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  • ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

    "Run away, man!" I shouted at the controller as it was callously ignoring my panicked button mashing. Finding the first monster after a mere two minutes of game play is unnerving, and something that you just don't see in mass-appeal AAA games often. Begin easy, frolic with the gamer hand-in-hand until another deus ex machina joins the party for intermittent words of wisdom -- that's the usual formula. Gaming has really become a bit of a nanny sport, but From Software's Bloodborne tells this unwanted tradition to sod off quite emphatically. You'll be thrown in the deep end immediately, and that's...

  • WD My Passport Pro 4TB review-in-brief: speedy and stylish

    The WD My Passport Pro does what it does well, but weighing up the three P's (practicality, performance and price) it only shines through when it comes to two of them. For the heavy-duty Apple Mac user on-the-go, the WD My Passport Pro's flaws are minor if they're even worth pointing out at all. For someone looking for a bit of flexibility, the external drive sings a different song. We were blessed with a black and aluminium 4TB model (there's also a 2TB one available) which weighs a hefty 725g -- definitely complemented by its bulky body which can’t help...

  • PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements

    Remember that PS4 update we all wanted prior to The Order: 1886? Well, it's nearly here, and Sony is really splurging on this one just in time for Bloodborne too. Update 2.5, codenamed Yukimura, brings with it a host of "highly anticipated and requested features" to the PlayStation 4 console. The update is due for launch on 26 March 2015. For your viewing pleasure, we round up each one of these in a bite-sized listicle. Suspend/Resume the console directly in-game This wasn't possible before, but Yukimura allows users to suspend the console while you're directly in a game to continue playing said game...

  • ‘Ori and the Blind Forest’ review: facing fears, finding courage

    Every so often rare circumstances come together and give birth to something extraordinary. Be it the alignment of the stars or the direction of the wind, it is an occurrence so uncommon that its manifestation is measured in years. Ori and the Blind Forest is one such extraordinary phenomenon. No matter from what angle you look at it, this title excels on all fronts. It is a game so good I even dare say it is close to perfect. Ori and the Blind Forest is a magical side-scrolling adventure created by an international collective of indie developers operating under the name Moon...

  • KSafe locks away temptation so you can reach your goals

    Storing things for rainy days often doesn't quite work that well, especially since the storage container is easily accessible, and pries open with a simple flick of the chocolate-craving finger. A Kickstarter project dubbed KSafe is determined to change this though, keeping those snacks (or gaming controller) locked and safe until you damn well reach those goals you set yourself. "We know it is much easier to set goals than it is to achieve them," notes Ryan Tseng of KSafe. "We can start with the best intentions, but then we become distracted, procrastinate or just lose focus. We turned to research...

  • Virtual noses in VR headsets reduce sickly symptoms, studies suggest

    Virtual reality is cool, and it is the future undoubtedly, but the headsets currently available invariably make users really, really sick. But that could be remedied by using something as simple as a nose. No, seriously. "The problem is your perceptual system does not like it when the motion of your body and your visual system are out of synch," explains assistant professor at Purdue University David Whittinghill to Phys.org. "So if you see motion in your field of view you expect to be moving, and if you have motion in your eyes without motion in your vestibular system [what most mammals use...

  • Microsoft’s Spartan and Internet Explorer to feature Edge, Trident respectively

    Microsoft has long been lauding its upcoming Project Spartan browser that will take over Internet Explorer's crown as Windows' flagship, but Internet Explorer, as we've noted before, isn't exactly set to be shed from Windows 10 altogether. The company has now clarified its stance on the two browsers' coexistence, which is a bit more confusing than simply having the option of choosing the browser you want to use and using it. Yes, Internet Explorer will be a part of Windows 10, that is pretty much confirmed, but there is one key difference between the legacy IE and the fledgeling Spartan. Read more:...

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’ review: a frustrating but rewarding adventure

    Some games have dynastic chips on their shoulders. Some are remasters trying to survive in a modern, graphics-intensive gaming world. Majora's Mask 3D definitely falls into both of these categories. For the record, I didn't have the privilege of playing the original game when it was launched in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, but the game has become one of the most successful and most loved titles in the Nintendo stable. It was a massive hit for the company, and still leaves many gamers with twitchy fingers and dodgy nightmares. Flash forward to 2015 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask...

  • This Post Modern Skate lets hipsters wheel around with no board

    Minimalism is the new cool. Just ask the company, Hammacher Schlemmer, which has added a skateboard with no board to their range of interesting outdoor products. As every product seems to do these days, the Post Modern Skateboard is trying to break new grounds by mashing the concept of a skateboard, rollerblades and just plain ol' geekiness. Or is that dorkiness? We're not sure. So the Post Modern Skateboard works like this: you place your feet in these rubber wheels and then propel forward in a serpentine motion, as you would with a longboard. Unlike the longboard, however, there are only...

  • Windows 10 SDK now available for crafting universal apps

    Developers can now start building universal apps for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, as the company released the Windows 10 SDK. The SDK will allow developers to craft apps across the entire Windows 10 spectrum, from smartphones to tablets, computers and the Xbox platform. The first SDK will allow developers to scale apps to screen sizes and polish both touch and pointing device interactions. Windows 10 will effectively be the launchpad for all Windows and Microsoft branded devices going forward, with the OS spanning an incredibly wide range of usage cases and implementations. The SDK will allow developers to leverage this, and...