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  • 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...

  • The Razer Ouroboros: the variable multifaceted ambidextrous mouse

    Razer, has unveiled its latest creation, the Ouroboros, a fully-customisable elite gaming mouse adjustable for left handers, any hand size and any grip style. The Ourboros is specifically designed for precision gaming, offering 11 programmable buttons, 8200 DPI via combined laser and optical sensors and a clutch trigger to increase or reduce the DPI as you play. Boasting two interchangeable side panels, you can alter the mouse to suit your own hand grip, and interchange it for when you are of the left hand variety. It is powered by a single rechargeable AA battery that will give you about 12...

  • Windows Phone 8 devices randomly reboot, customer complaints flooding in

    Since Microsoft unveiled its Windows Phone 8 OS and device lineup on 30 October, consumers in the US and parts of Europe are clambering to get their hands on a piece of the Live Tile action. It's rather disconcerting for potential customers to hear that a random rebooting phenomenon is currently plaguing WP 8 users. A valid complaint The HTC 8X has bared the brunt of complaints, as frustrated users take to the forums to voice their concerns. The majority of posts seem cautiously optimistic surrounding the reboot issue, with many users hoping the cause of the...

  • Leak indicates Windows Phone 7.8 may not be end of the line for WP 7 users

    In a leaked image courtesy of German site WP Area, WP 7 users may be offered a slight reprieve before biting the bullet and making the jump to Windows Phone 8. The leak, made possible by an anonymous source details the current road map of Windows Phone 7 OS. The most interesting feature details an update set to release after the current Windows Phone 7.8 OS ominously titled 7X. We guess that 7.9 was already taken. The German site also highlighted the origin of the document as Finnish communication giant, Nokia. The reason for the continued road map is unknown, but...

  • LG and Samsung team up to create gaming TVs

    LG and Samsung have announced new smart TVs that integrate gaming into the sets, making consoles such as the Xbox and PS3 an optional extra. LG seems to be leading this gaming TV idea with the "Smart TV with Google TV" giving you access to the streaming game service OnLive. OnLive, an on-demand cloud gaming service, has more than 200 games with FIA World Rally Championship, Sleeping Dogs and Assassin's Creed Revelations being...

  • Nintendo Wii U launches today

    Nintendo's Wii U, an HD version of the monstrously popular Wii, launched today. With the launch of the Wii U, priced at either US$300 or US$350 for the Deluxe package, Nintendo officially enters the world of sparkly graphics with a console capable of 1080p HD. The Wii U launches alongside 22 games and a day one software update, that gives users access to not only its online capabilities, but to Nintendo TVii. The main draw of the Wii U outside of the 1080p graphics? Nintendo's new touch-screen controller, the Wii U GamePad. We've used it and it's ultra-responsive TVii, in conjunction...