Archive for February, 2013

Galaxy Note 8 and FonePad launched, say hello to the tablephone

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

As ridiculous as the idea of the phablet seemed at first the Galaxy Notes and similar devices have proved to be quite popular. Now at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the yearly tradeshow where phone-makers gather to show off their latest wares, there’s a new beast – the tablet/phone. A tablephone if you will.

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PS4 gets official but refuses to show its face

Monday, February 25th, 2013

After months of anticipation last week saw Sony officially announce its PS4 leaving many jubilant, many angry and many confused. To say Sony revealed it might be a bit strong as it only revealed what kind of hardware it’s going to be packing and what its controller is going to look like. The console itself remains an anonymous entity. There are plenty of details to chew over though and whatever happens the PS4 is guaranteed to be a powerful piece of kit. (more…)

Wii U sales slump, too early to call it a flop?

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The initial burst of enthusiasm surrounding the Wii U when it was released may have been a misleading sign as recent sales estimates suggest that Nintendo’s newest console is not just entering flop country but booking a hotel room there as well. Various sources have come up with various figures for US Wii U sales in January but they all centre around the 57,000 unit mark. This is not a good figure as in the same month Microsoft shifted 281,000 consoles. (more…)

Could Apple TV kill the consoles?

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Long rumoured, never announced, the Apple TV set has been the source of much speculation for quite a while now. Thanks to an Apple job listing this week it now definitely looks like the company is planning to do something exciting which is TV related. This could be an updated Apple TV box or even the Apple TV Set. But could the arrival of either device spell the end of the line for traditional consoles? Xbox co-founder Nat Brown seems to thinks so according to comments he made last week. (more…)

HP tablets to find a friend in Android

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Following its lack of success with its own WebOS tablets, and despite an allegiance to Windows 8, it’s looking like Android is going to factor into HP’s future tablet plans. HP is a dominant force when it comes to desktop computing and peripherals but it has not had so much luck with tablets. With tablet sales threatening to overtake PC sales it’s hardly surprising that HP wants a piece of the action, and it looks like it’s prepared to do it by using any OS necessary. (more…)

Microsoft to build app bridge between Windows and Windows Phone

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The idea of creating a version of Windows that unites smartphones, tablets and PCs is certainly a good one though it’s fair to say it is far from being perfectly implemented. However evidence has emerged that Microsoft is going to strengthen the bond between Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 even further by creating a development platform which means apps created for smartphones will work on desktops and tablets and vice versa. (more…)

Xbox 720 to prevent games being sold second-hand

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

There’s some bad news for any Xbox fans who like to buy their games second-hand or sell the ones they own on after they’re done with them. This week has seen sources close to Microsoft reveal that discs for the next generation Xbox console are going to ship with activation codes, tying them to one console. (more…)

Apple rumoured to be working on iWatch

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Smartphones may have eliminated the need for a portable time telling device, aka a wristwatch, but it’s looking like smartphone technology could be responsible for bringing back those watches to our wrists. The latest company rumoured to be trying their hand at a smart watch is none other than Apple, at least according to the New York Times’ sources who would prefer to remain anonymous. (more…)

Dyson releases high tech taps that wash and dry

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Dyson has already revolutionised the humble vacuum cleaner, the fan and the paper towel-saving hand dryer but now it looks set to revolutionise taps as well. The company has recently released its expertly engineered faucet which runs both hot and cold water in addition to drying your hands when they’re clean. At £999 though it could be a while before you see one anywhere else than the poshest of bathrooms. (more…)

41mp Lumia handset rumoured for the summer

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Last month Nokia announced that its 808 PureView would be the last Symbian handset it made, but that doesn’t mean its impressive 41mp snapper would be put in the same coffin as the OS. On the contrary as has been hoped since the 808 was announced Nokia is set to bring the high-resolution sensor to its Lumia range later this year, in a handset currently known as the EOS. At the moment it’s just a rumour but a credible one and this week The Guardian has also confirmed the news, citing sources close to the Finnish phone maker. (more…)