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  • Xbox One sees China launch September 2014

    It's official. China's getting the Xbox One from September care of a Microsoft and BesTV partnership. As Xbox says, this is an historical moment and the Xbox One will become one of the first consoles to be legally sold in China as the country lifts its 14-year ban on all console sales. China makes up 20% of the world's population, making it a stellar market for Xbox One to break in to. In 2000, China banned all gaming consoles citing that young people's mental health would be damaged. 'They love gaming' China is gaming's untapped market and has missed out on...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 review: no five star rating

    Samsung's fifth Galaxy, the S5 doesn't even approach the design and interface of the HTC One (M8) and iPhone 5s, so what's it got going for itself? The 16MP camera is outstanding, possibly the best mobile phone snapper I've ever used, also the S5 is light and responsive, making it an excellent phone for handbags and boardroom tables. Yet for US$700 I want more from a smartphone than a dimpled rear and cool camera. Those who own a Galaxy S4 can safely skip this gimmick-heavy phone. The remainder (those who can afford it) should carefully weigh up their options...

  • Latest Destiny videos echo Halo’s legacy of fun

    Another Destiny embargo has just been dropped by Bungie which means new footage, screens and information from the Halo makers upcoming online multiplayer shooter. Bungie reveals information about its multiplayer hub named the "Tower", social space, the smartphone companion app and a whole lot more. An all-new Destiny interview Bungie calls the Tower a "non-combat space" where "friends can go to show off their new armour and peacock." Apparently players will be able to interact with the various factions, roam the city and grab missions from Communication Spikes. The company also outlines its Companion app, smartphone software which tells users when friends...

  • The selfie machine: Samsung’s snappy Galaxy K Zoom announced

    The Galaxy K Zoom -- the camera phone to rule them all -- was today announced by Samsung. Described as a "camera-specialized smartphone," Samsung's quirky Galaxy K Zoom will feature a 20.7MP sensor aided by a 10x optical zoom lens. Somehow the Korean company has found a way to pack all this optic wizardry into just 20.2mm of phone. As a smartphone, it is rather paunchy at 200g, but as a point-and-shoot camera hybrid, it's extremely impressive. With added gizmos like optical image stabilisation, a Xenon flash, smile detection and object tracking, this seems to be a very capable camera...

  • Monster Diamond Tears headphones review: beauty and the pain

    What do you look for in a headset? A not-so-subtly placed logo, which informs onlookers that you’ve got the latest trend in audio? A quirky colour and sleek style to make you smile every time you loop them over your skull? Or nothing less than the best in clarity and depth to present your favourite songs the way the artist intended? These are the questions I was left asking myself after a few weeks with Monster’s Diamond Tears headphones. The on-ear accessory is a concoction of a popular brand, some star quality style and cushioned sound – but whether you’ll...

  • Here’s why Dark Souls 2 for PC is the definitive port

    Dark Souls 2 is the ultimate game, well, it's my vote for the most balanced and consistently exciting game yet made. After pouring years into Dark Souls 1 on Xbox 360 and months into Dark Souls 2 on PS3, the PC version releases today. For those who've played the previous console to PC port travesty that was Dark Souls 1, they'll be glad to know that the PC version of Dark Souls 2 is an excellent port that adds much to the beautiful cycle of death that From Software created. So how exactly does the PC version of Dark Souls...

  • Microsoft earnings down but Xbox One and Surface (shockingly) sees growth

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it's made a whole lot of money when it revealed its Q3 2014 earnings. A GAAP revenue of US$20.4 billion was announced with operating income standing at US$6.97 billion. Diluted earnings per share stood at US$0.68 while the company's net income for the quarter was US$5.66 billion. According to the press release, devices and consumer revenue was promising, increasing by 12% to US$8.3 billion. The strongest performers included the Xbox One console selling 1.2 million units, Surface devices growing by a promising 50% "to approximately US$500 million," and the rebranded Azure platform increasing its share...

  • Samsung’s ugly Swarovski diamond-studded Galaxy S5 brings the bling

    Bazillionaires with poor taste, take note. This coming May, Samsung is releasing a special edition Swarovski diamond studded version of its Galaxy S5. An anomaly for the electronic giant—known for their lightweight plastic devices—the Swarovski crystal luxury phone will be the first in Samsung's 'Crystal Collection.' The phone is likely to be marketed at bored tycoons looking to parade their wealth around, cause we all know that having a smartphone just doesn’t scream affluence like it used to. Samsung is of course not the first mobile phone creator to release a limited addition luxury phone. Last year HTC released the Gold...

  • ‘Alien Isolation’ preview: prepare for fear

    The release of Ridley Scott’s Alien in 1979 was a major moment in the history of cinema. It was the artisan’s horror film. A beautifully crafted work of art that managed to make science fiction credible in the eyes of the moviegoing public. Hollywood sniffed a goldmine and soon several more films were hatched from its nest. But these later incarnations diverged from the original by preferring bombast over subtlety. The scripts were suddenly accommodating gun-toting mercenaries, hives of aliens and high-powered guns like the pulse rifle, which became a staple of the spinoff videogames bearing the Alien name. In...

  • Iron Man-red HTC M8 and Kyocera Brigadier headed to Verizon

    Evan Nelson Blass, known to us as Evleaks has two new phones for us to look at: an Iron-Man red HTC M8 and an incredibly rugged-looking Kyocera Brigadier, both coming to the US telecom Verizon. Kyocera Brigadier, 2014 pic.twitter.com/Li5hnUumUh— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 23, 2014 Tough crowd... pic.twitter.com/V9b58OH83W— @evleaks (@evleaks) April 23, 2014 Little is known of the Kyocera Brigadier, except that Kyocera is a fan of releasing chunky, rugged, water and drop-proof Android phones so we can expect that from the Brigadier. Will Kyocera's new phone be like the title it's named after (a brigadier is one of the highest ranks...