Traditional Incandescent Light Bulbs to be Phased Out Jan. 1

It is official, incandescent light bulbs are being phased out. No, they arent illegal and no, they wont be ripped off shelves and smashed in some Orwellian fashion. Though, they will be banned from being manufactured or imported beginning Jan. 1. In fact you will probably be able to locate them in stores until their supplies are depleted. When supplies of incandescent bulbs run out, youll locate your local hardware store will have replaced them with compact fluorescent lamps CFLs or LED lights. The Energy Independence and Security Act EISA, signed into law in 2007, includes a rule to phase out incandescent light bulbs. Incandescent bulbs are quite inefficient. As most tech fans know, heat is a form of energy, and incandescent light bulbs waste quite a bit of it, about 90 percent of its energy burns off as heat not as light. Which is why CFLs and LEDs are preferred alternatives. As consumers you are probably aware that CFLs and LED bulbs are generally pricier than incandescent bulbs. Doing a fast search through Amazon it looks like youll spend a few cents more per bulb, and about eight to 10 times more for a single LED one. The question is how much money will you actually save whilst changing bulbs and how much are you willing to pay up front for these savings According to one EPA estimate, CFLs last 10 times as long as traditional bulbs, not bad if youre just considering the price of bulbs allow alone the energy savings. CFLs, however, have a drawback in that it uses a small amount of mercury. CFL bulbs cannot be thrown into the regular trash, instead they should be taken to local recycling centers. If you were to crack a CFL, you should take extra precaution, like taking kids and pets out of the room and airing it out for 10 minutes before attempting to clean it up. When you do go to clean it up you shouldnt vacuum it either. Though the amount of mercury in each bulb is minimal you should still be aware of its affects. If you do have kids and are anxious about damage bulbs or hot bulbs, LED ones may be a better option. Much of the chat around energy efficient bulbs seem to focus around CFLs rather than LEDs mainly because of its cost benefit. But LEDs are also beneficial because of their extremely low energy consumption, low heat and long life 20 years. In fact one report states during the same period you would burn through roughly 30 incandescent bulbs and cost an additional 200 to light up those bulbs, while one LED bulb would only cost you 21 to operate over those two decades. Dont be afraid next time you go to the store to buy light bulbs only to locate your trusty incandescent bulb is no where to be found. There are plenty of options on the market and they may be better for you and your pocket book in the long run. Order This From Amazon Image

Q-Games Doubles Income with Steam Sale

Sometimes I worry that things like the seasonal Steam sales devalue games. But then I hear news like the results of one of Q-Games’ titles being voted into discount by the community. Q-Games’ platformer PixelJunk Eden, originally released for the PlayStation 3 back in 2008, was chosen by voters during Steam’s year-end sale, to go upon sale at a 90 percent discount, making it just 99 cents. After the sale, designer and programmer Dylan Cuthbert wrote upon Twitter, “Thanks to everyone who participated in the Steam community sale for PixelJunk Eden, it sold phenomenally well!!” Cuthbert elaborated by saying that the team “made their income to date, again, in just 8 hours.” The theory I’ve heard is that frequent, scheduled sales like the ones Steam provides, will end up with people waiting to buy games instead of buying them new, missing that crucial period at the beginning of a game’s shelf life while it’s yet getting buzz and being watched by executives. That might yet be the case for the biggest games, but for smaller studios it seems like the Steam sale is more great than bad. Time to profit back to collecting licenses for games I don’t have time to play!

Nintendo Wii U GamePad Modded To Play PC Games, And It’s Cool! [VIDEO]

