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Up until now, there have yet to be any Windows 8 tablets that offer anything below a 10-inch screen, although we recently heard Microsoft was planning on introducing a 7-inch Surface tablet in the near future. It looks like Acer is one of the first companies to manufacture a smaller Windows 8 tablet as their device was accidentally outed by Amazon who displayed it on their website briefly.

The confusion may have been a result of Acer announcing a number of its upcoming products on Friday, although none of the devices were called the Acer Iconia W3-810-1600. The tablet Amazon accidentally outed features an 8.1-inch screen and will have a full Windows 8 OS, not Windows RT. Even though this is the first Windows 8 tablet to show up with a screen below 10 inches, we’re sure it won’t be the last one considering the popularity of handheld tablets. Read full post →Amazon Leaks First Small-Screen Windows 8 Tablet



gmail ios chrome google maps youtube updateGmail for iOS has been the go-to application for many of us who use Gmail as their primary email account, but if you want to use other Google products with the application, it has been impossible at this point as Apple currently doesn’t make it possible to change your default applications when opening things like links to websites, YouTube videos or addresses. But Google has just launched a new update to its Gmail for iOS app that now makes it possible to launch not only different default programs, but programs designated for the type of link that’s clicked on.

Prior to the update, clicking on any link within the Gmail for iOS application would launch Safari, but now, users will be able to launch Chrome, Google Maps or YouTube directly from within the app. This is a setting we’re sure many iOS users who also use these Google products would certainly appreciate, although if you would rather not use this feature, you have the choice to turn them on or off within Gmail for iOS’ settings. Read full post →Gmail for iOS Updated To Open Links In Chrome, YouTube, Google Maps



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We’ve seen a number of games modded to work on the Oculus Rift over the past couple of weeks with Mirror’s EdgeTeam Fortress 2 and Skyrim being among the most popular games. But one of the cooler, and probably the most cruel, piece of software that was developed for the Oculus Rift has got to be Disunion.

Disunion is a guillotine simulator developed by André Berlemont, Erkki Turmmal and Morten Brunbjerg which was developed in only two days and offers its user (or victim) a first-person view of what it’s like to get your head cut off. Their demo video not only shows brief glimpses of Disunion in action, but the team also takes the demonstration one step further by chopping at the neck of the person wearing the Oculus Rift. Read full post →Oculus Rift Developers Make A Guillotine Simulator Called Disunion


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We recently got our hands on the Acer Iconia A1, which is the company’s upcoming Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean tablet which has yet to be released, and we’re already hearing about its next Android tablet, the Iconia A3.

The news comes from Acer’s senior vice president Scott Lin as he recently confirmed a new 10-inch tablet will be arriving this summer, which will be known as the Iconia A3. Lin didn’t go into specifics on what exactly the Iconia A3 will include, but he did say he hopes it will help make up some of the 10 million slates Acer plans to sell this year.

Saying the Iconia A3 will help Acer sell 10 million slates this year is a little ambitious considering we don’t even know what it’ll feature and how it’ll set itself apart from everyone else’s 10-inch tablet. We don’t even know if it’ll be an Android or Windows tablet, so we guess we’ll just have to wait until the summer rolls around to hear more about the Iconia A3.


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HP is announcing a new set of laptops which the company is focusing on small to medium business users with its ProBook 200 and ProBook 400 notebook PCs.  Both notebooks will offer various screen sizes and components to choose from and will retail as low as $249.

The ProBook 200 notebooks are HP’s value line with its HP 240 starting the line with its 14-inch display capable of delivering a resolution of 1366 x 768, an Intel Celeron processor all the way up to a second and third-generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, up to 6GB of RAM, 320 – 750GB hard drives and will give the consumer an option of including an AMD Radeon HD 7450M GPU, Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Ubuntu Linux. The HP 250 features many of the same specifications, except it has a larger 15.6-inch display. The HP 255 also has a 15.6-inch display, but it comes with an AMD A4 and A6 processors.

