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Surface more profitable than iPad

Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface tablet - designed to compete with the full sized Apple iPad - has a larger profit margin than its rival, a teardown analysis has revealed. The Surface, with its minimum 32GB of Flash storage and optional Touch Cover, has a bill of materials (BoM) that totals $271. Chuck in an additional $13 …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Skyrim DLC lets players FLY DRAGONS

Bethesda has unveiled its latest DLC pack for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. As well as the introduction of a fresh villain, gamers will be able to fly on the back of a dragon. Insert Bill & Ted sample: "Exccellllent." While full details of the Dragonborn DLC have yet to surface, this week's trailer offers a glimpse of what …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012
Age UK MyPhone

Credit card-sized mobile simplified for oldies

Charity Age UK has unveiled a basic Sim-free mobile phone that lets users dial contacts directly with the touch of an oversized button. The credit card-sized UK My Phone, jointly developed with specialist network operator CyCell, comes with a maximum of eight customised homescreen buttons, simplifying the art of speed-dial. Age …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012
Rinspeed sQuba

007 hardware: Gadgetry, spyware and things that make you go Boom

As Daniel Craig enjoys his third outing as Britain's most famous spy, fans who didn't get to see the film this weekend are rubbing their hands together in anticipation of 007's latest gadget collection. While we expect any contraption to feel futuristic and perhaps implausible, the gizmos on show from Bond films of yesteryear …
Caleb Cox, 06 Nov 2012

Virgin liberates landlines with converged call service

Virgin Media today unveiled SmartCall, an app which lets customers use unlimited minutes from their landline talk plans on smartphones through a Wi-Fi connection. SmartCall automatically detects when such a service is possible and whether it would be included in a Virgin landline customer's talk plan. Subscribers with …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2012

Skype floods UK stores with top-up cards

Skype has introduced prepaid cards to the UK, offering shoppers the option to purchase their call credits in stores. Top-up VoIP vouchers - available for £10 and £20 - are on the way to various retailers, including Asda, Currys, PC World, Sainsburys and WHSmith. The prepaid amounts can be put towards subscription bundles as well …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2012
Doom_SM

Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

The long-anticipated release of Halo 4 and the latest Call of Duty, November is shaping up to be a great month for first-person shooters. Halo 4 We've decided to look back at the great FPS games of the past, so here are what we think to be the 20 most notable titles from the last 30 years. During that time, there have been …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2012
O2 logo

O2 roaming rates to rise by up to 140%

O2 will increase its roaming costs for making calls outside the EU by nearly 140 per cent this month. The network is set to raise the cost of making calls in the US and Canada from 90p a minute to £1.10, while increasing the charge to receive calls from 39p to 90p. Sending a text from across the pond will set punters back 40p …
Caleb Cox, 05 Nov 2012
Mobile Broadband - Virgin Mobile

Virgin offers unlimited action on the cheap

Virgin has updated its PAYG deals to - it claims - undercut all of its operator rivals by offering unlimited data for a mere £10 top up. The company rolled out two fresh tiers of tariff this week, one geared towards the natterer, the other prepped for surf addicts. One tariff, "Big Data and Texts", offers unlimited mobile data …
Caleb Cox, 02 Nov 2012
Apple iPad Mini

Apple's iPad Mini released, analysts predict slow burner

Apple's iPad Mini and the fourth-generation refresh of its bigger brother hit stores today as analysts forecast lower than usual sales - for the opening weekend, at least. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he expects between 1 and 1.5 million iPad Minis will sell during the gadget's first weekend on …
Caleb Cox, 02 Nov 2012
Sony PS Vita handheld games console

Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN

Sony has begun advertising the PlayStation Vita in French magazines by comparing the device to a woman with four breasts. "Deux faces tactiles, deux fois plus de sensations,” breathes the Gallic ad - photographed and posted on Twitter - to promote of the handheld's front touchscreen and rear touchpad. Translation: two touchable …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Apple

Analyst slams Apple innovation FAIL

One Wall Street analyst has lashed out at Apple, claiming the Mac maker's innovation is "sputtering" on the back of its failure to introduce touchscreen notebooks and desktop all-in-ones. Despite anticipation of a record holiday quarter, the Cupertino firm lacks the inventive touch it once had, Global Equities Research MD Trip …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Windows Phone 3.0 for Mac

Microsoft reveals Windows Phone 8 support for Mac

Microsoft has refreshed its Windows Phone application for Macs, which now enables data transfer between Apple computers and Redmond's latest mobile platform. The Windows Phone 3.0 update - previously dubbed Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac - has seen a massive overhaul, with support for Retina Display Macs, iPhoto 9.3.2, …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
O2 logo

