Normally you need a cable subscription to stream live TV on your tablet or desktop, but NBC Universal announced on Tuesday that it will allow everyone to watch the Super Bowl festivities on February 1st. “Super Stream Sunday” will be available to anyone with the NBC Sports Live Extra app or users can live stream the event at NBCSports.com/liveextra using their computer. The 11 hours of continuous content will include everything from the actual game, to the Katy Perry half time show, and even a post-game presentation of The Blacklist. Here's a blurb and fine print from the official press release:
The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during “Super Stream Sunday” will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.
FMV (Full Motion Video) games are not very popular due to their association with SEGA CD, but they have been trying to make a comeback. The original creators of Night Trap recently tried and failed to launch a Kick Starter campaign to remake the infamous game starring Dana Plato, and now Sam Barlow has launched a teaser trailer for his new FMV game titled Her Story. The game is made up of various videos featuring a woman who is being questioned about the disappearance of her husband. Players will have to dig through the police database to try and unravel the mystery.
Her Story should peak your interest for a couple of reasons. Not only is it made by Barlow who created Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, but it will be interesting to see if a decent FMV game can be released to iOS devices. Even though it's technically not a FMV title, the popular Five Nights At Freddy's did prove that not all games have to be free endless runners or $0.99 platform games to be a hit on the App Store.
If Apple Insider's favorite analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is to be believed, the company is once again ignoring a famous Steve Jobs' quote by developing a stylus to use with its rumored 12.9-inch iPad. In case you forgot, Jobs famously proclaimed, "if you see a stylus, they blew it" when introducing the iPad in 2010.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year because "it's more precise than a person's fingers" and "will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad." Kuo based his report on several stylus patents Apple has recently filed.
2K Games announced that Sid Meier’s Starships will be released as a download-only title for the iPad, Mac and PC, according to a press release published on Monday by Polygon. Starships will feature "cross-connectivity" between 2K and developer Firaxis' other turn-based strategy title Civilization: Beyond Earth. This will allow players who own both games to build and command a planetary federation in the Beyond Earth universe.
"When designing Starships, I was intrigued by the idea of exploring the next chapter in the story of Civilization: Beyond Earth. What happens after we colonize our new home and eventually build starships to take to the stars? What has become of our long-lost brothers and sisters from the planet Earth?" explained Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis.
Microsoft is now offering the first month of Office 365 for free. The free month is available for both Office 365 Personal and Home subscriptions.
An Office 365 Personal subscription allows you to use any Microsoft Office products on one Mac or Windows PC, one tablet and one phone for $6.99 a month. A Home account allows you to use up to five computers, tablets and phones for $9.99 a month. Each subscription also includes up to 1TB of OneDrive online storage (1TB per user for up to 5 users for Home) and 60 world minutes of Skype calling per month.
Google today released a mobile Classroom app "to help teachers and students connect from wherever they are". The app not only allows teachers to stay organized by assigning and tracking assignments on their phone or tablet, but it also allows students to easily add images, PDFs and web pages to their work. Students can snap photos from the assignment page in the app and even attach images or other files created with other apps. The app also features offline caching so class streams and assignment information can be accessed without an internet connection.
On the other side, teachers can keep an eye on all the assignments they have issued across all classes via the teacher assignment page. From this page teachers can see what assignments they have viewed and check a student's progress. Google also added a way for teachers to archive classes so they can keep the old separated from the new.
After announcing on Monday Night RAW that "Macho Man" Randy Savage will be inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, the wrestling federation posted several videos to YouTube for its upcoming mobile game. The unreleased fighting game titled WWE Immortals is a collaboration between the WWE, NetherRealm Studios and Phosphor Games. The game features a "fantastically re-imagined WWE world" where wrestlers look like Mortal Kombat characters and come with superpowers. The clips posted below highlight the special moves of John Cena, Roman Reigns, Triple H and the Bella Twins.
Your verse may not include real life penguins using an iPad but that's exactly what happens at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Califonia. Aviculturist Sara Mandel uses the iPad game, Game for Cats, which was literally created for cats, to keep nineteen Magellanic penguins busy while she examines them.
In the video Mandel explains that "penguins in their natural habitat are curious," and that two penguins named Newsom and Jeremy became interested in the game after she decided to test it out. The game is being used as part of the aquarium's enrichment program, which includes either mentally stimulating activities, physical exercise or animal husbandry.
As always, CES 2015 kicked off the new year in Las Vegas, Nevada by previewing the newest tech products and concepts from around the world. Here's a collection of some of the best items and ideas showcased at the event:
The Best iPad, iPhone + Mac Accessories at CES (9to5Mac)
Best of CES 2015 Winners (Engadget)
Best of CES 2015 (SlashGear)
Best of CES 2015: The gadgets and gear that wowed us most (PCWorld)
Best of CES 2015 (Wired)
Apple at CES
10 iPhone Accessories Announced at CES 2015
The Slate by iSketchnote Digitizes Your Pen and Paper Drawings Instantly
AT&T Announces LTE Smartcase for Wi-Fi Only iPad Models
iHome Unveils New Cinderella iPad and iPhone Accessories at CES 2015
The popular Pokémon Trading Card Game will get a major expansion on February 4, according to IGN. The new series will be called "Primal Clash" and it will feature 160 new cards including Primal Reversions. According to the Pokémon Wiki, a Primal Reversion is "similar to Mega Evolution, except that the Pokémon goes back into its ancient and original form, where it regains its true, ultimate power it formerly had". Primal Reservations were introduced in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire on the Nintendo 3DS. Only Primal Kyogre-EX and Primal Groudon-EX have these forms so far.
The expansion will also include two new theme decks, twenty-five trainer cards and two Special Energies, according to IGN.