Bethesda Softworks did a great job with the follow-up to Morrowind and the publisher/developer won itself a lot of fans releasing Oblivion across PC and consoles. But talk of a sequel to Oblivion, which would be Elder Scrolls V, was quashed by Todd Howard in 2009 when he said there were no plans to make it.Jump forward to the end of 2010 and rumors are surfacing that Elder Scrolls V is now in advanced development. A source speaking to Eurogamer Denmark (translated) has said he’s seen official game documents while also mentioning “Dragon Lord” and “The Blades” as featuring in the game. Voice actor recording is also thought to be underway.Recording voices means the game is is likely pretty far along in development. Comments made by Howard during Quakecon this year also suggested the game is in an advanced state even though he wouldn’t confirm what the game was:One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it’s out will be the shortest it’s been for us. It’s pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there’s a lot of game there to play right now. This is one rumor a lot of gamers will be hoping is true as a sequel to Oblivion is almost guaranteed to be hit.Read more at Eurogamer, via 1UP.com
Have you driven all of your friends away with you ping-pong obsession? Good news, Joola has your back. The hourglass-shaped iPong will shoot 100 balls at you, so you can train for that table tennis tournament at work. The black tower features three different kinds of adjustable spins, including underspin, topspin, and heavy topspin. You can also adjust the frequency from easy to advanced. According to the company, this version of the iPong is improved for 2011, though it doesn’t say how. The four pound device will run you about $600. Or you can, pick up an old one for less than $200 over at Amazon…Check out video of the 2011 version in action, after the jump.
With all of the exciting things that happened at Google I/O, one of the most commonly heard conversations was that of network failure. There were complaints of mobile networks coming and going (more T-Mobile than anything else) or not getting signal in parts of the Moscone West. Mobile wasn’t the only complaint, and depending on the time of day it wasn’t event the loudest complaint. Google deployed a WiFi network across the entirety of the Moscone West, and included the login credentials with every pass in to the event. Despite Google’s best efforts, however, the wireless network at this event was often called some of the worst seen at any event. Why, you ask? According to Google, the problem came from portable hotspots.5,000 people in attendance. 5,000 tech enthusiasts, most of which with smartphones capable of generating mobile hotspots. On top of that, the hundreds of press in attendance in attendance all needed access to the web during the event, and not all (or even most) of them had an ethernet port on their computer to take advantage of the wired internet provided. At least a bunch of them, however, were probably reviewing some of the new Verizon LTE MiFi units, and surely brought them with.According to one of the Google Engineers responsible for setting up the network at I/O, there was simply no way to compete with the dozens of mobile hotspots being generated. In fact, during the second day keynote, the announcer’s warning had changed to “please disable your wireless hotspots before the presentation”.The issue seems unsustainable. WiFi networks were really not built with the intent of handling thousands of users simultaneously. Combine that with the fact that tech enthusiasts are showing up at these events with more than a single WiFi capable device, and at the second day of I/O there was an additional 5,000 WiFi capable devices handed out, it seems there’s a need for a more elegant solution. A solution that will offer the connectivity users demand, and be able to function alongside users who will be bringing their own internet with them.As more web connected devices begin to infiltrate the home, as children are individually given computers that will be competing with our Smart TV’s, our TIVO’s, our smartphones, tablets, and refrigerators, this problem will eventually infiltrate the home. Our web connected world is in need of a fix, whatever that fix might be.
