Tech News Roundup – 3

Not all tech news makes the cut, kids – it’s a tech-eat-tech world out there. Fortunately, week by week, we’ll be salvaging some of those news stories and putting them all into one place, every Sunday. That’s right, we’re working on our day off for you keen tech readers – all ‘thank you’ emails welcome.

Now, for the Tech News Roundup this week:

Announcements

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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – In space, no one can hear you scream ‘RACHEEEEL’. That’s right, Lego Batman’s back – and he’s fighting crime in space this fall on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

LG G3 – Due for release next month, the latest smartphone promises three things: to be a potential contender to the Galaxy S and iPhone series, to fix the persistent problems of the G2 and to add a lazer beam. A LAZER BEAM. The latter will be used for ‘guided auto focus’ when taking pictures – I expect James Bond to patent this any day now.

Return of the Obra Dinn – Developed by the creators of hit indie title Papers, Please, this new title is said to be ‘a 3D, first-person mystery game set on an East Indian merchant ship in 1808, with an art style inspired by old Mac games.’. Arguably, the most random synopsis of the week! Release date yet to be confirmed.

Google self-driving cars – If you thought Google glasses were cool, how about this: a car with no steering wheel or manual control that can be summoned by smartphone to take you from one place to another? Folks, driving lessons just got that much easier.

Releases

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Watch Dogs – For anyone needing a fresh dose of either The Matrix or Grand Theft AutoUbisoft‘s new hacking thriller may be just what you need. In what has to be the most anticipated title of the year, play as Aiden Pearce and hack the city dry with your own smartphone. With this and the Google car, the smartphone has never looked smarter.

Motorola Moto E – Need a smartphone for under £100? Motorola’s latest iteration of the Moto series is priced at a mere £89 and is starting to make quite a name for itself as one of the best, low-cost smartphones around. Stop holding onto your cracked iPhone 4, it’s time to move on.

Trial Frontier for Android – Developer RedLynx has released the critically-acclaimed side-biker to Android stores. Android owners who still find themselves playing Line Rider – your time has come.

Among the Sleep – For those sick of the sight of bulging biceps in Resident Evil, Krillbite’s first-person survival horror sees you playing as a two year old child being helped along by his teddy bear. You’re not afraid of the dark? Among the Sleep doesn’t believe you!

Sales

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Battlefield 3 free on Origin – Gamers with itchy trigger fingers, round up! Origin are giving away Battlefield 3 for free until June 3rd, which couldn’t be timed better considering Battlefield Harldine‘s release later this year.

Amazon shavers, trimmers and clippers sale – we understand that a lot of us may be sporting a Brian Blessed beard during exam time. Amazon have come to the rescue with 50% off selected shavers, trimmers and clippers.

Uplay discount on Stick of Truth – Uplay are, admittedly, quite suckish most of the time. However, they do know the way to our hearts when they make the best tv-to-video game adaption a third cheaper.

The Mobile App Mastery Bundle – For anyone looking to build and market their own app, The Mobile App Mastery Bundle is definitely for you. Bundling six courses on app creation and marketing, iPhone Hack Deals Hub have slashed its price by 93%, from $884 to $59. Why are you still reading this?!

Special Mention

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The Drinkable Book – Technology, when placed in the right hands, can be a truly remarkable and philanthropic thing. Water is Life are a group aimed at creating short and long-term solutions for creating safe drinking – and they may have created both. The Drinkable Book is a book which provides readers with a safe, simple guide to filtering dirty water.

Not only that, but the pages can be torn out and used as the filters themselves! It’s sustainable, incredibly cheap to make and each book can provide someone with clean water for up to four years.

To find out more, watch Water is Life’s video here

Adrian Horan
Adrian was previously a freelance writer for Vision before he went on to become News Editor for two editions. He recently retired from York Vision, having written as Tech Editor for three editions.