WE’RE a nation hooked on swiping, scrolling and posting.Nine in ten of us have a smartphone and four in ten pick up our device within five minutes of awaking.We’re addicted to being connected and our favourite way to keep in touch is by using mega messaging app WhatsApp.A whopping 1.4million Irish adults use the app every day, making it even more popular than Facebook. Just over 60 per cent aged 15 plus now hold an account, according to the Ipsos MRBI Social Messaging Quarterly.While we’re all about tapping away on WhatsApp, we’re shunning Facebook Messenger.The number with the service has increased by three per cent since August, but those who use it daily has dropped 10 points to 45 per cent.Viber and Skype also lost users since the summer and the number using both at least once every 24 hours also fell.The numbers turning their faces into cats using Snapchat has grown by one per cent, with two thirds of us using it daily, down two percentage points since the … [Read more...] about WhatsApp hits 1.4million Irish users and becomes country’s most popular messaging app as nation shuns rivals Viber and Skype
XUR – the weapon and gift merchant of the Destiny world and Agent of the Nine – is a key part of the game and surfaces each weekend in different locations.If you’ve been building up your Legendary Shards in Destiny 2 then you need to find Xur so you can trade them for this weekend’s goodies.Xur appears every week in a different location and sells a variety of wares.He is exceptionally elusive and only appears at the weekends, which means that he can be quite tricky to track down.Usually it was announced at 10am GMT where the mysterious merchant will be located but this has changed to 5pm GMT from now on.Players will want to make sure they stock up before he skips town – and this happens every Tuesday at 10am following the games’ weekly reset.Xur is selling the following this week:D.A.R.C.I. Exotic Sniper Rifle – 29 Legendary ShardsCelestial Nighthawk Exotic Hunter Helmet – 23 Legendary ShardsHallowfire Heart Exotic Titan Chest Armor … [Read more...] about Where is Xur in Destiny 2 from December 15-19? Destiny’s exotic merchant brings a brand new Fated Engram
DESTINY 2 is bringing gamers a festive treat, in the form of a new Christmas event.But when is The Dawning released, and what’s involved in the update?The Dawning event is set to begin on Tuesday December 19.Experts reckon it will kick off at 2pm UK time, which is the same time the weekly reset occurs, but this hasn’t been confirmed.The event is due to draw to a close on Tuesday January 9, 2018.This means gaming fans get three weeks to bag all the extra items in the event.It’s available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One – and the event will give your game a wintery, snowy makeover.So what exactly is on offer? Only limited details have been released at this stage.We know there will be new armour outfits for Hunter, Titan and Warlock classes – which you’ll be able to win through the new Dawning Engrams.While a new sword was revealed on Twitter by Bungie game director Christopher Barrett.There will also be a new weekly milestone for people to cross, to unlock the … [Read more...] about When is Destiny 2’s The Dawning Christmas event released and what does the update involve?
It's been an incredible year or gaming - but it's going to get a lot better.Next year will see a number of amazing titles arrive - from gripping shooters to zombie-survival epics.We've picked out the very best of what we've seen so far - let's kick off. Far Cry 5Platform(s): Xbox, PS4, PCRelease date: February 27, 2018Ubisoft has ditched the Far East in favour of the fictional Hope County, Montana, where a preacher named Joseph Seed has risen to prominence.Your job is to stop him.The massive open world is the biggest yet in the series and will be free to explore from the off.There's even a new character creation tool, which allows you to customise everything from gender to appearance.Weapons include rocket launches, bows and projectiles, not to mention a selection of brutal melee kills.Graphically, it's easily the most impressive of the lot - which is no mean feat, given just how good the last games looked.Just as much attention has been given to the gameplay.Enemies are … [Read more...] about 20 incredible games that are coming your way in 2018
A “POTENTIALLY hazardous” asteroid measuring three miles in diameter is set to fly past Earth this weekend, NASA has confirmed.The colossal space rock, named 3200 Phaethon after a reckless Greek god, is the third-largest of its kind on record to fly by our planet.But there’s no need to cower under your beds because at its closest on Saturday, at 22:00 GMT, the asteroid will be around 6.4million miles away from our planet.That’s 27 times the distance between the Earth and the moon.This is the closest 3200 Phaethon has been to the planet since 1974 when it was five million miles away.Nasa will be using the opportunity to take incredibly detailed photographs of the giant rock.The space agency said: “With a diameter of about 5km, Phaethon is the third largest near-Earth asteroid classified as ‘Potentially Hazardous’.“Phaethon will approach within 0.069 au of Earth on 2017 December 16 when it will be a strong radar imaging target at Goldstone … [Read more...] about Giant asteroid named 3200 Phaethon after a Greek god who almost destroyed the world to hurtle past Earth TOMORROW
THE Winter Fortnite update for Battle Royale mode on Xbox One, PS4 and PC is now live.But what does the update involve and what Christmas gear can you download in the patch?On December 14, the hit Epic Game title went offline in order for maintenance work to be undertaken ahead of the patch v.1.1.1 launch.Now the Fortnite and Battle Royale Winter update is live on PS4, Xbox One and PC.The official Fortnite Twitter account has just tweeted to say it’s now available to download.They tweeted: “The holiday update is live! Get festive with new skins, wintery weapons and snow filled Save the World missions! Stop reading this and get in game with your squad.”It typically takes 75 to 150 hours of play to unlock over 65 rewards by the end of the season.The game allows you to play any mission and earn Seasonal Gold, but can be used to bag seasonal items or see what is up for grabs in the weekly section.And you can now manage your storage with the global inventory, which can be … [Read more...] about What’s in the Fortnite Battle Royal update and does the winter patch include Christmas skins and gear?
