Notch Cancels 0x10c Game Project, Fans Continue To Hope

0x10cvideogametitlescreenWhen sometime last year, Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of much-loved Minecraft announced a succeeding project, dubbed “0X10C“, it excited the gaming pants out of everyone and everywhere. However, in the months that followed his announcement, livestreams of building the game, and consequent lack of updates, Notch has finally announced that the game is cancelled, mostly due to his own creator’s block.

Fans however, are starting a new game, called Project Trillek. Its base concept will be the same: exploration of space, inside of a ship, with trade, battles, and puzzles to be included. While they won’t be using any of the code left from the project, they do specify that it will be a free-to-play game.

Via: Joystiq

Verizon Finally Will Carry The HTC One, Starting August 22nd

htc-one-verizonNot exactly groundbreaking news, considering this should have happened months ago, but the HTC One will finally hit Verizon stores starting August 22nd. Sporting the famous Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch display with a full 1080p HD resolution will be your way of interacting with the One, besides your voice with Google Now, since it runs Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5.

Via: Verizon (Twitter)

Designing A Moto X Using Moto Maker: It’s A Personal Thing

Screenshot 2013-08-16 at 9.57.16 AMWhen Motorola beamed an email to 137 journalists, including myself, we were all excited, for many reasons (besides the fact that the email was sent the “wrong way”). Fun times.

As I am writing this post, Motorola’s factory workers in a new plant in Fort Worth, Texas are building my very own Moto X. With cherry red back out of 18 different color options, a black front, and metallic accents, with my email address on the back, it’s as personal as any phone has been to me.

Wait, What: Motorola Plans To Release $20 Skip NFC Tag For Moto X

moto-skipAs we’ve all seen — or most of us, at least — many respected tech publications, including LaptopMemo agree that the Moto X is one of the best phones, if not the best Android phone to date. It’s been disputed, but usually leans towards Motorola’s favor recently. It’s the perfect representative of the platform, like Nokia is to Windows Phone and the iPhone is to iOS.

But, this upcoming $20 NFC (near-field communication) tag from Motorola seems a bit off.

The purpose of the tag is for it to exist on your person, as key of sorts, which would help you bypass the lock on your Moto X by a simple tap. This would be an alternative to face unlocking, patterns, codes, or regular passwords. It sounds useful, but would immediately tumble if it was stolen along with your new Moto X.

Via: Droid-Life

Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Revealed, Adds Female Soldiers To The Fight

call-of-duty-ghostsAfter years of possible speculation on the features, female characters will be part of the upcoming Call of Duty: Ghosts first-person shooter, along with new marksman weapons, game modes, perks, killstreaks, and customizable soldiers with squads.

Check out the multiplayer gameplay trailer past the break, while listening to Eminem’s return single just debuted for the game. Ghosts launches November 5 for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, with PS4 and Xbox One releases also getting the game at their launch dates.

Scientists Develop Smart Window That Filters Out Heat Or Light

milliron_imageThis is technology take makes me very interested in using it, for all the right and wrong reasons. Apartments and homes share one thing in common: they use energy. Some more so than others, but scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new smart window that lets people choose what they want to let into their home, filtering out visible light, near-infra-red light, or both. Basically, you could bask in the light of the sun, without the heat beaming through the windows, which prompts you to turn on the AC, and wasting energy in the process.

The feat is achieved by a layer of nanocrystals in the glass, that change states when activated with electricity. The result? The scientists at Berkeley are in the early stages of commercializing the new technology.

Via: Phys.org

Google Now Voice Queries Are Now Part Of Google Search

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Instead of typing out a search query, you’ll simply need to tap the microphone button.

That’s the future of search, as put together by Google for any tablet, phone, laptop, or whatever else you may have. By taking the exemplary technology from Google Now, you can now ask for specific information (like an email inside of Gmail, or photos you took on Google+) and will receive an answer. This goes for upcoming flight(s), reservations, purchases, plans, packages and general information, like directions.

Google published a list of things it thinks you could do with the new feature that is being rolled out in the coming weeks. It’s worth a read.

Via: Google