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  • Dacuda’s 3D camera app turns your phone into a 3D scanner

    Software developers and cellphone makers are rushing to bring holographic and 3D display technology to your smartphone. Already, several devices and prototypes exist that offer such features, albeit with limited functionality. So far, the undisputed 3D king is Nintendo’s 3DS handheld console that features stereoscopic cameras that take stunning 3D images and provide a 3D gaming experience unlike anything else currently on the market (virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus are not yet available to consumers, and remain confined in the hands of developers) There is also the HTC EVO smartphone, whose two stereoscopic cameras take fairly decent 3D...

  • Samsung has a new bad-ass stove that projects virtual LED flames

    With the Korean giant’s latest gizmo, Samsung is taking on electric and traditional gas stoves a plenty in what could be quite a revolutionary development in cooking technology. Similar to a gas stove’s aesthetic, the premium Chef Collection Range Slide-in Range introduces LED lights that shine onto pots and pans to “provide the visual of gas cooking with the precision of induction.” The strips of blue LEDs embedded in the glass surface will glow stronger the more you turn up the heat. The stove will also heat-up only once you place your pots and pans onto its surface. “Induction cooking focuses the...

  • Fitbit unveils new smartbands, $250 smartwatch with seven-day battery life

    The wearable tech company for athletes Fitbit, today announced a refreshed range of devices namely the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge — the latter being the company’s first go at the smartwatch market. Starting with the Charge, the innovative wristband is a new edition of the previous Fitbit Force — an all-day activity tracking with real-time fitness stats and Caller ID. With the small OLED screen as its face, you can view your calories and monitor and enhance sleeping patterns. It has a battery life of a week. You know the drill. The Charge is currently available for US$130...

  • 8 essential apps every budding technology journalist needs

    Apple likes a tag-line or two, doesn’t it? Remember that “There’s an app for that” quip that instantly turned into a meme? We’re all for that line. In fact, we believe that you should be equipped with an app for every potential situation one should find oneself. And you know what? There is an app for every situation out there — from being lost in a big African city to snapping that perfect picture of a yellow daisy. The possibilities are endless. As journalists, we also have a habit of equipping ourselves with a plethora of apps, just in case. So we’ve...

  • PS4 2.0 Masamune update coming, includes SharePlay and USB Music Player

    It might not involve mythical swords and uncomfortable iron thrones, but Sony and Microsoft‘s current-gen consoles are engaging in a little private game of updates. After Xbox’s Major Nelson gave the world a comprehensive (and exciting) rundown of the updates coming to the Xbox One console next month, the PlayStation 4’s upcoming update is in less than a week. Although Sony doesn’t update the console’s firmware as frequently as Microsoft’s Xbox monthly release cycle — which gives Redmond a tight timeframe to heed the public’s annoyances and act accordingly — the last memorable PS4 update was pushed nearly three months...

  • 10 cool beauty devices for the high-tech connoisseur

    Crow’s feet, saggy skin, facial hair, cellulite… yes, women are plagued by these not so pretty woes. The answer: expensive spa treatments or surgery. However there is a less costly answer. Thanks to modern technology and science, the era of digital beauty devices has begun. The latest beauty devices promise to deliver results on par with spa treatments and in the comfort of your own home. But are they worth the investment and do they really work? Lucky for you, I trawled through the plethora of available beauty devices and found the best that will benefit acne, reduce cellulite and...

  • Raspberry Pi founder teases official 7″ touchscreen, updated A+ board

    It’s not too difficult to understand why, but Raspberry Pi micro-computing boards are still selling like chocolate eclairs at a school cake sale. By now, most new devices fade into the background to some degree, but here they are, as fresh as ever. And they’re about to get even fresher. Showcased at TechCrunch’s Disrupt in London this week, Eben Upton — the Pi’s founder and spirit animal — unveiled a new touchscreen display for the company’s three boards and announced an upcoming, updated A+ board. We’re excited. Why? Well, because people can now build Raspberry Pi-based tablets for funsies. They won’t...

  • Microsoft to drop free Xbox Music streaming service in December

    If you’ve been using Xbox Music on you PC for the last two years, you’d better start exporting your playlist or cough-up the dough. Microsoft will be discontinuing its free Xbox Music streaming service on 1 December 2014. As it stands, users can either opt to pay a monthly fee of US$10 for an Xbox Music Pass, download songs at set prices individually, or use the free PC version that includes ads. The latter will be scrapped. Ever since its inception on 2012, the music service has tried to take on online streaming giants like Spotify and Apple’s iTunes....

  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will retail via Vodacom South Africa from tomorrow

    Vodacom has announced that it will offer Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models both in physical South African stores and through its online channel from tomorrow, 24 October 2014. While these phones have been out for the best part of two months in the international market, Vodacom is the first service provider to offer the handsets in the country. The latest iPhones will only be available, initially at least, on contract or as an upgrade. Cue the hmphs. As for the launch, well, the company’s planning a big soiree tonight at it’s Vodacom World premises in Midrand, Johannesburg. (For...

  • 5 games that broke our hearts

    Irving Stone once wrote “There is no love without pain.” Admittedly he probably didn’t have gaming in mind but it applies just as much. For all our love of gaming and the amazing experiences it has provided us with, there are just some titles that horribly failed us and left us with a dull and unsatisfying emptiness. This list serves as a sort of anti-ode to these blasphemous titles. In essence, it serves to remind us that our wonderful world of gaming does not come without its flaws and disappointments. Further, it is a reminder that we should be...