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  • Korea can now snag Samsung’s $38k 85-inch Ultra HD TV

    CES 2013 was the cotillion for ultra-HD TV’s and Samsung, the company who demoed one of the largest ultra-HD TV’s at the show has now placed its 85-inch, quad-core TV up for pre-order in Korea. And all that tech can be yours, for the veritably inexpensive price of US$38 000. 85 inches of FUTURE!So what are we getting for just shy of US$40-k?. As mentioned there’s a quad-core CPU running the 214cm TV, 2.2 channel speakers and the “we’re not ready for it” 4K screen resolution bolstered by the "Precision Black Pro LCD panel”. Samsung also has 95 and 110-inch versions...

  • Windows RT rightfully jailbroken

    Windows RT was jailbroken earlier this week and now unsigned (read: mostly illegal) ARM applications can run on the maligned OS. Microsoft then hilariously released a press statement saying how the hack is a non-issue, and actually congratulated the hacker on a job well done. "We applaud the ingenuity of the folks who worked this out and the hard work they did to document it. We’ll not guarantee these approaches will be...

  • YotaPhone: Get ready for two screens on your smartphone [CES]

    Yota is a Russian mobile broadband services provider and manufacturer of mobile devices which operates on Yota's 4G LTE network. Yet at CES 2013 they presented a working prototype of the YotaPhone, a smartphone with two large touchscreens on the back and front. Well with two screens it could be two fronts. Or two backs. Confused yet? At first most were confused with this concept when it was announced in December 2012. On...

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 outed [CES]

    Gorilla Glass 3 now has “native damage resistance” which eliminates lateral cracking, ultimately delivering less splintering of the glass, if damaged. The video demos the a series of scratch tests on the older Gorilla Glass 1 and 2. Unsurprisingly, when it comes to Gorilla Glass 3, the sample remains unblemished. The atomic structure of the glass has been changed, so it’s harder to break. Scratches will also be less visible and devices...

  • The giants are here: 4K Ultra HD TVs dominate at CES

    There was one thing predominantly clear at CES 2013. Actually it's two things: 3D TV is dead/dying, and enormous living-room-dominating Ultra HD and OLED TVs are the next big thing. Ultra HD, also termed 4K, has been on everybody's lips with the three main competitors Samsung, Sony and LG displaying TV sets that almost defy logic, and making the oft-used phrase "world's first" into a cliché. And believe it or not, an 8K TV snuck in there too... LG Electronics First up is LG with the stars of its show, a 55-inch curved OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV, and an...

  • Samsung outs Exynos 5 eight-core Octa chip [CES]

    Remember how exciting it was when quad-core mobile CPUs emerged? Well that’s all in the past now that Uncle Sam(sung) has gone and outed the Exynos 5 Octa chip, an eight-core mobile CPU. There’s very little known of the Exynos as yet, so we’re not going to stretch this out for too long. The chip was unearthed November 2012, and will run two quad-core CPU’s up to 1.8Ghz. On stage, Samsung President Dr Woo...

  • Samsung serves up the Galaxy S II Plus [CES]

    Uncle Sammy’s on a roll. Samsung’s just gone and announced a very slight upgrade to the highly popular Galaxy S II. It’s called the Galaxy S II Plus (we italicised for flavour). Here’s the specs of the ever-so-slightly upgraded S II Plus. The screen is still a 4.3-inch, Super AMOLED 800 x 480 display, there’s a 1.2Ghz CPU, 1GB RAM and now Jellybean comes as the standard OS. The camera is 8-megapixel (rear) and 2-megapixel (front). Internal storage is 8GB and the phone runs off the HSPA+ networks. No prices yet, but it’s likely that it'll cost well under US$200. It...

  • Innovations matters: Liquipel 2.0 now ‘100 times better’ at smartphone waterproofing [CES]

    We haven’t gone ape with the CES stories for a simple reason: innovation is severely lacking. 4K TVs, cheap and tacky tablets, endless USB crap-gadgets, it’s a minefield of “meh”. Thank god for Liquipel 2.0 then, a practically invisible, water-coating that permanently bonds to our precious smartphones. Sure, it debuted at CES 2012 but it wasn't “100 times better” like it is now. Onto the news! The upgraded Liquipel offers improvements in "durability,...

  • Six new BB10 smartphones ready for 2013

    It's no secret that RIM has over the last few years lost out to Apple and Google in the mobile race. Yet the new BB10 OS that is ready to roll out later this month could find it slightly beneficial to not be at the top right now, with Microsoft, Samsung and Apple not really doing anything this year mobile related (at CES). At least six new Blackberry handsets, aimed at different...

  • Kinect-enabled IllumiRoom brings us one step closer to Star Trek-style holodecks

    Your Xbox is cool again. And it’s thanks to Microsoft's latest innovation, the IllumiRoom. Watch the video and we’ll play catchup after that. Microsoft's research team say that IllumiRoom "can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.” We saw the video, we know of it’s unique ability to create virtual world. With Kinect for Windows and a projector, the room...