No Fallout 4 Announcement At The Game Awards 2014, "We're Not Showing Anything At Game Awards" says Bethesda


No Fallout 4 Announcement At The Game Awards 2014, “We’re Not Showing Anything At Game Awards” says Bethesda

Bad news for Fallout series fans, there won’t be any Fallout announcement at “The Game Awards 2014” as Bethesda Softworks won’t be showing anything at the event, but will make an appearance at the event to support Machine Games, the developer behind Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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The announcement was made by Bethesda Softworks via their official Twitter account. This is what the exact tweet from them reads: “PSA — We’re not showing anything at the Game Awards. We’ll be there to support @MachineGames.”

Fallout 4 has been rumored to be in development at Bethesda, but the studio has not provided any single hint or shared an update. In fact, Bethesda openly denied all reports as “FAKE” , of the trademark that appeared on the internet. Disappointed with this news or you guys were expecting this from Bethesda? Share your views with us in the comment section below.

Spencer talks about E3 2014, State of Decay MMO for Xbox One, new plans details next month and more


Spencer talks about E3 2014, State of Decay MMO for Xbox One, new plans details next month and more

Microsoft Xbox Division boss Phil Spencer via Twitter has shared some new details about what all things are coming at E3 2014, State of Decay MMO for Xbox One and his views on NDP March 2014 sales figure.

Xbox OneOn E3 2014, Spencer said:

“Its going to be Huge, important show for us”

“Bringing more than hype, bringing games.”

“More excited than nervous. The Xbox team is working hard to make the show great.”

When asked whether Microsoft will announce any major features or service apart from game for Xbox One at E3 2014? he replied:

“We will be talking about our monthly updates going into E3, I’m spending a lot of time with team lately prioritizing features.”

On his absence from Twitter for past few days, Spencer replied that he was working on new plans and fans will hear about them in next month at E3 2014.

“Been working with new on our plans. You’ll hear more in the next month and at E3. I’ll have more time to answer now.”

When asked for an update on State of Decay MMO for Xbox One, Spencer said:

“SoD is important to us. @undeadlabs has a good plan for the franchise and it’s bigger than a DLC expansion.”

Lastly, Spencer added that Microsoft is in the next-gen console battle to win it. When one Twitter user tweeted: “I know you want to be cool. But don’t forget you said you are in it to win it, curb stomp the competition Phil.”

Spencer replied: “Definitely in to win. We need to do more, that’s 100% of my focus.”

The strategy from Microsoft is pretty clear, all major announcement related to Xbox One will be coming at E3 2014 and it will mostly be about games. After Titanfall, there’s isn’t much exclusive content announced, whereas Sony already have few in the pipeline such as “DriveClub, The Order: 1886, The Last of Us: Remastered and many more”.

So it will be interesting to see how successful this strategy of Microsoft would be. What do you guys think? Share your views with us in the comment section below.

Apple taps multi-touch in Motorola patent lawsuits


Apple taps multi-touch in Motorola patent lawsuits

Apple’s patent lawsuit against Motorola is just another thread in a rather complicated litigation web, but it’s also unique for busting out multi-touch, a hallmark feature of modern smartphones.

In total, Apple is wielding six patents across two lawsuits against Motorola, as detailed on Patently Apple. The lawsuit is a counter-attack against Motorola, which in October claimed that Apple infringes upon 20 of its patents, so 26 patents are actually in play.

But the two patents that raised my non-lawyer eyebrows are the following:

Ellipse Fitting for Multi-Touch Surfaces: “Apparatus and methods are disclosed for simultaneously tracking multiple finger and palm contacts as hands approach, touch, and slide across a proximity-sensing, multi-touch surface. Identification and classification of intuitive hand configurations and motions enables unprecedented integration of typing, resting, pointing, scrolling, 3D manipulation, and handwriting into a versatile, ergonomic computer input device.”

