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  • Live-action ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ video brings the hype

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches 4 November, or next week Tuesday. While pre-orders may be 40% lower than last year, the Peter Berg directed effort (Hancock) kicks major ass. The trailer officially launched last night in the U.S. and pretty much replicates the feel of the latest Call of Duty, if not the graphics (yet). There’s a considerable amount of spoiler-ey content in the video, as it expands on the incredible technology Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare plans to offer. Rocket packs, cyborg punches, scanning grenades, magnetic tether gloves, it’s the kitchen-sink approach and we like it. The last video,...

  • PS Plus November lineup leaks: includes ‘The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth’, ‘Escape Plan’ and ‘Luftrausers’

    It’s that time of the month again when the free PlayStation Plus games are leaked. What’s on the cards for November? We’ve got the full list of games below, as well as a leaky games lineup video care of All Trailers. Remember, you’ll need an active PS Plus subscription to play these or any “free” games downloaded in the past. Without PS Plus, your games are locked behind Sony’s paywall. PS4 The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and Steamworld Dig. PS3 Luftrausers and  Frozen Synapse Prime. PS Vita Escape Plan and The Hungry Horde.

  • Samsung has a new bad-ass stove that projects virtual LED flames

    With the Korean giant’s latest gizmo, Samsung is taking on electric and traditional gas stoves a plenty in what could be quite a revolutionary development in cooking technology. Similar to a gas stove’s aesthetic, the premium Chef Collection Range Slide-in Range introduces LED lights that shine onto pots and pans to “provide the visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction.” The strips of blue LEDs embedded in the glass surface will glow stronger the more you turn up the heat. The stove will also heat-up only once you place your pots and pans onto its surface. “Induction cooking focuses the...

  • Microsoft to drop free Xbox Music streaming service in December

    If you’ve been using Xbox Music on you PC for the last two years, you’d better start exporting your playlist or cough-up the dough. Microsoft will be discontinuing its free Xbox Music streaming service on 1 December 2014. As it stands, users can either opt to pay a monthly fee of US$10 for an Xbox Music Pass, download songs at set prices individually, or use the free PC version that includes ads. The latter will be scrapped. Ever since its inception on 2012, the music service has tried to take on online streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes....

  • Ebola-combatting robots under consideration for West African deployment

    The world’s current Ebola outbreak is quickly turning into the planet’s worst nightmare, and a realization of some of Hollywood’s scariest post-apocalyptic movies, but an equally futuristic solution might be on the cards if robotics experts get their way. According to Computerworld, scientists are developing a new breed of robot that could act as “rolling interpreters, autonomous vehicles that could deliver food and medicine” and even specialised ones tasked with cleansing equipment and burying those who succumbed. This will remove the human element from the treatment and containment of the virus, which may lead to a more effective solution. Taking into...

  • Apple leaks details about iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3 with Burst Mode, TouchID

    As is tradition, before the official release of Apple’s latest range of iPads, Macs and its new OS X, details about the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 were leaked. The big guy’s just giving us a bite of the apple to whet our appetite for the main event. Well spotted by 9to5Mac, the iPad User Guide for iOS 8.1 temporarily posted in iTunes indicated that the new iPads do in fact have TouchID which was first introduced with last year’s iPhone 5s and carried on with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The guide further...

  • Wii U system update adds folders, improved download management

    Nintendo’s Wii U is seeing a resurgence in popularity of late, no small thanks to the release of first-party mascot fighters Super Smash Bros. and Hyrule Fighters. Yet, the Wii U still suffered from a non-intuitive interface, the inability to organize game collections and irritatingly, no quick way to checkup on downloads. Today’s Wii U system software update 5.2.0 U, hopefully fixes these niggling issues with a new download management icon, folders and a “new design layout” for the HOME menu. Here’s everything that’s being updatde if and when you decide to turn your Wii U back on. Version 5.2.0...

  • LG Wine Smart reintroduces the smart flip-phone for the elderly

    We’re all for using old technology in novel ways, like when Apple rediscovered NFC or when the Xbox One allowed for HDMI pass-through — two brilliant happenings. What we’re not so keen on are companies that revive old technologies just because the newer technology is too much for older folk. Don’t understand? Take LG’s latest 2007-inspired handset for the elderly. We’re not sure why it’s presented in the archaic flip phone format, but the “Wine Smart” is primarily for those who think touchscreens are too sensitive and cumbersome. Featuring oversized buttons, larger icons on-screen (bonkers considering the resolution on the tiny...

  • Bloodborne launches 6 February 2015 for PS4, teases with gripping new trailer

    We’ve been raving a lot about Bloodborne – the PlayStation 4 exclusive gothic horror title that’s going to rock our worlds inside out come 6 February 2015. That’s right, Sony’s just come clean, and has announced the launch date together with a juicy new trailer and details about the Bloodborne Collector’s Edition. For the uninitiated, Bloodborne is a third-person action RPG with enough gore, monsters and darkness to keep anyone intrigued since Dark Souls. It’s then to little surprise that the game’s been birthed out of a collaborative effort between Japanese developer FromSoftware and Sony Computer Entertainment — some of...

  • Apple gets a taste of third-party keyboards with SwiftKey for iOS

    Now that Apple has finally opened its iOS platform to third-party keyboard developers, the eager bunch at SwiftKey are grinning from ear to ear. Although it’s not completely understood how many iOS users — stuck in their Apple keyboard ways — will actually use the app, SwiftKey has unveiled it’s plans for its iOS 8 keyboard that includes cloud prediction services and full swipe-to-type support. SwiftKey has been one of the most downloaded apps on the Google Play Store for a good while. It’s not the only third-party keyboard out there though. 5-TILES keyboard and Swype are just two vying...