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  • Powering ‘The Internet of Things’ using ant-sized radio chips

    Researchers at Stanford have developed a radio the size of an ant that can transmit and receive radio signals the team hopes will someday wirelessly power and connect every object and device in the world. The device costs pennies to make and can even harness its own energy collected from incoming electromagnetic waves picked up by the chip’s tiny receiver. The three year project started in 2011 when Amin Arbabian, who is now an assistant professor of electrical engineering, was a PhD student working with Professor Ali Niknejad, director of the Wireless Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Amin was...

  • Shadowgate review: retro rebirth

    There is a place nestled in the walls of Gatekeeper Mountain, a fortress riddled with arcane mysteries and myths. It is surrounded by the whispers of death and feeds on the fear of men. This place is the great Castle Shadowgate of the planet Tyragon. If you ever dare enter through its doors, be ready to be engulfed within a plethora of mind-bending puzzles that will leave you hopeless and in certain unforgiving times, in mocking pitch black darkness. The original Shadowgate was released on Macintosh in 1987 (and later on the Nintendo Entertainment System) as part of the MacVenture...

  • Mojang sells itself to Microsoft for $2.5-billion, and here’s the reason why (besides money)

    It’s official. After what feels like weeks of speculation, both Mojang and its new owner Microsoft has admitted this: that Minecraft is now officially a Microsoft product. The move doesn’t quite come as a surprise though. Since its launch in 2009, Minecraft has become one of the biggest PC games ever, amassing over 100-million sales and raking in close to half a million dollars daily. So why on Earth would anyone want to sell such a mega-success? According to Mojang’s official site, the game with its runaway success was just too much for Markus “Notch” Persson (Minecraft’s creator and majority shareholder) to...

  • Arctic blue ‘Holiday Value Bundle’ 500GB Xbox 360 E costs $250, includes Call of Duty: Ghosts and Black Ops II

    There’s a lot of life left in the ol’ Xbox 360. Games like Skyrim, Devil May Cry, Mass Effect 2 and Destiny are some of the pinnacles of this last-generation console, so it makes sense that Microsoft would release some special bundles this holiday season. “These new bundles for holiday shoppers, new lower price points and new special edition blue console are sure to delight gamers young and old this holiday.” says an incredibly enthusiastic Microsoft press release. While the new consoles are currently dominating the market, the promise of a 500GB console with two games for US$249 is...

  • Bionic biospleen uses nanotechnology to eradicate bloodborne diseases

    Bionic organs and 3d-printed bones are nothing new, but researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have developed a synthetic “biospleen” that can filter the body’s blood and thus rid it of infections, and possibly, nullify diseases like Ebola. The spleen, at least naturally, is the primary blood-filtering organ, removing old or tainted blood cells, recycling iron and creating white blood cells — the soldiers of the body. The study, recently published in Nature Medicine journal, lauds the new technology, suggesting that it can filter potentially-killer diseases like Ebola. Even when not challenged by a life-threatening illness, it paves the way for treatment...

  • GTA V for PC launches 27 January 2015, Rockstar has new trailer to prove it

    Update: And here’s the trailer “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip”, captured on PS4. The press release just landed in our mailboxes, hand-delivered in blood. GTA V for PC, PS4 and Xbox One has a release date. The PC version launches 27 January 2015, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gets a 18 November 2014 release. According to Rockstar, there’s also going to be a brand-new trailer landing at 3PM CAT (9AM EST) on the official GTA V site. According to Rockstar, “major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever.” This includes...

  • Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value

    We have yet another “budget smartphone” on our testing table. While the big manufacturers squabble among themselves to fit unnecessarily detailed screens and wildlife photography-capable cameras into 5″ bars of soap, the other half of the industry is hell-bent on producing that killer yet extremely cheap smartphone. The recent spate of low cost devices haven’t set hearts aflutter, but they have opened new possibilities for first time smartphone buyers looking to access the internet’s Giving Tree. Vodacom, one of South Africa’s cellular networks, has launched the Smart Kicka — the latest minnow device hitting the South African market — and while...

  • With a PS4 gamepad and DS4 to Xinput wrapper, the console vs PC arguments are officially over

    How do you nullify the console versus PC debates? By combining the best of both worlds: a gaming PC with a PS4 gamepad. While the PS4 may be a bit of a paperweight these days (except for the lush Destiny), it has one of the best controllers yet invented. But getting it to work as a gaming controller for the PC is a mission onto itself. Simply connecting the PS4 to a computer via USB will install the PS4 drivers, but as many of you have found out, most games won’t work with Sony’s wunder-controller. What does work on...

  • 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...

  • The Internet of Toilets tweets and tracks water usage with every flush

    In Planet Toilet, one toilet reigns supreme above all others. Not only can it perform its usual toilet duties but it also tweets it. Thomas Ruecker, an engineer from Finland, got the idea from his former boss after he was retrenched from his job. Taneli Tikka, his former boss, tweeted “Silly sensor IoT question: does anybody know about “smart toilets & sinks” something that measure liquid flow? # of flushes? etc. :)” The loToilet tracks water usage with every flush and then tweets it from its Twitter handle @IoToilets. The device is capable of precise measurements, but the Twitter handle, as...