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  • Ubuntu OS will start shipping in October says CEO Shuttleworth

    The Ubuntu operating system for smartphones will start shipping in beginning October, the founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd Mark Shuttleworth told The Wall Street Journal. Shuttleworth said the newest OS in the smartphone market will be released in "two large geographic markets", but dodged questions on which markets this would be. He did however say that North America is "absolutely a key market for Ubuntu." The Ubuntu OS was revealed at CES...

  • No Facebook phone, but its app’s going to be preloaded into emerging market Android devices

    Sad news? No, best news ever. Previous “Facebook” phones were utter crap. So it’s great news that instead of forcing another aborted effort into the tech world, Facebook will instead work hand in hand with Chinese chipmaker Spreadtrum and hardwire its Facebook app into and endless amount of cheapie Android phones, according to Gigaom.com. Rejoice! Here’s the skinny: Spreadtrum says that millions of Android phones will now be “Facebook ready” as it will pre-install...

  • $150 3D-printed prosthetic hand changes one young boy’s life

    Rich Van As, a South African carpenter had a horrific accident, chopping off four fingers in a workshop related incident. On the other end of the scale was a South African boy named Liam, who was born without fingers on his right hand. Throw in Ian Owen, a mechanical special effects artist from Bellingham, Washington, and you get a 3D printed mechanical hand for about US$150 that has changed the boy’s life. After...

  • Hot rumour of the day: Galaxy S IV launch planned for 15 March

    Alright everyone, please take this story with a pinch of salt, as it comes from a Sammobile tech writer who hasn't got a source to back up his claims. So here goes: The site claims that Samsung will launch the Galaxy S IV on 15 March and that it will be available for purchase as soon as April this year. And now, time for some stats that may or may not be real. It’s only a render, don’t get too excited. Seems too good to be true The S IV is going to have both an 8 (octo) core CPU and...

  • Huawei Ascend P2 is a 4.7-inch 1.8Ghz phablet-lite for $480

    Digi.tech.qq (Chinese site, translated) delivers some pretty compelling shots of Huawei's Ascend P2, the 4.7-inch phablet-lite with tons of charm and a fairly beefy 1.8Ghz CPU. First some stats, then the pics: Huawei’s Ascend P2 comes with Android 4.1.2, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory and a microSD slot. Happily, it’s going to have the same battery as the Galaxy S III, a 2200mAh which should deliver a full day of usage without fiddling for a charing cable. Finally, the rear camera is a lip-smacking 13MP. The price? A palatable US$480 which seems fair for a device with this much power...

  • Ouya the Android-powered console launches June for US$99

    Remember Ouya, the Android console seemingly gifted to us from the geek-gods? Well it’s coming June 2013 for US$99 and it’s available for pre-order right bloody now. Kickstarter was its origin and the creators of Ouya asked for a humble US$95 000. The project was a runaway success, with current funding at an astonishing US$8 596 474. Just, wow. And all that for an Android-powered console. This video nicely sums up the secrets of Ouya’s Android-goodness. So, while the console and gamepad will cost US$99, adding an extra controller will set gamers back US$50. Still not a bad deal for...

  • HTC will go ‘ultra pixel’ for new smartphone. Megapixel is so last year

    A new camera sensor, or should that be sensors, are the next big change in smartphone cameras if HTC's plans are anything to go by. Instead of having one 13 megapixel sensor, HTC plans to use three 4.3 megapixel sensors combined to give a much higher resolution sensor that will capture images in astounding detail and colour, according to Pocket-Lint. This is similar to Sigma's Foveon X3 sensor, and a very similar technology to the U.S. military spy drone that can capture images the size of 15 sq/miles in an incredible 1800MP. The camera in mobile phones was a major...

  • Huawei and Microsoft bring Windows Phone 8 to Africa

    Huawei and Microsoft have teamed up to produce a Windows-run smartphone exclusively available in Africa, reports the BBC. Launched today, the modified smartphone is part of the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative for what is considered one of the fastest growing technology markets in the world. The smartphone is a modified derivative of the Huawei Ascend W1 handset displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, and sports a display of 4-inches with a resolution of 480 x 800, a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon CPU, 4GB of internal storage and an exemplary stand by time of 480 hours. Prices have...

  • Team evasi0n’s iOS 6.x Jailbreak 95% ready to roll out

    Today is the day. Today is the glorious day iOS owners have waited for ever since the release of the iPhone 5 all those long months ago. The evasi0n iOS 6.0 and 6.1 Jailbreak is 95% ready to go, so at the very latest, we may be looking at an early Tuesday morning or late Monday release. The process will seemingly be a one-click ordeal, much like Absinthe was for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The process will apparently take “Five minutes of your time” and work on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. Spoiled for choice, eh? Team evasion has...

  • HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook arrives with a large screen and a small battery

    Hewlett-Packard (HP) has just stifled the rumours by releasing the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook, its first Chrome OS laptop. Is it big news? Yeah well sort of... it could be... it should be... if it were not for a joke of a battery. According to the Google Chrome Blog, the only real change from what is already available in the Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo Chromebooks, is the larger screen, sporting a LED-backlit 14-inch...