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James - PictureSeptember has been a huge month for the technology industry - in one month Nokia has been eaten up by Microsoft, the Blackberry has started to rot, fingerprints have suddenly become important, and Los Santos has become the number one getaway destination for gamers everywhere.

And now there's one more piece of earth-shattering news: Me, James O'Malley.

I'm the new Editor of Tech Digest, and I'll be attempting to fill Gerald's rather large and intimidating shoes. I'm not entirely unknown around these parts - long term readers may remember that I wrote some bits and pieces way back in 2008.

You remember, 2008, right? There was a new Grand Theft Auto game taking the world by storm, and Microsoft's latest operating system (Windows Vista) was almost universally reviled by anyone who actually had to use it. I know what you're thinking - how can we even begin to relate to that today?

So let me tell you a bit about myself - I'm essentially someone is addicted to technology. I'm the sort of person who if the broadband goes down, I'm getting anxiety attacks after about ten minutes because I'm not sure it's possible to live without knowing what Twitter is angry about today.

So what am I going to be doing at TechDigest? Hopefully I'll be continuing with what we're best at - covering the latest tech news, giving you an insight into the best apps, gadgets and games, and providing commentary on what is going on, and what it all means.

I'll also be doing bits and pieces for our sister website Shiny Shiny.

So let's see how I do - if you like you can follow me on Twitter @Psythor (you're already following @TechDigestNews, right?), and I'd love to hear from readers about what they'd like to see on the website!

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gerald-apes.jpgSo then. It's time to share some news I've been sitting on for some time now.

I'm...having a baby!

No, just kidding - I've not turned into some "Schwarzenegger-in-Junior" style freak of nature. The real news, as you've probably figured out by reading the headline here before my ham-fisted attempt at a joke is that today is my last day as Editor for Tech Digest.

* sob! *

After four great years manning the ship here, it's time for me to move on and to try something slightly different. It's been a blast, and I hope you've found my work here at Tech Digest over the past couple of years both informative and entertaining. If you've read the site much since October of 2009, you've been putting up with my ranting and raving, for which I salute you and am eternally grateful. I've written 6,463 (!) posts for Tech Digest, and if there's anyone out there mad enough to have read them all I'll buy that person a beer the next time we're down the pub together.

Behind being a member of The Beatles, it's pretty much been the best job I could have hoped for, from larking about in centrifuges and on roller-coasters, to meeting some of my all time heroes and getting my hands on some of the most cutting-edge technology out there ahead of the masses.

That last point in particular is an important one. Us tech writers are in an incredibly privileged position, standing on the frontlines of a rapidly changing industry, observing and reporting on the technologies and gadgets that could and often do shape and challenge the way we live. Keeping you loyal Tech Digest readers informed with that information has been a great and welcome responsibility, and one I hope you feel I've been up to the task for.

And there are few sites more exciting than Tech Digest to have done that reporting for. Through good times and bad, Tech Digest's co-owners Chris and Ashley have been the best bosses you could hope for, taking a chance on me when I arrived fresh on the scene back in 2009 and supporting me right through to my last days here. Cheers guys! And then there are the great people I've worked with over the years here, with special shout-outs going to Anna, Becca, Liz and Sheldon. You all kick ass, but you already know that anyway.

Tech Digest will continue to be a superb source for tech news and reviews, and Chris and Ashley have some really neat things lined up in the coming weeks and months. The site's in safe hands, so don't touch that bookmark!

As for me, I'll be popping up at another major UK tech website in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled. If you just can't get enough of me, you can follow me on Twitter. Find me at twitter.com/geegeemidnight.

So yeah. Technology. Always and forever, always and forever.

Gerald

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lg-vu3-top.jpgSquare, 4:3 smartphones, rather than widescreen phones, are a bad idea right? Sure, it's a nice try by LG to try to stand out from the crowd with the 4:3 dimensions of the LG Vu 3, but when the majority of the Android software that your handset will run is optimised for widescreen devices, as is the majority of video content these days, it does feel a needlessly contrary design decision.

That hasn't stopped LG from going out all guns blazing with the LG Vu 3 though. Making use of a super-powered 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, a 5.2-inch 1280 x 960 screen and coming complete with a stylus, there's also a 13MP camera around the back. Though squared off and featuring a number of physical buttons, there's more than a whiff of the flagship LG G2's design ethos having trickled down to the Vu 3 too.

