Archive for October, 2013

Original Wii Says Final Goodbyes to Europe

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It still might be more successful than its successor but it looks like the Wii has reached the end of the line in Europe. It was announced last week that after selling 100million units worldwide Nintendo has decided to discontinue the console in Europe, after doing the same in Japan. However it’s still going to be sold in the US for the foreseeable future. (more…)

Nokia Lumia Tablet Finally a Reality

Monday, October 28th, 2013

A Lumia tablet running Windows has been rumoured for years but last week it finally became a reality as Nokia took the covers off the Lumia 2520 at its Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. The event was one last hurrah for the Finnish company before Microsoft’s acquisition of it is complete and though the arrival of the tablet is very welcome it’s not exactly surprising. (more…)

First GTA Gets Extra Dimensions

Friday, October 25th, 2013

With GTA V taking the gaming world by storm and pushing the boundaries of what a graphically rich open-world game can be it is easy to forget the franchise’s humble origins. The original GTA was a 2D top-down game where the player stepped into the shoes of a criminal who was free to roam the city. The original graphics, circa 1997, are a world away from what they are now but its creator has taken it upon himself to recreate the game in 3D. (more…)

The Start Button is Back, Windows 8.1 launched

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

When Microsoft released Windows 8 a year ago it caused a big ruckus. Not only did it dramatically redesign the UI for touchscreen devices it removed one of the most familiar parts of the Windows experience – the Start button. A year later and Windows is still going strong, despite a loud amount of nay saying from sceptics, with a shiny new update to 8.1. So what’s new? (more…)

Apple gets go-ahead for iDonut HQ

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Is it a donut? Is it a spaceship? No, it’s part of Steve Jobs’ legacy. In a few years it looks like the Cupertino crew will be boarding their mothership as Apple has gotten the green light to begin work on its new, and distinctively circular, HQ. (more…)

Blu-ray Albums Hitting Hi-Fis this Month

Friday, October 18th, 2013

When it comes to movies it seems the masses are quick to jump on the next big improvement in terms of the format they’re delivered in. For music though things seems to have stalled with the CD and the MP3. However that doesn’t stop the music labels from trying to flog higher-quality music from time to time and this month Universal Music is planning to release several classic albums on Blu-ray, in its High Fidelity Pure Audio format. (more…)

GTA V Smashing Records like a Car Window

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

If there was any doubt left that video games are as culturally important and offer the same money-making potential as movies GTA V has removed it. For good. Doubt doesn’t live here anymore. Since its launch the latest title in the franchise has smashed seven records, not just in the category of video games but entertainment as a whole. (more…)

Samsung launches Curvy Phablet, the Galaxy Round

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Last week saw Samsung launch what it is calling the “world’s first curved display smartphone”, the Galaxy Round. While its claim isn’t technically accurate, 2011’s Galaxy Nexus was a smartphone and it had a curved display, the handset does see Samsung step things up a notch when it comes to bendy screens. (more…)

Scientists prove it’s Possible to Charge a Phone with a Lightning Bolt

Friday, October 11th, 2013

In the future when people are desperate to charge their phone and can’t find an outlet, or have forgotten their charger, they may be praying to get hit by lightning. Scientists at the University of Southampton, working with Nokia, have proven that it’s possible to charge a smartphone with a lightning bolt. But it’s definitely not recommended. (more…)

Valve Reveals Steam Machine Prototype Specs

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

It turns out we didn’t have long to wait for the specs of Valve’s Steam Machines as late last week it opened up the case on what’s going to be inside the prototype devices. The specs of the 300 prototype units which will be making their way to lucky beta testers are mixed, presumably to find which configuration works best, but all are shaping up to be impressive and futureproof PC/Console hybrids. (more…)