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Posts from July, 2013

Android 4.3 Is Rolling Out to the UK and Should Speed Up Your Old Nexus

Jul 31

Android-4.3While on the face of it Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is a bit of a minor update, what with it just adding a bit of profile and Bluetooth magic, as well as Open GLES 3.0. But it seems Google’s enabled TRIM support in the update for its Nexus line of phones and tablets, which means […]

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Run For Your Lives: Auto-Fixing Hexapod Is Self-Aware

Jul 31

HexapodMany of you have expressed some, um, concerns about a few of the bots we’ve covered in recent weeks. ATLAS, for instance, is quite frightening, but it’s not yet self-aware. This tiny hexapod, however, is and it’s rather unsettling. With all “limbs” intact, the hexapod gets along pretty quickly at 26 cm/s, but once you […]

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Science Has Almost Beaten Testicular Cancer

Jul 31

18vdu15028w5kjpgTesticular cancer used to be a brutal condition with a low survival rate, but that’s all changed in recent years thanks to improved treatment. While just over half of patients survived a half century ago, today 96 per cent of men who contract the disease are cured. Throwing around the word “cure” is always an […]

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Panasonic GX7 Leak: GH-3 Beating Specs For Less Cash?

Jul 31

18vgeavi63biejpgDigicame Info claims to have unearthed pictures and specs of the new PanasonicGX7 — and if accurate, it offers specs that beat current flagship the GH-3, for less money. According to Digicame Info, the camera packs a 16-megapixel sensor, 2.76 million dot electronic viewfinder that can be tilted 90 degrees, in-body image stabilisation, and 1/8000th […]

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Even Google Reader Replacements Are Shutting Down

Jul 31

18ve3tzp0xrzujpgWhen Google Reader finally closed its doors, it shoved thousands of teary-eyed RSS fans into cyberspace, adrift, where we flailed around desperately for a suitable replacement. Many services rose to the challenge, but the incoming wave was a lot to handle. Too much for one of our favourite alternatives — The Old Reader — which […]

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Half-Price Books and Cheap Travel Are Your Daily-Grind-Escape-Plan Deals of the Day

Jul 31

bus-booksThe rise of the e-reader may have made it easier for us to consume books on a grand scale but you can’t beat that feeling of having an actual book in your hands. Plus, you can’t throw a Kindle at the dog when it’s chewing your slippers. So why not treat yourself to a lovely […]

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Google Chromecast Review: A Little Dongle With Big Potential

Jul 31

18vdwxvkbyy51jpgOver the past few years, manufacturers have been packing more and more features into their televisions — from 3D pictures to web browsing — in an industry-wide arms race to differentiate. It hasn’t added up to much more than bloat. Google Chromecast offers relief in the form of a little dongle that puts whatever’s on […]

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Apple’s Phone Camera Patent Could Make Colours More Correct

Jul 31

18vgoqqw46bgyjpgApple has just ushered a patent through the US Patent and Trademark Office for a new phone camera system — which uses three separate sensors to create higher-resolution images with more colour accuracy. The new camera design — while unlikely to see the light of day any time soon — uses one sensor for luminance […]

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How Scientists Hacked a Normal Microscope Into a Gigapixel Superscope

Jul 31

18vgk4qfrq9i7jpgMicroscopes are a dime a dozen in universities, so there’s plenty of fun to be had hacking ‘em any way you can — like a team of researchers from Caltech, who have developed a cheap and easy way to increase their resolution by a factor of 100. Normally, increasing magnification power of a microscope requires new […]

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Man V. Food Hitting LoveFilm Soon

Jul 31

Man-v-FoodWant to sate your obsession for seeing a man face off against insane amounts of American food? Well, now you can, thanks to LoveFilm, which has just bagged the rights to stream shows from Scripps Networks and its Food Network and Travel Channel in the UK. Man v. Food Nation, Bizarre Foods and Restaurant: Impossible, […]

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