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  • The Samsung Galaxy S 4: we’re in the age of evolution

    It’s here. The skunkworks at Samsung have produced a new flagship, designed to take on the iPhone in a seriously big way. Yup, the launch of the Galaxy S 4 just pushed the smartphone arms race that little step further. Here’s everything you need to know about it. Welcome to the age of evolution When the iPhone 5 launched last year, there were a fair number of people who said it was a disappointment. It didn’t do enough cool new stuff and the closest thing to a big change Apple seemed to have undertaken was lengthening the body and screen...

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 hands on review: all hail the king

    The Samsung Galaxy S4 brings a huge Full HD screen, an improved camera and faster innards, and fits in all in a chassis the same size as theGalaxy S3. However, many will struggle to tell the difference between the S4 and its predecessor, as the polycarbonate chassis is still in use, although the metallic banding around the side, while still plastic, is much sturdier and feels more premium. We’ve already seen a lot of the Samsung Galaxy S4, as it’s been snapped multiple times in leaks – some more accurate than others, it has to be said – and the specs...

  • Galaxy S 4 ‘Life Companions’ are the smartest accessories yet

    The recently launched Galaxy S 4 is a powerhouse of a phone, albeit one that is more about evolution than revolution. When it comes to accessories though, Samsung looks to be at the top of its game. What Samsung now offers is nothing short of peripheral perfection. Gamepads, health bands, even a scale. These add-ons create a congruence with the S 4, linking the user and the device like never before. As per usual, each Samsung accessory is smartly designed, with bold new features highlighting the unique new aspects of the Galaxy S 4. Samsung’s even calling these accessories,...

  • Airless tyres evolve: from dream to reality

    The day of the puncture may soon be over. No more changing your wheel on the side of the road in the rain, no more spare wheel in the back and no more tire maintenance. While there have been concepts of airless tyres around for a little while, none have actually been available for purchase, so the public has only been dreaming of the day when punctures can become a thing of the past. But as soon as next year, airless tyres could become a reality for the average driver, making cars really take on that futuristic look that...

  • 7 of the best gadgets of SXSW

    SXSW has skyrocketed from its original 150 attendees in 1987 to the world-class event it is today. This year’s event has featured some impressive speakers: the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl gave the music keynote speech, Shaquille O’Neal talked technology and Newark, N.J., mayor-slash-heartthrob Cory Booker discussed Twitter. But for you gadget-guru types, the highlight remains SXSW Interactive, headquarters for new ideas and creative technologies. See if one of these devices will satisfy your technological appetite in 2013: Google’s talking shoe You’ve probably already heard about Google Glass, but do you know anything about the customized Web-connected sneakers that were on display? Google...

  • The Samsung Galaxy S IV launch event [live blog]

    Here it is, the Samsung Unpacked event for the Galaxy S IV. A short year ago, one of the world’s most popular phones, the S III, was released to critical acclaim and sterling sales. Tomorrow it’s the S IV’s turn, a phone with a reported 4.99-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 13GB camera, 2GB RAM and Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. Bloomberg reports that it will be a true 5-inch display with new eye tracking technology. The event happens in New York, and we’ll be writing about it in our live blog below from 19:00 EST / 23:00 GMT on March 14...

  • The great Sim City debacle: how DRM killed our dreams

    Before The Sims there was Sim City. Developed by Maxis and released in 1989, it was one of the first games of its kind: a simulator that let you build a city and micromanage the intimate workings of its infrastructure. The brainchild of Will Wright — who would later go on to make The Sims — Sim City spawned numerous successful sequels. Now there’s a new one out and it’s described as a “reboot”, that awful, vacuous phrase that simply masks the obvious: this is a sequel, only we’re tired of seeing the numerals stack up. The Sim City of...

  • WhatsApp for BB Z10 review: about bloody time

    The exclusion of WhatsApp from the Z10 was a crime against humanity. WhatsApp, along with Instagram, Skype, Flipboard and streaming radio apps, are the pillars of any smartphone app experience and a must-have. But when the Z10 launched, none of these apps were present. Today though, WhatsApp has casually appeared on BlackBerry World and it’s still the same, hassle-free instant messenger the world has come to love. Talking’s overrated I’ve used WhatsApp since its inception on the iPhone 3GS. It began so innocently, as an app with no marketing behind it, but one that thrived on word of mouth as its...

  • Apple readies quad-core A7 CPUs for production

    The CPU for Apple’s next-gen iDevices is already prepped, according to CNET. The process is called “taping out” and this is slang for the final stages before CPU production. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be producing the A7 CPU (what it’s widely believed to be called) with roll out into iDevices scheduled for a Q1 2014 launch. There are some interesting factoids regarding the A7 CPU that CNET managed to drudge up. Namely that the A7 will use 20-nanometer manufacturing process that is still in the testing stages and only planned for a 2014 launch. The A6 CPU used a...

  • Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC

    Dell’s new XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch 1080p screen. But yes, it’s a tablet.- albeit one that can double as an all-in-one PC. It’s in the same vein as the pretty average Sony Tap 20 – so can it do better than sony at the ‘family tablet’ idea? For one thing, the tablet part is a lot lighter than the cumbersome Tap 20 and is absolutely fine for having on your lap – it’s around 2.3Kg compared to over 5kg for the Tap. It’s comfortable. Here it is in full ‘desktop PC’ mode, only it’s not really a desktop – it’s the tablet...

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