Review: Honor 5C

Introduction, key features and design The Honor 5C is a phone that’s cheap enough to buy contract-free, without feeling like you’ve just made an investment big enough to make partners consider leaving you, and parents worry for your sanity. It costs £149.99 in the UK, which means it’s cheaper than both its bigger brother, the Honor 5X, and the Motorola ...

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Minecraft gets a handy update for VR fans thanks to Oculus Touch support

Mojang has announced that a major update for Minecraft on Windows 10 and the Pocket Edition will be arriving in the middle of next month, bringing with it a raft of new customisation options in the form of add-ons, and improved VR on the PC thanks to added support for the imminent Oculus Touch controllers. Those Windows 10 players who ...

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In Depth: Why the N64 controller is the most important of all time

N64 Pad Whenever you pick up a joypad these days, one thing is common – the presence of analog control. It’s impossible to imagine playing a modern game without this level of precision, but it’s easy to forget that two decades ago digital control was the norm. The system that changed everything was the Nintendo 64, which turns 20 this ...

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Many businesses still failing badly when it comes to password security

A new piece of security research has emerged, and while there are positive aspects here, there are the usual worrying statistics to chew over as well. And probably the most concerning nugget to be revealed by CyberArk’s tenth Global Advanced Threat Landscape Survey (which is published yearly) is the fact that 40% of businesses store admin passwords in a simple ...

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Watch Pepper the robot learn how to catch a ball in a cup

Robots aren’t always so dextrous. They spend a lot of time falling over. Getting them to perform agility tasks that come naturally to humans can be hard to code, but they’re easy to demonstrate. That’s why engineers at the AI Lab of SoftBank Robotics have been teaching robots to learn how to perform tasks demonstrated by a human, which they ...

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Microsoft 'surprised' at PS4 Pro's lack of 4K Blu-ray drive

Microsoft’s senior Xbox director, Albert Pinello, has told TechRadar he finds Sony’s decision not to include a 4K Blu-ray drive in its first 4K console, the PS4 Pro, "surprising". Asked what he thought had driven Sony’s decision to not include a physical drive, Pinello said: "I would say it’s one of the more surprising decisions that they made, given their ...

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11 best space games on PC that are out of this world

Introduction There’s a whole lot of space out there. An infinity of it. And there are a whole lot of space games to fill it. (Well, not really, as it’s infinity and they’re comprised of indefinitely-large data, and even if they were physical they’re finite – but it’s a metaphor, y’know?) And they’ve been around for ever. Elite, one of ...

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11 best overlooked PC shooters that you shouldn't ignore

Introduction Whether your preferred weapon of choice is an MP5 or a plasma assault rifle, the extensive list of shooters on the PC has an epic history that stretches right back to ID Software’s Hovertank 3D – a predecessor to Wolfenstein and Doom released in 1991 by the (now) legendary ID Software. After the enormous success of Doom and other ...

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Interview: Microsoft talks Project Scorpio and the end of the console generation

When Microsoft took to the stage at this year’s E3, they announced not one but two new consoles: the Xbox One S, which went on sale earlier this year, and Project Scorpio, which will bring up to native 4K resolution gaming when it hits store shelves in 2017. Microsoft’s announcements were a first for the industry. Usually throughout the course ...

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In Depth: Are game emulators legal?

Are game emulators legal? As you may have read recently something rather weird happened in the field of videogame emulation. A NES emulator – a magic, digital aether-box that lets you play Mario on a thing that isn’t a NES – was approved on Xbox One. Mario. On Xbox. What a time to be alive. And maybe in prison. The ...

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