Android, Mobile Phones, News

This $30 Android smartphone will bridge the gap between smart and feature phone

amgoo spark Smartphones are getting more powerful (and some, even cheaper) with each passing day. While Apple and company are locked in a vicious technological scrap, cramming more features into even smaller frames, other manufacturers are slimming down excessively on their hardware. And the latest contender for cheapest smartphone in the world comes courtesy of Chinese manufacturer AMGOO, with a handset costing just US$30. Dubbed the "AM505 Spark", AMGOO's device is a "you get what you pay for" type of deal, but it ...

Microsoft, News, Windows

Windows XP, 7 still reigns supreme as Windows 8 gets minor UI fixes with ‘Update 2′

win 8 As if Windows updates weren't hard enough to keep track of already, Microsoft is readying yet another vaguely-named bundle just in time for August's edition of Patch Tuesday. And akin to the previous upgrade, it will be dubbed Windows 8.1 Update 2, not Windows 8.2. Why the marketing department at Redmond decided to go with the "Update x" moniker is beyond understanding. Regardless, this update is being billed as a minor UI fixer alongside a few more backend stability and safety ...

Games, PS4

Here are all 123 games on the PlayStation Now Beta store: includes Sonic CD, Farming Simulator and Crazy Taxi

ps now beta Living in South Africa means that certain mouth-watering applications like Sony's PlayStation Now game-streaming service are simply unavailable. This doesn't stop us from hoping that one day, our frankly awful internet will eventually support PlayStation Now, which requires at a minimum, a 5Mbps internet line. Earlier this week, Sony's PlayStation Now entered beta for everyone in the US with a PS4. Many have likened it to Netflix or OnLive, as it's a streaming game and rental service. But unlike Netflix, PlayStation ...

Innovation, News, printers

US inventor 3D-prints castle in his backyard

3d printed castle 3D printing will undoubtedly change the world in a big way. The technology allows for the easy creation of rather complex structures, so one could imagine its value in areas like construction. That sentence nicely leads to this revelation, that a construction guru in the U.S. has 3D printed a castle in his back garden from a bespoke cement printer. Printing cement is not a common practice, and comes with its own set of problems and advantages. Currently, only one other ...

smartwatches

The evolution of watch technology: from wind-up to smartwatch

watch Keeping time has always been a fascination of human beings, and even from ancient times, it’s involved an instrument of some kind. The earliest were the sundials of ancient Egyptian and Babylonian astronomy (3500 BC). Incredibly inaccurate and useless at night, they told time by measuring shadow lengths. The many limitations of the sundial motivated man to develop devices that could accurately measure time without the aid of the sun. Now we have access to incredibly advanced time-keeping systems that can travel ...

Mobile Phones

Xiaomi smartphones may take over the world: here are 6 reasons why

X3 If you don't happen to live under a rock, you might have heard of Xiaomi, a company often referred to as the "Apple of China". You'll likely hear about it even more in the coming days thanks to the successful launch of the Xiaomi Mi 3. In India, one of the markets where the Xiaomi Mi 3 launched, it sold out within 40 minutes of availability. Or five minutes, says The Economic Times. You should get to know more about Xiaomi, and ...

Gadget News

Enter the lag-killer: Logitech’s G402 Hyperion Fury ‘world’s fastest mouse ever’

g402-hyperion-fury-ultra-fast-fps-gaming-mouse The mouse is the computer gamer's quintessential peripheral. More often than not, a slight lag in response could mean the difference between a record-shattering killstreak or a suicide mission. Enter Logitech's answer to lag -- the G402 Hyperion Fury -- the world's "fastest gaming mouse ever." The mouse embodies Logitech's peripheral's distinct design language, looking more like a tiny Transformer than a cursor controller. It can track at over 12 metres per second, which for first-person shooter enthusiasts with Spiderman-like reactions, ...

Games, PS3, PS4

Road not Taken, Fez, Crysis 3: August’s free PlayStation Plus games

PSPlusAug After a few misfires and incorrect rumours, we finally have an official list of PlayStation Plus Games for August, care of PlayStation.Blog. 6th August: Road Not Taken (PS4) 6th August: FEZ (PS4) 6th August: Crysis 3 (PS3) 6th August: Proteus (PS3) 6th August: Metrico (PS Vita) 6th August: LEGO Harry Potter 5-7 Years (PS Vita) Without a doubt, this is one of the best offerings from PlayStation Plus yet. On the PS4, mostly everyone's heard of Fez, an esoteric 3D adventure obsessed with digital owls. Road Not ...

Innovation

Russian engineers create Chernobyl on a stick, blow up tech, laugh about it

Russia If you’re willing to spend some time traveling the depths of YouTube, you’re bound to discover plenty of individuals engaged in activities both reckless and absurd. Take for example this irresponsible young Russian who is too curious for his own good. Although he appears to have a science and engineering background, it is quite possible that he is just a pyromaniac with better toys than the standard issue Zippo and matches. In the video, we see that he has hacked ...

Apple, Kickstarter, News

Modbook turns MacBook Pro into iTablet for a mere $2000

modbook pro x Users usually purchase MacBook Pros because they are, in fact, great laptops. Apple fans requiring a handheld, touchscreen machine are drawn towards Cupertino's iPad range, which has recently taken a bit of a sales hit. But Modbook wants to take the best of each Apple machine, converting a hefty MacBook Pro into a US$1999, 15.4" Retina-screened keyboardless monster. While Microsoft billed the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet to replace the laptop, Modbook suggests that its machine could replace the workstation ...

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