16 Jul 2012

If you are getting excited for the forthcoming Mars Curiosity rover landing and the Seven Minutes of Terror that will precede the touchdown, then head over to your Xbox 360 and get Mars Rover Landing.  The free game requires a Kinect Motion controller and will test your skills on safely landing the Curiosity rover.

12 Jul 2012


Star Wars: The Old Republic
the MMO from EA, which is set 3500 years before the Star Wars movies, is now free to play until your character is at level 15.  EA has offered previous trials, but they were time based or even reward based.  People who have done previous trials are eligible for this one as well.

10 Jul 2012

One new company called Ouya (pronounced ooh-ya) proposes to take on big companies like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony.  The Los Angeles start-up wants to develop a console that offers "free" games popular on smartphones and tablets and bring them to the big screen.

Ouya is trying to raise money through Kickstarter.  Kickstarter is a site that lets people pledge money on various projects.  Ouya needs to raise around $950,000 to get going.  Among the investors include Jay Adelson the founder of Digg, Hosain Rahman the founder of Jawbone and Joe Greenstein the founder of Flixster.

10 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E17: Your Screen is Leaking was recorded on Saturday June 9th, 2012.

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Facebook's App Center launches, iOS 6 confirmed, Microsoft SmartGlass, touchscreen tacticle keyboards, Windows 8 Release Preview details, a new treament for prostate cancer and more.

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05 Jun 2012

If you are a big Mass Effect fan then you have something to look forward to if you get the Wii U this holiday season.  During the Nintendo E3 press conference they have revealed that BioWare's Mass Effect 3 RPG will be coming to the Nintendo Wii U.  According to the Bioware Twitter feed, Mass Effect 3 will also be a launch title.

Mass Effect 3 is built on the Unreal Engine 3, which is built by Epic Games.  It is likely more Unreal Engine 3 ports will follow to the Wii U in the near future.


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05 Jun 2012

Nintendo originally said that the Wii U would only support one of the unique gamepads on one system.  Now during Nintendo's live E3 keynote, they have stated the final version of the console will support two.  What this means is that it will be possible to have even ground two-player games instead of making a friend using the older Wii Remote and Nunchuk.  Details on the cost of the gamepad have not been made public as of yet, nor whether Gamepad-to-Gamepad play will work.

The Wii U Gamepad will consist of a 6.2-inch touchscreen and a stylus for other input options.  It also has an infrared transceiver, accelerometer and gyroscope along with the traditional rumble feature.

Source: Cnet


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04 Jun 2012

As part of the Microsoft pre-E3 conference, Microsoft has announced that SmartGlass will launch worldwide this fall.  During the presentation Microsoft showed off SmartGlass functionalities demonstrating the app sharing between mobile devices and the 360. 

14 May 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E15: Back to the Dark Ages was recorded on Friday May 11th, 2012.

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Rumors of the Apple Television resurface, Microsoft only allowing Internet Explorer with Windows RT, No DVD playback out of the box with Windows 8, the Xbox subscription plan, JUICE to explore the moons of Jupiter, Wi-fi Wallpaper and more.

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