BadSeed Scores €250K From United Ventures For New Mobile Games

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LeapFrog LeapTV: the first games console for kids with an Xbox Kinect-style sensor

LeapFrog LeapTV

Well-known for its child-friendly tablet, the LeapPad, US-based LeapFrog has announced a brand new games console for kids: the LeapTV.

The LeapTV console will cost £120 when it launches in the UK in October, and will include a controller and an Xbox Kinect-style camera. See also: Leapfrog unveils new LeapPad3 and Ultra XDi kids tablets – UK price and release date.

The motion-sensing camera means that a child can control a game with his or her whole body, meaning they’re active while they’re playing unlike when they use a tablet. The controller has been developed especially for smaller hands – the console is aimed at 3-8 year olds – and has a clever rotating design that means it can convert into a wand or pointer depending on the game.

We spoke to LeapFrog CEO, John Barbour, about the new console. “The essence of LeapTV is creating fun experiences. There’s nothing out there really that involves education; if you look on Amazon.com, there are only 17 suitable games [under the Early Childhood rating scheme], and none have learning in them,” he told PC Advisor.

“For LeapTV, we started with a blank sheet of paper rather than taking something that already existed. We were looking for new ways to entertain and educate kids. Younger children wanted games that were appropriate and easy to play. With the LeapTV they can play straight out of the box. It’s super safe and learning is built in.”

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At launch, there will be 100 games and apps available, and LeapFrog will continue to use the familiar cartridge system (these cost a hefty £25 each) as well as offering online downloads from £3.50. The content will be new and not taken from the existing pool of LeapPad games, but if you’ve bought video on other LeapFrog devices, this will be available to watch on LeapTV too. There will be both single- and multiplayer games available.

The LeapTV console comes with eight games:

• LeapFrog Kart Racing: Supercharged!

• Nickelodeon Bubble Guppies

• Disney Pixar Pixar Pals

• LeapFrog Sports! Learning Game

• Ultimate Spider-Man: Sinister Six Showdown!

• Disney Sofia the First: Sofia’s Picnic Games

• LeapFrog Dance Party!

• Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates Learning Game

In the LeapTV box you’ll get a camera mount, HDMI cable and a wrist strap for the controller. The console has built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to the internet and 16GB of storage.

The LeapTV isn’t the only product in Leapfrog’s line-up which promotes fitness: it recently announced the LeapBand activity tracker for kids.

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We’ll bring you full reviews of the LeapTV, LeapBand and new LeapPad tablets shortly.





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40 upcoming tech products you should be most excited about

40 best new phones, tablets and more for 2014/2015

About to buy a new phone, tablet or other consumer tech? WAIT. Here we round up the best new consumer tech products still to launch and about which you should be most excited, from phones, tablets and operating systems to games, virtual-reality headsets, smartwatches and smartglasses.

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Best new tech 2014/2015: Windows 9

Why is it exciting? Windows 8 hasn’t been a universal success, radically overhauling the UI by stitching together desktop and mobile interfaces. We’re hoping Windows 9 will be the Windows 7 upgrade that Windows 8 should have been.

When is it coming? Spring/summer 2015.

Read more about Windows 9 UK release date and new features.

Best new tech 2014/2015: OS X Yosemite

Why is it exciting? OS X Yosemite continues Apple’s quest to merge iOS and OS X, and it contains several exciting new features such as a Today view within Notification Centre, improved Spotlight functionality, a new-look Safari, iCloud Drive integrated to Finder, and so much more, including a refreshed user interface.

When is it coming? OS X Yosemite is expected this “fall” (autumn), but if you just can’t wait you can get the developer version of OS X Yosemite now.

Read more about OS X Yosemite UK release date and new features.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Android L

Why is it exciting? Android L is Google’s biggest mobile operating system upgrade yet, with a new Material design and several new features, including notifications on the lock screen, massively improved battery life, improved multitasking, personal unlocking, a new notification bar and support for 64-bit.

When is it coming? Android L will arrive in autumn, but as with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 if you just can’t wait you can download the beta version of Android L now.

Read more about Android L UK release date and new features.

Best new tech 2014/2015: iOS 8

Why is it exciting? Apple’s senior VP of software engineering Craig Federighi sats “iOS 8 offers simplerm faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app. We’re also giving developers amazing new tools to make managing your health and your home from your devices an integrated, simple and secure experience.”

