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  • 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...

  • Oculus Rift hands on review: VR that actually works [CES]

    You’ll find many new, and in some cases, legitimately compelling gadgets on the vast CES 2013 show floor. But oftentimes the more interesting gadgets are found at the Digital Experience event that serves as the show’s warm up act. We took a look at the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, which made headlines last year via its wildly successful Kickstarter. Oculus LLC’s quickly received funding when it reached 36 million in less than 36 hours, and ended up with a very healthy amount of US$2 437 429. The headed mounted display has made several appearances since, and in each instance, there have...

  • Innovations matters: Liquipel 2.0 now ‘100 times better’ at smartphone waterproofing [CES]

    We haven’t gone ape with the CES stories for a simple reason: innovation is severely lacking. 4K TVs, cheap and tacky tablets, endless USB crap-gadgets, it’s a minefield of “meh”. Thank god for Liquipel 2.0 then, a practically invisible, water-coating that permanently bonds to our precious smartphones. Sure, it debuted at CES 2012 but it wasn’t “100 times better” like it is now. Onto the news! The upgraded Liquipel offers improvements in “durability, corrosion resistance and water protection” according to the press release. But who cares about words. This video is all you need. Thanks to Engadget for this lovely video Here’s...

  • Six new BB10 smartphones ready for 2013

    It’s no secret that RIM has over the last few years lost out to Apple and Google in the mobile race. Yet the new BB10 OS that is ready to roll out later this month could find it slightly beneficial to not be at the top right now, with Microsoft, Samsung and Apple not really doing anything this year mobile related (at CES). At least six new Blackberry handsets, aimed at different segments of the market, are set for release this year. According to reports, 150 mobile carriers are currently testing BB10, with no exclusive deals having been signed yet....

  • Kinect-enabled IllumiRoom brings us one step closer to Star Trek-style holodecks

    Your Xbox is cool again. And it’s thanks to Microsoft’s latest innovation, the IllumiRoom. Watch the video and we’ll play catchup after that. Microsoft’s research team say that IllumiRoom “can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.” We saw the video, we know of it’s unique ability to create virtual world. With Kinect for Windows and a projector, the room is scanned, size is determined and the game bleeds into our reality. The effect looks amazing and immersion is all but guaranteed. The games look fake, but...

  • Ubuntu shows its beautiful OS for smartphones [CES]

    Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical Ltd and the Ubuntu OS, demonstrated the new mobile OS at CES this week. Ubuntu is a free, open source OS for PC’s, and soon “commercially available” for our smartphones. In the accompanied videos below, the OS was introduced by Shuttleworth and an Ubuntu representative. Ubuntu Mobile is demoed on the delicious Samsung Galaxy Nexus. According to Shuttleworth, the smartphone version of Ubuntu is built on the existing desktop OS, which means the two will integrate easily. It certainly looks seamless in its operation and is designed with no buttons by default. In future...

  • The best of CES 2013 so far

    CES 2013 has proven itself again, mostly with futuristic and interesting products being introduced, and as always the totally weird and wonderful makes its appearance as well. Gearburn reported on the HAPIfork, and it promises to change your life much in the way a new and improved family washing powder would. That seems to be a recurring theme at shows like this. Gadgets and products that will make Nirvana of your life because it’s new and improved and technologically advanced to a degree that you will never fully understand how it works. Like the nutty Japanese and their techno toilet. Canopy Sensus...

  • Hate your iPhone? Turn it into a BlackBerry with Spike mini keyboard [CES]

    What can basically be described as an intermediary between your fingers and the touchscreen on an iPhone, the Spike TypeSmart keyboard is a tactile add-on that is incorporated in a case, and swivels out over the iPhone’s keypad. Resembling the keypad of a BlackBerry, it then let’s you type normally as you would on a… well, on a BlackBerry. Typing takes some getting used to, according to a CNET report, and the developers states the device was invented to offer “the easiest, fastest, and most error-free way to type on your iPhone.” Looking at the keyboard, it is interesting to...