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  • ‘Nokia X’ rooted to run Google Apps, and Nokia approves

    The Nokia X has barely even seen the light of day and already one intelligent developer, fresh from MWC, has rooted the X to run Google apps. There's even a forum posting that teaches you how. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NRjbR8RmWPs Nokia's X line of phones (the X, XL and X+) run a rather low-level version of Android, 4.1.2 so rooting it was fairly easy for the developer. The XDA forum user exploited the system at the core level with Gandalf (not the white-haired wizard), a one-click rooting app that works with most Android devices. Then, he installed an app to access the file...

  • Win ‘Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2’ for PS3 [competition closed]

    Update: The winner of this competition is Johan Steenkamp! Well done, we'll be sending you a PS3 copy of the game soon. Enter the dark world of blood, swords and sorcery. In the sequel to Konami's 2010 classic, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 continues the story of Dracula who again battles with the Devil. If that tickles your fancy, see the details below on how to win the PS3 version of the game. In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Dracula awakens after the events of the previous title to find out that Satan is about to embark on a...

  • ‘Wolfenstein: New Order’ preview: old-school thrills

    Back in the 1990s, Wolfenstein was king. It was the first true first-person shooter of its time and placed you in the shoes of American hero B.J. Blazkowicz during the height of World War II. Between you and the hundreds of Nazis you slayed was the ultimate prize of all: the death of the Führer himself. Many, many moons later, Wolfenstein feels awfully dated – and understandably so. Still, while there have been several attempts to reboot the series since, no developer has quite been able to capture the essence of the original while still giving the formula a modern...

  • Adafruit makes it easy to plug a 2.8″ touchscreen onto the Raspberry Pi

    It's no secret that we dig the Raspberry Pi, a tiny motherboard capable of anything, a hobbyists dream -- and any way to make the interface closer to the Pi is bonus. That's why we think this tiny 2.8" touchscreen from Adafruit would be a decent addition to any modders arsenal. Engadget dug it up, but we think the rest of the world should also know that for under US$40 you can stick a TFT touchscreen right onto a Raspberry Pi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JnOTHtkmGoQ#t=468 Apologies for the advertorial-ish nature of the video, at least it's informative. Adafruit's 2.8" touchscreen uses 16-bit colours (think Super...

  • Warner Bros. making ‘Minecraft: the movie’

    Here's the joke: Do you remember Super Mario Bros. -- the movie, not the game? How about Double Dragon or Alone in the Dark? There's many game-to-film adaptations that suck. They're vapid, and often the source material from the game is bent into an unrecognisable mess as directors attempt to quantify a 25-100 hour+ game into a one and a half hour piece of showy garbage. Scroll through the list yourself and you'll see that while some are cheesy and funny, none are classics or excellent films. So news of Warner Bros. planning to bring Minecraft to the big screen...

  • YotaPhone blends EPD, full-HD screens into single Android phone

    There's a beautiful new smartphone on the way, in both looks and concept. Yota Devices brought out the YotaPhone last year, an Android smartphone with a twist: on the rear was a monochrome eInk display. The best part was that it consumed no power at all, once the image had been loaded onto the screen so the paper-like display barely affected the YotaPhone's power consumption at all, says Core77. The Next Web managed to get a full-hand on with the device. The most prominent upgrade is that the eInk display has increased from 4.3 to 4.7-inches, and is now full...

  • Nokia Lumia 1520 Review: big, bold and beautiful shooter

    The Nokia Lumia 1520 signifies the increasing importance of large screen phablets in the market. Although Windows Phone is comparatively hardware efficient, a lot of people want their devices to feature fastest hardware. It is bigger and faster than any other Windows Phone till date. Based on hardware specifications, it can easily compete with any other high-end Android phablet in the world right now. It comes with a 6-inch display, Snapdragon 800 processor and a top-notch 20MP PureView camera. But are on-paper hardware specifications enough to win the smartphone race? Let’s find out. Design & build quality The Lumia 1520 looks...

  • Nintendo shuttering online services for Wii, DS from 20 May

    Nintendo's killing all online services for two of its most popular consoles: the DS, and its former best-selling console, the Wii as from 20 May. In an official blog post, the Japanese gaming giant says that services such as leaderboards, YouTube streaming and multiplayer gaming for both consoles will end. The termination of online services is worldwide. What will remain, according to Nintendo Australia is the money-making branch, namely the online stores for both the DS (including the DSi) and Wii. The following is a list of all services that will remain unaffected: Internet Channel Nintendo DS Browser Nintendo DSi Browser Nintendo DSi Shop Nintendo Wi-Fi...

  • Want the Galaxy S5? Wait until May and get it for 24% less

    We all like to save money on our expensive tech goodies. The latest gadget to catch our eye is the shiny upgrade to the Galaxy S4, namely Samsung's Galaxy S5. While it's not the most exciting upgrade, it sure is desirable, and destined to be expensive. But, you don't have to spend an estimated US$700 on the new phone (says a report from the IB Times). According to PricePanda, a price comparison site which services the South Asian markets, if we wait until May 2014, the price of the Galaxy S5 will drop by nearly a quarter. The site...

  • Boeing’s ‘Black’ super-security phone stops hackers, destroys data

    When it comes to secure phones, we're pretty much in love. We've covered the Blackphone extensively and can't wait to test its apparent "ultra-secure" services. It comes as no surprise then that competitors, once the market has been tested by others, are keen to jump on the more-secure-than-secure bandwagon. First to the bat, it's Boeing with its take simply called the "Black" phone. Top marks to the marketing guru's for coming up with that imaginative name. It's unique selling point? When the Black phone is physically broken in to, it "blows up" data. Here's what else the Android-running Black...