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  • Flash now works on IE 10 as Microsoft softens software policies

    Microsoft wasn’t behind Flash when Windows 8 launched, and had blocked most flash sites on Internet Explorer (Metro version). Today however, Microsoft has overturned this verdict and will activate Flash for all sites, minus four percent of the sites that were tested and ran Flash on Windows 8 “poorly”. This activation comes in the form of an update for Internet Explorer 10, as highlighted in the official Microsoft blog. Arstechnica reports that all Flash sites were “whitelisted”. In other words, every Flash site was blocked from running on Windows 8 Metro and Windows RT versions of Internet Explorer. The change...

  • S IV teased by Samsung in sneaky shot

    Samsung’s official twitter account has dropped the first real image of the S IV, which will be revealed 14 March at a Samsung Unpacked Event. Tweet incoming: The countdown for #TheNextBigThing has begun. Who’s ready for the Global Unpacked Event on March 14? twitter.com/SamsungMobileU… — Samsung Mobile US (@SamsungMobileUS) March 12, 2013 And here’s the delectable phone itself, zoomed in a tad. It’s very different to the most popular image that has been making the rounds. We’ve already created a rumour roundup for the S IV, have highlighted specs and kind of know what Samsung will bring us. Here’s that story. The image...

  • BlackBerry Z10 review: the best BB ever made

    So here we are. BlackBerry gifts us with the Z10, one of two “10” models released into the wild, with the other being the touch-and-type Q10. The BlackBerry Z10 is an otherworldly treat, a combination of blood, sweat and gears combined into a user-friendly smartphone that is fast, accessible and brimming with a heady catalyst of ideas. Here’s a BlackBerry you can finally be proud to own. Pity about the apps though — it really lets down the whole package, but not enough to squash the mighty PlayBook mini. Geek warning: I’m not going to ramble on about specs,...

  • New Mercedes S-Class packs in the safety tech

    Luxury is always a top priority with Mercedes, particularly with the S-Class, and with the Ghost as a benchmark of sorts, you can expect nothing short of exorbitant, leather-seat smelling opulence. And for the true drivers who care not for what people think, Mercedes is even making a convertible version so they can put themselves under exhibition. A mostly autonomous system This will be the first ever autonomous vehicle produced for the public, beating Google and those Oxford guys to the punch. Or does it? While this system is the next step in the completely automatic vehicle, following acts like cruise...

  • ZTE Blade 3 review: mid-range phone at a bargain price

    The ZTE Blade 3 is the latest smartphone from the Chinese firm intent on bringing customers great value for money at the bottom of the mobile market. While ZTE and its Chinese compatriot Huawei both say they’re targeting the full smartphone spectrum with recent high-end handsets such as theGrand SandAscend D2, the reality is that they are still primarily considered budget handset manufacturers. The budget ethos rings true with the ZTE Blade 3 as it will only set you back £69.99, plus a £10 top up from Virgin Mobile. One of the reasons ZTE is able to keep its costs down is...

  • LG rolls out Optimus L5II in sunny Brazil

    LG’s Optimus L5II, a 4-inch Android 4.1.2 smartphone with 512MB RAM is now on sale in Brazil, for an as yet unknown price. The Optimus L5II comes in both a single and dual-sim option and offers… what exactly to make us purchase it? Until we’re certain of the price, we’ll have to go with the Optimus L5II being a well-designed iPhone/Z10 lookalike. Plus the Optimus L5II has the same alerts as the SIII, as in coloured LED lights that flash different hues depending on notification type. LG is also hammering on about it’s user-interface, the “premier user experience” it calls UX. Now, we’ve seen...

  • The princess saves Mario in cutesy ‘Donkey Kong’ hack

    Gamer dads are the best. Look at the length one dad went to make his daughter happy. That’s Pauline (the name of the princess before Nintendo changed it to Peach) rescuing Mario in a hacked ROM of Donkey Kong. Mike Mika’s daughter loved Super Mario Bros 2, where one of the playable characters is the princess. It’s a very simple hack or hilariously complicated, no one knows as the details weren’t communicated over Reddit, where the hack was first discovered. Users also noted how this ROM of Donkey Kong is from the 2010 Wii version. Cute! It’s the same game with a...

  • Makerbot’s 3D scanner: can it bring 3D printing home? [SXSW]

    Bre Pettis, founder and CEO of 3D printing wündercompany Makerbot, recently unveiled a new product line that will allow people to scan objects in high fidelity 3D. Shown as a prototype during his opening remarks at SxSW 2013, The Makerbot Digitizer uses a cheap combination of lasers and a webcam to translate the contours of any object into a printable 3D object. In other words: a 3D scanner. We are experiencing a revolution in affordable, 3D printing for the desktop, but the technology has a long way to go to become commonplace in every office, let alone every modern home. 3D...

  • 5 of the most controversial PS3 and Xbox 360 games ever

    Every machine has an expiry date. Technology — that ever-improving, ever-mutating entity — has an unceremonious tendency to leap forward at a startling rate, leaving machines looking positively antiquated in its wake. Indeed, time is almost up for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. These consoles are, in animal years, doddering and senile. Yet they have remained relevant throughout their lifetimes and 2013 looks set to be a bumper year for these workhorses. It might be a fitting swan song too. To honour their passing we’ve compiled a retrospective that deals with the most controversial games to grace the Xbox 360...

  • Sideload Android apps onto the BlackBerry Z10 with a PC

    Personally, I think BlackBerry’s new Z10 full touch smartphone is the best product it’s ever launched. Slick, fast, button-free and iPhone-pretty, the Z10 is a bold step for a company seen as locked in the past. There is one issue though, a glaring one that I’ll touch on in my review: there’s a serious lack of quality apps on BB10 OS. Skype, Whatsapp and Instagram are nowhere to be found. So what’s a geek to do? Easy, sideload Android apps onto the BB Z10. This is how you get Whatsapp, Skype, Instagram, Flipboard and everything else for the BlackBerry...

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