Notebooks, Reviews

Toshiba Satellite U840 review: a cheaper Ultrabook

Toshiba lead The Toshiba U840-10V comes in at the lower end of the price scale for Ultrabooks. Available online for around £650 (around AU$998/US$1,034), it beats the price of the likes of the Asus Zenbook UX31 by a couple of hundred pounds, and the likes of the Samsung Series 9 by enough to buy a whole second laptop. But Toshiba hasn't skimped on the laptop's specs, considering the low price. There's an Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 14-inch screen, for example. The flip side ...

Android, Applications, Microsoft, News, Windows

WP8 launcher app marries Android and Metro

WP8 Launcher App-Screenshot Still contemplating whether or not to get a Windows Phone 8 device? To help persuade users, app developers have designed and uploaded a host of Windows Phone 8 metro styled apps to offer the look and feel of Microsoft's latest OS. The app doesn't give users the full WP8 experience, but offers a taste of what living with Live Tiles might be. Interested Android users will unfortunately not be able to access the app via the Google Play store, but ...

Applications, News, Nintendo, Wii U

Amazon Instant Video app comes to the Wii U, 140k+ videos included

Wii U-NintendoTVii Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, is designed not only for games, but as a multimedia hub. One of the strongest features the Wii U boasts is Nintendo TVii, an interactive viewing option that grants users access to host of content, that now includes Amazon. Users already have access to the media libraries of Netflix and Hulu Plus. This latest development sees Amazon joining the party with its Instant Video app. The app is available for download from Nintendo's Wii U eShop. ...

Games, iOS, Reviews

Sharky the Beaver review: AR gaming with a twist

Shark the beaver About 15 years ago one of the biggest game crazes to hit the technological world took over the minds of young teens. The Tamagotchi was, literally, a handheld pet. It could eat, sleep, and -- much to the dismay of parents -- die. For the last few years, gamers, tech enthusiasts and digital masterminds have tried to replicate the simplicity and success of the Tamagotchi. Sharky the Beaver, an app that places a virtual beaver on top of Sphero, is ...

Games, Reviews

Call of Duty: Black Ops II review

black ops 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops II is not the revelation we've been waiting for, but it makes bold new changes to a very stale formula, including mission goals that affect the overall game, real-time strategy levels, customisable loadouts before each mission and the slickest multiplayer of 2012. Lock and load. Harrowing tale I need to speak about the story first, because it's incredible. While it may dive into torture porn in some places to hammer the point home, it's still leagues above ...

Consoles, News, Wii U

Wii U update giving you problems? Here’s two workarounds to ease the pain

Wii U-Black The release of Nintendo's Wii U has been somewhat bitter-sweet. Nintendo can definitely take solace in the fact its newest console sold out after one day in the US, but new Wii U owners were less than impressed by the one-hour-plus wait for the downloadable update. The update is essential, as it gives users access to all the internet-enabled features that make the Wii U extra appealing. In order to combat this frustration, this site has made users privy to a helpful bit ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Early Win 8 mockup shows inspiration for current UI

Windows 8 Mockup-Start Screen A video has surfaced showcasing mockups of an early version of Windows 8. The video comes courtesy of a presentation made by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience Team. Interested Windows 8 users and developers can have a look at the inspiration behind the design of the current Windows OS. The presentation, given during UX Week 2012, details the evolution and guiding principles behind the new touch-centric Windows UI. It's surprising how close ...

Mobile Phones, Reviews, Sony

Sony Xperia J review: the cheaper James Bond smartphone

Xperia J lead The Sony Xperia J is the smaller and cheaper brother to James Bond'sXperia T, but don't expect to find this handset mingling with scantily clad women - the Xperia J is far more reserved, less flamboyant, happier to stay out of the limelight and just get on with life without frenzied car chases through the French Riviera. There's a less flamboyant price as well, with the Sony Xperia J setting you back a manageable £175 (around $275/AU$265) SIM-free, or you can ...

Android, Applications, News, Samsung

JellyBean makes its way to Galaxy S III users in South Africa

Android JellyBean South African Samsung Galaxy S III users can now download the JellyBean update and experience a newer Android OS. The update has slowly rolled out to users across all networks via KIES and OTA. The refinements made in JellyBean are set to offer users a smoother, more distilled Android interface. The latest update delivers faster processing speeds with the aid of Google's "Project Butter". Other new features include: Google Now, which takes data from the user's Google search history and offers personalised calendar, location ...

Apple, iOS, iPhone, News

9 more languages for Siri? Apple job ad drops vague hint

Siri 1 Are you fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish? Well if you are, Apple wants you. A job listing from Apple, spotted by Belgian site "Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen", is asking for interns fluent in the above mentioned languages, giving the idea that the language support for Siri is to be extended. Join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California. Currently Siri is available ...


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