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Valve updates the Steam Controller, adds a directional pad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: 26 mins ago

Valve is constantly tinkering with its still unreleased Steam Controller, but the latest design shown off sports a directional pad. This is joined by traditional face buttons, and an analog thumbstick.

 

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The new image, something that was found by Game Informer in the latest Steam Client beta, shows off a d-pad on the new Steam Controller. The directional pad replaces the left-side haptic touchpad, but unfortunately this isn't the final design so we don't know if we'll receive a d-pad on the Steam Controller when it's released next year. Boo.

Nokia Lumia 520 smartphone listed for a crazy price of $19.99

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 hour, 3 mins ago

Some say the number is 100 off the best internet-joke ever, the Nokia 520 has been listed for a tiny price of $29 from the Microsoft Store as spotted earlier this month, but it gets even better than that - Amazon are now offering it up for a tiny price of $19.99.

 

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Originally released for the pocket-money price of $39.99 in the last summer, this Nokia phone wasn't expected to budge much in price but now it's 50% off. Running a 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM isn't anything amazing - but for a spare phone can you really complain with a $19.99 price tag and no lock-in contract?

 

Comparing this entry-level Microsoft offering to Android sees it come up quite short, alongside it having only 8GB of internal storage (MicroSD expandable however), it has a 800x480 resolution screen, a 5MP rear facing camera and a 1430 mAh battery. However these specifications should be suspected given it's under half the price of most second hand phones you can find on the market.

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Mike Myers teases North Korea on SNL playing Dr Evil

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 hour, 30 mins ago

The Obama administration may want to retaliate against North Korea, without showing any proof of it yet, but Mike Myers has reprised his role as the infamous Dr Evil, to take a laugh or three at North Korea.

 

 

Myers reprised his role as Dr Evil on Saturday Night Live, to talk about what true evil is all about. Dr Evil talks about North Korea's attack on Sony, as two bald men fighting over a comb... who cares, is the point. He also takes a bit of a hit at the Guardians of Peace, the hackers behind the story, and even makes fun of himself in the bomb Love Guru. Check it out above.

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'Battle of the Five Armies' Extended Cut will be 30 mins longer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 2 hours, 10 mins ago

The 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy set the precedent, which was picked up with the 'Hobbit' features 'An Unexpected Journey' and 'The Desolation of Smaug', so it's no surprise that 'The Battle of the Five Armies' will also feature a longer home video extended cut version.

 

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Speaking to press on the campaign trail for the final entry in the series, Director Peter Jackson confirmed that it's coming later in 2015 and will feature an additional 30 minutes of footage. Included in the additional footage will be "some additional Beorn stuff"; Beorn being a "skin-changer", capable of assuming the appearance of an imposing bear who made a cameo in 'The Desolation of Smaug'.

 

At 144 minutes, 'The Battle of the Five Armies' is the shortest of all 'The Hobbit' feature. As customary, the initial Blu-ray and DVD release is expected to release in March 2015, with the Extended Cut to follow sometime in the fourth quarter.

Walmart is offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 2 hours, 29 mins ago

Sony may be going through some trouble over its hacking scandal, but Walmart is here to the rescue offering the PlayStation 4 for just $329 - a decent $70 off the usual retail price.

 

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Walmart is offering the PS4 for $329 as an in-store pickup only deal, but you can still order it online, it just means you have to find a store where it's in stock, and then run down and pick it up. While it's cheap by itself, Amazon is offering a PS4 bundle that includes The Last of Us Remastered and the PlayStation Camera, for $439.

The first tease of Android 6.0 'M' starts, should arrive late 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: 3 hours, 32 mins ago

We're starting to hear the first few rumbles on Android 6.0, or Android M. Before we see the next-gen version of Google's mobile OS, we'll see Android 5.1, which is something the Android team is already working on.

 

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When should we expect Android 6.0? According to the latest rumors, Android M should arrive in October-November 2015, which is normally when Google releases the next iteration of Android. This means we'll hear about it in June at Google's annual Google I/O event, but now we have to guess what the 'M' stands for. Milky Way? Milky Bar? Marshmallow? I'm going with Marshmallow.

Feeling sleepy? Virgin Media's DVR will auto-record when you pass out

By: Chris Smith | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 4 hours, 14 mins ago

"I've got your back bro" exclaims Virgin Media. If you're prone to falling asleep on the couch or have had a long day at work, Virgin Media has developed a new device that will auto-record your show to a connected TiVo box when you slip off to sleep.

 

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This wristband is named be KipstR and works in conjunction with a TIVo box, designed by 15 year old Ryan Oliver and 14 year old Jonathan Kingsley - two youngsters who were commissioned by Virgin Media to develop this 3D-printed device in their Manchester Creative Studio.

 

We've seeing more 3D-printed devices hit the market which is awesome to see. The way this hot piece of tech works is to utilize a pulse-oximeter to closely monitor the wearers blood flow and content of oxygen located within. When your heart slows down due to you nodding off, the KipstR will sense this and start recording your session.

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The Samsung Gear S Spy Camp gave insight into their new release

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 5 hours, 4 mins ago

On the 18th of December 2014, Samsung held their Samsung Gear S Spy Camp. This promotion was designed as a vehicle to show off their new Samsung Gear S smartwatch among other new releases to media in a hands-on environment.

 

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The attendees were given a 'mission' designed to utilize Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone, the Gear S smartwatch and the Gear Circle headset in unison - this was alongside product training and other hands-on experiences with all of Samsung's new devices.

 

Held in Lexis, Port Dickson, this 'camp' was designed as an alternative type of product training, seeing all involved be brandished as 'spies' - receiving their own personal Gear S and other devices. We've also seen a report that one Techarp writer was able to pair an Apple iPhone 6 to the Gear S device, something that Samsung has claimed is impossible.

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Japanese 'Godzilla' to live again in new feature film

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 40 mins ago

Perhaps emboldened by the success of this summer's western reboot of the 'Godzilla' franchise, which itself will recieve a sequel, the original rights holder to the beast, Japanese studio Toho has its own plans to rejuvenate their franchise.

 

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According to The Guardian, Toho is forging ahead with production of the 29th movie in the franchise, the first since the disappointing reception in 2004's 'Godzilla: Final Wars', saying "We have received lots of sincere requests from fans for him to be revived". Toho hope to have the next film out in time for Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games.

Sony attorney says 'The Interview' will be released, maybe via Crackle

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Online Video | Posted: 6 hours, 13 mins ago

Sony Pictures originally pulled "The Interview" from theaters, bowing to terrorist threats issued by the Guardians of Peace, but is looking for different online methods to distribute the controversial movie. It's possible Sony could release the movie on the Crackle online streaming video service, as a way for interested fans to watch the movie.

 

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"Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed," said David Boies, Sony attorney. "How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed."

 

The entire Sony Pictures drama has taken many peculiar turns, and CEO Michael Lynton admitted the company has struggled to find streaming or video-on-demand distribution partners. However, BitTorrent is willing to help Sony Pictures share The Interview, though sharing it on Crackle could also be extremely effective - as social media will certainly help drive viewers to the movie.

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