail can take them to an entirely different level.via Kotaku
Google is already known for its Instant Previews within its search results, but the company announced a new kind of Instant Previews this past Friday. The new previews are designed just for video results.How many times have you been searching for a video online and have had to visit three different sites and watch part of three different videos before finding the right one? Google’s new previews will show you four frames from a video when you click on the little magnifying glass icon. The sound option is automatically switched to off, but you can click it to hear the clips’ accompanying audio. Each clip plays for about five seconds in different parts of the video. Clicking on one of the clips will take you to the full video.AdChoices广告For the most part, you can usually find the video you’re looking for right away through just regular search, but Instant Previews can be really handy when the video results are more diverse and you can’t tell them apart unless you click through the results.Instant previews show up in universal search results, as well as under Google Videos. Not all videos will have this option immediately. Video providers have to opt in to make previews available.Instant Previews for mobile are also available now. Similar to the desktop version, Instant Previews for mobile shows search results in the form of web page snapshots. This way, you can visually compare results without having to go back and forth between sites and search results, and wait for the pages to load each time you do so. To use Instant Previews, visit Google on your Android (2.2 or higher) or iOS (4.0 or higher) device and tap on the magnifying glass next to your search result. Then quickly scroll across previews by swiping with your finger, and then tap the preview to go straight to the page.Read more at The Official Google Blog
It was the defining console for fighting games, and now you can re-live those classic Neo Geo moments with a brand new version of the device. And, get this, the casing is made entirely of wood.It works perfectly with all the old-school Neo Geo cartridges, and even has modern-day inputs to connect to your TV. Back in the day, the Neo Geo was one of the most expensive consoles of all time, so many gamers never had a chance to play it.Unfortunately, this new version isn’t any cheaper. It’s available for $649, the exact same price as when the original system first launched. Though with inflation, it’s actually cheaper now, right? Yeah, tell that to our wallets…Via Game ProAdChoices广告
Six Gran Turismo 5 gamers are in for a treat this coming Labor Day. Former McLaren Mercedes and Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard is set to race them around an as yet unannounced UK track for 10 laps.Each driver will be at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMS SLS, with the one difference being Coulthard will be racing in the real car around the real track. The other six competitors will be doing it on the perfectly recreated version in the game on the PS3.Put an F1 driver in a race against anyone and in any car and you’d expect them to win, but this is different. Can the real take on the virtual and win? I suspect the answer is still yes unless these GT5 players are something special and know a few tricks to go faster without cheating. Games are never perfectly real, after all.Coulthard does make a good point in the video above. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the younger current F1 drivers try and pick up one of the GT5 places for this race just to attempt to beat him. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are well-known for gaming, and I’m sure newcomers like Senna is too. As the final gamers list will be chosen at random they would have to be extra cars on the track, though.The chance of racing Coulthard is worth it not only for the challenge, but also the prize. If you beat him and log the fastest time, you’ve got a free trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27 this year.Wired will be live streaming the event on Monday, so be sure to head on over this Labor Day to see if the real thing can beat the virtual gamer.Read more at Wired
You know that scene in Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark reaches up with his transparent gizmo and takes over the TV’s in the hearing room? It looked so simple, so natural, as he reached up and took over the screen so he could show his videos on them. We’re far away from gadgets actively control another computer from across the room (while keeping us alive and powering our robot suits). Actually, I’m not so sure about that first part after seeing a demonstration of Clik.Clik gives your phone the ability to share a video on any screen with a web browser. Take the browser from any screen — be it a computer, a web-enabled TV, or anything else — head to http://www.clikthis.com. When you arrive at the website, you’ll be presented with a giant QR code… and not much else. Next, you take your iOS or Android device and grab the free Clik app from the Android Market or Appstore. When you launch the app, you’ll see a camera interface with everything but the circle in the middle of the screen shaded. Line up the QR code on the screen you want to take over with the circle on the phone, and Clik will grab control of the screen in about a second. Right now, all you are able to do is show videos from Clik’s customized YouTube system on a screen. You can search for videos you like and as soon as you press play on your phone, it starts to load on the screen. According to sources at Clik, the development team has big dreams of Clik evolving into a portal where you can share many different kinds of content in the same way that the current Clik app works. We’ve got a ways to go before anybody is sitting back in a chair looking smug like Tony Stark, but the Clik app shows some really interesting potential in this space. To be able to just grab someones browser and share your images, music, videos, or whatever else developers come up with is extremely cool.This video basically explains the app:More at Clikthis
