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  • Microsoft Employees to get white Xbox One [Update: it’s fake]

    UPDATE: It's most likely that this image is a fake, according to Graeme Selvan, PR manager for Xbox South Africa. Selvan's comment is below. “While this image looks great, it’s a fake. As an official response directly from an XBOX employee I can state that I will be purchasing my own console on release day and not getting it for free.” No free console for YOU, Xbox employee. The original story follows. Did you work on the Xbox One? Were you part of the team that the designed, marketed, lusted over the upcoming super-console? Then according to this post on Imgur, you're...

  • Digging into DotA2: bigger, bolder, more addictive than ever

    DotA or Defense of the Ancients was first created using a Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos world editor, this allowed anyone who owned the game to create their own map. With the editor, you had access to all the games units and buildings, and could change almost all properties of that unit or building such as damage, speed, armour, set waypoints and so on. You could also manipulate the landscape by adding rivers, cliffs and trees. These functions of the world editor are what made DotA a dynamic and eventually balanced mod, because updating the map was easy and...

  • Our 3 top titles of Gamescom 2013

    There are a handful of events every year where gaming journalists the world over get to descend on a city for a few days to bring you information on all the latest unreleased games and tech. The first major event is E3, and the next is Gamescom in Germany. As usual, game developers have us on the edge of our seat with tidbits of upcoming games -- not only information, but previews of gameplay and features. This year is a particularly exciting one with the release of the next-gen PS4 and Xbox One on the horizon. Each console has a list...

  • Ubuntu Touch finds its way to Sony’s Xperia Tablet Z

    Ubuntu Touch, an upcoming tablet version of this popular Linux distro, has been successfully ported onto the world's best tablet (in our opinion), Sony's Xperia Tablet Z. Unsure of what exactly Ubuntu Touch looks like? Prime yourself with this video first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=h384z7Ph0gU Right, so that's Ubuntu Touch then: slick, clean and mobile-friendly. Sony's Tablet is ideal for this OS, and thanks to a savvy user over on XDA Developers, we can now port this experimental version of Ubuntu Touch to this pretty powerful tablet. Let's see how, as explained by mamenyaka, the user who won Sony's Xperia Tablet Z as part...

  • Sony’s really sorry about ‘GTA V’ audio leak

    Grand Theft Auto V launches 17 September. Between that date and our wallets, there'll be incremental news that threatens to derail the GTA V train. But not really, nothing will tip this Juggernaut on its side. So this news, about Sony apologising for leaked GTA V assets is just a drop in the bucket. Nice of Sony to admit its fault though. For those who missed out on the action, the full 18GB, 42-hour long GTA V audio track was unceremoniously leaked to PS3 users who pre-ordered the game, said Wired. GTA V is set in "right now" and...

  • Oppo N1 image leaked, has fancy ‘rear touchpanel’

    Chinese company Oppo is working on a smartphone that has a touch panel on its back. The company claims that users will be able to scroll, double-click and long press with the backside touch feature of the upcoming Oppo N1. With a trackpad at the back, you're enabled to "swipe through pages (or change songs), activate and control the camera or bind the actions to other apps as you see fit," says Engadget. The aim of this is to avoid what is referred to as "thumb fatigue." You know, sharing the load. By cutting out simple repetitive gesture swipes like scrolling...

  • Great Xbox games comp: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, The Bureau, Grid 2

    Competition now closed. The winner is Neil Basson. Congrats! Your prize is coming real soon. Competition time, yay! We're giving away a delicious Xbox bundle which includes Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Grid 2 and The Bureau: XCOM Desclassified. From special agents to world-class racing and back to more secret agents, take a look at the details about how you could stand a chance of winning these exciting titles. Splinter Cell: Blacklist You're put in the shoes of Sam Fisher, a secret agent keeping up with the world's most high-tech gadgetry. This follow-up on Tom Clancy's popular third-person stealth series returns to the...

  • iPhone 5S rumour roundup: New CPU to be 31% faster, coming 10 September

    With the upcoming launch of Apple's new smartphone- the iPhone 5S, there are more than enough rumours and leaks to keep us on the edges of our seats. These include everything from the suspected champagne gold colour option to secure fingerprint sensors and now recently, the much improved 64-bit A7 processor. The iPhone 5S is said to be launching next moth 10 Septmeber. At least that's what anonymous sources told AllThingsD. This would most likely go along with the colourful plastic lineup of iPhones said to be for the budget-wary iOS user. A new feature suggests the iPhone's A7 processor will...

  • Samsung NX300 review: great camera, but who’s it for?

    When our Gearburn ed handed me the Samsung NX300 for review my interest was more than a little piqued. We've all read about how smartphones have pretty much killed the "happy snapper" digital camera. At the same time though, they appear to have driven up interest in DSLR cameras. But what if your smartphone isn't doing it for you any more? And what if you're too afraid to play with the serious photo geeks? On the face of it, the DX300 is the perfect solution. Its body means that anyone used to a point and shoot won't feel alienated (unless...

  • Blizzard at Gamescom: what’s new?

    This year Gamescom seems all kinds of fun. From some highly anticipated next-gen console details and upcoming game trailers to Blizzard's announcement of Diablo III's first expansion pack, Reaper of Souls. The company also gave more detail about a curiously odd title-- Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Hearthstone is a collectible card game for PC, Android and iOS-- the first mobile game by Blizzard Entertainment. Although it’s in beta for now, Hearthstone will be a free-to-play online game with simple yet seemingly addictive mechanics (watch some gameplay on YouTube). The latter is something the company has a lot of experience...