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Fully Charged: F1 to hit new-gen consoles (but not yet), Amazon’s big free app bundle, and Monarch’s mobile in-flight entertainment offering

It’s almost the weekend - don’t begin Friday without the latest tech tidbits. UPDATE: Now with 100% more Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt shows off his Spaceship


Chris Pratt gives Guardians of the Galaxy fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Milano spaceship. We’re remodelling our house to match its interior as we speak.

If only we could remodel ourselves to look like Chris Pratt too…

Codemasters reveals two new F1 games

The Formula One simulation franchise isn’t quite ready to make the new-gen leap, so Codemasters yesterday announced plans to launch F1 2014 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC on 17 October.

F1 2014 ought to build upon the winning formula of recent entries, and it’ll add the new turbocharged vehicles, along with fresh circuits and the like. Codemasters also says that it will strive for accessibility with an added driver evaluation system that tweaks difficulty settings, plus improved handling with a gamepad.

When 2015 rolls around, the publisher will be ready to make the new-gen leap onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (also PC again) with a brand new game, which is pegged to launch earlier in the F1 season (which begins in March) than usual. Something for now, something for later. Good call.

[Source: Codemasters]

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Amazon’s free £100 self-improvement app bundle – get it today!


Want 29 apps worth a total of £100+ for nothing? That’s the bargain offered by Amazon this week for Android and Kindle Fire devices, as the Summer Self-Improvement Bundle for the Body & Mind offers a wide array of apps and games for no money at all – but today’s the last day to take advantage of it.

You’ll find everything from productivity apps (Docs to Go Premium, PDF Max) to fitness aids (Daily Workouts, Food Diary and Calorie Tracker PRO) and even great games (Carcassonne, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing), and the apps can be snagged separately if you don’t want everything. Hit the link below to see the full list and start loading up your device.

[Source: Amazon]

READ MORE: Amazon Fire Phone preview

Monarch launches in-flight entertainment via your phone/tablet

Monarch MPlayer

Rather than pack its planes full of screens, Monarch has announced the launch of the MPlayer in-flight entertainment system, which allows you to download an iOS or Android app and wirelessly tap into the carrier’s media offerings when onboard.

For a per-flight fee of £3.99, you’ll be able to access a selection of major films, dozens of episodes of BBC Worldwide programmes, and 50+ albums from top artists new and old. Free digital magazines are also available for those not eager to spend.

MPlayer is available now on six of Monarch’s planes, and will expand out to the entire fleet by the end of the year. Paired with the carrier’s recent new ergonomic, non-reclining seats – which feature a tablet-holding slit on the back – Monarch will hopefully keep fliers both comfortable and entertained.

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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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Video games, gadgets, apps, smart home