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+.

World Of Warcraft Horde Chopper now available in-game

wowchopWorld of Warcraft is a big money printing machine for Blizzard. It is no wonder since it is one of the older MMORPGs that are still around and active. The game still has many players who play it and now they even have cool perks like choppers.

You may remember a few months ago when Blizzard launched a web series called Azeroth Choppers. It basically had two teams from the World of Warcraft development team designing a chopper to have an Alliance or Horde theme.
Well, since then the votes were cast and the winner was revealed to be the Horde. Just in case you missed all of the excitement.
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Instagram readying possible Snapchat competitor

instaappWe have heard rumors before about Instagram building a Snapchat competitor. The last time the rumors were flying, Instagram was introducing its direct group messaging feature. Now, we are hearing the rumors are once again, because Instagram accidentally outed a new feature that they call Bolt.
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Microsoft shipped 1.1 million Xbox consoles last quarter

xoneWe heard last week that Microsoft had seen Xbox One sales double since they reduced its price. It seems like many gamers now feel the price is justified and they are buying. While we don’t know how many units they managed to sell, we know based on NPD’s figures, that it wasn’t enough to beat out Sony in sales for the month of June in the US market.

And now Microsoft has released their latest earnings for the fourth quarter fiscal year 2014 and based on the numbers provided in the report, it looks like Microsoft shipped 1.1 million Xbox consoles in Q4 FY 2014. Things are going better for the company.
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Marvel Unlimited gives you 15,000 comics for just 99 cents

marveluComic book fans know the sheer joy of being able to tear through a big stack of comics on your tablet, whenever you want. And as a bonus, that “stack” never grows. Now, Marvel wants to make comics on your tablet even easier by offering a huge discount on its all-you-can eat Marvel Unlimited service. You can get one month of Marvel Unlimited for just 99 cents.

The service is pretty amazing. Marvel Unlimited gives you access to over 15,000 comics. And normally you would be paying $9.99 per month, so this is a pretty nice deal. However, it is just for one month and then the price will revert back after that. It is a nice chunk of savings though.
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Nintendo will offer Super Smash Bros. 3DS demos at SDCC

sdccHere’s some good news for anyone attending SDCC who wants to also check out Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS. We already knew that Nintendo was expected to bring Super Smash Bros. to the Nintendo 3DS this summer, but then we were bummed to hear that the game had been delayed to October.

Well, we have some good news at least. If you wanted to try out the 3DS version of the game before you buy it or the Wii U version, Nintendo will be providing demos of the game at SDCC.
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Amazon releases a Wallet app

amazon walletApparently, everyone wants a piece of the mobile wallet game, despite the fact that no one seems to know if users are really that excited for the product. We have had Google Wallet, Apple Passbook, Windows Phone Wallet, and PayPal, and now Amazon is taking its turn as well. Without an announcement, Amazon has released its own Wallet app for Android.

The app is in beta right now, so we don’t really know what the plan is for the future, but for now it is similar to Apple’s Passbook as far as functionality goes. There is currently no option to add credit or debit cards, but you can store all of your gift cards, loyalty cards, and membership cards in the wallet.
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Extra The Last Of Us DLCs confirmed

lastIf you thought that Naughty Dog was finished developing additional DLCs for The Last Of Us, think again. The game was a huge hit and was very well received by gamers, so no, they are not done yet. Many gamers are awaiting its launch on the PlayStation 4 right now.

The developer had already confirmed that new DLCs will be released, but no details were given. However, it has now been confirmed that the downloadable content packs will be multiplayer focused and will “definitely not” include any new chapters for the campaign. In other words they won’t extend the story.
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Banning cellphone use by drivers might not mean fewer accidents

drivingIt seems odd, but according to a professor who worked on the study, legislation in California from 2008 that banned drivers from using their cellphones while behind the wheel, had no affect on the number of accidents on the road. Surely that can’t be right.

Professor Daniel Kaffine did say that he would have expected a small decrease in the number of accidents, even if just a small number of drivers stopped using their phones while behind the wheel. I think that most of us would have expected the same thing.
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Gionee’s GN9005 smartphone is just 5mm thin

Gionees GN9005 smartphone is just 5mm thinIf you like your smartphone thin, pay attention to this. Earlier this year Gionee unveiled the Elife S5.5. The handset was called the world’s thinnest smartphone and measured only 5.5-inches thick. However now it looks like that record could soon be beaten, by the same company, thanks to recent certification from China’s TENAA.

According to the certification, the new handset, the GN9005, is expected to measure just 5mm thick. If this is all true, then this Chinese company has managed to outdo themselves once again and get thinner still.
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Activision sued by former dictator Manuel Noriega

codnorI can’t believe this bit of craziness is actually news, but it is, so here goes. Activision has been sued by Manuel Noriega, former dictator of Panama. At issue is Activision’s portrayal of him in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The lawsuit was filed early this past week in the LA County Superior Court.

Noriega, who is now 80 years old, says that Activision presented him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state,” according to the LA Times. He sees the purpose behind this as a cheap way to increase game sales, and so he wants damages and lost profits. Uh, okay.
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PlayStation 4 Tops US Sales Chart For June

ps4-xboxWell, after the price cut Microsoft had hoped that sales of the XBox One would catch up to Sony’s PS4, but if they ever do, it won’t be for the month of June. The NPD Group who has released their monthly report for physical sales in the US market for the month of June and Sony still dominates.

According to their latest figures, and despite increased interest in the Xbox One due to the price cut, the PlayStation 4 still managed to earn the title of the top-selling console in the US for June. Maybe July will be Xbox’s month. We will have to wait and see. As of right now however, Sony is king. And that is without a price cut on their part.
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Golden Samsung Z shows up in the wild

golds1Even though it was officially unveiled in early June, the Samsung Z isn’t available for purchase right now. The handset was supposed to be released on July 10, but obviously that never happened. Samsung says that the handset’s launch was postponed because Tizen doesn’t provide a full portfolio of applications at the moment. It goes without saying, but without a wide range of apps, a smartphone platform isn’t going to attract many users who want it.

Well, it should be along anytime now, because according to Samsung, the Z will hit shelves in some markets this quarter. Hopefully with plenty of apps available. They wouldn’t set a time unless they were sure that they could solve the app issue quickly, so all should be well and it should launch on time this time.
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