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  • ‘Assassin’s Kittens Unity’ is exactly what you think it is

    Mr. TVCow made this insanely cute video below, substituting tiny kittens in the place of lethal assassins. Personally, I’m unmoved by such a desperate ploy to milk cuteness points from the internet, but the creators of this video have at least done their best to stick to the source material with a sort of fluffy reverence. The sound effects, miniature costumes and gameplay elements from the Assassin’s Creed series have neatly transposed male killers for mewing fur-balls. Watch, and begin to feel again from your blackened gaming soul.

  • Winning: Windows 9 may be free upgrade for Windows 8.x users

    Tomorrow could be big for Microsoft, as it launches Windows 9. With just under 24-hours until the company’s biggest launch since Vista, Microsoft is trying to win back its fans in a major way, at least according to one loose-lipped official. How major? It seems that Redmond is about to play its “I’m so sorry, here’s a cookie” card, by offering Windows 8.x users the chance to upgrade to its forthcoming OS free of charge. CEO and President of the company’s Indonesian operations, Andrew Diantoro, has spilled the information in quite a declaratory manner on local website detik.com. His statement is...

  • Dead Rising 3 (PC) review: hyper-addictive zombie bashing muddied by console nonsense

    In recent times, the zombie phenomenon has skyrocketed and it has left our jaws dropped with the mountain of absolute crap that it has inspired. Thankfully, Dead Rising 3 has proudly brought back some honour to this mostly exhausted theme and reinstates our love for the air-headed flesh eaters. Get ready to lay waste to your zombie opponents with an arsenal of uniquely creative weapons and vehicles, continuing the traditional essence of the Dead Rising series. Story time  Welcome to the city of Los Perdidos, a place once alive with the buzz of people and dreams of the future. But now,...

  • Swatting: the prank-call, evolved

    The hunger for competition is a desire instilled in most people. Now, and at the forefront of the technological revolution, we have gaming. Competitive online gaming is the modern-day tech-geek’s version of competitive sports. And as in any competition, you will have a group of sore losers who will do anything to humiliate their opponents. This immoral thirst for disgrace has led to the revival of a phenomenon known as “swatting”. What it is Swatting has its roots in the ever-so-popular art of prank calls. It is when a fake crime is reported to an emergency service that in some cases...

  • ‘Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor’ meta-review: the hype machine finally pays out

    Destiny’s disappointing lack of innovation left many soured by the empty promise of next-generation gaming. Why did a game, so hyped and costly end up being a monotonous grind-fest with almost no semblance of story? While Destiny wasn’t the game many had thought it would be (it was essentially a tarted-up MMO), Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is. The reviews are in and it turns out that Shadow of Mordor is one of the best, and possibly funnest game of 2014. Here’s what the experts have to say: IGN’s Dan Stapleton has nothing but love for Shadow of Mordor, saying “it stands out...

  • Could the massive Motorola Shamu be Google’s Nexus 6 phablet?

    A few weeks ago, the world thought that Google’s Nexus line would be severed, but this was pointless panic considering we haven’t seen a Nexus product for quite sometime. While HTC is allegedly building a tablet dubbed the Volantis, Motorola (report courtesy of 9to5Google) has outed a device dubbed the “Shamu”. And yes, it is the size of a whale. We’re not sure what to call this. It’s larger than most phablets, but smaller than most tablets. It harbours a strange, but attractive middle ground. At 5.92″, the enlarged Moto X, which may be called the Nexus 6, dwarfs Apple’s iPhone...

  • Future NASA astronauts will wear skintight spacesuits

    Let’s face it, although NASA’s new Z-2 spacesuit features plenty of awesome upgrades astronauts will no doubt appreciate, the Z-2 is definitely not winning any design awards. Fortunately, researchers at MIT are already working on a truly next generation spacesuit (the MIT BioSuit) that seeks to shed the traditional bulkiness of existing space suits in favor of suits that are skintight and can instantly conform to an astronaut’s body shape. The BioSuit will also make deep space exploration much more convenient due to the suit’s reduced mass that will allow for increased mobility. Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and...

  • 12TB massive vs 2TB portable: which is the more useful hard drive?

    Dilemma: I have two hard drives for review. The enormous 12-terabyte Western Digital MyBook Duo (US$650), and Seagate’s ultra-slim 2-terabyte Backup Plus Slim (US$150). Both are USB 3.0, and boast transfer speeds that reach 240MB/s. But which one is more useful than the other? You’d think this was an easy decision to make, ’cause size matters. That’s only half the story though. Come with me as we explore both drives and discover which one will make the most difference in your daily life. Western Digital My Book Duo — a high-speed, extremely bulky 12TB behemoth I never imagined that I’d hold...

  • From Nope Hunter to Noct: how Imgur helped fund one man’s survival horror game

    Noct, or Nope Hunter as Imgur playfully named it, is the dream project of Chris Eskins, freelance artist and indie game developer from Toronto, Canada. While Noct looks like a cool combination of Hotline Miami and Dead Space, it’s the way the game was funded that’s so interesting. Instead of keeping his project hidden, Eskins took to funny-picture sharing site Imgur to talk about his then unknown “multiplayer indie game”. It all started here, months ago… I began sharing gameplay GIF’s here on imgur, and received great feedback which helped shape the game into something amazing…. Something named “Nope Hunter”...

  • iPhone 6 bending issues caused by thinner, lighter frame

    In a press release post-launch, Apple lauded the design of its new iPhone 6/Plus duo, noting how it “scrutinized every element and material. That’s how we arrived at a smooth, continuous form.” Hilariously, this seems quite fallacious considering that there are now a good spread of iPhone models currently bending in the rear quarter pockets of its users’ overly tight jeans. This isn’t just a one-off report either. Vloggers and international sites from Marques Brownlee to CNN have tested this phenomenon, and found it to be absolutely true. Although some degree of stupidity and wanton aggression is needed: Brownlee makes sure...