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  • Kano custom PC makes coding awesome for kids, technically-challenged adults

    We’ve probably all heard the term “square-eyes” passed around a lot back in the Nineties, when TV and computer screens were still boxes spurned from the bowels of the devil himself. But two decades on and children are now encouraged to use computers to learn as much as possible. Kano, a novel Kickstarter project, takes this one step further. Kano is a computer that, according to the developers, anyone can build, learn to code on and “create the future”. It’s largely aimed at kids who love things with screens and electricity, but its now available for everyone. Powered by the ubiquitous...

  • Watch this: Android Wear out, Windows 95 in

    When users booted into their Windows 95 desktops for the first time back in 1995, I imagine that there was quite an air of excitement in the room. Internet Explorer 1.0 came bundled with the OS for the first time, and at the dawn of the dial-up era, the internet was now finally a consumer possibility. Roll on 20 years, and technology has grown so voracious that Windows 95 can now run on a user’s wrist. This is both a product of technological folklore and mad science, but it is wholly possible to port Windows 95 to an Android Wear-based...

  • SanDisk’s new 512GB SD card is ‘world’s highest capacity’ but costs $800

    Just a few years ago, a 1GB SD card was considered large. Recently, 256GBGB SD cards were shown to the world and lauded, but now it’s safe to say it’s nowhere near the largest capacity available for the form factor. SanDisk, the American flash-memory manufacturer has announced a card offering the user 512GB of unadulterated storage. The latest addition to the “Extreme Pro” SDXC grade can top speeds of 95MB/s — which is quite dim considering other products, but unlike those, the card offers double the storage previously conceived. And on that note, the conceivable limit of these cards is...

  • Considering DDR4 RAM? Rather stick to DDR3… for now

    For all those who just built a new PC, unfortunately for you, DDR4 RAM is just around the corner. While DDR3 will be with us for a decent amount of time yet, the latest standard is just a few weeks away from release and enthusiasts are getting excited. DDR3 — the outgoing standard of DRAM — operates at both a higher voltage (using more power and producing more heat) than DDR4, while attaining lower clock speeds in the process (negative), but also lower timings (positive). DDR4 can also utilise quad memory channels — allowing for four communication streams between the...

  • Enter the lag-killer: Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury ‘world’s fastest mouse ever’

    The mouse is the computer gamer’s quintessential peripheral. More often than not, a slight lag in response could mean the difference between a record-shattering killstreak or a suicide mission. Enter Logitech’s answer to lag — the G402 Hyperion Fury — the world’s “fastest gaming mouse ever.” The mouse embodies Logitech’s peripheral’s distinct design language, looking more like a tiny Transformer than a cursor controller. It can track at over 12 metres per second, which for first-person shooter enthusiasts with Spiderman-like reactions, is a goldmine. Logitech lauds the device as a peripheral bar none: “Its light weight design, combined with the precision...

  • Sweetened Raspberry Pi B+ features four USB ports, lower power drain

    Coming under increased pressure from the likes of the BeagleBone and the HummingBoard in the battle of the micro-computers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a refreshed model dubbed the “Model B+”. The original Model B has been roaming the wild for a good two years now without so much as a change of clothes, but finally the Cambridgeshire-based firm has pushed what it deems “the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi.” For those expecting a beefier hardware upgrade, cue disappointment. Although it will remain at a highly competitive US$35, the Model B+ now features double the USB ports, a...

  • Hollywood-inspired US Military project developing ‘Iron Man’ supersuit

    In a move that’ll make Marvel fanboys squeal with delight and others sigh in utter disbelief, the US government is reportedly recruiting the help of Hollywood special effects masters to build a fully functioning Iron Man-like suit. Legacy Effects, the special effects team that brought the world cinematic marvels like Pacific Rim, Life of Pi and Iron Man among others, has been hired by the US Military to co-develop what is dubbed Project TALOS (or Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit). It doesn’t sound quite as cool as Iron Man, unfortunately. A measly budget of US$80-million has been allocated — which...

  • This ingenious device lets you send scents and odours from your iPhone

    If the world thought constant uploads of meals to the internet was a thing of the past, they may soon have to deal with more than just pictures. Cambridge-based start up Vapor Communications, has developed the oPhone, a device that literally allows its users to receive photographs with odours. The unique project this week launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, with inventors David Edwards and Rachel Field yesterday sending the first scent message across the Atlantic. The device is available to early backers for US$149. The oPhone reproduces scents tagged in an image sent from the device’s iPhone app – oSnap. Eight...

  • Parrot’s Bebop drone features virtual reality Oculus ‘Skycontroller’

    Parrot, the French manufacturer behind the AR Drone range, has unveiled its latest flyer, the adorably-named Bebop. The hand-sized red and black drone is equipped with a full HD, fully movable 14MP camera with a 180° viewing field, a GPS that allows self-adjusted hover mode without the need for user control, and 8GB storage. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the battery life is an inadequate 12 minutes. But the real kicker is the controller. Parrot allows consumers the option of a wireless Oculus Rift unit called the “Skycontroller.” It’s an impressive piece of kit. The First Person View glasses (the...

  • Air-doodling LIX 3D pen shatters Kickstarter funding goal

    3D printing technology has taken off in a big way recently. Last year, the world saw the first useful 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler. It set Kickstarter alight by reaching its target four hours after its launch, and raised over US$2.3-million in total. A year later, London-based startup Lix has seen its rendition of a 3D pen completely funded just two hours into its own campaign. Just like the 3Doodler, Lix’s 3D pen allows the user to draw multidimensional works of art, by and melting and manipulating ABS or PLA plastic. The heated material is fed through the device’s internal mechanism,...