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  • HP Envy X2 review: a laptop, a tablet, and no good as either

    The HP Envy X2 is marketing type’s dream. It’s small, sleek and portable. It has a shiny silver exterior done up in brushed aluminium with trendy tapered edges. In terms of simple aesthetics, it oozes appeal. And then there’s the X2’s trump card. It’s both a laptop and a tablet. By holding a switch in place the screen detaches from the keyboard. It’s the sort of gimmick to make an impressionable geek swoon. On first inspection alone, the Envy X2 really will be the envy of your friends. But once you start operating the X2 its pretty exterior seems utterly superfluous....

  • Samsung Galaxy Young hands-on review: super-budget smartphone

    Samsung knows there’s a lot to be gained in the cheap phone game, so has released the basic Galaxy Young. Similar in many ways to the new Samsung Galaxy Fame, and likely to be sold side by side in some outlets, the Young skimps on a number of specs in order to bring an ultra-low price to consumers. As the name clearly suggests, this is a smartphone designed for the whippersnappers, those who don’t want to do anything more than download a few apps, show off to their friends and generally do smartphone things that don’t involve trawling through a million menus...

  • Apple’s new cheaper iPhone to sport a plastic case [rumour]

    Just as you think you have the latest iPhone, Apple surprises us once again with a new more accessible or better offering in the pipeline. According to claims by Macotakara, Apple plans to manufacture a cheaper iPhone. The Japanese Blog says the device will sport a polycarbonate plastic enclosure much like the one found on the MacBook and iBook before it. Other rumored details include a 4.5-inch screen, which would be half an inch larger than the one found on the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch, Apple’s usual home button, and a US$330 price tag that would be a...

  • 4 electric cars you’d actually want to own

    The improvements around electric cars over the last decade have been phenomenal. As the world begins to understand the need for alternate energy sources, electric cars lower in price and end up sitting driveways, just like a regular car would. While Top Gear pretty much hates the electric car, we love them, so let’s get stuck into four electric cars that you should consider owning. Volkswagon XL1: When choosing a car, people tend to decide based on a a combination of factors: design, practicality, performance and price. As a car junkie, I tend towards the performance side of things, but when...

  • Philips USB monitor review: average is a compliment

    I must say I am pretty happy that Philips decided to introduce an eco-friendly LED monitor into the market with the added ease of a USB connection. The days of clunky extra power cables need to be put behind us. Philips, when designing this monitor, thought about simplicity. It has no buttons and relies solely on the power of the computer it is plugged into. The USB monitor has a “special” low-power LED backlight and consumes approximately nine watts. According to the Dutch company, this means it consumes 50% less power than any of its rivals. It’s also interesting...

  • PS4 interface revealed and it looks slick as hell

    Just a quick one for now. Sony, care of Edge.com has released screenshots focused on the user interface of the upcoming PS4. While we didn’t get to see much of the interface at the PS4 launch event two weeks ago, we certainly are spoiled for choice now. Here’s our selection of the juiciest PS4 user interface shots and a brief explanation for each one. Relish. This is the tablet version of the PS4 UI, which looks exactly like the fully fledged version. That’s because the interface will be the same across all platforms. This is the new user profile screen, and...

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand hands-on review: ‘Note’ impressive

    The Samsung Galaxy Grand is the phone that promises to bring the best of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 in a more affordable smartphone, while not skimping too much on the specs. Well, actually that’s a little misleading, since the specs on the Grand are nowhere near those on the flagship range, but it does strike a nice design balance between the two top-end marvels. The Galaxy Grand comes with a 5-inch screen, for instance, which means users who are fans of the larger screen size will find something to love here. Let’s hope they haven’t clocked one of the aforementioned higher-res...

  • Huawei Ascend G710 could be the middle brother of the Ascend family

    The Huawei Ascend family of smartphones is getting another sibling with the Ascend G710. Although details are scarce (and unconfirmed) it looks like it won’t be the older sibling of the bunch, but more so the middle child due to its display specs. According to Engadget, and their source Evleaks, the G710 will sport a 5-inch display running a 1.5GHz processor, exactly the same as the Ascend D2. Unlike the D2 though, the resolution has been dropped to 720p, an unusual choice for a 5-inch display, which takes it out of the realm of high-end smartphone. A 720p display will...

  • LG Hecto projector pumps out 100 inches of cinematic glory

    The next generation projector is here, as LG introduces one of its latest products: the ‘HECTO’ laser projector. From a distance, this neat offering looks like just another huge TV, but this product is said to perform , with a 100-inch screen the HECTO puts through 1080p images from just 22-inches away. The HECTO has a 1 000 000:1 contrast ratio and accepts video via WiDi or Miracast for wireless streaming from a PC or mobile device, the projector is also said to be eco-friendly with its mercury free design and LG claims it has an extra-long lifetime. Some...

  • Koenigsegg’s crazy new camshaft-free engine tech

    When one of the big car manufacturers comes out with a new technology, you don’t really bat an eye; it happens all the time, and with much accompanying media hype. But Koenigsegg, a small and wonderful Swedish supercar maker, has envisioned something truly revolutionary; and this from a company that builds only a handful of cars each year. You have to love Koenigsegg. The owner, Christian von Koenigsegg first started his venture at the ridiculous age of 22, and now builds some of the most manic and fastest cars every made. Now, though, he is taking the next step to...

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