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  • New iPhones, iPads and iMacs shipping ‘soon’ says tech fortune-teller

    Apple’s products are desirable, expensive and will infuriatingly be in “short supply” in the near future, says 9to5mac. iPhones, iPads and MacBooks are all getting a fresh lick of paint, with slimmer designs and faster internals says Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst who has well over 4.3-million Google searches associated with his name. Does this make him legit? Probably not, but it sure as shit makes him popular. Let’s see what he has to say. Kuo begins with the iBarbie (cheap and plastic iPhone), which he says will debut early September as a “low-cost, plastic” model. Price is expected to be between US$450...

  • Nokia Lumia 625 unveiled with massive 4.7-inch screen, 4G and rainbow colours

    Nokia’s just launched the Lumia 625– a massive screen with a small price. This 4.7-inch will have 4G and goes for US$290 (R2 845). We first caught sight of this fella, lumping around somewhere in China. Although claiming the title of having the biggest screen yet, this Windows 8 phone probably has the crappiest display ever. The woeful 480 x 800 will put many buyers off the most. According to the Verge, the viewing angles are extremely limited and the contrast levels poor. The 4G modem is pretty decent, though, and will be what most customers will flock to. “Fun, fast...

  • 15 apps for an easier, more productive life

    I am constantly in search of the perfect, “must-have” productivity app. Of course we all know there’s no such thing. No matter how much we use a specific app we’ll always find flaws. Take the Instagram app for example – the new update is cool, but on my Galaxy S III, I still can’t use the camera natively from within Instagram, I have to take a photo on another camera app and then share it to Instagram, otherwise it crashes. And my Facebook app sometimes continues to register notifications even after I know I’ve checked them. What this does mean however is...

  • Xbox One can record last five minutes of any game

    This year’s Comic-con hasn’t exactly been a treasure trove of gaming and gadget fun, save for this Xbox One titbit revealed by Microsoft Studios creative director Ken Lobb, who’s revealed that the upcoming console from Microsoft automatically records the last five minutes of gameplay. Sony’s PS4 is said to record the last fifteen minutes, says Eurogamer. During an onstage demonstration of Xbox One-exclusive title Killer Instinct, Lobb says that you’ll be able to edit footage on the fly, add in a voice-over track, footage captured from the new Kinect and even add a title before uploading. If you need a quick-fix, or...

  • SIM card bug targets ‘millions of phones’ with simple hack

    Identity theft, a pervasive enemy that has advanced from analogue to digital methods (and is especially spiteful in South Africa) has now become even easier, because of you. If your SIM card is older than three years, you may be leaving yourself open to a villainous reverse-engineering  method that potentially gives hackers the freedom to harness total control of your phone. The New York Times reports on Karsten Nohl, a Berlin-based security expert who’s discovered a vital flaw in millions of SIM cards, namely that innocent carrier messages (“you have US$10 talk time remaining, please text ‘1’ for more information”) can...

  • Snailboy to slide, slap and slither to your smartphone soon

    No offence to lispers out there but the headline goes for good alliteration and is also fitting with the company behind this game’s name — Thoopid. It’s kind of like “stupid” but with a “thhh” sound. The company’s name is as quirky as its new upcoming game called Snailboy: An Epic Adventure. This South African-produced mobile game will let you bounce around in an arcade-like magical garden experience with a deceptively agile snail. A shell-less snail to be exact. Why is he all naked, you wonder? Well, these precious shells apparently got stolen from him by an evil Shadow...

  • Oculus Rift primed for next-gen smartphones, may cost $300

    Oculus Rift, the supposed answer to virtual reality is will cost US$300 and make it into the hands of the public next year, says Rift CEO Brendan Iribe in an interview with Edge. Consoles though, are not the primary destination of Oculus Rift, with Iribe saying that next-gen mobile phones and PC’s are “his team’s focus”. Next year is a shaky release date but as Iribe explains “we haven’t set a date yet.” Consumer release-wise we haven’t set a date yet – it’s not going to be this year but we would love it to be next year – we...

  • Geeks rejoice: Leap Motion finally releases its controller into the wild

    Geeks around the globe have been waiting a while for this day. Leap Motion has finally launched its controller to the public. At the same time, the company officially launched the AirSpace app store, which contains more than 75 applications built by developers in more than 20 countries. The Leap Motion Controller works with computers running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8, or Windows 7 or 8. It requires a minimum Intel Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ II processor, 2 GB RAM and a USB 2.0 port. “Today marks a tremendous milestone for the company, but we’re just getting started,”...

  • Apple tests out 13-inch iPad and new iPhones: iPhablets coming soon?

    Apple’s testing out new screen sizes for its popular iPhone and iPad future lineups. And they’re massive! This is according to a Wall Street Journal report. There’s a possibility of post 4-inch iPhones and a 13-inch iPad rolling out. The iPhone is reportedly being tested out at 4.7-inch as well as a 5.7-inch sizes (phablet much?), while there’s also a new tablet coming in at a whopping 12.9-inches. Going down this path, though, we can clearly see Apple being tempted by Samsung’s popular throwing smartphones and tablets against the wall and seeing what sticks strategy. This tactic is being...

  • BlackBerry Q5 review: an awful phone

    BlackBerry’s Q5 touch and type smartphone feels like a joke without the punchline. It’s cheap and plasticky, wildly overpriced (R5 000/US$420), has random bugs that cause it to stop and restart (I even got the bleeding blue screen of death) and is entering the market too late to make a dent. So here’s BlackBerry’s Q5, a smartphone with a great screen, but the last phone anyone needs to own. Display I’m going to begin with the most positive aspect of the Q5, because it all goes downhill after this. The 720×720 is a delightful square of vibrant colours. There’s not a...

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