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Microsoft cues next-gen Xbox for Crimbo 2013

Microsoft will release the next-generation Xbox console in time for Christmas next year, sources claim. While World+Dog could come up with a 2013 'Xbox 720' prediction, this latest claim comes by way of "people familiar with the company's plans", according to Bloomberg at least. The firm has apparently yet to decide whether it …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012
Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

Intel insists Mac Mini HDMI fix inbound

Intel says it has addressed the Mac Mini flickering HDMI issue and informed those affected that Apple will configure a firmware fix having now been provided with amended drivers. A growing number of owners have complained of poor colours, snow-like interference and display blackouts when connecting a Mac Mini to an external …
Caleb Cox, 30 Nov 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey

Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

Computers used to be our loyal servants. But slowly and surely, we've let them control us. I used to believe these machines had the ability to positively change the world, but after the 56K modem invented Dubstep in the 1990s, I've been somewhat sceptical. So have film makers. Boost a PC with a new processor these days and …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
Bungie logo

Bungie talks up 'genre-defining' Destiny shooter

Halo and Marathon developer Bungie has officially confirmed its next project will be called Destiny, a futuristic shooter with "a universe as deep as that of the Star Wars franchise". Details of the game were splashed across the web when a blabbermouth leaked the project write-up to IGN after getting his mitts on Destiny's story …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
i.am+ C.4 contemporary

Black Eyed Peas star pitches pricey iPhone cam add-on

Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has revealed the "i.am+" case for iPhones, which launches next month for those with more money than music taste. The i.am+ will come in two iPhone 4/4S flavours at first, with the basic "C.4 contemporary" model, setting punters back £199. This features interchangeable lenses for standard, fish- …
Caleb Cox, 29 Nov 2012
Xbox 360 250GB

Sinking Xbox 360 sales still stymies Nintendo numbers

Microsoft shifted three quarters of a million Xbox 360 consoles during "Black Friday" week in the US. While that works out at 22 per cent fewer units than it managed to shift this time last year, the figures remain impressive for a console nearing the end of its lifecycle. To be fair, overhauling 2011's Xmas Xbox sales would …
Caleb Cox, 28 Nov 2012
GTA V

Take-Two praises release breaks for Grand Theft Auto's healthy figure

Some 125 million copies of Grand Theft Auto games have shipped since the series' introduction, publisher Take-Two Interactive has claimed. While it would be easy to celebrate that such figures means GTA easily challenges Tetris for fifth place in the world best-selling franchise table - behind Mario, Pokemon, Wii Sports/Play/Fit …
Caleb Cox, 28 Nov 2012
Nintendo Wii Mini

Nintendo shrinks Wii for Crimbo

Nintendo has officially unveiled a new version of the original Wii console, a smaller, top-loading model that shows the Japanese firm hasn't quite given up on its old tech yet. While many expected Nintendo's focus to shift following the arrival of the Wii U, the company clearly believes there's still a market for standard …
Caleb Cox, 27 Nov 2012
Steam

Steam stats show surge in honest PC gaming

PC gaming is on the rise… if the popularity of Valve's Steam platform is anything to go by, that is. Over six million people were simultaneously logged into Valve's digital distribution service this past weekend, the highest number it has ever seen. Steam statistics 2012 The five million mark was reached in January 2012, a …
Caleb Cox, 27 Nov 2012
Nintendo

Pong creator turns nose up at Nintendo Wii U

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has doubts over the long-term success of the Nintendo Wii U, after admitting he doesn't get the tablet-controlled console. "I actually am baffled by it," said the Pong creator in an interview with the New York Times. "I don't think it's going to be a big success." Bushnell - often hailed at the …
Caleb Cox, 26 Nov 2012
Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Ten Xbox 360 games you may have missed

Games Round-up Our second helping of our console game roundups, caters for those playing on Microsoft's Xbox 360. Sure you may be preoccupied connecting up smartphones through the new SmartGlass feature, but we wouldn't want you to be caught out for Christmas and be lost among the hundreds of new titles, unsure of what to purchase. So perhaps …
Caleb Cox, 24 Nov 2012
Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

Ten PlayStation 3 games you may have missed

Games Round-up While summer was a fairly dry time for games releases, this autumn has gone haywire in the build up to Christmas and as a result, it feels like more titles are being handed out than knighthoods. As usual, we've sifted through the good and the bad to compile a list of any worthy ones you may have missed. While the following ten …
Caleb Cox, 24 Nov 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Apple LTE iPad Mini release slips back in Blighty

