Why car-to-car communication will make road rage a thing of the past

It’s always when you’re in a hurry, isn’t it? Every traffic light goes red as you drive towards it. Every. Single. One. It’s unbelievable.

But here’s something you can believe. In future, your car will tell you how fast to drive in order to reach every single traffic light when it’s green. It’ll also tell you when you’re about about to hit a traffic jam (hopefully in time for the satnav to recalculate), when there’s an ambulance coming up behind you and when you’re about to hit a patch of black ice.

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Samsung’s Q2 2013 shows investors value analysis over record profit

Though Samsung’s financial quarter announcements this week showed the company to be kicking up a storm (metaphorically, of course), with the Galaxy S 4 family of devices on the market today, shares fell internationally at word that analysis projections were not met. This sort of thing isn’t unheard of, but to the lay person, it’s not the easiest thing to make simple sense of. Why, if Samsung’s quarterly profits are up 47% compared to this quarter last year, are investors spooked enough to kick down shares 4% in the Seoul stock market?

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Sony Smart Bluetooth headset makes appearance in Xperia Z Ultra teaser video

We saw a couple Sony Xperia Z Ultra teaser videos appear on YouTube shortly after the handset’s announcement late last month. The newest teaser video has been published, and among the showing off of features offered by the massive smartphone is a look at the Smart Bluetooth Headset, as well as an ink pen with the cartridge removed being used as a stylus.

The device is demonstrated as being used for a variety of business purposes, giving us a look at different features offered by it. Among them is the user in the video using what appears to be an ink pen with the cartridge removed – or possibly a mechanical pencil – to write on the screen, something that seems unnecessarily risky, but does demonstrate the device’s use-anything-as-a-stylus functionality.

As we mentioned, the Smart Bluetooth headset makes a brief appearance, which you can see for yourself in the video below. Essentially, the device is a thin black rectangle allowing the user to hold it up to his or her ear as they would a handset. This allows one to answer a call without wearing a headset, and to continue using the giant smartphone while on a call.

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Apple Applies for an iWatch Trademark in Japan

According to reports from Bloomberg, Apple applied for an “iWatch” trademark early last month in Japan, which was categorized under “handheld computer or watch.”

The reports add more fuel to the fire that the much-rumored smartwatch is indeed real, and is very much on the horizon. Bloomberg claims that sources said Apple has gathered a team of a hundred designers to construct the smartwatch. Similarly to Sony’s SmartWatch, the watch is expected to connect wirelessly with devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

In one of Apple’s most recent ads, titled “Music Every Day,” which you can view above, many have noticed that there is a black watch on a dude’s wrist that resembles an Apple product. You can check it out around the 30-second mark. What do you think: could this be the new iWatch?

Ouya review

ouya-handOuya is cheap, runs Android and is totally open. Can it take on the Xbox and PlayStation or does it offer little more than mobile games on your TV?

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which saw a whopping $8.5 million raised by the general public, the open-source Ouya games console is finally a reality.

This diminutive cube-like device runs Android 4.1, boasts a Bluetooth controller and costs less than £100 – little wonder then that many within the games industry are predicting that it could steal away precious market share from the likes of the Sony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U.

However, while Ouya is the most famous of a new wave of Android-based gaming platforms, it’s not unique in the field – this year will also see the launch of GameStick, Mad Catz has M.O.J.O. in development and the Nvidia Shield handheld console is also being prepared for launch in June – all of these rival systems are running Google’s OS as well.

Being first to market doesn’t always assure success, and while the concept behind the console is certainly exciting, it’s fair to say that Ouya comes with its fair share of niggles.

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Ouya console now available in the UK


Kickstarter backed gaming console OUYA has finally gone on sale today for a penny under a £100

The Android powered gaming console Ouya has finally gone on sale today in the UK, delivering mobile gaming on the big screen. Ouya, which was funded by backers on Kickstarter, is now available to buy from the likes of Amazon and Game for £99.99.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra review: Hands-on

xl_Sony-Xperia-Z-Ultra-Hands-1-624The Sony Xperia Z Ultra joins the ranks of the Galaxy Note 2 and the Ascend Mate, but just because you can make something bigger, should you?

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is Sony’s first smartphone/tablet hybrid and to make sure it stands out, Sony has given it some truly eye-catching specs including a blistering 2.2GHz quad-core processor.

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