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  • 5 ways Apple’s smart home will drastically affect your life

    Recently, Apple held its much-awaited Worldwide Developers Conference 2014, which has put a stop to a lot of rumour and speculation. The Cupertino-based giant was expected to introduce a ground-breaking innovation designed to improve all of our lives.. so another stock-standard Apple product, basically. Or so we thought. Now we know that the new set of gizmos is known as "HomeKit". With the release of iOS 8 bundled with HomeKit, we can say for sure (without laying the drama too thick) that the future is upon us. The basic premise is that our homes are currently stuffed with smart appliances,...

  • 6 iPad Air 2 mockup photos that could be real

    Are these photos real, does it even matter at this point? As the weeks tick by, we inch ever closer to a new Apple product, be it an iWatch, iPhone or another iPad. Today, care of the usually reliable french tech site Nowhereelse, we have these surprise shots of an iPad Air 2, a mockup according to the source. There's a lot of truth in these images, despite the shaky source material. Behold, TouchID now replaces the Home button and a different speaker grille flanks the Lightening port on the iPad Air 2. The site even managed snap a...

  • Valve’s Steam Summer Sale comes early, has added Adventure mode

    Gamers upset that Valve hasn't actually officially launched its Steam Machine platform yet, can today take comfort in the company's massive annual Steam Summer Sale. Valve, through its Steam store, is offering discounts on "thousands" of gaming titles for the next ten days. Although the sale is earlier than last year's, the company will still be offering its customary daily deals, community choice sales and a sales-orientated meta-game, allowing members to win additional titles. This year, eight-hour flash sales also join the fold, because waiting sucks. Current daily deals on offer include the dark DayZ, cut by a measly 15% to US$25.49....

  • Mecer Xpress Smartlife tablet review | an excellent, 7-inch Jelly Bean tablet

    I am a huge fan of tablets. They allow me the luxury of device hopping, which is something I love. A decent device experience allows me to hop from writing on my computer, to texting on my mobile, to reading on my tablet. There is a symphony of things that make this happen; the right devices and the right ecosystem. I use a Mac, and an iPhone. When I still had my iPad my ecosystem sang. Then my iPad waved farewell and my ecosystem became middling. Things have changed however, thanks to the Mecer Xpress Smartlife Tablet. Mecer is...

  • Sony testing new PS4 firmware and UI says twitter tipster Tidux

    The user interface of the PS4 is about to change, says the often spot-on twitter tipster Tidux. Apparently "over 100 people" are working on the plain-jane UI of the PS4, but there's no word on what exactly will be tweaked. Tidux also mentions that he's currently testing PS4 firmware, according to a later tweet. Gamepur broke the news, and is in agreement with Tidux, saying that he has a great track record when it comes to leaking industry news. @SnakePLISSK3N Over 100 people working on the UI — Tidux (@Tidux) June 17, 2014   All this testing is blowing my mind! #welcometothefuture #jit9...

  • Blackberry phones gain Amazon’s Android app store with BB 10.3 OS launch

    BlackBerry sealed a deal with Amazon on Wednesday that will allow its mobile device users to access the online retail giant's Android app store. The agreement comes as a last ditch effort by the Ontario-based company to retain its ever-dwindling customer base. It just might work, but we're not holding our breath. The Amazon Android app store is set to launch on BlackBerry 10 devices as soon as the company rolls out its BlackBerry 10.3 operating system this fall. Although smartphone users powered by BlackBerry 10 will now have access to over 240 000 apps from the Android store, that doesn't...

  • AirDog action sports drone will let us view life in the third-person

    The one feature dearly lacking on GoPro action cameras is a set of wings. But the developers behind the AirDog have likely solved that problem with the creation of the "world's first auto-follow action sports drone" designed to film the user from high above. The US$995 AirDog is a waterproof, foldable, quad-copter drone that has a quirkily attractive LEGO-like appearance, but features a gyro-stabilised gimbal that reduces camera shake while automatically adjusting pitch and yaw. It's serious machinery, developed by Helico Aerospace Industries, a group of extreme sports enthusiasts themselves. Other electronic wizardry ensures that the drone doesn't crash into anything,...

  • Amazon’s Fire Phone: with Firefly, it scans and identifies real-world objects

    The Fire Phone has just been unveiled and it seems like one big party of goodies. It has interesting features such as Firefly, which uses the camera to recognise everyday objects like books, art, CDs, songs and product labels - and then show you how to buy them, and Dynamic Perspective, which creates the illusion of 3D visuals on the device. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who revealed the gadget on Wednesday, says the company has been in the hardware space for the last 10 years even though Amazon's first product -- the Kindle -- was released seven years ago. How...

  • Murdered: Soul Suspect review | one foot in the grave

    I had high hopes for Murdered: Soul Suspect when I saw the original trailers and gameplay demos -- it was what appeared to be a cross between a ghost story and an old school detective novel. A ghost detective bent on discovering the identity of his own murderer, who wouldn't love that idea? Unfortunately Murdered: Soul Suspect doesn’t quite live up to the fantasy. What could have been an intriguing and complex tale of murder coupled with the tragedy of dying with unfinished business instead turns into a predictable and somewhat stale piece of gameplay. Before we get into the nitty...

  • This ingenious device lets you send scents and odours from your iPhone

    If the world thought constant uploads of meals to the internet was a thing of the past, they may soon have to deal with more than just pictures. Cambridge-based start up Vapor Communications, has developed the oPhone, a device that literally allows its users to receive photographs with odours. The unique project this week launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, with inventors David Edwards and Rachel Field yesterday sending the first scent message across the Atlantic. The device is available to early backers for US$149. The oPhone reproduces scents tagged in an image sent from the device's iPhone app - oSnap. Eight...