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  • Will Microsoft release Office on the Xbox One?

    This generation of video game consoles hasn't been an easy one to afford or justify. With high development costs, weak economies, and faltering currencies, console gaming is now a luxury more than ever. But what if your home console could handle more than just media and gaming to become a functional work machine, could it then be justifiable? Recently, Microsoft has been demonstrating that the Xbox name is becoming more of a brand than just a home console. The company recently announced upcoming title Quantum Break, will not only be receiving a PC port, but including it with Xbox One edition...

  • Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6 shambling their way onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Capcom has announced that a new batch of Resident Evil games will be scaring their way onto the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. When we say 'new' we actually mean the re-release of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6. The games will be released separately and include all of their post-release DLC and retail for US$20 each. There is no mention of a physical release alongside the digital ones. Resident Evil 6 will be released on 29 March, Resident Evil 5 will be available in Winter, and Resident Evil 4 coming sometime in Spring in the southern hemisphere. Each game looks to be a...

  • Samsung makes 256GB smartphones more likely with UFS 2.0 chips

    Running out of storage space but have no microSD card slot? Samsung's latest announcement might pique your interest. The company today announced that it is now producing "the industry's first" 256GB UFS 2.0 internal storage chips for smartphones and other mobile devices, which will allow for "ultra-fast speed, large data capacity and compact chip size" in mobile devices. UFS, or universal flash storage, is a term we're going to be hearing a lot of in the future. It's the newly adopted technology standard for storing data on mobile devices, replacing the older eMMC standard. "The newly introduced embedded memory features outstanding performance...

  • Far Cry Primal preview: the search for Oros

    The Far Cry series has always been about guns, soldiers, and killing. According to some fans, the series has grown stagnant over the years. Ubisoft is trying something new with Far Cry Primal by setting it in 10 000 BC and giving it a more natural aesthetic. I've managed to get in a few hours with the game, which released this week. This is only a preview article and a review will follow once I've finished the main storyline. Far Cry Primal starts with having your clan hunt mammoths. Apparently it's been a few days since your group last ate and they're...

  • Leica, Huawei partnership looks to ‘reinvent’ smartphone camera tech

    Strange relationships come in all shapes and sizes, but this is perhaps the most unexpected. Chinese smartphone giant Huawei has announced a partnership with German camera stalwart Leica to "create a powerhouse in the reinvention of smartphone photography." Smartphone camera technology has been the focus of many manufacturers of late, with LG offering a manual mode on its LG G4, and Samsung dedicating much of its S6 marketing campaign to the camera. Huawei has also seen the smartphone camera as a critical selling point, with the Mate S boasting intelligent new filming and snapping modes. The new relationship with Leica will likely...

  • Halo 5: Guardians’ Hammer Storm update brings more multiplayer content

    It looks like 343 Industries is doing its best to keep Halo 5: Guardians alive after the game's launch last year. This zombification exists in the form of multiplayer content updates, of which the company has announced a new one for February. Dubbed Hammer Storm, the updated brings with it new a new map, weapons, game modes, and more. To date, the company has already released 11 new maps, 12 game modes, and 180 REQ items for Halo 5: Guardians. Forge has been updated with a new 'ball' mechanic, which has been implemented in two of the new game modes Griftball...

  • LG G5 joins Samsung Galaxy S7 in shirking microSD card app installs

    There's no such thing as a perfect phone, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 is probably the best recent example. After Samsung righted its wrongs by placing a microSD card slot on the phone, it goes and disables app installs onto the card, effectively crippling the device's capabilities. Now, not to be outdone, LG has done exactly the same thing with the LG G5. Android's Marshmallow OS boasts a feature that allows users to install apps onto the microSD card. It's particularly useful if you happen to install a ton of games (something the Samsung Galaxy S7 was punting profusely at launch)....

  • Xiaomi Mi 5: cheap as chips, gorgeous design

    Don't look now, but that "Made In China" tag just got a brand new look. At MWC 2016, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled its latest smartphone to take the fight to LG, Samsung and Apple -- the Xiaomi Mi 5. And while the majority of the specifications were leaked beforehand, it was the actual phone in the flesh that popped. Hugo Barra was responsible for talking up the phone, and he did an impressive job. Ultimately, a major portion of screen time was dedicated to its design. Barra explained that Xiaomi drew inspiration from the Mi Note, and aimed to make...

  • Apple TV (2015) review: TV reimagined but not reinvented

    As someone who hasn't surrounded himself with Apple gadgets from a tender age, I was extremely excited to have access to the Apple Watch, iPhone 6S and Apple TV all at the same time. And to begin an Apple review of any kind without stating that "it's more about the experience within the ecosystem than the exorbitant price" would be wrong. Especially since that's largely correct. But still, does this apply to the company's media box as well? And is it worth forking out the same price for the new fourth generation Apple TV as some low-end Full HD television...

  • MWC 2016 live blog: the best MWC ever?

    Barcelona is this week the epicenter of the world's mobile technology enthusiasts as MWC 2016 slowly awakes from its near-year slumber. And what a lineup of live launches we have this year. LG, Huawei, Samsung, Sony and Xiaomi have all announced that they will host live launches in and around the city in the days to come, which means there's a lot to get through in a short space of time. Combine this with new Internet of Things announcements, the advent of 5G and other mobile-centric news, we're in for another long but exciting week. So stay tuned to our live...