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  • PlayStation gets $50 pre-Xmas price cut

    Sony is slashing the price of its PlayStation 3 game console across North America, Europe and in Japan, the company said today, as it looks to spur demand ahead of the year-end shopping season. Sony Computer Entertainment cut the price Wednesday for 160-gigabyte PS3 from US$299 to US$249 in North America and from 299 euros to 249 euros in Europe. Starting Thursday, the company will also lower the price in Japan, from 29,980 yen to 24,980, while slashing some 14 percent off the prices of a 320-gigabyte PS3 in the three leading markets, now costing US$299. Sony's move came after its rival...

  • The tiny wonder – Samsung Q10 camcorder

    The latest HD-camcorder offering from Samsung is remarkably compact and easy to use. It shoots video, which is nice, but then so does your phone. So what's up? The Q10 is aimed at the casual video taker that needs a little more control and quality, but doesn't want a huge bulge in their pocket. At four inches by two by two it's handbag friendly, can be flipped over to be left-handed people friendly, and produces very decent results. Compact design The US$300 Q10 SwitchGrip Compact Full HD Camcorder is a nippy little feller that goes from sleep mode to shooting full-HD...

  • Symbian and MeeGo axed in UK and US

    Symbian is officially dead, in North America and the UK at least. Here lays a mobile OS which paved the way for the smartphones of today and is now destined to be remembered as another missed opportunity in a line of failures from Nokia. Nokia’s final Symbian phone was the Astound, which had the misfortune of launching directly after the announcement of the company's adoption of Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 mobile OS. Thanks to the upcoming closure of its US Symbian division, the MeeGo-based Nokia N9 will also not be making its way to America, or according to...

  • Sci-fi electronic tattoo for games, spies and afflicted

    A hair-thin electronic patch that adheres to the skin like a temporary tattoo could transform medical sensing, computer gaming and even spy operations, according to a US study published Thursday. The micro-electronics technology, called an epidermal electronic system (EES), was developed by an international team of researchers from the United States, China and Singapore, and is described in the journal Science. "It's a technology that blurs the distinction between electronics and biology," said co-author John Rogers, a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Our goal was to develop an electronic technology that could integrate with...

  • Gaming comes to Google+

    Google has added games, including the hugely popular Angry Birds, to the fast-growing social network vying with Facebook to be the hub for people's online lives. Along with global game sensation Angry Birds, the initial array of offerings available at Google+ included Bejeweled Blitz, Zynga Poker, and Dragon Age Legends. A standalone version of Crime City lets Google+ members play as a ruthless crime boss. A Facebook version of Crime City leapt to popularity after being released in September of last year. Just hours after Google+ added games, Facebook touted a set of new features for playing online with friends. "When you're playing...

  • Facebook messenger app and phone number hoover

    Earlier this week Facebook launched a mobile messaging app for iPhone and Android, creating some buzz and lots of angry buzzing. It's not a dramatic move, but almost certainly a very important move for Facebook as it looks to become even more entrenched in our daily lives - and make ever more connections between Facebook members and their real-life identities. The app does roughly what messaging featre in the existing Facebook app does - except that it takes a few clicks out of the sending and receiving of messages. It also now ties Facebook's messaging into the non-Facebook SMS world...

  • Games from the ether: Xbox & PlayStation downloadable collection

    Even though I've been connected to Xbox Live and the PSN network for a while now, there is one aspect of those services which I’ve never got around to taking advantage of: downloadable games. Both the Xbox 360 and the PSN have a marketplace that offers a number of games which are only available through them. Downloadable games tend to be smaller in terms of spectacle and “ooh-aaah” visuals, but many of them pack it in where it's most needed: gameplay. The best part is that many of these games are way cheaper than full retail games, sometimes as...

  • Video Review: Olympus XZ-1

    Video Review: The US$500 XZ-1 looks serious. Little adornment, and a clever selection of materials and textures means it looks like a sturdy metal bomb-proof camera of yore (i.e. about 1980), even though most of the body is a rugged plastic. So it’s tough, but not too heavy - and sports a big light-gobbling Zuiko lens. Roger Hislop reviews Olympus' return to the enthusiast compact camera market.

  • HTC wants a piece of Beats by Dr Dre

    Taiwanese smartphone giant HTC plans to pay about $309 million for a 51 percent stake in Beats Electronics, the celebrity-centric marketing operation for higher-end headphones, fronted by hip hop artist and producer Dr Dre. According to HTC, the company is working with Beats Electronics LLC to create a line of HTC headsets offering "high performance sound" to be available this fall, a company statement said. Manufacturing for Beat's headphones is done by Monster with lines including Beats by Dr Dre and Heartbeats with Lady Gaga. Beats, the brainchild of Dr. Dre and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records Jimmy Iovine,...

  • HP slashes TouchPad prices

    Hewlett-Packard, in an attempt to steal the thunder from the iPad 2 has slashed the prices of its TouchPad tablet; the new price for the 16GB and 32GB versions are US$400 and US$500 respectively. These are both US$100 down from the original prices. The TouchPad makes a strong case for itself as it attempts to become a rival to the iPad 2 thanks to its ace-in-the-hole, native Flash support. This puts it in a stronger category in terms of browser functionality and accessibility to Flash-based applications such as Grooveshark. When released, the tablet received mixed reviews and was placed...