The Widget: Games, Tech, Whatever
Summary: The home of the classic Super-Awesome, Award-Winning*, Geek-Talk Podcast. Join them as they rant on about all things related to gaming and technology... and some things that aren't. Punch it Chewie!
The next-gen war has officially started. Let the rampant fan wars commence! So with all the major console manufacturers tipping their hands prior to E3, we now know what to expect... sort of. I mean, you wanted to watch sports through your XBox One, right? Topic of the Week: Watching TV is the new video game craze Tech/Hardware News: Seiki bring 50” 4K plasma TV to the US for $1500. Blackberry opening up BBM to Android & IOS. Porn app in the works for Google Glass. Samsung develop mobile 5G gigabit. First 3D printer made gun fired in the US. nVidia launch the GTX 780 3GB ($650/£560) and GTX 770 2GB ($400/£350) graphics cards. Shield comes in June for $350. Intel launch the 4770K (Haswell $350) with HD 4600 IGP and Z87 (LGA1150) motherboard. Microsoft launch Surface Pro for $1000/£719. Windows 8.1 brings back the Start button. Of sorts. AceTrax digital download source to close. Razer announces the Blade 14” gaming laptop. Packing some decent specs in a ridiculously small form factor. Tim is smitten with it. Gaming News: Xbox One Reveal - Holy shit... And we thought the PS4 event was bad No CPU/GPU specs, but it does have 50 kagillion transistors! No price announced No major gameplay reveals Giant fucking spy camera... er, Kinect 2 required for Xbox One to work And speaking of giant, Xbox One is about the size of a 1970s VCR Internet connection required... um, sort of... but not all the time... WTF? Mandatory game installs to 500 GB non-removable HD Used game situation still unclear When pressed on the issue of requiring internet “check-ins” for deployed military, Microsoft waffled and said “we’ll figure something out” Bad news for Nintendo as 3DS appears to have been hacked. Industry legend Warren Spector cautions “Underestimate Nintendo at your peril” Oculus Rift dev kits released. Gamejam develop a guillotine demo. Inventor and co-founder Andrew Reisse killed on June 1st hit-and-run. New Sonic arcade game wants to see how fast you are. Sonic 1 IOS updated to 2.0. Unreal Engine 3 ported to HTML 5.
Since he was such a great guest, mainly because he actually upped the quality of the show, we've asked OobieJosh to join us again for a wonderful discussion about tragedy, hardware, and vibrating underpants. Tech and the Boston Bombing: The Good : Reddit and 4Chan actively searched for the culprits. The Bad : Internet wrongly targets a man. Tech/Hardware News: Further evidence that the PC market is in decline. Intel to release new model NUC’s. Gigabyte to tackle the NUC with Brix. Dell providing the Alienware X51 with Ubuntu now. Samsung release the 6.3” Galaxy Mega (bit bigger than the iPhone 5) and the Galaxy Note 8” to tackle the iPad mini. Twitter Music launches on IOS. YouTube celebrates the 57th anniversary of the VCR. Android malware on the rise. Naughty naughty Samsung hire students to negatively comment on HTC devices in Taiwan. Apps help the Icelandics avoid incest. Grannies love the Oculus Rift. Giggity giggity, Durex unveils Fundawear. Microsoft researches see-through 3D display. Google ready for fiber in Provo, Utah after buying entire network for $1. HostGator hacked by former employee. No accounts compromised. Google Glass might do cool new shit in cars. Gaming News: $99 ‘Codename Stingray’ Xbox 360 on the way. Nintendo 3DS Circle Pad Pro XL exists. A Link to the Past 2 coming to 3DS and New Super Luigi DLC and Earthbound (SNES re-release) for Wii-U. Leaked NPD stats reveal poor Wii-U, Vita sales numbers in U.S. Ouya 3DMark benchmark shows how behind it really is. An accountant creates a full RPG in Microsoft Excel. The Sega Pluto exists.
