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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Kano custom PC makes coding awesome for kids, technically-challenged adults

    We've probably all heard the term "square-eyes" passed around a lot back in the Nineties, when TV and computer screens were still boxes spurned from the bowels of the devil himself. But two decades on and children are now encouraged to use computers to learn as much as possible. Kano, a novel Kickstarter project, takes this one step further. Kano is a computer that, according to the developers, anyone can build, learn to code on and "create the future". It's largely aimed at kids who love things with screens and electricity, but its now available for everyone. Powered by the ubiquitous...

  • Watch this: Android Wear out, Windows 95 in

    When users booted into their Windows 95 desktops for the first time back in 1995, I imagine that there was quite an air of excitement in the room. Internet Explorer 1.0 came bundled with the OS for the first time, and at the dawn of the dial-up era, the internet was now finally a consumer possibility. Roll on 20 years, and technology has grown so voracious that Windows 95 can now run on a user's wrist. This is both a product of technological folklore and mad science, but it is wholly possible to port Windows 95 to an Android Wear-based...

  • Apple to unveil new iPads, iMacs, OS X Yosemite at 16 October event

    Apple's at it again. After the massive launch that saw the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus unveiled, the Cupertino company is rumoured to be throwing another party Gatsby would be proud of come 16 October. But what does it have up its sleeve this time? According to Re/code at least, it will be a relatively mundane affair compared to September's big bash (boohoo), but the world will be introduced to a new TouchID iPad, Retina iMacs, OS x Yosemite (finally!) and perhaps a Macbook or two, but Re/code makes no particular mention of the latter. What it does say however, is...

  • Sony Xperia M2 review: mid-range phone with high-end reliability

    When Sony bailed on the television and laptop world to focus solely on mobile phones, it seemed a strange choice. Considering what a massive success those two spheres of its business used to be, Sony had become the Japanese Microsoft, cutting infected limbs from its damaged torso before it ground to a sepsis-ridden halt. But you know what? Dedicating itself to producing great mobile phones was an absolutely brilliant idea. How so? Just have a look at the new gaggle of quality Xperia devices, ranging from the Z-range to the waterproof tablets. And one needn't even seek too far up...

  • Samsung to manufacture Apple’s A9 chip for next-gen iPhones

    Samsung and Apple have a strange relationship. While the Korean tech giant builds many of the iPhone's components, it's also quick to launch marketing attacks on the company too. And while Apple tries its utmost to sever its reliance to the company, it inevitably draws ever nearer. Take this for example -- according to ZDNet, Samsung has won the contract to manufacturer Apple's A9, 14nm processors. The current A8 SoC that finds its home in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models is co-produced by Samsung and TSMC, with the latter manufacturing around 70% of the production volume. But the...

  • Vertu Aster: the $9100 snake-skin Android smartphone for poor rich people

    Although Apple will stake a claim in making gorgeous premium-level phones for its adoring customers, it can't hold a candle to British-based manufacturer Vertu. You know, the company that builds phones covered in snake skin? Speaking of which, the company's new Aster is its latest mid-range offering, setting buyers back a cool US$9100. Okay, so not that mid-range then, but the quality of design and internals is second to none. Built mostly from spaceship-grade hardened titanium and sporting a 117 carat Sapphire screen up front, the phone seems virtually unbreakable -- that's peace of mind should the owner act upon a...

  • Windows 10 Technical Preview available to download today, here’s how to get it

    It's the moment we've been waiting for since everyone realised how awful Windows 8 is. Windows 10, Microsoft's apology letter to its disgruntled desktop and enterprise users, goes live today. Well, the Technical Preview, at least. Users who sign up to the Windows Insider Program will have access to the operating system, through it's pre-natal stage all the way up to retail release, and the adventure starts today. But be warned, your path is marked with potentially crippling bugs and a swathes of unforeseen pitfalls. Those brave enough to advance, hardware required to test the ware is relatively standard. Only 1GB...

  • It’s called Windows 10: Microsoft surprises everyone with unexpected name, improved UI

    It has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft's Windows division since the release of Windows 8 two years ago, but its time of torment looks to be over. Finally. After a not-so-secretive lead up, the new Windows is here, but it's not what we were expecting. Unveiled today at a tiny San Francisco event, Microsoft's latest stab at this "operating system thing" was thankfully not made in the dark, because the world definitely couldn't deal with another poorly designed desktop OS. And as far as operating systems go, Windows 10 (yes, not Windows 9 like everyone supposed) looks to be...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 buyers spot ‘gap’ in the market with design flaw fiasco

    Oh karma, you're a sly one aren't you? After Samsung poked fun at Apple's iPhone 6 Plus bendy bus, the company has suffered the wrath of social media in an alleged design flaw of its own -- there's a massive gap between the Galaxy Note 4's screen housing and outer body, leading some to coin the hashtag #gapgate. It's not exactly an innocuous gap either. Reports are surfacing that there's enough fresh air to fit two sheets of A4 paper, or a rather taut business card. For Samsung's top-of-the-range device, this glaring error in production or purposefully designed chasm was...

  • HP, Microsoft reinvent the netbook with fanless $199 Stream machine

    Hewlett-Packard, makers of traditionally high-quality portable machines, has unveiled what it thinks is the future of Windows-based mobile computing -- the netbook, or what it's calling the Stream 11. Although not a completely far-fetched move considering the direction mobile computing is heading -- especially considering the role Windows 8 had in converting non-touchscreen-believers -- the idea of the re-emergence of the netbook -- a device that was ultimately killed by the tablet -- is a tad insane. At the same ironic token, HP is also offering two new tablets, powered by Intel -- one boasting a 7" screen and the other,...