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  • BOLT is ‘world’s smallest charger’ with enough power for two phones

    Kickstarter’s got a lot of cool tech to fund, but some deserve your time more than others, such as BOLT, a tiny little USB phone charger that stores enough juice to power two phones. BOLT’s been “built to replace your standard wall charger” and is a 3000mAh rechargeable battery (a Samsung battery) that’s a mere 70mm in length. As it’s a USB charger, it’ll power practically any modern device, provided it has the compatible USB power cord, which most devices seem to currently including as default. Fluxmob, creators of BOLT say that the device was built from the ground...

  • From HDMI to HTPC: how to setup a home media center

    I'm getting old. Not in the sense that I battle with my hearing or that I have to start wearing glasses though. No, I'm talking about that point in your life when you'd much rather stay in and smash an entire season of Mad Men on a Friday night than go out and spend your monthly salary on tequila. Sure, tequila still features now and again in my life but not as much as Don Draper and the team from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. It's great isn't it? The fact that you can legitimately get hold of HD episodes right after they've...

  • India loves these 5 budget smartphones

    After the advent of the Android operating system many years ago, many new and diverse smartphone brands popped up because it became a lot easier to get the phone assembled and developed for. Android is free to install on any practically any product commercially, so it's not hard to tweak the code a bit to make it run on standard hardware which can be acquired cheaply from component manufacturers. There are a lot of companies in Shenzen, China which can get you the required components from manufacturers like Qualcomm, MediaTek, Sharp, Omnivision and Broadcom. This helps their customers in creating...

  • Four months on, we roast the Galaxy Note 8

    I’m a bit scientific-minded, me, so I like to do things scientific-like. So I took the Samsung Note 8 tablaphonelet and made some telephone calls on it in front of a statistically valid sample of colleagues, friends and the general public. Without exception they either laughed, pointed, or pointed and laughed. Samsung, I ask you with tears in my eyes, what the hell are you thinking? Why put a phone in tablet? Is it because your product development geeks are unable to say, “No”? Demonstrating the clear-headedness and restraint of a couple of crackheads with a couple of unsmoked rocks...

  • Microsoft makes touchy feely 3D touchscreen

    A group of Microsoft researchers have created a stereo-vision 3-D monitor on a robot arm to augment touchscreen interactions. Their aim, they say, is to do "for the sense of touch what computer graphics does for vision.” Basically it's an LCD flat panel that's attached to a robotic arm that pushes, retracts and moves the screen when touched. The screen uses sensors to recognize the objects on the screen and when touched, uses light force to create the illusion of the object having both weight, shape, size and depth. So basically, you poke the screen while it pushes back. If this...

  • Gaming with Glass? A look into the future

    The technology and gaming landscape is changing and, from the looks of things, Google is gearing up to be a major player in this new frontier. Google Glass is still in its infancy and already the Big G is stirring up rumors of a possible Android-powered gaming console and a Smart Watch that could pair with other devices via Bluetooth. To see Google's vision of the future, you could turn on just about any sci-fi film from the 70s and 80s that portray mankind living in the distant future. Such films show folks donning devices that look a lot like...

  • We get closeup with new leaked Nokia Lumia 1020 pic

    A few weeks ago we reported some of the leaks and pics of the Lumia 1020. Today though we got a closer look at the Windows 8 phone. This together with the expected 41-megapixel Pureview camera, Nokia's "reinvented zoom" and the new Amber update will wet your tech appetite before we get more details confirmed for 11 July. We also heard that its going to have a Pro Cam app. @Evleak is popularly known for its leaked images of handsets and the like-- and so far has a decent track record. This time round we got a glimpse of what...

  • Insane Android security flaw affects a potential 900-mil devices

    Bluebox Labs, a “stealth startup” focused on mobile security, recently posted a fairly damning report that pokes holes in the integrity of almost every Android device ever. Team Bluebox say that any APK (Android Application Package File) can be injected with Trojan and snuck into the Google Play Store without the user even realizing it. In plain English, you could be downloading a Trojan virus from the Play Store without even realizing it. Even worse, and according to Bluebox, this security flaw has been knocking around since Android 1.6 or "Donut”. This effectively places any Android device released over the...

  • 5 of the worst and weirdest crowdfunded gadgets

    We all hear about these amazing crowd funded projects that start out as an idea and become an overnight success, being funded many times over before the deadline is even up. Sounds awesome right? But what about those projects that are just a little weirder and more random than the latest and greatest Tim Schafer game? Crowd funding allows everyone to pitch for funding from people interested in contributing to the latest and greatest invention, venture or experiment. Which is great - it gives people who wouldn't otherwise have access to funds an opportunity to produce something unique with the help...

  • ATLAS coffee-infused socks absorb shameful feet smells

    Stinking, sweating socks suck. It’s also a piece of clothing that’s had very little attention from technology until now. Enter ATLAS (which takes it’s name from the Greek god who shoulders the world), “performance dress socks" that are mapped to your feet for comfort, dryness and odor-control. If it sounds a little too good to be true, it isn't. ATLAS is very real and has shattered its initial US$30 000 Kickstarter goal by almost US$70 000 and counting. The beauty and secret of the sock is coffee. The problem isn't what’s in your feet, it’s what’s on them Moisture control There’s...