Launching in Korea on September 27, the handset will be priced around £465, substantially more affordable than the off-contract price of comparable rival, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3. Though the Vu range has only seen modest sales in the west, they still seem to be proving popular in eastern territories, so perhaps it's not all completely bonkers. That screen shape would make for quite a nice web browsing experience, admittedly.

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iphone-5s-r-2.jpgProving that Apple malaise hasn't fully kicked in yet, the Cupertino tech giants have just announced that a record-breaking nine million of the new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C handsets were sold over their launch weekend.

That's a substantially larger number than the five million sold during the iPhone 5's launch weekend, though it obviously wasn't being propped up by the newly-introduced, cheaper 5C last year.

Though US retailers are claiming that the iPhone 5S (now sold out in the majority of shops) sold in quantities three times as many as that of the iPhone 5C, the large nine million overall sales figure suggests that the colourful 5C did at least hold its own. That's contrary to UK reports suggesting pre-order figures for the handset were dire. Perhaps those hunting an elusive iPhone 5S handset eventually caved and went for the cheaper iPhone 5C instead.

"This is our best iPhone launch yet - more than nine million new iPhones sold - a new record for first weekend sales," says Apple's CEO, Tim Cook.

"The demand for the new iPhones has been incredible, and while we've sold out of our initial supply of iPhone 5s, stores continue to receive new iPhone shipments regularly. We appreciate everyone's patience and are working hard to build enough new iPhones for everyone."

Click here for a full run down on the iPhone 5S, and here for the low-down on the iPhone 5C.

galaxy-note-3-different-colours-635.jpgThree have just revealed their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pricing info and, with the phone starting at just £30 on some contracts, it's at first glance a very reasonable deal.

Of course, to get the handset that inexpensively, you're going to have to be prepared to cough up a hefty contract fee per month to keep that oversized phablet in your pocket - providing you could ever squeeze its 5.7-inch frame in their in the first place. Pay £30 for the handset and you'll also need to part with £51 a month for 24 months too, bagging yourself 4G connectivity, 20GB of data, unlimited texts and calls, That's a generous bundle, but at over £50 per month you'd hope so too.

If you've got some ready cash, you have the option of grabbing the handset from Three for £310, after which you'll pay just £26 a month on a 24-month contract with 500MB data, unlimited calls and texts. You pays your monies, you makes your choice.

As for the phone itself? The giant Android handset makes use of a 1080p screen, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU and an S Pen stylus for unleashing your inner Rolf. If that's allowed these days.

Pick it up from September 25.

tesco-hudl.jpgNext time you're topping up your Clubcard points at Tesco, keep an eye out for the company's freshly revealed own-branded tablet, the Tesco Hudl. A 7-inch Android slate, it's priced at £119, putting it in direct competition with the Google Nexus 7 mark-2 and Amazon's Kindle Fire range.

It's a crowded market, but Tesco's Hudl (on paper at least) looks as though it can hold its own. Running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the thick-bezelled tablet packs in a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, with a 1440 x 900 resolution screen that should keep surfing the web and playing back videos for 9 hours before you'll need to start reaching for the charger.

16GB of storage space is the only size offered, though it can be supplemented by up to 32GB with microSD cards, and there's also Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS onboard. If you're looking to do some on-the-go browsing though, you're out of luck - this is a Wi-Fi only device, with no 3G or 4G connectivity.

Tesco will be accepting Clubcard points as part of the purchase, allowing savvy spenders to grab the tablet for as little as £60.

So what's in it for Tesco? Blinkbox is part of the Tesco group, so it's an opportunity for the retailer to push the movie rental service increasingly to their customers. As a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) using O2 infrastructure, they've missed a trick by not offering a 3G version however.

Hitting the supermarket chain's stores on 30 September, we'll be interested to see how well the Hudl holds up against the competition.

nokiaappletweet.jpgA simple tweet from Nokia having a knock at Apple's new iPhone 5C handset has become a certified Twitter viral smash.

On the night of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S launch, Nokia's official Twitter account posted the message "Thanks, #Apple ;)", alongside a picture of the company's colourful Lumia range with the tagline "Imitation is the best form of flattery". It seems as if the Finnish smartphone manufacturers believe Apple took more than a little inspiration from the look of the Lumia's when it comes to the new colourful plastic casing found on the iPhone 5C line-up.

