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  • Samsung Galaxy Grand is the dual-sim middle child of the Jellybean family

    This is who Samsung is targeting with its new S3-lite, the Galaxy Grand: “users with a fast-paced mobile lifestyles who demand more from their phone.” With a 5-inch screen, 1.2Ghz dual-core CPU and a dual-sim option, the Grand is looking mighty fine indeed. Here’s a picture. Let’s harp on about the specs for a wee bit. We’ve mentioned the tastiest bits up top, but the Grand still holds a few tasty treats for us. Obviously, Jellybean’s a must and is the OS of choice for the Grand. The 8-megapixel camera, possibly the same as the S3’s, has “zero shutter lag” and...

  • BlackBerry 10 UI screenshots, a preview of what’s to come

    The Vietnamese are at it again, this time round with screenshots of the new BlackBerry 10 UI. The site initially released some beautiful shots of the BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone, which was then followed up by a hands-on video comparison against the Dev Alpha B handset. As far as we can tell this is only a Beta version, but there should be little change between this version and the one that will make its way to the public after RIM's BB10 event on 30 January 2013. Apart from the Vietnamese author's personal details (which doesn't seem like a wise move on...

  • Windows Store now accepting PEGI 18-rated games

    In a wise rethink, Microsoft has decided to begin accepting PEGI 18-rating gaming titles for the Windows Store. This is great news for European Windows 8 users and developers alike, as it opens up the market for gaming titles which integrate the touch-centric OS features. We first reported on this rather inept oversight from Microsoft in October. The gist of the issue lay in the lack of clarity between the different regional rating systems. The US adopts a ESRB system, whereas Europe and the UK use the PEGI system. Each system has a differing definition for what is termed “adult." A...

  • ‘Woven’ is the Kinect-like t-shirt that will get you off your ass and moving

    The crazy Dutch. From the land of Tulips and tall fair skinned stoners comes the latest invention. The television remote you can wear. Well it's actually more than that. Woven was developed by two Dutch students as a wearable gaming and social interactive garment. It's like a Kinect that you wear. Patrick Kersten and Christiaan Ribbens, from the Utrecht School of the Arts, has created a wearable undergarment with motion sensors, shake motors, three-color LED screen, speakers and a Bluetooth module that turns you, the wearer, into a gaming platform. And they still managed to keep it washable. Running together...

  • Dell ditches Android smartphones in favour of Windows 8 tablets

    Computer giant Dell has decided to forgo its smartphone aspirations and instead shift its focus to the tablet market. While speaking at the Dell World conference in Texas, VP of Global Operations, Jeff Clarke, stated that the manufacturer will no longer be involved in smartphone production. Dell had a small range of smartphones running Google's Android OS, which included the Venue and Aero, but the company will now focus on its tablet lineup, powered by Windows 8. The shift is a result from the American manufacturer suffering one of its worst years, seeing a sales decline of nearly 11%...

  • iPhone 5 available at South African iStores today from R8k

    It's official, the iPhone 5 has landed in SA. South African iStores in Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng are selling the iPhone 5 with prices starting at R8 299. The site warns consumers that stocks are in limited supply, so first come, first served. There's also a promotional offer involving 8ta and FNB where pre-approved contract and upgrade customers will be able to pick up their new smartphone. iStore has listed a full pricing rundown of the three iPhone 5 variants. 16GB - R8299 32GB - R9499 64GB - R10799 The iStore has also been touting the iCare Plus package which...

  • The Find 5, Oppo’s impressively specced flagship smartphone

    Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Find 5, which as the name would suggest comes fitted with a 5-inch 1080p display encased within a 8.8 mm thin body. This is the exact same display that users will find on the HTC J Butterfly, an Android smartphone exclusive to Japan. The Find 5 also boasts a couple more high-end specs to keep users interested. The Find 5 is set to run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean supported by Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor and 2GB RAM. It is powered by a 2500mAh battery that should...

  • Fuhu’s $250 Nabi XD tablet for ‘Tweens’, but will they bite?

    Fuhu has announced its latest Android powered device, the Nabi XD, a 10.1-inch tablet designed for "Tweens". So what is this kid-friendly tablet packing? The Nabi XD runs Android 4.1 Jellybean, supported by an aforementioned 10.1-inch HD dual-orientation with five-point touch interface. It's powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor and said to offer up to 10 hours of battery life according to Fuhu. The Nabi XD's marketing pitch centres around its censorship settings, which restricts specific content that parents don't want their children viewing. As far as pricing goes, the Nabi XD is available in 16GB and 32GB...

  • WP8 powered Samsung Ativ S finally makes 2012 release deadline

    It appears that Samsung's flagship Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S is finally set to make its 2012 release deadline. We initially reported that the Ativ S' release had been delayed due to Samsung prioritising Galaxy S III production. That is no longer the case, as retailers in Canada and the UK have listed the Ativ S for release on 14 December at the US$599 mark. The Canadian details came courtesy of an internal document leak from Mobile Syrup, who also say three national carriers have a similar availability timeline of 14 December. The Great White North is not the...

  • Nokia Engineer highlights Windows 8 game flaws, devs should be worried

    Nokia's Principal Engineer for Windows Phone 8, Justin Angel has detailed some disconcerting flaws within Windows Store games. This is especially worrying news for game developers as the hack eliminates their major source of revenue. Angel's blog has step-by-step details on how others could potentially disable in-game purchasing, in-game advertising and in-app purchases. The root problem discovered by Angel lies with the apps being stored in the local HD. From there, users can open the game's code in a text editor and modify specific areas, ultimately limiting desired functionality such as the in-game points systems, trial versions of games and reducing...