Sony has tipped their hand on their hardware specs, Wii U sales are in the toilet, and now the Ouya has failed to part the clouds and let the sun shine down and save gaming? What's Microsoft going to do? Moar Kinect! *sigh* Tech/Hardware News: Apple hires Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch (and Flash proponent) as new VP of Technology Samsung releases the Galaxy S4 and HTC release the HTC One. Unreal Engine 3 ported to work inside a Firefox browser. DOS converted to Raspberry Pi AMD announces the 7990 dual GPU radeon. Asus shows off Geforce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, perfect for your Mini-ITX gaming PC. PC Perspective shows of new benchmark ‘FrameRating’ and how AMD comes out badly in CrossFire performance. Gaming News: First Ouya review - http://www.polygon.com/2013/3/28/4157602/ouya-feature - Things aren’t looking so good considering the grand claims made by their CEO. At least it runs XBMC. NextBox will supposedly require AlwaysOn connection and game installs. Nintendo Wii-U price slashed in the UK as retailers worry about the product. Mark Rein laughs at the idea of Unreal 4 engine running on Wii U. “We’re on next gen consoles, not current” Valve announces Steam Early Access program. Battlefield 4 announced with 17 minute trailer. Capcom announces DuckTales Remastered. Based on the NES classic, developed by WayForward (Boy and his Blob, Double Dragon Neon), and will feature the entire original cast from the TV show. Capcom and Valve announce Resident Evil/Left 4 Dead collaboration.
So the PS4 is officially a list of specs, the controller has a share button, and the Internet is about to be flooded with "check out my latest kill" videos. The next generation is here. Get hyped. Tech/Hardware News: Google demos Project Glass features. “OK, Glass... Make me look like a dork.” The truth about Google Glasses. Microsoft fined $731 Million over browser monopoly. nVidia unleashes a Titan. $1000 or £847. AMD shows of TressFX, because you’re worth it. OpenELEC now supports HD Audio bitstreaming on Intel HD2000+ GPU’s. Gaming News: PS4 Debut Sony shows everything... except the PS4 itself. Single Chip Customer processor/ CPU AMD Jaguar x86-64bit 8 cores / GPU AMD Next Generation Radeon graphics engine capable of 1.84 TFOPS Memory - GDDR5 8GB Shared (Sony calls it Unified) – Will deliver 176GB/second of bandwidth Hard Drive - Built-in (Rumored 160GB & 500GB in initial System offerings) Optical Drive - 6X Blu-ray XL drive with 8X DVD read ability (Supports Blu-ray XL 100GB discs) I/O - Super-Speed USB 3.0 Communications - 10/100/1000 Ethernet / 802.11 b/g/n wireless / Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR) AV Output - HDMI / Analog-AV out / Optical Digital Output No price announced... $439 - $499 rumored. Interface closeup. All PS4 games will be available digitally. PS4 Eye now looks a lot like Kinnect. Playstation 4 Games Announced/Shown: Knack - Weird little robot guy platformer Witness - New game from Jonathan Blow (Braid) Diablo 3 Infamous: Second Son Killzone: Shadow Fall Driveclub Destiny Features: Details4K capable, but not for games Sharing and gameplay streaming Stream games to Vita Instant on and saved game states No native backward compatibility Sim City attempts to launch. Amazon stops selling as ratings hit a new low. EA even pulls marketing. Wii-U sells only 60k unit after Christmas in the US whilst Sony claims sales boom for the Vita over Christmas. F-Zero AX found in F-Zero GX on the GameCube. Age of Empires II getting a HD remake and released by Microsoft on Steam with Steamworks support. God of War: Ascension loves women. Dead or Alive 5 like jiggly boobs.
Oh those wacky console launches. We demand them, and then when the time comes, we just whine about them. You can't win with us. But deep down, you know the truth: we're going to buy them all. Well, except Dave: he hates fun. Tech/Hardware News: Polytron transparent phone revealed. Blackberry Z10 launched. New creative director Alicia Keys tweets from iPhone. Ubuntu phone coming in October. Apple iWatch rumours surface again. Google watch also rumoured. iRadio button’s found in IOS 6.1. Evad3rs release IOS 6.1 jailbreak. XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ released. Arctic teams up with OpenELEC for the MC001-XBMC-(EU) HTPC. Pirate Bay movie released on torrent and YouTube. 3DMark Fire Strike Benchmark released. AMD not planning on releasing any HD8000 series GPU’s soon. Wii U hardware dissected. Gaming News: Playstation 2013. PS4 controller prototype revealed. More Xbox 720 (Durango) details leaked. Orbis vs. Durango specs AMD ‘never settle’ games overload. Apparently paid $4 Million for the Far Cry 3 bundle. Ouya planned to be a yearly console update cycle.