Nintendo’s Wii was a roaring success, at least for the first few years of its life. Sell-outs the world over and an ability to draw so-called non-gamers into a market that was previously dominated by hardcore fans had Nintendo’s coffers overflowing. When it came time to put the Wii out to pasture and replace it with something a little more modern, the Wii U was created. Unfortunately for Nintendo, the Wii U has failed to capture the imagination in the same way that its predecessor has, which as a result has left it floundering in an industry where powerhouses like the Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 are likely to eat its lunch and then force it to shine their shoes. If you did actually buy a Wii U though, there might be a use for that vast tablet-like controller that you’ve got gathering dust in the corner of the room. If you’re one for a spot of hackery, that is. Presenting at the 2013 Chaos Communications Congress event, two cunning chappies have shown off something that is rather awesome, if unlikely to make that much of an impact on our lives. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to play PC games on a Wii U’s controller though, you’re going to be a little bit giddy. A little bit too giddy if youre a complete nerd. During the presentation, available to watch on YouTube now, we’re shown a PC running the Dolphin emulator loaded with a Zelda Wind Waker ROM. That’s not the best part though. The really impressive thing is that we then see the game being pushed over to a Wii U controller, complete with surprisingly good video reproduction and controls. The screen may only be 854 x 480 resolution, but it’s certainly better than nothing and more than adequate for playing games running through an emulator, that’s for definite. It’s entirely debateable how useful this really us, but what isn’t debatable is the cool factor. If you’ve ever wanted to play PC games on a Wii U controller instead of being stuck in front of a monitor, then you’ll desire to check out the video. Skip to the 47-minute mark for the demo. Overall, what do you make of this Do you think the Wii U is a good enough contraption to be used to play PC games leave your thoughts in the comments section under. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to keep yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.

Ask the Buffalo: December 31 Edition

Do you have a burning question about tech Well, its time to question Ashley Esqueda and hear her reply one of your pressing queries upon video. Until 3 PM PST upon Thursday, Jan. 2, depart a comment with your question for her, and then youll be able to see her reply them in a video posted to ourRevision 3 TechnoBuffalo channelon Monday at 5 PM PST. Is Netflix the perfect workout friend Do smartphones need 4GB of RAM Will webOS succeed upon televisions What are her New Year’s resolutions If you desire to use Twitter, be certain to use the hashtag #AsktheB so Ashley will see it. reply toTechnoBuffaloMissed the previous question the Buffalo episodesCheck them out!remember, you only have until 3 PM PST upon Thursday, Jan. 2to submit your questions via the comments upon this post or upon Twitter to join in the fun!

Minecraft not Heading to the Wii U, but it “Would Make Sense,” says Notch

Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson has responded to a rumor about his creation coming to the Wii U, and unfortunately this story has a sad ending. Minecraft is currently not in development for Nintendo’s system. In a Twitter post, Notch assured everyone that he loves Nintendo, he’s just “too busy” to work upon the port right now. I agree a Wii U version would make sense, btw. The only reason for no current plans is we've got too much work already. I <3 Nintendo. — Markus Persson notch December 27, 2013 Oh well. No Minecraft for Nintendo in the foreseeable future. The GamePad might seem like a perfect fit for the game to operate with, but you’ll just have to play the game upon all other platform that it has been released for. Don’t worry, you can yet make Nintendo characters and pretend you’re upon a Nintendo console. Isn’t imagination half the fun of Minecraft after all

Apple Denies Opening iPhone “Backdoor” To NSA Hackers

Apple on Tuesday released a statement saying it has never worked with the National Security Agency NSA to create a backdoor for the government. According to a report this week, a spying program called DROPOUTJEEP gave the NSA access to any Apple iPhone, though the documents cited were from 2008; the same program gave the agency access to other devices communicating through GSM as well. Other exploits from the NSA reportedly allowed the agency to hijack Wi-Fi from up to eight miles away. under is Apples statement to TechCrunch in full: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it simple for customers to maintain their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we heard about attempts to undermine Apples industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to guard our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of whos behind them. The report originated from Der Spiegel on Sunday, and claimed the NSA had a Tailored Access Operations TAO unit that is capable of gaining access to foreign computer systems for national security purposes. Additionally, Der Spiegel claimed a separate division within NSA, known as ANT, put information together about hacking consumer electronics, which includes a number of devices and different methods. The reason people suspected Apple had cooperated was Der Spiegels allegation that the NSA could snoop on iPhones with 100 success, suggesting the Cupertino company set up a backdoor. Since reports began circulating about the NSA, a number of huge name tech companies immediately distanced themselves from the agency; Apple, AOL, Yahoo, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google and Facebook even requested a global government surveillance reform. Since the alleged document cited by Der Spiegel was dated back in 2008, its unclear where the program stands now. In Apples statement, the company makes it distinct it has never cooperated with the NSA, and is constantly improving on the security of its devices. So while Apple is supposedly working on keeping malicious hackers out, the agency could very well be tapping into your device iPhone or otherwise.

