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  • This Japanese gadget squirts grilled meat aromas in your face

    People always say that there's a fine line between genius and insanity. In the case of this gadget, the line couldn't be much thinner. Hana Yakiniku (or more appropriately “Nose Grilled Meat” in English) is brought to us by Scentee -- a device that you plug into your iPhone that then gives off the scent of cooked meat among other scents. "Choose. Insert. Smell. Eat." Those are the steps you follow with this device that sheds off the scent of food. Earlier we saw the initial Scentee device that gives off perfume scents and such. Needless to say, it...

  • Intel launches Haswell-powered laptop and hybrid range in South Africa

    Loads of stuff happened at rAge this weekend. So it's fitting for Intel to finally launch its new range of Haswell-stuffed laptops and tablets in South Africa. Intel has launched its 4th generation Intel Core processor family, enabling a new generation of Ultrabooks and tablet-laptop hybrids to hit homes and offices in style. Vince Resente, territory manager for South and Sub-Saharan African at Intel, said the new processor would allow laptops and tablets to run all day on a single battery charge while delivering "leading edge graphics and performance": “The new processors deliver a 50 percent improvement in battery life, which...

  • Pedego Interceptor bike review: heavy metal joyride

    Full disclosure: the last time I rode a bicycle on anything near a regular basis was in my honours year at university. Unfortunately the same hill that made getting to campus a breeze made getting home a sweaty slog. On the face of it, an electric bike would've been an ideal solution. Recently I was fortunate enough to test that hypothesis with the arrival of the Interceptor in the Burn offices. This bike from Pedego sports a 48 volt, 10 amp battery capable of producing 500 watts of power and a claimed range of around 50km. It also has...

  • Win a 1TB, USB 3.0 Transcend StoreJet hard drive [competition closed]

    Update: Well done to Willie! He's the new owner of the awesome Transcend StoreJet hard drive. Now for those who didn't win -- don't despair, there'll be loads more competitions in the near future. rAge 2013 is upon us and it's Friday so we're all in good spirits. So good, in fact, that we're giving away more stuff. Up for grabs for the next week will be this 1TB portable USB 3.0 hard drive by Transcend. It's simple, rugged and got a lot of space -- what more do you need? Living dangerously? Lucky for you the StoreJet 25M3 has...

  • Hybrid much? Windows Phone could soon be in your HTC Android

    Waking up to stories like these make us doubt our sobriety. According to a report by Bloomberg, HTC and Microsoft are in talks to add the Windows Phone OS to HTC's line of Android smartphones. Microsoft's head of OS', Terry Myerson, reportedly asked HTC last month if Microsoft could run Windows Phone as a "second option" on HTC devices. Myerson even discussed the option of removing the licensing fee per unit. That alone would significantly cut the cost of any Android/Windows Phone hybrid. Those familiar with the source information said that cutting the license fee is Microsoft's way of incentivising HTC...

  • Wildcat is world’s fastest robot, runs into our nightmares

    As if plucked directly from our nightmares, the "Wildcat" robot by Boston Dynamics is capable of speeds of up to 29 miles per hour and when it runs at you, screaming is the only option. The Wildcat used to be tethered to a cable connected to an off-board hydraulic pump (and it also used to be called the Cheetah) but now it's wireless and ready for action. Imagine this thing mounted with laser-cannons? It's the world's fastest robot and is even a Guinness World Record holder, said Engadget. It's the sound of the buzzing petrol engine that frightens us the most. It...

  • Apple polishing up OS X Mavericks, GM now available to developers

    According to 9to5Mac Apple released OS X Mavericks Golden Master (GM) to developers today. This means that the company has finally completed its work on the new OS version for Macs. It's expected to be available later this month at an Apple press event and boasts new features such as improved power optimization, better app design support and the iCloud Keychain for online paranoids. What will set OS X Mavericks apart from previous versions? Certain apps will have undergone design changes such as Safari and Calender for example. Better yet, there'll be optimized support for the new energy saving...

  • rAge 2013: what to expect from Africa’s largest gaming expo

    Every year, gamers from all over South Africa converge on Johannesburg to take in the geek fest that is rAge. Don't get me wrong, I'm not counting myself out of that geek category – I say it in the most complimentary manner possible. I've been going to rAge for as long as I can remember, and I've seen it grow from a small expo of core gaming fans, to a massive gaming extravaganza that draws people in by the droves. This makes me happy – it brings together the gaming community in a way that not much else can, as...

  • Amazon’s ‘Project Smith': budget phone with FireOS, premium device with 3D

    Amazon's had a busy year. Last week, we got new a few new Kindles and today, there's an interesting update about 3D phones. Amazon wants to develop a smartphone with a 3D eye tracking interface, and a "budget" phone, says TechCrunch. This story isn't new (we reported on it earlier this year), but today's details are and according to "those familiar with the source", the phones are already in development. But the people familiar with the plans said the smartphone and set-top box are just two elements of a broader foray into hardware that also includes the audio streaming device and...

  • After a year off, Microsoft is coming back to CES

    Missed Microsoft at the mega tech expo that is the International Consumer Electronics Show? Don't worry, the company is making a return next year. That's according to one of the event's organisers, who confirmed to the BBC that Microsoft had booked meeting rooms in the run up to the January 2014 show (no, there's no official word from Microsoft as yet). "It's actually a larger presence than I believe they have ever had," said president of the Consumer Electronics Association Gary Shapiro. Microsoft's return may help hush the critics who have been quite vocal (especially after this year's show) about how the...