Origin Bests Steam In A Fair Fight: They Now Offer Refunds For EA Games

origin-logoIt’s been a wish of PC gamers that seemingly would never happen, due to the nature of downloading a few gigabytes of information to a computer and being able to modify it later. But, it’s happened: refunds.

Buy a game on Steam and want your money back? Tough luck. It will never happen. But Electronic Arts, desperate for an edge, has added refunds to their digital download service, Origin. If a user is dissatisfied with a game published by the company at least 24 hours after the first time you launch the game or within 7 days of purchase, then you will be able to receive a refund.

The feature is rolling out worldwide during the next few weeks.

Via: Origin

Moto Maker Won’t Let You Engrave The Moto X At Launch

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Despite the fact that today, I received my specially engraved Moto X from Fort Worth, Texas, consumers will be unable to do the same come launch.

Instead, they will wait until their quality control standards reach a higher standard, as the initial crop of journalists and tech writers (like myself) proved to them that inscribing a personal message on everyone’s new Moto X is a bit hard in reality than on paper. The feature will resume sometimes after launch.

Via: JR Rapheal (Google+)

AT&T Will Sell The Galaxy Mega For $150 Starting August 23rd

galaxy-megaIf you like big phones, just know that Samsung will be testing your limits. Being the biggest phone Samsung has ever made, the Galaxy Mega has a 6.3-inch, 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor; 8-megapixel camera; and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Samsung’s user interface plastered on top.

AT&T will be carrying the device starting August 23rd for $150 on a new two-year contract, and will be serving it with 4G LTE data service.

Via: AT&T

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