Final Fantasy VII costume pack for LittleBigPlanet will launch tomorrow


Final Fantasy VII costume pack for LittleBigPlanet will launch tomorrow

Final Fantasy VII Costume Pack for LittleBigPlanet 2 will launch in Japan tomorrow. The DLC will feature Cloud, Sephiroth, Aerith, Tifa and silhouette character.

FFIV costume pack

Final Fantasy VII Costume Pack for LittleBigPlanet 2 will be available for ¥600 for the set of five. Gamers can buy each of the characters except silhouette character for ¥200 each.

Aion 4.0 Closed Beta Hits Chinese Servers in March | Aion


Aion 4.0 Closed Beta Hits Chinese Servers in March | Aion

China’s getting Aion 4.0 soon. Very soon. A few weeks soon.

We knew we were going to be behind the Asian servers, right? It should come as no surprise that China will be getting Aion 4.0 just after Korea, but a closed beta launch as early as March 13 is much sooner than anyone expected.

4.0 is currently being released in waves in South Korea, with a brand new update released today and the third and final large patch being implemented on – dun dun – March 13. The Chinese servers will be seeing similar rolling patches through the year.

Aion CN is one of the last versions of the game still running on a pay to play model and retains its popularity in the country.

We still have no news of Aion 4.0 heading to North America or Europe yet. NCSoft has given small glimpses to its player base but has not announced when the update will be coming over. Aion EU is still way behind, sitting on patch 3.5. It will be a long time until 4.0 sees the light of day over there.

Apple closing in on top five ranking in global PC business


Apple closing in on top five ranking in global PC business

Apple is rapidly closing in on taking a top five spot in terms of global PC shipments, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.

Though Lenovo grabbed the headlines for taking third spot in the worldwide PC shipments stakes, behind HP and Dell but ahead of Acer and Asus, Apple posted strong growth the second quarter of 2011, the company said.

Apple’s PC shipments in the second quarter of 2011 amounted to 3.8 million, up 13.6 percent from 3.3 million in Q2 2010, according to IHS iSuppli’s figures.

Apple recorded the third highest year-over growth in desktop shipments among the Top 10 PC original equipment manufacturers, with only Lenovo and another Chinese company, Haier, experiencing larger expansions.

“The PC industry at present is enjoying strong demand driven by efforts among information technology (IT) departments of corporate entities to refresh their hardware. The healthy corporate demand allowed the Top 2 PC vendors—Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc.—to maintain their leadership positions.”

Microsoft next to face instant search lawsuit


Microsoft next to face instant search lawsuit

MasterObjects, a software development company, added Microsoft to the list of companies it is suing for infringing on a patent for technology that displays potential completed search terms as users type into a search bar.

MasterObjects filed similar suits against Amazon and Google in March.

Like those complaints, this one charges Microsoft with infringing on a patent MasterObjects received last year. MasterObjects says that it notified Microsoft in May 2008 of the patent.

Microsoft uses the technology in several products, including Bing, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and mobile applications that Microsoft offers for iPhone and Android users, MasterObjects alleges.

MasterObjects has been selling products based on the patents since 2004, it said.

The company similarly charged Amazon with infringing the patent in its “search suggestion” feature, which displays a drop-down list of potential search terms as users type into the search bar on Amazon.com. It alleges that Google infringes the patent in Google Instant, Google Suggest and in the search box in Android.

All the cases were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Other companies, including Yahoo, also use technology for displaying suggested search terms to users.

Microsoft did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

iTunes ‘Live From London’: Kate Walsh


iTunes ‘Live From London’: Kate Walsh

Apple has announced Kate Walsh will perform an acoustic set at the Apple Store, Regent Street next week.

The latest in the iTunes ‘Live From London’ series of events, Walsh will take the stage on 22 May at 9pm.

Walsh will be singing songs from her new album, Tim’s House, which reached number one in the UK iTunes album chart, Apple claims.

The 23-year-old Brighton-based chanteuse delivers her own brand of acoustic folk/rock with a lyrical twist. She said: ““I’m really proud of the new record and I can’t stop listening to it”.

You can listen to four tracks from Walsh through her MySpace page.

Cro-Mag shareware released


Cro-Mag shareware released

Pangea Software has launched a shareware version of the Mac-bundled game, Cro-Mag Rally.

The new version flavour is identical to the boxed version that’s priced at £39.99 (inc VAT).

The game is aimed for those that wish to download the game off the Internet.

Players simply download the game and buy a registration code through Internet shareware registration service Kagi.

This shareware game adds to Pangea’s stable of shareware games that includes Bugdom released March 1.

Cro Mag Rally is part of a games bundle that ships with new Macs.

Mortal Kombat first gameplay video shows Kratos in action


Mortal Kombat first gameplay video shows Kratos in action

A very first Mortal Kombat gameplay video footage has arrived on internet, and guess what the footage feature God of War’s Kratos in action.

Mortal Kombat

You can watch the video below, to watch Kratos you have to wait for sometime as he appears after 1 minute and 17 seconds.

