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  • 3 top remote control options for XBMC

    Let me start off by saying that since I discovered XBMC, my life has changed. I spend nearly every free minute I have reading up on new plugins that have launched and watching video tutorials on how to hack it to do almost anything I want it to. I also find that I spend more time thinking about how to further streamline my budding home HPTC setup. You know, from things like wireless HDMI systems to minimize the clutter around my TV, to building custom housings for any new external storage units that I might buy in the next...

  • Logitech K820 wireless keyboard is a slick-looking touch and type gizmo

    Logitech likes creating high-end looking devices for people like us who want to scrimp and save every penny. Today, it's announced the K820, a US$99 (R1 000) wireless keyboard with built-in touchpad. Fewer words, more pictures. It's feature time: Note that you're getting a boat-load of features and a very handsome keyboard/touchpad combo package for US$99. From the pictures alone, we can see that this is going to be a stellar piece of hardware. First, there's the touchpad which is designed to be "seamless" with the keyboard. " Even the angle of the All-in-One keyboard is designed to make typing and...

  • Reversal of fortune: Xbox One doesn’t need Kinect to function, says Microsoft

    The Xbox One needed the new Kinect to work. Without it, the Xbox One would not work. Simple as that. In an unsurprising about-turn, Kinect can now be turned off, unplugged from the console and everything will still work as it should. In Marc Whitten's words, "the console will still function if Kinect isn’t plugged in, although you won’t be able to use any feature or experience that explicitly uses the sensor." Whitten, Microsoft's VP of Xbox Live was interviewed by IGN and, as part of a Reddit-style Ask me Anything session, he dropped the details on the new Kinect-less...

  • Sony Lens-Camera will turn your smartphone into a DSLR

    These are the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lenses from Sony, as reported by SonyAlphaRumors, some of the first two and very proper-looking Lens-Cameras developed for our iOS and Android devices. These lenses have some extraordinary features: there's a built-in sensor, Bionz processor (hardware chiefly used with Sony Alpha DSLRs), Wi-Fi or NFC wireless connection and an SD card slot. The lenses are "thin" hardware and won't operate without a compatible smartphone or tablet. Honestly, and if these lenses are priced correctly, we could see the advent of professional smartphone shots. Both lenses, which will magnetically stick to our devices, are based on existing...

  • ‘GTA V’ online trailer and gameplay preview coming 15 August

    Rockstar's upcoming open-world game, GTA Vhas seen loads of pictures and videos since it was announced. Rockstar has now said that it will release an ultra-hyper-cool online gameplay trailer and preview 15 August 2013. That's this Thursday GTA fans. No time has been specified, but there's this page we can visit for further details. There's not much to go on, with the official page saying: "Look for the world premiere of the official GTA Online Gameplay Video as well as coverage of first press previews here at the Newswire and at rockstargames.com/GTAOnline – this Thursday, August 15th." Not much at all then. We...

  • Turn any Android device into a Chromecast with Cheapcast [video]

    If the early reviews and crazy sales are anything to go by, Google's Chromecast is set to be game-changing device. But if you can't wait to get your hands on one there is another, potentially cheaper, workaround. Cheapcast is an app that mimics the hit device's functionality by giving any tablet or phone running Android 2.2 or higher the ability to stream from Chromecast-enabled apps to other devices on the same network. And if the device acting as a receiver has a small screen, you can even plug it in to your TV with an HDMI cable, effectively giving...

  • This is the BlackBerry Z30, not the A10

    This video is of the BlackBerry Z30, not the heavily rumoured A10 (hell we even called it that). It's very much the same video we reported on a few weeks back, only this time there's some far better shots of the Z30. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rX62bqi9sWI Nothing has changed from our last report, and this video only drops on new hint: that the Z30 is scheduled for a Q3 release, so that's some time after September. Looks a lot like a cheaper version of the S4, if such a thing is even possible. BlackBerry has been suffering from some abysmal sales, so will a Q3...

  • SnappyCam Pro review: a faster, better camera for iOS

    About three months ago, after years of waiting for the right time in our lives, my wife and I became the proud 'parents' of two Jack Russell puppies. Born on the same day and from a litter of three, Lily and Skipper are the most adorable little animals that I've ever seen, and this is immediately apparent if you look through camera roll on my iPhone.  Right now, out of the measly 16 gigs available to me on the device, just under 10 consists of pictures and videos of the little critters. If you've ever had the wonderful experience of...

  • iPhone 5S and 5C rumours: sapphire home button?

    According to the often spot-on Apple rumour site, Macotakaro, the upcoming budget iPhone 5 -- which most of us have taken to calling the "Budget iPhone" -- will actually be called the "5C".  The site's sources also stress that the iPhone 5S will have an A7 CPU, with the A6 CPU being pushed into the new iPad Mini, if IBTimes has anything to say about it. Let's stick with the 5S for a bit though. Concave sapphire Most sites have all but confirmed that the next home button, the physical key that brings users back to the home screen, will be...

  • Don’t waste your time with these 5 pointless apps

    Because we've done it for you. Now, I have an obsession with apps, which is fairly common knowledge for anyone who has ever read the stuff I write. In my app travels, I tend to come across some real gems, supplemented by some real sh... uh, rubbish. Yes, rubbish. Because of the fact that Apple has some ridiculous restrictions on the kind of apps that can and can't appear on its App Store, many developers are finding the Google Play Store a haven for their “brilliant” yet misunderstood app. And so, you end up with apps such as “The Worst App Ever”....