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  • 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...

  • Nook grows up, gets Google Play

    For those in the US (or anyone who shops online, really) you can pickup one of the least expensive HD tablets currently available, now with access to Google Play. We’re talking about the Nook HD and Nook HD+, two Android tablets with the OS hidden deep under Nook’s proprietary UI. The Google Play store is now part and parcel of the US$199 Nook HD experience and for that price, you’re getting a smashing 7-inch Android tablet that may even be seen as competition for the Nexus 7. Maybe. The Nook HD and HD+ are, from our short time spent in...

  • 5 iPhone apps better than Apple’s native equivalents

    My name is Danny and I’m an iPhone user. I have been actively using since the 4, and I can even remember the time and date that I first touched the device and fell immediately in love with it. I remember being completely and utterly blown away by every notion of it back then, and it took some time for me to see the flaws that were blazingly obvious to others at the time. Not the device, not the OS, but the native apps. Of course, there are one or two that I still use every now and again...

  • HTC M4 is a stylish, underpowered version of the One

    First there was the HTC One (model name: M7), now there’s the HTC M4, the not-so-mini version of the One. If HTC is going to take away anything from Samsung, it’s that creating a similar but less powerful device with the same look and interface is a good thing. A great thing, thinks HTC as the M4 is a 4.3-inch screened device with a 720p display and a 17oomAh battery. With no release date except for a possible Q2 launch (which is hearsay, according to phonearena.com), the HTC M4 is going to be have to seriously impress to warrant...

  • ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ is official, releases 5 November

    Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. “Ghosts are real”, reads the slogan for Activsion’s new Call of Duty. The much rumored and anticipated Call of Duty: Ghosts has just been revealed and made available for pre-order by Activision. This is the tenth installment for the record-breaking first-person shooter series and you can expect to see an eventful preview 21 May 10AM PDT on Xbox.com or Xbox live called “Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed”. The official Call of Duty Twitter account says that the next COD will be “the next generation of Call of Duty.” Changes to gameplay features are still only rumors although...

  • Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen preview — refined slaughter

    You might have played Dragon’s Dogma when it was first released, but if it’s a game you really enjoyed, despite its obvious faults, and you’re looking for more — you don’t have long to wait to get your hands on it. Dragon’s Dogma 2 it’s not, but Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is an expansion which kind of updates the game by adding in additional tweaks and content. It’s not DLC, but rather a standalone expansion which, if I’m not mistaken, comes with an enhanced version of the original full game. For those who missed the journey first time around, Dark...

  • 8 new iOS designs that are better than Apple’s

    Apple has placed design guru Jony Ive in charge of the look and feel of iOS, and speculation has never been hotter. The upcoming iOS 7 will likely feature the most significant visual upgrade of the platform ever. One rumor says that privacy filters are required during field testing to prevent onlookers from catching a glimpse of the new design. But we don’t have to wait until Apple’s announcement to imagine what could be in store: users of Dribbble, a “show-and-tell” for designers, have been hard at work reimagining iOS with a clean new design. This article by Joshua Merrill originally appeared...

  • HTC profits sink 98%, the One isn’t to blame

    HTC’s Q1 profits have plummeted to their lowest mark since 2004, falling from US$$152-million to US$2.85-million in one year. This represents a 98% drop in profit. HTC’s revenue also fell from US$2.3-billion to US$1.45-billion. This was confirmed earlier this week during an audited earnings call, says CNET. But is it the HTC One, which is yet to release sales figures, that caused the niche gadget makers to sink so deeply into loss? Released too late The HTC One saw global shortages and bizarre release dates. While this may not have been the cause of HTC’s drop in profits, it certainly contributed...