BlackBerry has announced plans to add stickers to its BBM app.
The bold, large-size images are available to download from today (February 21) via a limited beta in the BBM Shop.
Packs of between 20 to 25 stickers are being sold, while some existing BBM emoticons will be reworked as stickers and made available for free.
BlackBerry has promised that some sticker packs will be themed on popular movies and TV shows.
"Unlike emoticons, stickers are bolder, more beautiful images that you can add right in to your chat," BBM's head of product management Sean Hungerford said.
Earlier this month BlackBerry rolled out a major update of BBM, enabling free voice calls through the service over a Wi-Fi or data connection.
Feb 23 2014
The Last of Us has a "50/50" chance of receiving a sequel, according to creative director Neil Druckmann.
The Naughty Dog executive opened up about the title's future during a Reddit Q&A session, in which he expressed his fondness for protagonists Joel and Ellie.
Although Druckmann mentioned in the past that the conclusion of The Last of Us marks the end of Joel and Ellie's story, he admitted that he does "miss them dearly".
He added: "I'd love to see them again. Maybe in a different medium? We'll see."
Naughty Dog previously revealed that a potential sequel to the game and a PS4 port of the original have been considered, although there has be no official announcement about either.
The Last of Us received its final piece of story DLC 'Left Behind' on February 14.
A Spelunky enthusiast has set a new world record score on the game, finishing with a final haul of $3,105,850.
The player known as Bananasaurus_Rex completed his history-making run in seven and a half hours, pushing the previous record of $2,980,000 into second place.
Bananasaurus_Rex is a renowned Spelunky player, previously sharing video footage of him becoming the first user to complete the solo eggplant run and kill the ghost.
Developed by Mossmouth, the action-adventure game follows a nameless character known as the Spelunker, who explores tunnels and tries to gather treasure while avoiding traps and enemies.
It features randomly-generated levels that constantly test the skills of the player.
Spelunky was originally released as an Xbox 360 exclusive, but has since found its way to PC and the PlayStation Network.
Last month, a Spelunky player set a new speedrun record on the game by completing it in little over two minutes.
Titanfall for Xbox One will be available to pre-load ahead of its release date, Microsoft has announced.
Customers who pre-order the mech-based shooter will be able to download it prior to launch, although it will not be playable in advance.
"You will be charged the full price immediately for this pre-purchase," said Microsoft.
"You may download the game from Xbox Live before then, but it will not be playable until after 12:01 AM PST on the release date in your country."
Titanfall will be accessible from midnight on the day of launch, but Microsoft is yet to confirm when users will be able to download the 15.88GB title, or reveal whether PC and Xbox 360 owners will be able to do the same.
Titanfall will be released on Xbox One and PC on March 14 in Europe, March 11 in North America, and late March on Xbox 360.
Feb 23 2014
Tengami Wii U's launch window has been narrowed down by Nyamyam.
The Wii U version of the atmospheric adventure game will arrive in June on the Nintendo eShop, according to the developer (via ONM).
The title has players explore a paper crafted pop-up world, which features an art style inspired by traditional Japanese arts and crafts.
In-game environments can be manipulated to solve puzzles and discover secrets.
Tengami launched earlier this week on iOS devices.
PC and Mac editions are also in the works, and each version will contain tailored puzzles.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare will launch without microtransactions, PopCap Games has confirmed.
The upcoming third-person shooter won't contain in-game payments from the get-go, according to the studio.
"So we're not going to have any microtransactions at all at launch," PopCap Games producer Brian Lindley told GameSpot.
Following the title's release, the developer will determine whether to implement the payment method based on in-game metrics and player feedback.
The game recently received a new hands-on video from EA, showcasing gameplay footage of its 24-player 'Gardens and Graveyards' mode.
Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare arrives February 27 in Europe and February 25 in North America for Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Sony has launched the PlayStation 4 in its native Japan, almost three months after it landed in Europe and North America.
Scores of fans gathered outside Sony Computer Entertainment HQ in Ginza, Tokyo to become among the first in the territory to get their hands on the console.
The firm is marking the occasion with a special launch event featuring appearances from CEO Andrew House, PlayStation president Shuhei Yoshida, Metal Gear Solid's Hideo Kojima, and members of the Final Fantasy and Yakuza teams.
Sony has also rolled out a set of new trailers showcasing the console's Japanese launch lineup, including footage from inFamous: Second Son, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Watch Dogs and Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes.
The PS4's Japanese launch lineup is similar to those of its American and European counterparts, with Nobunaga's Ambition, Capcom's Strider remake and Yakuza: Ishin among the notable differences.
Sony is live streaming its PS4 launch celebrations on Nico Video.
Google has distributed a prototype smartphone packing advanced 3D hardware and software to developers.
The 5-inch handset is capable of making 250,000 3D measurements per second and is able to create detailed 3D maps based on the user's surroundings.
Potential applications of the Android-powered device include mapping out interiors and helping visually-impaired users find their way around inside unfamiliar buildings.
Google's Advanced Technology and Projects division, headed up by Johnny Lee, developed the phone as part of what has been dubbed Project Tango.
"We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen," said Google in a blog post.
"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion. We're ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help bring those ideas into reality."
Google is unlikely to release the Project Tango device commercially any time soon, as the web giant admits that the technology behind it is still in early development.
Feb 21 2014
Amazon could launch its rumoured set-top box as soon as next month, according to a report.
Tech news website re/code claims to have heard the news from sources who are partnering with the internet retailer for the venture.
The report goes on to say that the Apple TV and Roku competitor will be powered by Google's Android operating system.
However, Amazon has downplayed rumours that it is developing television hardware, which intensified when it teased that it is working on a product "bigger than Kindle".
The news follows confirmation that Amazon Prime and Lovefilm are to be merged into one, creating a new Prime Instant Video service that sees all-you-can-eat movie streaming combined with Prime's next day delivery.
Elsewhere, Apple is expected to announce a next-generation version of its Apple TV hardware in the coming months.
Feb 21 2014
Samsung's Galaxy S5 smartphone will be water and dust-proof, according to a report.
ZDNet claims that the standard edition of the handset will be resistant to the elements, but did not reveal the source of its information.
Samsung released a water and dust-proof version of the device's predecessor called the Galaxy S4 active, but the standard edition did not include these features.
Previous reports suggest the Galaxy S5 will feature a QHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera with 1080p video playback and recording, and a 3000mAh battery.
The handset is also said to include a fingerprint sensor built into its home button, granting users access to shortcuts and providing an extra layer of security.
Samsung will unveil the handset at the Mobile World Congress on February 24.