News:OUYA: a hacker-friendly Android console seeking Kickstarter funds
A new Kickstarter project is making waves, by proposing an open-source, hacker-friendly platform using Android as its backbone. “OUYA” merges the “satisfying” experience of a console with the developer-friendly nature of the Android marketplace. The project is seeking nearly a million dollars in funds, but it’s already managed to reach more than half its lofty goal within just a day.
The project’s goal is $950,000, a figure it’s likely to hit. It’s been less than a day, and it’s hit more than $590,000. That’s no doubt because the higher dollar amounts, $95 and $99, offer the console itself as a reward. So far, the project hasn’t outlined any stretch goals, but they seem likely.
The funding will go towards converting the prototype to production models with approvals from regulatory agencies, development kits, production orders, and possibly some first-party game development. It also claims that games will be required to offer a free element, be it a demo or the full game with microtransactions.
OUYA has already specified its technical specs, including a Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of flash storage, an HDMI connection, and Android 4.0. The controller looks fairly standard for consoles, with eight action buttons, two analog sticks, a D-pad, and the addition of a touch pad.
Get fit playing “Star Wars?” That’s the dream, isn’t it? Microsoft is looking to make that dream a reality with its Kinect PlayFit, a new fitness dashboard for the Xbox Live that helps users track burned calories across Kinect titles like “Dance Central 2,” “Your Shape Fitness Evolved 2012″ and, yes, “Kinect Star Wars.” The dashboard features “social motivation,” including rankings, leaderboards and community integration. PlayFit is launching today as a free download for all US-based Xbox Live members. It’ll be hitting areas outside the US later this week, so everyone can break a sweat in a galaxy far, far away.
Report: Next Kindle Fire will have camera, sharper display
Come November, Amazon’s Kindle Fire Android tablet will be a year old, which means that its successor is shortly on the way.
Sources “familiar with Amazon’s plans” have told AllThingsD that the next-generation Kindle Fire will be thinner and lighter, and feature a built-in camera.
It will also have a display resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels — about the same as the iPad 2, and a substantial upgrade from the current Kindle Fire’s 1,024 x 600-pixel screen. (The iPad 3′s “retina” display is 2,048 x 1,536 pixels, for comparison.)
The Kindle Fire 2′s screen won’t only be sharper, it will also be slightly more square, AllThingsD’s sources said. The screen of the next Kindle Fire will have an aspect ratio of 1.60, compared to the current Kindle Fire’s more elongated 1.71 aspect ratio.
Whether it launches one tablet or two, Amazon is going to face some tough competition leading into the holidays. According to multiple credible outlets, Apple is planning to launch a 7-inch “iPad Mini” that could come within the price range of the $199 Kindle Fire.
Google’s 7-inch, $199 Nexus 7 has also already received rave reviews from the press — our own Christina Warren called it “the Android media tablet the Kindle Fire was supposed to be.”
Internet buzzes with news of Ghostbusters 3: New writer revealed
Who you gonna call if you’re Sony Pictures and you want to reboot the lucrative “Ghostbusters” franchise? How about “Men in Black 3″ scribe Etan Cohen, who has been tapped to rewrite “Ghostbusters 3″ for the studio.
Cohen previously wrote Ben Stiller’s “Tropic Thunder” and Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy.” He’s also attached to make his directorial debut with Paramount’s horror-comedy “Boy Scouts vs. Zombies,” which follows three high school Boy Scouts who must use their skills to save their small town from a vicious zombie outbreak. Cohen was the sole credited writer on “Men in Black 3,” which has grossed more than $600 million worldwide since opening at the end of May.
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