The Last of Us: One Night Live has been announced by Sony and Naughty Dog.

The upcoming theatrical live performance will celebrate the artistry behind the 2013 blockbuster game.

The one-night-only event will feature appearances by Troy Baker, Ashley Johnson, Merle Dandridge, Hana Hayes and Annie Wersching.

In addition, Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla will perform selections from his score.

"How this all fits together will remain a bit of a mystery until it happens," says producer Geoff Keighley on the PlayStation Blog.

"But trust me when I say it will be a very special evening."

One Night Live is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 28, in Santa Monica at 3am BST.

Select portions of the programme will be streamed live globally via Twitch, YouTube and PlayStation Network's Live Event Viewer.

The Last of Us is set to hit PlayStation 4 on July 30 in Europe and July 29 in North America.

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Google has agreed to stop labelling games with in-app purchases as 'free', in response to criticism from the European Commission.

From September, the Android-owner will change the way so-called 'freemium' apps are listed, which are free to download but contain added paid-for extras.

The Commission has been pressing Google and Apple to make changes to the way apps are labelled, over fears children are being targeted and consumers are being misled.

As well as scrapping the 'free' title, Google has now agreed to devise new guidelines for developers to avoid encouraging children and will also add approval prompts to all apps by default.

While Google has been praised for the move, Apple has come under fire for not committing to a solution.

"Regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation," the Commission said in a statement.

"Apple has proposed to address those concerns. However, no firm commitment and no timing have been provided for the implementation of such possible future changes."

Apple believes its current strategy is efficient and goes "far beyond the features of others in the industry".

"Apple takes great pride in leading the industry in parental controls that are incredibly easy to use and help ensure a great experience for parents and children on the App Store," the iPhone maker said in response.

"The parental controls in iOS are strong, intuitive and customisable. And over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked.

"We've also created a Kids Section on the App Store with even stronger protections to cover apps designed for children younger than 13.

"These controls go far beyond the features of others in the industry. But we are always working to strengthen the protections we have in place, and we're ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the sixth consecutive month in the US.

Sony's latest gaming machine was the top-selling home console of June, according to figures provided by the NPD Group.

Meanwhile, June saw an increase in the number of Xbox One units sold, with Microsoft claiming that sales of its console more than doubled last month.

Sony recently revealed its plan to aim the PS4 at Wii owners who skipped on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Andrew House and PS4 lead architect Mark Cerny spoke at a keynote session at Develop conference last week, revealing that having a hard drive and 8GB memory in the PS4 were both billion dollar decisions for Sony.

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Oculus Rift maker Oculus VR is reportedly introducing gesture controls to the virtual reality headset.

The Facebook-owned company is developing its own peripherals to help users drive the gameplay experience using hand and body movements, CNET reports.

The move is considered a risky undertaking as Oculus VR could alienate the third-party manufacturers already at work on motion controllers for the device.

Facebook announced on March 25 that it is buying Oculus VR in a deal worth $2 billion, with plans in place to apply its technology to areas beyond gaming, such as communications, media and entertainment, and education.

The deal caused a backlash in sections of the gaming community, with Minecraft creator Markus Persson scrapping plans for an Oculus Rift version of the game.

It is yet to be confirmed when a consumer version of Oculus Rift will be released.

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Adidas has announced its latest assault on the world of wearable tech in the form of the miCoach Fit Smart band.

The device - which was leaked last month - follows the miCoach Smart Run fitness watch but comes in at over £100 cheaper.

The fitness accessory features an LED dot display, accompanied by a built-in heart monitor and the ability to track the number of calories burned, as well as your pace, distance and stride rate.

There is also Bluetooth 4.0 and support for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone 8, enabling Adidas to attract as many users as possible.

The soft touch silicon strap comes in two colours - black and translucent white - while the battery provides enough power for an hour's training a day for five days. It can store up to ten hours of workout data too.

miCoach Fit Smart will launch in the UK on August 15 and will cost £179 from and Adidas Sports Performance stores. The device is set to launch later in August in the US at $199.

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Great Britain has joined the US in banning uncharged devices on flights coming in and out of the country.

The Department for Transport has declared that passengers may be asked to switch any personal electronics on to prove that they are genuine before boarding.

