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  • Samsung to unveil Galaxy S IV 14 March [updated]

    Update: It’s official, this is the invite for the Samsung Unpacked event. It starts at 19:00 EST, which is 02:00pm for everyone in South Africa. Join us live as we blog what will be the launch of yet another excellent Samsung device. Samsung has said it will release the Galaxy S IV in New York 14 March, according to a Reuters report. The launch will take place in New York, at a “Samsung Unpacked” event as Sammy is now dubbing it. Samsung Electronics' mobile division chief JK Shin says that the company has been inundated with requests from US mobile...

  • Samsung HomeSync is the Apple TV we craved [MWC]

    This is perfect: Apple TV can suck on some fear with the introduction of Samsung’s HomeSync, a JellyBean-powered media centre unveiled today, only hours before its “official” launch at Mobile World Congress 2013. As usual, here’s all you need to know about this new media hub. Thanks to Cnet, we know that the HomeSync is a media center, with HDMI out and a neat party trick: it’ll connect with other (Samsung) products via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. This trick also works in reverse and Samsung mobile device owners can beam content from their phones to the big screen. HomeSync is powered by...

  • McLaren reveals the dangerously powerful P1 engine

    High horsepower outputs are all the rage these days; with hatchbacks boasting 300bhp and saloons 500bhp; hearing about supercars with astronomical power outputs is not new. But when you hear the power figure McLaren says its P1 will have, you can’t help but smile. McLaren isn't messing about with this car, it’s out for blood. Nine-hundred and three. That’s how many. And if you have to ask ‘what’, then you shouldn't know. Sure, there are cars with more power, like the all-conquering Bugatti Veyron, but there’s something about a McLaren with 903bhp that tickles my senses. It’s probably because of...

  • Google launches Chromebook Pixel, a $1 300 curiosity

    It was rumored that Google would bring out another Chromebook, and it has. Google’s launched the Pixel, a US$1 300 laptop with a 12.85-inch display,  a 2560×1700 touchscreen, an i5 CPU and a free terabyte of cloud storage for three years, care of Google Drive. The price above is for WiFi only, lord knows how much the LTE version will cost. Techcrunch reports that the Pixel will soon launch with LTE , and partnered with Verizon users will get an astonishing 100Mb a month for a two-year period. Pity there isn't a sarcastic font for astonishing, as it’s a pathetic amount. It’s...

  • PIXEL is interactive LED art lovingly controlled by Android devices

    Pixel art is making a coming back with this neat little frame created by Al Linke called  PIXEL. This creation is an interactive picture frame that displays pixel art and animations via LED’s hidden behind a two way mirror. The idea formed on Kickstarter and has far surpassed it’s initial goal of US$8000. PIXEL is on US$43 779. With different models, the basic display is made up of 512 or 1024 LEDs. The images are created by the brightness and colours of each LED changing, almost like Lite Brites. The pictures and animations are controlled by Free Android apps...

  • PS4 exposed: red-hot next-gen action

    Recap Sony did not show the PS4 console, demoed the new touch controller, an “always on” interface, a quick look at the new UI, a bunch of games, confirmed Diablo 3 for PS4 (wow) and slated a “Holiday 2013” release date. "The most personalized gaming experience available today... the most powerful platform ever,” said Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. These were his final words before he revealed the Playstation 4 (but not the console). The future of gaming First up, the leaks were correct as usual. The new Dualshock controller has a touchpad and is now smaller than the PS3 controller,...

  • PS4 won’t block second-hand games says Sony

    Eurogamer reports that Sony, despite the internet going insane about this, won’t be blocking second-hand or used Playstation titles. “Do you want us to do that?” said Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida when quizzed about this hot topic. The answer is of course, no. We want to save money, Sony. Last month, and for most of the year, the internet has been carrying on about this used-games not working on other consoles business. Both next-gen consoles, the PS4 and the new Xbox were said to lock new games onto a console for life. We even incorrectly reported this about the...

  • ‘Destiny’ cheat-sheet: Bungie’s latest epic laid bare

    You thought nothing would ever be better than Halo. Bungie’s masterpiece. Its signature franchise, most notable for one of the most memorable characters in gaming history. How could anything top that? And then, Destiny came knocking. Yes, Bungie has finally unveiled its new IP, Destiny, and immediately grabbed the attention of gamers the world over. “Everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn’t last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only...

  • PS4 launches November and will cost US$429 [rumour]

    Reliable sources, Kotaku has them. According to the site, Sony’s Playstation 4 will launch State-side November 2013 for US$429 and US$529, depending on internal memory size but as rumours go, this is a doozy. While pricing is still up in the air, the sources seem pretty confident about the above-mentioned prices. In fact, it’s widely expected that Sony will announce the PS4 20 February in New York. We’ll then be able to shed some light on this next-gen madness. Here’s some new facts on what we do know about the PS4 so far: It’s got a fancy-ish new controller with a...

  • Acura invents space-age car welding techniques ‘3D Lock Seam’

    Sometimes it's the small things that make big waves, like a small meteor smashing into an ocean. Acura has developed a new welding technique for its cars that, while seemingly insignificant, has major implications towards how it will build and develop its cars in the future. Hopefully it will also transfer to Acura's dad, Honda, in the years to come. If you've never heard of Acura, that's no real surprise. As Lexus is to Toyota, Acura is to Honda, acting as its luxury brand, but limited to North America and Hong Kong. So you might actually recognise a few of...