Author Archives: Conner Flynn

I eat sleep and breathe technology, along with geek toys and video games. When I'm not blogging about the latest gadgets and technology, I am usually reading about them, or busy playing fantasy role playing games or Star Trek: Attack Wing. You can follow me on Google+.

Amazon to launch free video streaming service

amazon-logoNetflix is riding high right now, having just announced that their video streaming service is set to launch in both New Zealand and Australia next March, but they are not alone in the industry. They do have their competition. Speaking of which, Amazon will be rolling out a free streaming video service.

Since you can’t get anything for free in this world, this service would be supported by ads. The idea is that Amazon intends to spin the service off from Prime, Amazon’s premium membership club that costs $99 annually, where it offers one the ability to access its Instant Video service.
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iPad Air 2 In Gold

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Sometimes it seems as if there is no end to some people’s vanity and need for shiny things. Those who need diamonds and rubies on their cars, phone cases and tablets will certainly enjoy this news. The iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet ever, so it already commands a higher price point compared to other tablets.

Well, how about bringing home a 24K gold-plated iPad Air 2? Now at last you can. Vietnamese jeweler Karalux are offering this iPad Air 2 that comes covered with gold. The price for the gold-plated 64GB iPad Air 2 is at $1,315, which means this is a $700 premium compared to the regular price of the tablet.
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Google and Rockstar to end dispute

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Rockstar is a tech consortium comprised of companies like Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony. The rockstars of the tech world if you will. The consortium was originally formed to purchase Nortel’s patents when they declared bankruptcy, but in 2013, the consortium also decided to use the patents they bought to go after Google for alleged patent infringement.

Of course Google wasn’t thrilled about this and though these kinds of things would normally be long and drawn out legal battles, it looks like it might be over already. That is because according to a recent filing submitted to the US District Court of the Eastern District of Texas, Google and the Rockstar Consortium have agreed to settle their dispute. The details have not been made known to the public, which is not surprising. Those details may leak out eventually.
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Google Contributor lets you pay to remove ads from select websites

google hqGoogle has launched a new and very experimental service they are calling Contributor. It basically allows people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. At the service’s portal, visitors can pick which sites they want to contribute to, and whether to donate $1, $2, or $3 per month. Once a subscription goes active, visiting those sites will display thank-you messages and/or pixel patterns instead of the ads they don’t like.

This might be an interesting solution to users not liking ads, even though the site has to bring in some revenue. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
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World Of Warcraft Subscribers surpass 10 Million, Warlords Of Draenor Sells 3.3 Million Copies

warlordsWarlords of Draenor, the latest expansion for the World of Warcraft MMORPG, is doing pretty well for itself. Despite early server issues that prevented gamers from entering the game or completing quests, reviews of the game have been pretty positive and players are enjoying themselves.

In fact, according to a press release from Blizzard, Warlords of Draenor has sold 3.3 million copies within the first 24 hours. Blizzard also says that thanks to the expansion, World of Warcraft’s subscriber base has managed to surpass 10 million gamers across all regions. This is big news since that subscriber base had been down for quite some time.
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Firefox to use Yahoo as its default search engine

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In the world of search Google is king, but not everyone bends knee to the giant and bows down. Mozilla has announced a new partnership with Yahoo, and so Firefox will be dropping Google from its position as default search engine. Soon, users in the US will be seeing a sleek version of Yahoo as their browser’s default search option. The move is said to be Yahoo’s “most significant partnership” over the last half decade. It just may be.

Mozilla will be launching this next month. Yahoo says that this new search experience will be coming to US users first, before others across the world get access to it.
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HBO Go Xbox One coming soon

hboboxWe heard earlier this year that HBO Go will be hitting the Xbox One. However, despite the announcement being made the app has yet to be released for the console. Well, today we have more reason to believe that the HBO Go Xbox One release may be coming very soon.

That is because several users have spotted a tile on the Xbox dashboard which indicates that the app is “Now on Xbox One.” That’s good news for those waiting on this service. Hopefully it will be soon.
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Netflix to launch in Australia and New Zealand in March 2015

netflix australiaNaturally Netflix wants to expand their market share, so they have decided to launch their Netflix service in Australia and New Zealand. If you want to expand, you have to offer your service to more countries after all. You can’t sit still.

This launch will happen sometime in March of next year. Netflix is the leading Internet TV network in the world with a bunch of original series, movies, documentaries, and special TV shows. They have something for everyone, so it should be a hit in those countries just like everywhere else. Everyone loves Netflix.
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You can now download iOS MOBA Vainglory

vaingloryA few months back when Apple unveiled the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Apple turned to Super Evil Megacorp to show off what it could do, using the Vainglory MOBA that was designed for Apple’s brand new phones.

Well if you were looking forward to the game, we have some awesome news. The game is now finally available for download via the iTunes App Store. The game is a free download, although you probably won’t be surprised to learn that there are in-app purchases that could make this game cost a lot more than your initial investment.
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Playstation 3 gets seized from noisy Manchester students

ps3-blueSome gamers can get very loud while playing their favorite games. It can be exciting. Evn so, you should probably exercise a bit of restraint for the sake of your neighbors at least. A bunch of noisy students recently had the police and council officials raid their house, the end result being that their Sony PS3, DVD player, and surround sound speakers were seized.

It might have been because this was not the first warning they had from the authorities. In fact there were several weeks worth of complaints from residents and this prompted the police and council officials to take action.
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Sony ships 13.5 million PlayStation 4 consoles

ps4infoHas it been a year already? November of 2013 was a month that gamers around the world would not soon forget. That’s when the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One were released. Both consoles went on sale only in select markets at first, then they gradually hit other markets throughout the year.

And now to celebrate its first anniversary Sony has published an infographic that shows how the PS4 has performed in its first year. The infographic shows that Sony has shipped a whopping 13.5 million units of the PlayStation 4 worldwide.
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Prynt is a case that will print photos from your smartphone

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Prynt is a case that will print a small, hard-copy of a photo that you take with your smartphone. The size and form factor here really shows how compact a device for printing a photo can be these days.

Here is the idea: Prynt will record a small amount of video around the time when the shutter key is clicked, and then the app can basically assign a physical token to the printed picture, enabling you to view the video. If the printed picture is held in front of the camera while the Prynt app is open, then a “Play” button appears on the smartphone’s screen where the picture is displayed. Hit Play to play the video that was recorded during the picture taking, which is embedded in the image space of the picture. Sound cool? It is. Read on to find out why.
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