Xbox One celebrates turning one with gifts for everyone

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The Xbox one will turn 1 this Saturday, November 22. As the official one year anniversary of Xbox One, Microsoft will be celebrating. What better way to celebrate than with gifts? So this weekend Xbox One celebrates turning one with gifts for everyone. If you opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails (You prob didn’t even know there was an option), you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since Xbox One launched last November. You can see which email address you have opted in, by signing in to your Xbox Live account on Xbox.com, clicking your Gamertag in the upper right, then Profile > Privacy Settings > Contact Preferences.

The achievements celebration email will be sent to Xbox One customers who purchased prior to October 1, 2014, in our 13 launch markets who opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails prior to Nov 11, 2014, are 17 years or older and have 10+ hours of usage on Xbox One.
Starting today Friday, November 21st, everyone will get the following below:

  • A Year One Gamer Picture
  • New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement
  • A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc.
  • A free rental of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (for a limited time)
  • A free rental of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” movie and a sampler pack of “Dragon Ball Z” TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S.
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WatchKit

You can now create apps for AppleWatch if you’re a Developer

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If you have any code writing talent what’s so ever, now is the time to put it to use. You can now create apps for AppleWatch if you’re a Developer. Even the most mundane app will get you a pretty penny. Remember when the iPad was first released? There were only  a handful of apps available for it. Those apps did the most basic things but they made a boatload because they were first.

Apple has released the toolbox WatchKit. This tool is what is used to develop apps for this next-gen wristwear. Watchkit is tied into the iOS 8.2 beta SDK which was also recently released to those with developers accounts. The 8.2 beta combined with the Watchkit lets you play around with pressure-aware touch, notifications and glanceable info. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to release your creation into the world until until next year.

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Apple Watch is our most personal device ever, and WatchKit provides the incredible iOS developer community with the tools they need to create exciting new experiences right on your wrist. With the iOS 8.2 beta SDK, developers can now start using WatchKit to create breakthrough new apps, Glances and actionable notifications designed for the innovative Apple Watch interface and work with new technologies such as Force Touch, Digital Crown and Taptic Engine. ~Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing

The WatchKit site includes programming guides, human interface guidelines, templates and more.… Read the rest

Rosetta’s Philae lander is a success

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The Mission:

Rosetta launched in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It is the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbits the Sun, and deploy a lander to its surface. Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta’s Philae lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI.

 

After Rosetta’s ten year mission to land on a comet is a success. After a 7 hour descent of its Philae lander the European Space Agency’s mission control center in Darmstadt, Germany jumped for joy. For the first time in history, man has touched down on the surface of a comet. It happened at around 11:04AM Eastern Time.

“The harpoons have been fired and the landing gear has been moved inside. We’re on the surface. Philae is talking to us, more data to come,” he said. Spacecraft operations manager Andrea Accomazzo (whom the internet started calling “ESA Hoodie Guy”) couldn’t quite help himself. “We can’t be happier than we are now,” he yelped.

When Rosetta connected with the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko in August that in itself was a big  milestone.  NASA used its Deep Impact probe to back in 2005 to get a closer look at a comet.  However this is a great leap forward. The ESA has been receiving telemetry data from Philae since the it landed on the comet but we are still waiting for the first surface images.… Read the rest

Evolve Big Alpha

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The alpha for one of the most anticipated games this year is out. Haitian Agent tried out the Evolve Big Alpha to see if the hype lives up to the game. Looks to be a great new shooter that takes a different look at the First Person Shooter genre.

 

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