Thursday, January 31, 2013

iPhone and Android users try to figure out the BlackBerry 10

Hasn`t even been a day since the unveil of the new BlackBerry 10 and now you`re getting iPhone and Android smartphone users already making the inevitable usability comparisons or complaints. Some are reporting a confusing setup process while others seems just plain old lost, Anyhow this video is good for some laughs.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dodging iPhone questions, RIM style

When asked "what have you learned from Apple" RIM`s European managing director Stephen Bates really did not have anything to say on that subject, at all! The question gets repeated numerous times and it`s as if it was never heard. The comparisons are inevitable so might as well answer them, silence makes you look bad.

AMD Richland Gesture Control and Face Login

AMD will be bundling what it calls it`s "Elite Software Experience" with the Richland APU due out Q2 2013. This bundle includes software for gesture control, facial recognition, wireless connectivity and streaming video. Looks like pretty cool stuff but I`m waiting for a hands-on.

you can find out more at the AMD site here

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Apple announces 128GB iPad

Apple today announced a new storage option for the iPad 4, a 128GB version will be out February 5th. Prices are as follows: $799 for the 128GB wi-fi version and $929 for the 128GB with wi-fi + cellular.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Gravity controlled NOT PAC-MAN now out for IOS and Android... kinda

This is Not Pac-Man, its the Pac-Man video game from yesteryear you know and love but with a twist, as opposed to controlling Pac-Man with a joystick you tilt your device to make the little yellow guy go where you want him to go. Unfortunately not available from the Google Marketplace or App store but if you contact the developer he`ll send you a download link.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Anonymous hacks Department of Justice in Operation Last Resort

Anonymous has taken down the US Justice Department`s Sentencing Commission site and left a threatening video behind. They are calling this new round of attacks "Operation Last Resort".

Friday, January 25, 2013

Gizmo Board: Tinker with an AMD powered embedded system board

AMD and Gizmosphere are trying to get the attention of independent developers, embedded system builders and hobbyists everywhere by offering you the Gizmo Board. Gizmo Board is a 4" square board with a dual core 1GHz G-T40E x86 APU with Radeon 6250 GPU, 1 GB of ram soldered on to the board, VGA, two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet and two proprietary I/O ports for $199.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Did you know your iPhone has a 3D display?

Lumino Kinetic + Beyond from Yuri Endo on Vimeo.

Want objects to jump of the screen of your iPhone (or any device for that matter) just a couple of prisms and you can create an illusion used for centuries called Pepper`s ghost. But this trick called "luminogeist" created by Japanese designer Yuri Endo uses four prisms to get the effect.

First footage of Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs from the upcoming film iJobs

The biographical film iJobs is about to premier at the Sundance Film Festival so ET has some footage of the upcoming film. Set the be released April 19th iJobs stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak and follows the story of Steve Jobs from 1971 through to 2000.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Apple TV 3 jailbreak imminent

Apple TV will be getting an untethered jailbreak very soon. Developers at ATV3 Chip Group have an exact date for you and it`s February 1st 2013. The software will be free and will obviously add extra functionality to the Apple TV.

Intel will not make desktop motherboards anymore

Intel has just announced that it`s getting out of the desktop motherboard business. Over the next 3 years Intel will slowly wind down production of motherboards, but they will still supply companys such as ASUS, Gigabyte and others chipsets.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

AMD hires ex Apple and Qualcomm chip designers

AMD is looking to diversify its product lines. AMD has recently hired two senior engineers with experience in low power chip design work from Qualcomm and Apple.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Atari files for Bankruptcy

The once great home and arcade gaming powerhouse Atari has filed for bankruptcy protection in the US. By filing for bankruptcy Atari will be protected from Infogrames, Atari`s current French owner to which they owe a substantial amount of money.

Samsung mocks RIM in new commercial

We know Samsung goes to great lengths to mock Apple, but RIM? In this latest ad Samsung mocks RIM and at one point an actor asks "are you finally going to retire that thing?" Sounds like Samsung is bit worried about the upcoming BlackBerry Z10 launch if you ask me.

