Microsoft Changes Xbox One Sharing And DRM Rules: Huzzah!

microsoft-xbox-one-greenIn a bid to make the Xbox One competitive with the PlayStation 4’s lack of an always-online policy and sharing of used games, Microsoft has reversed the policies regarding the Xbox One’s sharing and DRM restrictions. In fact, things will be just like the current Xbox 360: “I am announcing the following changes to Xbox One and how you can play, share, lend, and resell your games exactly as you do today on Xbox 360,” Xbox head Don Mattrick writes. Fantastic.

He then states following:

“An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.

Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.”

Though, there is a con to this much-welcomed arrangement: “These changes will impact some of the scenarios we previously announced for Xbox One”. So basically, some of the previously-announced features may be affected by the change.

But who cares? Gamers have one this battle, fair and square.

ViaXbox Wire

Overseas, The HTC Butterfly S Is Unveiled: Snapdragon 600, UltraPixels, And More

htc-butterflysThe HTC Butterfly S is the latest smartphone to be debuted by the master of Android smartphone design: HTC. Still making use of metal, the Butterfly S uses a Snapdragon 600 processor in a quad-core, 1.9GHZ setup, BoomSound and Beats Audio, Android 4.2.2 with HTC Sense quad-band HSPA/WCDMA radios, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage, expandable through microSD.

All of which totals to a weight of 160 grams. The screen is of the 5-inch variety, presented in full 1080p HD at 440 pixels-per-inch.

Other typical additions include the UltraPixel camera and Zoe software features, along with a 2.1-megapixel wide-angle shooter on the front. Current details for a launch are pinned for July in Taiwan, accompanied by a NT $22,900 (roughly $766) price tag;  a launch in the United States hasn’t been mentioned.

BlackBerry Q10 Review: Return Of The Classical

BlackBerry Q10sIt’s been a rough few years for BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion. From execs jumping ship, to selling jets to make up for costs, and falling sales — BlackBerry has definitely seen less bruising days. But, a light bulb went off at the Canadian company, and BlackBerry 10.1 was born. Improvements, all around, and a new touchscreen slate smartphone — the Z10.

But, that was diverting from BlackBerry roots: you see, a real BlackBerry uses a QWERTY keyboard.

And this is it: the BlackBerry Q10. It’s supposed to compete with the likes of Samsung, Apple, and HTC. So, the question is: can it? And if so, should you buy it?

An Interview With Icreon Tech’s Devanshi Garg: Using Software To Assist Business

Icreon_LogoIcreon Tech is a boutique consulting firm in New York City, with a primary goal of rearing in companies that need software implemented through evolving technologies.

By planting one of Icreon’s own inside of a company, he/she is properly introduced to the dynamics of whatever business that resources are being put into. From restaurants to website software, Icreon Labs has a pretty great grasp on it all.

In my phone interview with Devanshi Garg, their COO, we talk about the company’s various projects, plans to adapt to future projects and upcoming technologies, and probably the most trivial, competition from other firms in the city. Check it all out below!

*Updated to reflect name change.

World’s Thinnest Phone Of Metal: The Huawei Ascend P6

huawei-ascend-p6In a press event in London, Huawei unveiled its latest smartphone. What’s the big deal? It’s the thinnest smartphone in the world, measuring 6.1mm thin, and made of metal. The Ascend P6 also features more important things, like a 4.7-inch 720p display, with availability in 19 countries at the end of July for $600. What’s Huawei’s competition you ask? It’s limitless and daunting: Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5, the Xperia Z or HTC One; however you want to spin it, really.

But if you really want to get nitty and gritty with it, it turns out that Huawei is missing one important feature: 4G. There will be models with LTE capability launched in October, but why wait? Otherwise, a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB of storage (with microSD). 8 megapixel back-facing camera and 5MP front-facing, and a (small) 2,000 mAh battery round off the hardware. Software-wise, there’s Android 4.2.2, with of course, some sort of proprietary design interface that aims to improve the stock version of Android.

Sure thing, Huawei. A launch is expected in at least 100 countries between July and the fourth quarter.

Press release after the break.

AT&T Will Deploy Solar Charger Stations Around NYC


Specifically, in parks and beaches around New York City, AT&T with the help of Goal Zero will bring solar-powered smartphone charger stations. Location-wise, they’ll be deployed at Fort Green Park on June 18th, then Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Riverside Park, the Rockaways, Summerstage in Central Park, Randall’s Island, Governor’s Island, Union Square, and Hudson River Park over the next few weeks. Each solar-powered pole, designed locally by Pensa, sports six USB connections: for iPhones and iPads, there’s 30-pin and Lightning plugs, Android and Windows Phone users can hook up to micro-USB, and everyone else can use their own cable with one of three typical USB connectors.

Each station has three 15-watt solar panels, a 168 watt-hour battery, and is 12.5 feet tall, so six different devices can be charged without exposure to the sun. Of course, to completely fill up your phone can take some time, but 5-15 minutes of charge could be everything that lets you get past 6PM on that wonderful device you always use with impunity.

Via: NYT

Now, Adobe’s Creative Cloud Is Available For All, At A Price

adobe-creative-cloudIndividual Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop and Lightroom are available for $20 each and a whole Creative Cloud subscription — pretty much every app Adobe has to offer —  can be had for $50 per month. If you has Creative Suite 3 or above, you’ll pay $30 instead – it’s an incentive. After today marks a new beginning for apps like Photoshop however: no longer can you buy a physical disc; instead you have to hit up your buddies at Adobe, by offering cold hard cash on a monthly basis.

Time to see if this works out.

Via: Adobe