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Here is a look ahead at some of the biggest games that will be coming out during the next academic year, up to exam season. September: Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4 – 16) In his latest game, the friendly neighbourhood superhero has been around for eight years. In this outing, Peter Parker has the entirety of Manhattan to explore, which opens the game up to many different activities for the players, from fighting crime to photography. The scale of the game is important as he investigates a mystery that brings up comic book characters and rogues that span the whole of…

Developer: Capcom Release Date: 12th Dec 2017 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC Genre: Survival Horror Multiplayer: No Age Rating: 18 A year after the surprising reveal and release of Resident Evil 7, Capcom have collected all the downloadable content into one nice shiny package and re-released the game as the Gold Edition. Does this complete package offer the terror Resident Evil fans have been waiting years for? The beginning, in which the main character Ethan Winters responds to a strange video of his wife Mia warning him to stay away after disappearing for three years, is excellent at building tension.…

The Loading Bar is a video game bar located in Dalston, North London. It primarily opens at night time, and earlier in the evenings on the weekend. You can play a range of games from board games, to arcade games, to recent releases on both the PS4 and Xbox One S. Last month, I had a chance to go and visit the bar with a friend, whilst I was in London for several days. The atmosphere was quite pleasant and inviting. The staff were incredibly helpful and welcoming. Whilst the bar itself was clean, it was clear it was in…

Developer: BonusXP Release Date: 4th Oct 2017 Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Mobile Genre: Isometric Action RPG Multiplayer: No Age Rating: 12 Stranger Things: The Game is a free, with zero microtransactions, tie in game, which was released to promote the upcoming second season of Stranger Things. Even though the game isn’t in depth, I’ll be mentioning characters and events that ties into the Season One’s ending, so here be spoilers swimming in the depths. You play through one main quest – in the form of a dungeon crawler – unlocking characters with unique abilities as you play the game.  Sadly,…

Have you received an email which knows your name, how about your address? These spam emails are often full of viruses, and the person who sent them has purchased your information from some website or service you have used, and often forgotten or not noticed a tick box. Lately some of these scams have become far more sophisticated by installing ransomware on the user’s computer. Members of the BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours team were among some of the recipients of the email which claimed they owed hundreds of pounds to UK firms, but when these firms have been…

Am I the only person who usually forgets to drink enough water? Even when I was trying really hard, preparing litre bottles each morning to try and drink more I would just… not drink it. If only there was an app for that – and there is! Plant Nanny is an app that encourages you to drink water by providing you with an adorable virtual plant to look after. Each cup of water you drink helps your plant baby stay healthy and grow into adulthood. You then get to keep your adult plants ‘outside’ where they happily give you seeds…

If you haven’t heard of Android you must have been hiding under a rock somewhere? The problem is that Alphabet, the parent company to Google, has been accused of abusing their market dominance in order to push their own services. The case the European Commission has brought against the company is reminiscent of that which it brought against Microsoft a few years ago, in this case the company was accused of forcing users to use it’s Internet Explorer browser, and until recently they were forced to offer a selection of browsers when you first install a new version of Windows.…

Is it ironic that the FBI and various government, and commercial networks have been compromised? We all know that various organisations, such as GCHQ and the NSA, have been spying on us for years but leaked documents have revealed that a hacking group has been spying on them since at least 2011. The “group of malicious cyber actors” are believed by security experts to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6. There is not much public literature about the group, other than a couple of old reports, but APT6, which stand for Advanced Persistent Threat 6, is a codename…

Have you ever sent or received an illicit text message or picture? Or do you know someone who has regretted sending a SnapChat or two? Well maybe you should think twice, especially if you are under 18. A Freedom of Information request by the charity revealed that the number of children reported to North Wales Police for so-called ‘sexting’ rose considerably between 2013 and 2015. In the majority of cases obtained by the charity, the children were under 15. The issue is becoming more prevalent with more accessible and cheaper technology. In 2013, just two children were reported for distributing…

So how much did the FBI pay to get into the San Bernardino shooters phone? FBI director James Comey indicated that they paid more than he “will make in the remaining seven years”, which has been estimated in the region of $1.3m (around £900,000), although several US government sources have stated that they had paid under $1m. Given that such a large amount of money has exchanged hands it is surprising that the identity of the hacker is unknown to Comey, although he said that the payment was “worth it” as the FBI now has a piece of hardware, or…

Did anyone really think the FBI needed Apples help to get into an iPhone? Our last article set out how the FBI were trying to set a precedent in order to make their lives easier in the future, but with some corner shops apparently offering to help you get into your phone when you have been locked out was it worth all the time and money. The Mail on Sunday set about their own investigation by buying an iPhone 5C and a device known as an IP Box which they purchased online for around £120. They set a random 4…

I was first introduced to MyFitnessPal a year ago and it’s an app I keep going back to time and time again. At first glance, the basic function of MyFitnessPal is as a calorie counter. The database has every food and every brand you can think of. You can either enter it into the search box or, as I prefer, you can simply scan the barcode using your smartphone camera. While this is its main selling point, under the hood it is so much more than just a way to keep track of your calorie intake. You can input your…

Have you ever seen someone you liked and tried to find them online? Or frantically gone through Tinder to try and find that person you think you like? Well that’s kind of creepy but many people do it these days as they do not have the courage to approach someone and tell them they are beautiful for fear of being called a creep or misogynist. The issue with this change in social norms is that you can now search the Tinder user database for £3.50 This new website has been targeted at people trying to find out if their partner…

Have you ever thought that someone was taking mental images of you? Well a filmmaker in Toronto may well be taking a video of you as part of a candid video or relaxed interview. Unfortunately for this filmmaker he is limited to three minutes before the camera in his eye starts to overheat. We have seen this kind of technology in science-fiction for a long time, but Rob Spence has made it a reality after his eye was taken out due to a shotgun accident at age 9 (he held the gun incorrectly, against his eye, while shooting a pile…

Did you ever use JustinTV or think about starting your own vlog series before noticing that you don’t have the equipment, can’t do fancy editing, or don’t think you will have a big enough audience? Well Facebook has launched a new feature that allows users to live stream in their timeline. This may not be news to some users as the company launched Facebook Live last year, initially only allowing public figures access, but it has now been launched to a much wider audience with the hopes that other users will be able to go live within groups and events.…

Many of you may have heard of Nest home automation but its recent behavior has been throwing up questions about the future of Google for many tech journalists. In October 2014 they acquired a manufacturer of a £210 home automation hub which could control devices such as lights, alarm and doors. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and as Re/code reported at the time, the deal was an acqui-hire — buying a company for its talent rather than its products or users. As you can imagine the company’s technology was integrated into Nest’s own smart-home platform, Works with…

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