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  • A few pixels here and there, and iOS 7 is beautiful

    Apple finally revealed its highly anticipated iOS 7 operating system, redesigned by Jony Ive. It’s stunning. The entire OS has been reorganized, reimagined, revitalized. It shattered expectations in every way but one: the home screen icons. After five days, I was hoping I would fall in love with them, break them in, like a new pair of jeans. But I didn’t. Because those icons are just plain ugly. Dribbble’s designers seem to agree, so they did what they do best: they powered up Photoshop and redesigned Apple’s redesigned iOS. They didn’t just stop at the icons. And it turns out, iOS 7 is just a...

  • Xbox One ‘over delivers on value’ says Microsoft

    Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft’s interactive entertainment division is offending gamers but pleasing Xbox shareholders. This video from Bloomberg.com has Mattrick defending the US$500 price of the Xbox One (Sony’s PS4 will cost US$399). The video was shot at this years E3, an annual gaming trade show. Mattrick says that the value-adds of the Xbox One include Xbox Live, “innovation unique to Xbox One” like the newly updated Kinect, SmartGlass, a partnership with the NFL, Halo 5 game and TV series. And then, Mattrick is questioned about the price of the Xbox One. “We’re over delivering value compared to the choice consumers get”...

  • AMD debuts new mobile-friendly CPUs: ‘Warsaw,’ ‘Seattle’, ‘Berlin’

    AMD has just announced a new “roadmap” of city-titled CPUs, which include an interesting move towards entering the smartphone and tablet markets. Chip supplier AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) is attempting to gain some ground in a market dominated by Intel. It’s a three-step process where we’ll be introduced to the aptly coined “Warsaw,” “Berlin” and “Seattle” chips. ARM-based chips are engineered for reduced costs, heat and power usage which nicely fit tablet and smartphone designs. Seattle is hoping to “bring AMD out of Intel’s shadow,” and will only start releasing samples of the chip early next year. The official release...

  • HTC’s Desire 200: sleek, meek and official

    HTC just released the specs of the Desire 200. No pricing is yet available but given the specs, this little guy’s for the smartphone entry-market. No, this is not another HTC One (or two). Instead it’s meant for the lower-end smartphone consumers. Apart from having a name sounding like a skanky perfume, the specs leave much more to be desired. It’s presented by a 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 LCD display which is to be fitted around a not-too-shabby cozy-looking design. For now, the phone is all black or all off-white and features a 5-megapixel camera with no flash at the...

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 review: my life companion

    I own no smartphone. Every so often, a company sends me their phone to review and for a few weeks or months, I live the dream again. From Samsung to Sony to Apple to BlackBerry and back again, this is my story. I live with the phones so you don’t have to. This is my story of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 weren’t good. I actively hated it because I thought it was just a lazy upgrade. I’m here to tell you what you already know: that the Galaxy S 4...

  • It’s feet first with the Smart Socks that coach you

    Socks are smart now, thanks to Heapsylon’s Sensoria Fitness Socks. Think of it like the Nike+ FuelBand for your feet. The Fitness socks differ though as each pair has tactical sensors woven into the fabric which communicate with a bluetooth ankle bracelet. See, it is different to the FuelBand as it goes on the ankle, not the wrist. But there’s more to it then that. The creators of the Smart Socks say that it’s important to let runners know how well they’re running. And it’s made possible by not only tracking steps counted and distance run, but by measuring speed and calories...

  • Xbox One region-locking policies are crap: here’s why

    If the Xbox One’s market hasn’t been squeezed by the fact that you’ll require an internet connection wasn’t enough, Microsoft recently released a disclaimer concerning its region-locking policies. This is yet more bad news for the most part of the world. According to Microsoft, The initial launch will only include a handful of countries. After some already frustrating restrictions of Microsoft’s next-gen console, we get hit with more bad news (well, most of us). Microsoft states that “restrictions on games usage apply” with the Xbox One and that users “require account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox...

  • 8 reasons why iOS 7 is the freshest fruit from Apple yet

    Of all the announcements made at this year’s WWDC, the launch of the hotly anticipated and much-needed refresh of iOS was definitely the most important part of the event. It’s no joke that Apple’s mobile operating system was in dire need of an upgrade, especially with all the Android fan boys constantly boasting about how superior their systems were when Apple folk complained about the various shortcomings and lackluster performance of current versions. So while we wait for the autumn release date, let’s check out at eight of the new features we can look forward to. The keynote in full Control...

  • Want a 5.7-inch ‘iPhablet’? Apple’s reportedly on the case

    Apple’s no longer fighting for relevancy, but for innovation. Since the first iPhone, Apple hasn’t altered the size of its near-legendary smartphone, save for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen of course. That’s all about to change as Reuters reports that Apple is “exploring launching iPhone with bigger screens as well as cheaper models in a range of colours, over the next year.” Four people who are close to the source (those are the best kind of people) have said that Apple wants to ape the success of Samsung who’ve successfully cornered the Phablet market. Apple’s plans are to expand its...

  • Japan cures parking ills with underground storage tube for bikes

    Japan is probably where most great ideas are born. From a 300MPH floating train recently to the PS4– it all seems out of this world. In a video recently uploaded by Culture Japan on YouTube, presenter Danny Choo (aka tokyostormtrooper) shows us Japan’s newest solution to its overcrowded cities– a parking tube that stores bicycles in the subterranean depths of the earth. The company behind this valet, Eco-Cycle, made the process incredibly simple for cyclists. He/she can simply scoot a bicycle into a well-defined area where it is then whisked underground by the tube machine. Your RFID-tagged bicycle will...

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