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Hellraid’s (not Hellblade) development is on hold

Polish developer Techland has announced that development of its dungeon-crawling FPS Hellraid is on hold.We first saw the game back on 2013, and then last year at E3. It was to be somewhat of a take on Techland’s other titles, like Dead Island and Dying Light, but set in a medieval dungeon. The title looked competent when we took a look at it last year, but it was in an early state and it was tough to tell where Techland was taking it.It seems unlikely development will resume on the title, at least in its current state. If anything, it’ll go back to the drawing board for a full reboot, as Techland was not happy with what they saw. Here’s what they had to say in their official statement:Dear Hellraid fans,We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in i…

Samsung’s Milk services hit by big layoffs

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Samsung’s free music service, Milk, is barely a year old, but it’s already experiencing some major growing pains.According to Variety, the service, along with Milk Video, has reportedly been hit by a number of big layoffs, casting doubt over Samsung’s future content plans. As much as 15-percent of the workforce dedicated to the services have been let go, suggesting all is not well with Milk, which is a Galaxy-exclusive feature on mobile.Variety says Samsung declined to confirm or deny the rumor, instead deflecting the question by saying the company is “committed to delivering engaging, connected entertainment experiences through its Milk platform.” Naturally.In March, Milk Music expanded to the Web, though it’s unclear how many people latched onto the service with wider availability. Meanwhile, back in December, Samsung also launched Milk VR Video, while Milk Video only just launched back in November. Either word isn’t getting out that Samsung is offer…

Apple Watch Edition gets its first unboxing

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo What’s the first thing someone who buys an Apple Watch does? Show it off, of course. That goes especially for those who purchased an Apple Watch Edition. Because why else would you buy a gold watch if not to flaunt your extravagant wealth?Those who can afford the lofty $10,000 sum are part of a very exclusive club. And you know what? You should be proud—your smartwatch is functionally no different from one that costs only $349, but at least it’s made up of 18-karat gold, a metal that has an the inexplicable power to hypnotize.Some (lucky?) person who isn’t a celebrity got their hands on the Apple Watch Edition, and thought it fitting to unbox the thing on video. What’s notable is that Apple is showering undue partiality toward these customers, treating them like the royalty they are.Inside the non-descript white box, these customers not only get their first generation smartwatch, but a fancy leather box to put it in, a special cleaning cloth, and even …

Interview: Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch on snagging HBO, competing with Apple, and the future of TV

Earlier this year Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch took the stage at CES 2015 to unveil Sling TV, an exciting new streaming service from DISH. At the time we were blown away, and several months later the company continues to impress us.We had a chance to talk to Lynch ahead of the Northside Festival in Brooklyn next month, where he’s giving a talk focused on the rapidly changing state of TV.You can read the full interview below, which dives into future plans for Sling TV, how the company managed to score a deal with HBO, potential competition from Apple and more.Jacob Kleinman: Is there any chance of Sling TV a la carte selections coming? It’s currently still in packages and feels a bit too much like cable.Roger Lynch: I know consumers would love to do that, and frankly we’d be happy to do it that way. But the channel owners don’t really like the a la carte model. Unless you’re someone like HBO, where you have a real premium service and can charge $15 a month, the economics don’t work. Most c…

Guess the device: The hype that fizzled

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo I took a visit out to the Irvine office this week, so it was my turn to take a stab at “guess the device.” I found this one sitting around similar products, though this little gadget comes in at a much lower price. That said, it can’t do as much as its counterparts, and hasn’t been very successful because of that.In recent years, the promise that this product once offered has been duplicated by other firms trying to get into a similar space, which has probably made things hard for this product and the company in general. Once upon a time, however, there was a lot of hype around this device, because there wasn’t anything else like it on the market.And here’s one last hint, if you haven’t gotten it yet: I’m still not sure I can pronounce the product’s name properly.

