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  • Considering DDR4 RAM? Rather stick to DDR3… for now

    For all those who just built a new PC, unfortunately for you, DDR4 RAM is just around the corner. While DDR3 will be with us for a decent amount of time yet, the latest standard is just a few weeks away from release and enthusiasts are getting excited. DDR3 -- the outgoing standard of DRAM -- operates at both a higher voltage (using more power and producing more heat) than DDR4, while attaining lower clock speeds in the process (negative), but also lower timings (positive). DDR4 can also utilise quad memory channels -- allowing for four communication streams between the...

  • 3D-printed leg brace gives Quack-Quack the duck second lease at life

    Not all technology promises to lead the world into a robot apocalype. While 3D printing will inevitably lead to the creation of destructive technologies (like warheads), it also has its golden advantages. Quack-Quack the duck is one such creature that's benefited from the wonders of 3D printing, according to 3D Print. After surviving a dog attack, the duck's left leg required intensive surgery. After the procedure, it was found that Quack-Quack would need a bespoke leg-support to help heal the bone structure and allow him some degree of mobility. The National Taiwan University Animal Hospital, a design firm dubbed Lung X...

  • Ectogenesis ushers in ‘Gattaca’-like future with lab-grown wombs

    In her article “What Do Artificial Wombs Mean for Women?” feminist critic and writer Soraya Chemaly explores the impact of ectogenesis on the reproductive rights of women and how the realisation of such technology "has the power to alter, in unprecedented ways, the interests, rights and responsibilities of women, men and the state." Chemaly goes on to argue that while gay, lesbian, and infertile parents will benefit from ectogenesis, removing human wombs from the process of gestation will negatively redefine the socially constructed roles (many of which already promote inequality) assigned to gender. As a result, Chemaly believes women will experience further...

  • OnePlus One vs. Xiaomi Mi 3: the budget flagship battle

    Chinese smartphone brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus are giving a hard time to well-known international brands like Samsung, LG and Sony by pushing out some really great smartphones at half the cost. We’ve managed to source two such smartphones: OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi 3 for a detailed performance comparison. Both the devices come with a groundbreaking price tag. Let’s see which one is capable of providing you with the best performance. Design, appearance and build quality The One is a really large and heavy device but OnePlus made sure to make it as ergonomic as possible using a curved back and thin...

  • Meet the new 3310: $25 Nokia 130 plays music and video, lasts full month on single charge

    This is a strange move from Microsoft if there ever was one. After scrapping the Asha and X ranges from Nokia's fleet, the company has decided that it should remain in the low-cost phone market after all. Its latest offering? The cheapest-of-the-cheap Nokia 130, costing just US$25. Yes, it's a ridiculously low price and that usually means skimping on a few options, but for a feature phone, the 130 flaunts some smartphone-like potential. Yet buyers won't get a touchscreen, camera, or connectivity above 2G. It's as basic as a phone can get, but this in itself seems to be one...

  • Leaked iPhone 6 packaging uglier than Chinese knock-offs

    Apart from screen-on leaks, there aren't more definitive images than a product in its retail packaging. TechRadar has reportedly pictured the device in its shop-ready shell, thanks to an "Apple beta tester" who's snapped these pics a month prior to the speculated launch. There's been a steady stream of rumours eminating from Apple's usually water-tight pre-release programmes. Either there's a breach inside its secret lair, or someone just wasted a weekend constructing a fake iPhone 6 box for laughs. Regardless of the packaging, the phone features all the nooks, crannies and styling lines of previously leaked dummy units, and it would...

  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 plans could include blazing-fast 3D stacked RAM

    Warning: the following article contains intense speculations which may or may not anger the fanboy/girl within you. It's a little early, give or take five years, to be predicting what RAM will be inside the PlayStation 5. But one site says it could be ultra-fast ReRAM, otherwise knowns as RRAM, resistive RAM or most interestingly, 3D stacked RAM. Insiderp speculates that Sony will team up with chip-makers Micron to add RRAM to the quite-obviously-will-be-made-one-day PlayStation 5. The PS4 uses 8GB GDDR5 as well as 256MB DDR3 RAM for background tasks. The source site says a whole lot more about Microsoft, Sony, and the end...

  • 5 epic weapons from our favourite games

    Violence is an integral part of modern gaming. I don’t know why gamers are so infatuated with violence but it is one of the most alluring aspects when it comes to considering what title to buy next. Maybe it's because the art of gaming is mostly indulged in by the male half of the human race (I can already see sexist activists cringing in their seats)? Perhaps it’s because it's a hyper-vivid reality in the world we live in today? Or possibly it’s because that no matter what, we are constantly searching for any form of excitement to escape the...

  • No surprises here: Grand Theft Auto V looks terrible on a monochrome TV

    Nostalgia cuts a fine line between want and need. Gamers want the latest titles to evoke memories of their favourite games, but what they need are the latest, hottest graphics. Reddit user awesomedan24 (found via gaming site Gamepur) hacked a 1973 black and white TV to play  Grand Theft Auto V, Saints Row IV and Watch Dogs. Unsurprisingly, the results are some muddy, ugly videos twinned with heaps of golden nostalgia. It's a cute and cool experiment, and will ensure that you never take your 1080p LED TV for granted again. So while we may pine for the days of old, when...

  • Today’s WTF moment: IBM’s TrueNorth superprocessor copies human brain, ushers in robot apocalypse

    Creating a synthetic brain has long been the stuff of engineering fantasy and steep scientific challenge, but IBM has developed what could be an important breakthrough in brain-mimicking processing. It's called TrueNorth, and it's about to change AI forever. Developed by Cornell Tech, honed by IBM and funded by DARPA, TrueNorth was developed in the hope of bridging the gulf between human brain's efficiency, processing power and today's silicon-based CPUs comparative weakness. The "neurosynaptic" chip draws inspiration from the human brain's cerebral cortex, the overarching control centre and its intricate inventory of neurons (which take the place of traditional CPU cores) and...