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  • Korea can now snag Samsung’s $38k 85-inch Ultra HD TV

    CES 2013 was the cotillion for ultra-HD TV’s and Samsung, the company who demoed one of the largest ultra-HD TV’s at the show has now placed its 85-inch, quad-core TV up for pre-order in Korea. And all that tech can be yours, for the veritably inexpensive price of US$38 000. 85 inches of FUTURE!So what are we getting for just shy of US$40-k?. As mentioned there’s a quad-core CPU running the 214cm TV, 2.2 channel speakers and the “we’re not ready for it” 4K screen resolution bolstered by the “Precision Black Pro LCD panel”. Samsung also has 95 and 110-inch versions...

  • Brain-reading headband Muse may shame Google Glass

    A penny for your thoughts? That phrase could well become redundant if what a Canadian company is contemplating comes true. Why contemplating? Well, it’s 25% there — reading your thoughts (some of them at least) with a mere plastic band around your forehead. When and if the full potential of the Muse is realised, it will make Google Glass look like a dinosaur from some pre-historic era. Believe me that’s no exaggeration, this brainwave monitoring device has all the capabilities of figuring out just what the heck is going on in your mind. Hey, what happens to dirty thoughts, then?...

  • Windows RT rightfully jailbroken

    Windows RT was jailbroken earlier this week and now unsigned (read: mostly illegal) ARM applications can run on the maligned OS. Microsoft then hilariously released a press statement saying how the hack is a non-issue, and actually congratulated the hacker on a job well done. “We applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it. We’ll not guarantee these approaches will be there in future releases.” Now that’s losing in style. The “ingenious folks” is one person in reality, Netham. Here’s a winning tweet announcing dominance over Windows RT. Version 1...

  • Nvidia Project Shield hands on review: this is gaming’s future

    The CES 2013 announcement of the Nvidia Project Shield means that PC games finally have a dedicated handheld system, and the idea isn’t completely ridiculous. Okay, the controller-based design is a little out there at first glance. But flipping open the screen’s protective lid and picking up the gamepad feels natural. It’s akin to holding an Xbox 360 controller. There are four individually colored face buttons in the same upper-right quadrant, and four shoulder buttons on top. In fact, the only difference between the Project Shield controller layout and the Xbox 360 controller is the placement of the analog stick and D-Pad....

  • YotaPhone: Get ready for two screens on your smartphone [CES]

    Yota is a Russian mobile broadband services provider and manufacturer of mobile devices which operates on Yota’s 4G LTE network. Yet at CES 2013 they presented a working prototype of the YotaPhone, a smartphone with two large touchscreens on the back and front. Well with two screens it could be two fronts. Or two backs. Confused yet? At first most were confused with this concept when it was announced in December 2012. On the official website the phone is described as such: “One side is a high resolution LCD Android phone. The other side is an electronic paper display (EPD).”...

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 outed [CES]

    Gorilla Glass 3 now has “native damage resistance” which eliminates lateral cracking, ultimately delivering less splintering of the glass, if damaged. The video demos the a series of scratch tests on the older Gorilla Glass 1 and 2. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to Gorilla Glass 3, the sample remains unblemished. The atomic structure of the glass has been changed, so it’s harder to break. Scratches will also be less visible and devices will be less prone to fractures. This is all according to the fairly dry video from Corning at CES. The demonstration at the halfway point fares a little...

  • The giants are here: 4K Ultra HD TVs dominate at CES

    There was one thing predominantly clear at CES 2013. Actually it’s two things: 3D TV is dead/dying, and enormous living-room-dominating Ultra HD and OLED TVs are the next big thing. Ultra HD, also termed 4K, has been on everybody’s lips with the three main competitors Samsung, Sony and LG displaying TV sets that almost defy logic, and making the oft-used phrase “world’s first” into a cliché. And believe it or not, an 8K TV snuck in there too… LG Electronics First up is LG with the stars of its show, a 55-inch curved OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV, and an...

  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch – first impressions

    Wrath of the White What? It’s a mouthful… but Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is an upcoming JRPG PS3-exclusive title from Level-5 and legendary Anime creator Studio Ghibli. When you hear that the maker of Spirited Away (2001), the most successful Japanese film in history, is working on something new — especially unchartered territory like a game — you have to get excited. The big question is, can its signature style of childhood fables translate well into a game? With just under a month ‘til it drops onto our shores, we look at how Ni no Kuni is shaping...

  • Samsung outs Exynos 5 eight-core Octa chip [CES]

    Remember how exciting it was when quad-core mobile CPUs emerged? Well that’s all in the past now that Uncle Sam(sung) has gone and outed the Exynos 5 Octa chip, an eight-core mobile CPU. There’s very little known of the Exynos as yet, so we’re not going to stretch this out for too long. The chip was unearthed November 2012, and will run two quad-core CPU’s up to 1.8Ghz. On stage, Samsung President Dr Woo said that the new chips offer twice the 3D gaming performance of anything currently on offer. Hardly surprising, since it is two four-core CPUs running in tandem....

  • Samsung serves up the Galaxy S II Plus [CES]

    Uncle Sammy’s on a roll. Samsung’s just gone and announced a very slight upgrade to the highly popular Galaxy S II. It’s called the Galaxy S II Plus (we italicised for flavour). Here’s the specs of the ever-so-slightly upgraded S II Plus. The screen is still a 4.3-inch, Super AMOLED 800 x 480 display, there’s a 1.2Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM and now Jellybean comes as the standard OS. The camera is 8-megapixel (rear) and 2-megapixel (front). Internal storage is 8GB and the phone runs off the HSPA+ networks. No prices yet, but it’s likely that it’ll cost well under US$200. It...