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Grand Theft Auto V has topped a poll to reveal the UK’s favourite video games, according to new research by the UK’s largest independent tech retailer Ebuyer.

The research, conducted though YouGov Profiles, surveyed 279,725 UK adults to find out which video games they most enjoyed playing, and which genre was most popular among the gaming community. The research revealed that nearly 40% of the nation regularly play video games.

The Grand Theft Auto series dominated the list, with the V, IV and San Andreas versions all appearing in the top five. Post-apocalyptic role playing game Fallout 4 took second place, with FIFA 15 taking the fourth spot.

The nation’s top 20 video games, ranked by popularity, are:

  • Grand Theft Auto V  
  • Fallout 4 
  • Grand Theft Auto IV  
  • FIFA 15  
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Destiny  
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
  • Minecraft  
  • Far Cry 4  
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Mario Kart Wii  
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim  
  • Doom  
  • Football Manager 2015  
  • The Sims 4  
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2  
  • The Sims  
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 
  • Assassin's Creed 
  • Assassin's Creed II

Action and adventure, like Assassin's Creed and God of War, was the most popular genre of video game, with 15% naming it as their top style of video game, followed by driving, fighting or shooting games, such as Grand Theft Auto and Mafia (13%) and first person shooter games, such as Call of Duty and Halo (12%). Platform games (10%), such as Little Big Planet or Mario, and sports games (9%), like FIFA or NBA 2K, complete the top five.

When it comes to the console of choice, Nintendo Wii holds the crown, with 17% of the nation either owning or having access to play on one. Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox 360 were also popular choices, both receiving 14% of the vote. The research also revealed that nearly 20% of the nation play video games on their smartphone at least once a month.

Stephen James, Gaming Marketing Manager at Ebuyer said: “Grand Theft Auto V has the accolade of being named one of the best games ever designed, so it is no surprise that the nation have voted it their favourite video game. We were surprised to see that some of the classic titles, such as Tomb Raider, were pipped to the post by more recent entrants to the market, but the results just show how much the improved graphics, technology and developed storylines we have seen from recent video games resonate with the gaming community.”

 

A host of tech talent was on show at the first Digital Apprenticeship Expo in Haringey this week.

The council, in partnership with Ada, National College for Digital Skills, kicked off National Apprenticeship Week with a showcase of some of the opportunities available in the digital sector, held at Ada’s campus in Tottenham Hale.

Top employers from around the country attended the event, with a wealth information about their apprenticeship schemes.

The highlight of the event was a panel discussion and Q&A facilitated by Ana Herrera, Director of HR and Careers for Ada and featuring representatives from apprenticeship employers IG, Deloitte, EY, and Google.

Cllr Joe Goldberg, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Social Inclusion and Sustainability, said:

“It was fantastic to be able to partner with Ada for this exciting event. There is a wealth of untapped digital talent in Haringey and events such as this show people what great opportunities are available to them. Hopefully there will be many more events which help to set young people in Haringey on the right path for top-flight careers in the digital sector.”

Amy Fowler, Head of External Relations at Ada said:

"We were excited to host this showcase for digital apprenticeships, bringing together fantastic industry partners with prospective apprentices from across London. At Ada we are passionate about exposing students to the broad range of careers and companies they could access with an apprenticeship and showing industry the immense benefit apprentices bring. We're proud to be at the forefront of connecting talented young people to great quality careers in the digital sector and events like this one for National Apprenticeship Week help demonstrate that commitment."

Gemma Donnely, Future Talent Manager at IG said:

"This is a great opportunity to showcase our business to people who will soon be taking their first steps into the technology sector. It offers us a chance to tell these people all about IG's apprentice scheme, and helps us shape the thinking of schools so that students are better informed about their options, with hopefully more schools and students considering apprenticeships as a route to a great career."

Ground-breaking solar technology, ‘Google’s Project Sunroof’, is being made available to residents in Britain for the first time, thanks to a partnership between E.ON, Google and software provider Tetraeder. Project Sunroof from Google is an easy-to-use online tool which allows homeowners to calculate the savings they could make by installing solar technology in their homes.

As the first energy supplier to offer a personalised solar savings estimator in Britain, E.ON is giving homeowners the opportunity to take power into their own hands and get the detailed information they need to make informed decisions about whether solar technology could be a viable option for them. This initiative supports the UK’s target to produce 30% renewable energy by 2020.

E.ON is committed to providing smarter, sustainable solutions for its customers. The innovative Project Sunroof tool uses Google Earth, Google Maps and Machine Learning to estimate how much solar potential a house has by examining the property’s surroundings, weather data, sun positioning, and roof area/angle. Believed to be the most advanced technology of its kind, the tool can even assess the impact of shade from a single tree on the solar output potential of a particular property.

Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK said: “Last year, we successfully launched Google’s Project Sunroof in Germany and we’re delighted to bring this exciting new technology to British homeowners too. At E.ON, we’re aiming to create a better tomorrow by offering customers smarter, innovative solutions like Google’s Project Sunroof and Solar and Storage, our solar PV and battery offering.