Look at any tutorial for rooting an Android device, and one set of initials is sure to come up: ADB. Veterans to Google’s mobile platform will let it roll off their tongues as if it’s everyday language, but those new to Android hacking can get a little tripped up. What the $%#@ is ADB? Let’s take a look.Android Debug BridgeThis is the literal meaning of ADB. Though at first glance it doesn’t appear to tell you anything, it actually does. It’s a “bridge” for developers to work out bugs in their Android applications. This is done by connecting a device that runs the software through a PC, and feeding it terminal commands. ADB lets you modify your device (or device’s software) via a PC command line.If command line syntax confuses or intimidates you, have no fear. For most average users, the only time you’ll need to use ADB is when you have step-by-step instructions in front of you.For example, in our guide to rooting the Kindle Fire, we present the following ADB commands:adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb rootadb shell idadb remountadb push su /system/xbin/suadb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/suadb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/suadb remountadb install Superuser.apk Not only do you not need to know what they do, but you don’t even need to type them. Simply copy and paste each individual line into a command prompt or terminal instance. Hardcore Android hackers and developers will insist that it’s good for you to learn what it means. That may be, but not everyone wants to (or has the time to) learn Italian just so he can order from the best restaurant in Venice. A simple set of instructions will do.Installing ADBAside from ADB, the other set of initials that you see with Android hacking is SDK. This stands for Software Development Kit. So yes, in order to root most devices, you’ll need to download the entire platform that developers use to create apps.To get started, pick up the version of Android SDK for your platform:WindowsMac OS XLinux Once downloading, extract the file to an easy-to-remember place on your PC. On Windows, we’d recommend installing it in your root (c:) drive, in order to make it easier to navigate there via command line.Now you’ll want to open the folder that you extracted the SDK into, and launch the SDK Manager (on OS X, you do this by executing the program ‘Android,’ which is located in the ‘Tools’ folder in the SDK).After launching SDK Manager, you’ll see a list of optional packages to download and install. Find the one that says “Android SDK Platform Tools” (you may need to expand the “Tools” entry to find it). Once you locate it, check its box to indicate that you want to install it (choose “accept”). Unless you want to develop apps, it’s safe to uncheck everything else (choose “reject”).After choosing “Install,” Platform Tools will be automatically downloaded, and you’ll be (almost) ready to use ADB.DriversAside from the specific instructions to root your particular device, the next thing you’ll need will be the drivers for your phone or tablet.The easiest way to do this is usually to simply search for your specific device plus ‘drivers.’ So if you have a Droid Razr, you’d search ‘Droid Razr Windows Drivers.’ This will almost always direct you to the best link.Another option, which will only work for stock Android devices, is to download the USB drivers from the SDK. To do this, launch SDK Manager again. Go to the “Available packages” tab on the left, expand the “Third party add-ons” entry, then expand the “Google Inc add-ons” entry. Finally, check the entry for “Google USB Driver” package.Note that the USB Driver package isn’t compatible with OS X.Using ADBThough we aren’t hear to teach you Linux programming, it will help you to know a few basic methods to using ADB.One of the first things to remember is to put your device in USB debugging mode. This can be found by navigating to Menu>Settings>Applications>Development and checking the box for USB debugging. Without doing this, your PC won’t recognize your device.The most important thing to know is simply how to get to your ADB folder via the command line. This is done with the cd (change directory) command. So if (on Windows) your SDK folder is called “android-SDK” and it’s in your root (c:) directory, you would type the following to get there:cd c:/android-SDK Then, to get into the ADB folder, you would add the following:cd platform-tools at that point, you should see a prompt that says:C:\android-SDK\platform-tools> At this point you can connect your device and test your ADB connection. After you’ve located and installed the drivers for your particular device, type the following:adb devices If everything is set up properly, you should see a list of devices attached. Your phone or tablet will have a number assigned to it, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t say “Droid Razr” or “Galaxy Nexus.”For average users, ADB is more of a tool for basic hacking tasks than it is a task in itself. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably don’t want to go poking around too much without clear instructions. When you do get tutorials for rooting your favorite device, though, knowing these basics can help you to save some time and be prepared in advance.
The Ouya Kickstarter has broken all kinds of records. The first of which was the amount of money raised in the first 24 hours on Kickstarter. Double Fine held the record with $1,064,652.05, but Ouya more than doubled that ending its first day with $2,589,687.77 pledged.Since then the money has continued to roll in, and the $99 Android games console also got the support of OnLive and can count Final Fantasy III as a launch title.Today, the Kickstarter finally ended, and it will come as no surprise the total pledged has set another record. In just 30 days the project has raised a staggering $8,596,475 through the backing of 63,416 people. Remember, the project originally only wanted $950,000 to reach its goal.Now the pressure is on the Ouya team to deliver the Rubik’s Cube-sized console by March next year. Only 1,000 are promised to ship as early bird units, but after that there’s tens of thousands of people waiting to get their hands on one.There is obviously going to be a lot of interest surrounding the launch of Ouya from the games industry and in particular hardware manufacturers. Nothing like this has been attempted before, and it threatens to upset the tried and tested approach of console release cycles.Typically, a company like Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft invests millions developing a new machine hoping to make the costs back many times over in sales of the console and games. The Ouya took the opposite approach, being funded by gamers and other interested parties before it is manufactured. The question now is can it continue to grow its user base to hundreds of thousands, if not millions next year after release?Read more at Kickstarter
