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+.

Apple’s reversible USB cable shown in patent pics

app patentBy now you’ve seen pictures or video of the reversible USB cable Apple is planning to release with the iPhone 6. It is a really nice and useful concept. But how exactly is Apple accomplishing this feat? We have some answers to that question. Some newly released patent info gives us some detail about how the reversible USB will work.

The design is so simple that it is actually genius. The USB outlet will feature a central stalk where the connector is located. That stalk will slide to the side, no matter which end is up on the USB port, allowing for a successful plug-in each time. Seeing it here, I’m surprised it took this long for someone to figure out.
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5 Million Xbox One units will be available in China at Launch

xboxchinaYou might have heard that the Microsoft Xbox One console will be headed to China this September. Pre-orders have already begun, but you might be wondering how many units of the Xbox One Microsoft expects to sell in China. We have no way to know how successful the console will be in the country, but PCWorld reports that according to Microsoft’s Chinese partner, BesTV, Microsoft will have 5 million units available at launch.

Those are the number of consoles Microsoft will be making available. If they sell that many is a different story all together. We can only guess how well it will do. However, since it will be new to the country, I would expect that they will sell most of those.
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Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be a no show on Wii U

wiiucodCall of Duty fans are looking forward to the latest installment, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. And playing it will not be a problem for those who have a PC, the Sony PS4, Sony PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. But sadly, the Wii U will not be getting the title. Hopefully you weren’t counting on this one showing up on Nintendo’s console.

Developer Sledgehammer Games has confirmed that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be giving the Wii U a pass for this game. Sledgehammer co-founder Michael Condrey explained the reason via Twitter. The reason that there is no Wii U version of the game is that it was “an Activision decision.” Vague, but I think we can surmise that the console just wasn’t up to it in their eyes.

Sorry Wii U owners. You’ll just have to play some extra Mario games as you are drying your eyes and recovering from the shock. Maybe take it out on other drivers in Mario Kart, by throwing some extra turtle shells or bananas. It was Activision’s call and they said no. It stinks, but this isn’t the first time the Wii U has lost out on a really great title.

Source Ubergizmo

UPS gets hacked, putting customer data at risk

upsWe trust UPS to get us our packages quickly, but in this era there is always a price to pay for convenience. If your identity was recently compromised, you might have UPS to thank for that delivery too. According to a new report, UPS is looking into a possible data breach. We have seen this with other major retailers in the recent past.

The investigation started on July 31, when UPS learned hackers had been looking for vulnerabilities in various network systems. UPS then hired a security firm and learned that 51 of their stores had been infected with malware meant to snatch up customer data. And no company wants to hear that.
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Pop-up ads inventor is very sorry

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Among the most annoying of first world problems are pop-up ads. Advertising, although necessary, can be very annoying in general. Pop up advertising is a form of advertising that irritates users like none other. Have you ever wondered who invented them? Maybe you wondered because you wanted to punch the guy.

It looks like Ethan Zuckerman was the one behind this annoying form of advertising and he thought of it in the mid-1990s. Ethan claims that pop up ads were created with good intentions, but then again the road to hell is paved with good intentions and this is just one stone. Well Ethan has some things to say. For one, he strongly believes that as long as the internet relies on advertising, ordinary people’s privacy will continue to be invaded.
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Apple iWatch may be delayed until 2015 (Rumor)

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Over the past few years we have been hearing all kinds of rumors that Apple is working on a wearable device, the Apple iWatch. The company itself is staying mum on the subject so we aren’t really sure what the situation is. We are all trying to find out the details. Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst at KGI Securities has some news, and says in a new report that its possible Apple may push the iWatch release back to next year. The problem is with the manufacturing process.

In fact, a report Kuo released way back in July claimed that Apple would start mass producing the Apple iWatch in November with a possible launch in 2015. Sure, analyst predictions are hit or miss, but many believe that Kuo has an accurate track report regarding Apple. So while we don’t know for sure, it’s a good bet that this is accurate. So I wouldn’t expect it very soon.
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World Of Warcraft subscription fee increase is coming this November

wowsubWell, it had to happen sooner or later, since costs need to be covered. And now Blizzard has confirmed that following the release of Warlords of Draenor expansion this November, the World of Warcraft subscription fee will be increased. With changing local and regional market conditions in mind, Blizzard has to do what they have to do. They have decided to increase the pound sterling subscription price of World of Warcraft.

There is a caveat for players that already have recurring subscriptions however. Blizzard, announced that those who already have a recurring subscription plan at the time of this price change will be locked in to their current subscription fee for two years after the price increase. That is IF you do not change your subscription plan.
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Fiery iPhone forces evacuation of aircraft

burnt iphoneBy now we have all heard the horror stories about phones blowing up or catching on fire. Sometimes, no one is hurt, other times people are not so lucky. What happens when a phone catches on fire on a plane? Well, one set of crew and passengers recently found out.

This kind of situation is bad either way, but you want to be on the ground if it happens, not in the air. A recent flight that was preparing to embark on a trip from Tel-Aviv, Israel to Prague, Czech Republic. Everything seemed fine. The roughly 150 passengers were boarding and getting settled in when a girl opened her purse and noticed a problem with her iPhone.
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Pokemon trading card game coming to the Apple iPad

pokemon tcgWay back in 1999, Pokemon was super hot. Kids everywhere were going crazy trying to catch ‘em all. It has spawned RPG video games, the television cartoon, movies, toys, clothing and the trading card game. Yet, that former success has not been recaptured in the smartphone and tablet age. Although that could change very soon. This leaked photo shows a version of the trading card game for the Apple iPad. Pokemon fans should be ready to go nuts right about now.
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New Star Wars Storm Trooper Helmet Design Leaked

trooperEveryone is waiting for more info about the upcoming Star Wars movie, Episode VII. We still have a long way to go until we are sitting in theaters watching it, but until then we take what news we can get.

The J. J. Abrams directed Star Wars Episode VII will take place in the future and that apparently means we will see a brand new Storm Trooper helmet design this time around. I’m not sure I think it is a good design. Take this info with a grain of salt even though this info is considered “very reliable information”.
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HTC One (M8) Limited Edition Model

htctatHTC has a lot to be proud of with their HTC One (M8) flagship smartphone. Everybody loves it. Of course even though it is a flagship model, time marches on and as it does, this model becomes less and less special. That’s probably why the Taiwanese manufacturer is giving it a bit of a makeover. It could use some sprucing up.

The tattooed HTC One (M8) Limited Edition model should liven things up a bit and add some pizzazz. This limited edition version of the HTC One (M8) comes from a collaboration with Singapore-based design collective Phunk Studios, who came up with this specially designed HTC One (M8) that looks really spectacular. It certainly has a unique look that would please fans of this handset.
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World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor will launch on November 13

wowgameBlizzard always has the best cut scenes, with the best graphics. But they are awesome not just because they look good, but because they are so well interwoven with the storyline. It’s what Blizzard is known for.

Speaking of Blizzard, check out the video and be blown away. We had heard that Warlords of Draenor would be announced by Blizzard, and sure enough the fifth expansion in World of Warcraft will be launching later this year on November 13. After that date we may not hear from many of you for a long time. I hope you have warned your spouse. I’m sure many people will be missing in action on that day and on that week especially. Once you start playing it is hard to stop. Ask any of the WOW addicts you know and they will tell you.
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