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  • Google Glass to be assembled in the US [report]

    According to the Financial Times Google Glass, the wearable computer, will be developed in the US. More accurately, the US division of the Foxconn plant in Santa Clara, California. The report says that this will be a limited production run, with only a few thousand units being produced on a weekly basis. Google had a similar plan with its ill-fated Nexus Q, which was the first US produced Google product. But we feel as if Google Glass will make more of a significant impact. What wasn’t made clear in the report, is if the initial US production run will shift to...

  • Nexus 4 hands on review: Google got it right

    I’ve had all of the Nexus devices (except for the tablets, so if anyone has a 7 for me…) and I’ve enjoyed them all, and after only a short time with my shiny new Nexus 4, I have to admit, I’m rather smitten. It pains me to admit though, that until I turned on the 4 for the first time, I didn’t know what Android should feel like. You’ve read all of the Nexus 4 reviews, you’ve been told about the stunning design, the weird hologram which is black when tilted on the back of the device. You’ve also read...

  • One-fifth of all BlackBerry Z10 apps are Android ports

    Wondering why so many apps in BlackBerry World seem like shoddy ports? It’s because one out of five BlackBerry apps is really an Android app, says Martyn Mallick, BlackBerry’s vice president for global alliances and business development. Shortcuts like this are one of the reason for people’s lack of trust in the new BB Z10. According to AllThingsD, 20% of the 100 000 apps on BlackBerry World are straight Android ports. According to Mallick, it’s all down to what the users want. “We give them a very nice on-ramp to get onto the platform, our users deserve to have great...

  • ‘CAR 2 CAR’ communication is the autonomous future of driving

    It seems obvious, really, but a crucial step towards fully autonomous vehicles is making sure that the vehicles can respond to their surroundings. Each car needs to know exactly where every other car and obstacle is, which requires huge amounts of research and testing. This is called CAR 2 CAR Communication and a consortium was created by some of the top car makers to share car communication technologies and make a standard to ensure all cars will connect. The development of the autonomous vehicle requires, essentially, that cars don’t hit anything and this requires communication from car-to-car and car-to-object. That...

  • Acer Iconia Tab A210 review: great value plus a USB slot

    Although it’s still the iPad and, to some extent Samsung’s Galaxy lineup of tablets that grab the headlines, the future looks brightest for good value 10-inch tablets. The Google Nexus is perhaps the front-runner for now, but Acer’s Iconia A210 – a 10.1-inch tablet recently upgraded and now running an updated Android 4.1 Jelly BeanOS — is a great value effort that deserves a second look. As well as some half-decent speakers, the A210 comes with a very handy USB slot — something that will make life very easy for those who download a lot of video. Who needs complicated cloud-based...

  • Battlefield 4 heads to PC, Xbox and PS3 September 2013: we unwrap the demo

    Battlefield 4 (BF4) is coming to Xbox 360, PC and PS3 this September (no news on next-gen consoles). It’s the most polished multiplayer shooter of its generation, and DICE/EA says “Battlefield 4 New Benchmark in Game Design, Multiplayer Engagement”. Pretty horrible PR tagline for an insanely fun online shooter. Watch the 17-minute gameplay demo first: It’s the prologue of the game, running on a very powerful PC. And look, it’s listed on Origin, EA’s online store. DICE and EA are promising us a more social single player game (offline stats tracked and ranked against others), which sound horrendous, but...

  • Gearburn goes hands on with the HTC One

    I go gadget crazy, often due to my love for the new and shiny. I even left the shelter of my apartment and flew to another city, just to be one of the first to handle the HTC One. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most well designed phones I’ve ever seen and consequently, the iPhone 5 finally has a phone which has instantly dated it. Aesthetically, at least. Here’s what I mean: 40 Minutes That’s how long it takes to factory-produce the ultra slick unibody aluminum shell. The 4.7-inch screen is sandwiched on top of the HTC One and becomes the...

  • Tech analysts: iPhone 5S rolling out this June

    This line should be trademarked: “If it’s an iDevice rumour, it’s probably true.” The iPhone 5S, Apple’s next big thing is scheduled for a June 2013 launch, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster. Munster, care of a CNET interview, has plenty to say. He predicts that not only will the iPhone 5S roll out in June, but it will sell an estimated four million devices in a single month. Munster equates the predicated sales to the phenomenal output of the iPhone 5 last year. It’s even easier to believe rumoured hardware for the iPhone 5S. The new iDevice will be better...

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: well-priced with amazing performance

    On the surface, Lenovo’s Y500 gaming laptop looks like a standard black notebook computer. When we opened the system up, however, we were surprised by a comfortable, full-size backlit keyboard, a high-quality 15.6-inch screen, and above-average audio. Not bad, even if these are expected in a modern gaming laptop. Digging a little deeper into the Y500’s specifications really raised our eyebrows. A Core i7 3630 processor? Not one, but two GeForce GT graphics parts? An SSD bootstrap drive? 16GB of system memory? For $1,250 (£825)? It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. And, more importantly, it’s fast. Lenovo’s load-out puts the Y500 in...

  • DIY cellphone from MIT is a labour of geek love

    Mobile phones don’t have to be an ambitious devices bathed in the hottest tech. In this light, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Media Lab has created a DIY mobile phone, a US$150 device with a 1.8-inch colour screen. And it only makes voice calls. This is no joke, it’s a real initiative created by the boffins at MIT. The post detailing the DIY mobile phone asks some fairly weighty questions for a handheld device. How close can a homemade project come to the design of a cutting edge device? What are the economics of building a high-tech device in small...

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