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  • 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...

  • 5 Android/iOS games we can’t stop playing

    Addiction is a terrible thing. Except when it comes to games. We wholeheartedly support gaming and gear addiction, and these five games are still burning down our batteries. When will it ever end? Hopefully never. Flappy Bird (no longer available for download) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmnpxUMMfu0 Addictive is an understatement when it comes to Flappy Bird. You take control of a flying bird (more like a tennis ball with a face and wings), navigating it through the pixel-art retro world, taking caution not to hit the Mario-style pipes protruding from the top and bottom of the screen. It is a simple game to understand but...

  • The ‘HOVr’ hoverboard is a Funny or Die fake, sorry internet [Updated]

    Update: As we said, it was a Funny or Die lie, and the site is "sorry for lying about hoverboards." It better be, it played with our deepest geek desire. Here's the full apology, plus the link to the making of video (Funny or Die disallows content embedding) Funny Or Die recently teamed up with a group of celebrities for an elaborate prank to convince the world hoverboards were real and that a company called HUVr Tech had invented them. Sadly, we were lying. The great promise of Back to the Future II has not been fulfilled ... yet. And...

  • You’ll love this: the plug, play and sniff bacon alarm app

    Tech can make our non-kosher dreams come true, by squirting a bacon scent from our iPhones and into our nostrils. Yes, it's true. Watch this video which unashamedly gave us goosebumps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PiWdF3u9C0w It's a small piece of hardware that when attached to the bottom of an iPhone, puffs out a waft of bacon-flavoured scent when the accompanying iOS alarm clock app activates. Take it like this: what sound would you prefer in the morning? That horribly shrill alarm tone, or the sound of crackling bacon paired with the smell of the sweetest meat candy ever. We know what we would choose...

  • Roku HDMI Streaming Stick 100% more purple than Google Chromecast

    TV set-top boxes are getting shrunk to the size of a packet of gum, and the ability to stream 1080p content from the internet is as simple as plugging it into the back of your TV. With a move that seems to directly compete with Google's Chromecast and Apple TV, digital media company Roku has recently announced its latest and greatest Streaming Stick for HDMI. The new Roku Streaming Stick uses an HDMI input, is powered by a mini-USB port and comes with a WiFi remote control which has dedicated Netflix and Amazon buttons. Apart from functioning almost exactly like Google's...

  • ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ series finale, launching 14 October on Xbox One, PS4, PC [Updated]

    Update: If the trailer didn't satisfy your expectations enough, we've found some new, juicy images from ConsoleLife via Game Informer that appears to be in-game screenshots. Batman: Arkham Knight has been announced together with a trailer. The finale of the successful Arkham series is being developed by Rocksteady Studios and will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game releases October 14 2014, as spotted by Forbes. Players who preorder the game from US electronics chain GameStop will receive the Harley Quinn DLC with "4 challenge maps". Developed by Rocksteady...

  • DirectX 12 revealed March 10 at GDC, only 5 years late to the party

    Yes, this is a real thing: DirectX 12 will be revealed by the great and powerful Microsoft machine on 12 March at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), reports WinBeta. DirectX are a bunch of API's which handle the gaming content ("multimedia", scoff) on our computers and consoles. For those who can remember, the last full version of DirectX, not counting incremental updates, was DirectX 11 back in 2009. There's little to talk about for now, save for Microsoft's explanation of the event, as listed on the GDC session scheduler. For nearly 20 years, DirectX has been the platform used by game developers...