Innovation, News

Nanospheres to make lithium batteries four times juicier

vintage battery Batteries are wonderful creatures, powering our digital lives for days at a time. But as thirsty mobile devices' need for power grows, the current generation of lithium ion packs just can't keep up. Researchers have now discovered a novel way to squeeze more juice from the modules, promising up to four times longer lasting charges in the process. Lithium is dubbed the "Holy Grail" substance, but it's traditionally too troublesome to use as a solitary substance in a battery. The negative ...

projectors, Reviews

Smart[Beam] projector review: smart but semi-useless

SmartBeam Projector Home projectors have come a long way over the years. A few decades back, they were bulky things you hired from specialised shops so that you could show off your home movie reels (such things were still a novelty at that stage) and now you get models so small they can slip into your pocket. But what if you don't fancy something rectangular and flat? What if the only kind of miniature projector you can face buying is cube-shaped? Well then, ...

News, Sony, Xperia

Sony Xperia Z3 may have quad-core CPU, 20.7MP camera and 5.15″ display

Z3 lead Sony has the Z2, possible one of the best smartphones the Xperia range has ever pushed out. But what would technology companies be without creating an upgrade to their flagship phones once per year? So now we have these leaked shots and specifications of the Z3, care of that mostly-reliable twitter tipster, evleaks. First up, evleaks has a purported side shot of the Z3. Sony XPERIA Z3, another pic here: -— @evleaks (@evleaks) July 24, 2014 Followed by the back, ...


128GB? No thanks: ‘RRAM’ offers terabytes of storage for future smartphones

lego ram Data researchers based at Rice University, Texas, have developed a breakthrough storage technology that could bring terabytes to smartphone within the very near future. Up to now, mobile devices have had access to (a relatively puny) 128GB flash-based storage in some cases, but it's both uncommon and massively expensive. "RRAM", or resistive random access memory, promises to balloon this capacity by "tens or even hundreds of times as much data" as currently available. The modules work much like flash memory (the current ...

News, Videos, Xbox One

Big guns, big personalities: ‘Halo: Nightfall’ trailer debuts at Comic-Con

halo nightfall characters Microsoft may have murdered Xbox Entertainment Studios earlier this week citing its massive restructuring plans, but this doesn't signal the end for the projects that were in their infancy. Halo: Nightfall for example, showed off its first trailer to attendees of Comic-Con 2014. The San Diego-based popular culture and comic convention is usually the scene of unveilings and hilarious stunts, but Halo: Nightfall is serious as hell. Set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall is ...

Games, Innovation

Retro awesome: Tumblr artist give 300 iconic game, TV and film characters an 80s-style makeover

sprite lead Paul Robertson could be a genius. Over on his Tumblr page, Robertson has completed (we believe) a series of gaming, TV and film drawings called "Taito Style Sprites". Robertson has drawn 300 extremely well-known personalities in the style of Eighties arcade characters, with breathtaking results. "Bubble Bobble was the first game I ever played in the arcades and it pretty much decided what my career was going to be. So I thought I’d try out some Taito inspired characters. There’s 100 ...

Games, PS4

Wonky 720p ‘The Last Of Us Remastered’ gameplay footage surfaces

lastofusremastered gameplay With just five days until the North American launch, The Last of Us Remastered has been played and published on YouTube by an extremely lucky chap. YouTube vlogger PapiGFunk has uploaded a short snippet of what is allegedly a walkthrough running on Sony's flagship console. Of course, due to YouTube's well-documented hatred towards uncompressed media, the video is uploaded at a subpar 720p (hence the shoddy screenshot quality too) and doesn't quite demonstrate the visual gulf between the PS3 and it's ...

Android, Mobile Phones, Reviews

OnePlus One review: two good to ignore

OnePlus One - Product Image 0016 OnePlus One are the words on every phone fanatic's lips. Made by a new company that was later revealed to be wholly owned by Oppo, the OnePlus One is the best performing Smartphone in the industry at a sub-$500 price point. It beats Google at its own game by offering a Nexus competitor that is faster, offers more storage, is more beautiful, has a better camera and costs far less, to top it off. Priced at US$299 for the 16GB version ...


PlayStation 4 system update 1.74 adds ‘stability’ and possibly nothing else

PS4 update 184mb: that is the bandwidth cost of PS4 system update 1.74 which is now live and kicking for PS4 owners. In a stunning display of brand failure, Sony lists 1.74 as this (practically meaningless) update: "System software stability during use of some features has been improved." Boring. A bland, plain and featureless update list is not what PS4 users requested. It's mandatory, so just get it out the way and get back to Destiny Beta. At the least, PS4 owners will now ...


Sony’s 6.4″ Xperia Z3X may have 22MP camera, 2.86Ghz CPU, Android L, 4GB RAM

xperia-z3x There are new renders and specification leaks floating around of what could be Sony's most exciting Xperia to date, featuring a 22MP camera no less. It's dubbed the "Z3X" and if indeed real, it's about to make current smartphones (and smartphone owners) cower in the corner and weep. Uncovered on Digi-Wo, the alleged phone features a Snapdragon 810 2.86GHz with 64-bit instruction sets, 4GB RAM and a massive 6.14" 2560x1152 display. The device will also feature a rather standard 16GB storage, ...


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