Business laptops can be boring. We understand your pain when your system breaks down and it’s time for a thick, hefty BlandBook, in a business-friendly color, with the mandatory optical drive, average about of RAM, and cost effective processor. Sometimes computers exist to get work done — you know it and we know it — but when you have to pick up a work computer, it makes sense to minimize the blandness and minimize the price, so as much as possible can go back in your pocket.This discount on a workstation bundle gets you a Dell Latitude E5520 15.6-inch laptop, a Dell docking station for charging and extra inputs, and a 20-inch Dell E2011H LED-backlit LCD monitor. The base configuration for the laptop is enough to get the job done, but it’s not anything to brag about. It has an Intel Core i3 CPU, 250GB HDD but only comes equipped with a single DIMM of 2GB DDR3 memory (so RAM upgrade is in its future). Graphics are integrated, the 15.6-inch display is HD (but not full HD), and you’ll get a free one-year hardware warranty and Microsoft Office Starter Edition. This laptop is not exactly a killer, but there’s more.The Dell E Series monitor is an excellent add-on for the price. At 20 inches and backlit by LEDs, it’s an energy-efficient bargain. It displays 16.7 million colors, and projects an industry-standard 250 nits.As the for the “workstation” part of the bundle, the dock — or, port replicator — provides all the extra inputs you need for the Latitude laptop. This includes five USB 2.0 inputs, one eSATA/USB combo port, Ethernet, VGA, DVI. This should give you enough space and range for most, if not all, of your accessories.In this case Dell’s gear is exactly on the cutting edge, but if you know you need a docking station and a new monitor, $733 is a great priceStop by Logic Buy for this deal.
An unconfirmed photo has surfaced, claiming to be of a new edition of the iPad 3. There’s no need to hold onto your socks, though. This picture shows one and only one difference from the iPad 3 that everyone has come to know and love: the Lightning port. This is the same connector that was introduced with the iPhone 5.It is expected that this refresh will contain very minor updates, both with hardware and software. Obviously, for the next several months all the real attention will be turned toward the iPad Mini, which is expected to be revealed at a highly touted Apple event tomorrow, October 23.It is at that very event that the new full-size iPad is also expected to make its presence known. The news will likely be swept under the rugs of most major news outlets, but it does give Apple the enviable position of being able to have two “brand new” tablet products on the market in time for the holiday shopping season.The new 9.7-inch iPads are expected to retain the same price as the current models, ranging from $499 to $699 for the WiFi models and $629 to $829 for those equipped with high-speed LTE mobile data.As for the price of the iPad Mini, that remains anyone’s guess, though many estimates peg it around a $250 to $300 sweet spot.Just in case all that isn’t enough for you, it’s also rumored that tomorrow’s event will be a launching pad for an entirely new slate of Mac computers, including ones that use the iPad’s heralded Retina Display technology.In other words, tomorrow is a big day. Get ready for it.Apple.Pro (Facebook page), via 9to5mac
Ever since SimCity launched, there has been a suspicion that the need for the game to always be connected to a server was mainly a form of DRM, not for social game features and multiplayer. Then a Maxis developer came forward to confirm the game doesn’t actually need a server to function, suggesting the information coming out of EA wasn’t the whole truth. Now EA and Maxis have some explaining to do as a modder has managed to get the game running offline indefinitely.The video above shows the game being played offline. The modder states that this can be done for as long as you like without issues. The only real downside being you can’t save the game because it utilizes cloud saves. However, if you reconnect the game it does save, so you can play all day then just go online to save your progress at the end of a session.In order to achieve this offline state, modder UKAzzer had to edit the game code to enable debug mode. This exists so the developer can play around with additional features and test the game. Most of those features are disabled unless you have a developer build of the game, but apparently enabling it on a consumer version removes the need for a server connection while retaining everything you need to play.In fact, it actually improves the game in some ways. City populations are actually tracked correctly and you can edit outside of your city boundaries. Those additional edits are also saved when you reconnect.This revelation will put EA and Maxis in a difficult position. They’ve been adamant all along that the game won’t work without a server connection and offloads a “significant amount of the calculations.” That’s clearly not true, so why has it been used as a reason to explain why an always-connected game was necessary?
