Steam Announces Family Sharing Of Digital Downloaded Games, Via A Beta

Valve In The Living RoomIn the same way that digital book lending has become a feature among various different services, Steam will soon allow you to share your games library with your family.

From a simple game to a first-rate franchise title, Valve would allow you to share the game to up to 10 different devices, with just one true limitation: only a single user can use the library. Also, games with 3rd-party keys and monthly subscriptions won’t be possible.

So if you’re in the middle of that Rome II campaign and someone wants to try Arma III, they’ll have just a few moments. It will be available in limited beta next week.

Via: Steam

The iPhone 5C Is Basically A Colorful iPhone 5 For $100

iphone-5cTaking the iPhone 5, stripping away its metal chassis and applying a colorful plastic one, and calling it the iPhone 5C is actually a marvelous idea. Aimed towards the budget market, the $100 on contract iPhone 5C will come in yellow, blue, green, red, and white, with special perforated cases made by Apple that would allow the user to feature more than one color. LTE, iOS 7, and the iSight camera all remain as novel features of the iPhone 5C.

Of course, it’s not entirely like the iPhone 5 internally, either. The polycarbonate construction features steel reinforcement that also acts as an antenna with a somewhat-faster A6 chip and an improved front-facing camera.

Pre-orders begin on September 13th with Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Via: Apple

Apple Makes The iPhone 5S Official, Starting At $200

iphone-5sIt has iOS 7, which was a given, but the iPhone 5S features new additions that may be even better: the iSight camera has a 15 percent larger sensor, a larger f2.2 aperture, an improved flash, image stabilization, slow motion capture, and a burst mode perfect for taking action shots.

Apple has fitted the iPhone 5S with a new processor: the first 64-bit processor on a smartphone, called the A7, that features twice the number of transistors as its predecessor (more than 1 billion) according to Apple’s Phil Schiller. The CPU and GPU have received double the speed with OpenGL ES 3.0 on board, but can still remain compatible with the 32-bit apps of that all iOS devices have had, thus far.

The new security enhancement comes in the form of a fingerprint sensor built into the home button, called Touch ID, giving you one-touch access to the iPhone 5 and is a password replacement to your Apple ID. It’ll be available for pre-order later this month on September 20th at T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in traditional 16GB or 32GB.

Also, a new color option alongside the usual black and white: gold.

Via: Apple

Olympus Makes The OMD E-M1 Its Flagship Micro Four Thirds Camera Way Too Epic

omd-em1With on-chip phase detection for super fast photos, and  a 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor backed by the new TruePic VII image processor, Olympus has a nice and new flagship Micro Four Thirds camera on its hands.

This allowed them to bundle new features, like a “Dual Fast” autofocus system that permits faster focusing and 6.5 fps shooting in continuous focus mode (10 fps with single AF), or autofocus using non-native lenses to the brand, as well as 1080p/30fps video, an updated 2.36 million-dot EVF, a tweaked 5-axis image stabilizer and built-in WiFi — the works.

As for lens: you get a decent mix of a dustproof and waterproof 12-40mm lens that’s set at a constant f2.8 aperture and a second lens, with a 40-150mm telephoto zoom, which is also rugged and maintains a f2.8 aperture, but won’t be available until sometime in 2014.

Pricing? The OM-D E-M1 sometime in October, only in black and is estimated to cost $1,399.99 for the body alone or $2,199.99 with the new M.ZUIKO Digital ED 12-40mm f2.8 PRO lens.

Via: Olympus

Nexus 7 With LTE (For $349) Now On Sale At Google Play Store

n7-4For those of you interested in the awesome Nexus 7 tablet (which I reviewed not too long ago), the LTE version has launched on the Google Play Store for $349, with support for T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE micro-SIM cards on the same model; an AT&T variant is “coming soon”.

Since the early manufacturing errors of the early models should be snuffed out by now, it seems pretty logical to get the tablet — unless of course, you’re better off with a WiFi-only version.

ViaGoogle PlayNexus (Google+)

Google Glass Update: Sound Search And “Vignettes”

baybridgevignetteThis week/month’s Google Glass update brings sound search for songs, YouTube to the search results, Google Apps access,  and the most interesting of this little update: “vignettes”. Basically, they allows you to lay your current Glass display over a photo to produce an image like the one you see above. Basically, a fancy screenshot tool for your fancy gadget — which can be pretty cool, depending on the scenario.

The few Glass Explorers that exist in the world will start to see the updates landing on their headsets; in the meantime you can live vivaciously through them.

ViaGoogle Glass (Google+)XE9 Release Notes

Sony Redesigns The PS Vita To Be Slimmer, Lighter, And More Energy-Efficient

ps-vita-13A new PlayStation Vita has been announced by Sony over a Japanese livestream, early this New York morning. Featuring color options for the WiFi-only Vita in Japan like pink, black, blue, grey, lime green, and yellow; that’s alongside a thinner body, which as a result is also lighter and comes with a micro USB charger (plus 1GB of onboard storage).

And in the event that appeal goes down for the new model, additional battery life is another selling point Sony is pitching when they launch the new Vita in October in Japan for the U.S. equivalent of $190 (18,980 yen).

That’s the highlight of the day from Sony, folks.