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  • Mad scientist’s magnetic shoes unlock his inner Magneto

    Colin Furze is playing superhero again and this time, he's strapping on some massively powerful microwave magnets to sneakers that allow him to walk on the ceiling. Previously, the mad scientist created his (much better) version of Wolverine's claws that ejected and retracted thanks to an ingenious use of air pressure. Not only that, they sparked and sliced through watermelon. Now setting his sights on Magneto's magnetism or Spiderman's wall-crawling abilities, Furze has outdone logic itself by walking all over the ceiling of his shed without the help of CGI, or adamantium or radioactive spiders. Incredibly, Furze notes that creating the shoes was the...

  • Watch Dogs on Xbox 360 is ‘super smooth’, but has PS2-quality trees

    Watch Dogs releases 27 May for Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U but it's only PC and next-generation console owners who'll get the best graphical experience (naturally). But just how bad are the graphics on PS3 and Xbox 360? A YouTube user managed to get their hands on the Xbox 360 version of Watch Dogs and judging by the quality of the trees in the distance, last generation consoles are going to have a tough time keeping up with the slick quality of a 2014 game. Keep watching the clip and concentrate on the tall...

  • 13 near-useless video game accessories

    This list could be as long as the internet itself. For every console, there's an utterly useless peripheral that came with it. In light of the Xbox One's recent separation from the (in our opinion) gimmicky and barely useful Kinect, we've singled out the various gaming consoles most embarrassing controllers, cameras and peripherals ever made. Cover your face in shame, we're going in. Nintendo Gameboy Printer - Did you anyone know this existed? Way back in 1998 Nintendo created a black and white printer which effectively transforms your Gameboy into an old-school dot matrix sticker maker or mid-nineties till machine. It didn't sell...

  • FIFA World online beta released just in time for hungry World Cup fans

    EA Sports has officially taken advantage of the World Cup-hype to open FIFA World for online beta play. The free-to-play title will be available worldwide for Windows PC with Origin installed. FIFA World was previously only available to private beta testers. Perhaps not everyone's favourite brew, football-based games have taken the world hostage, especially since the World Cup in Brazil is just a few days away. Windows XP SP3, Vista and 7 users running a medium spec machine, with a 1Mb minimum line speed can test out EA Sports' latest online game. There's no word on whether the game would run...

  • Engineers create tiny nanomotor small enough to fit inside human cells

    Mechanical engineers at the University of Texas have created the world’s smallest, longest running nanomotor. The tiny mechanical marvel is so small that it can fit inside a human cell. To put that in perspective, the motor is 500 times smaller than a grain of salt. Beyond miniscule. Nanomotors are microscopic machines that do exactly what a motor does: rotate. Although this might seem like something out of a sci-fi film, at a microscopic level, a lot of cells already deploy this principal. Using motorized flagella or cilia to navigate their way around other cells, ward off pathogens, or even...

  • Hisense Pure 1 unboxing [video]

    Welcome to another episode of Gearburn's new weekly YouTube show, GearTV. In today's video, editor Steven Norris unboxes the Hisense Pure 1, a cheap and cheerful Android phablet with an excellent display. Does it have the quality accessories of a Samsung or Apple phone? Let's take a look. GearTV is a weekly show that features gadget and game reviews, tips, how-to's and anything useful that we think can help you improve your connected life. It's a show we've designed for you, our readers, so if there are any specific requests you have -- such as how do I set up my...

  • The updated Xbox One vs PS4 buyer’s guide

    Of course the age-old (not really, but it sounds better) rivalry between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation is still alive and well. But six months down the line, what exactly is the current situation in terms of sales and potential peripherals? Umpteen announcements have been made, and with E3 fast approaching, no doubt we’ll see even more of them in the upcoming weeks, attempting to persuade the public why they should buy a specific console. Of course, the first thing to remember is that unless you’ve imported it, the Xbox One still isn’t available in some territories, with South Africa...

  • Microsoft debuts 12″ Surface Pro 3, its super-slim laptop-killing tablet

    The Surface Pro 3 is now official, after Microsoft launched its self-proclaimed laptop-replacing tablet at its Surface Event in New York. All specifications leaked earlier this week hold water, including the use of Intel's Haswell chipset, thinner bezels, relocated Windows button and a larger form factor. Microsoft reckons that the average user will eke out nine hours of web browsing and enjoy crisper sound thanks to Dolby Audio. The 12" Full HD display, the press release notes, will be housed in "a beautiful package that is 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air." There's no doubt what company Microsoft is...

  • 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...