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  • Is this the moulding case of the new Budget iPhone?

    Apple’s budget iPhone has been rumoured for months now to be a lighter, cheaper and ultimately, less impressive version of the iPhone 5. But did anyone ever think that the new budget iPhone would look like the 3GS? Care of Tactus.com, pictured below is a screenshot of the alleged budget iPhone. A source familiar with the development of the budget iPhone says that the new device is already in production. There’s plenty we can tell from the image above, so let's get stuck in: Polycarbonate shell We can practically confirm that it’s a polycarbonate shell judging by this shot. It looks plastic,...

  • TomTom goes Nike-free with two new GPS watches

    GPS manufacturers like Garmin and TomTom have been in the sport watch game for a while. It makes sense too. In car sat-nav and smartphones are slowly rendering their motoring accessory products obsolete, but carrying a phone with you when you're exercising can be a pain at best and a liability at worst. TomTom's latest range of sport watches shows another step forward for the sector. The company appears to be learning from the emergent smartwatch sector and, interestingly, there isn't a Nike swoosh in sight. The manufacturer launched two new watches, one designed specifically for runners, the other for multi-sport...

  • Microsoft working on smartwatch as Samsung, Apple snap at heels

    According to those familiar with Microsoft’s product designs, the company which tried to take over the tablet market (and failed) is now trying its luck with a smartwatch, echoing Samsung and Apple’s current plans. “Executives at suppliers” say that Microsoft is actively working on a 1.5-inch touch-enabled watch device. The executives said they met Microsoft’s research and development team, but still seemed shaky regarding the exact date and specifications of the M-watch. There’s a silver lining though: Microsoft met with component suppliers in Asia to discuss plans for the development of said watch. So there’s a first step, at least. Is...

  • Samsung: we’re working on a smartwatch too you guys!

    The success of the Pebble Smartwatch on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter seems to have triggered a revolution. Along with a slew of competitors from bit players, the big boys have started getting into the space. Apple is rumoured to be readying an iWatch and now Samsung has confirmed that it is launching its own Smart Watch. The Smart Watch will form part of its Galaxy range, and if a Bloomberg interview with Lee...

  • Mozilla Firefox OS demoed on mystery dev phone

    After making a surprise appearance at CES 2013 on an unknown smartphone and just in preview form (see video at the end), Mozilla has just announced a "Developer Preview Phone" running on a Firefox operating system. Mozilla is touting it on the official webpage, and the Mozilla Developer Network has published instructions on how to get your Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich phone to install Firefox OS. The year has been hotting up...

  • Apple TV lands in South Africa

    Apple has announced that South Africa will be the latest country Apple TV lands in come 18 January. The product, which was launched in its current iteration alongside the third generation iPad, is meant to make it easy to enjoy iTunes video, music and photo libraries from your computer on your HD TV through iCloud. It also allows you to access content purchased on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. iTunes Match customers can meanwhile now play their entire music library from iCloud — even songs they've imported from CDs. They can also control Apple TV with their...

  • Leap Motion motion control tech will come bundled with new Asus PCs

    If you've been drooling over Leap Motion but haven't coughed up the cash to pre-order the device, don't worry -- soon, there will be another way for you to get your hands on the next-gen controller: when you buy your next PC. Leap, the startup behind the tiny Kinect-style controller that lets you control your computer by waving your fingers in front of the screen, announced a partnership with Asus which will see its controller bundled with new All-in-One PCs and higher end laptops. The controller isn't even commercially available yet -- around 12 000 units have been delivered...

  • i’m Watch is Dick Tracy inspired, poorly named but a shit-hot Christmas gift

    "i'm Watch" (yes that is its name) is the kind of Christmas gift that should be in everyones basket. Well I wish it was in mine. Your smartphone in a watch? Yes please. i’m Watch connects to your smartphone through Bluetooth and delivers calls, text messages, emails, notifications, music, weather forecasts, pictures and any other app you desire. Working on Android OS, it will give you access to the internet by piggybacking on your smartphone's internet connection. Even if your smartphone does not have the capability to wirelessly connect to the watch, there is an app available for download that...

  • The WOW factor toy any child, or adult, would want

    Puzzlebox Brainstorms, an open source software suite supporting school projects, has developed a brain-controlled toy helicopter. No, this is not an April Fools joke and you have read that correctly. This toy helicopter flies directly through the control of your brainwaves. As Puzzlebox chief technical officer Steve Castellotti said: "Power up the controller, slip on the headset, and start concentrating." The Orbit has already been tested in classrooms, and there are two types: one that can be controlled via mobile devices (probably for us less than stellar concentrating humans), and the other that requires the "NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset"...