We're just guest crazy these days. This time, we're joined by the legendary Owbie... no... Ewwbie... that's not it... Ah! OobieJosh. As it turns out; he's a damn good guest host. Certainly lives up to the hype. Show notes below. Tech/Hardware News: 4K/8K TV’s at CES. Porsche shows off the worlds largest TV. 4K UHD vs 1080P and High Efficiency Video Coding. nVidia Shield Grid GeForce Experience Beta now open to all. Intel Ultrabook specification changed for Windows 8. Haswell graphics beats an nVidia GT650M. Haswell expected to launch on June 2nd. PC market continues to fall and Logitech pulls out of making gaming peripherals. Microsoft Illumiroom. Apples share price takes a kicking. Tactus Technology shows off its tactile touch screen. Sony launches world’s thinnest tablet. Firefox phones comes in two varieties. VIA announces challenger to the Raspberry Pi. GCW shows off another kickstarter console. Kim Dot Com launches new site called Mega. Blockbuster follows lots of other high street stores in the UK by going into administration. StickNFind Bluetooth 4.0 stickers available for preorder. Gaming News: Console rumour overdrive: PS4 specs? Xbox fanboys caught out. Nintendo finally reveals new stuff. THQ assets are dissolved. Xbox Live Arcade titles come to Windows 8 and RT.
It's that time of year again: new tech and gadgets to consume your spending dollars. 4K is the big talk this year, but does anyone really care? Apparently someone does, or that is to say, manufacturers hope someone does. Tech/Hardware News: CES 2013 preview & preview. First Ouya and now Game Stick hit the Android gaming scene. Ubuntu for phone coming. Dave’s Apple products of 2013. China follows the US in fining LCD manufacurers for price fixing. Corning announces Gorilla Glass 3. Gaming News: Sony patent points to ending used game sales. Sony ends the Playstation 2. Nintendo takes region locking to the next level with the Wii-U gamepad. Nintendo Wii-U console locking leads to free games in the used console market.
Welcome to the last show of 2012! The usual gang of Widget misanthropes are joined by special guest "The Avian", and his nickname doesn't have as cool a story attached to it as one might have hoped. Show notes: Tech/Hardware News: Google Maps returns to iOS. Downloaded 10 million times in two days. Wanting more than two Apple products gets you tasered. All your picture base are belong to Instagram. Intel’s ‘Haswell’ CPU release schedule leaked. Intel NUC launched. Cisco to ditch Linksys. Western Digital to bring 5TB hard drives in 2013. Sony to ship 4K TV with 4K content. Gravity Light project. nVidia announces Geforce Experience as Valve confirms the “Steam Box”. Also announces the Game Guides beta. Gaming News: Wii U Released. Hardware specs finally revealed. Wii Mini also launched in Canada. Neo Geo X released. It’s everything you should have expected. VGA Awards 2012 announced. Bioshock Infinite delayed again. Dark Souls 2 announced with trailer. Dark Souls 1 speedrun in under a half hour. THQ files for bankruptcy. Epic Games shedding more and more key staff. Wasteland 2 developers crowd-sourcing game assets
Topic of the Week: Marketing is ruining games. a) Halo 4 and the Mountain Dew/Doritos gate. b) Halo 4 gives you points for more playtime. c) Purchasing review scores. (Although this is believed to be fake). d) Season Pass this, season pass that. Buy half a game and get the rest later. e) Half finshed games like Black Ops Declassified. Also remember the Rockster PS3 exclusive Agent? Tech/Hardware News: Disney buys Lucasfilm, announces plans to cash in on Star Wars Apple Management Shakeup Scott Forstall fired over iOS Maps and Siri fails Retail chief John Browett fired Jony Ive takes control of user experience on both iOS and OS X - Say goodbye to faux stitched leather and green felt interfaces. New Products iPad mini 7.9” 1024 x 768 non-retina display 16 GB starting at $329 4th-Gen iPad New A6X processor Lightning port 13” MBP with Retina Ultra-thin (at the edges) iMac design (May be delyed until 2013) Fusion drive HTC-Apple settle patent dispute; Samsung wants to know more. Google Microsoft Windows 8 Launched. Surface with Windows RT. Windows chief Steven Sinofsky leaving. Phillips release USB powered monitor. Samsung Galaxy S3 sells 30 million units in 157 days. Gaming News: Sony Playstation 3 has sold over 70 million units. Hacker group “The Three Musketeers” publish PS3 crypto keys. Link New PS3 updates removes folding@home support. Wii U Released New Xbox 360 Dashboard + SmartGlass Halo 4 makes $220 Million in opening 24 hours. Black Ops 2 smashes it and makes $500 Million in 24 Hours. Battlefield is 10. 1942 now free on Origin. Grand Theft Auto V second trailer released. Steam for Linux reaches beta.
