These are eventfull times!

iPhones 5c and 5s have been released. Apple iPhone 5c (comes in 5 colours) which does not stand for cheap (as it is not) is made of average (if not cheap…) plastic and feels way too heavy in hand. It’s a great example of how to try to make loads of money by not releasing anything special from Apple. The Apple iPhone 5s (which I have not played with yet; comes in 3 nice colours) is a solid phone but again with hardly anything new compared to iPhone 5. Add to it its crazy price (i.e. 629GBP for 32GB version) and you got the solid but most un-inspiring overpriced piece of technology you can get these days. Of course, both phones come with very good upgraded (apart of the icons which look terrible) iOS, the 7, but older iPhones are upgradable to it, too.

Elsewhere, you have got a great example of superb phone for those with big appetites and not small hands -> Samsung Galaxy Note 3. This is an exceptional piece of technology.

It would be rude not to mention a new kid on the block. The previously unknown maker is trying (and making) its way to European markets with its decent Android smartphones and a Windows one. Those come with very good (read _low_) price tags. Huawei is what we are talking about here. It’s apparently the largest telecommunication equipment maker in the world. Its headquarters are in Chine but other operations there and there. H is a quite young but lively company which for example overtook Ericsson last year. They offer an ultra slim Huawei Ascend P6 smarthpone which is 4.7-inch screen, a 1.5GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM with only 8GB total space but expandable with microSD slot. Like there, the phone gets decent reviews and costs 310GBP @ Amazon UK for example.

Elsewhere, United States has become governmentless. For details why it is shut down, please make your way there. It is quite crazy if you think of this at first but then if you have the most Democratic nation in the world of which ruling people cannot agree on things, then that’s exactly what can happen. Well, it is still damn crazy…

At least but no at last let’s talk about gaming news. Battlefield 4 Beta is now open to all on PC, PS3 and XBox 360. For info how to get to play it go to official BF4 Beta FAQ. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 starting November 12 (US)/November 29 (Europe), and Xbox One @ November 19 (US) and November 22 (Europe). The PC version I have been playing is good. They have not broken the game, it is slightly faster than BF3 and all main mechanisms making the previous game awesome are kept. BF4 has got more detailed environment on the whole and so massive potential but it’s not really shown in the beta. Everything is improved from the mentioned graphics, through map and layouts design (inc. lovely bluish Battlelog), to improved VOIP capatibility and physics. Nice review on the product can be found on Gadgetreview. The question is the PC version of the game worth the whole PC upgrade “investment” to get more and less the same you had in BF3?

If you do decide to play the BF4 PC beta, here are few tips (otherwise skip to next paragpraph): 1) Install it on SSD drive if you can as game loads for ever on hdd. 2) Prepare for micro-shuttering if you only have 4GB of system memory. 3) Make sure you have at least 1GB RAM GPU otherwise don’t install it. 2GB GPU is needed for pleasant gaming. 4) Do not force the settings to ULTRA if you don’t have 8GB system RAM or more, decent GPU with 2GB RAM min and some very good quad core or more CPU. If you do, the game will likely crash and you will not be able to start it again. If that happens to you, Google where settings are kept and change the config file to fix it.

And finally, Valve’s Steam is expanding to our living rooms. The technology will let you play your favourites games (well, we will see…) in a near future on your telly without having to buy a console and paying crazy money for the games on it. You will use so called SteamBox which may even come boxed with your telly. Steam has just shown its ground-breaking Steam Controller which is quite a revolution in game pads department. Make sure you check it out.

And that’s it… well, I was not going to but will mention one more thing. There are few smartwatches now on the market which you can get. Those vary in features and looks but share a few things; all are small, quite useless, probably bad for your health and have a really poor battery life for what they are. If you really can’t stop yourself from checking your mobile every 5 min and would like not to have to take it off your pocket/bag, feel free to get one of them. There are also few more usefull ones which will help you keep healthy lifestyle. The reviews of can be found there. Otherwise, let’s wait 2 years and see what happens.

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