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  • Yet another vintage Apple I goes on auction for US$300 000

    Another Apple I, one of the world’s first home computers from 1976 no less, is going under the hammer for the starting price of US$300 000 according to Bigstory. Estimations have put the final auction price of the Apple I at over US$500 000. Ted Perry, the owner of the Apple I says "This is a piece of history that made a difference in the world, it's where the computer revolution started." The Apple I originally sold for US$666.66 and it is estimated that only 200 of these computers were produced before they vanished from the face of the earth....

  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC review: halfbreed

    Samsung’s take on the hybrid market has produced the ATIV Smart PC, a US$590 device that uses its idea of novelty to compensate for simple design flaws. Something that has the potential of being an interesting hybrid laptab, is let down by its unique selling point. As a laptop, the ATIV Smart PC is a decent mid-range device. As a tablet, it’s heavy but sturdy and packs a decent set of specs. Together though -- as a hybrid PC -- I’m not sold. Although I quickly grew attached to the idea behind the hybrid concept, it soon worn off...

  • Samsung Premiere 2013: Galaxy NX, ATIV Q and more

    From London at the Samsung Premiere 2013 event, the Samsung giant announced a breezy new line up of Galaxy and ATIV devices that are thinner, lighter and more Samsung-y than before. The updated and new products are all interesting additions to a pretty desirable brand to have in your hand-woven skinny jeans. Tablets, phones and laptops, here’s what The Samsung Premiere 2013 event had to offer. Tablet time The ATIV Q is a dual Windows and Android tablet with an enormous 3200x1800 display. It can also swap to tablet, standing, typing and writing mode. It’s a 13-inch tablet and...

  • NEC ends 8 year hiatus, launches tough as nails Terrain

    There are rugged phones like the Sony Xperia Z, and then there are rugged phones with a face only a mother could love, like the NEC Terrain, the company's first US phone in over eight years. The NEC Terrain will drop with a meaty thwack into calloused hands for US$99 on the US-based AT&T network. According to Engadget.com, the Terrain can handle being submersed for up to 30 minutes in a meter of water, that makes it IP67 certified last time we checked. IP68 is the sturdiest certification (can be submersed below a meter of water) but no phone is yet...

  • Tesla Motors sparks with 90 second battery swap service station

    The Silicon Valley based electric car company Tesla Motors just performed a flashy demonstration of a 90 second battery swap. It's all about making the Model S electric car a more attractive buy for the traditional petrol car owner. The little guy taking on the big petrol giants. The idea of refueling or recharging your car in just 90 seconds is pretty sweet for geeks, gadgeteers and petrolheads but more importantly, it simply beats the traditional. "There are some people, they take a lot of convincing. Hopefully this is what convinces people finally that electric cars are the future,"...

  • 3 free productivity apps your Android deserves

    Android has a lot of baked in apps that make life really easy. Combine that with being able to use your device as a USB stick, and you have a very powerful, mobile tool. However, that’s not enough for me, so here are three apps to make your Android device even more powerful. Pocket https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bfob4cBfLOA Honestly, I don’t know how I survived before Pocket. It’s very simple: you see something online, and you want to “Read It Later” (yes, that was the service’s previous name), you save it to your “Pocket”. Then when you get home later and you’re ready for some...

  • Office Web App real-time co-authoring preview: is it the pie in the sky?

    Microsoft has given us a sneak preview of the up and coming updates to its Office Web Apps. The main feature will be co-authoring which has a collaborative split screen vibe much like Google Docs. While co-authoring has been available since Office 2010, the real-time collaboration feature across multiple OS devices is all new. These featured apps (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) will work across Windows, Android and iOS devices for free. It's also made clear that Microsoft is trying to make it work over as many browsers as possible. Will this be the pie in Microsoft's Skydrive that's...

  • Microsoft u-turns on Xbox One used and online games policies

    Don Mattrick, the man who now famously told us to “stick with Xbox 360” if you can’t be always online for the Xbox One, has today posted a message on Xbox.com that reverses the stringent used games and online policies Microsoft outlined at E3 for its upcoming console. Instead of being forced to authenticate a game every 24-hours online, “you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again.”. Instead of companies deciding if gamers can share and trade-in games, "There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it...

  • Nvidia Project SHIELD now costs a lean $299, releases 27 June

    Nvidia’s entry into the console race, Project SHIELD, is coming 27 June 2013 for the lower price of US$300. Project Shield originally cost US$350 and is a pc-cum-handheld Android super device that runs console quality (if not better) games on its diminutive frame. Yet Nvidia’s opened up to us and lowered the price because "We want to get SHIELD into the hands of as many gamers as possible.” Bless them. It’s all based on feedback from the gaming community who’ve even helped to shape the physical nature of Shield itself. From user feedback, Nvidia have given the triggers on...

  • PS4 shows off social-centric user interface

    Sony today released a video that shows the cool and very social-centric PlayStation 4 user interface (UI) in action. Three actors who act nothing like gamers would in real life, demo the instant sharing features of the Japanese tech giant's upcoming next-gen console such as liking a post on their PS4’s newsfeed, sharing a video and instant messaging. It’s also heavily cheesy, especially “Will’s” all-knowing grin at the end of the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7s32Q7MxvH0 The video makes the PS4 look like fantastic fun, if you have 10MB/s uncapped internet that is. All the technologies on display in the video will chew through...