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  • iPhone 6, iPhone 5S sneakily spied at Apple China supplier [rumour]

    Update: When asked for comment, Alan Hely of Apple said in a one-line email to Gearburn: “We don’t comment on rumours or speculation.” So for now, the buck stops here. Thanks to Cnet (care of Weibo), we now know that someone has spied the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. And this alleged iPhone spotter has seen the iPhone 6 and 5S at a Chinese Apple supplier. According to the tipster, the iPhone 5S looks the same as the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 6 is gonna be thinner, wider and longer. Sounds very S3 to us. Here is the Google translated post: A...

  • Microsoft Surface Pro: A meta-review

    Microsoft Surface Pro reviews have come up on almost all top blogs and news sites. Most of them are about hating this device. Yes, hating it! Only a few of the publications, I suppose, have given us a positive rating for Surface Pro. This is not a review, but a review of the reviews out there, as you read rightly on the title “Meta-Review”. Let’s start. The king of Ultrabooks?I looked through dozens of reviews of Surface Pro out there, and most of them rant about the battery life and how bulky the tablet is. What I found was appalling...

  • Next-gen Xbox gains Siri-like voice capabilities

    Care of the ever-popular Verge, we now know that the next-generation Xbox will have “Siri-like” capabilities. “Sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans” say that the new Xbox, code-named Durango (I like the way you die, boy) will activate when words like “Xbox on” are spoken, will have text-to-speech conversion and support a natural tone of voice. The Xbox, in its current state, even with Kinect voice, doesn’t use  natural voice in any of its commands. The new Siri-like voice feature will apparently let users speak phrases such as “what are my friends playing” to pull up the online friends list....

  • Geeks rejoice: Valve and Star Trek director keen to make Portal or Half-Life film

    Sometimes it just takes two nerds with a passion for games and movies to get together. At the 2013 D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit in Las Vegas, Star Trek and Star Wars: Episode VII director JJ Abrams and Valve co-founder Gabe Newell spoke about producing games together and films based on games such as Half-Life and Portal, according to a Polygon report. During the discussion, Abrams said: “It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets, which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of...

  • Acer Iconia W700 review: high-end 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet

    Windows 8 has seen a host of fresh designs for tablets and laptops, with many manufacturers trying their hardest to build a device that’s capable of doing both jobs. That has led to some innovative thinking, such as the screen-spinning Dell XPS 12 and the Microsoft Surface and its detachable keyboard. However, the Acer Iconia W700 has a slightly simpler take on the hybrid design. The Iconia W700 differs from other hybrid tablets by not having a keyboard that attaches to the body of the tablet to create a laptop-style device. Instead it looks like any normal tablet, albeit bulkier and 11.6 inches across. It...

  • Ubuntu OS will start shipping in October says CEO Shuttleworth

    The Ubuntu operating system for smartphones will start shipping in beginning October, the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd Mark Shuttleworth told The Wall Street Journal. Shuttleworth said the newest OS in the smartphone market will be released in “two large geographic markets”, but dodged questions on which markets this would be. He did however say that North America is “absolutely a key market for Ubuntu.” The Ubuntu OS was revealed at CES 2103, with Shuttleworth showing off the OS himself on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Pundits are giving this OS a thumbs up so far and it could be...

  • No Facebook phone, but its app’s going to be preloaded into emerging market Android devices

    Sad news? No, best news ever. Previous “Facebook” phones were utter crap. So it’s great news that instead of forcing another aborted effort into the tech world, Facebook will instead work hand in hand with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum and hardwire its Facebook app into and endless amount of cheapie Android phones, according to Gigaom.com. Rejoice! Here’s the skinny: Spreadtrum says that millions of Android phones will now be “Facebook ready” as it will pre-install the emerging market Android phones with the Facebook app. Gigaom calls it a “smartphone in a box” and its associated handset makers will get the OS, reference...

  • 5 top apps every working stiff should download

    Part of being an employee means that you’re expected to show up on time, dress neatly and use your skills and abilities to make a meaningful contribution to the company that pays your salary, which in turn, allows you to lead the life that you do everyday and not end up on the street. To increase the quality of that life (and your distance from the street), you need to constantly be learning, developing efficiencies that allow you to do more in less time, so that you can take on more responsibility and get paid more by your employer....

  • $150 3D-printed prosthetic hand changes one young boy’s life

    Rich Van As, a South African carpenter had a horrific accident, chopping off four fingers in a workshop related incident. On the other end of the scale was a South African boy named Liam, who was born without fingers on his right hand. Throw in Ian Owen, a mechanical special effects artist from Bellingham, Washington, and you get a 3D printed mechanical hand for about US$150 that has changed the boy’s life. After Van As decided to find a way to get some kind of replacement for his severed hand, he searched the internet and found a YouTube video posted...

  • Hot rumour of the day: Galaxy S IV launch planned for 15 March

    Alright everyone, please take this story with a pinch of salt, as it comes from a Sammobile tech writer who hasn’t got a source to back up his claims. So here goes: The site claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S IV on 15 March and that it will be available for purchase as soon as April this year. And now, time for some stats that may or may not be real. It’s only a render, don’t get too excited. Seems too good to be true The S IV is going to have both an 8 (octo) core CPU and...