Every PlayStation 4 Game Will Be Downloadable, Could Be Subscription Service

PS4-DualShock-4The PlayStation 4 is ushering in a new form of console gaming. Of course, the hardware is technically a normal computer, but after that, it’s all Sony. In this case, any games made available over a disc will also be available via download — every single PS4 game, to be exact. And once a catalog of these games have been constructed, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told The Guardian that a subscription service could then be in the works:

As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company. We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available. With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that’s our dream.

This makes total sense, as Sony has access to Gaikai technology to live stream games to play via your PS4, or if you fancy, download and play the game at the same time.

Via: Eurogamer

Sony Signs On With Mozilla, Will Make Firefox Phone In 2014

Firefox OSHey, more mobile operating systems the better right? Not really; it takes large investments that can go wrong (webOS from Palm and Bada from Samsung come to mind), but Mozilla is feeling pretty confident with their Geeksphone prototypes that developers will use to design apps for the platform.

Twitter for example, will support the Firefox OS (which is built with some HTML5), but there’s more  — dun, dun, dun — Sony has signed on, stating they’ll build their own Firefox phone for release next year, in 2014.

But, Sony isn’t the first:  ZTE, Alcatel along with LG and Huawei all are ready to commit resources to the Firefox OS battlefront. Should be interesting when it happens.

Via: TNW

LG Buys webOS From HP To Power Its Smart TVs

lgAnd so, the fate of webOS has once again been switched hands. From its creator, Palm, which was absorbed by HP, which now has been sold off with the required engineers, patents, and software to LG. It turns out that LG already has a plan for webOS, and that is to power the operating systems of their next line of smart TVs. Skott Ahn, LG’s president and chief technology officer, pointed out that “It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and internet services across a range of consumer electronics devices.” The webOS team will set up base in LG’s new Silicon Valley facilities to start off.

An exact price on the deal has not been released, nor has a release date for any upcoming LG tech that would make use of webOS.

Via: CNET

Samsung Confirms March 14th Event In New York For Galaxy S IV

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Bingo! The Galaxy S IV press event has been confirmed and scheduled in New York on March 14th. It will be the first time a Galaxy S series flagship device be unveiled in the United States since the original Galaxy S smartphone back in 2010. Samsung mobile chief JK Shin confirmed atMobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona and reported by Edaily that the event’s location has also been confirmed, as well as the above teaser being outed by Samsung.

Via: Samsung (Twitter)

MadCatz F.R.E.Q. 7 Review: What’s Not To Like?

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7MadCatz is at it again, designing high-end communication and human interface devices for PCs and consoles. The GameSmart imitative is an idea that MadCatz can build several products that are compatible with most devices, whether it be a mouse, headphones, headset, or controller. The F.R.E.Q. 7 headset takes this whole plan to another level, because it has a microphone for smartphone calls and PC game chats, along with Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.

And because of those two features, plus it’s easy-of-use and the build quality is amazing, it’s easy to notice that after using the F.R.E.Q. 7 for a few hours, it is one of the coolest headsets. Ever.

Nokia Lumia 822 Review: Mid-Range Bang For Mid-Range Buck

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Nokia has been busting out their chops to find the right audience and carrier to hold their Lumia line of smartphones  that run Windows Phone 8. In this particular case, unable to obtain the fancy Lumia 920 that I reviewed back in November, Verizon has to settle with the Lumia 822, a mid-range smartphone with a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and with plastics and metals fused in a rather creative matter to appease those who want great aesthetics in a phone.

Brevity Review: HuMn Wallet 2 Carbon Fiber Edition

HuMn 2 Carbon FiberAvailable at HuMn (use promo code: laptopmemo10)

Reviewed once, twice, and now the third time! This is the HuMn Wallet 2, which in this particular case, opts for two solid carbon fiber plates instead of aluminum. This increases the price to $140 when on sale come March 1st. Just like the previous two wallets, you can customize the elastic band, create 2 or 3 piece wallets, and stuff cards and cash in the front, back, or middle. In fact, the only reason this is a successor to the original design is that the tabs are easier to open, much like the HuMn Mini’s — increase the size of the wallet and boom: you have a successor. Besides the twin plates of carbon fiber, everything about the wallet stays the same, including the fact that it’s RFID safe despite being made with carbon fiber.

But there is one thing: the carbon fiber is cut from a larger sheet of the same material, so the edges can (occasionally) be somewhat rough, and that I don’t like.

The carbon fiber’s finish is sharp, clean, and has a truly matte feel — also making it lighter than the aluminum HuMn wallets. A nice fashion statement is all the carbon is, but still keeps the HuMn Wallet 2 functional.

Score: 8/10

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Quad-Core, S Pen, Android Jelly Bean – It’s All That

note8frontSamsung hasn’t been stingy for their first Mobile World Congress announcement in Barcelona. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is the second “Note” edition tablet — that is, a Samsung device to include an S Pen stylus. This bad boy is no different from any of the other high-end gizmos that Samsung churns out: a 8-inch 1280 x 800-pixel TFT display, a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, microSDXC support, a 4,600 mAh battery, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, HSPA+ 21 support for mobile internet, and a body that’s 25% thinner that the Galaxy Note 10.1 from last year.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is supposedly produced for people looking for a small tablet that can double as a media consumption device. “Readers Mode” dims the screen and processor usage to turn the Note 8.0 into a full-fledged eReader, while other features such as Smart Remote stretch its prowess in the living room by using the built-in IR blaster to control your TV. LTE and Wi-Fi versions are also in line for production; the latter is coming to the United States — and yes, offering cellular options in Europe technically makes the Note 8.0 an 8-inch phone.

A Q2 global launch is pegged without an exact release date or price from Samsung. Expect to hear more about a U.S. launch in the coming weeks or months. Press release after the cut.