O2 touts OTT tariffs for Nexus 4 exclusive

O2 has upped the price of Google's anticipated LG-made Nexus 4 smartphone - for which the UK operator has a month-long exclusive - and customers have raised their eyebrows in disgust. While Google will sell the 16GB version Sim-free and unlocked for a generous £279, or an 8GB version for £239, in order to get the blower free, …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Ouya Android games console

Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase

Android-based games console Ouya has entered the Engineering Verification Testing phase, which essentially means the team is evaluating how the box runs ahead of the planned shipment of developer kits this coming December. The hotly-anticipated games console - which made a big splash in the gaming world after a high-profile …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Samsung Galaxy Premier

Samsung reveals Galaxy Premier smartphone

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier this week, another member of its smartphone family which looks to be a trimmed-down marginally more affordable version of the Galaxy S III. The Samsung Galaxy Premier features a slightly smaller, 4.65in, 1280 x 720 display. Innards are trimmed from the S III's quad-core processor to a 1.5GHz …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung states sales date for Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini hits UK shelves next week with a couple of free games and 50GB of Dropbox space. The bijou brother of the Korean giant's flagship smartphone features a 4in, 800 x 480 display; a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson Novathor U8420 chipset all running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Customers have the choice of of 8GB …
Caleb Cox, 01 Nov 2012
Apple iPhone 5

Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets

iPopularity is in a state of decline, with "Apple loyalty" said to have fallen for the first time since the iPhone's 2007 release. Only 75 per cent of iPhone owners in Western Europe say they'd choose an Apple device for their next smartphone, new data from market watcher Strategy Analytics show. That still seems a relatively …
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012
Horror

Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games

Complimented on the cobwebs, skeletal remains and general stench of death in my flat the other day, I suddenly remembered it was Halloween this week, so here's another nostalgic slideshow to celebrate. This time it's a collection of 20 pant-cacking games, titles that raised the hair on the back of our necks or at least raised …
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012
Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

Asus is shipping around one million Nexus 7 tablets a month, the company has claimed. Google's affordable fondleslab was hugely popular with consumers and rapidly sold out during its first product run. However, exact figures remained hazy. Now manufacturer Asus finally lifted the veil. "At the beginning, it was, for instance, …
Caleb Cox, 31 Oct 2012
Borderlands 2

Xbox mod spreads KILLER Borderlands 2 GERM

A bug in Borderlands 2 has spread like virtual flu, permanently killing off characters if they die during a game. Worse, some players are deliberately spreading the infection to gamers they don't like, it has been claimed. The issue only affects Xbox 360 players - the sound you can hear is our very own PS3-loving 'Anonymous …
Caleb Cox, 30 Oct 2012
Nokia Lumia 920

Nokia primes Lumias for Windows Phone 8 push

Nokia hopes to make a splash in the Windows Phone 8 pool when its Lumia 920 and 820 hits shelves later this week. The hotly anticipated Lumia 920 takes Nokia's PureView photography tech into the WinPho arena with an 8.7Mp sensor and f/2.0 aperture. Nokia Lumia 920 The results - unlikely to be as impressive as the fake footage …
Caleb Cox, 30 Oct 2012
HTC 8s

WinPho 8 fans now able to order HTC handsets

HTC's Windows Phone 8 range went up for pre-order today as the company prepares to flood the market with its 8X and 8S handsets this Friday. The brightly coloured blowers - announced last month - join the roster of WinPho 8 devices set to complement Microsoft's platform release this week. Unlike devices from Nokia and others, …
Caleb Cox, 30 Oct 2012
Steam

Valve taps testers for Linux Steam

Valve is seeking participants for its Steam for Linux beta test and has asked experienced users of the open source platform to apply. The company confirmed it would launch Steam for Ubuntu back in July, but failed to hint at any release dates. It did, however, promise a port of Left 4 Dead 2, and a month later claimed that games …
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012
GTA: Vice City

Rockstar unloads Vice City for smartphones

Rockstar Games is celebrating the tenth anniversary of PS2 classic Grand Theft Auto: Vice City by releasing it on mobile platforms. The game - which hit shelves on 29 October 2002 - will be available for a wide range of iOS and Android devices, feature high-resolution graphics and include several enhancements for the mobile …
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012
SmartGlass for Android

Xbox SmartGlass hits Android ahead of schedule

Microsoft published the Xbox SmartGlass app for Android this weekend, giving those on Google's OS access before Windows Phone 8 even hits the market. The application - launched on Windows RT devices on Friday - was expected to hit Google Play in 2013 after a lengthy period of MS exclusivity. However, with the release of Windows …
Caleb Cox, 29 Oct 2012
Fifa 13

