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  • PS4 update 2.0 is here and we can (finally) change themes, play MP3s

    The PS3 is a fantastic media device, as well as a stellar games machine. The PS4 is top-notch gaming console, but a poor media player, chiefly because it can’t stream video and audio like the PS3 can. Hell, the PS4 couldn’t even play MP3s, up until today that is. With the launch of PS4 firmware update 2.0, Sony’s machine can finally play MP3s, change themes, upload video clips direct to YouTube and use a mouse to control certain games. This seems like Sony’s first step in turning the PS4 into a gaming PC, minus the infinite possibilities only a PC can...

  • Apple patents behaviour tracking software for added iPhone security

    Last week, Apple submitted a new patent application, “Generating Notifications Based On User Behaviour,” that continuously monitors and authenticates an individual’s use of his or her smartphone. Apple’s system is designed to compile a history of personal data ranging from input gesture patterns, commonly traveled locations, and motion sensor readings that will be compared to real-time patterns of behaviour for user authenticity. Even data associated with an individual’s unique grammar, vocabulary, and keyboard orientation preferences can be tracked, analysed, and stored. Based on this information, the moment the pattern recognition system determines a user is not the actual owner, your...

  • PS4 to get PS1 and PS2 emulation, Blu-ray support, ‘exclusive game stuff’

    PS4 fans, let’s get you excited. There’s a bunch of updates coming to Sony’s current-gen console if Ashan Rasheed, an “industry insider”, has anything to say regarding the matter. According to DualShockers, Rasheed is “quite accurate” when it comes to Sony leaks, but we advise taking this news with a pinch of PS-approved salt. Be excited: 1. Local PS2 / PS1 support on PS4 w/ native 1080p rendering for select titles. 2. Bluray+Media Player updates — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) March 25, 2014 3. VR demos from at future events 4. PS4 exclusive game stuff 5. PlayStation Now launch — Ahsan Rasheed (@thuway) March...

  • Neil Young launches US$399 Pono Music player to ‘save us from MP3s’

    MP3 players are all the rage, according to legendary musician Neil Young, who’s about to launch his first US$399 (not a typo) music device, named PonoMusic. Unlike the US$10 MP3 player you can buy down at the Kwik-E-Mart, PonoMusic reportedly offers the best sound reproduction in an audio device yet, in conjunction with Ayre acoustics. For US$399 we’re getting 128GB storage (with a slot for memory cards), equivalent to 1 000 to 2 000 high-resolution songs, give or take. PonoMusic’s offering is going to be a lot like Apple and its iPod in that the Pono store and device are...

  • Samsung’s smartwatch strikes again with the Gear 2 and camera-free Gear Neo

    With Mobile World Congress in full swing, Samsung’s decided to kick off the show with the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, two slight upgrades to the ill-received Galaxy Gear. Why Samsung is trying again with only a mild iteration of its smartwatch is confusing, but the company hopes that the 1Ghz Gear 2 and camera-less Gear 2 Neo (Geo?) will spark interest in this relatively new tech category. Confusing Gear At first glance, it’s hard to tell exactly what’s changed with the Gear 2. It looks the same, but scratch under the surface and you’ll find that the OS’ has...

  • SA telecom Vodacom now taking iPhone 5C, 5S bookings from R399

    It’s so close now we can taste it. It’s also funny that whenever there’s a new iPhone, the world loses its mind. You’d never see people queuing for a Lumia (except in maybe, China that is). South Africans are no different, as we’re positively mad for all things Apple. So when news dropped of a 15 November launch for the iPhone 5C and 5S, the internet almost fell over. Today, South Africa’s largest mobile telecom, Vodacom, is letting us preorder (it’s calling it “booking” but we all know what that means) either the iPhone 5C or 5S, starting from R399...

  • The iPad Air is online and on sale now from $499

    Apple’s iPad Air is available to purchase online right now on the US Apple Store and later on 42 countries in total would have joined the iPad party. Prices start at R5000 (US$499) for the 16GB WiFi-only model, or you can splash out for the US$929 model with 128GB with Wifi and a SIM-slot. This is Apple’s latest iPad and replaces the current fourth-gen device which launched 366 days ago, 2 November 2012. In case you don’t already know, the iPad Air is a 9.7″ tablet from Apple with lettuce-crisp Retina Display, an A7 CPU (same as iPhone 5S), two-times-faster-than-usual...

  • Apple’s 22 October event will be an iPad-focused affair

    Apple’s 22 October iPad event is a big deal, depending on how much you care about Apple or not. You may have a memorial Steve Jobs 3D printed statue on your shelf and a stack of Apple products lining your desk. Or, you’re just cash-flush and want the latest Apple hotness. Regardless, Apple is expected to launch new iPads, MacBooks and maybe even an iWatch at its upcoming event. That last gadget is what we call hopeful thinking. So what are the new iPads about then? Based on what we’ve previously written, the new lineup of iPads is going...

  • 76 reasons to love the new fifth-gen iPad

    Someone’s got their hands on the fifth-gen iPad and his name, is Sonny Dickson. Dickson’s site deals in leaked prototypes and today, the sites got a barrage of images of the latest iPad that should launch 22 October. The new iPad is pictured with the iPad Mini in some shots to show off the chamfered edges with the “Space Grey” colour. As the site points out, most of the leaks have been low-quality in nature, so these clear shots (from god knows who, a disgruntled Apple employee perhaps) are welcoming indeed. We wrote about the upcoming iPad earlier this week, saying...

  • Sharp’s 10.1″ Mebius Pad has a crazy 2560×1600 display

    Sharp’s introduced a Windows 8 tablet with a screen that currently beats even the best of them. The interestingly named “Mebius Pad” has a 2560×1600 display which rivals that of the 1920×1080 Microsoft Surface Pro 2. The display is a 10.1″ IGZO panel and is licensed for use with Sharp and Samsung devices. Downside: the CPU is an Intel Atom CPU, said Engadget, and is known for being the default choice of chipset in low-powered netbooks. It comes with Windows 8.1 with Office pre-loaded for nothing. The report says that if you want the Pro version of Office, you’ll need to...

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