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

    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 swaps to a side-by-side of the Lumia/iPhone 5 and then the Lumia/Galaxy S III. During the video, Nokia shows...

  • Sharp begins iPhone 5S LCD screen production in Japan

    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 5S screens is already underway. The Wall Street Journal practically confirmed this last month, so it’s nice to see...

  • GTA V preview: three man open-world chaos

    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 vision has been focused, sharpened. The crux of GTA V is less jacking cars, and more planning and executing...

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

    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 Galaxy S IV more secure, if less customisable, than its predecessors. Samsung has made “rooting impossible on newer stock kernels”...

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

    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 soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever.” Is...

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

    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 more quality in design and performance than default. The Fit is available in a 15-inch model while its younger brother,...

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

    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 1920×1080 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 keyboard to use the touch screen. Just pull it up and out where it can be positioned in front...

  • HTC One review: throw out your iPhone

    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 in the war between Samsung and Apple. So what is the One then: a last hurrah or the moment...

  • Lost Planet 3 preview: generic third-person shooting ahoy

    By the time you reach the third game in a franchise, you think you’ve seen it all, and to a certain extent you wouldn’t be wrong with Lost Planet 3. The story doesn’t take place consecutively however, so in this case you’ll actually be playing a prequel. Lost Planet 3 is set long before the events in the first game, and E.D.N III is still in an ice age as opposed to the tropical environment you’re used to from Lost Planet 2. You play as Jim Peyton, a colonist separated from his wife and child as he explores the icy planet...

  • New HP ProBooks are sensibly designed and business oriented

    HP’s ProBook range has been successfully infiltrating the “affordable business notebook” market since 2009, so it’s high time for another design and CPU shakeup. The HP ProBook range is introducing the 430, 440, 455 and 470 which leap in screen size from 13.3” to 17.3 and most are shipping this month. The new range of laptops is also up to 36% thinner than the older models. The odd man out is the 430, which ships in July. The refreshed ProBook range share loads of similarities. Every new ProBook has a 1366×768 (HD) screen, with the exception of a 1600×900 screen...