Multipoint Touchscreen: “A touch panel having a transparent capacitive sensing medium configured to detect multiple touches or near touches that occur at the same time and at distinct locations in the plane of the touch panel and to produce distinct signals representative of the location of the touches on the plane of the touch panel for each of the multiple touches is disclosed.”

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You don’t have to be a master of legal jargon to see that both patents involve touching a screen with multiple fingers at the same time. Apple has never used these patents for lawsuits before, and from what I can tell, Apple’s lawsuits against other smartphone manufacturers, such as HTC and Nokia, don’t specifically target multi-touch.

The closest Apple has come in the past is with “Touch screen device, method, and graphical user interface for determining commands by applying heuristics,” applied against both HTC and Nokia. This was once regarded as Apple’s key multi-touch patent, but as Engadget’s Nilay Patel points out in January 2009, there’s really nothing multi-touch about it. The patent simply covers the way an iPhone can tell if you want to scroll up and down only, or side-to-side as well, based on the angle your finger hits the screen.

This seems kind of crazy now, but there was a time when other smartphones didn’t use multi-touch. After Palm broke the mold with the Pre, and didn’t get sued, Android followed, and multi-touch is now a standard smartphone feature. According to one rumor, Google had a gentleman’s agreement with Apple not to use multi-touch in Android, as part of a fragile partnership between the two companies. Apple and Google are now bitter smartphone rivals, so the agreement has presumably fallen apart.

Apple won’t attack Google directly in court, so for now Motorola’s taking the blame for allegedly using one of the iPhone’s most important features. The implications would appear to be huge, but as with all the other patent lawsuits in play, this one’s not going to be resolved anytime soon.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Press Kit Unboxing


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Press Kit Unboxing

YouTube channel JeuxActu has just delivered an Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End press kit unboxing, providing us with some details about what lucky journalists and press members are receiving right now in time for their game reviews releasing, it seems, pretty soon.

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

The press kit includes a lenghty and pretty good looking artbook, which we suggest you to skip in case you don’t want to have any spoiler, together with a poster featuring golden Uncharted 4 characters (it’s limited and numbered) and a letter for reviewers from Naughty Dog.

There is also a reproduction of Drake’s coin which Nathan is carrying over all the Uncharted games and a map that is actually printed behind the post we talked about few moments ago.

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is releasing on May 10 exclusively for PS4.

Adobe’s ‘economic’ Expo no-show


Adobe’s ‘economic’ Expo no-show

In a shock move, Adobe is not exhibiting at the forthcoming Macworld Expo in New York.

“Economic reasons” have been cited for the software company’s absence. Cheryl Edwards, Adobe’s public relations director, told MacCentral that Adobe (whose latest brand slogan is, ironically, “Everywhere you look”) would still sponsor a breakfast for Mac User Group leaders, and will sponsor the Mac User Group Newsletter Design Contest.

Several other companies have told Macworld that “extraordinarily high” costs are associated with the New York show. Union fees for staff on corporate stands have forced several other companies to withdraw from this year’s show.

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The company has been criticised for its lack of Mac OS X support. Only Acrobat Reader has been Carbonized to run natively on Mac OS X.

Edwards, however, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to the Mac OS X platform.

She said: “Adobe supports the direction Apple is taking with OS X – delivering a powerful desktop platform with enhanced stability and reliability for the Macintosh customer.

“Adobe remains committed to supporting OS X natively in future releases of our flagship products, and we will communicate updates to customers, partners and the press on the status of our products.”

A Carbonized version of Photoshop is not expected to be released until December 2001 at the earliest.

Adobe UK declined to comment.

Google’s Maps iOS app gains more search tools in update


Google’s Maps iOS app gains more search tools in update

Google on Tuesday pushed out an update for its Maps iPhone app designed to make it easier for users to search for local businesses and contacts in their address book.

The new version features several new search functions. With people, for example, the app now lets users search for individuals by name to see where they are located, provided that the addresses for users’ Google Contacts on file are up-to-date.

