Windows 8 Metro Apps Will Only Be Available From Microsoft’s Windows Store

Microsoft has announced that its Windows 8 Metro applications will only be available from their own Windows Store, the official name given to Microsoft’s apps store.

Following in Apple’s footsteps and taking full control over what will an won’t be sold in their store. Microsoft director Ted Dworkin explained that the Windows Store will be used to restrict Metro app distribution to ensure the software applications are secure and appropriate.

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Sony Confirms PS Vita Will Be Region-Free

Over the weekend Sony has officially confirmed that their new PS Vita gaming console will indeed by region-free enabling it to play any game released in any country worldwide.

The announcement was made by Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida via a Tweet confirming the statement made by Sony’s Michael Denny back in June who explained that to the best of his knowledge the PS Vita was going to be region-free unlocked on arrival.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Specifications Leaked?

The Samsung Galaxy S II just went on sale in the US with a range of mobile carriers, and now some reported specifications on the next generation Galaxy S smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S III have appeared online.

An anonymous member of 4Chan has reportedly received some information from a Samsung rep on the new Samsung Galaxy S II and if these specifications turn out to be correct it is going to be a very interesting Android smartphone.

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Facebook Enabling Twitter Updates From Your Facebook Pages

Following on from the announcement from Facebook last week unveiling their new Subscribe button Facebook have now unveiled that they will integrating a little closer with Twitter as well. Enabling Facebook users to update their Twitter accounts without the need for third party applications.

You will now be able to send your public Facebook status updates to a linked Twitter account, before linking to Twitter was only possible from Facebook pages that had been created for businesses, bands or public figures.

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HTC To Announce New UK Smartphones October 6th

HTC is holding a special press event tomorrow the 20th of September, where we are expecting them to unveil a new range of smartphones, one of those was thought to be the new HTC Vigor.

Now it would appear that HTC has another press event planned for the UK for the 6th of October, where they are also expected to unveil a new range of devices, and according to Slashgear we may have to wait until then to see the new Vigor.

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6ft Tetris Game Built Using LED Matrix Controlled By DDR Mats (video)

Three MIT students have joined forces to create a massive 6ft tall Tetris game which uses an LED matrix which is then controlled using a pair of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) controller mats.

The LED lights were fitted into lazer cut acrylic tubes and then attached to a chipboard frame. Watch the 6ft tall Tetris game in action after the jump, might be worth lowering your volume slightly.


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Targus Unveils New Laser Mouse Equipped With Wi-Fi PAN Technology

Don’t be fooled into thinking Targus’s new Laser Mouse is just another traditional mouse filling the ranks. Because the new Targus Wi-Fi Laser Mouse (AMW58US) is equipped with connectivity based on Ozmo’s Wi-Fi Personal Area Network technology.

The new mice uses the OZMO2000 solution, and is the industry’s first mouse to support Wi-Fi PAN connectivity enabling devices to connect directly to a laptops build in Wi-Fi receiver, rather than use the more traditional Bluetooth technology for connections.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G Lands On AT&T

If you have been waiting to get your hands on the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G, the wait is now over as it has gone on sale with mobile operator AT&T in the US.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G is now available for $49.99 when you sign up to a new two year contract with AT&T or $399.99 without a contract and it features a 4 inch display, plus a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM.

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New BioShock Infinite Footage Unveiled (video)

If you are looking forward to the release of the new BioShock Infinite game currently being developed by Irrational Games you might be interested in some new footage of the game which has been released in a trailer which has been created for the Tokyo Game Show.

The new BioShock Infinite game will not a direct sequel or prequel to previous BioShock games, but takes  place in an earlier period and within an entirely different setting than the original, though the new BioShock Infinite will feature similar gameplay concepts and themes.

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Samsung Wave 3 Launching Next Month

Samsung officially announced its latest Bada OS smartphone the other week, the Samsung Wave 3, and now it looks like the Samsung Wave 3 will be available from October.

The Samsung Wave 3 comes with Samsung’s Bada OS 2.0 and it features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, plus a 1.4GHz processor.

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Lego Augmented Packaging Let You See The Finished Product (video)

Lego has unveiled a a new range of packaging that uses augmented reality to show you exactly what the Lego kit will look like once it has been built even before the box has been opened.

In the example of the Lego Fire Station packaging in the video after the jump, once a web camera is directed on the packaging you can then see the kit in all its glory animated with the fire truck even driving in and out of the station. Watch it in action after the jump.

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