Apple's fourth-generation iPad with retina display is now available in the UK, but those who ordered the 4G iPad Mini may end up waiting longer for their shiny new slate than they expected. The Cuperino firm had previously pledged to deliver the iPad Mini LTE to British buyers by the end of the month, but after the US launch …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Huawei G330

Huawei hawks hundred quid handset hupdate

Huawei's refreshed sub-£100 Android phone, the Ascend G330, will be available in the UK from early December, the manufacturer said today. The Chinese company will attempt to build upon the G300's success in the budget Android market through the next-gen model, which steps things up a notch from its highly-rated predecessor. The …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Man strives to shatter Call of Duty world record

We all know gamers spend too long on their consoles, but even the craziest of enthusiasts tend to hit the sack when the sun rises. Bedtime, however, was the last thing on one madcap Australian's mind this week, as he attempted to set a world record for the longest videogame marathon known to man. Retail worker Okan Kaya played …
Caleb Cox, 23 Nov 2012
Starwars Lightsaber

Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

Disney's plans to dramatically expand the Star Wars franchise may concern stringent Jedi enthusiasts, but the fact that it has now signed up Lawrence Kasdan - co-writer of The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, not to mention Raiders of the Lost Ark - to script one of its forthcoming films, will surely be music to fans …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
Ubisoft

Nickers nab Assassin's Creed cache in Benelux blag

Thieves made away with a lorryload of Assassin's Creed 3 copies bound for the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg this week. Most gamers who pre-ordered the title will still get their game. Ubisoft has released more stock for distribution. But customers from those countries who had pre-ordered the limited 'Join or Die' edition …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft said to be building Apple TV adversary

Microsoft has an Apple TV-style set-top box in its labs, it has been claimed. The gadget it said to be an inexpensive Windows 8-based unit designed to provide access to Xbox Live entertainment services and run casual games rather than major releases. XTV "Multiple sources" who claim to be close to the matter say the Microsoft …
Caleb Cox, 22 Nov 2012
EE

EE touts 4G Sim-only tariffs

EE - currently the UK's only 4G network provider - has launched Sim-only plans touting one-year contracts for as little as £21 a month. While that does come with unlimited calls and texts, the package's data allowance is capped at 500MB, which could be gobbled stupendously fast on the firm's speedy network - should users be able …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
Wii U

Wii U disassembly reveals unusual innards

Nintendo launched Wii U Stateside this past Sunday and while some users have complained of slow performance and freezing issues - something the firm has since addressed - teardown reports suggest potential hardware breakages should be relatively cheap to repair. The heatgun and screwdriver equipped iFixit team cracked open the …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony coaxes indie Vita, Android developers with $99 SDK

Sony has launched an indie-focused portal for developers that includes access to the now-out-of-beta PlayStation Mobile software development kit. The PlayStation Mobile SDK has been available in beta form for quite some time, but Sony has now officially given it the green light and slapped on a $99 (£62) annual usage fee. …
Caleb Cox, 20 Nov 2012
Greenpeace

Apple falls as rivals shake green tech tree

Apple, which likes to tout its eco-credentials, has dropped to sixth place in the annual Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics, after allegedly failing to organise a take-back programme in India or set targets to reduce emissions by 2020. Apple does top the charts, along with HP, when it comes to its minimal use of conflict …
Caleb Cox, 19 Nov 2012
Mac Mini with Snow Leopard Server

HDMI hitch hounds Mac Mini holders

The latest generation of Mac Mini appears to be facing HDMI hiccups, with disgruntled owners complaining about poor colours, "snow-like interference" and momentary display blackouts. While the Mini's alternative video outputs - Thunderbolt and Mini Display Port - appear unaffected, those who extend their desktop to a secondary …
Caleb Cox, 19 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2

Black Ops 2 takes HALF A BEELLION DOLLARS in just ONE DAY

Activision gloats that its Call of Duty franchise is again the "biggest entertainment launch of the year", after revealing a return of $500m (£316m) from day-one sales of Black Ops 2. The figures come compiled from three sources: Chart-Track, retail customer sell-through information, and internal company estimates. We're unsure …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony surges past 70 million PlayStation 3 sales

Sony is commemorating the shipment of 70 million PlayStation 3 consoles this week. Reaching the milestone essentially puts it neck and neck with Microsoft's Xbox 360 in terms of overall global lifetime sales. The figures relate to the number of consoles shipped to retailers rather to than customers, so we have little idea how …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
Sony Xperia T