Nintendo Wii U GamePad Modded To Play PC Games, And It’s Cool! [VIDEO]

Nintendo’s Wii was a roaring success, at least for the first few years of its life. Sell-outs the world over and an ability to draw so-called non-gamers into a market that was previously dominated by hardcore fans had Nintendo’s coffers overflowing. When it came time to put the Wii out to pasture and replace it with something a little more modern, the Wii U was created. Unfortunately for Nintendo, the Wii U has failed to capture the imagination in the similar way that its predecessor has, which as a result has left it floundering in an industry where powerhouses like the Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 are likely to eat its lunch and then force it to shine their shoes. If you did actually buy a Wii U though, there might be a use for that gigantic tablet-like controller that you’ve got gathering dust in the corner of the room. If you’re one for a spot of hackery, that is. Presenting at the 2013 Chaos Communications Congress event, two smart chappies have shown off something that is rather awesome, if unlikely to create that much of an impact on our lives. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to play PC games on a Wii U’s controller though, you’re going to be a little bit giddy. A little bit too giddy if youre a complete nerd. During the presentation, available to watch on YouTube now, we’re shown a PC running the Dolphin emulator loaded with a Zelda Wind Waker ROM. That’s not the best part though. The really impressive thing is that we then see the game being pushed over to a Wii U controller, complete with surprisingly good video reproduction and controls. The screen may only be 854 x 480 resolution, but it’s certainly better than nothing and more than adequate for playing games running through an emulator, that’s for sure. It’s entirely debateable how useful this really us, but what isn’t debatable is the cold factor. If you’ve ever wanted to play PC games on a Wii U controller instead of being stuck in front of a monitor, then you’ll want to check out the video. Skip to the 47-minute mark for the demo. Overall, what do you create of this Do you think the Wii U is a good enough contraption to be used to play PC games depart your thoughts in the comments section below. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to save yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.

Top Ten iOS 7 Jailbreak Tweaks You Should Try On Your iPhone Right Now [VIDEO]

Earlier today, we saw the release of Cydia Substrate for devices that have been jailbroken. This update allows developers to update their jailbreak tweaks and themes to sustain the latest ARM64 devices. Whilst it doesnt initially mean that were now able to use any jailbreak tweak with these devices, it means that over the next few days a enormous majority of the Cydia store will be updated with compatibility for the faster and more superior A7 hardware. Weve put together a list of some of the best jailbreak tweaks that have been released or updated specifically for iOS 7 since the introduction of the Evasi0n7 untethered jailbreak. Some of these tweaks are currently fully compatible with A7 devices, or have partial incompatibility, which we have listed under. TabLess, Free, ModMyi repo. Incompatible with A7 devices. Simplock, Free, ModMyi repo. Fully compatible with A7 devices. HiddenSettings7, Free, BigBoss repo. Fully compatible with A7 devices. FlipControlCenter, Free, rpetri.ch/repo. Partially compatible with A7 devices. FlipLaunch, Free, BigBoss repo. Fully compatible with A7 devices. BetrFoldr, Free, BigBoss repo. Incompatible with A7 devices. iFile 2.0 for iOS 7, Free Trial/4, BigBoss repo. Fully compatible with A7 devices. iOS 6 Theme iOS 7, Free, ModMyi repo. Incompatible with A7 devices. RecordMyScreen, Free, BigBoss repo. Partially compatible with A7 devices. Open In App For Photos, Free, BigBoss repo. Fully compatible with A7 devices. With the not-so-recent lull that the jailbreaking scene has been under for the past few months, Im definite that well see an uproar of sustain as developers rush to update their tweaks and apps for the new A7 hardware. If you happen to have a jailbroken iPhone 5s, iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display, be cautious about what you install on the device, as compatibility is still a tiny bit sketchy. Also recall that if you happen to install an incompatible package that sends your device into a reboot or respring loop, simply perform a hard reset on your device by holding both the house and lock buttons for 10 seconds, then power on whilst holding the volume up button. You will then be able to remove the offending package using Cydia Substrate safe Mode. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos. We will be having more coverage of compatible tweaks and themes for the new iOS 7 jailbreak as well as compatibility updates for the A7 suite of devices. Stay tuned! For tutorials on how-to jailbreak, check out: iOS 7 7.0.4 Jailbreak: Download Evasi0n 7 For iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, iPad, iPod touch Windows / Mac Jailbreak iOS 7 7.0.4 Untethered on iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, 4s And More With Evasi0n 7 Video Tutorial You may also like to check out: iOS 7 Compatible Jailbreak Tweaks And Apps In Cydia Be positive to check out our iPhone Apps Gallery and iPad Apps Gallery to explore more apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You can follow us on Twitter, add us to your circle on Google or like our Facebook page to retain yourself updated on all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the web.

