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OnLive Launches iOS and Android Gaming Apps

There’s good news for all you gamers out there as the online gaming world will soon witness a whale of revolution. As per reports, OnLive is all in readiness to launch its ultra-innovative online gaming platform to Android and iOS devices with the release various new apps for both the said platforms.

The OnLive service is highly popular for providing console titles and for making them playable on the internet by the means of renting or buying various fascinating titles. It was zestfully launched in September all over the United Kingdom.

The new apps may well be epochal as they carry complete editions of games such as L. A. Noire and Assassins Creed Revelations to the iPad and iPhone. In addition, it is reported that the apps will even be supported by the majority of smartphones and Android tablets.

Due the preliminary phase of launch, 25 games, counting the aforementioned versions, have been modified for use on a wide variety of touchscreen gadgets.

In the meantime, the entire portfolio of 200 games will be modified so as to make them playable by the means of a fresh Universal OnLive Wireless Controller, which will be most probably pegged at around £39.99

All of the modified games will be supporting 3G and Wi-Fi, based on the internet speed.

Though the apps are freebies and anyone can download them with ease, members can even think about paying a monthly subscription fee for a variety of titles. Also, they can even buy passes for unlimited play and can even rent games for a number of days.

While expressing his opinion in this regard, the Founder and CEO of OnLive, Steve Perlman said: “Today marks a major milestone: OnLive is now delivering the latest, console-class, top-tier games – literally to your fingertips – on tablets and phones for instant, on-demand play anywhere, anytime”.

UK Can Expect Kindle Fire by January 2012

Not long ago, Amazon launched its entertainment-oriented, pocket-friendly Fire in US, and the device made a gigantic buzz that claimed it to be the first ever iPad rival in the tech town. No wonder it made people go crazy for getting their hands onto the lovely Kindly Fire, and the Fire caught more fire when CEO Jeff Bezos declared that the device would be pegged at $200 in comparison to Apple’s $500.

Despite all enticing statements, not many words were shared about the release dates of Kindle Fire outside the United States. The tablet is keen on providing downloads of apps, music as well as movies, and there’s no point giving a second thought to the fact that the United States is the focal point of all prime internet services provided by Amazon.

But now, it has been informed by reliable sources that the Kindle Fire will make it to the British market by January and therefore, waiting is perhaps the most advisable thing you can give to all the thrifty shoppers around you.

As per stats, Kindle Fire has been the best-selling product in United States for the last two months, and it is highly being anticipated by market experts and analysts that the Kindle Fire will soon inspire a tremble for the long-running dominance of iPad.

On the other hand, experts are of the view that though Apple’s iPad will retain its ascendancy in IT market during the next year, Kindle Fire is expected to swallow as much as 50% of sales of Android-based tablets.

Though there’s no information on what the price of Fire will be like in the United Kingdom, speculation are on a high that it will be affordable enough and maybe Amazon might sell it at a discount or loss of $3 per unit, in comparison to its price in the United States, since it is vitally a ‘shop front’ focused on digital selling of music, films, books and apps.

Francis Maude Announces Joint Cyber Unit

As an attempt to save the United Kingdom from the continuously increasing threat of cyber crime the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, has announced some plans yesterday. In addition, the minister notified to open a latest Joint Cyber Unit at the Government’s GCHQ eavesdropping centre as an attempt to widen the country’s military ­capability in cyberspace as well.

The move is believed to have a significant influence from the biggest threat of Chinese “cyber warriors” where a group of notorious hackers in the Chinese army is alleged to steal millions of pounds of industrial secrets from several European companies.

Consequently, on Friday, the minister has revealed the newly outlined cyber security strategy. Under the spell of the move some top secret technologies created at the government’s giant eavesdropping centre GCHQ are entitled to be offered to private industries.

“Up until now, some of the clever things that have been developed have just sat on a shelf. GCHQ may not know how to use it, but private companies may be able to”, notified a Whitehall source while insisting for the need of feasible environment. In addition, the source has notified that the GCHQ will be serving as a clearing house for any acknowledged information.

Sources have confirmed that the authorities have invested more than £650m for establishing the police cyber crime unit and expressed confidence that the move will surely play a key role to minimize the cases of criminal gangs, hostile states, and terrorist attacks as well as other anti-social activities.

Mr. Maude notified that the suggested cyber crime unit will be starting to perform its operations soon, most probably by 2013, and will be acting as a part of the National Crime Agency. Further, he notified plans that can enable the police to make best use of existing powers.

Surging Fuel Duty Distressing the Pockets of Poor

Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed figures highlighting that in the past ten year, there have been fall in the revenue of the Government coming from petrol sales. According to the figures, the shares of government in the sales as fallen to 62% which was at 81%, ten years back.

The ONS has reported that the government has witnessed a fall in its hares as it didn’t hike the petrol prices in accordance with hikes in petrol duty. No matter what reasons are being cited by the ONS for fall in the shears of the government, there is no doubt that the prices of petrol has touch the sky, this years.

The fuel costs about 75p per liter, while the cost of fuel duty and VAT stands for 57.95p and 57.95p respectively. It is believed that if the VAT is removed then the prices of fuel could fall to 53p.

It has come to light that a large number of the UK families are spending £677 on fuel or petrol duty in 2009-2010. However, ten years back, the residents were paying just £365 for petrol duty. According to the statistics, lower income group families are spending more than their income.

About 20% of the lower income group households pay 3.5% of their disposable income of petrol duty while 20% of rich are paying just 1.8% of their income. It means that the hike in petrol duty is directly impacting the lower income groups.

Chancellor George Osborne has received appeals from many organizations in regard of bringing change in the fuel duty system. As the fuel duty is surging dramatically, there is high possibly of poor motorist of losing mobility. However, it has been reported that the government is planning to raise petrol duty from next year’s budget.