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  • The Twitter-powered cuckoo clock ‘#Flock’ is a real thing

    Twitter seems to be catching some limelight this week. Following the launch of its range of #Music apps yesterday, and to put the cherry on the cake, enter the Twitter cuckoo clock #Flock. This neat little contraption is a clock like no other, entirely Twitter driven, the clock chirps at replies, retweets or new followers gained. An initiative by the social network’s UK division, the clock was built in partnership with BERG, which is a London design consultancy that specialises in odd, quirky and novelty like objects. #Flock is the first product to make use of BERG’s new Cloud Dev...

  • ‘Dark Souls II’ preview: the good, the bad, the worrying

    When you boot up Dark Souls I and choose to load a game, a counter appears that accurately represents how many hours you’ve sunk into the campaign. Last I checked, mine read “124 hours.” Ordinarily I finish a game once and toss it away. But nothing about Dark Souls is ordinary. The longer you play, eyes and ears tuned to its details, the more it takes hold. Much like your favourite book or film, Dark Souls is an ever-reliable companion. It’s not simply a disc. It’s a way of life. I greeted the news of a sequel with both excitement...

  • Is this the moulding case of the new Budget iPhone?

    Apple’s budget iPhone has been rumoured for months now to be a lighter, cheaper and ultimately, less impressive version of the iPhone 5. But did anyone ever think that the new budget iPhone would look like the 3GS? Care of Tactus.com, pictured below is a screenshot of the alleged budget iPhone. A source familiar with the development of the budget iPhone says that the new device is already in production. There’s plenty we can tell from the image above, so let’s get stuck in: Polycarbonate shell We can practically confirm that it’s a polycarbonate shell judging by this shot. It looks plastic,...

  • Sony’s dog-mounted camera harness is a Japan-only oddity

    Here’s the deal: Sony’s gone and released a dog-mounted camera harness, affectionally known as the AKA-DM1. For US$50, users can now order this harness that’ll fit onto any dog heavier than 15kg and between 50-80cm in size. Also, dogs get to look like this now: Behold, the end of human suffering A dogs eye-view The harness (which fits snugly around the belly of the dog) works in tandem with Sony’s new line of action cameras. Sony’s sold the action cameras for a while now and the devices offer features similar to those of the more popular sports-cam’s, the GoPro. The camera’s shoot video in...

  • Nokia’s new smartphone could be a phablet

    Nokia plans to enter the phablet market later this year, according to a report from the Financial Times. Sources inside Nokia say that “several high-end smartphones” will launch in 2013. Apple and Samsung have dominated the smaller tablet market, with gadgets such as the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note II aggressively outselling Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices. The sources say that the phone will be a combination of a tablet and a smartphone, affectionately dubbed the “phablet”. While phablets are nothing new, a Lumia branded superphone would be a first. The new breed of Lumia phones will launch in July...

  • TomTom goes Nike-free with two new GPS watches

    GPS manufacturers like Garmin and TomTom have been in the sport watch game for a while. It makes sense too. In car sat-nav and smartphones are slowly rendering their motoring accessory products obsolete, but carrying a phone with you when you’re exercising can be a pain at best and a liability at worst. TomTom’s latest range of sport watches shows another step forward for the sector. The company appears to be learning from the emergent smartwatch sector and, interestingly, there isn’t a Nike swoosh in sight. The manufacturer launched two new watches, one designed specifically for runners, the other for multi-sport...

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega hands on review: big is beautiful

    There was the Note. Then the Note 2. But has Samsung finally pushed things too far with the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, or is it the ultimate fusion of tablet and smartphone? The Galaxy Mega might not have a price yet, but it’s certainly not going to be jostling with the Galaxy S4 at her sharp end of the smartphone market. Packing a 1.7GHz dual core processor and 1.5GB of RAM, it’s not slouch in the performance department, but it’s a far cry from the power and force of the S4 or even last year’s S3. So who is it aimed at, this gargantuan effort at a...

  • Is HAPIFork a dumb fad or smart new eating tool?

    A new generation of weight and meal control has arrived. Enter the Kickstater funded HAPIfork, a fork that vibrates if you eat too fast, checking the pace at which you eat. It is a well-known fact that slowing down and paying attention to your eating habits is important to maintaining weight control and living a healthy lifestyle. This is where the HAPIfork comes in: as a mealtime analytics tool that helps you keep track of how you eat. With each “fork serving” the device monitors the number of times you have raised the fork to your mouth per minute and...

  • Holo-themed Android apps and why I love them

    Since Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google’s mobile OS finally started looking as well as it functioned. Pre-ICS was a horrible thing to look at if I’m honest. It wasn’t designed well and felt like more like an afterthought, but that all changed when Android introduced, it’s “holo” design. Holo is short for “hologram” and it has been implemented as part of Android’s creative vision for its OS. The design guidelines were created to achieve three goals, “Enchant Me”, “Simplify my life” and “Make me amazing.” Simply put, Android had to play catchup with iOS for a number of years,...

  • ‘Broken Age’ from ‘Monkey Island’ co-creator Tim Schafer lands dreamy trailer

    Here we are, finally. It’s a trailer for Broken Age, the game that until yesterday was known as “Double Fine Adventure”. It practically began the Kickstarter.com gaming-related funding craze and an independent game by Monkey Island co- creator, Tim Schafer. Sit back and enjoy. The description alone points to endless creativity. Broken Age is a point-and-click adventure telling the stories of a young boy and girl leading parallel lives. The girl has been chosen by her village to be sacrificed to a terrible monster–but she decides to fight back. Meanwhile, a boy on a spaceship is living a solitary life under the...

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