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  • Apple experimenting with ‘revolutionary flexible material’ for future MacBooks

    As reported by Patently Apple, today the US Patent & Trademark Office just published a new Apple patent that details how the company can further improve on its clean design aesthetics by using a “revolutionary flex material.” There are illustrations demonstrating future MacBooks incorporating this mysterious enclosure but the material could also be applied to other devices such as smartphones, tablets, iWatches and other peripheral devices. Think about the MacBook without hinges connecting the screen display with the other half of the body. Instead, there’s a strong flexible material to allow the MacBook to bend and function as a hinge....

  • iPhone 5C, 5S may land in China two months after US launch

    China may only see Apple’s latest iPhones, the 5C and 5S, a full two months after the rumoured 10 September US launch date. Yicia said that the launch date for China is 28 September. This rumour comes from a financial analyst who says that the reason for the iPhone 5C and 5S’ late launch date in China is due to a verification process which must be completed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. One the phones pass verification, both phones will be legally sound to sell in China. The report (translated) also lists the prices as 5 599 (US$914) and...

  • ‘Splinter Cell: Blacklist’ preview: back to basics

    Coming this week is Splinter Cell: Blacklist, the seventh in a long series of video games that have captured the imaginations of gamers since 2002. The first time we picked up the controls and took Sam Fisher out for a spin, we were treated to a whole new form of stealth gameplay that broke ground within the genre and made Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell one of the most memorable games of all time. The latest games in the franchise, however, have left many old-school gamers with a bad taste in their mouths and a sense of loss. Not only had...

  • CyanogenMod beefs up security with latest update

    As I think we’ve established, CyanogenMod’s influence in the Android world is pretty huge. In fact, I’d be comfortable saying that besides Google, it’s almost the most important tool in a tinkers toolbox. The reason for this is simple, they don’t just “make” things at CyanogenMod, they invent/refine them, all for the benefit of the user. That results in a great experience while using said software, and this week, it got even better. Android recently added native support for a “Find my Phone” feature, something which has been lacking for ages. That said, there are numerous third-party apps which have...

  • Ubuntu Edge fails to reach funding goal, Mark Shuttleworth still happy

    We’d like to say that the ambitious Ubuntu Edge, a dual-booting Android and Ubuntu smartphone, reached its US$32-million crowdfunding goal. And we’d like to say that we’ll be enjoying said phone some time in the future, but without funding the Edge will never see the light of day. Today, the Ubuntu Edge missed its funding goal, reaching only US$12 809 906 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Mark Shuttleworth took to the campaign page, thanking the Edge’s supporters for their cash injection. Ubuntu Edge was going to be the “next generation of personal computing”. Now it’s just vaporware. One of its standout...

  • Behold Zeus: fax machine meets 3D printer

    Faxing 3D objects? This is one of the things the Zeus will aim to do. It combines 3D printing, scanning and faxing in a way that makes it easy for any non-design or animation student to operate. Based on what we’ve seen on crowdfunding sites over the last few years, the 3D printing scene has been very popular and extremely competitive. The company, AIO Robotics, was founded by Jens Windau and Kai Chang and will be running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter which launches 4 September. Named after the god of all gods, Zeus, this all-in-one machine can scan, fax,...

  • LIMBO for iOS review: shadow play

    Ever since I devoured Superbrothers: Swords & Sorcery on iOS, I’ve been on the look out for games that not only feel amazing on mobile devices in terms of playability, but also stick with me long after my phone has returned to my pocket. I’ll be honest and say that before I stumbled onto Badland by Frogmind, nothing really stuck with me and the games folders on both my iOS devices were empty for a long time. After finishing Badland, I was hungry, I needed more of that addictive gameplay, and so I searched. The first thing that struck me...

  • This Apple patent will let us move and manipulate objects in 3D

    Apple has just obtained a patent that could let users “generate and manipulate 3D objects using 3D gesture inputs.” Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 8514221 is titled Working with 3D objects and mainly revolves around users having the ability to “pull” or “lift” 2D objects out of surfaces such as the iPad’s screen for example. There’s also talk of an application that lets you enable “sculpting” mode. This describes how you can manipulate 3D objects as if they were made out of clay. Using finger gestures you can “squeeze” or “stretch” these objects and even break or cut of a piece...

  • A 2560×1440, Quad HD display for mobile phones? LG has us covered

    LG has done the impossible. It’s created the highest resolution mobile screen ever, a 2560X1440 5.5-inch quad HD (QHD) display. The crazy-high resolution display isn’t destined for mobile phones anytime soon, but it’s real, so expect to see it in a LG Optimus G+++ or something nutty like that. For LG, this is a “glimpse” at what is beyond full HD mobile screens. It gave us the world’s first full HD mobile phone last year with the LG Optimus Pro G, this years it’s going beyond. Yes, that sounds cliché and yes, every year tech gets better but a 4xHD...

  • PS4 lands 15 November, hits SA 6 December for R6300

    At Gamescom in Germany this week Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 is ready for launch 15 November in Canada and the US. Two weeks after, you’ll be able to get hold of it in European and Latin American stores as well. And then, to catch the Christmas crowds just in time, the PS4 will be at long last be available in South Africa 6 December. In South Africa, the PS4 will go for around R6 300 (VAT included) which is much more than the US retail price of US$399. For those gaming on tight budgets, we saw earlier this...

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