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Pac-Man’s 35th anniversary – Memories and a new mobile game

This past week marked the 35th anniversary of gaming’s first international superstar, Pac-Man. The arcade cabinet hit the Japanese gaming scene on May 22, 1980, and it dominated the American market later that year in October.True, Americans had Pong by that point in history, and Japan was overrun by Space Invaders. However, Pac-Man was the first mascot both countries could share, leading to an incredible entertainment alliance which led to 35 years of excellence. Everything from Donkey Kong and Final Fantasy to Monster Hunter and Metal Gear Solid, all because some pizza faced weirdo chomped down on blue ghosts.To celebrate 35 years of existence, Bandai Namco has announced plans to launch a free-to-play smartphone game called Pac-Man 256, developed by Hipster Whale of Crossy Road fame. Its name comes from an infamous kill screen glitch which will end every game of Pac-Man on the 256th level.“The gaming industry keeps on growing massively on a daily basis and we, at Bandai Namco Enterta…

The one camera I’ll be using this Memorial Day

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Memorial Day weekend is finally here. It’s always an exciting time for me. I pack up the car with my fishing poles, roll the windows down, turn up some Bruce Springsteen and hit the beach for the weekend. It’s also a weekend I try to take advantage of some of the more rugged gadgets I have, since it’s finally starting to get warm enough to get in the water (up to my knees, if it’s colder).In the past, I’ve used Memorial Day weekend to test out various rugged iPhone cases, the Galaxy S5 and more. This year I’m planning to hit the beach with the HTC RE camera. Sure, we’ve already tested it, but it costs a lot less than the GoPro and was basically designed for this sort of outing. It’s not perfect, and I’ll probably walk around the BBQ with a nicer camera, but the design is perfect for on-the-go photos. Here’s a sample:See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo I don’t think it will hold up well in the salt water, so I don’t plan to go swimming with it, but it shou…

These are the Nintendo 3DS games I’m playing on vacation

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States, and that means trips to the beach for us East Coasters in the Mid-Atlantic. Well, I’m sure tons of people across the country are water bound, whether it’s the coast of a lake that they’re heading to.My trip is sort of a long one for Delaware. Thanks to the traffic, we’re looking at around four hours of travel in the car just to get to the beach area. Then we have to make it the next leg which tends to be rather long thanks to all the lights and additional traffic.My wife’s driving. Ha. That means I need something to do. I’m bringing my computer for work, but I’m also bringing a bunch of games.Going to the beach with a toddler means having a really weird schedule. While I’m on the sand with the family, all I’ll be doing is hanging out with them. When he hits the sack at the glorious hour of 7pm, I’ll have time to drink, chill out and play games. Last year it was Shovel Knight on the 3DS. This year? A whole variety of things.See full gallery…

Giveaway: Choose your own Apple Toy

Most of us spend our days chained to a desk, so a chance to unleash a more playful kind of technology comes as a relief. Apple’s smaller devices are more fun than most, so we’re giving you the chance to win one.Whether you fancy the new Apple Watch, want to upgrade to the iPhone 6, or enjoy the beautiful Retina display of an iPad Air, we want to bring one of Apple’s toys into your life. The winner of our sweepstake can choose any one Apple product up to the value of $700, so you can choose an Apple TV or an iPod if you prefer.For a chance of winning the prize, simply head for the link below, hit the big green button, and create an account to claim your entry. Then for more chances to win, share your entry on social media.Enter the Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway

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Film Fondue: Lex Luthor’s warsuit, and Mad Max: The Wastland

If you’re not heading to the theater this weekend to check out Disney’s Tomorrowland (you really should), I’d recommend catching up on some of the movies and TV shows disappearing from Netflix next month. It’s a holiday weekend after all, giving you ample time to saddle up to plenty of streaming content.Every week I do the Film Fondue series, I’m always amazed at how much good content came our during a given week. This last week was no different. In addition to getting our first glimpse at Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, we saw plenty of amazing set photos from Suicide Squad, along with our first look at the World of Warcraft movie. How amazing does Orgrim look? Pretty spectacular if you ask me.We ran not one, but two movie reviews this week, and learned a particularly juicy rumor about the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Man, if Krang really does appear in the live-action sequel, I don’t know if I’ll be able to handle all the awesomeness. (In reality, it’ll probably be horrificall…

