Lumia, Nokia, Reviews

Nokia Lumia 620 review: welcome a new baby in the family

Lumia620-Press-04-900-75 The Nokia Lumia 620 is Nokia's third foray into Windows Phone 8 territory, but while the previous two - the Nokia Lumia 820 and the Nokia Lumia 920 - were both fairly high-end affairs, this is a decidedly budget handset. Really its closest competitor is the HTC Windows Phone 8S, since the two phones have pretty similar specs. They both have a dual-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera with 720p video and a 480 x 800 resolution display. The Nokia Lumia 620 has a fairly ...

Car Tech

BMW’s new baby giant: enter the 3-Series Gran Turismo

The BMW 3 Series GT 12 The motor industry likes to expand upon itself, always looking for new cracks and crevices to fit mixed up multi-genre cars into. What happened to the good old saloon? Or even the hatchback? Nowadays we get hatchback supercars, four-door coupes and 4x4 sports cars. It's a mess, frankly. And to commemorate this mess, here is the new 3-Series Gran Turismo. A mix between, what? A 4x4, a saloon and a hatchback? Or is it a wagon? It's hard to say, because ...

Games, News

Ubisoft says Far Cry 4 and Assassin’s Creed 4 planned for 2014

Far Cry 3 a The exemplary performance of Far Cry 3 and Assassins Creed 3 have prompted Ubisoft to announce that both installments will be planned for 2014, according to Cinema Blend. These two core games for Ubisoft shipped a massive 12 million and 4.5 million copies respectively. This represents units shipped to retailers as well as copies sold digitally. Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot related to investors that Far Cry 3 is "one of the major pillars of our offering for core gamers" and performed ...

Apple, iPhone

iPhone 6, iPhone 5S sneakily spied at Apple China supplier [rumour]

Apple iPhone Update: When asked for comment, Alan Hely of Apple said in a one-line email to Gearburn: “We don't comment on rumours or speculation.” So for now, the buck stops here. Thanks to Cnet (care of Weibo), we now know that someone has spied the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. And this alleged iPhone spotter has seen the iPhone 6 and 5S at a Chinese Apple supplier. According to the tipster, the iPhone 5S looks the same as the iPhone 5, and the iPhone ...

Microsoft, Tablets, Windows

Microsoft Surface Pro: A meta-review

surface pro black keyboard Microsoft Surface Pro reviews have come up on almost all top blogs and news sites. Most of them are about hating this device. Yes, hating it! Only a few of the publications, I suppose, have given us a positive rating for Surface Pro. This is not a review, but a review of the reviews out there, as you read rightly on the title "Meta-Review". Let’s start. The king of Ultrabooks?I looked through dozens of reviews of Surface Pro out there, and ...

Consoles, News, Xbox

Next-gen Xbox gains Siri-like voice capabilities

Logo for old Xbox Care of the ever-popular Verge, we now know that the next-generation Xbox will have “Siri-like” capabilities. "Sources familiar with Microsoft's Xbox plans” say that the new Xbox, code-named Durango (I like the way you die, boy) will activate when words like “Xbox on” are spoken, will have text-to-speech conversion and support a natural tone of voice. The Xbox, in its current state, even with Kinect voice, doesn't use  natural voice in any of its commands. The new Siri-like voice feature will ...

Games, News

Geeks rejoice: Valve and Star Trek director keen to make Portal or Half-Life film

Sometimes it just takes two nerds with a passion for games and movies to get together. At the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spoke about producing games together and films based on games such as Half-Life and Portal, according to a Polygon report. During the discussion, Abrams said: "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets, which is that we ...

Acer, Reviews, Tablets, Windows

Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

Acer Iconia W700 01_TR-900-75 Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that's capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet ...

Mobile Phones, News

Ubuntu OS will start shipping in October says CEO Shuttleworth

The Ubuntu operating system for smartphones will start shipping in beginning October, the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd Mark Shuttleworth told The Wall Street Journal. Shuttleworth said the newest OS in the smartphone market will be released in "two large geographic markets", but dodged questions on which markets this would be. He did however say that North America is "absolutely a key market for Ubuntu." The Ubuntu OS was revealed at CES 2103, with Shuttleworth showing off the OS himself ...

Android, Applications, News

No Facebook phone, but its app’s going to be preloaded into emerging market Android devices

Sad news? No, best news ever. Previous “Facebook” phones were utter crap. So it’s great news that instead of forcing another aborted effort into the tech world, Facebook will instead work hand in hand with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum and hardwire its Facebook app into and endless amount of cheapie Android phones, according to Gigaom.com. Rejoice! Here’s the skinny: Spreadtrum says that millions of Android phones will now be “Facebook ready” as it will pre-install the emerging market Android phones with the Facebook ...

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