E3 has come and gone and Nintendo has unveiled the much-anticipated Wii U. The console is expected to launch later this year and will be available in two different color options, white or black. From the outside, the Wii U looks slightly similar to the current generation Wii; however, some of the console’s specs are still hush, like the CPU and GPU. Nintendo has confirmed that the console will finally do 1080p, play Wii discs, will have built-in Wi-Fi, and internal flash memory. Users can also import their current profile so all of their virtual console games will transfer over.
Wii U (Nintendo.com)
One of the biggest features of the Wii U is the remote controller. The controller has a 6.2-inch touchscreen with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Users can use the screen to further their experience with the Wii U. Some games will use the controller to show weapon inventory, show dungeon maps, or even use the screen as an extra camera. A new sweet feature allows users to continue gameplay on their controller. That’s right, if Dad wants to watch the game on the big screen and decides to cut you off, you will be able to continue play on the controller. The controller will also feature a Near Field Communications (NFC) chip which will allow the user to input real world objects into the videogame. This will be amazing for fighting, racing, and Pokémon games.
Wii U Controller (Nintendo.com)
Some downfalls include that Nintendo has not released the price and given the new and innovative technology, we can only speculate the price will be higher than the original Wii. The new controller is awesome, but it only holds 3-5 hours of charge and takes 2.5 hours to charge. Also, when using 2 controllers at the same time, the frame rate drops from 60 to 30 frames per second.
The much-anticipated time of the year when Apple either refreshes their hardware or changes its design is nearly upon us once again. Recent web rumors suggested that Apple is preparing to release a 15-inch MacBook Air; however, multiple reliable sources have shot this down. Instead, it has been confirmed that Apple will take their already familiar design and simply slim it down.
New mock up (Left) and Current (Right). Via 9to5Mac.com
Following the MacBook Air and Mac Mini, the 15-inch MBP will lose its optical drive reasoning that professionals prefer to download software from the Mac App Store. Don’t expect to see the Ethernet port any longer either—Apple has ditched the wired connectivity of techno-past for a streamlined Wi-Fi product. For those who haven’t transitioned, never you worry! You can still purchase a USB dongle to connect to the Internet.
Mock up side. Via 9to5mac.com
Amongst other things, the slimmer, sleeker 15-inch MBP will boast three 3.0 USB ports (the first time Apple is using this technology), two Thunderbolt ports, and two audio in/out ports. Last, but certainly not least, the new model will feature a Retina Display praised by the many iPhone and iPad users.
As of yet, there is no exact release date or price, but Apple lovers can expect a release in Summer 2012. More features and specs will be revealed when Apple hosts their upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference June 11-15, 2012.
What are your thoughts on these changes?
Being a guy fascinated with technology and new media, I always have the urge to have the latest and greatest, and occasionally just the trendy. This is the reason I started studying Interactive Media at DePaul University. I picked up my first SLR camera about two years ago and just began taking pictures. Then I got Adobe Creative Suite 5 and starting editing. Now I photograph arguably mundane objects and enhance them with lighting and digital media. My greatest accomplishment thus far has been being voted #1 for the Huffington Posts’ Best of Chicago 2011 photo contest. I share my love for photography through social media, where you can also learn about my interest in cars, video games, Chicago sports (sorry, not the Cubs), and my dogs Crumb and Choco. I’m excited to contribute to the MotoMedia mission, and for the opportunity to work with great people and awesome dogs!
Flying futuristic ships and horseback riding—sounds a little strange, right? Not for video game publisher, Activision, and developer, Treyarch. The dynamic duo is at it again. Known for immersing us in eerily realistic warfare, from World War II to Vietnam to a war resembling the conflict in the Middle East; however, this time we’re leaping into the future. 2025 to be exact.
A couple weeks ago, Call of Duty: Black Ops II was unveiled during an NBA playoff game. Afraid of flopping with another World at War series, the companies paired up again to offer its fans a reiteration of Black Ops. But will this futuristic change sit well with the hardcore fans? Can you fully appreciate the reality of a game when in fact the reality has been removed from the game play? After the premier of the trailer, fans have taken to the Internet to have their voices heard and the reviews are mixed.
We want to know your thoughts? Are you expecting a flop or not? And stay tuned for more game details as this year’s E3 takes place June 5 – 7, 2012. Expect the game to be released November 13, 2012.
We are very excited to announce that “Tails in the City” was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2012 New York Television Festival’s (NYTVF) A&E Unscripted Development Pipeline program. A special congratulations goes out to the creators of the show, Terri Lee Ryan, and Bruce Haas and Phillip Emigh of Tails in the City, a Gold Coast pet boutique. Andrew Ryann (Producer/Director) and Rebecca Zaucha (Producer/Editor) of MotoMedia are proud to have helped bring the Tails Team’s vision to life.
A&E Network and NYTVF partnered together to offer independent artists and production companies the opportunity of a lifetime—to have their ideas realized. For the second year, this program asked for entries that were original and unscripted, and which encompassed an entertaining take on a trendy and exciting world.
“Tails in the City” showcases fanatical dog owners who are accomplished members of their Chicago communities. Created by Terri Lee Ryan, Phillip Emigh, and Bruce Haas, and brought to film by MotoMedia, LLC, this unscripted TV show profiles high-class pooches and their passionate owners living it up in Chicago’s Gold Coast. From name brand outfits to gourmet dinners, from vacations to business trips and charity events, “Tails in the City” epitomizes the canine-human relationship that few of us are lucky enough to understand and appreciate.
So, what’s next? First, check out the video! Then, keep you fingers crossed while we will wait for the A&E executives to select five finalists, each of whom will receive network feedback as well as $2,500 to shoot additional tape under the guidance of an approved A&E production partner. One lucky winner will receive $10,000 and the opportunity to participate in the production of the pilot.
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