Fully Charged: Meet the Snapchat of email, Sony PS4-ifies London’s skyline, and Sailfish OS phones hit the streets

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Sony transforms the London skyline in PlayStation 4 promotion

Sony transforms the London skyline in PlayStation 4 promotion

Sony transforms the London skyline in PlayStation 4 promotion

The PlayStation 4 hits the UK on 29th November, and to raise awareness of this fact among London’s normals Sony has given the South Bank’s iconic Oxo Tower a makeover. In place of the building’s red Oxo logo are currently four lights mirroring the classic PlayStation button labels: square, circle, cross and triangle. It’s the first time in the building’s 85-year history that the logo has been modified.

Jolla releases first batch of Sailfish OS smartphones

Jolla releases first batch of Sailfish OS smartphones

Jolla releases first batch of Sailfish OS smartphones

Finnish smartphone maker Jolla has announced that its first batch of Sailfish OS-based phones will go on sale on 27th November. There’ll only be 450 handsets made at first, all of which will be sold at a pop-up shop in Helsinki priced at €400 (£335). People who have pre-ordered the phone will have priority.

Spec-wise, the Jolla has a 960 x 540 4.5in screen, 8MP camera, dual-core Qualcomm CPU and 16GB of storage. Sailfish OS is based on the abortive Nokia MeeGo platform, and in addition to native software it can run Android apps. [Source: Electronista]

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SecretInk: email’s answer to Snapchat

SecretInk is a new computer app from PowerInbox that brings the self-destruction feature of Snapchat to email and SMS: after you send the message, it’s permanently deleted from the company’s servers. And if you’re scared of NSA snoopers accessing pre-read messages stored on the server, PowerInbox says not to worry: if they’re ever contacted by a government agency looking to sneak a peek, they’ll shut the service down straight away. [Source: CNET]

PlayStation 4 receives capital gunishment

This video will chill the bones of any PlayStation fanboy. In it, a man who is lucky enough to already have a PS4 ahead of the US launch chooses not to play Killzone: Shadow Fall in his living room but to kill the console at a shooting range – by blasting it with a .50 calibre Barrett sniper rifle. Ouch. What a waste of gigaflops.

Dr Who's back – and it's about time

In a bit of a treat for Doctor Who fans celebrating the show's 50th anniversary, the BBC has released The Night of the Doctor, a special mini-episode that's only available online. It features the return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor – a role he's only played on screen once before, in a TV movie way back in 1996. It's not the first time the BBC's trialled online-only broadcasts – several BBC Three shows have premiered on iPlayer – but it's certainly proved popular. A day after its launch, it's already racked up over a million views on YouTube and is the most popular show on the iPlayer. Perhaps a whole new series is in the offing?