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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: the latest Kindle gets a new display

IMG_1830-580-90 Amazon's media-friendly Kindle Fire took off like nobody's business when it was introduced in 2011, but the bookseller isn't abandoning the traditional, books-only Kindle by any stretch of the imagination. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage at an event in California to introduce the 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite, the next iteration of the company's iconic brand of e-readers, and TechRadar was on hand to take it for a test drive. The most important factor of any device that you're going to be ...

Cameras, Reviews

Fuji FinePix X10 review: A retro, rangefinder styled compact for enthusiast photographers

FujiFilm_X10_front_angle-580-90 Updated: We've now subjected the Fuji X10 to a long-term test, and have updated our review with the results. Read the 'Second opinion' page to see how we got on. Fuji created quite a stir when it released its FinePix X100 in March 2011. The combination of a retro-styled metal body, APS-C sized sensor, fixed23mm f/2 lens and a unique hybrid viewfinder caused plenty of interest among enthusiast and professional photographers alike. Now Fuji's X10 sits below the X100 in the range, sporting similar retro styling, but ...

Games, Geeky Gizmos

Hack A Day creates replica Portal Gun to levitate objects, kinda’

img_0560 The mad scientists at Hack A Day (HAD) have gone one up on the replica P-body Portal gun from popular puzzle-solving, platform title, Portal 2. These bastions of tech-hacking specialise in pulling apart and putting together all kinds of gadgets, adding unique twists and features, tricking them out to appeal to the hyperactive kid in all of us. This time round, it's taken this NECA designed replica and retro-fitted it with parts from a magnetic floating globe. When coming up ...

Android

Gmail for Android 4.2 will have swipe and pinch to zoom

android-4.2-features Finally the most wanted and frequently requested feature for Android devices, the ability to zoom and swipe on Gmail account content, will be available with the next version of Gmail for Android. For a lengthy period of time, Android users have complained about this lacking feature. Users will now be able to swipe Gmail account emails for more options, like being able to archive or delete. Going through the options will also let users choose the ability to configure and personalise ...

Games, Microsoft, Windows

Upcoming Windows 8 Marketplace won’t have ‘R’ rated games — wise move?

large Update - Microsoft has decided to renege on its initial plan and will now sell "R" rated games on Windows 8 Marketplace. The reason for the change lies with the ambiguity on regional rating systems. The US uses a ESRP-rating system as apposed to the PEGI-rating system adopted by Europe. This difference caused a bit of confusion for developers and users alike and has now been resolved. As far as "R" rated content goes, the Windows 8 marketplace deems it ...

Linux

The Linux survival guide

tux_linux With Windows 8 on the horizon many of you are completely confused with the new operating system and will be looking to alternatives. Most of you will be upgrading from Windows XP to a new operating system and OSX won’t be in your price range. Many of you will stick to Windows 7, but some of you will be moving to something else or looking for a new cheap alternative. Although Windows 8 brings to the forefront a huge array of ...

Apple, iPhone, Mobile Phones

Last chance before it’s made redundant: iPhone 4S now available for FNB customers for R295 monthly

800px-FNB_logo.svg-8x6 South African banking giant FNB is now offering the iPhone 4S for R295 monthly in its already healthy lineup of smartphones and tablets. There are well over 20 smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S II to select from, if an FNB customer needs a brand new device. But none of those mattered. It's the iPhone 4S that makes the biggest splash in the pond, and it's now available for qualifying FNB customers. It's not just a vanity addition for ...

Mobile Phones, Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini is official: an average device with Android 4.1

S 3 Mini We wrote about it yesterday and like all good rumours, it came true. It's always coming true, the more secret a device is the more everyone knows about it. So many of us knew about the Samsung Galaxy S III Mini and it's as predicted, a mid-range device with 1Ghz CPU. There's 1GB RAM, NFC, Android 4.1, a 5MP camera on the rear with a VGA camera on the front. The screen is not even a patch on the Galaxy ...

Innovation

Toilets eat 9% of iPhones says wacky infographic

There's great evil in the toilet, for smartphones. Nothing wipes an iPhone like a drop in the loo, and it's the best method for creating a US$500 conversation piece. We've snagged a tasty infographic that details "danger zones", the nastiest places in the home and outside, those hidden corners that lie in wait for phones and relish in destruction. For instance, did you know six percent of all iPhone users have destroyed their phones by leaving it on the hood ...

LG, Mobile Phones

LG Optimus G primed for 19 October launch

Optimus G LG's not a well-known mobile brand outside of Japan, China and Korea, but it's nonetheless pumping out exceptional smartphones such as the Optimus G, which drops 19 October in Japan. It's got a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, with a 4.7-inch screen, a mind-boggling 13MP camera which is no PureView but will do, Android 4.0, DMB tuning and FeLiCa wallet which is just a fancy name for NFC. This little beauty comes out in both black and red. Japan's native telecom, NTT DoCoMo will ...

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