Sony confesses: we can't beat iPhone... yet

Sony has conceded that its Xperia smartphone range lacks a clear iPhone 5 beater. But it promises a contender will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013. "We will create in the near future a flagship Sony model that can compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S III," said Dennis Van Schie, …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Brits kept waiting as iPad Mini LTE arrives Stateside

The 4G LTE version of Apple's iPad Mini is set to hit US stores this weekend, and some pre-order customers are already starting to receive their slight slates. But over here buyers are being forced to wait until the end of the month. With Apple's 4G iPads and iPad Minis said to be rolling into Sprint stores Stateside even as we …
Caleb Cox, 16 Nov 2012
Vodafone

Vodafone will rent you an iPhone 5 for 69p* a day

Vodafone has tweaked its Sim-only tariffs and introduced a fresh handset rental scheme which lets customers swap their old phone for a newer model when their 12-month contract is up. Users who fork out £47 a month for Vodafone's "Red Hot" deal will get the choice of either an Apple iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III or Samsung …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2012
Starwars Lightsaber

Disney plans three Lucasfilm flicks EVERY YEAR

Disney plans to recoup the $4 billion it recently spent on the Lucasfilm acquisition by producing two or three films each year. While another outing for the increasingly geriatric Indiana Jones is on the way, it's very likely Star Wars Episode VII and the two films already said to follow will merely be the first of an avalanche …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2012
Samsung

Samsung readies bendy smarties for 2013

Development work on Samsung mobiles fitted with flexible OLED displays is nearing completing, with handsets set to be released in the first half of 2013, it has been claimed. A source said to be close to the matter reckons Samsung is almost ready to launch flexible displays for mobile handsets, the Wall Street Journal reports. …
Caleb Cox, 15 Nov 2012
GTA V

Rockstar ramps it up with Grand Theft Auto V reveal

Rockstar's GTA V publicity went into overdrive today with a new trailer and more details about what the game has in store for fans. For starters, the publisher says GTA V's game world will be bigger than San Andreas, GTA IV and Red Dead Redemption combined. Memorising your way around may prove tricky, especially as the entire …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Xbox Live: Summer of Football

Microsoft flings free Xboxes to long-term Live lovers

Microsoft is giving some of its long-standing Xbox Live members a limited edition Xbox 360, free of charge, in celebration of the online service's ten year anniversary. A number of gamers expressed their joy this week when they received an Xbox Live Limited Edition Xbox 360 in the post without prior warning. Microsoft's Larry …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
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Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert

An advert for the Toyota GT86 has been banned in the UK after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) judged that it glamorises reckless driving. The Toyota 'Real Deal' ad - which was released on YouTube and shown in UK cinemas - features a virtual male who discovers 'feeling' after he hops into the driving seat of the GT86. …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Lego Lord of the Rings Demo

Warner recalls Xbox Lego Lord of the Rings 'demo' discs

Warner Bros is recalling Xbox 360 copies of Lego Lord of the Rings game after they were incorrectly labelled as demo discs before being shipped to retailers. The blunder appears to have only affected US shoppers, with Walmart, Target and Toys'R'Us the only outlets to receive the misprinted discs. According to Warner Bros - …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Aston Martin DB5

Skyfall makers 3D printed Bond's DB5

The makers of James Bond's latest outing, Skyfall, cut a couple corners in production and used modern 3D printing techniques to fake the decimation of a classic 1960s Aston Martin DB5. Skyfall DB5 model You wouldn't steal a car but now you can download one The movie studio contacted Augsberg-based 3D print firm Voxeljet to …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Black Ops 2 blunder has Mass Effect on buyers

PC gamers who rushed to buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 yesterday found themselves unable to play the new release when they found they received Mass Effect 2, a title published by Activision's fierce rival EA, instead. Gamers affected by the glitch - currently venting their spleen in several forums, including Steam and Reddit - …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Wii U

Nintendo Wii U set to out-sell predecessor at launch

Nintendo will shift more Wii Us in the first three months of release than it managed with the console's predecessor, analysts claim. But an estimated 53 million sales by the end of 2016 puts projected long-term success of the tablet-inspired console quite some way behind. Nintendo is said to have 5.5 million Wii U units in stock …
Caleb Cox, 14 Nov 2012
Nexus 4 on Google Play

Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'