And, even if Lumia sales pale in comparison to iPhones, Twitter users retweeted the hell out of the post. Twitter have revealed that the post was shared and retweeted over 38,000 times since the iPhone's unveiling.

Turn those retweets into some Lumia sales and Nokia/Microsoft would be truly smiling.

iPhone-5s-r-1.jpgIt's only been on sale for three days, but the Apple iPhone 5S's headlining security feature, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, has already been hacked.

It took just a weekend for German security group Chaos Computer Club (CCC) to break the new Apple security measure.

"A fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface, was enough to create a fake finger that could unlock an iPhone 5s secured with Touch ID," the group wrote on their blog.

It wasn't exactly a straightforward process though. Anyone trying to replicate the group's process would first have to find a full and clean fingerprint belonging to the iPhone's owner, then photograph it at 2,400 dpi resolution. After that, the image would then need to be inverted and laser printed on a transparent sheet in 1,200 dpi using a thick toner setting. Next, the would-be hacker would have to use latex milk or white wood-glue to create a mould, spreading it onto the transparent sheet, breathing onto the mould to add moisture before pulling off the completed fake fingerprint.

It's all a bit like something out Mission Impossible, but according to the CCC, it was a relatively easy process to pull, especially considering the potential criminal rewards that could be acquired by hacking an iPhone 5S.

"We hope that this finally puts to rest the illusions people have about fingerprint biometrics," said Chaos Computer Club's Frank Rieger.

"It is plain stupid to use something that you can´t change and that you leave everywhere every day as a security token,"

Scroll down to check out the hack being carried out.

jolla-smartphone.jpgForget iOS 7 - if you're looking for a truly new mobile operating experience, you should be turning your attention to Sailfish OS, the mobile OS born from the ashes of Nokia's abandoned MeeGo project. The open-source Linux-based software, available for all would-be developers to tinker with, was passed up by initial developers Nokia after they sealed their Windows Phone deal with Microsoft. But it has now (in its Sailfish form) found its way into its very first handset, the Jolla smartphone. And, unlike other would-be pretenders to the Android and iOS throne, Sailfish has an app-based trump card in that it should be compatible with all existing Android apps.

Sailfish may live or die based on the reception it receives on the first smartphone it arrives on, so what's the Jolla smartphone hardware that it will make its debut on like? By the numbers, it doesn't sound half-bad, in a mid-range sort of way.

Measuring 4.5-inches with a display running at a near-Retina sharpness of 960x540, it'll be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.4GHz, backed by 1GB of RAM.

An 8MP camera sits on the rear propped up by auto-focus features and an LED flash, with a 2MP video calling unit up front. Storage size listed is 16GB, which can be expanded by microSD cards. A two-tone black and aqua-blue chassis looks to feature, though there's been no word on other shades being available yet, nor the thickness of the handset.

Not a startling spec-sheet then, but that should be more than enough to see the low-power OS run smoothly we'd say. Again, due out before the end of 2013, it's being priced at €400 (£337).

Would you give this new kid on the smartphone-OS block a spin? Let us know in the comments below.

quick-office-900-80.JPGIf only having a smartphone or tablet to hand is your current excuse for shying away from Office software duties while away from your desk, you better start getting your skiving thinking cap on - Google have announced that their nifty Quickoffice application suite for editing and creating Microsoft Office documents is now available absolutely free.

Now costing nothing to download from both Google's own Play Store and Apple's App Store, it had previously been available for free only to subscribers to Google's Apps service, a subscription which started at £33 a year, per user.

Sweetening the deal further, Google will be throwing in an extra 10GB of storage on their cloud-based Google Drive for all those that download and sign in to the app with their Google accounts by September 26.

Fully compatible with all Microsoft Office files, Quickoffice also integrates with Google's own Google Docs, Sheets and Slides services, giving you cloud-based access to all your files, wherever you may be. The download now also comes with a raft of new features, including the ability to create .zip folders and viewable charts in Powerpoint and excel files.

The move seems to see Google attempting to retain users who may be tempted away by Windows Phone 8's built-in Office editing functionality, and Apple's recent announcement that the iWork app suite would be offered up for free with all new iOS devices.

ios-7-logo.pngiOS 7 finally finished downloading to your Apple device of choice? Great, then you'll be delighted to hear that Apple already have iOS 7.0.1 ready to download and update your device too!

