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  • Google set to manufacture its own tablet with Chrome OS

    According to the Chinese Commercial Times (translated), Google could launch itself into the tablet market as early as the first quarter of 2013. Many pundits have spoken about this before, and now after the search engine giant acquired Motorola Mobility (MMI) the steps seem to be confirmed. After the flop that was the first Chromebook, Google will need to be careful of its plans. Apart from trying to make it in the market, it will have to contend with possible patent infringement as well, as Apple and Samsung step up their patent infringement war. Over the last year the online mobile...

  • Windows Phone 7.8 revealed ahead of Chinese launch

    Although Windows Phone 8 has garnered much of the media's attention, It appears that Microsoft still has more to offer users before 2012 comes to an end. A video posted on YouTube yesterday shows the Lumia 510, Nokia's budget smartphone, sporting Windows Phone 7.8. It shows off a couple of the new features and enhancements that Microsoft has made. This confirms our earlier speculations that Microsoft would release an interim OS in partnership with Nokia. The video showcases the newly integrated aspects that potential users can look forward to. This includes a newly designed Boot Screen similar to the one found on...

  • Fancy 3D printer spits outs ‘replacement parts’ for humans

    3D printing is getting big. In a recent article, Sorab Ghaswalla listed 3D printing as number one on his list of five things "that will disrupt the world in 2013" and Chris Anderson seems to think that 3D printing will be bigger than the web, even leaving his job as Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine to, if you read the article's assumptions, concentrate on this as a new endeavour. I am one of those believers. According to The Verge, scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have created cartilage using a 3D printer that could be used in human...

  • HTC Deluxe DLX to join new range of 5-inch smartphones

    Say hello to the HTC Deluxe DLX. It's is not the first 5-incher from HTC: the Taiwanese manufacturer recently released two region specific five-inch smartphones in the past month. The J Butterfly was the first to make an appearance and is set for an exclusive release to Japan. Then the Droid DNA was revealed as US-only device through carrier Verizon Wireless. HTC will not leave the rest of the globe in the lurch, as the manufacturer is rumoured to announce the worldwide release of the Deluxe DLX. This rumour is backed by leaked images posted on GSM Arena. The...

  • Xbox TV: Microsoft set-top box rumoured for 2013

    Rumours currently doing the rounds detail a Microsoft designed TV set-top box for Xbox. This development has gained traction following another rumour describing a next-gen Xbox set for release in 2013. This new device, dubbed "Xbox TV", appears to be a natural extension of Microsoft's gaming product lineup, given the push the company has made in media integration. It would also offer Microsoft a strong competitor in the media streaming market to challenge the Apple TV, Roku Box and Wii U. Microsoft is supposedly hinging the design of a set-top box based on the success of the...

  • 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...