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  • HTC One hands-on review: losing letters but leveraging lustre

    The HTC One is the firm’s new attempt at a market-leading handset, and with an all-aluminium body, super-high-res 4.7-inch HD screen and futuristic camera technology hint that this could be something of a winner. It’s well-documented that HTC hasn’t had the best of it recently, with the profits slumping and market share down. The firm rode a heady wave just two years ago with the success of the HTC Desire and friends, but it seems since then the trend has been firmly downward. However, with the HTC One there’s an instant reason (actually, two) to think that it will be able...

  • Leaked Durango Kinect specs hint at dramatically higher motion detection

    The specs for the Kinect 2.0, the next generation depth camera and motion sensor to be coupled with the new Xbox, have been leaked according to a lengthy report on VGLeaks, a trusted source of hardware tips on the internet. Running on a dedicated Durango system, the next-generation Kinect sensor will apparently have a much wider field of view, and quash the need for a tilt motor to catch movement if more than two players are present. A greater field of view will mean the ability to have multiplayer games, maybe even up to six players instead of the previous...

  • HTC One: ‘looks stunning & stays that way’

    HTC’s launched the HTC One, live from New York and London. But who cares about the venue, here’s everything you need to know about the phone, HTC’s newest flagship device: The skinny on the HTC One Jason MacKenzie, president of HTC presents the One. It’s an aluminum device with a massive screen and thankfully a new HTC UI, called “New Sense”. Nuisance, punny. It has dual stereo speakers and two capacitive buttons. HTC has blessed us with a 4.7-inch display, with a 486PPI display. This is the largest pixel-per-inch display yet but is going to make apps look like a hot...

  • Dashclock Widget for Android review: change is good

    If you’ve spoken to me (or more likely I’d have spoken to you about Android 4.2) I’d have undoubtedly mentioned how ridiculous I found the lockscreen widgets to be. Little did I know that a couple of months down the line an Android developer, Roman Nurik, would release an app which would instantly changed the way I use my device. It’s called Dashclock Widget. Widget the world warrior Firstly, what is a widget? This is for the benefit of other OS users who may be unfamiliar with the mini apps which actually run on your homescreens. It’s like the calendar shortcut...

  • Samsung to announce Galaxy S IV 14 March in New York

    “Sources familiar with Samsung’s plans” have outright confirmed that 14 March is the launch date for a few devices from one of Korea’s most successful companies and one of the devices is widely expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S IV, says The Verge. The announcement was further cemented by Eldar Murtazin, editor-in-chief for Mobile-review (one of Russia, and perhaps the world’s largest and most reliable mobile phone sites). Save the date for a big announcement – March 14 And keep silence HTC will miss HTC One sales again Like it was in 2012. — Eldar Murtazin (@eldarmurtazin) February 18,...

  • Samsung reveals Wi-Fi Galaxy Camera minus the 3G

    The camera performs well, and is an exceptionally desirable piece of tech Here’s the link to the full press release from Uncle Sammy, but we’ve covered the best parts. Clicking is for completionists only. No release date, but as it’s Samsung, we expect it launch by the end of this quarter at the very latest.

  • No ‘Destiny’ in 2013 says Activision

    Care of Joystiq.com and a sneaky Activision press release, we’ve learned that Bungie’s next “ten year project”, Destiny won’t launch in 2013. Boo. We all know the story. Destiny is a planned FPS/MMO hybrid, set in a “epic, sci-fi universe and introduces innovative persistent, online world filled with sweeping adventures”. The press release speaks of grand scope, visceral first-person gaming and a living, vibrant world. But most telling is the single sentence Activision sneaks in: Activision reiterated that although Bungie’s amazing new world was revealed today, Activision has not included the launch in its 2013 outlook and there should be no...

  • Fractal Design Node 304 review: the best ITX-supporting cases we’ve seen

    One area that has seen substantial growth over the past 18 months is the mini-ITX case market. The realisation that these mini-motherboards can be the basis for some pretty powerful PCs has started to dawn on people, not least the chassis manufacturers. Swedish case designer Fractal Design’s Node 304 is aimed solely at the mini-ITX market, but boasts hard drive support that could have it being used as a file server or a large multi-disk NAS unit. It also has the serious advantage of supporting standard ATX power supplies and graphics cards, albeit with a few provisos in the dimension stakes,...

  • Kingston HyperX Predator 512GB flash drive review

    Does what it says on the tin Its power then is one of sheer ferocity, mixed in with a heady dash of zinc-alloy metal and fist-clenching heft. I half expect Kingston to released a knuckle-duster attachment in the future. With the HyperX Predator strapped to my hand, I could very well knock a dent in a wall. Cost conscious The HyperX Predator is thankfully, not going to cost the estimated US$1 750 which Kingston mentioned at this year’s CES. Amazon prices it at a far more palatable, but still cringe-worthy US$885. It’s still a small fortune to drop on a novelty...

  • Oxford researchers set to challenge Google’s self-driving car monopoly

    Money goes a long way, but ingenuity can go further. The equation usually goes like this: lots of money attracts smart people and makes cool things happen. Another equation can work too, though: really smart and ambitious people find some money scraped together from their tutoring savings and sky-diving funds and make really cool and cheap things happen. Such was the case when some researchers from the University of Oxford took it upon themselves to challenge the likes of Google in the own autonomous vehicle game. The system being used is a collection of low-profile stereo cameras and lasers; very...