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  • Nvidia Project SHIELD now costs a lean $299, releases 27 June

    Nvidia’s entry into the console race, Project SHIELD, is coming 27 June 2013 for the lower price of US$300. Project Shield originally cost US$350 and is a pc-cum-handheld Android super device that runs console quality (if not better) games on its diminutive frame. Yet Nvidia’s opened up to us and lowered the price because "We want to get SHIELD into the hands of as many gamers as possible.” Bless them. It’s all based on feedback from the gaming community who’ve even helped to shape the physical nature of Shield itself. From user feedback, Nvidia have given the triggers on...

  • PS4 shows off social-centric user interface

    Sony today released a video that shows the cool and very social-centric PlayStation 4 user interface (UI) in action. Three actors who act nothing like gamers would in real life, demo the instant sharing features of the Japanese tech giant's upcoming next-gen console such as liking a post on their PS4’s newsfeed, sharing a video and instant messaging. It’s also heavily cheesy, especially “Will’s” all-knowing grin at the end of the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7s32Q7MxvH0 The video makes the PS4 look like fantastic fun, if you have 10MB/s uncapped internet that is. All the technologies on display in the video will chew through...

  • Skip update 4.45 for PS3, it may lock your console

    PlayStation 3 gamers have been complaining about their consoles being bricked after installing Sony's new update. So whatever you do, don't accept the new v4.45 update. Don't press X when Sony prompts you to. At least not yet. According to Twitter feeds and forums, some users complained that they couldn't boot their systems after installing the newest firmware update. Some PS3 owners are saying that the update makes it impossible to load the system's XMB (Xross Media Bar). Your console will instead just be hanging on the waving ribbon home menu after booting up. Some users said that even restoring...

  • iRadio is Apple TV’s game changer and it’s in the new beta OS

    Apple TV is nifty media player for US$99 and with the release of a new beta OS update, this tiny media player gets iRadio and a visual mode called "Conference Room Display”. iRadio is from the beta of iOS 7 and lets users stream their music to other iOS 7 devices. Conference Room Display shows off AirPlay related messages -- as an example you could have Apple TV display instructions on how conference guests can connect to Apple TV via AirPlay. This video, posted by Appleinsider.com, demos the two new features of Apple TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQX5ob--PcU iRadio is the pull here. With custom...

  • Xbox One ‘over delivers on value’ says Microsoft

    Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment division is offending gamers but pleasing Xbox shareholders. This video from Bloomberg.com has Mattrick defending the US$500 price of the Xbox One (Sony’s PS4 will cost US$399). The video was shot at this years E3, an annual gaming trade show. Mattrick says that the value-adds of the Xbox One include Xbox Live, “innovation unique to Xbox One” like the newly updated Kinect, SmartGlass, a partnership with the NFL, Halo 5 game and TV series. And then, Mattrick is questioned about the price of the Xbox One. “We’re over delivering value compared to the choice consumers get”...

  • AMD debuts new mobile-friendly CPUs: ‘Warsaw,’ ‘Seattle’, ‘Berlin’

    AMD has just announced a new "roadmap" of city-titled CPUs, which include an interesting move towards entering the smartphone and tablet markets. Chip supplier AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is attempting to gain some ground in a market dominated by Intel. It's a three-step process where we'll be introduced to the aptly coined "Warsaw," "Berlin" and "Seattle" chips. ARM-based chips are engineered for reduced costs, heat and power usage which nicely fit tablet and smartphone designs. Seattle is hoping to "bring AMD out of Intel's shadow," and will only start releasing samples of the chip early next year. The official release...

  • Xbox One region-locking policies are crap: here’s why

    If the Xbox One's market hasn't been squeezed by the fact that you'll require an internet connection wasn't enough, Microsoft recently released a disclaimer concerning its region-locking policies. This is yet more bad news for the most part of the world. According to Microsoft, The initial launch will only include a handful of countries. After some already frustrating restrictions of Microsoft's next-gen console, we get hit with more bad news (well, most of us). Microsoft states that "restrictions on games usage apply" with the Xbox One and that users "require account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox...

  • Want a 5.7-inch ‘iPhablet’? Apple’s reportedly on the case

    Apple’s no longer fighting for relevancy, but for innovation. Since the first iPhone, Apple hasn’t altered the size of its near-legendary smartphone, save for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen of course. That’s all about to change as Reuters reports that Apple is “exploring launching iPhone with bigger screens as well as cheaper models in a range of colours, over the next year.” Four people who are close to the source (those are the best kind of people) have said that Apple wants to ape the success of Samsung who’ve successfully cornered the Phablet market. Apple’s plans are to expand its...

  • Japan cures parking ills with underground storage tube for bikes

    Japan is probably where most great ideas are born. From a 300MPH floating train recently to the PS4-- it all seems out of this world. In a video recently uploaded by Culture Japan on YouTube, presenter Danny Choo (aka tokyostormtrooper) shows us Japan's newest solution to its overcrowded cities-- a parking tube that stores bicycles in the subterranean depths of the earth. The company behind this valet, Eco-Cycle, made the process incredibly simple for cyclists. He/she can simply scoot a bicycle into a well-defined area where it is then whisked underground by the tube machine. Your RFID-tagged bicycle will...

  • PS4 pre-orders popup on Amazon, is US$0.03 cheaper

    Right now, you can pre-order Sony’s PS4 from Amazon.com for the bargain price of US$399.96. That’s a US$0.03 saving so you better act now before Amazon takes this special gift away from us. Right here, right over here is the place you need to be if you want a PS4 before the unwashed masses get their sticky hands on it. There’s the Standard and Launch edition of the PS4, with the latter almost instantly selling out as it hit Amazon. Don’t worry about the difference between each edition or as Amazon puts it, “the standard version of the PlayStation 4 is...