Mobile Phones, News

ZTE’s U956 phablet exposed

Pictures of a possible bang-for-your-buck phablet from ZTE, called the U956, has been leaked on Sina Weibo. If an illustrious smartphone is not in your price range, this could be the more affordable option. It is not yet confirmed, but rumour has it that the device would sell for around US$240 when released. According to certain reports, the smartphone will pack a lot of the features that most of its well-known counterparts have. It will sport an 8-megapixel camera at the ...

Applications, iPhone, News

iPhone owners: snag free phone calls with updated Facebook Messenger app

iPhone messenger update Facebook’s released an update to its Messenger app and so, users can now send quick voice messages and best of all, make free phone calls with an integrated VoIP client. Here’s the best part: since practically everyone we know and love is on Facebook, the messenger app has inadvertently become a feasible replacement for cellular calls. So it’s not Skype, which crashes more often than it should on our iPhones, it’s something else entirely. We usually concern ourselves with gadgets, but ...

Apple, Applications, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Reviews

App of the week: Rise Alarm Clock for iOS

8am_CloseUp_Set It's no secret that the mobile phone has become a replacement for many extra tools that you use everyday. It replaces your GPS in the car, your calculator at the office and pretty soon, the wallet that you keep in your other pocket. The smartphone has pretty quickly developed into a Swiss Army knife for life and there must be hundreds of things it could potentially replace. But I'd have to guess that the very first device it replaced for ...

Consoles, E3, Games, News

PS4 update: Sony will deliver ‘great news’ at E3

E3 is mere months away, but will we see the PS4 at gamings greatest event? This is what Hiroshi Sakamoto, Sony's vice president of home entertainment said when he was questioned about the upcoming PS4: That's still a big secret, but our friends are preparing Sony PlayStation. I can only say that we are focused on the E3 gaming event, scheduled for June. [An] announcement may be [made] in that minute or even earlier in May. The original story (translated) can be ...

Games

Dead Island: Riptide edition wants you to own a headless torso

91 We peeped this yesterday and the odds were that mother internet would kick up a fuss. And so it did. Remain a virgin forever with the purchase of this horrid mess Dead Island: Riptide Zombie Bait edition (the original game wasn’t badly received) costs US$99 and comes with a 31cm tall female torso thankfully wearing a bikini. The special edition also includes a steel game case, a weapon set DLC and artwork cards. But once the image hit the interwebs, escalation was inevitable. ...

BlackBerry, News

Leaked BB10 training manual totes ‘best in class’ HTML5

A leaked PowerPoint presentation of the Blackberry 10 (BB10) training manual for Rogers employees (a retail electronics store in the US) has shed light on the new BB10 specs and the promise of about 70 000 QNX apps that will be available in the new re-named Blackberry World. The training manual apparently contains some screenshots of an online course for sales people. A few specs on the BB10 phone also slipped through in the documents, promising a Snapdragon S4 processor, a 1 800mAh ...

Android, Reviews, Tablets

Archos 97 Titanium hands on review: aiming for the iPad’s crown

97Titanium-HandsOn-02-900-75 The iPad has been a roaring success so unsurprisingly every manufacturer out there has looked to match Apple's tablet in terms of style, functionality and most importantly popularity. The next young pretender to the iPad's crown comes in the form of the Archos 97 Titanium and after all the legal shenanigans with Samsung we're surprised this tablet bares so much of a resemblance to Apple's slate. As with the smaller 80 Titanium, Archos has emblazoned the front of the 97 Titanium with its ...

Apple, Gadget News, News

Apple TV lands in South Africa

apple tv Apple has announced that South Africa will be the latest country Apple TV lands in come 18 January. The product, which was launched in its current iteration alongside the third generation iPad, is meant to make it easy to enjoy iTunes video, music and photo libraries from your computer on your HD TV through iCloud. It also allows you to access content purchased on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. iTunes Match customers can meanwhile now play their entire ...

Android, News, Tablets

Kite HD super-tablet dual boots Ubuntu and Android

This year promises to be an explosive time for tablets. From the get-go we have seen a host of new tablets from previously quiet manufacturers, and the latest one is the Kite HD from Italian company Da Vinci Mobile. While not much different from most of the tablets out on the market, it changes things slightly by running two OS', namely Ubuntu 12.04 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Ubuntu entered the market just recently and so far have not ...

Geeky Gizmos, News

Korean scientists working on bendable battery technology

While most manufacturers have used the term "lighter and thinner" to death, some have opted to include the word "bend". We reported last year of Samsung's idea to delve into the area of flexible phones, and following in its footsteps comes researchers at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea who have developed malleable polymer electrolytes that would make the bendable battery a reality. The polymers that they developed behave more like liquefied electrolytes and under high temperatures ...

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