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  • Sony reveals massive ‘May Madness’ PlayStation games sale

    Sony just revealed over a hundred selected PlayStation games on special. The ginormous sale, which ceases to exist at the end of this month, is called May Madness. Curiously, the announcement comes at a time when people suggested PS3 games might soon be available on PS4. Some Reddit users recently claimed to have seen PS3 games appear in the next-gen console's store. Sony announced PlayStation Now last year which is a service that will eventually give you access to PS3 games which could be streamed and played directly on any PlayStation Now-ready device. Initially, both the PS3 and PS4 will be able to...

  • A Minecraft journey: on sunlight, zombies and chickens

    In part 1, Wiehahn got stuck into Minecraft. Today his story continues. Much has happened since I started with this Minecraft qest. “Bring me a rare item,” my lord editor had said. The words were still looming in my head and my mining addiction was now out of control. I no longer mined for any reason. The thrill of mining within itself was enough. My hallways became longer, my halls bigger, my mine deeper, much deeper. It wasn’t without any result. In my mining expeditions I discovered beautiful underground scenes. I wasn’t completely disinterested in the outside world. I had devised...

  • Microsoft finally launches $399 Xbox One without Kinect

    From 9 June, a US$399 Xbox One goes on sale "wherever the console is sold" and pre-orders begin today. In a move straight out of Sony's book (same console price, stand alone console without camera), Microsoft is today introducing a Kinect-free Xbox One with people having the option of adding a Kinect "later this fall" to get "the best experience" if they so choose. US retail chain Best Buy and Amazon are open for pre-orders. The US$399 Xbox One SKU was influenced by fan feedback says Microsoft and happily, it's the exact same console launched last year November, sans the...

  • New Rockstar game coming to Xbox One, PS4 before March 2015

    Rockstar Games will release a title for next-gen consoles before the end of March 2015, parent company Take-Two Interactive's CEO Strauss Zelnick, has said. This comes after Take-Two's sterling 2014 financial figures were released, with Grand Theft Auto V leading the way. The title has shipped an impressive 33 million units since its launch last September equating to nearly US$1 billion in sales. As a result, Take-Two also reported a (Non-GAAP) net revenue balloon of 97% year-on-year. On the back of this success, Zelnick, during an post-financial investor call, commented on the upcoming plans of its subsidiary. "Rockstar Games is hard at...

  • Google Glass (beta) is now available to anyone in the US

    The legends at Google have finally opened the much anticipated, highly exclusive, Google Glass Explorer program to…everyone in the United States (sorry rest of World). Nearly a month after the sold out one-day only sale of Glass to the US public, Google has decided to expand the explorer programme yet again. Prior to the sale last month, Glass was reserved for “explorers” hand-picked by the search engine tycoon. Anyone could apply, but not everyone was privy to Google’s vision from the future. And did we mention the US$1500 price tag? Although making Glass available to the public may seem like a...

  • Why smartwatches suck and how ‘Super Normal’ can fix them

    We’re all aware of the issues with wearable technology in the modern world. It’s just not that practical, or, more importantly, wearable. As a result there are very few users, save the uber geek, who are rocking fashion from the future. Luckily, there is a simple solution that will catapult wearables, specifically smartwatches, into mainstream status. All they need to do is become Super Normal. The concept of Super Normal is a Japanese design philosophy that emphasises taking the mundane and adding a twist to make it extraordinary. Forty years ago Nike created a wildly popular running shoe by taking...

  • Motorola launches ‘not-so-dumb’ Moto E, $200 Moto G with LTE

    "Goodbye, dumb phone" is the tagline Motorola is going for with its latest smartphone, the Moto E -- a wallet-friendly device with a couple of above-average tricks up its sleeve. The Moto G is also now LTE capable and will cost you just over US$200. There's also another model, the Moto E, with 3G that has a price tag of just US$130. When the Moto G hit the online shelves last year, the company was hailed for making a breakthrough budget smartphone with impressive specs. The Moto E takes it to a whole other level it seems. Motorola says, "it's built...

  • FDA approves DARPA’s robotic arm, gentle enough to hold grapes

    The beautiful relationship between technology and science has created some incredibly fantastic fruit this week: namely the first functional and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved bionic arm. DARPA, the US Defence Department’s cutting-edge innovation research facility, set out eight years ago to create a functional solution for veteran amputees. Their efforts have finally reached fruition with the DEKA Arm. Although other scientists are working on similar solutions, DARPA’s arm is the first of its kind to garner FDA approval, marking a critical step towards getting the prosthesis out to amputees. Unlike the Brain Computer Interfaces we wrote about a...

  • Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo E3 press conference games revealed [rumour]

    Keen to know exactly what Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo plan to show at E3? We've got the full list of games which each company plans to demo at its respective press conferences. The source is via Gamnesia, who were tipped off by a forum user who grabbed the scanned document from a Brazilian tipster, so take this information with a pinch of digital salt. Microsoft Press Conference (all games for Xbox One) Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay DirectX 12 Trailer Fable Legends gameplay Forza Horizon 2 gameplay Gears of War 4 gameplay Halo 5 tech demo Kinect TV & Shows trailer...

  • Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

    The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that other services could be put behind the paywall as replacements including, to many gamers renewed vexation, upcoming productions from...