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Amazon have recently introduced a new project to their already full repertoire. They gave us the Kindle which helped us read on the go, keeping all our favourite books in one handy place, ready at the touch of a button. Love Film lets us watch what we want when we want including Blu-Rays, DVDs and Games through the post. Amazon Prime offers free two day delivery while Amazon Art deals in all the rare and limited edition works of art from selected galleries. With all these fingers in pies, you would think that Amazon could rest on their laurels and…

The release of the Playstation 4 in the UK and Ireland (29th Nov) came a full two weeks after it broke day one sales in North America, with over one million units sold in 24 hours. In a world now dominated by smart phones and cheap apps, some have been quick to preach the oncoming death of the console. Whilst Microsoft have made clear their ultimate goal in creating a machine that will function as the central entertainment hub of the living room; Sony has held to its early message, this one is for the ‘gamers’. The general consensus is that…

Microsoft’s new addition to the console market is not quite what it seems at first. Its no coincidence that when the first announcement of the Xbox One from Microsoft there was little to no mention of it as a game console. The focus was more upon it as a home DVR unit. The defining factor of the console is a minor convenience feature. The Xbox One attempts to be the focus of the living room, putting everyone of your electronics through it. Its as if Microsoft has realised that they cannot compete with Sony and Nintendo for the Japanese market,…

This summer has seen the launch of several new Android and Google products, some exciting, others more mundane. The most newsworthy and covered is the launch earlier in the year of Google Glasses – Android powered specs that link to your phone and is currently out in the world being tested and played with by developers who are working out what exactly the potential of this device could be. Google have a lot of form in this area – a blue skies project that they release to the wider public to develop. This means that much of their products are…

When Korean giants Samsung showcased their impressive new displays earlier this year, it was an exciting sign of things to come. Paired with the launch of flagship smartphone the Galaxy S4, it’s clear that Samsung is “avalanching” the tech market whilst competitor Apple is simply dropping “snowflakes”, according to Dan Farber of CNET. The latest addition to that avalanche of products is Samsung’s Ativ Q, a Windows-Android hybrid tablet. Comparable to Sony’s Vaio Duo 11, an 11.6”, 1920 x 1080 resolution tablet, the Samsung’s new release also uses Windows 8’s touchscreen functionality for optimal use both as a tablet and laptop.…

This week saw the release of the latest installment in the popular StarCraft series – ‘StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm’ (HotS) for both PC and Mac. StarCraft it is a real-time strategy game series that started back in 1998. It is developed by Blizzard who are well known for World of Warcraft and it shares many of the same hallmarks: rich mythology providing a background for the gameplay; strong online multiplayer options and a loyal worldwide fan base. This game is the third part of a trilogy of StarCraft II games each of which centres on a different race…

The PS4 has finally been announced, marking the first of the next gen consoles to step out into the spotlight. The hugely anticipated next gen consoles have achieved an almost dream like status; especially with the massive leap in visual/audio quality linked with gameplay that was witnessed with the birth of the PS3 and the Xbox 360. However, will their birth be as good as anticipated by the gaming community? The short answer is ‘Yes’, the PS4 announcement did nothing to bring it down, if anything, it only heightened expectations. With a lengthy announcement, going into depth on the various…

Partially to feed my gamer appetite and partially to fuel this review, this week I spent some quality time with Miss Croft in her latest adventure: the aptly named Tomb Raider. I’ve never been a fan of the Tomb Raider franchise but something about this reboot intrigued me. One of the most interesting things about the game, to me at least, is how closely it resembles Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune at times. The tv show fuelled expedition that results in Lara and her friends being stranded on a mysterious island with bodies from World War II, felt just a little familiar.…

Have you heard of Bangor 360? Don’t worry if you haven’t because you certainly aren’t the only one. Recently IT Services at the university began rolling out a new online intranet system: Bangor 360. The basic idea of 360 is that it will be a single platform for both students and staff at the university to be able to access all of the information that they may require. It would transform all of the current sites we use, such as Blackboard and Bangor portal, into one easy to use site. Still in its Beta stage, 360 has yet to meet…

It’s not often an unconventional type of game wins game of the year, but 2012’s Telltale point-and-click Walking Dead isn’t exactly what you’d expect from what has become a globally renowned game. Split into 5 episodes, The Walking Dead is loosely tied in with the popular comic book series. The Walking Dead isn’t quite what you’d expect from most games, especially when you see the title; the game however has most players engrossed in not just the gameplay itself but the story and characterisation. In fact, main character, convict Lee Everett, and his journey are one of the main positives…

As a child getting the boxes of Lego out was always one of my favourite pastimes. I could spend hours either following instructions to create the latest Star Wars model or days letting my imagination create a haunted hotel. Whilst us Lego children grew up so did the brand. In the last decade, Lego has made a name for itself in the video gaming industry capturing the imaginations of a new generation in quite a different way. With my previous experience and expertise when it came to Lego, along of my love for the Playstation, you would have thought that…

Whether you’re PC or Mac seems highly irrelevant when it comes to what software you play music from these days. If you’re not jumping all over Spotify then you’re probably blasting your tunes from Apple’s iTunes software because, lets face it, Windows Media Player was never anything special. If you are one of those on the Apple bandwagon then perhaps you’ll be glad to know that iTunes 11 has begun rolling out. Though recently Apple’s new releases have accumulated a lot of negative comment. The iPhone 5 for example, was hardly a huge advancement on the 4S, it just looked…

I do love a good app, and one of the ones that has crept into my repertoire recently is TuneIn. It is the mobile version of a website that I quite frankly never even knew existed. The app (and its website counterpart) let you pick a radio station from a huge list and just “tune in”. But radio is a declining medium right? Wrong. The online radio industry is blossoming – whilst applications on your computer such as Spotify may be able to pluck up some random song from a playlist I never quite think it’s the same. I like…

We’ve all sat there and watched our football team play, we’ve all screamed that the manager is wrong, come up with the best play style and formation, devised our own transfer regime and ultimately decided that we are the best manager to walk the Earth. Now your opportunity to take your team to the top or to prove you can take a failing club to glory has arrived. Here is Football Manager 2013. Football Manager is the iconic managerial game, growing out from Championship Manager the franchise has an illustrious past and a huge fan base. In this latest instalment,…

Skyrim DLC delay for PS3 Playstation 3 players of the hugely popular open world RPG, Skyrim, will be left even more frustrated after Bethesda released yet more downloadable content for the Xbox 360 version. Xbox players are now enjoying their 3rd DLC, Dragonborn, which adds an entirely new map,a large new main quest line and new enemies , whereas Playstation gamers are still waiting for their first. A release date has been confirmed for Dragonborn, which will appease PS3 gamers a little; however they are still being left in the dark over any potential release of the other 2 DLC’s,…

The UNSC has driven back the Covenant but has uncovered a bigger and far more destructive foe; the Forerunners. As the UNSC press on to defeat the Forerunners, on the planet Requiem, Cortana awakes Master Chief from his cryogenic slumber, once again to save the human race. On this journey, your emotions will be pulled at, as twists, turns, and the outright unthinkable occur. With gameplay responsive and an immersive universe with glorious graphics and environments, topped off with a resonating and powerful soundtrack, Halo 4 ticks all the boxes. 343 industries, the new developers of Halo, have met the…

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