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  • Microsoft Siri clone ‘Cortana’ coming to Xbox, PC and mobile

    It was revealed earlier last  week that Microsoft's Siri-like digital assistant will be named "Cortana" after the blue holographic assistant from the Xbox flagship first-person shooter Halo. This personal assistant will be available on all Windows devices including mobile, PC and Xbox and is suspected of being a strong competitor in the field of digital assistance. WPCentral revealed this in a leak that indicated that Windows 8.1 will feature a new Notification Center, multi-tile select and more interesting design features to come with Microsoft's updated operating system. Some of ZDNet's sources seem to suggest that this technology will be able to...

  • Google Glass ‘XE9′ update adds video, sound search to the mix

    There's something special about Google Glass. It could be the insane price of it, or it could be the fact that it's the coolest piece of wearable tech to hit the scene in years. Today, Google Glass gets a cool new update that will potentially, and hopefully, save money for the Glass wearer when the product officially launches in 2014. The update, XE9, has a host of new features, such as YouTube apps, Vignettes, sound search, and most happily the update removes the need for mobile data tethering, said Engadget. Previously, Glass users had to rely on mobile phone data...

  • Apple already testing post-iOS 7 updates with bug fixes, suggests report

    Although iOS 7 will be dropping on iPhones and iPads across the globe on 18 September, there are reports suggesting that the company is already preparing the launch of other future software versions. These newer versions, namely iOS 7.1, iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2 will include multiple bug fixes and could even be a hint of next-gen iPad compatibility. 9to5Mac reports that there are already teams on the job, working on and testing iOS 7.1, iOS 7.0.1 and iOS 7.0.2. It's also suggesting that the new update might only be released some time in October or even later this month....

  • First Xbox One retail box image tweeted by Major Nelson

    Is this the happiest day ever for Xbox One fans? Microsoft's Major Nelson tweeted out an image of the first Xbox One off the assembly line. The very first #XboxOne off the assembly line. @XboxP3 is taking it to TGS next week http://t.co/7p001eklUy — Larry Hryb (@majornelson) September 13, 2013 This little beauty is going to make its way to the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), where Microsoft will most likely unbox it to a screaming crowd. It's good to see the Xbox One (Xbone?) in it's new packaging, which looks very similar to the old Xbox Arcade box. It's that overwhelming green....

  • New Samsung Galaxy tab bundle includes free DStv Mobile

    Samsung and DStv today announced a partnership that will see Galaxy Tabs bundled with the Drifta Mobile decoder. Samsung and DStv say that together with this bundle, you'll also get a three-month free DStv Mobile subscription. The Drifta for Android is a mobile decoder that enables access to DStv Mobile channels using select Samsung tablets. The tablets that currently support DStv's mobile decoder include the Samsung Note 8.0, Samsung 2 10.1 and the Samsung Tab 3 10.1. CEO of DStv Mobile Mark Rayner says that the Drifta for Android utilizes Digital Video Broadcast Handheld (DVB-H) technology that's meant to offer improved...

  • We pay tribute to the 5 best GTA games so far

    With Grand Theft Auto V less than a week away (yes, less than a week away!), we decided to take a look back at the five best entries in this beloved franchise. Sound off in the comments section below if you agree or, inevitably, disagree with our choices. Grand Theft Auto III (2001) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJYrmZrLdOc Welcome to the birth of Grand Theft Auto in three dimensions. Before 2001, Rockstar’s crime caper had taken place from a bird’s eye view, but Grand Theft Auto III changed all that. It was an experience that had to be seen first-hand to be believed; a game that...

  • Microsoft will give you $200 for your old boring iPad

    Bring in your iPad to a Microsoft store, and get a minimum of US$200 (R2000) in credit. We're not so sure if this is a desperate move, or a clever sales technique. Either way, you can now grab a Microsoft tablet, commonly known as a Surface, for US$200 (R2000) cheaper at least. The offer ends 27 October and the gift card trade-in only applies to ex-Apple fans who have an iPad 2, 3 or 4. Only "select" Microsoft stores in Canada and the US will run the offer. Also, the iPad has to come with a power cord. Without it,...

  • Leaked pictures show possible gold-coloured HTC One

    There has been a leak. One that captured a gold-coloured HTC One. It's actually only specific parts that have been found to be gold-coloured but as Engadget notes, the leak seems to be pretty legit. It's noted that the leaker, a Sina Weibo user, has quite a good track record and that the hand-written marks on the phone seem very authentic, as they're similar to the labels that would be used by the phone's designer. The colour of one's phone is a big deal. At least that's what the recent trends have shown us: from Apple announcing its new...

  • Rasbeanjelly review: made for the minimalist ROM fan

    In what is seemingly becoming a tradition, I’m back with another review of my favourite custom ROM, Rasbeanjelly from Rascarlo. It’s the first custom ROM I flash on any device, not just because the thread is one of my favourites to be a part of, but the sense of community and information sharing on any of  the “Trinity family” threads really has enriched my experience of using Android. Self builds from Rascarlo’s source code are very much encouraged, and that’s because of the minimal, bug free, approach of Rasbeanjelly. So if you are looking for a custom ROM for your...

  • iPhone 5C and 5S ready for pre-order in the US from 13 September

    Verizon, one of the US' major cellular networks, is on the verge of taking pre-orders for the iPhone 5C and 5S. Don't forget to check your upgrade availability... Isn't that just lovely? So tomorrow, 13 September, you'll be able to sink some of your sweaty money into Apple's latest iPhones. More specifically, pre-orders for the 5C and 5S begin at 3AM EDT. Sprint , a Verizon competitor, is also accepting pre-orders from 3AM EDT. Now that's a fair bit of cheek. The iPhone 5C and 5S were announced earlier this week in a showy display of Apple marketing goodness, one is an upgrade...