Archive for July, 2013

Sony and Panasonic Team Up for 300GB Discs

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Anyone who hasn’t completed replacing their DVD collection with Blu-rays might want to hold off as Sony and Panasonic have announced this week that they’re aiming to have the next new standard out by the end of 2015.  The two tech giants have revealed a partnership which is going to result in a 300GB optical disc, enough space to house a super hi-res 4K film which wouldn’t fit on a regular Blu-ray disc. (more…)

Google Reveals it’s Working on Universal Translator

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Google is set to make another sci-fi fantasy device come true as it has been revealed that the company is at work on devices with real-time voice-to-voice translation. The end result would work like the Universal Translator in Star Trek, Babel Fish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or the TARDIS in Dr Who. Vice President of Google Hugo Barra announced at the end of last week that such a service was in development and that he plays with it every other week to see how it’s getting along. (more…)

Devs reveal early OUYA sales figures

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The OUYA has been in the hands of early adopters for a few weeks now (for its initial backers a bit longer) and some willing developers have shared their early sales figures, offering a glimpse of how successful the console may or may not have been. It’s fair to say it is still early days yet, too early to make a definitive judgement, but the figures show that there is money to be made from putting your game on the console. Just not very much of it at the moment. (more…)

Nokia Lights Up Phabletville with a New Lumia

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

When Nokia announced earlier this week that it was planning on revealing something big many thought that it had a tablet lurking up its Finnish sleeves. However the mystery device soon got its big unveiling and it turned out to be a phablet, the Lumia 625. The handset is a larger version of Nokia’s 3.8” Lumia 620 which was released last year, this new device is packing a 4.7” display. (more…)

iPad and iPhone Headed for Potential Growth Spurt

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

When Apple revealed the iPhone 5 it was the first time that the company seemed to be following a trend rather than setting one. If the latest rumour from the Wall Street Journal is to be believed then the Cupertino Crew might be following Samsung’s philosophy of something for everybody even closer in the future. Asian suppliers are the source of the rumour and claim that Apple is testing larger versions of both the iPad and the iPhone. (more…)

Microsoft Slashes Surface RT Price

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Microsoft has been slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet globally this week in what seems to be an attempt to boost flagging sales. Or according to a recent earnings report, to just get rid of its current stock of unsold tablets. Although Microsoft didn’t share any figures in the report about how many devices it has or hasn’t sold it did reveal it has taken a $900m hit on unsold Surface RT stock. (more…)

Apple Looks for Help Building iWatch

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

It looks like Apple may have reached the limit of its expertise if the latest report about the iWatch from the Financial Times is anything to go by. According to the FT Apple has had to hire new people to help its development of a  smartwatch. An unnamed source is responsible for spilling the iBeans though they’ve not revealed much. Only that the hiring process has been “aggressive”. (more…)

PureView Comes to Lumia at Last, Nokia Introduces 1020

Monday, July 15th, 2013

It’s taken Nokia a while but it has finally brought its mouth-watering PureView mobile camera tech to a Windows Phone. That phone is the Lumia 1020 and was revealed Thursday amid waterfalls issuing from the mouths of Windows Phone fans. Bearing the colourful physique of Lumias past the 1020 is slightly hunchbacked, in a beautiful way, as in its rear panel is mounted a 41mp camera. (more…)

Appy Birthday, Apple’s App Store Turns 5

Friday, July 12th, 2013

A lot can change in five years and when it comes to our digital lives the last half a decade has seen more than its fair share of big changes. Aside from the arrival of the smartphone the biggest change is one reason why smartphones were so successful in the first place – the App Store. This week Wednesday marked the fifth anniversary of the arrival of Apple’s App Store for the iPhone, forever changing the way we purchase software. (more…)

3D Printing Hits the High Street

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Up until now the only place to buy a 3D printer has been online but this week high street store Maplin has started selling one for £700. The model in question is the Velleman K8200 and is the first to be available off a shop shelf in the UK. It’s another milestone in what is likely to be a home-based industrial revolution though the still quite high-price tag and limitations of the device might hold it back from mega success. (more…)