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  • The Dell ‘Sputnik 3’ is a 13.3″ touchscreen Ubuntu laptop

    Dell has recently announced the XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop code-named "Sputnik 3". In a blog post, the company describes this 13.3" light-weight touchscreen to have Intel's 4th generation, Haswell processor, a heavy-weight 256GB solid-state drive. Running the latest Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the XPS 13 has a 1080 (Full HD) touch display covered by Gorilla Glass with an Intel HD graphics 4440 and 8GB RAM. Dell launched the first Sputnik laptop about a year ago as an experiment with ultrabook-style laptops. Project Sputnik has sought to prove the viability of offering to developers a highly-portable, factory-installed-Linux laptop that is fully supported...

  • Sony sells 1-million PS4s in 24 hours

    When Sony launched the PlayStation 4 15 November, gamers from the US and Canada have managed to buy over 1-million of these bad boys in just 24 hours. While there has been some concern over reported bugs of the gaming console, Sony's rest assured that the issue is "isolated" and gamers needn't worry. Sony President Shuhei Yoshida rightfully boasted in a tweet yesterday: PS4 has sold through over 1 million units within 24 hours of the launch in North America!!! :D — Shuhei Yoshida (@yosp) November 17, 2013 Yoshida later tweeted that this is in fact a record figure for PlayStation. Nintendo's gaming...

  • Chromebooks, smartphones Asus’ saving grace for 2014 as profits dip 26%

    As Asus profits continue to dip (26% in Q3 said The Taipei Times), the Taiwanese company plans to focus on growing its smartphone side of the business in order to fatten its portfolio. "We remain optimistic about the desktop and laptop market, but our priority is to make the company’s smartphone business turn a profit next year," said Asustek CFO David Chang. Laptops make up 57% of all Asus profit, the tablets 20% and finally motherboards (13%). The other 10% are surely made up of peripheral sales. For the 2014 Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Asustek CEO Jerry Shen promises that new Asus smartphones...

  • ‘Gone Home’ and ‘The Stanley Parable’ review: no more tears

    Games are an extremely potent and immersive means of conveying stories. Lately, it rings more true than ever. A lot of the latest AAA titles manage to achieve a decent balance between mind-blowing action and a captivating, in-depth storyline. But there is a new world unfolding within the gaming industry, a world where the story is king and the game play is nothing but a medium of experiencing this tale. Two games have been born from this world, Gone Home and The Stanley Parable. One gives a dramatic and emotional look into another person’s life, the other is a pleasantly...

  • Sony’s beast launches: 6 top PS4 exclusives to look forward to

    While Sony's next-gen console went on sale today across the US, there has been criticism concerning the limited games set to launch with the PS4 -- not any more. During the PlayStation All Access event on Spike TV, developers got the chance to announce and tease hungry crowds of gamers with upcoming titles such as Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, Uncharted ,The Last of Us and more. Destiny While not entirely exclusive to the PS, there will be some exclusive access. Bungie has announced that its very-impressive looking Destiny title will be...

  • LG’s curved G Flex shows self-healing power in action [video]

    LG's latest smartphone, the G Flex, is best known for its curved display and while that's impressive to say the least, it isn't the only thing that makes this an ground-breaking piece of tech. A video released this week, showcases the G Flex's self-repair technology at work. Similar to what Wolverine went through, the G Flex undergoes some serious lab testing. Unlike the superhero, the Flex faces a wire brush rubbing its rear cover and a durability test of 8kg, 16kg and 32kg weights placed on its back. Not to sound too much like an infomercial but the scratches...

  • Lenovo Yoga review: is this the future of tablet flexibility?

    There were tablets before the iPad, but none of them really made anything more than a splash in the market. Since then, Apple has sold millions of the things and completely dominated the space. Efforts to erode its market share meanwhile have mainly been undertaken using products that look remarkably like the iPad: flat rectangles. Sure, some of them were a bit smaller, but it only seems very recently that the big manufacturers have taken a look at the iPad and realised what the peripheral industry has known for a long time: the iPad's design is not without flaws. With the...

  • Activision confirms new ‘COD: Ghosts’ patch to run natively at 1080p on PS4

    Games publisher Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Ghosts will receive an update tomorrow which would enable the PlayStation 4 to run the game natively at 1080p (Full HD) instead of at 720p (HD) -- fixing the controversial resolution issue that has left a sour taste in gamers' mouths in the past two weeks. An Activision spokesperson told Eurogamer: “Call of Duty: Ghosts runs natively at 1080p on the PlayStation 4. There was a configuration issue in the retail version on single-player mode only. This has been addressed with a day one software update. People will be able...

  • PS4 round-up: what the web thinks of Sony’s big black box

    Sony's PS4 is set to launch 15 November, and a few lucky gaming sites managed to get an early hands-on with the big black beast of fun. There are four areas of Sony's next-gen console that requires our attention. That includes the design, controller functionality, UI and performance, and then its new features. Below is a round-up of some of the things that stood out most about the PlayStation 4. Design The design should be by now, of little surprise to any of us. We've practically seen the PlayStation 4 inside out. Literally. Nonetheless, the 11" wide black box is sleek and actually...

  • iFlex concept phone bends and flexes its way into our hearts

    We've seen our fair share of innovative phone concepts in the past (and some have even made it into reality) but the iFlex from De Poorter Design could be the best yet. Not only does it offer up some sweet, bending action, but its concepts and ideas extend far beyond the scope of a mere smartphone. While most of De Poorter's concept work is firmly rooted in the eighties and nineties, the iFlex catapults us forward to a future where our phones not only flex -- which is nothing new to Samsung and LG -- but lock in position...