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  • ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ series finale, launching 14 October on Xbox One, PS4, PC [Updated]

    Update: If the trailer didn't satisfy your expectations enough, we've found some new, juicy images from ConsoleLife via Game Informer that appears to be in-game screenshots. Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced together with a trailer. The finale of the successful Arkham series is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game releases October 14 2014, as spotted by Forbes. Players who preorder the game from US electronics chain GameStop will receive the Harley Quinn DLC with "4 challenge maps". Developed by Rocksteady...

  • DirectX 12 revealed March 10 at GDC, only 5 years late to the party

    Yes, this is a real thing: DirectX 12 will be revealed by the great and powerful Microsoft machine on 12 March at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), reports WinBeta. DirectX are a bunch of API's which handle the gaming content ("multimedia", scoff) on our computers and consoles. For those who can remember, the last full version of DirectX, not counting incremental updates, was DirectX 11 back in 2009. There's little to talk about for now, save for Microsoft's explanation of the event, as listed on the GDC session scheduler. For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers...

  • Alcatel 2000X review: the new Nokia 3310

    Here's a strange one, a phone that's not a phone, but is only a phone. Meet Alcatel's 2000X, a phone with a bright and cheery 2.4-inch screen, a radio, charging cradle and... well, it makes calls and sends texts? The 2000X isn't your usual smartphone, because it's not a smartphone. What we have here, is a throwback to the good old days. But ladies and gentlefolk, what we have here is a phone with a two-week long battery life. Plus, it's as solid as a Nokia 3310. What it does Let's begin with the specifications: a bright 240x320 display at 167PPI programable SOS...

  • The instant messaging shootout: BBM, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and Viber

    Instant Messaging apps would be great material for a spaghetti western. You can almost picture it; the five big guns in the west are set to meet in a sunset duel to the death. Each one brings its all to the table, staring down its four contenders in a steely eyed Mexican stand-off. As the old saying goes –"this town simply isn't big enough for the five of us." But let’s head back to reality: In the real world, a duel between chat apps would be quite disappointing. Instead of a steady grip and a deadeye aim, the winner is crowned...

  • Office 365 Android SDK ready for eager developers to tinker with

    Microsoft's being extra generous today and is offering the Office 365 Android SDK, for free. Users can download it directly from GitHub, as announced today by Microsoft from its SharePoint conference. With the Office 365 SDK, developers can integrate Office functionality into any Android app, provided they have the requisite SharePoint programming chops. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qryRH5xXyJk There's a blog post to get developers started with, which suggests a few cool ideas such as placing an interactive quiz inside a polling app, and using SharePoint data to sync document across myriad apps. In order to run the SDK, users will need Android 4.0.3 says...

  • Take that, Nokia: Oppo teases a 50MP camera on its new phone

    Nokia's been king of the smartphone cameras with its 41MP PureView creation for a while now... but it seems Chinese manufacturer Oppo wants to change that. In the run up to the launch of its Find 7 smartphone, the company has shared a test shot to show off the phone's camera -- and it's quite an image. While the subject matter isn't as impressive as the type of aerial shots Nokia took to showcase the Lumia 1020's abilities, it is a massive 8160x6120 pixels. The original photo, which Oppo shared on its official Sina Weibo account, has caused quite a...

  • Xbox Live features reportedly coming to iOS and Android games

    In a post first spotted by The Verge, Microsoft is flirting with the idea of pushing Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games, making it an alternative (and competitor) to Google's Play games and Apple's Game Center. Xbox Live is currently limited to Xbox consoles and Windows Phone games with one exception. As it stands, the only app available on iOS and Android which has Xbox Live features is the free-to-play word puzzle game Wordament. iOS and Android users can keep track of their achievements by logging in with their Xbox accounts. In the job posting, Microsoft stressed that the...

  • PS4 has sold 6-million consoles, 13.7-million games so far

    Since the inception and launch of Sony's next-gen console, the PS4 has sold a staggering 6-million units and 13.7-million games in a scant four months across 57 countries says Venturebeat. Sony's got even more stats to share, mostly to do with the "Share" button embedded into the new gamepad. Over 100-million shares have been "captured" by gamers, with 56-million Twitch feeds viewed. For something that we doubted would work (especially in this hellish quagmire of South African internet), we're glad to see that gamers round the world have enjoyed the function so much. The same gamers have also been keeping...

  • The iPhone 1: Apple’s sour start

    When the first iPhone launched in 2007, most of us who remember owning one can attest to its (at the time) revolutionary features. It was a touchscreen phone that worked well, looked great and did stuff others phones couldn't at the time. In 2014, we have choice now, a choice largely broadened by the iPhone 1. It had issues though, ones that Bob Borchers, its former senior director of product marketing even going as far as to call it "okay" and "not a great phone". Oddly enough, he's correct. The beauty of the iPhone 1 only went skin-deep, and...

  • Details emerge for Cortana, the ‘Siri’ for Windows Phone 8.1

    "So you did miss me." says neon-blue computer AI Cortana to Master Chief. And soon, she'll say it to us as well. Cortana's making the leap from fiction to fact as Microsoft prepares to introduce its answer to Apple's Siri, a voice-controlled personal assistant, namely the titular Cortana. Thanks to The Verge, we now know how Cortana will look and how we'll interact with it. So say goodbye to the built-in Bing voice search as this is what Microsoft will replace it with. Don't expect Cortana's mesmerising features as that little blue circle will be the "face" of Cortana for...