I'm pleased to say that we actually managed to record a short show when we said we would. Crazy, I know. Lots of great info in here, and of course, Paul is miserably hungover. Apple maps apology, Paul's Resident Evil 6 review, and how you can use Facebook to grief on your friends for the low cost of $7 per status update. Show notes below. Tech/Hardware News: Apple APPLE SAYS SORRY!!!! Log into iCloud and it still uses Google maps. iPhone 5 problems rounded up. Btw, you are using the camera wrong. iPad mini surely on the verge of being announced. Extending SoC hardware development. Duo Gamer and Duo Pinball controllers certified by Apple. Ban on Samsung Galaxy Tab lifted in the US. AMD launches first desktop Trinity APU. Add faster ram and take the benefits of high fps. Sharp producing 1080p 443ppi mobile displays. Steam launches software sales. Facebook hits 1 billion monthly users. Time to pay to promote your status updates. Porn comes to the Xbox 360. Nasa’s curisoity rover becomes mayor of Mars. Gaming News: Resident Evil 6.....oh Resident Evil what have you done. Also, WTH PR event. Ships 4.5 million copies of the game. Clifford B quits Epic. Fifa 13 sales records. First free-to-play game comes to Xbox 360. Nintendo puts more games for sale on the e-Store. Project Cars - Funding for the game is raised entirely by the community and the developers themselves. OpenPandora 1Ghz edition is amazing but hella expensive.
Hey folks. First: let me apologize for the audio version of this running about a week behind release of the video. However, now would be a great time to remind everyone that we now record the show LIVE on our YouTube channel, so if you don't feel like waiting, or just love seeing our faces, that's the place to get your Widget fix in the mostly timely manner. Sometimes RL just doesn't understand that I have a show to get out! Anywho, lots of great stuff here, especially if you're a giant iPhone (or phone nerd in general). If not though, you may just want to skip till about an hour in. I'm just sayin... Oh, and to check out the sweet video of the official Widget Show rally car, click the link to read on (show notes follow the video). Be sure to check out more of Devon's rallycross videos on his YouTube channel! Thanks again, Devon for the support (and for understanding that Tim is a giant failure at keeping promises). On with the show notes! Apple: iPhone 5 is out Fanboy Paul posts unboxing video (to keep those google monies coming in). Benchmarks show it is the fastest smartphone out there currently. Doesn’t do too badly in drop tests either. Lightning adapter causes quite the fuss. iOS 6 is out and hits 15% IOS penetrationin 24 hours. Internet explodes with Apple Maps hate. New iPods coming in Oct. Some upset that the nano moves away from the watch style form factor. Seeking Samsung US sales ban and $707 million more in damages. Wins patent for the word ‘Podcasting’. In the wars with John McClane. (aka “Die Hard with an iTunes Account”) Amazon Announces the Kindle Fire HD. Wall-Mart decides to stop stocking Kindles in favour of Apple products. Intel IDF 2012 Haswell does what Ivybridge does using 10w less power. Future of wireless is the 802.11ad 60hz spectrum. Introduces the NUC (Next Unit of Computing). nVidia How far mainstream graphic cards have come in just four years. nVidia thinks the next gen consoles will be the last. Gaming News: Nintendo. Wii-U hardware specs revealed but some devs point to slow CPU as an achilles heal. No hard drive but does support up to 3TB of external space through USB. Wii-U prices and release dates announced. Wii-U will have no two player tablet games at launch. Extra tablet could cost up to $150. Results of the #WidgetStrawPoll- Will you be buying a Wii-U? No (10) Someday (6) Launch Day (3) First pics of the 3DS Circle Mahoooosive Pad Pro appear. Sony Introduces PS3 Super Slim in 250GB and 500GB flavours. Europeans get a version with 12GB of flash memory. Steam Releases the ‘Big Picture’ update. Project Greenlight starts, stops, introduces $100 entrance fee and starts again. First ten games submitted. More listings pointing to Valve entering the hardware industry. Bioware co-founders retire from the gaming industry. iControlPad 2 relying on a kickstarter to get going. Black Mesa released (up until Zen for now) Ubisoft removes PC games always online DRM, even after stating 95% of PC games are pirated.
