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  • Carbon3D liquid resin 3D printer is seriously fast, and cool

    Joseph DeSimone recently led a TED Talk about a new 3D printing method that’s 25 to 100 times faster than traditional 3D printing alternatives. DeSimone explains that most 3D printing is really 2D printing that creates multiple 2D layers to produce a 3D effect, and suggests that a new liquid resin 3D printer could boost the technology in a number of ways. DeSimone and his Carbon3D Silicon Valley team were inspired by the liquid metal based T-1000 type of Terminator featured in Terminator 2. DeSimone and his team decided to use their expertise in chemistry to make the cinematic process a reality. DeSimone asserts...

  • ‘Pixels’, ‘Final Fantasy XV’ and GearVR babies: the TGIF Video Roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? If you missed last week’s roundup, catch it below. Read more: ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’, ‘Project Cars’ and HTC Vive demo: this week’s TGIF Video Roundup After a week of disappointment, the gaming and technology world has unveiled some sweet and savory goodies for us to indulge. For one, we kick off with a new movie trailer, from the brains (or lack thereof) behind Billy Madison, Big Daddy and Grown Ups. That’s right, it’s Adam Sandler’s...

  • Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM brings Skype, Minecraft to the masses

    Microsoft is on the budget phone war path it seems, after launching a slew of low-cost smartphones in the recent weeks. Without a hint of a flagship in sight, another budget Lumia has emerged, this time dubbed the Microsoft Lumia 430 dual SIM. As the latter half of the moniker would suggest, the handset boasts slots for two SIMs should the user desire. What’s more, is that the Microsoft Lumia 430 is just US$70. No South African pricing information has been made available as yet, unfortunately. To gloss over the specs, the Microsoft Lumia 430 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC...

  • Samsung wants to shove 128GB storage chips into budget smartphones

    Samsung has announced its new 128GB eMMC storage chip, which will look to bring cheaper, denser storage to affordable smartphones in the future. The company notes that its “value-focused” chip will be “targeted at the smartphone and tablet mass markets,” which could see the price of storage in these devices plunge as a result. Dr. Jung-Bae Lee, SVR of Samsung’s memory and applications team, suggests that the move was made to keep ahead of the demand curve. With the introduction of our value-focused, 3-bit NAND-based eMMC 5.0 line-up, we expect to take the lead in the expansion of high-density mobile storage. ...

  • HTC One Mini 2 review-in-brief: smaller than an M8, but not as good

    If phone sales were based solely on device quality, then HTC would be sitting right near the top of the smartphone pile instead of scrapping a bunch of has-beens for the minor places. A case in point is the HTC One Mini 2. Not so long ago, if you wanted a smaller version of a flagship Android device, you had to resign yourself to the fact that you were going to end up with, well, less. Less features, less storage capacity, less battery life… you get the picture. More recently that’s started to change. As flagship Android devices have started to veer...

  • iPhone 6s rumour roundup: ‘Apple Phone’, anyone?

    Feature image: iFixit iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, whatever. All we know is that an upgraded iPhone is coming later this year and there are plenty of things flying around about it. The world isn’t small enough nor is it big enough to render Apple fan’s squeaks inaudible, so while the company ripens in the Cupertino sunshine, the rumours will flow. That’s why we’ve decided to introduce an entirely new iPhone rumour roundup article, encompassing what is likened to be the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Of course, there’s no real way to know in all certainty that Apple is planning an...

  • Tag Heuer partners with Intel, Google on Apple-slaying smartwatch

    Tag Heuer, you know, that luxury watch brand specialising in crafting traditional timepieces, is divebombing into the smartwatch swimming pool thanks to a firm hand on the back by Apple. After the Cupertino company launched its Apple Watch a few weeks ago, and Swatch announced that it will fit its timepieces with NFC chips, Tag Heuer has confirmed that it too will be sending its chronographs to smartwatch school, but with one important exception — it will aim to keep its smartwatches’ aesthetics as close to those of the originals. The watch will be powered by an Intel chipset, which is...

  • Microsoft might be killing Internet Explorer, but it’s far from dead

    Microsoft‘s Internet Explorer really should doff its cap and take a bow, because it has been one of the most influential pieces of code ever written even if it is the most maligned. With news that Microsoft will soon be killing the Internet Explorer brand after a long struggle with its waning brand image, we’re not quite sure if Internet Explorer will go out with a bang, or fade away like Microsoft’s other legacy headache — Windows XP. So, what does this announcement really mean for Internet Explorer? Well, for one, killing the brand doesn’t necessarily mean killing the product, and...

  • Nvidia GTX Titan X could restart a planet with GM200 core, 12GB VRAM [update]

    Update: South African prices have been released for the MSI, EVGA and Gigabyte GTX Titan X. The prices you ask? Well, they range between R16 999 and R18 999, with the EVGA GTX Titan X OC edition leading the line in terms of price. Nvidia has been faffing around with other things this year, namely shoving mobile computing chips in cars at CES 2015, and announcing Android consoles in the form of the Shield at GDC 2015, but thankfully the company hasn’t forgotten how to make insane graphics cards. The Nvidia GTX Titan X is the latest flagship in the...

  • Sony SmartBand SWR10 review: easy to lose, easy to forget

    The fitness craze — it’s a thing that’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Just like the selfie movement and the LOLcats phenomenon before it, it has gripped the world by the scruff of the neck, or well, the arm with authoritative clamour. It’s here to stay, and while that might be a fortunate thing for those wishing to get their resting heart rate down to zero, for us tech reviewers, it means a lot of things clasping to our arms begging for affection. The latest device is this category, and in our offices, is the Sony SmartBand SWR10. Now I...

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