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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 …
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 …
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 …
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/£ …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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