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All posts by Andy Walker

  • The selfie machine: Samsung’s snappy Galaxy K Zoom announced

    The Galaxy K Zoom -- the camera phone to rule them all -- was today announced by Samsung. Described as a "camera-specialized smartphone," Samsung's quirky Galaxy K Zoom will feature a 20.7MP sensor aided by a 10x optical zoom lens. Somehow the Korean company has found a way to pack all this optic wizardry into just 20.2mm of phone. As a smartphone, it is rather paunchy at 200g, but as a point-and-shoot camera hybrid, it's extremely impressive. With added gizmos like optical image stabilisation, a Xenon flash, smile detection and object tracking, this seems to be a very capable camera...

  • Microsoft earnings down but Xbox One and Surface (shockingly) sees growth

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it's made a whole lot of money when it revealed its Q3 2014 earnings. A GAAP revenue of US$20.4 billion was announced with operating income standing at US$6.97 billion. Diluted earnings per share stood at US$0.68 while the company's net income for the quarter was US$5.66 billion. According to the press release, devices and consumer revenue was promising, increasing by 12% to US$8.3 billion. The strongest performers included the Xbox One console selling 1.2 million units, Surface devices growing by a promising 50% "to approximately US$500 million," and the rebranded Azure platform increasing its share...

  • PlayStation Plus games for May: Puppeteer, Payday 2, Everybody’s Golf

    Trigger-fingered PlayStation owners in the EU will soon have even more titles to choose from. Sony's PlayStation Blog has finally announced its May games roster for PS Plus members in the EU. Sony has not specified the roster for additional regions, yet. Among those included are Zoink's Stick it to the Man for the PS4, Puppeteer and Payday 2 for the PS3. Handheld enthusiasts on the PS Vita will receive Everbody's Golf and Muramasa Rebirth, the twin-campaigned RPG. Although five titles are shown the door by PlayStation, including Mercenary Kings (PS4), Pro Evolution Soccer 2014 and Bioshock Infinite (both PS3) Hotline Miami (Cross Buy) and lastly, MotoGP13 (PS Vita), five...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 patent reveals three-sided flexible display

    Samsung's Galaxy S5 has been getting all the love recently, but a leaked patent spotted by GSMArena has surfaced online of what is presumably Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The patent sheds light on possible design ideas the Korean company has for its next flagship phablet device, and they are really quite ambitious. Most ambitious of all? The inclusion of the futuristic YOUM flexible display. But quite astonishingly, the Galaxy Note 4 will sport the YOUM display on no less than three sides. That means, in addition to enjoying a front-mounted touch display, the screen will wrap around the sides...

  • Google Glass update adds SMS support for iOS, Glassware Calendar for all

    Good news Apple and Glass fans -- Google has announced that iOS users will soon be able to receive text messages from their friends using Google Glass. After last week's Google Glass Explorer program saw a one day only Glass sale in the US, the company has presumably received a voluminous amount of useful feedback from the lucky few. Intelligently bowing to consumer advice and demand, the text messaging feature already available on Android will now be included on iOS devices as well. A post over on Google's official Glass blog explains: "iOS fans, by popular demand you can now get...

  • Logitech Z200 review: stylish speakers, stifled sound

    I’ve been a happy Logitech customer for a while now. Seven years in fact. Its ever popular X-530s are still in my company, tickling my inner ears with its gorgeous sound delivery. But, the speakers are a hassle to keep organised. Some customers desire quality sound without the complications of a 5.1 setup. Essentially, a compact yet stylish pair of table toppers. This is where the company’s new entry-level Z200 comes into play. The tall, twin-driver desk-standing set is available in white or black with inverse accents. With this, you get solid build quality, a 1.8m corded power brick – which...

  • Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner spoofed, PayPal compromised

    The new fingerprint lock system on Samsung's Galaxy S5 has been defeated, a few days after the device's release, thanks to a group of crafty researchers at Germany's Security Research Labs (SRL). This hack comes seven months after the Apple iPhone 5S' Touch ID was spoofed a mere 48 hours after its launch. The recent Samsung spoof now places biometric systems of all phones under the security spotlight. The initial iPhone 5S hacker, known as Starbug from the Chaos Computer Club, fooled the system by using a lifted photograph of the print captured from the phone, using a high-resolution camera. SRL...

  • Toshiba Satellite P55t world’s first 4K Ultra HD laptop

    The dawn of the true 4K laptop has arrived, courtesy of Toshiba's pixel-mad scientists. The company's latest aluminium model, the Satellite P55t, will feature the world's first Ultra HD (UHD) screen shoved into a 15.6" form factor, alongside a truckload of other sparkly electronic goodies. For a touted US$1499, users will get a screen "four times clearer than Full HD," says Toshiba. Users may be wondering why this is special at all, as other manufacturers including Apple and Lenovo have bettered HD laptop screens before. But Toshiba plans to go one better by actually shipping its model featuring the current 4k...

  • Galaxy S5 Active and Zoom incoming [rumour]

    If you wanted a Samsung Galaxy S5 but were desiring a variant rougher, tougher and more durable than diamond, then wait no more. According to the mostly reliable EVleaks, a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active and S5 Zoom are both planned for production, just as it was with the Samsung Galaxy S4 (there was both a Zoom and Active model). EVleaks has tweeted an image displaying the upcoming APK list (Android App Package) of the alleged Samsung Galaxy S5 Active. Samsung’s Galaxy S5 already features an IP67 rated body – suggesting that it could inadvertently accompany you in the bath and still...