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Today Ubisoft announced that the next game from franchise of Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed Pirates will be available for high end smartphones and tablets on 5th December on the App Store, on Google Play and on the Amazon Appstore for £2.99. The game features brutal naval combat, Caribbean exploration and an epic quest for legendary treasure.

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In Assassin’s Creed Pirates, players will explore the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy as Alonzo Batilla, a young and ambitious captain. Players will be tasked to manage their crew, upgrade their ship, recruit new crew members and engage in massive real-time naval battles to become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean and claim La Buse’s renowned treasure. Along the way, players will cross paths with Assassins and Templars, as well as famous buccaneers including Blackbeard, Bellamy, and Hornigold.

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Ubisoft Paris has developed a brand new mobile engine to bring groundbreaking 3D visuals to Assassin’s Creed Pirates. This engine is responsible for the breathtaking moving waters, lush islands, and gorgeous graphics players will experience on their quest for legendary treasure.

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At yesterday Ubisoft Digital Days event, Ubisoft announced that legendary platforming hero, Rayman, will be back this fall on smartphones and tablets in a brand new adventure, Rayman Fiesta Run.

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Following the success of Rayman Jungle Run, winner of the App Store’s BEST of 2012, Rayman Fiesta Run will introduce players to a new wacky Fiesta world. Gamers will lunge for cocktail umbrellas, leap on limes and punch piñatas in this playful, colorful musical adventure.

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Rayman comes equipped with new powers and bonuses to take-on 75 levels in four brand new worlds. Facing epic bosses and new Invasion levels, Rayman Fiesta Run is fun for everyone to pick up and play, all the more since players can now share all their achievements thanks to new social features.

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Trials Frontier gives RedLynx’s best-selling and award-winning Trials series its mobile game debut coming out later this year.

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Discover a unique social racing game, featuring a compelling storyline, friendly competition, easy-to-approach physics-based gameplay, and a massive content stream.

Designed for touch-based platforms, Trials Frontier combines the insanely addictive gameplay of Trials with the mobile knowhow of RedLynx, gained through such releases as DrawRace 2 and MotoHeroz.

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Trials Frontier boasts a deep metagame, a compelling storyline, and a rich, surprising world of adventure and exploration.

  • Expand and enrich your village
  • Explore the extensive world map
  • Challenge yourself against superb physics gameplay
  • Discover colourful characters and a quirky storyline
  • Collect parts to upgrade and customize your bike and rider
  • Connect to Trials Fusion, earning bonus rider gear and bike customizations

With Trials Frontier, you can take the Trials competition with you, wherever you go:

  • Multiplayer: both asynchronous and time-limited global events
  • Global Leader Boards
  • Live Community Events
  • Friend Notifications
  • Robust content update roadmap

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Console Pedigree

Trials Frontier is being created by RedLynx as a worthy successor in the Trials line, with console quality graphics in its own right. It’s also being developed in tandem with next-gen console game Trials Fusion, meaning the two games will connect in the right way.

 

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The Wikipad gaming tablet will be available for sale in the USA on June 11th…read on for details and new product pictures.

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The Wikipad gaming tablet will be available for sale in the USA on June 11th.  The Wikipad is a system that centers on a 7” Android tablet, and includes a detachable gaming controller.  It is also equipped with a 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope.  Later availability dates in other regions will be announced after E3.  Here is the press release:

WIKIPAD GAMING TABLET TO REDEFINE THE PORTABLE GAMING EXPERIENCE – AVAILABLE JUNE 11th, 2013 IN US

(LOS ANGELES, CA – June 4, 2013) — Wikipad, Inc. today announced its 7” Wikipad tablet will be available on June 11, 2013 at a retail price of $249 in the US, with an UK and global launch planned for this summer. Thanks to its award wining and patented interchangeable game controller, Wikipad redefines the mobile tablet experience bringing together the console quality experience with the functionality and portability of a premium tablet.

“The launch of the Wikipad 7 tablet signals a transformative turning point in the direction of the mobile gaming industry. Wikipad’s tablet combines the latest range of features found in a premium Android tablet together with the unrivaled console video game experience only available with a gamepad,” said Matthew Joynes, Chairman of Wikipad Inc.

“There is no other mobile device on the market that possesses Wikipad’s unique functionality and versatility and all available with full warranty and customer support at an entry level price point,” said Fraser Townley, President of Sales at Wikipad Inc.

