PlayStation 4 system update 1.74 adds ‘stability’ and possibly nothing else

PS4 update 184mb: that is the bandwidth cost of PS4 system update 1.74 which is now live and kicking for PS4 owners. In a stunning display of brand failure, Sony lists 1.74 as this (practically meaningless) update: "System software stability during use of some features has been improved." Boring. A bland, plain and featureless update list is not what PS4 users requested. It's mandatory, so just get it out the way and get back to Destiny Beta. At the least, PS4 owners will now ...


Sony’s 6.4″ Xperia Z3X may have 22MP camera, 2.86Ghz CPU, Android L, 4GB RAM

xperia-z3x There are new renders and specification leaks floating around of what could be Sony's most exciting Xperia to date, featuring a 22MP camera no less. It's dubbed the "Z3X" and if indeed real, it's about to make current smartphones (and smartphone owners) cower in the corner and weep. Uncovered on Digi-Wo, the alleged phone features a Snapdragon 810 2.86GHz with 64-bit instruction sets, 4GB RAM and a massive 6.14" 2560x1152 display. The device will also feature a rather standard 16GB storage, ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

A streamlined ‘Windows 9′ to become centralised OS for all Microsoft devices

microsoft surface keyboards Microsoft's forthcoming OS will be a one-size-fits-all solution, spanning across desktop, mobile and Xbox platforms, Satya Nadella confirmed. The move comes amid a spate of bad news for company employees and missed Q4 2014 earnings targets. This signals the death of Windows in mobile and desktop flavours, and marks a new unified OS for all devices, including the Xbox app system. Nadella explains: "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three Operating Systems into one, single converged Operating System for ...

Apple, iPhone, News

Apple patents behaviour tracking software for added iPhone security

i6 Last week, Apple submitted a new patent application, “Generating Notifications Based On User Behaviour,” that continuously monitors and authenticates an individual’s use of his or her smartphone. Apple’s system is designed to compile a history of personal data ranging from input gesture patterns, commonly traveled locations, and motion sensor readings that will be compared to real-time patterns of behaviour for user authenticity. Even data associated with an individual’s unique grammar, vocabulary, and keyboard orientation preferences can be tracked, analysed, and stored. ...

Geeky Gizmos

Gadget geeks will love simplehuman’s smart approach to home accessories

touch-bar-diff-01-v2 Known for its understanding of tight nooks and crannies, simplehuman knows that good design goes beyond space saving and can make everyday living - especially in small spaces - a bit more enjoyable. Often featured on TV shows such as Marvel's Agents of Shield, Glee, Private Practice and The Big Bang Theory, looks continue to be a big part of the brand's appeal. Whether it's the whimsy of its shower caddy range (I particularly love the flexibility of the Tension Shower ...


These PlayStation 1 ‘demakes’ by NeoGAF artists will melt your mind

TLOUL Over on gaming forum NeoGAF, something wonderful is happening. A thread called "NeoGAF turns modern games into PSOne-era classics!" has kicked off and talented artists have turned the clock back on some of the most popular games of our modern era. It began on a The Last of Us: Remastered forum, where user plainr jokingly posted "TLOU PS1: 240p edition" along with the following pictures: What followed next was magical. NeoGAF forum users began creating their own "demakes" of Bioshock, DOTA 2, ...

Games, PS4, Reviews

‘Destiny’ Beta review: ambitious and fantastic fun

Des 1 Between the Alpha and Beta versions of Destiny, of which I've played both, more than Peter Dinklage's voice has changed. Bungie has created one of the hottest shooters of 2014 and on PS4, a genuinely impressive game that plays as "next-gen" as it looks. I played it all weekend, and then a little more before being forced into my work enclosure. And now, here's what I think of Destiny so far. Epic story Bungie loves making epic tales, like Halo: there's thumping ...

Games, News

PS4 update may have media playback, “plus some new stuff” hints tipster

PS4 logo When the PS4 launched later last year, one crucial feature missing was media playback. No Blu-ray, no MKV, MP4 or MP3 files and certainly no external media was supported. This is all going to change, if twitter tipster Tidux is (again) correct. #PS4 will soon have the same features already available on the #PS3. plus some new stuff. — Tidux (@Tidux) July 21, 2014 New stuff is a little hazy, but we can only assume that he means media playback, because the other ...

Mobile Phones, News

Is Gionee’s 5mm thin GN900S the world’s skinniest smartphone?

14022933-c1 Smartphones are starting to resemble compact discs with screens attached to them. The upcoming iPhone 6 for example, promises to be around 5.59mm thin, while its rival, the Samsung Galaxy S5, measures in at a comparatively plump 7.6mm. However, it's Chinese manufacturer Gionee who takes the world's thinnest handset cake. But that record's about to be broken by the company themselves. Not settling for a mere 5.5mm -- the width of the current champion the Elife S5.5 -- Gionees follow up ...

News, printers

Fun-sized Portabee GO 3D printer costs a mere $595

portabee_go_1 3D printers are not known for their ease of portability, up until now perhaps. The Portabee GO is a new fully-portable, foldable 3D printer that claims to be the tiniest of its kind thus far. It's fully portable, which means users can transport the device much like one can with laptops and other electronics. When the US$595 GO is folded, it looks more like an extravagant cigarette lighter than a printer. Although not as compact as a smartphone, it's less bulky ...


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