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NVIDIA Follows Up Shield Handheld with New Shield Tablet

tablet-controller-pair-1280NVIDIA has taken its hardware lineup to the next logical level with its announcement of the new Shield Tablet. With 8″ of diagonal screen space and the powerful new Tegra K1 processor, the Shield tablet addresses the only real issue I had with the original Shield handheld. While streaming PC titles (either from cloud or from your own PC) to a handheld device is great in theory, PC games, with all of their contextual menus and small text, simply don’t translate well to a 5″ screen–regardless of how beautiful it is. With the Shield Tablet, NVIDIA gets to pack in a ton of technology (including larger speakers, thank you very much!), while at the same time giving its users enough real estate to work with without inducing eye strain. As always, NVIDIA gives its customers a ton of extras, meaning that along with the included DirectStylus 2 (as well as the first GPU-accelerated 3D painting app that’s bundled with it), you’ll still get NVIDIA Gamestream, the GRID Cloud Beta and ShadowPlay…all great features that owners of the original Shield enjoyed; you’ll also be able to enjoy Console Mode, which allows you to stream the action to your big screen television in glorious 1080p.

The most surprising part of the package is the price…with the 16GB Wi-Fi model selling for just $299; there’s also a 32GB model with Wi-Fi and LTE, but no price has been announced yet–though we’re thinking $399 sounds about right (NVIDIA is also offering accessories for the tablet, with a wireless controller announced for $59, and a cover/stand which retails for $39). We’re pretty excited to get our hands on the new Shield Tablet and take it for a test drive…but with no official release date announced, we may have to wait a while; in the meantime, you can click here to learn more on NVIDIA’s official site.

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Google’s Nest Labs Paves the Way for Standard In Smart Home Automation

Google-buys-Nest-Labs-750x400Google’s plan for the Nest smart thermostat may go beyond just the thermostat and smoke detector. The company’s Nest Labls unveiled an industry group designed to encourage makers of “smart” devices to lock in their services to a new standard for network communications. The attempt is to lead the way and pave the path for how household devices speak to eachother in homes, cars, and other avenues you can think of.  The new group includes Samsung, ARM Holdings, Freescale Semiconductor and Silicon Labs and is called the Thread Group. In June, Nest said it partnered with Mercedes-Benz, Whirlpool Corp and lightbulb maker LIFX to integrate their products with its thermostats and smoke detectors.

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You can get LG’s flagship G3 on Verizon next week for $99 on contract

Historically, Verizon’s not often the first carrier in the US to announce availability for a new phone. In the case of LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the G3, it’s actually the last. But good things come to those who wait — and are willing to sign…

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Dropcam takes another step towards home security with custom alert zones

For the past nine months, Dropcam’s had a feature that can watch what’s going on in front of its lens, and alert you to certain types of activity. The only problem was that those alerts depended on Dropcam’s computer imaging technologies getting it right, which wasn’t always the case. Today the company’s taken a step to give people manual control of the areas its cameras see with custom activity zones. Users draw these out on Dropcam’s web interface, give them a name, then set up whether or not they want alerts for those regions. When something happens within that specific area, you get an alert — but only then.

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Apple revamps iTunes Extras, adding it to Apple TV now and iOS 8 in the fall

Apple’s iTunes Extras feature has always been extremely limited, but that’s just changed. Previously, only desktop users of iTunes could view extras that came with movies purchased from Apple, things like production stills and deleted scenes. Now, as part of iTunes 11.3 — which went out today — along with a push to Apple TV users running the 6.2 version of the software (which was released last week), iTunes Extras will show up alongside any purchased HD films. Apple is also opening it up for movie studios to add additional content at any time, and for free.

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Gearbox and 2K reveal Battleborn for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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Gearbox and 2K Games yesterday revealed their newest IP coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC next year. Battleborn, from the people who brought you the insanely successful Borderlands 2, is a her0-based first person co-operative shooter in a science-fantasy universe. Judging from Battleborn’s teaser trailer, science-fantasy means elves and wizards fighting robots alongside steampunk mechanical gunslingers. Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software says “Battleborn is the most ambitious video game that Gearbox has ever created.” We’ll bring you more details about the game as they become available over the coming months.

Battleborn is due out on PC, Xbox One and PS4 by March 2016. You can check out the teaser trailer after the jump.

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Nintendo’s 3DS gets its first streaming game this September

 We’ve seen quite a bit of game streaming on PlayStation-branded products, but it looks like Sony will gain some possibly unexpected competition. In Japan, at least. When Nintendo 3DS owners in the region play Dragon Quest X Online (DQXO) come its September 4th launch, they won’t be popping a cartridge into the system. No, like the massively multiplayer online (MMO) game’s mobile version, DQXO on Nintendo’s handheld will use streaming tech along the lines of PlayStation Now or OnLive instead of playing from a local cart or internal storage. As Tiny Cartridge reports, you won’t be able to play in 3D as a result, and you’ll constantly need a WiFi connection to access the game — considering that this is an MMO, that should be expected anyway. However, if you’d rather lay down your cash for a physical bit of DQ gear instead, well, there’s always this Metal Slime smartphone.

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New Watch Dogs DLC Brings New Missions, Fancy Weapons

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Ubisoft are bringing you reasons to revisit virtual Chicago with all new Watch Dogs DLC. The new single player content pack consists of three new mission for vigilante Aiden Pearce as he hacks, sneaks and shoots his way through the windy city. Over the course of the three missions you’ll take down an internet mogul, stop a merger between corporations and the mob and purloin some shiny new weapons from the leaders of a local gang. The new missions also come with new perk and outfit rewards along with new weapons for Aiden.

The new Watch Dogs DLC can be picked up for Xbox One, PC, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3 now for $6.99 or as part of the Season Pass for $19.99.

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Civilization Revolution 2 Now Available On iOS

The latest mobile version of the acclaimed Civilisation strategy series hits iOS devices today. Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 follows on from the original’s pared down mechanics in order to deliver the core elements to a mobile platform. Designed to be played with a touch screen, Civ Rev 2 also boasts a new interface along with the usual diplomatic dealings associated with the Civilisation series. There’s also a launch trailer for the game which you can check out above.

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 is available now on the iOS App Store for $14.99 and is compatible with iPhone 4s, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 and iPad Mini and all models above.

 

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Trials Fusion Season Pass Brings First DLC On July 29

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Trials Fusion will launch its first of six DLC packs on July 29. Riders of the Rustlands will feature 10 brand new tracks, new achievements and dozens of new Track Editor objects, all of which invoke the new DLC’s abandoned industrial feel. The new DLC will be available as part of the new Trials Fusion season pass that will provide all of the six DLC packs for $19.99, with the second, Empire of the Sky, being available later this summer.

Riders of the Rustlands will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PC on July 29 for $4.99 or as part of the $19.99 Season Pass.

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