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  • Geeks rejoice: Valve and Star Trek director keen to make Portal or Half-Life film

    Sometimes it just takes two nerds with a passion for games and movies to get together. At the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spoke about producing games together and films based on games such as Half-Life and Portal, according to a Polygon report. During the discussion, Abrams said: “It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets, which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of...

  • Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

    Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that’s capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet to create a laptop-style device. Instead it looks like any normal tablet, albeit bulkier and 11.6 inches across. It...

  • Ubuntu OS will start shipping in October says CEO Shuttleworth

    The Ubuntu operating system for smartphones will start shipping in beginning October, the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd Mark Shuttleworth told The Wall Street Journal. Shuttleworth said the newest OS in the smartphone market will be released in “two large geographic markets”, but dodged questions on which markets this would be. He did however say that North America is “absolutely a key market for Ubuntu.” The Ubuntu OS was revealed at CES 2103, with Shuttleworth showing off the OS himself on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Pundits are giving this OS a thumbs up so far and it could be...

  • No Facebook phone, but its app’s going to be preloaded into emerging market Android devices

    Sad news? No, best news ever. Previous “Facebook” phones were utter crap. So it’s great news that instead of forcing another aborted effort into the tech world, Facebook will instead work hand in hand with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum and hardwire its Facebook app into and endless amount of cheapie Android phones, according to Gigaom.com. Rejoice! Here’s the skinny: Spreadtrum says that millions of Android phones will now be “Facebook ready” as it will pre-install the emerging market Android phones with the Facebook app. Gigaom calls it a “smartphone in a box” and its associated handset makers will get the OS, reference...

  • 5 top apps every working stiff should download

    Part of being an employee means that you’re expected to show up on time, dress neatly and use your skills and abilities to make a meaningful contribution to the company that pays your salary, which in turn, allows you to lead the life that you do everyday and not end up on the street. To increase the quality of that life (and your distance from the street), you need to constantly be learning, developing efficiencies that allow you to do more in less time, so that you can take on more responsibility and get paid more by your employer....

  • $150 3D-printed prosthetic hand changes one young boy’s life

    Rich Van As, a South African carpenter had a horrific accident, chopping off four fingers in a workshop related incident. On the other end of the scale was a South African boy named Liam, who was born without fingers on his right hand. Throw in Ian Owen, a mechanical special effects artist from Bellingham, Washington, and you get a 3D printed mechanical hand for about US$150 that has changed the boy’s life. After Van As decided to find a way to get some kind of replacement for his severed hand, he searched the internet and found a YouTube video posted...

  • Hot rumour of the day: Galaxy S IV launch planned for 15 March

    Alright everyone, please take this story with a pinch of salt, as it comes from a Sammobile tech writer who hasn’t got a source to back up his claims. So here goes: The site claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S IV on 15 March and that it will be available for purchase as soon as April this year. And now, time for some stats that may or may not be real. It’s only a render, don’t get too excited. Seems too good to be true The S IV is going to have both an 8 (octo) core CPU and...

  • Huawei Ascend P2 is a 4.7-inch 1.8Ghz phablet-lite for $480

    Digi.tech.qq (Chinese site, translated) delivers some pretty compelling shots of Huawei’s Ascend P2, the 4.7-inch phablet-lite with tons of charm and a fairly beefy 1.8Ghz CPU. First some stats, then the pics: Huawei’s Ascend P2 comes with Android 4.1.2, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and a microSD slot. Happily, it’s going to have the same battery as the Galaxy S III, a 2200mAh which should deliver a full day of usage without fiddling for a charing cable. Finally, the rear camera is a lip-smacking 13MP. The price? A palatable US$480 which seems fair for a device with this much power...

  • Dyson Airblade Tap review: is one better than two?

    If there’s one thing you should know about TechRadar, it’s that we don’t make a habit of covering industrial tap fittings. But Dyson’s new device is somewhat different, boasting not only an automatic water outlet, but an automatic hand dryer, too. It’s an evolution of the Wiltshire, UK-based company’s popular Airblade dryers. The reason they’ve been successful is simple; they’re fast and ideal for places like football stadiums where a lot of people need to get in and out of the toilet quickly. We popped along to Dyson’s swish offices this morning for a go with the new Dyson Airblade Tap, which...

  • BlackBox mobile phone IM printer is the dumbest and best idea of all time

    Hark: This is the BlackBox, an IM/text message printer from Joe Doucet Studios and it’s an utter waste of everyone’s time. But not really. The BlackBox connects to an iPhone, well that’s what’s displayed in the rendered image, and prints out IM threads on what looks like grocery market till receipts. The website describes it as “standard, non-carbon receipt printing system to create two matching records of any length of conversation,” and makes one very good point: that it’s easier to print out an IM conversation, then it is to convert it to an email and print it out. BlackBox also “offers...