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  • Windows 10 SDK now available for crafting universal apps

    Developers can now start building universal apps for Microsoft‘s Windows 10 operating system, as the company released the Windows 10 SDK. The SDK will allow developers to craft apps across the entire Windows 10 spectrum, from smartphones to tablets, computers and the Xbox platform. The first SDK will allow developers to scale apps to screen sizes and polish both touch and pointing device interactions. Windows 10 will effectively be the launchpad for all Windows and Microsoft branded devices going forward, with the OS spanning an incredibly wide range of usage cases and implementations. The SDK will allow developers to leverage this, and...

  • Android Lollipop’s ‘on-body detection’ smartlock seems slightly useful

    While reducing bulk may be one of Android Lollipop‘s objectives, Google is adding features to the latest version of Android that’s finally making it onto devices. The new on-body detection is a form of lock mode that allows the phone to sense its surroundings and react accordingly. Does it sound cool? Yes indeed. Is it any more useful than longer battery life? No. Essentially, the system uses the phone’s built in accelerometer to detect whether or not the device is on your person or in your hand. While the device is moving (sensing subtle movements of your body), it will...

  • Carbon3D liquid resin 3D printer is seriously fast, and cool

    Joseph DeSimone recently led a TED Talk about a new 3D printing method that’s 25 to 100 times faster than traditional 3D printing alternatives. DeSimone explains that most 3D printing is really 2D printing that creates multiple 2D layers to produce a 3D effect, and suggests that a new liquid resin 3D printer could boost the technology in a number of ways. DeSimone and his Carbon3D Silicon Valley team were inspired by the liquid metal based T-1000 type of Terminator featured in Terminator 2. DeSimone and his team decided to use their expertise in chemistry to make the cinematic process a reality. DeSimone asserts...

  • Samsung wants to shove 128GB storage chips into budget smartphones

    Samsung has announced its new 128GB eMMC storage chip, which will look to bring cheaper, denser storage to affordable smartphones in the future. The company notes that its “value-focused” chip will be “targeted at the smartphone and tablet mass markets,” which could see the price of storage in these devices plunge as a result. Dr. Jung-Bae Lee, SVR of Samsung’s memory and applications team, suggests that the move was made to keep ahead of the demand curve. With the introduction of our value-focused, 3-bit NAND-based eMMC 5.0 line-up, we expect to take the lead in the expansion of high-density mobile storage. ...

  • Tag Heuer partners with Intel, Google on Apple-slaying smartwatch

    Tag Heuer, you know, that luxury watch brand specialising in crafting traditional timepieces, is divebombing into the smartwatch swimming pool thanks to a firm hand on the back by Apple. After the Cupertino company launched its Apple Watch a few weeks ago, and Swatch announced that it will fit its timepieces with NFC chips, Tag Heuer has confirmed that it too will be sending its chronographs to smartwatch school, but with one important exception — it will aim to keep its smartwatches’ aesthetics as close to those of the originals. The watch will be powered by an Intel chipset, which is...

  • Nvidia GTX Titan X could restart a planet with GM200 core, 12GB VRAM [update]

    Update: South African prices have been released for the MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte GTX Titan X. The prices you ask? Well, they range between R16 999 and R18 999, with the EVGA GTX Titan X OC edition leading the line in terms of price. Nvidia has been faffing around with other things this year, namely shoving mobile computing chips in cars at CES 2015, and announcing Android consoles in the form of the Shield at GDC 2015, but thankfully the company hasn’t forgotten how to make insane graphics cards. The Nvidia GTX Titan X is the latest flagship in the...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

  • Meet PiKasa: the Cape Town-based all-in-one Raspberry Pi computer [update]

    Update: The PiKasa Indiegogo campaign is officially up and running. The company is looking for US$25 000 to fund the project. Have a look at the campaign here. We’ve sung the Raspberry Pi‘s praises many times. It’s a wonderfully reliable, practical, and cheap computer with just enough power for a broad range of applications. They double up as great media players too, or consoles for those old emulated games. But what about more practical uses? What if you want to use the Raspberry Pi as a full-blown all-in-one computer? Cape Town-based firm, The Content Company, has crafted a Raspberry Pi housing...

  • Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge now available to pre-order in South Africa

    Samsung‘s starlit duo, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, are now both available to pre-order in South Africa. Both phones will also launch in South Africa on 10 April, through MTN and Vodacom. “For a limited time only,” the company notes, “Samsung is offering those who pre-order the Galaxy S6 or S6 edge, a free wireless charging pad – the ultimate accessory for the handset,” to ultimately boast one of its most promising features. The phones are compatible with two of the most frequently used wireless charging technologies, but wireless charging as a whole, is still in...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple‘s staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android‘s Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, “people familiar with the matter” noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple’s and Google’s prized operating systems. But this doesn’t quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more “advanced” version of Cortana to rival Apple’s Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company’s research division...

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