Acer, Notebooks, Reviews

Acer C7 Chromebook review: flawed, but affordable

acer c7 review The Acer C7 Chromebook is a cheap laptop. Given that - look at it - it's clearly a laptop. And, when you further note the £199.99/US$199.99 (around AU$191) price tag, it's obviously cheap. But this is a Chromebook, a thing that runs Google's Chrome OS - essentially replacing the entire notion of an operating system with a web browser. And while the Chromebooks that we've reviewed before, such as its predecessor, the Samsung Series 3, and the Samsung Series 5, are configured differently and feel different to ...

Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone, News

iTunes 11 launches with renovated UI, MiniPlayer and better iCloud support

itunes 11 iTunes 11 is out today, internationally, and comes with a host of upgrades to please the Apple-happy zombies. The player has been redesigned and features a new and expanded library view, a super minimal MiniPlayer and an iCloud that now “does even more”. Looking fine The new look iTunes isn’t a radical update, but this updated style is both lean and athletic in appearance. Yeah, it’s an odd word to use, athletic, but it’s as if Apple’s trained and toned iTunes 11. ...

HTC, Microsoft, Mobile Phones, News, Windows

HTC HD2 hacked to run WP 8, pokes hole in Microsoft’s hardware claim

HTC HD2 WP8 Hack The HTC HD2 has defied the odds once again. It's a little known fact that this smartphone, which originally made its debut in 2009 running Windows Mobile 6.5, has now been hacked to operate with Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS courtesy of hackers extraordinaire Dark Forces Team. This is not the first time that the HD2 has been modified by DFT, having setup the once flagship smartphone to run every single iteration of Windows' mobile OS since 2009. Pretty impressive ...

Games, Microsoft, News

New Xbox looks set for a Christmas 2013 release

According to certain sources close to the Microsoft Xbox family, the new Xbox will be released in time for Christmas 2013, reports Bloomberg. Rumours of a Quad-Core processor, 8GB Ram, Blu-Ray, Kinect 2.0 and more have been floating around for a while now. Speculation says that Thanksgiving 2013 would be the most likely date as the Xbox 360 had very good sales on the same day when released. Yet the Xbox has seen declining sales in the ever-changing world of ...

Android, News, Xbox

Xbox SmartGlass support for 7-inch Android tablets now available

xbox smartglass android Xbox SmartGlass, the "second screen" app that makes life a little easier, has now been given more punch with support for seven-inch Android tablets. Previous support was limited to Android smartphones only. The latest update comes with bug fixes relating to crashes and the settings and achievements screen, but not much else, as reported by Engadget. SmartGlass is an enhancement to the entertainment on Xbox 360, allowing users to interact with TV shows, movies, music, sports, and games and has been ...

Geeky Gizmos

10 more Christmas gifts for the geek at heart

geek-gifts-2 I hope you guys know how long this Geek Christmas list took me. Sure I had a little fun screen shopping for all these sexy nerd gadgets but still, I’ve gone above and beyond here so I expect at least one of these gifts from either one of you. Deal? This is the second half of the list, there is so much geeky stuff out there on the net but most of it is from the US or UK. It was ...

Competition, Games, News

Win FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3 for Wii U

Wii U It's a momentous occasion. We're giving away our first two games for Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U. If you're lucky enough to own one, then read below and enter our exceptionally easy competition. Up for grabs is Mass Effect 3: Special Edition and FIFA 13 for the Wii U. How to enter: Name one function of the Wii U that is exclusive to the console. If you read our past stories, you'll find the answers you're looking for. Write your ...

Notebooks, Reviews

Toshiba Tecra R940 review: a decent business laptop

Tecra review The tagline behind the Toshiba Tecra R940 is designed to be a serious business laptop. More recently, this is an area where Ultrabooks such as the Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Samsung Series 9 have been making waves, with their long battery life and speedy solid-state drives. For the most part, though, Ultrabooks tend to be light on features, and if there's one thing the Tecra R940-1CW has, it's business features. A fingerprint scanner, Intel WiDi, a ThinkPad-style pointer as well as a trackpad, ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Rumours build for Windows Blue, Microsoft’s budget OS

Windows Having just released Windows 8 in October, a rumour that Microsoft will be rolling out a low-cost OS to users in mid 2013 is doing the rounds. This low-cost alternative is said to be part of Microsoft's plan to release an annually updated OS, in the hopes of competing against the likes of Apple and Google. This latest iteration of Windows is said to be a more standardised OS and set to contain an entirely new user interface. Could there be ...

Mobile Phones, News

Toshiba planning 13 MP phone camera with noiseless low light shooting

toshiba tk437 sensor If you are more than well-informed about digital photography then you'll know that the cameras on most smartphones are actually pretty crap. Toshiba hopes to change that with a new 13MP back-illuminated sensor that will deliver much better results in low light. Using the well-known CMOS-based TK437 sensor, low light performance and colour noise reduction will improve, a problem that affects most phone cameras. The problem has always been size. When it comes to digital image sensors, "bigger is better" really ...

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