Mobile Phones, News, Sony

Pre-order the $760 Sony Xperia ZL now, if you live in the US that is

ZL 1 Sony’s ultra-expensive, exceptionally pretty and US exclusive (for now) Xperia ZL launches today for pre-order at the princely sum of US$760. It’s a very large phone, with the type of processing power behind it that would make a laptop envious. First up, the screen. It’s full HD, or 1920x1080 for the rest of us. For a five-inch screen, it’s practically a must have and the 441PPI display seems to be one of the best Sony, or any mobile phone company has ...

Consoles

RetroN 5 is a five-in-one mega console for the discerning gamer

Image of the retroN 5 This is fantastic. Retro gaming fans looking to get their Nintendo (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), Genesis (Mega Drive in the UK), Gameboy Advance and Famicon (Japanese NES) swerve on have the RetroN 5 console to look forward to. Here it is, a five-slot mega-console from the past that will possibly sell for US$100. Heavenly, just a render for now though The company, Hyperkin.com originally squeezed out the RetronN 3, a three-slot console that played NES, SNES and Genesis cartridges. The US$50 console ...

Car Tech

Nissan launches dedicated YouTube channel for petrolheads

Nismo.tv gt-r gt3 racer youtube The worlds of motorsport and internet videos have merged with Nissan as it launches Nismo.TV on YouTube; a channel dedicated to the motorsport exploits of Nissan's racing division. It will be a behind-the-scenes view of everything from its top racing programmes to its training programme in yet another step forward for original content on YouTube. Nismo is Nissan's racing and performance division, responsible for all its race cars and fast road cars, like the manic GT-R and its GT3 brother. But ...

Android, Games

Moga Pro controller hands-on review: better Android gaming

Mogo Pro Power A is at PAX East this year showing off its latest gaming concoction: the Moga Pro. If you feel like you've heard that name before, it's because you have. The original Moga controller, now known as the Moga Pocket, was a Bluetooth controller with a bracket for holding an Android phone as big as a Galaxy Note 2. Its successor has the same MO, but sports a build like an Xbox 360 controller. Why a second stab at the same sort of device? If the ...

projectors

Hitachi LCD projector review: a solid and reliable workhorse

Projector lead image The great thing about most projector manufacturers is that they are consistent in the design of their units. A projector is not complicated. It’s made up of a number of components that fit snugly into a box that then either sits on a boardroom table or hangs off a ceiling bracket. The same applies to the Hitachi CPWX 12 wn, one of the manufacturer’s latest offerings. Unboxing the unit is always fun and there is no mistaking the solid Hitachi ...

Car Tech

The NY Motor show reveals the geekiest cars yet

V60 Compared to the Geneva Auto Show with all its glitz, glamour and in-your-face cars, the New York Auto Show is much more of an eco show, featuring many 'planet-saving' cars. Like every motor show, though, there is going to be no shortage petrol-head paraphernalia. So if you're shopping for your next eco-ego-boost, or maybe just an ego-boost in general, see what's in store for the up-coming New York Auto Show. Range Rover Sport While you would expect most New Yorkers to take ...

Acer, Reviews, Tablets

Toshiba AT300SE review: cheap and cheerful

Toshiba tablet Making a 'special edition' of an older, middle-ranking product between the annual product refresh is rather an unusual move in the world of tablets; but in the case of the Toshiba AT300SE, it makes a lot of sense. Compared to its Toshiba AT300 ancestor, the Toshiba AT300SE sees the same Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor and features a 5th battery-saver core, but uses the latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. It also receives a £30 discount, taking the price down to £299 in ...

Android

Is the Google Smartwatch next in line?

image of the nano watch Is this the time of the smartwatch? Apple, Samsung and now Google seems to think so. Word on the street is that Google is developing a smartwatch via its Android division, says the Financial Times. Here’s the skinny: Google went ahead and filed a smartwatch patent in 2011. The documents detail an “interactive user experience” plus a “dual flip-up screen” setup. This was two years ago. Meanwhile, Samsung has announced its plans to develop a version of the smartwatch possibly to get ...

Mobile Phones, Samsung

4 of the best budget smartphones from Samsung

galaxy-xcover-2 A few days before Samsung’s highly anticipated New York event where it announced the Galaxy S4, it held the Africa Forum in Cape Town and announced a range of new products. Samsung also announced four phones targeted at emerging markets. The lineup consisted of two budget-friendly phones, a higher-specced dual-SIM and a water-resistant phone with underwater photo capability. Savvy South African consumers would be happy to see that they have added two dual-sim phones to the line up, both of which ...

Cameras, Reviews

Fuji X100S review: a top-end compact

Fuji X100s Fuji's X100 proved very popular with enthusiast photographers looking for a high-end compact camera that produces images on a par with a DSLR. For many, its retro styling and control combined with modern technology made it a real winner, and a natural choice for documentary and street photography. It was to these passionate users that Fujifilm turned when designing its replacement, the Fuji X100S, and the new camera makes 70 improvements on the original Fuji X100. The most noticeable of these is the ...

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