Archive for May, 2013

Antique Tech, Apple I sells for £442,000

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Apple’s current generation of products may seem overpriced to many people but this week an Apple I computer from 1976 has put even the priciest iPad options to shame. The working vintage computer was sold at an auction in Cologne last weekend and managed to get a bid of an incredible €516,461 (or about £442,000) from an anonymous bidder in the Far East. (more…)

A flop, a media center and a tease – is it game over for consoles?

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

The Mayan apocalypse may not have arrived in 2013 for all humanity but for the hardcore console gamers out there it might feel like the beginning of the end. Nintendo’s Wii U has proved itself to be a flop, with few signs of recovery and leaving Nintendo with some major upwards hole digging to do. Then there’s the PS4 which it’s hard to evaluate on the information we have at the moment, but rumours of always on internet connectivity haven’t filled Sony fans with confidence. Finally we have the recently announced Xbox One which, while it looks quite awesome on paper, is hard to call a console. (more…)

HTC One Conquers Everest

Monday, May 27th, 2013

For anyone looking for a phone that works well at high altitudes then HTC’s One might be the handset to go for. Last week saw it become the first smartphone to make a video call from the top of Mount Everest. The expedition which peaked with the video call was sponsored by HTC and in addition to being a fantastic bit of PR the objective of the challenge was to raise money for Comic Relief. (more…)

The Xbox One revealed at last, more media center than console

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Hardcore gamers might be feeling slightly swept aside in the wake of the Xbox One reveal this week as it’s become apparent that Microsoft plans to fully conquer the living room, and TV is as an important part of that plan as gaming. It’s being marketed as “the all-in-one entertainment system” and while it promises to be an awe-inspiring addition to the living room its media center functionality appears to be overshadowing its gaming console roots. (more…)

EA deals Wii U another blow

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

If the lack of success for the Wii U is down to an absence of compelling triple A titles then it doesn’t look like things are going to get any better. Last week EA confirmed that it currently doesn’t have any games in development for the console, and it seems it doesn’t have any immediate plans to develop any in the future either. Whatever your feelings about EA might be there’s no denying that for the company not to be on board with the Wii U is seriously going to hurt the console’s chances of becoming more popular. (more…)

Microsoft baits Google with new YouTube app

Monday, May 20th, 2013

For a long time Windows Phone users have never really had a proper YouTube app, just a launcher which takes them to the less than perfect mobile version of the video sharing site. One reason for this is that Google refused to create a native app for Windows Phone, despite having created one for iOS. Whether that was because there aren’t enough Windows Phones users for it to be worth the trouble or because Google didn’t want to give its rival another advantage is anyone’s guess. Whatever the reason though it doesn’t change the fact that Microsoft has been poking a sleeping bear with a pointy stick, no surprises that it quickly woke up. (more…)

Sony aiming for top grades with 13.1” e-ink tablet

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Despite attempts at student-centric tablets the paperless classroom is still a dream for most schools, colleges and universities. However it looks like Sony is hoping to change this as it has recently revealed a 13.1” e-ink device that could revolutionise the classroom, lecture room or whatever room you do your learning in. (more…)

New pics of iPhone with edge-to-edge display look edgy

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Rumours of an edge-to-edge display for the iPhone have been doing the rounds for years but if the latest iPhone 6 concepts to hit the web are anything to go by then 2013 might see it finally make its way to Apple’s handset. This would mean an optimum amount of display area without having to make the phone any bigger. Perhaps more importantly it would be the first truly innovative move from Apple in a while, following the underwhelming unsurprisingness of the iPhone 5. (more…)

Adam II tablet takes a page out of books’ book

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Notion Ink might not be a big name in the world of tablets but in 2011 the Indian company created an innovative slate called the Adam. It was well spec’d for the time, came with the option of a non-reflective screen and had a webcam that could be rotated into a front-facing or rear-facing orientation. While it didn’t take the world by storm Notion Ink are at it again and working on another unique design, one that’s been influenced by good ol’ books of all things. (more…)

Google raises Glass concerns with health warning

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Whenever a new kind of display technology is launched concerns about ocular safety aren’t far behind. In the past worried parents warned their children that watching too much TV would make their eyes turn square. When the 3DS arrive there were worries that it would create a generation of permanently cross-eyed Nintendo fans. Now it’s the turn of Google’s Glass to get those who treasure their eyeballs fretting, thanks to some boiler plate legal rear-end protection from the company. (more…)