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  • Japanese display panel giants huddle for warmth

    Japanese display-manufacturing giants Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi will merge their small and medium-sized liquid crystal display businesses for smartphones and tablet computers called Japan Display. Panasonic, which recently did a major restructure of its LCD manufacturing division, will also be in on the party, transferring one of its panel plants to the new company. This will create a market-dominating giant to rival current leaders Sharp and stave off competition from Samsung and China’s Chimei Innolux. The move, first mooted in August this year, will be live by late 2012. The focus of the new display giant will be to create...

  • Android market share doubles

    Android has the wind behind it, and is taking over the smartphone market. More than half of the smartphones sold worldwide in the third quarter of the year were powered by Android, said technology research firm Gartner in a report just released. A total of 60.5 million Android-powered smartphones were sold in the third quarter, giving the operating system a 52.5-percent market share, up from 25.3 percent in the same quarter a year ago. For a more detailed analysis, see the Memeburn story. Nokia sold 19.5 million Symbian-based smartphones in the third quarter, but its share of the smartphone market fell to...

  • BlackBerry unveils Bold 9790, Curve 9380

    BlackBerry has unveiled two new phones designed to run on the BlackBerry 7 OS: The Bold 9790 and the Curve 9380. Bold 9790 BlackBerry describes the newest Bold as "both powerful and compact". The Bold combines a touchscreen with the traditional "tactile keyboard". BlackBerry also describes it as "powerful, full-featured and built with premium materials and finishes". The processor is meaty enough at 1GHZ and features enough onboard memory (8GB) to store ample content. As usual, power users can upgrade by adding in a 32GB memory card, the largest size the Bold 9790 supports. Curve 9380 "The first ever full-touch Curve," is what...

  • Review: Motorola Atrix – Still kicking ass 8 months on

    You could see this piece from two perspectives. It could be a belated review of the Motorola Atrix. Belated because, as the Atrix is permeating its final markets and we’re sending back our review units, the Atrix 2 is announced. Out with old, in with the new, right? Or, you could see it as a timely piece that could offer some useful buyer’s advice. The latter perspective stems from the likelihood of a reduced price on the original Atrix, which is actually not that far behind it’s newer, genetically gifted brother. The Motorola Atrix Looking past the swagger it derives from its Transformer-like...

  • Kindle Fire: The reviews are in

    Reviews for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet are trickling in. The US$200 "iPad Killer", unveiled on 28 September, is seven inches of Android-powered goodness combined with a responsive multi-touch display. Here's what a selection of the web’s most trusted sites have to say about the device: Engadget Tim Stevens praised the price of the Kindle Fire, calling it "an achievement at US$200". He notes that while it is a perfectly useable tablet, the so-called "power users" will become frustrated with the Kindle Fire. The tablet is slightly underpowered with 512MB of memory and an 8GB solid state drive. When the battery life...

  • Skyrim, the ‘endless adventure’ released

    The numerically pleasing date of 11/11/11 held the promise of the much anticipated multi-platform release Skyrim, the fifth title in the Elder Scrolls series. Created by Bethesda Software, the same company behind Fallout 3 and Oblivion, Skyrim is the must-have title which RPG fans have been slavishly awaiting for. Between red-hot releases such as Modern Warfare 3, Batman Arkham Asylum and Battlefield 3, Skyrim looks as if it will make the most impact in the hearts and minds of gamers. Skyrim is an open-world title in every sense of the word. Players are free to explore every facet of their surroundings. If...

  • Uncharted 3: Perfected, or simply polished?

    The Uncharted series is Naughty Dog’s pride and joy for good reason; it is both a technological achievement as well as a fine gaming experience. So does the third in the series improve on its predecessors, and does advanced game technology translate into enhanced gaming pleasure? Emotional Story Nathan Drake: adventurer, explorer, wise-ass. When we last saw him, he was walking off into the sunset after having found the tree of life and getting the gal. Welcome to Uncharted - a mix of legend and adventure all rooted in ‘reality’. That was Uncharted 2: Among Thieves - game of the...

  • Tegra 3, CPU-style graphics in your pocket

    NVIDA, creator of leading-class graphic cards and GPUs has released further details on the Tegra 3, a "PC-Class CPU" for mobile devices. Already, tablet owners have been privy to exceptional gaming experiences, fuelled mostly by the Unreal engine. NVIDA though, is taking graphical prowess to a new, meatier level. While Tegra 3 (or Kal-El as it was previously called) has been known about for months, very little in the way of images or videos demonstrating the new CPU has been released, until now. Screenshots from yet-to-be-released Android games have been flying in thick and fast. NVIDA has also included slides which...

  • Telkom Do Gaming to launch Battlefield 3 league

    South African telecommunication giant Telkom, under the Do Gaming banner will launch a Battlefield 3 league in 2012 with ZAR100 000 in prize money up for grabs. Ricus Groenewald, Telkom Gaming Manager, says Battlefield 3 has been a key focus for Telkom Do Gaming over the past couple of months and will be an important part of the 2012 Do Gaming League. "The Telkom Do Gaming stand at the rAge expo exclusively hosted the game before its launch, giving gamers the chance to experience the title. We also launched our Do Uncapped offering at rAge with a Battlefield 3 bundle. With...

  • iPhone 4S rolls out in more markets

    The latest iteration of Apple's iPhone, the 4S, made its débuts in three new Asian markets. The débuts reportedly varied between glitzy and chaotic, with some customers queuing for up to a week to get their hands on the coveted gadget. Thousands of people reportedly thronged Apple's new harbour side store in Hong Kong as staff clapped and cheered the new arrival. Midnight launches in South Korea and New Zealand, meanwhile, featured sports stars and celebrities. Top South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom brought in the country’s most popular actor, Won Bin and actress Shin Min-a for its launch...