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+ - Ubisoft hands out Nexus 7 tablets at Watch Dogs event->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With Watch Dogs launching across current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as PC next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs.

One such event was held last week in Paris, and it has been revealed by attendees that Ubisoft decided to give everyone who turned up a Nexus 7 tablet. Why? That hasn’t been explained officially yet, but you can see how this can be viewed negatively. After all, these are the individuals who will give Watch Dogs a review score, which many gamers rely on to help them make a purchasing decision."

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+ - PowerVR "Wizard" GPU Is First Mobile Gaming GPU With Hardware Ray Tracing->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Imagination Technologies, the people who make the PowerVR line of mobile GPUs, have unveiled a new mobile gaming GPU ("Wizard") that does realtime ray tracing in hardware, at gaming frame rates. It has long been predicted that 3D games would eventually begin to employ true ray tracing to create computationally expensive visual effects like realistic reflections, refractions, shadows and lighting in realtime games. The PowerVR "Wizard" GPU is the first mobile GPU that can do just that in hardware. It remains to be seen how many commercial game engines, game development studios and mobile games will decide to make use of this new interesting new hardware capability. The question whether rival GPU manufacturers like Nvidia or AMD will also jump on the ray tracing bandwagon and put hardware ray tracing units in their future GPUs is also open at this point. If the hardware ray tracing trend catches on, however, and the hardware needed for it becomes mainstream, and more powerful in time, it could make for interesting virtual experiences like "true photoreal VR" when used in conjunction with a VR headset like the Oculus Rift for example."
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Crime

More Trouble In Apple's App Store 186

Posted by kdawson
from the phish-travel-in-squools dept.
quickOnTheUptake writes in to update the story of foul play in Apple's App Store, which we talked over on Sunday. The Next Web, which broke the story, now provides evidence of rampant App Farms used for theft in the store. Here is a summary of the problems TNW has seen, which includes large-scale break-ins of the App Store accounts of users worldwide. Apple has responded to the initial reports, has disabled the account of the initially fingered rogue developer, and has called on those whose accounts were misused to change their password and credit card. Both TNW and Engadget, at least, believe the problems go far deeper than Apple is admitting.
Iphone

+ - best smartphone to use with external keyboard (?)

Submitted by anapsix
anapsix (1809378) writes "My department is upgrading our work-phones and team members are asked to pick a phone they would like to get.
I really would like to get something with a keyboard, so Motorola Droid comes to mind. Except, I don't really like the keyboard it has. The keys are not rounded, which makes it hard to "feel" them.
iPhone 4G sounds tempting, but I don't like Apple's "we'll tell you what to like/want" policies, etc.. Nexus one is fine (though I already have it as a personal phone), but doesn't have physical keyboard and not as convenient for a lot of typing.
What I want, is to have a decent size screen and either a good build-in keyboard or have an ability to connect an external keyboard for on-the-move SSH capabilities.
The way I see it, iPad with a keyboard dock it a way to go.. but I doubt I'd be able to convince my management to buy an iPad with a dataplan for me and other admins on the team.
Do you know of a good external keyboard, which works well with Android phones? Anything like that for an iPhone?"
Apple

The Safari Reader Arms Race 210

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the prefer-paper-rock-scissors dept.
JimLynch writes "Apple, by adding Reader to Safari 5, is essentially trying to force an e-book style interface onto the web reading experience. It will never work out over the long haul because web publishers will resist and the end result will be an arms race, with publishers on one side and Apple on the other." Another unmentioned issue is that sometimes it doesn't work. I've found pages where content is omitted from the reader UI.
Books

Apple Censors Ulysses App In Time For Bloomsday 333

Posted by timothy
from the aren't-most-publishers-corporations-already? dept.
Miracle Jones writes "Apple has censored a 'Ulysses' comic book app — just in time for 'Bloomsday' — because of a picture of Buck Mulligan's stately, plump cartoon penis. Not since Amazon removed digital copies of '1984' from people's Kindles while they slept has there been such a hilarious episode in the ongoing slapstick farce 'Let's See What Happens When Corporations Become Publishers.'"
Australia

Australian Buyers Say They Were Told "No iPad Without Accessories" 412

Posted by timothy
from the side-deal dept.
CuteSteveJobs writes "Australian iPad buyers have been forced to buy all manner of unnecessary add-ons, including screen protectors, docking stations, covers, chargers, and extended warranties, due to a reported official Apple policy. Shoppers reported sales assistants said it was 'company policy' or 'Apple policy' to sell the devices only with accessories, or not at all. A store manager for Authorised Apple Reseller JB Hi-Fi said it was 'a bad policy but it was Apple's policy and they couldn't sell one without it.' Other customers were told they must 'buy a Telstra SIM because the iPad is locked to Telstra,' even though it wasn't. The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission and Consumer Affairs are investigating the complaints."
Science

+ - Laser turns 50->

Submitted by sonicimpulse
sonicimpulse (807688) writes "It was dismissed by some scientists as "a solution looking for a problem."

But when the first working laser was rolled out 50 years ago this week — developed at California's Hughes Research Laboratory — it didn't take long for the hyperfocused beams of light to find work.

Having fascinated science-fiction fans since the origins of ray guns in the late 1800s, lasers (literally "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation") have become common in modern life.

From talking on the telephone to listening to a CD, laser technology makes a lot of what we do happen."

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OS X

+ - Steam and Portal avail on Mac on May the 12th->

Submitted by sebvajda
sebvajda (953303) writes "The official press release is out, starting tomorrow May the 12th, 2010, the Steam platform will be available for download on Mac OS/X.
The fist game that will have native port will be Valve's Portal and Runic Games' Torchlight.
In addition, the native OS/X port of the Source engine is made available to licensees as well as the Steamworks development and publishing tools."

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