Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Serrels lives with the Xbox, artist creates stop-motion Blade Runner movie with 12,000 paintings, get a free six-week trial of Quickflix from Amazon, the latest cosplay talent strut their stuff.
- The Xbox One is out this week, and Kotaku’s Mark Serrels has been reviewing it ahead of the launch. See why he keeps comparing it to a bad date with his wife here.
- Quickflix is currently offering a free six-week trial to anyone who downloads its new Android streaming app from the Amazon App Store. “We’ll be extending an invitation to all Amazon Appstore and Kindle Fire customers to receive a special six weeks free streaming subscription trial including a bonus new release movie stream,” Quickflix’s CEO Stephen Langsford explained in a statement. To get the deal, click here.
- Yes, it’s another cosplay gallery, courtesy of Kotaku. (Old school gamers will definitely appreciate the Final Fight Poison/Billy pic.)
- AVG AntiVirus Pro for Android Tablets has been updated with a ‘Camera Trap’ and SIM lock feature. Much like the standalone Lockwatch app, Camera Trap takes a photo of anyone who tries to override your password using the tablet’s camera. This photo will then be emailed to the address you’ve registered with the Anti-Theft service. SIM Lock will automatically lock your tablet when your SIM card is replaced. Prices start at $12.79 but you can get a free 14-day trial by downloading the free version of the app.
- Microsoft has updated its SmartGlass app to coincide with the launch of the Xbox One, which hits Australian stores this week. There are three new areas in the Xbox SmartGlass app which are designed to get you familiar with some of the new features of Xbox One: Achievements and Challenges, Friends, and Pins. The app is available for Windows Phone, Android and iOS. To learn more, head to Microsoft’s Xbox Wire page.
- If you think your PC gaming rig is pretty powerful, think again: PC Gamer has released a video showing off its latest build. The foundation of the rig are four NVIDIA GTX Titan graphic cards which retail for over $1000 each. But will it be able to handle Crysis 4?
- Swedish artist Anders Ramsell created 12,597 individual watercolour paintings of the 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner. He then stitched them together on video to create a 35-minute “paraphrasing” of the movie. The results feel like the hazy, half-remembered dream of a replicant. Click here to be amazed.