Facebook had the tech world scratching its heads after it sent out paper invites that read: "A small team has been working on a big idea. Join us for coffee and learn about a new product."
Several tech blogs took wild stabs in the dark trying to predict what Mark Zuckerberg and team had planned for the June 20th event, but no one really had any great ideas. The newly announced press event was even more intriguing since Facebook's last big reveal, Facebook Home, turned out to be a real dud.
On Monday, an unnamed source told TechCrunch that Facebook plans to add video sharing to Instagram. This coincides with an earlier report from Matthew Keys who claimed Facebook was "testing Vine-like video" to add to their photo sharing app. Vine is the popular iOS and Android app that allows users to create and share six-second videos with other users and friends. Think Twitter with video, which is fitting, since Twitter acquired the app in October 2012.
Pre-orders for Skylanders SWAP Force starter packs for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are finally being accepted. The starter packs include a hard copy of the video game, one Portal of Power, three Skylanders figures, a collectible poster, sticker sheets and trading cards. This is the first time that the SWAP Force PS4 and Xbox One starter packs have been available. You can order either the PS4 Starter Pack or Xbox One Starter Pack via Amazon starting today.
Unfortunately, it is still unknown when the individual SWAP Force characters will be available for pre-order. Last year there were a few hard to find individual Skylanders Giants like Eye Brawl, Hot Dog and Terrafin 2. Skylanders fans will definitely want to sign up for SWAP Force Character Pack notifications so they don't miss out on pre-orders.
It's odd that Microsoft is touting their next-generation gaming console as a product of the future since the consensus is console gaming is dead. However, that's what Director of Programming of Xbox Live Larry Hryb (aka Major Nelson) insists on calling the Xbox One. Hryb answered a few questions from Reddit during an interview with Chloe Dykstra. He said that banned users will not lose access to their games, but didn't really give an answer when asked what happens years later when Xbox One's authentication servers are shut down. He also dashed fanboy hopes by saying Microsoft will not change its Xbox One policies after hearing the Sony PS4 keynote. Hryb promised he will do an "ask me anything" session via Reddit later, but you can see him dodging some softball Reddit questions below for now.
As promised, Activision Publishing previewed the upcoming Skylanders SWAP Force game and toys at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo. SWAP Force will feature 16 new SWAP Force characters, and 16 new core characters with 256 possible different power combinations. Players will be able to swap the top and bottom halves of the Skylander toys to create new characters with unique abilities. The top half of every SWAP Force toy will determine the in-game character's powers, and the bottom half will determine how they move. Each SWAP Force character will have eight upgrades per half, giving them 16 possible power-up possibilities. Existing Skylanders figures are also fully compatible with the SWAP Force game, and will be now be able to upgrade to level 20.
Skylanders SWAP Force will be available for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Wii U, PS4, and Xbox 360 on October 13. Retailers like GameStop and Amazon are already accepting pre-orders for the Starter Packs, but not the individual characters. SWAP Force will also be available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One after the next-generation consoles are released.
A few weeks after sources in the supply chain confirmed that a second-generation Nexus 7 will start shipping this summer, a new ASUS device cleared the FCC. The FCC lists the device's brand name as "ASUS nexus" and the model number as K009. The brand name, and listed specs makes it possible that the ASUS K009 is the new Nexus 7 tablet we've been hearing so much about.
The refreshed Nexus 7 could be the first Android device to run Jelly Bean 4.3, and will hopefully feature a higher resolution display. Other specs for the K009 include a Qualcomm S4 Pro quad-core CPU, a 4,000mAh battery, and a 5MP rear-facing camera.
Telltale's popular game series based on the hit AMC television show The Walking Dead is getting an all-new chapter this summer. The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a new downloadable add-on episode for Season One, which focuses on the first 400 days of the zombie apocalypse.
IGN got an early look at the new installment, and described it as a "Pulp Fiction-like anthology" that encompasses five different stories, and five new characters.
The PlayStation 4 Launch Edition has sold out, however, Sony fans can still guarantee themselves a PS4 console on launch day by spending a little extra cash. Amazon is guaranteeing that both the Battlefield 4 and Killzone bundles will ship on the official PS4 release day. The bundles are $499, but include $10 off a year of PS Plus, and the respective games. You can still pre-order the Standard Edition PS4 for $399, but there is no guarantee when you will receive it. Amazon is also offering a Knack Launch Day Bundle with no PS Plus bonus for $450.
This is possibly your last chance to pre-order a PS4 console for launch day. No other retailers are listing a release day guarantee on their websites. Pre-ordering from Amazon now, will insure you do not get stuck standing in line, or paying high scalper prices when the PS4 officially goes on sale. If you still haven't made up your mind on which console you are going to buy, you can still monitor both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One via the free online product tracker whohas.it.
Only hours after Microsoft's Xbox One becoming available for pre-order, Sony has followed suit with the Playstation 4. Priced a full $100 less than the Xbox One, at $399, the Playstation 4 may see even higher demand than Microsoft's next generation console.
While Sony has one-upped Microsoft on pricing, Microsoft will still hit the market before the PS4. The PS4 isn't slated to hit the streets until December 31, 2013, while the Xbox One will hit shelves in November.
That was quick... Both Walmart and GameStop are now accepting pre-orders for the newly announced Xbox One games. Microsoft previewed several upcoming Xbox One games at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday. Some of the bigger titles announced included Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition and the Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3. Microsoft also announced that the Xbox One would be available in November with some launch titles such as Ryse: Sun of Rome. Most of the announced games, and the Xbox One console itself, are now available for pre-order. Check out a few of the available pre-orders below, or hit the links above for a complete list.
Minecraft (Xbox One) - Minecraft is coming to the Xbox One even though its creator Markus "Notch" Persson didn't have nice things to say about the next-generation console. The game is getting expanded multiplayer capabilities, and other upgrades that were not possible with the 360's limited RAM.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - The Xbox One version of the fantasy game will feature Kinect-based voice commands and 100 hours of open-world gameplay.
Minutes after we mentioned the Xbox One tracker, whohas.it sent out alerts for pre-orders. Several retailers are now offering the "Xbox One Console: Day One Edition", and some are offering Xbox One console/game bundles. The "Day One Edition" is $499.99 and the bundles are $599.98. There is a Kinect Sports Rivals bundle, a Ryse: Son of Roman bundle and Dead Rising 3, which is an Xbox exclusive game. You can head on over to the Xbox One tracker to pre-order your Xbox One today.
Microsoft announced the Xbox One would be available sometime this November for $500 at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday. Microsoft also announced several exclusive Xbox One games like Killer Instinct, and previewed others like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Some other big news included a Halo 2014 announcement, and that Minecraft is getting an upgrade for the Xbox One.