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  • WP 8 reboot bug being patched come December

    Early adoption is often fraught with peril, in this case for Windows Phone 8 users, it took the guise of devices randomly rebooting on multiple occasions. Disgruntled users took to the forums to voice their displeasure. When we first reported on this issue, Microsoft had done little to address the problem. The company has now stepped up to the plate and acknowledged the rebooting anomaly that many WP8 users experienced in the past few weeks, particularly HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 owners. Microsoft has released a statement saying: We're continuing to investigate some reports of phones rebooting and have...

  • Apple’s new 21.5-inch iMac available for order from 30 November

    People will be able to order the new iMac from the Apple online store come 30 November, at least one of them anyway. This latest iteration of the iMac is available in two variants, measuring 21.5 and 27-inches respectively. The smaller of the two can be purchased by users at the end of November, with the larger scheduled for late December. We were pleasantly surprised to see the new iMac at an Apple event in late October, it didn't garner much attention as the iPad mini stole the show. The 21.5-inch model is split into two versions, 2.7Ghz and...

  • The WOW factor toy any child, or adult, would want

    Puzzlebox Brainstorms, an open source software suite supporting school projects, has developed a brain-controlled toy helicopter. No, this is not an April Fools joke and you have read that correctly. This toy helicopter flies directly through the control of your brainwaves. As Puzzlebox chief technical officer Steve Castellotti said: "Power up the controller, slip on the headset, and start concentrating." The Orbit has already been tested in classrooms, and there are two types: one that can be controlled via mobile devices (probably for us less than stellar concentrating humans), and the other that requires the "NeuroSky MindWave Mobile EEG headset"...

  • Ordered an Asus Taichi? Expect shipping delays until next year

    When we first heard that ASUS were going to release a dual screen full HD touch enabled tablet-hybrid, our interest was definitely piqued. The Taichi 21 was originally scheduled for distribution in November following the release of Windows 8 in late October. We're now headed into December and still no word for frustrated consumers who have already shelled out more than US$1200 for the device. ASUS now say customers can expect delivery some time in December or later for the 11.6-inch Taichi, with many online retailers discontinuing orders. The Taichi 21 boasts some impressive specs, which makes the fact that consumers...

  • How to get Windows 8 Start Menu… kinda

    It appears that Windows 8 has become a polarising OS as far as users are concerned. One thing they do seem to agree on though, is a hankering for an old-school Start Menu akin to previous OSes. There is however a handy little trick that Windows 8 users can put to use that offers some a little Live Tile respite. According to The Next Web, users can bring up a start menu of sorts. The method works across all platforms, excluding Windows Phone 8 devices of course. By positioning the cursor in the lower left hand corner of the screen and...

  • Wii Mini revealed ‘accidentally’ on Best Buy website

    God, no. What is this? Update: Best Buy has just confirmed it. The Wii Mini is US$99 and is the ugly stepsister of consoles. "Big Fun, for a Mini Price" says Nintendo. We say, "old system, ugly shape". But for under US$100 it's a decent starter console with a great selection of first-party titles. There's a manual release top loading system, last seen on the PS2 Slim. The Wii Mini comes with one red MotionPlus Nunchuck controller, the sensor bar and not even a single goddamn game. Disgustingly, this will be an internet free console and Gamecube titles will not be...

  • Nintendo TVii set for 8 December launch in Japan, Europe and US to wait until 2013

    Nintendo unveiled its new Wii U console to the American public on 18 November, the reception was strong with the company reporting an estimated 400 000 units sold during its first week. The console is now set to make its debut in Japan 8 December. The Wii U's Japanese release will also see the inclusion of the heavily toted TVii feature. This includes the IR Remote functionality which is only accessible if users cough up a little over US$1. This multimedia viewing functionality is one of the key areas that Nintendo has looked into as a way to gain an edge...

  • Windows Phone 8 update, Apollo Plus rumoured for early 2013 release

    Microsoft is rumoured to release the first Windows Phone 8 update during first quarter 2013. The rumoured update is named Apollo Plus (we can just smell the patriotism), this information comes courtesy of a tweet from @Football4PDA. I know what you're thinking, doesn't sound like the most credible of Twitter handles, but this account is pretty legit. It released the design specs for the HTC Accord (now Windows Phone 8X) a couple of months before its official release, so the tweet checks out. MS is going to roll out update for WP8 which is called Apollo+ in Q1 2013... — Football (@Football4PDA)...

  • Lenovo steps up battery power with Ideaphone P770

    Lenovo has crammed more into its budget smartphone than any other manufacturer to date. The new Lenovo IdeaPhone P770 has a battery with 3 500 mAh capacity, giving it a claimed battery life of 29 hours of talk time. For the uninformed, mAh relates to the capacity of a battery and the power delivery that it exudes. Simply put in layman's terms, the more mAh, the longer your battery lasts. Battery power has always been an issue with smartphones. With all the computing power, games and usage many complained about having short talk time, forcing users to sometimes recharge...

  • Nokia debut 206 and Asha 205 with new ‘Slam’ media sharing feature

    Nokia is turning its attention to emerging markets with the announcement of its new 206 and Asha 205 handsets. These budget phones feature social media integration allowing users to gain quick access to Facebook, eBuddy and WhatsApp. The most interesting aspect of these handsets, is the newly designed content sharing feature, Slam. The 206 and Asha 205 are not top end but definitely offer users all the basics, and a couple of extras to give a solid mobile experience. The Nokia 206 The 206 is modeled on Nokia's iconic candy bar design and alpha-numeric key setup and aimed at "the urban youth"...