EA announces Need for Speed Rivals

According to EA, Rivals features a new gameplay mode call AllDrive, which blurs the lines between single player and multiplayer mode. You can be playing a single player game and your friend elsewhere in the world may also be playing a single player game. Because you are friends within the game, Rivals will merge your game worlds so that you may find yourself bumping into each other at some point in the game.

You could be playing as a street racer and one of your rivals may end up being your friends. Or you could be a cop and the guy you are chasing could be your friend. The game will indicate you of the presence of your friend in the game world and you don’t have to take any special effort to enable or play a dedicated multiplayer mode. Both you and your friend are still playing as single players but since it’s the same world you may also end up playing against each other.

Other than that, Rivals also runs on the next generation Frostbite 3 engine, which we first saw in the Battefield 4 demo. The new engine offers even more realism through some stunning graphics, which you can see from the short teaser video below. Need for Speed Rivals is being developed by a new game studio called Ghost in collaboration with Criterion, who made the previous Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) and Hot Pursuit games, along with the popular Burnout series.

The game is set to launch on November 19, 2013 and can be pre-ordered from EA’s website right now

Defeat your rivals by any means necessary

Racers are lone wolves out for their own glory; driving agile cars built for high speed racing and epic chases. Cops work in teams to hunt down and bust racers using the full power of the police force.

Switch roles at any time and watch the stakes grow in an all-new scoring system that lets you put your speed points on the line to earn even greater rewards.

Destroying the line between singleplayer and multiplayer

New in Need for Speed Rivals, All-Drive destroys the line between singleplayer and multiplayer gameplay. Seamlessly join a world where your friends are already racing and chasing. No lobbies. No waiting.

Paths cross and experiences merge, creating a world where your race and your friend’s pursuit collide

Experience speed that you can truly feel

The power of the Frostbite 3 gaming engine brings the breathtaking scope and high speed action of Redview County to life. Every detail of the game world is rendered in stunning, high definition, next generation graphics, while weather conditions constantly change as you race and chase in snow, hail, rain, dust storms and heavy fog.

Connect with the Need for Speed Network to drop roadblocks or alert friends of inbound cops. Compare your progress against your rivals and share pictures of your best races and chases.

Personalize your cars with performance and style

Power up your car with the latest upgrades in pursuit technology and personalize your bodywork with fresh paintjobs, liveries, custom license plates, rims, and decals to show off your car to the world.

Save different configurations and keep a variety of car packages on alert to leave your mark no matter the situation

Use the latest technology and upgrades customized to each side of the law

Intense racing moments are made even more thrilling with access to technology and upgrades customized to each side of the law.

Racers can choose evasion technology from jammers to electromagnetic pulses. Cops are outfitted for aggressive busts with shockwaves, roadblocks, helicopter support and more. No matter the side you choose, use technology to stay one step ahead of your rivals

Facebook Home Hits ‘About 1 Million’ Downloads Mobile, and gets HTC One And Samsung Galaxy S4 Support


Four weeks ago, Facebook launched Facebook Home, a launcher for Android that brings the social network’s experience front and center.

The company on Thursday invited a small group of reporters to its campus to discuss Facebook Home, its successes and challenges, and what we can expect to see added to the platform in the future.

“We’re at just about 1 million downloads on Home,” Facebook’s Director of Mobile Engineering Cory Ondrejka told the group, a number which he says is about where Facebook wanted to be at this time. He didn’t, however, share how many of those 1 million downloads were currently active users of the app. The company says the number will be important to them in the future. Right now it is focusing on the engagement level of those current active users, however many there happen to be.

“This is the first product for us that has focused on mobile best,” Ondrejka said.

Mobile best is different than Facebook’s focus on “mobile first.” Home is the first product the company has created with an intention to make mobile better than the experience you might get elsewhere.

“We’re doing a relatively slow roll out intentionally,” says Ondrejka, so Facebook can learn from early adopters, and make changes as necessary.

From that slow roll out –- and reviews in Google Play — Facebook has learned a bit about what people love about the launcher, and what’s missing.

“We’ve spent a lot of time digging through the one star ratings,” says Ondrejka.

Ondrejka says there are two major features that weren’t in Home at launch that people really think the launcher needs. The first is folders, and the second is docks. Facebook has fixes to both issues in the works, with plans to release those features in future updates.

