Microsoft, News, Xbox One

Xbox One August update turns console into Facebook, also adds 3D Blu-ray playback

xbox august update It's Xbox One update time again and this August the new Xbox Feedback portal has been put to good use, according to Larry Hyrb and Jeff Rubenstein. Painstakingly sifting through these suggestions and complaints, Microsoft's Xbox crew is now tending to its customers needs, improving the gameplay, social experience and user-friendliness of the Xbox One and its backend, in the forthcoming patch. Alongside the console's new 3D Blu-ray playback superpower (turning it into the all-conquering media player it ought to be), ...


Games without borders: 9 heroes who break the ‘gruff white guy’ mould

ISS Ah, diversity. That often neglected, yet all important topic that is jumping to the forefront of many a gaming argument these days. Following the recent E3 2014 showcase, it was incredibly obvious that many game developers still don’t get it. Oh what’s that Ubisoft? It was just too hard to include a female assassin in Assassins Creed: Unity? Yes, you’re right, we’re mysterious creatures that require years of research before we could possibly be included in any video game (especially since ...

News, Sony

PS4 becomes June’s best-selling next-gen console as software sales slide

sony wins For six months in a row, Sony's PS4 has been the best-selling next-generation console in the U.S., reads a self-congratulatory tweet from the official PlayStation twitter account. Despite Xbox One sales "more than doubling" in June, the PS4 still beats Microsoft's console in hardware sales. This tweet comes in hot-on-the-heels of the latest NDP Group report, says Venturebeat. Breaking news: PS4 is #1 top-selling US next-gen console in June, 6th month in a row. Thanks for your support! <3 — PlayStation ...

Microsoft, News, Xbox

Killstreak confirmed: Microsoft shuttering Xbox Entertainment Studios

Xbox Originals Logo The 18 000 job cuts announced by Satya Nadella earlier this week weren't going to go unnoticed, but Microsoft, for all intents and purposes, is on one massive rampage. After the newly-bought Nokia Devices and Services division suffered the first blow, the company is now slaying its under-performing Xbox Entertainment Studios. Just like the Nokia-Android X debacle, this move doesn't seem much of a surprise either. The division has been at pains to draw interest or projects in its relatively brief ...

Microsoft, Windows

7 improvements that would make Windows 9 the best Microsoft OS ever

windows 9 leaked start menu There's a myth around the tech world that Microsoft follows up its blockbuster OS with universally hated sequels. This theory seems to bear true when looking at its dismal track record. Starting at Windows 95, the crash-happy 98 soon followed. Windows XP, in turn, was ceded by the unstable and heavily bloated Windows Vista. And now, Microsoft's most successful OS of all, Windows 7, is overthrown by Windows 8, a version destined to become its most hated OS ever. It's not ...

Google Glass, News

13-year old kid makes most adorable ‘Google Glass’ clone yet

DIY Glass Google Glass, one of the best-known and desirable examples of wearable tech is sadly, also the most lambasted. But what if there was a cutesy, hobbyist version to fall in love with? That's where 13-year old inventor Clay Haight's DIY "Google Glass" comes into play. With an Arduino microboard, a battery and a 3D-printed glass frame, Haight's done something that Google Glass might never accomplish: made wearable tech cool. After following instructions from hobbyist site Makezine, Haight quickly went to work on his ...

Microsoft, News, Nokia

Dying Nokia X range ditches Android for Windows as Microsoft cull continues

Nokia X2 lead Well, here's an unsurprising surprise. Microsoft's big boss, Satya Nadella has announced that Nokia's Android-based X range will ditch Android as its OS in favour of Windows. This means that the Nokia X2 will be the last Android phone the company will (likely ever) offer. Microsoft, in its bid to "evolve", has lined up some 18 000 job cuts in the coming months, with more than a third of those coming from the newly integrated Nokia Devices and Services division. Another ...

Headsets, News, Samsung

Samsung introduces Beats-beating premium audio range to the US

Level On Black (2) Samsung has recently taken IBM's baton in the "who hates Apple more" marathon. The Korean electronics giant, although cooperating with Apple for many years, has seen its Samsung Galaxy S5 beaten by Cupertino's year-old iPhone 5s. But Samsung refuses to lie down in the battle of the premium audio products. Samsung Mobile has announced that it will finally introduce its Level premium audio series to the US, which will likely strike a few chords in the Beats' dominated sector. Priced at US$349, ...

Games, Reviews

Angry Birds Epic review: wicked fun, but bores easily

Angry Birds 1 "Mich, will you review Angry Birds Epic," the Gearburn editor says to me. I answer before he finishes the statement. I like Angry Birds, it's my airport/can't fall asleep/on the train activity. Interestingly, I had not downloaded this version of the game prior to this conversation, so I quickly do so and begin my review. You have to hand it to Rovio (creators of the Angry Birds series) for taking a very simple game and creating an empire out of it. ...

Games, News

‘Fallout: New Vegas’ almost included gruesome child murder quest

Fallout lead Murder is evil, but condoned in games. But there's one gruesome path barely any game has ever, or will ever follow: child murder. Yet the insanely popular open-world RPG Fallout 3 may have planned to include the option to kill children as part of a "Lone Wolf" quest within the expansion series Fallout: New Vegas. The news comes from Reddit user Diggleblop who apparently uncovered the (thankfully) scrapped child murder quest. These details are yet to be, or may never ...


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