Archive for March, 2013

OUYA goes up for pre-order from GAME

Friday, March 29th, 2013

 

Gaming history could potentially be made this summer when the OUYA console goes on sale and now those eager to check it out in the UK have another option of where to buy it from. The Android-powered device is already available from the official OUYA site but this week has seen GAME put it up for pre-order, a match made in capitalised four-letter name heaven. The release date is to be confirmed but those who want one can lay down £99 to get a console and a controller. (more…)

Wii Mini makes a minimal impact on UK game sellers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A Mini Wii seemed like a good idea in principal but its recent arrival in the UK seems to have confirmed Nintendo’s poor execution of what could have been a bit of a lifesaver. Several retailers including HMV and one flagship Game store have confirmed that they won’t be selling the console because of a lack of interest from consumers. However HMV did say it would reconsider if interest in the console picks up, but at the moment that seems very unlikely. (more…)

Samsung straps itself onto the smartwatch bandwagon

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Mobile phones may have been responsible for making wristwatches go out of fashion but if Samsung has anything to do with it that same tech is going to make them more popular than ever. Of course we aren’t talking cogs and springs or red LCD screens here we’re talking about fully-fledged sci-fi style smartwatches. (more…)

Microsoft Surface sales figures leak for first time

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

“Surface sales figures” seem to be the magic words which have the power to superglue Microsoft’s lips shut but last week saw those elusive numbers leak for the first time. A leakster over at Bloomberg claims that Microsoft has sold just 1.5m Surface slates, far below the company’s estimate of 2m and way behind the 23m iPads that Apple sold in the same amount of time. Although Windows 8 is great to use on a tablet, and the tablets themselves are decent pieces of hardware, Microsoft clearly isn’t doing something right. (more…)

Move over Android, Samsung’s dicin’ with Tizen

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Samsung has become as big a name in the tech world as Apple thanks to its hugely popular Android devices but there are rumblings that it might be getting ready to wean itself from Google’s grasp. Back in February it was announced that Tizen would be replacing Bada as Samsung’s in-house OS and now promises are coming from Samsung’s direction of handsets running it that are due to be released later this year. (more…)

Samsung Takes the Galaxy S4 to Planet Phablet

Monday, March 18th, 2013

People walking around New York’s Radio City Music Hall last Thursday may have found their socks unusually soggy, the cause – a long queue of people gathered to watch Samsung unveil its Galaxy S4 handset. Bigger and better was the order of the day and though there were no huge surprises on the hardware front the launch offered plenty of reasons for Galaxy S lovers to get excited. (more…)

3D desktop scanner promises to revolutionise 3D printing

Friday, March 15th, 2013

3D printing has been around for a while now and though the things that are being made with the technology have gradually become more impressive the printers themselves have yet to become as commonplace as a desktop printer. One of the reasons is that they’re still prohibitively expensive, another is that in order to make 3D things you need a 3D model to start with. And that’s where MakerBot comes in with its Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner. (more…)

Facebook phone rumours get more Myst-erious

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Another attempt at a Facebook phone has been the mainstay of the mobile rumour mill for a while now and the latest scuttlebutt suggests that HTC is going to try its hand at one again. Previously its attempts at such a device have failed to generate as much interest with consumers as they did with the rumourmongers so it’s going to be interesting to see what it thinks it can do differently this time around. Though if this rumour is true it’s going to have the benefit of Facebook’s official input. (more…)

EA stands in rubble of SimCity disaster

Monday, March 11th, 2013

The launch of SimCity should have been glorious, the reboot of a beloved franchise with a game developed for a new generation of ultra-powerful computers. However by sticking to the increasingly common belief that new games can’t exist without being connected to the internet all the time, and that the gamers who actually pay for their games need to be punished, EA has failed miserably. Such was the interest in SimCity that EA’s servers couldn’t cope with the pressure, which meant that many couldn’t connect to them, which meant that many couldn’t play the game as it has no offline mode. (more…)

Wacom working on tablet for arty types

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Wacom may be better known for the kind of tablets that plug into PCs and make it easier to draw things, and its stylus integration with tablets and smartphones, but it now looks like Wacom is working on a tablet PC of its own. The company took to its Facebook page last week to announce, to its army of arty fans, that after reading the many emails it got on the subject it has decided to create its own fully-fledged tablet and is working on it 24/7. (more…)