Call of Duty Elite iOS App Released With Android App Due Next Week

Activision has finally made it possible for Elite users to take all of that hot Modern Warfare action on the go with the Call of Duty Elite app for the iPad and iPhone.

The COD Elite app, which will be available for Android devices next week, lets users access in-depth stats and edit their custom classes. All changes made in the app will push to the live game as soon as you boot it up.

But wait! That's not all! The Elite app will also allow you to track challenge progress, review recent matches, and analyse performance over the course of your career to help you improve your game. Either that, or you could just stop dying so much and kill some more people. It's simple really.

The Call of Duty Elite app is free (you need to have Elite access to make it work, however) and available now in the iTunes store. Android users will have to wait until next week to get their hands on it. Blame Steve Jobs's ghost.

Sony's Jack Tretton Interview Not Happening, But PS3 Slim Appearing On X-Play 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sony is considering launching an online video streaming service aimed at competing with cable and satellite to bring you television.

The corporation has reportedly spoken to several big media and entertainment companies, including NBCUniversal (hey, that's us!), News Corp. and Discovery Communications, with aims toward carrying their TV networks over the Internet to Sony devices.  Theoretically, this could mean you'll be able to use your PlayStation 3, as well as Sony televisions and blu-ray players, to watch a variety of television shows.

The talks, apparently, may end in Sony offering niche-channels, as opposed to the huge channel packages of big cable providers. A cable killer? It remains to be seen.

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Apple Founder Steve Jobs Dies

Steve Jobs was one of the most influential people in the history of gaming, and he never even tried. Jobs was clearly not a gamer, a fact that becomes obvious to any serious player who ever owned a Macintosh computer--gaming for the Mac is at best an afterthought. In a 2002 interview, Jobs himself named Nanosaur, a junky Mac-only FPS, as his favorite game.  Although he "only" set out to revolutionize the music industry, the personal computing industry and the film industry,  along the way, Steve Jobs changed the face of gaming history too.

In spite of Jobs' seeming indifference, Apple and gaming have become inextricably linked. Apple-designed computers and phones that are so accessible, so easy to understand and use, that millions of non-gamers have been introduced to digital fun through their iPhones and iPads, and the iTunes store provides a platform for game developers to easily distribute games and profit from them. Apple’s gaming market has grown so quickly that, in a recent product launch presentation, Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook, announced that the iPod Touch is the “the most popular game player in the world.”  Total stealth takeover.

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Apple Founder Steve Jobs Dies

According to the Associated Press, Apple Co-Founder and technological giant Steve Jobs has died. He was 56. According to a statement issued by his relatives, "Steve died peacefully today surrounded by his family."

Jobs, who founded Apple Computing with Steve Wozniak, Mike Markkula, and others in the late 1970s, is responsible directly and indirectly for the iPhone, the iPad, The Apple Macintosh line of computers and a number of other innovations that have revolutionized the way we work, play, and interact. Jobs had been battling a rare and painful form of pancreatic cancer since 2004, and resigned from his position as head of Apple on August 24 of this year, writing that he could "no longer meet his duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO." Since then, Jobs had served as the chairman of Apple's board of directors.

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The world has lost a visionary with the passing of Steve Jobs today. He was 56. Many members of the gaming industry who were touched by Steve Jobs' legacy have used Twitter to relay their thoughts and memories about the Thomas Edison of our time. Check out their tweets below.

From Donald Mustard, Founder & Creative Director, ChAIR:
Game Developers On Twitter Remember Steve Jobs

From Dylan Jobe, President of LightBox Interactive:
Game Developers On Twitter Remember Steve Jobs

From Ken Levine, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Irrational Games:
Game Developers On Twitter Remember Steve Jobs

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iPhone 4S Details

Apple's new iPhone 4S is the next iteration of the iPhone 4. Its body and screen are identical to that of the iPhone 4, but the new device does feature a slew of upgraded internal features that are sure to get tech junkies excited. Here's a quick breakdown of the iPhone 4S' specs and its new features:

  • Release Date: October 14
  • Retina Display: Same as the iPhone 4's. You'll no longer need to separate between GSM and CDMA models.
  • CPU: A5 Chip Clocked at 1 GHz. This chip supports dual-core graphics and will be able to load graphics seven times faster than the iPhone 4.
  • 8 MegaPixel Camera: The camera will be able to take 3364 x 2248 pictures, a 60% pixel boost over the iPhone 4. The 4S also comes with a backside illuminated sensor to allow 73% more light than the iPhone 4. The camera will also take pictures 33% faster than the iPhone4 due to increased shutter speed.
  • Video Recording: The iPhone 4S can record videos up to 1080p resolution
  • Faster Downloads: The 4S can download at 14.4MBs per second vs. the iPhone 4's 7.2MBs per second
  • Intelligent Assistant: Siri, Apple's new virtual "intelligent assistant," uses voice commands to answer questions you ask or perform tasks. For example, you can ask Siri about the weather, have it dictate messages, ask it for directions, have it set reminders, bring up maps, or even talk about the weather. Siri can also send e-mails and text messages.