Read full post →HP Announces ProBook 200, 400 Notebooks Focused On Business Users


Fans of the cult-classic Nintendo Gamecube game Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem were probably pleased to hear Nintendo extended its trademark last month, but unfortunately, that has yet to spark any real interest in the company publishing a sequel to the game sometime in the near future. Since Nintendo doesn’t seem to be doing anything with the Eternal Darkness name, development studio Precursor Games has taken it upon themselves to release a spiritual successor called Shadow of the Eternals.

Speaking with IGN, Precursor Games says Shadows of the Eternals is expected to be released on the Wii U and PC initially and will be told through 12 episodes. Precursor Games will be launching a crowdfunding campaign, that is expected to launch later today, asking for a total of $1.5 million to develop the game and will include a variety of stretch goals. If Precursor is able to raise money beyond its initial $1.5 million, that additional money will help in contribute stretch goals that will include future episodes, additional characters, platforms and in-game perks. “The more money that we raise, the more we can deliver, which is a win for everyone,” says Precursor.


EA’s Dead Space 3 may have come and gone, but one thing fans of the series will never forget is just how awesome the Plasma Cutter is as it can effectively cut up a necromorpth with very little effort. That’s why we absolutely had to feature Patrick Priebe’s working replica of Dead Space’s Plasma Cutter.

Priebe’s Plasma Cutter working replica uses a total of five laser beams – three green lasers to aim and two blue, 1,500 milliwatt beams to burn stuff with. It took Priebe a total of 200 hours to build his Plasma Cutter, and as you can see in the video above, it can shift between horizontal and vertical orientations and can even be reloaded with energy packs. The blue 1,500 milliwatt beam can be seen burning holes in a piece of wood and through a plastic bag, although we’re sure it isn’t strong enough to do any serious damage to a person.

Read full post →Dead Space 3 Plasma Cutter Working Replica Can Fire Real Lasers


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We’ve seen a number of Windows 8.1. leaks over the past couple of weeks, but a new report may bring another highly desired improvement to Windows 8.1.

According to users who have installed the latest Windows 8.1 build, which is 9385, it looks as though a number of apps have automatically updated themselves in the background. Current Windows 8 users know that in order to update an application, they’re first notified of the update, which you’ll then have to navigate the OS’ menus in order to initiate an update. One of the apps that was seen to have updated its app on its own is an app called Movie Moments.

Read full post →Windows 8.1 May Update Applications In The Background


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Nintendo may soon be offering quite the strong lineup of games for its Nintendo 3DS in the coming months, but is doing quite the opposite with its Wii U as there are really no note-worthy titles coming out until closer to the holiday season. A new rumor may suggest the company is currently working on enticing smartphone app developers to create versions of their popular games for the Wii U, which would help boost its currently weak software library.

The rumor comes from The Japan Times as they are reporting Nintendo has already started delivering high quality software conversion tools to a number of mobile developers. The hope would be to have these app developers create Wii U versions of their games, which some have already done for Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PS Vita, and to some extent, the Xbox 360.

Read full post →Nintendo Turns To Smartphone App Developers To Help Boost Wii U Software Library [Rumor]


Now that the Explorer Edition of Google Glass has been shipped out to a select number of people, you might have bumped into someone wearing them at a party, social event or maybe even on the streets. Using Google Glass may seem more difficult to those who haven’t used the wearable computer than those who have become accustomed to it, which is exactly what the writers at Saturday Night Live decided to focus on in one of its skits this past weekend.

The “Google Glass” wearer that was featured during Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment is named Randall Meeks, who is played by SNL cast member Fred Armisen. During the segment, Meeks demonstrates just how “easy” it is to use Google Glass, although his ability to use the device is thwarted through his own inability to use it properly. During Meeks’ conversation with Seth Meyers, he spends the majority of his time yelling voice commands at his pair of Google Glass, with one of those commands accidentally outing a private video he probably shouldn’t have been watching while he was demonstrating the device.