Mortal Kombat is slated to launch on April 19. Earlier this month official Xbox360 achievement site revealed complete achievement list for Mortal Kombat along with details about the secret achievements, and with that they also revealed two unlockable characters. Want to know the details about these two unlockable characters click here.

One-inch hard-drives ‘next year’


One-inch hard-drives ‘next year’

Toshiba should release sub-1-inch hard drives in 2004, with samples on view at Las Vegas’ giant CES trade show in January.

The move could herald a move to a smaller form-factor for Apple’s market-leading iPod music player, as Toshiba produces the 1.8-inch drives currently used in that product. Reducing iPod size would still be limited by that of the product’s battery-pack, however.

Toshiba has furnished no further details of the drive, although industry sources say that Toshiba and several other companies, including Matsushita are developing drives with 0.8-inch or 0.7-inch diameter platters. That’s smaller than the CompactFlash form-factor Microdrive produced by Hitachi, which is based on a 1-inch platter, and less than half the size of the 1.8-inch drive used in the iPod.

“Disk drives are going into more and more applications,” said Thomas Coughlin, president of storage market analysis company Coughlin Associates, during a storage industry conference in Tokyo in November: “Companies are looking at 1.8-inch, 1-inch and possibly 0.8-inch or 0.7-inch drives.”

Shipments to increase

His predictions for the hard-disk drive market have 1.8-inch and smaller drive shipments reaching 3.3 million drives this year and climbing to 23.7 million drives in 2008 or, as a percentage of the overall disk drive market, from 1.4 per cent this year to 5.3 per cent in 2008.

These are expected to appear in products that require high-capacity data storage in a small form factor, such as MP3 players, handheld digital video players and other portable consumer electronics, and even some mobile phones.

Mass-market acceptance of Apple’s iPod and other products implementing Toshiba’s 1.8-inch drive technology have already encouraged Toshiba to double production of such drives to 600,000 units per month by March 2004.

Flash-memory storage is the medium of choice for many portable consumer electronics products at present, although small form-factor hard-disk drives offer advantages in several areas over solid-state memory: they cost around 30 per cent of flash storage alternatives, and that price advantage grows as capacity increases.

At present the market for 1.8-inch and smaller class hard-disk drives is dominated by two Japanese companies – Toshiba in the 1.8-inch space and Hitachi in the 1-inch space – but competitors are emerging to grab a piece of the action.

“Hitachi has been until recently the only player in the market and we expect them to continue to be the technology leader,” said Thomas Su, chief technical officer of GS Magicstor (a competing manufacturer), at the same Tokyo conference. “Cornice has enjoyed some early success with a proprietary interface. But we expect many players will come into the market sooner or later. It’s a matter of time.”

Microsoft HoloLens Tech Specifications Revealed


Microsoft HoloLens Tech Specifications Revealed

Lucky Windows Central guys already owning Microsoft HoloLens ran Aida64 mobile on the augmented reality device, finally discovering what’s in it in terms of specifications. The hardware itself is nothing magical, but the American platform holder is said to be getting “terabytes” of information out of it.

Hololens Specs

The Intel Atom processor is part of the Airmont family (Braswell) and runs at 1.04GHz. Although being able to run 64-bit, it’s just doint 32-bit for unspecified reasons. RAM is only 2GB, while the internal storage is pretty good in relation to the amount of GB required by apps – 64GB.

Is this up to your expectations? Do you think this is enough to make HoloLens the top selling AR device and ultimately open a brand new market in the entertainment and gaming business? Let us know in the comments below.

  • OS: Windows 10.0.11802.1033, 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Atom x5-Z8100 1.04 GHz, Intel Airmont (14nm), 4 Logical Processors, 64-bit capable
  • GPU/HPU: HoloLens Graphics
  • GPU Vendor ID: 8086h (Intel)
  • Dedicated Video Memory: 114 MB
  • Shared System Memory: 980 MB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 64GB (54.09 GB available)
  • App Memory Usage Limit: 900 MB
  • Battery: 16,500 mWh
  • Camera Photos: 2.4 MP (2048×1152)
  • Camera Video: 1.1 MP (1408×792)
  • Video Speed: 30 FPS

World of Warships Celebrates Launch With Streams, Giveaways, German Battleship 


World of Warships Celebrates Launch With Streams, Giveaways, German Battleship 

Normally, when a ship launches, there’s a grand ceremony and a bottle of champagne that gets shattered against the hull. While Wargaming doesn’t seem to be sacrificing any alcohol today — well, not on the hull of a ship anyway — it does have plenty of other stuff to celebrate the full launch of World of Warships.

Ranked battles officially go live today, and there’s a 3x XP bonus for your first win of the day until Sept. 21. You can also tune into the Wargaming Twitch channel from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. PDT, where the team will be streaming gameplay and giving away prizes. Or, for more guaranteed loot, complete this survey about Wargaming’s livestreams to get 250 gold or doubloons.

Along with the launch comes the game’s first German ship, the enormous battleship Tirpitz, which can be yours for a not-insignificant number of deutsche marks. This is probably why Germany racked up so much debt in the World Wars…