Flashback Friday: Pac-Man turns 35 years old

On May 22, 1980, Namco released a game that would end up changing the world of pop culture, and its titular character is still with us today.The news that today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man to Japanese arcades serves to me as a reminder of two things. The first is just how far video games have come. The second being just how old I’m getting as I remember playing this game in arcades, grocery stores, pizza parlors and anywhere else they could cram in an arcade cabinet.Pac-Man was far from the first video game, and it wasn’t even the first to enter pop culture – I’d say that credit went more to Space Invaders – but it is the first I can remember having a hit song written about it. Hey, I didn’t say it was a “good song,” I just said it was a “hit song.” It peaked at number nine on the Top 10 songs in March 1982, and you couldn’t escape it. To be fair, it was one song off a concept album by Buckner & Garcia that was completely based on video games including Cent…

Mega Man Zero 2 now available on Wii U Virtual Console

Another week in May, another Mega Man release on the Wii U Virtual Console! Capcom has finally delivered us Mega Man Zero 2, the peak of the Game Boy Advance’s excellent Mega Man sub-series.If you never got around to playing them, the Mega Man Zero games were Capcom’s successors to the classic Mega Man X games, and they pick up the story from where Mega Man X6 ended. Zero awakens after a century of being sealed away only to find his world totally destroyed by war. Humans, Reploids, and Mavericks still roam the planet’s expansive deserts, but they still can’t seem to get along, unable to bury the hatchet after a century of massacres and robot genocide.To say these four games have a bleak plot would be an understatement, and it is a far cry from elementary school kids who can jack into anything with their EXE robots.Of course, the limited technological capabilities of the Game Boy Advance couldn’t accurately recreate the stunning 2D graphics from the PlayStation games. Capcom tapped the…

LG G Pad F 8.0 hits AT&T next week

AT&T on Thursday announced that it will begin to sell the LG G Pad F 8.0 beginning next Friday, May 29. The G Pad F 8.0 is a relatively midrange tablet, but it comes at a price that won’t break the bank.You’ll find a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz under the hood, 16GB of storage (just 9.1GB is usable, but there’s a microSD card slot for adding up to an additional 128GB of storage), a large 4,200mAh battery that should provide up to 9.5 hours of use, a 5-megapixel camera and Android 5.0 Lollipop. LG promises that the 8-inch display with Zero Gap tech should make it easy to view the tablet in all lighting conditions.AT&T will sell the G Pad F 8.0 for $0 down and $12.50 per month with its AT&T Tablet Installation plan, or you can pick it up for $149.99 with a new two-year agreement.

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Don’t Starve: Giant Edition hitting Wii U next week

Wii U players will have a chance to finally get in on the Tim Burton-esque survival action of Don’t Starve. Klei, the same folks behind then likes of Mark of the Ninja and Shank, have announced that Don’t Starve: Giant Edition is bound for the Wii U.It includes the content of both the original Don’t Starve and the stuff that was added with the Reign of Giants expansion. That means more characters, seasons, creatures and biomes. According to the release, Klei “also optimized the game to take advantage of the Wii U GamePad, which will display your inventory and map or allow you to play the game in off-TV mode.”Very good.See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Finally, if you pick up the game on the Nintendo eShop before June 28, you’ll receive a code for an additional copy. That means you can give a friend (or enemy, maybe) a chance to play Don’t Starve: Giant Addition on their Wii U. No co-op, though.Don’t Starve Together is coming to PC. It’s a standalone multiplayer expansion that will be f…

Google Project Fi invites should hit everyone by mid-summer

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Google’s wireless service, Project Fi, is already active and available for early testers. It’s still an invite-only program, however, and interested parties such as ourselves are still waiting for our chance to test it. Thankfully, the company sent out a status on the program this week, that lets us know when we can expect a chance to try Project Fi.“We’re sending invites as quickly as we can, while ensuring a high-quality experience,” Google said in an email. “Given the number of requests we’ve received, we currently estimate that it will take until mid-summer to get to everyone.”Google said that it will start to notify folks with an estimate on the status of their invites in the coming weeks, but noted that we’ll need to wait until we hear more about that process.Project Fi uses wireless networks provided by Sprint and T-Mobile, in addition to Wi-Fi calling support, and should offer an easy-to-manage monthly billing system. Users also aren’t charged …

