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  • Upgraded Google Glass ships 2GB RAM, longer battery life

    Google Glass is today getting a much-needed hardware upgrade, thanks to the Explorer Program's findings. Ironically though, Google will not be letting those Explorers trade up anytime soon. The original edition of the Glass packed a lowly 682MB RAM for the developers exclusive use and a battery that died after just 6 hours without the camera. New adopters can bask in the joy of 2GB RAM, "improved battery life by over 20%" and over a dozen software improvements, according to Google. Voice search is now 10% faster and the official Google+ page is sure to remind users of the "frames,...

  • Tom Happ, creator of indie game Axiom Verge, on his ‘vessel of consciousness and reality’

    Axiom Verge is the sort of retro, independently created game anyone with a heart and an itching for exploration should take note of. Its lone creator, Tom Happ, is a one-man band who developed, scripted, designed and tested the rather fantastic Axiom Verge. For those who aren't aware, Axiom Verge looks and plays like an moody Super Metroid, but has the design and soul of modern game. I managed to get my hands on the PS4 version of Axiom Verge at E3 2014 (which had about two to three hours of gameplay in it) as well a chat with Happ himself. Happ's a...

  • Google’s smart home is now open as Nest API seeds to eager devs

    Nest Labs, the smart thermostat manufacturer, today opened its hardware platform for developers, making Nest the centre of Google's smart home ecosystem. Purchased by Google for a hefty US$3.2-billion earlier this year, Nest has chiefly produced smoke detectors and smart thermostats connected to the internet. But thanks to the rapidly growing home automation market that includes Apple's HomeKit and Quirky's Wink among others, Nest will be the de facto Google command hub in the home. Google, curiously enough, is labeled by WSJ as a "partner," allowing the Nest name to forego the company's smart home efforts. Google Now will act as a...

  • Nokia X2 versus Nokia X: here’s whats new

    Anyone purchase the Nokia X? For those who held out, well done. For today Nokia announces the X2, a shinier, slightly bigger sequel to the X, the company's first Android phone. We didn't really know what the differences were between the Nokia X and the X2, but a quick comparison (via GSMArena) sorted us out. Display: the resolution remains the same at 800x430, but screen size increases from 4 to 4.3". Memory: RAM jumps from 512MB to 1GB Mobile internet: It's the same HSDPA internet but it's jumped to release 7, so mobile speeds can reach a possible 21.1Mbps. Bluetooth has also upgraded...

  • Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition $5 right now on the Steam Summer Sale

    The best part of the Steam Summer Sale could be happening right now. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition has been discounted from US$19.99 to US$4.99. It's an incredible bargain for what is a brilliant game, one that many have arguably agreed is better than its sequel, Dark Souls II (there's a great comparison article on INCgamers). Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition contains the full Dark Souls game, which is fair but difficult -- and I say this only as a player whose sunk well over 150 hours into both titles. Prepare to Die adds a little more content but what's there is stellar --...

  • 10 Samsung Galaxy S6 features we’d love to see

    Samsung's rolled out its flagship phone of 2014, the Galaxy S5 - a smartphone that will place a sales headlock on most of the existing top brands in the smartphone market. Of course, the Galaxy S5’s lifespan is far from over but then, change is key in the world of technology. So Samsung won't remain complacent with its 2014 innovations. With Apple set to unfurl the iPhone 6 this year, Samsung has more reason to heat the market up with its next phone, the Galaxy S6. If we consider that all future phones are perfect, then the Samsung Galaxy S6...

  • Pre-orders for Japan’s Xbox One ‘Day One’ edition gone with the wind

    Microsoft's story in Japan is a bitter one. Both the original Xbox and Xbox 360 performed poorly in the land of the rising sun, and were unable to compete with Japan's console champion, Sony's PlayStation. The Xbox One, Microsoft's latest console may fare a little better, as there's already reports of the machine selling out (of pre-orders), says Dualshockers (via a Japanese blog featuring a cute dog in a sweater). The following statement from Japanese retail store Games Maya says how the limited edition "Day One" Xbox One with the console, one controller, Kinect, Titanfall and Kinect Sports Rival was quickly...

  • Nintendo used Phillips gesture-control patents, rules UK court

    A UK court has officially ruled Nintendo guilty of infringing two patents belonging to Philips, both inherent in its Wii range of consoles. This is the first of four lawsuits filed against the gaming giant. The judgement, handed down by the High Court of Justice (of England and Wales) last week, ruled that Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles use technologies that Dutch electronics company Philips owns. The first regards a motion and gesture-controlled tracking system while the second covers devices that can be controlled by another. What makes the first patent significant though is the scope of infringing devices. Court...

  • Nvidia-powered HTC Volantis is the new and possibly last Nexus tablet

    After an epic weekend leak, multiple sources are now reporting that HTC will manufacture Google's latest Nexus tablet. In fact, the device dubbed the HTC "Volantis" already exists, according to Android Police. The Android-centric blog claims the tablets will start at US$399, pitting it directly against the 8.4" Samsung Galaxy Tab S. HTC's Volantis (codenamed "Flounder") -- which will likely be called the Nexus 9 prior to release -- will pack some sterling hardware too. Nvidia's Logan SoC will be at the heart of the device, with 2GB RAM and up to 32GB storage. The Logan architecture makes use of the...

  • 5 ways Apple’s smart home will drastically affect your life

    Recently, Apple held its much-awaited Worldwide Developers Conference 2014, which has put a stop to a lot of rumour and speculation. The Cupertino-based giant was expected to introduce a ground-breaking innovation designed to improve all of our lives.. so another stock-standard Apple product, basically. Or so we thought. Now we know that the new set of gizmos is known as "HomeKit". With the release of iOS 8 bundled with HomeKit, we can say for sure (without laying the drama too thick) that the future is upon us. The basic premise is that our homes are currently stuffed with smart appliances,...