Games, iOS, Reviews

Sharky the Beaver review: AR gaming with a twist

Shark the beaver About 15 years ago one of the biggest game crazes to hit the technological world took over the minds of young teens. The Tamagotchi was, literally, a handheld pet. It could eat, sleep, and -- much to the dismay of parents -- die. For the last few years, gamers, tech enthusiasts and digital masterminds have tried to replicate the simplicity and success of the Tamagotchi. Sharky the Beaver, an app that places a virtual beaver on top of Sphero, is ...

Games, Reviews

Call of Duty: Black Ops II review

black ops 2 Call of Duty: Black Ops II is not the revelation we've been waiting for, but it makes bold new changes to a very stale formula, including mission goals that affect the overall game, real-time strategy levels, customisable loadouts before each mission and the slickest multiplayer of 2012. Lock and load. Harrowing tale I need to speak about the story first, because it's incredible. While it may dive into torture porn in some places to hammer the point home, it's still leagues above ...

Consoles, News, Wii U

Wii U update giving you problems? Here’s two workarounds to ease the pain

Wii U-Black The release of Nintendo's Wii U has been somewhat bitter-sweet. Nintendo can definitely take solace in the fact its newest console sold out after one day in the US, but new Wii U owners were less than impressed by the one-hour-plus wait for the downloadable update. The update is essential, as it gives users access to all the internet-enabled features that make the Wii U extra appealing. In order to combat this frustration, this site has made users privy to a helpful bit ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Early Win 8 mockup shows inspiration for current UI

Windows 8 Mockup-Start Screen A video has surfaced showcasing mockups of an early version of Windows 8. The video comes courtesy of a presentation made by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience Team. Interested Windows 8 users and developers can have a look at the inspiration behind the design of the current Windows OS. The presentation, given during UX Week 2012, details the evolution and guiding principles behind the new touch-centric Windows UI. It's surprising how close ...

Mobile Phones, Reviews, Sony

Sony Xperia J review: the cheaper James Bond smartphone

Xperia J lead The Sony Xperia J is the smaller and cheaper brother to James Bond'sXperia T, but don't expect to find this handset mingling with scantily clad women - the Xperia J is far more reserved, less flamboyant, happier to stay out of the limelight and just get on with life without frenzied car chases through the French Riviera. There's a less flamboyant price as well, with the Sony Xperia J setting you back a manageable £175 (around $275/AU$265) SIM-free, or you can ...

Android, Applications, News, Samsung

JellyBean makes its way to Galaxy S III users in South Africa

Android JellyBean South African Samsung Galaxy S III users can now download the JellyBean update and experience a newer Android OS. The update has slowly rolled out to users across all networks via KIES and OTA. The refinements made in JellyBean are set to offer users a smoother, more distilled Android interface. The latest update delivers faster processing speeds with the aid of Google's "Project Butter". Other new features include: Google Now, which takes data from the user's Google search history and offers personalised calendar, location ...

Apple, iOS, iPhone, News

9 more languages for Siri? Apple job ad drops vague hint

Siri 1 Are you fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish? Well if you are, Apple wants you. A job listing from Apple, spotted by Belgian site "Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen", is asking for interns fluent in the above mentioned languages, giving the idea that the language support for Siri is to be extended. Join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California. Currently Siri is available ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows 8 Skype update now merges with Messenger contacts

Skype Win 8 While Microsoft may have announced its intentions to murder off Messenger, the corpse of this once great IM will at the very least live on in Skype. A new update to Skype for Windows 8 lets users add Messenger contacts, group search contact, better video calling capabilities. The Skype for Windows 8 update also addresses a ton of bugs. 2013 will be the final year of Messenger, as Microsoft quietly integrates it into Skype. After spending US$8.5-billion on Skype, it's nice ...

Gadget News, Games, News

5 awesome features we love about Nintendo’s Wii U

Wii U-Black Nintendo's new gaming console, the Wii U, released on 18 November to a great amount of fanfare and hype as retailers saw console stock sellout rapidly. The Wii U is a device that, according to Nintendo, "removes the traditional barriers between you, your games, and your TV". It's intended to set a new benchmark as far as gaming and entertainment integration goes. Some consumers however believe the device to be too "gimmicky" to offer concrete competition for the ...

Lumia, Microsoft, Nokia, Reviews, Windows

Nokia Lumia 820 review: the baby brother steps up

lumia 820 lead image The Nokia Lumia 820 isn't meant as the Finnish firm's flagship handset - that accolade belongs to the Lumia 920 - but this colourful Windows Phone 8 smartphone is impressive nonetheless. The Nokia Lumia 820 carries plenty of unique features and costs less than the Lumia 920, making it a tempting offer for anyone considering making the move to Microsoft's OS. It goes without saying Nokia is pinning a lot of hope on this phone. Apple'siPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S3 are kicking up dust both in terms of ...

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