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  • Acer C7 Chromebook review: affordable but flawed

    The Acer C7 Chromebook is a cheap laptop at just £199.99/US$199.99 (around AU$191). The reason for this is that it’s a Google 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 traditional laptops, this new C7 Chromebook from Acer seems to have been designed, consciously or not, to look and to feel as traditionally laptop-like as possible. In doing so, though, some of whatever...

  • Sony extends its E-mount lens collection with new high-end optics

    Over the last few years, Sony has made solid insteps into the photographic area, especially with the NEX line-up taking the lead. But the prevailing complaint has always been a lack of a solid collection of lenses. Today Sony announced two more lenses for the Alpha (α) E-mount system: an 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Optical SteadyShot) powered-zoom optic and a 20mm f/2.8 pancake. While the 18-200 has been around for a while now, it was sold as part of the VG30 camcorder package, but is now available as a standalone purchase. That should make Sony users jump with joy, as the...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro ready to roll out 9 February

    Software giant Microsoft has announced the release of the Intel-powered Surface Windows 8 Pro for 9 February, starting at US$899 for the 64-bit version. The beefier version of the Surface RT, launched in October 2012, will be capable of running older Windows apps and will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. The Surface Pro will also be available in 128GB form, and both models will include a gaggle of accessories, with a Block technology Surface pen and the ability to run all Windows 7 software and the current Windows 8 apps. Additional accessories such as the Type...

  • Razer Ouroboros mouse: high-performance gaming

    I’m a left-handed gamer, and unlike those treacherous left-handed gamers who play games right-handed instead because THEY HAVE NO SELF-RESPECT (or whatever), I play games left-handed. In fact, I’ve been using a left-handed Razer DeathAdder mouse for about six months now, and before that I used the now tragically discontinued Logitech MX610, but before that I used a right-handed something-or-other because, honestly, left-handed gaming mice are not exactly available in abundance and right-handed people expect everything to be made exclusively for them anyway. It’s true, just look at scissors. It’s nothing if not striking to look atSo the nice people...

  • Blackberry 10 hands on review: its time is soon

    Note: BlackBerry 10 (or BB10) is still under development and not yet a finished product, but we’ve checked out an almost-final version of the user interface, which is pretty close to perfection, according to RIM – but we’ll let you be the judge by checking out our findings below. Delayed until early 2013, the first BB10 devices should land in January – although we’re now hearing it could be as late as March and RIM is now saying it will arrive during the first quarter of the year. We saw the near-final version of BlackBerry 10 running on the new Dev...

  • Mozilla Firefox OS demoed on mystery dev phone

    After making a surprise appearance at CES 2013 on an unknown smartphone and just in preview form (see video at the end), Mozilla has just announced a “Developer Preview Phone” running on a Firefox operating system. Mozilla is touting it on the official webpage, and the Mozilla Developer Network has published instructions on how to get your Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich phone to install Firefox OS. The year has been hotting up with various new OS’s for mobile devices, with Ubuntu gaining a lot of respect with its free OS for mobile. It would seem that the traditional big...

  • Leaked specs for next Xbox reveals blu-ray drive, 8GB ram and 8-core CPU

    This site reports that it is has supposedly received the leaked system specs for the next-gen Xbox. The site also reports that in the coming weeks it will leak the system specs for Sony’s new console, codenamed “Orbis”. Both consoles are rumored for a March launch. Currently, the favoured name for the new Xbox is “Durango” (the D is silent) and without wasting any time, these are the rumored specs for Microsoft’s latest console: CPU: x64 Architecture 8 CPU cores running at 1.6 gigahertz (GHz) each CPU thread has its own 32 KB L1 instruction cache and 32 KB L1 data cache each module of...

  • LG’s Optimus G Pro is a 1080p 5-inch Phablet with style

    Mobile World Congress 2013 is teasing us a range of ultra-desirable 1080p phones such as LG’s Optimus Pro G. LG previously released the well-received Optimus G and now because it’s 2013 and every bloody phone has to be 1080p, we get the Optimus Pro G. Another huge phablet joins the party Impressive hardware Let’s begin with the pixels per inch which is an astounding 440 ppi. The battery is an impressive 3000mAh which could lend to the 10mm thickness of the LG Optimus Pro G. Cracking open the shell reveals a 1.7Ghz quad-core cpu which again, seems to be the new...

  • ‘Landscape House’ to be worlds first 3D printed home

    3D printing has evolved quite exponentially from its initial coinage in 1995 by graduate students Jim Bredt and Jim Anderson when they altered and inkjet printer to form a binding solution onto a bed of powder instead of ink onto paper, since then so many inorganic materials have been used to create numerous 3D printed objects from bicycles and shoes to engine parts for vehicles. So what can possibly be next? Dutch born Janjaap Ruijssenaars is has been planning to build or rather ‘print’ one of his buildings known as “Landscape House”.  A two-story building in infinity/ 8 shaped figure,...

  • Samsung outs 8-inch Galaxy Note, just in time for MWC

    Mobile World Congress is fast approaching and with it, a slew of phones you never heard of, or needed. Take the recently-announced 8-inch Galaxy Note. The question on everyone’s lips has to be “why?”. Let us tell you why. Money. Samsung wants a stopgap device that fits between phablets and tablets. A tab-tablet? Lord knows. According to papa Engadget, who managed to benchmark a similar model named the GT-N5100, the 8-inch Note is rocking a 1.6Ghz quad-core CPU, has a 1280 x 800 display and we’re guessing either 16 or 32GB worth of internal memory. This news comes from the lips of JK...