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  • Half Life 2 ages gracefully, gains Oculus Rift VR support

    Half Life 2, undoubtedly the finest first person shooter of all time, is the latest game to receive support from the Oculus Rift VR headset. The Oculus Rift developer forums posted this update Thursday evening. We just shipped a beta for Half-Life 2 that includes Oculus Rift support. To get it, open the properties for HL2 in Steam, set your command line to “-vr”, and opt-in to the SteamPipe beta. This should ship to everybody in a few weeks. This port is a bit more raw than TF2 was when it shipped, so we would appreciate hearing about any bugs you...

  • Nokia Portable USB Charger is a beautifully designed curio

    Some gadgets sometimes slip through the cracks, but not hopefully Nokia’s Universal Portable USB Charger. For roughly US$15-20 (based on the price of Nokia’s other external chargers), we’ll soon be able to pickup this enticingly cute portable 1720mAh charger from Nokia. It weighs 65g, measures 57x57mm and looks like a real life charging icon, made into a very attractive charger. Nokia’s new charger, the DC-18 has a battery icon on the front that mimics the power status of most smartphones. Tug on the microUSB on top and the cable pulls out, ready for charging. We’re not sure yet how the...

  • Amazon’s future smartphone could have 3D displays

    Using retina-tracking technology, ecommerce giant Amazon is rumoured to feature 3D display with its up and coming smartphone. Without the need to wear 3D glasses like you would at some theaters, images would appear to be floating above the screen and look “like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles” reported the Wall Street Journal. According to people who are familiar with Amazon’s plans, the 3D display technology is part of a number of innovative experimental projects knows as the Alphabet Projects at Amazon’s Lab126. The same lab is responsible for other exciting innovative products by Amazon. Similar to...

  • New Olympus Pen E-P5 bringing retro back to the future

    Yesterday Olympus debuted it’s mirrorless PEN E-P5 camera, the latest addition to its popular Pen series. At first glance, the design of the camera looks amazing. The comfortable metallic body with its black grip handles give it a classical retro look. But Olympus seems to be trying to catch up with the widely popular mirrorless camera market with its more advanced features. What would make this camera stand out from the crowd is its looks. According to Gizmodo, its design is based on the old Olympus Pen F of the 1960s. It showcases a silver and black body that’s small...

  • 9 of the coolest, creepiest and best iPhone 5 cases

    The only real way to make your iPhone special these days is to cover it with something unique to you. But with so many choices, how do you know which best suits your needs? Does throwing your phone into a rock garden attract you? Or is it more along the cute and cuddly you’re after? Or for the most sentimental out there, there’s always something cheesy, or creepy.

  • Nokia Asha 501 is a “next gen” 3-inch touchscreen for $99

    Nokia’s Asha range, an affordable line of feature phones pretending to be smartphones, has cranked out the 501, a US$99 full touch device. Nokia calls it “next generation”, we call it overenthusiastic marketing. What the Asha 501 represents though, thanks to its sleek design and candy-coated colours – bright red, bright green, cyan, yellow, white and black. It’s a first for Nokia too, as the Asha 501 is a micro-SIM phone with “Easy Swap SIM technology” (change SIM cards without turning off the device). It also has a respectable 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 4GB internal memory, 17 hours talk time....

  • Resident Evil Revelations HD preview: ported fun

    Seeing a handheld game ported in “HD” to the console is becoming more and more common and, on the whole, it indicates an attempt by the developers on one hand to extend the life of the franchise (because often these are indeed franchise games) as well as to a lesser degree bring the somewhat neglected story element to the broader market. Resident Evil Revelations HD is exactly this. The game is set between Resident Evil 4 and 5. For those critical of Resident Evil 6‘s departure from the traditional survival horror genre that it has become known for, this will...

  • Lumia 928 challenge demos ‘distortion free audio recording’ powers

    Nokia’s latest Lumia, the 928, is up against the Galaxy S III again, in an audio test that shows off its “distortion-free audio recording”. Yesterday, the 928 demoed its HD-recording properties as the Windows Phone recorded a crisp, stutter-free action shot. This time, we’re in New York city as the Lumia 928 records a (literally) underground jazz band. Nokia’s embedded a volume distortion meter is on the right-hand side of the video. Distortion happens in the red, it says and during the Lumia recording session, the volume never distorts, even at high levels. This could very easily be doctored, but...

  • Invisible buttons could be the iPhone’s next big thing

    Your future iPhone 6 could have invisible buttons that appears only when needed. Apple, being the cornerstone of tech aesthetics and rumour mills, never fails to impress. This patent recently granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office lets Apple design products having invisible controls (buttons or sliders) that would only appear when needed. Aesthetic appeal is one thing, but most phones are seamlessly designed around its button interface. The patent titled “Disappearing button or slider” states that “too much display area is occupied by display elements that are not needed except at particular times.” The button will only...

  • Razer Carcharias review: bargain price, premium sound

    When I hear “Razer,” I think “dedicated gamer.” The two are almost synonymous. This headset brushes by this brittle but crucial association. The Razer Carcharias slogan reads “Command in Comfort.” and rightfully so. This is a headset that delivers a reliable experience well worth exploring. It’s designed and priced for the gaming crowd with a budget who still need an immersive, quality gaming experience. It’s both PC and Xbox 360 compatible and great for co-op games. Its products scream “hardcore gamer”. What sets it apart? If there is such a thing as an entry-level gamer headset market, this device definitely fills that...

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