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All posts by Andy Walker

  • 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...

  • Leaked iPhone 6 packaging uglier than Chinese knock-offs

    Apart from screen-on leaks, there aren't more definitive images than a product in its retail packaging. TechRadar has reportedly pictured the device in its shop-ready shell, thanks to an "Apple beta tester" who's snapped these pics a month prior to the speculated launch. There's been a steady stream of rumours eminating from Apple's usually water-tight pre-release programmes. Either there's a breach inside its secret lair, or someone just wasted a weekend constructing a fake iPhone 6 box for laughs. Regardless of the packaging, the phone features all the nooks, crannies and styling lines of previously leaked dummy units, and it would...

  • Today’s WTF moment: IBM’s TrueNorth superprocessor copies human brain, ushers in robot apocalypse

    Creating a synthetic brain has long been the stuff of engineering fantasy and steep scientific challenge, but IBM has developed what could be an important breakthrough in brain-mimicking processing. It's called TrueNorth, and it's about to change AI forever. Developed by Cornell Tech, honed by IBM and funded by DARPA, TrueNorth was developed in the hope of bridging the gulf between human brain's efficiency, processing power and today's silicon-based CPUs comparative weakness. The "neurosynaptic" chip draws inspiration from the human brain's cerebral cortex, the overarching control centre and its intricate inventory of neurons (which take the place of traditional CPU cores) and...

  • Grayson the fighting fish is Twitch’s latest Pokémon-playing star

    Usually cats are the creatures that makes the internet tick, but this time, all honours go to a fish -- a Pokémon Red/Blue playing fish called Grayson Hopper. Get ready, it's Fish Plays Pokemon. Two students, perhaps distressed at the thought that their beloved fighter fish would spend its life aimlessly swimming around its tank, have mapped the controls of the game to Grayson's tank, using a symphony of motion sensing tech, allowing him to effectively play the game. And it turns out he's a gamer after all. After 135 hours of gameplay, Grayson's acquired a Charmander hilariously named "AAAABBK" and...

  • Moto360 pre-release review reveals one damn fine smartwatch

    Luca Viscardi is kind of a "big thing" in his native Italy, so naturally when Mister Gadget gets his hands on a smartwatch, it gets noticed. Especially so if it's the yet-to-be-released Moto360. Spending an extensive few days with the gadget has let Viscardi form his own opinion of Motorola's smartwatch, while leaking a few pictures and tasty tidbits too. And his conclusion? Well, he's not quite sure what to make of it, frankly. Aesthetically, the Moto360 could very well have been designed by an Apple employee, with sleek and simple lines used extensively. Sitting alongside the rectangular LG G Watch,...