Nintendo is bringing some new hues to its 3DS XL (or 3DS LL as it's known in Japan).
The company on Wednesday announced two new colors for the 3DS XL -- orange and turquoise. The Limited Edition models come with the same 3DS XL design but feature the new colors on the outside and on the buttons.
The devices will come bundled with a 4GB memory card, carrying case, and AC adapter. But before US-based customers think about getting their hands on the devices, be aware that for now, they're only coming to Japan.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A $399 iPad Mini? Wrong way, Apple.
- Apple releases OS X Mavericks for free.
- Mac Pro available in December, starts at $2,999.
- Apple TV plays hooky again at iPad event, all eyes turn to 2014.
I'm feeling a little sad today. Nintendo on Monday officially consigned the Wii to the gaming console history bin, to join its brethren like the NES and Nintendo 64. The company is halting production to focus fully on the Wii's replacement, the Wii U. I understand that time and technology march onward, but I'm not quite ready to kiss my Wii goodbye.
I still remember hunting for my Wii. It was released in 2006 and the demand almost immediately caused shortages nearly on par with the great Cabbage Patch Doll scare of 1983. I trolled sites that tracked in-stock Wii consoles before finally lucking upon my own Wii from Sears in early 2007.… Read more
The Assassin's Creed games have thrived on stealthiness and effective weaponry. The lead character has sported a hidden blade in every installment of the series. The spring-loaded knife attaches under the forearm with a leather brace and pops out to wreak quiet havoc on demand.
Master armorer Tony Swatton, the focus of the Man at Arms YouTube series, has created a real-world design based on a licensed toy version of the hidden blade. He started by reverse-engineering the toy to determine the size and how the retracting mechanism works.… Read more
Battlefield fans take note -- the popular shooter could soon be headed to your smartphone or tablet, according to publisher EA's mobile development boss.
EA's Frank Gibeau told The New York Times that the mobile version of Battlefield will be "high-end and high performance," going on to say, "It's our bet that we can successfully pull that off."
EA already owns several mobile games, most notably FIFA 14 and Real Racing 3. The gaming giant is also responsible for The Simpsons: Tapped Out and The Sims FreePlay.
Read more of "Battlefield getting 'high-end' mobile version, EA says&… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Modern manners: what's the protocol for dining alone with your device?
- New type of hacking combines blackmail for digital extortion.
- Neiman Marcus offers $1.5 million outdoor entertainment system.
- Sono concept device attaches to your window; offers peace, quiet.
As anyone who has attempted a bakasana knows, perfecting certain yoga poses takes time, and watching an instructor twist and bend into position can help a lot.
The blind or sight-impaired, however, don't have the advantage of being able to see a teacher's movements.
Enter Eyes-Free Yoga, a software program out of the University of Washington that works with the cameras in Microsoft's Kinect motion sensor device to track users' position and offer spoken feedback in real time. "Rotate your shoulders left," it might say. "Lean sideways toward your left," "Bend your right leg further," or "Bring your arms closer to your head." … Read more
I have to admit that I no longer play scary games before heading to bed. It's unfair to my wife, who has to put up with the shrieking nightmares they provoke in me, and also live with the knowledge that her husband's a total wimp.
It was a tough habit to break. If you get a thrill from thinking about things that go bump in the night, there are few experiences that tap that better than turning out the lights and decapitating zombies from the comfort of your couch.
So, for those of you with the freedom to … Read more