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  • Acer Liquid S2 has 6″ display, records in 4K

    Acer isn’t that well-known for its phones. But it will be if the Liquid S2 becomes an overnight success. What Acer wants to provide is an LTE phone running Android 4.2.2 with a 13MP camera, a 6-inch IPS screen with 368PPI and a recording resolution of 4K. Yup, it’s the “world’s first” Android smartphone with a 4K video-recorder, says Acer. The 4K recording is the feature Acer’s keen on highlighting, but this is a top-end phone with very beefy specs. The Acer press release (as seen on Engadget) places 4K first yet the display is astounding enough to warrant a...

  • Ubuntu Edge fails to reach funding goal, Mark Shuttleworth still happy

    We’d like to say that the ambitious Ubuntu Edge, a dual-booting Android and Ubuntu smartphone, reached its US$32-million crowdfunding goal. And we’d like to say that we’ll be enjoying said phone some time in the future, but without funding the Edge will never see the light of day. Today, the Ubuntu Edge missed its funding goal, reaching only US$12 809 906 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Mark Shuttleworth took to the campaign page, thanking the Edge’s supporters for their cash injection. Ubuntu Edge was going to be the “next generation of personal computing”. Now it’s just vaporware. One of its standout...

  • 10 ways to automate your online life with IFTTT

    If This Then That (IFTTT) is a site and a recent iOS app that lets you move information from point A to point B. It connects different channels and sites like Facebook, Gmail and Dropbox, so that a certain action or “trigger” on one site results in a reaction on another. These “recipes” are then used so that you can increase productivity and efficiency on the web. There are currently 67 channels available — leaving room for massive experimentation in the future. Being young and quite new, web automation tools uses basic syntax so any non-programmer can hack their web...

  • Snailboy to slide, slap and slither to your smartphone soon

    No offence to lispers out there but the headline goes for good alliteration and is also fitting with the company behind this game’s name — Thoopid. It’s kind of like “stupid” but with a “thhh” sound. The company’s name is as quirky as its new upcoming game called Snailboy: An Epic Adventure. This South African-produced mobile game will let you bounce around in an arcade-like magical garden experience with a deceptively agile snail. A shell-less snail to be exact. Why is he all naked, you wonder? Well, these precious shells apparently got stolen from him by an evil Shadow...

  • 7 apps your creepy stalker could be using right now

    Cyberstalking is an invasion of privacy, a terrible outlet for some desperate individuals and above of all, a crime. Those who use the internet to track and harass others are a cowardly lot, and because of rapid advances in location-based technologies, stalking innocent users online is a scarily easy affair. The most popular apps we use such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many more can be used by others to follow you. Apps such as the ones listed below. Please note that we are in no way advocating stalking or will teach anyone how to hack into other users devices....

  • Pizza Hut Xbox app removes all reason to leave couch

    This could be awesome for a LAN or Xbox Live gathering online. It’s a Pizza Hut app for your Xbox that lets you order tasty pizzas using hand gestures or voice commands straight from your living room. If you thought the app that let’s you create your own pizza on your smartphone, or the one that lets you find one of the 9 000 pizzerias in New York were great, then this will blow your mind. This new Kinect-integrated feature by Pizza Hut app is for those intrepid couch potatoes out there seeking new and interesting ways getting their...

  • Become a Ghostbuster with these 8 paranormal apps

    Ghost hunting is the next big phenomenon, to the point where it’s become even more popular than zombies. A lot of paranormal fans are definitely interested in creating their own ghost tracking teams, so if you have the fever and aren’t afraid of ghosts, who you gonna call? Don’t call anyone, just download these apps on your phone. Please note that the apps are a combination of iOS and Android. Ghosthunting Toolkit For US$3.99, you get a lot of busting for your buck with this app. You’ll feel ready to join the ranks of famous ghost hunters, from Dr. Peter Venkman...

  • China to launch ‘Smartisan’ a new and heavily revamped Android OS

    When it comes to mobile OSes, we’re seemingly stuck in the past. Smartisan wants to shake this all up, with a “more appealing look, enhanced icons, a smaller four-by-three grid and hundreds of other simple modifications,” according to Engadget. There’s a very in-depth look into Smartisan, a two-hour video in fact that can be viewed below: A brief history: Smartisan was developed by Luo Yonghao, a well-known Chinese blogger, entrepreneur and consumer advocate. Yonghao said that Smartisan would “shame all manufacturers with its revolutionary user experience”. Let’s see if his prediction came true. As for the name, Yonghao changed it...

  • 5 top apps every working stiff should download

    Part of being an employee means that you’re expected to show up on time, dress neatly and use your skills and abilities to make a meaningful contribution to the company that pays your salary, which in turn, allows you to lead the life that you do everyday and not end up on the street. To increase the quality of that life (and your distance from the street), you need to constantly be learning, developing efficiencies that allow you to do more in less time, so that you can take on more responsibility and get paid more by your employer....

  • Firefox OS for mobile gathers speed [CES]

    As mobile computing rolls into ever unknown and exciting futures, Firefox steps up and delivers a decent look at its upcoming mobile OS. Mozilla Firefox is not going to just sit by and watch, and as reported last year, Firefox’s attempt at a mobile OS is turning into more than just another way to play on your smartphone. At CES 2013 it plans to show how the OS will change the way...