Archive for September, 2013

Valve starts Steam-powered Revolution

Monday, September 30th, 2013

When Valve teased that it had three big announcements to make there was a lot of wishful thinking that Half-Life 3 might finally materialise. That didn’t happen but the three news bombs that the Steam-maker dropped last week could well be the start of a gaming revolution. Firstly it announced its own OS, then a range of PC/Console type units called Steam Machines and finally a gamepad like no gamepad that’s been seen before. (more…)

Moto X wins Smartphone Toughness Test

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Despite shattered screens being a common problem of smartphone owners a durability rating never makes it onto the spec sheets of the latest handsets. Maybe it should and until it does Square Trade, a purveyor of smartphone protection plans, has been testing the latest crop of high-end smartphones to see how tough they really are. (more…)

UK pays over £100 more for iPhones than US, Gadget Panda study reveals

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

It’s no secret that Apple’s smartphones are premium devices but a Gadget Panda study has revealed how much more of a premium the UK pay than the US for their iPhones. Information we’ve gathered shows how us Brits have been paying more than £100 for the first generation iPhone and every new iPhone since the 4S. (more…)

German Hackers beat iPhone 5S Fingerprint Scanner

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

No matter how secure a company claims its latest technology is you can always rely on hackers to prove them wrong in a short space of time. Even if (or perhaps especially if) that company is Apple. Fingerprint scanning is hi-tech stuff and you’d think it would take a little longer to beat than your average lockscreen but a Germany-based band of hackers, the Chaos Computer Club, have cracked Apple’s latest innovation in just a weekend. (more…)

UK can snap up Lumia 1020 soon

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It’s been available in the US for a while now but the star of Nokia’s Lumia line, the 41mp camera endowed 1020, is soon to be arriving in the UK. It has been confirmed that the handset is going to go on sale September 25 and if you want to get one unlocked it looks like it’s going to cost between £550 and £600. (more…)

Grand Theft Auto V Steals Most Expensive Game Trophy

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Video games are big business and they’re getting bigger, recently it has been revealed that the now available GTA V is the most expensive video game ever made. It has been reported that an incredible £170m has been spent creating what’s set to also be the biggest video game ever, though that includes the cost of making the game and marketing it. (more…)

Apple’s new iPhone, does the C really stand for Cheap?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

No, at the very least it stands for cheaper. But actually it seems to stand for colour. Rumours of an affordable iPhone are set to continue as what Apple revealed last week, when it launched its latest handsets, was not a competitively priced lower-end smartphone as many expected. What was revealed was a new iPhone 5 with fingerprint scanning, it’s new flagship the 5S, and the iPhone 5C which sees Apple return to the rainbow hues of yesteryear that made its plastic iMacs so popular. (more…)

2DS or not 2DS, is there a point?

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Some thought it was an April Fools prank, but then they checked the calendar and it wasn’t April. No, Nintendo was serious when it announced the 2DS. When the news broke it was met with many a raised eyebrow, a reaction caused by confusion from the device’s name, form factor and general purpose. As the name implies the 2DS is a 2D version of the 3DS, ditching the handheld’s key feature and dropping the foldable form factor which has distinguished the DS range for almost ten years now. (more…)

Microsoft Nabs Nokia, Becomes More Apple-like

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Thanks to well-informed rumour mongers, the behavioural patterns of major manufacturers and OS-patriotic consumers the world of smartphones is an exciting but predictable place. So there weren’t too many gasps when Microsoft recently purchased Nokia for a cool $7.2bn. The negative reaction also didn’t come as much of a surprise. Microsoft did something so therefore it must be bad. (more…)

Samsung Pulls Up Its Sleeve to Reveal Galaxy Gear

Monday, September 9th, 2013

As expected last week Samsung revealed its long-rumoured Galaxy Gear smartwatch. While it may have beaten Apple to be the first dominant smartphone manufacturer to make one its high price and Samsung device exclusivity have left many wondering if the time is really ripe for a new device craze. Several factors could hinder the Korean phone-maker from being the one to launch a new fad but even so the Gear still has some redeeming features. (more…)