5 Ways Tech Could Change Your Life This Week

Featuring hoverboards and Facebooking at work (without getting in trouble)

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1 | The Downloadable Game To Ease Your Anger Issues

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Spend time on any London Underground train, or any public transport across the country and you’ll see countless people glued to their phones as they try and join up coloured gems on their phones or worse, play sudoku. In the high-tech age of the Xbox One, there’s really no reason why smartphone games should be so basic.

All Guns Blazing is the new ultra violent shooter available from the app store and it's about to change all this. Developed by the team behind the N64’s Goldeneye – arguably still the greatest shoot 'em up of all time – it’s already been downloaded a million times, so get your hands on it now if you don’t want to miss out. Imagine Michael Bay had directed your commute and you’re just about there.

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2 | The Next Step In Sony's Play For World Domination

Sony's quest for world domination continues apace this week with the announcement of a new media streaming service named "PlayStation Vue", with the aim to turn your PlayStation console into a media hub, capable of streaming movies and TV without a separate cable or satellite subscription.

There'll also be the option to store favourite programmes in The Cloud, meaning Vue will essentially combine broadcasting, catch-up and on demand functions that have been the major selling points of innovations like BBC iPlayer and Sky's range of TV boxes. Not only will you be able to record the previous 72 hours worth of TV, you'll also be able to browse the internet, tweet your reactions, and of course, spend hours at a time on Grand Theft Auto. What more could you need?

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3 | The App That Lets You Live (And Let Die)

If you've been following the latest tech news you'll know we'll soon all be shunning real life in favour of virtual reality alternatives, courtesy of Oculus and Samsung Gear. Google announced a similar affordable alternative earlier this year in the form of the Google Cardboard, a D.I.Y visual kit that lets you turn your Android into a VR headset.

This week sees the release of the Google Cardboard app, in association with Jaunt, which lets you "experience" Paul Mccartney's recent gig at San Francisco's Candlestick Park. Footage captured during the performance will show you what it's like being in the crowd, back stage and by Sir Paul's side as he belts out the infamous Wings hit. It only includes one song from one gig at the moment, so think of it more as a prototype, but if you've got to start somewhere, you can't do much better than the former Beatles' best ever song. (Yes, we said it). 

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4| Mark Zuckerberg's New Workplace Procrastination Tool

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Remember when everyone began panicking that connecting with your whole office on Facebook might not be the best idea, in case your boss stumbled upon those drunken pictures of you, or worse, asked to accompany you on your next boozy night out? Well, looking back it all seems to be a bit silly, which is why we're glad to hear about the social media network's new workplace-based site, "Facebook at Work".

Touted as Facebook meets LinkedIn, the site will let you communicate with colleagues, chat and share files. Basically, it's everything you spend all day doing over emails anyway, but with companies signing up individually for the privilege, your work place procrastinations are soon to be fully sanctioned by the office powers that be.
 

5 | Tony Hawk Goes Back To The Future

It’s not quite 2015 but hoverboards may soon be about to arrive on the scene. Hendo are the company behind the first workable prototype and while the above video featuring Tony Hawk doesn’t exactly blow minds, it is a solid indicator of what could be as the technology develops. Hovering one inch above the ground and offering a “seamless integration with your natural movements” this may just be everyone’s must-have item by the time Marty McFly arrives from 1989 next October.

The only downside is that should the project really (ahem) get off the ground, its sure to become the mid-life crisis of choice for those business men you see riding push-scooters every morning. Until then, head to the link below to help the project keep going.

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Which are you excited about?


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