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  • Japanese bioprinting firms to manufacture ‘custom-made’ bone and tissue

    Scientists representing Tokyo University, Japanese medical research firm NEXT 21 K.K and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) have joined forces to advance the development of 3D bioprinting technology that will allow doctors to create and manufacture “custom-made” cartilage, joints, skin and bone. 3D bioprinting is a relatively new technology, but once refined will usher in a new era when doctors can make bone, tissue, cartilage and even entire organs from scratch. The potential for this technology will inevitably lead to the replacement of worn-out body parts that will greatly increase the average person’s life expectancy. In fact, 2015 might be a...

  • Lenovo brings updated, sexier YOGA party to South African shores

    Ah Lenovo. A company that’s ripe with innovation and blossoming ideas. Having unveiled a slew of new devices in Las Vegas at CES 2015 earlier this month, the company’s European and African division took to Johannesburg earlier this evening to launch the new line of YOGA tablets and ultrabooks to the South African market. To boast growth figures of 45% year-on-year in the Middle East and Africa is quite an achievement, especially when other companies are seeing declining sales during a similar period. But other device manufacturers don’t really innovate and jump into the deep end unabated like Lenovo. Well,...

  • It’s official: the Apple Watch will be unleashed in April

    While Apple revealed its latest earnings today, celebrating a huge milestone for its iPhone sales, CEO Tim Cook amped up the event by announcing that the long-awaited Apple Watch launch would happen in April. The launch date debunks previous rumours that the watch would be released in March, with production issues getting in the way of everyone’s party. As heard via the grapevine, production was delayed due to issues relating to the Apple Watch’s battery life. Earlier this week, reports suggested that the smartwatch would carry an average (unimpressive) battery life of around two days — something the Cupertino giant really wanted fixed. Read more: Apple Watch...

  • This smart coffee table runs both Windows 8 and Android

    We’ve seen some big tablets before — like the Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, which earned the tongue-twisting mantle of The Table Tablet, or Samsung’s 40-incher, which was curiously dubbed the Surface 2 before Microsoft got into the tablet scene. The Duet beats them all. The Duet by Ideum is a smart coffee table that looks like something from CSI: Miami. Beyond that, the beast of a thing runs both Android and Windows 8. With a click (or tap) of a button, you can switch between the two operating systems depending on your taste — work or play. Apart from messing about with cute two-player...

  • Rest.less Games: tales from the indie game industry and ‘Wait: Extended’

    A little while ago my editor presented me with a Steam bundle of games. “I thought you might want to check them out,” he said. “Let me know if you can perhaps scrape out a review for them.” As a loyal subject to my Lord Editor, and the honourable circle of Gearburn, I complied. One by one I tried the titles and with each one my frustration grew. Yes, some were admittedly moderately fun, most just bearable and a few didn’t even work. That was until I came across one game, the last of the bundle. This game was Wait, a...

  • ‘WoW’ gets selfie cam because your Orc Mage also looks pretty

    So this just happened. Blizzard’s massive multiplayer online game World of Warcraft has just added a selfie feature, with matching filters and all that. Since the dawn of the epic battle between orcs, men, elves and undead, people have enjoyed taking some down-time, choreographing Superchick’s Hero music video and making their own WoW-themed musicals. A very artistic bunch. As the trend goes in directing comical short flicks, players also love taking screenshots. With the roll-out of the new 6.1 Patch, the S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera will be awarded to any character who finishes the new mission, Field Photography. The mission objective reads the following: We need...

  • Samsung will be the main producer of the iPhone’s next-gen A9 chip

    According to a report from South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper, Samsung will be mainly responsible for the A9 chip — Apple’s next badass processor. Specifically, the same report notes that Samsung is responsible for 75% slice of orders for Apple’s upcoming A9 chip. Last year, Apple relied on both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing for its massive supply in iPhones, so this is a big win for the South Korean tech company. Read more: Samsung Galaxy S6 rumour roundup It’s no real secret that Samsung has been behind some of the crucial hardware specs inside Apple’s iPhone. But this news comes at the...

  • ‘Gat Out of Hell’, ‘Fable Legends’ and Kirby’s rainbows: this week’s TGIF video roundup

    TGIF, and we really shouldn’t be at work, but that won’t stop us from gandering through the week’s best tech, gadget and gaming videos, now will it? Once again, Monday has romped around the corner faster than we could put together a delicious TGIF roundup. And that’s okay. Mondays are terrible, but they needn’t be. For some though, things just can’t get any worse. Like the chaps failing hard in this past week’s video fails roundup. We have a look at the latest in the Saints Row series Gat Out of Hell. Yes, although it’s a standalone expansion pack for Saints Row...

  • Limited edition 20th Anniversary PS4 sells for $130 000

    Stand by for some truly ridiculous news. We made a big noise about PlayStation‘s 20th birthday a few weeks ago, and so did Sony. The company saw a big marketing opportunity by offering a limited batch of originally dish-water coloured PS4 consoles t0 its loyal fans and hordes of opportunists. Thanks to their exclusivity, the consoles sold out in less than a day but they have since made appearances on online e-commerce sites for massively inflated prices. A Japanese man has just played the ultimate game of “I’m richer than you” by buying one of these illusive consoles for a staggering...

  • Mouse Box is a computer in mouse’s clothing

    Microcomputing is a trend that’ll make massive waves in the future. Unlike smartphones, downsizing otherwise large and cumbersome computing devices like laptops and all-in-ones, seems to be the formula for manufacturers trying to hitch onto the next big thing. Now a Polish company has taken this one step further, and probably as far as many would want to go. Introducing Mouse Box. It’s a mouse with a computer housed beneath its clickers. Boasting a a 1.4GHz ARM CPU, 128GB flash storage, HDMI out, Wi-Fi and USB 3.0 support, its more impressive than some actual laptops on the market. And it’s...

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