Fifa 13 game review

Review Nearly a month has passed since EA kicked off sales for its latest Fifa release and, despite an influx of other impressive titles including PES 2013, the king of footie games remains firmly at the top of the UK charts. That's hardly a surprise in a population so grossly obsessed with the 'beautiful game'. Fifa 13 Kept alive …
Caleb Cox, 27 Oct 2012
GooPad

GooPad's eight-incher gives Apple fans cheap relief

Knock-off iPad manufacturer GooPad has followed Apple and unveiled a mini version of its i-style slate. It packs similar specs, ish, but as you can imagine, has a far cheaper price than the real thing. The GooPad Mini may be devoid of the highly-sought fruit logo, but with an 8in display at 1080 x 768 pixels, a 1.4GHz dual-core …
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2012
Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass

WTF is... Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass?

Feature Microsoft launches its Xbox 360 SmartGlass software today, a free app that allows the console's film, games and music services to be tapped from a mobile device. It becomes an informative second screen to display additional content, or simply acts as a helpful go-between twixt a user's console, mobile and PC platform. Microsoft …
Caleb Cox, 26 Oct 2012
Dyson Hot

Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

British vacuum cleaner magnate Dyson has started High Court proceedings against German industrial giant Bosch, claiming its rival swiped its designs for a new generation of electric motor. Mark Taylor, Dyson's R&D chief, said: “Bosch’s VP for engineering employed a Dyson engineer and benefited from our confidential know-how and …
Caleb Cox, 25 Oct 2012
PlayStation Network

Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

News that the PlayStation 3 has been jailbroken, again, is hardly a shocker. However, the latest hack makes Sony's battle against piracy a very tricky task, experts claim. While fresh custom firmware hit the web earlier this week, it's the leak of the so-called LV0 decryption keys which leaves Sony with a serious headache. The …
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2012
Ubisoft

Ubisoft forgets to ship activation codes for music game

Whoops. Ubisoft has shipped a number of European copies of Rocksmith for PC without activation codes. The omission was, of course, a blunder. However, gamers affected by the codes' absence have still been struck by Ubi's strict security and asked to provide a clear digital image of purchase receipts. Hordes of affected punters …
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012

Nokia flings low-end Lumia at developing world

Nokia has officially unveiled the Lumia 510, a budget Windows Phone handset unlikely to excite enthusiasts of the latest tech. With us Westerners distracted by incoming Windows Phone 8 kit, the Finnish firm today set its sights on flooding the developing market with more of yesterday's tech. And after the company pulled the …
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012
Everything Everywhere

Everything Everywhere prices up UK 4G

Everything Everywhere has announced what it will charge for 4G mobile broadband today. Prices for the snappy connection starting at £36 a month. Unfortunately, that'll only feed punters 500MB of data a month, which could be gobbled quickly on a connection with download speeds ten times that of HSPA 3G. That allowance can be …
Caleb Cox, 23 Oct 2012
Batman

Boris 'games rot brains' Johnson hosts game art expo

City Hall - home of the London Mayor - plays host to a games-related art exhibition this week as the London Games Festival draws to a close. Batman: Arkham City art Curiously, the exhibition is "supported" by Mayor Boris Johnson, who in December 2006 wrote on his blog and in the Daily Telegraph that "computer games rot the …
Caleb Cox, 22 Oct 2012
GoG

Mac gamers a-gog as GOG goes Mac

Online retailer Good Old Games pushes its services onto Mac OS X this week, with a new collection of over 50 titles for the Mac. As well as a bunch of Bullfrog classics and nostalgia point-and-click epics sure to tempt our Antique Code Show readers, Mac gamers can now snag a copy of CD Projekt's highly-rated role-player The …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
PlayStation Network

Sony posts, pulls PlayStation Store update

Sony pulled its new-look PlayStation Store from the UK yesterday after a barrage of complaints from users. The firm has now postponed the refresh in several countries and reverted the Store to its old design until it fixes "teething problems". Those who installed the update say it was buggy, full of random crashes and had …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
007 Legends

Slideshow: A History of James Bond in 20 Games

As the latest James Bond game - 007 Legends - shoots its way to shop shelves this week ahead of Skyfall's release on 26 October, we decided jump aboard the nostalgia train with a look back at Bond-theme games from yesteryear. 007 Legends Get bent! Since the very first virtual 007 adventure - the Parker Brother's James Bond …
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2012
On-demand streamed music services compared