When is it coming? iOS 8 is expected to appear on the iPhone 6 in September, but if you just can’t wait you can get the developer version of iOS 8 now.

Read more about iOS 8 UK release date and new features.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Windows Phone 9

Why is it exciting? We’re only just seeing new smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1, and we love them. Here’s hoping Windows Phone 9 will be even better.

When is it coming? Around the same time as Windows 9 – spring/summer 2015.

Read more about Windows Phone 9 UK release date and new features.

TABLETS

Best new tech 2014/2015: Nexus 8

Why is it exciting? The Nexus 7 is still the best Android tablet around, offering fantastic hardware at an almost too good to be true price. It’s the perfect size for slinging in a bag and carrying wherever you go. A new Nexus 8 would have a slightly larger screen without infringing on this portability, allowing it to be more suitable for watching films and playing games, and running Android L it is more than likely to have a high-performance 64-bit processor inside. Little else is known about the Nexus 8’s spec, but coming from Google and showcasing its biggest ever mobile OS update you can be sure it’ll be a good one.

When is it coming? Expected as the successor to the Nexus 7, which has traditionally launched in July, the Nexus 8 is likely to be a 64-bit tablet and therefore more likely to launch along with Android L this autumn.

Read more about Nexus 8 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: iPad 6 / iPad Air 2 / new iPad

Why is it exciting? When is an Apple tablet launch not exciting? One of the most anticipated tablet launches of the year, the iPad 6 or iPad Air 2 or new iPad Air or whatever Apple ends up calling its 2014 iPad will have a fantastic Retina screen, a fast Apple A8 processor, incredibly portable dimensions, brilliant build quality, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, and it will run the brand-new iOS 8.

When is it coming? The past four iPad launches have been held roughly a month after Apple’s latest iPhone launch, so we expect to see the iPad Air 2 / iPad 6 in October.

Read more about the iPad Air 2 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Microsoft Surface mini

Why is it exciting? A full-spec Windows PC in portable form – what’s not to get excited about? If Microsoft can get this right it can once and for all bring together work and play on a single device.

When is it coming? The Surface mini was widely tipped to launch in May; in fact we got the Surface Pro 3. But rumours suggest the mini does indeed exist, and that Microsoft is anticipating a summer release.

Read more about the Surface mini UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Tesco Hudl 2

Why is it exciting? Last year Tesco launched its Hudl tablet, incredibly well priced at £119 – and you could use your Clubcard points toward it. It was massively appealing to consumers: 35,000 Hudls were sold to consumers in just two days, and Tesco has now sold around half a million. The Hudl 2 can only improve on what is already a very good tablet, and you can expect it to be found in stockings all over the country this Christmas.

When is it coming? September.

Read more about the Tesco Hudl 2 UK release date, price and specs.

NEXT PAGE: Best new smartphones, wearable tech, virtual-reality headsets and more for 2014/2015.

About to buy a new phone, tablet or other consumer tech? WAIT. Here we round up the best new consumer tech products still to launch and about which you should be most excited, from phones, tablets and operating systems to games, virtual-reality headsets, smartwatches and smartglasses.

SMARTPHONES

Best new tech 2014/2015: iPhone 6 / iPhone Air / 2014 iPhone / new iPhone

Why is it exciting? You tell us: our iPhone 6 articlereceived well over a million hits in June alone. It is absolutely the most anticipated smartphone of the year. Or should that be smartphones of the year? The iPhone 6 is supposed to come in two models, with one of the pair finally answering criticism of the iPhone’s tiny 4in screen.

When is it coming? The standard iPhone 6 will arrive in September running iOS 8; for the larger iPhone rumour has it we may be waiting until later this year or early 2015.

Read more about the iPhone 6 UK release date, price and specs and the iPhone Air UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Nexus 6 / Nexus 5 2014 / new Nexus 5

Why is it exciting? The Nexus 5was one of the best Android phones of 2013, a high-end smartphone with a mid-range price. With 64-bit Android L on the horizon, the 2014 Nexus 5 can only get better. What Google will call its Nexus phone is still up in the air – Nexus 6 is a name already used in Blade Runner, and we’re not convinced the new Nexus phone will have a 6in screen.

