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  • Ai.Frame is a motion-controlled mini-robot that moonwalks its way into your heart

    For those who remember the original Transformers or Go-Bots brand of toys, this Kickstarter project will perhaps conjure the fondest of memories. Shenzen-based project, Ai.Frame creates miniature humanoid robots, fully customisable and open-source, fit for tweaking. It's also the next big hit on Kickstarter. Started in 2012 by Chinese innovators Jiaqi Hu and Zebo Sun, Ai.Frame has blown past its initial funding goal in just two days with five weeks to go. The most affordable robot is available for backers at just US$179. "There are many great robotic inventions on the market," notes the developers, "but in the meantime, for most people,...

  • Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 first 3.2Gbps Tri-Band router

    Netgear, the maker of all things networking, has launched what it claims is the world's first Tri-Band WiFi router -- the US$299 "Nighthawk X6." With a name like that, it could easily be mistaken for an actual gaming console, or the eponymous aircraft made by Lockheed, rather than a router. It's apt as well, as the Nighthawk is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, with three offload CPUs spreading additional load. While supporting the 802.11ac standard, the router houses five ethernet ports, six antennas and three wireless transmission bands -- two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz -- while "Smart Connect" technology places...

  • 13 geeks playing with Google Cardboard will blow your Monday blues away

    Google Cardboard is the smartest virtual-reality innovation yet and for less than US$2, those with the Sword of Exact Zero and some hard-to-find lenses can craft a makeshift viewer that really works. Launched at last week's Google I/O event, Google Cardboard is a DIY virtual reality headset which only needs an Android device to work. It also makes those who use it really happy. Just have a gander at the pictures below, these people can't seem to get enough of it. Lead image via Business Insider

  • 5 games that were sadly absent from E3 2014

    E3 2014 provided us with many insights and glimpses into the near future of gaming, striking the chords of our inner gamer. But some strings have been left unplucked and we are left in an uncomfortable silence without a melody to satisfy our curiosity. There was an absence of many anticipated titles, which we were hoping to see. Hopefully we will receive some closure on their state of affairs. Until then, we have put together a list of games we missed out on, and may never see at E3 2014. Fallout 4 (Bethesda Softworks) As a huge fan of open world...

  • Titanfall and Battlefield: Hardline are YouTube’s first 60FPS videos

    If it wasn't mandatory before, it's recommended now because watching videos at 60 frames per second just become a whole lot easier. Earlier this week, YouTube made some important changes like adding in an audio library, a Create Studio app and a fan funding option (think of it like Kickstarter for videos) says its official blog. The most important change though are videos that playback at 60 and 48 frames per second. Yup, that's next-gen video right there, folks. Here's what U-tewb says: We're starting to roll out video support for 48 and even 60 frames per second. See how high...

  • ASUS is readying the Robin, its sub-$150 Android Wear smartwatch

    If a Techcrunch report is to be believed, we could see ASUS joining Samsung, LG and Motorola in the ever-growing smartwatch sector. The selling point for their device? It could very well be the most affordable smartwatch of the year. The wrist wear (codenamed "Robin" according to @evleaks) will undercut the competiton, retailing for between US$99 and US$149 post release. This would make it nearly US$100 cheaper than both the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch. Slated for a September release, the Robin's launch may spoil the Moto360's party, which will set consumers back a now steep-looking US$249. While...

  • HTC Desire 816 Review: the mid-range phablet that makes sense

    HTC’s focus on its high-end One line-up of smartphones didn’t work out very well. Now, the embattled Taiwanese phone maker is renewing its focus on mid-range smartphones in the hope of increasing the cash flow and keeping the cash cow running as long as it can. To counteract this, HTC's revealed a new range of mid-range Android smartphones, including the Desire 210, Desire 310 and Desire 816. The Desire 816 looked like the most attractive option of the bunch, especially when I compared it to some other options in its price range. Its closest competitors are the Samsung Galaxy Grand...

  • Android L cometh: everything you need to know about Google’s latest OS

    It's here. The most anticipated release of Android for quite sometime, codenamed "L" was showcased earlier at Google's I/O conference in San Francisco. One-billion devices worldwide run a version of Android, and L may further increase that number. Launched to much fanfare, and an unwanted protestor, Android L hasn't been given a name or version number yet, but Google's Sandar Pichai notes that this is "one of the most comprehensive releases" of Android ever made. The iOS- and Windows Phone-beating platform comes with a host of improvements and game changers, but one of them will not be a software addition. Material Design Matais Duarte,...

  • Android TV brings casual games, videos and ‘okay Google’ to the big screen

    Android TV joins the roughly billion-and-a-half smart TV and streaming set-top boxes on the market, such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV but with one small difference: namely that Google's positioning Android TV as a casual gaming console too, in the hope that it will decimate the Ouyas of the world. Those familiar with set-top boxes like Roku's will know what Android TV's all about. Download apps from Google Play, stream video from YouTube or Netflix and play games with a brand new Google gamepad that looks like it was modeled after the pad from the original Xbox....

  • Google showcases Android Wear on Samsung, LG, Moto360 smartwatches

    Alongside the much anticipated launch of Android L, Google's wearables-specific OS dubbed Android Wear also had its moment in the San Francisco spotlight. Although announced back in March with developer access shortly before that, the platform was officially unveiled last night running on the gorgeous Moto360, Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch, the latter two available for pre-order from today. Both will retail for under US$230, while the Moto360 will only launch in the "Northern Summer" (the North remember). Google, like many manufacturers, are implementing the cross-device design languages -- in the same way that OS X shares design...