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  • RIP Google+ Games: service shutters 30 June 2013

    Google+ Games, an online casual games site hosted within Google+, will shutter on 30 June 2013. Visiting the official site now shows an ominous yellow stripe that warns users that “Google+ Games will not be available after June 30, 2013”. For those who still want to play a particular game, Google advises you to contact the developers of the game to see if there is an alternative site still hosting said title. Some games on Google+ Games are also now linking out to alternative sites still hosting the soon to be discontinued games. But what if you’ve paid actual cash...

  • 4 things we geeked out to at Google I/O 2013

    Google I/O, the search company’s annual developer conference had some surprises for us this year as it announced a wide range of changes to a number of its services and apps, but surprisingly enough, no version bump for Android. I am certainly not alone when I say that I didn’t see that coming. Enough about what didn’t happen, let’s look at what did. Firstly, it was announced that Android has more than 900-million global activations and I for one am blown away by that number. I know that Android runs on most devices in the world, but that’s a lot...

  • Gran Turismo 6 official: coming ‘holiday 2013’ with over 1200 cars

    Gran Turismo 6, the Playstation’s most revered driving game is officially coming for Playstation 3 “Holiday 2013″ says series creator Kazunori Yamauchi. There are a bunch of new changes to GT 6: the user interface has been revised, the new game engine will “improve operation and increase the flexibility to expand it with downloadable content,” and as it is with most new games, GT6 will now offer social media sharing options. Update: the official trailer is live. Watch below. It’s over 1200 There’s a promised 1200 plus cars in GT 6. Many cars are carried over from GT 5, but with the promise...

  • WD My Passport 2TB HD review: dirt-cheap storage

    For US$139, Western Digital has given me 2TB of USB 3.0 goodness. The WD My Passport 2TB Portable External Hard Drive is good and chunky, it’s super-quick and it’s a Western Digital drive, so there’s a hardware heritage that practically ensures a longer-lasting drive. There’s almost nothing to complain about, outside of the lame first-party software companies still insist on bundling with its products. Here though, is why I recommend the 2TB My Passport drive. Random access USB 3.0 will go down as one of the best technologies to emerge from the rubble in the past two years. Going from...

  • HP reveals new Tegra 4 laptop/tablet hybrids: Windows 8 Split x2, SlateBook x2

    To our knowledge, there are no commercially available Tegra 4 lappietablets (laptop/tablet hybrid computers, our term) and certainly none from HP, until now. HP’s just revealed the Split x2 and the SlateBook x2, two lappietablets running Windows 8 and Android respectively. Let’s begin with the Split x2. HP’s Windows 8-running Split x2 The Split x2 is a Windows 8 device with a 13.3-inch HD screen, an i3 or i5 CPU, Beats Audio, an optional 500GB SSD (for some reason, HP won’t reveal the storage of the Split x2, but we’re guessing 64/128GB) and “eye-catching design with a soft-touch coating”. It’s a...

  • Aquas Zeta boasts world’s first IGZO smartphone display

    It’s all Sharp vs. Sony this month as competition in Japan seems to be heating up in the waterproof mobile category. Today at a NTT DoCoMo event in Japan, the new Aquas Phone Zeta SH-06E was announced. Apart from the fact that it’s waterproof like the Xperia ZR, it also flaunts a 1080p IGZO screen of 4.8-inches. This is the first portable 4.8-inch device featuring Sharp’s IGZO display technology. Inside, the new Android 4.2 Aquas carries a 1.6 GHz CPU which is a similar model found in most Samsung Galaxy S4s. Engadget reports the rear camera being  13.1-megapixels — that’s...

  • Acer Aspire S7 review: thinner, lighter, expensive

    Sleek, shiny and utterly sexy. This is the first impression you get of the Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook. It positions itself in the same sort of market as the Macbook Air, with its lack of any kind of optical drive, its light body, and its smooth aluminium exterior, but is this US$1 200 Windows 8 machine a serious competitor, or is it overpriced for the features it offers? To begin, let’s get down to the basics of this machine. The Acer Aspire S7 Ultrabook offers users an Intel Core i7 CPU (1.9-2.4GHz), with 4GB (non-upgradeable) RAM and the model I tested...

  • LaVie L first laptop to support Intel’s fourth-gen Haswell CPU

    With a surprising head start, NEC dropped the specs of its up and coming LaVie L laptop. This will be rolling out on top of Intel’s new Fourth Generation Core Processor, codenamed “Haswell.” Come 3 June, we will see a range of state-of-the-art laptop, ultrabook and tablet announcements like this one at Taiwan’s massive Computex event. The LaVie L is one of the first laptops supported by the Haswell processor and is for now set at a little less than US$2000. The LaVie L will carry the fourth generation Haswell chip and as CNET reported a “15.6-inch IPS touch screen (1,920×1,080...

  • Nokia’s 4.5-inch Lumia 925 is official, costs €469

    Nokia’s Lumia 925 is official. While Nokia plans to launch the Lumia 928 today, it’s one-upped itself with the surprise release of the 925, a 4.5-inch Windows Phone with an all-new aluminum body and an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera. The Lumia 925 isn’t going to set the world on fire and for €469 (US$616), it also costs too much. Priced to move Here’s the full tech specs for the Lumia 925: Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800 Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon Camera: PureView 8.7-megapixel...

  • Google Glass gains facial recognition with sneaky hack

    Google Glass is exciting. It’s the first real step towards hands-free computing and one day, Star Trek-style interaction. Recently though, one user’s gone and squeezed facial recognition into Google Glass, with fairly accurate results. His project is called MedRef for Google Glass and it adds extra cards (same as Google Now) to the Glass timeline. Or as Lance Nanek, the developer of MedRef, calls it “cool medical stuff and facial recognition.” Users would need to first install the Glassware. The MedRef cards pop up and pull in records for “Jason”, a test patient. The app lets you add voice notes, and browse...