The Wikipad is the only tablet to possess both the unique combination of a console quality gaming experience with the functionality and portability of a tablet thanks to its award-winning and patented detachable dual-analog controller. Wikipad offers a multi capacitive 7 inch touch screen, 16 GB memory with an additional micro SD slot to support a further 32 GB of storage, together with micro USB, GPS, accelerometer and gyroscope. The tablets ultra-light and thin chassis is powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core mobile processor that’s optimized for cloud gaming with a 12 core Nvidia GPU. With an aspect ratio of 16:10, a 2-mega-pixel front facing camera the Wikipad tablet offers true widescreen HD display and HDMI out.

Consumers will have instant access to entertainment and videogame content of over 700,000 apps from Google Play from Google Mobile Services, PlayStation®Mobile games from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., and TegraZone – NVIDIA’s free app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor. When the gamepad controller is detached, Wikipad’s sleek design and full Android 4.1 Jelly Bean functionality make it a powerfully versatile tablet for surfing the web, emailing, enjoying all the latest films, books, magazines and music, conversing via Skype or experiencing the latest apps at home or on the go.

“PlayStation®Mobile is a global initiative to bring the PlayStation®-like game experiences to a wide-reaching community of tablet and smartphone gamers.  We’re excited to bring PlayStation Mobile to the Wikipad tablet which provides a portable gaming experience that is fun and compelling,” said Ronald Schaffner, Director Business Development, and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

“Wikipad’s dual-analog gamepad controller transforms our mobile games such as the multiplayer Shadowgun: DeadZone and the action FPS Dead Trigger into entertaining AAA console-like experiences,” Tomas Slapota, Vice President, MADFINGER Games

We are excited to be a launch partner for the innovative Wikipad gaming tablet that provides a brand new platform for our cloud-based, interactive streaming product, Big Fish Instant Games,” said Jina Heverley, vice president and general manager of PC, Mac and Cloud for Big Fish. “Using the cloud-optimized Wikipad platform, casual game players will be delighted when they turn on their tablet to find more than 250 casual games from Big Fish available on their new device. The Wikipad is the perfect platform to introduce Big Fish games to a new, vibrant gaming audience.”

For a full list of retailers, product specs, a comprehensive support page, technical forums, retailers and video games that take full advantage of the Wikipad’s dual-analog stick controller, please visit: http://www.wikipad.com/

PlayStation is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Check out the most recent product pictures here:

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This is an interesting take on mobile gaming; we’ll have to see how the units fare once they are released.

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Toshiba has refreshed its Excite range of tablets with the launch of three new slates. The Excite Pro spearheads the line, offering an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

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Toshiba’s Excite Pro Tablet

The high-end device also features a 10-inch display with a whopping 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and HDMI support.

Toshiba’s Excite Write is almost identical to the Excite Pro in terms of specs and design, but this model comes bundled with a large pen stylus.

The Excite Pure is a budget alternative to the other tablets, powered by a Tegra 3 chip and 1GB of RAM and featuring a 1,280 x 800-pixel screen of 10 inches.

All three tablets will be available from Currys and PC World this summer, with the Excite Write costing £499, the Excite Pro £349 and the Excite Pure £299.

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Intel Corporation today introduced its ground-breaking 4th generation Intel Core Processor family delivering a wave of new Ultrabook and emerging 2-in-1 devices that deliver a PC when you need it and a tablet when you want it.

Speaking at Computex Taipei 2013, Executive Vice President Tom Kilroy said Intel has more than 50 different 2-in-1 designs in the pipeline across a range of price points, including premium Ultrabook 2-in-1s powered by the new Intel Core processors, and other designs powered by forthcoming processors based on the company’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture.

“Today we deliver on the vision set forth 2 years ago to reinvent the laptop with the introduction of our 4th generation Intel Core processors that were designed from the ground up for the Ultrabook and serve as the foundation for a new era of 2-in-1 computing,” said Kilroy. “We made one of the most seismic changes to our roadmap ever to build these new Core processors that deliver the stunning performance of the PC and the mobility of a tablet in one device. The new processors power the most exciting 2-in-1 designs to-date.”

