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All posts by Andy Walker

  • PlayStation TV micro-console streams PS4 content to additional screen in the home

    If users think the PlayStation 4 is just not enough to quell their entertainment thirst, Sony have announced at E3 the PlayStation TV, a US$99 micro entertainment console that allows PS4 streaming to a second TV. What is billed as a companion to the PS4, the PS TV fits snugly in a pocket while providing the power and portability to take that unfinished PS4 game to a second TV in the house, irrespective of where the PS4 is plugged in. This typically means that gamers who start a title in the game cave on their main console, can move to the...

  • 8 3D printed foods that will change the future of cuisine

    Like it or not, 3D printed food will be at the forefront of future cuisine. The technology to print edible foodstuffs practically on demand is around the corner, but the real issue for companies will be ridding 3D printed food of its unnatural, synthetic taboo. Food supply is a global issue and as the population continues to balloon, alternative resources must be found. 3D-printing provides a potential solution to the problems of food and time wastage, by producing 3D-printed food that one can enjoy  immediately, without the added strain placed on the environment. As human existence moves closer to a fully-automated life,...

  • Stir’s Kinetic Desk with Fitbit integration creates health-tracking ecosystem

    The Stir Kinetic Desk, the "world's first" actively learning work surface can now exchange wellness information with the Fitbit range of health bands, Stir has announced. The new partnership will allow wearers of the Fitbit (namely the Flex, One and Zip) and users of the Kinetic Desk, to track their fitness more intricately than ever before. Stir's US$3890, American-built Kinetic Desk actively records data regarding its user's sitting and standing habits, resultant calories burnt and overall wellness. It learns user preferences through some nifty software, while intelligent motors allow the legs to extend if the user has been sitting too long....

  • WiGig, Rezence, Skylake aim to kill wired computing and charging by 2016

    Intel has figuratively cut the cord, announcing yesterday that its next platform will revolve solely around wireless data transfer and charging technology, reports CNET. The platform dubbed "Skylake" will signal the death of wired computing as we known it, instead adopting the WiGig wireless data transfer and Rezence wireless charging standards. Many computer users loathe the dust-laden cable spaghetti plaguing their workstations, but Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president of the PC Client Group has unveiled at Computex, how this could be a thing of the past. Skylake will make use of WiGig (802.11 ad), capable of 7Gbps transfers, or around...

  • 6 things we know about ‘Mortal Kombat X’ so far

    Ed Boon is finally done being coy. After cryptically counting down the days to the announcement, the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat franchise has confirmed plans for the series' tenth game, aptly dubbed Mortal Kombat X. Boon, the Creative Director of NetherRealm Studios, has officially tweeted the "name of the game" to put scores of eager Mortal Kombat fans out of their misery. Additionally, Warner Bros. Interactive and NetherRealm Studios, developers of the game, have released a presser detailing further plans for the upcoming iconic fighting title. The name of the game is "Mortal Kombat X" — Ed Boon (@noobde) June 2,...

  • Intel’s fanless Core M CPU to power tablet hybrids of tomorrow

    While Apple's currently getting all the attention at WWDC, Intel has made a big announcement of its own, revealing that it will showcase its "world first" Broadwell range of 14nm CPUs at Computex. According to Intel, the CPU will be unveiled in a 12.5" reference hybrid machine that is just 7.2mm thick and weighs a mere 670g. It will be the company's "most energy efficient Core processor in the company's history." Dubbed the Core M series, the company's new range of processors, "purpose built for 2-in-1s," will allow manufacturers to produce even thinner hybrid machines with spades of processing power. This...

  • ASUS Transformer Book V is a 5-in-1 Android, Windows 8.1 wondermachine

    ASUS has unveiled its latest hybrid dubbed the Transformer Book V. The device is not only an ultra-thin laptop, but a tablet and a smartphone capable of running both Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 KitKat, all rolled into one unique device. The 12.5-inch touchscreen machine, revealed by the Taiwanese manufacturer at Computex, is billed as "the world's first five-mode, three-in-one converged laptop." Essentially, this means that this machine can be used in one of five modes -- as a Windows laptop, a Windows tablet, an Android phone, an Android tablet or an Android laptop. It's possibly the only device on...

  • PS Network update to ‘provide better online gaming’ say Twitter tipster

    Tidux, the Swedish-based insider of all things PlayStation, has revealed that PlayStation users will be in for the "most exciting week of 2014," after news that the long awaited network improvement update will be pushed through this week. Taking to Twitter, Tidux has announced that "a general update on servers that will provide better Online gaming and features" will be implemented later today (2 June). In addition, although the update will plunge the PlayStation Network into noticeable darkness, the upgrades will take less than 24 hours to complete. next week is the most exciting in the whole year, are you ready?...

  • Google unveils Android Wear’s nifty notification system

    Google's Timothy Jordan has revealed Android Wear's notification system, heading for smartwatches and wearables in the not too distant future. Android Wear is Google's planned platform dedicated to wearable technology, or as Google describes: "Small, powerful devices, worn on the body." We also have a sneak video peek of how the actual OS operates. Jordan, the Senior Developer Advocate at Google, has described on Google Plus how the notifications will operate visually on the platform, displaying notifications from any app. The card-like tabs will appear in the bottom half of the screen, according to the images attached to the post. It's starkly...

  • 6 terrible tech crowdfunding failures

    Crowdfunding has allowed developers and entrepreneurs an easier means of raising money while giving the public the power to influence their success. Great ideas are usually victims of absent capital, are able to germinate and mature while rewarding those who funded those ideas. It's a self-sustaining ecosystem, and it's brilliant -- but only for good ideas. Often browsing through Kickstarter, Indiegogo and other crowdfunding platforms, one is greeted by completely unexplained, incomprehensible or utterly stupid concepts. Many of these fail due to a high funding goal, lack of publicity or a viciously competitive market. Others are just simply terrible. 1. Orbit Orbit...