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Now you can Vine from your Android

If you’ve been sat there with your Android smartphone, seething with envy at how your Apple equipped pals can send each other six second videos of them being as nonsensical as they are on other social outlets, see red no longer my friends, as Vine just hit Android. Despite being …

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Now Take Two wants a taste of the used game pie

Microsoft has made it quite clear that it’s taking a pickaxe to the used game industry and it’s mining a chunk of change from it before dismembering it over the next few years. At least that’s the plan, but not everyone is keen to let the software giant have all …

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No, you can’t transfer your XBLA games to the One

If you thought Microsoft was pussy footing around with its commitment to no backwards-compatibility with the Xbox One, you are sorely mistaken. The Xbox One will not only not be able to play Xbox 360 games, but you won’t be able to play your XBLA games on it either. Speaking …

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How about replacing your password with a bio-tattoo?

Password strength and account security have been a hot topic for a long time, as it always seems like those making the security are one step behind those breaking it. Now though, Motorola is proposing a jump in an entirely different direction – bio-tattoos. Discussed by the head of the …

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Sony’s Kaz Hirai says PS4 is at heart, a games console

It’s been a long time since games consoles were solely about playing games. Since they started adding CD playing functions, consoles have been more than just a tool for gunning down digital enemies, but you’d have been forgiven with the recent Xbox One reveal for thinking that nobody uses them …

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Humble weekly sale is all Telltale

Did you play my game of the year 2012, The Walking Dead? If not, now’s your chance to get it at a steal. The Humble Weekly sale is up and this one’s offering a large collection of Telltale’s back catalog, for just a few dollars. So what’s available in this …

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Start button officially back in Windows 8.1

After a lot of complaints – Microsoft have decided to bring back the Start Button in the Windows ‘Blue’ update. Microsoft finally announced that the much discussed menu system will make a reappearance in Windows 8, in Version 8.1. Antoine Leblond, the corporate vice president of Windows Program Management, delivered …

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DotA 2 chat bans cut back on in-game abuse

One of the biggest problems of running a MOBA title like League of Legends, Heroes of Newerth or DotA 2, is that the communities that play them can be extremely caustic. Most players are nice enough, passively playing away with the odd ping to give you a heads up, but …

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Microsoft hopes to appease Xbox One DRM haters

Let’s face it, there’s very few people that don’t think the idea to make people pay full price licensing fees for games they borrow from friends for their Xbox One is a dumb idea. Everyone’s talked about it, from consumers, to journalists, to analysts. No one wants it. Microsoft has …

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Nintendo to release official Wii-mote charge pack

Nintendo has announced a new rechargeable pack for its Wii-mote controllers – as if there weren’t enough of those out there already – with a quick-charge function, that should see you gaming for a full hour off just a ten minute charge time. Currently listed at 4200 Yen (£27.5), the …

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Microsoft earmarked a billion dollars for Xbox One games

Microsoft has announced that it will have 15 exclusive games during the Xbox One’s first year, with eight of those being brand new IPs. It’s also said that its upcoming E3 presentation, will be all about games and understandably so, as it’s apparently going to be spending around a billion …

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Humble Indie Bundle 8 lands

Hot off the back of the successful Humble Double Fine Bundle, the indie loving crew behind the pay-what-you want game packs, has launched another one, this time packing in a load of different titles, including the beautiful anti-game, Dear Esther. As usual it’s pay what you want (over a dollar …

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Blockbuster customers love the Xbox One

Well at least somebody does and at least somebody is shopping in Blockbuster. It’s more than that thought, as Blockbuster pre-order records have been shattered by those laying down cash for an Xbox One, despite the console not hitting the shelves until much later this year. MCV has a statement …

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Microsoft wants to do TV achievements next

If we all drew one thing from Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal, it’s that it loves TV and wants you to watch it through your Xbox. Despite the fact that people are watching more and more content via streaming and on demand services than ever before, Microsoft is continuing to invest …

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I want my basement to look like this one day

Having just decided that I’ll pick up a busted old arcade cabinet and whip it into shape with some new MAME innards, I’ve been doing some looking around at cabinets, repair techniques and build ideas. I’m thinking some custom art, a pair of six button controls with some minimalist coloring, gonna …

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Kim Dotcom has tech giants by the patented balls

I write about Kim Dotcom quite often. He’s an interesting man with an interesting story, but he’s usually portrayed by journalists as one of two things: either the hard done by entrepreneur,  used as a scapegoat by governments and police authorities for international media piracy, or he’s a criminal who’s guilty …

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Is Microsoft out of touch?

So the Xbox One was revealed yesterday and the consensus from a huge numbers of gamers, is that they hate it. While Sony isn’t doing everything right with its next-gen system, it does seem to have done one thing: listen to consumers and developers. But Microsoft, it just seems completely …

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Xbox One reveal – less focus on games

Microsoft have sold a staggering 76 million Xbox 360 consoles since its release in 2005. Based on their May 21st event it would appear Microsoft want to target the huge audience of TV addicts. The Xbox One is going to be tightly integrated with the living room environment. The system …

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Rumour: Wii U still selling really badly

It looks like according to one analyst at least, the Wii U is still selling incredibly poorly. To put it in perspective, it was outsold by the Xbox 360, PS3, and the previous generation’s Wii, throughout the whole of April. The numbers paint a more detailed picture, though hardly an …

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Blizzard Game Director Tom Chilton gives an interview

It’s a little strange when a company interviews itself, but that’s what happens when you’re a multi-billion dollar corporation with huge resources and an audience that would make most national newspapers weep. Tom Chilton is a Game Director for Blizzard and he’s been talking to, well, Blizzard about Escalation. Within …

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PS4 teaser shows blurry console, coming at E3

The PS4, as we all expected, will be making its big debut at E3 this year. Microsoft is of course jumping the gun and getting in its next-Xbox unveiling tomorrow, so just to remind you that Sony is waiting in the wings, it’s released a teaser video that shows blurry …

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Mega launches event notifications and zipped downloads

Kim Dotcom’s cloud based file locker, Mega, has launched a new feature called Event Notifications, which informs you of all “relevant activities” of your cloud partners, meaning you can keep an eye on what everyone’s doing when they access your files and folders. On top of that, you can also …

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