Archive for July, 2012

A few smart things about dumbphones

Monday, July 30th, 2012

While we’re getting yet another hit off the addictive glow of our smartphones it’s easy to forget that it was less than a decade ago that colour screens seemed like a novelty and we were lucky if our phones could take pictures let alone videos. Yes the age of the dumbphone may be over but there’s still a few reasons why these Neanderthals of the mobile world deserve some respect; (more…)

RIP the iPhone’s 30-pin dock connector?

Friday, July 27th, 2012

iPhone 5 rumours are rampant at the moment and chief among them, and the one that seems to be causing the most controversy, is the decision to ditch the current 30-pin connector in favour of a smaller 19-pin one. While the device has never lost its fashion sense with each new iteration the traditional Apple connector has gradually started looking outdated, especially when compared to the likes of tiny technologies such as microUSB. (more…)

Has the Nexus 7 revolution begun?

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Google may have outsmarted even itself as there are reports of its 16GB Galaxy Nexus 7 selling out in the US and UK, though not the 8GB version. Thinking that everyone would want the cheapest variant has proved counter-intuitive and now the search engine giant is scrambling to fulfil orders. (more…)

Images appear of iPad’s awkward teen years

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Apple’s iPad may be one of the most iconic pieces of technology created in the last decade but photos have been leaked showing what an early version of the device looked like, before it reached gadget adulthood. It’s not quite the svelte device that the fanboys love so much today but it does have that distinctly Apple-like look, albeit slightly chubbier. The images are said to come from “sometime between 2002 and 2004″ (sorry Jobs worshippers but Microsoft’s first tablet still predates this) and the device pictured is known as the “035 mockup or prototype”. (more…)

Activision snubs Nintendo tablet, rightly so?

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Wii U is set to hit shelves in time for Christmas but there’s already some growing doubt about the tablet controller and whether it’s all it’s cracked up to be. This has not been helped by reports this week that Nintendo was forced to come up with the “pro controller” by Activision which insisted that for its big games like the Call of Duty franchise it would need something that wasn’t a tablet with extra buttons, but was very similar to a traditional gamepad. (more…)

Who said charging a smartphone couldn’t be fun…

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Forget about plugging your smartphone into a boring old outlet, these days there are some alternative ways to recharge a handset’s battery that are pretty fun too. Gone are the days of the dumbphones which used to last forever on a single charge, now most smartphone users are lucky if they can go a day or two without seeing the battery depleted symbol. Below are some potential ways of filling your devices with juice when an electrical socket might be hard to come by or you might just be a little bit bored. (more…)

Nintendo rethinks 3D for future consoles

Monday, July 16th, 2012

When Nintendo released the 3DS it seemed like 3D was the way forward though it’s clearly not been the Wiimote-style leap that the company was hoping for. It has now been officially said that the eye-popping tech won’t be a big feature of future consoles. The news comes from an interview with Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata where he’s commented on the lack of interest in the 3D display technology that led to the big price reduction of the console. (more…)

Will the Kindle Fire 2 top your Christmas list?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

It’s no secret that a new version of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet is in the works and expected to be released this year. What’s not been so clear is whether the device is going to be confined to US shores as the original was or if it might enjoy a global launch this time round. However thanks to gadget purveyors Currys and PC World it seems as if it’s not just our American cousins who will be able to enjoy the new tablet at Christmas. (more…)

Android console plans get kickstarted

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Gaming on an Android smartphone and gaming on a traditional console may seem like two completely different beasts but the brains behind OUYA (say it out loud, it feels good) plan to change that. OUYA is a Kickstarter project which aims to deliver a games console that runs Android 4.0 for just $100 and hopes to rock the world of gaming to its very core. (more…)

How many lives does the handheld console have left?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Ever since the birth of the smartphone handheld console doomsayers have been prophesying the end of devices like Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PS Vita. While those devices are still very much alive and kicking the latest generation of handheld consoles have been born into tough times and there’s little doubt that they’re not quite as popular as they once were. Their health meter seems to have survived the smartphone boss fight but is it nearly game over or is there an extra life around the corner? (more…)