Saturday, 3 January 2015

Apple introduces new 14 Day Return Policy in EU iTunes/App Store



The App Store/iTunes is an amazing place for exploring new apps or discovering a new genre in music. But whenever I decide to scroll through both of these stores I take a few things into consideration such as price, quality and practicality. That method usually works well, but at certain times it goes straight out the window and I buy something impulsively. Momentarily later I realize that buying the game which was worth $5,99 or the album which sounded pretty good during the preview and cost twenty bucks was a huge mistake. My mind begins to think of all of the other things I could have bought and how it was stupid of me not to apply my three golden rules. If you have ever been in a similar situation well then you're going to be happy to hear that Apple is implementing a 14-day refund policy. In the European Union that is.

According to iFun.de, Apple have introduced a new 14-day return policy in order to meet the European Union consumer rights policies. But hold on, you can't just buy a game or an eBook and ask for a refund after you complete the game or finish the book. If you want your request for a refund to come through you have to have a discussion with Apple support explaining to them why you feel you deserve a refund and based upon the information given they will then decided whether to accept it or deny it. 

Let me know in the comments below people if this is something which you may consider availing of in the future.

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PlayStation Apologizes For Hacking Incident



With the month of December still slowly wearing off it seems like the guys over at PlayStation are finally in the clear. December was a pretty rough month for both parties of the PlayStation community, the employees but most importantly the gamers. 

On the 25th of December disaster struck the homes of thousands of players across the globe who were anxious to try out their brand new PlayStation 4 systems, when an unknown hacker gained access to the PlayStation's online platform the PlayStation Network. Players who unwrapped games such as Destiny or Advanced Warfare were devastated when they found out that they were unable to log in to their long awaited console.

The guys over at PlayStation are fully aware that the incident brought those Christmas smiles upside down and they're willing to make it right. PlayStation is extending the duration of existing sale offers which were on the PlayStation store and they're up there right now so check them out. PlayStation is also adding an additional 5 days to everyone's PlayStation plus subscription as a form of I'm sorry. On top of all that players will also receive a 10 percent off coupon sometime throughout the month. This coupon can be used on an item of the player's choice in the PlayStation store. (Go on a shopping spree people, go nuts.)

Overall it's nice to see that the guys over at PlayStation are focused on putting the whole incident behind them and they're hoping you will too.

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Source: PlayStation Blog  

Thursday, 1 January 2015

What Games am I Excited for in 2015


Now that 2014 is officially over, lets make way for the contenders for the "2015 Game of the Year Award". Seeing last year's awards night, 2015 seems pretty promising when it comes to solid and original game releases. I felt like 2014 was one big recycling campaign with all of the remastered games hitting the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox one consoles. I'm not saying that 2014 was a total flop but it was definitely lacking originality and excitement, something which I haven't seen in a while now.

Right now I'm going to go through the games which I am most excited for being released in 2015 and the ones which I will definitely be picking up throughout the course of the year. 

Dying Light:


"Dying light" is an open world zombie survival game which offers various quests apart from the obvious one. Survive. The game is being made by Techland, a company based in Poland which is known for producing games such as "Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide. If you have either played "Dead Island" or "Mirror's Edge" and enjoyed it, well then this is a game which you should consider picking up. "Dying Light's" main protagonist has to fight through hoards of zombies by creating makeshift weapons out of household items which are sure to get the job done. Only this time you don't have to worry about running into a dead end and being totally screwed, because the protagonist is also a free runner. "Dying Light" is set to be released on the 27 January 2015 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain



The "Metal Gear Solid" franchise is considered as one of the most famous and successful franchises in the video game industry, and to be completely honest with you, I haven't played a single Metal Gear game in my life. The reason why I have yet to play Metal Gear Solid is there was always another game which got my attention. But at this years Las Vegas event something was different. Phantom Pain's graphics looked absolutely stunning and as the online demo progressed I found myself amazed by the weapons, gadgets and the numerous ways of executing an enemy whilst in stealth mode. The game is set to be released sometime in 2015 but the official date has yet to be announced. The game will be available on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Minecraft: Story Mode



"Minecraft" has always been known as the game which allows players to get as creative as much as they want. But for those of you out there who need a small push in order to get those creative juices flowing you might want to listen up. "Telltale Games" the crowd who are responsible for games such as "The Walking Dead and "The Wolf Among Us" have decided to undertake the task of bringing narrative content to the open world game. We haven't seen any footage of the game yet but I'm really anxious to know how this one is going to turn out. The game will be released as an episodic series more than likely on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC. The game has not yet received a release date but I do know that it's sometime in 2015.

