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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Ware of the Week: Yolify

    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 an evolved bucket list app that embraces YOLO like no other — Yolify. If you missed our previous Ware of the Week winner, catch it below. Read more: Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser It's fairly easy to get stuck in a rut, even with that bucket list quietly sitting untouched in your dressing room cabinet. At some point, you'll have to address those ambitions and dreams and punch them in the...

  • Project Spartan first impressions: buggy but promising

    If you're a Windows Insider and have updated to Windows 10 Build 10049 last week, you'd have noticed a new blue icon alongside the Task View button on the Task Bar. Well, that's Microsoft's shiny new browser Project Spartan which Redmond is finally allowing the public to try. When it was first announced back in November 2014 by Microsoft execs, the company talked it up as being the quintessential browser for the modern age. With Internet Explorer now all-but-culled from Microsoft's future plans, Project Spartan has a lot to live up to. So, as a Firefox user (who sometimes dabbles in...

  • April Fools’ 2015: the best stories from the date we hate

    April Fools' Day is upon us and need I say more? Although media houses (we'll turn a blushing cheek here) love to publish hoaxes for the sake of good fun and spikes in traffic, there are a lot of hilarious pieces published by brands and companies themselves during this period. Often, these companies have the sense of humour to poke fun at themselves, even if that is what journalists do to them in the other 364 days of the year. So, to celebrate the day where lying, cheating and being an all-round bad journalist is written in the global constitution, we've...

  • Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser

    In our new 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 browser that will look to challenge the likes of Firefox and Chrome as web browsing's top dog -- Vivaldi. Right now you're probably thinking, "Oh no, not another web browser to join the likes of Internet Explorer, Project Spartan, Chrome, Firefox, and god only really knows what other browsers there are," right? Well, rest your fettered head, because Vivaldi is a slightly different take on the web browsing experience. The...

  • BlackBerry Classic review: expensive nostalgia

    Ah BlackBerry. Probably the most misunderstood technology companies on the planet was once a tour de force on the mobile device world stage. Since its massive decline of a few years back, Waterloo has slowly clawed itself back on the map, and in other segments like network backends and security. At present, the company is thriving. It's easy to get nostalgic when pondering the days of BBM, BIS and all sorts of B-related acronyms, but it seems BlackBerry has a harder time letting go than the rest of the world. The BlackBerry Classic, for all intents and purposes, is probably the...

  • ‘Bloodborne’ first impressions: you died

    "Run away, man!" I shouted at the controller as it was callously ignoring my panicked button mashing. Finding the first monster after a mere two minutes of game play is unnerving, and something that you just don't see in mass-appeal AAA games often. Begin easy, frolic with the gamer hand-in-hand until another deus ex machina joins the party for intermittent words of wisdom -- that's the usual formula. Gaming has really become a bit of a nanny sport, but From Software's Bloodborne tells this unwanted tradition to sod off quite emphatically. You'll be thrown in the deep end immediately, and that's...

  • PS4 ‘Yukimura’ update brings social, UI and practical improvements

    Remember that PS4 update we all wanted prior to The Order: 1886? Well, it's nearly here, and Sony is really splurging on this one just in time for Bloodborne too. Update 2.5, codenamed Yukimura, brings with it a host of "highly anticipated and requested features" to the PlayStation 4 console. The update is due for launch on 26 March 2015. For your viewing pleasure, we round up each one of these in a bite-sized listicle. Suspend/Resume the console directly in-game This wasn't possible before, but Yukimura allows users to suspend the console while you're directly in a game to continue playing said game...

  • Microsoft’s Spartan and Internet Explorer to feature Edge, Trident respectively

    Microsoft has long been lauding its upcoming Project Spartan browser that will take over Internet Explorer's crown as Windows' flagship, but Internet Explorer, as we've noted before, isn't exactly set to be shed from Windows 10 altogether. The company has now clarified its stance on the two browsers' coexistence, which is a bit more confusing than simply having the option of choosing the browser you want to use and using it. Yes, Internet Explorer will be a part of Windows 10, that is pretty much confirmed, but there is one key difference between the legacy IE and the fledgeling Spartan. Read more:...

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D’ review: a frustrating but rewarding adventure

    Some games have dynastic chips on their shoulders. Some are remasters trying to survive in a modern, graphics-intensive gaming world. Majora's Mask 3D definitely falls into both of these categories. For the record, I didn't have the privilege of playing the original game when it was launched in 2000 for the Nintendo 64, but the game has become one of the most successful and most loved titles in the Nintendo stable. It was a massive hit for the company, and still leaves many gamers with twitchy fingers and dodgy nightmares. Flash forward to 2015 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask...

  • Tag Heuer partners with Intel, Google on Apple-slaying smartwatch

    Tag Heuer, you know, that luxury watch brand specialising in crafting traditional timepieces, is divebombing into the smartwatch swimming pool thanks to a firm hand on the back by Apple. After the Cupertino company launched its Apple Watch a few weeks ago, and Swatch announced that it will fit its timepieces with NFC chips, Tag Heuer has confirmed that it too will be sending its chronographs to smartwatch school, but with one important exception -- it will aim to keep its smartwatches' aesthetics as close to those of the originals. The watch will be powered by an Intel chipset, which is...