The update's a fair bit smaller than the sizeable iOS 7 overhaul that launched this week and was masterminded by Apple's Jony Ive, weighing in at just 13.8MB. Hopefully that'll go some way towards easing the server strain that saw many iOS users wait hours to complete their initial iOS 7 upgrades.

Seemingly only rolling out to iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C owners initially (our iPad Mini still hasn't got the iOS 7.0.1 download prompt), the upgrade promises a number of "bug fixes and improvements", top of the list of which is better support for the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the App Store.

We'll keep you posted as to any new findings the update brings, and when to expect to see it roll out to older devices.

ifixit-5s.jpgIf you fancy yourself as a bit of a whizz with a screwdriver, you may have your work cut out for you with the newly-released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C smartphones from Apple. According to DIY gadget repair experts over at iFixit, the latest phones from the Cupertino firm are even more difficult to fix at home than their predecessor the iPhone 5.

The iPhone 5S seems to be the trickier of the two to fix, thanks in part to its new integrated Touch ID fingerprint scanner. A weak connection between the sensor and the phone's Lightning port area adds a "small element of danger" to the repair process, according to iFixit.

That's not the only concern with the Touch ID module, with the team worried about its overall durability.

"We worry about how well the sapphire crystal covering can protect it from degrading over time, like most CMOS fingerprint sensors. It could become a ticking time bomb."

Lastly, the battery unit in the 5S is glued into the casing, unlike the pull-out battery buried under the iPhone 5 chassis, adding yet another difficult element to the repair process.

Similar problems were found with the iPhone 5C, which also suffered from a glued-in battery, a screen that could be damaged if a removal was attempted, and a finicky antenna.

Interestingly, iFixit's teardown saw the team unable to identify the new M7 co-motion processor (the newly-added feature which will help lead to improved fitness and motion-tracking apps),leading them to speculate that it is part of the new A7 processor rather than a discrete chip.

Overall, the new iPhones both got a repairability score of six out of 10. While not a shocking result, it does see both drop a point to predecessor the iPhone 5 which scored a seven out of 10, while competitor Samsung's flagship the Samsung Galaxy S4 managed a very respectable eight out of 10.

android-4.4-kitkat-1-big.jpgThe launch window for Google's next Android operating system upgrade has been revealed by a somewhat unlikely source - chocolatiers Nestle.

Following the reveal that Android 4.4's desert-themed nickname would be KitKat in homage to the Nestle treat, tech fans have flooded the company's Facebook page in order to try to glean information on the reworked OS's launch. And Nestle Germany have obliged; responding to one users request for KitKat launch info, a Nestle representative replied "Kit Kat Hi Tim, Android 4.4 KIT KAT ist ab Oktober verfügbar," or "Android 4.4 KitKat is available from October" in English.

The post rings well with rumours of an October 14 launch date for the operating system.

Do Nestle have the inside track on the launch date, or is this merely a company rep speculating based on the same rumours we've heard? Who knows. One thing is for certain though - October is increasingly looking like the month we'll get full confirmation of the KitKat release and likely the Nexus 4 successor it will lead with.

Thumbnail image for steve ballmer.jpgIt's taken years for him to come out and say it, but Steve Ballmer, the outgoing Microsoft CEO, has admitted that the company missed the boat when it came to getting ahead in the smartphone race under his leadership.

Speaking at an analysts meeting in Washington, Ballmer stated that Microsoft has almost "no share" in the smartphone market thanks to his decision to focus the company's efforts on Windows computers.

"I regret that there was a period in the early 2000s when we were so focused on what we had to do around Windows that we weren't able to redeploy talent to the new device called the phone," said Ballmer.

"That is thing I regret the most. It would have been better for Windows and our success in other foreign factors."

As a result, Microsoft sit in a distant third place behind Google's Android and Apple's iPhone in the smartphone market, with the Windows Phone platform accounting for just 3.7% of the global smartphone market according to IDC figures. Google's Android and Apple's iPhone enjoy a 79.3% and 13.2% share respectively.

