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  • Valve has virtual reality plans, but it’s not telling until January 2014

    Valve, creator of Half Life and digital game distribution platform Steam, will introduce virtual reality (VR) hardware by 2014 at the Steam Developer Days, a weekend-long game developers conference in Seattle. From 15-16 January, Valve's Mike Abrash and Joe Ludwig will discuss how it plans to use VR with Steam, and demo its own "affordable" VR device, reads the official Steam Dev Days post. The press waffle is as follows: "We’ve figured out what affordable Virtual Reality (VR) hardware will be capable of within a couple of years, and assembled a prototype which demonstrates that such VR hardware is capable...

  • iPad Air review: a heavyweight contender for the best tablet ever made

    Apple makes amazing gadgets. Whatever your opinion on Apple is (it's evil, it's beautiful, why won't it love me?), it's going to continue making desirable, yet unnervingly familiar products for decades to come. So that explains Apple's latest tablet then, the iPad Air. We nabbed the US$499 (the cheapest one, the most expensive costs US$929), WiFi/Cellular model with 16GB memory. Will it leave you fulfilled, or hungry for more? We know the answer to that. Designed in California The iPad Air is correctly titled. While it feels heavy (469g) it is far lighter than what it replaces, namely the iPad 3...

  • With over 800 000 sales, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear is a mysterious success

    Earlier today we reported that Samsung's Galaxy Gear, the slightly crappy and overpriced smartwatch with dubious designs, didn't sell all to well. In fact, most reports said that the Gear only sold a trifling 50 000 units so far. Samsung most likely picked up on these negative reports, as it's recently announced some sales figures of its own. According to Samsung, the company has in reality sold over 800 000 Galaxy Gears in the two month period since launch, said Reuters. Samsung said that Gear sales have "bettered expectations" and that as we go into the Christmas holidays, it would...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy Gear and Round sales tank, are deemed ‘test products’

    Samsung's experiments, the curved Galaxy Round and its first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear have failed to meet sales expectations, with industry experts now saying that these were only "test products" for the Korean tech company. The Galaxy Round, the world's first curved screen smartphone sold just shy of 10 000 units while the Gear went on to sell under 50 000, said Business Korea. With poor sales, the internet then tries to come to terms that with the fact that yes, two weird products aren't doing that well, and what's the reason for it? In the case of the Galaxy...

  • Xbox One controller prototypes were going to stink, literally

    Would you want a controller that emits smells or has a tiny projector which would beam out ambient visuals around you? Well, you can't have one. Not in this universe. In an exclusive interview with the guys at GamesBeat, Xbox general manager for accessories Zulfi Alam said that the company has been testing hundreds of weird prototypes and has spent more than US$100-million to create the "perfect controller" for the Xbox One. As with the Xbox One console, Alam said that the team has been experimenting with a variety of weird, wonderful and far-fetched controllers. Alam explains: “We looked at concepts...

  • Philips rolls out smart LED carpet technology for informative flooring

    Lighting technology giant Philips has teamed-up with major carpet company Desso to create what is called light transmissive carpets. Featuring integrated LED lighting technology, these carpets are able to emit light to navigate people as they walk all over it. The argument goes that people's eyes, similar to moths, naturally seek out light. So imagine going to movie theaters for instance -- instead of stumbling and fumbling around in the dark trying to find the route to your seat, this light transmissive carpet will safely guide you instead. The examples are almost endless. Think about flight information being displayed at the...

  • The Xbox One buyer’s guide

    We’ve said it countless times before, but 2013 is a big year for gamers and it doesn't get much bigger than the launch of two major consoles. The more controversial of the two is Microsoft’s new baby, the Xbox One. Should you buy one? Well, let’s take go through this conundrum step-by-step and help you reach a decision. Console design I personally think the Xbox One is not beautifully designed. It looks like a big, black, shiny brick. It comes with a redesigned Kinect 2.0, which is also bigger, but does at least look better than its predecessor. I think Sony has...

  • iPhone 6 concept ‘iPhone Air’ is a 4.6-inch dream machine

    The iPhone 5S has barely had time breathe and already we're faced with iPhone 6 concept videos and images like this one from DeviantART contributor BrightKnight08. BrightKnight presents a dazzling, wide-screen view of the future with an iPhone that is longer and more powerful than anything we can imagine, hence the term "concept". He's calling it the "iPhone Air" and there's a lot to love about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=NygVolB2Emk It's the slick, iPad cum Galaxy S4 hybrid design created by the artist that appeals to us. His design creates an iPhone with a tapered edge, like with the MacBook Air. The end...

  • Win ‘XCOM: Enemy Within’ for Xbox 360 [closed]

    Update: This was a tough one but the winner for this competition is Tom C! Well done, the Klautorix definitely sounds like a concept alien worth its own title. It's competition time! Today we're giving you the chance to win the new stand-alone expansion to the award-winning strategy/action title of 2012. Take a look at how you could win XCOM: Enemy Within for Xbox 360 below. How to enter: In the comments below, name or create your favorite alien. Enemy Within introduces new weapons and abilities with genetic and cybernetic modifications, how would the aliens have to adapt...

  • The Dell ‘Sputnik 3′ is a 13.3″ touchscreen Ubuntu laptop

    Dell has recently announced the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop code-named "Sputnik 3". In a blog post, the company describes this 13.3" light-weight touchscreen to have Intel's 4th generation, Haswell processor, a heavy-weight 256GB solid-state drive. Running the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the XPS 13 has a 1080 (Full HD) touch display covered by Gorilla Glass with an Intel HD graphics 4440 and 8GB RAM. Dell launched the first Sputnik laptop about a year ago as an experiment with ultrabook-style laptops. Project Sputnik has sought to prove the viability of offering to developers a highly-portable, factory-installed-Linux laptop that is fully supported...