Daily Archives: January 20, 2015

HTC One (M9) Photos And Specs Allegedly Leak

htc-one-m9-leak-frontThe HTC One (M8) was easily my favorite Android smartphone in all of 2014. It had a beautiful design, offered great performance, and featured a battery that could last you all day long. The only major problem with the phone was its gimmicky 4 MP “Duo” camera, which didn’t stack up too well against other flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Apple iPhone 5S.

Well, it looks like HTC has actually listened to the feedback, with alleged new photos of the HTC One (M9) showing a visually similar design to its predecessor without the gimmicky Duo camera setup. The leaked photos show a device that looks nearly identical to the One (M8), with the only real difference being the single rear camera with a squared design on the back compared to the last year’s rounded dual cameras.

htc-one-m9-leak-rearIn regards to the specifications, so far this is what (we think) we know:

  • 5 inch 1080p display (440 PPI)
  • 2 GHz Snapdragon 810 64-bit Octa-core processor with Adreno 430 graphics
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 20.7 MP rear camera, 13 MP “selfie” camera
  • BoomSound front facing speakers

Of course, the photos and specs above are just rumors and speculation at this point as nothing has been officially announced by HTC. But the good news is it shouldn’t be too long before we know for sure, with HTC’s “utopia in progress” event scheduled just a few weeks away on March 1, 2015.

Source: NoWhereElse (French)

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12 Monkeys: Episode 2 Review

Note: Since this episode was already available online to cable subscribers via On Demand or on Syfy.com this past weekend, IGN is running this review early with full spoilers. It will also air on Syfy on Friday, January 23rd at 9:00pm ET/PT. It seems that they Syfy may have only made the episode available for a limited window though if you can’t find it – so suffice to say, we’ll re-promote this review Friday if you want to wait until then to read it.

The second hour of 12 Monkeys introduced us to two great new characters who look to play a major role in the rest of the action.

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Revisit Alchemilla Hospital in Silent Hill-Based Source Mod

While you’re patiently waiting for Silent Hills, a Half-Life 2 mod called Alchemilla is here to try to quench your old-school survival horror thirst.

Named after and set in the medical center visited in the first Silent Hill game, Alchemilla is a free Source engine mod, spotted by PC Gamer and available to download from ModDB.

Alchemilla is not directly related to Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s Silent Hills, nor is it an attempted remake of any Silent Hill game.

It follows an original storyline with a new character and “its own secrets to solve,” according to its ModDB page. It was developed by a group of modders called White Noise.

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Star Wars Rebels: “Idiot’s Array” Review

Note: Given this episode has been available on WATCHDisneyXD and iTunes for the past week, we’re publishing it before it airs Monday night, so note that full spoilers follow.

As excited as I was to see Lando (voiced by Billy Dee Williams, no less!) on Star Wars Rebels, I was a bit wary of this episode coming just a week after Yoda’s appearance, as it felt like it might be a bit too much, too fast, in regard to the Big Star Wars Guest Stars, and not giving the central characters enough time to grow on their own.

This is just the tenth episode of Rebels and we’ve already seen Darth Vader (well, in one version of the premiere), C-3P0, R2-D2, Yoda and now Lando – plus, a hologram appearance by Obi-Wan Kenobi. And no, I haven’t forgotten Bail Organa either, though he’s not quite on the icon level like everyone else mentioned. Suffice to say, the show is firmly establishing its ties to the more familiar parts of Star Wars – particularly where the original trilogy is concerned (it sticks out to me that they have gotten the original trilogy actors to voice all of their characters, but not the prequel actors).

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How You Can Help Put a Stop to Broken Games

Let’s face it: many gamers love looking backwards with rose-tinted glasses. As a retro-minded gamer myself, I’ll be the first to admit that. For as much as I adore many of the titles I played in my younger years, it’s impossible to deny that games are leaps and bounds ahead of where they used to be. Gameplay remains king — and many of the games of yore are out-and-out master classes of gameplay — but the spectrum of gaming has grown enormously, along with the ambition behind what we play. From a bird’s-eye perspective, video games have never been better.

But there’s a darker side to gaming that most of us have become all-too-familiar with. With technological advancement comes the ability for game developers to tell new stories, pioneer new modes of gameplay, and give players unique ways to interact not only with the game itself, but with other people around the world. On paper, it’s a marvelous time to be a gamer. Yet, these sorts of advancements have come with an undesirable, ugly truth: some high-profile games simply aren’t working the way they were designed to work. Hell, some just don’t work at all. And that’s simply inexcusable.

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T-Mobile can’t afford to keep going, parent company says

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While T-Mobile and its UnCarrier strategy are great for customers like you and me, apparently it’s not the best for business.

Tim Hoetthes, CEO of T-Mobile US’ parent company Deutsche Telekom, said in an interview with Recode the company’s current path is unsustainable and something needs to change. … Read the rest of this post here


T-Mobile can’t afford to keep going, parent company says” is an article by iDownloadBlog.com.
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Amazon to Begin Making Films for Theatrical Release

Amazon Studios is expanding its business to the big screen.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Amazon is set to begin producing and acquiring its own original films, putting them out for theatrical release followed by release on Amazon Prime four to six weeks later. Amazon is planning to put out about a dozen movies per year.

“We look forward to expanding our production efforts into feature films. Our goal is to create close to 12 movies a year, with production starting later this year,” Amazon Studios vice president Roy Price said. “We hope this program will also benefit filmmakers, who too often struggle to mount fresh and daring stories that deserve an audience.”

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