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Kilroy also highlighted momentum in ultra-mobility, pointing to Intel’s next-generation 22nm quad-core and most powerful Intel® Atom™ system-on-chip (SoC; codenamed “Bay Trail-T”) yet for tablets coming this holiday, the company’s forthcoming 4G LTE multimode solution and its next-generation 22nm Atom SoC (codenamed “Merrifield”) for smartphones.

“With the new Intel Core processors introduced today, our next-generation Atom SoC for tablets and other 22nm products coming soon, the advances in Intel architecture are accelerating the pace of innovation, enabling new experiences and powering some of the best mobile devices coming to market this year,” said Kilroy.

New Intel Core Processors Foundational to 2-in-1 Computing, New Experiences

Designed first and foremost with the Ultrabook in mind and based on the company’s flagship 22nm Haswell microarchitecture, the 4th generation Intel Core processors deliver a 50 percent increase in battery life in active workloads over the previous generation1. This is the largest generation-over-generation gain in the company’s history, equating to over 9 hours of battery life in active workloads1 for some Ultrabooks based on the new processors.

Intel’s newest Core processors are the first SoCs for PCs with stunning performance, and power a variety of innovative devices, including Ultrabook, 2-in-1 and portable all-in-one designs. Systems based on the quad-core version of the new Core processors are available now, with additional versions available in the coming months.

The 4th generation Intel Core processors also have built-in graphics that deliver discrete-level performance, or up to 2 times the performance of Intel’s prior generation. Offered on select versions of the new Intel Core processors, Intel® Iris™ graphics bring the Ultrabook and other mobile PCs to life with built-in, eye-popping visual experiences.

Select Ultrabooks powered by 4th generation Intel Core processors will deliver the Intel performance people expect combined with the mobility and responsiveness of a tablet, making them the premium, ultra-versatile 2-in-1 devices. With touch capability and a keyboard, the system adapts to the user and also offers full application compatibility. People can lean forward to work and lean back to relax using just one device.

Kilroy also showcased progress in bringing human-like senses to 2-in-1 and other Intel-based devices through the addition of touch, voice and facial recognition and other technologies. Called perceptual computing, these technologies take advantage of Intel processing power to make interaction with devices natural, intuitive and immersive.

He demonstrated immersive, short-range gesture and voice-based interaction by giving new Intel Core-based Ultrabook 2-in-1 devices “eyes” with the Creative Senz3D* peripheral camera, noting general availability for the camera starting next quarter. Looking to the future, he said Intel is working on an integrated solution to build 3-D depth camera technology directly into future Intel-based devices targeted for the second half of 2014.

Accelerating Fast: Tablets, Smartphones and LTE

Intel’s 22nm low-power, high-performance Silvermont microarchitecture is enabling the company to accelerate and significantly enhance its tablet and smartphone offerings.

For tablets on shelves for holiday 2013, Intel’s next-generation, 22nm quad-core Atom SoC (“Bay Trail-T”) will deliver superior graphics and more than two times the CPU performance of the current generation. It will also enable sleek designs with 8 or more hours2 of battery life and weeks of standby, as well as support Android and Windows 8.1.

For the first time, Kilroy demonstrated Intel’s 4G LTE multimode solution in conjunction with the next-generation 22nm quad-core Atom SoC for tablets. The Intel® XMM 7160 is one of the world’s smallest3 and lowest-power multimode-multiband LTE solutions and will support global LTE roaming in a single SKU.

With a number of phones with Intel silicon inside having shipped across more than 30 countries, Kilroy previewed what’s coming. He showed for the first time a smartphone reference design platform based on “Merrifield,” Intel’s next-generation 22nm Atom SoC for smartphones that will deliver increased performance and battery life. The platform includes an integrated sensor hub for personalized services, as well as capabilities for data, device and privacy protection.

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So with the new Intel Haswell you will get more from your battery life, better performance overall on the new device using a Haswell CPU.

So in brief the Haswell chips will enable hardware developers to produce thinner laptops and two-in-one devices that run for longer and use significantly less battery power.

Intel says that the chips use CPU cores that require just six watts of scenario design power, meaning that they will run on “cooler, quieter, fanless” computers.

The new processor is said to offer a 15% performance boost over its predecessor, Ivy Bridge, as well as a 50% increase in active-use battery life and up to three times more standby time.

The integration of a new GPU dubbed Iris will offer twice the level of performance during complex tasks, such as 3D gaming or encoding HD video, eliminating the need for a separate graphics card in many cases.