When is it coming? The past four Nexus phones have all launched in the last quarter of the year. We expect to see the 2014 Nexus 5 / Nexus 6 unveiled in October and on sale in November. That’s if Android Silver doesn’t have its wicked way with the Nexus line-up.

Read more about the Nexus 6 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Why is it exciting? The Galaxy Note series has a huge following, and the new Note phablet is expected to be a powerful, 5.7in monster with a 4K screen. There may even be a curved-screen variant. As with all Samsung’s Galaxy Note devices it’ll come with the S Pen, and it’ll feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chip with Adreno 420 graphics. Probably.

When is it coming? September at the IFA tradeshow.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Nokia Lumia 530

Why is it exciting? The Nokia Lumia 520is the most popular Windows phone to date, and it’s no surprise given its sub-£100 price. But it’s starting to age now, and Nokia would be crazy not to follow up on its huge success. The Nokia 530 could be a 4.3in Windows Phone 8.1 handset measuring 62.3×119.7mm and featuring a removable battery and a microSD slot.

When is it coming? Nothing has yet been confirmed, but as the only one of three Nokia handsets leaked through a Windows Phone 8.1 buying guide back in May we fully expect to see the Nokia Lumia 530 any time now.

Read more about the Nokia Lumia 530 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Nokia Lumia 1525

Why is it exciting? The Nokia Lumia 530 isn’t the only exciting new Windows phone waiting to launch. The Lumia 1525 is a Windows Phone 8.1 phablet with some impressive specs. In essence a beefed-up Nokia Lumia 1520, we could see a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3GB of RAM, a 3,400mAh battery and a 25- or 30Mp camera. Wow.

When is it coming? TBC.

Read more about the Nokia Lumia 1525 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Sony Xperia Z3

Why is it exciting? What we love about Sony is the fact it doesn’t make us wait a whole year for a new smartphone to launch, and anyone upgrading their smartphones at this time of year don’t have to settle with technology now several months’ old. Plus, Sony makes some seriously great smartphones, with fantastic cameras, brilliant performance and much more.

When is it coming? With two flagship smartphone launches per year, we’re expecting to see the Sony Xperia Z3 in September.

Read more about the Sony Xperia Z3 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Sony Xperia Z2 Compact (A2)

Why is it exciting? The Sony Xperia Z2is an amazing smartphone, but it’s huge. The Sony Xperia Z2 Compact will pack all that smartphoney goodness (well, most of it) into a more manageable shell.

When is it coming? The Z2 launched in April, and the Z3 is coming in September, so the Z2 Compact should be with us within the next month or so.

Read more about the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: OnePlus Two

Why is it exciting? The OnePlus Oneis an amazing phone if you can get hold of one (purchases are currently by invitation only). It’s priced from £229 but has the spec to match a £600 smartphone, hence OnePlus marketing it as a 2014 flagship killer. The OnePlus Two will more than likely be a 2015 flagship killer. (If it can work out is supply-and-demand issues in time.)

When is it coming? OnePlus is still struggling to meet demand on its OnePlus One phone. Don’t expect to see this one (and certainly not get your hands on it) until at least 2015.

Read more about the OnePlus Two UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Motorola Moto X 1 (X2)

Why is it exciting? Motorola makes some amazing smartphones, and its Moto G is the best budget phone you can buy. The Moto X 1 is expected to be a reasonably priced (the Moto X cost £350 at launch) Android phone that is both larger and lighter than its predecesor. We think it will have a full-HD AMOLED screen, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM and an improved camera.

When is it coming? We were hoping to see the Moto X 1 announced at Google I/O, but either it or its companion Moto 360 smartwatchappears to have delayed the launch. Still, both devices could be with us later this month or early next month.

Read more about the Motorola Moto X 1 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Samsung Galaxy F / S5 Prime

Why is it exciting? The Samsung Galaxy F will address the criticism met by the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a Quad HD screen, a metal body, plus everything else found in the S5.

When is it coming? The Samsung Galaxy F was expected to turn up in June, and instead a Quad HD S5 launched exclusively in Korea. We still think its coming, and with the S5 miniturning up at the beginning of July this one could be ready any day now.

Read more about the Samsung Galaxy F UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: LG G3 mini

Why is it exciting? The LG G3 is the best smartphone of 2014. The G3 mini is a smaller version for smaller hands. We’re sold.

When is it coming? TBC.

