Archive for April, 2013

Nintendo delivers major Wii U update

Monday, April 29th, 2013

There hasn’t been a whole lot of good news coming from the Wii U camp since the console’s launch last year. Sales figures have fallen far below Nintendo’s intended target, currently it’s only sold 60% of the consoles that it wanted to, and there just don’t seem to be that many truly compelling reasons to be interested in it. However an update arrived for the console on Friday which should make it a bit more appealing to prospective buyers, delivering improved performance and the foundations for the Wii U Virtual Console service. (more…)

First FirefoxOS phones sell like foxy hotcakes

Friday, April 26th, 2013

FirefoxOS might be an outside bet when it comes to reaching that elusive third place of mobile operating system popularity but there’s evidence this week that it’s in with a fighting chance. Although not available to the public the first handsets natively running the OS were made available to developers this week and sold out within hours. (more…)

Start Button tipped for Windows 8.1 return

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

When Microsoft tinkered with its tried and tested formula for Windows and removed the start button in Windows 8 it caused uproar among its users. It looks like Ballmer and Co have seen sense though as there’s word that the button is going to make its return to its rightful place in the bottom left of our screens. (more…)

Microsoft confirms it’s working on “suite” of smaller devices

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Last week saw Microsoft reveal its third quarter earnings and though that isn’t the most exciting news ever it did see the company confirm that it’s got some smaller devices in the works. Speaking on the company’s earnings call Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein let it slip that a “new suite of small touch devices powered by Windows” are being developed. Unfortunately he didn’t go into any detail about what form these small touch devices might take. (more…)

Microsoft rumoured to have Smartwatch plans

Friday, April 19th, 2013

It should come as no great surprise but following all the talk of smartwatches coming from Apple and Samsung’s direction Microsoft is rumoured to be planning its own wearable smartphone companion. (more…)

YouTube salutes first VCR with nostalgia-inducing video mode

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who would want to switch back to using VHS tapes instead of DVDs and Blu-rays but there’s no denying that for all its flaws the tape-based tech has a certain amount of nostalgia attached. The folks over at YouTube are clearly feeling this nostalgia and to celebrate the 57th anniversary of the first VCR this week they added a video button to the site which recreates the fuzzy effects of video players. (more…)

Oculus Rift VR Goggles Impresses Granny

Monday, April 15th, 2013

It might not be as sleek as Google’s glasses, and it may sound like a comic book villain, but the Oculus Rift promises to be one of the more affordable and more popular Virtual Reality headsets of the near future. Designed primarily for the ultimate gaming experience a video posted on YouTube this week, of an elderly woman overwhelmed by a demo of the tech, demonstrates how it’s going to be a treat for the eyes whether you’re a gamer or not. (more…)

Xbox 720 may be revealed in May

Friday, April 12th, 2013

The PS4 was announced back in February, though we’ve yet to see and images of what the actual console looks like, and now it looks like the Xbox 720 is going to get its turn in May. Previously it was rumoured for an April unveiling but a number of sources are claiming that May is the month when Microsoft is going to tell us what to expect from its next gen console. Hopefully they’ll have some pictures on hand of anything other than the controller, unlike Sony. (more…)

Affordable iPhone mock-ups channel old iMacs

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Those fond of the colourful iMacs of years gone by may want to check out some renders that have hit the web of what an affordable iPhone might look like. The colourful iPhones that are pictured clearly channel the Apple devices of yesteryear and while they’re very unofficial and probably won’t represent what the real thing looks like (if it ever becomes a reality) they certainly would probably go down quite well among the Apple community. (more…)

Facebook opens up the doors of “Home” for Android

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Years of Facebook phone rumours were put to rest last week when the social network announced Facebook Home, and its accompanying handset the HTC First. All the speculation turned out to be sort of true as what was revealed was something that wasn’t quite an OS but was quite a bit more than just another app. Home is basically a skin for Android which deeply integrates Facebook’s features, promising to transform the way you use your Android handset. (more…)