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  • Nokia Asha 501 is a “next gen” 3-inch touchscreen for $99

    Nokia’s Asha range, an affordable line of feature phones pretending to be smartphones, has cranked out the 501, a US$99 full touch device. Nokia calls it “next generation”, we call it overenthusiastic marketing. What the Asha 501 represents though, thanks to its sleek design and candy-coated colours – bright red, bright green, cyan, yellow, white and black. It’s a first for Nokia too, as the Asha 501 is a micro-SIM phone with “Easy Swap SIM technology” (change SIM cards without turning off the device). It also has a respectable 3.2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, 4GB internal memory, 17 hours talk time....

  • Resident Evil Revelations HD preview: ported fun

    Seeing a handheld game ported in “HD” to the console is becoming more and more common and, on the whole, it indicates an attempt by the developers on one hand to extend the life of the franchise (because often these are indeed franchise games) as well as to a lesser degree bring the somewhat neglected story element to the broader market. Resident Evil Revelations HD is exactly this. The game is set between Resident Evil 4 and 5. For those critical of Resident Evil 6‘s departure from the traditional survival horror genre that it has become known for, this will...

  • Lumia 928 challenge demos ‘distortion free audio recording’ powers

    Nokia’s latest Lumia, the 928, is up against the Galaxy S III again, in an audio test that shows off its “distortion-free audio recording”. Yesterday, the 928 demoed its HD-recording properties as the Windows Phone recorded a crisp, stutter-free action shot. This time, we’re in New York city as the Lumia 928 records a (literally) underground jazz band. Nokia’s embedded a volume distortion meter is on the right-hand side of the video. Distortion happens in the red, it says and during the Lumia recording session, the volume never distorts, even at high levels. This could very easily be doctored, but...

  • Invisible buttons could be the iPhone’s next big thing

    Your future iPhone 6 could have invisible buttons that appears only when needed. Apple, being the cornerstone of tech aesthetics and rumour mills, never fails to impress. This patent recently granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office lets Apple design products having invisible controls (buttons or sliders) that would only appear when needed. Aesthetic appeal is one thing, but most phones are seamlessly designed around its button interface. The patent titled “Disappearing button or slider” states that “too much display area is occupied by display elements that are not needed except at particular times.” The button will only...

  • Razer Carcharias review: bargain price, premium sound

    When I hear “Razer,” I think “dedicated gamer.” The two are almost synonymous. This headset brushes by this brittle but crucial association. The Razer Carcharias slogan reads “Command in Comfort.” and rightfully so. This is a headset that delivers a reliable experience well worth exploring. It’s designed and priced for the gaming crowd with a budget who still need an immersive, quality gaming experience. It’s both PC and Xbox 360 compatible and great for co-op games. Its products scream “hardcore gamer”. What sets it apart? If there is such a thing as an entry-level gamer headset market, this device definitely fills that...

  • Nokia Lumia 928 night-time video outshines iPhone 5 and S III

    Nokia’s Lumia 928, the latest smartphone to support PureView technology, was outed earlier this week with a single ad. Now, Nokia’s released a demo video that shows off the imaging chops of the Lumia 928. The Lumia 928 pairs off against Apple’s iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy S III in a video demo that seems a little biased towards Nokia’s Carl Zeiss lense-equipped smartphone. After the Lumia rides “The Hurricane” (an insane-looking roller coaster) and after a minute, the view swaps to a side-by-side of the Lumia/iPhone 5 and then the Lumia/Galaxy S III. During the video, Nokia shows...

  • Sharp begins iPhone 5S LCD screen production in Japan

    Sharp will use Kameyama Plant in Japan as the production site for the display of the iPhone 5S, this is according to Appleinsider.com (the original Japanese-language story from Nikkan.co.jp is here). The display for the iPhone 5S, if that’s what Apple plans to call it, will reportedly begin production in June 2013. Additionally, Japan Display — an LCD production conglomerate made up of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba, and LG Display — has already received a large order from Apple and production of iPhone 5S screens is already underway. The Wall Street Journal practically confirmed this last month, so it’s nice to see...

  • GTA V preview: three man open-world chaos

    Grand Theft Auto V is a fat, full-bodied game, overflowing with things to see and do. But above all else, it wants to be one thing very badly: a good heist game. A new screenshot says it all. Michael stands in the foreground wearing a mask worthy of Hannibal Lector. He’s flanked by a monkey (Trevor) and a skull (Franklin). These are your protagonists, and they’re dressed for business. Crime has always been central to Grand Theft Auto’s DNA, yet now the vision has been focused, sharpened. The crux of GTA V is less jacking cars, and more planning and executing...

  • Samsung echoes Apple’s closed OS: Galaxy S4 ‘impossible to root’

    There is little doubt when it comes to who the leading Android handset manufacturer in the world is, considering Samsung has obliterated all competition since the inception of its Galaxy S II. The Galaxy range has sold tens of millions of devices and I’m sure you know more than a few people who use one of them. The devices are obviously aimed at the mass market, and as such Samsung has taken some steps to keep its latest flagship, the Galaxy S IV more secure, if less customisable, than its predecessors. Samsung has made “rooting impossible on newer stock kernels”...

  • ‘Sims 4’ coming 2014 for PC and Mac, works offline

    The Sims 4 is predictably official. Considering that The Sims is one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time, The Sims 4 comes as no surprise at all. Outside of The Sims 4 landing a 2014 release (date unknown), it’ll have an “offline single player experience.” We mention this because Maxis last game, Sim City, had one of the most hateful always-online DRM systems ever conceived by humankind. Here’s how EA describes it: “The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever.” Is...

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