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  • WP 8 users left frustrated with lack of Xbox Video support

    Windows Phone 8 users will not be pleased to find out that content downloaded from the newly refined Xbox Video Store has no playback support on their devices. Microsoft has acknowledged the issue, but that's as far as it goes. There is no news on whether the company will release an update to address the problem, but it has definitely left WP 8 users in the lurch as far as loading up on content to get them through the festive season. Microsoft released the following statement: Windows Phone 8 does not currently support playback of rented or purchased content from...

  • 5 of the best in-car GPS devices you can buy right now

    In the age of the smartphone, does a GPS device has any real value anymore? What of the smartphone? Those are ultimately not designed to offer the experience a GPS device delivers. With a plethora of devices to get lost in, we put together a list of the top five GPS units currently on the market that meets most needs. Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT At US$350, the Garmin Nuvi 3490 LMT is the most expensive GPS unit on the list. Why the hefty price tag? The 3490 LMT is part of Garmin's premier range of navigators. Featuring a 4.3-inch dual...

  • Microsoft’s patent application reveals competition for Google’s Project Glass

    With Augmented Reality enabled devices and apps slowly creeping into the tech sphere (Google's Project Glass immediately springs to mind), a recently released patent application hints that Microsoft could soon be entering the AR fray. This patent was originally filed for application back in May 2011. Eighteen months done the line, it has been approved by the USPTO. We're sure there will be a lot finger-pointing going on between Microsoft and Google as to which company originated the idea, but seeing as Google is further along the road to release than Microsoft, it will claim bragging rights for now. Google's...

  • WP8 launcher app marries Android and Metro

    Still contemplating whether or not to get a Windows Phone 8 device? To help persuade users, app developers have designed and uploaded a host of Windows Phone 8 metro styled apps to offer the look and feel of Microsoft's latest OS. The app doesn't give users the full WP8 experience, but offers a taste of what living with Live Tiles might be. Interested Android users will unfortunately not be able to access the app via the Google Play store, but can follow this developer link to have a look. The app was last updated 13 November and addressed certain...

  • Amazon Instant Video app comes to the Wii U, 140k+ videos included

    Nintendo's latest console, the Wii U, is designed not only for games, but as a multimedia hub. One of the strongest features the Wii U boasts is Nintendo TVii, an interactive viewing option that grants users access to host of content, that now includes Amazon. Users already have access to the media libraries of Netflix and Hulu Plus. This latest development sees Amazon joining the party with its Instant Video app. The app is available for download from Nintendo's Wii U eShop. This gives registered Amazon users the ability to purchase or rent from a library of over 140 000 movies...

  • 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...