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  • Outlast Whistleblower review: frightfully good

    The horror of Mount Massive asylum is back and more terrifying than ever. Indie developers Red Barrels’ original Outlast was one of, if not the, best horror survival games that I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That was until I played Outlast: Whisteblower, a petrifying amalgam of fear, blood and piss-your-pants-moments. In the original Outlast you played as Miles Upshur, an investigative journalist who was tipped off about strange events and highly questionable treatment practices at Mount Massive Asylum, by an anonymous person who was simply referred to as the “Whistleblower”. In Outlast: Whistleblower, the prequel to Outlast, you play...

  • ASUS Transformer Book V is a 5-in-1 Android, Windows 8.1 wondermachine

    ASUS has unveiled its latest hybrid dubbed the Transformer Book V. The device is not only an ultra-thin laptop, but a tablet and a smartphone capable of running both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat, all rolled into one unique device. The 12.5-inch touchscreen machine, revealed by the Taiwanese manufacturer at Computex, is billed as "the world's first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop." Essentially, this means that this machine can be used in one of five modes -- as a Windows laptop, a Windows tablet, an Android phone, an Android tablet or an Android laptop. It's possibly the only device on...

  • Official Mortal Kombat X trailer asks us ‘Who’s Next?’

    Mortal Kombat X has gone from rumour to an official trailer, featuring the two anti-heroes of the series, Sub-Zero and Scorpion duking, it out in glorious next-gen visuals. The two undead stars seem to be fighting in a pre-rendered cinematic but then the match shifts into a (supposedly) realtime gameplay session. Sadly, the YouTube video has little information save for this official blurb: "Fueled by next-gen technology, Mortal Kombat X combines unparalleled, cinematic presentation with dynamic gameplay to create an unprecedented Kombat experience," Does this mean that Mortal Kombat X will be a next-gen only game? Let's hope, because those...

  • Sammy goes full-Tizen with ‘industry first’ Samsung Z

    Samsung's hedging its bets on underdog OS Tizen as it prepares to launch the Samsung Z, an "industry first" Tizen smartphone. Tizen 2.2.1 to be exact. This is no underdog either, it's a 2.3Ghz, 4.8-inch smartphone with a clean look and a slick design. It also rocks a fast startup time and improved management, says Samsung Tomorrow. Samsung's calling the Z a "premium" smartphone as well, so it's a big deal for the company. When the Samsung Z officially launches on June 3 at the Tizen developer conference, we'll get to touch and experience it. For now, we have specifications...

  • PS Network update to ‘provide better online gaming’ say Twitter tipster

    Tidux, the Swedish-based insider of all things PlayStation, has revealed that PlayStation users will be in for the "most exciting week of 2014," after news that the long awaited network improvement update will be pushed through this week. Taking to Twitter, Tidux has announced that "a general update on servers that will provide better Online gaming and features" will be implemented later today (2 June). In addition, although the update will plunge the PlayStation Network into noticeable darkness, the upgrades will take less than 24 hours to complete. next week is the most exciting in the whole year, are you ready?...

  • Musician crams 38 heavy metal video game songs into one fantastic tribute

    A heavy metal version of Tetris, Super Mario Bros. 2, Skyrim and Civilisation may seem a little arbitrary for a Monday morning, but give it a listen and discover how hard rock and sweet music skills can lift even the sourest of moods. Care of Engadget, we've got YouTube user FamilyJules7X rocking it fairly hard with a 17:10-minute long metal tribute to video game music. It took FamilyJules7x and his band over three years to finish this compilation and the results are equally hardcore and heartwarming. There's over 38 well-known video game tracks here, and spans from 1972 right up until today. The...

  • Beats Executive review: everything you want and thisssssss

    Three weeks ago, when the coveted box of Dr. Dre Beats Executive headphones arrived for review I could not be more excited. After a grueling few months of poorly syndicated sound, courtesy of my flimsy Sony headphones­ -- a relic I’d purchased on the streets of Bangkok -- I was ready for something better. Just a week prior, the Beats acquisition by Apple had leaked, and the internet went wild, and now I had a chance to get in on the action. 'Stoked' does not begin to explain my enthusiasm. Evidently my expectations were set too high. To be fair,...

  • Google unveils Android Wear’s nifty notification system

    Google's Timothy Jordan has revealed Android Wear's notification system, heading for smartwatches and wearables in the not too distant future. Android Wear is Google's planned platform dedicated to wearable technology, or as Google describes: "Small, powerful devices, worn on the body." We also have a sneak video peek of how the actual OS operates. Jordan, the Senior Developer Advocate at Google, has described on Google Plus how the notifications will operate visually on the platform, displaying notifications from any app. The card-like tabs will appear in the bottom half of the screen, according to the images attached to the post. It's starkly...

  • MOD-t: an affordable, stylish home 3D printer for under $300

    The US$249 New Matter MOD-t aims to bring 3D printing to the home, after its developers this week launched the machine on Indiegogo. The two-day old project, launched by a Pasadena, California upstart and co-developed with frog, has blown past its US$375 000 goal with more than four weeks left on the funding platform. "Breakthrough" technology featuring a "2-axis motion system that simultaneously moves and supports the build plate with very few components" allows a less expensive construction and in turn a much lower retail cost. This has allowed its developers to practically give away the machine to early backers for...

  • 6 terrible tech crowdfunding failures

    Crowdfunding has allowed developers and entrepreneurs an easier means of raising money while giving the public the power to influence their success. Great ideas are usually victims of absent capital, are able to germinate and mature while rewarding those who funded those ideas. It's a self-sustaining ecosystem, and it's brilliant -- but only for good ideas. Often browsing through Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms, one is greeted by completely unexplained, incomprehensible or utterly stupid concepts. Many of these fail due to a high funding goal, lack of publicity or a viciously competitive market. Others are just simply terrible. 1. Orbit Orbit...