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Games With Gold June 2014 – Xbox 360 & Xbox One

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Its been a year since Games with Gold launched on the Xbox 360, with millions of users spending countless hours playing free Xbox 360 titles like Halo 3, Assassins Creed and Gears of War. To celebrate the one year anniversary in June, Microsoft are giving an additional free Xbox 360 game, but are also bringing Games with Gold and Deals with Gold to the Xbox One. The Games with Gold titles [...]

Australian Government axes federal funding for games industry

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The Australian Government has decided to axe the Australian Interactive Games Fund – intended to support the local game development industry – and reallocating the savings to “repair the budget and fund policy priorities.” Announced back in November 2012 and described as “welfare for nerds” by 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, the former Gillard Government pledged $20 million over the next three years to help local game developers to “reclaim their competitive [...]

Microsoft Mobile confirms Lumia 630 launch, priced at under $250

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Microsoft Mobile/Nokia has confirmed that the Lumia 630 – the first smartphone with the Windows Phone 8.1. update – will be coming to Australia. It will launch on May 27 with a very attractive price tag. The Lumia 630 will be available through Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi, Dick Smith and other major retailers from May 27 with a price of $249. It will also be available through Vodafone from June 4 [...]

Techcast S01E07: Not So Special Podcast

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Welcome to this very special edition of Techcast! We didn’t release at our usual time of Wednesday night due to a number of scheduling issues, so we’ve decided that we’ll do catch-up and release a special episode. This week we talk about Apple purchasing Beats for way too much money, more UberX issues, the Huawei phone launch in Australia and a few other things. Be sure to subscribe to our new [...]

In-game footage of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire emerges

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Nintendo sure knows how to build hype. Embracing the already fever-pitch excitement surrounding their just-announced Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire remake, today The Pokémon Company have released a 40 second clip of what you could describe as in-game footage. Kinda. I guess it’s better than nothing, right? Hopefully we see more at E3.

TechGeek Windows Phone app receives minor update

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Stewart Wilson / TechGeek It’s been very quiet on the TechGeek app front but we’ve finally pushed out version 2.0.6 to WP8 and WP8.1 users! This update allows you to listen to Techcast easily and quickly within the app and you can subscribe to the podcast using your favourite podcasting app on WP8.1 (WP8 users cannot use this option). It also fixes some small issues with crashing. While TechGeek is [...]

On Location: Huawei Ascend G6 Australian launch

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It was a little hard to ignore the audible disappointment at Huawei’s Australian launch of the Ascend G6. Despite overnight news in Paris of the Ascend P7, a more high-end, 5-inch phone from Huawei, today a small gathering of Australian’s tech media were instead shown the Ascend G6, a phone originally exhibited in February at MWC. Though despite the unfortunate scheduling, the phone Huawei Australia flaunted today, while sort-of old news, was [...]

Pokemon Gen 3 Remakes Confirmed – Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire

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Really unexpected news, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire are getting remakes and are set to release worldwide this November on the 3DS and 2DS, with the titles Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Here is the reveal trailer Pokemon put up on their Youtube channel: “An epic new adventure” “A dramatic new world”? It looks like these games will not only include a graphic overhaul, but some gameplay changes as well. So [...]

LG Lifeband Touch coming to Australia later this month for $199

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LG Australia revealed earlier today that the LG Lifeband Touch, the company’s latest smartwatch/fitness tracker, will be coming to Australia in late May. The company announced the product back at CES earlier this year. Designed to comfortably fit on your wrist, the Lifeband Touch has a 3-axis accelerometer and altimeter to measure the usual things that all fitness devices track: distance, speed, number of steps, and calories burned. Users will be [...]

Nokia Lumia 2520 coming to Australia this week

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Microsoft has announced that the Nokia Lumia 2520 – the first tablet from the formerly-independent Finnish phone maker – will be coming to Australia tomorrow, exclusively with Telstra. Telstra will be selling the device from its online store, before rolling it out to its stores nationally from May 13. Customers can purchase the device on a 24-month contract under its $35 plan with a $25 monthly handset repayment fee. If you [...]

Games With Gold May 2014 – Dust: An Elysian Tale & Saints Row: Third

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With the start of May, comes two free titles for Xbox Live Gold members. Dust: An Elysian Tale, a visually stunning action platformer, and Saints Row: The Third, the insanely fun open world game. From May 1st to May 15th, Dust: An Elysian Tale will be free to all Xbox Live Gold members. Then from May 16th through to May 30th, Gold members can get Saint Row: The Third for free. The “Games With Gold” [...]

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Reveal Trailer

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The next Call of Duty by Sledgehammer Games will be titled Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and is set to release on November 4th. Here is the reveal trailer which includes futuristic soldiers and guns, fancy technology, spiderman, hover bikes and Kevin Spacey….wait what? Clearly set in the future, the trailer mainly showcases new gadgets and gameplay, including powersuits (think Elysium) that enhance the strength and speed of a soldier, giving them [...]

Techcast S01E06: Express Yourself

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Welcome to Techcast! We’re back for another week after a break last week. In this episode, we take a look at the new Snapchat update, The demise of Google+, NSW Government’s hate of Uberx and the new cardless ATM’s from CommBank and Westpac. Be sure to subscribe to our new podcast by using the links below. Yes, we’re already on iTunes! Let us know what you think of the new podcast [...]

Mario Kart 8 Bonus Wii U Game Promotion

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Nintendo surprised us all last night with a new Mario Kart 8 Nintendo Direct. This outlined new details regarding online multiplayer, Mario Kart TV, and showed off some new items and racers. However, the biggest surprise was the fact that Nintendo has announced that if you purchase Mario Kart 8 either at retail or via the Nintendo eShop between 31st May and the 31st July 2014, and register the included pin [...]

EA adds microtransactions to PvZ: Garden Warfare

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Starting next week, Electronic Arts has announced that Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare will have microtransactions. In the form of coin packs, you will be able to buy these coins to purchase more sticker packs, and access new items and character content much more quickly – the same content that can be earned through regular gameplay. Brian Lindley from EA writes: Now you have the choice to play your way; you can [...]