Electronic Arts Debuts Origin Games For Mac

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Electronic Arts has made a major addition to their library, putting them in full competition with Steam (as if they weren’t already) by adding support for Mac computers. The first few titles available are Batman: Arkham City GOTY Edition and Lego Harry Potter. EA is also running a launch promotion, offering The Sims 3. Much like on Steam, games available on both PC and Mac can be downloaded from the same account to different PCs. Other than all of that, that’s all there is to Origin right now.

Via: Origin

Injection-free Vaccine With Help From Melinda-Gates Foundation Actually Works

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Researchers have been working on injection-free vaccinations for months now, a new method to inject a vaccine into the human bloodstream to trigger and immune response. The purpose is not only to make your immunization shots easier, but in third-world countries where the use of hypodermic needles is somewhat scarce and the refrigeration of the vaccine is needed in order to keep everything in check, a major roadblock in trying to help people in these regions.

The way it works: dried sugar, which was laced with a proposed HIV vaccine (also in development), which dissolves when inserted in to the skin, effectively triggering an immune response like any other annoying needle. Better yet, Dr Linda Klavinskis of Kings College says the work “could potentially reduce the cost of manufacturing and transportation”.

Standing ovation for science? I think so. Video of it in action is after the break. Via: MedGadget, Verge

Those Blizzard Emergency Alerts Really Do Work By Making You Jump

cellbroadcastSo, just about everyone is posting this in real-time: a crazy vibrating alert that literally makes you jump if your phone was in your pocket or on your desk. It was just a nice little notification from NOAA, FEMA, FCC, CTIA, who with other organizations, created the Wireless Emergency Alert system. It launched last year and its main function is to alert you to the threat of human life: things like this upcoming blizzard, Amber alerts, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.

Want to know how to prepare for the snow? Check out Google’s handy Public Alert page or Giz.

Sony Nex-3N Seen With Electronic Zoom Control Button

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First of all, it’s worth have some history when it comes to speaking about the Nex-3N. It’s an unannounced camera that will be supposedly announced soon, with one of its main features being that it has electronic zoom, despite the fact that up till this point, all Sony Nex cameras had manual zoom. It’s also going to sport the 16-megapixel sensor of the NEX-F3 and will be released sometimes later this season. Unless of course, this is Photoshopping, in which case this all goes to the sewer, which doesn’t always happen but can happen when speaking about cameras.

Via: Sony Alpha Rumors

J.J. Abrams And Gabe Newell May Work On Big Screen Projects

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Gabe Newell of Portal, Counter Strike, and Half-Life gaming fame is partnering with J.J. Abrams of Cloverfield and Star Trek fame. For what you might ask? Creating movies and games, via their respective companies, Bad Robot Productions and Valve Software. “We sort of reached the point where we decided that we needed to do more than talk,” Newell said of the partnership at the DICE 2013 conference in San Francisco. For example, J.J.’s team could craft a Half-Lifeor Portal film said Newell, something that would no doubt be very interesting.

Via: Joystiq

Instagram Adds Feeds To Desktops, No Longer Just On Your Phone

instagram-logoBefore Instagram was purchased by Facebook, you were always greeted by a welcome page that urged you to download the app on your Android or iOS device. After the acquisition  we’ve  seen fantastic profile pages sprout up, and as of today, feeds of images, just like on the phone app, can be liked and commented on, but via the browser on your laptop.  It’s a small but important addition to Instragram’s feature list that might make it even more successful than it is currently.

And don’t worry, uploads are still restricted to the phone app.

Via: Instagram

Dell Is Going Private With A $2 Billion Loan From Microsoft

dell-xps-adamo-slant2It turns out Michael Dell is pulling out all the stops to save his company, with the help of Microsoft’s $2 billion loan to help re-privatize Dell. With all financial details put aside, the investment firm Silver Lake along with the new privatized deal between Dell, stockholders, could be roughly placed at $24.4 billion. Michael Dell stays CEO, and gets additional capital and shares to go along with the package. It’s also worth nothing that shares are now worth $13.65 each.

Microsoft’s statement on the transition:

“Microsoft has provided a $2 billion loan to the group that has proposed to take Dell private. Microsoft is committed to the long term success of the entire PC ecosystem and invests heavily in a variety of ways to build that ecosystem for the future.”

Going deeper into 2013, it would be great if Dell could actually make some compelling products that keeps it alive. We shall see.

Via: Dell

New 3DMark Benchmarking Software Arrives To Punish PCs Everywhere

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If there’s a way to get to the inner soul of a gamer or a geek, nerd, or what have you, it’s possible to just run a 3DMark test on their computer to make them feel weak, flimsy, and desolate, too. Basically, 3DMark 2013 is the benchmarking software that takes an accurate jab at the capability of your PC to process and render items, like you would in a game. It’s a very strenuous application in this regard. The three specific new tests include Fire Strike, for brag-worthy rigs with high-end DirectX 11 graphics; Cloud Gate test for the mortal DX 10/11 PCs, and Ice Storm for older DX 9 hardware. You can find it as a download on Steam.

Futuremark, the company behind 3DMark is also making iOS, Android, and Windwos RT versions, so that punishing your technology in every way possible, is possible.

Via: Futuremark, Steam