I WILL SURVIVE
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.