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  • Two new ‘GTA V’ strip clubs revealed by savvy fan

    Strip clubs don't quite fall within the spectrum of tech, but in the world of Rockstar's GTA V, anything usually goes. Now, a GTA fan has uncovered what he believes are two new leaked strip clubs that may feature in an upcoming DLC for GTA V and GTA Online. The YouTuber, dubbed MrBossFTW, while trawling the map, has spotted what looks like two new gentlemen's entertainment establishments in North Vinewood and Vespucci Beach respectively. If these hotspots are indeed planned for future releases, they would likely push as a payed-for DLC. "Hornbills", the first stop on his tour, fits the gentlemen's...

  • Google’s new pupil: diabetes-detecting contact lenses

    Is this smart wearables gone mad? Google's latest venture, teaming up with a Swiss biomedical firm, may send alarm bells ringing in the minds of the meek. Novartis's Alcon ocular division will license Google's smart contact lens technology to create a diabetes-monitoring, cornea mounted device. This super lens holds a tiny smart sensor that monitors the glucose levels of tears, wirelessly relaying it (once per second) to a mobile device. Should the reading fall within the red zones, an alert will be issued to the wearer, possibly via "tiny LED lights that could light up," note project co-founders Brian Otis...

  • Timberman game review: the game we never axed for, but seeded all along

    What goes up, must come down. This is the embodiment of any simple arcade game, especially Timberman (available now on iOS, Android), an "an oldschool arcade style casual game" with a lot more going for it than Flappy Bird -- its spiritual predecessor -- could ever muster. Here's the premise: a team of time-travelling lumberjacks have reached Gaia, the immortal tree mother and have to chop at her as fast as possible, lest she grow too tall and cover the sun itself. With meteorite axes fused in the heart of the sun, each swipe of Gaia removes another chunk from her...

  • 7 mythical heroes who defined gaming

    Throughout gaming's history we have been blessed with many heroes. These characters have inspired us to excel in our gaming sagas and helped us to immerse ourselves ever deeper into the narratives we love so much. These seven have secured their place in our hearts, but some have not only shaped the way we see games but the very landscape of gaming itself. This list is a testament to their prominence in the gaming world. Duke Nukem - Duke Nukem Duke Nukem might have somewhat disappeared into obscurity in recent years but he deserves a spot on this list nonetheless. There was...

  • Phase-changing material edges shapeshifting Terminators closer to reality

    Robots will soon be everywhere, and we all (just like Will Smith) will have to deal with it. But for now, the rigid, metallic materials used in robotic construction don't allow them the ubiquitous freedom they crave. But this may soon change. Researchers from MIT have now developed a new phase-changing material that could allow future robots to shift between soft and hard states. Developed by Anette Hosoi, along with Nadia Cheng, robotics company Boston Dynamics and DARPA, the new material is a low-cost breakthrough for the robotics industry. Just like an octopus or a mouse, or if you love movie references...

  • Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 review: the great desktop pretender

    Lenovo's enormous ThinkPad Tablet 2 calls itself the true business tablet. But as in Game of Thrones, there's always "one true king" trying to claim that illustrious iron throne. How does it perform, who's it for and what's a ThinkPad? There's only question you need to ask though, is this 10.1-inch Windows 8.1 tablet worth your time? What I liked Lenovo's made a big, strong tablet that can easily withstand the daily knocks of life. My general tablet routine has me throwing it onto couches, dropping it on desks and accidentally spilling liquids on it. While the tablet isn't waterproof, it...

  • GTA V PC launching 14 November according to games store listing

    October and November look set to be the busiest months in the gaming year. Outside of Alien: Isolation, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Evil Within, we can now add GTA V for PC to the list. Now, and according to this page from gaming store Coolshop, GTA V PC launches 14 November 2014. Coolshop lists GTA V PC at £37.96 (US$64.99) and the game can be pre-purchased as of right now, so this is a legitimate product, but the date could always change. This news comes hot on the heels of the recently launched GTA V page on Steam, which promises a...

  • Russia’s R1 super-tram will ‘integrate into any landscape’ and it has USB 3.0

    Only in Russia, say the memes, but in this particular case, it certainly rings true. Recently debuting at Innoprom 2014 was the Soviet nation's most elaborate, and certainly tech-drenched tram the world has ever seen. Dubbed the Russia One (or R1), the high-tech transport looks a bit like a snail, and one wouldn't be misled to think of a tram as an overweight piece of wood with a few rails beneath. But Yekaterinburgian creators (yes, that's a real place) of the Russia One, UralVagonZavod (UVZ) have certainly removed the stigma with one fell swoop. The bi-directional R1 has a forward-slanted windshield, that provides...

  • Tekken 7 officially announced with uber-crazy trailer

    Tekken 7 is official and it was announced at Evo 2014 that it's coming to "new-gen" consoles, reports IGN. Powered by the Unreal Engine 4, Tekken 7 will "rapidly achieve the visual quality expected on next-gen platforms and go beyond it. Not only is Unreal Engine 4 powerful and easy to use, but it allows us to easily bring Tekken 7 to any platform we desire.” This is all according to Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken's chief producer, who has recently tweeted a little more information regarding his upcoming game. Tekken 7 is of course, expected to release for the Xbox One and PS4,...

  • Knomo’s Knomad will get and keep you going

    Carrying around more and more cables, gizmos means finding items can be annoying and tangles are a daily occurrence. Showing they are more than simply a luxury bag maker, Knomo is fixing this and venturing into the electronics market with a battery collaboration (via CasePower) for its forthcoming product "Knomad" -- a portable organiser. Made from cotton canvas with brass fixtures and a raw leather touchpoint trip (no mucky hands to ruin it!) this is one durable bit of kit. Not waterproof but splash-proof for sure - it's meant to be taken out, used and lusted...