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  • Finland hosts World Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

    Haven't found an excuse to chuck your mobile phone in a while? Well, Finland has hosted the 13th annual Mobile Phone Throwing Championships this past weekend, lending people from all over the world the chance to throw their phones, in mock or ernest anger, for some well deserved relief from social obligations. The event was held in Savonlinna, Finland. The conditions must have been ideal because a new world record was set by Finnish Ere Karjalainen with a huge throw of 101.46 meters, who obviously won the event too. Second place was taken by a South African named Jeremy...

  • Panasonic TX-P65VT50B — 65 inches of home cinema heaven

    While the Panasonic P65VT50 has stood imposingly on our test benches, it's affectionately become known as the beast. Why? Because it's arguably the most uncompromising TV ever. For starters there's its size. At 65 inches, its screen is the joint biggest in Panasonic's 2012 television range. In fact, it would be the biggest TV (as opposed to professional monitor) around from anyone had Sharp not recently launched 70-inch and 80-inch LCD TVs. Since it uses plasma rather than LCD screen technology, the Panasonic Viera TX-P65VT50's chassis is much meatier than that of most modern TVs, too, thanks to a pretty chunky expanse...

  • Asus Zenbook: The world’s most beautiful ultrabook?

    For some time now it's been pretty obvious who's been leading the laptop stakes. I don’t want to say it, but let’s just say it’s a company that begins with “A”. Again its caught computer manufacturers around the world with their pants down, consistently innovating with products like the MacBook Air and user interface innovations like multi-touch and Retina Display. The only premium laptop around has been the Sony Vaio, but even now there is a sense that this brand is falling behind (as a long-term Vaio user, I’m just not excited by the latest releases). So it comes as...

  • Instagram 3.0 is bolder, better, smarter

    We all know Instagram, better known as the camera of the internet. For the uninitiated, Instagram is a social media camera app with built-in filters, a lot like Hipstamatic really. Snap a pic of a bangle, add an emo filter, share with friends. Click, instant gratification. Version 3.0 though, adds myriad updates to an already slick app. Ain't nothing better than Photo Maps Apple and Android have had this feature knocking about since day one, mostly. Instagram 3.0 adds Photo Maps, which takes the geolocation information from existing photos in order to line it up on a map. Once your...

  • Lenvo Executive spills the beans on Windows tablet pricing

    During an interview with Bloomberg, David Schmoock, Senior VP of Lenovo's North American division, broadly stated the prices that consumers can expect the company's Windows 8 tablets to be. For the full blown Windows 8 tablets pricing will be between US$600 and US$700. This is more or less right in the middle of the US$200 to US$1000 that the rumors were saying the Surface prices could be. David went on to say that the Windows RT tablets will be priced US$200 to US$300 less than their bigger brothers. He didn't mention exact prices of what the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet...

  • DARPA makes Robot that mimics chameleons

    This strange looking robot created by DARPA has the incredible ability to change its color depending on the surface it crawls onto. But by all account it makes a chameleon look Superman fast. It is made of silicone for its low cost and uses water and air for movement. In the video below it shows how slow it is. Although the video is actually sped up five times! So damn slow, then. It moves at about 40 meters per second, meaning it's not going to win any races. The coolest part, though is the fact that it changes color. It...

  • Skype gets ‘Metrofied’ as fresh pics emerge of Windows 8 app

    Skype's hot. Windows 8 is smoking. Metro is on goddamn fire and together it's an heady inferno of pure VoiP sex. This site, has leaked these pictures of the Metro Skype app and predictably, it looks the business. The site even managed to get its sticky hands on the app, saying that it's "relatively solid for performance". It's finger friendly app and apparently the UI is "very fluid". Few loved, or even liked the Windows XP look of Skype. The Metro App seems to be brilliantly integrated into the UI judging by the images and thanks to larger text and the...

  • Tritton releases cross-platform true 5.1 gaming headsets

    Not content to produce Xbox only gaming headsets this year, Triton has just released a new headset that can be used on a PC and PS3 so all the platforms can share the love. The Tritton Pro+ 5.1 gaming headset promises true 5.1 surround sound for the gaming fiends out there. It has tree drivers and a subwoofer in each earphone to provide proper sound separation and bass response. This will certainly help you hear someone creeping up behind you. Also included is an inline remote that controls each individual drive for volume control, game and voice balance. It has...

  • 4 inspiring tablets from Africa for Africa

    With mobile and internet access increasing dramatically over the past decade, most prominently in Africa and other emerging markets, it is without a doubt an after effect of engineers and entrepreneurs to adapt to their potential markets. The digital divide that exists in developing countries, together with weak educational systems, is what the future of these countries rests on. In recent years though initiatives focusing on producing cheap tablet computers and providing learning platforms have been risen up with at least four such interesting and inspiring releases in Africa. Kenya's eLimu Tablet This project is part of the Elim House of...

  • Sony’s in-car receivers with App Remote make cables obsolete

    Sony has just unveiled its new in-car receivers with an App Remote that connects to any smartphone and thus eliminates the need for cables. Looks pretty stylish too. In-car CD receivers are ancient but have been getting a few well-needed bumps in technology, though most still keep the CD aspect, which itself is becoming obsolete. Sony's now unveiled in-car receivers with an App Remote that an iOS, Android, Blackberry or Walkman can connect to and play music via Bluetooth instead of using cumbersome cables that last a whole two weeks if you're lucky. The MEX-GS600BT, MEX-BT4100P, MEX-BT3100P and CDX-GS500R models all...