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All posts by Jacques Coetzee: Staff Reporter

  • LG announces 55-inch Curved OLED TV for your IMAX living room

    Brace yourself, for today the South Korean electronics giant LG announced it will start taking orders for its Curved OLED TV. It’s called the 55EA9800. Yes, it’s not that catchy as you would have wanted but it’s probably the current Iron Man of all televisions. This groundbreaking 55-inch curved telly begins shipping next month in Korea. It’s a great development and gives LG another leap forward in its tight competition with Samsung, Sony and Sharp. This particular curved OLED TV will set you back a massive US$13 500. Though it might just be worth your while to dream about...

  • Next Call of Duty ‘Ghosts’ to debut with PS4?

    Call of Duty: Ghosts is suspected to be Activision’s next big title in an already popular franchise. Yesterday the massive British retailer Tesco had "Call of Duty: Ghosts" on its product listing. This came after rumours in March were drifting around the internet when YouTube subscriber, Drift0r, claimed an “inside source” leaked COD info. Could it be a PS4? The first-person warfare shooter series, Call of Duty has been extremely successful. Modern Warfare 3 has topped the record for making over US$400-million in the first 24 hours of its launch. Meanwhile Black Ops 2 boasted sales of over 11-million copies in its first...

  • Swype exits beta, enters Google Play

    While Nokia's moving towards Blackberry-inspired QWERTY keyboards and Samsung is starting to experiment with innovative gestures, Swype is now out of Beta and comes to the public with new and improved features. A third-party app competitor to Google-acquired SwiftKey or Google Voice, Swype, is now available for Android on the Google Play store for US$0.99. Previously, this innovative keyboard was only available on pre-installed devices and has now finally came out of beta. How fast do you care to type on a touchscreen device, or is it more about comfort and personality than productivity? Users have the choice to buy...

  • Pizza Hut Xbox app removes all reason to leave couch

    This could be awesome for a LAN or Xbox Live gathering online. It's a Pizza Hut app for your Xbox that lets you order tasty pizzas using hand gestures or voice commands straight from your living room. If you thought the app that let’s you create your own pizza on your smartphone, or the one that lets you find one of the 9 000 pizzerias in New York were great, then this will blow your mind. This new Kinect-integrated feature by Pizza Hut app is for those intrepid couch potatoes out there seeking new and interesting ways getting their...

  • 4 crazy eco-friendly chargers for your smartphone

    You’ve probably heard about some outrageously cool ways to charge your mobile phone before. The solar charger for when you go camping, for example. You could probably find at your local gadget shop. Nokia’s wireless charger meanwhile has, since the release of the Nokia Lumia series, made a big splash but the buzz quickly dissipated. Most of these innovations you’ll discover on Kickstarter which makes these crazy gadgets rather exclusive by nature. Others you’ll find in areas where the need for a reliable alternative to your traditional "plug-in-the-wall" charger is much greater than the novelty of a Kickstarter gadget. [burngal...

  • Leap Motion Vulcan mind melds with future HP gadgets

    In the not-too-distant future, selected HP devices will be shipped Leap Motion Controller ready. In another major announcement of collaboration, the Kinect-like device will at first be bundled with selected software-ready HP devices, with further plans of integrating its hardware into future HP gadgets. As mentioned by Leap Motion’s CEO Michael Buckwald, the company wants to "fundamentally improve how people interact with their devices, and offer as many ways as possible to achieve that vision." The USB device allows you to interact with your computer tracking the movements of your hands and all ten fingers with up to 0.01mm accuracy....

  • ‘Iconic Disk’ is stick on style for your Mac’s backlight

    Acrylic lens, aluminium ring, image layer, magnets, landing pads and adhesive. Sounds like the makings of the new iThing or a camera-something. It’s not. It’s the materials used to build the Kickstarter-funded, Iconic Disk that launched last week. By having designed a disk that effortlessly slides over your Mac’s backlight Apple logo, they have come up with a simple way you can customise your precious machine with illuminating graphics and designs. These guys, Tony Kern and Jeremiah Johnson, seem to have gone out of their way and used quality materials for a clean aesthetic. These disks are designed in such...

  • Samsung gets huge, launches 6.5” Galaxy Mega

    If you were one of those who thought the Samsung Galaxy Note II was too big and looked ridiculous as a 5.55-inch portable handheld device, then think again. Samsung never ceases to amuse and has surprised us yet again by releasing yet a bigger phone, the 6.5-inch Galaxy Mega, making it one of the largest yet. Putting size-matters at the forefront of its next smartphone release, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is centered around productivity, multimedia and multitasking. The latest addition to the Galaxy family becomes the smartphone with the largest HD LCD display at a massive 6.5-inches. There’s an 8-megapixel...

  • 6 iPhone extensions to get before the world ends

    The world is not ending tomorrow. But for those who have prepared for the fake armageddon, here are six iPhone extensions you’d need if everything spins out of control. Solar Powered Battery Extension by Mi Suny So if the world is about to end and there are no more power outlets for your charger; this guy would probably be your best bet for power. The Mi Suny iPower4 battery extension is probably one that would be the most practical buy as well as the eco-friendliest. There are many more different kinds of battery extension cases available, each boasting their own...

  • 4 inspiring tablets from Africa for Africa

    With mobile and internet access increasing dramatically over the past decade, most prominently in Africa and other emerging markets, it is without a doubt an after effect of engineers and entrepreneurs to adapt to their potential markets. The digital divide that exists in developing countries, together with weak educational systems, is what the future of these countries rests on. In recent years though initiatives focusing on producing cheap tablet computers and providing learning platforms have been risen up with at least four such interesting and inspiring releases in Africa. Kenya's eLimu Tablet This project is part of the Elim House of...