Read more about the LG G3 mini UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Ubuntu phone

Why is it exciting? Windows and Mac aren’t the only desktop operating systems out there, just as there’s more to the mobile scene than Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distros, and its coming to smartphones. The developer version is already available (find out how you can get Ubuntu on your phone here), but Canonical will also be releasing two smartphones running the OS out of the box.

When is it coming? This year.

Read more about the Ubuntu phone UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: BlackBerry Passport

Why is it exciting? It’s always exciting when something comes back from the dead – who doesn’t love a zombie film? Jokes aside, BlackBerry is still very much alive (and clearly bonkers). The Passport will throw ergonomics out the window with a new square design that is unlikely to be a comfortable fit in any pocket. But BlackBerry aims to return creativity to smartphone design, which is in itself exciting.

When is it coming? Q4, following a September London launch.

Read more about the BlackBerry Passport UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Tesco Hudl smartphone

Why is it exciting? The Hudl tablet has seen phenomenal success, allowing the masses to enter the world of tablet computing. Tesco’s taking a slightly different tack with its smartphone, however, which will be a high-end device with an aggressive price. Just the type of device we get excited about.

When is it coming? In time for Christmas.

Read more about the Tesco Hudl smartphone UK release date, price and specs.

VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSETS

Best new tech 2014/2015: Oculus Rift

Why is it exciting? The Oculus Rift is a head-mounted virtual-reality display. An immersive headset that gives the wearer a full 360-degree view of the virtual world they inhabit. The Oculus Rift pairs with headphones to make games, virtual worlds and live events feel ‘real’.

When is it coming? The second-generation developer kit should be with developers by today (14 July), and the Oculus Rift is expected to launch to the public in 2015.

Read more about the Oculus Rift UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Samsung Gear VR

Why is it exciting? A cheaper version of the anticipated Oculus Rift-style virtual-reality headset, the Samsung Gear VR pairs with a docked Samsung smartphone to provide an immersive view of the world around you and could be of great appeal to consumers (or at least those who also own Samsung smartphones).

When is it coming? This year.

Read more about the Samsung Gear VR UK release date, price and specs.

WEARABLE TECH

Best new tech 2014/2015: Apple iWatch

Why is it exciting? Apple won’t be the first manufacturer to produce a smartwatch, but with its iWatch it could potentially turn the current smartwatch market on its head as its iPhone did the smartphone market. A companion device to the iPhone 6, it’s sure to be a massive hit with Apple fans.

When is it coming? Originally expected to arrive with the new iPhone in September, the latest rumours suggest the iWatch has been delayed until November.

Read more about the Apple iWatch UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Motorola Moto 360

Why is it exciting? We’ve seen plenty of smartwatches before, but this is the first one to actually look like a watch. And quite a nice watch, too, with a circular face. Plus it’ll be running Android Wear, which could be Google’s next big success story.

When is it coming? We expected the Moto 360 to arrive at Google I/O along with the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch. Although it got a mention, Motorola has said simply that it will be coming “later this summer”.

Read more about the Motorola Moto 360 UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Google Glass

Why is it exciting? Words cannot explain this one. Watch our Google Glass video and you’ll see with your own eyes exactly why Google Glass is so incredibly exciting.

When is it coming? Google Glass is available to buy in the UK now, but it isn’t the final version. And it’ll set you back a whopping £1,000 for the privilege of owning Google Glass. The final version is expected to be released to the public later this year – hopefully a little cheaper, too.

Read more about Google Glass UK release date, price and specs.

TV

Best new tech 20145/2015: Apple iTV

Why is it exciting? We all love TV. Some of us (quite a lot of us) also love Apple. The two could be a very happy pairing, but for now all we have on the iTV is an awful lot of rumours.

When is it coming? TBC. Maybe never.

Read more about the Apple iTV UK release date, price and specs.

GAMING

Best new tech 2014/2015: Steam Boxes

Why is it exciting? Valve’s SteamOS is one of the biggest talking points in tech right now. SteamOS is an operating system dedicated to gaming. Valve hopes that SteamOS, when paired with hardcore hardware and the Steam games platform, will allow PC makers to create Steam Boxes (also known as Steam Machines): devices somewhere between games consoles and PCs, featuring the plus points of both.

When are they coming? 2015.

