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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Sony Xperia family grows by four, adds Z3 waterproof tablet to IFA 2014 lineup

    IFA is Germany's and probably Europe's biggest trade show, and it's just a week away, with launches and announcements coming from Samsung, LG, Motorola and ASUS (among others). Some of the most eagerly anticipated gaggle of devices will come from Sony. There are four mobile devices coming from the Japanese giant, including a waterproof tablet. Thanks to the wonderful world of leaked specifications and 9to5Google, the world gets a glimpse of the coming devices before IFA (which isn't that much of a wait anyway). But what can we expect? A very confusing naming system, it seems. Sony doesn't quite understand the definition of "budget", but...

  • Samsung’s all-metal Galaxy Alpha is 2014’s most pointless phone

    Can you list all the models available in the Samsung Galaxy family today? I just tried, but ran out of fingers. Perhaps it's fitting then that the Korean tech giant should add yet another device to its over-complicated and never-ending lineup, just before the iPhone 6's launch. And wouldn't you know it? The phone Samsung's aiming squarely at its American rival is flaunting a similar jacket and shades, like a less popular kid trying too hard. "With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with...

  • The Apple’s out the basket: possible iWatch, iPhone announcement coming 9 September

    It's official, Apple is planning something mega come 9 September, just 11 days away. Will it be the launch of Apple's ultra-secretive iWatch, or the first official sighting of the iPhone 6? Hilariously, the first official announcement of the season inspires even more speculation than any clarifying factoids. But we kinda know what the new iPhone will feature. Have a look at our iPhone 6 rumour round up for a summary. Either way, we'll likely get an announcement that it is in fact, a real device running iOS 8. But what of the iWatch? It's a more speculative matter. For one, there...

  • Samsung and LG unveil lastest Moto 360-slaying smartwatches

    It must be smartwatch Christmas in the wearables industry, because Korean rivals -- Samsung and LG -- have just announced new devices coming soon to their already numerous lineup. The LG in question is a Moto 360-killer while Samsung is looking for a more complete approach -- it's essentially a watchphone. The LG G Watch R Let's start with the LG, though. It's round, like the Moto 360, and that's about the most important part. According to LG's seemingly chuffed press release, the watch boasts "a refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces." And its right. The watch exudes a stately...

  • Seagate debuts 8TB drive, ideal for storing trillions of cat pictures

    Just like RAM and RRAM manufacturers, hard disk makers are hellbent on providing faster, larger, stronger storage media for consumers' endless data storage need. As a result, Seagate has announced its (and the world's first) 8TB consumer drive. Yep, 8TB -- 16 times what the world was introduced to in 2005. It's a lot of space, and would take a few months of downloading to fill its boots. Seven years prior, the world's first 1TB hard drive was launched by Hitachi. IDC's research manager for HDDs, John Rydning, uttered a few words to PCWorld back then, that seems hilariously...

  • The most definitive iPhone 6 ‘leak’ is here, and it’s scrumptious

    We've been covering the iPhone 6's barrage of rumours and leaks for a good while now, documenting the phone's transformation from concept, to dummy to (hopefully) the real thing in a few weeks time. But we can safely say that all the rumours of the iPhone's purported sleek new body has been wrong thus far, at least judging by the latest video. The Gimli-bearded @Doldo411, YouTuber humorist extraordinaire, unveils the first live action shots of the iPhone 6, and what results is pure amazement. Not only is the iPhone slimmer and sleeker than we had previously believed, Apple is allegedly using...

  • Pinlight Display technology acts like Star Wars holo-projectors

    Virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is all the rage, with major corporations researching their possible advantages and implementations. But no current apparatus can totally immerse the wearer into the virtual world, without taking a little out of the experience. A PhD student, Andrew Maimone, at the University of North Carolina is developing new technology, that will take on the likes of Google and Samsung in the VR race. Maimone notes that Samsung's Gear VR implementation of using a smartphone screen acting as a VR headset "isn't very compelling." But a new joint venture between researchers and Nvidia is looking...

  • From Apple to Timex: the A to Z smartwatch guide

    Sick of smartwatches yet? Unfortunately, they're here for the foreseeable future to enslave the wrists of the countless masses. While the technology is debatably still a relatively new breed, there is no shortage of confusing and overwhelming options on the market. From the stylish round-faced traditionalist, to the square button-laden wrist wrecker -- there's essentially a smartwatch suited for everyone, for all styles and all needs. With Microsoft and Apple yet to launch their contenders however, there'll be even more options in the coming months for consumers to gloss over. For now, here is a list of smartwatches from A...

  • Windows 9 ‘Technical Preview’ may have click-to-upgrade system

    There's no doubt about it -- the next iteration of Windows is forming behind closed doors at Redmond, after Windows 8's market share and sales slowly shrivels. While consumers eagerly anticipate what will likely be dubbed "Windows 9", there are some tasty details emerging regarding the Technical Preview coming to developers' systems before October. Prior to retail release, Windows 9 (codenamed "Threshold") will be put through thorough testing, both in developers' and users' spheres, as per all new operating systems. But perhaps and unlike previous editions of Windows, the Technical Preview will allow developers to install updates and new builds...

  • AMD’s new Radeon R9 285 increases power, drops wattage

    AMD on Saturday released its new GeForce killer, the R9 285. It may sound like yet another graphics card in the rebadged world of the R-line, but it comes with some proper upgrades. The company couldn't help having a punny dig at Nvidia either, noting that "the competition is green with envy." Well played, AMD. It replaces the R9 280, which was a fairly good card in its own right, but was ridiculously power hungry. The R9 285 uses 60w less at full tilt, while delivering up to 3.29teraFLOPS of processing power. It will also support DirectX 12, once the eagerly awaited...