Call of Duty Elite, the subscription stat tracking service and community for Modern Warfare 3, will officially be getting an iPhone companion app. According to a report from MacRumors, the app is set to launch in the App Store tomorrow, with an iPad version landing “shortly thereafter”.
The app will essentially provide access to just about every feature included in the web and console versions including the ability to track game stats, access career summary, view recent matches & challenges, and edit custom classes.
This is what Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny had to say: Keep Reading
You’d think with 15 trillion dollars in debt the United States Government would find more important things to consider than websites who allegedly harbor people who share content. But like the man who aimlessly waters his window plants while his house is on fire, the Government mulls over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) while Holllywood lobbyists whisper sweet nothings into their ears.
By now you’ve heard every reason why you should be against SOPA, and you know that the bill in a nutshell aims to stop copyright infringement by threatening to censor sites like Google, Facebook, and other web-sites that gross billions of dollars for the United States G.D.P. Keep Reading
Up until now only Android users have had the pleasure of using the Gametel bluetooth controller from accessory maker Fructel. The device clips onto your smartphone and provides a classic D-pad/joystick hybrid on the left, “Select” and “Start” in the middle”, four game buttons on the right, and two shoulder buttons that sit behind the smartphone.
Fructel recently announced (via GSMArena) a couple days early that an iOS version of Gametel will indeed be launching at CES.
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There isn’t a shortage of gaming accessories on the market for Xbox and PS3, but the U.S. Army is intent on cashing in on the success of games like Modern Warfare with a selection of official Army-branded gaming accessories.
The product page for the products describe them as for “modern gaming warfare”, which I guess is as close as you can get to marketing something as “Modern Warfare” without Activision suing you. Keep Reading
With CES 2012 set to kick off next week on January 10, the big talk of this year’s show is smart TVs, mostly due to Apple’s expected entrance into the HDTV market. Due to this, much of the media is picking up the story that 3D won’t be as big of a focus at the show as it was last year.
According to CNET, at least one TV vendor plans to grab some attention with its latest 3D technology– Toshiba is introducing a glasses-free 3D TV and plan to be first to the U.S. market in the first quarter of 2012. Keep Reading
It’s about time that the franchise’s next biggest character, the fat pigs (who are probably pretty angry themselves), get some love too. Cult of Mac points us to Misunderstood Pigs, a new iOS game that reverses the roles of Angry Birds’ main characters giving the pigs a chance to go on the offensive. Keep Reading
“I had (made the move) countless times before, but on those occasions the wheel in my hands had been a white plastic controller,” writes Sally Adee, on how exactly the phenomenon known as GTP helped her in a particularly nasty scenario. “I had been saved by Mario Kart.”
As VentureBeat first reported, developers of iOS games like Vector Tanks have received legal threats from Atari, and Apple seems to be complying with Atari’s requests to remove titles from the App Store without independent review.
If you’re unfamiliar with Vector Tanks, it resembles Atari’s Keep Reading
Ekso is the work of Berkeley, California company Ekso Bionics who evolved the product from their first exoskeleton invention, ExoHiker, designed to allow able-bodied individuals to lift 200 pounds with ease. According to a lengthy report from Spectrum profiling Ekso, the company is planning to be first to market to rehab facilities by the first half of the new year with the new walking suit. Keep Reading
Kanye West definitely isn’t known for holding back on Twitter. In fact, just yesterday, West went on a three-hour, 85 tweet, 8,806 word rant that National Post was kind enough to transcribe.
Rather than read the whole thing, we’ll save you the time and cut to the most interesting part — West is starting a new company known as DONDA and he’s hiring a team of tech industry heavyweights to help him.
Over several tweets, West described the company: Keep Reading
I remember the first camcorder that I ever received back in 1998. It was a Sharp Viewcam, and at the time was considered top of the line. The camcorder cost $600, shot on hi8, and required a separate deck you could hook up to a 400 MHZ iMac G3 just to edit and transcode your files.
When all was said and done with the project I had exactly one person to show it to: myself. There was no YouTube, no Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, or anything other than your home VCR or your family that had the patience to see what you’d produced.
But in the “digital age” technology has brought the possibilities of the movie studio to a computer monitor, and increased the size of an audience by the millions.
One man in particular is evidence of how powerful technology has become and how it has allowed artists, literal one-man teams, to use their craft to take over the internet. Keep Reading
A new project/promotion available through online coding tutorial site Codecademy will let you learn how to code through interactive tutorials once a week throughout 2012. As Slate notes- the ones who turned us on to the site- “learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write”.
