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iOS 7.0.4 Released November 14, 2013

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Apple has just released the latest point revision to iOS 7 in the form of iOS 7.0.4 to all iOS 7 compliant iDevices including the iPhone and iPad.  The list of devices that it is compatible with is far too great for me to repost here, needless to say you can just run the Software Update function on your iDevice to determine if you need the update.

The update corrects issues with FaceTime calls being dropped on some devices.  It can be downloaded right now through iTunes or your iDevice’s Software Update feature.

Nintendo Direct 11/13/2013 November 14, 2013

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Every once in a while, Nintendo releases a Nintendo Direct, which details all the new games and updates that are coming their respective platforms.  In this newest installment, we get the latest look at the 3DS exclusive Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, but the best part is we get our first look at the new Miiverse application for the 3DS.  Without further ado, here’s Reggie Fils-Amie with Nintendo to talk about what is coming up for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems.

Top Ten Things To Do Before the Playstation 4 Launch November 14, 2013

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At midnight tonight, the fourth generation Playstation will be released.  This is going to be an incredible occasion marked with celebration across the country.  I’ve already got a preparation video to help anyone interested in picking up a launch console, but like with anything there are always last-minute things you can do before picking up your console to make the setup a faster process.  Because, like you know, you’re just going to want to get to the games.

So here are a few things you can do before midnight tonight to help you get your PS4 ready for gaming just a little bit sooner.  These are not listed in order of priority, so don’t worry about one step being more or less important than the other.

So, read on PS4 player.  Your next-gen games await.

  1. If you don’t have a Sony Playstation Network account, sign up for one.  They’re free.  However, if you have a PS Vita, PSP or PS3, you likely already have one.
  2. Sync your Trophies so you have all your PS3 stats on your PSN account.  You may not be playing PS3 for a while.  Just turn on your PS3, log into your PSN account, hit the triangle button when highlighting the trophies option, and select “Sync With Server.”
  3. Preorder any games you plan to purchase online on your PS3.  You can do this from the Playstation Network Store.  Almost all Day One PS4 games, including some multiplatform titles are available for preorder.  Granted, these preorders are for the digital versions of games, not retail ones.  You’ll need to preorder retail games at your local game store.
  4. Free up one HDMI slot on your HDTV or HD receiver.  PS4 requires HDMI connection and has no analog connection for video or audio output.  However, it does have a digital optical audio output for legacy surround sound systems.
  5. If there are any PS3 games you currently own that you would like to upgrade to a PS4 version, hold onto them.  Sony is offering digital version of PS4 games at HEAVY discount to players who currently own the PS3 version of the game.  Check the Playstation Network store for which games are currently being offered at this discount.
  6. Buy an extra Dual Shock 4 controller or Playstation Camera at retail right now.  They’re actually out and you can pick them up early.  Heck, there are even some PS4 games that you can get at retail right now like Call of Duty: Ghosts.  Price is around $59 US each.
  7. If you have a Playstation Vita, update your Vita’s firmware to the most recent version.  The updated firmware is required for PS4 to Vita game streaming.
  8. Download the Playstation App to your Android or iOS Device.  It’s free, and you can log into your PSN account and manage your trophies without a PS4.  Just search for “Playstation App” on your device’s respective online store.  It is required to make use of the PS4’s Second Screen capabilities.
  9. Sign up for Playstation Plus.  It is now required to play PS4 games online.  You can do that in the Playstation Store or just buy a prepaid card at retail.  Price is $49 US per year.
  10. Download the PS4 1.5 Firmware (Day One Patch) to a USB storage device.  While Sony will make the update available online as well, there may be a mad dash to update it immediately, and downloading it in advance and installing through USB may be a faster option.  You can download the update, and read the instructions on how to install it here.