Nintendo Switch will have portable-only games that won't support TV mode

It seems that some games will take a ‘just because I can doesn’t mean I have to’ approach to the Nintendo Switch’s hybrid capabilities. According to Kotaku, a recently revealed Japanese launch title for the console called Voez requires a touchscreen to play and will therefore only be playable when the Switch is in its portable mode.  Voez is a ...

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SpaceX announces first ever commercial flight to the moon will launch in 2018

Elon Musk’s venture in space exploration, SpaceX, has today announced that it will be sending two private citizens ‘to the moon’ late in 2018, in a move that’s a world-first for commercial space travel. In a statement on the company’s website, SpaceX announced that it “has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon” and ...

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Project Scorpio gets its first confirmed launch title – Middle Earth: Shadow of War

After a rather embarrassing leak over the weekend, Middle Earth: Shadow of War has been officially revealed today.  But most interesting is the list of platforms the game is coming to, which includes Microsoft’s upcoming Project Scorpio console.  That makes the game the first to be confirmed for the new hardware, which will be arriving this holiday. Project Precioussssssss In ...

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These electronic tattoos can be made on a household printer

For several years now, researchers have been developing 'electronic tattoos' which sit on your skin and monitor your vital signs.  Making such a device can be tricky – it needs to be flexible, ultrathin, durable and to operate in a wide range of conditions. To become a commercial product, they also need to be cheap and simple to produce. Nanosheet ...

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VR goes mainstream: PlayStation VR approaches the 1 million sales mark

Sony's PlayStation VR headset is off to a solid start, racking up 915,000 sales since hitting stores back in October 2016. That puts it well on target to meet the company's 1 million units sold six month sales target. It also has likely eclipsed the sales of both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive combined. Though neither company has shared ...

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Want to own the original 'Apple' watch? Seiko releases Steve Jobs inspired line

Seiko has eaten a big portion of 'member berries and decided now is a good time to re-release the watch that Steve Jobs sported in one of his most iconic photo shoots. Seiko has teamed up with Nano Universe to re-release the Seiko Chariot, the watch Jobs was wearing in that 1984 shot of him straddling the first Macintosh – ...

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Beyond voice control: the future of the 'zero UI'

Main image credit: © Ultrahaptics There are no apps, there's nothing to click, and the remote control that's always three seconds behind has been tossed away for good. Welcome to the zero user interface, or zero UI, where there's just you, your personal digital assistant and the sound of your own voice. The appearance of Amazon's digital assistant Alexa on ...

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The future of the Oscars: how VFX will bring dead actors back for staring roles

“I see dead people.” It’s one of the most famous lines in cinematic history, and something we’ll all soon be dragging up as a tired, repetitive joke whenever we leave the movie theater. No, The Sixth Sense isn’t headed for an unwarranted remake, but visual effects are getting to the point where humans can be digitally recreated in such a ...

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This 3D display is made from laser-generated bubbles

Most 3D displays use a variety of methods to trick the brain into thinking it's seeing a three-dimensional object. These usually involve showing slightly different images to different eyes. But now, optical engineers led by Yoshio Hayasaki at Utsunomiya University have developed a new kind of display that generates 3D images in a liquid. Instead of rendering a 3D scene ...

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Tesco is selling PlayStation VR headsets £50 cheaper than anywhere else

With the PlayStation VR headset often still hard to get hold of, retailers haven't seen the need to reduce the price of the new headset since it launched back in October. Act fast though and you could save £50 and get a refurbished PlayStation VR for just £299, instead of the regular £349.99.  That's the cheapest PSVR price yet, beating ...

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