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  • Ahead of IFA launch, someones leaked the Nokia Lumia 830

    Microsoft had planned to surprise the world with the Lumia 830 at its IFA Berlin launch tomorrow, but the internet had other ideas, Chinese tech site WPDang in particular. Thanks to its sleuthing, we've got images of the Lumia 830, along with specifications. The Lumia 830 is a middle-of-the-road smartphone, slotting in between the Lumia 1020 and 930 in terms of raw power. It has a 5" 1280x720 resolution display, 4G LTE, a 10MP PureView camera squashed into the rear, "better grip feel", MicroUSB card slot, Snapdragon 400 CPU (which is fairly weak) and a removable battery. This Lumia (outfitted with Windows Phone...

  • ACHIRES the bipedal robot will somersault into your heart

    I'm not completely sure if robots chasing humans on wheels is scarier than robots chasing humans on two legs, but the University of Tokyo just took one step closer to the latter. Its latest bipedal robot can reach speeds of 4.2km/h -- fast enough to chase a very unfit human being. As fate (or a slow news week) would have it, a robot clocked at the speed of melting butter is not anything special. Tokyo's little sprinter, dubbed ACHIRES, can only keep the pace for a mere ten seconds, not nearly enough to take it to Usain Bolt, or Haile...

  • netsurferDUAL 8 review: local pride

    South African gadgets aren't great, or memorable. Can you name three, or even one smartphone/tablet developed in South Africa? No? Allow me to assist. The Netsurfer range of tablets are South African-developed and have been knocking about for years. They're low-cost, aimed at the mass-market and are ideal entry-level Android machines for those who're unfamiliar with technology because oddly enough, Netsurfer tablets come with thick, detailed instruction manuals that walk first-time users through every step of the Android setup. Yeah, most of us can knock out an Android setup without even thinking, but for the Luddite, desperate to learn the ways...

  • PS4 update 2.0 brings dynamic themes to the mix, here’s it in action

    PS4 update 2.0 was recently announced at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan/Asia Press Conference 2014, with the highlight being the addition of dynamic themes. This will be a familiar update for those who owned a PS3, as themes were an integral part of the system, for the fans at least. The themes will be based on games and characters from the Sony family, and as seen in the video below, the first public theme stars PlayStation mascots Kuro (the black cat) and Toro (his rival). The arrival date of the update is "September" so keep your PS4 in sleep mode...

  • Vanadium ‘CellCube’ batteries could power South Africa independent of Eskom

    We've seen questionable substances used for energy storage in the past year, from hemp to used cigarette butts, but the latest breakthrough seems more traditional than others. Vanadium, a metallic element falling between titanium and chromium on the periodic table, can be used for shed-sized batteries that according to the creators, lasts forever. Vanadium is a nifty little element and is used in creating strengthened steel alloy (it was part of the Ford Model T, for example). Batteries containing the element are not rare either -- the initial patent for a vanadium-based battery came about in the late Eighties, but the...

  • Android One incoming? Google India event penned for 15 September

    Google has much to say about Android One at I/O earlier this year, but not much was said after, until now. The Mountain View-based company has sent invites to an event taking place in India 15 September, rumoured to be the launch of its Android One platform. Back in June, Karbonn and Spice were two phone manufacturers signed up to the programme, which will benefit both manufacturers -- keeping costs of smartphones down thanks to Google's shared resources -- and Google itself -- the company seeks control of the enormous untapped budget smartphone market. We have seen a plethora of mobiles...

  • The Jabra Sport Wireless+: run away

    The greatest thing any piece of technology can hope for is to solve a problem, to make our lives just a little bit easier. It's a noble aim and one that has resulted in some of the greatest leaps forward in human history. Trouble is, even the best of intentions can't save a piece of technology trying to solve a problem that, at best, barely exists. It's a thought that's crossed my mind multiple times during my review period with the Jabra Sport Wireless+, a set of Bluetooth earphones that promises much and delivers barely anything. The box comes with an...

  • Star Citizen inspires monster gaming PC cockpit: 32GB RAM, four Radeon R9 290X GPU’s and one Buttkicker

    I'm aware that there are PC gamers who want to push their systems to the limits of what is truly possible. PC gamers demand a certain level of immersion and sitting on a couch with gamepad in hand can't cut it. How much is too much though, and what qualifies as a true beast of a gaming rig? Both questions are answered by "PC Master Race" Reddit user Halada, who's created the nuttiest PC rig I've yet seen. Halada made this three monitor monstrosity specifically for Star Citizen, one of Kickstarter's most successful projects and an epic space adventure in...

  • Sony Xperia family grows by four, adds Z3 waterproof tablet to IFA 2014 lineup

    IFA is Germany's and probably Europe's biggest trade show, and it's just a week away, with launches and announcements coming from Samsung, LG, Motorola and ASUS (among others). Some of the most eagerly anticipated gaggle of devices will come from Sony. There are four mobile devices coming from the Japanese giant, including a waterproof tablet. Thanks to the wonderful world of leaked specifications and 9to5Google, the world gets a glimpse of the coming devices before IFA (which isn't that much of a wait anyway). But what can we expect? A very confusing naming system, it seems. Sony doesn't quite understand the definition of "budget", but...

  • Is GTA V for PC, PS4 and Xbox One still delayed? Rockstar replies “no”

    Never, ever listen to the babbling masses on the internet unless a company backs up an online claim. Case in point, will GTA V for PC, Xbox One and PS4 miss its Fall (August to November) release date? Yes, said the internet. No, says Rockstar. On the official Rockstar support page, user Theonewhokills posed this question: GTA V developers Rockstar then surprisingly answered the user: There you have it, GTA V for PS4, Xbox One and PC is all still on track for 2014. When GTA V launches for PC and current-generation systems it will have "across-the-board enhancements including increased resolution and graphical...