As technology moves forward and our media continues to move more toward digital files rather than tangible items we keep on a shelf, the easier it becomes to download whatever we need. Legal ambiguity aside, it has become so easy to download media that even priests can’t avoid the two-click torrent process. Furthermore, it would seem that people in the Vatican not only partake in media piracy, but some pirate adult films.According to TorrentFreak, Paul Flynn owns a DVD rental store in Ireland, and for the past six or so years, a priest has been a regular customer. When discussing movies with Flynn, the priest let slip that he had seen some movies — Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Les Miserables — but Flynn noticed that those movies had not yet been released. Supposedly, the priest says he and a group of fellow priests meet up at a monastery at a weekly film club, which is where they watch the pirated screeners. Essentially, if Flynn is to be believed, there is a monastery full of priests that have a movie piracy club, and they either don’t understand that they’re viewing pirated content, or are totally fine with the idea.The anecdote of priests pirating media piqued TorrentFreak’s interest, and they went ahead and checked out some IP addresses from the Vatican in order to see if what is considered the holiest place on the planet dabbles in piracy. The Vatican is a small region, so there aren’t too many people downloading torrents, but the report did find that a few downloaders were partaking in the protocol. Unlike Flynn’s priests, however, no one seemed to be downloading any screeners, and were only downloading old movies — some of which were over a decade old. A few people were interested in television shows, an even smaller amount of people were downloading music, and only one person had downloaded a game.However, even though the Vatican as a whole doesn’t seem to care all too much about pirating media, what TorrentFreak did notice is that there are a few IP addresses that are pirating porn. Amusingly, there were more IP addresses seen downloading porn than download games or movie screeners. So, while we’re not here to discuss the morality of porn, we are here to point out the interesting piracy breakdown of Vatican inhabitants.
Some early adopters who rushed out to buy the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are no doubt wishing they’d held off and purchased the Google Edition phones instead. Well, you can kiss your buyer’s remorse goodbye: Google Edition ROMs with vanilla Android 4.3 for both are now available to download.The ROM kitchen over at TrickDroid has cooked up the Google Edition HTC One firmware. It brings a stock Android experience (so long, Sense!) to HTC’s new flagship smartphone. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and there doesn’t appear to be any major bugs to report.Meanwhile, the team at Sammobile claim to have an early 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4. They claim that this is from a Google Play Edition variant of the S4, and the build is completely functional when tested on other Galaxy S4’s, but there’s no way to verify the validity of the claim. Since Google has not yet announced Android 4.3, and it doesn’t seem that there are any significant changes to the OS, this could well be a very clever fake with an edited build.prop to say 4.3. Even if the S4 build is not Android 4.3, it is still a high quality build for those who want the Google Play Experience on their Galaxy S4, though it has not been confirmed to work on ever Galaxy S4 yet. Still, based on initial user feedback the HTC One and Galaxy S4 seem to be just fine running the firmware from their Google Edition counterparts.Want to flash your own device? Complete instructions for the HTC One have been posted by Team Venom over at the XDA forums. If you’ve got a Galaxy S4 that’s itching to transform itself into a Google Edition Android 4.3 device, just grab the ROM from Sammobile and restart in recovery mode. They’ve got step-by-step instructions if you’re not sure how to do it.The usual firmware flashing caveats apply, of course: exercise caution, because there’s always the possibility (however remote) that something could go wrong and you could brick your phone.