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  • Amazon takes aim at Apple with GameCircle

    Things just got a lot more interesting in the world of tablet gaming. Today Amazon launched GameCircle, a service that allows players to gain achievements, view leaderboards and sync games across devices. As The Next Web points out, the service seems to be a direct competitor to Apple's Game Center, but it could potentially take on whatever tablet-modified version of Xbox Live comes out when the Microsoft Surface eventually lands on retail shelves. Amazon also released a load of GameCircle APIs that it reckons will help game developers quickly and easily integrate their games with GameCircle. “We have received...

  • 3-wheel cars cool enough to dump the fourth

    The saying "less is more" is being used in a different light in the motoring world. A few manufacturers have been messing around with three-wheeled vehicles for a few years now with varied success. Although not a new idea, it is one that has been growing in interest. Who wouldn't want the excitement and practicality of a motorcycle (or lack thereof) fused with the comfort of a car? Morgan 3-Wheeler When I say that the 3-wheeler is not new, i really mean it's not new. The first iteration that Morgan made was in 1910. That's right, over a hundred years...

  • It could only be Japan: 21.5-inch Android 4.0 tablet emerges

    This is the maddest tech we've seen. Take one bog-standard Android 4.0 tablet, inject it with steroids and boom! One instant 21.5-inch tablet we never needed. But hey, it exists and Japanese-based company Kouziro are the developers. Let's see what it's got for us. It's a full touch (natch) tablet, with a Texas Instruments dual-core 1GHZ CPU, Full HD display, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. There's also WiFi, HDMI, microUSB and microSD ports to contend with. So yes, there's nothing really to this super-sized device, outside of its ginormous screen size. It's also possibly the most standard tablet...

  • China snags New iPad 20 July

    China's getting the new iPad on 20 July. The fruit company which doesn't make fruit has decided to quickly launch the new iPad in China after it won (by paying US$60-mil) a legal battle the name "iPad" which another company had contested. The wonder pad launched in March in the US. Price-wise, the new iPad will come in at the same cost of the iPad 2, which is US$499 (16GB, Wi-Fi) or if you're feeling rich, US$829 for the 3G rocking, 64GB-crunching model. Deep pockets only though. China has five offical Apple stores where the new iPad will be on...

  • Meet Ouya, the $99 ultra-hackable Android console

    There's a new kid on the block and it has its sights set on disrupting the gaming world for good. A new startup is hoping to raise enough money to produce Ouya, a US$99 open platform Android based gaming console. For game developers out there, this should be what you have been asking for. It is basically made just for you. An open platform for developers from all walks of life to produce games for, without needing to adhere to strict regulations that major consoles have inflicted. Julie Uhrman is the lady behind it all. Her goal is to raise US$950...

  • Reviewed: Sony Xperia Sola — mid-range onslaught

    There was much speculation about Sony’s survival in the cellphone market after losing its Ericsson connection, but it's come up with an excellent range of phones to make their own mark. The Xperia Sola comes as an added option in the mid-range Android market in order for Sony to strengthen its onslaught. What you see The phone is somewhat smaller than the Xperia S and, weighing in at 107 grams, fits nicely into the hand and has a good solid feel. The matte finished plastic backing helps to hide fingerprints and will also make scratching less visible. The translucent band of the Xperia U,...

  • Jelly Bean hits open source community, geeks rejoice

    Normally I wouldn’t be overly excited to share this kind of news with anyone, however, the very short turnaround time from Google’s Android developers has me in good spirits. Android has long been plagued by slow updates, but it seems as though the company has finally decided to be more prompt about these things. As rosy as that seems, I can’t help but feeling that the quick push of Android 4.1.1, Jelly Bean, to the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) is in direct relation to the pending Apple lawsuit against Samsung for the local search component of Ice Cream Sandwich...

  • Ebay’s $1.32-mil game collection auction done

    It ended last night, the grandest, craziest Ebay auction ever. For US$1 229 899.99, the largest (possibly) old-school game collection of all time now rests in the hands of a nutty millionaire. This collection defy's belief, with 22 sets in one. Over 1000 Famicon and Super Famicon (Nintendo) games, all Sega Master System, Mega Drive, Sega CD and Sega 32X titles, and the complete Dreamcast collection. With an endless cornucopia of crap to wade through, we present the full list of games here. The sale is done and dusted, the buyer will to fork out an extra US$1000 for...

  • Dragon Drive! Messaging lands in BMW 7 and 3 series

    Eat this Siri. The BMW 2012 Series 7 and 3 luxury vehicles are going to land Dragon Drive! by Nuance. This means texting, emailing and whatever else, made possible with slick voice control. Cars included in the mix: BMW 7 Series, BMW 3 Series Touring and BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid vehicles. Dragon Drive! Messaging leaked out in May, with the BMW's being the first cars to receive this hopefully well-honed system. What do Beemer drivers get for their money? How about "a fully-integrated mobile assistant messaging experience that lets drivers speak, listen, edit and respond to text messages...

  • App Deathmatch: Nike+ vs Runkeeper

    In a completely new weekly feature, resident app guru Danny Greeff pits two competing apps against one another in a bid to find out which one deserves a place on your home screen, and which one gets deleted, never to be spoken of again. Five rounds of brutal, bloody, binary bit-spilling glory, where only one can reign supreme. This is a quest for perfection, fuelled by a burning desire to use only the best in category, and rid your device of inferiority for good. Is this madness? Is this unnecessary? No, it's App Deathmatch! In our inaugural app death match...