Read on to learn more about the iPhone 4S, including its battery usage and its availability and pricing.

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Apple Announces iPhone 4S; Infinity Blade 2

At one of its famous announcement events today, Apple announced the next iPhone, the iPhone 4S. While many expected the company would announce the iPhone 5, apparently, Apple likes the look and feel of the current-gen iPhone enough to keep it around for one more product cycle.

While it looks like the current issue phone, the 4S has some interesting differences under the hood. As you might expect, the machine is more powerful, sporting the Apple-made A5 chip inside, the same chip that powers the iPad 2.To gamers, that means one thing: Better games. Games like Infinity Blade 2.

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iPhone's Plus+ Developer, ngmoco, Excited For Apple's Game Center Plans

At one of its famous announcement events moments ago, Apple announced some interesting new changes to iOS's Game Center.

According to Apple's new CEO Tim Cook, Game Center has only been out for about a year, but it’s been a huge hit, racking up sixty-Seven million users during that time. Not content to rest on the success of the product, Apple is making the following changes to Game Center:  Adding achievement points, photos, and friend recommendations to the service.

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iPad 2 Announced

Surprise! Just a year after releasing the iPad, Apple has revealed the iPad 2 during their keynote in San Francisco. The slimmer, sexier, shinier device is "33 percent thinner"(8.8 mm compared to the original 13.4 mm) and boasts dual cameras. Along with the facelift,  the iPad 2 also packs a dual core CPU.

The new A5 chip allows the iPad 2 to clock up to "9x faster graphics," while still maintaining an impressive 10 hour battery life. The tablet will also support HDMI video output, albiet you will have to purchase a $39 attachment to enjoy that luxury. If that's not enough to whet your gadget appetite, the iPad 2 has a starting price of $499 and will ship March 11 to both AT&T and Verizon customers.  Click "Read More" for the full breakdown.

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Apple patent

Apple has been granted a patent on a way to project 3D images without the use of glasses. The picture above is super easy to understand but on the off chance you don't get it: pixels will be projected on reflective and textured surfaces. The reflected pixels are then bounced into your left and right eyes. Voila, stereoscopic effect.

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Tech Review: Apple TV

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Posted October 15, 2010 - By Eugene Morton

Apple TV Review »

The long awaited Apple TV has finally arrived! Chris Hardwick joins Kevin Pereira in studio to review the little black box that can wirelessly stream media from iTunes, rent TV shows or movies, and access Netflix, YouTube and Flickr. Find out what rating they give this $100 device.
Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

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News from Apple's Media Event »

Apparently Apple had some sort of media event today, where they announced a bunch of weird new products like Apple TV, iPods and stuff. Strange, right? Tonight on Attack of the Show, TechCrunch.com's MG Siegler joined Chris Hardwick on The Loop to run down the news from Steve Jobs, like the features on the new Apple TV, the surprise over iTunes 10 with its social network additions and the camera finally arriving on the iPod Touch. Which products are you most excited for and who wants to FaceTime with me?

Tags: Apple, Music, Tech, TV, Videos

Apple Shows Off New Apple TV

Apple dropped a ton of new info on the next iteration of Apple TV this morning. The new set-top device is tiny -- it fits in the palm of your hand -- and does not contain a harddrive, so the focus is on renting TV shows and movies as opposed to buying and keeping them.

High-definition TV shows will be available to rent over the device for .99 cents, and HDTV movies for $4.99. Right now, only Fox and ABC are onboard with the new device, but Apple expects the rest of the entertainment world to hop on "pretty fast."

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At its music-centric "special event" today, Apple revealed new versions of its iPod devices, including an impressive looking iPod Touch with a camera and Game Center integration, as well as Ping, a social networking element that will be available in the next iTunes update.

The top-of-the-line iPod will come in three versions: 8GB for $229, 32GB for $299 and a 64GB $399. They will be available for pre-order today, and will start shipping next week.

The lower-level iPods break down as follows:

The fourth gen Shuffle will cost you $49 bucks and features a click-wheel with no screen, where the new Nano now has a touch-screen, from which you'll be able to navigate your music just like you can on an iPhone. The prices: $149 8GB, $179 16GB version. Coming for holiday season.

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Epic Announces

Epic Games announced a new title for Apple iPhones and iPads. The game, codenamed "Project Sword," was shown off to the Apple faithful at a special Apple event this morning by Epic's Mike Capps.

The action/adventure game is playable both single and multiplayer, and uses Apple's just-announced Game Center feature to create a games where players take on the role of monsters and battle each other for monster-supremacy.

"If you're jaw isn't on the floor, it should be," Capps said of the game's visuals.

It will be out on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch "this holiday season."

For a more in-depth discussion of Apple's announcements, make sure you watch Attack of the Show today at 4PM Eastern and Pacific. AOTS's The Loop will feature TechCrunch writer MG Siegler discussing the Apple news and what it means to the industry and you, the consumer.

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