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  • Shots for all seasons – Samsung NX11 vs Canon SX30

    Back-to-back Review: The Samsung NX11 and Canon SX30 bridge cameras are aimed at the same photographer, but take different approaches. Both are very light and very compact, ideal for doing the tourist or family holiday thing. One goes with an interchangeable lens system, one with a beast of a lens that does everything. Ish. Cameras in the bridge camera segment have, for a long time, been squeezed between their little brothers, the steadily more powerful and capable point-and-shoots, and big brother SLRs, particularly the low end consumer DSLRs - and to an extent, bridge cameras have had the disadvantages of...

  • Sony, Panasonic, Samsung to make universal 3D glasses

    Japan's Sony and Panasonic and South Korea's Samsung Electronics have announced that they will jointly develop new standards for glasses used to watch 3D images on television, computer and movie screens. The three Asian consumer electronics giants, working with European technology firm X6D Limited, said their collaboration will cover a technology called "3D active glasses", according to their joint statement. The universal glasses -- which can be used on TVs from all three firms -- will go on sale in 2012 and will be compatible with 3D sets being released this year, the companies said. "Today’s announcement marks a unique collaboration of...

  • Write, heat, write again with rewritable ‘paper’

    A group of scientists in Taiwan has developed a rewritable electronic paper that needs no power source to continue displaying an image printed on it, and just needs to be re-heated to wipe it for re-use up to 260 times. Unlike the e-book technology now available on the market, the rewritable e-paper called "i2R e-paper" does not need to be back lit and therefore does not consume electricity, according to the island's top industrial research unit Industrial Technology Research Institute. "It only requires heat to store or transmit images onto the flexible display," said Frank Hsiu, a senior official at the...

  • New Blackberry range hits stores end August

    Research in Motion has announced the launch of five new handsets, all running the new Blackberry 7 operating system. The five phones are the Torch 9810, the Bold 9900/9930 and the Torch 9850/9860, a full touchscreen device. The refreshed range comes at a crucial time for the Canadian manufacturer, which is doing very well in developing marketings, but is being battered by slowing sales and negative sentiment in the US and Europe. The Bold 9900/9930 is aimed at the top end of the Blackberry market, with and expected 31 August release date in the US (according to leaked T-mobile documents)...

  • Bouncing, rolling drone takes flight

    A Japanese defence researcher has invented a spherical observation drone that can fly down narrow alleys, hover on the spot, take off vertically and bounce along the ground. About the size of a beachball and jet black, the remote-controlled Spherical Air Vehicle resembles a tiny Death Star from the Star Wars movies but has a more benign purpose -- to transmit live images from a video camera. It is powered by a propeller protected by a spherical shield with large openings for airflow, meaning a knock into a wall or a tumble to the ground will not damage it. Research to improve...

  • US military secure – opened with a paper clip

    Hackers at a DefCon gathering were recently shown how a high-security lock certified for use in sensitive US government facilities can be easily opened with just a piece of wire. Security specialist Marc Weber Tobias had plans to meet in Switzerland with lock-maker Kaba to discuss ways that the Swiss company's Access Control E-Plex 5800 model and its predecessor can be foiled. "It is a threat to the government," Tobias said after his presentation at DefCon. "I am serious about it because I don't know where they have been installed," he continued. "They could be at the Pentagon." The Kaba 5800 was described...

  • Hacker drone launches airborne cyber attacks

    Computer security specialists showed off a homemade drone aircraft Friday capable of launching airborne cyber attacks, hijacking mobile phone calls, or even delivering a dirty bomb. Rich Perkins and Mike Tassey built the bright yellow Wireless Arial Surveillance Platform in a garage from a used US Army target drone that they customized to find mobile phones and Internet hotspots. "It will fly a plotted course and return to base," Perkins said while showing the WASP to AFP at a DefCon hackers gathering in Las Vegas. "We loaded it up with the ability to attack Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GSM cellular networks." WASP can grab...

  • Google’s Navigation now in South Africa

    Google has released Google Maps Navigation for South Africa for Android phones. Maps Navigation integrates features from Google Maps with satellite navigation and uses a phone's internet connection to provide turn–by-turn navigation. Phones must be running at least Android version 1.6. Not only is it free, feature rich and increadibly useful, but Google has added a real kicker with this product in that Maps Navigation can still do its thing if your phone loses its internet connection. "Once you’ve connected and identified a route, it'll pull the map offline and you can use it," says Google South Africa's head...

  • App of the week: Sword & Sworcery

    A gaming sensation from a hip little Canadian outfit that is as strange and eerie as it is wonderfully engrossing: old skool graphics and amazing soundtrack, looks like your old Atari, runs on an iPad. Now, before we even begin with this review, I’d like to point out that I am in no way a serious gamer at all. I don’t own any consoles and the last game I finished was Half-Life…the first one (what a game). Reason being that I simply don’t have enough time to commit to something like that, and I can’t be arsed to invest...

  • Google patent tantrum: Pot, kettle, black

    In an acrimonious case of the pot calling the kettle a patent bully, Google's top lawyer slammed Apple, Oracle, Microsoft and other companies, accusing them of using "bogus patents" to wage a campaign against the Internet giant's Android mobile platform. This has sparked a sniffy response from the accused, and blistering attack from anti-software patent activists. In a blog post, Google senior vice president and chief legal officer David Drummond said Google's rivals were seeking to "make it harder for manufacturers to sell Android devices. Instead of competing by building new features or devices, they are fighting through litigation." He said...