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  • Cheat Sheet: The Apple iPhone 4S event in a nutshell

    At its Cupertino campus on Tuesday, Apple unveiled a new iPhone as well as iPod updates, pricing and availability for iOS 5, iCloud and iTunes Match. Apple also announced two new apps, and introduced the world to its intelligent software assistant, Siri, that helps you get things done though speech. Here’s what happened, in a nutshell. iPhone 4S Same design, better internals. It has a dual-core A5 CPU with graphics that can be up to seven times faster than in the iPhone 4. The antenna has been upgraded with "intelligent switching" for better call quality. The 4S is capable of download (HSDPA) speeds of 14.4Mbps...

  • Largest tech show in Asia opens

    The largest tech event in Japan, The Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (Ceatec) exhibition kicked off in the city of Chiba. Close to 600 tech firms will be at the exhibition, with over 200 000 visitors expected to attend Ceatec during the weeklong event. Certain devices are intrinsically linked to Japan, especially in the wake of its combined nuclear disaster, tsunami and earthquake events which occurred earlier this year. Gadgets which are aimed at the improvement of urban infrastructure include space-age power saving gadgets and previously unseen radiation counters. The lighter side to the tech show prevails, with...

  • The Zune is dead

    Farewell, Zune. Microsoft’s red-headed stepchild of the mobile content world has been put out of its misery. The official statement from Microsoft follows. We recently announced that, going forward, Windows Phone will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy, and that we will no longer be producing Zune players. So what does this mean for our current Zune users? Absolutely nothing. Your device will continue to work with Zune services just as it does today. And we will continue to honour the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very...

  • India unveils $45 Akash tablet

    A US$45 tablet is now a reality, thanks to Indian ingenuity. The tablet launches this week and its hope is to bring the digital age to millions of students across India. The “Akash” or “Sky” is to be launched in New Deli by Kapil Sibal, the Human Resources Development Minister. The Akash will apparently have a seven-inch screen, 180 minutes of battery and the ability to play content. The tablet will also include Android 2.2 as its operating system, will have two USB ports, video-conferencing capabilities and an expandable memory slot (up to 32GB). One downside to the Akash will...

  • 10 Android apps I can’t live without

    We all know that finding the right application for a specific job can be difficult, and with the massive selection available on the Android Market, it can be even more so. I thought it would be useful if I shared some of the apps I can’t live without with you. You may already use some of them, others may just help make you life a lot easier, either way, here’s a breakdown of ten Android apps that I can’t live without. I’ve broken it down into sections for you, all -- apps for all users, notable mentions -- may...

  • iPhone 5 by design

    Dying to see what the iPhone 5 looks like? According to CAD designs taken from a prominent tech website earlier this month, a German tech site has created a physical hardware mock-up of the supposed iPhone 5. Please note that these are only mock-ups of a possible version of the iPhone 5. Nothing is set in stone and most certainly not this design. But currently this is the most likely design candidate for the iPhone 5. The design The prototype was created from a single piece of aluminium and is thicker at the top than it is at the bottom,...

  • Telkom Do Gaming: More than just uncapped ADSL

    This year's rAge (Really Awesome Gaming Expo) saw Telkom getting involved and providing the gaming community with a promising view of the future. Telkom is angling its presence towards acknowledging the gaming market and its thirst for quality bandwidth at an affordable price by offering a range of uncapped products. Steven White, Telkom Executive from Consumer and Retail Business, shed some insight onto Telkom's relationship with rAge and the impact future of high-speed internet in SA for the gaming community. At the expo, Telkom announced a whole suite of uncapped ADSL solutions specifically targeted for online gaming. Telkom claims it...

  • ABBA to release dance title for Wii

    Musical games are a dime a dozen, with every popular band from Green Day to The Beatles having released its own private karaoke-light console experience. Swedish pop mega group ABBA is now primed and ready to release its own take on the music-genre with ABBA You Can Dance for the Nintendo Wii come november. ABBA You Can Dance is being designed and produced by Ubisoft. According to Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, the game helps cement Ubisoft's position as the "dancing kings of the videogame market" . "With ABBA You Can Dance, players can dance, they can...

  • Review: Cheerfully video-tastic Samsung BluRay home theatre

    This thing is seriously compact. The Samsung HT-D6750W is a Blu-Ray player and an audio/video receiver/amplifier/media center/post-space-age statement -- all in one small box. It has four tall skinny speakers that take up no space, and it’s wireless. What’s not to love? Well, the sound quality, but let’s not get picky. Small house? Love movies? On a budget? This one’s for you. It’s a svelte 6cm high, and 43cmx33cm wide and deep, so it can slide into a pretty small shelf. It has no air vents on top, so you don’t need to worry about leaving a big gap, although...

  • The post-E3 game drought is no more

    While dawdling along on the interwebs the other day, I stumbled upon a list of games released in September. And I have to say, even though I was aware of it on a subconscious level, it was really surprising to the see this list of top-tier titles coming out ahead of the Christmas crunch. Take a look at this list: Dead Island Resistance 3 Warhammer 40 000: Space Marine Driver: San Francisco Gears of War 3 FIFA 2012 Though it was released in August, I am going go ahead and include Deus Ex: Human Revolution in with that list as well as most people would have...