On-demand streamed music services compared

Feature As Microsoft Xbox Music upon the masses this week, streaming over 30 million songs to groovetastic gamers and Windows PC users, we decided to see how it stacks up against the competition. The market is awash with Spotify-style streaming services, which vary in catalogue numbers, mobile support, pricing and their respective …
Caleb Cox, 18 Oct 2012
Microsoft

Microsoft Surface priced up for Blighty

Advanced orders for Microsoft's Surface tablet are now being taken in the UK. Prices starting at £399. That'll get you a 32GB version of the ARM-based slate without the touch-to-type keyboard-equipped Touch Cover, which comes bundled for an additional £80. Buy the cover on its own and you'll pay £100. Alternatively, those after …
Caleb Cox, 17 Oct 2012
Mike Singleton

Game over for legendary 1980s games designer Mike Singleton

Obituary Classic videogame designer Mike Singleton - famed for titles such as the ZX Spectrum's The Lords of Midnight and Doomdark's Revenge - has died aged 61. Singleton will be best remembered as a trendsetter, developing popular 1980s titles such as Dark Sceptre and Midwinter, and building hundreds of games for systems from the …
Caleb Cox, 16 Oct 2012

Asus doubles up phone-slate combo's specs with Padfone 2

Asus has refreshed its three-in-one smartphone, tablet and notebook concept and unveiled the all-new Padfone 2. As with many products that take far too long to materialise, the original Padfone was a great idea on paper that never quite lived up to its hype. By the time it was eventually launched, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) …
Caleb Cox, 16 Oct 2012
Halo 4

Microsoft Halo 4 launch countdown continues as game leaks online

Code for Microsoft's upcoming shooter Halo 4 has leaked online three weeks ahead of the game's launch, prompting investigation and action from team Xbox. Images of Halo 4 game disks appeared up on the NeoGaf forums last Friday and footage of the eagerly awaited FPS being played has since flooded the net. Fans are warned to …
Caleb Cox, 15 Oct 2012
Samsung Galaxy S III Mini

Samsung shoots Galaxy S III with shrink ray, unveils 4in Mini

Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S III Mini, the widely predicted compact version of the firm's flagship Android smartphone. As revealed earlier this week, the Mini boasts a 4in, 800 x 480 display plus a dual-core 1GHz ST-Ericsson Novathor U8420 chipset powering Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The blower features a 5Mp rear- …
Caleb Cox, 12 Oct 2012
Archos G9 Android tablet

Archos Android update said to brick G9 slates

An Archos firmware update - supposed to take the company's budget G9 Android tablet up to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich - has been pulled after users complained that it bricks their hardware. The Archos G9 - which can now be picked up for as low as £115 - actually comes equipped with Android 3.2 Honeycomb, but promises an …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012
Apple

Woz labels Apple 'arrogant' over iPhone size inadequacy

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has called Apple "arrogant" and wishes the Cupertino firm would produce bigger phones. The bearded innovator offers familiar criticism of the company he helped to form in a podcast session with TalkCentral. Woz says the only reason the iPhone 5 doesn't have a bigger screen is due to Apple's …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012
Sony PS3 Even Slimmer

Sony pops pastries as PS3 sales pass 5m

Sony sent us baked goodies today in celebration of selling five million PlayStation 3s here in the UK. PS3 Cake Following last month's PS3 Super Slim launch, the Japanese firm enjoyed a huge jump in sales and this week surpassed the 5m mark in Blighty, a figure confirmed by GfK Chart-Track. A second Super Slim edition with a …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012
Ken Hovanes waterlogged iPhone

Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

If you submerged a phone in two metres of water for any serious period of time, you'd never expect to see it work again, right? So imagine the surprise when one iPhone owner recovered his handset from a lake six months after it fell in - only to find it still works. iPhone owners are well known for dropping their blowers in the …
Caleb Cox, 11 Oct 2012
Apple

Gavel fails to fall for Apple 1

An original Apple 1 made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak failed to sell at an auction in London this week after bidders refused to meet its reserve price. The 1976 computer - which comes without a screen and a mere 4KB of memory - was expected to be snapped up for £80,000. However, the top bid of £32,000 wasn't high enough to …
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2012
Apple

Apple to spice up Blighty iPads with 4G

Apple will refresh its current iPad with support for Everything Everywhere's 4G network, while the upcoming 'iPad Mini' will be limited to Wi-Fi connectivity, moles maintain. Industry whisperers have told the Guardian that an iPad Mini announcement is imminent. However, a 3G-compatible version is unlikely. This should allow the …
Caleb Cox, 10 Oct 2012