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  • TwoDots review: beautiful frustration

    What do you look for in a casual game? Something quick and sweet to entertain you while you queue? Or something so addictive and potentially frustrating you'll become numb to what's going on around you, miss your bus stop while intensely sliding across your screen or throw your phone across whatever room you're in? Having just come back from making myself a cup of hot chocolate to calm down (after sending the Gearburn editor an eloquent and descriptive message reading "KILL IT"), I can safely attest that TwoDots falls into the later category. The sequel to mega hipster Tetris puzzler...

  • FTL: Advanced Edition, iPad version get new ships, weapons, events and more

    FTL:Faster Than Light, the incredibly popular desktop space simulator is finally getting the mobile version it deserves, launching on iPad on April 3. The FTL iPad version marks the addition of a bunch of new content to whet the appetite of existing fans and, hopefully for developer Subset Games, appeal to newcomers of the game. New content for the highly addictive game means everything will get a boost from new weapons to drones and augments, from extra enemies to new systems to play with too. Perhaps most exciting is the new events, which have been written by Chris Avellone, of Planescape:...

  • Beyond selfies: the ultimate guide to making your Instagram photos suck less

    Before January this year I had absolutely no interest in photography. I was happy owning (and shooting on) a Canon 5DMKII with no other intention but to use it for filming beautiful footage and telling stories using motion. But then at the end of December 2011 I downloaded an app called Instagram and it all changed… What started off as a simple experimentation on a little iPhone app quickly developed into an addiction of always looking for the next shot. I found myself appreciating the wonders of telling a story through a single frame. Not to mention how the...

  • With Seene, your iPhone can take 3D photos

    Ever felt restrained by the 2D-sharing world of your mobile camera and social media (read:Instagram)? If you answered yes, you'll be over the moon at the new app from Obvious Engineering called Seene, which lets you create 3D photos, and share them with your friends (read:3D Instagram). Seene uses a parallax effect, which in essence measures the difference in position of an object when viewed at various positions. More specifically, the app records an image from four different angles to create the 3D effect. A look at the video below indicates that it is quite tricky to capture images, but once...

  • Zombies, Run! review: the fitness app featuring the threat of the undead

    Regular readers of my articles will know that I am a little obsessed with running, so much so that I have tried and reviewed nearly every decent running app on the App Store. After a while I figured out that I'd gone through all of them and after the App Deathmatch between Nike+ and Runkeeper, I decided to give it a rest on the fitness front and focus on other areas of the App Store, like games and productivity. Nike+ moved onto my app dock and I used it religiously for the next few months. Then winter hit Cape Town...

  • Acer Liquid S2 has 6″ display, records in 4K

    Acer isn't that well-known for its phones. But it will be if the Liquid S2 becomes an overnight success. What Acer wants to provide is an LTE phone running Android 4.2.2 with a 13MP camera, a 6-inch IPS screen with 368PPI and a recording resolution of 4K. Yup, it's the "world's first" Android smartphone with a 4K video-recorder, says Acer. The 4K recording is the feature Acer's keen on highlighting, but this is a top-end phone with very beefy specs. The Acer press release (as seen on Engadget) places 4K first yet the display is astounding enough to warrant a...

  • Ubuntu Edge fails to reach funding goal, Mark Shuttleworth still happy

    We'd like to say that the ambitious Ubuntu Edge, a dual-booting Android and Ubuntu smartphone, reached its US$32-million crowdfunding goal. And we'd like to say that we'll be enjoying said phone some time in the future, but without funding the Edge will never see the light of day. Today, the Ubuntu Edge missed its funding goal, reaching only US$12 809 906 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo. Mark Shuttleworth took to the campaign page, thanking the Edge's supporters for their cash injection. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=eQLe3iIMN7k Ubuntu Edge was going to be the "next generation of personal computing". Now it's just vaporware. One of its standout...

  • 10 ways to automate your online life with IFTTT

    If This Then That (IFTTT) is a site and a recent iOS app that lets you move information from point A to point B. It connects different channels and sites like Facebook, Gmail and Dropbox, so that a certain action or “trigger” on one site results in a reaction on another. These "recipes" are then used so that you can increase productivity and efficiency on the web. There are currently 67 channels available -- leaving room for massive experimentation in the future. Being young and quite new, web automation tools uses basic syntax so any non-programmer can hack their web...

  • Snailboy to slide, slap and slither to your smartphone soon

    No offence to lispers out there but the headline goes for good alliteration and is also fitting with the company behind this game's name -- Thoopid. It's kind of like "stupid" but with a "thhh" sound. The company's name is as quirky as its new upcoming game called Snailboy: An Epic Adventure. This South African-produced mobile game will let you bounce around in an arcade-like magical garden experience with a deceptively agile snail. A shell-less snail to be exact. Why is he all naked, you wonder? Well, these precious shells apparently got stolen from him by an evil Shadow...

  • 7 apps your creepy stalker could be using right now

    Cyberstalking is an invasion of privacy, a terrible outlet for some desperate individuals and above of all, a crime. Those who use the internet to track and harass others are a cowardly lot, and because of rapid advances in location-based technologies, stalking innocent users online is a scarily easy affair. The most popular apps we use such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many more can be used by others to follow you. Apps such as the ones listed below. Please note that we are in no way advocating stalking or will teach anyone how to hack into other users devices....