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  • Snappy Ubuntu Core is Canonical’s new Internet of Things platform

    Ubuntu has long been Linux's star distro, competing against the omnipresent likes of Microsoft and Windows ass-kicker Apple in the laptop and desktop OS space. But what about wearables, the Internet of Things and more interestingly, robotics? Well, Ubuntu has launched a push into that arena too and it's all looking rather promising for Canonical and developers. The company has announced Snappy Ubuntu Core -- a smaller, 40MB RAM-occupying distro that will power the likes of drones, vacuum cleaners and perhaps even a smart wearable or two. But why Snappy? Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu with transactional...

  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It's no secret that Microsoft's Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed "Spartan", piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE's terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft's cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • ‘Grim Fandango: Remastered’ preview: the game that never dies

    The great day draws closer, the moment that will once more change the world forever. Yes, that’s right. Not too long from now, on 27 January, a remastered version of Grim Fandango will be released to the public. If you do not know why this is such a momentous occasion, or you need reminding, then it will do you some good to read my Grim Fandango Retrospective from last week. Tim Schafer’s epic cult classic has been fully remastered in HD by his developing studio, Double Fine Productions, a company he created after he left LucasArts (the original developers of Grim...

  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to feature faster RAM, iOS 9

    It's January and already the world has its first iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus rumours. The current iPhone range is just over four months old but already this smartphone obsessed planet wants to see their upgrades as soon as possible. The new report, coming from Forbes, suggests that 2GB RAM is par for the "s" models which doubles the temporary storage currently available in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus at present. What's more, it will be LPDDR4 RAM which presents a much broader bandwidth than the current and much cheaper LPDDR3 standard. The phones will allegedly also sport iOS...

  • ‘H1Z1’, ‘Evolve’ beta and Dead Kings DLC: this week’s TGIF video roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? A day late and a dollar short? If you're wondering why out TGIF roundup is falling on a Monday this week, we blame CES 2015. But that doesn't mean Monday shouldn't at least get some of the fun. Get your week off to a good note by watching last week's most wonderful and weirdest tech and gaming videos. First and foremost, Evolve beta is finally live on Xbox One with the technical previews ripe for...

  • ‘Sid Meier’s Starships’ breaks cover in epic announcement trailer

    If you ever wanted to know what managing your own fleet of intergalactic space craft would be like, now's your chance. A new trailer for Sid Meier's Starships -- a new turn-based game developed by 2K Games and Firaxis Games -- has been outed (thanks to the chaps over at GameSpot) and the world's strategy game lovers are getting excited. The player commands a gaggle of interstellar ships as the gamer flies to various galaxies to complete various tasks (we image scrubbing floors or sweeping decks isn't quite in the job description). Essentially, it's the gamer's prerogative to build one...

  • SteamLeft calculates how much life you’ll need to beat your Steam library

    Since the advent of Steam in the early 2000s, gamers have racked up game after game like a squirrel with an acorn addiction. If you're one of those gamers with too many titles to count or too many to comprehend, you probably wish you knew how long it would take to conquer your massive library. Well, now you can. SteamLeft is a nifty little service that plugs into How Long to Beat's playtime averages to calculate how much of your life you could (and really should) spend racking up killstreaks and looting lesser individuals. Insanely enough, the most extensive Steam library tested...

  • HTC One M9 ‘Hima’ arriving in March with company’s first smartwatch

    While all the smartphone launch hype is surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Sony Xperia Z4, there are other companies due to out momentous models in the coming months too. Remember the HTC One M8? Well, its successor is coming in March, at least according to Bloomberg. The HTC One M9 is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated launches of the year and seeing that March is the month for mobile launches, HTC will duly unveil its phone as well as its first smartwatch around the same time as MWC in Barcelona. It would take a fair effort to...

  • CES 2015 roundup part two: from Nvidia to ZTE

    In case you missed it: CES 2015 roundup part one: from Acer to MSI The earliest and (arguably) most important technology extravaganza of the year has come and gone, and while the theme of CES 2015 seemed to be wider, thinner and shinier is better, there were some genuinely exiting technologies that left our mouths agape. Arguably, the latter half of the alphabet holds companies that have really set the bar high at CES 2015, but the customary onslaught of TV screens with more than a necessary quota of pixels were also abundant. Apart from this annoyance, powering those screens also seemed an...

  • CES 2015: future of home automation and the internet of things

    The annual Consumer Electronics Show has grown massively since its inception in 1967 becoming one of the most eagerly anticipated and followed expos in the world. Held in Las Vegas, it's a showcase for new technologies that can be expected to hit the market in the foreseeable future. In the past, now-mainstream products like VCRs, DVDs, and HDTV were first shown to the world at CES. In recent years, home automation systems have had a growing presence at the show. CES 2015, in fact, featured a dedicated room solely for new home automation products. We round up some of the best...