Angry Birds Star Wars 2 quietly slipped into the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store one day early. The interactive tie-in action figures and playsets, or "telepods," are also now available for purchase at several retailers. The telepods allow you to "teleport" your favorite characters into the Angry Birds Star Wars universe on your mobile device, but they are not required to play the game. They're just an extra fun bonus. Unlike Activision's popular Skylanders series, the telepods use your device's camera, not NFC technology to make their magic work. Below is a complete list of available Angry Birds telepods and retailers where you can buy them.
As for the actual game, Angry Birds Star Wars 2 features more than 30 playable characters, and allows you to choose between the Pork Federation or the Pork Side. New characters include Yoda, Pod-Racing Anakin, Mace Windu, Jango Fett and Jar Jar Binks! You can download the free version or the $0.99 full version now from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
While the world waits for iOS 7 to officiall launch, BlackBerry is giving it one more go with the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone. The Z30 is the successor to the Z10, and it is "BlackBerry's biggest, fastest and most advanced smartphone," according to BlackBerry. It features a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display (295 ppi), BlackBerry's new 10.2 operating system and up to 25 hours of "mixed use" battery life. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro paired with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 GPU.
It is taller and wider (140.7mm x 72mm) than the Z10, and features the same 16GB storage, with the option to upgrade thanks to its microSD slot. The Z30 is 4G LTE capable and ships with WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. Other specs include a 2MP front-facing camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera, BBM, and other BlackBerry features such as BlackBerry Priority Hub
This is a friendly reminder to pre-order the Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Limited Edition before it is too late. A lot of Grand Theft Auto fans learned the hard way after missing out on the GTA 5 Special Edition. The lesson is: It's never too early to pre-order. The special edition of Assassin's Creed Black Flag for the PC has already sold out at GameStop and Target, and you can bet the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions will sell out quickly come November.
A lot of times these special and collector's editions never come back in stock. Just ask Tales of Xillia and Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker fans, who didn't get their hands on those limited releases and are now paying scalpers on eBay.
SanDisk announced today the Extreme Pro CFastTM 2.0 memory card for "professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography." According to SanDisk, the card can read speeds of up to 450MB/s and write speeds of up to 350MB/s, which gives it "double the shot speed of today's fastest cards."
"With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card, we are enabling a next generation card format to meet the needs of high-end professional cinematographers," said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. "These cards will enable new digital solutions for professional filmmakers looking to embrace technologies such as high-quality 4K video, and are another example of SanDisk's innovation and leadership in flash memory storage."
The Grand Theft Auto V Special and Collector's Editions have sold out through most retailers a few day before its official launch. The $80 Special Edition for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 includes: A collectible steelbook with exclusive artwork, an exclusive 21.5" x 26.75" map of Los Santos and Blaine County, a special ability boost, single-player stunt plane trials plus bonus weapons and outfits.
It is unknown if more Special or Collector's Editions will be restocked after the game is released on September 17, 2013. GameStop and other retailers did receive more stock of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Care Package after its release. You can sign up for GTAV notifications here, and be notified via email, mobile alert (iOS only) or desktop alert -- if and when the Special or Collector's Edition becomes available again.
OtterBox's Defender Series, Commuter Series, Reflex Series, Prefix Series and Clearly Protected Series are all now available for the iPhone 5s. You can also nab a colorful Defender or Commuter case for your iPhone 5c.
The Defender cases for both the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c are available in multiple colors, and feature a built-in screen protector and high-impact polycarbonate shell to protect against scratches, bumps and drops. The Commuter cases are also available in multiple colors, but feature a slimmer design to easily fit in your pocket. The Defender case is $59 and the Commuter case is $35. You can get 5% off the Defender case by using the promo code AM2012*
That didn't take long. A few hours after Apple announced that the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C would be shipping on September 20, accessory maker Case-Mate announced its all new next-generation case collections... And there is something for everyone!
Since it has the same form factor as its predecessor, the now discontinued iPhone 5, Case-Mate has extended its Naked Tough collection to include the iPhone 5S. The Naked Tough case's smooth transparent finish and ultra slim design is perfect for protecting your new iPhone 5S, and showing off its new silver and gold colors.
HP has unveiled its new family of "reclining PCs". The HP Recline features an articulated stand and patent-pending hinge that allows you to dangle the IPS touch screen over the edge of a desk, or use it in a tabletop, flat angle, mode. The touch screen also responds to all all 10 fingers at once, and can be adjusted in an upright position for watching movies.
"Customers have told us that they want touch on their PCs, and at HP we're always looking for ways to improve the experience," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. "HP's family of reclining all-in-one PCs offer new ways to stay productive and enjoy immersive experiences such as movies and games with the most natural touch experience available."
One day after Sony opened pre-orders for the "world's first curved screen LED television," Samsung announced the world's first "curved UHD television" at IFA 2013. Samsung also claims to have put "an end to the debate over technological superiority, but I'm not sure what that means.
The new curved UHD TVs will be available in 65- and 55-inch models, with the promise of larger sets to come "based on consumer response." This means curved televisions could get pretty large, considering that Samsung also announced a new 98-inch 4K OLED TV at IFA on Thursday. Samsung did not announce pricing or availability. Read on for the full press release.
Sony made a lot of announcements druing its IFA press conference on Wednesday, but didn't have time to cover its 65-inch curved-screen, 1080p LED TV. However, the electronics maker did manage to send out a press release announcing that the S990A is now available for pre-order. Sony promises the "world's first curved screen LED television" will deliver the only all-in-one cinematic experience you will ever need for your home.
"Sony has a storied history of innovation, particularly in the television category," said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Sony Electronics Home Entertainment & Sound division. "The gentle curve of this television borrows from the screen technology found in movie theaters, and provides an immersive experience that makes viewers feel as if they are truly part of the action and in the moment of the scene they are watching."