Sep 29

Eurogamer Expo 2013: Day one summary

This weekend, Boxnoodle has taken a journey down to Eurogamer Expo in Earl’s Court, London to do some coverage for you.

 

We managed to get a hold of some press passes, so we’ve been able to cover things quite well being able to push in front of queues.

 

The first things we noticed when we walked in were the massive PS4 and Xbox One booths. It seemed like they were the main event, as they were at the center of the expo, and it was the first time the UK got to try them out.

 

We were privileged to get to play them before the public entry time of 11AM, because our press passes allowed us entry at 10AM and we got to skip the queues.

 

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We weren’t the only press of course. Some notable figures there were Syndicate, who caused a bit of chaos when he did a meetup, WysieHD, DaveChaos, Yogscast, Hat films, Area 11, Skydoesminecraft, Vikkstar123 and they were just a few of the many press people covering the event.

 

I have to congratulate Eurogamer on the good handling of press, they had a full press area in which you could make videos, and they allowed us to skip queues so we’d be able to cover as much as we possibly could over the event. They even supplied rooms to people lucky enough to order them early so they could have a private, quiet area to conduct interviews and generally relax and escape the loudness of the whole event.

 

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That’s about all for this post, look out on the site in the next coming weeks to see the coverage of the event in video form, and we’ll be sure to update you tomorrow with a new blog post.

 

 

 

Sep 26

Samsung Galexy Note 3 is NOW!

So with a select few technology reporter that were able to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, we are slowly beginning to realise that this phone that was speculated to overwhelm is living up to its expectations. With its slightly thinner screen and beast like insides, the newly revamped Samsung Note is not a phone to be shook off lightly. Samsung are yet again offering you a phone which could almost be mistaken for a tablet and wants you to believe it’s both.

This beast is brandishing a beautiful 5.7-inch Full HD display aswell as a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB of RAM, and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean overladen with the latest Samsung Touchwiz UI. But, however, the Touchwiz UI this time around has been slated by the reviews as  they say it’s outdated and needs a fresh revamp.

The Note 3

At the back of this device, the Galaxy Note 3 has a 13-megapixel camera capable of recording 4k resolution video, which is outstanding and is also coupled with a secondary front-facing 2-megapixel camera. This on paper seems to be one of the top cameras on a phone (of course excluding the Nokia 1020) at the moment on paper but I have not had any evidence of camera footage yet to judge it.

 

As Samsung’s Note range of phones are renowned for being large, this video bellow shows you Its size compared to some more familiar models.

YouTuber: https://www.youtube.com/marquesbrownlee

 

To conclude… from the early reviews of Samsung’s new Phablet, (Phone and Tablet) It is clear to say that this phone is a best with that amazing screen and spec. The Camera seems to be great on paper but I have not manage to see any of its shots in person it is hard to judge it at the movement.

 

Liam.Boxnoodle

@Liammoscrop

Sep 09

New Epic Rap Battles of History Season 3 Trailer

So with the new announcement of epic rap battles of history season 3 trailer, all dedicated watches of this famous youtube series are now waiting patiently to see what season 3 has to offer. Over the past 2 series we have seen people such as Bill Gates battle again Steve Jobs, Batman battle against Sherlock Holmes and many more great historical and fictional rap battles.

With this eagerly awaited new series we may now be able to see people such as Harry Potter rap battle against maybe Luke Skywalker or maybe even Al Capone Vs some other cool gangster. We will just have to wait and see.

What do you think should be in the upcoming Epic rap battles of history series?

Liam.Boxnoodle

Aug 14

Nexus 4: One month on review

I’m not a type of person who likes to judge a phone as soon as I get it in my hands, and that’s why I decided to wait a month before reviewing it. After a month, I’ve had a lot of experience with the phone and I sort of know my way around it (I used to be an iPhone user, never used an android before.)

 

So, first of all, the box. My first impressions were it looks very much like the iPhone box, but bigger, and with an extra sleeve on it. However, that’s not me complaining – I love the iPhone box, and it works great on this phone too. Unlike its big brother the Nexus 7, I found the box relatively easy to open (It did require a knife to help me though).

 

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The phone (Left) quickstart guide and box (Center), and cover (Right)

The Nexus 4 takes about 20 seconds to start up from cold, which is pretty decent for a phone of this type.

 

 

As this is a Google phone, it gets updates straight away. Well, actually, by straight away, they mean up to 4 days after launch depending on where you are in the world. Mine took about 3 days to get android 4.3 rather than immediately like it was advertised to do. Although I don’t care that much, and it didn’t really add much in this update anyway, they still shouldn’t advertise it as receiving updates straight away. It doesn’t.

