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  • Apple’s virtual reality ambitions made clear thanks to new patent

    Ah Apple. The once-desktop computing company now jack-of-all-trades is sinking its leathery finger into its next big pie — virtual reality (VR). That’s right, cars isn’t quite enough for Cupertino as it has won a patent from the US Patent Office for what seems like an iPhone headset that’ll plunge its user into pools of virtual goodness. We’ve seen this particular play from Apple before though. While companies like Oculus take the initial risk in forging new audiences for new technologies, Apple waits, absorbs the zeitgeist and develops its own popular contraption. But it should be said, this “Head-Mounted Display...

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact long-term review: sexy, submersible, sensational

    Mobile manufacturers really don’t make our lives very easy at all. All consumers want are the best value-for-money deals, while companies keep dishing out new, updated devices just a few weeks after their supposed “flagship” launches. Just six months after the world got a taste of the Xperia Z2, for example, Sony decided to launch the Xperia Z3 and its Compact version, pissing off many of its loyal fans in the process. What’s more, the Sony Xperia Z4 and its selfsame Compact companion are also set to land around the middle of the year. Is there any end to the...

  • Bye-bye passwords: Windows 10 now supports FIDO biometric authentication

    Passwords will be a thing of the past very soon, at least if Windows 10 has anything to say about them. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 — the company’s upcoming operating system — will support a new biometric identification and authentication standard, as laid out by the FIDO Alliance. It might sound like a pet food brand, but FIDO is instrumental in pushing the “passwords are a terrible idea” agenda to the world’s technology. The Alliance outlined its new standard in a few brief words back in December 2014: The specifications outline a new standard for devices, servers and client software, including browsers,...

  • Grifta ‘morphing gamepad’ is a customisable, modular gaming controller

    Gamepads are essential to gamers of both PC and console persuasions nowadays, providing better freedom of movement than the mouse and keyboard can provide. With that said, even the best controllers aren’t exactly geared to cater for individual styles, preferences or hand-shapes. A new Kickstarter campaign dubbed “Grifta” is out to change that. Grifta is a modular gaming controller that consists of three units — a left, a right and central connector — that can be used in unison as a complete gaming controller or separate from each other, like a fighter pilot. For the most part the Grifta aims to...

  • Canon PowerShot G7X review: badass snapper in a petite body

    Canon releases some pretty badass digital cameras, in my opinion at least. The Canon 5D, 7D and their variants are up there with the best digital cameras in the world, perfect for both personal and professional photography. These cameras can be out of reach for those with shallow pockets though or those not requiring high-end specs, and so Canon has been making some affordable digital cameras too. For weeks now, I have been getting acquainted with the sexy Canon PowerShot G7X, and I’ve loved every minute. Looking at all the cameras that Canon has produced, this is perhaps the company’s smallest range,...

  • Mozilla’s Project Shumway looks to kill Adobe Flash Player for good

    If there’s one thing more annoying than advertisements in a web browsing experience, its Adobe’s awful Flash Player. The runtime is about as buggy as an entomologist’s laboratory and as slow as a slug on a sticky treadmill, but more and more companies are trying to find ways of making Flash obsolete once and for all. The latest is Mozilla. The latest Nightly build of the company’s Firefox web browser includes Project Shumway, a little bolt-on that allows the browser to run Flash-based content on web pages without the use of Flash, thus making the browser more secure and much, much...

  • LG Watch Urbane smartwatch boasts sexy all-metal body, business-class chic

    The smartwatch craze of 2014 has largely cooled off in the early months of 2015, but manufacturers are still hell-bent on finding the next big smartwatch breakthrough. It’s not a tech genre that’s about to shrivel up and die any time soon, and that’s a view LG is definitely taking as well. The company has launched its latest circular contender — a chic upgrade of the G Watch R, if you will — dubbed the Watch Urbane. We imagine LG’s naming division was listening to its old 2000s R&B records when is came up with that title, but at least...

  • New creepy telescopic contact lens will zoom with a wink of an eye

    Swiss researchers have released a new contact lens prototype that contains tiny telescopes that interact with a pair of smart eyeglasses to enhance vision in response to the wink of an eye, equipping perverts with an extended range of vision to better invade the privacy of women. Originally released in 2013, this newer prototype features a 1.55mm-thick contact lens in which an extremely thin, reflective telescope offers the option of zooming in and out whenever the patient winks. Specifically, the telescopes are activated when the wearer winks with their right eye, and deactivated when giving a wink with their left...

  • 5 gadgets and apps to better stalk your ‘loved one’ this Valentine’s

    There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as having your very own stalker. And I speak from experience. Valentine’s Day is perhaps the only one of the 365 available when receiving dodgy cards from overzealous strangers is wholly acceptable by society. Of course, what once (and still is, I believe) a Catholic and Lutheran feast, has become a massive money-making ministry otherwise, where millions of bills are spilled in the hopes of impressing that one person who has been impressing you for the past five years. But there’s no need to make a move after all those years, not as long as technology...

  • Is the Nintendo 3DS XL ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ the prettiest handheld ever? [Gallery]

    We’ve been very patient waiting for the new  Nintendo 3DS XL to bash down our office door, and finally the beautiful piece of Kyoto art has arrived in its bulky and considerably-heavier-than-expected box. Although a proper video unboxing is duly on its way, we understand that fans or those just pining to purchase Nintendo‘s latest large handheld want a few inspirational images. Nintendo has kindly gifted us a Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Edition handheld, that features the game’s logo on the backplates, covered in shimmering silver. The console itself is grey, but we prefer the darker finishes to the lighter — colours...

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