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  • Sony’s SmartEyeglass Google Glass competitor is now available for pre-order

    Judging by the number of down votes received on its YouTube ad, Sony‘s attempt at filling that awkward void left by the lack of Google‘s augmented reality glasses seems to be a tough sell. Still, the Japanese electronics giant seems to be going forward while its vision of becoming the next facial computer leader will now be tested with the pre-orders for the SmartEyeglass developer edition device going live 10 March. According to the announcement, Sony also has its eyes set on the future of wearable devices and their diversifying use cases. It’s therefor introducing the product alongside the updated Software...

  • Huawei Ascend Mate7 available for South African pre-order through Cell C

    If you fancy shiny smartphones made in China, then Cell C is probably your best bet this month. The cellular network has announced that the beautiful Huawei Ascend Mate7 phablet will be available to pre-order on its network and will also be available in an exclusive finish Kanye and Kim can duly support — gold. The Dual SIM Amber Gold version is the more lavish version of Huawei‘s flagship, looking to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. From the offset, the deal is available for R449 per month for two years, but includes...

  • Apple’s virtual reality ambitions made clear thanks to new patent

    Ah Apple. The once-desktop computing company now jack-of-all-trades is sinking its leathery finger into its next big pie — virtual reality (VR). That’s right, cars isn’t quite enough for Cupertino as it has won a patent from the US Patent Office for what seems like an iPhone headset that’ll plunge its user into pools of virtual goodness. We’ve seen this particular play from Apple before though. While companies like Oculus take the initial risk in forging new audiences for new technologies, Apple waits, absorbs the zeitgeist and develops its own popular contraption. But it should be said, this “Head-Mounted Display...

  • Bye-bye passwords: Windows 10 now supports FIDO biometric authentication

    Passwords will be a thing of the past very soon, at least if Windows 10 has anything to say about them. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 — the company’s upcoming operating system — will support a new biometric identification and authentication standard, as laid out by the FIDO Alliance. It might sound like a pet food brand, but FIDO is instrumental in pushing the “passwords are a terrible idea” agenda to the world’s technology. The Alliance outlined its new standard in a few brief words back in December 2014: The specifications outline a new standard for devices, servers and client software, including browsers,...

  • Grifta ‘morphing gamepad’ is a customisable, modular gaming controller

    Gamepads are essential to gamers of both PC and console persuasions nowadays, providing better freedom of movement than the mouse and keyboard can provide. With that said, even the best controllers aren’t exactly geared to cater for individual styles, preferences or hand-shapes. A new Kickstarter campaign dubbed “Grifta” is out to change that. Grifta is a modular gaming controller that consists of three units — a left, a right and central connector — that can be used in unison as a complete gaming controller or separate from each other, like a fighter pilot. For the most part the Grifta aims to...

  • Mozilla’s Project Shumway looks to kill Adobe Flash Player for good

    If there’s one thing more annoying than advertisements in a web browsing experience, its Adobe’s awful Flash Player. The runtime is about as buggy as an entomologist’s laboratory and as slow as a slug on a sticky treadmill, but more and more companies are trying to find ways of making Flash obsolete once and for all. The latest is Mozilla. The latest Nightly build of the company’s Firefox web browser includes Project Shumway, a little bolt-on that allows the browser to run Flash-based content on web pages without the use of Flash, thus making the browser more secure and much, much...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It’s not a tech genre that’s about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that’s a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender — a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will — dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG’s naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • ‘Dying Light’ will likely get a lot more challenging come March

    Techland’s Dying Light, fit with its rage fits and extreme drop kits, has been billed as a little too easy for some. One particular chap decided that absolutely no weapons are needed to complete the game, which he duly demonstrated. But the Polish developer is about to address this issue in the best way possible: a free expansion pack dubbed “Hard Mode.” Yeah, and when something is labeled from the offset as “Hard Mode” you can imagine what impossible lengths the expansion pack to will go to kill its contenders. The mode will introduce more angry, bloodthirsty antagonists and more intense...

  • February Patch Tuesday: update causes boot loop, JASBUG addressed [update]

    Update: Microsoft has reissued KB3001652 and for the most part, it seems to be working. The initial release of the patch caused a continuous boot loop upon failed completion. New developments suggest that the reissued patch causes no untoward issues as yet. Thanks to Microsoft‘s new vulnerability disclosure policy, it has been a rather quiet-than-usual lead-up to this month’s Patch Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the day passed without movement from the Redmond tech giant. Microsoft issued a total of 56 security patches for vulnerabilities, with 41 addressing Internet Explorer holes, six rated as important and three as critical. One of these...

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