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  • Someone leaked 42 screenshots from ‘The Last of Us: Remastered’

    The Last of Us: Remastered drops 29 July 2014, or next week Tuesday. Therefore, excuse me if I become giddier than usual. To add fuel to an already roaring fire, gaming forum NeoGAF has gone and added 42 screenshots from The Last of Us: Remastered.  Inspecting the dimensions of each screenshot reveals a 1920x1080 (full HD) image resolution, which is what development house Naughty Dog has promised that The Last of Us: Remastered will natively run at. Some of the images are strangely blurry, but overall the game looks sharp, crisp and most importantly, full HD. Recently in The Last of...

  • Xbox One August update turns console into Facebook, also adds 3D Blu-ray playback

    It's Xbox One update time again and this August the new Xbox Feedback portal has been put to good use, according to Larry Hyrb and Jeff Rubenstein. Painstakingly sifting through these suggestions and complaints, Microsoft's Xbox crew is now tending to its customers needs, improving the gameplay, social experience and user-friendliness of the Xbox One and its backend, in the forthcoming patch. Alongside the console's new 3D Blu-ray playback superpower (turning it into the all-conquering media player it ought to be), users can look forward to a social-centric, Facebook-inspired experience complete with "Likes" and all. The new activity feed updates,...

  • Games without borders: 9 heroes who break the ‘gruff white guy’ mould

    Ah, diversity. That often neglected, yet all important topic that is jumping to the forefront of many a gaming argument these days. Following the recent E3 2014 showcase, it was incredibly obvious that many game developers still don’t get it. Oh what’s that Ubisoft? It was just too hard to include a female assassin in Assassins Creed: Unity? Yes, you’re right, we’re mysterious creatures that require years of research before we could possibly be included in any video game (especially since you've included a female character before). Oh okay, that sounds very cynical, but c'mon, it’s a lame excuse. As I...

  • PS4 becomes June’s best-selling next-gen console as software sales slide

    For six months in a row, Sony's PS4 has been the best-selling next-generation console in the U.S., reads a self-congratulatory tweet from the official PlayStation twitter account. Despite Xbox One sales "more than doubling" in June, the PS4 still beats Microsoft's console in hardware sales. This tweet comes in hot-on-the-heels of the latest NDP Group report, says Venturebeat. Breaking news: PS4 is #1 top-selling US next-gen console in June, 6th month in a row. Thanks for your support! <3 pic.twitter.com/r5bTKg4wYf — PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 17, 2014 No specific numbers have been mentioned yet, but Sony is still championing itself as king of...

  • Killstreak confirmed: Microsoft shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios

    The 18 000 job cuts announced by Satya Nadella earlier this week weren't going to go unnoticed, but Microsoft, for all intents and purposes, is on one massive rampage. After the newly-bought Nokia Devices and Services division suffered the first blow, the company is now slaying its under-performing Xbox Entertainment Studios. Just like the Nokia-Android X debacle, this move doesn't seem much of a surprise either. The division has been at pains to draw interest or projects in its relatively brief lifespan. The Santa Monica subsidiary, charged with providing interactive Xbox-exclusive television content for Live subscribers, employed around 200 people according...

  • 7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

    There's a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft's most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It's not like Windows 8 is awful either. It shares its older brother's granite-like stability and boots faster than a scolded...

  • 13-year old kid makes most adorable ‘Google Glass’ clone yet

    Google Glass, one of the best-known and desirable examples of wearable tech is sadly, also the most lambasted. But what if there was a cutesy, hobbyist version to fall in love with? That's where 13-year old inventor Clay Haight's DIY "Google Glass" comes into play. With an Arduino microboard, a battery and a 3D-printed glass frame, Haight's done something that Google Glass might never accomplish: made wearable tech cool. After following instructions from hobbyist site Makezine, Haight quickly went to work on his version of Google Glass. What makes it even more adorable is that Haight saved up his pocket money to...

  • Dying Nokia X range ditches Android for Windows as Microsoft cull continues

    Well, here's an unsurprising surprise. Microsoft's big boss, Satya Nadella has announced that Nokia's Android-based X range will ditch Android as its OS in favour of Windows. This means that the Nokia X2 will be the last Android phone the company will (likely ever) offer. Microsoft, in its bid to "evolve", has lined up some 18 000 job cuts in the coming months, with more than a third of those coming from the newly integrated Nokia Devices and Services division. Another hammer blow to the once lucrative company is the destruction of the budget Nokia X Android range. Instead of...

  • Samsung introduces Beats-beating premium audio range to the US

    Samsung has recently taken IBM's baton in the "who hates Apple more" marathon. The Korean electronics giant, although cooperating with Apple for many years, has seen its Samsung Galaxy S5 beaten by Cupertino's year-old iPhone 5s. But Samsung refuses to lie down in the battle of the premium audio products. Samsung Mobile has announced that it will finally introduce its Level premium audio series to the US, which will likely strike a few chords in the Beats' dominated sector. Priced at US$349, the flagship Level Over (pictured above) undercuts the Beats Pro, while falling just above the Studio's tag. The white...

  • Angry Birds Epic review: wicked fun, but bores easily

    "Mich, will you review Angry Birds Epic," the Gearburn editor says to me. I answer before he finishes the statement. I like Angry Birds, it's my airport/can't fall asleep/on the train activity. Interestingly, I had not downloaded this version of the game prior to this conversation, so I quickly do so and begin my review. You have to hand it to Rovio (creators of the Angry Birds series) for taking a very simple game and creating an empire out of it. Every mobile game released today is simply hoping for the success and addiction that Angry Birds has. The game...