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  • China is considering revoking its ban on gaming consoles [report]

    My gaming fanatic colleague Charlie just sent me an email at midnight in his timezone (he’s in the US), so either it’s a drunken missive or it’s big news. Turns out it’s the latter: Chinese government sources have told the China Daily that “authorities are reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country’s video game hardware market.” Banned since 2000 on the grounds of “the potential harm” to children, gaming consoles like the PS3, PSP, Wii, and XBox have nonetheless long been available in China via the so-called gray import market (along with a...

  • Pentax Q10 review: The world’s smallest, lightest CSC

    The Pentax Q10 is the second in the Q series of compact system cameras (CSCs) that offer the flexibility of interchangeable lenses with a camera that is no bigger or heavier than many high-end compact cameras. Although the Pentax Q10 is largely based on the Pentax Q, the new model boasts several improvements to the performance and operation of the camera. The same reduced size Q-mount has been used, along with the relatively small 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor format that produces a crop factor of 5.5x. Paired with a 5-15mm f/2.8-4.5 standard zoom, the camera is priced at £379.99/US$529.99 (around AU$579), which is considerably cheaper...

  • RIP 3D

    Is 3D dead? Should you be happy that new apparent replacement for HD is slowly being buried under four thousand pixel screens? The first time I went to a 3D movie it was, yes you guessed it, Avatar. It was grand. I can’t say it was great, but grand it certainly was. It looked like it was heralding the newest, greatest step in movie history since the introduction of colour. And then I walked out the theatre. It was weird, my head felt oddly sore. I couldn’t entirely focus my eyes and I wasn’t having nearly as much enjoyment from life...

  • Cheaper Surface Pro and RT tablets? Microsoft to offer a “variety of price points”

    This was inevitable. With the price of Surface RT costing US$720 (with the Touch or Type keyboard) and the Surface Pro costing an astonishing US$1 000, Microsoft had to eventually create cheaper models that more in line with what actual human beings can afford. And so, it will. Microsoft’s chief financial bigwig Peter Klein said “We’re working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices,” (translation: we’re desperately searching for the cheapest hardware to sling Windows 8 onto). He also added that the Redmond-based giant was “looking to expand the product lineup to provide a greater variety...

  • AVM FRITZ!Box 3370 review: an excellent German router

    AVM’s new FRITZ!Box 3370 ADSL router doesn’t have as many features as the flagship 7390 model, but its wireless connectivity actually makes advances over its top-of-the-range stablemate. The 3370 lacks the 7390’s built-in DECT base station and physical telephony ports, and it doesn’t support simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections, but its three data streams give a WLAN data transfer rate of to up to 450Mbps, up to 50% faster than the more expensive FRITZ!Box’s two streams. It proved more robust in our tests, and if your home network has blind spots your wireless router can’t reach, you might well find this one improves...

  • BlackBerry Z10 renders sneak into view

    You want a long story about RIM’s latest BB10 devices? Or do you want some shit-hot pictures of the brand new BlackBerry Z10? We hope you chose the latter, cause here are some insanely sweet renders of the BlackBerry Z10, care of EvLeaks. We’re 99% sure that this is the real deal, despite being a render The UI matches what we’ve shown a few months ago, and paging through the leaked BB10 training manual shows a phone that looks exactly like this render. What else are we to ascertain, but that this is the Z10? It looks great. Sleek, iPhone-like, and exactly...

  • Possible PlayStation 4 specs reveal an 8-core, 8GB RAM monster [Rumour]

    Not the PS4 Using the words “leaked” and “rumour” in the same sentence creates a lot of doubt, but according to a report by Kotaku, the latest specs of the PlayStation 4 (Codename Orbis) has come under their scrutiny via a reliable source. The information apparently comes from official Orbis documentation, consisting of a list of more than 90 PDF’s. In these documents, some of the previous rumours have some weight added to them, and a few surprises are thrown in as well. From the PDF developement kits, the following specs were derived: System Memory: 8GB Video Memory: 2.2 GB CPU: 4x Dual-Core AMD64 “Bulldozer”...

  • The Intel Yolo is Kenya’s first cut-price Android-powered smartphone

    Intel announced on Thursday evening the first smartphone targeted at the African market, the Intel Yolo. Intel are newbies in the smartphone market, but recent changes have suggested that the tide is turning. The phone will sell for US$125 and come bundled with 500MB data. In a partnership with Safaricom, one of Africa’s biggest mobile network operators, the phone was developed for the emerging African market. Safaricom have had exemplary success with previous mobile phone sales in Africa, such as the Huawei IDEOS, selling more than 100 000 devices in 2010. But what will Africans be getting? Spec wise, the Yolo...

  • Syndicate: the most underrated game of 2012

    As a heads-up: calling anything “underrated” is obviously subjective. This then is an opinion piece that strives to illustrate the manner in which journalists unfairly criticised the 2012 shooter Syndicate. The game’s 74 Metacritic score, were it a film, would indicate a generally positive reception. But in gaming circles 74 is comparatively low. That might be symptomatic of an industry that calls anything above “85” good and anything below “70” deeply average. A shameless cash cow? Take the most reviled publisher in all of gaming (Electronic Arts), pair it with a franchise people are protective of (Syndicate) and add the word...

  • Judge Dredd-style non-lethal DNA bullets track criminals in the name of justice

    The future is now. Well, every second that ticks by is another step into the future. But I digress. Ubergizmo dug up this gem of a story. SelectDNA, a UK-based company has created a non-lethal method of tracking criminal for later apprehension. Simply put, a DNA bullet is fired from a plastic gun that leaves an identifiable and unique mark. I am the law Currently, police use rubber, electronic  and paint bullets as non-lethal methods of criminal apprehension. This is all well and good, but DNA is the ultimate tracing tool, unique as a fingerprint and practically impossible to remove once tagged. The...