Founders of the Codecademy (pronounced Code Academy) startup Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims are urging beginner coders to sign up for a new course that provides one lesson a week over the next year as their New Year’s resolution. Each lesson takes about five hours to complete, so you can get each one done spending around an hour a day during the work week.
When Canadian man Martin Reisch forgot his passport on the way to the U.S. from his home in Quebec, he opted to take his chances with a scanned copy stored on his iPad rather than make the trek back home. According to the story from Winnipeg Free Press, to his surprise U.S. customs accepted the virtual passport.
“I figured I’d try, and in the worst case, I would have to go home.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a number of documents are acceptable from Canadian citizens including an enhanced driver’s license, passport, or Nexus Pass (a special pass created to make crossing the U.S. border easier for Canadians). According to Winnipeg Free Press, it doesn’t mention copies digital or otherwise.
Windsor representative MP Brian Masse said “this guy just got lucky.” He says it raises major security concerns regarding the ability to easily counterfeit digital passports. Reisch says he likes the idea of using his iPad as a passport, who also notes that it is already accepted to check in at many airlines: Keep Reading
While it obviously doesn’t pay to have Anonymous angry at you, part of me can’t help but think that it really doesn’t take much to get on their bad side.
As even the infamous Zeta Drug Cartel proved — i.e. those guys who like to skin, impale, boil, and (nsfw) gas innocent Mexican civilians — once you see a video with the dude from V for Vendetta talking sh*t about you, it’s time to panic.
This time, the hacking collective turned their attention back to Sony, for financially supporting Keep Reading
According to a report from Daily Mail late last night, both Apple and Google have shown interest in acquiring Premier League live TV streaming rights for next season after rights to the current season come to an end. Apple would presumably add the service to their Apple TV content lineup, at least in the UK, and Google to their Google TV platform.
The Premier League is seen as the type of premium content that will help establish Apple TV in the UK and boost iPad sales Keep Reading
With just about every smartphone manufacturer suing every other, and iOS and Android going head to head to capture the market, the relationships between smartphone vendors can often be hard to keep track of.
Thankfully, we now have a Japanese manga comic documenting the dramas by representing each company as a student at “Sweet Android High-school” (via TNW).
The comic is currently running in Keep Reading
Despite just about every company and service having an iOS and usually an Android app too, we can understand the team at Valve might have some bigger development projects to worry about. If u can’t wait for the rumored official Steam clients/companion apps, at least Android users now have a decent third-party client (via Addictive Tips) that does just about everything but gameplay.
Thankfully developer IBF Programs has put together a pretty slick looking unofficial client called Steam for Android that will allow you to browse games/sales, view your Steam profile, tell when your friends are online and what they are playing, and interact with the community. Within the app you have access to following sections of Steam: Summary, Friends, Groups, Games, Specials, and Favorites. Keep Reading
For the last six months a selection of lucky apes at the Milwaukee zoo have had access to drawing apps, video, and a few games on an iPad. Soon the project hopes to introduce Skype or FaceTime video calls for long distance monkey meet ups and is urging Apple to create a special section dedicated to apes in the App Store. Keep Reading
There is definitely no shortage of praise for Apple’s award winning brick-and-mortar retail experience. With their highly successful run of over 357 retail locations worldwide, Apple has been able to do something that many of their biggest competitors, like Microsoft, have struggled to do for years.
That hasn’t stopped Apple store Genius Chad Ramey, 39, from quitting and writing a long-winded email to CEO Tim Cook (via ifoAppleStore) warning the company’s retail experience has gone from “something truly spectacular and wonderful, to big-box retail that is no better than a Best Buy or a Walmart.” He did so after his manager’s behavior forced him to resign. Keep Reading
Apple’s design chief behind the iconic designs of most of Apple’s best-selling products over the last 15 years has just been awarded knighthood in the United Kingdom. Sir Jonathan’s new title is officially Knight Commander of the British Empire. According to the BBC who first reported the news, Ive called the honor “thrilling” and said he was “both humbled and sincerely grateful”.
Originally born in Chingford, London in 1967, Ive has worked and lived in the U.S. even prior to beginning at Apple in 1992 where he served as lead designer for the PowerBook G4, G4 Cube, MacBook, unibody MacBook pro, MacBook Air, iPod, iPhone, and iPad.
Mr Ive’s eye for design combined effectively with Mr Jobs’ legendary attention to detail and the products that have emerged from the company since the late 1990s have turned Apple into the biggest and most influential technology company on the planet.