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  • New Xbox One ad touts dashboard UI, impressive Kinect voice commands

    "Xbox, on." The new Microsoft ad of the Xbox One shows us the console's dashboard in action as well as very impressive response time via voice commands and switching between various forms of media entertainment. In the video, the guy logs in as Archie Earnest and scrolls, "voicing" through the Windows Live Tiles-style dashboard of his Xbox One with incredible ease. Earnest opens up Pacific Rim, shares the trailer on social media and Snap searches for something on Bing using a side screen while watching TV. He does most of this, if not everything, via voice command. Opening up the Activity...

  • LG drops it like a ‘G Flex': curved phone with ‘self healing’ rear now official

    After some leaks, LG has now officially announced its curved smartphone and promises both luxurious form and function. It also has a very curious "self-healing" back that's meant to repair itself against scratches and such over time. The G Flex has a 6" Plastic OLED display with a 1280x720 resolution. Performance-wise, it has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage accompanied by 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It's running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and is LTE-capable. With a 3,500 mAh battery LG claims to give you power for longer than 24 hours. LG touts the luxury of form and function as...

  • LG G2 preview: the new screen queen

    The LG G2 is an impressive Android phone and one that has a cool, almost novel hardware feature: its power and volume buttons are on the back of the phone. Most phones have them on the sides, but the G2 bucks the trend by moving all buttons to the back and in terms of aesthetics, it works. But as for functionality, it’s a loss. Imagine how difficult it is to adjust the volume. You need to hold the phone with two hands to do it comfortably. And using two hands to adjust the volume is a misstep of note. Thankfully,...

  • Tizen launches tablet in Japan, but is for developers only

    Do you remember Tizen? If not, here's a hint: it's a Linux-based OS aimed at mobile devices and it's available right now, if you're a developer. And if you're living in Japan. Tizen is also supported by industry bigwigs such as Intel and the so-hot-right-now Samsung. And the device, despite being "made for developers" is looking darn fancy indeed, said Liliputing. The specs are quite something. First off, the 10.1" screen has an impressive 1920x1200 display and there's 2GB RAM with 32GB internal storage to complement the 1.9Ghz quad-core CPU. It's also possible to extend the memory a slight with...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Invitation’ ad actually makes us excited for Xbox One

    We're being deadly serious too. We know it's easy to insult the Xbox One for its myriad failures and successive about-faces (and this) but then an ad like this comes along and changes the minds of even the most doubting fanboys and girls. Microsoft's new ad for the Xbox One, simply called "Invitation" as it's listed on the YouTube channel, shows us the social gaming side of the Xbox One. More so, it shows the world that the Xbox One is more than a fancy game machine with hardcore hardware specifications. It's also the most social console under the...

  • 16-bit style side scrolling ‘Super Roman Conquest’ launches on Kickstarter

    Announced this week by LucasArt veterans, comes Super Roman Conquest. The same guys behind the likes of Star Wars: 1313 and Star Wars: First Assault have just launched a Kickstarter campaign for a side scrolling real-time strategy game featuring 16-bit swords, shields, blood and guts. What you can expect from an RTS, the game will encourage you to think strategically and utilize special abilities. For instance, as you progress throughout the map that is the Roman Republic you advance with various specialized units such as Engineers who can construct helpful tools and Doctors who can heal. The plot, as...

  • Samsung files patent for Google Glass competitor ‘sports glasses’

    "Galaxy Glasses" does have a ring to it. Though that's not the official name of Samsung's new Google Glass concept alternative. Instead a patent for "sports glasses" has recently been filed with Samsung looking to further enter the wearable tech industry. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the South Korean tech giant has recently been spotted filing a patent for a Google Glass of its own. "This design is of a type with earphones integrated, allowing to take phone calls and listen to music during workouts," reads a section attached to the concept drawings. Like the...

  • BBM for Android and iOS review: robust chat made the BlackBerry way

    I waited a long time for this, and it's here, but was it worth the endless delays? BBM for Android and iOS is exactly the same as BBM on BlackBerry, minus some features. It's also apparently been downloaded over 10-million times since release. Is this app enough to keep BlackBerry in the public eye while it recoups from fiscal hell, or is it simply the final nail in the coffin for a company that, for most, died out long ago? Think of it like this: with the app, there's now less reason to own a BlackBerry. BBM (and free internet)...

  • Beyond Two Souls review: graphically exquisite

    I loved Heavy Rain. I mean, really, really loved it. It was an absolute masterpiece of interactive storytelling and I played it through multiple times in order to access different endings. I was overcome with excitement at seeing Quantic Dream’s latest release at E3 this year, Beyond: Two Souls, which included not only some beautifully rendered trailers, an intriguing storyline and a gameplay demo, but a developer talk as well. It was then with disappointment that I realized after a couple of hours of playing Beyond: Two Souls that this was not the game I had hoped it would be....

  • ‘Plants vs. Zombies 2′ finally free for Android

    "It's about time" reads the adequately placed slogan for PopCap's puzzle-adventure, Plants vs Zombies 2 which has just been made available on Android. Similar to the popular prequel, the tower defense game puts you in the shoes of Crazy Dave while you create a garden of defense against a seemingly endless horde of zombies. Apart from extra gameplay modes in PvZ 2, there are hordes of new zombie varieties to fight against such as seagulls carrying tied-up zombies, archaeologist zombies, or even a zombie that rides a piano. So many zombies. You'll have your own updated arsenal of Plants...