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  • Sony releases a 84-inch 4K TV… Retina what?

    Released today from Sony is this enormous and super clear 84-inch 4K TV. HD is done, 4K is in and it's ridiculous. If you don't know what a 4K TV is, let me put it this way: it makes HD look 90s. Full HD comes with a typical resolution of 1920 x 1080. A 4K TV -- this one in particular, the Bravia KD-84X9005 -- has a resolution of of 3840 x 2160. A little different, no? The 4K stands for the 3840 resolution. So, not quite 4000, but as close as makes no difference. It's basically four times the resolution...

  • Sony’s new Xperia Tablet S, a closer look

    Sony seems to be covering all its bases this year. It showed off the Vaio Duo 11 Windows 8 based hybrid tablet/laptop with full keyboard construction at IFA yesterday, and now the Tablet S, its Android based tablet with very Surface-like fabric keyboard. It's the second generation of the Tablet S, renamed the Xperia Tablet S, and is said to be a vast improvement over the previous iteration. The 9.4-inch screen has a resolution of 1280x800, which seems to have become the industry standard for Android tablets. Something that should become the industry standard as well is an anti-fingerprint coating...

  • Samsung ATIV S the ‘impossibly thin’ Windows 8 Phone revealed at IFA 2012

    It's IFA season and the prettiest flower has just bloomed. Samsung revealed the ATIV S, and the world looked on at its first Windows 8 Phone. Here's what we know: Windows says "The ATIV S is a superphone that’s equal parts powerhouse and head turner." Superphone? Why not. The specs alone make our brains bleed blood. Samsung pretty much has the market cornered when it comes to Super-AMOLED displays and the 4.8-inch HD screen is no exception. Combine this with 1GB RAM, a 1.5Ghz Dual-core CPU, two cameras (8MP back, 1.9MP Front), 16 or 32GB of internal memory and wrap it...

  • HP shows off its Envy x2 tablet/laptop hybrid

    Not to be left out, HP has created its own varient of the new Windows 8 hybrid tablet/laptop that is swiftly taking over the industry. Ultrabooks step aside, this is the new thing that everyone should want. Since Microsoft pulled a fast one and revealed its Surface, all the hardware manufacturers have stepped up their game and are bringing out their direct competitors to the Surface. Here is the Envy x2, HP's own version. HP has gone its own route, though, and has made its hybrid with a fully fledged keyboard and trackpad that the tablet clips and magnetises to....

  • New Sony Xperia range introduces tablets to the mix

    A fine new lineup of devices from SonyThere's two absolutes in the tech world. One, Apple will always make expensive, desirable gadgets. Two, Sony will crap out Xperias until the alphabet is used up. IFA 2012 introduces the Sony Xperia T,V,J and the first Xperia tablet, the S. We won't bore you with the ancillary details, for that there's the press release. It's the hardware we lust, it's the gadget we crave. Also, the Xperia T (Sony's flagship Xperia) will feature in the new James Bond flick, Skyfall. So there's really no running away from Sony's new devices, even if...

  • Meet the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

    We loved the Galaxy Note when it launched last year, so you can imagine how eager we were when we first heard that it would have a successor. That successor launched today in the shape of Galaxy Note 2. And just as the original note looked like an up-scaled version of what was then the top smartphone in Samsung's range, the Galaxy SII so this new device looks a lot like a giant SIII. That said, the phablet is a little squarer than the phone, so while they're similar the SIII can retain its unique sense of identity. On...

  • Nexus 7 — the realisation of Google’s dreams

    Each fingerprint is a mark of love Google's Nexus 7 worries me. As an iPad and BlackBerry PlayBook owner, I've been snobbish towards genuine Android tablets. Now, and as the Nexus 7 gently lands on my desk, I've seen the light. If you're going to own a tablet, it should be this one. Thin, light and fast, this is everything the upcoming iPad Mini should be. But it's the unique "Googleness" of the tablet that warms me to it. Screen test Here's the thing: The 800x1280, 216 PPI, multi-touch Corning Gorilla Glass display is exceptional. It's all about the screen in...

  • Dual-SIM Samsung Chief Hero reaches SA shores

    Not actual size of phoneIt is becoming the next big thing to have a dual-SIM phone and Samsung is jumping on the bandwagon. It is now expanding into emerging markets, including South Africa with its Chief Hero phone. The Chief Hero isn't aimed at the typical smartphone user but at a market looking for a robust, cheaper phone. The press release stated that it is a "GPRS Smart dual-SIM phone designed for cost-sensitive users". That suits South Africa's needs perfectly, especially as it is a stronger phone. The dual-SIM aspect lets users take advantage of various mobile operator price plans,...

  • Scrap your crappy iPhone 4S for an iPhone 5 says Apple

    It has begun. The iPhone 4S is now part of Apples "Reuse and Recycle" scheme which takes old iDevices and places cash in your pocket. The 16 to 64GB models are begging to reaped by Apple, so hit up this page if you're keen on money for your now ancient iPhone 4S. The buyback service runs through PowerON, "an industry leader in the responsible reuse and recycling of used IT assets". What a bargain So what happens to your old iPhone? Apple will either resell it if it can be fancied up, or recycled for the good of mother Earth. We didn't...

  • Archos GamePad — a 7-inch tablet, a potential game-changer?

    Whine. Here's another toy hoping to become the "gaming peripheral of the future". The recently-announced and originally-titled Archos GamePad is a 7-inch touchscreen Android 4.0 or Ice Cream Sandwich rocking tablet with physical controls for gaming built-in. Also, it's priced under €150. Do you want this, or even need it? Let's delve into what makes the GamePad tick. Casually gaming It's an Android tablet through and through, with sticky little controls thrown in for good effort. And just know that if you need to, you can access everything internet related on this Frankenstein machine. And then there's the hardware: A capacitive...