Earlier today, Apple announced that it would be releasing a 128GB iPad on February 5. Nothing about the tablet is any different from the most current iPad model (the fourth generation), except for the increased storage capacity. There will be both black and white models, with the WiFi-only model retailing for $799, and the WiFi and cellular data model retailing for a hefty $929. The unit will be sold through any Apple Store, Apple’s online storefront, and any Apple partners.According to Apple, the increase in storage is a response to the tablet becoming more widely used in a business environment, such as in the music or film industries. Apple also notes that the company feels average users want more storage — that’s where we raise our collective eyebrow.So, we tried to think of some things that non-business user types would do with a 128GB iPad. Here is what we came up with…The maximum file size of an iOS app is 2GB, so you can fit 64 size-capped appsIf the average size of a standard MP3 is 5MB, you can fit 26,214 tracks in your music libraryA scene release of an episode of Family Guy is usually around 60MB to 90MB, with an average of 75MB. So, you can fit 1,747 Family Guy episodes (sorry, there are only 199 episodes total). A non-720p scene release of Parks and Recreation is about 170MB, thus you can fit around 771 episodes of the fantastic showThe iPad version of Angry Birds, Angry Birds HD, is 45.4MB. You can fit 2,887 instances of this game on your iPad, which you probably need to do for your iPad to reach its full potentialGeorge R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones on iBooks is 11.3MB, so you could read 11,599 digital copies of the book, assuming you remove the one you just finished before starting on the next identical copyA full run of all six seasons of Lost in HD on iTunes is around 170GB, so you’ll unfortunately have to switch to SD — which is around 70GB or so — if you absolutely can’t live without the entire series on your tablet at onceIf anyone out there can find actual-everyday uses for all that space on an iPad other than “all the music I can possibly download and rarely listen to” or “tons of raw images and video that I’ll occasionally look at maybe once, who knows,” we’d love to hear about them.
You’d think that everyone using a computer today would run some kind of antimalware software. Apparently that’s not the case: almost one in four computers is surfing the web without proper security software.That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report. It’s an alarmingly high number, and not just because those machines are five and a half times as likely to pick up an infection as those that are properly protected.Security on the Internet is a group effort. All those inadequately defended systems pose a big security risk to the rest of us because they’re susceptible to today’s craftily-engineered trojans and drive-by downloads. It just takes one errant click and some botmaster has gained another new zombie to add to his or her army. More zombies equal more spam and more damaging DDoS attacks.Fake antivirus apps continue to be a major problem, but Microsoft notes that there have been a few notable successes. Last year, it helped clean up more than 3 million infestations of the Onescan fraudware that spread via poisoned PDF and Word files. Yes, people do really open those bogus shipping invoices that pop up in their inboxes.Another reason folks wind up unprotected is that they think their trial bloatware is still doing its job after the free period has run out. That’s just plain wrong, of course, because the updates stop coming and protection gets watered down like the drinks at a bad all-inclusive resort.The report isn’t all doom-and-gloom, however. There’s good news in Microsoft’s analysis, too. The number of infections spotted on computers in the U.S. dropped from over 12.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to just under 9 million by the fourth. That’s still a mountain of infected systems, but it’s nice to see that progress is being made.
Canonical’s most ambition project yet was met instantly with thousands of excited users willing to hand over cash and wait for the Ubuntu Edge superphone.It’s hard to call the project currently being funded on Indiegogo by Canonical a phone. With 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, the specs start to sound like a low end Ultrabook at some point. The Ubuntu Edge is designed to be a smartphone that can flip between Android and Ubuntu mobile operating systems, but also dock into a monitor and behave like a traditional desktop. This phone concept is the combined vision of everything Mark Shuttleworth has been trying to accomplish in the last year and a half, and since the smartphone manufacturers seem unwilling to take the leap he’s relying on the Ubuntu loyal to take him to the finish line.With a lofty goal of $32 million, the Ubuntu Edge project hinges on more than just people. While it is incredibly impressive to see that the 5,000 day-one slots were filled within 12 hours, that drop in the bucket doesn’t get the phone made. The top two perks on the Indiegogo campaign need to see some love as well, and that means people willing to spend $10,000 for a one-of-a-kind Ubuntu Edge experience and the $80,000 enterprise bundle.In a world where so many companies are switching to the Bring Your Own Device model, it seems unlikely that many companies are going to sign up to buy 100 Ubuntu Edge phones complete with training sessions for IT managers and CIOs that will not become useful until some time in 2014.It’s truly exciting to see the clear interest in this project. Over 5,000 people on the first day gave up $600 or $830 for an idea that they think will be great. Canonical has been building this idea for a while and if they can deliver it will be an experience that is unique for the time being.If this project succeeds, Shuttleworth plans to make Canonical-made hardware a yearly occurance, like Google’s Nexus program only better. Ubuntu Edge could be the start of something truly incredible, a premium phone made of premium parts that actually manages to deliver a no compromise mobile computing solution. All it has to do is get there.