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  • 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...

  • Google announces Glass 2, will play nice with prescription glasses

    Google Glass 1 hasn't even made it into the hands of consumers (properly) and now Google Glass 2 gets a November launch date. Google announced that all "Explorers" will get a "one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one." That's US$1500 well spent then, which is the price for the early bird, developer-only Explorer edition of Google Glass. Consumer versions are expected to sell for between US$300 and US$500. According to yesterday's official blog post by Google, those who are eligible for the one-time optional swap are Glass owners who purchased their prior to 28 October...

  • Google to mass produce its own smartwatch soon, says report

    According to people familiar with the matter, Google is currently in talks to mass produce its own fancy smartwatch running Android. This is according to the Wall Street Journal, which also notes the production of the watch will have a large focus on Google Now and resolving the issue of poor battery life. The suspected main feature of the smartwatch, Google Now, is often referred to as the company's answer to Apple's voice assistant Siri and uses users' online behaviour to "predict" your interests and keep you up-to-date with relevant and unique information. Google Now is also very compatible with...

  • Batman: Arkham Origins review – the dull knight rises

    If you’re a fan of the previous Batman games, prepare for disappointment. Batman: Arkham Origins shines during many of its story missions, but fails to engage because it’s the same game I played last year. Origins is not a sequel to the two best action games of this generation, it’s more like a lengthy DLC. Good news first: Origins turns racing and zipping across the city into a pleasure. Some of Batman’s extended move set is present from the outset, so speed racing across Arkham quickly becomes the best method of navigating the ghost town Batman’s been plonked into. The story...

  • iOS 7 creator dreams up gold Earpods, gleaming red MacPro for charity

    Jony Ive, Senior Vice President of Design at Apple and the genius/madman behind iOS 7 has turned his attention to one of the company's charities, (RED). Together with auction house Sotheby's, Ive has created two beautiful needles in the iOS product landscape. One strikingly red MacPro (between US$40 000 - 60 000), and one pair of solid, rose gold EarPods (between US$20 000 - 25 000). Jony Ive, together with "celebrated designer" Marc Newson have teamed up to coat two of Apple's slickest products in precious metals. The 18k gold EarPods will presumably function exactly like the EarPods of old. The same...

  • Write directly to iPhone or iPad with the $150 Livescribe 3 smartpen

    While we've all been watching the news, eagerly awaiting a smartwatch that will actually impress us, we've totally missed the boat on smartpens. Enter the Livescribe 3, a R1500 (US$150) smartpen that has that Mont Blanc feel, with built-in techno-wizardry such as  "pencasting" and recording written text straight to iPad. It's a whole new concept for most of us, but Livescribe knows what it's doing. The hook with the Livescribe 3 is that it, like its predecessors, can record directly to an iOS device (iPad, iPod and iPhone running iO7 and higher). For this to work, you'd pair the pen...

  • Here’s the best shot of the Nexus 5, which could launch 1 November

    We'd all love a Nexus 5 at this point. Google's stock Android phone (which is said to be one of the first devices to run Android 4.4, Kit Kat) was snapped by the mostly spot-on Evleaks who have this absolutely stunning white Nexus 5 on display. Begin drooling. In white. 11/1. pic.twitter.com/5SSmtTGUg7— @evleaks (@evleaks) October 27, 2013 Okay, this image is just an exceptional one and it's one step closer to the Nexus 5 being placed squarely into our pockets. There's not much else to the tweet: "In white. 11/1" But what else do we need? That's a 1 November launch,...