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  • ‘Sims 4’ coming 2014 for PC and Mac, works offline

    The Sims 4 is predictably official. Considering that The Sims is one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time, The Sims 4 comes as no surprise at all. Outside of The Sims 4 landing a 2014 release (date unknown), it’ll have an “offline single player experience.” We mention this because Maxis last game, Sim City, had one of the most hateful always-online DRM systems ever conceived by humankind. Here’s how EA describes it: “The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever.” Is...

  • Sony gives entry-level laptop range a makeover, sticks with bizarre names

    Sony has just announced a new member to its VAIO family line-up namely the Sony VAIO Fit. Moving away from complicated titles featured in the E, S, T and L series, its allure will be its quality, price tag and straightforwardness. The electronics giant seems to be making a comeback in the dog-eat-dog market which saw Sony suffer a record financial loss last year. The VAIO Fit seems to be perfect for someone with a budget who wants something of more quality in design and performance than default. The Fit is available in a 15-inch model while its younger brother,...

  • Acer unveils the R7: a laptop trying to be everything to everyone

    Acer has unveiled the R7, a 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook which appears to be an attempt to marry not just laptops with tablets but also the lessons learned from the burgeoning tablet stand market. The device, which features a 1920×1080 screen and some serious computing power, has four modes. Each of these modes, it says, is designed to serve a specific function: Ezel Mode — Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front...

  • HTC One review: throw out your iPhone

    Apple has been out-Appled. The HTC One is a triumph of design and functionality and if you want your next phone to make you happy for a while yet, this is the one you should get. Scrap that, it’s the phone everyone should get. It’s funny that, at a phase when it’s in financial dire straits, HTC has managed to cook up something so astonishing. The Taiwanese giant is supposed to be dead and buried, one of the more significant casualties in the war between Samsung and Apple. So what is the One then: a last hurrah or the moment...

  • Lost Planet 3 preview: generic third-person shooting ahoy

    By the time you reach the third game in a franchise, you think you’ve seen it all, and to a certain extent you wouldn’t be wrong with Lost Planet 3. The story doesn’t take place consecutively however, so in this case you’ll actually be playing a prequel. Lost Planet 3 is set long before the events in the first game, and E.D.N III is still in an ice age as opposed to the tropical environment you’re used to from Lost Planet 2. You play as Jim Peyton, a colonist separated from his wife and child as he explores the icy planet...

  • New HP ProBooks are sensibly designed and business oriented

    HP’s ProBook range has been successfully infiltrating the “affordable business notebook” market since 2009, so it’s high time for another design and CPU shakeup. The HP ProBook range is introducing the 430, 440, 455 and 470 which leap in screen size from 13.3” to 17.3 and most are shipping this month. The new range of laptops is also up to 36% thinner than the older models. The odd man out is the 430, which ships in July. The refreshed ProBook range share loads of similarities. Every new ProBook has a 1366×768 (HD) screen, with the exception of a 1600×900 screen...

  • New leaks suggest BlackBerry R10 will be budget Q10

    We’ve known about the existence of an “R” series BlackBerry device for a little while now, but new leaks throw weight behind the idea that it will be a budget version of the Q10. If the leaks, which come care of DGtle (translated) are to be believed, the Qwerty device will pack a 720X720 3.1-inch screen and 2GB of RAM, just like its sibling. Among the features which have been downsized are the camera (down to 5MP), the internal storage (8GB) and battery (down to 1 800mAh). In a move that might confuse die-hard BlackBerry fans, the battery also...

  • World’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet accidentally outed on Amazon

    If you love the size of the iPad mini or the Galaxy Note 8, but hate iOS and Android (what? It’s entirely possible), then this should pique your interest: Acer looks set to launch the world’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet. Images of the tablet briefly appeared on Amazon on Friday showing an 8.1-inch device with 32GB of memory, a 1280 X 800 screen and retailing for US$379.99. The reason there’s been a dearth of smaller tablets so far is because the OS was developed before the Google Nexus and Kindle Fire sparked the trend for producing smaller tablets....

  • ‘Remember Me’ preview: an unforgettable inception

    It’s not often that you come across a game that offers such a unique mix of combat, exploration, stealth and I kid you not, a really interesting storyline. I was fortunate enough to be able to play through a pre-release segment of Remember Me, the newest title by Capcom and Dontnod Entertainment, due for release in June 2013 on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. You control Nilin, a “memory hunter” without any memories of her own as she runs rampant through the streets of dystopian Paris, 2084. Everything you do is under constant surveillance, and since Nilin has escaped from Memorize...

  • ‘Portal’ now available for Steam on Linux

    Update: Portal 2 is on the Linux Steam store under “all games” but it’s greyed out, and can’t be purchased. Perhaps it’s scheduled for a later date? We’ll update the story as soon as Portal 2 is purchasable. Valve’s popular first person puzzle games Portal are now available on Linux via Steam. Since the official release of Steam on Linux in February, statistics have shown a decline in its users. Meaning that the release of Portal natively doesn’t come as a complete surprise, the platform needs a hit. Other games like Left 4 Dead 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive are also on its...