Minecraft Arriving On PS3 Dec. 17th, PS4 And Vita In Coming Months

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The hit sandbox game, Minecraft, with an art style that has captivated millions, fledged from a small alpha game online, into a massively recognized brand, is arriving on the PS3 this December 17th.

The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita will see their released copies of the game sometimes in 2014, according to the game’s developer, Mojang.

Anyone excited for some TNT building and bow-and-arrow hunting?

Via: Mojang

HTC One Max Review: Super Sized And Dramatized

DSC01452There was once a phone, that shook the design principles of a market already saturated with tons of designs. That phone was the HTC One. It looked great, felt great, and performed great, because it was great. Then a Play Edition came along, which stripped all of the impurities that Sense may or may not have layered on top of the Android build.

Then, there’s this. The HTC One Max is a super-sized version of that phone, with a 5.9-inch screen and an added rear-end fingerprint sensor. Apparently, people can put this in their pockets and hands.

Read on, and I’ll tell you if this is actually possible, among other things.

Apparently, Sprint Wants To Buy T-Mobile In 2014

tmobile-sprint-att-verizon-imageAn official deal is a long ways off, but it is possible and was in the plans of Sprint for a duration of time. Possibly a bid of $20 billion, but there aren’t any solid numbers to go by. The crux of the matter is that Sprint wants to buy out T-Mobile, which when observed from a technical standpoint already poses many issues, such as the fact that Sprint uses CDMA technology and T-Mobile uses GSM, making existing towers and phones incompatible with each other. And that is all besides the FCC approving or declining the deal.

But if it does work, then the big four become the big three, and Sprint has network coverage, capital, and users to rival the forces of AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Via: Forbes 

LG And Google Have Made Slight Changes To The Nexus 5’s Aesthetic

nexus-5-revision-1It’s interesting, but actually not in bad faith. LG and Google have been listening to users who are quite satisfied with their new Nexus 5 smartphones, but also to those that see room for improvement. Enter, the speaker grilles for example. LG has increased their size to let out a decibel or so of more sound come out, while the SIM try and the volume rocker have been stiffened slightly to avoid rattling. Minor aesthetic changes to make everything better.

Otherwise, it’s the same Nexus 5 everyone else has.

Via: XDA

The PlayStation 4 Outsold The Xbox One During The Month Of November

xone-ps4It’s a confirmed fact that is actually making the next-gen console wars between Sony and Microsoft all the more exciting. The PS4 sold 2.1 million units, while the Xbox One was hot on its heels at a solid 2 million. As SCEA head Jack Tretton said, “Demand continues to overwhelm supply, but we’re working hard to get PS4 units into the hands of customers throughout the holiday season.” Good news for Sony, but what about Microsoft?

It turns out that while the Xbox One came up short, it was the fastest selling console during that month, but the PS4’s sales distribution spanned a more symmetrical period of purchase. In other words, the Xbox One went off at 101K sold each day of availability (November 22nd through November 30th), but the PS4 was available starting on November 15th.

Still, the Xbox One sold out so quickly because of higher demand. Or as NPD creatively puts it, “When looking at sales on an average per-week basis, Xbox One led PS4.”

These stats are tricky, at times.

Via: JStiq

Instagram Direct Debuts As The Private Messaging Sector Of The App

instagram-directInstagram Direct is the newest feature to grace the retro filter-based photo social network. Implementing private text, image, and video messaging for a select user, from 1 to 15.

Apparently, CEO Kevin Systrom believes that this is a just a supplementary feature of Instagram, not designed to compete with competitors like WhatsApp or Snapchat: “Sometimes you want to be able to share not with everyone, but just with a specific group” — this can be true.

To make the feature viable and non-intrusive, a simple inbox has been added to the Android and iOS versions of the app, which would allow you to receive and send the private information.

Via: Instagram Blog

Valve Will Release SteamOS For All Of Us To Try — If You Have Skills

collageOn December 13th, Valve will begin shipping prototype Steam Machines to 300 gamers for beta testing. The rest of us get SteamOS as a free download the same day, but with a catch. As Steam’s parent company, Valve put it: “Unless you’re an intrepid Linux hacker already, we’re going to recommend that you wait until later in 2014 to try it out”.

Sounds like a challenge to be accepted by a few thousand individuals. Valve will speak more about the Steam Machines during CES, in January. Till then, the 300 lucky testers will be alerted of their good fortune by 5PM, on the 12th.

Via: Steam