During the event, we were given a quick look at what that feature will look like when it is released.

Another growth point for Facebook with Home is its “chat heads” feature. Users believe the feature is great for continuing a conversation, but not as useful when it comes to starting one. To help alleviate that issue, Facebook is planning to add a new buddy list from Facebook home where users can pull out a list of their friends to initiate a conversation

Facebook Home is currently only officially available on the HTC One X or One X+, Samsung’s Galaxy S III, or the Galaxy Note II. The app also comes pre-loaded on the HTC First from AT&T. Facebook says the app has also been sideloaded onto over 10,000 unsupported devices by industrious Android users.

Facebook Home is currently sitting at a 2.2 star rating in Google Play.

Facebook Home will be updated monthly starting today with primarily a bug-fixing update and is scheduled to receive another update July 11. The features shown off today will be released in the coming months.

What features do you hope to see in Facebook Home in the future? Let us know your thoughts in the comments

While facebook home may not be for everyone, it gained some serious traction since its introduction,today at facebook HQ,Cory On drejka, director of mobile enginnering let loose that, in the month since facebook was first released.

Facebook Home Updated With HTC One And Samsung Galaxy S4 Support

Facebook Home Updated With HTC One And Samsung Galaxy S4 Support

When Facebook Home was first announced, the launcher was made available only to a select couple of handsets, older handsets in fact, like the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One X, One X+ and so on. Well the good news is that if you’ve been eagerly waiting to get Facebook Home onto your brand new HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4, you’re in luck as the launcher has since been updated to include support for both the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4. Apart from that, the app has also received additional updates such as several performance and improvements.

Facebook did state that they plan to include more features in future updates of the launcher, such as Dock, Dash Bar and a new user experience. No word on when these features will be made available, but in the meantime for HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 owners, this update is for you. If you’re interested in giving the launcher a go, head on over to the Google Play store for the free download and to check to see if your phone is supported by it.

Nokia Lumia 925 and Lumia 928 release date, news and rumours

Nokia Lumia 925 release date, news and rumours

Nokia is all but certain to launch the Lumia 928 at its press event scheduled for May 14, but according to the latest reports it might be joined by another high-end smartphone on stage.

Nokia Lumia 925, a full metal-body smartphone, which was previously known as Catwalk, is rumored to sport a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels. The device is said to feature a Snapdragon S4 chipset with 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8.7 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture as well as 16 GB of inbuilt memory and a 2,000mAh battery.

The Nokia Lumia 928 might also feature a new design, but the model is said to be exclusive for Verizon. As you know, Nokia already put up an official teaser pages for its Lumia 928 smartphone and the device had appeared on few billboards.

Lumia 925 release date and price

While Nokia is staying schtum on any future devices – as you’d expect – it has scheduled an event in London on May 14, sending out an invite which teased “see what’s next” and “the Nokia Lumia story continues”.

Although this doesn’t single out the Lumia 925 various suggestions appear to point towards this event for the launch of the new flagship device.

We’ll be in attendance at the event to bring you all the news, so keep your eyes peeled for the official low down and our hands on Nokia Lumia 925 review – assuming that’s what Nokia will be showing off.

In terms of when we may see the Lumia 925 hit shelves we’re probably looking at June or July, although there’s an outside chance we could get our hands on it sooner if Nokia manages to produce a fast turn around time a la Apple and BlackBerry (with the Z10).

We’ve not seen anything on a price yet, but considering the Lumia 925 is expected to be Nokia’s next flagship device you can probably look at the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 as a benchmark.

The not-so-big screen

While many manufacturers seem to be stuffing gigantic screens into smartphones Nokia is apparently being a little more reserved with the Lumia 925.

According to reports the 925 is set to sport a 4.5-inch display, although don’t expect to see the full HD resolution we’ve been treated to on the current crop of superphones.

A leak over in China suggests the Lumia 925 will feature a 1280 x 768 resolution – which would match the offering on the 920.

Nokia Lumia 928

Say cheese, in the dark

Round the back the Lumia 925 is said to carry a 8.7MP camera which once again puts it in line with the 920, although it could come with even better low light qualities.

Over in the States we’ve seen various leaks and adverts for the Nokia Lumia 928, which is presumed to be the US variant of the Lumia 925 – with billboards screaming “the best low-light smartphone camera”.

