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  • Motorola launches ‘not-so-dumb’ Moto E, $200 Moto G with LTE

    "Goodbye, dumb phone" is the tagline Motorola is going for with its latest smartphone, the Moto E -- a wallet-friendly device with a couple of above-average tricks up its sleeve. The Moto G is also now LTE capable and will cost you just over US$200. There's also another model, the Moto E, with 3G that has a price tag of just US$130. When the Moto G hit the online shelves last year, the company was hailed for making a breakthrough budget smartphone with impressive specs. The Moto E takes it to a whole other level it seems. Motorola says, "it's built...

  • FDA approves DARPA’s robotic arm, gentle enough to hold grapes

    The beautiful relationship between technology and science has created some incredibly fantastic fruit this week: namely the first functional and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved bionic arm. DARPA, the US Defence Department’s cutting-edge innovation research facility, set out eight years ago to create a functional solution for veteran amputees. Their efforts have finally reached fruition with the DEKA Arm. Although other scientists are working on similar solutions, DARPA’s arm is the first of its kind to garner FDA approval, marking a critical step towards getting the prosthesis out to amputees. Unlike the Brain Computer Interfaces we wrote about a...

  • Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo E3 press conference games revealed [rumour]

    Keen to know exactly what Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo plan to show at E3? We've got the full list of games which each company plans to demo at its respective press conferences. The source is via Gamnesia, who were tipped off by a forum user who grabbed the scanned document from a Brazilian tipster, so take this information with a pinch of digital salt. Microsoft Press Conference (all games for Xbox One) Beyond Good & Evil 2 gameplay DirectX 12 Trailer Fable Legends gameplay Forza Horizon 2 gameplay Gears of War 4 gameplay Halo 5 tech demo Kinect TV & Shows trailer...

  • Finally: Xbox Live Gold paywall for Hulu, Netflix to die off

    The much-hated Xbox Live Gold paywall may soon be relaxed, allowing all Xbox Live users access to premium content, ArsTechnica reports. Currently Netflix and Hulu Plus are only accessible to premium Xbox Live Gold members, on top of additional service-specific costs. But a move by Microsoft could see all 48-million Xbox Live users reap the benefits of these services without paying an additional Live Gold fee. This would include users of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. ArsTechnica has also suggested that other services could be put behind the paywall as replacements including, to many gamers renewed vexation, upcoming productions from...

  • Uni8 could be first Windows Phone 8.1 device from LG [rumour]

    LG's been quite busy recently. After announcing plans to extend its G Pad tablet range and releasing a cool G Watch promo video, the Korean company will allegedly add a Windows-powered phone to its stable. Dubbed the "Uni8" according to venerable leaker EVLeaks, the handset will be LG's first to run Redmond's latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS. LG Uni8 (no sushi), 2014 pic.twitter.com/VbxlUbbo8r — @evleaks (@evleaks) May 13, 2014 The device is sleek, slender and lacks physical buttons, instead employing touch-controls. Noticeably, there doesn't seem to be a camera button or volume slider on its visible side, which may perturb those who enjoy...

  • BlackBerry launches $200 Z3 ‘Jakarta Edition’ for Indonesia

    BlackBerry is launching its latest smartphone this week. The Z3, also called the Jakarta Edition, is a sub-US$200 smartphone designed specifically with the Indonesian market in mind. Apart from a 540x960 5-inch display, the Z3 has 8GB storage and carries a 5MP rear camera. Impressively, it claims a long-lasting battery life of more than 15 hours talk time and 16 days on standby. It runs BlackBerry 10 OS and boasts the usual software features such as Time Shift Mode, a variety of photo filters and the BB Hub which groups all your instant messages, emails and SMSes into one...

  • The worst (and best) console to PC ports

    Video game ports: a term most gamers cringe at hearing. After all, what could be worse than playing a game that was absolutely amazing on one platform, only to find it completely massacred on another by a combination of bugs and lazily ported control systems? It seems that although the graphics are often (notice I didn’t say always) better on PC, the control systems are often so odd and disparate that the game becomes practically unplayable in its new form. Poor frame rates become blindingly obvious, and it becomes apparent when the developers have lazily ported the game to make...

  • LG G Watch teased in epic video

    After watching this promo video for LG's G Watch, the only question left is "when will it launch?" The G Watch lands its first one-minute teaser video and LG crams all the information it's willing to share into this short, but tasty promotional trailer. Everything we know about the LG G Watch can be squeezed into a few lines: It's IP67 certified, therefore is dust and water-resistant Android Wear powers it. So saying "Okay Google" will launch the G Watch into action The screen will be always-on so it should be an incredibly responsive device There'll be two colours, black and white. The white...

  • Parrot’s Bebop drone features virtual reality Oculus ‘Skycontroller’

    Parrot, the French manufacturer behind the AR Drone range, has unveiled its latest flyer, the adorably-named Bebop. The hand-sized red and black drone is equipped with a full HD, fully movable 14MP camera with a 180° viewing field, a GPS that allows self-adjusted hover mode without the need for user control, and 8GB storage. Sadly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the battery life is an inadequate 12 minutes. But the real kicker is the controller. Parrot allows consumers the option of a wireless Oculus Rift unit called the "Skycontroller." It's an impressive piece of kit. The First Person View glasses (the...

  • LG debuts 7, 8 and 10.1-inch G Pad tablets

    LG has revealed three new G Pad tablets. These tablets join its 8.3" tablet. The new devices will ensure the Korean company gets a firmer foothold in the rather overcrowded tablet market, competing with the likes of Samsung, Apple and Sony. The company will add a trio of tablets: 7.0", 8.0" and 10.1" models will be added thanks to LG's response to consumer needs says Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO LG “Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability. Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed...