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  • 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...

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime everything the S5 should have been

    Samsung Galaxy S5 owners, stop reading now for those who want to avoid bursting a blood-vessel in anger. Everyone else, welcome to the story. According to Phonearena, an aluminium-wrapped S5 Prime is coming soon, the phone which Samsung should have released instead of its underwhelming S5. While LG prepares to launch its brushed-metal G3, Samsung's S5 Prime hides in the corner betting that its QHD 1440x2560 display and quad-core CPU will best LG's new flagship phone. The site also managed to grab three shots of the supposed S5 Prime. Sources say that the S5 Prime is currently "undergoing testing" as it...

  • 19 incredibly fun local co-op games for PC and console

    When did online co-op become such a big deal? It's as if game developers have forgotten about the simple joys that playing against someone in the same room can bring. Well we haven't forgotten, and have dug around for co-op games that don't need the damn internet. Our definition of co-op is any game that forces its players to work together towards a common goal. Let's get right to it. Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers -- NES This is a classic, through and through. Like many games of the NES era, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers was defined by it's pixel-perfect...

  • Far Cry 4 launches 18 November with Harpoon Gun for the Limited Edition

    Far Cry 4 is real and launches 18 November 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC. Developers Ubisoft have announced the upcoming sequel to one of gaming's best open-world shooter, saying that Far Cry 4 will be set in the fictional Himalayan region of Kyrat (we checked on Google Maps), far removed from the steamy jungle settings of Far Cry 3. Far Cry 4 launches 20 November 2014 for Europe, Middle East and African territories, a mere two days after the US launch. Those who pre-order the Limited Edition gain three exclusive single player 'Hurk's Redemption'...

  • Your $1500 Google Glass cost $152 to make

    Google Glass, the company's latest piece of optical gadgetry, now retails exclusively in the States for US$1 500. This may sound reasonable for breakthrough wearable technology ,but a recent digital dissection performed by IHS discovered that the sum of Glass's parts is only US$152. An example of the wearable technology was taken apart, with each component analyzed by IHS to calculate the approximate cost of production. To put this injustice into perspective, Google Glass costs US$50 less to construct than an iPhone 5 (US$207), yet retails for nearly US$700 more (Apple's launch cost was between US$199 and US$849). And usually...

  • 20 genuinely important features that will make you love Windows Phone 8.1

    Microsoft announced a huge update to the Windows Phone platform during its BUILD 2014 developers conference. The Windows Phone 8.1 update brings with it hundreds of new features but how many of them are useful to the general consumer? We've listed 20 useful features, and many are game-changers for Windows Phone OS. Action Centre -- The single biggest feature in the Windows Phone 8.1 update is the Action Centre which brings in quick setting toggles and notifications in a single place. The Action Centre can be accessed by a swiping down on the screen. You can customise which quick setting toggles you want...