It is rumoured that HTC will  launch two high-end Windows tablets after Microsoft has rolled out its ‘Blue’ operating system update. The Taiwanese is preparing the 7-inch R7 and the 12-inch R12 for launch later this year, according to PhoneArena‘s sources.

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The R7 will reportedly boast a full HD, 1080p display and run off a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM.

A 13-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal memory, microSD support, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity and a 4G LTE radio are also rumoured.

HTC’s larger R12 device is said to feature the same core specs with additional connectivity options and a super high-resolution 2048 x 1536 display capable of rivalling Apple’s latest iPad.

Both tablets have been tipped for release in October, with Microsoft’s Windows Blue update expected before the end of the year.

Google’s Android store has undergone a radical transformation on tablets and smartphones. The overhauled Google Play application is being distributed to tablets and smartphones running Android 2.2 and above from today.

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The new-look storefront sports a similar design to the Google Now personal assistant, with larger images set in cards against a lighter background.

User recommendations have been tweaked so that recommended content is grouped together more prominently, and the checkout process has been streamlined.

Rumours of a Google Play overhaul emerged earlier this week when several sources published leaked screenshots of its new design.

The new Google Play app will be distributed over the air to users with compatible tablets and smartphones from today.

ARCHOS has released its video player application to all Android devices (running at least Android version 4.0).

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The Archos video player app, available in the Google Play store, features hardware accelerated video decoding support for most devices and video formats, the ability to play content from any computer/network storage in your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device. In addition, the video player features automatic online retrieval of movie and TV show information with poster and backdrop for both local and network content. It can be downloaded from the Google Play store for £3.99.

The critically acclaimed Archos video player app offers an uncompromised multimedia experience.

- Hardware accelerated video decoding support for most devices and video formats;
- Ability to play content from any computer/network storage in your local network (SMB and UPnP) or from an external USB storage device;
- Automatic online retrieval of Movie and TV show information with poster and backdrop for both local and network content;
- Integrated subtitle downloader;
- Network indexing: import remote shared folders (SMB) in your multimedia library;
- Video browsing with either folder or library based navigation;
- Ubiquitous access to TV shows sorted in a series/season/episode hierarchical view;
- Multi-device network video resume;
- TV friendly: Keyboard/remote control compatible.

* Note that if you experience any issue with video hardware decoding you can force software decoding in Archos Video Player application settings to watch your video.

You can download the Video Player app from Google Play today.

We first told you about the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet back in July. At that time it shipped with Android 3.1, well now it’s getting Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich.

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The update will bring the following to the ThinkPad:

  • A new and improved browser with a significant speed boost that allows you to jump to your favorite content faster and even save it for later in case there’s no network available.
  • Voice input that allows you to dictate text. As the voice input engine enters text, it underlines possible dictation errors in gray. After dictating, you tap underlined words to quickly replace them from a list of suggestions.
  • Face Unlock, a new screen-lock option that lets you unlock your device with your face. (Love that.) It takes advantage of the devices’ front-facing camera and state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to register a face during setup and then recognize it again when it’s time to unlock.

Lenovo have also said:

We are committed to making other Lenovo tablets “future-proof” by supporting newer releases of the Android OS. We are always assessing and refining upgrade paths for our tablet portfolio. Which is our way of saying users of our other tablets should stay tuned.

If you have the ThinkPad Tablet, let us know when you get the update.

A few days ago HTC announced a list of devices that would be getting Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

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The following HTC devices will get Ice Cream Sandwich:

  • DROID Incredible 2 by HTC
  • HTC Amaze 4G
  • HTC Desire S
  • HTC Desire HD
  • HTC EVO 3D
  • HTC EVO Design 4G
  • HTC Incredible S
  • HTC Sensation
  • HTC Sensation XL
  • HTC Sensation 4G
  • HTC Sensation XE
  • HTC Raider
  • HTC Rezound
  • HTC Rhyme
  • HTC Thunderbolt
  • HTC Vivid

Have you got one of them? Let us know when you get the update and what you think of it.

Back in January we told you all about OnLine Desktop which enabled iPad users to gain access to Windows apps. Well now Android tablet owners can feel the love too!

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The key things to note is that there are various flavours of the OnLive service, including a free version, a Desktop Plus version and a Desktop Pro version, amongst others.