Travellers are more likely to be subjected to these checks before boarding flights to the Middle East and Asia, The Telegraph reports.

All passengers are advised to fully charge their device before arriving at the airport, as being unable to power it up could force them to leave it behind.

However, British Airways has stated that its customers will have the option to book an alternate flight, leave their device behind for collection upon their return or have it forwarded to their home address.

Transport officials in the US were the first to enforce the policy when they drew up the new regulations last week, but did not clarify why increased security is required.

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Apple could be planning to make some of its future products entirely out of glass, a patent filing suggests.

The iPhone maker has been awarded a patent for a method of fusing glass structures together with internal circuitry inside, Apple Insider reports.

The news has given rise to speculation that the firm could eventually develop iPhone, iPad and Mac products primarily made from sapphire glass.

Apple already makes its camera lenses and home buttons from the extra-resilient material, and is expected to use it more prominently for the iPhone 6 and iWatch.

The firm's design chief Jony Ive is listed as one of the inventors of the technology, which aims to break new ground in aesthetics and durability.

Apple is expected to announce new iPhone hardware in September, but is yet to officially confirm any future plans for all-glass products.

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Sony Computer Entertainment has discussed the major decisions in designing the PS4 hardware.

Including components such as a hard drive and 8GB DDR5 RAM memory were each billion-dollar decisions, both of which gave president Andrew House sleepless nights.

"The reason [having a hard drive or not] was such a large decision because it's not just for launch but in it for the cycle," he told Digital Spy and other attendees at a Develop conference in Brighton.

"It has massive implications for the business model over [a] long period of years. What was great was Mark [Cerny, lead PS4 architect] advocated in a very succinct, natural way about what this would mean for developers and, by extension, the user experience.

"Yes, we debated, but it came extremely clear to me - financial issues aside - that we had to be striving for a certain level of experience that was going to get people [to] embrace a brand new platform."

Mark Cerny added that you could debate whether every player needs downloadable content. "Not every player does," he said. "Does every player need to play, say, Watch Dogs, the way it was as intended?

"Watch Dogs is a title that needed 15GB cached on a very fast medium like a hard drive for the level the creators wanted it to be. We couldn't say the hard drive works for people but not everyone... We ultimately we had to make that decision."

For House, having a hard drive allowed the PS4 to embrace digital distribution and indie development, which was a similar move to the original PlayStation adopting CDs, meaning "many of the same things" in terms of cheaper products and more risk taking.

"The growth of mobile has allowed for a whole new outlet of talent with smaller teams and still great game creation," he said.

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Microsoft has announced that "mainstream support" for Windows 7 will run until January 13 next year.

After this date, the operating system will enter "extended support" until 2020, which is limited to security updates and paid hotfix services.

"Extended support lasts for five years and includes security updates at no cost, and paid hotfix support," said Microsoft in a statement. "Microsoft will not accept requests for design changes or new features during the extended support phase."

The computing giant also announced that several of its other services will enter extended support in January 2015, including Windows Server 2008, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Storage Server 2008, Exchange Server 2010 and Dynamics.

Software packages such as Host Integration Server 2004, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2004, Systems Management Server 2003, Visual FoxPro 9.0 and Windows CE 5.0 are among those reaching the end of their support.

Microsoft pulled the plug on its Windows XP support in April, a move that hit businesses hard given that the OS was running on a large number of company machines across the world.

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Sony president Shuhei Yoshida has compared this year's PS4 lineup with that of the Xbox One.

Asked by Eurogamer how Sony's lineup stacks up against Microsoft's, Yoshida said: "Very well, very very well.

"Games like Destiny coming out, The Last of Us HD, it's a new game to play for people who didn't play on PS3."

Yoshida also said that 17% of PS4 owners didn't own a last-gen console, while close to 50% didn't have a PS3.

"Almost 50% of people who have purchased a PS4 didn't own a PS3, and that's lots of people that missed exclusive PS3 titles like The Last of Us, so it's a great way to welcome those people back to PlayStation, saying this is what you missed," he added.

Upcoming PlayStation exclusives include The Last of Us: Remastered, Driveclub and LittleBigPlanet 3.

The PS4 will also host games such as Uncharted 4 and The Order 1886.

Xbox One fans, meanwhile, can look forward to the likes of Sunset Overdrive, Forza Horizon 2 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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