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(Credit: Ulysse Nardin)
This is just what the Night’s Watch needed: an, erm, “Night’s Watch.” Because it’s helpful to know when dusk is approaching on the Wall, probably.
The watch itself isn’t particularly “Game of Thrones”-related. Although it’s appropriately black, the dial features the aquatic wave pattern of the Black Sea watch, and red elements embellish the numeral markers, hands and power reserve and small seconds sub-dials.
Ulysse Nardin described the watch: “‘The Night’s Watch’ marine diver, a perfect pairing of sport and style, is monochromatic in rich black, with elements of red representing the serious feel of the sacred order.” Did no one tell them Mance Rayder was booted from the “sacred order” for wearing red? Guess not.
In fact, the “Game of Thrones” elements are pretty subtle: the show’s logo inscribed on the caseback, and two ceramic links in the watch’s rubber strap engraved with “The Night’s Watch” below the case and “I am the sword in darkness” above.
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ASUS’ Fonepad has been making its way around the world with a 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor and 16GB of built-in storage, but apparently there’s a need for covering one’s face with a beefier version. Announced in Taiwan earlier today, the 7-inch tabletphone will be offered with a faster 1.6GHz Z2460 plus 32GB of memory (with micro-SD expansion as before). This new model will retail for NT$ 10,900 locally, which works out to be about US$ 360; whereas the original model will still be available for NT$ 8,990 or about US$ 300 (which is, by the way, a tad more expensive than the UK price). We’ll let you know when ASUS comes back with more information regarding availability in other regions.
Via: Engadget Chinese
Details of Google Play Games, the Android alternative to Apple’s Game Center, have leaked, with suggestions that the cloud-syncing, leaderboard-scoring, and multiplayer-matchmaking system will debut officially at Google I/O this coming week. Evidence of the refreshed gaming component was unearthed from a prerelease version (v3.1.36) of the Google Play Services APK, with Android Police sifting through the shared files to discover a new “Play Games” feature intended for managing gaming on the Android platform.
The Play Services system is the underlying Android component which all games will be able to tap into, allowing them to share a single notifications path, multiplayer gamer matching, leaderboards and achievements records, and more. Unsurprisingly, the multiplayer duties are shared with Google+, with the social network’s circles used to manage who can invite you to play a game, whose achievements you see, and who your own achievements are shared with.
Meanwhile, there’s also synchronized saved games, meaning if you have a favorite you play on both your Android phone and tablet, you should be able to pick up where you left off on either. Similarly, there are various achievements and leaderboards, with a number of icons to flag top scores and the ability to sort by recent play, by your own position in the charts, and more. All can be pushed over to Google+ to publicize your success.
Currently, the new service isn’t fully functional, leading to suggestions that there could be another, potentially user-facing app which works in conjunction with the background system. That would presumably be the equivalent of iOS’ Game Center app, with its hub of scores and various lobbies for handling multiplayer and gamer-matching based on skill level.
The Android gaming ecosystem has expanded considerably in the past year. Last May, Google was tipped to be working on a Game Center alternative, while even earlier the Google+ team was confirmed to be collaborating with developers on social games for the Facebook competitor.
Several Kickstarter projects have sought to reboot classic titles for Android and other mobile platforms, most recently seeing 90s favorite Carmageddon relaunch after having raised more than $ 600,000 on the crowdfunding site. Meanwhile, dedicated Android-based gaming hardware has also grown in popularity: OUYA was another Kickstarter success, for instance, while this past week BlueStacks revealed GamePop, a compact games console that borrows the Netflix-style subscription model for title access.
Both OUYA and GamePop have been forced to create their own gaming system on top of Android, to some extent, but with the new Play Games structure, Google could considerably streamline that process for other hardware developers. The system has potential beyond just Android phones and tablets, too; Google TV boxes could instantly become Xbox and PlayStation rivals, with support for second-screen play turning mobile devices into controllers and private status monitors. A hook into Chrome, meanwhile, could bring the system to the desktop and to Chromebooks.
That would leave plenty of room for innovation in pricing. Google could follow BlueStacks’ example with an all-you-can eat gaming subscription, perhaps, with a set monthly fee promising access to hundreds of premium titles across as many devices as are registered to the same account.
We’ll undoubtedly hear more about Google Play Games at I/O this coming week; SlashGear will be there to bring back all the news as it happens.
