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  • Xbox One HD can’t be swapped out, but can use external drives

    The Xbox One, revealed last night to be an all-in-one home entertainment system, has a 500GB drive that is “non-user-serviceable” reports Engadget. During a brief interview with Albert Penello of Microsoft, it confirmed that the included 500GB drive won’t be user replaceable, but on the upside the USB 3.0 input will accept external drives. There’s the two USB 3.0 ports in the middle of the Xbox One Penello said that the external storage can be used for anything the internal storage is needed for. That includes games saves, installations, achievement points, user profiles, music and video. With the original Xbox 360, adding...

  • Coming real soon: the NASA-funded food replicator

    Replicators, fictional devices that create food from thin air, are now one step closer to our sad reality thanks to NASA. According to Venturebeat.com, the US-based space institute is offering US$125 000 to the first individual who can who can bring a 3D-printed food solution into our reality. And thanks to a machine that uses “food cartridges” created by mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor, food replication just took one giant leap for mankind. Watch this and try not to be amazed. Contractor said in an interview recently that “I think, and many economists think, that current food systems can’t supply 12-billion people...

  • Upcoming LG F3 pictures and 4G-ready specs leaked

    Pictures and a hint of specs have been leaked of the upcoming LG F3 smartphone, part of the Korean giant’s F range. The leak by @EvLeaks, reveals that the Optimus F3, like its siblings, will cater for 4G connectivity. This is what makes the F-series so popular. The fact that LG’s trying to put fast data connectivity in our hands at an affordable price. If first impressions were anything to go by, and they usually are, the F3 doesn’t seem to stand out against current competition per se. But who cares? This is not LG’s flagship. And you’ll be getting...

  • The next Xbox is here [live blog]

    The time has come. After almost 12 years of gaming pleasure, Microsoft will today reveal the successor to its wildly successful console, the Xbox 360. The PS4 has dropped most of its secrets, but Microsoft has remained very cagey, outside of the Xbox hardware leak a few months prior. Live from Redmond, Washington Microsoft’s plans of world domination will come together — not without Sony fighting tooth and nail to remind us that it’s also bringing out a console. Maybe Microsoft will surprise us and bring out something more traditional than the always-online console Sony is promising for the PS4....

  • Sony Xperia Z review: the best Android smartphone yet

    I’m no Xperia fan. I dislike the name (any product name that begins with an “X” in it reeks of nineties shame), I’ve never warmed up to Sony’s range of phones and I certainly didn’t care when Sony split from Ericsson and created the Xperia range. But I care about Sony’s Xperia Z — a handsomely made 5-inch smartphone that’s near invulnerable. There are two standout features that elevate the Xperia Z above the competition: the incredibly fetching 5-inch screen and it’s superhuman strength. Is it worth the close to US$600 asking fee? Let’s find out. Apple design envy Sony has...

  • Leap Motion goes hands-free with Windows 8 video demo

    Leap Motion has released a new video that demos the powerful gesture technology of its PC and Mac compatible device. We already knew how accurate the ten-finger motion controller is, but this is the first time we’ve seen it officially demoed with Windows 8. Matter of fact, Leap Motion looks so fun and fast on Windows 8 that it practically makes the OS seem exciting again. In the video, the user jumps from zooming to in to images, to rating fractals to navigating the touch-friendly interface of Windows 8. As one commenter notes on the YouTube channel, Leap Motion...

  • iTunes app updates are broken and here’s why

    Apple just celebrated 50-billion apps downloaded, but that number pales in comparison to the number of app updates it’s delivered. So I thought I’d examine the version history of every app currently on my phone, and even make a best guess of how many megabytes it took to keep all my apps up to date. Since I don’t have the size of historical binaries, I’m only going to use the size of the latest version, which will probably overstate the true number of megabytes since apps tend to grow in size over time. I’m also assuming that I owned each app...

  • Romanian engineering brings us the 10.1-inch Evolio Quadra

    Evolio is attempting to dominate the Eastern European’s tablet market with this new 10.1-inch Quad Core tablet, suitably titled — the Evolio Quardra. Going for less than US$300 (RON999), the Quadra could also prove to be a worthy competitor for the international 10-inch tablet market. The Romanian company is, among many things, responsible for accessories and multimedia products and seems to be steadily gaining ground. Surprisingly, 10-inch tablets seem to have been gaining popularity. According to Noviolo CEO, Liviu Nistoran, “the market share of the 10.1″ tablet recently increased from 25% to over 30%.” Novolio wants in on more...

  • Toshiba Satellite U920t review: middle of the road

    The Satellite U920t is an Ultrabook that was released by Toshiba earlier this year. Currently, it is the only product in its laptop/tablet combo range that boasts Windows 8 Pro. It is admittedly a good and reasonably affordable device (R10 999) but its user friendliness and practicality is a problem. Feels great The Satellite U920t looks and feels great. It’s a sturdy and attractive piece of hardware. In tablet mode, you work on a five point touch-screen system. This basically means that the tablet screen can read up to five contact points simultaneously. This might be a minor set-back when compared...

  • ZTE aims for India with five new smartphones

    ZTE, one of China’s biggest telecom and mobile phone makers, plans to sell five new smartphones directly to India. This is the first time ZTE has marketed phones specifically for the Indian market. The five phones are priced from US$105 to US$270 according to The Next Web. ZTE is in it to win it, and will market, distribute and manage all sales of the mystery smartphones. It’s even going to ensure that post-sale customer service. ZTE has lofty goals in India, and wants to be one of the top three telecoms by 2016, says Xu Dejun, CEO of ZTE India....