Canon fires product salvo


Canon fires product salvo

Canon has launched a two-megapixel camera.

The PowerShot A200 has direct-print capabilities and a 4x digital zoom. It includes the latest intelligent three-point AiAF (Artificial intelligence Auto Focus) system, which ensures that the subject is always in focus, wherever positioned in the frame, Canon claims. The PowerShot A200 is also capable of capturing short video-clips.

The £199 PowerShot A200 can be connected to Canon’s Card Photo Printers, the CP-100 and CP-10, to produce 4-x-6-inch prints.

Prints without borders
Canon has also released the S820 Bubble Jet printer. It has a high-density print-head capable of delivering a full colour, A4 print in two minutes; and a borderless, 4-x-6-inch full colour print in about a minute.

The S820 includes Canon’s advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology to give the highest control of ink in terms of accurate dot-placement, shape, and density. The six-colour ink-system uses the world’s lightest density inks, Canon says, and when combined with 2,400-x-1,200dpi resolution and ultra small 4pl (picolitre) drop-size, the S820 gives grain-free photographs with up to 49 colour-shades-per-pixel.

The S820 printer is available for £186 (prices exclude VAT).

Apple says Samsung tactics ‘crossed bounds of reason’


Apple says Samsung tactics ‘crossed bounds of reason’

Apple says a request by Samsung to halt a damages retrial, in which the jury is currently deliberating, “crossed the bounds of reason.”

Lawyers for Samsung Wednesday filed an emergency motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh to halt the retrial in anticipation that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office would nullify one of the patents at the center of the case.

The patent, U.S. Patent 7,844,915, covers a single and multitouch zooming method for smartphones and is being reexamined by the patent office to determine if it should have been issued in the first place.

Samsung said the USPTO advised it on Wednesday that it intends to find all claims of the patent are invalid.

“The Advisory Action is the Examiner’s final word on the invalidity of the ‘915 patent. This decision by the PTO jeopardizes the jury’s findings in the damages trial and may render all of the post-trial proceedings a waste of time and resources,” Samsung said in its request.

Apple wasn’t impressed.

“Samsung’s strategy to delay entry of final judgment in this case has crossed the bounds of reason: Samsung seeks to halt the damages retrial in the midst of jury deliberations,” Apple’s lawyers said.

Apple said that Samsung selectively quoted from the USPTO notice and that the decision was only final “unless a timely appeal is filed, or other appropriate action is taken to overcome all of the outstanding rejection.”

Apple didn’t say whether it intends to file an appeal, but noted that it still has time to do so.

“Apple is still within the period during which it may respond to the July 26 final Office Action and persuade the examiner to withdraw the rejection. The Court should deny Samsung’s latest attempt for a stay.”

On Thursday morning, jurors resumed their deliberations in the damages retrial at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose. The eight jurors are trying to decide how much Samsung should pay for infringement of several Apple patents, including the ‘915 patent, in multiple models of its smartphones.

Apple has asked for $380 million while Samsung argued the payment should be $52 million.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Wild Arms 3 rides on to the PS4 May 17 | Wild Arms 3


Wild Arms 3 rides on to the PS4 May 17 | Wild Arms 3

The PS2 JRPG Wild Arms 3 will be available for the PS4 on May 17. The re-release will include trophies and a better resolution.

Recently, via the PlayStation Blogcast, it was revealed that Wilds Arms 3 will be released on May 17. This PlayStation 2 JRPG was speculated for release when an ESRB listing was found back in December 2015. 

The Wild Arms series began in 1996 for the PlayStation and prominently features characters, lore, and a world influenced by American westerns. Developed by Media.Vision, the series went on to see five subsequent sequels. The franchise expanded further as it gained popularity. It inspired an anime series produced by studio Bee Train in 1999, and a manga series following each title.

Wilds Arms 3 was the first title for the PlayStation 2 and was released in 2002. The game follows the tale of heroine Virginia and her fellow adventurers charged with saving the world. Players will discover the truths of the world, the heroes, and even those set to oppose them in a world covered in seas of sand.

The PlayStation 4 release will provide an improved resolution and trophy achievements as well. 

Fans of JRPGs and Westerns can look forward to Wild Arms 3 next week.

Elgato launches EyeTV 250


Elgato launches EyeTV 250

Elgato Systems has introduced EyeTV 250, an ultra-compact TV receiver/recorder for analogue TV.

It’s about the size of the original iPod and takes its design cues from the Mac mini. It contains a powerful hardware encoder that converts analogue television signals into MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats.

The EyeTV 250 will also digitise VHS video tapes and connect video game consoles to the Mac. The product will be available at the end of April for €199 (including VAT).

EyeTV 250 ships with EyeTV 2 TV-recording software, which lets users watch, record, pause, and replay television on the Mac. Recorded shows can be exported to fifth-generation video iPods with one click, burned to DVD with Toast 7 Titanium, and exported to many video formats such as H.264 or Sony PSP.

EyeTV 2 is a Universal application and runs on Macs with both PowerPC and Intel Core processors. It ships with an adaptor cable that accepts Composite and S-Video connections from video sources such as video tape recorders, cable and satellite boxes, or game consoles.

