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Sony sells 1 million PlayStation 4 consoles in 24 hours

Sony managed an amazing achievement with its latest PlayStation 4 console topping 1 million sales in the first 24 hours. With the console being available only in the US and Canada for now, the figure sounds even more impressive.

The PlayStation 4 will have its wider rollout on November 29, when it’s going to hit Europe and Australia. Sony expects to sell as many as 3 million units of the console by the end of the year. Sony has reported to Bloomberg that it will have “adequate supplies” of the PS4 through Christmas and expects to hit the 5 million sales mark in March.

This is a marathon, not a sprint, but getting out to a nice start is a good thing,” , Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of the company’s U.S. computer entertainment division, said. “That hurdle has been cleared. We’re very, very confident we’re in great shape.

The Xbox One by Microsoft will have a much wider launch than the PS4 and will be available in 13 countries on the day of its release – November 22. We’ll see how if it manages to outdo the PS4 oppening sales.

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‘GT Racing 2′ for iOS and Android game review

Although Gameloft is known more for its Asphalt series of arcade racing games, there is also the lesser known GT Racing, which was more geared towards those who prefer simulation racing.

Several years after the launch of the original game, Gameloft has now released a sequel called GT Racing 2. The latest installment ups the ante in terms of cars, tracks, visuals and pretty much everything else and just like the original is free to play. It’s clear that this time Gameloft has EA’s Real Racing 3 in its sights. Let’s see how GT Racing 2 performs.


GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience






November 13, 2013

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For those not familiar with it, simulation racing is the more grown up, serious sibling of the standard arcade racing genre. It involves racing on the track instead of on the streets and uses more realistic physics and vehicle dynamics, along with finer vehicle tuning options for a more realistic gameplay experience. Over the course of time, some elements have been transferred over the two genres but simulation racing continues to be where those who are serious about their cars beeline.

Over the past few years, there has been another genre of pseudo-simulation racing games that has come into existence. Although marketed as proper simulation racers, these games often lack the accurate physics and the breadth of vehicle customization options found on proper simulation racers. Some examples would be Need for Speed: Shift series or GRID series. And now we have GT Racing 2.

Contrary to what Gameloft says, GT Racing 2 is not a proper simulation racer. The damage is only visual and has no effect on the performance, there is no option to tune vehicle performance save for upgrading it with a handful of preset parts and the vehicle physics aren’t exactly accurate and closer to arcade racing. Driving into a wall at 200mph feels like colliding with a pillow with the broken window the only indication of something gone wrong.

But is it fun? Definitely. The thing about simulation racers is that although they are great for those who know their cars, they can be a bit difficult to manage for casual gamers and it takes a lot of effort to be able to even keep the car going straight on the road. GT Racing 2 straddles the line between a casual racer and a serious simulation racer, which makes it easy enough for casual gamers and offer a bit more depth than your average arcade racing game.

GT Racing 2 comes with a wealth of tracks and cars to choose from. In terms of cars, as usual you start from humble beginnings and the game makes you work hard to get to the more expensive cars. You will be playing a lot of levels and earning a lot of cash before you are able to afford more expensive cars.

Thankfully, the game is fun enough to not make this a chore. The AI driver difficult is set so that it is not extremely easy to beat but offers enough challenge to make you put in some effort if you want to reach the podium. The game also has plenty of tracks and four weather settings so things don’t seem very repetitive.

Being an entirely free game, there is the now common in-app payment built-into the game. It’s limited to letting you purchase in-game currency to be able to purchase more cars.

Compared to Real Racing 3, GT Racing 2 is a lot more bent towards the arcade side of the spectrum. Although not a true blue simulation itself, Real Racing 3 does a better job with vehicle physics and the driving seems more realistic but also more difficult. If you enjoy more of that then you won’t like GT Racing 2 as much as Real Racing 3 but the latter has some annoyances such as repair times and repair costs that severely dampen the fun. Amusingly enough, Gameloft actually boasts of having neither of these in their game description on the store.

