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  • Ricoh GR hands on review: a pricey APS-C camera

    Ricoh had a reputation for producing superb 35mm film compact cameras such as the GR I and GR21 that found favour with enthusiast photographers. However, despite producing high quality images, the company’s digital compact cameras such as the Ricoh GR II and Ricoh GR IV haven’t really attracted the same attention. The Ricoh GXR, a compact system camera (CSC) that couples the lens and sensor into a single module that slots into the back, confused the company’s fans and consequently also failed to sell in high numbers. The new Ricoh GR, however, could be about to change all that, because its 16.2 million pixel sensor is...

  • Parallella: a Linux-based parallel-processing supercomputer for $99

    Parallella, the US$99 Linux supercomputer “for everyone” is coming in a few months for the select users who ordered one-off Kickstarter. Adapteva announced at the Linux Collaboration Summit that the very first Parallella boards are up and running and the 6300 users who paid US$99 for one should get the parallel-processing units fairly soon. For supercomputing, users have long relied on Linux-based machines to get the job done. It’s all down to parallel computing, which Adapteva describes as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. The team was inspired by the Arduino and Raspberry Pi, two wildly successful and...

  • Leap Motion Vulcan mind melds with future HP gadgets

    In the not-too-distant future, selected HP devices will be shipped Leap Motion Controller ready. In another major announcement of collaboration, the Kinect-like device will at first be bundled with selected software-ready HP devices, with further plans of integrating its hardware into future HP gadgets. As mentioned by Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald, the company wants to “fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision.” The USB device allows you to interact with your computer tracking the movements of your hands and all ten fingers with up to 0.01mm accuracy....

  • Brand-spanking new GTA V screens

    GTA V drops two new screenshots, which are essentially blown up art assets from the officially released box art. The new Grand Theft Auto V screens are from the “cash and carry” series or to put it in english, bank robberies. GTA V is set to launch on 17 September 2013 and it’s going to be a massively ambitious project, if the screenshots are videos are anything to go by. Three characters that the player can swap between at any time, a map that is said to be three times bigger than GTA IV’s, underwater sections, there’s too much...

  • Galaxy Note 8.0 review: the best Samsung tablet yet

    The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the very best Samsung tablet yet, which isn’t saying much, since the Galaxy tablets are (in my opinion) devices with loads of processing power but very little to offer in terms of desirability. Big screens, dual-core CPUs, just “moar” and it never seems to end. What Samsung needs is a tablet that gives people a reason to want to buy an 8-inch tablet over an iPad Mini or Nexus 7. Samsung though, has struck gold with the Note 8, the fastest, prettiest and most useful Samsung product I’ve ever used. I keep specifying “Samsung” because...

  • Facebook Home not coming to iOS or Windows Phone anytime soon

    The story of Facebook Home porting to Windows Phone and iOS broke earlier this week, and was quickly debunked as sources inside Facebook have confirmed that there are no porting plans for Microsoft and Apple’s platforms. Bloomberg originally reported that Facebook Home, the software hub for all things Facebook, was planned for iOS and Windows Phone platforms. While both companies allegedly have great working relationships with Facebook, Home simply won’t appear on either platform. Mark Zuckerberg kind of confirmed it when Home launched earlier this month. “It may or may not be Home. We could also just bring some of the...

  • Google Glass specs gets real: all-day battery, 5MP camera, 16GB storage

    Google Glass tech specs have been revealed, thanks to 9to5Google. Along with the release of the Glass API, today we can discover an exciting mix of new and old tech, so lets dig in: It’s wearable tech, so the fit is important. Glass has adjustable nosepads that will “fit any face”. Two extra nosepads are thrown in for those with smaller or bigger snouts. The exact pixel count of the screen hasn’t been revealed, but the screen will be “equivalent to a 64cm screen from 2.5-meters away. The camera is a weedy 5MP, with video recorded at a respectable 720p. Audio is via...

  • Kobo Aura HD hands-on review: the hottest eReader yet

    The new Kobo Aura HD has been launched at an invite only event in Millbank Tower, Central London. The new eReader is being launched as not just the rival to the Amazon Kindle series, but also as an alternative to a multitude of multimedia tablet-computers that are now so prevalent in everyday life. There’s an increasing crossover between tablet and eReader, with companies like Samsung, Apple, Amazon and even Kobo, offering each other’s services. But the Aura HD looks to distance itself from the all-in-one services offered by tablets by specifically targeting those with a love of a traditional reading...

  • Sphero review: the robotic ball with serious potential

    A robotic ball. Wait, wait, a robotic ball you can control with your phone or tablet. Sounds crazy, right? Well, that’s what arrived at Gearburn HQ last week: a smart toy like no other, happily touching base with all the futuristic sci-fi-sounding tech we’ve been waiting to go mainstream: augmented reality, wireless charging, maybe even the Internet of Things. Tucked into its neat blue-and-white box was the tennis-ball sized device that robotics company Orbotix has carefully packed with some of the mind-bending wizardry the techie kids of earth would love to own. It’s the world’s first robotic gaming system,...

  • Panasonic TX-L42DT65B review: a high-end LED TV

    Where once its smart TV platform was completely separate from the rest of the TV, Panasonic has at last put apps and widgets into its Viera TVs. It’s something the other leading brands have been doing, too, though the appearance of the smart My Home Screen on the Panasonic TX-L42DT65B isn’t the only big change for Panasonic in 2013. First on this 42-inch Edge LED-backlit LCD TV, there’s the panel itself, a polarised 3D model that’s now standard across the brand’s lineup despite that fact that it was Panasonic that came up with the opposing active shutter 3D system. That means...

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