Apple

Invisible buttons could be the iPhone’s next big thing

Apple invisible button patent design Your future iPhone 6 could have invisible buttons that appears only when needed. Apple, being the cornerstone of tech aesthetics and rumour mills, never fails to impress. This patent recently granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office lets Apple design products having invisible controls (buttons or sliders) that would only appear when needed. Aesthetic appeal is one thing, but most phones are seamlessly designed around its button interface. The patent titled “Disappearing button or slider” states that “too much ...

Headsets, Reviews

Razer Carcharias review: bargain price, premium sound

Razor_01 When I hear “Razer,” I think “dedicated gamer.” The two are almost synonymous. This headset brushes by this brittle but crucial association. The Razer Carcharias slogan reads “Command in Comfort.” and rightfully so. This is a headset that delivers a reliable experience well worth exploring. It’s designed and priced for the gaming crowd with a budget who still need an immersive, quality gaming experience. It’s both PC and Xbox 360 compatible and great for co-op games. Its products scream “hardcore ...

News, Nokia

Nokia Lumia 928 night-time video outshines iPhone 5 and S III

Nokia face-off Nokia’s Lumia 928, the latest smartphone to support PureView technology, was outed earlier this week with a single ad. Now, Nokia’s released a demo video that shows off the imaging chops of the Lumia 928. The Lumia 928 pairs off against Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III in a video demo that seems a little biased towards Nokia’s Carl Zeiss lense-equipped smartphone. After the Lumia rides “The Hurricane" (an insane-looking roller coaster) and after a minute, the view ...

Apple, iPhone, News

Sharp begins iPhone 5S LCD screen production in Japan

iPhone 5 Sharp will use Kameyama Plant in Japan as the production site for the display of the iPhone 5S, this is according to Appleinsider.com (the original Japanese-language story from Nikkan.co.jp is here). The display for the iPhone 5S, if that’s what Apple plans to call it, will reportedly begin production in June 2013. Additionally, Japan Display -- an LCD production conglomerate made up of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, and LG Display -- has already received a large order from Apple and production of iPhone ...

Games

GTA V preview: three man open-world chaos

GTA V Grand Theft Auto V is a fat, full-bodied game, overflowing with things to see and do. But above all else, it wants to be one thing very badly: a good heist game. A new screenshot says it all. Michael stands in the foreground wearing a mask worthy of Hannibal Lector. He’s flanked by a monkey (Trevor) and a skull (Franklin). These are your protagonists, and they’re dressed for business. Crime has always been central to Grand Theft Auto’s DNA, yet now the ...

Android

Samsung echoes Apple’s closed OS: Galaxy S4 ‘impossible to root’

The S4 start screen There is little doubt when it comes to who the leading Android handset manufacturer in the world is, considering Samsung has obliterated all competition since the inception of its Galaxy S II. The Galaxy range has sold tens of millions of devices and I’m sure you know more than a few people who use one of them. The devices are obviously aimed at the mass market, and as such Samsung has taken some steps to keep its latest flagship, the ...

Games, News

‘Sims 4’ coming 2014 for PC and Mac, works offline

SIMS 4 The Sims 4 is predictably official. Considering that The Sims is one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time, The Sims 4 comes as no surprise at all. Outside of The Sims 4 landing a 2014 release (date unknown), it’ll have an "offline single player experience.” We mention this because Maxis last game, Sim City, had one of the most hateful always-online DRM systems ever conceived by humankind. Here’s how EA describes it: "The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and ...

Notebooks, Sony

Sony gives entry-level laptop range a makeover, sticks with bizarre names

Vaio Fit Sony has just announced a new member to its VAIO family line-up namely the Sony VAIO Fit. Moving away from complicated titles featured in the E, S, T and L series, its allure will be its quality, price tag and straightforwardness. The electronics giant seems to be making a comeback in the dog-eat-dog market which saw Sony suffer a record financial loss last year. The VAIO Fit seems to be perfect for someone with a budget who wants something of ...

Acer, Notebooks

Acer unveils the R7: a laptop trying to be everything to everyone

Acer Aspire R7 Acer has unveiled the R7, a 15.6-inch touchscreen notebook which appears to be an attempt to marry not just laptops with tablets but also the lessons learned from the burgeoning tablet stand market. The device, which features a 1920x1080 screen and some serious computing power, has four modes. Each of these modes, it says, is designed to serve a specific function: Ezel Mode -- Reach out and pull the display closer, eliminating the need to reach across the palm rest and ...

HTC, Mobile Phones, Reviews

HTC One review: throw out your iPhone

HTC One Apple has been out-Appled. The HTC One is a triumph of design and functionality and if you want your next phone to make you happy for a while yet, this is the one you should get. Scrap that, it's the phone everyone should get. It's funny that, at a phase when it's in financial dire straits, HTC has managed to cook up something so astonishing. The Taiwanese giant is supposed to be dead and buried, one of the more significant casualties ...

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