GAME has rolled out a Christmas sale on some of the most popular gaming titles out right now.So if you’re still searching for some last minute presents it might be worth a look – as prices are much cheaper than they were this time last week.The sale includes titles such as Fifa 18, Overwatch, Destiny 2, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Assassin’s Creed Origins, Star Wars Battlefront 2, LA Noire and Call of Duty WWII.A range of accessories are also available at discounted rates.Christmas gifts 2017: The cheapest Xbox, PS4 and PC games you can buy including Call of Duty WWII, Assassin’s Creed and OverwatchMost of the offers in this sale are valid until December 27, however some of them will be running for longer. Check GAME’s official website for details.It’s also worth checking out Amazon at the moment as it’s got discounts on a wide range of games which can be found here.What the critics say about Destiny 2IGN: “Destiny … [Read more...] about Game Sale: Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch games prices slashed for Christmas including FIFA 18, Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed
XUR - the weapon and gift merchant of the Destiny world and Agent of the Nine - is a key part of the game and surfaces each weekend in different locations.If you've been building up your Legendary Shards in Destiny 2 then you need to find Xur so you can trade them for this weekend's goodies.Xur appears every week in a different location and sells a variety of wares.He is exceptionally elusive and only appears at the weekends, which means that he can be quite tricky to track down.Usually it was announced at 10am GMT where the mysterious merchant will be located but this has changed to 5pm GMT from now on.Players will want to make sure they stock up before he skips town - and this happens every Tuesday at 10am following the games' weekly reset.Last week Xur had the following:Prometheus Lens (Trace Rifle) -- 29 Legendary ShardsThe Dragon's Shadow (Hunter Chest Armor) -- 23 Legendary ShardsNezarec's Sin (Warlock Helmet) -- 23 Legendary ShardsMk. 44 Stand Asides (Titan Leg Armor) -- 23 … [Read more...] about Where is Xur in Destiny 2 from December 15-19? Bungie rules out the Patrol Zone of Mercury
EVERYONE knows the guys at Google love a good laugh. From their April Fools' gags to their ever changing Google Doodle, they are constantly showing off their lighter-side.But have you seen the latest Christmas theme? Or tried Googling some of their more well known Easter Eggs? Here's all you need to know...It's not just the shops and street lights which have had a festive make-over, it's Google too.If you search for "12 days of Christmas" - or any other Christmas-related term - the site will be transformed into a festive scene.The Christmas theme adds a green banner to the top of the page with a border of tea lights.Also featured on the advent motif are candy canes, a gingerbread man, a gingerbread house, cookies, candles, a glass of milk and a sprig of holly.Millions of Jews around the world are celebrating the start of Hanukkah, also known as Chanukah, by lighting a candle a day for eight days.And in honour of the festival, if you search for "Hanukkah" on Google you are in for a … [Read more...] about What are the Google Hanukkah and Christmas 2017 themes and what other Easter Eggs have there been previously?
POKEMON Go has recently released 50 Generation 3 Pokémon around the world for us to catch.Curiously, this also includes the humble Wurmple and its evolutions - but how do you get your worm to evolve into a Cascoon or a Silcoon? Here's what you need to know.In order to evolve your Wurmple you need to collect 12 Wurmple candy - it will then evolve into either a Cascoon or Silcoon.After collecting 50 more Wurmple candy, they evolve into a Dustox and Beautifly respectively.In a way this evolution is similar to Eevee's, although, ultimately it seems a little more difficult to track down exactly how to evolve your Pokémon into the evolution you prefer.The gender of your Wurmple does not effect its evolution and neither does the time of day.In Pokémon Go, Eevee's evolution into Flareon, Jolteon or Vaporeon could be determined by giving your Eevee the respective nickname.Unfortunately this is not the case with Wurmple and nicknames have no effect.At the moment it appears that … [Read more...] about Pokémon Go gen 3 update – how do you evolve Wurmple and is it like Eevee’s evolution?