Google's Nexus 4 is said to have been snapped up within 30 minutes of its UK release this morning. Getting hold of a Glastonbury ticket would have been easier, apparently. The handset's affordable price obviously had masses eager with the Visa, ready to splash either £239 for an 8GB or £279 for a 16GB version. Google's Play …
Caleb Cox, 13 Nov 2012
World of Warcraft Mobile Armory

Blizzard blasts 'frivolous' security lawsuit

World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has said claims made in a lawsuit which alleges it engaged in "deceptive and unfair" business practices are entirely "without merit". The lawsuit, filed by gamer Benjamin Bell in the US, insists Blizzard is forcing online players of Diablo III, Starcraft and World of Warcraft to pay $6.40/£8. …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Google to refund some pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

Google, like Asus, will compensate folk who purchased a Nexus 7 just before it reduced the tablet's price, on 29 October. Nexus 7 Unfortunately, the price protection promise only applies to owners who splashed out on or after 14 October, as Google's offer only covers the 15 days before a price cut. Only the 16GB version is …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012

RIM sets date for BlackBerry 10 reveal

Research in Motion has finally set an official launch date for BlackBerry 10. The full reveal will take place at event to be held on 30 January 2013. The much-hyped BlackBerry 10 platform will be announced "simultaneously in multiple countries across the world", the company says in its BlackBerry blog. While we have yet to hear …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012
Curiosity, screenshots from @Mowlamania, Twitter

Unexpected curiosity cripples Molyneux app

Veteran British games developer Peter Molyneux's latest mobile game, Curiosity, has been dogged by issues after an unexpected million or so downloads led to server overload. The development studio 22 Cans has appealed for fan donations to improve the service. Curiosity - launched last week - is Molyneux's social experiment in …
Caleb Cox, 12 Nov 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Asus offers compensation to pre-price drop Nexus 7 buyers

Asus customers who forked out for a Nexus 7 before the price drop on 29 October have been offered a £25 gift voucher in consolation. The coupon is limited to those who bought their device directly from Asus or Google, and not only must the slate be registered with Asus, but customers will have to provide proof of purchase too. …
Caleb Cox, 10 Nov 2012
Apple iPad 2

Walmart workers filmed playing iPad frisbee

Four Walmart employees were said to have been sacked this week after filming themselves deliberately throwing what they claim are boxed iPads around one of the supermarket chain's stockrooms. The workers, from Walmart's Pikeville, Kentucky store, can be seen lobbing boxes carelessly around the room. “This is why you don’t buy …
Caleb Cox, 09 Nov 2012
Dom Joly

20 years of GSM digital mobile phones

Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the world's first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone - the Nokia 1011 - strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile connectivity. The candybar device - which weighed a whopping 475g and could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes - …
Caleb Cox, 09 Nov 2012
Angry Birds Star Wars

Angry Birds Star Wars game review

Rovio expanded its most popular franchise yet again today, transforming Angry Birds for sci-fi fans with a Star Wars theme. While the game is essentially Angry Birds Space with a dollop of Jedi and a mix of the previous games in the series, those yet to find themselves bored of flinging feathers will love it. Fans of George …
Caleb Cox, 08 Nov 2012
Virgin Media

Virgin launches TV Anywhere streaming

Virgin Media has launched TV Anywhere, a service which lets its cable telly subscribers view content on a laptop, tablet or smartphone over a Wi-Fi connection. Depending on a user's Virgin package, the service - similar to Sky Go and BBC iPlayer - provides streams of up to 45 channels and 4000 hours of on-demand content. As we …
Caleb Cox, 07 Nov 2012
Xbox Live

Microsoft mulls 'Xbox Surface' slate for games

Microsoft wants to release a 7in gaming tablet, with hardware planning for an "Xbox Surface" already in the works, sources claim. Details of the device - which was first mooted in June when speculation pointed towards an E3 games show reveal - indicate the use of custom ARM chippery and high-bandwidth memory geared specifically …
Caleb Cox, 07 Nov 2012

Xbox SmartGlass comes to iOS

The iOS version of Xbox SmartGlass hit the App Store this week, bringing Microsoft's advanced remote console controllability to those with Apple devices a week after the release of the Android version. Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass technology turns mobile gadgets like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad into interactive second screens …
Caleb Cox, 07 Nov 2012

Belkin flaunts non-Apple Lightning add-ons

Belkin has announced a couple of iOS accessories for Apple's new lightning connecter, the first third-party products from a name brand to do so. The company's 'Car Charger for Lightning' and 'Charge + Sync Dock' are available for pre-order from tomorrow, both with a price-tag of £25. The latter features a foldaway aux jack, a …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012