Author: Duncan Pike

I've been interested in tech for as long as I can remember. A few facts about me; I learnt how to code when I was 5, I helped Mark Shuttleworth develop Ubuntu when I was 9 and now I write for a tech publication. Only one of those facts is true. I also have a drama degree, hence the writing.

Tokyo 2020 drone show dazzles Image: Olympics The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games kicked off on Friday last week and as is tradition with the opening ceremony, we were treated to a dazzling display. This year, towards the end of the ceremony, we saw a fleet of over 1,800 drones take to the sky where they collectively
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Leave it to Google to kick-off the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games in one of the most creative ways we’ve ever seen, with an ambitious new Doodle. https://twitter.com/GoogleDoodles/status/1418420632719695872 The doodle Champion Island Games, which is pretty much a full-blown JRPG, launched today ahead of the opening ceremony of this year’s unconventional Olympic Games. You play as (c)athlete Lucky — get it? Because it’s a cat that’s an athlete. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to help Lucky defeat the island’s Champions and obtain seven sacred scrolls. To do this you’ll need to compete in seven different sporting events;…

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Last night we were finally treated to some more gaming news from EA during the EA Play Live event. Like most events during the pandemic, this one was an online-only event. If you want to watch the whole thing then it’s still available but we’ll warn you that there’s a lot of fluff and you’ll need to skip through 30 minutes of waiting. Why would you want to put yourself through that when we’re here to give you all the highlights? EA Play Live sped off to a great start with Codemasters In case you missed it, earlier this year EA acquired…

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In case you’ve been hiding away a little too well and haven’t seen that there is, for the most part, government-controlled and sanctioned spyware called Pegasus going around, check this out. Go on, we’ll wait. Now that you’re up to speed about Pegasus and the fact that your images, messages and conversations may have been compromised, we might have a bit of better news. Introducing the Mobile Verification Toolkit Security Lab, the technical wing of Amnesty International — who belong to the group that initially broke the news about Pegasus being used on the phones of journalists and heads of…

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Best known for his films District 9, Elysium and Chappie, South African-born Neill Blomkamp joins the relatively new AAA game developer Gunzilla Games as the chief visionary officer to work on an unrevealed multiplayer FPS game. While he is most well-known for his work on Hollywood blockbusters, he also co-founded the independent film studio Oats Studios with his brother Mike Blomkamp. Using a combination of live-action and photo-realistic computer-generated mediums, they created sci-fi experimental digital short films which are available on YouTube and Steam. A few of which stars pretty big Hollywood names like Sigourney Weaver and Dakota Fanning. According to…

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Apple is reportedly kicking off mass production of the AirPods 3 as soon as next month, according to a report by Nikkei Asia. They will do so alongside other devices, including an updated iPhone and redesigned Macbook Pro. Early rumours pointed to 2020 as the launch of the new pods, but those were inevitably pushed back when the whole world was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing global semiconductor shortage has undoubtedly had an effect on production too. Following rumours suggested an early 2021 release but with most of July already behind us, that hasn’t proved to be too accurate.  It…

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Following a few months of speculation and murmurings, Netflix has officially confirmed its move into the gaming sphere in its Q2 2021 earnings report. This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise after the company confirmed its hiring of Mike Verdu as vice president of game development. Verdu has a respectable background when it comes to game development. Before the move to Netflix, he was working on Oculus titles over at Facebook and before that he was head of EA Mobile. That last post is especially useful now as, in the earnings report, Netflix explains that it will be focusing…

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If you are in the market for a new TV then do we have something for you. Although, it wouldn’t really be fair to call Samsung’s 2021 version of ‘The Wall’ a TV. But if you’re still interested, then start making some space in your living room. Measuring in at 1,000in or just over 25 metres, this display is definitely aimed at business or commercial environments rather than households, but you could still technically mount it in your home cinema if you have space. Improvements over the 2020 version include LEDs that are 40% smaller, which according to Samsung means higher colour…

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In a blog post a couple of days ago, Amazon officially announced that it is working on bringing support for Google’s Android App Bundle format (.aab) to its own app store. What does this have to do with Windows 11? Allow us to catch you up. Exactly 26 days ago, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11. One of the stand-out features was the fact that, through the Amazon App Store, you would be able to run Android apps directly in Windows.  Many people questioned the move to use the Amazon App Store instead of Google’s Play Store, with some speculating that this could be Microsoft trying…

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OnePlus has come into the spotlight recently as it was reported by AnandTech that the company was reducing the performance of certain, prominent apps. Immediately, Apple’s “batterygate” comes to mind, which turned out to be kinda expensive. Not really, for a trillion dollar company, but it wasn’t nothing. Did Oneplus miss that one? What’s in it for OnePlus? Initial findings showed that the Chrome browser in particular saw its performance drastically reduced when running performance benchmark tools. Following some pretty in-depth searching, AnandTech was able to uncover a OnePlus service that runs in the background. This service notes when a…

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