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  • The most exciting tech gear of 2013 so far [Infographic]

    From the HTC One to Google Chromecast and the Leap Motion controller, this year has seen a range of new interesting innovative gadgets. This infographic from Finances Online puts 2013's popular consumer electronics into some perspective. This year in particular we've seen Google move more and more into the hardware space with the renewed Nexus 7, the Moto X and the media streaming dongle Chromecast. It's also interesting seeing some great smartphones such as the HTC One and the Nokia Lumia 1020 becoming more and more competitive. Then again, the most awesome gadgets are probably still to come. Android 4.4...

  • Easy-to-use multipurpose 3D-printer ZEUS launches Kickstarter campaign

    Scan, print, copy and fax 3D objects. It was just a matter of time before an all-in-one 3D-printer made its debut on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or IndieGogo. The ZEUS multipurpose 3D-printer is currently available through its campaign on Kickstarter while the FABtotum 3D-printer and fabricator is running a campaign on indieGogo. Both are consumer-friendly multi-purpose 3D-printers but have different selling-points. Created by AIO Robotics, the ZEUS multi-purpose 3D-printer has started a funding campaign on Kickstarter yesterday. In 24 hours it already raised more than US$90 000 out of the US$100 000 goal. The project runs until 4 October...

  • Samsung Unpacked reveals Note III, Note 10.1 and Galaxy Gear

    Live from IFA 2013 in Germany, the Samsung Unpacked event (which are very showy affairs) released details and launch dates for a suite of Star Trek-inspired devices. The Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Gear smartwatch All devices will be available from 25 September, and ready to be snatched up around October. Galaxy Note III The Note III is a slim, iPad Mini styled device that is unnaturally appealing, for a Samsung gizmo. It has warmth as well, a "warm texture-touch cover" sorts that out. S-Pen is now "enhanced", so is the multi-tasking which is something we rarely used with the last Note. The...

  • Sony announces Xperia Z1, 4K Bravia’s and iOS, Android-loving QX100 lens

    Kaz Hirai, Sony CEO took to the stage at IFA to introduce a slew of new and very shiny Sony devices. First up, the Cyber-shot RX1R and RX100 Mark II as well as the NEX-5T cameras were shown off by Hirai. It's all about one-touch, said Hirai. "There's one-touch remote, one-touch listening, one-touch mirroring... all in all, one-touch is an efficient and of course easy to use function." Another wireless device, the HDR-MV1 music video recorder, which is just a digital video camera with directional microphones (or X/Y stereo mics) was also demoed on stage. There is now also...

  • Xbox One will launch 22 November in 13 regions for $499

    Guess what? Xbox's Major Nelson just announced the Xbox One launch date. Microsoft's next-gen console will launch 22 November 2013 in 13 markets. The Major updated his blog with this: Today we are announcing that Xbox One will be available on Friday November 22, 2013 in all 13 of our initial launch markets – Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and USA. Many more markets will follow in 2014. Pre-Order Xbox One at the Microsoft Store or Amazon Just as a reminder, Sony's PS4 is set to launch 15 November, which gives the Xbox One a weeks respite from the fans....

  • Saints Row IV review: sandbox lunacy comes full circle

    In Saints Row IV, the series comes full circle. What started out as a GTA clone has mushroomed into something utterly bonkers. All pretence has disappeared and any veneer of respectability has been yanked away, replaced instead by farce, lunacy and lashings of self referential wit. Saints Row IV isn't content to merely be another sandbox game. It distances itself from the competition while at the same time drawing attention to a litany of pop culture influences. We have Keith David playing… Keith David, a dubstep gun, superpowers, and a number of missions that overtly mock films and games of...

  • Win Rayman Legends, Lost Planet 3 and a Razer Ferox mobile speaker set

    It's officially spring, so we decided to celebrate by giving you a bunch of stuff (not flowers though). You can stand a chance of winning Rayman Legends, Lost Planet 3 and a pair of Razer Ferox mobile speakers. It's incredibly simple. Take a look at the bottom for all the details. Rayman Legends Rayman actually needs no introduction. Being the fifth colourful installment to the award-winning Rayman series, the legendary platformer will let you (and Rayman) run, jump and kick through over 120 beautifully designed levels. Rayman Legends also has the entertaining co-op mode of up to four players featuring characters...

  • Google Glass app store launching in 2014

    Google Glass, the wearable Android device for your face, is getting an app store in 2014, said MarketingLand (via an insanely long NYtimes article). Said the article, "the company says an app store is coming next year, when Glass is available to the general public". What Google hasn't mentioned yet is if the store is going to be a separate entity, or part of Google Play. If you have Glass, you've already began experimenting with apps. There are hundreds of simple programs out there, developed by people way smarter than us, and these apps are all free-of-charge to boot. Despite this,...

  • HDMI 2.0 announced: ups throughput from 10 to 18Gbps

    HDMI is one of those technologies that we can't do without, it's also something that slips under our radar most of the time. We expect HDMI to just "work", to be there and meet our sound and video needs without much thought. But displays become more complex and up resolutions until there's no choice but to not only upgrade our displays, but our cables as well. So here's HDMI 2.0, which was announced today by the HDMI forum at IFA 2013. HDMI 2.0 can now handle bandwidth up to 18Gbps, which is a decent bump up from HDMI 1.0's...

  • Android 4.4 is here and ‘KitKat’ is filled with sweet treats

    In a completely unexpected, yet awesome announcement yesterday, Android head, Sundar Pichai announced to the world that the next iteration of the most popular mobile OS in the world will be named Android 4.4 KitKat. Pichai’s tweet was accompanied by a snapshot of the brand new KitKat statue (pictured above) outside Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. At the same time, the brand new KitKat site was unveiled and it provides a really nice retrospective of the previous versions of the OS. There isn't too much revealed here, but what it does state is that “Android is the operating system that...