Using any opportunity to cash-in on the latest dance craze, The Widget team is hoping to piggyback on the success of a certain K-Pop song. That being said, thanks to a technical snafu, the video of this episode is actually broken into two parts. The first one is up above, and the second one can be found after the 'Continue Reading' link. Alternatively, you could just subscribe to our YouTube channel and never miss another episode. I'm just saying... Industry in Crisis. Onlive files for bankruptcy to shaft creditors and shareholders. Massively in debt. Now owned by Lauder Partners. HTC loses $40 Million. Dell sees 8% fall in PC sales this quarter. Expects more next quarter too. Ubisoft thinks 90% of PC games are pirated. Sony closes Studio Liverpool, aka Psygnosis. Sony PS Vita only sold 2.2 Million so far. No price cut yet. Popcap studio’s job losses. PvZ2 announced as creator is laid off. Industry in Change. EA’s VP - Adapt or become irrelevant. Charles Cecil looking to kickstarter for the next Broken Sword. Steam ‘Big Picture’ mode to hit beta in September Nintendo Power Magazine to close. Game’s flagship London store to close. EA predicts death of high street stores within 10 years. EA states 3D is dead. EA for sale? Tech/Hardware News: Apple: Now officially the richest company ever in US history. Beats the shit out of Samsung in court. Samsung ordered to pay 1.2 BILLION dollars in damages for patent violations. Apple stock reaches highest ever position. When will Carolyn sell sell sell. :) Microsoft: Changes logo for the fist time in 25 years. Windows RT Surface to launch for $199? Windows 8 upgrade registration begins. nVidia launches the mainstream GTX 660 Ti. AMD drops prices again. AMD releases the 7950B and alienates original 7950 owners. IEEE 1tbps ethernet standard by 2015. 2.5” hard disks to slim to 5mm to enter the ultrabook market. Facebook shares dip below half of original value. Gaming News: Nintendo Own’s Japan in hardware and software sales. Wii-U price set to be released on September 13th. Talk of manufacturing problems with the gamepad. New SMB2 E-Shop accounts for 5% of sales. Price explains why. Sony Introduce cross-buy for PS3/PSV games. Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Declassified for Vita maybe isn’t all that afterall. Microsoft drops the price of the Kinect. $200 Neo-Geo X to arrive in December with 20 games. Day-Z, the biggest selling game of the summer. Dark Souls launches on the PC with a fixed resolution of 1024x720. Modders to the rescue. Australia finally welcomes in 18+ games. Primal Carnage promises to be everything all the Jurassic Park games should have been.
After being delayed because Paul was off at yet another bachelor party, and then another week because Tim was lazy/sick, at long last here's the audio release of the latest show. Lots of interesting stuff discussed this time, even Tim was able to concentrate on the show for a little bit before diving off into Laserdisc arcade game land. Hit the jump for the show links/notes. Tech/Hardware News: Microsoft: Windows 8 Pro & Enterprise RTM leaked. Metro name no more. Launches new W8 keyboard and mouse. Spo the influence. Gabe Newell hates Windows 8. Steam for Linux on the way. Blizzard hates Windows 8. Notch hates Windows 8. Xbox Windows brand announced with achievements. Outlook.com to take over Hotmail.com Google: Fibre to launch in Kansas first. Indefinitely delays Nexus-Q launch, promises free Nexus-Q to all pre-orderers. Android 4.0 ICS to come to Raspberry Pi. Apple: Next iPhone images leaking. Apple drops YouTube app from latest iOS6 beta. Google making standalone app. Amazon Instant Video app for iPad released. Apple admits it is not virus proof. Intel’s Haswell chip to be faster in both computation and 3D stakes over Ivybridge. Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 10.1. Demonoid bites the dust. Facebook share price sliding massively. Curiosity rover lands on Mars powered by PowerPC G3 processor Happy 30th birthday to the Commodore C64. nVidia posts quarterly profits based on the Tegra 3 chipset. 3->4 million Nexus 7’s ordered already. Gaming News: Ouya kickstarter campaign nets $8.6 million. Onlive streaming to be available at launch XBMC support. Vevo music support. Namco in talks to support. Pre-Order now. Quakecon: John Carmack apologies for Rage on the PC. JC rules out Linux as a viable gaming alternative. JC endorses the Oculus Rift project. ID giving up on mobile gaming and concentrating on Doom 3 BFG Edition and Doom 4. Steam To begin offering non-gaming software. Big picture project still ongoing. Updates EULA to avoid class action lawsuits. Nintendo drops the price of the 3DS XL by £5 and offers a free game, two weeks after launch. Blizzard’s Battle.net hacked. GRiD 2 on the way. Griefing ahoy. Rise of the Triad returns. Samsung to offer streaming gaming services direct to the TV with Gaikai. Widget Strawpoll Result: What is your primary gaming format?
