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  • AQ Audio SmartSpeaker review: portable, neat, classy audio

    It’s great being able to listen to music wherever you go, but it’s even better when you can stow your headphones and play your music loud and proud using a portable AirPlay speaker. The AQ Audio SmartSpeaker is roughly cylindrical, with a tapering top that houses the power, Wi-Fi and volume controls. At the back is an auxiliary input, plus a USB port to set up the speaker to use your Wi-Fi. Not that you have to: thanks to SmartSpeaker’s AQ Direct feature, you can connect your AirPlay device directly to the speaker on an ad-hoc basis, with no network needed....

  • PS4 ‘getting ready’ for possible May reveal [rumour]

    Sony’s vice president of home entertainment, Hiroshi Sakamoto, hinted at the announcement of the PS4 during an interview with Emol (translated). Sakamoto spoke about “a new announcement related to the new PlayStation.” He also said that the news is “still a big secret” and that the PlayStation side of Sony, “are getting ready for it.” Hmm, all very cryptic and ambiguous, but with all the rumours that have surfaced over the last couple of months, one can only suspect that he is talking about the next PlayStation, even though he did not outright mention it. Sakamoto went on to say that...

  • 10 retro games for iPad that you have to play (again)

    Much like wine, cheese, and those lingering feelings of resentful hostility towards your grade 9 maths teacher, some games just get better with age. And even if they haven’t strictly improved, at least you’ll be able to play them on your iPad without your 5.25” floppy disk failing to read properly in the drive because you spilled cream soda on it. Technology! Another World You might remember Eric Chahi’s impossibly hard platformer from the busted Amiga or Mega Drive somewhere in the back of your cupboard, and now it’s available on your very expensive iPad with an added difficulty level that’s...

  • Bin your smartphone: Neptune Pine is ‘the only smartwatch you’ll ever need’

    The Canadian created Neptune Pine has a bold statement as its credo. “It’s the only smart watch you’ll ever need” proclaims the website. Are we ready to enter a “whole new world of mobile computing”? (we promise, these are the last quotes in the article). Get ready for wearable mobile computing madness. Sadly, it’s just a render First off, it’s a watch. Secondly, its an independent smart watch. With a micro-SIM inserted, users can make phone calls, read emails, get all up on the interwebs, listen to tunes and even take pictures with the built-in 3.2-megapixel camera. Say what now? The camera, called Recondite...

  • Nokia’s ‘True’ PureView Windows Phone set for launch later this year

    Nokia’s Pureview 808 is quite the niche product, and ever since it was announced last year at the Mobile World Congress 2012, it went by the wayside because of the Nokia Symbian OS losing its ability to compete with the changing mobile world. But according to The Verge, Nokia is planning a true PureView Windows Phone, and will include a similar image sensor that was introduced with the Nokia 808 PureView last year. Codenamed “EOS” (an indication of Canon involvement maybe?), it could be the new flagship of the embattled company as it continues to charge ahead to the heights...

  • Samsung’s next-gen smartphone ‘Altius’ may be the Galaxy S IV

    Sammobile, a fairly reliable source for Samsung information has dropped a vertible bombshell on us. On 15 April, Samsung may ship the “Altius”, a codename for it’s latest Galaxy model which may or may not be the Galaxy S IV. The Altius started life as “Codename J”, and we now know, thanks to Sammobile, that Altius will come in white and black and will sport some insanely maxed-out specs. And best of all, the wireless charging which was bloody well dropped from the S III is going to make its way to Altius. It may not even be called the...

  • 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...