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YouTube launches royalty-free music library

September 26, 2013

new-youtube-logoYou need never worry about finding the right song for your YouTube video again, as the site has rolled out the YouTube Audio Library. This is a specially-commissioned set of royalty-free instrumental tracks available for anyone to use on YouTube and beyond.

The death of a Nintendo legend

September 19, 2013

hiroshi-yamauchiFormer Nintendo President Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at the age of 85. Yamauchi was a legend amongst gamers, having led arguably the most revered video games company through the birth and adolescence of the industry.

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C fail to impress

September 11, 2013

iphone-5c-officialAs you have no doubt heard by now Apple has taken the wraps off its new iPhone hardware, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Apart from a handful of blinkered tech bloggers and fanboys, the reaction hasn’t exactly been positive.

Nintendo & Sony fight back against smartphones

September 9, 2013

nintendo-2dsWith the rise of smartphones and tablets, the popularity of dedicated handheld games consoles is falling. Both Nintendo and Sony are feeling the pinch, and both have taken steps in stopping the rot, releasing cut-down versions of their consoles. But will this be enough to save this form factor from an untimely death?

Twitter crosses the (blue) line with new conversation feature

August 30, 2013

Twitter has added some blue lines to its UI, and caused consternation amongst the masses. Is Twitter ruining its user experience in order to go public?

Samsung set to release Galaxy Gear, beating Apple to smartwatch punch

August 16, 2013

Smartwatches and wearable computing devices (such as Google Glass) could be the next big thing. Apple is known to be working on an iWatch, but all signs point towards Samsung beating it to the punch with the Galaxy Gear.

Ouya launches Free The Games Fund to encourage indie developers

August 9, 2013

ouya-free-the-games-fundIn an effort to bolster the number of games on its platform, Ouya is offering $1 million to indie developers willing to create games that will, for six months at least, be exclusive to the Ouya console.

Google testing ‘universal translator’ prototype

July 28, 2013

universal-translatorI speak English fluently, and I know a little French and German. But that is as far as my language skills stretch. What I really need is a universal translator that does all the hard work for me.

Why U.K. porn ban is wrong, dangerous, scary

July 27, 2013

porn-posterBritish Prime Minister David Cameron recently declared that Internet porn would be banned by default for all U.K. citizens. This is wrong, dangerous, and scary on so many levels.

New Nexus 7 leaks, Google to reveal all on July 24

July 19, 2013

google-nexus-7The new Nexus 7, the second-generation of the Google-branded Android tablet, has leaked ahead of an official unveiling on July 24. The new hardware looks to offer slight improvements on its predecessor across the board, but those improvements are going to come at a price. Literally.

Vine falls to Video on Instagram

June 28, 2013

When video arrived on Instagram there was immediate speculation that this was going to have an adverse effect on Vine. And so it has come to pass, with early stats suggesting Vine is suffering now that people can use Instagram instead.

Did Microsoft do the right thing with its u-turn on unpopular Xbox One features?

June 20, 2013

After enduring several weeks of battering from journalists and gamers alike, Microsoft decided enough was enough, and changed two features of the forthcoming Xbox One. The question is, did it do the right thing or should it have stuck to its original strategy?

Why gamers hate the Xbox One

June 7, 2013

xbox-one-consoleThe Xbox One is currently getting a lot of hate from huge swathes of the gaming community. Which, for those not up to speed on the console, may be a mystery. Wonder no longer, as we are here to explain why gamers hate the Xbox One.

Tesla announces Supercharger network expansion

May 30, 2013

Tesla owners will be able to drive right across the United States from Los Angeles to New York using nothing more than Superchargers by the end of 2013, so says Elon Musk. He should know, seeing as he’s the CEO of Tesla.

10 million Samsung Galaxy S4 phones sold in first month

May 23, 2013

Samsung has announced that 10 million Galaxy S4 smartphones have been sold around the world in the first month of its release. This means the latest Galaxy S has got off to a great start that the company surely hopes will continue at least until the next iPhone is released later this year.

1stFone is a mobile phone for children

May 10, 2013

ownfone-1stfoneA British company called OwnFone has launched a mobile phone for children. Called 1stFone, the device can only make and receive phone calls, with no capacity to send text messages or to access the Internet.

Apple iTunes has peaked as streaming soars

April 26, 2013

apple-itunes-logoApple iTunes, once the pinnacle of the online media marketplace, has peaked, with streaming options from the likes of Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, and Netflix condemning it to a slow, agonizing decline into pointlessness.

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