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  • 6 classic sci-fi gadgets that really exist [part 2]

    Yesterday there was this. Now, here are six more insanely cool sci-fi gadgets either ready to purchase, or available real soon. Star Trek — flip communicator pre-runner to flip phones and mobile phone Star Trek is the scary precursor to most sci-fi technologies we currently employ in the real world, except for teleportation and warp speed. What we’re interested in is the flip-style Communicator used in the 23rd- century world of the Federation. From the first appearance of the communicator in 1964 until today, flip phones are still the default mobile phone of film and TV. It must have something to do...

  • ‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ drops Bats into Gotham City on Christmas Eve

    The Batman gaming franchise has seen some highs (any Arkham game) and some lows (Batman: Dark Tomorrow), but nothing will beat the fever that the latest Batman title, Arkham Origins will deliver. You can bet on that, and Gamesradar has unearthed some exciting details, unwrapping some of the mystery surrounding Batman: Arkham Origins. First, it’s video time: Batman’s younger now There’s no word on how young he’ll be, but let’s expect an less-experienced Batman who’s having to learn the ropes and acquire skills in an organic fashion. Imagine guiding Batman through his development from inexperienced crime fighter to the whirling dervish...

  • Huawei Ascend W1 review: ready for a cheap Windows Phone 8 thrill?

    After more leaks than a wicker canoe, the Huawei Ascend W1 was finally unveiled at CES 2013 as the Chinese firm’s first Windows Phone 8smartphone. Aimed at the bottom end of the market, the Ascend W1 doesn’t sport the premium polycarbonate unibody of the Nokia Lumia 920 or the sultry design of the HTC 8X, as it looks instead to rub shoulders with the Lumia 520 and various Android handsets such as the Ascend G330, Orange San Diego and ZTE Blade 3. With its rivals in mind you won’t be surprised when we tell you the Ascend W1 will set you back £119.99 on PAYG, or £13.50 per month on contract. O2 currently has...

  • This is how you finish the old-school classic ‘Snake’

    Someone did it. Some mad genius actually beat the Nokia classic Snake. The users time clocks in at the fairly lengthy time of 13 minutes and 7 second. This gif, embedded below, is a sped-up version of the lengthy game of Snake, and uses a fair amount of dodging and tricky moves to complete this legendary title. There are exactly 100 pellets, and a snake that fills the screen until it reaches a ludicrous 801-block length python. It’s not a robot either. We’ve played Snake, and that’s the hand of a human being carefully guiding the slippery fellow towards victory....

  • Lightening fast 802.11ac 5G wi-fi landing on ‘new Macs’

    Heads up wi-fi fans. Apple’s getting ready to release new Macs with ultra-fast 802.11ac Gigabit wireless support. Which news is more exciting though, the prospect of new Mac’s, or a wireless 5G connection? The mind boggles. 9to5Mac.com released this screenshot sent in to them by an industrious coder who compared the difference in code to OS X 10.8.4 and 10.8.3. It’s clear from the screenshot that “802.11ac” is not part of OS X 10.8.3’s codebase. The code was found inside the wifi frameworks folder There are a few more questions we can help you answer. One, we don’t know what the new...

  • Self-publishing platform Nook Press arrives

    Are you an aspiring writer and would like an easy accessible way to edit, publish and perhaps sell manuscripts? Enter Nook Press, an initiative by Nook Media the Barnes & Noble secondary that includes the Nook line of ereaders and tablets, has launched a new self-publishing platform for ebooks. This new platform takes the place of PubIt, another digital publishing programme Barnes & Noble launched two years ago, and uses new technology from FastPencil, a digital self-publishing company that the publishing giant partnered with last year. This neat application allows hopeful writers and authors to write and edit their work...

  • 6 classic sci-fi gadgets that really exist [part 1]

    Remember those childhood dreams of being driven around in an automated car? Or soaring through the sky with a jet pack? It’s science fiction, right? Those things won’t materialise in our lifetime. Wrong. Some of the gadgets you thought were pipe dreams are in fact either already reality, or very close to it. Self-driving cars (Total Recall) Note: there’s some strong language at the end of the video. Great film though The automated car for example. 2GetThere in the United Arab Emirates has a fleet of ten robotaxis that transport roughly 25 000 people a month. They can’t negotiate traffic, at least...

  • Firefox 23 now blocks non-SSL content by default

    Firefox 23, codename: Aurora, is the latest build of one of the most popular browsers and includes a hefty security update: non-SSL contents on SSL pages are now blocked by default. Firefox 18 is where the SSL setting was introduced, but version 23 turns this setting on first run. Let’s break this down. SSL at its simplest is a security protocol seen on, for instance, banking websites. Familiar with seeing “https” instead of “http”? That’s proof that the site you’re browsing will encrypt your personal data. The now-defunct Netscape was the first browser to use HTTPS. If the site you’re browsing...

  • Panasonic Lumix GF6 hands on review: beginner friendly

    Panasonic is known for quickly refreshing its cameras lineup, especially those at the budget end of the range. The GF series, which is the company’s beginner option, was last upgraded roughly 12 months ago, so it’s no surprise to see the replacement Panasonic GF6 making an appearance now. However, Panasonic says that although the GF1 was incredibly popular, the GF series hasn’t seen the same level of popularity with the GF3 and GF5. Perhaps this is due to increased competition both within the company – from the likes of the Panasonic GX1 – and outside it, with more companies now entering the compact system camera (CSC) market. On...

  • Laser cannon upgrade coming to US Navy ships by 2014

    From 2014, the US Navy plans to deploy a ship-mounted (and plane-mounted as seen in the video), US$32-million laser cannon called the “Laser Weapon System” or LaWS for short. The video below demonstrates the frightening, and very real LaWS in action as it burns a freaking drone plane down from the sky. It’s quite something to see. The video also demos a plane-mounted laser, which is as portable as it is scary. Imagine the military having this much precision and power at it’s fingertips? If you thought nukes were an issue, a portable laser weapon is even worse. But...

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