Archive for January, 2013

iPad 4 with 128GB of storage is now official

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Exciting news Apple fans! The maker of all things i has quietly announced that its next iPad will be packing 128GB of internal storage. There were plenty of hints leading up to the announcement as a leaked SKU (Stocking Keeping Unit, or the unique identifying number of a product) hinted at the existence of such a device. (more…)

Amazon to take on Siri with its latest purchase

Monday, January 28th, 2013

This year has already seen Nuance (well known for its Dragon voice-recognition software) reveal its own cloud-based alternative to Siri and it seems Amazon is now ready to take the voice recognition game more seriously. The company has recently acquired the Polish company Ivona Software, which has previously helped it bring speech-recognition features to its Kindle Fire tablets. (more…)

$22,000 TV finds its way to 300 homes

Friday, January 25th, 2013

LG knows its stuff when it comes to TVs and its 84” 4K HD TV should get any self-respecting couch potato drooling. Not only at the super-realistic pictures it’s capable of producing but at its $22,000 price-tag as well. While it may be out of the reach of most of us who like to mooch around John Lewis’s tech department of a weekend the TV has found its way into the homes of 300 early adopters, according to a report last week. (more…)

Google Glass may turn limbs into keyboards

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Google’s glasses are already a nifty piece of tech but according to a patent that has recently been discovered they might get even niftier. The patent describes how a camera and a projector could be combined to create a system which projects displays on to the wearer’s limbs, turning an arm, a leg, or any viable body part, into a keyboard. (more…)

Motorola may be joining the phablet pool party

Monday, January 21st, 2013

It seems inevitable that eventually all phone manufacturers will develop a 5” handset and Motorola is tipped to be joining the party in May with its “X Phone”. The handset could well be the first device to bear the influence of Google’s acquisition of the company though rather than be a new Nexus device it’s been said it might find itself as part of a sub-brand of the Nexus name. (more…)

The Iconia B1, Acer’s promising £99 tablet

Friday, January 18th, 2013

As cheap as Google’s Nexus 7 is tablets which are cheaper than it, especially ones which fall below the £100 mark, should generally be avoided like the plague. However Acer is releasing a £99 tablet at the end of this month which looks like it could offer both a pleasant mid-range experience and a price-tag which you could reasonably call cheap. The Iconia B1 is that tablet. (more…)

LG’s latest appliances help Android to take over the home

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The robot revolution may not have happened yet but it seems one type of green droid is well on its way to making humans its slaves. It started by taking over the mobile world and now it’s got its eyes set on the domestic one. Among the various new shiny things to come out of CES last week were a range of household appliances from LG that come embedded with Android including a refrigerator, oven, washer & dryer and a robot vacuum. (more…)

Nvidia reveals its first handheld console, and it’s Android powered

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Last week saw all kinds of goodies revealed at CES and one of the most exciting of these, for gamers at least, was undoubtedly Nvidia’s first handheld console. The clamshell console which looks like a gamepad with a screen on top is called Project Shield and is one of a growing number of gaming devices that is going to be running Android. (more…)

Facebook promises to take over your life even more with free phone calls

Friday, January 11th, 2013

If you thought Facebook couldn’t offer any more ways to keep you glued to the screen of your PC, tablet or smartphone then you thought wrong. Last week lucky Facebook users in Canada found that an update for the social networking site’s Messenger app on iOS devices delivered an exciting new feature – free voice calls. At the moment the roll out of the new feature is just a test, but if it’s a test that goes well then it may not be long before we’re all using it to call each other. (more…)

Ubuntu set to make its way onto smartphones

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

The Linux-based Ubuntu has already made a name for itself as a free alternative to Windows on PCs and now the company behind it, Canoninical, has announced it’s bringing the OS to smartphones. This will make it the latest in a line of potential new threats to Android, iOS and Windows Phone which includes Firefox OS, BB10 OS and an enthusiast-resurrected Palm OS. (more…)