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  • Nokia’s 4.5-inch Lumia 925 is official, costs €469

    Nokia’s Lumia 925 is official. While Nokia plans to launch the Lumia 928 today, it’s one-upped itself with the surprise release of the 925, a 4.5-inch Windows Phone with an all-new aluminum body and an 8.7-megapixel PureView camera. The Lumia 925 isn’t going to set the world on fire and for €469 (US$616), it also costs too much. Priced to move Here’s the full tech specs for the Lumia 925: Networks: GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900, WCDMA, 2100, 1900, 850, 900, LTE 2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800 Memory: 1GB RAM, 16 GB user memory Display: 4.5-inch AMOLED WXGA (1280×768) Processor: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon Camera: PureView 8.7-megapixel...

  • Google Glass gains facial recognition with sneaky hack

    Google Glass is exciting. It’s the first real step towards hands-free computing and one day, Star Trek-style interaction. Recently though, one user’s gone and squeezed facial recognition into Google Glass, with fairly accurate results. His project is called MedRef for Google Glass and it adds extra cards (same as Google Now) to the Glass timeline. Or as Lance Nanek, the developer of MedRef, calls it “cool medical stuff and facial recognition.” Users would need to first install the Glassware. The MedRef cards pop up and pull in records for “Jason”, a test patient. The app lets you add voice notes, and browse...

  • BlackBerry Q5 revealed: 3.1-inch touch and type smartphone

    BlackBerry has officially the Q5, a Qwerty smartphone running BlackBerry 10 but designed for emerging market countries. We’ve known for some time now that BlackBerry would be launching such a device, but in the run-up to its unveiling we had it pegged that it would run under the R10 moniker. It’s unclear how much the Q5 will cost, although we do know that it will come with a 3.1-inch touch-screen. If the leaks prior to the Q5’s unveiling are to be believed then it will also come with 2GB of RAM, alongside a 5MP camera, 8GB of internal memory and a...

  • Razer Orbweaver review: elite gaming, at a price

    The Orbweaver is the latest gaming pad released by Razer. It is a specialised piece of gaming equipment that I suspect will only attract a select few of the most hardcore gamers. With all the specialised gaming gear available presently, I think many gamers would see this as an unnecessary addition to their collection, especially at a pricey US$129. But for that elite cult of game gear fanatics, the Orbweaver might just be what they’re looking for. At first glance, the Orbweaver is one awkward looking gadget. That might intimidate you and make you question its level of comfort. But...

  • Scentee is the very real smell add-on for iPhone

    Here’s a list of tech innovations coming out this year. Only one is real: A bluetooth fork that buzzes if you eat too quickly An eye-controlled TV A massager that plugs into your iPhone for social “happiness” A Blackberry-like keyboard that slides over your iPhone A scent add-on for the iPhone So which one is the odd one out? Try none of them. Every gadget is real, and coming very soon. But today we’re talking about the Scentee, a plug-in for the iPhone 4S that wirelessly transmits odors, according to Diginfo.tv. The company producing Scentee, Chatperf has a terrible website with quotes such as “creates...

  • Sony caption-display glasses rolling out to 6000 Regal Cinemas

    Good news for hearing-impared film fans: Regal Cinemas will ready closed-caption glasses to well over 6 000 cinemas by month end, says NPR.org. Think of the glasses as 3D lenses for the ears — captions are displayed on the glasses and will look as if they are floating ten feet away from the user. The video below neatly demonstrates the power of the Sony-powered caption glasses. The lightweight (but very large) glasses produce “private” closed caption text for both 3D and 2D film. The captions are wirelessly synched to Sony’s digital projector system. There’s volume control for the hard of...

  • Sony Xperia ZR is the new underwater smartphone star

    Today Sony announced a new addition to its family– the waterproof Xperia ZR. With this sexy number you’ll be able to take high quality photos and HD videos underwater (up to 1.5 meters). Together with 13MP snapshots, the smartphone also boasts other durable features like dust-resistance and Sony’s STAMINA Mode (improved battery). For those itchy trigger-finger moments, the camera shows off features allowing you to “never miss another moment,” and as an example, you’ll be able to shoot while in lock screen mode by using the dedicated camera button. Burst mode lets you take a series of quick shots and...

  • Japan plans for a new crazy fast supercomputer to predict tsunamis

    In news that is totally awesome, Japan’s science ministry has announced its plans to build a supercomputer by 2020 that is 100-times faster than Japan’s current most-powerful supercomputer, according to The Japan Times. The current title is held by a supercomputer called K, which is the third-fastest computer in the world, which gives you some idea of how ridiculously fast this new supercomputer will be. That is, assuming that the ministry can wrangle the money it needs for the project out of next-year’s budget. To give you some idea of the speed of these things, K is capable of ten...

  • 10 films that would make incredible games

    If you’re reading this post, chances are you are a big fan of both video games and films. When I was doing research for this article I found that many of my favourite films already have a game version but most of them simply suck. They were either rushed through production to take advantage of the hype of the film or created as merely an add-on to the movie. I think if film-to-game transitions were created to stand on their own two feet, we might have had some more excellent games on our shelf. Here is a list of...

  • Half Life 2 ages gracefully, gains Oculus Rift VR support

    Half Life 2, undoubtedly the finest first person shooter of all time, is the latest game to receive support from the Oculus Rift VR headset. The Oculus Rift developer forums posted this update Thursday evening. We just shipped a beta for Half-Life 2 that includes Oculus Rift support. To get it, open the properties for HL2 in Steam, set your command line to “-vr”, and opt-in to the SteamPipe beta. This should ship to everybody in a few weeks. This port is a bit more raw than TF2 was when it shipped, so we would appreciate hearing about any bugs you...