Graphics and Sound

Visually, GT Racing 2 looks very good. The cars look great, the tracks are quite detailed and the helmet camera view is also pretty good. The game also has these Gran Turismo inspired laps where the car goes around the track before and after a race and it is shot from different angles. Strangely, there is no smoke from the wheels on either version of the game and overall it doesn’t look as impressive as Asphalt 8 but it runs very well on both iOS and Android, which is something Asphalt 8 doesn’t do very well.

In terms of sound, the game does well with realistic engine notes, which can be noticed in subtle things such as the sound of the engine as it is upshifting from a low gear. Other things such as wheel spin noise and braking sounds are also done fairly well although bumping into things sounds curiously dull and undramatic. The background music is adequate without being particularly special.


For a free game, GT Racing 2 turned out to be thoroughly enjoyable. Although not quite a true simulation racer like it says on the tin, GT Racing 2 still manages to provide the thrills without being overly simplistic or complicated. If you want something different than your average over-the-top arcade racer then you should give this a try.

Rating: 8/10
Pros: Impressive roster of cars, plenty of tracks and races, impressive visuals
Cons: Not exactly a simulation racer

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LG G Flex clears FCC and goes on sale in the US

Eager for some curved screen action? Why don’t you have an LG G Flex? It will still cost you dearly, but at least you don’t have to travel to Korea to get it any more. The smartphone has just gone on sale in the US for a few dollars north of $1000.

Overseas Electronics has the LG G Flex in stock and asks for a cent under $1050 for it. The listing mentions LTE-A support on the 850 and 1800 bands, which means that it won’t work on any carrier in the US. Of course that was to be expected given that these are imported Korean units, rather than a tailor-made US version.

Negri Electronics also has the LG G Flex listed on its website, but it's a pre-order and there's no delivery date mentioned. The e-tailer priced it at $1109.50 and gives you the choice of KT Telecom and SK Telecom versions. The former has some limited compatibility with LTE networks in the US, but you better not count on it.

Curious as the curved smartphone might be, it’s really hard to recommend spending so much money on a version not even meant for sale in that market. The LG G Flex has just cleared the FCC, which aligns nicely with previous rumors, which suggested that it will be officially hitting AT&T, Sprint and Verizon in January. So unless you absolutely have to have a curved smartphone for Christmas, you are better off waiting for a couple of months more.

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note II leaks

The Android 4.3 update should be hitting the Samsung Galaxy Note II pretty shortly, but if you don’t feel like waiting any longer you’d be interested to know that a leaked ROM is available for flashing right now. It’s reportedly a build very close to the final ones, so it will have no trouble serving as a daily driver.

Along with incrementing the Android version number to 4.3 and bringing the core features of the last of the three Jelly Bean releases, the update also brings several changes to the Galaxy Note II UI. It now looks much closer to the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3, which already received the Android 4.3 treatment. Samsung Knox and Samsung Wallet are debuting on the Note II as part of the Android 4.3 update. Here’s the complete changelog:

  • OpenGL 3.0 Support
  • ANT+ Support
  • Samsung KNOX Implementation (KNOX bootloader and dedicated application)
  • Samsung Wallet comes pre-loaded
  • Improved RAM management
  • Improved Display colour reproduction (Display looks much sharper than before)
  • Improved TouchWiz Launcher (Much less launcher redraws and less lag)
  • New Samsung Keyboard
  • New Samsung Browser (Full screen by default, new tab interface and more)
  • New Reading Mode (Optimises display for reading, used by only a few specific applications)
  • New Camera firmware
  • Minor UI tweaks (Contacts app, Flashlight Widget, dialog boxes etc)

The leaked ROM is only compatible with the N7100 version of the Galaxy Note II, so if you happen to have a N7105 LTE unit you are unfortunately out of luck. You can download the necessary files and find the instructions on how to flash them by following the source link below.


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Octa-core Ascend P6S confirmed by Huawei president

The Huawei Ascend P6 is not only one of the slimmest, but also among the best looking smartphones around. It is also a pretty decent smartphone with the only part of its hardware that wasn’t quite impressive being the chipset, which tended to deliver more heat that actual processing power.

