Havok’s Project Anarchy makes game development affordable, supports Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8

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Windows Phone 8’s multiplatform game engine support has improved steadily since the mobile OS’s launch at the end of 2012. Developers have access to several middleware options: Unity, Havok, Marmalade, and Autodesk Scaleform, all in various degrees of commercial readiness. And now Havok has taken their support a step further with the release of Project Anarchy.

Project Anarchy is a complete end-to-end mobile 3D game production engine. It packs four of Havok’s core software releases into one powerful suite – basically everything you’d need to create a 3D mobile game. Games created with Project Anarchy can then be deployed to multiple platforms with a minimum of effort – including Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8.

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/havoks-project-anarchy

Southwest Airlines and DISH Launch Free In-Flight TV

Southwest Airlines and satellite television provider DISH yesterday announced a new deal to bring free live and on-demand TV to Southwest’s 400 Wi-Fi-enabled planes. While the service is accessible from many Internet-connected devices, Southwest and DISH highlighted compatibility with Apple’s iOS devices and gave away roughly 100 iPad 2 units to customers on a Southwest flight.

Beginning today for Southwest Customers using iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, or most other Internet-ready personal devices, DISH is providing free access to live TV and up to 75 on-demand shows on the airline’s more than 400 Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft.

The news was unveiled by DISH’s “Boston Guys” who surprised each of the passengers aboard a Southwest flight from Boston to Baltimore with a free iPad 2 on behalf of the two companies. Southwest Customers and Crew greeted the news with spirited applause, as for the first time, Customers flying on Southwest Airlines can stream directly to their personal devices live TV and up to 75 on demand titles for free, a savings of $5 per day.


As noted by The Wall Street Journal, the deal will see advertising from DISH used extensively throughout the Southwest customer experience, including on flight confirmation emails, airport signage, and in 30-second commercials that will be required viewing before free TV can be accessed.

Additional details on the TV service aboard Southwest flights is posted on the airline’s site.

    

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Nokia and HTC steal top spots at international design competition for Windows Phone efforts

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Windows Phone 8 launched over half a year ago and the message was clear from both HTC and Nokia. Devices were going to be loud, colorful, and playful. They were to be an expression of the operating system they housed inside. The HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 led the charge of premium handsets we could choose from. Both OEMs have recently been recognized for their work by the industrial design community. They did it by taking top spots in the communication tools category at the International Design Excellence Awards.

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/nokia-htc-steal-top-spots-international-design-competition

Google Refuses to Change Privacy Policy for Glass; Tells Congress They Know Best

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There has always been privacy concerns where Google Glass is concerned and it got to the point where the United States Congress wanted to know just what was going on. Not just that but, they wanted to urge Google to reverse their decision of lumping Glass in with the same privacy agreement as everything else. You might remember some time ago that the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus sent Google a letter back in May to address privacy concerns. Well, Google had some time to think and they’ve finally come up with an answer. It’s pretty much a resounding “No”.

In a letter sent to Congressman Joe Barton, co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus dated June 7th, Google stuck to their guns and revealed that they wouldn’t be adjusting Glass’ privacy, nor would they create a separate policy just for the new device. Here’s the key quote from the letter:

“Use of Google Glass will be governed by the terms of the Google Privacy Policy and no changes to the Google Privacy Policy are planned for Glass”

Of course, the core system of Glass isn’t going to be where all of this begins and ends, apps will start to flood the device as adoption becomes more widespread and these themselves create a privacy risk. Google are taking the same tact here as they are with Android apps and privacy, permissions that apps ask for will be displayed when being added to Glass just as they would be when installed on your smartphone. This, Google feels, is more than adequate.

You can read the full letter from Google here, and while it’s mostly just Google telling Congress “No” in around 4 pages, it might be worth a read if you’re genuinely worried about Glass. The issue with such a debate seems to be that people who have no access to the device – or have even come in contact with it – seem to think they know exactly how it’ll be used in the future. While I’m not sure hat Google should be coerced into making a new policy for Glass, it’s clear that the old rules just don’t apply here. It’s been the exact same way with copyright law and digital music – old rules and laws cannot possibly relate to new technologies.

Congressman Barton is unimpressed and here’s the statement he made in response to the letter from Google:

I am disappointed in the responses we received from Google. There were questions that were not adequately answered and some not answered at all. Google Glass has the potential to change the way people communicate and interact. When new technology like this is introduced that could change societal norms, I believe it is important that people’s rights be protected and vital that privacy is built into the device. I look forward to continuing a working relationship with Google as Google Glass develops.

How do you feel about Glass? Let us know in the comments below!

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Android How To: Play YouTube HD Videos on 3G and 4G Networks on your Android Phone or Tablet

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Right now, the YouTube app only allows you to play videos in HQ mode on 3G and 4G. But if you’re on a Wi-Fi network, you can experience full HD videos. Nowadays we’re getting phones with full HD displays, and even the mid-range devices are coming with 720p displays like the HTC First. So why can’t we get full HD video on our phones? We should be able to play it on mobile networks right? Well thanks to a modded APK from the geniuses over at XDA, we can.

