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  • Samsung surprises no one, announces 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3

    Samsung’s beginning to show its hand here with the announcement of the Galaxy Tab 3, a 7-inch Note 8 lookalike that sheds a few corners and drops the S Pen. So that’s a 7-inch tablet with a 1024×600 (169ppi) display, a 1.2Ghz CPU, 8/16GB internal memory (priced dependent and unknown), a  3-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front  camera, Wi-Fi and 3G support, Android 4.1 and hopefully a mask to cover your shame after you buy this underpowered tablet. One of the only saving graces is the 4000mAh battery, which should provide well over two days of heavy usage. Also, the Tab...

  • LG Optimus F5 is the speedy 4G smartphone for tight budgets

    The 4G-ready Optimus F5 is one of two budget smartphones rolling out of the LG stable this year, with the other being the Optimus F7. Let’s not confuse the F5 with something like the iPhone 5, Z10 or HTC One though, this is a 1.2Ghz phone with a 4.3-inch screen, Android 4.1.2 and 4G powers. Here’s the full stats for the F5: • OS: Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2 • Processor: Qualcomm 1.2 GHz Dual-Core • Display: 4.3-inch IPS (256 ppi) • Battery: 2,150mAh • Size: 126.04 x 64.46 x 9.30mm • Memory: 8 GB / 1 GB RAM / microSD (up to 32GB) • Camera: 5.0 MP...

  • LG announces 55-inch Curved OLED TV for your IMAX living room

    Brace yourself, for today the South Korean electronics giant LG announced it will start taking orders for its Curved OLED TV. It’s called the 55EA9800. Yes, it’s not that catchy as you would have wanted but it’s probably the current Iron Man of all televisions. This groundbreaking 55-inch curved telly begins shipping next month in Korea. It’s a great development and gives LG another leap forward in its tight competition with Samsung, Sony and Sharp. This particular curved OLED TV will set you back a massive US$13 500. Though it might just be worth your while to dream about...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: 5 inches of win

    I had very little time to play with Samsung’s Galaxy S4, a phone that is as much a media center as it is a social/mobile/life management tool. Samsung calls the S4 a “life companion” (what was the SIII then, a weekend fling?) and outside of this silly moniker, it’s a great 5-inch smartphone with some clever features that makes it stand out from the crowd. Here’s what I think of Samsung’s S4, which launches globally 27 April. The screen The 5-inch screen is a work of master-class. It’s a 441PPI display. 4,4,1. That’s one of the highest resolution per inch ratios...

  • Logitech Harmony Touch review: for all your remote computing needs

    Logitech’s Harmony range of universal remote controls are decent attempts at uncluttering our living rooms by providing us with a single remote for all our devices, and the Logitech Harmony Touch is the latest model. There’s no keypad, and the colour screen of previous versions has been enlarged and given a touchscreen make over. Setting up the Logitech Harmony Touch is a simple process, and as long as you have the model numbers for your devices (which are often found on the devices themselves) then you shouldn’t have a problem. The software included on the CD is clear, informative and easy...

  • Take a look at what could become the first smartphone for the blind

    Smartphones have evolved by leaps and bounds and have been called the technology that has had the most impact on society. Phones have not only packed multiple gadgets (like the alarm clock, game console, radio and music player) into one device, but have also allowed people to be constantly connected. While this has proven to be a boon for the society at large, a particular section of society is deprived of it. Blind people can’t use smartphones. There are feature phones in the market that cater to the blind with Braille embedded in the keypad for them to dial numbers;...

  • Acer Iconia W510 review: Windows 8 finally does good

    The Iconia W5 is the latest Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid (a “lappitablet”) from Acer. While it’s not perfect, it’s better than the Surface RT, as it’s a full Windows 8 experience now, not a stripped down version of the maligned OS. With some decent specs, a great screen, the option of having both a laptop as well as a tablet essentially, and a very solid keyboard (an optional extra), the W5 is the best hybrid Windows 8 computer yet — but the US$500 price hurts it. A dual-core 1.5Ghz Atom CPU with a 64GB drive may not be enough for a...

  • The best Windows laptop on the planet is…a Mac

    Well this is one for the books. Forget your Dells, HPs and Asuses, the best laptop for running Windows on is a Mac. To be precise, it’s a mid 2012 13-inch Macbook pro and, according to Soluto (the company which has come to this conclusion), it’s because Microsoft’s OS installs cleaner on the Apple device than any other. It’s not Microsoft’s fault though. The real problem, apparently lies with the manufacturers: A main factor in this machine’s metrics is the fact that every Windows installation on it is clean. With PC manufacturers loading so much crapware on new laptops,...

  • Samsung NX300 review: high performance and fold out touchscreen

    There’s lots of action right now in the compact system camera (CSC)segment, which pairs compact camera bodies with interchangeable lenses for a DSLR-like experience without the internal mirror or associated bulk. It’s an area where Samsung has been making steady headway with an expanding range of lenses that now includes a new 45mm prime lens for shooting 3D stills and movies. It works exclusively with the latest arrival – the faux leather-clad Samsung NX300. Retro credentials aside, this camera bears more than a passing resemblance to its siblings, the Samsung NX210 and Samsung NX1000, which currently remain on sale. There are similarities elsewhere, too, with each...

  • Next-gen Xbox event at Microsoft HQ 21 May

    Come 21 May 2013, Microsoft will announce the next Xbox 720/Durango. At 10am in Microsofts headquarters located at Redmond, Washington the next great console will hopefully be revealed on stage, unlike the PS4 hardware which remains in the shadows. The invite reads “A new generation revealed. Don Mattrick and the Xbox team invite you to the Xbox campus for a special unveiling.” Mattrick is Microsoft’s president of Interactive Entertainment Business. Microsoft will broadcast this event on Xbox Live, as well as the US cable channel, Spike TV. Here’s Microsoft announcing it on Twitter: Tune in for the live reveal, May 21...