“The launch of Project Sunroof is also part of our ongoing efforts to bring fresh digital solutions to market for the benefit of our customers. We’re proud to be the first company, working with Google and Tetraeder, to launch Project Sunroof – a service which is easy to use and highly effective in giving people the in-depth and personalised information they need to make well-informed decisions about whether solar technology is the right solution for them.”

Homeowners in certain regions can now visit eon-solar.co.uk to use Google’s Project Sunroof to learn about the solar potential for their home. The tool not only calculates potential cost savings quickly, it also allows people to sign up and begin their solar panel installation process.

People who take E.ON Solar and Storage could make significant savings on their electricity bills as well as earning money through the FiT scheme. Together this could save and earn typical customers £630 a year.

Nicole Lombardo, Business Development & Partnerships of Google, said: “At Google, we’re deeply committed to sustainability and having a positive impact on the environment. We are excited to help people in the UK make more informed choices about installing solar panels on their rooftops and transition to renewable energy sources.”

Stephan Wilforth, Managing Director of Tetraeder, said: “Since the beginning of the 2010’s, we’ve been developing our own software for the most accurate and efficient forecast of solar yield on roofs to help calculate the cost-effectiveness of PV installations. Our goal is to give homeowners the best possible support when deciding on their own PV system. We are proud to be able to provide our outstanding technology in partnership with E.ON and Google for the British people.”

Research from The App Developers has discovered that whilst 58% of the population are worried about mobile Apps stealing personal data, they still went on to download as many as 100 paid apps each, over the course of 12 months.

Surprisingly 73% of respondents said that, despite being worried about their data, they would still only download free apps – which were far more likely to be monetised with targeted advertising or by capturing their data.

When asked about how they preferred to access premium content within free apps, more than a third of those worried about their data said they’d prefer to access premium content in exchange for being subjected to “un-skippable” in-app advertising, this compares with just 13% who preferred to pay for the content directly or as an upgrade cost.

Sam Furr, founder of The App Developers said: “Despite the fact that such a large concern exists, the public continue to download free apps in abundance, meaning that companies should make efforts to keep their apps free if they want to reach the largest possible audience”.

He goes on to say “Luckily, only a tiny minority of apps are capturing data with the intent to sell on, most will fall foul of the new GDPR rules, demonetising lots of the less trustworthy apps and allowing those to cut through the noise who genuinely add some value”.

New GDPR legalisation will mean hefty fines for those found in breach of data protection laws. Of those who have only downloaded 1-5 apps in the last 12 months, 67% admitted to being concerned about apps using their data for marketing purposes.

Comparatively, 69% of participants who have downloaded 51-100 apps in the last 12 months revealed they were content with handing over their personal information to apps. This could suggest app-addicts are unsure of the potential consequences of carelessly handing over their personal information, or are comfortable with the way their data could be used.

However, the overall perception of apps asking for personal information is negative, with 60% of participants being against it; meaning apps who request this might be unpopular to download.

Outright Games and Crayola, have announced a new partnership to create new video games for children of all ages. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC this fall.

“We are thrilled to partner with Crayola as they return to the video game space,” shares Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games. “Crayola’s drive to provide kids everywhere with relevant and imaginative virtual activities has been an inspiration to us. As we create entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy, we are excited to combine our expertise to develop a brand new way of experiencing creativity with Crayola.”

Warren Schorr, Vice President of Business Development and Global Licensing at Crayola says “At Crayola, we’re all about inspiring creativity through colour and innovative play experiences, and our partnership with Outright Games allows us to extend that passion to new and exciting areas.”

As bitterly cold temperatures hit the UK, we’re well prepared for shivering, being able to see our breath and generally being uncomfortable. But did you know you could have a much bigger problem - your iPhone getting so cold it stops working?

When your phone gets too cold, the results range from mildly annoying to truly concerning. On one end of the scale your phone might not be able to detect your touch on the screen, on the other, the battery of your handset will deplete much faster, and if it gets really cold it will just turn off altogether.

To shed some light on why this happens, phone recycling specialist Envirofone, has taken a look at the reasons why our iPhones seem to hate the cold as much as we do.

As it turns out, there is a technical reason behind the problem - the battery. All iPhones use a type of battery called Lithium-Ion, and while these battery types have their advantages they do not fare well in the cold.

With Apple stating that the iPhones and other iOS devices operate most efficiently when the ambient temperature is between 0ºC and 35º C, the iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions, such as extremely cold temperatures.

So, now we know that the cold is a real problem for our phones and not just a figment of our imagination, what can we do to stop it happening?

Do your battery - and hands - a favour in the bitter cold and keep them in pockets, avoiding exposing them to the cold unless absolutely necessary. We know it might be tempting to check your phone to distract yourself from the freezing conditions, but if you want to keep your phone working, those texts and Facebook notifications will have to wait.

If you haven’t already, ensure your iPhone also has a case - we wouldn’t dream of going out in the cold without a coat afterall.

Richard Mavers, director of group marketing and online strategy at Envirofone, said: “People often speculate about whether or not the cold really does affect the iPhone’s battery. Now we know it does, it is important to avoid subjecting your iPhone to extremely cold conditions. Minimise the use of your phone outside when temperatures drop, and keep it warm in a pocket or bag where possible.”