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Jun132013

Tanked Episode 254 for Wed Jun. 12, 2013

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

- Beer/Mixed Drinks

- Weekend Catchup

- MAD MONDAY (apple, xbox one, ps4 keynotes)




 TECH 

Apple WWDC 2013

Apple had their annual WWDC keynote on Monday and he’s what they talked about  

 

Mac OS X Mavericks


-Navigation is a big focus in Mavericks Tags can be added to any file for simplifying searches

-Apple’s much-mocked leather or felt interfaces have been stripped out in an across-the-board redesign of its most basic apps. The new Calendar software is flatter and softer, with clean white and silver design language that matches the rest of the interface

-Mulitiple Displays and Apple TV Sharing: dock and menu bar on both screens. You can now use two fullscreen apps at once, and if you have an Apple TV, the new features can extend to your television as well with AirPlay.

-iOS notifications come to OS X: you’ll be able to reply to email, FaceTime, and Messages notifications without having to load up the specific app.

-New Safari and gets iCloud Keychain: allowing users to sign in on multipul devices by remembering passwords and can store credit cards

-Apple is taking on Google Docs with iWork for iCloud. The Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps will all be available in the browser, either for iOS or desktop



iOS 7

 

 

-Since the first iPhone was released in 2007, Apple’s interface has looked more or less the same — and as iPhone hardware evolved

 

-Apple has kept the basic structure of iOS but it’s redesigned its icons with a flatter, more stylized look —the whole palette has become brighter and simpler by stripping out the gradients

 

-there’s a new version of the classic slide-to-unlock function, and a new translucent control panel slides up from the bottom for quick access to frequently used settings

 

-Folders no longer top out at 12 or 16 apps: you can put hundreds in a folder if you want.

 

-Multitasking like Web OS (palm) When you double-tap the home button, large thumbnails of your apps appear at the top of the screen with their identifying icons underneath. You can scroll horizontally through them and see three at a time. Apple also said that every app will offer multitasking

 

-Notification center gets cleaned up and simplified

 

-Quick-tap toggle for settings: From any screen, you can drag up from the bottom to reveal a panel of quick toggles for a bunch of settings including Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, flashlight, and rotation lock. You can also adjust brightness, manage music playback, and connect to AirPlay or AirDrop.

 

-Air drop comes to iOS: A new way to share files over Wi-Fi on iOS, AirDrop takes its name from the same feature on the Mac. Unfortunately, it’s only available on the iPhone 5

 

- App Store auto-updates

 

-Smarter Siri: Siri’s signature robotic voice is getting an overhaul. A redesigned version of the personal assistant comes with the option of a male or female voice, both more natural-sounding than the original.

 

-Apple joins the streaming music race: iTunes Radio is free for everyone, though you’ll see ads unless you subscribe to iTunes Match, and it offers radio stations similar to other streaming music services. It’s built into the Music app and offers selected radio stations that can be shared with friends. Unlike other radio apps, iTunes Radio is geared less toward pure streaming and more toward old-fashioned purchases: if you like a song you hear on the radio, you can follow a link to buy it.

 

-iOS for cars: Apple added turn-by-turn directions to its last version of iOS, and it’s expanded vehicular options with iOS 7. A new “iOS in the Car” system will mirror your iPhone on the infotainment displays found in many cars: it’s supported on everything from Kias and Hondas to Jaguars and Ferraris. That means Maps, Siri, Messages, and more will be available directly on the dashboard. You’ll have to wait a while to use it, though; car manufacturers will begin adding the feature in 2014.


HARDWARE

 

New MacBook Air upgrades:

 

The MacBook Air gets Haswell

The first generation of machines with Intel’s new Haswell processors are showing up, and Apple isn’t missing the boat. The company announced a refreshed line of MacBook Airs using the Haswell ULT chip. Apple promises dramatic battery improvements — an 11-inch Air should now get 9 hours of battery, while the 13-inch should get 12 hours. Graphics will also get better on Haswell; Apple says we could see a 40 percent boost in graphics speed.

The new Airs begin shipping today, starting at $999 for the 11-inch model and $1,099 for a 13-inch model.



And the most dramatic update...

Mac Pro sneak peak

 

No, this isn’t a starship from a science fiction movie–but Apple sure did make this new machine into a cylinder (trash can). The 9.9-inch tall cylindrical computer boasts a new 'unified thermal core' which is designed to conduct heat away from the CPU and GPU while distributing it uniformly and using a single bottom-mounted intake fan. It rocks a 12-core Intel Xeon processor, dual AMD FirePro GPUs (standard), 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory (60GBps), and PCIe flash storage with up to 1.25GBps read speeds. The system promises 7 teraflops of graphics performance, supports 4k displays, and has a host of ports including four USB 3.0, two gigabit Ethernet ports, HDMI 1.4, six Thunderbolt 2 ports that offer super-fast (20Gbps) external connectivity."