Google Play Games revealed: Android gaming gets serious is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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(Credit: Jimmy Kimmel LIve/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
Few are immune from feeling envy.
Some, though, just can’t help expressing it.
In our socially networked world, there are several choices of medium on which to vent one’s inadequacies, but none seems so immediate as Twitter.
You can go there and post all sorts of deeply offensive things and actually direct them at the famous people who have turned you green in more places than merely your gills.
For example: “I just saw @JessicaAlba. If this was 2007, I’d be really excited.”
Then there’s: “Hey @ZachBraff, I could take a picture of a piece of s*** in my toilet and it would be a better movie than Garden State.”
Social philanthropist Jimmy Kimmel decided to personalize this phenomenon by getting the celebrity objects of such tweets to appear on camera and read them.
In Friday’s fourth edition of “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” Alba and Braff offered pleasing readings of the above tweets.
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This week, staff writers Mat Honan and Roberto Baldwin get physical with the Fitbit Flex and share some good news about Windows 8.
Nokia has officially announced the Lumia 928, its Windows Phone 8 smartphone for Verizon, and the device it has been steadily teasing over the past week. Packing a 4.5-inch OLED display and an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera, along with Verizon LTE 4G support, the Lumia 928 also has three high-audio-amplitude-capture microphones for better audio recording. It’ll also arrive with an impressively competitive price.
There’s wireless charging, as you’d expect from a device based on the Lumia 920, and NFC. That means the phone can be easily paired with wireless speakers and such, using Bluetooth to squirt music across.
Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 demo:
Nokia throws in HERE Maps, HERE Drive+, and HERE City Lens for easier navigation, along with the camera enhancements such as panoramic photos and animated GIFs. Optical image stabilization is included, just as Nokia demonstrated recently by strapping the phone to a remote-control helicopter, as well as a Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics.
As for video recording, that’s supported at up to 1080p resolution. The Nokia Lumia 928 will hit Verizon on May 16, the company says, priced at $ 99.99 after a $ 50 mail-in-rebate, and assuming a new two-year agreement.
Interestingly, the Lumia 928 had been expected to debut at Nokia’s London event next Tuesday. Exactly what will be the star of that show remains to be seen, though SlashGear will be there to bring you all the details as they’re announced.
Verizon Nokia Lumia 928 gets official: 4G 4.5-inch OLED Windows Phone is written by Chris Davies & originally posted on SlashGear.
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If you’re a Mac user who is looking for an external storage device that features an integrated optical drive, Newer Technology as an offering that is rather interesting. The device is called the miniStack Max and it’s been around for a while featuring an integrated Blu-ray drive. The problem for a lot of people who like the idea of this product was that they didn’t necessarily need a Blu-ray drive and that added significantly to the cost.
Newer Technology is now announced a new option for people who don’t want that blue Ray drive with the miniStack Max now available in a version packing a DVD/CD burner rather than the more expensive Blu-ray drive. The manufacturer says that this is the only four and one external hard drive entering an optical drive, SD memory card reader, and a powered USB hub.
The storage solution is designed specifically to be stacked with the Mac mini and it matches that little computer’s size and style perfectly. However, Newer Tech says that the miniStack Max will work with any computer out there. The external storage devices compatible with both Mac and Windows computers and features multiple interfaces.
It can connect to your computer using USB 3.0, USB 2.0, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, or an eSATA port. The external storage solution is available in multiple storage capacities all the way up to 4 TB. The hard drive inside the enclosure is a 7200 RPM unit making for fast data access. The integrated SD memory card reader also reads SDXC format and everything in between. Prices start at $ 219.99 for the enclosure with no storage inside. The 4 TB version sells for $ 529.99.
miniStack Max external storage device gets DVD drive option is written by Shane McGlaun & originally posted on SlashGear.
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Hey, it’s not everybody that can get the First Lady of the United States to pull off his trademarked move, but Colin Kaepernick did just that.
Kaepernick and Michelle Obama have teamed up to help promote physical education in schools in the “Let’s Move” campaign, which might explain why the 49ers QB was as casual as you can get away with when meeting a member of the First Family. He posted this shot on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, is video from February of the First Lady getting some kids into shape, with help from Kaepernick, Serena Williams, Bo Jackson and others:
If President Obama Kaepernicks after his next State of the Union address, you’ll know who talked him into it.
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