The OnLive Desktop app requires at least Android 2.3 and has been tested on the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1 and HTC Jetstream.

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This is the press release:

OnLive, Inc., the pioneer of instant-action cloud computing, is pleased to announce that its revolutionary OnLive™ Desktop App is now available for Android® tablets, bringing full Microsoft® Office apps, Adobe® Reader® and, with the OnLive Desktop Plus service, gigabit-speed1 accelerated browsing regardless of the tablet’s local Internet speed and local computing capability. The free OnLive Desktop App, released in the Android Market to select Android tablets2, delivers no-compromise, media-rich, instant-response Windows® applications including Microsoft® Word, Excel® and PowerPoint® software and Adobe Reader for PDFs, along with 2GB of cloud storage. OnLive Desktop Plus, available for $4.99/month at www.desktop.onlive.com, provides all OnLive Desktop Standard features plus OnLive’s gigabit-speed accelerated browsing experience. Already available on iPad® and coming soon to smartphones, PC, Mac®, TVs and monitors, OnLive Desktop delivers instant access to your personal desktop on all devices, so that if you use OnLive Desktop on Android, and then later use it on iPad, you will have the same files and browser Favorites (with OnLive Desktop Plus) on both tablets, with automatically-adjusted screen resolution.

Running remotely on powerful PCs in the cloud that are connected by Gigabit Ethernet to the Internet, OnLive Desktop utilizes OnLive’s patented instant-action cloud gaming technology to deliver a seamless PC application and Web experience, instantly responsive to multi-touch gestures, as well as a full PC on-screen keyboard, handwriting recognition and optional Bluetooth® PC-compatible keyboard or mouse.

“Android tablets are a great platform for OnLive Desktop,” said Steve Perlman, OnLive Founder and CEO. “With full HD resolution, PC keyboard/mouse support and available 4G LTE, Android tablets deliver an excellent experience with full Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader PC applications, not to mention gigabit-accelerated browsing through OnLive Desktop Plus-even over 4G LTE.”

OnLive Desktop Plus brings the world’s fastest browsing experience, whether over Wi-Fi- or 4G LTE-connected Android tablets. Regardless of your local connection speed, even the most complex websites-including ones that would take minutes to load over your local connection-load in seconds, instantly delivering fully interactive animation, video and sound. A 50 megabyte file from cloud storage (e.g., Dropbox) or a 15 megabyte attachment from Web email (e.g., Gmail™, Yahoo!® Mail, etc.) can literally download or upload in less than a second, resulting in an utterly transformative Web experience. And, despite the astounding speed improvement, OnLive Desktop Plus can dramatically reduce Web browsing data usage, since only the top layer of the currently visible part of a website is ever sent over the local connection. Essentially, OnLive Desktop delivers only what you can see or hear at a given moment, potentially reducing data usage by a factor of 10 or more.

The free OnLive Desktop app is available for select Android tablets and iPad now in the United States. Smartphones, PC, Mac and monitor/TV support (via the OnLive MicroConsole™ thin client with Bluetooth keyboard/mouse) are coming soon-with your same OnLive Desktop available by login from any device. Support for the United Kingdom and other countries is coming soon. OnLive Desktop can be accessed anywhere, on any device, at any screen resolution, preserving application and browser files between devices.

Set up your free OnLive Desktop account at www.desktop.onlive.com. OnLive Desktop services include:
· OnLive Desktop Standard, FREE!-Available Now!
- As-available3 access to OnLive Desktop, with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Reader
- 2 GB of secure cloud storage, appearing as your Documents folder on OnLive Desktop
· OnLive Desktop Plus, $4.99/month-Available Now!
- All features of OnLive Desktop Standard and…
- Priority access to OnLive Desktop
- Cloud-accelerated Web browser1, with:
§ Lightning-fast transfer of Web mail attachments (e.g., from Gmail, Yahoo! Mail) and cloud storage files (e.g., from Dropbox)
§ Full Adobe Flash and Acrobat® PDF plug-ins
· OnLive Desktop Pro, starting at $9.99/month-Coming Soon!

- All features of OnLive Desktop Plus and…
- 50 GB of secure cloud storage, appearing as your Documents folder on OnLive Desktop
- Ability to customize OnLive Desktop with additional PC applications

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