The Chinese manufacturer has obviously acknowledged that as it’s now preparing to release an upgraded version of the smartphone featuring a new chipset with an octa-core CPU. The news was delivered by the company’s president Xu Xin Quan through the Weibo blogging platform.

Powering the upcoming Huawei Ascend P6S will be another custom designed SoC that will come to replace the K3V2 on the company’s products. It will come will a true-octa core processor, meaning that all cores will be able to operate simultaneously, unlike the current crop of Samsung Exynos chipsets which only allow up to four cores to work at a time.

The rest of the Ascend P6S specifications remain unknown, but the naming suggests that it won’t be a huge upgrade over the Ascend P6 (pictured above). We also have no information just yet on pricing and launch dates for the new smartphone.

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Mugen launches 6,500mAh battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the several great Android smartphones for power users, thanks to the convenience of its large 3,200mAh battery. However, if you want even more power, Mugen has you covered, as it has released a 6,500mAh extended battery for the Note 3.

Since the Mugen extended Note 3 battery is thicker than the stock one, the company also provides a custom back cover to house it. It’s available in black or white, and the end result makes the Galaxy Note 3 a bit thicker than its usual 8.3mm waistline.

Mugen states its extended Note 3 battery lasts 2.03 times as long, which is logical judging from the 6500mAh capacity rating. Happily, it also comes with NFC chip inside, so the Note 3 doesn’t loose points in the connectivity department.

The battery currently sales for $98.50 on Mugen Power’s website. First shipments are expected to arrive on December 6.

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Acer C720-2848 Chromebook announced for $199

Acer has released a slightly stripped down version of the previous Acer C720 Chromebook. Technically the C720-2848, the new model is still referred to as the C720 on Google and Acer’s website.

In terms of changes, there is just one. The new model comes with 2GB instead of 4GB of RAM, which has allowed Acer to drop the price down from $249 to $199 in the US.

The rest of the hardware is identical and includes the same 11.6-inch, 1266×768 resolution display, Intel fourth generation Celeron processor clocked at 1.4GHz, 16GB flash memory, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, one USB 3.0 and 2.0 port each, HDMI out, VGA camera, and 8.5 hours of claimed battery life. It also comes with 100GB Google Drive storage and 30-day Google Play Music All Access trial.


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AT&T sale sees iPhone 5s and Lumia 1520 prices drop to $99

AT&T has started a sale on its website, slashing the prices of a number of hot smartphones. The Apple iPhone 5s and 5c got price cuts and so did the Lumia lineup offered by the carrier. Several Samsung smartphones also got discounted, but unfortunately the Galaxy Note 3 wasn’t among them.

If iOS is your thing, you can now have a shiny new 16GB iPhone 5s in a color of your choice for $99 on contract. Unfortunately the 32GB and 64GB versions are still at their old $299 and $399 prices. The Apple iPhone 5c is now $49 for 16GB and $99 for its 32GB version. In fact the $150 discount on the latter is the biggest in the AT&T sale.

If you’ve been planning to get one of the recent Lumia flagships on the AT&T network, you’d be glad to find out that the carrier has started a promotion cutting their on-contract prices in half. This means that right now you can pre-order the Nokia Lumia 1520 phablet for just $99. Of course it will take until November 19 to get your order shipped, but that’s just three days away now.

The price reduction gives the Nokia Lumia 1520 a considerable advantage over its main rivals – the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the HTC One Max, which cost $299 and $249 respectively. Packing the much younger WP8 OS, the Lumia 1520 certainly needs all the help it can get if it to make a serious impact in the phablet market and this sale suggests AT&T and Nokia are taking it very seriously.

Two more WP8-powered Nokia handsets got price cuts, too. The Lumia 1020 with its humongous 1/1.5” 41MP sensor is also now offered for $99, while the Lumia 925 has its price slashed to $49. If you don’t mind a little extra heft and would appreciate built-in wireless charging capabilities you can grab the Lumia 920 former flagship for 49 cents.

Of course you’ll also have to sign a new two-year contract with the carrier, but even so some of the offers are quite tempting. The deals are available online and come with free shipping so you don’t even have to get off your chair to take advantage of it. You can check out all the AT&T promo deals and place your orders by following the source link below.

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