Daily Archives: June 7, 2011

Red Pop For The iPhone

If you hand someone your iPhone and ask them to take a picture of you (unless they’re an iPhone owner too) they may have some difficulty with the device. Red Pop ($75) solves this dilemma and your iPhone will get a nice retro makeover. Download the free Red Pop app, hook the unit right into your dock connector and start firing away. The add-on device is currently aimed for an early September launch.

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Paul DVD & Blu-ray Due On August 9th

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo releases of Paul for August 9th. Extras on the DVD will include a commentary with Greg Mottola, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Bill Hader and Nira Park, featurettes (“The Evolution of Paul”, “Who the Hell is Adam Shadowchild?”), a Simon’s Silly Faces feature, Photo Galleries, Storyboards and Posters, and a blooper reel. The Blu-ray/DVD Combo release will include all that, plus the following additional featurettes (“Between the Lightning Strikes: The Making of Paul”, “RV Doorway: The Cast of Paul On-Location”, “Runway Santa Fe: An Interview with Nancy Steiner”, “Smithereens”, “5th Date Level Direction: The Cast on Greg Mottola”, “Mexico Zero: The Locations of Paul”, “The Many Pauls”, “Paul: The Musical”, “The Traveler Beagle”), and a digital copy of the film.


Wii U – Nintendo’s Next Home Console Just Announced Today

Nintendo introduced a new paradigm for video games and home entertainment: Wii U ($TBA), a new console that includes a controller with a 6.2-inch screen. Adding a second screen to the living room creates a multitude of new video game experiences while offering families a variety of options to customize their entertainment.

Previously, video games played on a home console have been confined to the TV and offered identical viewpoints to each player in a multiplayer environment. Furthermore, watching TV and playing console games have been completely separate experiences. The new controller removes these boundaries, creating a more dynamic and fluid gaming and entertainment experience. Visitors to the E3 Expo will see firsthand the type of gaming experiences made possible by Wii U and the new controller such as:

– In single-player games: The new controller can display information on its screen that does not appear on the TV and the information and viewpoint can also change in the new controller based on the orientation of its gyroscope.

– In multiplayer games: The player using the new controller can have a different experience than those looking at the TV. This will offer a wide variety of competitive and cooperative opportunities.

In addition to the 6.2-inch screen, the new controller also features an accelerometer and a gyroscope, a rumble feature, an inward-facing camera, a microphone and speakers. Adding these features to the Classic Controller™ button scheme – two analog Circle Pads, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons – will enable a breadth of game-play experiences while appealing to both casual and dedicated video game players.

Wii U combines motion-sensing game play with the ability to support full HD graphics. Each Wii U console will be partnered with a new controller and can also use up to four additional Wii Remote or Wii Remote Plus controllers. The system is also backward compatible and can play all Wii games and use all Wii accessories. The Wii console has sold more than 86 million units globally and greatly expanded the overall audience for video games. Wii U aims to expand that audience even further. Developers worldwide are already working on new games and experiences for the console.

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Apple Releases iBooks 1.3 With Read-Aloud Feature

Apple has released iBooks 1.3, the latest version of its e-Reader software for iOS. According to Apple’s release notes, iBooks 1.3 adds support for a new read-aloud feature for younger children that’s included in select children’s books from the iBookstore. The feature uses a real narrator to read the book to you and/or your child, and in some books, will highlight the words as its reading them aloud. Other features include automatic audio or video playback in enhanced books, improved responsiveness when opening very long books, and a fix for an issue where some books may display the same page twice. iBooks 1.3 is available now as a free download from the App Store.

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Upcoming DC Comics Batman # 1 Titles

Here are some upcoming DC Comics Batman # 1 titles that will appear in the Fall:

In Batman and Robin #1, the acclaimed creative team of Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason will explore the family dynamic of the Caped Crusader as Bruce Wayne battles the Gotham underworld with the help of his son, Damian, in the role of Robin.

In Batman: The Dark Knight, superstar artist David Finch writes and draws a twisted adventure that pulls Bruce Wayne deep into the halls of the famed Arkham Asylum, a jail for Gotham City’s most dangerous and criminally deranged. Finch will team up with collaborator Jay Fabok on pencils.

In the first Batman #1 since 1930, New York Times bestselling writer Scott Snyder teams up with superstar artist Greg Capullo in his DC Comics debut! In the series, Bruce Wayne once again becomes the only character taking on the Batman name.

DC Comics’ flagship title is relaunched for the first time ever in Detective Comics #1 by acclaimed writer/artist Tony Daniel. Marking the first time Batman will appear in a debut issue of Detective Comics, the series will find Bruce Wayne on the trail of a dangerous serial killer known only as the Gotham Ripper.

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