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  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 hands-on review: powerful, rugged and impressive

    Samsung has always enjoyed dabbling with the rugged crowd: be it theoriginal Xcover or the Beam range, it’s enjoyed offering up more robust phones. The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 brings with it a whole new gamut of features and functionality and really shows straight away that it’s not a phone to be messed with. And here’s some more good news for you tough fiends – the Xcover 2 release date is set for 7 March, which is barely any time at all to save up the €319 (£275 / AUS$405 / $415) it’s slated to cost. Let’s get the key features that make it...

  • iPhone 5S to have fingerprint reader, ‘smart flash’ and A7 CPU [rumour]

    Rumours around the new iPhone a ten-a-penny, but the latest reports ring particularly true. KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting the iPhone 5S and the more affordable polycarbonate model to be available in July with, among other things, a fingerprint chip and new camera flash. According to CNET via MacRumours Kuo’s research note stipulates the following: Kuo one of the more accurate and trusted Apple analysts, has mentioned the following specs that we can expect from the 5S: A new A7 chip. The camera will also see improvement as Kuo says to expect LED based technology referred to as...

  • iPhone 5S now in production at Foxconn [rumour]

    The rumours have been incessant the past 24-hours about the reported new iPhone 5S. According to a Japanese Apple blog the production of the new iPhone has already been set in motion. Foxconn has begun “partial production” as a reliable source has informed Macotakara, other sites like MacRumours and Apple insider also cited from the report. Images of the iPhone 5S from Foxconn, we think Further speculations by Macotakara is that the 5S will be manufactured on the same production line as the iPhone 5, it is also said that telecommunications giant NTT Docomo that does not cart the...

  • Razer Naga Hex review: great for gaming, not much else

    The Naga Hex, Razer’s latest addition to its line of high-end gaming mice, both impresses and frustrates out of the box. With a bit of customisation you can get what you want from the mouse, but for its price tag you’d expect it to be a more streamlined experience. The look and feel The Hex is the follow-up to the Naga, an epic mouse designed for MMOs fitted with a 12 button thumb-grid. It looked like you could make a phone call on the Naga if you wanted to. The Hex strips that grid down to six buttons, and places them...

  • Alcatel One Touch Fire hands-on review: the feature phone killer?

    The Alcatel One Touch Fire isn’t your ordinary low-end handset, oh no this one comes running the new, purely HTML 5-based Firefox OS from those web browser guys over at Mozilla. Announced alongside the ZTE Open, both handsets are destined for emerging markets including Latin America and Eastern Europe, as well as Spain, with the aim of ridding the world of feature phones. If you’re lucky enough to be residing in one of the regions that will be first to experience Firefox OS, you can expect the One Touch Fire to arrive this summer, sporting a sub-US$100 (£65/AU$100) price tag. It’s unlikely that the...

  • Will the Galaxy S IV track your eye movements as you scroll the page?

    This is interesting. Samsung’s soon-to-be-released flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV will apparently know where to scroll by tracking your eye movements. The New York Times’ Bits Blog cites a Samsung employee who spoke on condition of anonymity and said the phone will, for instance, know to scroll to the next page once your eyes hit the bottom of the current page. At this stage, it’s unclear exactly what eye-tracking technology the device will be using, he did say that the software features of the new phone would outweigh the hardware. In January, Samsung reportedly filed for an “Eye...

  • The girl’s guide to gaming

    If you’re a girl reading this, it’s probably because you’ve heard about video games from your boyfriend or the nice guy you’re totally friendzoning right now, or maybe you’ve decided you want to become one of those hot new “fake geek girls” that are all the rage right now – and as everybody knows, girls are all into fashion, right? Exactly. Anyway, whatever your reasons for putting your next shoe shopping trip on hold, I’ve put together this helpful guide based on my very own extensive experience as a girl gamer to get you started. Gaming is hard, and being...

  • Petrol be damned, here’s the gas-powered Audi A3

    With all the hype surrounding electric vehicles, it seems like other possible energy sources have been forgotten, namely natural gas. Audi hasn’t forgotten, and has been hard at work developing a nice little A3 with gas-powered technology called the A3 Sportback g-tron. The cars will be built in collaboration with Audi’s new e-gas plant in Werlte, which produces carbon-neutral gas via renewable electricity. The North Sea will be host to wind farms responsible for providing electricity for the plant. So, yes, Audi will actually be producing a synthetic natural gas by a process called methanation, as the diagram below demonstrates....

  • Asus Zenbook U500 review: power at a price

    The sheer scale of the Asus Zenbook U500 is quite a surprise when you first open it up – we’re used to seeing thin and light laptops, yes, but not at this 15.6-inch screen size. We’d argue that its size means it isn’t truly portable. It’s more like a desktop replacement to have around the home; one that’s light enough to use on your lap, or carry between different rooms. It’s powerful too, and immensely sturdy, with an exquisite aluminium finish that follows on from the other Zenbooks Asus has released over the last few months. We really liked the Zenbook’s keyboard;...

  • Your next Windows Phone update is hopefully coming Xmas 2013

    According to a job posting asking for a Microsoft Phone engineer, the next Windows Phone update is set for a Christmas release. Unless you care for technical jargon, here’s the entry in the Microsoft job posting that drops the fresh details: This is a great time to join as we’re completing our current release are getting ready for our next release targeting the holiday of this year and we’re chartered with keeping the momentum for Windows Phone by bringing new killer devices and delightful user experiences. Windows Phone has been fairly slow to update, and Christmas seems like a fine...

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