The app also includes a way to search for local places by category such as restaurants, bars, cafés and gas stations. After a user taps the search box, a horizontal menu appears that the user can expand to display nearby places of the category they choose.

After a business is selected, a tab at the bottom of the screen displays Zagat ratings and Google user reviews, which can be expanded to provide more information including driving directions, photos and street-view images.

Visually, the new nearby search’s interface bears some resemblance to Facebook’s mobile Nearby search tool, which displays local businesses to users based on friends’ interaction with those places.

Google Maps users can also now choose between kilometers and miles for their preferred distance units.

The update adds further polish to an app that many iPhone users have already gravitated toward after Apple CEO Tim Cook was forced to apologize for glitches seen in Apple’s native Maps app that began shipping with iOS 6 last September.

Google’s mapping application was dropped with that version of iOS, but it was made available again in Apple’s App Store in December following Apple’s stumbles with its own application.

The free update is available now in Apple’s iTunes store in 29 languages including English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Hebrew.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach’s e-mail address is [email protected]

See also:

Google Maps vs Apple Maps turn-by-turn Sat-Nav test

Apple Maps blamed for potentially dangerous Australian bushfire app inaccuracies

Google Maps for iPhone review

Google Maps’ return to iOS may not be permanent, says analyst

Apple hiring 10 new iOS software engineers to help improve Maps

Second Son Doesn't Have Multiplayer | Infamous: Second Son


Second Son Doesn’t Have Multiplayer | Infamous: Second Son

Despite the rumors, the latest inFamous installment won’t offer multiplayer action.

Not every game in existence requires multiplayer.

While we’ve heard rumors that Sucker Punch’s inFamous: Second Son will feature a multiplayer option of some kind, the official confirmation is simple: No.

According to UDN reporting on the Taipei Game Show (as cited by DualShockers), Brand Development Director Ken Schramm has clarified that Second Son doesn’t have multiplayer “in the game’s design.” Personally, I’m now even more excited for the game, because it means the developer spent 100% of its time and resources on creating an awesome campaign.

Schramm dished out a few other intriguing details; for instance, players will be able to tackle optional quests (common in open-world sandbox experiences), but we’ll need to be careful. Choosing good or evil means certain situations will be “irremediably lost,” which forces us to think before acting. This isn’t new, though; we had that mechanic in the previous inFamous entry.

Lastly, the main character, Delsin, won’t be able to use different elements at the same time. He’ll be able to use smoke and neon (and a few others we don’t know about yet), but each element will have a meter. Presumably, when that meter runs dry, you’ll have to either replenish or switch to a different power.

Multiplayer isn’t a deal-breaker for this game

I know everyone these days thinks a video game needs multiplayer. I’ve never believed that. In the case of Second Son, I’d only view it as a potential asset, and an unnecessary one at that. Besides, even if it did offer multiplayer, who’s buying it specifically for that reason?

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’s invites us to Claptrap’s mind in Claptastic trailer


Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel’s invites us to Claptrap’s mind in Claptastic trailer

2K and Gearbox Software announced the fourth piece of DLC for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Claptastic Voyage. just a few days ago, and today, they’ve released the first trailer introducing us to it.

Claptastic Voyage will take us through the digital mind of Claptrap as Handsome Jack has found something of use inside the bucket of bolts. The DLC pack will feature an all-new story campaign, unique enemies to battle, and new weapons. The pack will also include the Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 2, which will raise the game’s level cap to 70, giving each character 10 new skill points to earn.

Claptastic Voyage will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on March 24th.

Apple shops in PC World


Apple shops in PC World

Apple has opened two more shops inside branches of high street computer retailer, PC World.

These are dedicated areas of PC World shops that stock the full range of Apple laptops, desktops, software and accessories. They are staffed by Apple-trained salespeople with expert knowledge of the company’s products.

Apple opened its first such shop at PC World, Enfield, in June. The company now has similar shops hosted at branches of PC World in Croydon and Staples Corner.

The Apple shops also host a variety of regular product and software demonstrations.