Archive for December, 2013

Asus Padfone Mini launches in Taiwan, heading to UK 2014

Friday, December 20th, 2013

There have been enough different versions of Asus’ PadFone now to suggest there’s a market for the device and last week saw the PadFone Mini added to the ranks of the combo devices. The basic concept of the PadFone series is that they can be both a tablet and a smartphone, the smartphone component docks into and powers the tablet part, and the latest addition doesn’t change anything. It’s just a bit smaller. (more…)

Microsoft Might Make Windows Phone and RT Free

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

It’s only a rumour, and if true it won’t be happening for a while, but it’s looking like Microsoft might offer Windows Phone and Windows RT to smartphone and tablet manufacturers for free in the future. This would lead to cheaper Windows mobile devices, and would help to expand the limited number of manufacturing partners that are currently making handsets and tablets running Windows. (more…)

Ultra-budget Tablet Rocks £30 Price Tag

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Last week we looked at the super-cheap supermarket tablets that are set to be popular stocking fillers this Christmas. Now Datawind has gone one better, or £40 worse depending on how you look at it, by releasing the UbiSlate 7Ci – a £30 Android tablet. While it’s very much a case of you get what you pay for it’s still quite an incredible thing that you can now get a portable computing device for such a small amount of money. (more…)

Supermarkets Wage Battle of Budget Tablets

Friday, December 13th, 2013

The run up to Christmas is always a good time for a good rivalry and while Microsoft and Sony are busy fish slapping each other with their new next-gen consoles there’s another fight that’s heating up in the UK. That fight is between Aldi and Tesco who have been trying to out-cheap each other, and pretty much every other tablet maker, with their ultra-affordable supermarket slates. (more…)

Could the Wii U beat the PS4 and Xbox One this Christmas?

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It’s likely to make any hardcore gamer bust a gut laughing but the question of whether or not the Wii U could be more popular than the PS4 and Xbox One this Christmas seems to be a serious one for one UK retailer. Based on recent sales figures and a survey of what people are saying in the twittersphere Play.com owner Rakuten claims that the Wii U and the Apple iPad are “the most talked about presents for children this Christmas.” (more…)

Company You’ve Never Heard of Announces Glasses-free 3D Tablet

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Aside from the cinema, and the 3DS, the 3D display fad never really caught on with consumers. 3D TVs may be doing ok but it’s fair to say mobile devices with an extra dimension have not been blockbuster pieces of tech. This is true of both tablets and smartphones though one company has decided the world needs another 3D tablet, and this time it’s glasses-free. (more…)

Amazon takes to the air with Delivery Drones

Friday, December 6th, 2013

In the future it looks like we can add DVD box sets and hardback books to the list of things we fear falling out of the sky, if Amazon has anything to do with it. In a well-timed TV appearance, right before Amazon’s big Cyber Monday sale this week, the online retailer’s CEO Jeff Bezos talked about an experimental project it has been working on – Drones that deliver parcels. (more…)

The Eyes have it, the Odd Side of 3D Printing

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

 

3D printing may still be too expensive to be considered truly mainstream among consumers but exciting new, and sometimes scary (such as guns), uses of the tech are emerging all the time. Falling into the exciting/slightly odd category is the news that UK’s Fripp Design has found a way to mass produce prosthetic eyeballs using a 3D printer, greatly reducing the cost of something that traditionally has to be carefully hand crafted. (more…)

UK Turns its Nose Up at Cheaper iPhone

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

While one of the criticisms often aimed at the iPhone 5C is that it wasn’t cheap enough it seems that price doesn’t matter to a lot of Apple fans, at least to those in the UK. Recent figures have revealed how the iPhone 5S is outselling its more affordable and colourful counterpart at a rate of three to one. Clearly bright colours and lower price tags might work for some phone-makers but not for Apple. (more…)