Nintendo Wii U GamePad Accessory Set AnnouncedNintendo wants to push the sales of its Wii U gaming console even further. And to do that, it’s adding a cool and nifty GamePad Accessory Set for all Wii U owners out there. The GamePad Accessory Set will include a screen protector that will fit into the screen to avoid those nasty scratches and dirt. And Nintendo’s even including a cleaning cloth to wipe away the dust and other unwanted stuff. Unfortunately, the set does not include a cleanser. However, Nintendo managed to include an extra-large stylus that’s perfect touchscreen games.
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Hasbro To Bring Tetris Games To The Real WorldHasbro is one brand name that has a whole lot to do with games, and they have certainly made a killing in recent times with three Transformers movies by Michael Bay, with far more merchandise sold than Optimus Prime can store at the back of his truck. Well, there is another icon that could make the jump into the real world – that of Tetris.

Hasbro has already come to an agreement with Popcap’s parent EA to port the Bejeweled game to the offline world, and this time their agreement is with The Tetris Company, meaning Hasbro will have the go-ahead to manufacture and distribute face-to-face games that are based on the Tetris brand. I wonder just how these Tetris games will pan out in the end, and assuming you have a sore loser sitting opposite of you, which tetromino would hurt the most when you hurl it at someone with a whole lot of force?

Would you purchase a Tetris board game? It is hard to imagine just what kind of excitement can come out from what is basically a brick-dropping game in real life, but perhaps the folks over at Hasbro know something that we don’t.

XBMC for Android has just rolled out, which took several months of hard work to complete. This version of XBMC for Android ought to be fully functional on just about any Android-powered device out there without running into any issues, where it is jam packed with plenty of cool features which make XBMC far more than just a regular media center, but instead, will be positioned as a media platform that delivers the complete online streaming experience to an easy to navigate system on your Android mobile phone, tablet or set top box.

Needless to say, the XBMC for Android will come with its fair share of improvements, and although there is still no support for hardware accelerated video decoding on a majority of devices, this version has been customized to use an external video player so that it can deliver the full hardware accelerated video decoding that is required to enjoy XBMC fully, and who knows, the end user might actually consider it to be the primary entertainment tool at home? Well, are you going to give XBMC for Android a go or not?

Update: Just to clear up any confusion as to issues of misleading folks, here is what Nathan, XBMC Project Manager had to say in an email when we contacted him.

As far as we understand it, if you are talking about the release, it’s not so much the case of wanting to deceive users as wanting to create interest in a unconnected fan site and work done on making an alternate version that uses an external player. The official team only makes releases that use an internal player to satisfy our KISS principle (and also because we prefer having control over the player aspect, as well as every other part of XBMC to ensure things work the way we intend). We’ve already spoken with XBMCAndroid, and they’ve agreed to include a disclaimer from now on indicating that everything they do is not connected with official XBMC, Team XBMC, or XBMC Foundation work.

We hope that this would help make things less muddled up!

Robot Conjures Art Piece With Bee LogicWe have seen how robots add value to human life, whether it is at the hospital or to wash windows and performing other potentially risky jobs and chores, but how about appealing to the artistic part of our life? Well, you ought to know that Mind Out is a 20-foot cube, and all that you see on it has been covered by a single, unbroken, zigzagging line which took a total time of a fortnight to draw using a robot. The robot will run software that has been coded largely by Mattias Jones, who himself claimed that he is inspired by “a deep and abiding love of pattern.”

Jones said, “The algorithm used for determining the pen’s route is based on how bees choose their own path flower to flower.Whilst being up to my elbows in the maths and code of it, the reasons for choosing [the aesthetic] were purely visual–I appreciate the very organic shapes that occur from lots of short, straight lines.”

Will robots come up with the next Mona Lisa?

Nexus Q Is No Longer AvailableThe Google Nexus Q which was announced at the Google I/O conference last year, did bring a flicker of hope to the US manufacturing sector just for a while as it is proudly made in the USA, but I guess any kind of optimism would be stamped out upon hearing this bit of news. The Google Play product page for the Nexus Q is now labeled with “This device is no longer available for sale”, just half a year after being in existence. It certainly sounds as though all the nails in the Nexus Q’s coffin has been hammered in tight, lending an air of finality to the entire situation.