Check out this autonomous Raspberry Pi powered R2-D2

This is one very cool mod. This project started out as a broken R2-D2 toy and was not only repaired but modded with a Raspbery Pi running Pasbian to make it autonomous making it almost as cool as the onscreen Star Wars movie version.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Watch Kim Dotcom`s totally over the top MEGA launch event

Kim Dotcom`s a big man, so was the launch event for MEGA. This one has everything, helicopters, tribal dancers, techno, pretty girls and of course flamboyant speeches from the man himself all from his mansion.

pure spectacle, but 50 free GB of storage!

Russia crushes fake iPhones with bulldozer

Russia gets tough on counterfeits, watch as a bulldozer does it`s thing on these seized fake iPhones in the war against counterfeit goods.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Kim Dotcom wants to give you 50GB of free storage

Kim Dotcom isn`t going to let the Feds keep him down, his new site Mega will give every user who signs up 50GB of storage free. Looks like he`s laying down the gauntlet to the likes of Dropbox and Skydrive, but you`ll have to wait until Saturday when his new file sharing site Mega goes live.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Apple`s "churning of the gut"

Over at daringfireball John Gruber has an interesting piece on the current state of Apple`s share price. I`ve personally met the kind of people he site so I`m inclined to agree with his article.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

TSMC to fab Apple 20nm SoC

Just a rumour at this point, but it looks like Taiwan`s TSMC is going to get the contract to fabricate the generation of Apple`s SoC that powers the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Full features of BlackBerry Z10 video

Curious to know what`s in store for the BlackBerry Z10 launch? Well here`s an extensive video covering just that. Points covered are multitasking, messaging center, general user interface. Its a really nice video with great close ups. Kudos to German website TelekomPresse.

Monday, January 14, 2013

AMD FX series: What`s under the lid, literally

Reviewers have already covered the performance and benchmarked AMD`s FX series processors so this is not the point of this article. As some of you may know the FX series ships in a fancy tin box, but did you know the tin insert is made out of recycled tin boxes? Well if you look at the under side of the tin you`ll encounter the original product from where it came. Some buyers have found tins from "Hubei caihua tea industrial co., ltd", Archer Farms and Marlboro just to name a few.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Former Reddit co-owner Aaron Swartz dies

Former Reddit co-owner and the co-author of RSS 1.0 specs Aaron Swartz has committed suicide at the age of 26.

TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay documentary

Don`t think there are to many people who have not heard of the Pirate Bay. It`s the file sharing site that just won`t go away. So this is their story, and it`s coming soon.

Apple adds subscription TV service to Apple TV in Germany

German Apple TV owners got an interesting update to their Apple TV set top boxes, a subscription TV app service called Whatever which is basically a German version of Hulu.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Raspberry Pi sells over a million units

The darling of low cost DIY micro computers has moved over a million units. No small feat considering there are only 2 official distributers. Despite the low specs (and low cost) they`re turning out to be pretty hackable little things, nice project.

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 demo

Gorilla Glass is tough stuff, well Corning is now making it tougher with Gorilla Glass 3. Corning is using ‘a completely new glass composition, with durability enhancements developed at the structural level of the glass.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Draw! err talk! The quick draw iPhone answering machine

I don`t like missing calls as much as the next guy (unless I`m screening them) so this Japanese man came up with a solution, a gizmo that straps to your arm and whips out your iPhone so you never miss a call.

how do you disable that thing? hate for it to go off if i`m taking a whizz

Turn an old Game Boy into an Android game pad

This looks like a fun DIY project, turn that old Nintendo Game Boy you have laying around into a retro looking Android game pad. This is a pretty cool game controller, and you get to make it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Ubuntu mobile demo at CES

I like Ubuntu, I`ve used it on and off (but prefer Mint). So when hearing that Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical will be there demoing Ubuntu mobile I was intrigued. It looks fast and sleek and for those familiar with current Ubuntu builds has a Unity like bar at the side (love it or hate it). So far this has been a hands off demo and Canonical has no dedicated hardware vendors picking up this OS until 2014. Still nice to see an alternative.

Microsoft IllumiRoom: turn an entire wall into an intense gaming experience

This is part of Microsoft`s vision for your living room, intense and larger than life gaming on your wall.