However, Microsoft's smartphone star is rising, with the Windows Phone OS's adoption growing 77% of the last year to overtake rivals BlackBerry and (now Microsoft-owned) Nokia's Symbian. As a result, Ballmer sees "upside opportunities" for further growth among smartphone fans.

"We have the tools. There's economic upside here. In the long run, we are almost uniquely poised to seize the opportunity," he said.

"Today I'm speaking as an investor. You all own Microsoft stock, cheer for it, for God's sake."

apple-ios-7-apps-2.jpgApple's lead designer Sir Jony Ive has given a rare interview with USA Today, in which he revealed the speedy turnaround of the company's latest mobile operating system revamp, iOS 7.

Work began on iOS 7 just back in November 2012, said Ive, an incredibly quick development cycle considering it was ready to show to the world by June 2013, and the fact that it is a considerable revamp for the OS.

The Brit-born knight of the realm's decision to remove elements of skeuomorphism from the iOS look has been widely praised. Ive explained that, in a world now accustomed to touchscreens, references back to real-world objects in the design now seemed anachronistic.

"When we sat down last November [to work on iOS 7], we understood that people had already become comfortable with touching glass, they didn't need physical buttons, they understood the benefits," said Ive.

"So there was an incredible liberty in not having to reference the physical world so literally. We were trying to create an environment that was less specific. It got design out of the way."

"I think a lot of people see simplicity as the lack of clutter. And that's not the case at all," continued Ive.

"True simplicity is, well, you just keep on going and going until you get to the point where you go, 'Yeah, well, of course.' Where there's no rational alternative."

While Ive gave no indication as to what was coming next from Apple ("I'd lose my job" claimed Ive, should he momentarily become loose-lipped) he did state the new iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner was exactly what he loved about working for the Cupertino company; the way they can integrate complicated features in a way consumers will see as seamless.

"This right here is what I love about Apple, this incredibly sophisticated powerful technology that you're almost not aware of, it absolutely blows me away," said Ive.

"You can't get this without working cross-functionally."

Rockstar kill hopes for new GTA London

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203041-gta_london_del_psx.jpgIf you've been sitting in on your Jack Jones (alone) feeling all Richard and Judy (moody), holding out from spending your Becks and Posh (dosh) on Grand Theft Auto 5 while you wait for news of a cockney-infused GTA London edition to be made, then you're out of luck me old china plate (mate). Rockstar head-honcho Dan Houser has said that the Grand Theft Auto series is now, and likely forever will be, firmly rooted in the United States.

Speaking to The Guardian, Houser spoke of the opportunity to build something "iconic" within the confines of the American dream.

"Speaking for myself - and normally I'd be as militant about saying 'we' as much as possible, because it certainly isn't only me at all, thank god - but my own personal feeling is that GTA is America. With [GTA V], I think, we're very happy with the location. It let us do something iconic," said Houser.

Not that there isn't a precedent set by Rockstar themselves. The early 2D Grand Theft Auto games were given two London-themed mission packs, Grand Theft Auto: London, 1969 and Grand Theft Auto: London, 1961. However these were for the most part simple re-skins of the existing games, and required far less work than the 3D titles now demand, at a time when the series was still finding its feet.

"I think for us, my gut feeling is, GTA London was cool for the time, but games were more limited then," said Houser.

"These days I think we would love to set a game in the UK, set in London, whatever, but I don't know if it would be a GTA game. I think there are plenty of great stories we could tell about the UK, great environments to showcase, great gameplay mechanics that could have a UK bent to them - I just don't think it would be a GTA necessarily.

"There are so many games we'd like to make that we just don't have the bandwidth to make at the moment. But we always think, well the future is long and varied, and that's what the future's for."

For now then, it seems Rockstar will be focussed on GTA V additional content, and there only other announced title in development, Agent. That is, of course, unless the rumoured next-gen and PC versions of GTA 5 don't distract them first.

iPhone 5S UK launch tainted by stock shortages

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iphone-5s-r-3.jpgThis morning's launch of Apple's latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone 5S, has been marred by stock shortages, with both Apple's own retail stores and those of the UK networks struggling to meet demand.

iPhone hunters took to Twitter to state that many of Apple's brick and mortar stores sold out of the handset within an hour of going on sale, including the Regent's Street, Cambridge and Cardiff stores. Those hoping to pick up the gold-coloured version of the handset were likely to have even less luck, with the variant said to be available in extremely limited numbers from the offset, selling out first.

