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  • ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ review — a spectacular failure

    Aliens: Colonial Marines isn’t the first game to be based on the much-loved Alien film franchise, nor will it be the last. It is, however, unique. Unique for just how much it gets wrong. Of all the games I’ve played that are based on the franchise, I have never come across such a washed-up, pale imitation of the real beast. Aliens: Colonial Marines is a spectacular failure that should be avoided by even the most ardent Alien fan. If that sounds harsh, consider the way the Alien films slowly built tension. You could hear the Xenomorph. You could almost smell...

  • Is this the control pad for the PS4?

    Update: this is, apparently, the controller for the PS4. Thankfully, the touchpad is small and unobtrusive. Check it out! According to a 2012 patent filing, unearthed by Slashgear.com, Sony has been working on a new controller/pad for the upcoming PlayStation 4. The patent describes “An input device for an entertainment device”, with “one or more motion sensors operable to generate motion data, and a wireless communicator for transmitting the motion data to the entertainment device.” From sketched images on the patent filing, a panel, tablet or slab-like device can be seen. On the left of the sketch is what suspiciously looks...

  • Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse review: no replacement for touchscreens

    The Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse is another entry in Logitech’s range of peripherals that are aimed at making the switch to Windows 8 more palatable for those of us who don’t have touch-enabled laptops or desktop PCs. We weren’t too impressed with the touch-responsive Logitech M600 Touch Mouse before, so does the T400 improve on its predecessor? Rather than having the whole of the face of the mouse be touch-responsive, as it is with the M600 and the new Logitech T620 Touch Mouse, only a small part of the Logitech T400 Zone Touch Mouse is touch enabled – hence the ‘Zone’ in the product...

  • Watch all ‘7 Wonders of Crysis 3’ as game prepares for 19 Feb launch

    Crysis 3 launches 19 February 2013. Leading up to this momentous launch were a series of six videos, “The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3”, which cumulated with the recently-released episode “The Perfect Weapon”. Each video demonstrated the power of the new Crytek 3 Engine, Prophet’s (the hero of the story) nano suit upgrades, the large and densely overrun domes of old New York, the incredible power of Crysis 3’s new weaponry and the pounding sound effects that sink us deeper into this virtually open-world shooter. With the release of the sixth and final video, we’ve created a collection of...

  • HP tries again: plans to release new Android smartphones, tablets

    HP lost the mobile and tablet race last time we checked. And this was back in 2009. Four years later and HP’s ready to do battle again, as it’s announced plans to launch high-end tablets and mobile phones running Android OS, says Readwrite.com. It’s said that the first offering from HP will be the worlds-first Tegra 4 tablet. For those who’ve heard of Tegra 4 before, it’s in Nvidia’s Project Shield, the all in one Android gaming controller. While there may be an Android tablet incoming, HP CEO Meg Whitman says that there’ll be no Android mobile device this year. HP’s...

  • TomTom for iOS now makes your data as mobile as you are

    An update to the TomTom app on iOS devices added the ability for users to sync their device and the app to Apple’s iCloud data synchronization service, for those who use GPS navigation frequently while driving or walking. The previous version 1.12 received a minor update, and the newer version 1.13 is a free update to users who have purchased previous versions. After installing the update, users can connect to the iCloud service and back up settings on the app, as well as various personalised settings like recent destinations, favourite or saved places, points of interest, travel routes and whatever...

  • 5 apps for the bigwig, the CEO, owner of the biggest office

    Being an employer is a job separate from what you already do every day at work. Once you are in charge of managing the various strengths and skills of your workforce, your views on productivity and the bottom line change forever. Here are five apps to help you choose, manage, motivate and retain the human capital that makes your organization tick. Office Time — US$7.99 When it comes to monitoring how the productivity of your small team contributes to the firm’s bottom line, there really is no better app than Office Time. The universal iOS app is an amazingly intuitive time,...

  • Vertu Ti hands-on review: can money buy tech happiness?

    The Vertu Ti is the first Android smartphone from the luxury smartphone maker, although it’s certainly not for everyone. But is it for me, you ask. Honestly, probably not. Unless that is, you’ve got money coming out of your ears and regularly travel the world. For you see Vertu has a very focussed market and although it may be a small one in the grand scheme of things, it’s pretty much unrivalled in what it does. Think of the Vertu Ti as the mobile equivalent to a Mulberry handbag or Rolls Royce Phantom. Its starting price is an eye watering £6,700 (around $10,600/AU$10,300)...

  • The Maserati Ghibli: a finely tuned piece of machinery

    Exciting news from Italy: a new, fast, exclusive saloon to scare the pants off of the Germans. Say hello to the Maserati Ghibli. Frankly, not the prettiest name in the world, but if renderings of the car have anything to say about it, it’s going to be a fine piece of machinery. Ok, it hasn’t actually been released yet. It is however planned to be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show in April. There have been a couple of renderings of what the car may look like, both of which are glorious. But spy photos have also been taken, especially...

  • ‘Batman Arkham 3′ swoops in sometime during 2013

    Hot news for Batman fans, and gaming fans in general. Batman Arkham “whatever” 3 is scheduled for a 2013 release, says Time Warner’s CFO and CAO John Martin. During an investors conference call, Martin said “We also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise.” And a strong series Arkham has been. The first in the series, Arkham Asylum launched out of the gates with an average score of 91% on Metacritic.com. The second outing for the Dark Knight, Arkham City ranked even higher on Metacritic, scoring a near-perfect 96%...