Bold claims indeed and we’ve got to admit we were mightily impressed with the 920’s performance in near darkness, so the 925 has its work cut out – especially now we have the ultrapixel-toting HTC One is knocking about.

Some may be a little disappointed that Nokia may not plump for a snapper similar to the 13MP lens found on the Sony Xperia Z, or even take its crazy 41MP Pureview technology to stick inside the phone – but remember none of this information is confirmed so we’ll just have to wait and see.

More of the same

There’s no surprises in the operating system department with the Lumia 925 tipped to run Windows Phone 8 – which is the sole platform used by Nokia in all its smartphones now.

It doesn’t get much more exciting with a mooted dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 2000mAh non-removable battery, which all smacks of a phone that came out last year and one that isn’t particularly cutting edge.

Let’s hope Nokia has a trick or two up its sleeve.

Tipped to ditch

One of the big differences between the Lumia 920 and the rumoured Lumia 925 could be the chassis, with the latter tipped to ditch the polycarbonate, found on Nokia’s current crop of smartphones, for a premium aluminium finish.

There’s an ongoing debate over what material our smartphones should be made from. In one corner there’s the plastic brigade headed up by the Galaxy S4 who talk up the material’s flexible and lightweight assests.

In the other is the premium glass and metal fans who want a device which feels like the price they paid for it, with the likes of the Xperia Z, iPhone 5and HTC One flying the high-class flag.

While Nokias have always been well made its current handset crop has been described as looking a bit toyish, and a brushed aluminium finish on the Lumia 925 would see it elevated above these.

As well as sporting a new material the Lumia 925 is also said to be lighter and thinner than the 920, with Nokia shedding 50g of weight and 2.3mm round the middle – which would wedge it in between the Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Summer 2013 in Lebanon: Concerts and Rumors

Akon Live In Lebanon Sat June 22 2013

Five-time Grammy Nominated, International Multi-platinum Recording Artist & Producer with Over 12 million albums sold worldwide and 45 Billboard Hot 100 songs under his belt. A shimmering, soulful voice that has propelled countless hits across genres from pop and R&B to hip hop and dance.

R&B fans, this is what you’ve been waiting for! On Saturday June 22nd  the concert of the year!

Akon Live at Forum De Beirut!

His worldwide concerts are known for their party-like atmosphere and sell out attendance… and his showmanship is iconic Over the last 10 years, Akon’s 2 concerts in Lebanon gathered more than 20,000 fans. This year, his 3rd event will be even bigger!

With more than 45 hit songs under his belt, the crowd will go wild on every song Plus, The R&B star will stun his fans with a premiere of his latest releases

Tickets at all virgin box office branches

NRJ Music Tour 2013

It’s the one night of the year, when the biggest stars from around the world come together to celebrate Hit Music Only, and you could be there…At the NRJ Music Awards 2013!

We’ll be flying two lucky NRJ listeners out to Cannes on the French Riviera, for the star studded event of the year on January 26th

Be among-st the stars and music fans from all around the the NRJ world…

►►► Beirut Waterfront

After it’s huge success in gathering thousands of music and party lovers, the NRJ Music Tour will take place once again in Beirut Waterfont on July 6, 2013.

Featuring this year:

►Today’s worldwide chart-topping Thrift Shop tag-poppers:
►►Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

►The widely acclaimed Hip Hop sensation, YMCMB’s very own:

►The incredibly intense X Factor finalist:
►►Amelia Lily

►The Teenage American Idol:
►►Chris Richardson

►The authors of one of the biggest hits of the year:
►►Carlprit and Caroline Von Brunken

►The enchanting dance music vocalist and this summer’s hit:
►►Bright Lights

►The UK Number 1 Lady of R&B :
►►Misha B

►Winner of last year’s Eurovision contest:

►The multi-talented model, football player and singer:
►►Dashni Morad

►Your host, the man who repeatedly set Beirut on Fire:
►►Keith Thompson

Rumor Has It

Rihanna Lebanon

Rihanna might be coming to Lebanon for a concert this summer.

Has Lebanon ever had someone as currently popular as Rihanna come for a concert in recent times?

Such prospects would make this the event of the summer!

Stay Tuned for more concerts, details, updates and rumors! Only on ECB !

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