No Man's Sky


"No Man's Sky" is the definition of originality and it's the type of game which is pushing the industry forward. For those of you out there who are unfamiliar with the game, No Man's Sky is an open world space simulator which allows for you to create your own planet as well as fly your very own space ship to other planets created by players around the world. The game looks pretty impressive and the fact that it was made by a small indie team even makes it more extraordinary. The game made it's debut at the "2014 Game Awards" and the hype was real people. But can it deliver? The game is set to be released sometime in 2015 and will be available on the PC and PlayStation 4.

It seems like 2015 is going to be a pretty exciting year for the video game industry. The games above were the ones which I am currently most excited about and let me know in the comments below which games you're most looking forward to in 2015. Follow me on Twitter for the latest game and tech news and if you like what you have read here make sure to click that share/+1 button.

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Pick A Game With This PlayStation 4 Bundle



If you're still looking for a thoughtful and entertaining present to put under the Christmas tree of a loved one, look no further. Recently Sony have revealed another console bundle for this coming holiday season, only this time they've thrown in a bit of a twist. Usually when Sony announces a console bundle it consists of a 500 GB PS4 system and a specified game.

With this bundle you still get a 500 GB PS4 but instead of a specified game you will get a voucher for which you can then use to redeem one digital copy of a game of your choice. Some of the games which are eligible for download are LittleBigPlanet 3, Destiny, Far Cry 4 and NBA 2K15. This bundle is available now in the United States for $400 USD. 

With so many awesome games being released in 2015 this is one gift which you truly can not go wrong with. If you like what you have read here make sure to click that share/+1 button and follow me on Twitter for the latest game and tech news.

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Source: IGN

Monday, 8 December 2014

Is my gaming rig still necessary?


Around this time last year I was determined to become a part of the YouTube gaming community. I wanted to do it all, let's plays, montages and live streams but most importantly video editing. Video editing was one of those things which I always heard of but I never actually tried. During the next few months I went on to create a few let's plays and montages, but I couldn't help to notice one thing. My laptop's performance was terrible.

My laptop would often freeze whilst editing video and I would have to take breaks from editing in order to calm myself down. In order to create a much smoother workflow I decided I'm going to build myself a gaming PC. It would solve all of my problems. Right? With this new gaming PC I would finally be able to focus on the enjoyable aspect of YouTube and create fun and entertaining content for everyone to watch and share. Sadly this was not the case. A few months passed since I got my gaming PC and I was still missing something, only this time I knew exactly what it was and that was passion. Whenever I write a new article and I see that you're enjoying the content that's being produced, it acts like fuel for me. It pushes me to write more and it reassures me that I'm on the right path and that's the path of being a journalist. So now the question being is "Is my gaming PC still necessary?"

To be completely honest I've gotten quite tired with Windows 7 and the whole PC experience. I've covered a fair share of Apple devices and computers as a journalist and I think I'm ready to make the switch from PC to Mac and I have a variety of reasons to back up my decision. 

The first one being all of the devices which I currently own are made by Apple apart from my PC. Ever since continuity became available on OS X Yosemite it seems like a mac would be the reasonable choice to go for.

The second reason is I've already invested so much money towards music and apps. Apps such as "Clear" are compatible with the Mac which means that all of my notes will just be there when I fire up the machine.

The third reason is I won't have to deal with cable management anymore. Which is always a plus in my book. Right now I have a ton of cables plugged into the back of my computer and it's just a pain to deal with. I sort of have OCD when it comes to keeping things organised. The iMac and the MacBook Air only have one power supply cable and that's what I call cable management.

Last but not least, the 5k iMac or the MacBook Air seem perfect for what I need them to be. I need a quick computer which is appealing to look at but also comfortable to use. I've always had a thing for Apple and the gaming rig which I have now is simply too much. Luckily I have a younger brother who is a YouTuber and I'm guessing that a PC such as this is exactly up his alley. 

