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  • PS4 exposed: red-hot next-gen action

    Recap Sony did not show the PS4 console, demoed the new touch controller, an “always on” interface, a quick look at the new UI, a bunch of games, confirmed Diablo 3 for PS4 (wow) and slated a “Holiday 2013” release date. “The most personalized gaming experience available today… the most powerful platform ever,” said Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. These were his final words before he revealed the Playstation 4 (but not the console). The future of gaming First up, the leaks were correct as usual. The new Dualshock controller has a touchpad and is now smaller than the PS3 controller,...

  • Agora 5.0 Dual-core Smartphone hands-on review: cheap as chips

    You have to hand it to Kogan. You can criticise this part, or that part, of the company’s self-branded products (and we will in the full review, no doubt) but at the end of the day, very few can delivery decent technology products as cheaply.     For the price (UK£119/US$154/AU$149), we weren’t 100-percent sure of the quality of product we were to see when the Agora phone landed on our desk. Kogan has dabbled in tablets before now, and the results have been mixed. Early efforts were dismal, with too many corners cut to make them worth your time or money....

  • PS4 won’t block second-hand games says Sony

    Eurogamer reports that Sony, despite the internet going insane about this, won’t be blocking second-hand or used Playstation titles. “Do you want us to do that?” said Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida when quizzed about this hot topic. The answer is of course, no. We want to save money, Sony. Last month, and for most of the year, the internet has been carrying on about this used-games not working on other consoles business. Both next-gen consoles, the PS4 and the new Xbox were said to lock new games onto a console for life. We even incorrectly reported this about the...

  • ‘Destiny’ cheat-sheet: Bungie’s latest epic laid bare

    You thought nothing would ever be better than Halo. Bungie’s masterpiece. Its signature franchise, most notable for one of the most memorable characters in gaming history. How could anything top that? And then, Destiny came knocking. Yes, Bungie has finally unveiled its new IP, Destiny, and immediately grabbed the attention of gamers the world over. “Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only...

  • PS4 launches November and will cost US$429 [rumour]

    Reliable sources, Kotaku has them. According to the site, Sony’s Playstation 4 will launch State-side November 2013 for US$429 and US$529, depending on internal memory size but as rumours go, this is a doozy. While pricing is still up in the air, the sources seem pretty confident about the above-mentioned prices. In fact, it’s widely expected that Sony will announce the PS4 20 February in New York. We’ll then be able to shed some light on this next-gen madness. Here’s some new facts on what we do know about the PS4 so far: It’s got a fancy-ish new controller with a...

  • Acura invents space-age car welding techniques ‘3D Lock Seam’

    Sometimes it’s the small things that make big waves, like a small meteor smashing into an ocean. Acura has developed a new welding technique for its cars that, while seemingly insignificant, has major implications towards how it will build and develop its cars in the future. Hopefully it will also transfer to Acura’s dad, Honda, in the years to come. If you’ve never heard of Acura, that’s no real surprise. As Lexus is to Toyota, Acura is to Honda, acting as its luxury brand, but limited to North America and Hong Kong. So you might actually recognise a few of...

  • HTC One hands-on review: losing letters but leveraging lustre

    The HTC One is the firm’s new attempt at a market-leading handset, and with an all-aluminium body, super-high-res 4.7-inch HD screen and futuristic camera technology hint that this could be something of a winner. It’s well-documented that HTC hasn’t had the best of it recently, with the profits slumping and market share down. The firm rode a heady wave just two years ago with the success of the HTC Desire and friends, but it seems since then the trend has been firmly downward. However, with the HTC One there’s an instant reason (actually, two) to think that it will be able...

  • Leaked Durango Kinect specs hint at dramatically higher motion detection

    The specs for the Kinect 2.0, the next generation depth camera and motion sensor to be coupled with the new Xbox, have been leaked according to a lengthy report on VGLeaks, a trusted source of hardware tips on the internet. Running on a dedicated Durango system, the next-generation Kinect sensor will apparently have a much wider field of view, and quash the need for a tilt motor to catch movement if more than two players are present. A greater field of view will mean the ability to have multiplayer games, maybe even up to six players instead of the previous...

  • HTC One: ‘looks stunning & stays that way’

    HTC’s launched the HTC One, live from New York and London. But who cares about the venue, here’s everything you need to know about the phone, HTC’s newest flagship device: The skinny on the HTC One Jason MacKenzie, president of HTC presents the One. It’s an aluminum device with a massive screen and thankfully a new HTC UI, called “New Sense”. Nuisance, punny. It has dual stereo speakers and two capacitive buttons. HTC has blessed us with a 4.7-inch display, with a 486PPI display. This is the largest pixel-per-inch display yet but is going to make apps look like a hot...

  • Dashclock Widget for Android review: change is good

    If you’ve spoken to me (or more likely I’d have spoken to you about Android 4.2) I’d have undoubtedly mentioned how ridiculous I found the lockscreen widgets to be. Little did I know that a couple of months down the line an Android developer, Roman Nurik, would release an app which would instantly changed the way I use my device. It’s called Dashclock Widget. Widget the world warrior Firstly, what is a widget? This is for the benefit of other OS users who may be unfamiliar with the mini apps which actually run on your homescreens. It’s like the calendar shortcut...