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  • Samsung introduces ‘industry first’ 1TB mSATA SSD

    Samsung recently launched the "industry's first" 1TB mSATA SSD. As part of Samsung's 840 EVO series introduced back in July, the new 1TB mSATA 840 EVO SSD is approximately a quarter size of a 2.5" SSD, and offers the same level of high density and high performance. That's a one followed by twelve zeroes of bytes, all squished into one fun-loving piece of speedy hardware. According to the blog announcement, the 1TB mSATA SSD has a thickness of 3.85mm and a weighs 8.5g. Samsung further notes that its size and weight are approximately 40% less than a typical hard...

  • Xbox One backwards compatibility hack fake, may ‘brick’ consoles

    Don't follow these steps to allow your Xbox One to play Xbox 360 games. Because it won't work, and it render your new purchase useless. A post from the weirdest site on the internet, 4Chan, made Xbox One owners think that by enabling developer mode on their consoles, they could play Xbox 360 games. This prank (and let us repeat: this is a joke and is not advised) was first picked up by The Daily Dot, and spread like wildfire. Microsoft has gone on record saying that the Xbox One will never be backwards compatible, even after the hidden developer...

  • Win ‘Lost Planet 3’, ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ and ‘F1 2013’ for Xbox 360

    Aliens, more aliens and fast cars. That's what's happening this week. Lost Planet 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Formula 1 2013 for Xbox 360 are all up for grabs. See the details below. Lost Planet 3 The story-driven sci-fi title takes place before the events of the original Lost Planet and is set on the frosty planet of E.D.N. III. This third-person adventure title share open-world features where you can speak to non-playable characters, upgrade equipment and take on side-quests. You'll play as Jim Peyton who needs to take minerals back to earth but faces the inhabitable weather conditions and other...

  • TomTom Multi-Sport review: the GPS watch comes good

    About a year ago, I was mugged while out running. It wasn't particularly violent, I wasn't hurt, but it was a pretty good lesson in why running with your phone in your hand isn't always a particularly good idea. Since I was unwilling to give up tracking my runs, I've had to come up with a few ways of minimising the risk. Strapping my phone to my waist with a running belt (hidden under a vest) has helped. So has making sure I avoid certain areas if I'm going to be running at dusk. None of that however changes the fact...

  • Teen spends $615 for a picture of the Xbox One

    You can learn a lot from the internet, especially from the scams perpetrated by others. The latest victim is one Peter Clatworthy, a 19-year old from the UK who spent £450 (equivalent to US$615) on a badly printed picture of an Xbox One, hoping that it was the actual console. Here's Clatworthy, and a picture of his sadness. The unlucky Peter hoped to nab an Xbox One from eBay UK, but when his Xbox One came, it was nothing more than a faded image of the FIFA 14 Xbox One box set, said the Nottingham Post. What he was...

  • New Android 4.4.1 update finally rolling out to the Nexus camera’s rescue

    Though Google's Nexus 5 has been touted as being the best smartphone on the market considering its low cost, one of the biggest irks about it has been its camera performance. Google launched its latest mobile operating system Android 4.4 KitKat together with its latest smartphone, the Nexus 5 31 October. Now a bit more than a month later, it launched yet another update. It was announced yesterday that Android 4.4.1 will be rolling out to the camera's rescue. As mentioned on the Nexus Google+ page, the HDR+ function will tackle issues such as slow shutter speed, poor auto focus...

  • Challenge accepted: 5 of the most difficult games you’ll ever play

    I recently had a strange urge to go rummaging through my gaming treasure chest. I had this unquenchable want to play a classic title from my past. After quite some digging, and a few nostalgic moments, I finally found it. As I started playing the old quirky puzzle-adventure game (which features on this list) one thing immediately became apparent. It was the first time in ages I felt like I was truly being challenged. Then, I decided to take a look into some current games. One by one I tried my hand at these games and with each passing...

  • LG Smart TVs to use any phone as controller by 2014

    Using a smartphone as a TV remote is a nifty idea that has been championed by a few mobile phone makers, like Samsung and Sony, but until now, it's been locked to a few specific models. Even worse, iPhones are left out of the phone-as-remote market unless an expensive accessory is tacked onto it. No more, says LG who've recently announced a partnership with AllJoyn to create Smart TVs that can use any phone as a universal remote, reports Pocket-Lint. The AllJoyn protocol forms a connection between TV and phone, regardless of the mobile ecosystem. As Gigaom rightly says,...

  • iOS 7 jailbreaking, powered by crowdfunding demands ‘device freedom’

    What's the most important question iPhone 5s owners should ask themselves? It could be: is iOS 7 jailbroken yet? The answer to that quandary could be crowdfunding and a hacking initiative by this group may deliver a jailbreak through the dark powers of money. IsiOS7Jailbrokenyet.com has not only one of the best URL's on the internet, but a plan to unlock iOS 7. The winning entry receives the coveted "Device Freedom" prize and whatever monies have been mustered (the funding is currently on US$1851). We want an iOS 7 jailbreak so that we can dig into our iPhones, Android style....

  • Olloclip debuts 3-IN-1 Macro lens for your iPhone, up to 21x magnification

    Today Olloclip released the 3-IN-1 Macro photo lens for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. The clip allows for extreme closeup shots up to 21x magnification and could easily be swapped with other refined lenses. This allows anyone within their means to become a macro photographer - professional or not, that will be determined by the skill of the user. Other than what pop culture suggests, smartphone cameras aren't just meant for selfies and pub lunches. Incredible engineering, on both the hardware and software front, has led to a wave of Instagram (and other) enthusiasts creating outstanding art (Follow Olloclip's Instagram for...