Category: Technology


Trailer for “Jobs”

Here’s the trailer for “Jobs”, the Steve Jobs biopic.

The film about the founder of Apple stars Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad. The film covers Jobs’ rise and fall and rise through the launch of the iPod.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Not exactly. But Robert Downey Jr. will be. RDJ signed a $12 million contract to appear in upcoming ads for HTC. One would think that Iron Man would fit selling the HTC One, but plans are for RDJ to appear as himself. RDJ also signed a contract with Disney/Marvel to appear in “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3”. He earned $50 million from “The Avengers”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

That depends on who you believe. The Register is reporting that Sony is considering selling 15-20 percent of its film and music division to raise money for its electronics (PlayStation, TV’s, etc.). Included in that would be “Spider-Man” and “Resident Evil”. Of course “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in production with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and more under the direction of Marc Webb. But Sony’s Amy Pascal told Ain’t It Cool News that Sony will NEVER let go of Spidey/Peter Parker.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

I usually don’t touch this kind of material, but since we’re inching closer to when Apple usually holds a keynote, these rumors do bear some attention. Reports are that an iPhone 5S is coming this August as well as an iPad 5, with many reports pointing to an April release date. That would be incredibly fast, since iPad 4 came out last fall. No word on the iPad Mini 2, but one should expect it to have a faster processor and the retina display. Like with the 4S, the 5S is expected to have incremental updates, buying time until the iPhone 6 comes out.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Just over two months away, Nintendo announced the launch date and price of the Wii U in the U.S. and internationally. Nov. 18 is the date and will come in two sets: A $299 bundle which comes with the console, one GamePad, HDMI cable, sensor bar and an AC adapter. The $349 bundle comes with all that plus GamePad charging stand, stands for the GamePads and console and a copy of NintendoLand. Neither comes with a numchuk controller, even though it will be utilized.

Here are the launch window games for the system:

505 Games

Funky Barn

2K Sports

NBA 2K13

Activision Publishing, Inc. 

007 Legends

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Transformers Prime

Wipeout 3

Skylanders Giants

Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013

Rapala Pro Bass Fishing

 Capcom

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

D3Publisher

Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game

Ben 10: Omniverse

Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade

Disney Interactive 

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Electronic Arts

Mass Effect 3

Madden NFL 13

FIFA Soccer 13

Frozenbyte

Trine 2: Director’s Cut

Gaijin Games

Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien

Majesco Entertainment

Zumba® Fitness Core

Maximum Games

Jett Tailfin™

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 Wii U Edition

TANK! TANK! TANK!™

Nintendo

Nintendo Land™

New Super Mario Bros.™ U

NINJA GAIDEN™ 3: Razor’s Edge

SiNG PARTY™

LEGO® City: Undercover

Wii Fit™ U

Game & Wario™

Pikmin™ 3

The Wonderful 101™

SEGA

Aliens: Colonial Marines™

Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

Shin’en

Nano Assault Neo

Tecmo Koei America Corporation

WARRIORS OROCHI® 3 Hyper

THQ

Darksiders® II

Wheel of Fortune®

JEOPARDY! ®

Two Tribes

Toki Tori 2

Ubisoft

Assassin’s Creed® III

Just Dance® 4

Marvel Avengers™: Battle for Earth

Rabbids® Land

Sports Connection™

Your Shape®: Fitness Evolved 2013

ZombiU™

Rayman Legends®

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Scribblenauts™ Unlimited

Game Party Champions

Batman: Arkham City™ Armored Edition

Now, I’ve had the Nintendo die hards tell me that everything Nintendo does is revolutionary and that this will be a massive success. Look, I’m pretty balanced when it comes to consoles.  I loved the PlayStation one, owned an Xbox and then bought a Wii, so I don’t have a particular allegiance or bias against any of the three big console makers. This just sounds…frankly like nothing new. The GamePads, by the way, cost the equivalent of about $170 in Japan. You willing to spend more than $100 on a freaking controller? Don’t worry though, Nintendo said it’s building games that doesn’t require everyone to have a GamePad. So…WHY EVEN MAKE IT AT ALL?

The Wii was refreshing for casual gamers like me. Now, this just seems unnecessary. And, I can tell you that if I’m going to spend more than $300 on something, it’s not going to be on a system that has barely better graphics, if it does at all, with stupidly expensive controllers and utilizes technology that we already have. Ohh. Touch screen? What you are saying is I can essentially buy a much cheaper and not as useful version of a tablet on my TV screen. Wow. That’s amazing.

