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  • If you’re kidnapped this wristband will send messages to FB, Twitter

    If you’ve watched enough news bulletins in your life time, you’ll know that being a human rights or aid worker comes with the risk of kidnapping. Enter a new wristband from the Civil Rights Defenders action group, which will send out a distress call to Twitter and Facebook if activated. The wristband can be activated manually or automatically if it is ripped off. The wristband uses cellular and GPS technology to track its wearers and the first batch is set to roll out this week. “Most of us, given the chance, would like to help others in danger,” Civil...

  • Facebook launches ‘FB Home’ app, HTC First tags along

    The Facebook Phone event is over, and left smoking in the ruins is this, the HTC First. The social network’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, took the stage, spoke a lot but finally got to the meat of it. Facebook Home is the cleanest Android experience we’ve ever seen. Home looks competent, simple but above all, functional. “We want to bring the experience of having a home, of having everything you need right around you… to your phone.” said Zuckerberg. The phone turns on. You see this: But with your details, not this random man From here, you’ll be able to see all your...

  • Microsoft creative director: If next Xbox is always-online we must ‘#dealwithit’

    This is fairly weird, funny and fantastic at the same time. Adam Orth, the creative director at Microsoft Studios took to Twitter and ranted about the fate of the next “always-online” Xbox. Microsoft has confirmed nothing about the next Xbox, but most of the rumours point towards it being a constantly connected device that will require the internet for authentication. Much like with the upcoming PS4. Here’s Orth’s fascinating twitter exchange: Please excuse the poor screen capture. Orth has to confirm us a follower on Twitter so that we can view his tweets. First off, Orth is not speaking with a...

  • HTC First hands on review: Meet the Facebook Home phone

    Say hello to the HTC First, the first phone to highlight Facebook Home, an Android overlay newly introduced by the social network. This is not a Facebook phone, nor is it not a Facebook phone. Confusing? Sorry, but what we mean is that this is a phone built by HTC with a quasi-Facebook skin. You can turn Home off, but that sort of defeats the First’s purpose. Immediately upon turning on the First (well, after the obligatory Android opening), users are greeted with a log in screen to sync their Facebook accounts with the Home experience. What Home, and by extension, the First,...

  • BlackBerry ‘R-series’ images reveal external SIM slot

    Pictured above, care of BlackBerryOS.com, the new budget BlackBerry 10 model, “BlackBerry R”. It’s the answer to those looking for a cheaper way to get their hands on BB10 OS. First we get the Z10, next up is the Q10. Is the “R10” next? When the first of the R-series makes its way into the public, it’s said that it’ll have less RAM, an 1800mAh battery (exactly the same as the Z10), 8GB internal memory and is said to be in the same price range as the current range of low-end Curves. So expect a BB10 OS device that...

  • Disney shutters LucasArts but it’s good news for gamers

    Earlier today, Gameinformer received an email from a rep at Lucasart, stating Disney’s intention to shut down one of the oldest and most successful gaming developers of all time. Here’s Disney’s official statement: After evaluating our position in the games market, we’ve decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company’s risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games. As a result of this change, we’ve had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles. The bad While Gameinformer says that they...

  • Facebook Home could be the best version of Android yet

    I wrote a news piece earlier this week where I just reported on the Facebook phone, and it didn’t really strike a chord with me. But after reading this recently on 9to5Google (which is mostly spot on with any leak), HTC’s Facebook phone, the HTC First, is going to potentially slaughter the competition. That’s if it’s priced well. What nails it for me is the user interface. The HTC First isn’t the most powerful smartphone in the world, but this minimal aesthetic looks as if it was designed to run on practically any mid-range device. I’d say that a good...

  • Bye bye BBM Music

    As of 2 June 2013 BlackBerry Music will be discontinued, according to an email posted by Crackberry.com. For those who are still paying the US$4.99 monthly service fee, April will be the final billable month. From May, the BBM contacts won’t be able to access BBM  Music and shortly after playlists will grey out and the sun will finally set on BlackBerry’s cancelled streaming music service. Poor performance for a service that’s barely 18-months old. Please delete BlackBerry advises all users of BBM Music to uninstall the app. To do so, go to the options menu, select “device” then “application management”,...

  • LG Optimus G review: a great phone, for 2012

    LG’s road to smartphone success has been rockier than most. After false starts with the Optimus series, LG basically took 2012 off; a sabbatical from the top-tier end of the market to gather its thoughts. During this time it focused on the pre-paid and BYO segment with its cheaper L-Series models like the Optimus L5, and having enjoyed some success with them, now makes its return to the big leagues with the Optimus G. LG is also responsible for the popular, but difficult to obtain, Google Nexus 4. If you are familiar with Google’s mobile unicorn, you will have a headstart in imagining...

  • Seagate rolls out ‘first’ quad-platter 4TB hard drive

    By “first”, we mean that it’s the first hard drive to ship with a 1TB-per-platter design, as nicely pointed out by CNET. It’s a standard 4TB SATA drive, and will retail for US$190. Here’s all the details you need to know about Seagate’s first multi-platter 4TB HDD. Pen not includedThe new drive is outfitted with 64MB cache and works with all version of SATA, even up to SATA 3 which has an astonishing 6GBps transfer rate. The drive will spin at a slower speed, 5900rpm compared to the mostly standard 7200rpm. Seagate promises that the drive will still provide great...

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