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  • This Apple patent will let us move and manipulate objects in 3D

    Apple has just obtained a patent that could let users "generate and manipulate 3D objects using 3D gesture inputs." Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8514221 is titled Working with 3D objects and mainly revolves around users having the ability to "pull" or "lift" 2D objects out of surfaces such as the iPad's screen for example. There's also talk of an application that lets you enable "sculpting" mode. This describes how you can manipulate 3D objects as if they were made out of clay. Using finger gestures you can "squeeze" or "stretch" these objects and even break or cut of a piece...

  • A 2560×1440, Quad HD display for mobile phones? LG has us covered

    LG has done the impossible. It's created the highest resolution mobile screen ever, a 2560X1440 5.5-inch quad HD (QHD) display. The crazy-high resolution display isn't destined for mobile phones anytime soon, but it's real, so expect to see it in a LG Optimus G+++ or something nutty like that. For LG, this is a "glimpse" at what is beyond full HD mobile screens. It gave us the world's first full HD mobile phone last year with the LG Optimus Pro G, this years it's going beyond. Yes, that sounds cliché and yes, every year tech gets better but a 4xHD...

  • PS4 lands 15 November, hits SA 6 December for R6300

    At Gamescom in Germany this week Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 is ready for launch 15 November in Canada and the US. Two weeks after, you'll be able to get hold of it in European and Latin American stores as well. And then, to catch the Christmas crowds just in time, the PS4 will be at long last be available in South Africa 6 December. In South Africa, the PS4 will go for around R6 300 (VAT included) which is much more than the US retail price of US$399. For those gaming on tight budgets, we saw earlier this...

  • So… South Korea just made an electric car that folds in half

    The engineers over at the Graduate School for Green Transportation at KAIST, in South Korea, have just come out with a foldable electric car. The car, titled the Armadillo-T, is a two-seater that folds up after the driver and passenger leave the vehicle, which makes it a good space saver on Asia’s crowded city streets. Some folks online have pointed out that it doesn’t make sense to fold the car after parking it (especially if parallel parked), but the vehicle is so tiny that you could just drive it straight into the curb with the front directly facing the sidewalk,...

  • Leap Motion review: 3D motion-controlled fun

    Let's get this out of the way quickly: Leap Motion, the 3D motion-based controller, isn't going to replace the mouse right now. It's a bold little toy, roughly the size of my thumb, is loaded with a highly accurate range of sensors and as of this very moment, won't replace the traditional mouse in any way, shape or form. That's what you were hoping for right? A Minority Report-style interface -- all hands and no clicking, yeah boy. But that's far from the truth. Leap Motion's controller is fun, but it lacks the feedback of a mouse. I had a...

  • ‘I am not the right person to make it’ — ‘Minecraft’ creator Notch talks ‘0x10c’

    Yesterday was a dull day for gamers. Reddit caught wind that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson had cancelled his upcoming open-world space shooter, 0x10c and the internet went insane. Today, Notch took to his personal blog and spoke pretty openly about why he's stopped development on ox10c and what motivated him to do so. His words ring true for all of us, and we recommend reading his full post when you have the time. Here's a man who loves what he does so much that he chose to abandon a project that meant so much to him. This is Notch's story. Back before anyone...

  • 4 of the best trailers (so far) from GamesCom 2013

    GamesCom 2013 is in full swing and the best part of the show is the fan-service provided by the trailers. For your viewing pleasure, we've collected four of the best trailers from the first day of GamesCom. The conference, held at Cologne in Germany, attracts the major players like Microsoft, Sony, Activision, Ubisoft and EA which mostly demo extended or new trailers from games that premiered at E3. The trailers below are a mix of new and old, but all share one thing in common: that they are bleeding awesome. Fable Legends (Xbox One) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zMbfWiz58zw Thief "new dawn" (multiple platforms) https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LzPxC9xoN7o Ryse: Son...

  • UK retailer Tesco said to release ‘high quality’ tablet this Christmas

    Massive retailer Tesco is said to be working on a tablet for British shopping carts. Yes, the company aims the tablet to fall somewhere in the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 category which would most likely make it a 7-incher. It's said to go for about US$200 (R2000) -- considerably cheap compared to other tablets currently on the market. Although the specs haven't surfaced yet, the "high quality" tablet is aiming to be an entertainment and consumer device for Tesco products. Just like the Kindle Fire is geared for accessing Amazon content, this tablet will be pre-loaded with apps such...

  • The Transformer TX drone: the flying robot that carries cars

    We love flying cars. And although this concept might not improve your daily commute per se, it just might make our dreams (or nightmares) of automated flying robots a reality. Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks -- an American military defense and security company -- is building a drone that will be used to carry and transport cars. This automated flying machine, called the Transformer TX, is in its finalized design process in one of DARPA's programmes. In attempts to bring Terminator scenes closer to reality, the DARPA Transformer programme is looking for a new generation of compact, high-speed vertical takeoff and landing,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega is 6.3-inches of insane

    "You don't need a tablet, you need THIS!" says some eager marketing executive over at Samsung, hoping to get his foot into the door. "People are sick and tired of tablets, they want phones as big as their faces!" is what another suit most likely said before they wheeled in the Galaxy Mega, a 6.3-inch phablet that's big on screen size, but small in originality. This is only the news piece about the Mega but come on, Samsung's having a laugh now, isn't it? From 23 August, customers State-side can snap up the Galaxy Mega on contract for US$150 (R1...