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  • Pentax announces rugged waterproof point-and-shoot cameras

    Two new cameras, the WG-3 and WG-3 GPS, have arrived in the Pentax collection. Both cameras feature the highest depth rating in the WG series, with a waterproof depth of 14 meters (which is very impressive for a point-and-shoot camera), and the specs are damn good as well for such a compact package. As would be expected, the WG-3 GPS adds GPS positioning and travel log data to photos, and also features wireless recharging, a digital compass, and a gauge showing water depth, altitude, and pressure. Video recording is up to 1080p HD with a backlit 16-megapixel image sensor...

  • ZTE (basically) confirms it’s launching a Firefox OS phone at MWC

    ZTE, China’s second largest telecoms manufacturer, seems to have all but confirmed that it will push forward with plans to launch a Firefox OS-powered smartphone by the end of 2013, following on the announcement it made last year. According to Engadget, ZTE sent out an invite mentioning a new mobile launch and the hashtag “ZTEMozilla”, which suggests the phone will be announced at Mobile World Congress next month. Least year the smartphone maker revealed that it was teaming up with Mozilla to produce smartphones running on the open source Firefox system. About 90% of ZTE’s smartphones currently run on Android,...

  • Sony adds 320kbps streaming to Music Unlimited on web, Android and PS3

    Sony’s Music Unlimited, part of the Sony Entertainment Network, has been bumped up and now features high-quality 320kbps streaming for web surfing, Android and PS3, as reported by The Verge. Launched last year, the service was seen as a bit tongue-in-cheek for its 48kbps streaming, yet had an impressive collection of tunes available at an affordable price of US$12 per year. While it used to be in the shadow of Spotify which has had 320kbps streaming on mobile devices, the jump up means a substantial improvement for Music Unlimited from the measly 48kbps. With more than 18 million tunes, the...

  • Microsoft promises more, gives less: 64GB Surface will only have 23GB storage

    The new 64GB Microsoft Surface Pro will have only 23GB of free storage. Yes that is confusing, but it’s true. According to The Verge, a company spokesman has confirmed that more than half of the Surface Pro’s storage is taken up by the Windows 8 install program, built-in apps, and a recovery partition. The time of exponential gigabyte capacity in hard-drives has been dying. No more do we see 500GB+ HDDs in devices (apart from external HDDs and gaming PCs), as the new wave of computing lets you get away with less internal storage. For the most part, anything between...

  • Apple announces 4th-gen iPad with 128GB for $799

    As per usual, the rumours were true. Apple’s gone and announced a new, 128GB version of its 4th-gen Retina Display iPad for the low, low price of US$799 (WiFi only) or US$929 (WiFi plus cellular). Both versions will be on sale at retail and online Apple stores. More capacity means more videos, music, and games. And at 128GB, it’s now the tablet with the most possible onboard storage. Here’s what Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, had to say about the new, massive-storage iPad 4. “With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the...

  • Olympus SZ-31MR Review: for the discerning amateur

    It’s not difficult to be an amateur photographer these days. All you need is a smartphone and a working thumb. For every Annie Leibovitz there are a million people with no training doing just the same thing. Sure, the picture might be out of focus, the composition terrible and a thumb obscuring the corner of the frame. But art is in the eye of the beholder, right? Of course there are many discerning amateurs who want to take nice looking photographs without spending a great deal of money on SLR cameras reserved for the Leibovitz’s of the world. Enter the...

  • iOS 6.1 now available for download from iTunes

    As of today, iOS 6.1 will be available for download across all devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Apple TV). The update is running OTA and contains certain improvements and bug fixes. In the official update information, the improvements are listed as follows: LTE support for more carriers (complete list of supported carriers available here) Purchase movie tickets Fandango with Siri (US only) iTunes Match subscribers can now download individual songs from iCloud New button to reset the Advertising Identifier Further information about this update can be found at Apple support.

  • Sneak preview of the new iPad 5 surfaces in rumour rich China

    Leaked images from an accessory manufacturer in China, shows the back of a supposedly new iPad model, and has surfaced on 9to5Mac. With rumours flying of a new iPad 5 with 128GB internal memory, could this be the new model? A China-based iPad accessories maker apparently leaked these images that show the back design of the next 9-inch iPad model and from the onset there is a thinner casing, chamfered edges, and a smaller overall footprint. The design would likely follow in the footsteps of the iPad mini (pictured next to the “new” back design), as the back design is...

  • Budget-priced Samsung Galaxy Express quietly launched

    Budget phones are looking to be more of whats in store for this year. Even the elite priced Apple iPhone range could be getting a cheaper, smaller younger brother if rumours are anything to go by. So the announcement of a budget orientated Samsung Galaxy Express by AT&T adds more to this idea. And it’s on sale as of today. And let’s be honest, as the world is increasingly turning over to mobile, the rush to get there was always going to be hindered by price. At US$99, this smartphone should sell like hot cakes. Spec wise it is impressive,...

  • Superbowl Sunday kicks off the iOS 6.1 jailbreaking party

    “This is the new shit,” sang Marilyn Manson and it’s what every single (we predict) iPhone 5 user has been waiting for. An actual, honest-to-god jailbreak for iOS 6.1 is being released this Sunday. The jailbreak is for newer iDevices such as the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5G. iOS 6.1 releases today for mostly every iDevice under the sun and MuscleNerd, one of the primary jailbreaking experts has this to say on twitter: @unicornhacker yes, every other 6.1 device variation will be supported. All TWENTY-TWO of them (omg!). Plus atv2 if it’s out in time. — MuscleNerd...