The Mac Pro will be coming sometime later in 2013





 VIDEO GAMES 

 

Microsoft Xbox One E3 keynote Details:


- Price $499 Availible in November 2013 (orignal xbox 360 was $399 at 2005 launch) Kinect bump price up?

-Two free games a month with a Gold xbox live account (taking a page from PS+ model)

-TWITCH.TV Streaming: ability to broadcast a live stream of your gameplay in adition to video and audio of yourself kinda like skype

-Upload Studio allows you to record, edit, comment and publish game videos to share to the communities

-Microsoft points are no more in the store, it’s all real money.

 

Games

-New Halo in 2014

-Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

-New IP Ryse: Son of Rome

-Kenect Sports Rivals (think Wii sports)

-Forza 5 Gran Torismo’s Rival Racing game

-Project Spark a new competitor to PS Little Big Planet, oddly enough announced for win8 as well.

 

The quantity of exclusives, timed exclusives, and cross-platform scores was truly impressive for a brand new console. The question, of course, is how many of these will arrive for launch, and how many will slip months, or years, as is so common for this ambitious category of “launch”-aimed games. The full list is as follows:

Killer Instinct | Minecraft | Sunset Overdrive | D4 | Crimson Dragon

Battlefield 4 | Dead Rising 3 | Below | Titanfall

 

One side note that was right in front of the keynote was the announcement of an

-Updated 360 design with hundreds of games still coming out for that platform over the next few years. wtf?



Sony PS4 E3 keynote details: The internet went bonkers!

 

At Sony’s initial PS4 announcement in February, the games, capabilities, and controllers for the system were heavily emphasized, but we didn’t see the box itself, until monday’s nearly 3 hour keynote at E3.

 

-The box it’s self, well, looks like a box. sharp edges with half of it piano black and the other half matt black

 

- $399! Sony delivered the $100 undercut to Microsoft’s $499 Xbox One and shut down the presentation to huge applause. Unfortunately, Sony didn’t clarify the launch date beyond the "holiday" time frame we’d heard earlier.

 

-The Optional PSeye (like kinect) rumored to be around $50 (not included) boo hoo

 

-Sony took a direct shot at Microsoft’s much-maligned restrictions, running through them one by one and shooting each down in turn. The "PlayStation 4 won't impose any new restrictions on used games," disc-based games won’t require you to check-in online, and the console itself "won't stop working if you haven't authenticated within 24 hours."

 

-Sony’s new Gaikai-powered game streaming won’t be available right at the PS4’s launch. Instead it will land in 2014, at which point you’ll be able to stream any PS4 or Vita game directly to your console, as well as "select" classic PS3 titles. It’s not the PS3 backward compatibility fix people were hoping for, but it’s Sony so we’ll take all the backward compatibility we can get.

 

The biggest Announcement hands down as got to be Sony’s Jack Trenton saying the PS4 will be would be free of used game limitations or mandatory online authentication. ( no calling home every 24hrs ) The console is even region-free, like the PS3, whereas Microsoft has said that the Xbox One won't play games from different territories. Now Microsoft is the outlier, imposing an unusual and draconian policy with little to no consumer benefit. Game Rentals stores thank Sony lol

 

GAMES

As many as 140 titles are in the works for the next-gen console

 

The upcoming software lineup for PS4 from software developers and publishers will include

“Destiny from Bungie, Inc., in partnership with Activision Publishers, Inc., Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., KINGDOM HEARTS III and FINAL FANTASY XV from SQUARE ENIX, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag and Watch_Dogs from Ubisoft Entertainment, NBA 2K14 from 2K Sports, The Elder Scrolls Online from Bethesda Games Studios and Mad Max from Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, totaling more than 110 titles.”

“Furthermore, from SCE Worldwide Studios, more than 30 titles, including 12 brand new IP, are under development, including Killzone: Shadow Fall, Knack, inFAMOUS: Second Son, #DRIVECLUB and The Order: 1886. Out of over the 30 titles under development, 20 titles will be available within a year from the PS4 launch.”

Sony showed off already-announced games like The Last of Us, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Gran Turismo 6. Beyond those, the PS3 will benefit from the first wave of cross platform next-gen games which will include current-gen versions — like the new Batman: Arkham sequel.

and some indie games: Ray’s the Dead | Secret Ponchos | Octodad: Dadliest Catch | Mercenary Kings | Don’t Starve | The Witness | Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee | Galak-Z



Until today, all Sony was willing to tell us about the upcoming console’s built-in hard drive was that it is “very large.” But we now know exactly how large. The 6-lb console packs a 500GB hard drive, according to the press release.



