Archive for November, 2012

Will.i.phone, Black Eyed Pea tries his hand at self-indulgent smartphone accessories

Friday, November 30th, 2012

When it comes to over-achievers in the world of the music Will.i.am’s name stands out above the rest and now he’s trying his hand at his own brand of iPhone accessories. Not content with carrying the Olympic torch (while texting), or having his turd of a specially composed song “Reach for the Stars” (not an S Club 7 cover) the first to be beamed back from Mars by the Curiosity rover, he’s decided to take on the world of iPhone accessories with his humbly named i.am+ brand. (more…)

Microsoft may take on Google with its own hi-tech goggles

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

There have already been rumours of a Wii U-like tablet for the next-gen Xbox and now it seems as if Microsoft is taking on one of its rivals in a different area, by creating its own augmented reality glasses. Google’s googles, aka Project Glass, have already been well publicised and now it has been discovered Microsoft has filed a patent for its own similarly techie specs. (more…)

The future’s bright for the humble light bulb, thanks to LIFX

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Back when Edison invented the incandescent light bulb in 1879 he changed the world with what now seems like quite a primitive piece of technology. Fast forward 120 years and gas filled energy saving alternatives are trying to save the world. But the real revolution for the light bulb hasn’t really begun until recently with the appearance of LED bulbs. These bulbs not only save a lot of energy but they’re smart too, with a new wave of Wi-Fi connected lighting fixtures on the horizon. (more…)

Friction could be the key to charging our phones on the move

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Electric shocks and swooshing sounds can be annoying things both created by items of clothing and both caused by friction. While these infrequent annoyances may be a pain sometimes they could also hold the key to charging our smartphones or other devices cleanly and greenly while on the move. This week professor of materials at Georgia Tech Zhong Lin Wang has revealed to the world that one day our mobile devices could be powered by special materials that harness the potential power in our pants… and other items of clothing. (more…)

Xbox 720 specs leaked by magazine with nothing to lose

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

If you’re an Xbox lover eager for news of Microsoft’s next console a wealth of new information has been revealed this week regarding the 720, aka “Durango”, though it might be worth readying your thumb and forefinger to pinch some salt. For starters some of the specs are outrageously impressive, almost unbelievably so, and secondly they’re being revealed by a magazine, Xbox World, that’s about to publish its last issue in December. However there may be some truth to the speculation and if there is, then wowzers. (more…)

Wii U sells out in US, enrages some early adopters

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Nintendo’s Wii U went on sale in the US on Sunday and while it has already managed to sell out there are reports of angry fist shaking amid a few crinkles which have yet to be ironed out. As with any new technology there’s expected to a be a few bugs when it reaches expectant gadget lovers after first going on sale, but there’s a lot riding on the console’s continued success if Nintendo doesn’t sort them out quickly. (more…)

When tablets attack, the exploding Nexus 7 and other tech-tastrophes

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Like a beloved pet dog that turns on its owner out of the blue sometimes our hi-tech best friends can also bite back. Over the years there have been reports of exploding smartphones that have left their owners with warm pockets and this week there’s been another case of toasty tech as one Nexus 7 owner was alarmed when his room filled with smoke. Smoke which was issuing from the battery compartment of his tablet. (more…)

Tablets for tots, the top tech for kids this Christmas

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The iPad mini, Galaxy Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD may be set to fight it out for tablet dominance this year but for parents looking for child-friendly alternatives, there’s another battle going on. It looks like 2012 could well be the year of the tablet intended solely for kids and there’s three names which stick out on this year’s list of potential Christmas bestsellers – the LeapPad 2, InnoTab 2 and the Kurio. (more…)

Make it so, the Star Trek Communicator Badge now a reality

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Like it or loathe it Star Trek was one TV series that was particularly good at predicting future technologies. While there aren’t transporter pads yet we do have wireless communicators in the form of mobile phones and we do have tablets. Now another innovation, from the Next Generation, has become a reality – the combadge. (more…)

Is the shine starting to wear off of Apple?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Since the launch of the iPhone in 2007 Apple has created an image for itself of an all powerful technology god and has managed to become the most valuable company in the world, ever. Quite an impressive achievement and while there’s no question the company is going to be around for many years to come there are signs that Apple is not quite the untouchable force it was, or at least thought it was. (more…)