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  • Next-gen Xbox to debut at CES

    "More Xbox!", shout the gamers. "Faster, sexier, better!" is their war cry. For those tired of the wildly successful Xbox 360, the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show may be the launchpad for the new Microsoft machine, the Xbox 720. The placeholder name of the next-gen machine is assuredly set to change and according to French site Xboxygen, the new technical specifications of the next-gen Xbox will be revealed at CES. The Xbox 720 project's genesis was 2005. The software and hardware groups for the project were labelled "Infinity" and "Loop" respectively, but the notion of Microsoft calling its new machine the Xbox...

  • The world’s cheapest tablet goes live

    The tablet market has exploded with new devices shipping from every vendor under the sun, but most of the media focus has been directed at who can provide a real competitor to the iPad. In India, the Aakash tablet is taking an different tack. It has already picked up over 300 000 prelaunch bookings for its commercial version that goes on sale next month -- it must be doing something right. So what is so exciting about the Aakash that has Indian twitter community tweeting like crazy? To begin with, the Aakash (also branded the Ubislate) is pitched as the...

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 smashes sales records

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has pulled in US$775-million in sales worldwide during its short five-day release period. This puts it in line to eclipse Call of Duty: Special Ops, which managed to rake in US$1-billion in sales. Robert Kotick, CEO of Activision was über-chuffed at the success of his shooter empire saying, "Life-to-date retail sales for the Call of Duty franchise have exceeded US$6 billion worldwide, which makes Call of Duty one of the most valuable entertainment properties in the world." Comparisons paint a fuller picture of gaming success for Modern Warfare 3.Call of Duty: Black Ops earned US$650-million...

  • Amazon maybe making smartphone, speculation rages

    Evidence is thin, but it’s enough to have the tech analysts in a tizzy. Decide for yourself: “Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12. Based on our supply chain check, we believe FIH (ed: Foxconn, which also manufactures Apple’s gear) is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon.” “We believe the smartphone will adopt Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and is very likely to adopt QCOM’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband given QCOM has been a long-time baseband supplier...

  • LeapPad: The completely rubbish tablet you have to get

    This is an odd review for me to write, because my opinion doesn't count. It’s not designed for me, it’s designed for kids. But kids suck at writing gadget reviews, so I dug deep into my inner toddler to seek out any childish delight in the LeapPad, a low-tech iPad for kids that's packed with educational apps. As a geek-tastic adult, my first instinct was to label the LeapPad a complete failure. It uses outdated technology. Its touchscreen is an old skool "resistive" panel instead of the smart, smooth capacitive touchscreens used by most of today's modern tablets and phones. Moreover the...

  • Join the dots: Nokia to have Windows 8 tablet by June 2012

    Off the cuff comments by Nokia’s new France head honcho Paul Ansellem have got the rumour mill into high gear. Speaking to Les Echos, he said, “Et en juin 2012, nous aurons une tablette fonctionnant sous Windows 8”. So that seems pretty open and shut. Since then the Nokia Thought Police have kicked in, and no more is coming out of Espoo. This does confirm very elliptical comments by Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who was quoted in BusinessWeek a few days ago hinting at a tablet. When quizzed on tablet plans, he said, “There’s a new tablet opportunity coming....

  • HP: Yes, we’re still making PCs. Seen our new ultrabook?

    Hewlett-Packard has unleashed the HP Folio, its first venture into the "ultrabook" category of laptops. For US$900, customers can wrap their eager fingers around HP’s best hope at taking on Apple’s hit lightweight, the MacBook Air. The HP Folio launches December 7. Introducing a completely new category of notebook is proof-positive that HP has backed away from ex-CEO Leo Apotheker’s announcement that it would no longer be producing PCs of any kind. The HP Folio is thin and light, weighing in at a mere 1.5kg. It's 1.7cm thin with a 13.3 inch screen. To save space and weight (although pushing up cost),...

  • Samsung does redesign wiggle to conquer German tablet ban

    Subsequent to the ban of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany following legal challenges by Apple, the electronics giant will now release a modified version of its super-successful tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N. The Tab 10.1N is designed to not cross the line on the copyright lawsuit Apple slammed Samsung with earlier this year. It has a slightly different metal frame and a new location for the speakers. The tablet is being listed for EUR€549, and unsurprisingly the specifications mirror the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exactly. The single spec change is an increase from Bluetooth 2.0 to 3.0. As for the...

  • Cheap and plastic, but look! A Facebook button!

    Orange, the goliath telco that’s spreading across Africa and Eastern Europe like a giant ginger rash, is pushing Alcatel's plastic-tastic One Touch Android phones into emerging markets. They're cheap – in the US$130 range – and come as touch screens (bash screens?) and qwerty messaging phones, all running Android Froyo. The dedicated “F”acebook key is a bit of a rage in low-end phones at the moment, proving that there's nothing a marketer won't do to create faux differentiation. What is interesting is that Orange is giving customers that plump for these handsets low tariffs, with unlimited Facebook access (no extra...

  • Review: The Xperia Neo, shiny like a Chinese stereo

    Looking for a midrange smartphone, want Android, don’t want to shell out iPhone prices? Look no further than the Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo. Just don’t look at it too closely: sleek and modern lines, but with chrome accents that wouldn't look amiss on a 1995 Panasony clock radio. Deeply flawed, but also deeply functional - good value for money, but could be better. Now that the high end of the smartphone market is pretty much locked in a Galaxy vs iPhone vs Motorola neck-and-neck, the ding-dong battle is to crack the midrange smartphone racket. And it's all Android, here. This...