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  • The Medias W N-05E proves that two screens are better than one

    We’ve said before. If any nation deserves the acronym “crazy”, it’s the Japanese. “Hey, let’s make a smartphone with two screens that fold together” some crazy tech guy said in a crazy Japanese laboratory somewhere. And the result is the Medias W N-05E, a smartphone with two qHD 4.3-inch (540 x 960) screens that combined will create an almost 5.6-inch square display. The two screens can operate independently or as one, allowing a user to, for instance, browse webpages on the one while playing games on the other. According to The Verge the 1.5GHz dual-core processor held its own...

  • Sansa Clip Zip 4GB review: better than the iPod Shuffle

    The Sansa Clip Zip MP3 player is all sorts of cheek-pinching cute. It weighs nothing, it’s got 4GB storage and a microSD slot for added gigs, support for audio books, a timer, FM radio, voice recording, a purported 15-hour battery life, a teeny 2.8cm colour screen and the worst headphones of all time. Best of all, it’s only US$50 for a damn decent MP3 player, but please replace the headphones with something “not shit”. The Clip Zip It’s a little cutie. Roughly the size and weight of a box of matches, the Clip Zip is a dandy replacement for your portable,...

  • iOS 6.0 Jailbreak in progress, but far from ready

    It’s been quiet on the jailbreak front. Apple’s latest, iOS 6 is a tough nut to crack but famed hacker Planetbeing, in conjunction with the legendary Pod2g (creator of the user-friendly iOS 5 jailbreaking tool, Absinthe) have made “nice progress” in regards to the momentous task. Made some nice progress today with @pod2g. I think I’ll try to reward myself with a nap. — planetbeing (@planetbeing) January 19, 2013 Pod2g shot right back with a high-five on twitter: . @planetbeing oh yeah! 2 new vulnerabilities in a day, chance was with us. But we still miss that initial code execution for a...

  • iPhone ‘Math’ and 5S for June 2013 release? [rumour]

    Apple’s got a busy 2013 planned. If the rumours are true, and they usually always are, Apple’s going to release three new iPhones in 2013. First up, the 4-inch iPhone 5S. This is predictable enough and Apple is well-known for releasing stop-gap devices until its next major iPhone release. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S, you get the picture. Next up, we have the odd, but smartly named iPhone “Math” which is almost definitely a code word for the new iPhone. The Math is rumored to be a 4.8-inch iPhone with an 8-megapixel rear camera. Finally, the third mystery iPhone will sport an insane...

  • The new Sony Xperia Tablet Z: lo and behold it’s thinner than the iPad

    Steve Jobs may have coined the “thinner and lighter” idea and pushed extensively for it in the quest for perfection, but Sony it seems has decided to take it a little further. The new Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest 10 inch tablet yet at 6.9mm thick (or lack thereof), according to Sony mobile’s Japan-based blog (translated) dealing with mobile communications-related topics. That tops the previous catwalk anorexic tablet, the iPad mini, by just 0.3mm. Another first Sony is trying to strengthen the tablet with is the 8.1 megapixel camera, the first backside-illuminated sensor it’s put in a tablet. While...

  • HTC One SV review: The ultimate midrange smartphone?

    The HTC One SV isn’t exactly a new handset, more or a reboot of the HTC One S which launched back at MWC 2012. That said the One SV arrives sporting a new chassis and slightly differing specifications under the hood, the most of important of which is its 4Gcapabilities. Available SIM-free from around £315 the HTC One SV is pretty much the same price as the year-old One S – give or take a couple of quid – making it a rather attractive proposition while potentially killing off its sibling. Contract deals for the One SV are slightly more expensive on the UK’s only...

  • This could be the HTC M7

    Rumours abound of HTC’s latest flagship smartphone, the M7. This site (and this one) were some of the first to publish pictures of the mystery 5-inch device and after much bickering between the sites, tipsters can now agree that is most likely the famed HTC M7. FCC free

  • Sony’s DualShock controller set to change after 16 years

    The old faithful Sony PlayStation DualShock controller, synonymous with PS consoles, could be at the end of its day. What has over the last 16 years become the iconic, almost worldwide, picture and design of a game console controller, could be changed for the upcoming PlayStation 4. Shock and horror. Yes that does sound a little over-the-top-romantic, but this game controller has been the only one of its kind to not change much over the years, being appreciated for its comfortable design and even winning an Emmy award for ‘Peripheral Development and Technological Impact of Videogame Controllers’ in 2007. The...

  • Alcatel One Touch 997 Ultra review: halfway to glory

    My first experience with an Alcatel was in the age of the Nokia 3310. My, how things have changed. Now that the company is competing in the Android smartphone space, its One Touch line is standing up against the cryptically named Xperias and HTCs in its price bracket. We liked the über budget One Touch 990, and the new lineup that hit this year’s CES looks pretty smart too. But what about Alcatel’s US$365 (R3 200) One Touch 997 Ultra? Design Well, it is not dainty. It’s not small. At 143 grams, it’s a solid chunk of a phone...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad U310 review: an affordable, attractive Ultrabook

    Since the introduction of Ultrabooks, Lenovo has been at the forefront of thin and light machines. We’ve seen it do well at both ends of the pricing scale with the Lenovo U410 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon, but those are both 14-inch machines. The IdeaPad U310 is a 13-inch Ultrabook, more in keeping with the likes of the Asus Zenbook UX32A, Lenovo’s own IdeaPad Yoga (but without the touch capabilities, or the flexible spine), or the MacBook Air. Though it trims down on screen size from the IdeaPad U410, it keeps the funky design sensibilities. With a choice of finishes for the outside, including the fetching blue colour we...