Wikipad has received a major over-the-air update introducing a wealth of new content to the gaming tablet.
The download brings controller mapping to the device, allowing users to play any touchscreen title with physical controls, and updates its operating system to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
A host of free games also come bundled with the update, including popular shooters Dead Trigger 2 and Shadowgun.
Reckless Racing 1, Raging Thunder 2, Sprinkle, Granny Smith, Zen Pin HD are also included with the update, along with access to premium titles from new content partner Wildtangent.
Elsewhere, Wikipad announced the Gamevice controller for Android and Windows-based tablet devices earlier this month.
To install the update, users must connect their Wikipad to the internet and follow the instructions on screen.
Jan 23 2014
GTA 5 has been listed for the PC on Amazon sites across Europe.
Amazon Germany and Amazon France have both advertised Rockstar's open world action game for the PC, according to CVG.
Neither site was able to provide an estimated release date, offering little more than Windows 7 and Vista compatibility, as well as the price.
The listing has since been removed from Amazon France, but remains live on the German site.
Rockstar previously said that it would consider a PC port after a petition to port the game amassed more than 650,000 signatures.
The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA 5 generated $1 billion in just three days, making it the fastest-selling entertainment product in history and breaking previous records set by Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and The Avengers.
Rockstar has promised substantial story content for the coming year.
Jan 22 2014
Amazon has denied reports that it is in talks with broadcasters and media companies with a view to launching an internet television service.
The online retailer was rumoured to be developing a pay-TV platform, but has now clarified that its plans in the sector involve expanding its Prime Instant Video service in the US.
"We continue to build selection for Prime Instant Video and create original shows at Amazon Studios, but we are not planning to licence television channels or offer a pay-TV service," the firm said in a statement issued to Variety.
However, rumours that the company is working on a set-top box codenamed Cinnamon continue to abound, with the hardware touted as a potential rival to Apple TV.
The set-top box is expected to deliver services such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and Lovefilm Instant to overseas territories, including the UK.
Meanwhile, Amazon recently confirmed that it is working on a digital media device that is "bigger than a Kindle".
Jan 22 2014
Vtech has launched a smartwatch aimed at children at the London Toy Fair.
The Kidizoom comes with a 1.4-inch colour touchscreen, 0.3-megapixel camera, 20 different clock faces and three built-in games, Pocket-lint reports.
The device enables kids to capture photographs and edit them using an array of tools, before uploading their creations to a PC.
Vtech follows in the footsteps of a range of smartwatches from major technology companies, including Samsung and Sony, but will cost significantly less than fully-fledged wearable tech products.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Apple has hired health tech experts to work on its rumoured iWatch project.
The Kidizoom will be released later this year, priced at £39.99.
Adidas has released an update for its Smart Run fitness training watch, addressing issues raised by users.
Notable additions include the ability to export GPS data from miCoach, an addition that went live today (January 21).
"Today, we allow for the simple export of a .gpx file where a workout is recorded with GPS," Adidas's director for miCoach Simon Drabble told Engadget. "The next step will be to allow platform to platform connectivity for data to be ported from miCoach to other existing communities and vice versa.
"Ultimately, it is no secret that we are targeting an open API in the not-too-distant future," Drabble added.
The device's battery life has also improved in the update, as has the volume level.
Marathon Mode has now been activated as well, allowing users to capture data every five seconds and save battery.
Jan 22 2014
Beats Music's streaming service has launched in North America.
Available to access on iOS devices, the Spotify rival will offer users a library of 20 million tracks for $9.99 a month.
The app-first platform was created by Beats Electronics' Jimmy Iovine in collaboration with Dr Dre, Luke Wood, Trent Reznor and Ian Rogers.
Beats Music is geared towards customers who can never find the music they are looking for, tailoring playlists based on their listening habits.
The service picks up on subscribers' music tastes by monitoring their feedback on tracks it serves up, with users able to rate songs by tapping once for 'like', twice for 'love', and long pressing for 'love more'.