To turn EyeTV and your Mac into a monitor for a game console, Elgato provides a switchable ‘Game Mode’ option for EyeTV 250. This option disables the hardware encoder, routing the video signal directly to the Mac’s screen for zero-latency game play.

Star Wars: Attack Squadrons – All Wings Report In! | Star Wars: Attack Squadrons


Star Wars: Attack Squadrons – All Wings Report In! | Star Wars: Attack Squadrons

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Man Your Ships And May the Force Be With You! Disney Announces New Free-to-Play Star Wars Game!

A Day Long Remembered…

After Disney’s purchase of George Lucas’ Star Wars empire and LucasArts, many wondered what direction their gaming division would take the galaxy far, far away. The release of Disney Infinity seemed to be the one big egg in their only basket. Also, with the new Battlefront on its way for the next-gen consoles franchise signaled that it was not going away, but rather being licensed out.

But, Disney did say after the closing of their Virtual World games and other divisions that the company would be moving in a more social gaming direction.

The newly announced Star Wars: Attack Squadrons from Disney, LucasArts and Area 52 Games seems to fit the bill.

Look At The Size Of That Thing!

 First, Attack Squadrons gets to the heart of Star Wars gaming! 

Battles in space! 
Awesome starships!
Amazing and familiar locations!

This is a game not bogged down in quests or complicated storyline, etc.

Even after Battlefront, Starfighter and the addition of dogfighting to Star Wars: The Old Republic, most never harkened back to the original X-Wing and TIE Fighter game days for intense space combat.

Attack Squadrons promises intense ship-to-ship battles with up to 16 player death matches, team battles, and a Base Defense mode.

Players will also be able to customize their ships and Disney is promising new ship types, items and upgrades on a regular release schedule. The initial artwork shows some classic fighters like the X-Wing, Y-Wing, TIE fighter, TIE Interceptor, Slave I (a Mandalorian patrol ship), and even the Millennium Falcon as well Star Destroyers and Corellian Corvettes. Though, it appears that the larger ships will be part of the game’s Base Defense mode as well as massive space stations.

The game will be Free-to-Play. Winning pilots will also receive rewards for their efforts, but likely Disney will use premium ships, upgrades, and special items etc. as the income base.

Help Me, Obi-Wan!

Recruits can sign up NOW to be part of the Beta testing. Just pop over to Star Wars Attack Squadrons, click on the Beta link and create a profile. Also, you can Like them on Facebook to keep up on any news.

No word yet when the first lucky few will be picked. Good luck out there.

Facebook faces antitrust suit from developer


Facebook faces antitrust suit from developer

Sambreel Holdings and two subsidiary companies that offered advertisement-supported skins for Facebook profile pages filed Monday an antitrust lawsuit against the social networking company in a US federal court, its attorneys said.

The lawsuit charges that Facebook and third-party developers, that have their applications on Facebook, refused to deal with advertising partners that placed their ads on the browser-based PageRage application.

The social networking company also allegedly scanned computer users and demanded that they remove PageRage and the entire Yontoo platform offered by Sambreel, before accessing the Facebook site.

Sambreel in Carlsbad, California, offers software that is used to deliver advertisements. Users of the free PageRage will see additional ads placed by the company while browsing Facebook, it said on the PageRage website. These ads are not the responsibility of Facebook, it added.

Launched in October 2008, PageRage initially included the browser add-on along with an application that operated on the Facebook Platform.

By 2009, Sambreel was asked by Facebook to remove the application from its platform, according to a copy of the complaint on the website of Kotchen & Low, one of the law firms representing Sambreel in the case. Sambreel thereafter removed the application from the Facebook platform.

Facebook made it clear that it did not object to the browser add-on and even offered suggestions on how Sambreel could operate PageRage without the application, according to the complaint.

Between July 2009 and October 2010, PageRage grew significantly, to the point that it had over 1 million users per day and its revenue consistently exceeded US$1 million per month. At that point, Facebook’s attitude towards PageRage changed, according to the complaint.

By the middle of July 2011, PageRage is claimed to have consistently had more than 4 million users per day. From Facebook’s perspective, Sambreel had grown into a legitimate competitor in the sale of online display advertising impressions, leading Facebook by mid-2011 to allegedly boycott Sambreel’s advertising partners, and demand users to remove Sambreel software, according to the complaint.

Sambreel’s largest PageRage advertising partners, accounting for roughly 80 percent of the PageRage advertising revenue, are said to have ceased doing business with it.

Within two weeks of Facebook allegedly pressuring users, Sambreel is said to have lost more than one million users of its products. Facebook agreed to stop its demands on the users only after Sambreel agreed that it would no longer advertise on PageRage, and on Dec. 22 last year Sambreel took down all PageRage ads and stopped generating any revenue through PageRage, it said.

Since the start of 2012, Sambreel claims to have terminated 124 employees and contractors in San Diego County, which was more than half its workforce, stopped the development of new products, and suffered significant financial losses.

