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  • This ingenious device lets you send scents and odours from your iPhone

    If the world thought constant uploads of meals to the internet was a thing of the past, they may soon have to deal with more than just pictures. Cambridge-based start up Vapor Communications, has developed the oPhone, a device that literally allows its users to receive photographs with odours. The unique project this week launched on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, with inventors David Edwards and Rachel Field yesterday sending the first scent message across the Atlantic. The device is available to early backers for US$149. The oPhone reproduces scents tagged in an image sent from the device's iPhone app - oSnap. Eight...

  • Amazon 3D phones, thin Kindles: what to expect from the #AmazonEvent

    Amazon is releasing an awesome new device. According to the guinea pigs shown in a teaser video released last week, it's also "super awesome," "amazing" and "very real life". Recent leaks suggest that the device has been built in a not-so-secret-anymore lab called Lab126 among other gadgets such as a "remarkably thin" Kindle Paperwhite e-reader and a Square-like credit-card reader. Bloomberg Businessweek have opened a can of worms when it started picking up the scent of Amazon's alleged secret R&D lab. Named after owls, Lab126 have been working on Tytus and Otus which are two smartphones that have been...

  • Hearthstone $10 000 tournament hit with chat message controversy

    Blizzard's mobile collectible card game, Hearthstone, has proven a wildly popular game, to the point that there are competitions where the prize money can be as much as US$10 000. One such tournament, hosted by DreamHack, ended yesterday, but the winner Radu 'RDU' Dima has come under a cloud judgement due to some dubious messages he received from friends during the finals. Here is the full match The final score was 3-0, but during the second game Dima received messages from his friends on his Battle.net account. One such message revealed Dima's opponent's, Team Liquid's Jason 'Amaz' Chan, hand. Translated the message...

  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review: a neat but flawed lens

    The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 looks and sounds like something 007 might get in the next James Bond movie. However, the camera-in-a-lens might get Bond into some trouble, because what the device has in looks and design can not make up for some cumbersome performance issues. While Sony should be applauded for trying something new to bolster point-and-shoot camera sales, the device is unfortunately, found wanting. The QX10 is officially called a "lens-sensor module" by Sony -- an all-in-one camera in the form of a zoom lens. It literally has everything a standard camera has: its own sensor, processor, battery, and SD-slot....

  • Glance turns any classic timepiece into a TV-controlling smartwatch

    Smartwatches have saturated the wearables market this year, but many consumers won't part with their expensive and stylish timepieces just to receive a few notifications. Enter Glance, the wrist-mounted accessory that turns any old strap or watch into a wrist-mounted smart device. The US$70 Glance, developed by Toronto-based Kiwi Wearables Technology, has garnered only a third of its Kickstarter funding goal, but it's more promising than these statistics would suggest. The company's previous endeavour birthed the Kiwi Move, an app-centric wearable relying on sensors and motion technology, which was praised at this year's CES. The Glance however, features a tiny OLED...

  • Nest relaunches Protect, a previously recalled smoke detector from the future

    Earlier in 2014, Nest recalled its brainchild smoke and carbon monoxide detector, Protect. The standout feature of Protect — the ability to silence alarms with a hand gesture — had apparently compromised the efficacy of the device, making it unsafe for use. Now they've relaunched Protect at a cheaper price (US$99 down from US$129), without gesture control. The relaunch is likely a smart move for Nest, although the detector no longer has gesture control, it still has some other fairly neat features. All of the detectors are smart, meaning they can be linked and controlled by your smart phone remotely,...

  • The Bionic Pancreas gears up to change the face of diabetes, find out how

    Researchers at the University of Boston have developed a bionic pancreas that virtually manages your blood sugar for you. With it, diabetics will be able to live longer, healthier, and more typical lives. The technology works in two parts, one is a continuous glucose monitor inserted under the skin that measures the blood sugar of the user every five minutes and relays this information to an app on the user’s smartphone. The app then calculates any adjustments that need to be made. The second part of the technology is composed of an insulin pump and a glucagon pump, both...

  • Windows Phone 8.1 review: the OS we needed all along

    Windows Phone didn’t get the attention that Microsoft expected it to. Almost four years after its initial release, it is still playing the catchup game with competing platforms; iOS and Android. Windows Phone 8 lacked some really important features such as notifications centre and proper multitasking. Could Windows Phone 8.1 help it to gain the user and developer attention it needs? Microsoft announced the Windows Phone 8.1 update during its BUILD 2014 developers conference earlier this year. It currently comes pre-installed only with Lumia 630, Lumia 630 Dual SIM and Lumia 930 but the update is expected to hit all...

  • Afrihost readying Zest T1 smartphone deal with 12GB free data

    Afrihost, known as one of South Africa's ISPs, has announced that it will offer the Zest T1 smartphone, coupled with 1GB mobile data per month for a R1 999 once-off fee. The phone will be available exclusively in a choice of white or black to Afrihost clients from 18 June, while outside orders will commense a day later. Only 1000 bundles will be available, but lucky early birds will get 12GB free of data for the year, along with a very capable smartphone. The Zest T1 is a South African-produced Android KitKat device and packs dual SIM support, allowing users to...

  • Samsung’s slim Galaxy Tab S pair announced with AMOLED screens

    Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet in both 8.4" and 10.5" guises, with base prices starting at US$399 and US$499, respectively. The Korean electronics giant, after too many leaks to count, has finally lifted the curtain to reveal a lighter, faster tablet duo, with much denser screens. Both Galaxy Tab Ss are a mere 6.6mm deep while weighing in between 465 and 298g for the respective models. The screen is however, the real selling point. The Super AMOLED, QHD 2560x1600 units, enjoy pixel densities of 288ppi for the 10.5" and in excess of 300ppi for the 8.5"....