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+.

Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes now available for PC

mgspcYou may remember, that we learned earlier this year that Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes would be released for the PC. Many gamers have been waiting eagerly for this one. They needed time for the title to be prepared for PC and now the wait is over. Right in schedule, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes for PC has been released and it is available right now through Steam.

Until now, the title was available only on consoles like PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But now PC players get to join in on the fun.
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GTA: Chinatown Wars released for Android

chinatownSanta has come early for gamers. The Grand Theft Auto universe is getting some new additions this week. One is a Holiday Fun update to Grand Theft Auto V, the other a platform-first. The latter is Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars, which will be heading to Android devices. The game was previously released for Xbox and PlayStation consoles and iOS for iPhone and iPad. Now it is available on Android smartphones, tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Nexus Player. GTA fans rocking Android will be very busy this week.

Chinatown Wars is also being updated for iOS devices, where it will get new “highly customizable” touchscreen controls and work with physical controllers from the get go. It also features a full “Retina Display” resolution of iOS and “high resolution widescreen display” for new Android and Amazon Fire devices.
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Netflix will not offer offline playback

netflix logoIf you were hoping that Netflix would offer offline playback, we have some bad news. Netflix will not be allowing users to cache television shows and movies for later playback. In an interview, Director of Corporate Communications and Technology Cliff Edwards denied that Netflix would offer offline storage of content, categorically stating “It’s never going to happen.”

Edwards said that storing videos for offline viewing was a “short term fix for a bigger problem” in terms of connectivity. The company believes that Internet connections will become more prevalent and improve in quality, including in places like planes. Edwards thinks that these connectivity issues will not be an issue in the long term. He may be right, though I’m sure many users still would like it.
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Guy boils his iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola

cokeThere is seemingly no limit to the strange things you can see other people do online. Like this guy who boiled his iPhone 6 in Coke. Because reasons. I guess he thought he could torture an iPhone better then others who have shot it or froze it or dropped it on video.

This is from YouTuber TechRax whose wife is going to kill him when she finds out that he ruined her cooking pan. She is probably still complaining about the smell in her house too. He boiled his iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola and titled the video “Don’t Boil Your iPhone 6 In Coca-Cola!”. He’s sending mixed messages I think. At any rate, the iPhone 6 was completely ruined after his little experiment. And it looks like he just stood there breathing in toxic fumes as it boiled. Not very smart.
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Sony Hackers threaten attack on theaters that show “The Interview”

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The saga that is the Sony Hacking scandal continues. The latest threat from the hackers is that they will attack movie theaters that screen the movie “The Interview”. This movie is believed to be the entire reason for the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack.

The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco. The premise is that they are recruited by the CIA to eliminate Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea and they’re invited for an exclusive interview. North Korea has denied involvement in the attack, but they have been investigated to find out if the country was behind this.
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Apple products no longer for sale in Russia

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Russia’s economy is not very certain right now. There are several reports about wild fluctuations in the Ruble and then there is also uncertainty regarding Ukraine. There are other factors too. So citizens are attempting to move their existing funds to something more stable. Imported goods are also affected, since this instability is causing some businesses to be more cautious. Some companies may choose not to be a part of it at all. Like Apple is doing.

Apple has stopped online sales in Russia due to “extreme” fluctuations in the Ruble. The company is currently in a holding pattern as they review their Russian store. So iPhones may get scarce in Russia, at least for a time.
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HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TV

HBO GO launches on Amazon Fire TVHere is some good news for Amazon Fire TV users. Even though it’s been around for awhile on almost every other web TV platform, HBO has finally decided that it’s time to launch on Amazon Fire TV. Amazon says that HBO is also working on the HBO GO app for Amazon Fire TV stick as well, so it can be on all Amazon devices.

Peter Larsen, Vice President Amazon Devices says that they were “thrilled” to have HBO GO launching on Fire TV “in time for the holidays.” He also said that HBO Go was “the most requested service” for Amazon Fire TV. So it is good for those users that it is finally launched.
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Fitbit Says Charge Skin Issues Has Nothing To Do With Material

fitbitAs you might know, Fitbit has not been having an easy time of late. Earlier this year, they were hit with a lawsuit concerning the skin rashes that affected Fitbit Charge wearers. Well, Fitbit CEO and co-founder James Park claims that the skin rashes are from bad habits and improper hygiene. Not the material.

Park says, “We have conducted extensive testing with laboratories and consulted with top dermatologists to develop stringent standards so that users can safely wear and enjoy Charge.” Well, that really says a whole lot of nothing, but at least they are on the problem.
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Amazon UK software bug had third-party items selling for $0.01

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Amazon UK suffered a bug recently that led to thousands of third-party sales being priced at $0.01. Looks like some people got some amazing deals for a brief period. A glitch by Amazon Marketplace’s Repricer Express led to these pricing errors, between 7 and 8PM GMT on December 12. To make the problem worse, Amazon seller’s fees were stikll being charged, leading to a temporary situation where sellers were actually giving money to Amazon to sell the goods for almost nothing.

Amazon acted quickly. Shortly after it started, Amazon issued a statement about the problem, saying “we are aware that a number of Marketplace sellers listed incorrect prices for a short period of time as a result of the third party software they use to price their items on Amazon.co.uk.” Amazon also said that most of the orders have been cancelled. So it looks like they caught it before it could be much worse.
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Latest James Bond Film Script Leaked By Hackers

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By now you have heard about the hack at Sony Pictures Entertainment. As it turned out, a lot of sensitive data was stolen during the cyberattack. Stuff like email conversations between top executives, passwords, unreleased movies and a lot more became public knowledge. Now the latest word is that the next James Bond film SPECTRE’s script has also been leaked online. This has not been a great month for Sony. This is a huge movie for them.

According to Reuters an early version of the script for SPECTRE was leaked after hackers also got this in their attack on the computer systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
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Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is confirmed for PS4

ffxxThere was a mistake made on the Square Enix store earlier this week which brought up the possibility that Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster may be released for the PlayStation 4 soon. I know that many Final Fantasy fans would love that. The cover art for the game leaked through Square Enix Boutique which is the publisher’s online store for France.

It was confirmed that it wasn’t a fake. And now we have an official announcement from the publisher. Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster has been confirmed to be releasing for PS4. Awesome! That will make fans very happy.
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Hulu offers free TV shows for Android users this holiday season

huluplusandroidThe holidays are a busy time for all of us, but that doesn’t mean you still don’t have some time to watch your favorite shows. Well Hulu wants to help you catch up with some of your favorite shows during the holidays, with a little gift.

Previously using Hulu on your Android device meant that you would need to pay for a Hulu Plus account. However just for this holiday season, Hulu has decided that they will give Android users the ability to stream videos for free. This is regardless of whether they have a Hulu Plus account or not. That’s a nice gift for the holiday season.
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