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Trust Apple to fix your devices



As a lover of technology and video games I always take great care when handling my iPhone or when taking a brand new game out of the box for the first time. I am one of those individuals who orders the case and screen protector weeks before the actual device arrives. (Comment down below if you're one those people.)

A few weeks ago I noticed that something was wrong with my iPhone 5c. I didn't know what it was at first but after a while it hit me, my external speaker stopped working. The reason why I did not identify the problem straight away was I usually use my headphones when I'm writing or doing some things around the house. When my headphones were plugged in I heard everything absolutely fine and when I plugged them out there was nothing but a complete silence. 


What do people do when they have a problem in 2014? They Google it. I sort of began to panic at this point because I had never encountered a problem with an iPhone or an Apple product before. I decided to scroll through some Apple forums in order to find a solution to my problem. But the solutions that some people recommended were just ridiculous. One person claimed that if you hit the bottom corner of the phone (where the external speaker was located) of off a hard surface it would fix the problem. "Oh yeah. The person who who buys his iPhone case in advance is going to smash it of off his desk." I don't think so. 

So I then decided it was time to call Apple Care. When I called Apple care I was immediately welcomed by a strange voice automated operator. It asked me questions like "Give me the IMEI number of your device." and "What is the problem with your device?" I answered all of those questions and within seconds I was transferred to a living, breathing, human being named Andrew. Andrew one of the people who resolves problems like mine everyday was very helpful. He sent me out a link which then performed a diagnostics scan on my device and right away he knew that there was a problem with my external speaker. After I gave him my home address and email I was told that in two to five business days I would receive a package which I would then place my broken iPhone 5c into. He also told me that since my iPhone had a warranty the repair would be absolutely free and that they will send out a brand new iPhone after they received the broken unit. 

For those of you out there who are still a bit wary about sending your iPhone to Apple and would prefer to go to your local repair store. Don't be. Apple has an incredible service for people like you and me and if I ever have another problem with an Apple device (which is like one in a million) Apple will be the first group that I will contact.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Apple will stop iPhone 5c production in 2015



When the iPhone 5c first hit the market back in late 2013 it did not receive a warm welcome like all previous generation iPhones had before. It stood in the shadow of it's superior twin brother the iPhone 5s and was often referred to as the "cheap" iPhone, even though there was about a $100 difference between the two models. But many factors have contributed in making people believe that the 5c was a knock off version of the 5s. 

The first one being it was made of plastic and not aluminium like the 5s. When people buy Apple's products they expect the product to feel like it's worth a thousand bucks. More than likely the first two words which are going to pop into your head when thinking of Apple are quality and exclusivity and hearing the word plastic or even using it when describing an Apple product is absolutely absurd. 

The second factor which contributed to that cheap state of mind was the 5c did not feature Touch ID, a fingerprint scanner which had been implemented into the iPhone 5s. Many people saw this as a downgrade and the whole point of picking up a new iPhone every year is to benefit from the new features which the new device has to offer.

The third and fourth factors which led people to believe that the iPhone 5c was a joke were, the 5c featured an A6 chip. A chip which had already been living inside the iPhone 5 for a full year. The 5s on the other hand came with a shiny A7 chip with 64-bit architecture and an M7 motion co-processor. A lot of casual gamers and speed freaks viewed the iPhone 5s as an absolute necessity and would not give the 5c a second look. 

Apple led a whole marketing campaign for the iPhone 5c claiming it was "For the colorful." It appealed to a few people until they received the actual device. Some people claimed that the colors looked washed out and not as vibrant as Apple said they would be. Which is why the blue and white versions of the device were proven in being the most popular color options which Apple had to offer.



I personally fell in love with the 5c when I picked it up last month. I've been using the device as my daily driver ever since and I can honestly say that all of the accusations about the iPhone 5c feeling cheap were way off. Which is why it's sad for me to say, according to Taiwan's Industrial and Commercial Times, Apple will be stopping the production of the iPhone 5c sometime in 2015. This is probably being done in order to keep the 5s and the current generation iPhone 6 and the 6 plus alive when the iPhone 6s comes out in 2015.

I will be picking up the iPhone 6s next year, but for those of you who are on the border whether to pick up the 5c for yourself or for a loved one, don't hesitate. It's a great device overall and ios 8 runs incredibly smooth on the device. 

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