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Break Every Bone In Your Body (In A Fun Way) With Trials Fusion

The infuriatingly difficult but hugely addictive Trials series comes to next-gen consoles with Trials Fusion. The new game (for which you can check out the launch trailer above) offers an unlimited array of obstacles and challenges for you to throw yourself into as you race against the clock. The new physics system now incorporates tricks and you can also race your friends in your own specially created tracks.

Trials Fusion is available now on Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS4 with the PC version coming April 24

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PS4 Cracks 7 Millions Sales Worldwide

ps4-large-580x412Well at this point, it may be clear who the strongest contender in terms of sales is for this console generation. The PlayStation 4 has this month surpassed 7 million sales worldwide in the almost 6 months since its North American début, outselling the Xbox One. However the Sony console is currently available in 72 countries while the Xbox One has yet to launch in all of its planned markets. That said it’s still an impressive achievement for the PS4 and SCE President Andrew House says that Sony are looking forward to “delivering new user experiences that inspire and engage”.

You can check out the full Sony press release after the jump.

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Burger King Gets Upgraded Wifi Courtesy of AT&T

Screen Shot 2014-04-16 at 10.18.50 AMWith wireless internet access playing more of a role in our daily lives, it should come as no surprise that the places that we shop and eat are making a greater effort to be “more connected;” after all, the longer customers stick around to surf the web, the more likely they are to make more purchases. Starbucks got on the WiFi bandwagon pretty early, and it wasn’t long before McDonald’s followed suit–and now Burger King, with help from AT&T, has just upgraded its free WiFi service in all of its U.S. locations. Dubbed Whopper Wi-Fi, the upgraded service promises not only better connectivity, but also an easier and more customizable setup for customers. How does it all work? I’ll let you know on this week’s episode of YourTechReport Radio; because if having a Whopper and fries helps me bring our readers and listeners the information they need, I’m more than willing to put in the time.

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Sid Meier Taking Us Beyond Earth In New Civilization Title This Fall

No, Firaxis. No, you can’t do this to me. I barely managed to pull myself out of the hole I was in last time. Now there’s space involved… Fine, I accept my fate. …. *ahem* So this weekend at PAX East, 2K and Firaxis announced the next big title in the Civilization franchise. Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth takes off from where most Civilization games end–as the human race sets off into space to find new worlds to colonize. The launch trailer above certainly sets the scene for a very different Civilization setting than we’ve seen before…

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is scheduled to become a massive time sink for Windows, Mac and Linux this fall.

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Xbox One System Update Brings Friends Notifications And More

13860588215_589a6510f8_oThe April update for the Xbox One should be rolling out to consoles right about now. This new update brings a few much requested features to the Microsoft console including notifications that show when your friends sign in to Xbox Live–so no more constantly checking the Friends app to see if people have come online. According to Major Nelson’s blog the full list of features included in the update is as follows:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system settings and you’ll be able to use it next update. It will only show as available when there is an update to take.

The update should be available now or within the next few days as it rolls out to all regions.

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Nintendo Dropping Price Of Five Best-Selling 3DS Games

3dsxlcropNintendo is offering 5 of the best selling first party titles for the 3DS for just $29.99 each from April 22. Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. 2, Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D will be available in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and in retail stores at a cut price, and Nintendo hasn’t attached an end date to that price drop. So if you’re looking to beef up your 3DS game library and haven’t yet picked up any of the above titles, it looks now’s the time.

 

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Netflix streaming speeds on Comcast jump 65 percent after controversial deal

Netflix customers on Comcast are already seeing the benefits of a controversial pact between the streaming service and cable provider. Comcast jumped five spots in Netflix’s ranking of ISP performance for the month of March. It now sits in fifth place, delivering an average streaming speed of 2.5Mbps — up from the 11th place spot it held in February, when Comcast delivered a pitiful 1.15Mbps average to Netflix subscribers.

“This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix,” said Netflix. It’s also a great illustration of what happens when Netflix pays off cable providers to speed things up: Comcast now charts above Verizon FiOS and even Time Warner Cable,…

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James Dyson wants to build a giant floating vacuum to clean rivers

Thanks to his vacuum cleaners, famed designer James Dyson is already helping to keep homes clean all over the world — now he wants to do the same for the Earth’s water. Dyson has detailed a concept he’s tinkering with called the M.V. Recyclone barge, which uses a similar suction system as his vacuums, but would use it to suck up plastic and other debris floating on the water’s surface.

The floating barge first captures the trash in a large net, before it’s then sucked inside and processed and separated by type of plastic. It’s just a concept right now, but Dyson is hopeful that it could be turned into a useful tool for keeping waters clean. It may not be designed for oceans, but by sifting through rivers it could help reduce the…

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T-Mobile is killing overages on all plans starting this June

T-Mobile hasn’t quite been as UnCarrier as some would like. Despite the network’s turn toward overage-free service, there’s still occasional chances that you’ll pay extra for heavy use — especially if you’re on a grandfathered plan. That won’t be a…

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2K Bringing Goliath Sized Bunch of New Games to PAX EAST

 

2K_PAXEast2014_1In case you hadn’t heard, PAX East 2014 is just about to start at the Boston Convention Center and 2K Games has a bevy of new titles to show off on the convention floor. There’s hands-on time with Evolve, 2K’s 4vs1 shooter; there’ll also be a chance to get to look at the recently announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, which takes place between Borderlands 1 and 2. Finally, on Saturday, Firaxis will be announcing an all new AAA title live at their panel in the DragonFly Theatre at 11.30am.

You can check out the full details of 2K’s PAX East offerings here, and you can find them at the convention at booths 962 and 964.

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