Total War: Rome II Review

rome-ii-against-carthageIn the vast array of video games that exist, few can be as detailed and required as much critical thinking as Total War.

Beginning with a single territory, few forces, and little in treasury, every Total War game magically transports the player to a period of history (American Revolutionary War, Napoleonic campaigns, Shogunate Japan, among others) and forces you to research technologies, create new armies, capture new territories, and best of all — fight 3D battles with thousands of your own soldiers.

Real-time strategy games, at the very least, owe Creative Assembly’s Total War series a salute. The latest installment, Rome II, which takes us to the 290 BC and into the AD era immerses you in battles, campaigns, and strategies of the ancient world.

So, how is it? Well, read on to find out.

The NSA Can Remotely Tap Android, iOS, And BlackBerry Smartphones

thedroidultraKeep in mind that the German paper, Spiegel was using the word “tap” frequently in their post, but for the most part they have claimed that according to “top secret” NSA documents in their possession, the ill-favored American agency can remotely tap into BlackBerry email, as well as iOS and Android software, without the consent of the user.

In order to ensure that monitoring was always at its best, specialized teams operate for each operating system, and the extent of their monitoring on each platform varies from texts, syncs, email, or location.

ViaDer Spiege

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Review

splinter-cell-blacklistLight bulb warfare, anyone?

It is by those two words that many know of the Splinter Cell series. Its protagonist, Sam Fisher, a Splinter Cell operative of the highest caliber in espionage, assault, and technology of the United States, is once again pitted against terrorists in a campaign that takes the player around the world. How, you ask?

Well, you just don’t teleport magically to new danger hotspots around the world in Blacklist. Oh no. You fly there, inside of Paladin, which is your flying fortress base of operations.

LG Is Bringing The G2 To U.S. Carriers This Month

LG G2T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Verizon will be carrying LG’s current flagship smartphone, the G2. Fitted with a 5.2-inch screen, and volume plus sleep controls on the back, the G2 is definitely unique in its own right.

It will arrive on September 12th for $199.99 on contract at Verizon, AT&T will sell it a day after, for the same $199.99 on contract., while T-Mobile customers will have to wait until September 18th to buy it online (it should arrive in T-Mobile stores on September 25th), where it will sell for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $21.

As for Sprint; they haven’t announced availability yet.

Via: Techmeme

Yes We Get It, The Galaxy Gear Is A Smart Watch With A Camera

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Some very good people in the tech industry just can’t seem to grasp the fact that even though the Galaxy Gear may not be as game-changing as Google Glass or the iPad, or perhaps for the fact that it is simply a proof-of-concept, Samsung has created a a watch capable of taking pictures, routing calls from your Galaxy smartphone, and keeping track of fitness and other functions, through 90 different apps.

That in itself, is a good start. Now, I haven’t used the Galaxy Gear, but I have a pretty good feeling that it isn’t absolutely horrible — just a device that is in its first stages; as is evident by the $300 price tag.

For those of you wondering about the specs of the Galaxy Gear, it is a watch with two built-in microphones, a 320 x 320 resolution Super AMOLED display at 1.63-inches, Bluetooth connectivity, a 720p HD video and still 1.9MP camera, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a pedometer.

Compatibility is only with a few of Samsung’s Galaxy devices, like the recently-announced Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, while software updates for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S III, and Galaxy Note II coming in October, when the Gear releases.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note III Is All Screen And Faux-Leather

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New smartphone design trend: faux leather backs. That’s what the Galaxy Note III will have, with its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED 1080p screen, a weight of 168g, 8.3mm thin, along with 3GB of RAM, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and a 13-megapixel rear camera.

Colors that Note III will come in are black, white, and pink (along with several other basic colors). To make the S Pen (the stylus) more interesting they’ve added several new software features that go along with it.

Otherwise, there’s not much else to talk about, except the fact that the Note III is launching on September 25th in 149 countries, then worldwide by October.

In the US, versions will come to all major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.

Sony QX100: The Camera That Can Be Attached To Your Phone

DSC-QX10_Lifestyle_13_Xperia-i1-1200All right, first thing first: this is a very new and un-tested idea that Sony is trying to pull off. By making a camera sensor with a Carl Zeiss lens compatible with iOS or Android, the Sony QX100 is essentially a camera you attach to your phone with the included bracket via NFC, or via an NFC pad that is also included with the accessory. To make the images appear on your phone, Sony is  published an app called PlayMemories — which is slightly weird, yes.

Physically, it’s a  2.25-tall, 2.5-inch in diameter hunk of technology, with a 20.2-megapixel, 1-inch Exmor R sensor on a 3.6x zoom, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss lens. Otherwise, there’s a standard ISO of 100-3200 for stills. The main exception, and key drawback, is the movie mode, which only shoots 1440 x 1080 at 30 fps, in MP4 format only.

In case the Qx100 is a bit too big for you, Sony made a smaller version called the QX10, which has a 18.2-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch Exmor R image sensor. The camera features a 10x zoom, 25-250mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.3-5.9 lens.

It costs $250, while the QX100 costs $500; both are releasing this month.

HDMI 2.0 Announced: 60 FPS 4K, 18GBps Data, And 32 Channel Audio

hdmiThat’s right: HDMI has evolved. The cable’s design will remain the same, however it is more capable than ever before, and will be able to stream 60 FPS footage at full 4K resolution, at 18GBps bandwith and 32 channel audio for a complete cinematic-like experience.

Thanks to the fact that the design isn’t changing, it can be thought of as a sign of relief, since upgrading to an Ultra HD TV won’t be so hard — except paying the high price for one.