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  • SimCity servers ‘not doing anything’ says Maxis insider

    Has EA lied to us? The SimCity DRM debacle is another fresh wound for the average gamer. Millions purchased SimCity, only to discover that a brutal “always-on” connection was required in order to play the game, much like with Diablo III. According to a source from Maxis, the company that developed SimCity, implanting an offline, single-player version of the game would be easy, as the servers “are not doing anything” to support the single-player mode. Rockpapershotgun spoke to the Maxis insider, who happily spills the beans:  The servers are not handling any of the computation done to simulate the city you...

  • 6 apps the BlackBerry Z10 needs right now

    The BlackBerry Z10 is an excellent new smartphone, in our opinion. But it’s lacking some of the quality apps that Android and iOS both share. Sure, BlackBerry will introduce these apps in the future, but we need them now. If you sideload these apps, you can have them, or you can simply wait for big brother BlackBerry to pass them onto us. Whatever the case, here are six apps that the BlackBerry Z10 needs right bloody now. Flipboard This guy is bearded and enthused. Flipboard! Flipboard is one of the reasons that print media is suffering. Here’s an app that takes the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S IV rumour roundup

    One of the most important smartphone launches in the recent times is about to happen this week, that of Samsung Galaxy S4. Galaxy S smartphone, which Samsung released way back in June 2010, spawned a family of amazing smartphones that were well-received. In Oct 2011, PC magazine reported that together Galaxy S and S II sold over 30 million units. After Galaxy S III was released in May 2012, it broke all records, as reported by CNET. The lawsuit between Apple and Samsung has been regarded to be one of the factors that actually positively affected Samsung’s growth. In this...

  • How to sideload Android apps onto BlackBerry 10 with a Mac

    Fascinating title, better subject. The BlackBerry Z10 is a finely crafted piece of art, and a phone that we hope manages to break BlackBerry’s bad luck streak — it just may if BlackBerry manages to push out the important apps in time. Skype, Spotify, Whatsapp, a good game besides Sonic 4 and many more are sadly still absent. There is however a way which, while legal, forces users to snatch sometimes pirated apps in order to get their fix. I’m speaking about sideloading, a method of uploading Android files (APKs) into Android devices. BlackBerry 10 devices can run Android...

  • Panasonic TZ35 review: best for budget

    Panasonic’s TZ series of compact cameras has always been popular with enthusiasts, because they offer plenty of flexibility both in terms of manual controls and a large zoom range. The Panasonic TZ35, known as the Panasonic ZS25 in the US, follows on from last year’s Panasonic TZ25, but sees an increase in zoom ratio with a 20x optical offering. That gives it a very versatile range of 24-480mm in 35mm terms. A 16.1 million pixel sensor can be found onboard that, according to Panasonic, combines with the Venus Engine for a high performance result. We’ve been impressed by the performance of TZ...

  • Flash now works on IE 10 as Microsoft softens software policies

    Microsoft wasn’t behind Flash when Windows 8 launched, and had blocked most flash sites on Internet Explorer (Metro version). Today however, Microsoft has overturned this verdict and will activate Flash for all sites, minus four percent of the sites that were tested and ran Flash on Windows 8 “poorly”. This activation comes in the form of an update for Internet Explorer 10, as highlighted in the official Microsoft blog. Arstechnica reports that all Flash sites were “whitelisted”. In other words, every Flash site was blocked from running on Windows 8 Metro and Windows RT versions of Internet Explorer. The change...

  • S IV teased by Samsung in sneaky shot

    Samsung’s official twitter account has dropped the first real image of the S IV, which will be revealed 14 March at a Samsung Unpacked Event. Tweet incoming: The countdown for #TheNextBigThing has begun. Who’s ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14? twitter.com/SamsungMobileU… — Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) March 12, 2013 And here’s the delectable phone itself, zoomed in a tad. It’s very different to the most popular image that has been making the rounds. We’ve already created a rumour roundup for the S IV, have highlighted specs and kind of know what Samsung will bring us. Here’s that story. The image...

  • BlackBerry Z10 review: the best BB ever made

    So here we are. BlackBerry gifts us with the Z10, one of two “10” models released into the wild, with the other being the touch-and-type Q10. The BlackBerry Z10 is an otherworldly treat, a combination of blood, sweat and gears combined into a user-friendly smartphone that is fast, accessible and brimming with a heady catalyst of ideas. Here’s a BlackBerry you can finally be proud to own. Pity about the apps though — it really lets down the whole package, but not enough to squash the mighty PlayBook mini. Geek warning: I’m not going to ramble on about specs,...

  • New Mercedes S-Class packs in the safety tech

    Luxury is always a top priority with Mercedes, particularly with the S-Class, and with the Ghost as a benchmark of sorts, you can expect nothing short of exorbitant, leather-seat smelling opulence. And for the true drivers who care not for what people think, Mercedes is even making a convertible version so they can put themselves under exhibition. A mostly autonomous system This will be the first ever autonomous vehicle produced for the public, beating Google and those Oxford guys to the punch. Or does it? While this system is the next step in the completely automatic vehicle, following acts like cruise...

  • ZTE Blade 3 review: mid-range phone at a bargain price

    The ZTE Blade 3 is the latest smartphone from the Chinese firm intent on bringing customers great value for money at the bottom of the mobile market. While ZTE and its Chinese compatriot Huawei both say they’re targeting the full smartphone spectrum with recent high-end handsets such as theGrand SandAscend D2, the reality is that they are still primarily considered budget handset manufacturers. The budget ethos rings true with the ZTE Blade 3 as it will only set you back £69.99, plus a £10 top up from Virgin Mobile. One of the reasons ZTE is able to keep its costs down is...

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