O2 customers however seem the unluckiest of all. Speaking to Tech Radar, a spokesperson for the network stated that there was no in-store stock of the 5S, and that a pre-order wait could last as long as a month and a half

"We won't have iPhone 5S stock in stores to sell but customers will be able to place their order with us in-store. They can also order online or over the phone," said the O2 spokesperson. "If customers are in store they'll be able to get a demo of the phone and place their order with the help of one of our store advisors.

A similar situation was found at EE, with limited numbers of handsets being held back to primarily satisfy 4G customers, while those on the Orange and T-Mobile networks (under the EE umbrella) were straight out of luck.

Vodafone stock levels were said to be slightly better with some stock in stores available on a "first come, first served basis", while Three also confirmed that their customers could "go in store or buy online" if they were on the prowl for the 5S.

While the fingerprint-scanning 5S is in short supply then (and will likely fly onto eBay at extortionate prices any minute now), there are still plenty of the iPhone 5C handsets to go around, which appear to have performed very badly at the pre-order stage.

GTA-5-nick-1.jpgWe haven't even managed to get confirmation of a PC release of Grand Theft Auto 5 yet from developers Rockstar Games, but that hasn't stopped one games industry analyst making next-gen predictions for the franchise. According to analyst Colin Sebastian of Robert W. Baird, Rockstar Games' record-breaking sequel will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014.

In a note to investors, Sebastian stated that a next-gen remake would "help extend the value of the franchise."

As reported earlier, GTA 5 is already smashing sales records in the UK, and is well on the way to becoming one of, if not, the most successful entertainment properties of all time.

"We are now modeling 13-14 million units shipped in F2Q. We believe there is still potential upside to our targets," Sebastian continued.

"However, given the possibility that sales of GTA are front-loaded, we will await further sales data before adjusting our expectations further."

Could GTA 5 for the PS4 and Xbox One happen? Perhaps eventually - San Andreas eventually turned up as a digital download for the current generation of consoles despite being a PS2-era title, so the precedent is there. The question really is will it be worth Rockstar's time and effort - launching late in this console cycle has afforded Rockstar the opportunity of pitching to a giant, eager fanbase, while the new consoles are uncharted waters without an installed customer base yet. Even if the user numbers of the next-gen consoles reach those of the current-gen in timely fashion, how many existing GTA 5 owners would be up for double-dipping?

nintendo-hiroshi-yamauchi.jpgHiroshi Yamauchi, the man responsible for steering Nintendo into the gaming giants they are today, has died aged 85.

Yamauchi acted as president at Nintendo for an astonishing 53 years between 1949 and 2002 before passing the reins over to current head Satoru Iwata.

The former-Nintendo head's legacy will forever be turning the brand into the most recognisable name in gaming, with Yamauchi overseeing the company's transition from card making business to electronic entertainment giants. From the original Donkey Kong coin-op right through to the launch of the Gamecube, Yamauchi was in charge of it all.

Even after leaving his position as president, Yamauchi retained close ties with the company, and was listed as their largest shareholder as of March 2013.

Nintendo issued the following statement: "Nintendo is in mourning today from the sad loss of the former Nintendo president Mr Hiroshi Yamauchi, who sadly passed away this morning."

hp-leap.jpgHP have pulled a surprising laptop out of the bag today, announcing the launch of the HP Envy17 Leap Motion Special Edition with Leap Motion gesture controls built-in.

Rather than using a separate external unit, HP's machine is the first to integrate the sensor into the laptop body, right beside the track pad. This will let you interact with the machine through waves and gestures, potentially leading to total hands-free control of the laptop.

More standard features include a 17.3 inch full HD display, Haswell-generation Intel processors and discrete NVIDIA graphics, as well as a backlit keyboard, Beats audio and over 100 Leap Motion Airspace Store apps.
hp-spectre-oct-13.jpgAlongside the Leap Motion machine, HP have also introduced a new tablet-cum-laptop Windows 8 convertible, the HP Spectre13 x2.

A 13-inch machine, it comes with a keyboard dock and detachable display, powered by Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and remaining silent and fanless in operation. 8GB of RAM is in use, with a choice of either 64GB or 128GB SSD storage.

On sale from November, both start at £1,000.

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