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  • Polish-made InkPhone rocks two week-long battery life

    for those who fell in love with the idea of the YotaPhone, a smartphone and eBook in one, the concept of the InkPhone should turn anyone into an e-Ink phone believer. More so the InkPhone, from Polish developers Onyx, last for two freaking weeks on a single charge of its 1800mAh battery. When Engadget got its hands on it, it described the InkPhone as a back-to-basics device, but that doesn't stop this Android smartphone from winning fans thanks to the incredible battery life. But then, would a monochrome display ever consume that much power? At first glance, it's most definitely...

  • WhatsApp for Android increases security, lets us pay for friends’ subscriptions

    WhatsApp for Android gains a global update today which adds a fair number of time saving and security features. New additions include changing the "last seen" status, which will be handy for those who want to keep their last chat timestamps private from others. Also, the ability to add a nice, chunky Video thumbnail certainly makes the chats look more accessible. Other notable features include setting the privacy for statues and the option to pay for a friends WhatsApp subscription. Are these new features indicative of the US$19-billion Facebook buyout? Nope, but every little bit helps. As for accessing the...

  • Thief review: pilfered problems

    When the original Thief arrived on PCs in 1998, it was something of a revelation. Understated yet involved, quiet yet resonant, you were Garrett the master thief. The world you explored was oozing in atmosphere and informed by rich mythology. You had water arrows to extinguish flickering candlelight from afar, moss arrows to quieten your step and a sword lest you came face to face with a guard. It was simply made, but beautifully conceived, and the onus was on you to find the right path and execute your plan. Yet two sequels later, both Looking Glass and the franchise...

  • Neil Young launches US$399 Pono Music player to ‘save us from MP3s’

    MP3 players are all the rage, according to legendary musician Neil Young, who's about to launch his first US$399 (not a typo) music device, named PonoMusic. Unlike the US$10 MP3 player you can buy down at the Kwik-E-Mart, PonoMusic reportedly offers the best sound reproduction in an audio device yet, in conjunction with Ayre acoustics. For US$399 we're getting 128GB storage (with a slot for memory cards), equivalent to 1 000 to 2 000 high-resolution songs, give or take. PonoMusic's offering is going to be a lot like Apple and its iPod in that the Pono store and device are...

  • Fujitsu’s X923 is the all-in-one business PC that’s always turned on

    Imagine having a desktop PC you never have to turn off? Of course, many PC's since the late nineties have had a low-power or "sleep" mode but Fujitsu's Esprimo X923 range ramps it up a notch says Engadget. By turning off applications when not in use, these 23-inch touchscreen PCs enter LPAM (Low Power Active Mode) and consume close to nil-power. And this still beats traditional sleep modes as Fujitsu's PC is always accessing the network, even when in LPAM. Outside of the nifty LPAM mode, the X923 (and the touchscreen X923-T) is a desktop PC that's made for the office environment,...

  • ‘Titanfall’ won’t launch in South Africa: here’s why

    Titanfall is without a doubt, the most exciting online shooter of the next-gen consoles. Killzone: Shadowfall was generic nonsense while Call of Duty: Ghosts was simply an upscaled port. While Titanfall will soon see a release around the world, South Africa won't be joining in on the mech-related shooting. Why? Here's what EA says regarding Titanfall's South Africa release: This is only half the story though, because despite South Africa's reputation for having "terrible" internet (out of 188 countries, we're number 129 and on average internet speeds are 4.88Mbps says Netindex stats), online gaming is a common occurrence, with the PS4...

  • Fitbit Flex review: the smart fitness tracker that will get you off the couch

    Today, I walked. I left my car at home and opted for the bus so I could sneak in some extra steps before work. When I was faced with the choice of the stairs or the escalator, I took the long way up. Last week, instead of faceplanting into the comforting embrace of YouTube and my couch, I opted for a walk along the beach front. There is just one thing to blame for this change in my routine: it’s called the Fitbit Flex. One of the most talked about fitness trackers riding the Internet of Things wave, the Flex...

  • Miracle Machine really turns water to wine

    Wine drinkers, smartphone owners, rejoice and drink in the fruits of your success. The Miracle Machine is real (pricey) and guaranteed to impress hipsters and wine imbibers. For roughly the price of an iPhone 5s, we can soon turn water into wine via our iOS or Android phones. Too good to be true? Not really. While the winemaking machine is still in the funding stages (so it may not make it to our reality), it'll cost US$499 when it eventually launches. The makers of the Miracle Machine named it after the "miracles in the bible" but it's science, not faith...

  • Latest OS X update enables native 4K resolution

    Apple's OS X update 10.9.3 was released to developers last week who have now revealed that it will enable scaling to accommodate 4K monitors by default. This means that viewers will have a similar resolution to Apple's much-acclaimed Retina display, found in the iPad and iPhones, on a massive TV monitor. Given some technical knowhow, you'll be able to simulate Retina display also known as HiDPI. With this latest update, however, it seems Apple is hoping to push 4K resolution output natively. Apple's latest powerful Mac Pro can support up to three 4K monitors with the refresh rates being 30Hz or...

  • K-Glass beats Google Glass by copying the way our brains work

    Want a faster, better, happier Google Glass clone? Then snatch up K-Glass, when it releases, as it's got CPU that's 30 times faster than Google Glass says BEtech. The boffins at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) say that the K-Glass has an insanely low-powered head-mounted display combined with an augmented reality chip and a running time that is 3 to 12 times longer than Google Glass. Also, K-Glass copies our brains. To decrease power usage, K-Glass' CPU imitates our brains neural-networks. KAIST researchers also managed to reduce data transfer bottlenecks caused by "network tipping effects" but didn't provide further...