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All posts by Andy Walker

  • Glance turns any classic timepiece into a TV-controlling smartwatch

    Smartwatches have saturated the wearables market this year, but many consumers won't part with their expensive and stylish timepieces just to receive a few notifications. Enter Glance, the wrist-mounted accessory that turns any old strap or watch into a wrist-mounted smart device. The US$70 Glance, developed by Toronto-based Kiwi Wearables Technology, has garnered only a third of its Kickstarter funding goal, but it's more promising than these statistics would suggest. The company's previous endeavour birthed the Kiwi Move, an app-centric wearable relying on sensors and motion technology, which was praised at this year's CES. The Glance however, features a tiny OLED...

  • Afrihost readying Zest T1 smartphone deal with 12GB free data

    Afrihost, known as one of South Africa's ISPs, has announced that it will offer the Zest T1 smartphone, coupled with 1GB mobile data per month for a R1 999 once-off fee. The phone will be available exclusively in a choice of white or black to Afrihost clients from 18 June, while outside orders will commense a day later. Only 1000 bundles will be available, but lucky early birds will get 12GB free of data for the year, along with a very capable smartphone. The Zest T1 is a South African-produced Android KitKat device and packs dual SIM support, allowing users to...

  • Samsung’s slim Galaxy Tab S pair announced with AMOLED screens

    Samsung has officially unveiled its flagship Galaxy Tab S tablet in both 8.4" and 10.5" guises, with base prices starting at US$399 and US$499, respectively. The Korean electronics giant, after too many leaks to count, has finally lifted the curtain to reveal a lighter, faster tablet duo, with much denser screens. Both Galaxy Tab Ss are a mere 6.6mm deep while weighing in between 465 and 298g for the respective models. The screen is however, the real selling point. The Super AMOLED, QHD 2560x1600 units, enjoy pixel densities of 288ppi for the 10.5" and in excess of 300ppi for the 8.5"....

  • Mozilla to offer $25 Firefox OS-powered smartphones by year-end

    While Google's Android and Apple's iOS compete at the higher spectrum of the smartphone market, Mozilla is aiming a little lower. So low, in fact, that its planning to sell a US$25 Firefox OS smartphone in India and Indonesia before this year ends, according to WSJ. This price largely undercuts the retail price of most feature phones, an indication that Mozilla hopes to capitalise on emerging markets' massive smartphone boom. Rather than marketing their OS for high end phones competing with Android and iOS, it plans to embrace low income adopters, a market area largely forgotten my smartphone manufacturers. Mozilla will...

  • Alienware’s Windows-based Alpha to join Xbox One, PS4 in console war

    Alienware, Dell's enthusiast division, has announced that its Alpha gaming machine will not launch with SteamOS as initially planned, but instead with Windows 8.1 booting into a Steam interface. The Xbox One and PS4 competitor was unveiled in January at CES 2014 with the cheapest Alpha retailing at US$549 once launched. Initially, the device was to run Valve's modified version of Debian dubbed SteamOS, but Alienware has grown impatient citing Valve's companion peripheral's constant delays. The platform's predicted release date is now 2015. The developers at Alienware has now decided to go with a proven and trusted platform in Windows 8.1,...

  • It’s official: Microsoft’s pricey Xbox One is coming to South Africa in September

    The long wait for the PS4's competitor is finally over. Microsoft has today confirmed that the Xbox One console will be available on South African shores by 23 September, but the price will leave many mouths agape. The company will initially offer the console with two options. The Kinect-less Xbox One will retail for R6 299 while the complete bundle including Kinect, will be sold for a staggering R7 999. The initial system configuration offered has a 500GB HDD, Blu-ray player and built-in WiFi. In addition, consumers will also get one Xbox One wireless controller and a 14-day trial of...

  • 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...