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  • The real ‘flagship killer’? What do reviewers think of the OnePlus 3?

    The latest flagship in the rather popular OnePlus range seems to live up to previous handsets, based on the specifications alone. There's a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 820 processor, a whopping 6GB of RAM (although the phone aggressively manages RAM by default) and a 16MP/8MP camera pairing. Otherwise, a 3000mAh battery, USB Type-C and quick charging round out the device. What are reviewers saying about the phone though? Especially in light of the good but not great OnePlus 2 reviews? Are there display woes? Brandon Chester of Anandtech praised the design, camera and performance, but added that the screen was easily the...

  • Nostalgia, vikings and facial hair: what I loved about E3 2016

    Once again we have been treated to another E3, and as always it feels even more spectacular than the one before. But each year brings with it its own special moments and 2016 was no exception. In this list I will be going through some of my favourite moments of this year. For those who aren’t familiar with the expo, here’s a brief description for some context. E3, formally known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, is a colossal annual video game expo held in Los Angeles and hosted by the ESA (Entertainment Software Association). What sets it apart from other well-known...

  • In defence of the Xbox One S: the console you’ll be buying anyway

    Since Microsoft's E3 2016 announcement of the Xbox One S and Project Scorpio, there has been some confusion around these two devices. There are many who think the tech giant is (stupidly) killing their own console sales. The reality is, it's not true. Not even close. Project Scorpio -- or whatever it'll be called in the coming months -- will be launched at the end of 2017. It's said to contain an octa-core CPU, six-teraflops of GPU horsepower, 12GB of RAM, and the ability to game at 4K resolution. It's clear that this is Microsoft's push towards a VR-enabled (or more...

  • OnePlus 3, with 6GB RAM, has ‘memory management issues’

    The latest OnePlus flagship has been out for several days now, delivering some impressive specs for a US$400 smartphone. In fact, the top-end model comes with a mammoth 6GB of RAM. However, a video comparison between the 6GB OnePlus 3 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge shows that the new flagship isn't the quickest at launching or loading apps. In fact, the S7 Edge dominated affairs, often being at least a dozen seconds ahead. Is the OnePlus 3 glitchy then, or is it a deliberate move? In a response to the video, OnePlus head Carl Pei says the phone's aggressive RAM management...

  • Libratone debuts new One and Too Bluetooth speakers

    Audio technology company Libratone is launching three new portable wireless speakers to its existing more home focused range in a range of new Scandinavian inspired colours. Coming in Graphite Grey, Cloudy Grey and a vibrant Caribbean Green all units are brand new for 2016 and are available from today. The Libratone One Click is a mighty speaker that packs a punch visually with the rugged exterior, multiple accessories ports and rubber siding -- perfect for the more active user. Future accessories will be announced later in the year but expect wall suckers, mounts and other usual suspects. The second unit, the Libratone...

  • iPhone 7 rumour roundup: Home Button to be replaced by touch-sensitive pad?

    iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, whatever. All we know is that there's a new iPhone arriving this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn't small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan's squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That's why we've decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likely to be the new iPhone 7 series. Of course, there's no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an iPhone 6S upgrade, so...

  • Link, Ico & Ellie: 5 of the most incredible child characters in gaming

    I started this piece as a follow up to my previous character roundup (of female protagonists) thinking "how hard can this be?" This is primarily because it's particularly difficult to write good, believable child characters. Too often they're unnecessarily cutesy or by contrast they're written as overtly "wise" in order to fulfil a certain role within the game -- be it exposition or a relatable moral thermometer. Either way, finding a really well written character under the age of 18 isn't as easy as I thought, and took a great deal more research and trawling through my library of games...

  • Yo-Kai Watch 2 Bone Spirits, Fleshy Souls heading State-side this September

    It looks like the Nintendo 3DS's Yo-Kai Watch sold enough of its initial release because Yo-Kai Watch 2, is heading to the 'West'. Set it a modern-day era, Yo-Kai Watch centres around a male or female antagonist whose town is populated by Yo-Kai spirits. While having an over-arching story, those games include a multitude of side-quests that add to the main plot or add in decent filler segments. Think of it as Pokemon, but with ghosts and some pretty dark backstories. Related: Yo-Kai Watch review: a charming, gorgeous delight Yo-Kai Watch 2 is split into three versions with Bony Spirits and Fleshy Souls...

  • Bluetooth 5 coming to mobile devices and IoT early 2017

    Bluetooth is a technology we use fairly often to tether devices, transfer data and more. It might seem just fine as it is, but like any tech there's always room for improvement. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that the latest version of Bluetooth (Bluetooth 5) will be hitting devices early in 2017. The new version will "include significantly increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capacity. Extending range will deliver robust, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home and building and outdoor use cases a reality," states SIG in a press release. For SIG, the most important area...

  • Dragon Quest VII showcased at E3 2016, coming 16 September

    The series that doesn't always make it over to Western audiences is coming to Western audiences. During E3 2016, Square Enix finally showed off some English footage of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past (DQ8) for the Nintendo 3DS. A stand-alone game, DQ8 features characters who live in a world covered in islands. At some point during this planet's history, it instead had continents, but all have since finished. Your quest is to travel to the past and figure out what went wrong. Keeping in line with the original PlayStation release, DQ8 features a class system where characters can switch...