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  • Sony Xperia Z: Has Sony finally got a smartphone right?

    With a cutting-edge camera, a super-slim design and the ability to withstand life’s knocks and bumps (and Android Jelly Bean to boot) the Xperia Z is a phone that’s got us fired up about Sony Mobile again. Earlier handsets such as the Sony Xperia S and Sony Xperia T were extremely promising from a brand striking out on its own – but it’s with the Xperia Z that Sony is really banking on making a cataclysmic dent in the makeup of the smartphone market. If you don’t believe us, just look at its marketing hype – Valentine’s Day saw ads on several, consecutive pages of...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: sticking to stylus? [MWC]

    Outed at Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8.0, the tiny stylus-toting successor to the Note 10.1. Here’s what we know about it so far: The Note 8.0 will run Android 4.1.2, Jellybean to everyone else. It’ll be the TouchWiz version, that messy UI Samsung is still overlaying on its devices. CPU is a 1.6Ghz quad-core puppy with 2GB RAM and the 1200×800 display will use the S-Pen, Samsung’s answer to the stylus. According to The Verge, the device house somewhere between 16GB and 32GB of internal memory. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the...

  • Huawei to launch the 4.7-inch Ascend P2 [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress 2013 is turning into a hotbed of geeky phone porn and one of the most lustful devices to emerge so far is Huawei’s Ascend P2, a 4.7-inch phablet (we’re sorry for using that terminology) with legs that stretch beyond the keen of mortals. What do we get with a 4.7-inch screen? Try a 1280×720 display with a screamer of a CPU, 1.5 GHz K3V2 quad-core processor, which Huawei assures us is the “fastest on the market”. There’s also a mind-blowing 13-megapixel camera, 1GB RAM, a 2420mAh battery and NFC, all packed into a 8.4mm thin frame. Jellybean Android...

  • Samsung HomeSync is the Apple TV we craved [MWC]

    This is perfect: Apple TV can suck on some fear with the introduction of Samsung’s HomeSync, a JellyBean-powered media centre unveiled today, only hours before its “official” launch at Mobile World Congress 2013. As usual, here’s all you need to know about this new media hub. Thanks to Cnet, we know that the HomeSync is a media center, with HDMI out and a neat party trick: it’ll connect with other (Samsung) products via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This trick also works in reverse and Samsung mobile device owners can beam content from their phones to the big screen. HomeSync is powered by...

  • ‘Crysis 3’ review: welcome to the jungle

    Welcome to Crysis 3, a game of visual delights and extravagant excess. It’s an astonishing technical achievement that pushes the Xbox 360’s aging technology to the very boundaries of reason. Yet it’s also a beautiful game artistically. Yes, there might be invisible algorithms working frantically to render Crysis 3 in all its stunning detail, but there’s also a sketchbook with drawings that have dreamed this world onto paper. And it’s these sketches that have helped the programmers to weave their technical wizardry. At times Crysis 3 has an almost liquid beauty. To see the world animate, to see its...

  • McLaren reveals the dangerously powerful P1 engine

    High horsepower outputs are all the rage these days; with hatchbacks boasting 300bhp and saloons 500bhp; hearing about supercars with astronomical power outputs is not new. But when you hear the power figure McLaren says its P1 will have, you can’t help but smile. McLaren isn’t messing about with this car, it’s out for blood. Nine-hundred and three. That’s how many. And if you have to ask ‘what’, then you shouldn’t know. Sure, there are cars with more power, like the all-conquering Bugatti Veyron, but there’s something about a McLaren with 903bhp that tickles my senses. It’s probably because of...

  • Google launches Chromebook Pixel, a $1 300 curiosity

    It was rumored that Google would bring out another Chromebook, and it has. Google’s launched the Pixel, a US$1 300 laptop with a 12.85-inch display,  a 2560×1700 touchscreen, an i5 CPU and a free terabyte of cloud storage for three years, care of Google Drive. The price above is for WiFi only, lord knows how much the LTE version will cost. Techcrunch reports that the Pixel will soon launch with LTE , and partnered with Verizon users will get an astonishing 100Mb a month for a two-year period. Pity there isn’t a sarcastic font for astonishing, as it’s a pathetic amount. It’s...

  • Chromebook Pixel hands-on review: Google guns for premium market

    Google’s Chromebook Pixel is bravely taking on the heavyweights of the laptop market, with its premium price tag, and premium-design putting it up against the leviathan MacBooks and a host of Windows Ultrabooks. Google has taken the cloud-focused, browser-based Chrome OS and provided it with a showcase platform, designing and building the device itself, with a little help from OEM partners. It’s designed for ‘people who live on the cloud’, and to that end it’s always going to have a tough time against its more established peer – Mac OS and Windows machines that are still much more about local computing. But at least...

  • PIXEL is interactive LED art lovingly controlled by Android devices

    Pixel art is making a coming back with this neat little frame created by Al Linke called  PIXEL. This creation is an interactive picture frame that displays pixel art and animations via LED’s hidden behind a two way mirror. The idea formed on Kickstarter and has far surpassed it’s initial goal of US$8000. PIXEL is on US$43 779. With different models, the basic display is made up of 512 or 1024 LEDs. The images are created by the brightness and colours of each LED changing, almost like Lite Brites. The pictures and animations are controlled by Free Android apps...

  • PS4 exposed: red-hot next-gen action

    Recap Sony did not show the PS4 console, demoed the new touch controller, an “always on” interface, a quick look at the new UI, a bunch of games, confirmed Diablo 3 for PS4 (wow) and slated a “Holiday 2013” release date. “The most personalized gaming experience available today… the most powerful platform ever,” said Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. These were his final words before he revealed the Playstation 4 (but not the console). The future of gaming First up, the leaks were correct as usual. The new Dualshock controller has a touchpad and is now smaller than the PS3 controller,...