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  • HTC unveils the Rhyme

    Taiwanese mobile phone giant HTC is unleashing its latest smartphone, the "Rhyme" on the world. One of the smartphone's unique new features is a flashing charm which can be attached to any object to show that a call is taking place, or that a message has come through. The Rhyme will be powered by the latest version of Android, known as "Gingerbread" and will cost US$200 through Verizon. Launching on 29 September in the States, the Rhyme is a “stylish” phone according to HTC with suitable accessories being launched alongside it. The Rhyme will go on sale in...

  • Samsung seeks to ban sale of iPhone 5

    Apple and Samsung have been caught up in a patent war which has seen the two electronic giants facing up against each other in pitched court battles around the globe. Samsung's latest manoeuvre involves the South Korean giant seeking to ban all sales of the iPhone 5, possibly filing lawsuits in South Korea and other unnamed countries. The patent wars between the two companies have centred around design and technology features of their smartphones and tablet computers. This has been seen as a strategic move, with South Korean newspapers citing a Samsung official who is reported to have said...

  • Review: Samsung PS51D550 is a great TV and 3D is rubbish

    Spend any time with Samsung's latest plasma beast and you will be convinced of two things. First: plasma is far, far superior to LCD or LED in any way but for sheer nuclear brightness. Second: 3D TV is a crock best consigned to bleeding-edgers and those who've not yet spent any time with it. And maybe a third thing -- when did the bloody TV become the home theatre hub? This is a TV to write home about -- it's great size seems imposing in a modest lounge at first, but once you go big it's really hard to go...

  • Win a Parrot AR. Drone with Gearburn and TAKEALOT.com

    This competition is now closed. Imagine controlling one of the most sophisticated flying machines ever made from the comfort of your smartphone. The Parrot AR.Drone is the revolutionary hand-held quadricopter which flies through touch alone. Portable, easy-to-use and most importantly, endlessly exciting, the Parrot AR.Drone is being offered to one lucky winner thanks to TAKEALOT and Gearburn! Founded in 2002, TAKEALOT is a leading South African online retailer. TAKEALOT offers an extensive range of locally supplied and imported Books, DVDs, Music, Games, Electronics, Beauty products and Toys, giving people access, in South Africa, to the widest variety of online products delivered directly...

  • Google buys another 2^10 IBM patents

    Google has added 1,023 more IBM patents to its technology arsenal to fend off legal attacks by rivals such as Apple and Microsoft. The purchases added to the 1,000 or so patents the firm bought from IBM in July and reportedly ranged from mobile software to computer hardware and processes. Google spokesman Jim Prosser told AFP that the patent transfers had taken place but would not disclose financial terms of the deal or specifics regarding the intellectual property. The push by Google to strengthen its patent portfolio comes as the fight for dominance in the booming smartphone market increasingly involves lawsuits...

  • Gamers’ ingenuity unfolds AIDS enzyme

    Gamers have taken to a purpose-written computer game called Foldit to twist open the secrets of an enzyme of an AIDS-family virus that had thwarted scientists for a decade - in a record three weeks. The exploit was published on Sunday in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, where -- exceptionally in scientific publishing -- both gamers and researchers are honoured as co-authors. Foldit Their target was a monomeric protease enzyme, a cutting agent in the complex molecular tailoring of retroviruses, a family that includes HIV. Figuring out the structure of proteins is vital for understanding the causes of many diseases...

  • Research In Motion stock punished for weak sales

    Shares of Research In Motion (RIM) plunged almost a fifth on Wall Street on Friday after reporting sales and profits that fell short of expectations. The company's signature BlackBerry mobile phones have been selling like hotcakes in many developing markets, largely thanks to the budget-friendly low, fixed data price for messaging and browsing from the phone, but are struggling in the Americas and Europe. RIM shares lost 19 percent on the Nasdaq stock exchange to close at $23.93. It had a market capitalization of more than $30 billion at the start of the year, but the latest declines have reduced...

  • App of the week: Dolphin Browser

    This week I take a look at Dolphin, a highly intelligent smartphone web browser that Safari can learn a lot from. When it comes to browsers, I'm quite a weird guy. On the Macbook I use at work, I just can't decide which one I like more: Firefox is incredibly stable and supports tree-style tabbing (it'll change your life), but looks a bit too rigid. Chrome has the awesome "speed dial" screen when you launch and the aesthetically pleasing tabs with soft corners delight me (it's the little things that count), but it doesn’t perform so well under pressure. I...

  • Three reasons I love Android

    Open source. Free information. The power to customise what I want, when I want. These are not simply words used to describe one of the biggest unheralded revolutions in modern times, Google's Android, they also sum up my ethos as a person. This comparison between operating system and personal philosophy may be a strange one, but considering how mobile devices have become essential tools to survive modern society, I believe it a very relevant one. Who is not affected? Consider the number of people you know that own have a smartphone, whether it's a BlackBerry, iPhone, Android or Windows Mobile device?...

  • PS Vita will land in Japan before Christmas

    Handheld gamers rejoice. The Playstation Vita will be released on the 17th of December in Japan. Sony’s anticipated handheld gaming machine and the successor to the PSP will go on sale for 24,980 yen (US$325) for the Wi-Fi version and 29,980 (US$390) for the 3G model. The announcement was made at a pre-press conference before the Tokyo Game Show. Previously, Sony had said that it aims to release the console before the end of the year in Japan. The late arrival date outside Japan may damage its sales across the ocean in the European and North American markets. When it...