Tokyo Game Show 2015’s official lady mascot revealed

The countdown to Tokyo Game Show 2015 has begun with four months remaining. A lot could and is going to happen in that time! E3, Gamescom, the release of Batman: Arkham Knight and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and, oh yeah, my wedding. Can’t forget about that one.As with previous years, the show has created a colorful mascot to appear on walls and other advertising spaces. 2015’s lady was created with the idea of “flying” and “floating,” freely being allowed to play games as you see fit. Be it on a controller or a smartphone, illustrated not so subtly by the character.Tokyo Game Show 2015  has a lot to prove this year with last year’s show being such a huge hit. Japan finally pulled out all the wares in 2014, proving that it has come around to regularly cranking out excellent software on HD consoles. Will the country’s best and brightest capitalize on the forward momentum, or are they just showing off for a year or two before returning to handhelds and smartphones again? Was 2…

Rumor Roundup: iPad Pro features and OS X 10.11 changes

On this week’s episode of Rumor Roundup, Mark talks about Apple changing the system font in iOS and OS X, and iOS 9’s Maps update finally adding public transit features.Mark also talks about the rumored iPad Pro featuring a new split-screen mode that will allow users to run several apps simultaneously, and Sega bringing back a popular Dreamcast title to next-gen consoles. All this and more in this episode of Rumor Roundup!Tablets iPad Pro hardware and software features detailed in new report The iPad has been on a slow decline over the past few years, and Apple is very aware of this fact. But it’s not going to just sit back while one of its most successful products fades into obscurity. According…Read More Gaming Shenmue 3 and HD Remaster rumors pop up just in time for E3 Get ready for a wild roller-coaster leading up into E3, SEGA fans. Shenmue rumors have returned, leaving the entire wold, or the small fraction who actually cares, wondering if the long lost franchise will be making a com…

Octodad: Dadliest Catch spills onto the PS Vita next week

Developer Young Horses, with the aid of Sickhead games, has successfully brought Octodad: Dadliest Catch onto the PS Vita. The game is now set to launch, and it has a May 26, 2015 release date.Yep, that’s next Tuesday for all you would-be octopi in disguise.The PS Vita version will move for $14.99. It’s a Cross-Buy title, so if you already own it on your PlayStation 4, you will automagically have the ability to download it onto your PS Vita once the Store updates next Tuesday.See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo (The images in the gallery above come from the PC version of the game.)There is no Cross-Save support. Young Horses’ Phil Tibitoski offers a consolation for this on the PlayStation Blog: the PS Vita version offers a completely new set of trophies.Finally, Sickhead and Young Horses managed to create a local co-op way to play the game. Two players, one PS Vita. Enjoy that awkward (or loving) moment.It’s too bad the game isn’t here already. I have a trip to the beach this weekend, an…

‘Disneyland Forever’ premieres – New fireworks show celebrates 60 years

See full gallery on TechnoBuffalo Disneyland celebrates its Diamond Celebration 60th anniversary this year and it kicks of today, May 22 with a 24 hour party. A new fireworks show, Disneyland Forever, caps off every fun filled night at Disneyland. For your money, it is hard to beat a Disney fireworks extravaganza. Each pyrotechnic shell and lighting effect is perfectly calibrated in sync with a colorful, emotion-filled soundtrack. Disneyland Forever certainly fits that mold but also breaks precedent with this show.Of course Sleeping Beauty Castle is the center showcase of the fireworks show, though you can find different and even more stunning views across other locations including “it’s a small world”, Rivers of America and down Main Street, U.S.A. Each of these locations are blanketed with dozens of projectors, lasers, inflatables and spotlights. What’s really neat about these projectors and lasers is that they change the environment around you. They take you to Anaheim, California b…