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  • Congress fiddles while patents burn us

    American politicos both Republican and Democrat agreed that something had to be done about patents, and the costly, innovation-choking mess they were making of American success. The new America Invents Act represents the most sweeping changes to the US' law in decades, but the bill is not expected to end the courtroom wrangling between technology giants. Experts rated it as pretty good tinkering, but not game-changing. "My feeling is that it won't change the dynamics much of the ongoing patent wars," said Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates. "The problem is with patents in general, in that there's way too...

  • App of the week: Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App

    This week I take a look at the Official Rugby World Cup 2011 App, a resource rich and very informative app that I would happily pay a couple of dollars for. This one is free. Win! A mecca for adrenalin junkies, panicky expats from all over the world and home of the All Blacks rugby team, New Zealand is a beautiful little country in the Pacific Ocean that has a helluvalot going for it. Lovely beaches, hobbits, active volcanoes, Rhys Darby and deep-fried Mars Bars are just some of the wonderful experiences you can have in the land of the...

  • Video Review: Samsung NX11

    Here is our video review of the NX11. It's a surprisingly competent piece of camera kit; well thought out and fast handling. Changeable lens from wide to long tele, fairly compact, and we like the depth of field preview button. Not only do you get a healthy 14.4MP, but the larger sensor improves lower light shooting and a lets you choose a shallow depth of field if you want to blur the background. Shows class.

  • Windows-based Galaxy tab out next week?

    A report from the Korea Economic Daily says Samsung has teamed up with Microsoft to make a new tablet computer powered by Windows 8. Citing an industry source, it said the new tab would be unveiled at Microsoft's BUILD developers' conference in California next week from September 13-16. "This new product manufactured by Samsung will be the company's first collaboration with Microsoft in its hardware devices," it quoted the source as saying. A Samsung Electronics spokesman declined to comment. Analysts say Samsung is trying to diversify the operating systems of its smartphones and tablet PCs beyond Google's Android system, on which it...

  • E-cigs get social

    In a move which we would call "bound to happen", e-cigarettes have now begun to integrate social features into their design. E-cig maker blu has launched what it is calling the "Premium Smart Pack", its socially-aware cigarette pack. The pack has mobile phone-like features such as an animated electronic logo, a charge indicator and spare battery, as well as its ace-in-the-hole, the social button. Pushing the button sends out a signal which identifies other blu smokers and blu resellers. According to blu, this connected future of the e-smoking device is set to land in 2012. Software is clearly the new...

  • Google gives HTC patent ammo in Apple fight

    Long accused of milquetoast support for its Android licencees when they're attacked, Google has suddenly escalated the Apple-vs-Android patent war by providing HTC with an armoury of patents in its current legal battle with Cupertino. Last week Google transferred a set of patents to HTC that the Taiwan-based company used to amend intellectual property infringement complaints against iPhone maker Apple in the United States. The global Internet giant confirmed selling the patents to HTC but referred additional questions to the smartphone maker. HTC in August accused Apple of patent infringement as part of an ongoing legal battle. In a lawsuit filed in...

  • The Samsung SMART TV: Let’s talk tech

    My previous sentiments towards the aptly dubbed "idiot box" were ones of apathy. This stigma has been around for decades, stemming from our manner of interaction. When dealing with a PC, you address the computer and dialogue begins. You ask for a task, it performs a function, and the dance continues. In the case of the television, you are sunk into your couch and dragged through the experience as a mere third person spectator. Samsung has somehow found a harmonious amalgam between the two with its SMART TV. The interaction Samsung has an ideology that exceeds the confines of...

  • Facebook for iPhone update adds sharing and security features

    Following Facebook's recent privacy and sharing update, the social network's iPhone app now also shares the same features thanks to its latest update. Version 3.5 of Facebook for iPhone lets users tag friends, as well as places in their status updates. It is now also easier to manage how the users see each post. These features are mirrored on Facebook.com and include the updated look to the group walls and profile page. The look is now exceptionally clean, removing many of the outdated user interface options which seemed to detract from the user experience. The layout is most definitely more streamlined,...

  • Resistance 3: A fitting end to the fight?

    The closing chapter of a trilogy is always the most important. If you botch the ending, any goodwill you may have manufactured in the opening chapters are for naught. Just look at the Matrix trilogy if you want an example of how a weak ending can mess it up. Unfortunately for Resistance, as far as the narrative is concerned this series is more Matrix than Lord of the Rings. Thankfully, games are more than just plot twists and mcguffins. Fight or Die Resistance 3 stars Joe Capelli, who replaces previous franchise lead, Nathan Hale, for reasons that become abundantly clear in the...

  • News24 launches Samsung Smart TV app

    News24 and Samsung South Africa have combined to produce the first local Smart TV application. The News24 app can be accessed from any Samsung Smart TV and offers the hooked-in user news reports, the latest sports results, financial indicators, celebrity gossip and much more. The move mirrors the recent UK launch of the BBC News app on Samsung TVs. The app takes the form of a scrolling news ticker which displays the latest information at the bottom of the screen. At the press of a button, the user can open any story from the news ticker and view...