Kingdom Hearts III’s Keyblade has “Infinite Possibilities” and Transformations

We’ve already seen Kingdom Hearts III in action thanks to a gameplay trailer released by Square Enix back in October. Director Tetsuya Nomura has said that the game yet has “ways to go,” but one thing we couldn’t help but be amazed about is Sora’s iconic weapon, the keyblade, transforming into a full-blown gun. In an interview with Famitsu, translated by Siliconera, Nomura teases that this is just a taste of what the keyblade can do. In the trailer, we saw it transform into the shape of a gun, but there are also some other amazing transformations. The other day, when we were checking it out, the staff member said it turns into and I impulsively replied with, Are you serious According to suggestions from the planning side, itll likely be used as some sort of gimmick,” he also says. “The Keyblade has infinite possibilities. In the interview, he also explained Kingdom Hearts main RPG system. The Attraction Flow, allows you to pick moves according to different places and enemies, and especially so during boss fights where youll be able to pull off unique moves. This is an evolution ofKingdom Hearts 3Ds Flowmotion, and will be one ofKingdom Hearts IIIs main systems. Unfortunately, I never got around to Kingdom Hearts 3D, so I have no frame of references to create this comparison. Any fans out there want to help me out Is it something that can work in the main series Nomura is currently writing the scenario for Kingdom Hearts III, spending most of his time editing it. Because he is so wrapped up in the development of Final Fantasy XV, Kingdom Hearts III is yet a few years away from release. It will look daylight on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Any takers Via Siliconera

