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  • 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...

  • Sony VAIO Duo 11 slide tablet unveiled, Surface not so special anymore

    In Berlin today during its IFA 2012 press conference, Sony unveiled a new tablet-cross-laptop device that will go head-to-head with Microsoft's Surface. It obviously didn't take Microsoft's news of the Surface lightly. It is a tablet device that slides to reveal a keyboard beneath, with a stand to keep it upright. It is slick-looking, like most of Sony's products, and build quality should be top-notch too. It has an 11.6-inch 1080p screen, which should be enough, though it might still be trailing the new iPad for clarity. It doesn't hold back on the internals, either. It will come with a...

  • Wireless without the WiFi? Apple’s got big plans for AirPlay

    It's called "Airplay Direct" despite Apple being unable to confirm or deny this snappy moniker. We're dealing with "sources familier to the matter" or "people who want to leverage fame off a few dollars" who've leaked the plans for AirPlay Direct. Plans include streaming music without the need for a wireless network. All we'll need is a stereo and an iDevice. Sounds dreamy, but how likely is it to materialise? Very, if Apple's involved, which it is. The iPad, iPhone, iPod, iForgot or whatever will simply bond with the HiFi, sans WiFi. Airplay in its current form is a beautiful mess...

  • Sensordrone from Kickstarter, does everything your phone doesn’t

    It's only a little keyring, but what it does is a bit more than look pretty on your house keys. The Sensordrone senses things that your smartphone cannot, like temperature, humidity or even gas leaks, just to name a few. It's basically an extension of your smartphone. It has sensors that geeks around the world wanted in their smartphone in the first place enclosed in a small metal and plastic body. All it needs is a smartphone with an app for a certain function, like temperature, and you have a thermometer. It runs off of Bluetooth, so every smartphone will...

  • The great Samapple fallout — is Android the biggest loser?

    I recently wrote an article outlining why Android couldn’t hold its candle against Windows 8 in the tablet space. But it barely scraped the surface when it comes to phones. Apple recently won a patent case against Samsung which will see a majority of Samsung devices banned from sale in the world. Seems like Steve is having a small victory party in the afterlife. Winners and losers But who will really win in this case? I’m not a conspiracy theorist and when it comes to all things legal I’m kind of a geek. However it’s no secret that Apple and Microsoft...

  • Telkom begins 40Mbps broadband roll out and the preorders start today

    South Africans. Want to get in on the Telkom 40Mbps action? Hit up this link and get busy. From today, users can visit the site we linked to and "register interest" for the product. Users will then be contacted if and when the 40-meg line is available. We couldn't find the rumoured 40Mbps option in the drop-down window. Maybe Telkom got cold feet and pulled out of the deal? We'll update you as the story unravels. What is this LIE?! The 40Mbps option only applies to certain areas sadly It's all about trailing new tech for SA-based parastatal, Telkom. VDSL2, ADSL2+...

  • LG Optimus G, another LTE and quad-core phone unveiled

    The new flagship LG smartphone has broken cover in the guise of Optimus G. It has some pretty hard-hitting specifications including LTE which is a must in the fast growing smartphone market. Korea will be the first to receive it next month on all the major operators. The device will come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, not Jelly Bean unfortunately. It will have a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with 2GB of RAM. The True HD IPS LCD screen will be top-notch with a resolution of 1280 x 768 for its 4.7-inches display. The screen will be a fully...

  • Galaxy S camera, the love-child of digital devices spawns at IFA 2012

    From the godfathers of mobile phone information comes this meaty story: Samsung's hard at work on a 16MP Galaxy S III camera, aptly named the Samsung Galaxy S camera. What now? Here's everything we know. It's going to be an Ice Cream Sandwich-based, 16MP camera with that gorgeous SuperAMOLED display. The screen will be a beefy 4.8-inches, which is more than ample for ICS OS. Not what the Galaxy S Camera will look like, but a decent mockup regardless We have a hard time believing random sources, but site promises that the tipster's information is solid. That's as legitimate as any tech...

  • ViBox Boss-X — Packed with some excellent features for a pretty decent price

    You could never argue in a sane world that £1,800 is anything but a lot of money. However, when a lot of top-end, pre-built gaming PCs can be way over the £2,000 mark, a gaming rig that promises a no-compromises gaming experience for £1,800 suddenly looks a lot more like reasonable value. The Boss-X is certainly an imposing machine on paper, and it's equally impressive in the flesh thanks to the huge Cooler Master HAF X chassis in which it is enclosed. The 'HAF' in the name stands for High Air Flow, and as you'd expect, a lot of the...