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  • Microsoft Surface breaks free of Windows Stores, hits retail outlets December

    Great news for anyone who isn’t located next to a shiny Microsoft Store. Surface is going to hit the retail sector mid-December, says Microsoft. Plus, it’ll be the significantly cheaper Surface RT, which retails for US$499. For those who wanted to walk into a store and grab Surface RT and Pro, it could only be purchased from an official Microsoft store, but this is set to change, says Surface general manager Panos Panay. "The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We've increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface.”...

  • RIM release BB10 SDK ‘Gold’ toolkit, devs start your engines

    With the BlackBerry 10 event less than two months away, it appears the Canadian manufacturer is moving full steam ahead with the release of its "Gold" build SDK toolkit for developers. The Gold build includes all the final tools, components and API’s that now allows develops to create applications designed to work hand-in-hand with the BlackBerry 10 OS. The Gold build is touted to feature BlackBerry Cascades to aid developers in creating visually stunning applications according to RIM. HTML developers are also given something with BlackBerry WebWorks, said to deliver native like performance. The SDK is also packs Adobe AIR...

  • Schools get $99 Chromebooks brimming with holiday spirit

    For US$99, Google’s now offering the Chromebook to qualifying schools. All teachers need do is visit Google’s Chromebook store and request the Samsung Series 5. Google’s working with US-based DonorsChoose.org, an online donations system that let’s donors finance the Chromebooks for public schools. In order to qualify, teachers will need to visit this site and fill in their details. Up to 30 Chromebooks for US$99 can be brought. There’s been “tremendous response” so act now, says Google. For the CHILDREN! Sticking a Chromebook in the classroom environment, especially at this price-point is ideal. Chromebooks, if you remember are the cloud-based laptops that are useless...

  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch, revamped for Windows 8

    Lenovo has just announced its ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now optimised for Windows 8. It's also undergone a slight name change, with "Touch" suffixed to the end, immediately indicating its touch-enabled enhancement. Pricing for Lenovo's latest Windows 8 Ultrabook offering is set to start at US$1399. The ThinkPad is specifically for the business sect and self-titled as the world's lightest 14-inch laptop, tipping the scales at 1.5Kg. As expected for a higher end business orientated laptop, the Carbon Touch is relatively well specced. It features a carbon chassis design which houses a 14-inch HD+ display, Intel Core i5 or i7...

  • Lacoste looks Back to the Future with colour-changing polo shirt

    René Lacoste built his empire around the enduring tennis shirt, or polo shirt as we know it. But Mr Lacoste was more than just a French tennis player and fashion fundi. The man invented things as well, patenting the first tubular steel tennis racquet used by Jimmy Connors. Now his company is looking towards the future with Back to the Future inspired clothing apparel. Change your shirts colour with the flick of a finger? If the video is anything to go by, then yes. Okay, it is a cringe inducing video to watch, but with the advancement in technology it...

  • Wii U hacked to run Homebrew Channel

    Nintendo’s latest, the Wii U, was never expected to escape the wrath of the modding community. Point in case, it’s now been retro-hacked to run the Wii’s Homebrew Channel, an interface that runs unlicensed software and of course, pirated games. We say of course because let’s not kid ourselves, the chief reason we jailbreak/root/mod anything is to run nefarious apps. So to help these industrious hackers along, the Wii U now has a working Wii Homebrew Channel. There’s one issue though: the Wii U runs the Homebrew Channel in emulated Wii mode. So right now, it’s proof of concept and nothing...

  • Windows Phone 8 Portico update begins OTA roll out to HTC 8X

    The rumoured Windows Phone 8 update has begun rolling out to select HTC 8X users according to WP Central. The update which we initially thought to be named Apollo Plus, is now dubbed "Portico", keeping in line with the Windows Phone OS trend of names ending in "O". This update was also believed to be rolling out in early 2013, but it appears 8X users will experience the love before others. The new features seem to extend exclusively to text messaging with SMS Drafts, SMS Call Reject and Mass SMS Deletion. None of these additions are ground breaking, but...

  • Samsung to reveal ’Something Big’ at CES 2013

    A promotional video that is possibly teasing the Galaxy S IV, Galaxy Tab III, a rocket-powered NFC fridge or anything else for that matter, was posted on Sammy’s official blog, Samsung Tomorrow. The video bombards viewers with a lot of marketing jargon, but offers little in terms of substance for a definitive product release. The video ends with Samsung telling users to ready themselves for "something new" to be shown January 8 −11, or CES 2013. There's a pretty broad spectrum in terms of new products that Samsung could unveil but given the nature of the CES, one product keeps springing to...

  • Windows RT app ‘GBWG’ breaks no records with £52

    Great Big War Game (GBWG) has been a popular game on iOS and Android. With the release of the Windows 8 OS and its Windows RT mobile system, the GBWG developers saw it fit to release it on this platform as well, and was ecstatic in a different way when they realised that it made... wait for it... £52 in one week. Rubicon Development's Paul Johnson was clearly not impressed, blaming Microsoft on his blog, ranting that "if other developers get this treatment, that store is going to look mighty bleak for a long time to come". The post...

  • Dropbox app coming to Windows 8, competition for SkyDrive?

    Dropbox will soon be making its way to Windows 8. The announcement made by VP of Engineering, Aditya Agarwal, at Le Web 2012 sees the client app waiting certification before it's released to the Windows 8 app store. The app is said to feature all new touch-centric user interfaces, fully integrating into the Windows 8 experience. The app is also available for all Windows 8 tablet devices, hopefully adding to the apps cross-platform appeal. It should be interesting to see how it fares against SkyDrive, Microsoft's dedicated cloud storage client. Both apps are available across the Windows OS lineup...