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  • Moto X officially launched at $200 with 4.7″, 24-hour battery, custom designs

    The Moto X has just been announced by Motorola and comes with a decent 720x1280 screen, 24-hour battery life, touchless control and a beautiful design. Swooping in at US$200 (R2000) on an AT&T contract, some customers are able to customize the smartphone giving it a wooden backing or unique text. It's carrying a 4.7-inch screen at 316 ppi and boasts a 2200mAh battery that can allegedly last you a massive "24 hours of mixed use". It has 16GB of storage and carries a 10MP rear camera and 2MP front. Other specs include a 4G modem and 2GB of RAM. There's...

  • Xbox Live to shun trolls, haters and cheaters

    Reputation is key. When you're online, you're vulnerable to the socially awkward, the psychos, the cheaters and jerks. Xbox Live wants to shun these haters on the Xbox One. Like a tough street corner in the hood, you'll be forever marked by your actions, whether they're fair or foul, Microsoft's new HAL-algorithm will know. In this effort to make Xbox Live an "even more kick-ass" community, Microsoft designed an algorithm. As is the usual case with algorithms, they're complicated. "The new model will take all of the feedback from a player's online flow, put it in the system with...

  • Virtually a reality: why VR is no longer a lucid dream

    Folks from the '80s and '90s dreamed of a day when they would be able to strap on a giant piece of headgear, press the power button and be transported to a fantasy world, removed from the dangers, drama and hardships of day-to-day living. There's an obvious appeal to the kind of escapism virtual reality affords. When life has you down, wouldn't it be great to be able to escape to an ideal world without ever having to leave your own home? What used to be science fiction has evolved into science fact. Technology is finally catching up with ambitions...

  • iPad Mini ‘likely’ launch with Samsung-made retina display

    The Wall Street Journal reports that there's "likely" to be an iPad Mini Retina currently in the mix of things with the display possibly made by Samsung. Other rumours suggest that Apple's working on a new and improved processor for the iPad Mini. "Apple is working with suppliers in Asia on its next iPad mini with a high-resolution 'retina' display, unlike the current iPad mini that comes with a lower-resolution screen, the people said," WSJ reported. There's no concrete evidence except for the fact that "people" said so. Whether or not these mysterious "people" can be trusted, no one knows. In...

  • Terrafugia flies: transforms from car to plane and back again

    Where the hell are the flying cars already? Right here actually and in the video below. This carplane, called Terrafugia finally takes flight. It's a proper sight to behold, plus the thing's street legal. But can any of us afford it? When Terrafugia launches sometime in 2016 or 2017, it's going to cost a healthy US$279 000 (R2 790 000. Take a gander at the video of Terrafugia in action, as it flies, takes off and lands. It's not all sunshine and roses as it flies around, we'd be terrified to be behind the joystick of this space-age beauty, so we're guessing...

  • Android 4.3 isn’t Key Lime Pie, but an amazing update nonetheless

    It’s that time of year again, the time where being a Nexus owner really pays off. Yup, it’s update season, or “The strangest thing I've seen on the internet in years.” It’s the time of the year where nerds from around the world await their supposedly deserved updates. In fact the barrage of “why isn't my OTA here yet?” posts across all Android channels made me avoid said channels just because of people’s petulance after new software. Said update arrived three days later to many people, yet the amount of whinging about it really does ruin the fun, for...

  • Cliff Bleszinski loves ‘Fez’ creator Phil Fish, blogs about it

    Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski wrote an open letter to Phil Fish, creator of Fez, who recently said that he is "done" with the games industry and is cancelling all plans for Fez 2. In the letter (on Bleszinski's public blog) he writes how he wants Fez developer to "come back". He speaks of his admiration for Fish's gaming title Fez, noting that it felt "refreshing in a chic retro way" and that the "project reminds of in the Jazz Jackrabbit era." This heart-to-heart open letter support from one press-soaked developer to another, comes after we saw Fez 2...

  • The 11-inch MacBook Air can now play any game you want it to

    The 11-inch MacBook Air is no slouch in the looks department, but it still doesn't have (and never really will) rock the hardware muscle to support games like Borderlands 2, Crysis 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. That's where Larry Gada (not Lady Gaga) comes into play with his external graphics card adapter that plugs into the Thunderbolt port of his 11-inch MacBook Air, reports Macrumours. What he produces is gaming nirvana. Have a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=kZZdwkICE3M Gada uses a Thunderbolt to Express card adapter, connects an ExpressCard (a card that lets peripheral devices connect to a PC)...

  • Nvidia Shield review roundup: great specs but lacking content

    Gearburn rounds-up a bunch of reviews from around the web of the NVIDIA Shield-- the Tegra-powered gaming tech device that acts as a portable console and supports Android, PC streaming capabilities, an intuitive design and some really impressive hardware. As Engadget puts it, "with Shield, NVIDIA is aiming to be the Swiss Army Knife of handheld game consoles." The US$300 (R3000) device is also mainly a peripheral device but gets let down by the platforms it supports-- an impressive product with limited content. Exclusively designed for gamers: It's almost twice the weight of Sony's PlayStation Vita - a similar device. This...

  • MakerPlane: the open source airplane project looking for crowdfunding love

    Always wanted to build your own plane? Well the team behind MakerPlane is hoping to make that all a little easier with their plans for a two-seater aircraft that can be manufactured at home for less than US$15 000 (R148 000). While amateur-built aircraft isn't a new concept, the MakerPlane crew say that as many as three out of every four projects are left unfinished. To make it easier to get that plane into the sky, they're working on a prototype built from materials and machines which hobbyists can access at home or at their nearest makerspace. Yes, even...