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Game Arena coming to Downtown Santa Ana

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on January 13, 2014

Lumenia Tech

A video game arena called eSports Arena (esportsarena.com) is preparing to open for business in the historic Ramona building on the corner of 5th & Sycamore.

The company describes itself as “North America’s first eSports facility.” They plan on hosting tournaments, broadcasts and more.

We’ll see an emphasis on competitive gaming across various sports titles and online multiplayer shooters (why shoot deer when you can shoot shoot virtual humans and call it sport?).

ESports Arena will have to seriously raise the stakes in order to get gamers out of their homes and away from their devices in order to opt for a pay-to-compete model.

Will it succeed? Time will tell. Think you’ve got enough game? Put me down for FIFA 14.

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Nokia Lumia Hangs on Reset

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on January 12, 2014

Introducing another column in the SNA Sentinel, Lumenia Tech.

Lumenia Tech

UPDATE: 

Here’s a very helpful video on how to reset your bricked Nokia Lumia. Note that this applies to all Lumias; 520, 620, 920, 1020 etc. You’ll need the software mentioned in the video, which comes from Nokia, available here:

NSU v4.1.0: http://nds2.fds-fire.nokia.com/fds_f…tail_4.1.0.exe

PREVIOUSLY

My fiancée recently decided to wipe her Lumia 920 after switching to another Lumia. Her new Lumia setup without a problem but her 920 got stuck hanging after resetting the phone to factory settings.

We got a screen with two spinning gears that went on endlessly. I thought, damn, did I mess it up? Luckily no, it turns out that this is a problem common in Lumia phones.

Her Lumia was running Nokia’s Lumia Amber firmware, it’s not clear if the reset problem will be fixed with their new firmware called Lumia Black, which rolls out in January 2014.

Because the Lumia is inoperable during the…

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Latest iWatch concept might be the most realistic yet [Gallery]

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on August 20, 2013

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Apple’s radio debut will feel a lot like… radio

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on August 20, 2013

Gigaom

Apple’s(s aapl) long-awaited streaming music service, iTunes Radio, will finally arrive in September, and it will come with a feature familiar to listeners of regular old FM: frequent ads from car and fast food companies.

According to AdAge, Apple has lined up 12 original sponsors which will interrupt the music every 15 minutes with an audio ad, and once an hour with a video ad. The sponsors, which include McDonald’s(s mcd), Nissan and Pepsi(s pep), will have exclusive rights to their respective category during the first year.

Like Pandora(s p), iTunes Radio listeners will not be able to play a song on demand, but will instead hear programmed playlists of Apple’s choosing. Overall, then, some could find that the ads and the lack of choice will make the Apple radio experience feel less like the digital future — and more like old-school FM (minus the chattering DJs).

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Apple Shares Hit $500 Again, Representing A Massive $100 Billion Market Cap Gain In 48 Days

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on August 14, 2013

TechCrunch

Apple shares (NASDAQ:AAPL) are currently up 2.79 percent to $503.25 a share in the wake of Carl Icahn’s lobbying efforts on Twitter. Yet, the stock performance of the past two days shouldn’t diminish the overall performance over the past two months. In less than two months, Apple has indeed gained $100 billion in market capitalization.

On June 27 of this year, shares closed at $393.78, roughly back to their December 2011 level. Today’s price represents a 27.8 percent increase in just 48 days. The last time shares were trading above $500 was on January 23. It proves once again that AAPL still suffers from a lot of volatility and uncertainty.

Even though net profit is still declining, Apple reported good numbers for its Q3 2013 fiscal quarter. After multiple mixed quarters, the company managed to beat the analysts’ expectations. Retrospectively, the market reaction to Q1 and Q2 numbers…

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Video hands-on with Apple’s new iOS 7-inspired iCloud website

Posted in Lumenia Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on August 14, 2013

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Apple Is Giving Away Apps and Games Ahead of the App Store’s 5th Birthday

Posted in Lumenia Tech, The Santa Ana Sentinel by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on July 8, 2013

Tech

As reported by Kotaku, Apple is giving away a handful of apps and games in a run-up to the App Store’s 5th birthday this Wednesday. These aren’t dumpy apps and games, either — there are some good options here.

Among the games currently available for free (the sale isn’t official yet, so people are finding more games as they keep searching) include Sword & Sworcery, Infinity Blade 2, Where’s My Water, Tiny Wings and Badland.

If any of those games have an iPad version, they’re free as well.

Techtola.com is keeping a running list of the freebies, too, with links to the iPhone and iPad versions of the various apps and games. AppSnatcher is keeping up a detailed list as well.

Links:

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Microsoft (Finally) Shuts Down MSN TV, the Son of WebTV

Posted in Lumenia Tech, The Santa Ana Sentinel by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on July 8, 2013

Tech

There are two kinds of Microsoft products that fail because of lousy timing. Some, such as the Zune, die because they arrive too late. But Microsoft is at least as likely to enter markets far too early, before the technology is up to the challenge at hand, and sometimes before consumers know why they should care about a category.

One failure of this second sort was WebTV, which began as an independent startup in 1995 and was acquired by Microsoft for $425 million in 1997. The company built a box that let you browse the web on your TV — over dial-up — and for a while, there was a widely-held assumption that we’d all be doing that, with one device or another, before long. Instead, WebTV never amounted to much. By the time Microsoft renamed it MSN TV in 2001, it was already pretty obscure.

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For iOS 7, Apple Needs More Than Game Controllers to Win Gaming

Posted in Business, Lumenia Tech, Tech by Omar Ávalos Gallegos on June 17, 2013

Tech

The sleeper game news out of WWDC last week was that Apple plans to fold actual Apple-baked game controller support into iOS 7 as well as OS X 10.9. Alas, it doesn’t entail an Apple-crafted controller, only third-party licensed game controller support, and yes, iOS already has game controller support courtesy Bluetooth; the difference in iOS 7 involves Apple’s new developmental guidelines and an API that goes hand-in-glove with Apple-blessed products from gamepad-makers like Logitech and Moga. Word from sites like Pocket Gamer is that the new controllers should be available this fall, around the time iOS 7 hits.

We’ve even seen semi-detailed mockups of the controllers, laid out by Apple in its iOS prerelease developer library: a wraparound iPhone 5 shell harboring a d-pad, dual analog thumbsticks and both face and shoulder buttons (that’s it above) as well as a traditional wireless gamepad, presumably angled toward OS X gaming…

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