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  • Chromebook Pixel review: Google goes gunning for the premium market

    Most companies make products because they want people to buy them, but Google doesn’t give a fig if you buy a Chromebook Pixel or not. It wasn’t made so that people would buy it, though doubtless some will; it’s a learning exercise made flesh. Let us explain. Google’s Chrome OS is a fast, secure, always-updated lightweight operating system whose only job is to give you a computer that has a web browser on it. Almost the only thing you can do on a Chrome OS computer such as the Samsung Series 3 or the Acer C7 is open a web browser. This sounds like a stupid idea...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari is the hybrid tech-powered future of supercars

    Undoubtedly the star of the Geneva Motor Show 2013, the LaFerrari is a masterpiece to behold. Any Ferrari is something special, but when one of its limited production marvels is released, the automotive world really does have something to celebrate. But that name! Simply awful, especially coming off a name like ‘Enzo’. However, hybrid engines, coupled with active aerodynamics make this a revolutionary car, not only for Ferrari, but for the whole world too. Say hello to the future of the supercar. Those engines Ferrari was adamant; the V12 stays. Facing increasingly stricter emissions legislations, Ferrari were faced with a dilemma:...

  • Dita Von Teese teases 3D-printed dress

    Have a look at this: The Verge reports that Dita Von Teese recently flaunted her figure in a 3D dress that contains “nearly 3, 000 joints.” The garment has been made specifically for Von Teese, a burlesque dancer and actress. Two design studios based in New York — Francis Bitonti and Michael Schmidt — teamed up to create the eye-catching garment, which is created using a 3D printer. Nylon powder is dispensed by the printer and subsequently hardened by a laser. Layer upon layer is added to the design, building up a 3D shape. Then the finishing touches are applied. The...

  • Yearly releases of GTA ‘doesn’t make sense’ says Take-Two

    Ever wondered why we don’t see an annual release of Grand Theft Auto in the vein of, say, Call of Duty? Take-Two’s “chief operating officer” Karl Slatoff believes it would “fatigue” the experience, as reported by Gamespot. Speaking at the Wedbush Transformational Technologies Conference, Slatoff said: “Often times people ask us ‘Why don’t you come out with Grand Theft Auto every two years?’ To us, that doesn’t make sense, because Grand Theft Auto, every single time it comes out, is a brand new experience. You can’t possibly do that in two years. And if we did that, our product would...

  • Makerbot unveils 3D Scanner [SxSW]

    3D printing specialist MakerBot today announced the development of a new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner prototype at South by Southwest Interactive. The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner adds to MakerBot’s 3D Ecosystem that includes MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers, Thingiverse.com, MakerWare, MakerCare, and the apps inside Thingiverse. The 3D Scanner shown at SXSW is a prototype model and MakerBot will spend time testing, scanning, and printing in 3D the items scanned with it. “We are super excited to be able to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner,” said...

  • The tech survivor’s guide to the zombie apocalypse

    By Pippa Tshabala and Steven Norris A zombie apocalypse is imminent, and as the Boy Scouts say, “be prepared.” Not zombies per say but it could be anything mindless and undead. Bored hipsters, frustrated iPhone users pushed to the brink, even a mass mobile phone infection as seen in Stephan King’s excellent book, Cell. It doesn’t matter, something can happen. That’s what our tech survivor’s guide to a zombie apocalypse is about. Not all of these will be long-term solutions of course, especially since gadgetry relies on the fact that existing systems need to be maintained, unless the zombies are more conscientious...

  • Samsung UE32EH5000 review: basically brilliant pictures

    The Samsung UE32EH5000 appears to have been designed for one purpose, and one purpose only: to deliver good picture quality as cheaply as humanly possible. Let’s look at the evidence – kicking off with its genuinely remarkable price. It’s full recommended retail price is £429.99 (around US$646/AU$634), but at the time of writing it’s available online for the frankly extraordinary sum of £270 (around US$406/AU$398). That’s cheaper than many of the 32-inch TVs from self-consciously budget brands such as Finlux and Kogan – yet there the 32EH5000 sits, smugly brandishing its Samsung logo for all the world to see. Next, let’s...

  • ‘World’s smallest phone’ has a 2.5cm display and won’t be sold outside Japan

    The Phone Strap 2 by Japanese firm Willcom is a 3.175 x 6.985cm feature phone and has the title of “world’s smallest mobile phone”. This mini-phone has an insanely small battery and screen. The display is a mere 2.5cm and battery life tops out at two hours, says Fastcompany.com. The one-inch, 2.5cm colour screen has a shockingly insignificant resolution of 96×96 pixels plus an email app. That’s it. Well, besides the MicroUSB slot, a headphone socket and space for up to 1 000 contacts. And it’s only 32-grams, that’s the weight of a salmon rainbow roll. Despite the two-hour...

  • Meet Hera and Zeus, the ‘world’s first’ his and her’s internet-enabled sex toys

    The world’s first internet-enabled his and her’s sex toys are set to launch on 29 March, allowing for a certain kind of intimacy even when you and your partner are half a world apart. Called Zeus and Hera, the toys come from Lovepalz, and were rejected from Kickstarter late last year. According to Lovepalz, each device automatically senses your actions and conveys them to your partner’s toy. As long as you have an internet connection, the way you use the toy is simultaneously reflected on your partner’s toy. The inner part of the body of each toy is made...

  • Haze is the best iPhone weather app you’ll ever use

    Download Haze, it’s a weather app for iOS and a damn fine piece of eye-candy. The standard iOS weather app built into the notification slider is serviceable, but compared to Haze, an utter joke. A lie, a waste. Haze is a dollar. One flipping dollar, a quick download and a lifetime of weather related eye-sex. Let me explain. Burning brightly Haze is perfection. A basic three-screen UI of sunshine hours, UV, cloud coverage, sunrise and sunset times can be accessed, viewed and relished in seconds. It’s not as convenient as the standard iOS weather drop down, but it looks and sounds...

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