This app allows you to stream full HD videos on any Android device. Even those with HD displays. Some people might think it makes no sense, but trust me, you’ll definitely notice it. I used to think I couldn’t tell the difference between a 1080p and a 720p display.

Instructions:

  1. Go to the XDA forums and download the modded YouTube APK
  2. Now before you install this app, you’ll need to remove the default YouTube app. So you’ll want to use Root Explorer or ES File Explorer and navigate to /system/app directory on your Android device to remove the old APK.
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  3. Now you’ll need to place that new YouTube APK on your phone and copy it into the /system/app directory
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  4. That’s it.

It’s just that easy to get full HD videos onto your Android phone or tablet. We’re hoping that Google will update the YouTube app to allow us to watch full HD videos on our mobile devices. It would be really awesome right? The modded APK for YouTube also allows playing back a video even after your device screen is turned off. Also once you install the APK, enable the option to watch HD videos on Wi-Fi, 3G and the screen-off video platback from under the advanced settings in the new app.

Just like that you can get 1080p videos on your Android device. How many of you are loving the 1080p videos on your phone or tablet? Let us know how this all works for you in the comments down below. Also if you have any problems feel free to leave a comment below.

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Huawei Ascend W2 Windows Phone gets certified for China Mobile

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The Huawei Ascend W2 is heading to China and consumers at one step closer to getting their hands on the Windows Phone. The device has passed through checks in the country and will now be sold on China Mobile, tapping into a vast number of subscribers.

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/huawei-ascend-w2-gets-certified-china-mobile

Unofficial Snapchat client, Swapchat updated with improved Windows Phone 8 support and more

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Swapchat, if you’re not familiar with the name, is an unofficial Snapchat client for Windows Phone. We previously looked at the app when it was released on the Windows Phone Store, joined by a free version. The developer published version 1.2 to the store, which addressed numerous minor bugs and fixed some problems, but today we’ve got version 1.3.

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/unofficial-snapchat-client-swapchat-updated-improved-windows-phone-8-support-and-more

Xbox 360 owners: check out the Ultimate Game Sale. Plus get Defense Grid for free!

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Remember the Xbox 360 Ultimate Game Sale from back in February? Microsoft slashed the prices on more than 20 Games on Demand (downloadable versions of full retail titles) throughout the week, with a different selection of games on sale every day. And now that sale is back again just 4-5 months later. Could it have something to do with Microsoft wanting to sell as many Xbox 360 games as possible before the Xbox One shows up later this year? Does a frog bump its butt when it hops?

On top of that, today happens to be the first day of the month. And that means Xbox Live Gold members get a new free game! Last month it was Fable III, and this month everyone expected Assassin’s Creed II or Halo 3 (both Games on Demand titles) to go free. But life would be boring if everything went to plan, and so Microsoft has made an XBLA game called Defense Grid: The Awakening from Hidden Path Entertainment free instead.

Quick impressions and a full list of sale games after the break!

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/ultimate-game-sale-defense-grid

Remember the Name, a Windows Phone app to help putting a face with a name

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Remember the Name is a Windows Phone 8 app designed to help those who often remember a face but the name seems to escape them. The app taps into three social networks to create a memory game to help you remember who you know.

Granted for Remember the Name to help your put a name with a face your contacts have to be in one of these networks but the memory skills could carry over to those who aren’t.

via Windows Phone Central – News – Forums – Reviews – Help for Windows Phone http://www.wpcentral.com/remember-name-windows-phone-app-help-putting-face-name

HTC One Gets Android 4.2.2…In Taiwan

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It seemed like a strange move when HTC launched the One with just Android 4.1 and not 4.2, sure there are hardly any differences but it had been out for a few months before the release and Samsung managed it with the Galaxy S4 – so why hold it back? For whatever reason, the device did launch with Android 4.1 and we’ve been waiting to see an Android 4.2.2 update for some time now, playing catch-up right out of the gate isn’t the greatest business strategy we’ve ever seen.

Nevertheless, the update is on its way to One owners…in Taiwan, as Android Central are reporting. Or at least, that’s where it’s all starting, as it did with the One X updates. HTC haven’t added thing too wild of their own and the changelog reads something like this:

  • Launcher bar enhancement
  • Widget panel rearrangement
  • New lock screen style and widget
  • Enhanced behavior of the home button
  • The death of the black bar
  • Battery percentage in the status bar
  • Quick settings
  • AE/AF enhancements in the camera

Quick Settings are of course the main feature of Android 4.2 and One owners that have a penchant for stock Android will be pleased to see that they’re mostly kept the same here:

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The lockscreen widgets were another headlining feature in the minor upgrade to Android and here, HTC have implemented them too.

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While there’s little else to write home about, it’s good to see that HTC have finally gotten the update to 4.2 finished. While it’s probably a month or so before we see this roll out here in North America, it’s at least reassuring to see that the update is now ready for general consumption. We have to wonder however, if HTC are going to continue to lag behind when it comes to updates. While the wait for 4.2 isn’t as big as say the wait from 4.0 to 4.1, the device has been on shelves for some time now and you’d think that HTC would be rolling out updates for their “One” and only flagship quicker than this. Still, Android 4.2 is coming, and soon.

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