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  • ‘Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris’ review: she’s back

    Since the release of Tomb Raider (2013), a highly successful reboot of the franchise, I have wondered if I will ever see the original Lara Croft again. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the reboot, but its Lara wasn’t the dual-pistol wielding I-take-no-shit Lara I grew up with for so many years, and I found myself in a rather nostalgic moment of reflection. Was this the end of a great age? Will this "origin story" Lara ever live up to the legend she was born from? And has the old Lara now become a relic of the past? Well as...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It's not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it's priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...

  • 3D Sound Labs launches ‘world’s first’ smart 3D headphones

    The onslaught of new technology and device launches at CES continues, and although smart TVs, wearables and silicon are ruling this year's show, the audiophiles aren't being left out in the cold. French audio company 3D Sound Labs has launched Neoh, which it bills as the "world's first smart 3D audio headphones." What a great day at #CES2015 ! #UnveiledLV #newtech #startups #3DSound #IoT http://t.co/QRA6ViVTwN pic.twitter.com/sDsFKSCrnv — 3D Sound Labs (@3DSoundLabs) January 5, 2015 According to the company, it wishes to keep up with the advancements of visual 3D technology by introducing mobile 3D sound to consumers, and with good reason. The...

  • Don’t invite this beer pong playing robot to your NYE party [Video]

    Beer pong is the king of New Years Eve and St. Patrick's Day games, not so? If you so happen to be an evil scientist (or just a gaggle of robotics majors at university), you'd probably want to build a beer pong machine to rule them all. And that's exactly what these chaps have done. Empire Robotics, a company based in Boston, MA, has just built the Shaquille O'Neal of beer pong playing robots. It's called the Versaball and it makes the game that seems easier than it is seem even easier than it is. But how does it work? Empire...

  • Nvidia Tegra X1 ‘superchip’ brings desktop performance to mobile

    Nvidia had a great 2014, forcing many Wall Street gurus to scratch their heads in pleasant disbelief. In November, the company announced higher-than-expected quarterly revenue figures, and it seems that that was just the tip of the iceberg for Santa Clara. The company has now launched a new mobile chip just months after outing its GTX980 desktop monster -- the Tegra X1. Right, so it seems that Nvidia has simply slapped an "X" over its Tegra "K1" platform, correct? Not entirely. The X1 is based on the company's Maxwell architecture -- the same platform that many of its new desktop GPUs...

  • What was the best next-gen console of 2014?

    If you had asked me in January which console would be the best performing of 2014, I might have hedged my bets, but in all honesty I would have been leaning towards the PS4. Sony handled the launch of its new next-gen console a million times better than Microsoft did the Xbox One. In fact Microsoft made so many mistakes and handled the PR so poorly when launching the Xbox One, that I did wonder if they would ever recover, in much the same way that Nintendo's Wii U underperformed in terms of sales. I am absolutely and wholeheartedly pleased to...

  • Two to tango: 5 top multiplayer games to pass the holiday humdrum

    Nothing strengthens the bonds between human beings like the spirit of competition. It’s a game of pride and self-recognition we have carried with us since our ancient primal days. It started with war, which then in turn inspired competitive sports and today it has evolved into the magnificent world of multiplayer gaming. Here, in this virtual realm, victory can be claimed without the loss of lives and, those of us who aren’t that particular about “breaking a sweat” can enter a world that was usually meant for the fit, burly and bearded. Let us pay our respect to the spirit of...

  • Gearburn’s early 2015 tablet buyer’s guide

    After the release of Apple iPad, tablets have become an integral part of our lives, especially for someone who like to consume a lot of media, bet it web browsing, or videos, or even games. A tablet is a great device for such usage, and it even lasts much longer than smartphones. The 2015 is here and you might be looking to gift a tablet to someone in your family, or a friend, or even to yourself. Best compact tablet: Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display I think the Apple has reached a perfect tablet screen size for most people. The Apple iPad...

  • Gearburn’s smartphone awards: the best and worst of 2014

    Silently, we're all "fanboys". We all have our personal preference, from screen size to OS, to more pertinently, the manufacturer and model name. Consumers can't get away from it, and that's okay. As a result, we get to choose a winner and loser in a cut-throat world that often has us (journalists) tossing and turning at night, or staying up all night to get the latest scoop. Looking back on the year that was, 2014 was probably one of the most competitive years for smartphone manufacturers in a good while. It's not just Apple products on the radar of the trendy, and that's...

  • 10 iOS games that got us hooked in 2014

    Although for the most part I have long moved over to Android, I do still keep an iOS device handy almost exclusively for the purpose of playing games. Impractical perhaps, but there are so many games exclusive to that platform that I would be kicking myself if I missed out on any of them. There were some pretty awesome ones released in the last year (some of these are cross platform) and you need to download them now or run the risk of being, well... just lame. I'm aware that some of these were technically released in 2013, but since they were...