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  • TrackTag shatters Kickstarter funding goal by fivefold in first few days

    There are some deliciously interesting tech ideas on Kickstarter but often the most successful projects are the most simple or the ones that solve mundane day-to-day problems. Backers clearly lose things more often than not if the TrackTag‘s overnight popularity is a gauge. Funding out of Copenhagen, Denmark, but based in the Indian city of Pune, the company known as TrackTags is making a splash on the crowdfunding platform. In just a few days, the project has already amassed around five times its initial goal. It’s promising growth, but it isn’t a device or a concept that hasn’t been thought...

  • Boston Dynamics’ latest robot ‘Spot’ moves like Bambi

    The robot apocalypse is (probably) coming, and no we’re not quite joking. Okay, perhaps we are, but consider how ridiculously slick and advanced robotic technologies have become over the last few years. Google’s 2013 acquisition, Boston Dynamics, is at the forefront of this push, and scaring Elon Musk into the fetal position every night. If you are indeed Mr. Musk, you should look away now. Boston Dynamics has moved one step beyond its Usain Bolt-slaying Cheetah robot by introducing “Spot“, a self-leveling, kickable robot modeled on the company’s larger BigDog quadruped. It, however, reminds us more of Bambi than a dog. This...

  • Acer Iconia Tab 8 review-in-brief: pretty but pretty soulless

    I enjoy getting gadgets to test for predetermined periods of time. Some I wish I could keep to dress in baby clothes and tuck them in at night. Others I want to toss in a fire and never hear from them again, unless its the crackle and sizzle of burning plastic. The Acer Iconia Tab 8 is neither one of these, but that doesn’t make it an exciting prospect either. As I recently pointed out in my Huawei MediaPad 10 Link+ review, the tablet genre is a tad stale, and no one (except perhaps Lenovo) is willing to change this. Acer is...

  • Ubuntu Phone is finally here thanks to BQ Aquaris ‘Ubuntu Edition’

    Ubuntu Phone, Canonical’s smartphone OS, is something the technology world has been waiting for for the best part of two years now that hasn’t made much of a squeak at all. But now, finally, Canonical and hardware manufacturer BQ will release the first consumer-ready handset sporting Ubuntu Phone in Europe this coming week. Although the device’s specs are nothing to get excited about, the promise of another competitor to the iOS, Android, Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10) and BlackBerry 10 OS brigade cannot be a bad thing for consumers. The actual device — BQ Aquaris E4.5 “Ubuntu Edition” —...

  • ‘The Legend of Zelda’ live action TV series coming to Netflix, report suggests

    Here’s some news that die-hard Nintendo fans will either love or loathe. In a joint project between the streaming content company Netflix and the Kyoto gaming giant, The Legend of Zelda franchise could soon find its way onto television screens in the near future, but not as a game, as an original series. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo and Netflix are looking to bring a “Game of Thrones” type series to family audiences. The series plot will allegedly follow the standard adventures of protagonist Link on his usual quest to find and rescue Princess Zelda...

  • BIOSTAR Gaming Z97X is company’s latest flagship, feature packed board

    BIOSTAR, Taiwan-based silicon producers, has launched its latest motherboard based on the Z97 chipset, dubbed the Gaming Z97X. You’re probably wondering why a new Z97 board makes any difference to the world we live in, but frankly, Intel’s enthusiast-orientated X99 chipset still requires some monumentally expensive components. DDR4 RAM, X99 motherboards and Intel Haswell-E CPUs can easily lay waste to a wallet. Z97 chipsets are currently the benchmark for sensible gamers and builders, especially if overclocking is a primary objective. The BIOSTAR Gaming Z97X is an ATX board with an Intel Socket 1150, USB 3.1 support, three PCI Express 3.0 x16...

  • ‘White Night’, ‘Life Is Strange’ and Liam Neeson: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? The first week of February has come and gone like a scolded cat, but what a month we’re in store for. And what a video roundup you’re in store for today. Featured videos include the newly released trailer for White Night, a game that’s bringing high contrast animation into the modern PS4 era. Additionally, we have gameplay flicks from the upcoming PS4 exclusive Bloodborne, the multiplatform cops-and-robbers shooter Battlefield Hardline. To top it off,...

  • Hands on with the Hisense H6 smartphone and Sero 8 Pro tablet

    Something interesting happens when technology starts to become so ubiquitous that we can’t imagine living without it: the ability for manufacturers to differentiate themselves from the competition starts to slowly diminish. If you’re one of the big Android manufacturers especially, then you’re starting to see it in the smartphone and tablet space in the same way as notebook manufacturers did a few years back. You can try innovating, but someone, somewhere out there can simply copy said innovation at a much lower cost. And let’s be honest, your average member of the public is going to care a lot more...

  • Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is company’s newest low cost LTE smartphone

    If you thought Vodacom releasing a few smartphones and tablets last year was a one off, think again. The latest handset in the company’s ever wider lineup, the Vodacom Smart 4 Turbo is an interesting specimen boasting LTE capabilities as just R1499. It’s clearly not for the heavily-budget orientated, like fans of its Smart Kicka — probably one of the best phones we handled last year — but it caters for those wanting a little more without shelling out mountains of cash. Read more: Vodacom Smart Kicka review: tiny phone, big value Buzzing around the same price as Microsoft‘s newly launched Lumia...

  • Acer Liquid E700 Trio review: three SIM’s the charm

    There is no second guessing the aesthetic of the Acer Liquid E700 Trio or the way it feels in one’s hands. The phone looks great and feels good to the touch. Its black design is minimalistic and elegant. The front of the phone is plastic and the back is rubber which gives it a tight grip. The phone retails from R3180 but feels more expensive than that. SIM-ply awesome Noticeably the phone features three microSIM card slots, hence the “Trio” at the end of its name. The slots can support SIMs from different networks and they seem to work fine without...

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