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  • Android 4.4 KitKat hits Samsung Galaxy Note 3, nerfs third-party accessories

    Android 4.4 KitKat has started rolling out to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 across the globe. Yet, many users reported bugs with their third-party, non-Samsung products, saying that they were unresponsive after Android's latest update. ETNews says that Samsung is starting to limit its accessories to its own brand by implementing a semi-closed ecosystem similar to what Apple does. An identification chip will be used to authenticate peripheral products and is currently being tested with the Note 3. People who use unofficial peripherals with their Note 3 were pretty bleak as they reported their accessories stopped performing, so Samsung decided to...

  • Intel brings chatty virtual butler ‘Jarvis’ to your smartphone

    From the Xbox One and a Moto X to Her and Siri, voice recognition tech is becoming more common from ordering pizza, Skyping a friend or attempting an autobiography. In a recent interview with Quartz, Intel's head of wearables Mike Bell spoke about its Jarvis project -- a piece of wearable tech that would give users voice control over their device, even offline. The bluetooth headset sits in your ear and connects with your smartphone. It's similar to the existing voice-controlled Google Glass but is said to have faster recognition response time. This could theoretically mean that having natural conversations...

  • Stylish Google Glass prescription-friendly collection announced

    Google Glass is as much about fashion as it is about the tech. In an attempt to make a rather controversial piece of tech less obtrusive, Google announced the new Titanium Collection featuring different styles and colours will be available to Glass Explorers this week. By encouraging unique styles, there are four new "feather-light" titanium editions namely Curve, Thin, Split and Bold -- each available in eight different colours. Then there are three twist-on shades for the outdoorsy type namely Edge, Classic and Active. Though you'll still have a tiny computer and a little display strapped to your face,...

  • The 6 worst OSes in the history of computing

    Operating systems. This sounds like an incredibly boring topic -- but in today’s technological society they are an essential part of our daily lives, even if they go largely unnoticed. (Until they go awry, of course.) Operating systems are the holding device for every programme you run on your computer and being able to navigate your way through one is essential to your daily computer usage. There is nothing worse than an operating system that is clunky and unintuitive. Okay, there are worse things, but if you’re a techno-geek, having to battle with the very framework of the system to get...

  • 3D printers pumping out colourful stuff, scanners being all ‘CSI’

    Some two-in-one news today. 3D printers are good fun, printing out toys, artificial limbs, even (why not?) pizza. The limitations of the technology, so far, has been that all 3D printed matter is rigid and mostly one colour. Enter Objet500 Connex3, a 3D printer that can control different levels of rigidity, transparency and opacity, reports Engadget. This cool new 3D printer comes from Stratasys, which has priced the gizmo at US$330 000, a snip when you consider how useful it's going to be. By combining plastic and rubber 3D printing materials, stuff like the silly sunglasses pictured above can be whipped up. The...

  • This excellent CryEngine 3 fan-made mod is the fake ‘Halo 5’

    How we almost wept tears of pure joy. This weekend, pictures from "the next Halo" spilled on to Twitter and after a day of speculation, were quickly debunked as nothing more than a fan-made Halo mod, running through Crysis' CryEngine 3 engine. Leaked Halo 5 screenshots? pic.twitter.com/Ffr8qyDTor— Destiny & Halo (@MoreConsole) January 26, 2014 The game? Project Contingency, a fairly cool-looking (so far) tech demo using various Halo art assets and audio. Have a gander. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CLGDdVWzRAs The images, which have "Halo 5" and "343 Industries" - developers of the new Halo - watermarked onto them, are fake, just great looking fakes. The...

  • eBay sees Ultra-rare NES cartridge selling for $100k

    Investing in retro games? Read this: An extremely rare Nintendo World Championship cartridge is currently on eBay going for a cool US$99 902. If the bid is finalised, this would be the world's most expensive game ever sold. If you think of the world's most expensive game, you'd probably figure a Shigeru Miyamoto-signed copy of the world's first Super Mario Bros. cartridge wrapped in linen from India and blessed by a group of speechless monks from Mars. You'd be wrong, it's actually a dirty grey-coloured cartridge with a ripped, worn-out label with the word Mario awkwardly written on it, reassuring...

  • Xbox owner risks life to save console from fiery death [video]

    A man from Kansas, United States has done what most of us would, namely saving his beloved Xbox from a fiery death. A news report from ABC shows that a man, in the wee hours of the morning ran into his home to rescue his gaming console. There's no indication if it was the Xbox One or 360, but we're guessing that it was the newer console, as it's a pretty pricey piece of next-gen gaming goodness. It's estimated the fire caused over US$80 000 in damages. US$80 000 minus US$500 for the Xbox One that is. At the...

  • LG’s new flagship G Pro 2 smartphone finally confirmed, coming next month

    It's official. LG has issued a press release, confirming that its latest flagship, will be called the G Pro 2 and will be unveiled next month, most likely at the Mobile World Congress 2014. If the rumours are anything to go by -- and they often are -- the G Pro 2 is to have a rather large full-HD 6" display. According to NDTV, the G Pro 2 is also said to be powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and paired with 3GB RAM. Featured in the image above, LG’s Optimus G Pro impressed the crowds at the...

  • Nokia Lumia 1020: the best call making camera in town

    On a recent trip to Paris, I took some of the most amazing photographs that I had ever taken on a mobile device. The richness of the colours and the luxurious hues made my images come to life and, quite honestly, delicious to look at it. This was possible because the device I was taking those pictures on was the Nokia Lumia 1020. Design: meet the skinny hunchback I am not going focus on this too much because if you've seen one Lumia device, you seen them all. Anyone who has used the 920 or the 925 pretty much gets the...