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  • Windows RT’s failure equals Surface Mini no-show

    When Microsoft launched its ultra-thin, ultra-expensive Surface Pro 3 during a presentation in New York earlier this week, the internet was left wondering where the rumoured Surface Mini was. While a few of us hoped for a Nexus 7 or iPad Mini-version of the Surface, it was simply not meant to be. The reason could be down to a few factors, but blame can chiefly be placed on the shoulders of Windows RT and its failure to grab the publics interest. According to a Bloomberg report, ex-boss CEO Stephan Elop and current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella didn't want to release a...

  • 6 excellent Minecraft maps better than the game itself

    Minecraft is presently one of the gaming world’s greatest obsessions. Since this retro survival game’s conception about two and a half years ago it has grown to attract as many as 45 million users on all of its gaming platforms, and it has won multiple awards such the Innovation Award, Best Downloadable Game award and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Minecraft is a testament of what can be achieved in game design when imagination is entered into the equation, regardless of its quality. So here’s a look at six maps that will increase your Minecraft addiction even further. Denmark This is...

  • ‘Robocop’, ‘3 Days to Kill’ and ‘Jack Ryan’ most pirated films of the week

    While piracy is both illegal and frowned upon, everyone's still at. Piracy news site TorrentFreak has released its most popular film downloads for the week ending 19 May. The surprisingly decent remake of Robocop tops the charts for a third week in a row, owing to the fact that it offers one of the most high-quality rips. On Piratebay the top search result for Robocop reveals that over 14 000 users are "seeding" (a remote machine offering part of the data) a 1080 blu ray version of the film. Newcomers include the Kevin Costner snooze-fest 3 Days to Kill and...

  • HBO lampoons Nintendo gay marriage stance in ‘Tomodachi Life’

    Nintendo's upcoming 3DS title Tomodachi Life (Nintendo's playful version of The Sims) received a flood of negative attention after it was found that same-sex partnerships weren't possible in the game. While Nintendo has now publicly apologised, it didn't take long for the media to dig in. HBO's talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a bit of fun at Nintendo's expense, as seen in the video below. Here's Nintendo's apology: We apologize for disappointing many people by failing to include same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to change this game's design, and...

  • OwnPhone launches world’s first 3D printed braille phone

    British company OwnPhone has launched what's said to be the first phone in the world using braille as its primary user interface. Apart from its revolutionary applications, the OwnPhone is also pretty affordable. The company relies on 3D printing, which enables you to personalise your device on the company's website. By customising your phone, you'll be more familiar with the layout and it will help you fit your specific needs. People with poor eyesight can also then navigate the phone's unique, simplistic interface by relying on bright colours and the button textures. "The phone can be personalised with two or four...

  • Nintendo ends online gaming for Wii, DS and DSi

    Sad news for Nintendo aficionados: the company will today terminate "online gameplay, matchmaking and leaderboards" support for its Wii, DS and DSi consoles, the company said. Those who own Nintendo's newer consoles -- the Wii U and 3DS -- are unaffected by this announcement. Additionally, the Wii Shop Channel, DSi Shop and video-on-demand services also remain unaffected. Previously, gamers on the older consoles could enjoy online gameplay via a connection to Nintendo's servers. Although the company will turn its back on its legacy console users, the games that do not require an internet connection to function will remain playable in offline...

  • Alcatel Idol S review: the budget Android phone that surprised me

    When the Alcatel One Touch Idol S landed in my vicinity, I glanced at its curved edges with mixed feelings. I've spent quite a lot of time with budget Androids in the last few years -- I’d even reviewed its older cousin, the cryptically named One Touch 997 Ultra. To be honest, I wasn't expecting this device to sneak out of my pocket and smack me in the face with its awesomeness... but I’d like to apologise for my early delusions. There were reasons for my misgivings though. Alcatel isn't a name you usually associate with smartphones (the space is...

  • External drive support coming soon to Xbox One?

    Early in April, there were reports circulating that Microsoft would be bringing long-awaited external drive support to the Xbox One. Now an image posted on Reddit by an official Xbox developer suggests trials of external drive support have begun in earnest. That means users may soon be able to use their external storage devices with the console. Currently this is not supported but Microsoft has been releasing updates at a rapid rate recently. No additional information has been leaked by the developer though. So questions regarding the maximum size of the drive, whether or not the drive must be bought from...

  • Myo Armband shaping up to be the greatest gesture tech yet

    And the Science/Tech scene just keeps getting better. Last year Thalmic Labs launched the Myo Armband, a gesture controlled device that stands to revolutionise the way we interact with technology. The armband is set to be released sometime this year, and there are already some pretty rad applications popping up. The armband tracks muscle movement in your forearm, triggered by gestures, and relays this information to whatever devices it is connected to. More specifically, the armband uses electromyographic (EMG) sensors to pick up on electrical signals pulsating through the user's forearm muscles. The result is pretty freaking cool. But don’t...

  • Microsoft tries again as it launches faster, larger Surface Pro 3 tomorrow

    With less than a day until Microsoft's Surface event kicks off in New York, the upcoming Surface Pro 3 tablet specifications have been leaked. Windows Phone Central has reportedly acquired the internal specifications and pricing figures for the soon-to-be-released third generation of Surface tablets. It would suggest that instead of freshening the Surface Pro 2 lines, the Pro 3 lineup will be a completely new model. Based on Intel's Haswell chipset, the five new tablets range from the baseline US$799 i3 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD to the tasty US$1 949 i7 CPU model, with 8GB RAM and massive...