Author: Brett Venter

First Darth Vader was a Jedi, then he was a Sith Lord, now it seems that he has a side project going as a pinball wizard. At least, that is the impression the trailer for upcoming game Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force is giving with the Darth Vader themed table which will be a part of the title. The table is presented in shades of black and red, as suits one of motion picture history’s greatest villains. Many of Vader’s iconic quotes will be featured during play and, judging by the trailer, players will also be able to…

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LG may have wowed us with the G2 but the company isn’t neglecting the lower end of the market. An announcement from the company yesterday officially revealed their G Pro Lite phone, which is aimed at a very difference audience. The G Pro Lite doesn’t feature the same speedy hardware as recent entries from LG, featuring a 1GHz dual core MT6577 processor, 1GB of system memory and 8GB of internal storage. The display is also a step down, being a 5.5-inch 960 x 540 affair. There is a removable 3,140mAh battery in there, as well as an 8 megapixel camera. LG…

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Facebook has decided to finish off the “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” setting that it started getting rid of last year at about the same time that the Graph Search feature was enabled by the social network. Facebook has said, via a blog post by the company’s chief privacy officer, that those who opted to use the “old” Timeline search setting to limit the searches which were possible on their Facebook profiles would be seeing a message notifying them that the global option would be going away. This will be taking place in the next few weeks,…

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What would a 3D printed pizza look like? Since NASA aims to send a 3D printer able to extrude that most delicious of foods into space at some point, it might be a plan to find out. Just in case you want to go on a mission to Mars one day. Systems and Materials Research Corporation demoed just such a food-creator device at SXSW Eco and Popular Science caught up with them to see how the whole process works. It’s not really a traditional pizza, being made with dough, ketchup (or tomato sauce, as we’d all call it) and then…

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IT research firm Gartner has published their quarterly report examining the state of the computer industry, noting yet again that sales of PCs are falling. The third quarter of 2013 saw an overall slide of PC shipments of 8.6% down compared to Q3 2012, according to Gartner’s figures, making that six consecutive quarters where the fate of the PC isn’t looking that great. Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said “The third quarter is often referred to as the ‘back-to-school’ quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter dropped to their lowest volume since 2008. Consumers’ shift from PCs to tablets for…

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Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V was doing rather well just after its release but how has the game fared since then? By all accounts it has exceeded even the lofty expectations most gamers and industry folk had for the title prior to its launch. Grand Theft Auto V is now officially the holder of seven Guinness World Records, four of which were set in the first 24 hours that the game was on sale. GTA V holds the records for best-selling video game, best-selling action-adventure video game, highest-grossing video game and highest revenue generated by an entertainment product – all…

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Perhaps spurred on by LG’s flexible display announcement or maybe just because they said they would, Samsung has revealed that curved smartphone they hinted at a while back. The name? The Samsung Galaxy Round, probably because the most logical name has already been claimed by BlackBerry. The handset, which is due to become available in Korea from tomorrow (10 October), features a 5.7-inch display which is obviously curved. It’s also 1080p, always a nice touch. Other hardware included is the Snapdragon 800 running at full speed (2.3GHz), 3GB of RAM and a 13MP camera. So… it’s a lot like the…

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South African mobile operator Cell C yesterday lodged a formal complaint against the two major players in the mobile telecoms industry in this country, MTN and Vodacom. The complaint alleges that the two companies in question are engaged in “anti-competitive conduct” with regards to how they handle the pricing on their networks. Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig said in a statement “The two dominant incumbents discount their effective on-net prices substantially while charging a premium for their customers to call off-net. This amounts to discriminatory pricing and is without doubt anti-competitive when adopted by dominant operators.” Cell C’s complaint was…

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Popular fiction as well as the more niche stuff is filled with fictional space ships. Fans of Star Wars, Star Trek, online game EVE, Mass Effect or any number of rich fictional worlds in space are probably familiar with the craft which feature in their chosen mythos but there hasn’t really been much cross-universe comparison happening. Until now, that is. Courtesy of DeviantART user DirkLoechel comes a nigh-comprehensive list of fictional spacecraft, compiled into a single image with all of the ships to scale. Considering the staggering amount of work this must have entailed, the end result is worth looking…

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Samsung has probably got a race on their hands. LG has confirmed that they will be entering mass production with “the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones”, which use a plastic substrate instead of the traditional glass. Samsung, if you recall, has got a curved smartphone display due this month but LG’s press release makes it seem as if LG has them beat. The flexible OLED panel will measure just 0.44mm, according to LG, and will weigh in at 7.2 grams for a 6-inch screen. Actual products featuring the wobbly tech are only expected to arrive early next year…

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