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  • Microsoft sold 8m Kinects in first two months

    Microsoft sold more than eight million gesture-sensing Kinect controllers for Xbox 360 game consoles in just two months, says the company's chief executive Steve Ballmer. Ballmer used much of his time on stage for a keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to tout the booming popularity of Xbox 360 devices and the Live online community linked to the consoles. More than 50 million Xbox 360 consoles have been sold worldwide, and Live membership has topped 30 million, according to Ballmer. "This has been the biggest holiday and the biggest year ever for Xbox," Ballmer said. "A new...

  • 1.5-million Windows 7 Phones sold in first six weeks

    Microsoft has released its first sales figures for new Windows Phone 7 smartphones, saying more than 1.5 million of the handsets were sold by manufacturers in the first six weeks. Achim Berg, vice president of business and marketing for Windows Phones, said sales were "in line with our expectations -- especially when compared to other new platform introductions." "We are pleased that phone manufacturers sold over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks, which helps build customer momentum and retail presence," Berg said in a statement. Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its mobile phone operating system in October as it...

  • 10 geek gifts for the whole family this festive season

    Are you, or someone you love, filling your "Dear Santa" letters with 3Gs, MB’s, and USB’s? Hoping that Santa's little helpers know their way around the information super-highway? Well, rest easy with our shopping guide for the geeks who made the "Nice list" this year that’s sure to make all the "Naughties" think twice! Beyond the obvious holiday purchases like a new computer, an external hard-drive, or an iPod, buying for techies can be really tough. I myself struggle with holiday shopping for my PC-loving engineer husband just as much as he battles with gift ideas for his Apple-loyalist media-driven...

  • Have you played the best video games of 2010?

    2010 has been an amazing year for gaming. We saw the release of some ground breaking titles and also the return of some old favorites polished to perfection. Here is what the team over at Memeburn thought were the 10 very best games of 2010. 10. Call of Duty: Black Ops The highly-anticipated shooter that grossed more than Avatar, Call of Duty: Black Ops is at the top of every gamer's Xmas wish list. But does it live up to all the hype? Well, while the story is fresh and innovative, the gameplay is pretty much the COD that loyal...

  • Apple to launch ‘Mac App Store’ on January 6

    Apple is planning a January 6 opening for an online shop stocked with software applications that add entertaining or functional features to the firm's Macintosh computers. The Mac App Store will launch in 90 countries and offer free and paid mini-programs in categories including games, lifestyle, education, and productivity, the iconic California company announced on Thursday. "The App Store revolutionised mobile apps," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs, referring to the shop specialising in software programs for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices. "We hope to do the same for PC (personal computer) apps with the Mac App Store by making finding...

  • Gadget fetish of 2010: It’s all about the tablet

    When it came to gadget fetishes of 2010, it was all about tablet computing. Yearning for a device that was bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop made the tablet a defining trend for the year. Of all the tablets, iPad lead the charge, although Apple's rivals were quick to respond with their own high-profile launches. Research company, Gartner, forecasts worldwide media tablet sales to end users will reach 19.5 million units in 2010, driven by sales of the iPad. Media tablets are poised for strong growth with worldwide end user sales projected to total 54.8 million units in...

  • Can India produce the world’s cheapest tablet?

    The Indian government won headlines around the world when it unveiled a prototype $US35 tablet computer in July, but questions are now growing over whether the project will become a reality or not. At the computer's launch, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal vowed "the solutions for tomorrow will emerge from India" as he revealed the breathtaking price tag -- a fraction of the 500-dollar cost for an Apple iPad. Officials said the touchscreen device, aimed at the country's millions of students, could even be hammered down to just 10 dollars once production rates increase. The tablet computer, which has yet to...

  • A hardcore gamer makes peace with Farmville

    Here’s an interesting fact for you: 53% of all Facebook users play social games like FarmVille and Mafia Wars. Is that a surprise to you? Probably not. If you aren’t already chipping away at your workplace productivity trying to grow beets and raise sheep, then it’s a pretty fair bet you know someone who is. Social gaming is a global phenomenon. There are in the region of 550-million people on Facebook, so even if we round it off to a clean 50%, that is at least 270-million people dedicating hours of their time to social gaming. That is a huge...

  • Are you looking for the best smartphone in the country?

    According to Gartner, smartphone sales increased by 96 percent in the third quarter of 2010. Over 80-million of more than 400-million handsets sold over this period were smartphones. That’s about 1 in 5 of all mobile phones sold worldwide, and a lot of this phenomenal growth can be attributed to the meteoric rise of the Android platform. As South Africans, we stand with our noses pressed up against the window, watching the likes of Europe, Asia and the US get first dibs on the latest smartphone technologies. Although the influx of smartphones into our country is less timely, and more...

  • Google unveils Nexus S

    Google has unveiled its second branded smartphone, the "Nexus S", made by South Korea's Samsung. Google said the Nexus S, which comes nearly a year after the Nexus One, which was a critical success if not a huge commercial hit, is powered by the latest version of Google's Android mobile operating system, Gingerbread. Google vice president of engineering Andy Rubin said the Nexus S would be the first Android device to ship with the new version of the Android platform, used by handset makers around the world. It will be available in the United States from December 16 from Best Buy stores...