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  • Laser cannon upgrade coming to US Navy ships by 2014

    From 2014, the US Navy plans to deploy a ship-mounted (and plane-mounted as seen in the video), US$32-million laser cannon called the “Laser Weapon System” or LaWS for short. The video below demonstrates the frightening, and very real LaWS in action as it burns a freaking drone plane down from the sky. It’s quite something to see. The video also demos a plane-mounted laser, which is as portable as it is scary. Imagine the military having this much precision and power at it’s fingertips? If you thought nukes were an issue, a portable laser weapon is even worse. But...

  • Thief 4 preview: sneaking evolved

    It all begins with Garrett, the beloved protagonist and anti-hero of the original Thief trilogy. In deciding to reboot the franchise, the first question Eidos Montreal tackled was this: would Garrett return or not? How to reinvent a character loved by so many old-timers while simultaneously modernising him for a new generation of players? Was Eidos prepared to enter into a pact with a legion of gamers who still fondly remember the good old days? It seems it was, because Eidos decided Garrett would indeed return, and in doing so, signalled its intention to create the first full-fledged Thief game in...

  • Facebook Home hands on review: a lovely place to be

    Let’s be frank: people probably use Facebook more than any other application on their phones. In fact, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of the social network, had some centers to back that claim up. According to Zuck, 20 percent of people’s phone time is spent trolling Facebook. Throw Instagram in the mix, and folks spend more than 25 percent of their phone time looking at something owned by Facebook. Based on the apparent transfixion of users on the service and backed by a principle to build phones around people first and not apps, Facebook has created Home, an overlay comprised of a several...

  • Next-gen Xbox called ‘Xbox’, launch event pushed out to 21 May

    According to sources (and The Verge), Microsoft is now delaying the launch of the next Xbox as it plans a 21 May event. The video below from What the Tech’s Paul Thurrott reveals Microsoft’s new plans, which have now shifted the supposed launch a month forward from 24 April to 21 May. The name of the next console is said to be “Xbox.” Perhaps Microsoft is copying Apple’s naming convention (“iPad” not “iPad 5”). Watch from 54:44 for the Microsoft announcement Thurrott has unearthed some tasty tidbits regarding the launch. Firstly, it’s going to a minimal launch for the next Xbox, which has...

  • iOS 7 concept video shows off ‘jailbroken’ interface

    Frederick Bianco, an industrious designer, has created an interesting concept video for Apple’s upcoming iOS 7. Bianco gets to work in this video, demoing both the iPad and iPhone versions of his iOS 7 concept. The best part? Most users with a Jailbroken iThing can achieve the same look and feel Bianco has achieved. The White Stripes never sounded so good It’s a peculiar video, as it envisions an iOS that is very much in line with what the jailbreaking community has rolled out. Widgets, a better Mission Control, an OSX style download queue for Safari mobile, quick settings and quick reply. First...

  • Samsung reveals S III’s second cousin, Galaxy Win

    Let’s all welcome the Samsung Galaxy Win, a smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen, 5-megapixel camera and 1.2Ghz CPU. If it sounds deridingly average, that’s because it is. With no word on pricing or local availability, we’ll have to immerse ourselves in the specs for now. Samsung says that the Galaxy Win is “ intuitive new smartphone designed to balance the needs of the on-the-go user with massive processing power, multitasking capabilities, and a compact design for ultimate portability.” A 1.2Ghz CPU is not worth tweeting mom about, nor is 8GB internal memory. Puzzle the specs if you will, but it’s...

  • If you’re kidnapped this wristband will send messages to FB, Twitter

    If you’ve watched enough news bulletins in your life time, you’ll know that being a human rights or aid worker comes with the risk of kidnapping. Enter a new wristband from the Civil Rights Defenders action group, which will send out a distress call to Twitter and Facebook if activated. The wristband can be activated manually or automatically if it is ripped off. The wristband uses cellular and GPS technology to track its wearers and the first batch is set to roll out this week. “Most of us, given the chance, would like to help others in danger,” Civil...

  • Facebook launches ‘FB Home’ app, HTC First tags along

    The Facebook Phone event is over, and left smoking in the ruins is this, the HTC First. The social network’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took the stage, spoke a lot but finally got to the meat of it. Facebook Home is the cleanest Android experience we’ve ever seen. Home looks competent, simple but above all, functional. “We want to bring the experience of having a home, of having everything you need right around you… to your phone.” said Zuckerberg. The phone turns on. You see this: But with your details, not this random man From here, you’ll be able to see all your...

  • Microsoft creative director: If next Xbox is always-online we must ‘#dealwithit’

    This is fairly weird, funny and fantastic at the same time. Adam Orth, the creative director at Microsoft Studios took to Twitter and ranted about the fate of the next “always-online” Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed nothing about the next Xbox, but most of the rumours point towards it being a constantly connected device that will require the internet for authentication. Much like with the upcoming PS4. Here’s Orth’s fascinating twitter exchange: Please excuse the poor screen capture. Orth has to confirm us a follower on Twitter so that we can view his tweets. First off, Orth is not speaking with a...

  • HTC First hands on review: Meet the Facebook Home phone

    Say hello to the HTC First, the first phone to highlight Facebook Home, an Android overlay newly introduced by the social network. This is not a Facebook phone, nor is it not a Facebook phone. Confusing? Sorry, but what we mean is that this is a phone built by HTC with a quasi-Facebook skin. You can turn Home off, but that sort of defeats the First’s purpose. Immediately upon turning on the First (well, after the obligatory Android opening), users are greeted with a log in screen to sync their Facebook accounts with the Home experience. What Home, and by extension, the First,...