Alex Connellan

64 Flips | 5 Magazines | 1 Follower | @aconnellan | An aspiring journalist, I am the Managing Editor for Gamespresso.com, and work as an intern with Australian-based company Margin Media. My focus is largely on technology and video games.

How Xbox One can beat PS4, according to Xbox co-creator

Xbox co-creator Ed Fries has laid out a list of ways in which he believes Microsoft can improve its fortunes in the Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4 "console war." Fries said success against Sony in the long run is going to come down to Microsoft executing on a range of software and services.<p>"They need …

Virtual Reality

This is what Candy Crush Saga does to your brain

The Candy Crush game app exploits some well known weaknesses in the human brain to keep us playing<p>Last week, Candy Crush Saga, the mind-numbingly simple yet addictive game that involves matching coloured sweets, was estimated to be worth $7.1bn. While that amount dropped by 16% after the company’s …

It's games first for Xbox One under new management

Phil Spencer, the newly appointed Head of Xbox at Microsoft, says he'll lead the Xbox team — which includes Xbox Live, Xbox Music, Xbox Video and Microsoft Studios — with a "gaming first" philosophy, focusing on video games as the most important component of the four-month-old Xbox One.<p>"Xbox is a …

PAX East Primer: Here's Everything Xbox in Boston

<b>Moving this post to the front page for the weekend for easy reference</b><p>As you get ready to map out your plan of attack for PAX East 2014 at the Boston …

New iPhone 6 screens to enter production this spring, report

Apple said to plan in-cell touch panel technology built into the screens, which will be developed with "thinner construction than with standard touch panel films.<p>The next incarnation of the iPhone will launch with a 4.7-inch screen while a 5.5-inch version may be delayed, according to Reuters.<p>In a …

iPhone

A New Day at Xbox

Our community is at the heart of what we do at Xbox. Whether it is meeting thousands of fans at the launch of Xbox One, talking at industry events or …

PS4 reaches 7 million worldwide as Infamous : Second Son sells a million at launch

Courtesy of a monstrous shipment of PS4 units in the extended last 2 weeks amidst very high consumer demand, PS4 reached 7 million units globally for …

North America

April's Xbox Live Games With Gold Lineup Revealed

It appears that Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be able to get Hitman: Absolution for free as part of the Xbox Live Games With Gold program. The game …

Gaming

Where can Facebook take the Oculus Rift?

We delve deeper into Facebook's acquisition of Oculus VR and ask if it will be good or bad for the future of the virtual reality company.

How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts

Replying is dying, retweeting is up, North America isn't dominant anymore, but English is, and more lessons from 37 billion tweets.<p>It's been eight years since Twitter debuted. Like the rest of the social networks that have survived, it has changed, both in response to user and commercial demands. …

Apple sues Samsung for $2bn as tech rivals head back to court

Apple says Korean company must pay $40 per device for 'systematically' copying features to use on its newest devices<p>The smartphone world's fiercest rivalry is heading back to court again this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, as Apple and Samsung begin a new trial - accusing each other, once …

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Scientists developed a patch that could help patients receive drugs the minute they need them<p>A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also the risk …

Microsoft loses longtime Windows and Office leader Antoine Leblond

Antoine Leblond, a longtime Windows and Office executive at Microsoft, is leaving the company, according to Re/Code.<p>Leblond worked at Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft for nearly 25 years. But he was moved aside in a reorganization last year. He is leaving the company on Monday.<p>“After almost 25 years, …

Microsoft expecting an "army of huge franchises" at E3

Between Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Activision, there will be an "army of huge franchises" to look forward to from this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. That's according to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who made the comment to GameSpot in an interview from the Game Developers …

GDC

Alien Isolation release date announced

Alien Isolation will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One from 7th October 2014, developer Creative Assembly has …

Microsoft Gives Update on Minecraft for Xbox One

It shouldn't be long now...<p>Exit Theatre Mode<p>Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer told IGN that Minecraft for Xbox One is "really close" …

Starship Troopers bug report

Starship Troopers has been deeply ensconced within its development chrysalis at Strangelite Studios for quite some time - we caught of it well over a …

Satire

How the Xbox One can catch up to the PlayStation 4

While the Xbox One is still selling well, it is lagging far behind the PS4. What can Microsoft do to turn the tide?

Selling

Xbox Boss: A Halo 2 Remake Would Have to 'Nail' Multiplayer

Food for thought from the Microsoft Game Studios executive.<p>Speaking to IGN during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco last week, …

The Best "Making Of" For A Video Game I've Ever Read

Puzzle game Threes is one of the simplest, most addictive games on iOS. It's also, by virtue of that same simplicity, an easy game to clone. …

The Difference Between Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5

Samsung has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month in Barcelona, and the phone will be …

Galaxy S4

Twitter Test Swaps Retweet Button For Share Button

Twitter has been busy making Facebook-like changes today — adding multiple photo upload and tagging, and experimenting with a profile change on iOS — but it isn’t stopping there. Some users are reporting that the retweet button inside their iOS app has become a ‘share’ button — yes, the sacred …

Rainbow Six Siege will continue its game of cops and home invaders for another year

Rainbow Six Siege was a fairly big roll of the dice for Ubisoft, taking its slow-paced, tactical military game franchise with super-serious plotlines …

Rainbow Six Siege