Final Fantasy XV really is coming in 2016, more details will be revealed in March

After dropping a few hints that Final Fantasy XV would be released next year, director Hajime Tabata confirmed at PAX that the game would indeed be released in 2016, and that Square Enix will hold an event to announce the release date in March.

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Can Michael Fassbender’s Assassin’s Creed buck the bad video game movie trend?

Will Ubisoft’s bloodthirsty romp through history consign previous celluloid terrors to the dustbin of history?

The history of video game-to-film adaptations is littered with the rotting corpses of productions featuring half-arsed storylines, C-grade casting and a distinctly regrettable absence of directorial vision. The famously appalling German director Uwe Boll has made a living from trotting out cheap and nasty films, which usually make their money back thanks to gamers who are fooled into thinking they are about to re-experience their greatest moments spent with a PlayStation or Xbox on the big screen.

The reality is usually rather different. Movies and video games operate under a completely different set of rules, and quite often the extended non-playable sequences in games which most resemble traditional film narrative are the bits gamers click through in boredom after the first dozen times of viewing. Only the Resident Evil movies have achieved successful franchise status, and only then without any particular degree of critical traction, and largely because zombie films will always have their place in the heart of a certain type of filmgoer.

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Tidal takes shot at Apple after block on live stream of Drake festival set

But rapper’s manager hits back, saying Apple Music contract was not the cause, and slams Jay-Z’s streaming service for ‘publicity stunt’

Digital music service Tidal has accused Apple of blocking it from streaming video of a charity-festival set by rapper Drake, but the star’s manager has retaliated by accusing the service of a “publicity stunt”.

Drake played a mini-set at the Lil WeezyAna festival in New Orleans over the weekend, with the event streamed live by Tidal for its subscribers. While Drake was on stage, the stream was cut, with Tidal blaming Apple.

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Twitter publishes targets for a ‘more diverse’ workforce in 2016

Aims to increase proportion of women and underrepresented minorities, with no African American or Hispanic staff currently in US leadership positions

Twitter has outlined its ambitions to boost the proportion of women and underrepresented minorities in its workforce, publishing targets for “a more diverse Twitter” in 2016.

The social network is aiming to increase the percentage of women on its payroll to 35% that year, as well as ensuring that 16% of its tech roles and 25% of its leadership roles are filled by women.

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The Diamond Minecart dethrones PewDiePie as biggest YouTube channel

Daniel Middleton’s Minecraft videos were watched more than 400m times in July, beating WWE wrestling, Little Baby Bum, BuzzFeed and Taylor Swift

The most popular channel on YouTube now belongs to British gamer Daniel Middleton, whose Minecraft videos published as The Diamond Minecart were watched more than 402m times in July 2015 alone.

That was enough to make him the biggest channel on YouTube that month ahead of wrestling body WWE’s 399m views, according to the latest chart published by analytics firm OpenSlate and online-video industry site Tubefilter.

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LBX: Little Battlers eXperience; Zombi; Picross e6 review – cutting-edge robots, but these zombies are a shambles

The anime series makes a well-designed transition to the 3DS, but Zombi’s journey from the Wii U to other platforms results in a bloodless experience

Following the popular anime series and toy line LBX: Little Battlers eXperience is a miniature robot-building and fighting game, with a focus on exploration and customisation that offers 130 basic robots with over 4,000 parts that can be fitted. In 2046, 13-year-old Van Yamano battles to protect his robot, Achilles, through a campaign that is supplemented with arena battles in 20 locations. Yamano can also take part in team battles via local multiplayer three-on-three rounds – provided each battler has a 3DS and copy of the game.

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Moto G (2015) tips and tricks

The Moto G (2015) hasn’t quite lived up to the 2014 Moto G but we’ll show you how to squeeze every last drop out of your of your phone with these tips and tricks.

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Blinded by technology: has our belief in Silicon Valley led the world astray?

In Geek Heresy, computer expert Kentaro Toyama warns against our over-reliance on technology and explains why people, not smart tools, are the key to social change

When Microsoft programmer Kentaro Toyama was sent by his employers to India in 2004, charged with using technology to improve education, he expected to swoop in armed with gadgets and effect whizzy social change. It didn’t quite pan out like that. Toyama had some early successes at Microsoft Research India, including the invention of a device that allowed multiple mice-wielding pupils to control one computer at the same time. (MultiPoint, a problem-fixer for classrooms that had too few computers, won awards.) But he quickly came to see that technology was not the “magic cure” export his employers – and, indeed, many in Silicon Valley – seemed to expect.

In his new book, Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, he writes that this was “hard to take. I was a computer scientist, a Microsoft employee, and the head of a group that aimed to find digital solutions for the developing world. I wanted nothing more than to see innovation triumph… But exactly where the need was greatest, technology seemed unable to make a difference.” He worked in schools that had been given computers but had no tech support, the broken-down hardware quickly ending up stacked in cupboards. He watched teachers struggle to cope with screen-enthused kids, for whom “a computer was less a help, more hindrance”.

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