Oh, and the price is way to high. Remember, the Wii was so successful in part because of ONE price point, $250, and it was the cheapest console on the market. Not the case anymore. And, frankly, the 360 and PS3 can do more in terms of being an entertainment center, so an argument can be made both are better for families than the Wii U. And, there’s not a single game there that says I have to play that on the Wii U to me. Even the Nintendo titles are pretty much stuff we’ve seen before.

Maybe I’ll come around and maybe Nintendo will wow me. But, definitely not going out on its launch night. Yawn.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Aaron Sorkin and Ashton Kutcher appear to have dueling Steve Jobs biopics. Kutcher’s version, titled “Jobs” does have one advantage. It’s moving along a lot more quickly.

The film is adding Kevin Dunn and J.K. Simmon to a cast that already includes Elden Henson, Giles Mattey, Victor Rasuk, Ahna O’Reilly, James Wood and Lenny Jacobson.

No trailer out yet or footage, but Kutcher’s film will have first crack at being THE Steve Jobs biopic.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Is Sony done for?

Here’s a link to a great article about how Sony is in a huge fight to save its brand, its company and its reputation. The decline of Sony has been pretty swift all things considered. It completely missed the boat on the mp3 players revolution deciding to use its own format instead.  Its TVs are getting outsold at every turn because of competitors offering similar quality at much lower prices. Even in the video game industry, where arguably Sony has been most successful, Sony’s showing cracks. Its getting pummeled in the handheld market. And, one has to wonder given Sony’s lack of success with online services (just look at Sony’s online music store, which lasted less than three years or how far behind XBox Live Sony’s online service is) whether it can transition to an age where physical gaming discs are likely to fade like CDs.

Sony is a former technology giant who, simply, couldn’t keep up with the times. The article states the blame may be partly to a lack of communication and a lot of fighting within the company. It’s a shame really. Sony should have been the one dominating the mp3 player world, not Apple. What  Sony needs if it wants to get back to where it was is a product that wows people. Like Apple did with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Sony needs to blaze a new trail. But the question is…can it?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Fox news is reporting that the iPad 3, or iPad HD will go on sale March 16. Apple is holding a live event today at 10 a.m. likely to unveil its new iPad.

Fox news lists these features that will be announced today:

  • High-definition display — Apple’s next-generation iPad sport a Retina-like HD display that packs four times the pixels (2,048 x 1,536) in the same 9.7-inch size. The result should be absolutely gorgeous.
  • 4G LTE — The rumor mill has gone back and forth about 4G, but our exclusive report from last month made embedded 4G LTE connectivity a very likely possibility.
  • Quad-core — The new iPad is expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor to make this the smoothest iPad yet. Rumors of an enhanced dual-core A5X chip surfaced recently, but many speculate that the new dual-core chip may be destined for other devices rather than the next iPad.
  • Slightly thicker case — That amazing new display is going to need some more juice to ensure battery life isn’t compromised, and the new iPad is expected to be about 1 millimeter thicker than the current iPad 2.
  • Better battery — Early reports suggested the new iPad would feature double the battery life of the iPad 2, but those rumors have become a bit foggy in light of the new iPad’s HD display. It’s possible that the bigger battery Apple is using in its upcoming iPad is merely intended to compensate for the new screen.
  • Better camera — Leaked images of the new iPad’s case show a bigger camera lens, but megapixel count is still a mystery. Rumors have ranged from 3 megapixels up to the same 8-megapixel unit in Apple’s iPhone4S.
  • iOS 5.1 — Developers have had their hands on iOS 5.1 for quite some time now, and the new iPad will be the first device to launch with the new build pre-installed.
  • Brand new iPad, same old pricing — Despite earlier rumors, expect six versions of Apple’s new tablet, with three Wi-Fi-only models priced at $499, $599 and $699, and cellular connectivity available for each at a $130 premium. Apple may also sell a new version its iPad 2 with less internal storage for $399 alongside its next-generation iPads.

The site sources unnamed Apple Store employees who say that they are gearing up for a launch event on March 16. What do you think tech fans? Is this enough to convince you to buy one if you haven’t?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is what I’m talking about. If anyone read my post about the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita, the iPad 3 is another example. According to some reports, the iPad 3 could be $70 or $80 more than the iPad 2. Are you kidding me? That would make the 16 GB wifi only version a whopping $579. I’m sorry, but $499 is already way more than I’m willing to pay. Again, I love technology, but right now, I’m simply being priced out of buying it.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.