Read more about Steam Boxes UK release date, price and specs.

Best new tech 2014/2015: Sony PlayStation TV (PlayStation Vita TV)

Why is it exciting? Sony announced PlayStation TV at E3 2014, a micro-console that was until now exclusively available in Japan as the PlayStation Vita TV and that can allow gamers to play PS4 games on a second screen.

When is it coming? Autumn.





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iPhone 6 leaks show palm-stretching size increase again

iPhone 6 leaks show palm-stretching size increase again

We’ve already seen a wealth of iPhone 6 leaks claiming to show a larger handset in the works, and the latest set of images to hit the web continue in this vein.

Spotted over on MyDrivers, the photos in question were apparently snapped at the factory where the iPhone 6 is being manufactured in China.

The front panel of the iPhone 6 is seen in both black and white, lined up alongside the 4-inch frontage of either the iPhone 5 or 5S, showing the size increase we could be in for.

Hands at the ready

An image of the panel in a hand shows how a larger iPhone will stretch the palm a little more than the current 4-inch setup, so you might want to start some hand exercises in preparation.

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Of course there’s no guarantee these shots are legit, as they can be mocked up without a huge amount of effort – although they do reflect earlier leaks of the front panel so we’re not ruling them out immediately.

The iPhone 6 is expect to launch in either September or October this year, with recent reports pegging the release date as September 19.

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Screenshot Claims To Show Off The Coming Windows 8.1 Start Menu

thing Mostly lost in the noise surrounding the World Cup final, a screenshot floated around the Microsoft-watching community. The image picked up attention because it contains what some claim is an image of the soon-to-return Start Menu in Windows 8.1. Microsoft promised that the user interface element would come back in a keynote this April. In the ensuing few months there hasn’t been much… Read More


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Norton Security 2015 Betas unveiled, sport name change, improved protection and facelift

Norton Security

Symantec has unveiled the first public betas of its forthcoming Norton security products. Norton Security 2015 Beta and Norton Security with Backup 2015 Beta reveal the company’s attempt to harmonise its two main security products. Download Norton Security 2015 here.

Both products sport a redesigned user interface based on the old Norton 360 product, plus sport a number of major new protection and performance improvements.

The first change that users will note are the product names, with Norton Security 2015 replacing Norton Internet Security and Norton Security with Backup 2015 replacing Norton 360 respectively. The name change is logical and – some might say – long overdue, bringing both products closer together.

The new user interface has been modelled Norton’s 360 product rather than the previous version of Internet Security, splitting the program’s features into easily identifiable tabs. Security, Identity, Performance and More Norton (a link to additional Norton products) can be found in both products, while an additional Backup tab is added to the Norton Security with Backup 2015 interface.

Clicking a section reveals four separate buttons, such as scans, LiveUpdate, History and Advanced for the program’s Security section. Symantec hopes the new approach makes the program simpler to use and its advanced features more accessible.

The 2015 release also debuts what Symantec terms its “next generation” anti-malware engine, which uses cloud-based technologies to evaluate files as they’re accessed for potential malware. Switching to cloud-based analysis means updates and definitions can be pushed out quicker to customers, but it also reduces the size of locally stored definition files by 80 per cent.

Other improvements include intelligent boot-time protection, more aggressive threat detection heuristics and automatic aggressive botnet scanning triggers. Smart ping payload data-leakage protection has been added along with improved Norton Community Watch integration.

Norton Security 2015 also rebuilds its browser protection features to make them “plug-in less”. This allows them to work outside of traditional browser plug-in architectures, which increases the scalability of its protection.

Protection against social engineered attacks has also been increased, with Norton’s existing tools, such as Safe Web, Download Insight and Anti-Phishing, all now tweaked to more easily share information with each other to deliver better protection.

Norton’s SONAR engine – which is used to detect brand new threats based on their behaviour – has also been improved to make it more effective against malware that is able to inject malicious threads into trusted application processes as well as programs that attempt to drop malicious files on the system.

The new builds also sport various performance improvements, including better energy conservation of batteries when the computer is in standby.

Both Norton Security 2015 Beta and Norton Security with Backup 2015 Beta are available as a trial downloads now for PCs running Windows XP or later. When released, both versions will be available to those running Norton Internet Security or Norton 360 with a valid subscription as a free update. See also: Norton Security with Backup 2015 Beta





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