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All posts by Andy Walker

  • NOOK at me: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 turns into latest Barnes & Noble tablet

    I'm not completely sure if I understand the purpose of reading-specific tablets (versus e-paper alternatives) like the NOOK. Samsung has teamed up with Barnes & Noble, the largest bookseller in the US, to launch its latest device. But the problem is, it's not an e-reader. It's a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with NOOK apps installed. Those imagining a brand new machine, with NOOK labels imprinted everywhere will be disappointed, in fact it's nothing new at all. Painting a pony black does not make it a stallion, but this is what Samsung's attempted here. It's still a rather pretty pony, though. The...

  • 3D printed noPhone a modern-day pacifier for adults

    What's the best phone available on the market right now? That's a debate that could rage on night and day between fans of rival factions. But nothing currently available can attest to the brilliance of the latest handset. Introducing the noPhone, a 3D printed brick shaped like a smartphone. There's no way the NSA could access your data, because there is no data to access. There's no way an angry partner could destroy it, flinging it headlong down a flight of stairs, because it's invincible. There's no way that dunking it in a swimming pool for weeks could damage the electronics,...

  • HP, Microsoft readying $199 Chromebook-culler with AMD internals

    There are two distinct trends prevalent in mobile technology at the moment. The first is building ridiculously expensive, world-conquering machines that can restart planets. The second is creating affordable devices for the people. Google has done the latter with the Chromebook, but now Microsoft and HP are also getting in on the act. According to Mobile Geeks, HP is readying its US$199 Chromebook-killer, dubbed the "Stream." Hearing Microsoft and HP together again would almost certainly suggest that Intel is somewhere not to far away, but that's not the case here. HP has gone with an AMD quad-core Micro-6400T SoC with...

  • Moto 360 unveiled by Best Buy weeks before release

    After all the mystery of Motorola's latest not-so-revealing reveal last week, online shopping mogul Best Buy has published a listing of the Moto 360, complete with feature list and price, nearly two weeks before the smartwatch actually goes on sale. It seems that the specifications are consistent with previous rumours, as well as the US$249 price tag. The screen, coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 3, is a 1.5" 320x290 LCD, with a density of 205ppi. Motorola makes use of both stainless steel and plastic in its construction, while it's also waterproof, but not extensively so -- around one metre for...

  • Motorola to reveal Moto 360, X+1, G2 at September 4 event

    Most of the rumours crowding the internet for the past month have been gravitating around Apple and the iPhone 6. Finally, there's some relief for both Cupertino and those sick of hearing about glowing logos. Motorola is rumoured to be launching its eagerly awaited Moto 360 smartwatch, Moto X+1 and Moto G2 smartphones next month. In a new, official website dubbed newfrommoto, the company seemingly toys with the media with a paper fortune teller, which would make school children across the land squeal with delight. Once the flash page finally opens, a little message suggests the event will take place in...

  • OM/ONE levitating speaker is a football-shaped floating gimmick you’ll probably want

    By now, the world is well familiar with those bright, glass-encased liquid speakers that perform a rather stunning light show whenever they are switched on. Additionally, there's the science experiment lab-coats love involving a non-Newtonian fluid placed on a speaker cone. But then there's this -- the OM/ONE -- touted as the world's first levitating speaker. Levitating, indeed. Like David Blaine or Aladdin's magical carpet. It's the stuff of legend and optical illusion, but the OM/ONE team has, through the wonders of physics and mountains of engineering knowhow, constructed a speaker ball that floats 1.2" above its control base. It's a...

  • Strontium Nitro Plus 64GB microSDXC review: the gold-plated standard

    A storage card is a storage card, right? Well, not entirely. They're integral components in the mobile device ecosystem but are an often overlooked and underappreciated piece of kit. Although each microSD card looks, behaves and typically does the same thing -- which is, store things -- some are faster than others, some are prettier than others and some come with rather great little addons. The Strontium Nitro stakes its claim in the "some" category. To be honest, I wasn't completely familiar with Strontium's products before I got hold of their 64GB microSD XC offering. The Singaporean company formed just over...

  • Slimmer, more powerful USB Type-C connector swings both ways

    Perhaps it was a bit swellheaded when the initial conglomoration dubbed its new interface standard the "Universal" Serial Bus, but now, it seems appropriate. USB is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe, and finally the world is getting a new connector after what feels like an eternity. It will be part of the USB 3.x revision, and will allow users to plug the USB connector in both directions. Anyone who's tried to plug a USB connector into the reciprocating socket will know, that getting it right the first time is nearly impossible, unless you're some sort of demigod. The new USB Type-C...

  • Considering DDR4 RAM? Rather stick to DDR3… for now

    For all those who just built a new PC, unfortunately for you, DDR4 RAM is just around the corner. While DDR3 will be with us for a decent amount of time yet, the latest standard is just a few weeks away from release and enthusiasts are getting excited. DDR3 -- the outgoing standard of DRAM -- operates at both a higher voltage (using more power and producing more heat) than DDR4, while attaining lower clock speeds in the process (negative), but also lower timings (positive). DDR4 can also utilise quad memory channels -- allowing for four communication streams between the...

  • Meet the new 3310: $25 Nokia 130 plays music and video, lasts full month on single charge

    This is a strange move from Microsoft if there ever was one. After scrapping the Asha and X ranges from Nokia's fleet, the company has decided that it should remain in the low-cost phone market after all. Its latest offering? The cheapest-of-the-cheap Nokia 130, costing just US$25. Yes, it's a ridiculously low price and that usually means skimping on a few options, but for a feature phone, the 130 flaunts some smartphone-like potential. Yet buyers won't get a touchscreen, camera, or connectivity above 2G. It's as basic as a phone can get, but this in itself seems to be one...