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  • Former Google, Apple employees ready to launch Nextbit smartphone

    A new player is about to enter the smartphone space. Yawn right? Except that this particular smartphone company, called Nextbit, comprises Google, Apple, Amazon, and HTC veterans and they're aiming right at the high end of the market. In an interview with CNET, the self-described technology rebels announced that they will be launching their first Android smartphone on 1 September. According to CEO and Android Veteran Tom Moss, the new phone will cost between US$300 and US$400 and will be "friggin' awesome." The company also claims that the phone will only get better with time. "Your phone will perform...

  • Reports suggest iPad mini 4 could get split-view app support, super-thin design

    When Apple debuted the iPad Air 2 in October last year, the device woefully overshadowed the humble iPad mini 3, which received a few minor updates over its predecessor. New reports, however, suggest that the iPad mini 4 could support split-view app functionality, suggesting a stronger focus on the tablet's performance going forward. Alleged leaks further suggest that the tablet will feature a super-thin design. If 9to5Mac's reports are anything to go by, an update for OS X El Capitan’s Safari 9 browser illustrates split-screen support for the iPad mini. Due to processing limitations of running two apps alongside each other simultaneously, the...

  • 5 useful but fashionable fitness gadgets for the sporty generation

    Purchasing gifts in this day and age is a scary task. There's no such thing as resorting to socks if all else fails, and roses are great but don't last particularly long. In the technological era, people want gifts with screens and buttons. But don't worry, we're here to help. If you're wondering what to buy a particularly sporty person in your life, there has never been a better time to choose a sporty gadget. With the troves of options available -- from wearables to smartphones that do more than most -- the choices are endless. While narrowing these down is a...

  • MIT builds rescue robot that looks perfect for single combat

    Unless you're the Earth's last hope, we would never advise getting into a fight with a robot. Still it's useful to know what the latest developments in robo-combat. For instance, a group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed something that looks perfect for the kind of human-controlled robo-battles we've only seen in movies to date. It's called Hermes and, while it looks fairly innocuous, it looks capable of doing serious damage. Perhaps the most unique thing about the bot, which is controlled using a full body suit, is that its controller feels physical feedback...

  • Ubuntu Phone finally goes global

    The people of Europe and China have been able to enjoy the Ubuntu Phone experience for a good few months. And now, thanks to Spanish smartphone maker BQ, the rest of the world can too. The company has announced that it has begun shipping its Aquarius E5 Ubuntu smartphone across the globe. With a price tag of €199.90, it should hardly be surprising that the phone comes with fairly basic specs including a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory (although you can bump that up with a Micro SD card), and a...

  • Microsoft officially releases Windows 10 IoT tools for Raspberry Pi 2, Minnowboard Max

    For all Windows 10 related views, breaking stories and deeper analysis, visit our comprehensive Windows 10 Hub before and after Microsoft’s big launch. Microsoft has a serious world-domination plan with Windows 10. Since the OS was officially launched last week, it's already taken over 3.5% of the global market. But as impressive that figure may be, it is only limited to desktop computers. Microsoft also wants Windows to become the go-to OS for mobile devices, it's Xbox One console, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT) -- one OS to rule them all, if you will. While it's been available in...

  • ‘Tembo The Badass Elephant’ review: butt-stomping mayhem

    Never has an elephant been more gloriously featured in a game than the 2D-platformer title, Tembo The Badass Elephant (TTBE). I must admit that the first time I heard of this game it sounded absolutely ridiculous. After playing it, I must still admit this game is absolutely ridiculous, but in all the right ways. Everything about this game defies almost every rule in physics and challenges the very nature of reality and I love it. Tembo The Badass Elephant is brought to you by SEGA and was developed Game Freak (the same people that brought you the plethora of Pokemon games)...

  • Gamescom 2015 live blog: Blizzard unveils ‘World of Warcraft Legion’ expansion pack

    For all related news, views and analysis from the heart of Cologne’s gaming epicenter, have a look at our Gamescom 2015 Hub here. It's the back-end of the year and that means one thing for gamers across the world -- Gamescom. The 2015 edition will see only a handful of companies host live conferences, but some of them are incredibly important. With Sony absent, Microsoft will be showing off its new titles, hardware and deals to the German public. Electronic Arts, Call of Duty developer Treyarch and Blizzard will also get in on the fun, with other companies like Bethesda, Ubisoft...

  • ASUS Zen Festival roundup: ZenFone 2 Laser, ZenFone Max and ZenFone 2 Deluxe debut

    While Gamescom 2015 is keeping half of Germany (and the globe) occupied, ASUS was in subcontinental Asia hosting its ZenFestival event in New Delhi. With it, came three new ZenFones and a glimpse into the company's immediate mobile future. With that said, even though the event was a big bash, the devices weren't causing much shortage of breath. ASUS ZenFone Max One of the more promising devices was the ZenFone Max. We hate smartphone companies that craft smarter, faster and sexier devices without improving the battery, and it seems that Asus has heard out moans. While Samsung is downsizing batteries in its newer models,...

  • Lock down and back up: 5 essential ways to secure your devices and data

    Losing your data or dealing with stolen devices is a terrible thing, but commonplace in this wonderful country. It often causes mass disruption to the quality of life, the quality of work or the quality of your sanity. It's also rather idiotic to think that "it will never happen to me" because complacency is the worst attitude to have, especially if you happen to carry a smartphone on your person all day. There are ways to bring peace of mind should a phone snatcher or tablet terror infiltrates your personal life, or if you happen to abandon your device on...