Moto X: TechnoBuffalo’s Smartphone of the Year

When the Moto X was first announced back in August, there was a surprising lack of enthusiasm, even disdain, that echoed around the industry. Here was a device that featured some truly thoughtful software additions, yet people immediately wrote it off for its lack of flagship specs. Forget that it gave users the option to pick the back, front and accent colors. Because it didnt match up upon paper to handsets like the Galaxy S4 or HTC One, it was considered bad. This was before anybody had even tried it. We were convinced Motorola had created something special. Over the past few months, Ive grown confident in choosing the Moto X as my smartphone of the year, and wholeheartedly believe its better than anything else currently available. Im not arguing it has the best display, or the best specsit doesnt. But its easily the best all-around Android handsetmaybe the best all-arounder eversporting a comfortable size, terrific design and enough speed to profit you through Netflix, email, or just easy Web browsing with ease. It also comes equipped with as close to stock Android as you can profit with still having a few system enhancing tweaks, and in many ways is more enjoyable to use thanks to Motorolas software enhancements. What stands out for me in particular is Motorolas implementation of Touchless Control and Active Display, which both expand the Moto Xs overall quality tremendously. First, Touchless Control essentially allows you to perform any taskwhether the Moto X is locked or not, unlike the Nexus 5such as calling friends, sending messages, or getting directions with only your voice. Motorola even allows you to program the software to recognize your voice, and your voice only, so you dont profit spammed by friends constantly saying OK, Google Now. Its powerful, and once you use it, you wont feel comfortable settling for anything less. Not even Googles own always listening OK, Google hot word feature in KitKat is as powerful. Active Display is equally as terrific, allowing users to quickly glance at notifications and, best of all, the time, without ever having to wake the device from sleep. Who would have thought such a quick glance feature would come in so handy Once you use it, its difficult surviving without it; I cant help but solemnly gaze at other vacant smartphone screens, wishing it would flash the time without my intervention. Using the feature is super easy; your latest notifications will breath in and out upon the screen, giving you a quick glance at, tell, an email that a pal just sent. When you want to hop directly to that email, simply swipe up into that notification and youll hop right to the app. You can also swipe notifications away by sliding your finder to the right, or simply unlock your device as you normally would. The feature definitely isnt perfect, as we noted in our review, and Touchless Control is either a feature youll use often or not at all. But, above anything else, theyre sharp tweaks that are genuinely useful. The last, and certainly not least, of Motorolas tweaks is Motorola Assist, which silences your phone when youre in a meeting, reads texts and responds when youre driving, and snoozes your device between a set time you designate so youre not bombarded by notifications when you sleep. Combined, these three tweaks make a more intelligent phonenot one stuffed with more features just becauseand a better, more powerful experience for consumers overall. construct quality is also a big part of what makes the Moto X so special. Holding it compared to something like the Galaxy S4, the difference is night and day; the soft touch back feels fabulous, and theres a kind heft. The curve makes it more comfortable to hold with one hand, and Motorolas decision to add a dimple upon the back, right where your index finger rests, is smart. It absolutely trumps the G2s rear power and volume buttons, which is located in the thesame place. Simplicity personified. MotoMaker is just as smart, letting users customize the shell, accent and front colors of the device. Youve probably seen the commercials. It might not seem like a big deal, but Motorolas free service goes a long way to making your device feel unique, which is difficult to do when all flagships today are simply black slabs. I went with an army green rear shell, silver accents and a black front, and I absolutely love it. How many other OEMs offer a thesame service In sum, Motorola touts over 2,000 possible combinations, which is a lot better than simply offering a few different colors at launch. Another big reason why I love the Moto X so much is that it gets tremendous battery life, though thats not particularly uncommon nowadays. During typical usetexting, listening to music, email, watching YouTube videos, playing gamesit easily gets me through the day and then some. Its kind not having to worry about batteryMotorola made it a big priority when the device launchedespecially when were so connected. The battery isnt removable, unfortunately, though that isnt an issue for me at all. Many big smartphones this year, including the Nexus 5, iPhone 5s and HTC one have batteries that cant be removed, so its certainly not peculiar. Best of all, Motorola has really committed itself to the Moto Xsee Todds opinionby adding continually adding unobtrusive features, and even getting the device updated to Android 4.4 KitKat just weeks after Google unveiled the update. The latest OS update didnt necessarily add that much to Motorolas handset, but it just underlines the companys admirable dedication; the only other devices currently running KitKat have Nexus branding. Lastly, Motorola backed the Moto X up with some of this years most informative and hilarious commercials, titled lazy Phone. The ads perfectly encapsulated what the Moto X was trying to achieve, showcasing the devices easy-to-use features while making light of other lazy smartphones. Even if youre not upon the Moto X bandwagon, you have to appreciate Motorolas ads, which used informative humor to good effect. So often tech commercials slip flat, and are more painful to watch than they are funny; the lazy Phone ads deserve a special nod. The Moto X does have its shortcomings, as does all other phone. Some people locate the screen size and resolution to be too small, and the camera has been a sore spot since launch. Motorola did introduce an update that promised to address the camera issues, and for the most part performance was improved. Smartphone users expect quality images, and even though the Moto X takes better images than it did when it launched, its by no means the best out there. And that weird flip gesture to open the