Stuff Office Cat's diary – 20/09/12

Games controllers, 3D Google maps and a souped-up Raspberry Pi? It can only be Stuff Office Cat's diary

3DS XL gains some weight

Office cat isn't surprised to see that a Circle Pad Pro add-on for the Nintendo 3DS has appeared in Japan. Single-paw analogue controls just don't cut it when precision is required, so this is a welcome (albeit chunky) addition to the 3DS XL's arsenal. Next stop, Rainbow Road. The big question: why didn't Nintendo just stick the extra circle pad on the 3DS XL in the first place? It's not as if it wasn't big enough.

Source: Joystiq

Read Stuff's Nintendo 3DS XL review

The resourceful tinkerers behind the Raspberry Pi have managed to boost its performance by 50 per cent without resorting to speed holes or fancy spoilers. Just download the newest firmware update, let the overclocking work its magic and enjoy your micro-computer at its new best. Office Cat recommends you check out the current issue of Stuff magazine for some fun Raspberry Pi hacks.

Source: Engadget

Read Stuff's Raspberry Pi review

MOGA's Android gaming controller gets priced

PowerA's MOGA games controller for Android has been slapped with a US$50 price tag and will hit shelves in October. It should hopefully answer the prayers of all touchscreen-hating gamers, although Office Cat is still waiting on confirmation as to when it will hit UK shores.

Source: The Verge

Google Maps goes 3D

Office Cat can't help but feel that the Big G's new 3D map mode as part of Google Maps' latest Android update is more than a mere coincidence. It might not be as pretty as Apple's implementation but judging by the iPhone 5's early teething troubles with iOS 6's Maps app, Office Cat can only welcome the competition.

Source: TechRadar

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