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  • ‘Need For Speed’ trailer is here, full reveal scheduled for E3 2015

    After Electronic Arts published a teaser image of what could've been a new Need For Speed game, the company has finally spilled the beans. We will indeed see a reboot of the Need For Speed franchise coming later this year. And with the beans, we now have a trailer. Read more: EA teases new ‘Need for Speed’ screen It's possibly the shakiest trailer we've ever seen, but all footage was recorded in-game, which does make it all the more thrilling. Ben Walke, EA's community manager, is also promising "rich customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative," which...

  • Mozilla to bring sponsored ‘Suggested Tiles’ to Firefox tab page

    We understand that non-profit internet companies like Mozilla need to accrue funds in as many ways as possible, but its new ploy might be a little too far a step for savvy and loyal Firefox fans. The company is this week debuting its Suggested Tiles feature in the upcoming version of Firefox Beta, which will allow advertisers to claim real estate on the browser's new tab pages. But unlike Directory Pages, Suggested Tiles looks at the browser's history, and cherry picks from those entries. In reality, if you happen to be a fan of LOLCats and browse Wikipedia pages centering on...

  • Mind-controlled prostheses closer to reality thanks to Össur

    Bionic limbs are not all that farfetched, and one company has now brought a workable example into reality. Developed by a company called Össur, its prosthetic technology uses a mesh of myoelectric sensors (IMES) that are inserted into the muscle tissue through a 15 minute operation. The sensor allows the user to move the device with "intuitive actions." Thanks to this advancement Jon Sigurdsson, President & CEO of Össur, suggests that this technology will adapt "not only to the individual’s intentional movements," but become more like an actual part of the body that's "truly integrated with user." When the user wants...

  • One device doesn’t fit all: why multiple devices are part of our future

    There is a school of thought that the future will see us using only one digital device to meet all our needs. However, this is counter-intuitive given the ubiquity of these devices and the many and varied roles they play. Digital devices are an increasingly integral part of our lives and there is an abundance of options offering various functions that improve productivity in some way. In our consumer-centric world, it is not at all uncommon for one individual to have in their possession an array of these devices – from laptop, to tablet, to smartphone, to desktop PC –...

  • 3 key features that will help wearables reach more consumers

    If wearables are going to take off (like the Withings Activité Pop pictured above), they have to be more than just miniature smartphones that strap to the wrist. Consumers don’t want another screen to look at; they want a virtual sidekick to intuitively lead them through the daily grind of the modern world. As the Internet of Things becomes a reality, wearables have found their way onto retail shelves, causing a rush to develop software to pair with them. The wearables market might be growing, but as more and more consumers voice their concerns about product design, usage, security, and...

  • Huawei’s LiteOS will aim to power the smallest Internet of Things

    Huawei is a company riding the crest of a wave, especially when one considers its recent smartphone offerings. The Huawei Mate 7 was one of the best phablets we've used this year, and the new devices like the P8 are gunning for big brass to from the likes of Apple and Samsung. But the company isn't just stopping there. It's jumping head first into the Internet of Things space with a new, tiny operating system. Huawei's calling it LiteOS, and with good reason -- it weighs in a just 10kB or smaller than many Twitter avatars in comparison. The company's betting...

  • EA teases new ‘Need for Speed’ screen

    Last year, Electronic Arts (EA) didn't release a new entry into its popular Need for Speed series. This is the first time in a decade the yearly title hasn't received a new entry. The company stated a new title was in the works, but would require an extended development cycle. EA has released a teaser image for the new untitled game, but it doesn't give away much. Featured above, the teaser shows a green sports car on a rain-slick road. The words "Speed Hunters" are printed on the car's tyre, which could signify the name of the new entry. EA's...

  • This ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ trailer wants us all to man-up [video]

    The latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight could easily be confused with the Gotham TV series. The first minute jumps between a couple of Gothamites, each suffering their own form of social challenges in the dark, dark city. That's until they all decide to man-up and take on their oppressors. #BeTheBatman, the hashtag reads. PlayStation.Blog writes: It’s the moments when we are all tested that we explore in our new live-action trailer: times of trial, and how we can rise above them. Selflessness, determination, and courage are all traits that we share with the Dark Knight, and so in many ways we...

  • Ware of the Week: Prey Anti-Theft

    In our weekly series, Ware of the Week, we showcase our favourite organised lines of code from the world of mobile and desktop computing. In today’s edition, we profile a cross-platform app that's all about device security -- Prey. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Imagine Free for Instagram There are some applications and programs I immediately install when I receive a device. Prey is definitely high up on that list. It's usually because I ask myself these two questions before I venture beyond any set of doors: "How...

  • Oculus issues press invitations for 11 June event

    Virtual reality technology has suddenly leaped into the public eye again this month, with announcements that the Oculus Rift is scheduled to arrive in stores in Q1 2016. On the back of this though, the Facebook-owned VR company has sent out press invitations to an event taking place on 11 June (and yes, the invitation is really, really dark). What is it all about? It seems that the company might be ready to reveal its consumer version of the Rift a lot sooner than first thought. The invitation, which is not as coy as those from Huawei and Apple, notes that...