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  • 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...

  • Review: Nokia E6 nips and tucks and botoxes

    The Nokia E6 business-oriented smartphone sports Symbian Anna, the latest (and probably one of the last) iterations of Nokia’s storied Symbian mobile phone operating system, now turfed out to the gentle ministrations of Accenture’s minions. It’s more or less the same qwerty-keyboarded small-screened messenger-type smartphone that’s been a solid partner to millions, not radically changed since its debut as the E71 way back when. You’d think by now it would be well nigh perfect. Not ever more flawed. Let’s start with what Nokia has got right. It is still an incredible piece of mobile phone – flawless fabrication and assembly of...

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab banned in Germany

    In what must seem like a case of sour grapes, Apple has won a landmark lawsuit to ban sales of the Samsung Galaxy tab in Germany. Following a series of lawsuits which stated that the Galaxy had copied the iPad and iPhone, Apple is now forcing Samsung to remove its product from retail stores and tradeshows. James Chung, spokesperson for Samsung said, "Samsung respects the court's decision but Apple now severely limits consumer choice in Germany." Samsung had egg on its face when it had to withdraw the recently revealed Galaxy Tab 7.7 from the IFA electronics show in Berlin subsequent...

  • Apple loses prototype iPhone. Again.

    San Francisco police have assisted Apple in the search for a prototype of the latest iPhone that went astray in a bar in a repeat of an embarrassing loss that took place last year. An Apple employee lost a yet-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a tequila bar in San Francisco's Mission District in July, technology news site CNET reported this week. After the device was electronically tracked using GPS technology to a San Francisco house, four police officers and two Apple employees visited the home, the San Francisco police said in a statement distributed to news outlets. "Apple employees called Mission police station...

  • Sony tablet released into the wild in Japan

    Sony's first tablet computer will hit the Japanese market on September 17. The Sony Tablet will be Android powererd. Tablet "S" series with a 9.4-inch (23.8 centimetre) touchscreen display is expected to have a price tag of 45,000 yen (US$580) for a 16-gigabyte data storage model and 53,000 yen for the 32-gigabyte version. The product will also become available in US and European markets later this month, with a price tag of $499 and 479 euros for the 16-gigabyte model. Competitors have rushed to cash in on soaring demand for tablets since the iPad was released in April last year, but...