Our second live show, now with added pain in the ass. Once we got Paul to stop getting us banned from Google + though, it was pretty smooth sailing. Thanks for watching, and let us know what you think of the new video format! Show notes below. Apple : Grabs John Bruno from AMD. Microsoft: Posts first ever quarterly loss. Windows 8 to launch on Oct 26th. Windows 8 Upgrade Offer website launches. UK offers look like this. Windows App Store details emerge. Office 2013 customer preview is released. Not compatible with Win XP or Vista. Microsoft like Big Boobs. Google Nexus 7 launched. Problems with deliveries means new orders are postponed. Patent Wars Apple ordered to publish adverts for Samsung in the UK for six month. Apple appeals. Galaxy Tab 10.1 still banned in the US. Mozilla OS revealed and devs can test the OS now on Windows, Linux & Mac. Ouya console breaks kickstarter records. Strange first big title commitment. XBMC finally comes to Android. Western Digital launches Red line of hard drives for those using raid setups. Digg sells for just 500k. Gaming News: Could the next generation consoles be hardware upgradeable? Microsoft may think so. Steam coming to Linux. Rocksteady taking Batman to the 1950’s apparently as Warner Bros look to games to establish the Justice League into public consciousness. Activision bringing back Pitfall.....again. Activision owns Nintendo. Do it or no games. EA/Bioware announce Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar, a remake of 1985’s Ultima IV. Cross-platform free to play action RPG. Beta signup available through Origin. Battlefield 4 announced via Medal of Honor Warfighter.
The Widget: Games, Tech, Whatever... NOW IN COLOR! Our giant debut live video show thing. We apologize in advance for shattering anyone's dreams about what we look like. Show notes below. Tech/Hardware News: Apple (WWDC): iOS 6 Previewed MBP w/Retina Display Apple releases dedicated Podcast app for iOS Chinese iPad trademark suit settled for $60 million First App Store malware found. Google (IO 2012): Nexus Q media hub (for $299!?) Nexus7 7” tablet running Android 4.1 Project Glass Demonstration Chrome hits iOS. Google Drive hits over 10 million users. Microsoft (Surface Announcement): Surface tablet. Bill Gates gives it the thumbs up but HP reportedly dumps plans for Win RT tablet following Surface announcement. MS believe tablets will outsell PC’s in 2013. Windows Phone 8 Windows 8 early upgrade pricing at $40 for download, $70 for media. No Small Business of Home Server versions of Windows Server 2012. Smartphones Record quarterly profits of £3.8 Billion/$5.9 Billion for Samsung and now the worlds biggest smartphone manufacturer. As a consequence HTC suffers. Rumours of Amazon about to enter the smartphone market too. Patent Wars - Who cares anymore. Galaxy Nexus pulled off the market due to copyright claim from Apple. Then it comes back, but Google unsure for how long. AMD 7970 Gigahertz Edition Released. Fastest single GPU card available but there is a reason why. nVidia Colorful planning a passively cooled GTX 680. Craziness! Adobe Pulls the plug on Flash for mobile. Mozilla Firefox OS (Boot2Gecko) to release in 2013 for mobile phones Ceases all development on the Thunderbird mail client. EU Court Rulings ACTA anti-piracy agreement denied by EU. EU rules in favour of UsedSoft in case of reselling Oracle digital licences. Gaming News: Nintendo announces 3DS XXXL; Circle Pad Pro (massive edition) coming as well. Nintendo Wii-U tech specs. Sony purchases Gaikai for $380 million after seeing Bulletstorm on the Google Chromebox at IO 2012. Microsoft Xbox 8? Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut DLC arrives. Nights HD to arrive in the fall.