PlayStation Used Game Instructional Video

YouTube



 MOVIES 

 

Superman is out on Friday!

 

This is the End Opens today! We gave a review a few weeks ago.

 

Box office winner was the Purge. Only $3M Budget and pulled in $34.1M I’d say they are happy!

The Owen Wilson Vince Vaugh flick the Internship comes in 4th at $17M. I bit disapointing for that duo. I saw it and it was a fun and funny little flick. No wedding crashers but fun. V V came up with the story and ½ the screenplay. A matinee and you won’t be mad.

 

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 WEB GEM 

 

just for us

Worst Driver EVER! YouTube



 

 

 ODD NEWS 

        

 

A local man was arrested yesterday after allegedly breaking

a club over another golfer’s arm then used the broken club to

“stab the victim in the same arm causing further injuries, during

a scoring argument.

 

Glenn Lott, was jailed yesterday for felony aggravated assault

with a weapon following the confrontation at the Westwynd Golf Course

in Oakland Township outside Detroit.

FULL STORY HERE

 

California grandma fires .357-magnum gun to scare off burglary suspect




ANAHEIM, Calif., June 12 (UPI) --

A 72-year-old California woman who fired her gun

at an alleged attempted burglar said her priority

was to protect her wheelchair-bound husband.

 

Jan Cooper of Anaheim said she loaded her

.357-magnum Smith & Wesson revolver and called 911

when she saw the man jump over her backyard fence and

attempt to break into the home through her sliding glass door,

KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Wednesday.

 

Cooper warned the dispatcher she was firing her gun.

"You'd better get the police here. I don't know whether

I hit him or not. I'm not sure. He's standing at my door,

my back door. He's in my yard," Cooper told the dispatcher.

 

Cooper said she was frightened, but determined to protect

her husband, a wheelchair-bound World War II veteran.

Police said the suspect, Brandon Alexander Perez, 31,

was not hit by Cooper's shot and was arrested a

short time after the incident.



Officer cleared after shooting kittens in front of kids

By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com | Blog

                       

   

 

North Ridgeville, Ohio Humane Officer Barry Accorti responded

to a complaint from a homeowner on Monday about a litter of

kittens living in her woodpile, and he proceeded to shoot

the kittens in view of the homeowner's young children.

 

The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

called for Accorti to be fired.

 

"He informed her that shelters were full and that these cats

would be going to kitty heaven,"

Ohio SPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon explained.

"She assumed he would be trapping them or something

and taking them to a shelter and they would be

humanely euthanized if they were not adopted."

 

"Instead, he went to his truck and got a gun,

which she thought was a tranquilizer gun,

and walked around to the back of the house and

approximately 15 feet from her back door shot and killed

the 8- to 10-week-old kittens," Landon said.

 

The homeowner's children had a view from the upstairs

window and began screaming and crying when

they heard the gunshots.

 

"It’s heartbreaking… There is no excuse for it.

It’s absolutely shameful that someone with the title

of humane officer would do this," Landon said.

But North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman released

a statement on Facebook defending Accorti's actions,

and said the department would take no disciplinary measures.

 

"The cats were located within the wood pile and euthanized,"

Freeman wrote. "The cats were removed from the wood

pile and taken from the residence."

 

He added that "research and other animal organizations

accept shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia."

Freeman said that Accorti's actions were "appropriate,"

but that humane officers would be trained at "improving their

communications with the public."

 

After posting the statement,

The North Ridgeville Police Department

said it was forced to take down its Facebook page

for hours on Monday due to "overwhelming abuse."

The statement has since been removed.

           

 

Police: Woman used chainsaw to scare kids

 

 

WINFIELD, Mo., June 12 (UPI) --

Authorities in Missouri allege a woman charged with

felony harassment used a ski mask and a chainsaw to

frighten neighborhood children.

 

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said neighbors

told deputies Lynn Marie Herzog, 50, was seen yelling profanities

at children in their neighborhood, near Winfield,

Sunday before donning a ski mask and approaching them

with a chainsaw, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

 

Herzog, who was also allegedly photographing and

videotaping the children, was charged with felony harassment.

Police did not say whether she gave any reason for her actions.



WWII-era missile explodes in kitchen while Polish woman cleans



STRZYSZOW, Poland, June 12 (UPI) --

Police in Poland said a woman was hospitalized with injuries

incurred when she accidentally detonated an anti-aircraft missile

while cleaning her kitchen.

 

Investigators said the incident at the Strzyszow home was

initially thought to be the result of an exploded gas cylinder,

but they soon discovered the 56-year-old woman apparently

knocked over a World War II-era missile stored behind a kitchen

cupboard while sweeping the floor, Polskie Radio reported Wednesday.

 

Police said the woman's husband brought the object to their home

years ago and the family had assumed it was no longer active.