camera up isnt Motorolas most revolutionary feature. Otherwise, the Moto X is approximately the perfect phonethe design, stock UI, software additions and Moto Maker feature take it to a different level. Motorola focused purely upon you, the user, which not a lot of companies seem to do nowadays. The fact that it has the latest version of Android makes it that much sweeter. The device was maybe priced a tiny too tall when it launched, but its currently selling for cheap upon all carriers, making it one of the best values upon the market. If you skipped out upon the Moto X because it wasnt up to your flagship standards, youre missing out big time. I cant wait to see how Motorola improves upon the next iteration. Todd’s Choice Moto X My top choice for the year is the Moto X, though I admit the iPhone 5s comes in at a close second. Perhaps once left for dead, Motorola made a big comeback this year by showing that a device doesn’t need to have a dazzling spec sheet just to stone. The entire Moto X experience is praiseworthy, from the software, to the customizable hardware and ultimately the form factor. Even better, Motorola has also also showed that it cares about the phone, providing frequent software updates and even the latest version of Android. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Jon R’s Choice HTC One In a year of iterative devices, this was the first truly original phone/design. I love the unibody design, ultrapixel camera, and came to really appreciate Sense. When I see back upon all the phones I tested in 2013, I have the fondest memories of the One. Now HTC, when can I have the Two Ralph’s Choice HTC One Google Play Edition The iPhone has lived comfortably in my right pocket since 2007 but nowadays it competes against the HTC One Google Play Edition. With an unbelievable construct quality and a large 1080p screen, the HTC One puts up a good fight against my iPhone 5s. Stock Android runs without a hitch upon the beefy Snapdragon 600 and BoomSound makes watching videos upon any other smartphone unbearable. To me, the HTC One GPE is the first Android phone that can truly compete against the iPhone and one that deserves a chance in anyones pocket. Ron’s Choice HTC One J It came down to crunch time earlier this year. I was up for a new contract through KDDI au and had two major front runners for my phone of choice: the iPhone 5s and HTC One J. It seemed like a definite-ember choice to finally join the 76 percent of Japanese people who switched to the iPhone that month, but a pal showed off his recently acquired HTC One phone, and I fell in love at first sight. The perfectly sized screen for my hands, the speaker upon the phones face for easy listening, the speedy camera and lightning quick photo sharing options. Ive taken my HTC One J upon many trips since I bought it, and it hasnt let me down yet. My photos are gorgeous, and everyone can see how my life abroad has been thanks to its glorious megapixels. KDDI aus sale upon the phone at the time dropped it down 100, and my contract with JCOM also took it down another 100. Points added to my overall discount, I walked away with the best phone upon the market for an amazing price. My only regret is buying a black one when I knew I wanted the red model deep down in my heart. Theres always next time I go phone shopping, when its very likely sick be sticking with HTC. Dont let the J upon the end of it trick you into thinking its something special. Its just Japan trying to be different like always. Jacob’s Choice Ubuntu Edge I followed Ubuntus proposed flagship closely as it slowly edged towards its ambitious crowd-funding goal. Sadly, my dreams of a cutting-edge 128GB smartphone were dashed when Canonical failed to lift the necessary cash, though I still have faith some other company will select up where Ubuntu left off. Canonical promised to release some sort of Ubuntu OS phone next year, though we all know it wont compare to the device that could have been. Roy’s Choice Moto X & Galaxy Note 3 My choice for favorite phone of the year is the Moto X and the Galaxy Note 3. I like the Moto X for its near stock Android see and feel, but love the additional Moto Assist and Google Now features. Overall it is one of the most pleasant smartphone experiences around. However my only complaint about the device is the camera, it is a bit loud, its not the quickest shooter around and its quite horrible in low light conditions. I select to use the Note 3 as to take photos and video, I also like the Note 3 because of its large, crisp, bright display. It is not rare for me to be carrying both devices, I like them both but for different reasons. Sean’s Choice Galaxy Mega 6.3 Many people mocked the Galaxy Mega 6.3 when it was announced earlier this year, and I totally understand why. That being said, there are some determined use cases where a screen that large comes in super handy. The Mega 6.3 was one of three phones I took with me upon my recent vacation to England. The others being an iPhone 5 and the LG G2 The Mega 6.3 was definitely my go to phone when I was out and about. Yes, the screen, like most Samsung screens, was not the best in direct sunlight, but due to the size you could still easily read Google Maps. When you’re walking around a city you don’t know and you have to save checking that frequently, that was a big bonus… no pun intended. This is certainly not a phone for everyone, and some of its use cases are very specific, but I wouldn’t dismiss it out of hand just due to its size. There are definitely times where that extra screen genuine estate pays off, and I applaud Samsung for giving it a go. Ashley’s Choice Moto X This sounds like a completely insane choice coming from someone who sang the HTC Ones praises all year not to mention uses an iPhone 5s as their daily driver, but I promise theres a method to my madness. hear me out: the Moto X might not be the beefiest phone upon the market, have the biggest screen out there, or offer availability outside the U.S., but Motorola did something Id love to see other OEMs begin doing: they focused upon the experience of a smartphone, rather than pure specs. Customizing the Moto X to suit who you are at a particular point in time is a good step towards ultra-customizable phones see: Project Ara/Phonebloks. At this point in my life, Im way more interested in how a phone can hit my personal tastes via technology, as opposed to wasted potential and wacky apps I wont ever use Im looking at you, Galaxy Note 3. For me, even though the Moto X isnt the phone Im using upon a day-to-day basis, its the device of the year because of what it stands for and what it could mean for consumers and customization.

