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  • Sony Xperia L hands on review: a low-end smartphone with charm

    The Sony Xperia L is the latest smartphone to slide in at the bottom end of the Japanese firm’s range, launching alongside the mid-range Xperia SP to complete a trio of handsets headlined by the Sony Xperia Z. It’s the natural replacement for the Xperia J, which launched at IFA 2012 alongside 007’s Sony Xperia T – handsets which bare a strong resemblance to the Xperia L in terms of design. There’s no exact Sony Xperia L release date for now, all we’ve been told is that it will arrive during the second quarter of the year. The price is also still a mystery but...

  • Lenovo rethinks the ThinkPad with the surprisingly sleek T431s

    Lenovo is overhauling its latest ThinkPad, the T431s and, according to an official blog post, it “combed the world for user input during its most ambitious project yet.” Lenovo is clearly looking to change its exceptionally boring, yet business-friendly ThinkPad lineup. The official blog post goes into plenty of detail about the people, and how Lenovo sourced the people for ideas or as it puts it “the continual process of refinement.” The PR babble hurts, but Lenovo does outline some decent new ideas for the future design and hardware direction of the ThinkPad T431s, which will cost US$949 and...

  • Samsung: we’re working on a smartwatch too you guys!

    The success of the Pebble Smartwatch on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter seems to have triggered a revolution. Along with a slew of competitors from bit players, the big boys have started getting into the space. Apple is rumoured to be readying an iWatch and now Samsung has confirmed that it is launching its own Smart Watch. The Smart Watch will form part of its Galaxy range, and if a Bloomberg interview with Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, is anything to go by, it’s been looking to get into the smart watch space for a while...

  • 7 hot games for the BlackBerry Z10

    Maybe I should change the title to “7 games worth playing”, as there’s a fortune of rubbish titles on BlackBerry World. The seven games below though are the pick of the crop. Sadly, none of these are Z10 exclusive titles, with most of them being upscaled Android games. Regardless, the Z10 is an excellent gaming machine, with an ultra-responsive screen and a rather powerful CPU capable of smoothly running most titles. On that note, here’s 7 of the best for your Z10. Asami — Free No one seems to have Asami on Youtube. Spooky. This run-forever game is enticing and confusing....

  • Koenigsegg Triplex Suspension plans outed

    Koenigsegg is one of a handful of supercar manufacturers that are small, produce a limited number of cars each year and are actually still around. Every year we see more and more supercar concepts from obscure companies that are never heard from again. What makes Koenigsegg different is the craftsmanship that goes into every car, not to mention that everything that goes into a Koenigsegg is built in-house; a feat that Ferrari may not even be able to claim. I think that being based in Sweden has it advantages. While you may think that long nights are depressing, think about...

  • Sony outs ultra-affordable Xperia SP and L: HD has a new home

    Sony makes some excellent phones. Namely the Xperia range that is known for beefy cameras and above average screens. The new Sony Xperia L and SP are more of the same, but we’ll try to make it interesting enough to keep you hooked into Sony’s smartphone plans. The Xperia is, as we said, mostly about looks. A marriage between sharp design aesthetics and brilliantly sharp screens. Sure, Jellybean is inside but Xperia messages our eyes in an effort to empty pockets of hard-earned cash. What does the SP and L offer then? Super powerful  The SP is “high definition brilliance in a...

  • ThinkPad T431 hands on review: a boldly stripped-down look

    When it comes to Windows machines for the enterprise market, Lenovo’s line of ThinkPad laptops and ultrabooks are proven contenders. They have a fine reputation that’s made them a top choice for IT professionals looking for minimal headaches. They also have a distinct look, one that’s changing with the new ThinkPad T431. This new ultrabook has a sleek, minimalist face that has as much in common with a MacBook Pro as it does with the previous ThinkPad T430. The speaker grills, volume rocker and even those red ThinkPad mouse buttons have been done away with. The result is a ThinkPad that has...

  • Win Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for Xbox

    Competition time. Keen on winning a copy of Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 for the Xbox? We’re excited to give it away. This is, after all, a game that is good, simple fun. Who needs the complex backstories of Far Cry 3 or the slow progression of exploration seen in Tomb Raider? No sir, it’s all about pleasant times, easy achievement points and games that the family can enjoy. Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 is one of these and we’re giving away one copy to a single lucky reader. Want to enter, then read the rules below: How to enter: Tweet...

  • Sim City ‘could have run in offline mode’ says Maxis

    Sim City could have run perfectly fine offline. But no-one (Maxis or EA) wanted that. And Maxis says “offline mode would have spoilt our vision.” Of what, less screwing around with the paying customer? Lucy Bradshaw, head of Maxis spills the beans in a tell-all blog post: So, could we have built a subset offline mode? Yes. But we rejected that idea because it didn’t fit with our vision. We did not focus on the “single city in isolation” that we have delivered in past SimCities. We recognize that there are fans — people who love the original Sim City —...

  • Dream zombie crossover project reanimates with ‘RE6 x L4D2′

    Resident Evil creator Capcom and Left 4 Dead developer Valve are teaming up for Resident Evil 6 (RE6) x Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2), a crossover project that zombie dreams are made of. Zombie masses from Resident Evil 6 will stumble into L4D2 as ramped-up enemies, and the team of survivors from L4D2 will become playable characters in RE6. Predictably, it’s all PC-based as modding the console versions would have meant a fair amount of red tape from Sony and Microsoft. The best part? It’s all free content that arrives 5 April for PC. RE6 first. Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle, plus the...

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