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The Long Dark PS4 (Hin­ter­land Stu­dio)

There are a thou­sand ways to per­ish in the wilder­ness. Cold. Star­va­tion. You might fall off a cliff or get kicked to death by a badger. Since The Long Dark is set in the Cana­dian out­back, ran­dom moose at­tacks are a pos­si­bil­ity.

You play a pi­lot who crash lands in the af­ter­math of an en­vi­ron­men­tal apoc­a­lypse. This is sur­vival of the fittest, as you search for branches to build a fire and craft ban­dages to put on your wounds. Daw­dle too long and your vi­tal stats will plum­met, turn­ing you into a griz­zly bear’s break­fast. The lack of a de­cent tu­to­rial means you’re likely to en­counter the Grim Reaper a few times be­fore learn­ing the ropes.

In nar­ra­tive story mode, meet other sur­vivors and learn how the world be­came ban­jaxed. In sur­vival mode, the game comes to life.

9ou “ight find your­self in a caÛe, cow­er­ing in the shad­ows while wolves stalk out­side, or trekking through a bliz­zard back to your cosy hide-out. The Long Dark’s un­told nar­ra­tives will make you feel one with na­ture.

Pre­view Sam­sung Flip

The board­room no longer needs to be a, ahem, bored-room with the in­tro­duc­tion of Sam­sung’s in­ter­ac­tive dig­i­tal flip chart. Rolling into an of­fice space on a four­wheeled stand, this an evo­lu­tion­ary step af­ter pa­per flip charts and ana­logue boards.

Up to four peo­ple can con­trib­ute con­tent to the chart at once, us­ing a two-sided sty­lus. The con­tent can be broad­cast to PCs, smart­phone and tablets: wire­lessly or through USB, PC and mo­bile ports. Users can send their own con­tent back to the dis­play screen.

The dis­play can be con­trolled with palm swipes, ac­cess­ing up to 20 pages of writ­ing space at once. Search func­tion­al­i­ties make it eas­ier to find spe­cific con­tent. The dis­play se­curely stores all con­tent on an ex­ter­nal mem­ory. Don’t ex­pect this to help divvy­ing up du­ties in a stu­dent digs, though. At €3,400, the Sam­sung Flip is strictly busi­ness.

Pre­view Google Home Max Google

Smart speak­ers are lack­ing in de­sign. Ap­ple HomePod, some sug­gest, re­sem­bles a roll of toi­let pa­per. Google Home Max, with its bul­bous style, looks like some­thing a nappy-heavy child might perch upon in a crèche. There’s no screen on this ex­pen­sive foot stool, just touch con­trols for vol­ume and play­back, and an LED ar­ray that re­veals the vol­ume level.

You can plug Max into a tele­vi­sion, through a 3.5 aux in­put, us­ing him as a sound­bar, and stream au­dio through his yeshy oÜls fro“ a «hone or tablet via Blue­tooth. Max works with Spo­tify Con­nect and Google Cast apps. Don’t tell Alexa – she might get jeal­ous – but the best way of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Max is through voice recog­ni­tion. At the risk of ques­tion­ing your own san­ity, º" oogle» gets hi“ fired u«° Other com­mands ad­just vol­ume, etc. Para­noid about big tech sur­veil­lance? Fear not. The de­vice’s mi­cro­phones can be muted.

Sound-wise, Google prom­ises this speaker goes to the max. It sports two 4.5-inch woofer driv­ers and has enough bass to blow the bloody doors off.

For now, Google Home Max is only avail­able in the UK from Google Store. Un­til its even­tual re­lease in Ire­land, lend your ears to the €59 Google Home Mini speaker.

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