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Nintendo set to discontinue the 3DS XL in Japan

It looks like Nintendo’s plans for ‘the new 3DS’ might be bigger than we thought as the company has announced that it will discontinue the 3DS XL in Japan following the launch of the handheld’s successor. For those of you who missed the initial announcement, a few months back Nintendo revealed …

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UK ISPs are now blocking 93 piracy sites

UK internet providers have been forced in to blocking another 53 piracy websites, bringing the total number of sites banned by court order to 93. The ruling came down from the high court and is the latest in a series of on-going blocks. The Motion Picture Association is obviously supportive …

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Sony has developed a watch made out of e-paper

Sony has developed a new watch made entirely out of e-paper, allowing the band and watch face to change in response to a user’s wrist gestures. The device is called the FES Watch and has been worked on at Sony’s Fashion Entertainments start-up division, according to The Wall Street Journal. …

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks news sites

The Syrian Electronic Army attacked a number of news sites earlier this week, sending pop-ups out to those who attempted to visit Forbes, The Telegraph, The Independant, Time Out, PC World and The Evening Standard. The hacking group managed to gain access through a DNS that redirects through Gigya, a …

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Japanese Xbox boss quits following bad sales

The head of the Japanese division of Xbox has resigned following the console’s poor sales in the country. Microsoft was expecting a struggle in Japan but so far, Xbox One sales have been worse than last generation’s Xbox 360 sales, in-fact, last week only 776 consoles were sold in the …

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GoPro developing consumer drone with HD camera

GoPro, the company behind the popular HERO range of small, easily mountable cameras, is currently developing a consumer grade drone with a HD camera attached according to new reports. Sources are currently saying that the company is going to start selling ‘multi-rotor helicopters equipped with cameras’, these will cost between …

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Hackers behind Sony Pictures attack release list of stolen files

Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony Pictures Entertainment had its internal network hijacked by a group known as GOP. The hack left a message on employee computers, demanding that its undisclosed requests be met, otherwise it would leak top secret information. Following this, several Sony controlled Twitter accounts …

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OCUK jumps the gun on Black Friday deals

The worst thing about shopping on Black Friday is the fear of being trampled to death by an army of bargain hunters. Fortunately though, for us geeks, we can usually find all of the best deals online and avoid the drama. Overclockers UK has launched its own Black Friday sale, …

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BT begins blocking private torrent sites

UK based ISP, BT, has gone on another torrent site blocking spree this week, shutting down access to sites that use private trackers and require invites from current members to download from, such as IPTorrents and TorrentDay.  This is the first time that a UK ISP has decided to block …

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Google to kill NPAPI support in Chrome browser

Google is going ahead with its plans to end support for the NPAPI protocol in the Chrome browser which will in turn end support for the Microsoft Silverlight plugin. Business critical apps will have until the Autumn of next year to migrate. The Microsoft runtime depends on an ageing protocol …

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Microsoft denies that Xbox Live has been hacked

Rumors have been floating around recently suggesting that Microsoft, Sony and other large tech companies had been hacked after an only group claimed to have leaked the usernames and passwords of 1473 Windows Live accounts and 2131 PlayStation Network accounts. However, these rumors have turned out to be false. The …

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Sony to pay out over misleading PS Vita launch ads

Sony Computer Entertainment America has managed to come to a settlement with the FTC following allegations of false advertisement during the Playstation Vita’s launch campaign. As part of the agreement, Sony is set to offer partial refunds of up to $50 to customers who purchased a Vita handheld before the …

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Apple may kill off iPhone 5C next year

Apparently Apple is set to pull the plug on its production of iPhone 5C handsets next year according to a new report. Foxconn and Wistron, the two companies currently manufacturing the devices, will begin slowing down production and eventually cease it entirely mid next year. Apple announced the iPhone 5C …

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US concerned over EU proposal to break up Google

Last week it was revealed that the European Parliament had drafted a motion that would call for the separation of Google’s search engine from its other services, as a way of challenging the company’s dominance. This motion has the support of Europe’s two main political parties as a way of …

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Ubisoft to launch third AC: Unity patch this week

Ubisoft is finally getting around to fixing up the bulk of Assassin Creed Unity’s issues this week, including the game’s broken multiplayer, animations and AI alongside specific frame rate issues. The third patch is said to be the biggest yet and will be hitting the PC, Xbox One and PS4 at different …

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Apple job listing hints at future virtual reality plans

Apple’s potential commercial interest in Virtual Reality seems to be growing as a recent job listing hints at the company’s future plans for the technology. Apple is currently seeking out engineers to “create high performance apps that integrate with virtual reality systems”. The job listing also said “We are looking …

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CCP shuts down Vampire: The Masquerade fan remake project

Project Vaulderie, a fan remake of Vampire: The Masquerade, has been shut down by CCP Games, the developers behind Eve Online. According to the group behind the fan development project, they were served with a Cease and Desist letter, essentially shutting down development of the remake. The aim of Project …

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Sony to cut back on Xperia Smartphone releases

Sony is reportedly planning to cut back on the amount of Xperia smartphones it releases in an effort to try and turn its failing mobile business around. The firm announced a massive loss this year, which was largely blamed on the mobile division. This move is similar to Samsung’s own …

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Activision taking down Advanced Warfare glitch/cheat videos

Activision is currently issuing copyright strikes on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare YouTube videos that show off in-game glitches, cheats and hacks. This information came from an internal email that the network Machinima sent to its partners, warning against uploading these sort of videos. “Activision is being particularly vigilant about …

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