An almost 20 minute complete walkthrough of the BlackBerry 10

For those of you waiting for the release of the BlackBerry 10 you may want to check out this complete walkthrough, showcasing pretty much everything you`d want to know about the OS.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Huawei Ascend Mate, World`s largest phone screen. Nosfuratu approves

This is the Huawei Ascend Mate and it is a monster phone. Coming in with 6.1" screen and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor the Ascend Mate also packs an 8 megapixel camera and runs on Android Jelly Bean. Why do you we need these behemoth phones, are they still technically phones?

A Tour of Haiku Alpha 4 BeOS lives!

BeOS was amazing for its time and gathered quite the following. The brainchild of former manager of Apple France many have mourned the passing of BeOS but now it`s been revived, with a direct clone of the original user interface and file manager.

Monday, January 7, 2013

PaperTab: Flexible E-ink tablet

Now this is something, a flexible E-ink tablet that when grouped can display individual apps or extend the viewable area of an app. Fully networked, low power and most of all flexible, looks pretty durable too.

Nvidia Project Shield, hand held android game console

Nvidia made a big announcement today at CES. They will be building their own game console backed by Android. Project Shield as it is named comes with Tegra 4 SOC, full controller, HDMI, micro USB and microSD, 5 inch touch screen at 720p, 10 hour battery life and the ability to output to a 4k display.

pretty interesting development considering Nvidia use to make hardware for everyone else

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Nasciturus: Classical music composed by a computer in less than a second

This classical piece entitled "Nasciturus" was composed by lamas, a computer cluster in Spain with absolutely no human intervention.

New processors spotted on AMD`s website

Even though the new "E" series processors are still a couple months away AMD is already listing them on their site.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Microsoft campus gets burgled only iPads taken

Too funny, Microsoft had one of it`s campuses broken into in Mountain view California late last year. The thief or thieves broke into 3 offices in Building 5 between December 19th and the 26th and despite the fact there was tons of stuff (probably Surfaces) only iPads were taken.

Friday, January 4, 2013

The original Android mascot looks like a hard drinking guzzle-bot

On Google+ Android engineer Dan Morril shared some very renderings of the original Android mascot. Dubbed "Dandroids" can you believe these things were on Google`s short list? This one looks like he`s drunk for sure, so do the rest.

guzzle-bot`s the name going on benders is my game, good thing they went with what they have now.

more here

Apple and Intel rumoured to be working on iWatch

Rumour has it that Apple and Intel are collaborating to produce a smart watch in 2013. There are already a number of these things on the market, being over glorified bluetooth notification centers for smartphones powered by Android.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Phishing in pictures U.S. more dangerous than Russia and China

Netcraft has published an interesting map outlining the chances of a phishing attack based by country.

Samsung to sell Tizen OS based smartphones after Google`s Motorola deal

Samsung recently made an announcement that it will start selling smartphones based on the Tizen OS backed by Intel. This in reaction to a new Google and Motorola mobility deal.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Ultra thin magnetic iPhone 5 keyboard and game controller

This is the EX Hybrid Controller System for your iPhone 5 and it is ingenious. Not only is it a magnetically attached Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard, if you flip it over you get a game pad too. The unit is made from aluminium, boasts 40 hours of usage, is water and dust proof and takes only an hour to charge with a pretty decent standby time of 160 hours.

Linus Torvalds likes the F-Bomb

Just before Christmas Linus Torvalds added this to a discussion thread regarding pulseaudio/tumbleweed being buggy. Hint, not a happy Linus.

AMD "Richland" to debut mid year

AMD will be replacing its current generation of A-series processors or APUs by the middle of 2013. The new processor core based on the Piledriver architecture will be called "Richland".

Next generation iPhone and IOS 7 found in web logs

Apple developer logs have found something interesting, namely references to a new iPhone and IOS 7. Unnamed sources have stated that these web log entries started showing up lately as "iPhone 6,1 and another entry "IOS 7". Obviously not much is known about this device or OS because you know, Apple really don`t talk much about unreleased products.

Apple moves chip production from Samsung to TSMC

Looks like the war between Apple and Samsung is getting personal. Apple has contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company or TSMC for short to fabricate its A6X mobile processor found in the iPhone 5 and current iPad.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Intel will not announce TV service at CES

No Intel TV at CES this year but there are still some juicy rumours surrounding this not so secret set top box.