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  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 review: my life companion

    I own no smartphone. Every so often, a company sends me their phone to review and for a few weeks or months, I live the dream again. From Samsung to Sony to Apple to BlackBerry and back again, this is my story. I live with the phones so you don’t have to. This is my story of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. My first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 weren't good. I actively hated it because I thought it was just a lazy upgrade. I’m here to tell you what you already know: that the Galaxy S 4...

  • It’s feet first with the Smart Socks that coach you

    Socks are smart now, thanks to Heapsylon’s Sensoria Fitness Socks. Think of it like the Nike+ FuelBand for your feet. The Fitness socks differ though as each pair has tactical sensors woven into the fabric which communicate with a bluetooth ankle bracelet. See, it is different to the FuelBand as it goes on the ankle, not the wrist. But there’s more to it then that. The creators of the Smart Socks say that it’s important to let runners know how well they’re running. And it’s made possible by not only tracking steps counted and distance run, but by measuring speed and calories...

  • Xbox One region-locking policies are crap: here’s why

    If the Xbox One's market hasn't been squeezed by the fact that you'll require an internet connection wasn't enough, Microsoft recently released a disclaimer concerning its region-locking policies. This is yet more bad news for the most part of the world. According to Microsoft, The initial launch will only include a handful of countries. After some already frustrating restrictions of Microsoft's next-gen console, we get hit with more bad news (well, most of us). Microsoft states that "restrictions on games usage apply" with the Xbox One and that users "require account on Xbox Live in an Xbox One-supported Xbox...

  • 8 reasons why iOS 7 is the freshest fruit from Apple yet

    Of all the announcements made at this year's WWDC, the launch of the hotly anticipated and much-needed refresh of iOS was definitely the most important part of the event. It's no joke that Apple's mobile operating system was in dire need of an upgrade, especially with all the Android fan boys constantly boasting about how superior their systems were when Apple folk complained about the various shortcomings and lackluster performance of current versions. So while we wait for the autumn release date, let's check out at eight of the new features we can look forward to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzUH9PJA1Ro The keynote in full Control...

  • Want a 5.7-inch ‘iPhablet’? Apple’s reportedly on the case

    Apple’s no longer fighting for relevancy, but for innovation. Since the first iPhone, Apple hasn’t altered the size of its near-legendary smartphone, save for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch screen of course. That’s all about to change as Reuters reports that Apple is “exploring launching iPhone with bigger screens as well as cheaper models in a range of colours, over the next year.” Four people who are close to the source (those are the best kind of people) have said that Apple wants to ape the success of Samsung who’ve successfully cornered the Phablet market. Apple’s plans are to expand its...

  • Japan cures parking ills with underground storage tube for bikes

    Japan is probably where most great ideas are born. From a 300MPH floating train recently to the PS4-- it all seems out of this world. In a video recently uploaded by Culture Japan on YouTube, presenter Danny Choo (aka tokyostormtrooper) shows us Japan's newest solution to its overcrowded cities-- a parking tube that stores bicycles in the subterranean depths of the earth. The company behind this valet, Eco-Cycle, made the process incredibly simple for cyclists. He/she can simply scoot a bicycle into a well-defined area where it is then whisked underground by the tube machine. Your RFID-tagged bicycle will...

  • PS4 pre-orders popup on Amazon, is US$0.03 cheaper

    Right now, you can pre-order Sony’s PS4 from Amazon.com for the bargain price of US$399.96. That’s a US$0.03 saving so you better act now before Amazon takes this special gift away from us. Right here, right over here is the place you need to be if you want a PS4 before the unwashed masses get their sticky hands on it. There’s the Standard and Launch edition of the PS4, with the latter almost instantly selling out as it hit Amazon. Don’t worry about the difference between each edition or as Amazon puts it, “the standard version of the PlayStation 4 is...

  • 3 must-have minimalist Android apps

    Since I’ve been using Android, and trying to encourage other people to use it, I’ve waxed lyrical about the customisability and open nature of the OS. The sheer number of options available to Android user when it comes to setting up a device exactly to their individual needs is seemingly endless. I’ve tried most of the major launchers, Twitter and Facebook clients, as well as the keyboards. I’ve tried these not out of need, but more out of curiosity, more out of trying to find the best setup for my phone. Then something strange happened: all the choice became overwhelming....

  • ‘Stick with Xbox 360′ says Microsoft to offline masses

    Microsoft is not endearing itself to the fans. First it confuses with its bewildering second-hand games policies for the Xbox One, and now it’s telling fans to “stick with the Xbox 360 if you have zero access to the internet, that is an offline device.” It feels like one of those joke interviews, but it’s very real and Microsoft’s top executive Don Mattrick shares his thoughts on the (now deserved) Xbox One bashing at this years E3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkEe_l7S3g Microsoft has chutzpah, we’ll give it that. The YouTube interview comes to us via Reddit where the users of the world’s most insane source...

  • Samsung just unveiled the Galaxy S4 Zoom with 16MP camera

    Samsung just unveiled the new S4-variant namely the S4 Galaxy Zoom. Samsung seems to be on a spin-off spree after releasing more and more models based on the original flagship S4. As you'd expect, the main feature of the S4 Zoom is its camera. This smartphone packs a massive 16-megapixels and a 10x optimal lens. On the aesthetic side of things, the Zoom looks like a fusion between the white S4 Mini and a small silver digital camera lens at the back. On top of the massive camera, the Zoom also hosts specs very similar to the Mini. The...