Customers can also enter statements to obtain the ideal playlist for specific situations. For instance, typing "I am running at the gym" will yield a selection of tracks tailored for a workout.
Beats Music will be released for Android devices later this year, and is expected to launch in the UK in the future.
Acer has announced heavier-than-expected losses of $254 million (£154m) for the fourth quarter of 2013.
The Taiwanese firm also conceded that its market strategy of relying on consumer sales of touchscreen Ultrabooks and notebooks may have been a "misstep".
"Acer acknowledges missteps in the past on resource allocation and the over expectation of Ultrabooks and notebooks with touchpanel," said an Acer spokesperson.
Company executives will take a 30% pay cut as a result of the losses, and Acer will alter its business strategy in an attempt to reverse its fortunes, Reuters reports.
The world's fourth-largest PC vendor will focus on developing personalised cloud products that connect its computers, tablets and smartphones, but specific details of its plans in this sector have not been disclosed.
Acer is not the only PC manufacturer to experience misfortune of late, with the home computing market seeing the heaviest annual decline in history during 2013.
HP has launched a promotion aimed at encouraging PC buyers to adopt Windows 7 over its successor Windows 8.
The manufacturer emailed customers over the weekend informing them the previous-generation operating system is "back by popular demand", adding that they can save money by choosing it over the latest version.
HP has also reworked its website to promote Windows 7 PCs over their Windows 8 alternatives, with machines running the older software given more prominent placement.
When approached for comment regarding its renewed focus on Windows 7, HP told Digital Spy that it is continuing its support for the OS in the interest of customer choice.
"We have been offering Windows 7 since Windows 8 became available, and we will continue to offer a broad set of choices for our customers," said a company spokesperson.
Windows 8 has received a mixed reception since its launch in 2012, with sections of the industry criticising its blend of tablet and desktop functionality.
Microsoft has since overhauled several of the software's features with the launch of the Windows 8.1 update, reintroducing the Start button and boot-to-desktop option.
The computing giant is expected to announce the radically-different Windows 9 at its Build conference in April.
Deus Ex: The Fall is out now on Android devices, Square Enix has announced.
Available to download from Google Play for £4.99 ($6.99), Deus Ex: The Fall is compatible with all major Android mobiles and tablets.
Based on Deus Ex novel The Icarus Effect by James Swallow, the game made its iOS debut last July.
It sees former British SAS Mercenary Ben Saxon attempt to uncover the truth about a corporate drug conspiracy having been betrayed by his former employees.
Saxon is introduced alongside gameplay footage in the Android launch trailer.
The action-RPG features brand new touch controls, as well as series staples such as stealth, action, exploration, hacking and player choice.
Developers were previously forced to issue a patch to correct an issue preventing users with jailbroken iOS devices from firing weapons in-game.
The Banner Saga has been targeted by Candy Crush studio King for using of the word 'Saga'.
Having previously trademarked the word 'Candy', King has filed a Notice of Opposition against The Banner Saga, reports Eurogamer.
The filing suggests that "The Banner Saga mark is confusingly and deceptively similar to Opposer's previously used Saga Marks".
"The use and registration by Applicant of the mark The Banner Saga for Applicant's goods is likely to cause confusion or to cause mistake or deception in the trade, and among purchasers and potential purchasers, with Opposer's Saga Marks, again resulting in damage to Opposer."
In a recent statement to Digital Spy, King said that it wouldn't enforce against all uses of the word 'Candy'.
"We don't enforce against all uses of 'Candy' - some are legitimate and of course, we would not ask App developers who use the term legitimately to stop doing so," reads the statement.
Out now on PC and Mac, The Banner Saga is a turn-based tactical game with a player-driven story.
Candy Crush Saga, meanwhile, is a mobile puzzle game that has been installed more than 500 million times since launching last year.