The law firm also said it filed a motion for preliminary injunction before the US District Court for the Southern District of California to prevent Facebook from requiring Sambreel’s advertising partners to boycott Sambreel and to prevent Facebook from scanning the computers of users, and forcing them to uninstall Sambreel’s applications before they are allowed access to their Facebook accounts.

The plaintiffs hold that PageRage does not alter the programming of Facebook’s computers or interact with its computers in any manner. Instead, PageRage operates by adding layers to the web browser residing on its users’ computers, the complaint said. The designs added by PageRage are visible only to individuals who have installed the Yontoo Platform and enabled the PageRage application, it added.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Kelly Law Firm in Tempe, Arizona, described PageRage as adware in a blog post in October. PageRage does not make actual changes to Facebook’s site itself when it changes the social networking site’s appearance on participating users’ computers, and merely tweaks the way that Facebook looks when using a particular browser, it said. “It appears unlikely, then, that Facebook would have any grounds for legal action against PageRage’s developers,” the law firm added.

Apple iTunes exclusive: U2 Vertigo


Apple iTunes exclusive: U2 Vertigo

iTunes Music Store UK is exclusively offering U2’s new single, ‘Vertigo’, and the track looks likely to be the most downloaded track yet released through the service.

The release – weeks before the song arrives in other formats – has already climbed to the top of the iTunes download charts. The track’s taken from the band’s forthcoming album, ‘How to Dismantle a Nuclear Bomb’.

U2 fan site Interference.com has a link to a short movie clip of the band performing Vertigo in their Dublin recording studio.

The track has been playing on US radio outlets for three days, and is expected to debut in this week’s Billboard Modern Rock Tracks charts Top Twenty. Interference.com reports a U2 spokesperson, who said: “The track ascended into the iTunes top ten within 24 hours and is on pace to top the list of most downloaded selections”.

Single of the week

This week’s free iTunes single comes from Hot Chip and is called ‘Baby Said’.

Band guitarist and songwriter Joe Goddard said: “I wanted to make an upbeat song with a kind of two-step beat about being lazy and afraid of the outide world – which I am.”

Respawn Issue Clarification On Negative Fan Reaction To TitanFall Player Count Figure "Six vs Six"


Respawn Issue Clarification On Negative Fan Reaction To TitanFall Player Count Figure “Six vs Six”

Earlier today Respawn Entertainment co-founder Vince Zampella confirmed via Twitter that their upcoming multiplayer only FPS, TitanFall will have a maximum player count of Six vs Six i.e a total 12 alongside AI.

TitanFallThis information didn’t got down well with fans and there were some harsh reactions to it on internet. An executive from Respawn Entertainment took to NeoGaf to issue a clarification.

“Lots of armchair game designing going on in here. I’d suggest playing before judging a something as insignificant as a number in a vacuum.
Vince is right – we tried a huge amount of playercounts (all the way down to
1v1 and up quite high) and designed the maps, gameplay mechanics, and entire experience around which played best. If anyone wants to chase the numbers game, perhaps we’re not the experience they’re after? I dunno.
And FYI, for amount of stuff happening at once in a map you’ll be hard pressed to find a game that keeps the action higher. I literally have to stop playing every few rounds because my heart just can’t take it some times.
Remember, you can get out of your Titan and let it roam on AI mode – meaning there can be 12 Pilots wallrunning around, 12 Titans stomping below, and dozens of AI doing their thing.
Oh, and I keep seeing people thinking we’ve got “bots” when we talk about AI. Thats not how they are. The AI in Titanfall are not replacements for human players. Our playercount is not 6v6 because of AI – AI play their own role in the game and are a different class of character in the game.”

TitanFall is one of the most awaited and highly anticipated game of 2014, it is schedule to launch on March 11 for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Meet The Designers: Jefferson Hack And Jonny Johansson, Apple Store, Covent Garden


Meet The Designers: Jefferson Hack And Jonny Johansson, Apple Store, Covent Garden

To celebrate London Fashion Week next week, Apple will be holding a special fashion themed event at the recently opened Apple Store, Covent Garden.

Jefferson Hack of Dazed and Confused, and AnOther Magazine, will be interviewing one of the world’s most exciting new fashion designers, Jonny Johansson from Acne.

The free event takes place on Monday 20 September, and starts at 7:30 pm. The event will also be recorded and made available to download as a podcast from the iTunes Store shortly afterwards.

Apple notes, spaces are limited, customers are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. Apple’s 300th retail store opened in August, with thousands turning up to the opening event.

The Apple Store, Covent Garden is at  No. 1-7 The Piazza  London,  WC2E 8HA. Opening hours are Monday – Friday  9am – 9pm and Sunday noon – 6pm. 020 7447 1400.

More details, including driving directions in central London  and a map, can be found at www.apple.com/uk/retail/coventgarden.

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New Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact trailer is awesome


New Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact trailer is awesome

A 15 second teaser trailer of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact has been released. This new trailer features Naruto, Bee, and Sasuke.

This new short trailer also features a scene where Jiraiya comes down along with Rasengan and then Naruto and Sakura are together punching Kakashi.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact box art

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Impact will launch in North America on 27 September, in Japan on 20 October and on 21 October in Europe. Watch the teaser below for more details: