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  • The Samsung Galaxy S IV launch event [live blog]

    Here it is, the Samsung Unpacked event for the Galaxy S IV. A short year ago, one of the world’s most popular phones, the S III, was released to critical acclaim and sterling sales. Tomorrow it’s the S IV’s turn, a phone with a reported 4.99-inch Super AMOLED screen, a 13GB camera, 2GB RAM and Android 4.2.2 JellyBean. Bloomberg reports that it will be a true 5-inch display with new eye tracking technology. The event happens in New York, and we’ll be writing about it in our live blog below from 19:00 EST / 23:00 GMT on March 14...

  • The great Sim City debacle: how DRM killed our dreams

    Before The Sims there was Sim City. Developed by Maxis and released in 1989, it was one of the first games of its kind: a simulator that let you build a city and micromanage the intimate workings of its infrastructure. The brainchild of Will Wright — who would later go on to make The Sims — Sim City spawned numerous successful sequels. Now there’s a new one out and it’s described as a “reboot”, that awful, vacuous phrase that simply masks the obvious: this is a sequel, only we’re tired of seeing the numerals stack up. The Sim City of...

  • WhatsApp for BB Z10 review: about bloody time

    The exclusion of WhatsApp from the Z10 was a crime against humanity. WhatsApp, along with Instagram, Skype, Flipboard and streaming radio apps, are the pillars of any smartphone app experience and a must-have. But when the Z10 launched, none of these apps were present. Today though, WhatsApp has casually appeared on BlackBerry World and it’s still the same, hassle-free instant messenger the world has come to love. Talking’s overrated I’ve used WhatsApp since its inception on the iPhone 3GS. It began so innocently, as an app with no marketing behind it, but one that thrived on word of mouth as its...

  • Apple readies quad-core A7 CPUs for production

    The CPU for Apple’s next-gen iDevices is already prepped, according to CNET. The process is called “taping out” and this is slang for the final stages before CPU production. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) will be producing the A7 CPU (what it’s widely believed to be called) with roll out into iDevices scheduled for a Q1 2014 launch. There are some interesting factoids regarding the A7 CPU that CNET managed to drudge up. Namely that the A7 will use 20-nanometer manufacturing process that is still in the testing stages and only planned for a 2014 launch. The A6 CPU used a...

  • Dell XPS 18 hands-on review: an enormous all-in-one PC

    Dell’s new XPS 18 has an 18.4-inch 1080p screen. But yes, it’s a tablet.- albeit one that can double as an all-in-one PC. It’s in the same vein as the pretty average Sony Tap 20 – so can it do better than sony at the ‘family tablet’ idea? For one thing, the tablet part is a lot lighter than the cumbersome Tap 20 and is absolutely fine for having on your lap – it’s around 2.3Kg compared to over 5kg for the Tap. It’s comfortable. Here it is in full ‘desktop PC’ mode, only it’s not really a desktop – it’s the tablet...

  • Unwinding the iWatch: here’s what to expect

    On some levels I’ve never heard of anything quite as ridiculous as an iWatch. I also totally want one and I’m not even entirely sure why. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a quick rundown. Earlier this year it was leaked that Apple was developing a smartwatch, the key component of which is flexible glass that allows it to be curved to fit your wrist. Apparently known as “Willow Glass”, this is a material currently in development by Corning Display Technologies, (maker of Gorilla Glass) but, typically, nothing has been confirmed at...

  • KNOMO Warwick briefcase review: not any old bag

    I’m a sucker for luxury. Fine cars, shiny shoes, drinks that don’t burn as they trickle down my throat, that sort of thing. So KNOMO’s ultra-luxurious Warwick briefcase, essentially the greatest laptop bag ever made, is right up my gold-coated ally. For £285 (US$371) though, it’s not priced for everyone. For those who can afford it, the KNOMO Warwick is an absolute must have. Devil may care I had an excellent, but very worn out satchel. It’s print was fun, and the bag was nigh-on indestructible. It took a stray bullet for goodness sakes. Or that could have been a cigarette...

  • Breathometer launches world’s first iPhone breathalyser

    Road accidents are fierce, and being arrested for drunk driving is as bad as a death sentence for some people. Jail man, it’s not a place for the pasty tech geek. That’s why the Breathometer, a tiny piece of hardware that connects to the iPhone and measures blood alcohol levels, is ideal for most post tech event situations. Here’s how it looks, works and saves lives. The Breathometer is about the size of a BMW car key and fits snugly onto an iPhone (seems like 4S in the image, as the 3.5mm jack is on the top, whereas the iPhone...

  • HTC One review: all hail the king

    Samsung and Apple better beware – the HTC One combines stunning design, a supreme screen and explosive power to offer one of the best smartphones around. It’s got a full HD screen crammed into 4.7-inches, which brings a 468ppi – well above what’s needed for the eye to discern, but it does definitely bring sumptuous sharpness throughout the use of the phone. On top of that there’s a CPU and RAM combo that is barely bettered, a more-than-enough 32GB of storage and top-end Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G / 4G connections, all topped off by a completely re-imagined version of HTC Sense....

  • ‘Automatic’ is the monitoring app and hardware combo your car has waited for

    While there are plenty of apps that measure fuel economy and help with remembering maintenance matters, there isn’t one that actually tells you what’s happening under the hood. Automatic is an app and hardware combo that does exactly that: connects to your car’s computer and relays all that info straight to your iPhone. All this for hardware that is priced at US$70. It’s as simple as plugging the little “A” labelled “box” into the car’s OBD-II Data Link Connector and it’s set. Now, you may not know what that is, or where it’s found, but rest assured that it is...

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