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iOS 8 could feature a revamped Siri

The dates for this year’s WWDC were just announced and we’ve already got an idea of what we could expect to see at the event. Apple recently acquired Novauris, a research firm previously owned by Dragon Systems, which is well known for for its voice dictation technology. Apple did comment on …

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GameSpy is shutting down

GameSpy, the online multiplayer service, is shutting down which could put hundreds of games offline from the likes of Bohemia Interactive, EA, Ubisoft, Nintendo, Konami, Capcom and more. Glu’s GameSpy multiplayer servers officially go offline on the 31st of May The GameSpy client has previously powered servers for Red Dead …

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Microsoft shows off Cloud gaming tech demo

Microsoft has shown off a tech demo for its cloud computing technology at its yearly Build Developers Conference this week. Microsoft has talked about cloud computing and its ability to help systems run games better for some time now but had yet to really show gamers any proof. Titanfall is …

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Hearthstone has started rolling out on iPad

Blizzard’s popular free to play collectible card game, Hearthstone, has begun rolling out to iPads. The developer is referring to this as a ‘soft-launch’ as it is currently only available in select countries in order to test the app’s stability but global availability is expected to come soon. Right now …

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Amazon’s Fire TV isn’t guaranteed a UK release

Amazon’s recently revealed set top box, the Fire TV, might not make it outside of the United States as the company currently has no plans to release in other countries. Selling a streaming device is never easy as licensing agreements need to be made with copyright holders in order to …

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EA apologises for April Fools Wii U jab

EA has apologised for some April Fool’s tweets that came from the Frostbite Engine Twitter account yesterday, branding them as “unnecessary” and “stupid. The Wii U taunting tweets have been deleted but EA COO, Peter Moore, has still apologised on behalf of the company. Gamers will know of the Frostbite …

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Microsoft spends $150 million on wearable tech assets

Microsoft is starting to make moves in the wearable tech and virtual reality space as it has reportedly spent $150 million on augmented reality and head-mounted computing technology patents. The intellectual properties and patents were bought from Osterhout Design Group, a not so well known tech company that worked with industrial …

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Square Enix to renew focus on the ‘core gamers’

Square Enix President, Yosuke Matsuda , believes that the company has”lost its focus”, after trying to make games that would appeal to players world wide. The realisation came about after seeing how well 3DS JRPG, Bravely Default, performed across the globe. In an interview with Nikkei Trendy (translated by Siliconera), Matsuda …

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SOE: PlanetSide 2 pop-up ads aren’t going away

If you’ve been playing PlanetSide 2 recently then you may have noticed that SOE has implemented a new notification system. This new system will give free players little pop-up ads which periodically ask them if they want to upgrade to a premium membership. Many players began receiving these notifications several …

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HTC admits to One (M8) benchmark cheating

It seems that some phone makers are still cheating in Android benchmarks as HTC has admitted that it optimised the One (M8) to push itself harder than normal in order to get higher benchmark results. People began suspecting that this was the case when the new HTC phone began dominating …

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Microsoft reveals the new Kinect for Windows

Microsoft has unveiled the new Kinect sensor for Windows which for the most part, looks the same as the Kinect sensor for Xbox One with just a few differences. The new Kinect requires two other pieces of hardware to work properly: the hub and the power supply, which come included …

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BlackBerry sales fall 64% due to poor BB10 adoption

BlackBerry sales have taken another dive thanks to poor adoption of the BlackBerry 10 platform. The troubled phone maker posted a fiscal fourth quarter loss of $423 million down from a $98 million profit last year. Revenue also fell 64 per cent to $976 million. According to Thomson Reuters, analysts …

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Call of Duty to get Predator themed DLC

Following on from the franchises recent alien DLC, Call of Duty is set to get Predator themed DLC too, Infinity Ward has teased. The new DLC is said to be part of the upcoming Devastation pack for Call of Duty Ghosts, which arrives on the 3rd of April for all …

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Tax breaks for UK gaming industry approved

The UK gaming industry is set to get tax breaks following on from the European Commission’s approval today. However, the government will only support games with “cultural content” meaning that all UK based developers will have to go through a culture test in order to qualify. The ruling will relieve …

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Anti-games politician arrested for gun trafficking

Leland Yee, a California State Senator famous for campaigning against violent video games such as Grand Theft Auto, has been arrested on Corruption and gun trafficking charges. The FBI conducted a raid of San Francisco’s Chinatown district and then took computers and documents from Yee’s office in the state capitol. …

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Xbox Live to get new reputation system

Xbox Live is set to get a revamped reputation system that will separate the trolls and the cheaters from the regular gamers. This new system will inform players when they are playing with someone who has built up a bad reputation and will single out those deemed disruptive by the …

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EA: Star Wars games won’t be movie tie-ins

EA bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise in May last year, since then gamers have been wondering what the Publisher plans to do with the franchise as so far, only Battlefront 3 has been announced. However, EA CEO, Andrew Wilson, has shed some light on how developers are …

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Microsoft hints at digital sharing comeback

When the Xbox One was first announced, being able to digitally share games with friends and family was one of the few stand out features the console had that gamers supported. However, upon being forced to reverse its online policies, Microsoft removed the sharing feature and until now, we had …

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The new HTC One has been officially revealed

HTC has had a hard time keeping the new HTC One (M8) under wraps, over the last couple of months the device has been leaked in long, in depth videos and pictures but now the company has officially revealed its new flagship device- which is available to buy today. HTC …

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Microsoft and Nokia deal won’t close until April

Microsoft’s $7.17 billion Nokia buyout deal was announced late last year, the deal was expected to finally close this month however, regulators have delayed the finalisation until April as a few more approvals need to be made. Microsoft’s Executive Vice President, Brad Smith, announced the small delay in a blog …

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