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  • 20 battery-saving tips for your iPhone 5S

    An iPhone with a battery that drains faster than a speeding bullet is nothing new for thousands of iDevice owners. Recently though, Apple said that a limited number of iPhone 5S' had a manufacturing issue which caused the battery to drain faster than usual. There are ways to counteract this and to improve or extend the battery life of your iPhone. Here's how: Turn off WiFi when it's not needed. WiFi sucks the life out of any battery, not at a devastating rate mind you, but if you're constantly streaming information your iPhone's battery will be significantly degraded. Keep the phone...

  • 6 sequels to ‘Assassin’s Creed’ we’d love to see

    Pirates. Who'd have thought that dodgy blokes with wooden legs and eye-patches could create such an enthralling installment of the Assassins Creed series (89% and climbing on Metacritic)? Ubisoft did and the result is one of the better sequels we've ever played. But what's next? The company has said that "we hope to reach Assassin's Creed 10" and with sales numbering in the tens of millions, going past a tenth sequel seems like a sure bet. But to what? We've come up with six sequels to Assassin's Creed that would be as good as or better than pirates. There's...

  • Here is our first look at Google Glass 2

    That above is the first picture of Google Glass 2, announced yesterday by the big G. Today, Google said, "Wow, lots of questions! We'd rather 'show' than 'tell' so here you go: the mono earbud, and the Glass that Explorers will be getting when they swap later this year. Edit: More questions! The earbud plugs into Glass, so you can choose whether to use it." Google Glass 2 wearing a hipster Google Glass 1, with man staring into distance as he ponders the future We discussed Glass 2 yesterday and how one of the chief improvements is that it now plans to support...

  • VR headset Oculus Rift headed for Android but not ‘problematic’ iOS

    Oculus VR announced yesterday that the virtual reality gaming headset, Oculus Rift, is coming to mobile gaming. According to GamesBeat, soon we'll be able to take our VR headset with our tablets and smartphones to enhance our gaming and movie watching experiences on-the-go. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe officially announced this plan at the GamesBeat 2013 event, but there aren't a lot of details as of yet. He did note however that the plan is to launch the mobile and PC headset as close as possible if not simultaneously. As noted by GamesBeat, this device will be a "lighter, consumer...

  • Is your new iPhone 5S a battery vampire? Here’s why

    Apple noted that for a very limited number of new iPhone 5S', the battery will drain rapidly. Speaking to the New York Times, Apple spokesperson Teresa Brewer said that "We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5S devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life. We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone." Now you know. We'll never know how many iPhone 5S' are affected but we can relax in the knowledge that this is an...

  • Lenovo gets a bit flexible with Yoga tablet launch

    The world of tablets can be a little bit samey. Sure you might have size and colour variations, but for the most part you're faced with the agonising choice of which flat rectangle to take. Chinese tech giant Lenovo -- already dominant in the PC market and force to be reckoned with in the smartphone space -- looked to change that today with the launch of its Yoga tablet. The tablet, which debuted at events in California, Beijing and Milan, is the company's attempt to reimagine the tablet form factor. In order to do this, it claims, it spent...

  • Read all about it: 3 of Android’s best newsreaders

    When it comes to news reading apps, there's more choice in the Play Store than I could ever need. I also have to admit that I'm not really that keen on trying out new apps, just because I've been in the Android ecosystem for so long, that I've got my favourites, and I stick to them. However, there is a new app that I've become very fond of, very quickly in the news reader space, and it's actually what inspired me to write this post. You see, I digest my news my own way, and I use a variety of...

  • iPhone 5S, 5C arrives in South Africa, Brazil and others 15 November [rumour]

    It's now widely understood that Apple will launch its two new iPhones, the 5S and 5C, into territories such as South Africa, Qatar and Brazil on 15 November, said Appadvice (Apple is yet to confirm). The site sources its information from an internal email which states that telecoms Sprint and Global will allow customers in the Philippines to "register their interest" for a 5C or 5S for the expected launch date. Here's the full list of countries where the new iPhones are expected to appear: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan,...

  • Call of Duty: Ghosts ‘Extinction’ trailer reveals 4 player co-op

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is coming our way 5 November to Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. We have already seen some teasers revealing to us underwater levels and Riley the dog, though no one really expected to see purple and pink aliens in a new co-op mode namely Extinction. The trailer kicks off with the Ghosts' smokey skull symbol turning into a creepy alien one. Ubisoft describes the new mode as follows: Extinction mode is a new 1-4 player cooperative game mode featuring a mixture of "fast-paced survival action, FPS base defense, scavenging and class leveling." In other words,...

  • Motorola’s modular smartphone, Project Ara, is Phonebloks in all but name

    Remember Phonebloks, the modular Lego-like phone you could physically upgrade yourself? Motorola's at it now with Project Ara, an "open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones". It's all concept for now, but Motorola seems keen to get this phone into the wild. Imagine sticking your phone together like a Lego piece. A new screen there, dual speakers over here, it's a wild and crazy version of the future I tell you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oDAw7vW7H0c A great concept, hopefully to soon be a reality thanks to Project Ara Motorola is taking an almost holistic approach to Project Ara. Over the past year, Motorola...