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  • Wii U update giving you problems? Here’s two workarounds to ease the pain

    The release of Nintendo's Wii U has been somewhat bitter-sweet. Nintendo can definitely take solace in the fact its newest console sold out after one day in the US, but new Wii U owners were less than impressed by the one-hour-plus wait for the downloadable update. The update is essential, as it gives users access to all the internet-enabled features that make the Wii U extra appealing. In order to combat this frustration, this site has made users privy to a helpful bit of news. The download still needs to happen, there's no getting around it, but users can move the download...

  • Early Win 8 mockup shows inspiration for current UI

    A video has surfaced showcasing mockups of an early version of Windows 8. The video comes courtesy of a presentation made by Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for Windows User Experience Team. Interested Windows 8 users and developers can have a look at the inspiration behind the design of the current Windows OS. The presentation, given during UX Week 2012, details the evolution and guiding principles behind the new touch-centric Windows UI. It's surprising how close to the mockup version, the current OS has remained. The Live Tile styled Start Menu is virtually the same,...

  • JellyBean makes its way to Galaxy S III users in South Africa

    South African Samsung Galaxy S III users can now download the JellyBean update and experience a newer Android OS. The update has slowly rolled out to users across all networks via KIES and OTA. The refinements made in JellyBean are set to offer users a smoother, more distilled Android interface. The latest update delivers faster processing speeds with the aid of Google's "Project Butter". Other new features include: Google Now, which takes data from the user's Google search history and offers personalised calendar, location and weather information; a faster interface care of Butter, an "improved keyboard interface" that still sucks in our opinion...

  • 9 more languages for Siri? Apple job ad drops vague hint

    Are you fluent in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Korean, Norwegian, and Swedish? Well if you are, Apple wants you. A job listing from Apple, spotted by Belgian site "Apple Nieuws Vlaanderen", is asking for interns fluent in the above mentioned languages, giving the idea that the language support for Siri is to be extended. Join the team responsible for delivering Siri in different parts of the world for an exciting 6 month internship in Cupertino, California. Currently Siri is available in eight languages and was first launched as an iOS app, but has been a standard addition since the...

  • Windows 8 Skype update now merges with Messenger contacts

    While Microsoft may have announced its intentions to murder off Messenger, the corpse of this once great IM will at the very least live on in Skype. A new update to Skype for Windows 8 lets users add Messenger contacts, group search contact, better video calling capabilities. The Skype for Windows 8 update also addresses a ton of bugs. 2013 will be the final year of Messenger, as Microsoft quietly integrates it into Skype. After spending US$8.5-billion on Skype, it's nice to see Microsoft finally stepping up to deliver some quality updates to very expensive purchase. It's not as if Messenger...

  • 5 awesome features we love about Nintendo’s Wii U

    Nintendo's new gaming console, the Wii U, released on 18 November to a great amount of fanfare and hype as retailers saw console stock sellout rapidly. The Wii U is a device that, according to Nintendo, "removes the traditional barriers between you, your games, and your TV". It's intended to set a new benchmark as far as gaming and entertainment integration goes. Some consumers however believe the device to be too "gimmicky" to offer concrete competition for the more hardcore gaming consoles out there. What people need to remember is Nintendo's remarkable ability to turn gimmicks into...

  • New features for rumoured next-gen Xbox detailed

    Xbox World Australia will apparently be spilling the beans on the next-gen Xbox console. The gaming publication down under is set to reveal all the details in its end of year issue. Rumours say the console will be powered by a quad-core processor as well as 8GB of RAM. The console is also said to feature Kinect 2.0, Blu-Ray compatibility and newly designed controller. There are also plans to integrate Augmented Reality glasses during a later stage of production. This is not the first time that talk of an updated Xbox has begun circulating, with rumours of the poorly-named Xbox 720 console...

  • OPPO’s Ulike 2: a dermatologist in your phone

    A smartphone called the Ulike 2 from Chinese manufacturer OPPO has surfaced on micro blogging site Sina Weibo. As far as specs, go the Ulike 2 comes in around the middle of the pack. What does set it apart is its 5 MP front facing camera. According to Digi Tech, OPPO intend this device to be for the lady tech-geek and it comes enhanced with "auto beauty features". These features include dermabrasion, face lift, face slimming and whitening (not to sure if that's politically correct) all designed to allow users to edit images almost as well as Photoshop. Now for the...

  • Siri and Maps rumored for OS X 10.9, we’re excited about one at least

    Early indications hint at Apple's Siri and Maps applications being integrated into the latest version of OS X, 10.9 for Mac devices. The applications have appeared in the initial testing stages according to 9 to 5 Mac. The apps seem like a natural addition to the desktop and laptop Mac's following the heavily touted integration of iOS 6. Siri currently inhabits many newer iPhone models, iPads and iPod touches and has garnered its fair share of praise and criticism. The Maps app however, has suffered mass criticism straight out the gate, with users highlighting its poor interface...

  • Sony unveil 84-inch Ultra High Def TV pre-loaded with 4K content

    Sony has just revealed its latest offering, the XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV. Set to retail for a sizable US$25 000, it is a little more expensive than LG's 84-incher. The reason for the bigger price tag you might ask? The XBR-84X900 is said to arrive pre-loaded with 4K enabled content, which is the first of its kind. The Ultra HDTV market is fairly small, but Sony will be pinning its hopes on the added 4K delivery system, with the chance that it will entice users to opt for its product instead of the competitors. Other features include cinematic sound integration offering up...