 

The specs on this phone are quite frankly amazing. With 2GB of RAM, you’ve got enough RAM to future-proof you for the next couple of years. In fact, it’s the most RAM you can get in a phone (As of now, I know the Ubuntu Edge has 4GB when/if it comes out), and it costs half the price as a lot of the phones out now.

 

Custom ROMs work great on this phone. Although I don’t personally use them as stock android is pretty great, from what I’ve heard they work perfectly are easy to use. A lot of ROMs support it, because it’s a pretty standard phone and quite a lot of people own it.

 

One thing which could definitely be improved on this phone is the material. They look GREAT, don’t get me wrong. The glass looks amazing. However, the fact that pretty much the whole outer casing of it is made of glass, you do not want to drop this phone. If you do drop this phone, it WILL smash. The front is it is made of Corning Gorilla Glass, but the back of it is regular glass. The first thing I did when I got this phone was order a case for it, and I was glad I did. So that could be improved.

 

Another thing which could be improved is the lack of battery removal and micro SD. Because phone companies are so obsessed with thickness, that comes with the price of not being able to remove the battery and not being able to use a micro SD slot. And with a maximum of 16GB of storage space, it could really do with Micro SD support. Again, since the battery also isn’t as great as you’d want, I would love to be able to carry an extra battery. Of course I know you can bring a portable charger, it would still be a good thing to have it removable.

 

Of course I could go into a lot more detail with this great phone, but for now this is a basic review of the Nexus 4. If you’d like a more detailed review, be sure to leave a comment below.

 

Since this is such a great phone for only £279 for 16GB, and I love this phone so much more than my old iPhone 3GS, I’ve decided to give this phone a strong 4/5. To get a 5, it just needs a micro SD slot and stronger glass materials for the casing of the phone.

 

 

Thanks for reading my review of the Nexus 4!

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 04

Tor compromised

Earlier this week, the owner of freedom hosting who has not been named was arrested in Ireland and is waiting to be extradited to the USA.

 

Freedom Hosting hosts about half the sites on Tor, and has been shut down. However, it has been revealed that all Freedom Hosting sites had Spyware on them, and revealed your IP address and such to the host. Now that the hosting has been compromised, the FBI now has all of this data.

 

This means many pedophiles are going to be arrested soon, and it also means that even Tor is not safe against the USA spying on you.

 

Source: [Tor Blog]

Jul 16

Virtually walk Venice by foot

It has taken 6 years but Google have done it. They have successfully photographed the streets of photographed the streets of Venice in its full glory. Now using google street view you can ventured dont the waterway streets of Venice and explore it true  beauty from your home, school, work or office.

 

 

 

 

These new Google street view photos can be used in various different ways for a lot of different methods including in schools a class could now learn about Venice from the classroom.

 

Google has already added the Antarctic, the inside of the White House and the Great Barrier Reef (underwater) to Street View, which was launched in 2007, but a spokesman said Venice was considered a feather in its cap.

 

TrekkerPack_2_phThe backpack device, known as the  has been used on has been used to photograph the streets of Venice. It has also has been used on Grand Canyon hiking paths in the US, the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai and inside the Alhambra palace in southern Spain.TrekkerPack_2_ph

May 16

Google I/O: Watch the keynotes live here

May 15

Google I/O: Google to sell a stock android Samsung S4

Google have just announced that they are going to be selling a stock android Samsung Galaxy S4 online. They just announced it at their Google I/O press event. The problem? It’s £520. Ouch…

 

The phone will be unlockable and comes with 16GB storage (Expandable) and since Google are bringing it out it will get the updates very quickly.

May 06

First 3D printed gun released

 

Yesterday, the first 3D printed gun was released to the internet. So now, in a 2MB file, you can download a gun. You can find the CAD file here so if you have a 3D printer, some plastic and a little bit of steel (To make it actually legal in the US) then you can print out a gun.

 

Hopefully this will introduce some regulations on 3D printing so people can’t just go and print out thousands of guns for practically nothing. The most expensive part would be the ammunition.

 

 

May 03

Nexus 5: The rumors

So, basically, last year’s google nexus 4 launch was an absolute disaster. However, the phone itself was amazing. For a low cost and great specifications, it beat many phones on the market at half the price. The problem with the launch was that LG didn’t expect people to buy it (Maybe a bit foolish, because it’s low cost and great specs, but anyway), so hopefully it’ll go better this year.

 

What has been confirmed so far about the new phone LG is making, with Google, the Google Nexus 5, is it will have a 5 inch screen. That’s for sure.

 

Some more rumors include:

  • It’ll come in 32GB (Finally)
  • It’ll have LTE compatibility
  • It’ll be announced at Google I/O this year.

 

So hopefully, if Google can get units shipped out this year, I’ll buy one of these gadgets to review them and I’ll actually get it within a reasonable time frame of when I ordered it.

 

 

-Kieran

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