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Reviews

  • Philips Fidelio, an Android docking station to be proud of

    This a little difficult for me to admit, but I've always been jealous the docking stations available to anyone with an iDevice. So when the US$200 Phillips Fidelio Android docking station landed in the Gearburn offices my interest was very much piqued. Admittedly most of those docking speaker I was so jealous of were originally intended for iPods. Still, the fact that someone could just plug their iPhone (a top of the line one is more than capable of handling all but the most insane music collections) into a docking station and rock away was a little frustrating. So...

  • Focus – The List App, honed to perfection

    I'm impressed. Focus -- The List App is a streamlined, comprehensive task manager which cuts out the bullshit, replacing it with laser-focused precision. It's that good, here's why: Cutting the clutter We have busy lives. The cycle of work, pleasure and indulgence spins around us in dizzying circles of happy chaos. Keeping the dots connected means writing shit down, making shit up and keeping shit together. Some of us don't have the capacity for...

  • 5 cooking apps that’ll turn you into a Masterchef

    I’ll start this article off with some complete honesty: besides toasted sandwiches and the occasional omelette here and there, I’m not much of cook. Sure, I can braai (South African term for BBQ) with the best of them, but when it comes to the kitchen, I am absolutely hopeless. I’ve always had some sort of interest in getting into cooking, but because my lovely wife is such a good cook (and is scared of contracting something fatal from my undercooked attempts), I’ve never really tried my hand at it. Recently though, I decided that I needed to at least learn...

  • Motorola Xoom 2: the anti-iPad

    As soon as the delivery man arrived in the ‘burn offices, I knew we were in for trouble. His demeanour suggested we were to be in possession of something dark and edgy for the next two weeks. We all stared as our hirsute Gearburn editor opened the package. He stared at it for a moment, looked around the room and walked slowly over to me. “Here you go Stu, you like tablets,” he said, in much the same tone as I imagine a judge might when condemning a man to death. It was the Motorola Xoom 2. “Sequels are...

  • Aspire Timeline U review [Video]

    Ultrabooks are a contentious gadget. Labelled by Intel as the next big thing, the Ultrabook is nothing short of being the laptop to lust after. Does the Aspire Timeline U fit into this mold? Can it compete with the lightening-fast, ultra-sexy laptops offered by Apple? Does it have the chops to deal with the loving knocks and blows team Gear throws at it? Let's delve into the video and see if the Aspire Timeline U has what it takes to succeed in a tech world filled with needless titles.

  • Fujifilm Finepix S4200: Super or not?

    It was just earlier this year that Fujifilm launched its new S-series high-end bridge cameras, but it didn't seem to have hit many stores in SA yet. What is quite refreshing is that the retail stores selling the Fujifilm cameras was quite in the know about the new range, so at least Fuji is doing a good job marketing its cameras. The S-series (the S most likely an abbreviation for “super”) consists of 4 cameras of which the S4200 landed at the Gearburn office to be reviewed. It is replacing the S4000 which sold for around R2700 so my...

  • Meet Luna — light at your fingertips

    Ever walked into a bar and lamented the fact that you couldn't go to the nearest girl and say, 'hey baby, wanna come back to my place and check out my backlit keyboard?' Well now you can -- with the Luna from Moshi (SPOILER ALERT: don't use your keyboard as a pickup line, even if you do own the Luna from Moshi). Specialising in high-end Apple accessories, Moshi's range focuses on style -- it's not just a gadget, it's a lifestyle. Fortunately this electronic accessory just so happens to function pretty darn well too.  Word processing, designing, gaming, number crunching --...

  • Angry Birds creators new game Amazing Alex is forgettable fun

    The crack-like addiction of Angry Birds isn't really matched by Rovio's latest time-waster, Amazing Alex, but the game's worth a few wasted hours, here and there. First off, it's a game we've played a hundred times before. Cheekily, Rovio took iOS game Casey’s Contraptions and polished it up with a 2012 sheen. The aforementioned game has now been removed from the app store, to make way for Amazing Alex. If we dig back into the 90s, we'd find that Amazing Alex directly cribs The Incredible Machine series to a tee. Onto the review. Like Cut the Rope, Amazing Alex takes place in a makeshift environment. This time, some kid's filthy home....

  • Acer Aspire M3 Ultrabook – the middle child of laptops

    A little over a week ago I was given the Acer Aspire Timeline U M3 (581T) to put through its paces. The good-looking, 15-inch “ultrabook” is Acer’s first proper foray into the ‘ultra’ arena and, unlike many of its competitors, it’s not a straight clone of the MacBook Air. It boasts stylish design, a compact body, great start-up times, good battery life and a few more specs that set it apart from the pack. Read on for the full breakdown. Construction and Feel Laid bare, for the world to see, the M3 Ultra is a great looking machine. The unassuming matt...

  • Reviewed: Sony Xperia Sola — mid-range onslaught

    There was much speculation about Sony’s survival in the cellphone market after losing its Ericsson connection, but it's come up with an excellent range of phones to make their own mark. The Xperia Sola comes as an added option in the mid-range Android market in order for Sony to strengthen its onslaught. What you see The phone is somewhat smaller than the Xperia S and, weighing in at 107 grams, fits nicely into the hand and has a good solid feel. The matte finished plastic backing helps to hide fingerprints and will also make scratching less visible. The translucent band of the Xperia U,...