Did you ever feel as though the Nexus Q felt more like a proof of concept compared to being an actual product? Sure, the idea of the concept was rather believable, being an Android-powered media device which had the ability to stream content, boasting an integrated 25W amp, HDMI out connectivity and being controlled by a group. Do you think it would have seen a far lower price tag compared to the $299 sticker price if it were to be manufactured in China instead?

Sony Xperia Z To Get Android 4.2 Jelly Bean After LaunchWe came across rather impressed with the Sony Xperia Z at the recently concluded CES 2013, and we think that the rest of the world, too, saw the Sony Xperia Z as a potential “next big thing” where Android-powered smartphones are concerned. If there is one flaw in the handset, it would be the fact that it rolls out with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box, instead of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean which would be the latest version. Well, fret not – Sony is here to save the day, and they mentioned that they will make Android 4.2 Jelly Bean available for the Sony Xperia Z right after its launch.

A Sony representative has confirmed this bit of news over a recent Q&A session, and we quote, “Xperia Z launches on JB 4.1, but will receive 4.2 shortly after launch. As always, we’ll share more info on this over the coming weeks on the blog.” The thing is, we still do not know just when the Sony Xperia Z will roll out, although select major UK retailers claim that March would be when it will roll out.

Selected Xbox 360 Games Comes With 1600 Free Microsoft PointsWant 1600 Microsoft Points for free? That is now possible if you decide to place a pre-order for one of the selected Xbox 360 titles, and it would translate to the situation as asked before. 1600 Microsoft Points would translate to $20 worth of credit on your Xbox Live content whenever you place a $60 pre-order, which would roughly equate to a 33% discount.

The 10 games which will take part in the deal would be Grand Theft Auto 5, BioShock Infinite, Tomb Raider, Lost Planet 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Crysis 3, Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, Dead Space 3, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. This particular offer will be valid until April 6th, or whenever a game rolls out since it will no longer be parked under the pre-order category. Just take into consideration that there will be a three-per-customer limit to this offer. SO if you are an Xbox 360 owner, just which particular three titles would you want to take full advantage of to gain 1600 Microsoft Points for free?

LG Sells Over 1 Million Optimus G Smartphones WorldwideThe LG Optimus G, which we reviewed last year, seems to be doing pretty good in terms of sales. The South Korean conglomerate announced today that it has sold more than 1 million Optimus G smartphones worldwide since its launch in September last year. LG also announced that it sold a total number of 7 million smartphones worldwide in Q3 last year. That will also include the wide-looking Optimus Vu, which was weird at first because of its fat design.
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Skyrim Dragonborn And Other DLC Content Arriving On PlayStation Store In FebruaryThe Skyrim experience on the PS3 has been a poorer one compared to the Xbox 360 simply because it lags behind in terms of available DLCs, but all of the previous heartaches and broken promises will come to an end soon. Specifically, Sony has just announced that they will roll out all of Skyrim’s add-on content on the PlayStation Store from February onwards, where the 1.8 title update will also be released before Dragonborn is launched. Not only that, each add-on will be lighter on your wallets with a 50% discount during its launch week on PSN.

Other than Dragonborn, the other DLC made available will be Hearthfire and Dawnguard. At last, you can build your very own home and also opt to be a Vampire Lord, the possibilities are endless! I think that the gesture of offering a 50% discount on all of the other add-ons is a step in the right direction. After all, PS3 fans of the Skyrim series have waited long enough, and from our previous experience, some of them have even given up on ever seeing the other DLCs roll out.

BlackBerry Z10 Appears On VerizonTick tock. The clock is ticking until January 30th. It’s the day, as we know, that BlackBerry 10 will be launched. Adding to the leaks, the reputable surreptitious informant on Twitter that is EvLeaks is posting what appears to be a leaked screenshot of the long-rumored BlackBerry Z10 on Verizon’s page. We tried to search for the actual Verizon landing page, but to no avail. Anyway, this somewhat confirms two things.
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