Uncharted Was Almost Given Another Title

Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells revealed in an interview with IGN this week an interesting fact about one of their biggest series, Uncharted. It very nearly wasn’t calledUncharted at all: We were all ready to go out with Uncharted, Wells explained. And then former PlayStation Executive Vice-President and current Microsoft Corporate Vice-President Phil Harrison caught wind of it, and hes like, no, we cant name it Uncharted. In the UK, if you have a game thats uncharted, that means it didnt do well, it didnt crack the top 10. So he said, no, we cant do that. For a while, the team used the name the Internet had given their game: Dude Raider. The similarities toTomb Raider are difficult to miss, after all. The story has a glad ending, as we all know now. A few months later, Harrison gave the team the go-ahead to use the originalUnchartedtitle. Wells hints in the interview that there may have been other names on the table, saying that for a whileUncharted had been left behind before they went back to it, but unfortunately he doesn’t hint at what other titles may have been. Grave robber Crypt Invader Undiscovered Unmapped Or most likely The Adventures of Half-Tuck. Sadly, we’ll never know.

Nintendo Wii U GamePad Modded To Play PC Games, And It’s Cool! [VIDEO]

Nintendo’s Wii was a roaring success, at least for the first few years of its life. Sell-outs the world over and an ability to draw so-called non-gamers into a market that was previously dominated by hardcore fans had Nintendo’s coffers overflowing. When it came time to put the Wii out to pasture and replace it with something a small more modern, the Wii U was created. Unfortunately for Nintendo, the Wii U has failed to capture the imagination in the same way that its predecessor has, which as a result has left it floundering in an industry where powerhouses like the Xbox One and the Sony PlayStation 4 are likely to eat its lunch and then force it to shine their shoes. If you did actually buy a Wii U though, there might be a use for that huge tablet-like controller that you’ve got gathering dust in the corner of the room. If you’re one for a spot of hackery, that is. Presenting at the 2013 Chaos Communications Congress event, two smart chappies have shown off something that is rather awesome, if unlikely to make that much of an impact upon our lives. If you’ve ever wanted to be able to play PC games upon a Wii U’s controller though, you’re going to be a small bit giddy. A small bit too giddy if youre a complete nerd. During the presentation, available to watch upon YouTube now, we’re shown a PC running the Dolphin emulator loaded with a Zelda Wind Waker ROM. That’s not the best part though. The really impressive thing is that we then see the game being pushed over to a Wii U controller, complete with surprisingly good video reproduction and controls. The screen may only be 854 x 480 resolution, but it’s certainly better than nothing and more than adequate for playing games running through an emulator, that’s for sure. It’s entirely debateable how useful this really us, but what isn’t debatable is the cool factor. If you’ve ever wanted to play PC games upon a Wii U controller instead of being stuck in front of a monitor, then you’ll want to check out the video. Skip to the 47-minute mark for the demo. Overall, what do you make of this Do you think the Wii U is a good enough contraption to be used to play PC games depart your thoughts in the comments section under. You can follow us upon Twitter, add us to your circle upon Google or like our Facebook page to save yourself updated upon all the latest from Microsoft, Google, Apple and the Web.